The Second Oblivian War was a war waged between Oblivia 52 and the allied powers of X Terra Nova and M4N HUNT3R. The conflict is generally considered to be the first truly galactic war. The war resulted in the deaths of approximately 750 million civilians casualties, primarily from space-surface bombings; and 25 million military casualties caused almost entirely by interspace fighting and the Battle of Zeldronia. The unforeseen civilian to military casualty rate which would come to dominate the galactic war was first realized during the Second Oblivian War.
Initially, a war driven by the intense rivalry that followed the M4N-Oblivian War, with X Terra Nova joining after the First Battle Over M4N. Of the four Known Galactic Powers, Avalon was the only one to remain neutral throughout the duration of the war. The remaining states employed their full military strength to wage war and for the three planets, was the last time its citizens had seen the total mobilization of the military since their respective Wars of Globalization.
Tensions began following Oblivia 52’s rapid reconstruction of the planet as a result of its secret discovery of the soon-to-be fifth Known Galactic Power, Typhon. With tremendous funding and exploited blueprints stolen from the Technology Commission, Typhon and Oblivia 52 engaged in a quick build up of arms in Typhon’s factories and the reconstruction of infrastructure on Oblivia 52. This policy, now known as Shaism (named after Oblivia 52’s President Igo Shah), saw Oblivia 52 take on incredible amounts of debt in exchange for the quick and intense rebuilding of key industries and infrastructure. However, following the Incident at the Technology Commission, the subsequent actions taken on by the remaining three Known Galactic Powers set the stage for a decisive and brutal conflict.
These events culminated in the boiling over of tensions between Oblivia 52 and M4N HUNT3R which resulted in M4N HUNT3R declaring war against Oblivia 52. Despite many strategist’s opinions that the war would follow the same course and result as the M4N-Oblivian War, citizens across the Known Galaxy were shocked when Oblivia 52 took the offensive in the First Battle Over M4N HUNT3R. The Incident at Cerberus C and the subsequent actions undertaken by the 31st-41st Novan Squadrons was the saving grace for the M4N HUNT3R military and citizens. The acts of the Novan squadrons were cited as the casus belli when X Terra Nova declared war against Oblivia 52. The war declaration was catalyzed by public support at the Rally for M4Ns. However, despite X Terra Nova’s hopes that Avalon would follow suit due to the AvaloNovan agreement (which at the time remained a secret until its contested declassification), Avalon declared its neutrality in Public Action 2689, which continues to dominate Avalonian foreign policy.
Despite the hopes that Novan involvement would turn the tide of the war in favor of the now-allied M4N-Novan coalition, the Second Battle Over M4N HUNT3R resulted in the planned entrapment of M4N-Novan forces behind the newly-constructed ArcNET so the armies could reorganize. Continued energy space-surface bombings hampered reconstruction, nonetheless, when the ArcNET was disabled and joint forces engaged Oblivian forces at the Third Battle Over M4N HUNT3R, Oblivian forces were stunned and forced to retreat closing the M4N Theater and opening the Oblivian Theater.
With Oblivia 52 now on the defensive, joint M4N-Novan forces engaged in space-surface bombings, devastating citizens. The war quickly closed with only two surface battles occurring on Oblivia 52: the Battle of D’Akunga and the Battle of Zeldronia. Despite the fact that the Battle of Zeldronia was largely considered an Oblivian victory, it served as the final battle of the war and the stiff and unrelenting resistance placed by natives in the city set the stage for harsh negotiations after Oblivia’s surrender.
While war was an Oblivian loss, the war had two beneficial effects: a stimulant for nationalist pride, especially in the areas surrounding Zeldronia and a showing of the power of Oblivia 52 could exert over the Known Galaxy by itself. However, Oblivia 52 had been devastated by the space-surface bombings of the coalition forces and industry was left in shambles and without any assistance from Typhon which had cut off communications with Oblivia 52 in fear of discovery from the purported “invaders” that the Oblivian government had warned the Typhonian government of. The same was true of M4N HUNT3R, however, M4N HUNT3R had a new powerful ally in X Terra Nova and received large bonds and loans to quickly rebuild. Finally, X Terra Nova had placed itself as a powerful and unscathed power with the ability to extend its influence across the Known Galaxy.
Main Article: M4N-Oblivian War
The M4N-Oblivian War had unsettled the four Known Galactic Powers. Although Oblivia 52 signed the Pax Galactica, a rocky and unstable balance dominated the Known Galaxy. The citizens of Oblivia 52 were discontent with their position in the Known Galaxy which fueled the election of the President Igo Shah in the subsequent Oblivian Elections of O-3. President Shah promised citizens the rapid reconstruction of infrastructure along with sweeping reform of social programs, surpassing the aid level per capita seen following the Fourth Oblivian World War. However, compared to the cultural memory on M4N HUNT3R, discontent was aimed more towards the general Known Galaxy as opposed to a specific entity or group.
Citizens on M4N HUNT3R felt emboldened by the victory in the M4N-Oblivian War and asserted its dominance over the Known Universe. Despite the fact that it had won, M4Ns helt more ill-will towards Oblivians, so much so that Oblivians were barred from travelling to M4N unless agreeing to having armed guards from Avalon or X Terra Nova with them at all times. The social discontent on M4N was driven home with the fact that citizens had perceived their military as weak when considering the vast amount of time, resources, and lives it took for the M4N military to force Oblivia 52 to surrender.