The Junslund War
In July of 1579, the rivalry between Wahlagia and Junslund turned into a war that shook Agenor for eleven years. The precedent for the war begins with the ascension of King Griggor III in 1552 at a young age. King Pittir I of Junslund saw the presence of a young, inexperienced monarch in Wahlagia as an opportunity to exert dominance over trade. Jun corsairs were given a free hand to attack, capture, or sink Wahlagian vessels at will.
In response, King Griggor III began the process of strengthening Wahlagia’s navy: funding the development of larger, faster ships, constructing more powerful cannons, and training sailors and marines for combat.
Tensions mounted at sea over the next thirty years. What had begun as a trade war had become a powder keg, just waiting for a spark. The powder was lit when the Wahlagian navy sunk a ship flying the Jun flag, believing it to be a corsair that was operating in the region. In fact, it was a passenger ship carrying the king and queen back from a state visit to Carival.
Outraged by the murder of her parents, the newly crowned Queen Amal declared open war on Wahlagia. Jun militias poured over the border into Wahlagia, killing and pillaging with abandon. Thus began a bloody conflict in which opposing armies laid waste to cities and towns as often as they engaged each other.
The Junslund War ravaged central Agenor and only came to an end when the Wahlagian navy had blockaded Adama while the army laid seige to the great city. Queen Amal knew all too well what a city like Adama, with nearly a half million residents, would become in a prolonged siege. She sued for peace, humbling herself by asking King Griggor for mercy and protection, which he granted.
In the aftermath of the war, both Wahlagia and Junslund find themselves exhausted, their populations depleted, their towns and villages in shambles. Rebuilding will take time.
Meanwhile, the presence of Wahlagian soldiers in every Jun city rankles the proud citizens of Junslund. Few are confident that the peace will hold one moment longer than is necessary for both lands to catch their breath.