- This article is about an in-universe event. For the in-game mission, see Invasion of Gracemeria (mission).
The Invasion of Gracemeria was the opening battle of the Emmeria-Estovakia War. The surprise attack carried out by Estovakia resulted in the capture of Gracemeria and forced the Emmerian military out of their capital. This battle had a great impact on the citizens of Emmeria.
Following the Ulysses Impact Event, Estovakia's economy was fell into ruin. To hasten their eastern neighbor's recovery, Emmeria attempted to provide financial aid to the country. However, this was cut short as a civil war broke out in Estovakia. Ultimately, the Eastern Faction won the war and established a new government under a military regime.
Over the next few years, tensions would rise between the two nations, eventually resulting in Estovakia declaring war on Emmeria.
On August 30, 2015, the Estovakian military invaded Gracemeria. The Estovakian Air Force heavily bombed the city and partially destroyed King's Bridge, while the Estovakian Army deployed airborne tanks and troops to the ground.
Following an initial surprise, the Emmerian military quicky moved to defend the capital from the invading forces. The Republic of Emmeria Air Force moved to engage Estovakian fighter and bombers, downing a majority of them, while infantry and Grobda Tank Company dealt with ground forces; the Republic of Emmeria Navy also moved into King's Bay to engage with the Estovakian Navy.
The defense was going well for Emmeria, almost managing to drive out the invading forces, but the tides quickly turned in Estovakia's favor when Nimbus missiles launched from the P-1112 Aigaion wiped out around half of Emmerian aircraft above the city. The following arrival of the Strigon Team and other Estovakian reinforcements put Emmerian air forces at a decisive disadvantage, leaving ground forces and the Navy powerless against the enemy's airborne attacks. Fearing total annihilation, the Emmerian Air Defense Command ordered a withdrawal and all remaining Emmerian forces retreated west, abandoning Gracemeria.
However, shortly before withdrawing from Gracemeria, Emmerian pilot Talisman was able to shoot down Strigon Team's leader Victor Voychek, relegating him to ground duty. Voychek was replaced by his wingman Darijo Kovac.