Map of the conflict in Sept 2026
|Commanders and leaders|
Major General Gálos Fényeszem|
Cardinal Aurél Jáborkéz
Major General Jens Mikelsen
Elector of Allaria|
Elector of Lucarnia
Governor-General of Diorysia
5,200 soldiers and 13,100 partisans from the Electorate of Allaria
9,800 soldiers and 45,200 partisans from Diorysia
- 1 Origins of the Latium Crisis
- 2 Latinic Race Riots
- 3 Burgundian Diplomatic Intervention
- 4 Latinic Front Invasion of Aëscárácta
- 5 Burgundian Military Intervention
- 6 Aëscárácta Switches Sides
- 7 Burgundisch Fremdenlegion in Levantia
- 8 Caesarea's Imperial Volunteer Legion
- 9 Papal Intervention
- 10 Treaty of Sedetauri
- 11 Cultural Legacy and Burgundian Influence in Latium
- 12 Effects on the Holy Levantine Empire
Origins of the Latium Crisis
With the dissolution of Latium, the states that had once made up the country were divided along cultural and familial lines, but remained connected. Many of the new states that were created were culturally Latinic. A few, Aëscárácta and the Electorates of Baylium and Eastmarch, while harboring Latinic minorities, were specifically divided because their dominant cultures were not Latinic. Aëscárácta was granted an exclave, Sedetauri, which had a large minority of Latinics. There had always been some level of resentment by the Latinic community that the land had been given to Aëscárácta.
In general, the culture and shared history led to the creation of a loose Confederation of Latin States that acted in mutual interest of each other. They all used the Imperial Dollar, they did not maintain border controls and the electorates often voted in blocs, both in the Imperial Diet and in the Electorate councils. Naturally, over time, they came under the influence of Urcea with whom they also shared a cultural connection. This connection lasted for over 100 years until 2026 when Urcea declared a period of isolationism. In the vacuum, cultural rifts became immediately apparent.
In the 21st century the states in the Confederacy of Latin States followed the global trend and became more conservative in their politics. Xenophobic ideals became election platforms and many states voted in ever more right-wing leaders. In order to maintain control, the hereditary leaders also adopted right-wing views and began to view the lands in the Archduchy of Aëscárácta, especially the Aëscáráctan exclave of Sedetauri, as a threat to Latinic culutral hegemony in the region.
Latinic Race Riots
Following the announcement of Ucrean isolationism, a junta of the Electors of Allaria and Lucarnia and the Governor-General of Diorysia, began spreading propagandist rhetoric regarding the non-Latinic threat in the Confederacy. They viewed the Lagyars (the majority population in Aëscárácta), as a particular roadblock to a reunified Latium, which they hoped to run in a Triumvirate Council. They traveled throughout the Confederacy and incited violence against minorities and a preached the gospel of hate against the "Lagyar menace". They vowed to wipe the Lagyars off the map and rebuild a Latium that was not only unified and strong, but one that could also rule over all of the countries in the Holy Levantine Empire. Support grew and unofficial militias formed and began training for the "impending invasion of Sedetauri".
Burgundian Diplomatic Intervention
Having only weeks earlier announced the end of the 2nd Empire and the beginning of a 3rd Empire, the newly appointed Lieutenant Imperial, Prince Kliebold IV of Burgundie, toured the Confederacy to try to diffuse the situation. Being a non-Latinic himself, his tour was not well received. He was viewed as another foreigner trying to arrest the will of the Latinics to rule themselves as they saw fit.
While Kliebold IV was speaking to a crowd in Hollona, he was booed off stage. A few overenthusiastic Revenue Guard officers dispersed the crowd with tear gas and cudgels. They were temporarily suspended for "overreaching their authority, in the conduct of their duty, in foreign sovereign territory". Unofficial apologies by the Burgundian government and the high command of the Revenue Guard were not satisfactory to the junta, now calling itself the "Latinic Front".
Desperate to show that he could control the empire that he had been appointed to protect, Kliebold IV authorized the creation of an Vectigal_Praesidio_Imperium (Eng: Imperial Revenue Guard). Since this unit reported directly to the Burgundian Revenue Guard the Latinic Front viewed it as even further evidence that Burgundie was attempting to exert direct control over the Latin States. It had been a miscalculation on Kliebold IV's part. He had no intention of controlling the Latin States, but had hoped the measure would bring a modicum of peace and stability to the region.
Eager to prove their value, the new Imperial Revenue Guard set about arresting the rabble-rousers with a fervor. Their tactics and their militarized equipment further raised the ire of the Latinic populations that they operated in. In at least one case they were attacked, but did not have clear orders to engage their attackers. The officers frustrations were often exhibited on those they were able to apprehend. The Latinic Front accused the unit of operating in a jurisdiction in which they had no authority, making extra-judicial arrests, treating suspects with undue violence and failing to afford the suspects their legal right to a trial by their peers (as all those arrested where sent to prisons in Burgundie).
A vicious cycle of violence ensued. The Latinic Front and its supporters would conduct violence on a minority population, or hold a rally and the Imperial Revenue Guard would respond with arrests and varying levels of street violence. In response, the Latinic Front would conduct further violence on minorities or on Imperial Revenue Guard patrols and the Imperial Revenue Guard would respond in kind.
Latinic Front Invasion of Aëscárácta
Burgundian Military Intervention
Aëscárácta Switches Sides
Burgundisch Fremdenlegion in Levantia
Caesarea's Imperial Volunteer Legion
Prince-Elector Caesar, of Caesarea, joined the Continuity Coalition in late September, to maintain control over his electorate county. He elicited support from the Burgundian military as was supplied with 50 advisers and arms for his guard unit. 100 men of the Imperial Revenue Guard were also put at his disposal, with the goal of suppressing dissent in Caesarea and retaking the Imperial City of Corcra. With a combined Caesarean and Burgundian force they took Corcra on September 27th.
Latinics joined the colloquially dubbed Imperial Volunteer Legion. Further successes lead to the Prince-Elector Caesar being recognized as Archduke of the Latinics by the Lieutenant Imperial Kliebold IV. Prince-Elector Caesar's legion continued to have success bringing Laberia et Sydonia and Cornix Loresesiaunder his direct control. On Oct 14th, the electorates of Baylium and Eastmarch joined his cause having been made aware of the treason of Aëscárácta. He was effecting an invasion of Pumbria and Vannesia at the time of the Treaty of Sedetauri.
Treaty of Sedetauri
Nov 1, 2026: Creation of Latinia, verification of Aëscáráctan independence and the creation of the military governorships of the Imperial State of Allaria-Hollona and the Imperial State of Lucarnia.
Cultural Legacy and Burgundian Influence in Latium
Burgundie maintained the military governorships in the Imperial State of Allaria-Hollona and Lucarnia, under the thumb of the Imperial Revenue Guards. While the provinces were to be ruled "on behalf of the Empire" it was clear to the residents of the provinces that they were subjects of the Burgundian crown and that the war had broken the will of the pan-Latinic movement.
The less aggressive provinces joined together in the newly created state of Latinia. In general, Burgundie stayed out of Latinia's affairs, but from time to time pro-Latinic policies were protested by the Burgundian government.
The ruling party in Aëscárácta was gutted, for its treason in the midst of the crisis. An interim government was appointed by Lieutenant Imperial Prince Kliebold IV, and elections were forced within 6 months of the Treaty of Sedetauri. Burgundie stayed out of Aëscáráctan politics, but to a lesser extent that Latinia. As long as Aëscárácta was perusing "generally acceptable and Imperially beneficial" policies, there was no Burgundian interference.