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“Aras, Vrassas ir, khur Tyisici, Erineas cujide.”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the South Pacific

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A Brief History of Erinor - Asa Henim Syarkhem - The Two Year Dictatorship of Syarkho cadeo - 1968 - 1970.

By the mid-60s relations between the Erinorans and minority Serevans had begun to decay again.  Erinor had struggled through the late 50s with the economic fallout of the Great War of 1949-54, despite having not been directly involved.  Citizens wanted someone to blame and extremist groups became common.  Principal amongst them was a right-wing extremist group called Marcorar pulear, the New Warriors, led by a man who called himself Syarkho cadeo, meaning Demonic Dragon in the traditional form of the defunct noble classes. The name he was born with remains a mystery to this day. 

Syarkho cadeo blamed the country’s economic woes on the Serevan minority and their help in bringing down Erinor’s ancient monarchy and aristocratic system. He gained support rapidly and by the general election of April 1968 the Mp looked set to gain a substantial number of seats.

Incumbent Ura’sio, Feoldo Revanirs Ara-Durro, rushed a bill through the Khasa Massirs to prevent the Mp from being permitted to run in the election and, whilst the bill received substantial opposition in the Khasa Marcoral Arutyarcad, it was ultimately passed just two days before the election and it seemed that the rise of Fascism had been halted.

On Thursday 25th April, the day of the election, all appeared quiet. Citizens went about their daily business as usual and did their civic duty at the polling stations. By noon, however, it became clear that all was not as peaceful as it seemed. Groups of young men clad in black were seen congregating outside looking stations, hassling anyone who went inside. There were scuffles and the Polisar were called to a number of stations where a large number of arrests were made, but still the number of supporters of Marcorar puleo at each station grew. 

By two in the afternoon the outbursts of violence were becoming too much for the Polisar to deal with and so the government responded to the pleas of several influential generals, including Marcoro and cousin of the former King, Durro qendeo that the army be mobilised on the streets of Ciria, Akhorn and Ramica, where the violence was at its worst. The military machine moved swiftly, surrounding polling stations and breaking up the fights, but it soon became apparent that they were also preventing ordinary citizens from exercising their right to vote.  The government issued the military a warning and when that was ignored, sent in the Polisar to arrest those generals who had commanded the day's action. Shots were fired outside the Mena Marcod and ten constables were killed, whilst a further four were badly wounded.

The army then surrounded the Mena Parlid and demanded the arrest of the Ura’sio and the government, who managed to barricade themselves into a side chamber and hold out there for forty-five minutes before soldiers forced their way in with gunfire. The Ura’sio and Asa’sio Terakho Syona-Yano were killed, possibly intentionally, and the remaining members of the government were taking into military custody.
As word spread to the general populace there was mass unrest and civilians began rioting in the streets of Ciria and Ramica and were only stopped when the military stepped in with violent, even murderous force.  By seven in the evening, all three major cities were under martial law and Syarkho cadeo was sworn in as Marcoro Ura’si, First Warrior.

Syarkho cadeo’s dictatorship was characterised by several key elements.  Firstly there was the so-called purification of the military, the Polisar and Parliament, which saw daily trials accusing those who were opposed to the new regime of fabricated crimes, the sentence for which was often death.
Secondly there was the growing reverence towards the old ways of the Kingdom of Erinor, with the nobility given increased status once more and kings of the past adopted as quasi-religious figures who were expected to be respected in place of the Revanim, or the gods of other religious.

Finally, but most importantly for the future of Erinor, there was the extreme racism towards Serevans.  Anyone of Serevan birth lost all civil rights within the first few weeks of the new regime and, by August, were forced to live in ghettos in the poorest parts of the cities.  Those living in Ciria and Akhorn were rounded up over the next few months and transported to Ramica which, more than any of rest of Erinor, felt the full brutality of military rule.  Serevan sympathisers faced similar fates, being held in the cells beneath the Mena Marcod and tortured until they confessed their respective crimes before being branded and sent to Ramica.  Many important figures of the progressive movement were punished in this way, including the future founder of Erinor’s progressive party, Roalwim Tavalad, Arkhando Sirea-Arkhando who was arrested after leading several student protests at the University of Erinor in Akhorn.  All of this led seemingly inevitably towards the single greatest atrocity of Syarkho cadeo’s rule, the brief, genocidal war with the Sheva Isles.

The Marcoro ura’si was convinced that these islands, several hundred miles to the West of the Western Continent and outside of the South Pacific region, were populated by the descendents of Serevans who sailed there in antiquity.  Any connection between the ancient Serevans and the Sheva Isles had been disputed for decades, but Syarkho cadeo was not convinced and the idea of Serevans not kept under lock and key in Ramica outraged him to the point that he became increasingly obsessed with the islands throughout 1968 and 69, until, finally, he declared war in February 1970.  The military leaders saw this as an opportunity to increase Erinoran territory and so were more than happy to launch their now well-oiled machine across the ocean to lay claim to the almost completely defenceless Sheva isles.

What followed was an appalling loss of life.  The populations of the three largest islands, Sheva Suprema, Hessina and Yuminia, were almost completely wiped out, with the capital city of Maroa laid waste by the artillery of the Erinoran Navy.  Many of the hundreds of smaller islands suffered even greater devastation.  At least one and a half million Shevans are believed to have died.

In the end, it was the sheer butchery of the war which led to Syarkho cadeo’s downfall.  A handful of military leaders, part of a group of secret dissenters that had been growing for two years, were so disgusted by the senseless loss of life in the Sheva isles that they finally conspired to overthrow the Marcoro ura’si and return the government to the people.  Over a period of just a few weeks, they managed to assemble a force strong enough to rush the Mena Parlid, the defence of which had admittedly been diminished by the war effort, and take control of the building.  Syarkho cadeo himself hid in a basement cupboard for several hours whilst they searched for him, eventually killing a member of the Polisar with an antique revolution-era pistol, before killing himself when it became clear that he would not be able to leave the building undetected.

A brief civil war followed the announcement of Syarkho cadeo’s death, during which it seemed the rebel conspirators would not be able to hold out against the remainder of the Erinoran military.  The rebels called for international aid to restore control to the country and, on 23rd May 1970 the Democratic Republic of Erinor was officially restored with an interim government put in place by the international community until full elections could be held.

When the full scale of the atrocities committed in the Sheva Isles was uncovered, Erinor was severely reprimanded, war crime trials were held and the generals who had first lead the coup were executed.  These were some of the last executions committed in Erinor.  Another consequences of the brief dictatorship and war were the dismantling of Erinor’s military system, to be replaced with a much smaller Self Defense Force with the restrictions to remain in place for twenty-five year, although Erinor has not re-established its military since those restrictions were first put in place.

The treatment of Serevans during this period and the fierce hatred the Syarkho cadeo regime had incited in the Erinoran population led to the so-called Serevan Troubles of the 70s and 80s, with a number of Serevan nationalist groups forming and committing terrorist attacks against the government and civilian population, all with the aim of establishing a separate Serevan nation.

There is still very little known about who Syarkho cadeo actually was.  It is pretty certain that he was not born with that name, although it is quite possible that he did have a Marcoro name as his birthright.  Most historians believe that he must have been the son of one of the Marcoro killed during the July Revolution of 1927, quite possibly the owner of a Serevan estate judging by his particular prejudices against that minority.  It has been theorised that he had been reported dead along with the rest of his family and had lived as an orphan under an assumed identity before emerging as Syarkho cadeo in the 60s and taking advantage of the country's economic decline.  It is likely we’ll never know the full truth about this enigmatic and terrifying figure, but it is unlikely that Erinor will ever forget him.

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