Latium Crisis

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Latium Crisis
Latium Wars Map.png
Map of the conflict in Sept 2026
DateSeptember 2026-November 1, 2026
LocationKingdom of Latium, Holy Levantine Empire
Status On going
Confederacy of Latin States

Continuity Coalition
Aescaracta flag.png Aëscárácta
FlagofBurgundy.jpg Burgundie
Electorate of Eastmarch
Flag of the Kingdom of Naples (Vectorised).pngElectorate of Caesarea
Spjarrak coa 2.pngHouse Spujarrak

Supported by:

Latinic Front
Electorate of Allaria
Cornix Loresesia
Electorate of Hollona
Laberia et Sydonia
Electorate of Lucarnia
Electorate of Vistegatrix

Commanders and leaders
Aescaracta flag.png Major General Gálos Fényeszem
Aescaracta flag.png Cardinal Aurél Jáborkéz
FlagofBurgundy.jpg Major General Jens Mikelsen
BlackWalrusCo.png Boral Krazalkov
Flag of the Kingdom of Naples (Vectorised).png Prince-Elector Caesar
Spjarrak coa 2.png Arzual Spujarrak
Elector of Allaria
Elector of Lucarnia
Governor-General of Diorysia

Aescaracta flag.png 35,200 soldiers

  • BlackWalrusCo.png 5,000 mercs

FlagofBurgundy.jpg 8,800 soldiers (as of Sept 2026)
Flag of the Kingdom of Naples (Vectorised).png 2,000 soldiers
Spjarrak coa 2.png 1.400 household guards

Total Strength: 41,000 soldiers and 5,000 mercs

5,200 soldiers and 13,100 partisans from the Electorate of Allaria
8,400 soldiers and 1,600 partisans from Cornix Loresesia

  • 2,000 mercs Disciples of Death

9,800 soldiers and 45,200 partisans from Diorysia
2,200 soldiers and 1,500 partisans from Esquinia
800 soldiers and 500 partisans from Fospia
5,600 soldiers and 1,500 partisans from the Electorate of Hollona
2,100 soldiers and 4,500 partisans from Laberia et Sydonia
5,700 soldiers and 7,200 partisans from Latium
2,800 soldiers and 25,500 partisans from the Electorate of Lucarnia
400 soldiers and 900 partisans from Pumbria
100 soldiers and 200 partisans from Vannesia
3,700 soldiers and 2,600 partisans from Verecundia
4,800 soldiers and 25,200 partisans from the Electorate of Vistegatrix

Total Strength: 31,000 soldiers and 129,500 partisans

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.

Papal Intervention

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

The Kingdom of Latium after the Treaty of Sedetauri

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.

Effects on the Holy Levantine Empire