|The Snake Eyes War|
|Date||March 16th, 2019 - Present|
|Casus belli||Botched diplomacy over unauthorized raids|
|Preceded by|| |
|Succeeded by|| |
|: 140 Nations|| : 22 Nations
Sellswords: 9 nations
The Snake Eyes War was a war between the Freehold of The Wolves (and allies) and COBRA (and allies) over failed diplomacy in the wake of a raid against an alleged FTW protectorate. A likely secondary cause was bad blood from previous conflicts between the two alliances (The FTW-Kashmir War and the Interstellar Wolf with Claws - COBRA war, both fought in 2018).
On March 3rd, 2019, the nation of Korlathica, a member state of the Sellswords, a COBRA mutual defense partner, launched two unauthorized raids against two ANiMaLz nations. The aNiMaLz AA was under the protection of FTW until March 3, the date of the attacks. FTW felt that the protection was inclusive of that date,and that only 89 days had passed, while COBRA maintained that March 3 meant the protection had expired. Peace was offered, then rejected by the two aNiMaLz nations. Communications were established between FTW leadership and that of COBRA's, but the diplomacy was verbal and ambiguous: It was decided that Korlath would fight two rounds of war.
On March 13, Korlath moved to the Kashmir AA while still fighting a second round of war with FTW. At this point, Sellswords and their allies (Kash/COBRA) were all under the impression that this was the end of the dispute as they had believed rounds to mean individual wars, instead of the amount of time Korlath would be at war. A 'round' is 7 days and is generally used to describe an amount of time two entities are at war, not the individual wars between said entities. FTW understood the agreement as an amount of time to be at war with Korlath and launched another individual war on March 15.
FTW leadership messaged COBRA letting them know the latest attacker would peace with the rest at the end of 2 rounds. Again, diplomacy failed the parties: COBRA leader General Kannibis claimed that, due to RL/Time Zone complications, the attack was not called off. FTW believed his claim an excuse. Hostilities began that night with COBRA declaring war on FTW. Each alliance's arguments can be read in detail in the COBRA Dow thread.
The war began officially on March 16th, 2019, with COBRA's Declaration of War against the Freehold of the Wolves. Eventually, the Roll For Initiative bloc, of which FTW is a signatory, entered on their behalf as did new ally LoSS. COBRA was joined by allies Kashmir (who were in turn supported by the Screaming Red Asses) and The Imperial Entente. This entry caused ruffled feathers in the FTW coalition, as the legality of TIE's entry was disputed by FTW, who claims TIE did not properly and clearly cancel their treaties with FTW prior to attacking. TIE denies this. Argent would subsequently counter SRA in defense of FTW.
Other, seemingly unrelated, entries into the war were by Non Grata and Gibsonistan. Neither seemed to have any motive or interest in the nexus of the conflict; Non Grata likely entered as an extension of Caustic's Balls of IRON/End Times campaign, while Gibsonistan, who entered as a single nation under the long-defunct SuperFriends marquee, possesses motives that may never come to light.
RFI's offered the following terms:
- Kashmir admits defeat
- SRA admits defeat
- Korlath will face two rounds of war
- COBRA, TIE, and Sellswords admit defeat
- COBRA, TIE, and Sellswords agree to sell 75,000 tech at 6/200 rates to buyers at RFI's discretion
- COBRA apologizes for their manipulation and deceit to KoRT and explains what they did publicly.
- COBRA acknowledges that tech dealing with people at war is a breach of etiquette and can be considered a valid CB.
- COBRA writes a 1,000 word fanfiction story about RFI & LoSS fighting the COBRA coalition. RFI & LoSS are to be portrayed as heroes and the COBRA coalition as goblins.
- TIE apologizes to FTW for their betrayal
- TIE renames to X-WING for one month
- Half of Sellswords members will fly the Argent flag for one month
These terms were rejected in short order by COBRA Coalition.
- 16 MAR 19- COBRA DoW against FTW: Camp Obedience for Puppies
- 18 MAR 19 - TIE DoW against FTW: Ties Incoming
- 19 MAR 19 - LoSS DoW against Sellswords, The Imperial Entente, and COBRA: Loss DoW
- 19 MAR 19 - Roll For Initiative DoW against COBRA: DUmb war story
- 23 MAR 19 - Kashmir DoW against FTW: Black Dog >> Mangy Wolf
- 23 MAR 19 - Legion DoW against Kashmir:Legion DoW on Kashmir
- 3 APR 19 - Gibsonistan DoW against FTW:SuperFriends DoW
- 4 APR 19 - SRA DoW on FTW: You Done Poked a Comatose Midget
- 7 APR 19 - Argent DoW on SRA: Disputed Involvement