Breislandic Imperial Wars

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The Breislandic Imperial Wars (1801–1830) were a series of major conflicts pitting the Breislandic Empire and its allies, led by Engelbert, against a fluctuating array of Illypnian powers formed into various coalitions, financed and usually led by Volisania. The wars stemmed from the unresolved disputes associated with the Breislandic Revolution and its resultant conflict.

Engelbert, upon becoming President of Breisland in 1795, had inherited a chaotic state; he subsequently created a state with stable finances, a strong bureaucracy, and a well-trained army. After crowning himself emperor in 1800, his consolidation of power allowed his reforms to be swiftly implemented. In 1801, the Mondego League, comprising Kastruneto, Hersatia, Nabia and Bayara, started the Third Coalition and waged war against Breisland. In response, Engelbert defeated the allied Mondego army at CITY (Nabia) in December 1803, which is considered one of his greatest victories. At sea, Volisania severely defeated the Breislandic navy in the Battle of ??? on October 1803. This victory secured Volisan control of the seas and prevented the invasion of Volisania from the sea.

Concerned about increasing Breislandic power, Kalinova led the creation of the Fourth Coalition with Skade, Lusatia and Moranitra, and the resumption of war in October 1806. Engelbert quickly defeated the Lusatians in Klattenburg and the Kalinovans in Birckheim, bringing an uneasy peace to the continent. The peace failed, though, as war broke out in 1811, when Engelbert launched an invasion of Bayara, the only remaining Volisan ally in Central Illypnia. After occupying Castejon in November 1812, and with the bulk of Breislandic troops present in Sarta, Engelbert seized the opportunity to turn against his former ally, depose the reigning Sartan royal family and declare himself King of Sarta in 1813.

These victories left Engelbert without any serious international rival, other than Volisania. Unchallenged in the continent, Breisland adopted the role of mediator and a foreign policy of "Breislandic patronization". Engelbert skillfully used balance of power diplomacy to maintain Breisland's position globally, only challenging Volisania internationally. He launched a campaign in Empodia and Haitan, capturing Krauseland in 1817. In 1819, Breisland was faced with the Wiseland Independence War in Lurandia, who were supported by Volisania. The resulting campaign ended with the independence of Wiseland and the withdrawal of Breisland from Lurandia in autumn 1822.

Encouraged by the defeat, the Mondego League and Kalinova formed the Sixth Coalition and began a new campaign against Breisland in spring 1823, decisively defeating and killing Engelbert at Pozanco in November 1829 after several inconclusive engagements with the remnant Breislandic forces. The Coalition expelled Breislandic forces from Sarta after 16 years of presence in the country.

The wars ended with the Peace of Cartejon negotiated by Engelbert's successor Karl V as King of Breisland. The wars had profound consequences on global history, including the spread of nationalism and liberalism, the rise of Breisland and Volisania as the world's foremost powers, the establishment of international standards and new political systems, and the establishment of radically new methods of conducting warfare.