October 2017 Zaquar Coup D'état
|October 2017 Zaquar Coup D'état
|Free State of Kitania
|City-State of Kitania|
Bay Area Rapid Transit
|Free Kitania Armed Forces
|KIA Armed Forces|
|Rebel victory; government forces withdrawn; City-State of Kitania cedes control of Zaquar to Free State of Kitania|
On October 4th, 2017 a coup d'état was initiated by the self-proclaimed Free State of Kitania to seize control of Zaquar from the City-State of Kitania. The Free State of Kitania was supported by Covina, and the rebel troops launched an aerial assault on the city before initiating a naval blockade and ground invasion. The KIA Armed Forces launched a counterattack but were unprepared for the invasion, as KIA intelligence suggested it would occur days later. After days of fighting, the coup ended on October 6th when Free Kitanian agents hijacked IntraAir flight 46 and held its passengers, including the Vice President of the City-State of Kitania hostage. Upon being threatened with the execution of the Vice President, the President of the City-State of Kitania ordered all Kitanian forces to retreat, surrendering Zaquar to the Free State of Kitania.
In late September 2017, several sectors of the KIA Armed Forces, led by Captain James Parkins of Army Sector 13, began plotting to rebel against the City-State of Kitania. Among their reasons for the rebellion was the City-State's perceived lack of civil rights and its sometimes aggressive foreign policy, including its intervention in Trojan Valley. Captains of the sectors involved in the plot began ignoring orders from the KIA Armed Forces and began a rogue operation to take over Zaquar. A base known as Installation Charlie was established far to the southwest of Zaquar and Parkins proclaimed the establishment of the Free State of Kitania, with the goal of liberating the City-State of Kitania's provinces. At this time, the KIA Armed Forces noted that many of its Army, Navy, and Air Force vehicles had gone unaccounted for, and the Free State of Kitania began repainting the vehicles into their own colors and proclaimed their rebel force the Free Kitania Armed Forces. At this time the KIA was aware of the operation and actively investigating.
The President of the City-State of Kitania ordered the commencement of KIA Operation Mole Assault, an operation to gather intelligence on the operation and stop it before it happened. The KIA Intelligence Service learned that the coup d'état had been scheduled for Friday, October 13th, after one if its agents infiltrated Installation Charlie. The agent was discovered, however, and has since lost contact with the KIA.
The KIA Armed Forces gathered a significant presence in nearby Elecna Bay, with whom the City-State of Kitania had made aware the full details of the operation. A meeting was scheduled between the President of the City-State of Kitania and the mayor of Elecna Bay alongside the top officials of the KIA, however the President's escort plane was diverted after an assassination plot was discovered.
The KIA Intelligence Service learned that Covina had pledged to assist the Free State of Kitania in the attack on Zaquar. In response, the City-State of Kitania sought the support of Bay Area Rapid Transit, which possessed a significant police and military force known as the BART Police. In the days leading up to the invasion, the Covina Military stormed Achowalogen Takachsin-Covina International Airport, an airport owned by Bay Area Rapid Transit within Covina, and shut down the airport, using it as an air base for the invasion of Zaquar. In response, Bay Area Rapid Transit sent forces to the airport and engaged in a standoff with the Covina Military.
The KIA learned that the Free State of Kitania had discovered the KIA's knowledge of the planned attack, and that they were planning to move up the invasion date. However, the KIA Intelligence Service estimated an invasion would likely occur sometime between October 7th and October 9th, leading the KIA Armed Forces to prepare its defense operation for that day. However, the Free State of Kitania and Covina had agreed upon October 4th as the invasion date.
During the evening of Wednesday, October 4th, the Free Kitania Armed Forces and the Covina Military launched an aerial assault on Zaquar, quickly moving in military ships to block ports and sending ground forces, which seized control of most of Downtown Zaquar. The Zaquar City Hall was captured and rebel troops raised the Free Kitanian flag in place of the flag of the City-State of Kitania, which was burned. Agents of the KIA Police were caught off guard by the invasion, and many were taken into custody by Free Kitanian troops.
The City-State of Kitania sent its unprepared defense forces to Zaquar in an attempt to suppress the attack, which was assisted by BART. The KIA Armed Forces Army secured control of most of southern Zaquar, including Zaquar Ménage et Trois Regional Airport and Zaquar Winfrey Waterport, but were unsupported by naval forces due to the rebel blockade. Naval forces were pushed back to the northeastern coast, where naval troops landed to secure the northern coast. The Air Force began attacking Free Kitanian and Covinian air forces.
On October 6th, a hijacker aligned with the Free State of Kitania took control of IntraAir flight 46, which had the Kitanian Vice President on board. The plane was diverted to Zaquar, where Free Kitanian forces stormed the airport runway and took the passengers, crew, and Vice President hostage. Free Kitanian forces threatened to execute the Vice President, which led President KittyCat11231 to order the retreat of all KIA forces, proclaiming “Zaquar has fallen”. The Free State of Kitania took control over the entirety of Zaquar.