The Ignacian-Khoya War was fought in 3151 a.a.H between the Gastronomic Empire (IG or Ignacian) and the Khoya Kingdom, along with an alliance of other Zarhuycan tribes and nations, within the context of the colonial wars in Zarhuy, that marked the imperialist expansion of Aelian powers in Zarhuy.
The Gastronomic Empire, projecting from their Protectorate of Uneghe decided that with combined and military campaigns they will succeed in annexing to the empire other Zarhuycan kingdoms and tribal areas in South Zarhuy.
In 3149, the High Commissioner for the Gastronomic Empire, Rogelio Gustav, was sent to Uneghe to bring such plans into being.
Gustav, with the secret approval of Emperor Ignacio I, advanced with the Colonial Ignacian Army, with the excuse the King Dingande of the Khoya failed to comply an ultimatum, which will trigger the war.
The war is notable for several particularly bloody battles in the Ignacian colonial wars in Zarhuy, including a stunning victory by the zarhuycan allies at Mibamwu’s Rift, as well for being a landmark in the timeline of imperialism in the region. The war eventually resulted in a Ignacian victory and the end of the Khoya nation’s independence.
Ignacian invasion and repulse: Battle of Mibamwu’s RiftEdit
The pretext for the war had its origins in border disputes between the Ignacian colony of Uneghe and the Khoya Kingdom.
Jean Rogel, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ignacian forces during the war, initially planned a three-pronged invasion of the Khoya Kingdom composed of over 12,000 troops in five columns and designed to encircle the Khoya army and force it to fight as he was concerned that the Khoya would avoid battle. In the event, Jean Rogel settled on two invading columns with the main center column, now consisting of some 6000 men (4000 ignacian soldiers and some 2000 Uneghe native auxiliary forcs). Three columns were to invade Khoya, from the Lower Unaga, Mibamwu’s Drift and Roth respectively, their objective being Mbundi, the royal capital of Khoya.
King Digande’s preparation meanwhile was to raise his army, and as well, to gather an alliance of several other tribes and kingdoms of southern Zarhuy, that feared more the Ignacian expansion that their traditional animosity toward the Khoya.
The main column, under Jean Rogel command, 6000 men strong, was camping near the Mibamwu’s Drift, when the scouts reported the massing of the zarhuycan army in large numbers.
Jean Rogel, rather than to move to avoid the enemy to gather in such a force that outnumbered his own troopers on his own, he feared more to have to hunt in the bush the Khoya and Zarhuycan warriors in a guerrilla warfare than fighting a more numerous enemy, so his army remained at Mibamwu’s Drift, leaving free hands to the Zarhuycan to mobilize and gather their armies.
With the Ignacian army at Mibamwu’s Drifts, King Digande army –with a strength between 20.000 to 40.000 men- sent some of his forces to cut the supply lines –and possible retreat route- of the Ignacian, while he sent some of his regiments to launch some diversion attacks on the Ignacian position.
Finally, when the battle will be fought, in the drought river of Mibamwu, as Jean Rogel’s forces where being encircled, Jean Rogel didn’t do anything to avoid the enemy encirclement, or them from being cut from the routes to Uneghe.
According to the Ignacian officers, the zarhuycan simply couldn’t do such complex tactics as a classical pincers movement, or encircle a whole ignacian army, so they rejected the increasingly worrying reports of the explorers.
And as the first skirmishes and battles where fought, with the Ignacian resisting the assault of several regiments of the Zarhuycan kingdoms, their officers failed to notice it was a diversion movement, while they where being cut from their supply lines and a retreat route.
And when they finally realized it, it was too late, and they where too deep in enemy territory, without supplies, and surrounded by a enemy several times more numerous than their own forces:
The battle of Mibamwu will last for seven days in total: the first two days, where the Ignacian resisted in their camps, too proud to realize the enemy movements, as they fought the diversion attacks of the Zarhuycan, and the next five days would be when the Ignacian realized the trap and tried to retreat fighting, burdened by their wounded, cut from supplies and with their movements clobbered by the numerically superior Zarhuycan forces, until the last forces of the proud Ignacian colonial army tried a desperate last stand, where they were finally annihilated.
Of the Colonial Ignacian army, barely only 1.000 men survived the battle, while the Zarhuycan casualties are unknown, but supposed high.
The battle of Mibamwu was one of the mayor defeats of the Gastronomic Empire during their Zarhuycan colonial wars, and after this defeat, outraged, the ignacian will become much more ruthless conquerors, sending a larger, bloodthirsty and ready for revenge army, who wished to avenge the defeat of Mibamwu.
Second Ignacian InvasionEdit
While it had never been Digande's intention to invade Uneghe, but to simply fight within the boundaries of the Khoya kingdom, the Ignacian feared this option and Jean Rogel used the next two months to regroup and build a fresh invading force. The Ignacian government rushed seven regiments of re-inforcements to Uneghe, along with two artillery batteries.
The new start of the larger, heavily reinforced second invasion was not promising for the Ignacian. Despite their successes at several battles, they were right back where they had started from at the beginning of the campaign against Khoya Kingdom. Nevertheless, Jean Rogel had a pressing reason to proceed with haste – Commander Cristobel Rouge was being sent to replace him, and he wanted to inflict a decisive defeat on Digande’s forces before then. With yet more reinforcements arriving, soon to total 16,000 Ignacian and 7,000 Native troops, Jean Rogel reorganised his forces and again advanced into Khoya in June, this time with extreme caution building fortified camps all along the way to prevent any repeat of Mibamwu’s Drift.
Digande, knowing that the newly reinforced Ignacian would be a formidable opponent, attempted to negotiate a peace treaty. Jean Rogel was not open to negotiations, as he wished to restore his reputation before Rouge relieved him of command, and he proceeded to the royal fortified camp of Mbundi
During their way to Mbundi, the Ignacian forces, wishing to avenge previous defeats, leaved a blood trail in their way across Khoya, destroying cities and villages, such as the fortified camp of Mubutu in the Battle of Mubutu, before they finally reached Mbundi, where the armies clashed at the Battle of Mbundi, where Digande’s forces were decisively defeated.
King Digande was forces to sign the Peace after his defeat, making the Kingdom of Khoya a protectorade of the Ignacian Empire, beinf force to design as his sucessor to the Khoya Throne the Ignacian Emperor, and giving a serie of economical and military adventages to the Ignacian, who would respect the borders of the Khoya Kingdom and the rule of King Digande.
However, the next year, the Ignacian forces deposed Digande, and annexed the Khoya Kingdom to the Gastronomic Empire as a colony.