Romans defeat Illyrians, occupy Kvarner Bay
Posted 08-04-2015, 04:33 local time, by World News Services
Istria, Roman Republic (WNS)- After weeks of tensions, the Romans today
crossed the border here into Rozmanici and inflicted a heavy defeat on
the Illyrian Army. The day's results mean that the Romans have moved
their armies southeastward into Kvarner Bay, with provisional bases
formed around the area. A Roman military spokesman asserted that the
move is only an "occupation" and is not a move to annex territory, but
he would not give a timeframe for when Roman withdrawal from the area
It is unclear what began the buildup to
today's battle, but speculation is rampant that the move is tied to
Rome's assertions that Illyria is hiding what the Imperium terms are
"illicit" weapons from Bactria, part of a greater weapons program within
Bactria. Ever since the Bactrians discovered a large lithium deposit
near Ghazni in 2011, the Romans have asserted that the Bactrians are
using the lithium for its own clandestine weapons program, part of which
involves importing the new weapons to the Virtue Federation's "front
lines" like in Illyria. The Bactrians and Illyrians both assert the
Roman accusations are baseless, being nothing but an attempt at
"fear-mongering" by the Romans towards their own people, and claim their
interests are purely economical.
tensions are nothing new. The two neighbours have frequently clashed
over territory over the decades, mostly because the larger city of
Fiume- or Rijeka to the Illyrians- is a valuable seaport. The two
nations have signed treaties in the past agreeing to a border just
outside of Fiume proper, but the treaties are frequently ignored-
Illyrian terrorists have infiltrated Fiume from time to time and the
Romans breach the treaty numerous times in response for justice and
defensive purposes. Thus, the presence of war in the area is nothing
new, but residents here believe the tensions are "different", rising
above the simple territorial squabbles.
"This is the
first time the Roman Army has actually pushed into Kvarner Bay," said
Gaius Raelius, Professor Emiritus in History at the University of Milan,
via E-Mail. "Usually the Romans content themselves with occupying the
suburbs of Fiume and nothing more, but something has spurred them to
push deep into the Bay. It's an excessive grab of territory, so it can't just simply be a 'defensive' move. It's likely tied to lithium."
2011, the Bactrians discovered near Ghazni a large reserve of lithium-
which it asserts is triple the size of the world's largest known
deposits, although independent estimates peg it almost similar in size
to the world's largest known lithium deposits, in the Salar de Uyuni
salt flats in Bolivia and within the eastern Ural mountains in
Roman-held territory. Roman officials long believed that the Bactrian
deposits are "too tempting" not to weaponize, given Bactria's extensive
uranium deposits. However, the Romans do not believe the lithium is
simply being produced for nuclear devices, a known application-
intelligence sources that assert that the Bactrian lithium program is
geared towards creating novel weapons the world hasn't seen, since Roman
officials believe there might not be enough weapon-grade materials
within Bactria to make effective use of the lithium deposits. The
Bactrians have steadfastly denied the charge, asserting their usage of
lithium is simply economic.
In 2012, due to Bactria's
new found wealth, it began exports with other countries, almost entirely
within the Virtue Federation although some non-aligned countries such
as Arlynal and Ophir have received exports, starting massive growth
within the Bactrian economy. This didn't cause too much concern until
the June 2014 death of a nine-year-old girl from Oman after she drank
lithium-contaminated water while on holiday in Sarajevo. After Omani officials confirmed the lithium originated from Bactria, the Illyrians were forced to admit that they had been importing Bactrian lithium, but have insisted, like Bactria, that their interests are economical.
had that big 'a-ha' moment in Sarajevo that forced the Illyrians to
admit what they were doing," said Raelius, "so you can understand the
Romans' concerns. However, the world kept asking them for 'proof' and
Rome so far has not been able to provide it. While I won't jump the gun
just yet, this move into Kvarner Bay must be an indicator that it has
proof, or that it is close to it."
have decried the Roman move and promised retaliation for the Romans'
violation of their soveriegnty, although the Illyrian Kingdom is
massively in debt and the Army is currently in disarray, meaning a
response isn't likely any time soon.
Meanwhile, the Roman move could be part of a bigger story- or more hot air in a place that already has enough of it.