Steps leading to war- each step is an escalation
Shardekkin Revolution- In eastern Dachath, rebel movements of the Shardekkin (an ethnic group, called the Shaudachae in the Dachae language) had long been active. After the Dachae Parliament passed the Force Acts, oppressive legislation against the Shardekkin (the Premiere of the time, Marach Bahn-Talab, has often been blamed for the Force Acts; this is mostly the product of propaganda used by Bahn-Talab’s political enemies), the violence of Shardekkin rebel groups increased. Shardekkin leader Bharm Ksukkir achieved success in inciting several rebel groups into action, jumpstarting the nascent Shardekkin Revolution.
Dachae Civil War- The Revolution quickly accelerated into a bloody civil war. The nation of Dachath became split between the Shaudachath provinces in revolt(composed of the Shardekkin, along with Communist, Anarchist, and other leftist allies who joined their cause) and the Dachath government. It was a brutal affair in which tens of thousands were killed. Dachath became dominated by a military dictator, Naram Adz-Hechuth, who controlled the nation under a state of war. Dachath authorities rounded up thousands of enemy soldiers, prisoners of war, and supposed Shaudachae sympathizers and executed them. In addition to the official battles of between Dachae and Shaudachae forces, independent militias (including the Nationalist Front of Shardekkin and the Unionist Militant Alliance) battled, roamed, and raided throughout the country.
The Shaudachath rebel provinces, as opposed to the Dachae dictatorship, was unstable, and divided from within by bickering groups; the Shardekkin population was for the most part a politically-conservative and religiously-orthodox group (despite their desires for independence), who were ill at ease with their leftist allies, including the radical Shardekkin Anarchist Syndicate. Trang Tung Shekkoth, leader of the Revolutionary People’s Party of Shaudachath, was during this time a largely uncontrollable demagogue, and was famous for riding through the countryside and indicting rich landlords as enemies of the state, independent of the Shaudachae government.
During this time, a supporter of the Dachae government and an opponent of the Shaudachae rebellion was known as a Unionist (though Shardekkin supporters were rarely called Separatists); among Dachae, this has become a general term for a political conservative.
The Tyakkorj Betrayal- The nation of Tyakk, to the east of Dachath, was now obliged to aid Shaudachath, in accordance with the secret Treaty of Miangkkurng, signed by Shardekkin rebels with the Tyakkorj government. The Tyakkorj government supported the Shardekkin largely on the grounds of the long rivalry between Tyakk and Dachath; another possibility is the desire for an allied neighbor in a region largely hostile to the Tyakkorj regime. General Tsdahkk Hwahr moved the Tyakkorj army into Shaudachath, and within weeks, it appeared that the tide was turning strongly for the Shardekkin. Victories included Chringrab and Logaz, and a spectacular victory at Mnaul. After this victory, General Hwahr recieved secret orders from Tyakkorj High Command and began to intermittently battle and eliminate Shardekkin militias; these betrayals were often explained to Shardekkin authorities as communications errors and cases of mistaken identity or friendly fire. Soon thereafter, further Tyakkorj forces moved into Shaudachath. Hwahr and his commanders sent out roving bands of war engineers to destroy telegraph wires and destroy infrastructure, and then openly turned on Shardekkin forces. General Hwahr largely held the line against the Dachae, while allowing his (arguably more cruel) commanders to tighten the noose on the Shardekkin capitol of Aspechae (Arspekeh). Within a few weeks, Tyakkorj forces had captured all of the territory of the previous rebel provinces (as well as slight gains beyond it into Dachath proper), and had executed large groups of Communists and Shardekkin in the capitol, including Lhorung Semn Srarnkeh, the newly-elected president of Shardekkin. This would come back to haunt the Tyakkorj during the occupation, when his memory would be resurrected as a symbol of defiance against oppression and a martyr of the cause of Shardekkin freedom, and, ironically, Dachae freedom as well.
Ai Paitun or Srath come to aid of Dachath (Corheen and Dachath previously fought a war, so it makes no sense to have Corheen come to help first)