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The following is a timeline delineating the essential events of the War for Unity.

Background

October 11, 2011 The Greek government defaults on its debt. The decision causes a domino effect, leading to a cascading sovereign debt crisis across the Mediterranean and beyond. Economic analysts predict a complete breakdown of the Eurozone bloc.

November 2, 2011 Upon having its treasury bonds receive a junk rating, and experiencing a rapid rise in interest rates, Portugal defaults on its debts. This continues the domino effect beginning with the Greek default.

November 12, 2011 Prominent German investors meet with Greek government officials to discuss the financial situation during the Athens accords. Several powerful German banks held a great quantity of Greek debt, and a failure of the Greek government to meet debt obligations would threaten these financial interests. Germany and France are already experiencing a financial crisis by this point. The Athens accords fail to produce any meaningful settlement, with the Greek government rejecting any austerity plan.

November 15, 2011 Ireland defaults on its sovereign bonds, angering creditors and intensifying the situation.

November 21, 2011 Italy defaults, exiting the Eurozone. The crisis is being felt in the United States, contributing to a global recession, even worse than the 2008 crisis. International financial markets feel the strain.

December 2, 2011 Spain defaults on its debt.

December 15, 2011 A number of prominent officials and heads of state from creditor and debtor nations in Europe hold an emergency meeting in Frankfurt to discuss immediate economic policies. Much like the previous Athens accords, the Frankfurt accords fail to produce any meaningful progress, with debtor nations refusing to implement any austerity plan, or even follow through with debt obligations.

January 2, 2012 Germany warns debtor nations that it will consider implementing economic sanctions if they fail to introduce austerity measures.

January 12, 2012 Germany bans all air travel to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland, and prohibits all imports and exports from these nations as well. The sanctions are intended to "punish" debtor nations for failing to take action in implementing austerity, as well as "encourage" them to participate in dealings with the Eurozone.

February 5, 2012 France joins Germany in implementing sanctions against defaulted nations. Meanwhile, several large financial institutions in Germany holding bonds from debtor nations are in a state of crisis, saved only by an emergency bailout. The sanctions continue to be ineffective.

March 17, 2012 Germany announces that it is considering military action against Greece to secure debt payments.

April 2, 2012 Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland form the Alliance, a military pact to ensure mutual security, especially against aggressive northern neighbors. Germany views the formation of the Alliance as a threat to politico-economic power in Europe. Prominent politicians in Germany and France are framing debtor nations as being the victims of dangerous secessionist movements, and espouse the virtues of Unity.

April 13, 2012 France announces that it would support Germany in military action against the Alliance.

Early Phase (Aerial Warfare and Mobilizations)

May 1, 2012 German Air Force launches sweeping strikes against Greek logistical and military centers as Operation Uniting Liberty. Cruise missiles, drone strikes, and stealth aircraft are used in the air war. Thousands of civilians in Greek cities are killed by the bombardment.

May 17, 2012 Germany mobilizes naval forces, deploying missile ships, destroyers, and frigates in the North Sea and the area around Ireland. Irish forces bombard German ships with anti-naval missiles.

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