The Emmeria-Estovakia War,[a] also referred to as the Estovakia-Emmeria War, was a large-scale war on the Anean continent waged between the Federal Republic of Estovakia and the Republic of Emmeria. It is the main focus of the story campaign in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
The war officially began in the summer of 2015, with Estovakian forces crossing the border and invading the Emmerian capital city of Gracemeria. Following the loss of their capital, a large portion of the Emmerian military was eventually pushed back to Khesed Island in October 2015.
The Emmerian counteroffensive began in November 2015, and they successfully retook Khesed by the following month. In January 2016, the Emmerians landed on Anea, and later pushed inland, rescuing stranded allies. While pushing further inland, Garuda Team led an assault on the Aerial Fleet, where Talisman destroyed the P-1112 Aigaion. Emmeria eventually recaptured their capital in March, and began arranging for a ceasefire with Estovakian leaders. However, Estovakian officers opposing the treaty with Emmeria utilized the Chandelier as a retaliatory weapon. In April, the Republic of Emmeria Air Force attacked and destroyed the railgun, ending the Emmeria-Estovakia War. In Estovakia, a coup d'etat in the nation's capital overthrew "The Generals" and the ceasefire was signed later in May.
Ulysses Impact Event
In December 1994, the Ulysses 1994XF04 asteroid was found and later discovered to have a hollow interior, bringing Anea into the range of impact. This left the Anean nations with just a year to prepare for the coming impact. Emmeria took a more defensive approach, building shelters and evacuating citizens while Estovakia opted to create the Chandelier to intercept the asteroid. However, limited time resulted in the railgun not being completed in time.
In July 1999, Ulysses entered the Earth's atmosphere devastated both Emmeria and Estovakia's economies. Emmeria managed to recover relatively quickly while Estovakia suffered the brunt of the damage. In an effort to aid its eastern neighbor in its recovery, Emmeria began the Emmerian-Estovakian Reconstruction Effort.
The lack of government presence following the impacts saw the rise of numerous factions across Estovakia, all vying for control of the nation. A humanitarian crisis in Gledina would see the various factions declaring war on one another.
Estovakian Civil War
Following the civil war, the Eastern Faction established a new Estovakian government led by The Generals. Growing resentment towards Emmeria during the civil war allowed The Generals to declare war on Emmeria in 2015.
Outbreak of war
On August 30, 2015, Estovakia declared open war on Emmeria and launched a full scale invasion of the capital city, Gracemeria. Shortly after, Estovakian aircraft entered Gracemeria airspace, the Republic of Emmeria Air Force dispatched all available squadrons to defend the capital. Initially, Emmerian forces almost succeeded in driving out the invaders but were soon afterward forced to retreat following the arrival of the Strigon Team and Nimbus missiles which wiped out a majority of Emmerian aircraft.
The King & Balloon Operations were carried out in an effort to retake Gracemeria, these would ultimately fail due to an umbrella defense network comprised of the Strigon Team, P-1112 Aigaion and the Estovakian South Sea Fleet.
In September 2015, Estovakians reached the city of San Loma and began their attack operations. Emmeria ultimately lost the Battle of San Loma due to further Nimbus missile strikes from the Aigaion.
By October 2015, many Emmerians were displaced and sought refuge in many facilities near the border with Nordennavic. In the same month, a large portion of the Emmerian military retreated to Khesed Island.
Battle of Khesed Island
By November 2015, Emmerian forces which had fled to the southwest of Khesed Island were stationed at Campagna Airport, east of Vitoze; an old medieval city. Estovakia had also established a frontline base in Sipli Field—located in the center of Khesed—to coordinate attacks against Emmerian forces in Vitoze. The Estovakian Air Force, aware of the current state of Emmerian forces stationed near the city, saw the opportunity to bring a swift end to the war. On November 24, 2015, numerous Estovakian bomber squadrons entered Vitoze airspace and commenced bombing operations. The Emmerian Air Force dispatched multiple squadrons in response. Ultimately, the Emmerian military was able to prevent the destruction of both Campagna Airport and Vitoze.
Shortly after the successful defense of Vitoze, Emmeria drew up plans to reclaim Khesed Island. The plan would require the Estovakian forces stationed in Sipli Field driven out and their frontline broken. On November 27, 2015, Republic of Emmeria Army tank battalions—including Steel Gunners, Warlock and Quox—pushed into Sipli Field. Working in tandem with the air force, the Emmerian army successfully drove Estovakian forces out of Sipli and forced them to retreat to Bartolomeo Fortress.
On December 27, 2015, Emmerian ground and air forces approached Mount Marcello and launched a large-scale offensive on Bartolomeo Fortress. Just before the Emmerian military could finish the battle, two members of the Strigon Team—led by Karlo Bogdanovic—entered the airspace in an effort to prevent the recapture of the fortress. Despite their feroscious efforts, both pilots were shot down by Garuda Team and the battle concluded with Emmeria as the victor. Following the loss of Bartolomeo Fortress, Estovakian forces retreated from Khesed Island and fortified their positions on the mainland.
Liberation of Emmeria
With Khesed Island once again under Emmerian control, plans developed for an amphibious landing on the Anean mainland. On January 26, 2016, Emmerian forces—supported by Emmerian squadrons—landed on Rargom Beach and a large scale engagement ensued. During the battle, Quox Battalion, alongside the Yellow Jacket helicopter unit, managed to retake Ortara and the airport located nearby. Warlock Battalion broke through the center of the beach and the Republic of Emmeria Navy engaged Estovakian forces occupying the Kijera Oil Fields. As Emmerian forces were on the brink of victory, a large scale Estovakian detachment arrived in the Jamel Desert. Despite the numerous reinforcements, the Emmerian military managed to establish a foothold on the mainland. Following the battle, news quickly spread about the Emmerians' successful landing on Anea.
By February 2016, remaining Emmerian battalions in Rawllins Plain—Grizzly, Barracuda, Dragon Busters, Gavial, and Sherpa—were completely pinned down near Silvat Town. With them, were both Sky Kid and Stingray squadrons.
On February 7, during the prolonged engagement, Emmerian reinforcements from Khesed Island arrived at Silvat Town to support the stranded battalions. With support from Emmerian squadrons, allied battalions were able to regain control over Rawllins Plain and Estovakian forces began to retreat. Retreating Estovakian forces—including Cvitko Dudic and Irena Dvornik—were pursued and destroyed by Emmerian forces.
To avoid confrontation with a larger Estovakian force, the Emmerian military was advised by the Department of National Safety to utilize a steep mountain path which cut through the Selumna Peaks; a route which is difficult to traverse by tanks and ground vehicles. During their mobilization, Estovakian aircraft entered the airspace and began performing bombing runs on the Emmerian battalions below and a large aerial battle ensued. At some point during the engagement, Estovakian squadrons were ordered to retreat from the airspace and began to pull out. Emmerian squadrons pursued the retreating Estovakians but were suddenly ambushed by the P-1112 Aigaion's Nimbus missiles. Emmerian aircraft were ordered to evacuate while Garuda Team would eliminate the Searchers guiding the cruise missiles. The evacuation was completed at approximately the same time the last Searcher was destroyed.
To deal with the threat of Nimbus missiles, the Emmerian military began drawing up plans to eliminate the Estovakian heavy command cruiser. Meanwhile, a number of Emmerian agents were dispatched to obtain information regarding the Aerial Fleet. To conduct such an offensive, the Emmerians required a springboard to launch said operation from. Deeming Cavallia Air Force Base in San Loma to be a suitable candidate.
On February 15, 2016, Emmerian forces approached Tarvo and began their assault on San Loma. Hammerhead and Stork bomber units would destroy Estovakian anti-air emplacements across the shoreline en route to San Loma while the Emmerian 2nd Fleet would push into Doypalm Bay. Warlock Separate Battalion and Windhover Squadron would engage Estovakian battalions—Oleg, Kuznetsov, and Sabine—defending the northwest route to the city.
Following the destruction of the majority of Estovakian forces in Tarvo, the Emmerian military began converging on San Loma to eliminate all remaining occupying forces. After an extensive siege and barrage of attacks, the city was once again under Emmerian control.
Assault on the Aerial Fleet
With information regarding the Aerial Fleet provided by Department of National Safety agents, multiple Emmerian squadrons launched from Cavallia and headed across the Fuscum Sea to ambush the P-1112 Aigaion during its mid-air refueling. With its radar temporarily disabled during mid-air refueling, the Aerial Fleet was completely unaware of the oncoming Emmerian assault.
Shortly after Emmerian aircraft began engaging, the Strigon Team alongside Lorenz Riedel, scrambled to defend the Aerial Fleet from attacking Emmerian forces. Despite their efforts, both were shot down by Emmerian squadrons, leaving the P-1112 Aigaion vulnerable. After a prolonged final stand from the Aigaion, Talisman delivered the final blow to the aerial warship, leaving it to crash into the sea below and ending the Nimbus missile threat.
Push towards Gracemeria
With the threat of Nimbus missiles eliminated, the Emmerian military quickly began advancing towards Gracemeria. In their path was Ragno Fortress; a military installation crucial to the control of central Anea. On March 6, 2016, Emmerian forces invaded Grageo Canyon and began besieging the fortress. Yellow Jacket would deploy Emmerian special forces through tunnels below the fortress while tank battalions and squadrons assaulted the fortress above ground. Following the destruction of a majority of the occupying forces, special forces eliminated any remaining Estovakians, securing the fortress.
The Estovakian military, fully aware of the looming threat of the Emmerian advance, began planning to transport WMD catalysts into Gracemeria as part of a scorched earth policy. Unaware of this, the Emmerian military continued pushing eastward.
In the same month, the Estovakian Army began gathering a large force in Moloch Desert to attempt to stop Emmerian forces from reaching Gracemeria. On March 25, the Emmerian military engaged this force in one of the largest battles of the war. Being absolutely overrun by Emmerian forces, the Estovakian forces began to retreat. Around this time, Emmerian command obtained information regarding Estovakia's scorched earth policy and immediately ordered all Emmerian forces to cease fire.
Multiple Strigon Team members soon after entered the airspace, Shamrock, unaware of the WMD threat, disobeyed the order and Garuda Team entertained a dogfight in which they would prevail. As a result of this action, the Estovakian military planned to move the WMD catalysts into Gracemeria at a more rapid pace.
The following day, Garuda Team was dispatched to the Alma River to eliminate the WMD catalysts. Flying through the canyon to avoid radar detection, they successfully located and destroyed the catalyst transport squad. As Garuda Team exfiltrated the airspace, numerous Estovakian squadrons engaged them. Forced to retaliate, Garuda Team managed to hold out until reinforcements arrived. Following the arrival of allied squadrons, all Estovakian squadrons were quickly shot down.
The Liberation of Gracemeria
On March 31, the Emmerian military commenced Operation Free Gracemeria. Emmerian forces were spread all across the city, with operations aiming to recapture Gracemeria Air Force Base, Gracemeria Castle, the capitol building and radio station. The Emmerian 2nd Fleet would push into the King's Bay and engage the South Sea Fleet while a large aerial battle took place overhead.
After almost all Estovakian forces were eliminated, the Strigon Team entered the airspace now under the command of Ilya Pasternak, who ordered all other pilots to evacuate while he stalled Emmerian forces. Pasternak, alongside a multitude of UAV-45s, engaged the Emmerian squadrons, managing to down a number of Emmerian pilots before being shot down himself by Talisman. With the conclusion of the dogfight, Gracemeria had successfully been liberated, although small pockets of resistance still remained. Following Gracemeria's liberation, Emmerian and Estovakian leaders began negotiating a ceasefire.
That evening, Estovakian officers who opposed signing the ceasefire agreement activated the Chandelier as citizens in Gracemeria took to the streets in celebration of their victory. Fireworks lit up the night sky while Emmerian squadrons patrolled overhead. During the celebrations, cruise missiles began approaching the city. Patrolling squadrons and ground forces intercepted wave after wave of incoming cruise missiles. Eventually, Estovakian squadrons began arriving, rendering many Emmerian squadrons unable to intercept missiles. After a prolonged aerial battle, the attacks stopped and the destruction of Gracemeria was prevented. AWACS Ghost Eye analyzed the trajectory of the missiles and tracked their origin to an area north of Sonne Island.
On April 1, numerous Emmerian squadrons were dispatched to investigate an area north of Sonne Island with orders to engage any threats. During the sortie, they came across an operational Chandelier and a battle ensued. During the battle, all remaining Strigon Team members were shot down along with Gustav Dvornik, who was attempting to escape. The battle concluded when Talisman flew into the Chandelier's barrel and destroyed its core. Emmerian forces soon after returned home.
In late May 2016, a ceasefire agreement was signed between Emmeria and Estovakia, officially ending the Emmeria-Estovakia War and re-established peaceful relations between the two nations.
- ↑ Emmeria-Estovakia War (エメリア・エストバキア戦争)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Liberation of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Aces At War: A History 2019, page 059.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Gracemeria Patrol, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Assault Records #27 - Gustav Dvornik.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "A Brand New Day", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ Cutscene following Invasion of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ File:AC7 Website Timeline.png.
- ↑ The Aerial Fleet
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "Invasion of Gracemeria", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Sipli Field, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Bartolomeo Fortress, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Anea Landing, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Siege on Silvat, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Heavy Command Cruiser, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Chandelier, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ "President Makes Announcement To Ambassadors And Their Respective Nations", Usea Today: Asteroid on Collision Course With Earth!. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- ↑ "Wider Damage Range than Estimated", GAZE: Last Christmas. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- ↑ "A Shelterized Castle", GAZE: Last Christmas. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 Estovakian Civil War Recurrence?
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #02: Realization.
- ↑ Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Complete Guide
- ↑ Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #25 - Valeriy Nikitov.
- ↑ The Aerial Fleet. Retrieved on 6 April 2018.
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- ↑ Vitoze Aerial Defense, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ Ace Combat 6 Assault Record #02 - Karlo Bagdanovic
- ↑ Briefing prior to Selumna Peak, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- ↑ Selumna Peak, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 San Loma Assault, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ Briefing prior to Heavy Command Cruiser, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- ↑ Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Assault Records #08 - Ilya Pasternak.
- ↑ Ragno Fortress, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 33.2 The Moloch Desert, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ Weapons of Mass Destruction, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 35.2 Aces At War: A History 2019, page 58.