At the time, we thought it was going to be a piece of cake. I was under the impression that we would push the crims aside like dust. It was only when they began dropping satellites and nukes on our heads that I realised that it wasn't that simple.
—A Necasian soldier reminsicing on the battle
The Battle of Slavabrya was a fairly large battle during the Cruentusian War, a conflict that took place before the rise of the Galactic Republic. It occurred when the fascist Necasian Military assaulted a base of the socialist Srav Federation on the planet of Slavabrya, but heavy Srav resistance, coupled with bungling on part of the Necasians, stymied Necasian efforts. The Necasians attempted to launch an assault on a town where the Sravs were concentrated, only for their tank divisions to be repelled in the fields outside. Necasian regular and elite infantry made abortive progress in the town, but were eventually neutralized.
Following this, the Necasians launched an attack on a Srav missile base, which failed due to carelessness on the part of the troops and a rapid Srav response. With confidence in victory dropping, Necasian leader Askar Invado ordered the Necasians to commence guerilla operations. In response, the Sravs dropped orbital satellites onto their positions, causing heavy casualites and morale loss. Shortly thereafter, Srav commander Vlad Mutin arrived to assume command of the battle. Claiming that his actions would preserve Srav lives, Vlad destroyed several towns the Necasians were using to retreat with nuclear weaponry. With the Necasians driven away, the Sravs celebrated their victory.
Askar Invado, leader of the fascist Necasian Military, had come to the conclusion that opposing Srav Federation was about to embark on a major offensive, following analysis of intelligence on its military movements. This was following the Necasian consolidation that had occurred as a result of the dissolution of its alliance with the Zayre species and the attacks of the Death's Tongue Militia fanatical group. Askar, after consorting with his commanders, decided that cutting off Srav supply bases would heavily weaken the force of the inevitable offensive, if not completely preventing it. Necasian intelligence pinpointed a large base on the grassy world of Slavabrya, where the Sravs were also consolidating large forces. Askar decided that taking Slavabrya would deal a heavy blow to any Srav plans.
Noting that the planet had a relatively large defence, mainly consisting of Tarbarossa-class orbital platforms, Askar arranged for several Necasian spies to be inserted into the Srav command network on the planet. Having prepared what he viewed would be a sufficient force, Askar also arranged for Necasian SpecOps officer Rez Jorm to act as field commander, while he viewed the battle from a ship hundreds of thousands of miles from the planet. With the Sravs not expecting any attack, and with the Necasians viewing their satellite defence as the only real Srav advantage, Askar was confident of victory.
The spy in the Srav network activated a computer virus to disable the orbiting Tarbarossas as planned. Within seconds of this, the Necasian flotilla of SkyBull-class transports transports behind the planet's moon moved in, entering the atmosphere over the planet's primary continent. However, the Sravs were employing comparatively complex communications jamming arrays and Surface-air missile networks. As a result, the Necasian atmospheric entry was poorly coordinated in Askar's view, with transport captains barely able to communicate with each other. This meant that the transports haphazardly landed in random locations in the predetermined landing sector, forcing Askar to rethink his formation and linking plans. Meanwhile, Srav tank commander Boras Magdiyek, sniper Rak Dremsk and militia leader Uri Rashki were prepping their forces for combat, rolling out tank divisions to combat the incoming Necasians.
Tank battle Edit
As originally planned by Askar, divisions of Necasian Toronian tanks were rolling through fields to the town where Srav activity was concentrated, backed up by specialized infantry and Airhammer hovercopter aerial vehicles. However, due to the bungled landings, they were unable to link up as Askar had hoped, leaving many armored units isolated and vulnerable. Meanwhile, Boras was moving his own elite tanks into position, with Rak's snipers pinpointing the locations of approaching Necasian forces.
Meeting prelimary Srav vehicles in the field around the town, initial Necasian waves surprised the Sravs by making headway despite their lack of co-ordination, with Airhammers and troops equipped with NWD-STI88 anti-air missile launchers repelling incoming Srav Drapezniks and missile-launcher-equipped soldiers, combined with rapid Toronian fire, eliminating the outer Srav defences. However, despite initial confusion and delays during the Srav mobilization, Boras was confident enough to advance his tanks forward.
Units of Toronians moved to engage them, but were unable to withstand the nuclear shells and missiles Srav Drakuvs and Kurtevs fired at them. Srav snipers, dug in around the edge of the field, took out Necasian support infantry with ease, sowing panic amongst them and causing many of them to either run or attempt to surrender, only to be blown down. Missiles and flak minimized the effect the Necasian Airhammers had in the tank battle, which was becoming increasingly-one sided. Nonetheless, some Necasian tank units managed to sneak past the Srav perimeter and into the town, where they managed to engage militia units. This gave Askar some hope, and he ordered Airhammers to pick up Necasian elite SpecOps troops and airdrop them into the town, with the Sravs concentrating on the clashes of tanks taking place in the fields.
Casting blood Edit
Kill anyone who gets in your way! Ain't nobody gonna care if it's civvies or crims! You got ammo, use it!
—A SpecOps colonel to his men
Inside the town, SpecOps and regular troops engaged Srav militia in the streets. Expecting the militia to be a pushover, the Necasian troops were surpised by the quick movements of the militia, who were trained for urban combat. Executing civilians who got in their way, much to the disgust of the regular infantry, the SpecOps began co-ordinating attacks against the Sravs, but their behaviour resulted in arguments erupting between them and the infantry, most of whom were inexperienced recruits. Within twenty minutes, the Necasians were even starting to fight amongst themselves, and the Sravs exploited this.
With the Necasians retreating from the field, the Sravs were able to devote tanks to the urban front. Using grenades, tripmines and missile launchers, SpecOps were able to launch guerilla attacks on the tanks as they advanced into the streets, but ammunition was running low, and Drapeznik gunships were starting to demolish buildings where Necasians were holed up. Many regular Necasian infantry units were starting to surrender in desperation, with the Sravs killing them or accepting their surrender as they saw fit. Hammer Division troops also began cleanup operations, directly engaging their SpecOps counterparts in the streets.
Despite their ammunition and numbers running low, the SpecOps continued their resistance. One unit managed to seize a Kurtev heavy tank, which they turned on the Sravs, destroying several Drakuv tanks before rocket-launcher equipped Sravs and Drapezniks took it down. Nonetheless, Askar and Jorm had come to the conclusion that the urban battle was hopeless. Jorm helped co-ordinate the stealthy evacuation of remaining infantry, ordering them to use sewer pipes or mix in with civilian refugees, and also managed to help pull out some SpecOps. Despite this, some SpecOps continued to fight until the end, resorting to knives and fists when they ran out of ammo. Within a matter of hours, though, the Sravs had declared the town purged.
Despite their setbacks and what they regarded as worrying casualties, the Necasians began to regroup in the forests near the town. The Sravs attempted to flush them out by bombarding the forest with airpower, but dwindling ammunition and Necasian anti-air barrages drove them back. Askar decided that the troops desperately needed a morale boost. Viewing intelligence on Srav facilities, he noted the presence of a Srav tactical missile base, which was compensating for the absence of Srav mobile missile launchers in the battle. Necasian snipers reported that the Sravs were prepping a number of Nostok-5 missiles for launch. Not wanting them to have what he viewed as a key advantage, Askar ordered an assault on the missile base.
Storming forward, remaining Necasian tanks engaged Srav Kurtev tanks near the gates of the missile facility, overwhelming them and forcing them into the base. Srav soldiers attempted to repel the Necasians with missiles and mortars, but Airhammer gunship support forced them into hiding. Engineers in the missile base tried to disarm the missiles to prevent the Necasians from commandeering them, but Necasian snipers providing cover eliminated them as they ran through the compounds.
Confident, the Necasians surged into the base. Overexcited, the tank crews of the Necasians began to go into a destruction frenzy, destroying random targets such as fuel containers and barracks. During this time, a column of Drakuvs was advacing to reinforce the base, along with gunships. Noticing this, Rez ordered troops in the missile base either to pull back or destroy the missiles, but coupled with Srav communications jamming and the frenzy the tank crews were in, few Necasians acknowledged the order. As a result, they were surprised when they came under heavy attack from Drapezniks and swarming Drakuvs, while Kurtevs blocked off the other entrance. Trapped, the Necasian tanks were destroyed, while infantry tried to complete their task and sabotage the rockets. Penetrating the main missile control, they managed to wreck the controls for some of the missiles before Hammer troops took them out. One SpecOps trooper managed to launch one of the Nostoks before being killed, but the Sravs overrode its commands and sent into spiralling into the nearest ocean.
Bringing down heavenEdit
Hey, guys! Seems like there's some meteors coming down near here. Funny meteors, too. They're metal and decorated with crimson stars and...oh, shait! Take cover!
—A Necasian soldier upon seeing the incoming Srav satellites
Deciding that victory in open battle was impossible by now, Askar ordered the Necasian forces to spread and perform guerilla runs on the Sravs. This had moderate success in his opinion; several Srav supply stashes were taken out by Necasian tank and hovercopter raids, and patrolling Srav infantry squads were taken out with ease by Sharpshooter cohort snipers. With armored forces predominant in the Srav ranks, Boras had difficulty putting up an effective counter to this. Meanwhile, Srav computer analysers were getting some of the Tarborossas back online, but reported that the Necasian virus had permanently damaged some of the satellite's computer and targeting systems beyond repair.
Uri then had an idea. Gaining authorization and permission from Boras, the highest-ranking Srav commander, he programmed some of the Tarborossas, and civilian communications satellites as well, into paths where Necasian forces were concentrated. Raining down, some of the Tarborossas hit with the force of several dozen nuclear bombs with their payloads aboard, devastating their target areas. The smaller communication satellites hit with more precision, taking out stategic bridges. The site of the satellites raining down terrified and panicked many Necasians, but remaining SpecOps soldiers threatened to shoot or torture anyone who tried to desert or flee.
Boras then considered using the online Tarborossas for nuclear saturation, but the other Sravs reminded him that the planet needed to remain intact. Confident and buoyed by this occurrence, the Srav soldiers advanced with renewed vigour. The sight of Srav satellites raining down on the Necasians was touted as a propaganda photo amongst Srav ranks.
Smarting from another failure, Askar began to make preparations for a retreat when a flotilla of Srav transports accompanied by a Vesetroika-class destroyer exited hyperspace in orbit. Aboard was Srav commander Vlad Mutin, sent to relieve Boras, Uri and Rak. Boras retorted that he did not need assistance, but Vlad nonetheless dispatched his forces planetside. As they descended, he ordered a radiation bomb bombardment of the areas were the Necasians were thought to be concentrated. Several areas were irradiated and purged of organic matter by the radioactive material and gamma rays released, but they actually did minimal damage to the Necasian forces.
Meanwhile, several Necasian companies managed to slip by the Srav orbital presence by stealing civilian transports. Vlad noted that several towns were seized by the Necasians, who were using their spaceports to evacuate troops. In response, Vlad decided to level said towns with some of the Nostok rockets. Boras, Rak and Uri protested heavily, but Vlad responded that as a higher-ranking commander his authority superseded theirs, and that use of the nuclear weapons would save more Srav lives.
Upon Vlad's order, several Nostok rockets were launched, destroying their targets, reducing them to radioactive craters. Remaining Necasian troops either surrendered or went into hiding in the planet's forests and mountains. Askar retreated with the troops who had successfully fled, and the Sravs began celebrating their victory.
Following the battle, the Sravs had to deal with the fallout and collateral damage caused by their heavy-handed tactics. Srav propaganda quickly convinced both loyalist colonists and natives that the destruction was largely caused by the Necasians. Meanwhile, the programmers for the Srav defensive system firewalls were sent to gulag prison camps on the ice world of Kyros, and were replaced with ones who claimed that they could prevent the Necasians from repeating their disabling of the satellite system.
On the Necasian side Askar was infuriated by the defeat, and was convinced by his aides to focus on defending the Necasian outer worlds for the time being. Rez Jorm was initially given blame for the defeat, and Necasian propaganda and media largely failed to report on the battle, and only gave sketchy information when they did. Askar also demanded more focus on quality in Necasian tank plants and industrial complexes.
Meanwhile, as a result of his tactical thinking and general conduct displayed in the battle, Srav officer Uri Rashki was officially promoted to head of the Crimson Elite Guard, the Srav presidential guard, in an official ceremony in the Srav capital city of Yuilnokrad.
The battle was not considered to have a large impact on the course of the war or on history as a whole by observers and later historians. A few felt that it had slightly weakened the Necasian morale and defence capability in the prelude to the large Srav offensive, while others stated that it was in fact the Sravs who had been weakened. Nevertheless, most agreed that the battle had some consequences that would be felt in later events. Uri Raskhi would later have his family held hostage by Srav supreme commander Ivran Gresev in preparation for a coup, in order to secure control of the Crimson Elite. This coup would prove to be successful.
In terms of the planetary environment, fallout would be widespread around the battle, although it was mostly concentrated in remote regions. Srav propaganda either downplayed the consequences this had on both natives and Srav loyalist colonists, either describing the casaulties as meager or not reporting any at all. On the planet, civilians affected by the bombing and fallout were told the Necasians were responsible. Those that did not believe this explanation, and vocally expressed their resentment, were imprisoned or intimidated into silence.
Furthermore, the satellite toppling tactic used by the Sravs would be developed by Srav command into an actual tactical protocol, with high-ranking Srav commanders given full permission to topple orbiting satellites if they were made redundant or otherwise too damaged to be of use. This move would be nicknamed 'bringing down the heavens' or 'hammerdown' by members of most factions. The Necasians themselves considered such a doctrine, but given their differences in satellite defence they decided it would be too costly and ineffective.
Behind the scenes Edit
The Battle of Slavabrya was conceived as part of Project Cruentus, a collaborative project on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki designed to be a large community and creative effort, by the author Unit 8311; Unit received help from others for some parts of the battle. One of the main reasons for the conception of the battle, according to Unit 8311, was that it was believed Project Cruentus needed an article about a battle that was only of good article status, a designation for so-called “above average” articles on Star Wars Fanon, as previous Project Cruentus articles regarding battles had been promoted to the higher-level featured article status. According to the author, this belief stemmed from his feeling that it would be better that battles that were comparatively pivotal in the project’s storyline were featured articles while non-pivotal battles were of good article status.
Much of the battle was written without much outside inspiration and influences, as opposed to other battles in the project which were conceived using elements of conflicts such as the Operation: Desert Storm or the various battles in World War II. Some elements, however, such as the satellite toppling during the Battle of Slavabrya, were inspired by real-life events. In the case of satellite toppling, the inspiration came from rumors that, during the Cold War between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United States government was funding a secret project where old satellites would be converted into tactical weapons. According to the rumors, this project was disbanded; although it still went on to serve as inspiration for the Battle of Slavabrya.