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Zimbabwean War

March 4, 1508 - December 21, 1510


Great Zimbabwe


Madagasikaran Victory
Partition of Great Zimbabwe
Madagasikaran suzerainty over Zimbabwe

  • Personal Flag of the Governor of Southern Rhodesia.svg Kingdom of Great Zimbabwe

King Esteban the Pious

King Chuma of Zimbabwe




Casualties and Losses



The Zimbabwean War, alternately called the Zimbabwean Crusade, was a war between the attacking Empire of Madagasikara and the newly formed Kingdom of Great Zimbabwe.


Leading up to the Zimbabwean War, the nation of Great Zimbabwe was a disorganized state, as it had been for a few centuries. Meanwhile, Madagasikara had grown in power in the region after influences from the Mashriqi Sultanate and then the Spanish Confederation, and had established control over Sofala, which bordered Great Zimbabwe.

In 1506, the war's background began to develop as Great Zimbabwe was stabilized under a powerful central authority under a new royal family. The new king, Chuma, began to consolidate control over the region, and even expanded the boundaries of Great Zimbabwe in 1507 and 1508 until King Esteban decided to curb the growing threat to Sofala.



Zimbabwean War Results
After Great Zimbabwe was defeated, the Madagasikaran army proceeded to kill all prisoners and took extra precautions to prevent enemy soldiers from fleeing the site of the battle. This was part of King Esteban the Pious' plan to eliminate the heathen males of Zimbabwe and then introduce the Madagasikaran soldiers into Zimbabwe by forced marriages and polygamous relationships.

Additionally, to prevent widespread Zimbabwean revolt, Esteban and his advisers broke Great Zimbabwe into six smaller states. These states are:

  • Manicaland
  • Medíara (OTL Midlands)
  • Guada (OTL South Matabeeland)
  • Lupane (OTL North Matabeeland)
  • Zimbabue (OTL Masvingo)
  • Shona (OTL Mashonaland)


While the Zimbabwean War itself was a resounding victory for the Madagasikarans, the aftermath was an even more vicious defeat. The Zimbabweans, after having been utterly decimated, reformed a united nation after the Madagasikaran troops withdrew from the area.

The whole purpose of the war was to protect Sofala, and after the objective appeared to have failed with the recreation of Great Zimbabwe, Sofalan citizens began to grow angry over the events in the region.

They declared independence from Madagasikara soon after the war was finished, and Maputo declared its own independence soon thereafter. This did not stop the Madagasikaran immigration to Sofala, however, and it eventually returned to Madagasikara.

A few years later, Maputo was vassalized and, by 1540, the realm of Madagasikara and Great Zimbabwe encompassed the same lands as they did prior to the conflict.


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