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South American Triple War (The Purple Mantle)

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South American Triple War
The Purple Mantle
War of the Triple Alliance composite
Composite of several Photographs taken during the War
Date November 12th, 1864 - September 7th, 1870
Location South America: Paraguaí and Northern Quilmes territories.
Result The Local Geopolitical map is redrawn.
Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889) Empire of Brazil (1822-1889) Bundesrepublik of Silberach (The Purple Mantle) Silberach Republic Tawatinsuyu (The Purple Mantle) Tawantinsuyu
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889) Emperor Pedro II

Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889) Duke of Caixas

Bundesrepublik of Silberach (The Purple Mantle) President Hans Gehrung

Bundesrepublik of Silberach (The Purple Mantle) Gral. Otto Bartholomew

Tawatinsuyu (The Purple Mantle) Sapa Inka Viracocha Willka III

Tawatinsuyu (The Purple Mantle) Apusquin Rantin (Gral.) Katari Wallpa

Units involved

Brazilian Navy

  • Frigate Amazonas (ensign)
  • Corvette Belmonte
  • Corvette Jequitinhonha
  • Corvette Parnaíba
  • Corvette Beberibé
  • Cannoneer Iguatemy
  • Cannoneer Mearim
  • Cannoneer Araguarí
  • Battleship Barroso
  • Battleship Tamandaré
  • Monitor Silvado
  • Monitor Cabral
  • Monitor Lima Barros
  • Monitor Barroso
  • Monitor Tamandaré
  • Monitor Colombo
  • Monitor Brasil
  • Monitor Herval
  • Monitor Mariz e Barros

Silberachian Army

  • Großaue Statlander: Ten Infantry battalions and two Cavalry regiments, 5000 men.
  • Heiligen-Glauben: Three Infantry battalions and one Cavalry regiment, 1025 men.
  • zwischenflüssen: Two battalions, artillery and pikemen, 751 men.
  • NueWiesbadden: Two battalions, 459 men.
  • Loisach: One battalion, 360 men.
  • Sankt Johannes: One battalion, 336 men.
  • Tukuman: One battalion, 300 men.
  • Salta: One battalion, 298 men.
  • Nue-Stuttgart: One battalion, 282 men.
  • Wenigbühl: One battalion, 271 men.
  • Siebenbek: One battalion, 219 men and one Cavalry regiment, 4500 men.
  • Bamberg Inn: One battalion, 195 men.

Silberachian Navy

  • SRS Amazone
  • SRS Albatross
  • SRS Freiheit
  • SRS Wenigbühl
  • SRS Großaue
  • SRS Yakuariguazu
  • SRS Thielbeck
  • SRS Hyäne
  • SRS Gepard

Tawantisuyan Army

  • IV Batallion "Q'orianka"
  • V Batallion "Inti Amaru"
  • VI Batallion "Tunupa"
  • VII Batallion "Illapa Ayllu"
  • VIII Batallion "Phaxsi"
  • IX Batallion "Kimsa Uma"
  • XI Batallion "Llariqo"
  • XII Batallion "Cauac Asto"
95.000 Men 42.000 Men 87.500 Men
Casualties and losses
55,000 men 22,000 men 65,000 men
Cerro Corrá ♦ Siebenbeck ♦ Northern Area

The South American Triple War (1864-1870) also known as the "Drei Fronten-Krieg" (The Triple Front War), "Guerra do Paraguai" (The Paraguayan War) and "Jatun Awqanakuy" (the Great War), was a conflict in South America occurred during the final quarter of the XIX Century between the three major nations in South America.


The Brazilian Emperor started to cradle the resource rich area of Paraguaí, a barely controlled space by the Silberach Republic. The Inka is also decided to strengthen its control over the Southern area of the Tawantinsuyu and to prevent any further advance by the Brazilian Empire.

The War

1864: In November, the Brazilian Empire launched an attack over the ancient Guaranitic territories of Paraguái, near the Silberach borders igniting a full scale war between both nations.

  • The Brazilian Army is numerically superior to the Silberanien, but the last one is technologically and in quality superior, since the Empire of Brazil relies mostly in slavery force as cannon fodder and infants as standard shock troops.

1865: The Tawantinsuyu seizes the opportunity and launches an annexation campaign on both the Brazilians and Silberaniens territories ( Wanunchasqa and Salta respectively).

  • The Inka army is numerically strong yet slightly technologically inferior to it's neighbors' forces.

1868: The Dutch colony of Suriname seizes the opportunity and takes effective control of several territories in the Northwest (politically unoccupied) of it's initial position.

1870: The Silberaniens managed to force back the Brazilian and the Incas reassuring the Paraguaí and the Northern territories, an armistice is sign with the Tawantinsuyu in August.

  • The Brazilian Empire looses several western territories to the Inka empire.
  • The definitive peace treaty between the three nation is signed in September 7th in the City of Paraguay (OTL: Asunción).


South America in 1870

Definitive Territorial status quo of South America after 1870

  • The defeat and territorial losses against the Inka causes a political debilitation of the Centralized government against the local landlords, who seized such power and begin to thrive allied to the Republicans and liberal movements. Eventually, this will lead to the downfall of the Brazilian Empire, replaced by the United States of Brazil.
  • Political and territorial changes: the Paraguaí region is mostly retained by the Silberach Republic (but a 10% of it that is now under the Inka's control), the Cisplatinien region (OTL:Uruguay) is definitely secured as well. The Wanunchasqa Region (OTL: Bolivia) is fully appropriated by the Tawantinsuyu as well as several km inland of the Brazilian territories of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondònia and Acre.
  • The Colony of Suriname maintains its effective control of several territories in the Northwest, captured during the war.
  • Heavy military industrialization of the involved nations in the military actions.

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