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Macedonian Civil War
Part of Vae victis!
MacedonianCivilWar
The Expansionists lose their final battle to the Monarchists
Date 67-59 BC
Location Greece and Eastern Anatolia
Result Victory for The Monarchist Faction
  • Macedonia Stays within its former borders
  • The Macedonain army is noticeably downsized
Belligerents
The Expansionists The Monarchists
Strength
16,000 24,000
Casualties and losses
7,000 8,700

The Macedonian Civil War was a decisive conflict that would decide Macedonia's policy and culture on every level for years to come. It would also hugely influence trade to Greece, notably Etruscan trade which was severally disrupted. The war would also plunge Macedonia's economy in jepardy, a collapse that would take nearly s to recover from. The war essentially benefited no one, except for the small increase in stability it brought to Macedonia and its neighbors.

Background

In 67 BD, tensions between expansionist and anti-expansionist factions in Macedonia reached a breaking point. As soon as this became apparent, a small expansionist army gathered in Athens, and declared that they would march to Anatolia and attempt to further Macedomian conquests there. Taking the bait, the anti-expansionist faction, calling themselves the monarchists, deployed a much larger army that effectively destroyed the smaller expansionist army. The Expansionist faction was enraged by this, and quickly rallied behind a general called Alexander.

Fighting

After Alexander rallied a powerful army, he fled from the area around Athens to Anatolia, where he hoped to defeat the Monarchists with as little of a struggle as possible. However, his hopes were immediately dashed by a large monarchist army to his south, that was moving slowly northwards. While Alexander tried to avoid conflict, when the opposing army started sending out raiding powers, he could not tolerate the losses and tried to maneuver his army to fight a pitched battle. However, the monarchist army repeatedly danced out of his grasp, inflicting high causalities while taking little themselves.

After almost two years of this, high causalities forced Alexander to halt his pursuit of the monarchist army, which he had gone to truly ridiculous extents to fight. Instead he tried to keep his army in one place, tempting the, with a open battle. For almost two years, the armies held their approximate positions, each sending out only minor raids to hurt the other. However, at this point, the situation changed on favor of the monarchists. The king had decided to deploy a much larger army to fight the Expansionists, and it was marching from Greece to begin the fight in Anatolia.

This incoming army left Alexander in a terrible position. He was forced to do one of two things: fight two armies at once, or attack the army he was currently facing, and accept the massive casualties. All things considered, he opted for the second option, and launched his attack. For almost two weeks, the armies were locked in a deadly battle, until finally, the Expansionists gained the advantage and pushed the Monarchist back. However, the causalities suffered at this battle were devastating for Alexander - and he didn't have a second army coming.

With this in mind, the expansionists began to dodge and dart around Anatolia for years on end, trying to avoid the grip of the approaching Monarchist army. While there were a few major battles, none were conclusive, and thus fighting continued. Finally, after two and a half years of chasing, the two armies were forced to meet. After a six month long campaign, Alecander was conclusively defeated in a near massacre, ending his army. While smaller expansionist movements would pop up, the largest had been defeated and they would never again grow to such proportions.

Aftermath

Following the war, the Macedonian civil war, the government became far more conservative in general, and unaccepting towards expansion. The military was also downsized, taking away the ability to expand, even if they did want to. The war also hurt trade in the region, especially to Etrusca. However, this trade would be recoverd, and even expanded upon as Macedonia sought to expand through trade rather than through territory. Ultimatly, the war would affect every level of Macedonian society, as well as other nations with direct connections to Macedonia.

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