The Second Napoleonic War (2007-2008) was a pan-European conflict originating from a nationalist insurrection headed by Napoléon Bonaparte. In late 2007, Bonaparte overthrew the French government and formed the “Sixth Republic”. Shortly thereafter, he began a military campaign that brought neighbouring states under his control. When Otto von Bismarck led a similar coup in Germany, the two nations forged an alliance and began working in tandem, Napoléon’s well-trained fusiliers complemented by Bismarck’s elite armoured divisions. With major powers such as the Coruscantis distracted by the Avatar Uprising, the imperial forces quickly overran most of Europe, reaching far into the Eastern Union within months.
Turn of the tide
By 2008, the Eastern Union remained the only continental opponent to the coalition. Despite a strong military presence, its victories had been minimal. Thorvald’s doppelgängers, despite asserting themselves as supreme commanders of Union armed forces, critically mismanaged their
resources, leaving nearly half the army stationed in the east as more and more land was lost to the encroaching imperial forces. While they eventually reassigned troops to the west, the winter deadlock was more a result of the weather and German supply failures than tactics.
By April, however, mass resistance emerged in the form of the Free Western Army, a loose coalition of anyone willing to fight the French, led primarily by the United Kingdom. Rallied by the partisans, Marshal Brusilov and other Union generals retook control of the military in direct defiance of the government, rapidly reorganizing the weary divisions and finally pushing back against the invaders. Overstretched and undersupplied, the imperial forces finally broke, and began a rapid retreat to friendly territory. At about the same time, the Free Western Army began a series of amphibious invasions and incursions deep into the mainland, further pressuring the Coalition.