War of Supremacy

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War of Supremacy
Date29 March 1885 – 1 October 1887
LocationPrimarily Terminian colonial empire
Result Decisive Letzo-Vosan victory
  • Annexation of most Terminian colonial territories by Letzia and Vosan
 Olboros Terminia


 Letzian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Olboros Terminia Jectrn II Vosan Vizeḍe Atescês
Letzian Empire Big Chungus

Total deployment:

  • 892,300

Naval strength:

  • 30 ironclads
  • 402 ships of the line

Total deployment:

  • Vosan 318,204

Naval strength:

  • Vosan 42 ironclads
  • Vosan 219 ships of the line
Casualties and losses


  • 58,873 killed in action
  • 40,112 died of wounds
  • 87,145 died of disease
  • 73,848 wounded

Vosan 94,482

  • 19,284 killed in action
  • 17,912 died of wounds
  • 32,482 died of disease
  • 24,804 wounded

The War of Supremacy, also known as the Akulanen War, was a conflict between the Terminian Three Kingdoms and a coalition made up of the Bavid Dynasty of Vosan, the Letzian Empire, and their allies. Lasting from 29th March 1885 until 1st October 1887, the war was caused by ambitions to end the Terminian hegemony on trade and naval power in the Parshita and Taanttu Seas that it had held since the Accord at Myaichoun in 1798.

As a direct consequence of the war, the entire global balance of power was radically changed. Terminia was reduced to a shadow of its former self, allowing Vosan to take its place as the primary regional power until at least the Great Ekuosian War nearly 70 years later. The war is also credited with leading to the gradual collapse of the imperial, aristocratic autocracy in Terminia, as a floundering economy and abysmal living standards for the lower classes sparked the rise of Kúúlism and eventually the Helsonian Revolution in 1925.


Most historians agree that Terminia was provoked by Vos king Vizedhe Atesces into declaring war, believing that they could preemptively end the threat to Terminian supremacy. On 10 December 1884, Vosan lowered the levies in all their ports to only 1/500 of cargo value, which caused many Ekuosian and Soltennan merchants to favour Vos alternatives to traditional Terminian routes. For instance, many ships began sailing to the port of Shroziq, instead of nearby Terminian Dac. This enraged Terminian Emperor Jectrn II, as tarrifs were a huge source of revenue for the Imperial House - total levies on Terminian routes could be as high as 5%. Terminia, in response, issued an ultimatum to Vosan which was ignored by the Vos government, instead garnering international support against the Terminian Emperor. The Letzian Empire, in particular, announced that they would support the Vosans in any dispute with Terminia. A diplomatic envoy sent by Vosan to the imperial court in Kúri, ostensibly in order to resolve the diplomatic crisis, was widely reported in Terminian media flouting Imperial protocol, refusing to kneel before the Emperor before audience. This outraged the imperial court and the influential aristocratic class, and the Terminian Parliament voted overwhelmingly to advise the Emperor to declare war on Vosan and its ally Letzia on 20th March 1885.

Course of the war

Terminia quickly found itself outnumbered by a technologically and strategically superior opponent. Especially at sea, Vosan and Letzia made more effective use of industrial technology, and deployed fleets of modern ironclad warships against the aging Terminian Imperial Navy. Early naval battles in the Gulf of Sharkunen resulted in huge numbers of Terminian ships being sunk, and opposing forces quickly overran smaller Terminian colonies such as Bosato, and northern territories of the Far West. By 1886, Terminia was almost completely cut off from its colonial armies, and so fighting in western Hemesh and Ebo Nganagam became a brutal war of attrition for Terminian forces, who had little means of reinforcement. Especially in Ebo, fighting devolved into early forms of trench warfare, as Terminian troops relied on static, defensive battlefronts to maintain control over vast tracts of jungle. Terminia also was rapidly pushed back on land in Akulanen, the primary location of fighting, with extensive Vosan naval invasions in Awating and the Three Straits.

Terminia began to face mounting domestic problems, however, as the war dragged on and the Three Kingdoms became isolated from their colonial and trade holdings. Without access to colonial income and trade routes, the Terminian economy suffered heavily and the imperial treasury fell rapidly into debt. The Vos and Lestzi were, by the start of 1887, in effective control of nearly all Terminian ports outside of the Three Kingdoms and Milevia. However, the Terminian Emperor, increasingly in denial and steered by a nationalistic court of advisors, refused any attempts at peace negotiations. In a meeting at Tameyvah on 20th February 1887, the Vos king and Emperor of Letzia agreed that the course of action should be a naval invasion of Terminia itself. The most successful invasions occured in Amerhan, where large regions in the east and south were occupied by Vosan and Letzian troops. Starting in June 1887, Vosan and Letzia attempted to ferry across large numbers of troops to land on Terminia Major, but were most often beaten back by the still-resistant Terminian mainland army. It was not until the devastating Raid of Kúri on 9th-10th September 1887, where Letzian ships managed to wreak havoc on the Terminian capital, that the Terminian Parliament was forced to concede defeat.


Peace agreement

The peace terms subsequently negotiated by the powers were humiliating to Terminia, who were forced to dismantle their entire colonial empire. The Three Kingdoms officially granted or recognised the independence of several countries, including Bosato, Macyeaq, and Awarahl, under Vosan influence. Vosan itself annexed the entirety of Awating the Three Straits, as well as parts of Terminian Taanttu, while Letzia annexed Fyevan, Terminian Ebo Nganagam, and all of the Terminian Far West. The Terminian Far East, by then comprising only Kaisen and Czisilia, was nominally taken under Vosan control, although it remained de facto the only remaining posession of the Three Kingdoms after 1887.

Global consequences

See also