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Estovakia, officially the Federal Republic of Estovakia,[a] is a large country located in eastern Anea. It shares its only land border with the Republic of Emmeria to the west and is separated from Yuktobania by the Fuscum Sea, located just south of Anea.[4] By 2014, it had a population of approximately 63.5 million people.[1]

Estovakia was a nation engulfed in economic strife following the Ulysses Impact Event in 1999. The event caused significant damage to its economy and infrastructure, sparked the Estovakian Civil War,[5] and ultimately dissolved any future plans for the Republic of Anea, an initiative that aimed to unite all the Anean countries into a single nation.[2]

It was governed by the Estovakian Military Regime led by "The Generals" after the civil war ended in October 2013.[6] After a period of escalation, Estovakia declared war on Emmeria in August 2015, sparking the Emmeria-Estovakia War. Civilian displeasure with the war led to a coup d'etat in the nation's capital that overthrew the military regime. Following the war's conclusion in May 2016, Estovakia's leaders restored peaceful relations with Emmeria.[7] However, Estovakia was once again left in a state of disrepair.[8]

Prior to the Emmeria-Estovakia War, the Estovakian military was relatively large and well-equipped and utilized advanced aircraft such as the P-1112 Aigaion and CFA-44 Nosferatu.[8]

Estovakia was the antagonist country in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.

History

Pre-Ulysses (–1998)

In 1970, Belka became the largest supplier of weapons for Estovakia's armed forces, followed by Yuktobania.[9]

In the 1990s, the domestic economy achieved a high level of activity. A major refinery in the northeast of the country owned by the Oil Resource Development Corporation was abandoned under unknown circumstances in 1990, and remained abandoned for the rest of the decade.[9]

Following the Belkan War in 1995, a number of Belkan veterans, including Lorenz Riedel, were exiled from their nation and emigrated to Estovakia.[10] Belka's defeat in the war also resulted in far fewer weapons being imported by Estovakia.[9]

Ulysses (1998–1999)

In 1998, the Federation of Central Usea (FCU) and IUN announced that the Ulysses 1994XF04 asteroid would have a wider impact radius than previously expected, bringing the Anean continent into the range of impact, causing protests in Estovakia against both entities for their lack of crisis management.[11] On account of the lack of asteroid defense weapons such as Stonehenge in Usea, Estovakia began to develop its own meteor interception system. Despite making steady progress, the belated announcement resulted in the Chandelier not being completed in time, leaving the nation defenseless.[12]

A destroyed Estovakian city

On July 4, 1999, many asteroid fragments fell upon the country. The resulting damage devastated the nation and its economy, making it one of the worst affected by the disaster.[5] The capital of the country also lost its status following the impact.[2]

Sometime after the impacts, members of the Emmerian Ministry of Science and Technology started showing concern in regards to the further development of the Chandelier. Its potential threat as a weapon of war and lack of purpose following the impacts resulted in many nations uniting to prohibit any further development of the meteor interception system.[12]

Ulysses aftermath (1999–2007)

In 2000, neighboring Emmeria launched the Emmerian-Estovakian Reconstruction Effort, a humanitarian aid campaign with NGO groups to assist in Estovakia's reconstruction efforts. The ensuing lack of government control due to the impacts resulted in armed factions taking control of various regions across the country.

On March 20, 2002, Osea, Emmeria and various other nations imposed economic sanctions on Estovakia, citing internal corruption.[13] This, in addition to the Osean Federation's further restriction of Belkan weapon exports,[14] made it increasingly difficult for Estovakia to incorporate new technologies and recover form the Ulysses Impact Event.[9]

In June 2005, the acting Estovakian government commissioned Albastru-Electrice and multiple other cutting-edge weapons manufacturing firms within the country to begin developing an advanced stealth aircraft that would eventually become the CFA-44 Nosferatu.[8]

On April 3, 2007, Estovakia's former capital was taken over by the Lyes Faction, making them the nation's de facto government. By June, the Lyes Faction was renamed the Lyes United Front (LUF).[13] Still wishing to aid Estovakia to rebuilt after the Ulysses Impact Event, the Republic of Emmeria made an arrangement with the new government to provide them aid.[2]

Estovakian Civil War (2007–2013)

Early battles

On June 30, 2007, the Lyes United Front used the Emmerian aid to suppress cities that opposed their rule. One of these cities was Gledina.[13] The LUF blockaded supply routes to the city, an action that caused a humanitarian crisis causing the deaths of over 200,000 people.[2]

24's "TRAGEDY CONTINUES" news report

Seeing this atrocity, the Eastern Faction declared war on the LUF, sparking he Estovakian Civil War. Many other factions including the Island Coalition, Independent Tariff Federation, and Northern Highlands Faction, soon after declared war on one another.[2] Shortly after the outbreak of war, the Emmerian news company 24 reported on the ongoing conflict.[5]

On July 15, 2008, the Eastern Faction captures and restores the oil platforms in the northeast of the country that was previously under the control of the Oil Resource Development Corporation.[6]

On October 23, the Republic of Anea Initiative was put on hold due to the civil war.[6]

At an unspecified point during the war, the Lyes United Front assimilated the Independent Tariff Federation, gaining access to its territory and military strength.[15][16]

Sometime during the war, the Lyes United Front sent in Rousalka Team to capture of an Island Coalition base. An Island Coalition pilot named Ozren Milos took part in defending the base, ultimately repelling the LUF attack. The base was a key factor in the eventual Eastern Faction victory.[17]

On February 19, 2010, Emmeria halted its aid program, due to it had being revealed that the LUF was utilizing the resources to further its war machine instead of aiding Estovakia's recovery.[6] This greatly affected the LUF's capability as a military force and slowed their advance.[2]

Later on, the Eastern Faction carried out a city-wide bombing of a Lyes United Front controlled city in order to destroy a tank battalion that was stationed there. The city was left in shambles.[18]

The Eastern Faction later assimilated the Northern Highlands, through an act facilitated by the friendship between General Gustav Dvornik and Isaac Arensky.[2]

On May 9, 2011, Estovakia stopped receiving aid from Emmeria.[6]

Breaking the stalemate

At an unknown point in time, the Belkan defectors that were exiled from their nation, including Lorenz Riedel, provided the Eastern Faction with classified data regarding the XB-0 Hresvelgr, and development on the Aerial Fleet Initiative began.[10]

In 2012, the development of the Aerial Fleet Initiative became virtually stagnant. When Yuktobania sold its advanced submarine Alicorn, FRONT LINE military analysts believed that Estovakia would be more likely to purchase it than Erusea or Leasath due to the nation being surrounded by ocean and Osea's increased restriction of Belkan weapons sales.[14] However, as the P-1112 Aigaion later completed its construction by October 2013, Estovakia's Eastern Faction did not end up acquiring the submarine, and it instead was purchased by the Kingdom of Erusea.[19]

Still under development, the CFA-44 Nosferatu program strained the Estovakian economy, which was still struggling due to the Ulysses Impact Event. As a result, the project faced criticism from Estovakian mass media corporations. Under Eastern Faction rule, free speech was practically non-existent, and many reporters went missing during this period.[20]

On January 15, 2013, General Lyes of the LUF conducted a large scale offensive against the Eastern Faction.[6] Despite the superior numbers of the LUF, they were overwhelmed by the Eastern Faction's new weaponry, including the CFA-44's ADMM and the P-1112 Aigaion,[20] and elite aviation units including both Vampire and Strigon squadrons. Throughout the following week, the Lyes United Front lost 80% of its territory.[6]

On October 29, the Lyes United Front, still engaging the Eastern Faction while on the retreat, suffered a major defeat near the border with Emmeria, due to the Aigaion and its Nimbus missiles.[6][21] During this decisive battle, General Lyes was killed, and the Estovakian Civil War was brought to an end.[6]

Rising tensions (2013–2015)

An Emmeria Daily News article reporting on the new Estovakian government

Following the civil war's end, the Eastern Faction established a new government and consolidated power within Estovakia. Additionally, the Eastern Faction military became the national Estovakian military.[22]

The Estovakian flag flying

The postwar era was marked by separatist movements and guerrilla attacks from LUF remnants against the new government. On November 25, 2013, while traveling to Zaurek International Airport for a summit in Gracemeria regarding Estovakian reconstruction, Foreign Minister Isaac Arensky was attacked by armed secessionist forces. Arensky later died on December 2, but this was covered up by the Estovakian government.[6] A week later, fifteen of the attackers were apprehended by Estovakian authorities.[2]

On February 3, 2014, Estovakian authorities made the death of Foreign Minister Aresnky public, asserting that former officers of the Lyes United Front were responsible for the attack. Emmerian media later speculated that Estovakian cabinet members were behind the attack as Arensky was allegedly on poor terms with Prime Minister Jacob Šuker.[2] The same day, Antonina Koznick, former captain of the Eastern Faction Navy, was appointed as the new Foreign Minister.[6]

On February 4, Emmerian soldiers on humanitarian missions were attacked by former LUF members, leading to the death of 28 soldiers and aid workers in the city of Vistoc. Following the attack, the Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Estovakia was held as the Emmerian Army deployed reinforcements. At the conference, Emmerian Ambassador Belle stated that the Vistoc incident would not impede the scheduled aid program. Foreign Minister Koznick responded by questioning Emmeria's previous support of the LUF during the Estovakian Civil War; Belle explained that the LUF misused the previous aid program and that Emmeria is still willing to help, remarking that Estovakia's frustrations were misplaced. Following the conference, Emmerian media questioned whether the attitude of Estovakian cabinet members towards Emmeria could sour relations in the future.[2]

That same year, Estovakia's census took place, placing its population at around 63.5 million.[1]

By 2015, Estovakia had started purchasing weaponry from General Resource Limited and North Osea Gründer Industries.[23] On April 21, 2015, a Yuktobanian spy satellite spotted and tracked the P-1112 Aigaion as it was flying over Estovakia. The satellite tracked the Aigaion for four days before losing a visual as the aircraft flew off the coast of the nation.[9]

Emmeria-Estovakia War (2015–2016)

Initial attacks

Strigon Team attacking Gracemeria following the Nimbus impacts

On August 30, 2015, Estovakia launched a surprise attack on the Emmerian capital of Gracemeria. Although initially losing the battle, the P-1112 Aigaion and Strigon Team quickly turned the tide, forcing the Emmerian military to retreat west across Anea.[24] Following the capture of Gracemeria, the Emmerian military attempted to recapture their capital four times. However, Estovakia managed to defend Gracemeria with Strigon, the Aigaion and South Sea Fleet.[25] Estovakia saw continual early victories, successfully conquering Mante, San Loma[26] and a number of other cities, before ultimately driving Emmerian forces to Khesed Island.[5]

As the Emmerians retreated to Khesed Island, Estovakia pursued them and captured Bartolomeo Fortress and set up a frontline at Sipli Field. Wishing to end the war quickly, Estovakia launched an air raid at the Emmerian forces stationed at Vitoze.[27] However, Estovakia underestimated the tenacity of the Emmerian resistance, resulting in the operation's failure. Emmeria began its counterattack in late 2015, and Estovakia was unable to keep them from recapturing Khesed.[28]

On the defense

In January 2016, the Emmerian military landed at Rargom Beach, defeated the defending Estovakian force and secured a foothold on Anea.[29] In the meantime, Estovakia began its siege on Emmerian forces stationed at Silvat Town. The siege was later broken by the Emmerian forces from Khesed rescuing their allies. Estovakia was forced to retreat eastward.[30] As the Emmerians continued advancing, Estovakia deployed its P-1112 Aigaion to slow their advance through the Selumna Peaks.[31] In February, Emmerian forces recaptured San Loma[32] and ambushed the Aerial Fleet, putting Estovakia at a disadvantage.[33]

Strigon Team above Gracemeria

Over the next few months, Estovakia saw continual defeats as the Emmerians pushed ever closer to Gracemeria.[34] In response, Estovakian officials began planning a scorched earth for the Emmerian capital. However, this plan was thwarted by Garuda Team when they destroyed the WMD catalysts.[35] Estovakia, after losing their main force in the Moloch Desert, began fortifying Gracemeria in preparation for the battle. On March 31, Emmerian forces arrived at Gracemeria. Despite fierce resistance, Estovakia lost control of the city. Following the battle, Estovakian leaders began arranging for a ceasefire with Emmerian officials.[36]

Unsanctioned retaliation

Emmerian and remnant Estovakian forces clash around the Chandelier

On the evening following the battle, high-ranking Estovakian officers opposing the treaty commandeered the Chandelier and used it to launch a retaliatory strike against Gracemeria.[37][1] The following day, the officers continued the retaliation plan, and Emmeria deployed Republic of Emmeria Air Force squadrons to the Razgriz Straits. In the ensuing battle, the remnant Estovakian forces attempted to defend the Chandelier near Sonne Island. Ultimately, they could not stop Talisman from destroying the railgun and killing General Gustav Dvornik.[12] Around this time, a coup d'etat overthrew the Estovakian Military Regime in the Estovakian capital.[1]

In May 2016, the new Estovakian government signed a ceasefire treaty with the Emmerian government, officially ending the Emmeria-Estovakia War and re-establishing peaceful relations between the two nations.[7][38] However, as a result of the war, Estovakia was once again left in a ruined state.[8]

Postwar (2016–)

Following the end of the Emmeria-Estovakia War, Albastru-Electrice and other Estovakian firms continued producing limited quantities of CFA-44 Nosferatus; the Estovakian Forces also continued to field the aircraft.[8]

Estovakian aircraft at Redmill Air Force Base alongside foreign aircraft

On June 30, 2020, Estovakia, alongside Emmeria and other foreign nations, attended a ceremony commemorating 25 years since the end of the Belkan War after being invited by the Osean Federation. Estovakian officers attended Osea's Memorial Day and the Estovakian Air Force sent five MiG-29A Fulcrums, a replica of Ilya Pasternak's CFA-44 Nosferatu, and four replica Strigon Team Su-33 Flanker-Ds, to be showcased alongside the aircraft of other participating nations at Redmill Air Force Base.[39]

Geography

Sonne Island in the Razgriz Straits

Half of Estovakia's territory is comprised of expansive mountain ranges.[9] Estovakia also controls a number of islands to the north and east of the mainland, most notably, Sonne Island. Due to their proximity to the pole, the climate is almost always cold.

The majority of Estovakia is surrounded by water, bordered by the Fuscum Sea to the south, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Ceres Ocean to the east.

Politics

Government

From July 1999 to October 2013, Estovakia was under the control of regional military factions vying for power. By April 2007, the Lyes Faction secured Estovakia's former capital region and became the nation's de facto government. The Lyes government would later be described as a military dictatorship.[2] In the region governed by the Eastern Faction, free speech was practically non-existant and media criticising or mocking the faction was suppressed.[8]

In October 2013, the Eastern Faction won the Estovakian Civil War and a new Estovakian government was established under the rule of the "Generals".[5] Under the control of the Generals, the Estovakian government also featured a cabinet headed by a prime minister.[2] Although the nation was referred to as the "Federal Republic of Estovakia", their government resembles a stratocracy.

In 2016, the E.E. War led to the Estovakian military regime being overthrown and yet another new government being established.[7]

Military

After the Ulysses 1994XF04 planetfall, the power of Estovakia's central government began to diminish to the point where the nation was under the control of regional military factions. During the Estovakian Civil War period, all five of the factions were known to absorb one another.[40][17][41] The Eastern Faction and Lyes United Front were the two last factions and were known to support an army, navy and air force.[2][9][42]

Prior to the E.E. War, Estovakia supported a large, well-equipped military force despite its lack of economic prowess. Estovakia's armed forces are comprised of the Estovakian Navy, the Estovakian Army and the Estovakian Air Force.[43] Following the war's conclusion, the Estovakian military was devastated but are known to still operate an air defense force.[8]

Economy

In the 1990s, Estovakia's domestic economy was thriving, however, the Ulysses Impact Event left the nation in a state of disrepair. It was estimated that it would take decades for the country to reach the level of economic activity it once had.[2]

By late 2016, following the E.E. War, Estovakia's economy was once again left in ruin.[8]

Gallery

Trivia

  • Estovakia shares numerous similarities with Eastern Bloc countries.
    • There are many distinguishing cultural similarities, such as predominant Russian and Romanian names, accents, and references.
    • The standard combat fighter jet used by the elite Strigon team, the Su-33, was developed by the Soviet Union.
    • The name Strigon is a reference to the Strigoi, or undead vampires of Romanian Mythology.
    • The Emmerian-given nickname for Estovakians, "Stovies", is an anagram for "Soviets".
  • Estovakian officers appear to wear uniforms similar to those worn by North Korean officers.

Footnotes

  1. Federal Republic of Estovakia (エストバキア連邦 Esutobakia renpō),[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Aces At War: A History 2019, page 059
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Estovakian Civil War Recurrence?. Newspaper issue dated February 5, 2014.
  3. もっと詳しく ACE6 -- 戦闘エリア紹介. Retrieved on 23 March 2018.
  4. File:Strangereal Map AC7.jpg
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Cutscene 02: "Realization", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Aces At War: A History 2019, page 144.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Cutscene 17: "A Brand New Day", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Aces At War: A History 2019, page 69.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 FRONT LINE Special Issue: The Aerial Fleet
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #21 - Lorenz Riedel.
  11. GAZE: Last Christmas
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Mission 15: "Chandelier", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Aces At War: A History 2019, page 142.
  14. 14.0 14.1 FRONT LINE: Unneeded Submarine To Be Scrapped
  15. Assault Records - #20 Goran Rosandic
  16. Assault Records - #17 Dragan Panadic
  17. 17.0 17.1 Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #16 - Ozren Milos.
  18. Assault Records #15 - Zoran Mikulanec.
  19. SP Mission 01: "Unexpected Visitor", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Aces At War: A History 2019, page 069.
  21. Assault Records #10 - Yaroslav Deryagin.
  22. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Assault Records #27 - Gustav Dvornik.
  23. File:Grunder and General Resource Containers AC6.png
  24. Mission 01: "Invasion of Gracemeria", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  25. Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #25 - Valeriy Nikitov.
  26. The Aerial Fleet. Retrieved on 6 April 2018.
  27. Mission 02: "Vitoze Aerial Defense", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  28. Mission 04: "Bartolomeo Fortress", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  29. Mission 05: "Anea Landing", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  30. Mission 06: "Siege on Silvat", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  31. Mission 07: "Selumna Peak", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  32. Mission 08: "San Loma Assault", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  33. Mission 09: "Heavy Command Cruiser", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  34. Mission 10: "Ragno Fortress", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  35. Mission 11: "The Moloch Desert", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  36. Mission 13: "The Liberation of Gracemeria", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  37. Mission 14: "Gracemeria Patrol", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  38. Aces At War: A History 2019, page 58.
  39. https://ace7.acecombat.jp/clm/column06.php
  40. Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #09 - Aleksei Cheshenko.
  41. Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #13 - Lucijan Markovic.
  42. Ace Combat 6, Assault Records #14 Mihajlo Mesic
  43. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
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