|The Keltoic Unification War
|Part of Vae victis!|
|7,700 - Total
||8,000 - Total
|Casualties and losses|
The Keltoic Unification war was, along with the third Safinei War, the most influential wars in the ancient world. It would shape the history of Keltoia, and even set Germania on a path toward expansion. It would also create the Keltoic Empire, which would be one of the most powerful nations in the world for hundreds of years to come. In fact, while the third Safinei war is far more famous, it is arguably the less important war.
After the economic failure across Europe, Nouio was left in by far the best position out of the rest of the Keltoic states. This advantage was magnified when Heldarc rose to power. He greatly increased the strength of the Nouion military, and was easily able to use the already growing economy of Nouio to this end. Meanwhile, he limited trade to the other Keltoic states to stop their growth. With this advantage, Heldarc gathered an army and began to march toward Parisi.
Fall of Parisi
As the army Heldarc had raised moved toward Parisi, the Parisians tried to raise an army to defend the nation. While they managed to recruit 2700 troops - just under Nouio's 3000 - most of these troops were short on training, and had no idea how to fight as a group. Despite this, they manged to hold out for almost a year before they lost badly enough to be forced to retreat. After this, the war went vastly downhill for Parisi, as their army was chased around their territory, repeatedly being beaten by Orleans. Finally, in 6 AD, a failed attack allowed the Nouions to push the Parisian army to the side, and Parisi was captured. Shortly afterward, the remainder of the Parisian arm was destroyed, and Nouio effectively annexed Parisi.
Battle for Parisi
After Parisi was taken by Nouio, Heldarc began to rally his forces to move onto Locudula. However, the opposing nation got the first punch in, and managed to get Dubron on board for a counter offensive. The combined army of these two cities far outweighed that of Nouio, and their first conflict lead to a horrific defeat for them. Now on defense, Nouio was forced to set up outside Parisi, trying to prevent Locudulan and Dubron troops from taking back Parisi. With their backs to a wall, the Nouion army was forced to hold their ground without flinching, and as a result had to take massive casualties. Meanwhile, the opposing army took minimal casualties, and simply resolved to essentially starve the Nouions out.
After managing to desperately hold out for a year, a huge advantage materialized for Nouio - the Dubron army had fallen back to recoup, leaving the Locudulan army to defend the area. Rallying his tired army, Heldarc launched a devastating attack on the remaining army, forcing them backward. This gave Nouio way more room to maneuver, and evened the battlefield. From there, the Nouion army won a series of battles against the coalition, pushing them out of former Parisian territory. After this, Parisi was basically secured for Nouio, and both Locudula and Dubron were sent reeling. Both would soon be forced onto the defensive themselves. Ultimately, instead of the battle for Parisi defeating Nouio, it would put the nation into a better overall position and make its victory inevitable.
Fall of Locudula
After the bloody battle in and around Paris, the Nouion army - now reinforced with Parisian troops and Senone Auxiliaries - began to move northward toward Locudula. Meanwhile, Dubron support began to wane, as they realized taking back Parisi was a lost cause. Instead, they focused on trying to defend there own nation, leaving Locudula to fend for themselves. Abandoned by their ally, Locudula was left with a powerful army marching toward them and nothing but their decimated army to defend the nation. Nouio steamrolled this meager defense, and within only two years, Locudula was taken. Dubron was left alone to face the Nouion onslaught, and Locudula would not be independent again for several hundred years.
Fall of Dubron
Although there had been some fighting in Dubron beforehand, after Parisi and Locudula had fell, the fighting picked up drastically. Nouio had once again recuperated over a winter, and rebuilt their army to face the last remaining city. In order to maximize their chances, the Dubron army set up around 40 miles from the city, creating a large buffer zone. However, the army was drastically outnumbered and as a result they were forced backward rapidly. When the Nouion forces arrived at the city itself, Dubron gave up quickly. This easy victory would mark the end of resistance toward Nouio, and the beginnings of the Keltoic Empire. It was probably the most significant battle of the war, but also the easiest to win.
The Keltoic Unification war would lead to many important events, the most obvious being Keltoic Unification - the war marked the beginning of the Keltoic Empire, which would become something of a superpower for almost 600 years. This new entity would influence the Senone Republic, Etrusca, and even Carthage on occasions. However, its most significant impact was probably another wave of centralization. This wave would create states across Germania, as well as Iberia, while most of Keltoia was taken over by the Empire. The war would also result in most of the Keltoic cultures merging into one, something that would remain prominent long after the collapse of the Keltoic Empire.