Excidio Britannia.

This is a long one, and it will be getting longer, so don’t hold your breath when it comes to! Headache pills may be in order!

The British Civil War

“Alas! The subject of my complaint is the general destruction of every thing that is good, and the general growth of evil throughout the land ;—but that I would condole with my country in her distress and rejoice to see her revive therefrom : for it is my present purpose to relate the deeds of an indolent and slothful race, rather than the exploits of those who have been valiant in the field!” [De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae] – Gildas on the Conquest and destruction of Britain.

The Fall.

The British Civil War of 2021 the same year of the beginning of WW3 saw the collapse of the U.K, it would be a war fought not just between the four nations but various groups striving for power, to survive or merely to advance their own wealth and political beliefs. The causes of the war itself began in around 2010/2011, though many back then were ignorant of such events, Britain was in the grip of numerous shortages. With the planets population growing, and climate change degrading the efficiency of growing crops with the increasing likelihood of droughts and floods, the growing human population began to starve. On mainland Europe, starvation itself alongside the cutting off of oil and gas supplies into the E.U by Russia following the Chinese invasion would draw the e.u into a war with its large Eastern neighbour. However in the U.K starvation had a far more devastating effect, food shortages themselves were noted in 2011, as was the almost complete decimation of Europe’s and more so Britain’s wild fish stocks at that time, with the once bountiful seas emptied, and food from the outside world becoming unreliable, Westminster realised that in the coming decade it would be hard pressed to feed its population. Britain attempted to expand its agricultural base on its home soil. This however proved largely ineffective as well, since food production was not enough to feed Britain’s growing population. Rationing was introduced, but again, this caused enormous amounts of unrest, since for decades Britain had been used (as in fact much of the Western world had been) to vast quantities of food available, and was thus unused to such a sudden shortage. Riots broke out, and shops were ransacked, eventually the army was deployed and by the time things were brought under control, hundreds were believed to have been injured or killed in the brawls. The need to deploy the army did not help the relationship between the public and the Government, a relationship that had been slowly rotting away ever since the Blair Government. By 2016 it was reported that the E.U was closing of its remaining food reserves to the British isles and to trade to settle its own food shortages. The U.K Government denounced such a move, and a month after the declaration to cut of food reserves heading to the U.K. a Royal Navy warship boarded a large vessel carrying wheat from Africa inbound for France. The French authorities proceeded to retaliate, but after intervention by the U.S the French were forced to abandon any attempts to recover the vessels cargo, but the British were scolded internationally for such a brash move. Eventually however rationing and Britain’s development of an intense agricultural project failed to feed a restless population, and by 2020 a group of scientists who had escaped persecution and remained in Britain told the Government that should it not take immediate action the U.K would be hit by a hunger epidemic within weeks.

Meanwhile, another factor contributed greatly to the U.Ks downfall, and that was none other than division not only between the nation states but also between the peoples within them. It was already noted in the year 2007 some years after devolution a sudden ‘identity’ vacuum had hit the country. 2012 saw those who considered themselves British found themselves a minority in the U.K, more dominant identities came in the form of the various nation states, and this soon devolved to an even more regional and local level, especially in England. With various identities arising, tensions grew, and by 2015 across the U.K, militant groups supporting particular identities began to increase in size. The division though went deeper then that, political groups began to form around these new identities or beliefs. Each gaining reasonable clout as they all claimed they had the answer to the states problems. Political parties had already began the formation of ‘private armies’ as early as 2011 and these would form the backbone of their political prowess and power rather than any vote. The most violent and largest of all such private armies was the B.F.P a newly formed organisation of British Fascists who’d come together after decades of division. For a time the other political parties worked in unison with other large and small groups such as pressure groups or Activist types to put down the rise of a fascist movement. On the other hand they were equally stunned by the rise of a far left movement that was growing as popular as its counterpart and worked against the Communist movement as well. These confrontations took the form of riots, occasional shootings, and on very rare occasions, the odd bombing. Again the Army was called in to keep the peace, but was often used as a tool to put down and deter the fascists and socialist groups or indeed any group that challenged the Government. By 2016, the British Government, being yet another coalition began the development of its police forces to include a Secret Police unit to attack known inside threats, an organisation which included ex members of MI6, the police and armed forces, and sometimes even mercenaries. The secret police began a reign of terror, and more often than not waged a relentless war against victims of hunger rather than political terrorists. The inner conflict and division just under the surface of Great Britain began to have just as a dire effect as food and water shortages.

The Army Rising and the Exile of the British Army

The British army alongside the Royal Navy and RAF soon found themselves in the firing line. The British Government soon realised that numerous members of its armed forces, all having to partake in suppressing the dissent amongst the people were now on the verge of rebellion themselves. The armed forces had suffered various cutbacks during 2011, and had received little recognition for its efforts in Afghanistan when they returned home in 2014. With the coming signs of war, the New Coalition decided it had no choice but to reduce the British armed forces, without damaging their ability to defend the U.K. Plans were made to send the Armed forces abroad, regardless of costs, as a result, British troops, pilots and sea-men were shipped of to the Falklands and Gibraltar, with little equipment, and worse, little food. Things became worse when, a journalist reported that around 200 servicemen had died from exposure in the Falklands with little equipment and little to eat. In response a force of British troops lead by a Sergeant rebelled and stormed parliament, holding various MPs hostage, demanding proper equipment, pay and food. The Government attempted to call upon what troops it had that could respond, but no one turned up, but before another force could storm Ten downing street, the secret police supported by a quickly armed contingent of party thugs appeared, and a gun battle quickly ensued. After fierce fighting, the Army charged Government positions, which surrendered promptly, and captured the building. The Government quickly gave into demands and began allocating equipment and more food to its forces. This was a mixed achievement, though the army was now receiving all that it required, it was now in deep disarray and less food was reaching the public whom now saw the Government as weak after the rising. Furthermore the Government soon found a real excuse to send its troops elsewhere. The army despite its victory found itself being shipped of to Scandinavia, and in particular Sweden and Norway, though why these two states were chosen is unknown, though it was perhaps to do with dissent and tensions in Europe which were beginning to spread themselves. Soon the Royal Navy found itself also being kept at bay, and eventually even the RAF as government fears grew and grew. The Government quickly spread propaganda that with food being so short it was likely the old enemy Russia was likely to attack Europe in search of fertile lands. This was indeed a lie, for food shortages had yet to truly hit the Federation but the accusation was powerful enough.

Corporations and the rise of the B.F.P.

Without an adequate military force on the islands, riots and unrest soon increased, and by 2019, the British Government found itself at the mercy of its people. As a last resort they quickly turned to various large corporations whom had began to field their own armies, the corporations agreed, and soon heavily armed contractors began to roam the streets of Britain gunning down anyone whom they deemed a troublemaker. Within months, Britain was being crushed under the weight of ruthless corporate control, supported by a now dwindling army of Government thugs. With such brutality and the degradation of services as they came under the harsh pummelling of corporate economics the government lost nearly all support from the people. With realisation dawning on what it had done, the Government attempted to reverse corporate control, but was soon countered when in 2020, the corporates supported by the B.F.P stormed Government buildings, eradicating everybody who did not manage to escape the onslaught. The B.F.P came to power and for a year, with corporate backing brought about the bloodiest rule ever experienced on the British isles since the act of Union 300 years before. By the end of this year, the people had had enough. Revolution and rebellion was in the air.

Rebellion and War!

Year 2021, Scotland, Northern England and the Battle for Mercia.

Scotland was the first to rebel. Out of a mixture of frustration and a belief that the Union could not work whilst it was maintained by the corrupt and malign back in Westminster. Edinburgh within a single night was teaming with enraged Scots. Those Army bases in Scotland though reduced and almost empty with the Armies exile were stormed, their stocks looted, and soon weapons were being passed around. Those small Army contingents that remained, whether Scottish, English or otherwise based in Scotland soon joined the rebellion, offering advice and expertise. Corporate forces alongside B.F.P militias reacted, for weeks battles raged across the highlands and soon into the lowlands. By the time they reached the Scottish/English border a few months after the rebellion began, other rebellions had taken place.

Northern England and the Midlands were next in line to revolt. The Northern English seeing the Scots rebel (and partially being influenced by the new Scottish government in Holyrood)   soon joined the fray, the corporates unable to re-organize themselves in time to react  after withdrawing from Scotland soon found themselves being pummelled by crowds of rioters. With less bases their was less access to guns, but the rebels still had some armaments in the form of illegal pistols, sub-machine guns, bolt action rifles, and the occasional looted semi-automatic rifle such as the SA80 or a corporate M4. The timing was the primary factor however, and soon the corporates found themselves retreating and were only able to regroup at what would become the known ‘border’ of Northern England, which would go from the Welsh border to Stoke on Trent, to Mansfield before cutting upwards towards Hull. Thereafter, Northern England began its own emergency Parliament, and signed an alliance with Scotland soon making the ‘Victory or Death declaration’ ensuring that the alliance would last until the Corporates had suffered enough defeats to make any chance of reinvading Northern Britain impossible.

The Midlands Rebellion was considered the most bloody of the Rebellions which occurred during the Rebellion period. With the corporates armies being regrouping and being reinforced by B.F.P troops and mercenaries, when the Mercian Liberation Army emerged in Birmingham city centre, they were none other than faced with a well equipped fighting force which now new what it was dealing with. Again Army and police stations were raided, and weapons were taken, but not enough to match the Corporates or Government forces, especially with the arrival of tanks and helicopters. The local Army forces alongside the RAF quickly put together their own armoured and aerial units at Cosford, and set up headquarters at the Stafford base turning any Veteran or soldier who showed up into the M.L.As elite forces. Home made Rocket launchers were developed, as were bombs. The Corporates soon found themselves in a situation akin to a mix of Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. Large battles soon broke out, the Siege of Birmingham, The Battle for Trent Lane Industrial estate cost tens of thousands of lives. The M.L.A found some relief when a combined force of Scottish and N.English rebels, pushed across the new ‘border’ an assault known as the Sheffield Offensive which ground to a halt outside Nottingham with the deployment of Corporate attack helicopters.  Whilst the Corporate Forces became bogged down in what would become known as Middle Mercia, the M.L.A rapidly took ground to the South, over running opposition positions, their forces soon came to a halt around Gloucester, Oxford and Milton Keynes, capturing the towns with little resistance, they had practically ran themselves dry, and were getting too close to corporate owned London. The fighting would continue in Mid to Eastern Mercia for another year, the extent of the new states boundaries would only go as far as Cambridge and Kings Lynn. It would only be with the East Anglian, Welsh and Southern England rebellion would the Mercian English finally defeat the corporates.

Part 2 of Rebellion and War

International reaction, East Anglia and Southern Wales.

With Scotland and North/Middle England in revolt, it was not long until the Rebellion spread to the rest of the country. The B.F.P militias were beginning to dissolve or withdraw towards London, the capital itself swarming with Corporate soldiers, Mercenaries, Government Troops and Fanatical militia. Broxley on the outskirts of London attempted a rebellion itself, as did a few other smaller communities, however despite the initial bravery of these groups, they were miserably outgunned, with reports suggesting the most armaments they had were a few handguns, petrol bombs and the odd Air Rifle. These did not fair well against B.F.P Police, let alone Armoured vehicles or Helicopters. A few Rebels armed with RPGS and Assault Rifles attempted to bomb Ten Downing street only to be picked of by Guards, one rebel even reportedly blowing himself up after his RPG failed to eject the projectile properly. The Capital however was the only unlucky case in terms of success.

The Corporates themselves were being pressed to hold Southern England. As the Mercian’s made a final offensive to dislodge Corporate troops in the southern sections of the Midlands, to the East, weapons had reportedly found their way in from mainland Europe. It was reported by a hastily assembled Scottish embassy to the rebels in Birmingham that the bulk of the British Army which had been effectively exiled to Sweden following its own short rebellion, despite the prospect of entering into a war with the Russians, had managed to persuade the Swedish and German Governments to produce and send arms to help the rebels defeat the Fascist Government and the Corporates who were effectively enslaving the British Isles. However soon, as other Governments began to react to the news of the War in the U.K, and quickly began making the most of the situation to their own ends. Russia sensing that Europe may declare war in response to it diverting its fossil fuels and other goods away from the E.U and towards the War effort against China saw that a destabilised Britain may draw the attention of the E.U away from its own territory. Some in the Duma expressed this would be unlikely, but if it began arming the rebels in Britain, they could earn the gratitude of the Four nations, perhaps making them recall their army from Scandinavia, or they could at least, if the violence escalated, and the Government overthrown, allow the ambitious British Generals and Admirals in Stockholm to return to the British isles and fight a prolonged war to restore order. In effect removing a force that could be a future pain should war between the E.U and Russia be inevitable.

Other states in Europe also recognised this, fearful at a war that could effectively spread onto the mainland or require military intervention, weakening the forces they had built up on the frontier with the Russian Federation, the Governments of France, Belgium and Holland decided they had to quickly give the rebels what support they needed, get rid of the failing Corporate and fascist forces and provide political aid in sorting out the mess afterwards. They to began providing weapons, and on occasion, raided Corporate bases on the English coast as a ‘good will gesture’. Across the Ponds, the U.S saw the need to arm the rebels on moral grounds (if not make the extra buck too) and soon U.S weapons found there way into Blackpool, Cardiff and Belfast. This soon evolved into something more, when the U.S began creating the British Volunteer brigades, made up of Brits whom had become stranded in foreign states and wanted to fight to regain the homeland. Unfortunately only some of these brigades made it to Britain, many ended up being diverted to help fight the Chinese forces in Japan. In fact it was noted that weapons were being shipped in from all over the world, Canada, India, South Africa, Israel, Brazil, the variety of military equipment the rebels got hold of was immense.

East Anglia was the next state to rebel, with the new shipment of arms from Europe coming in, these quickly spread amongst the communities, often unchecked by the authorities. Much like across the rest of the U.K, many people were unaware of how to operate a gun, those few ex-servicemen or rebellious groups of police and soldiers soon formed their own brigades, giving some training to others. The East Anglian Rebels soon marshalled near Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft further south. Corporate UAVs were soon circling the two towns, and within hours, local corporate forces were shelling rebel positions, Predator drones and attack helicopters began bombarding what were believed to be buildings where the rebels had set up a HQ, or were using as gathering locations. In truth however the rebels had no such leadership in East Anglia, and after the initial bombardments began filtering away. The next day however they were back, and before the Corporates and Government forces attempted to attack the town, they had already made their move, attacking checkpoints, patrols, and being a big nuisance. Norwich soon rose in revolt when weapons found their way into the city. Soon the fighting spread, mostly random war band’s, but soon organised groups. Mercian troops also on occasion found their way into East Anglia and began helping those rebels they came across.

Meanwhile, Wales also found itself rebelling. With the corporates cut of from reinforcing the bulk of their forces in Cymru stationed in Cardiff, the leaders of the Welsh assembly marched out with a large angry crowd and ordered the corporate army to surrender, hand over their weapons, and leave. After an initial stand of the Corporate general agreed, and withdrew his forces, but refused to leave his weapons to the Welsh. The Corporate army soon found themselves back in Wales when, the Mercian’s, unaware of such an agreement, prepared to ambush the force as it made its way up the A449 towards Chepstow (the bridges across the severn having been destroyed by Mercian engineers during a commando raid. The Corporates attempted to return to Cardiff, only to run into a very unwelcoming committee of rioters they soon withdrew north into the Brecon Beacons national park. Back in Cardiff, the arrival of pursuing Mercian rebels was just as unwelcome as the Corporates, and after a  few heated exchanges, the Mercian’s withdrew, confused as to why the Welsh were so hostile, ignorant of the damage done by a large army that would have left with little harm done had they not chose to attack it…

 Part 3 Rebellion and War

North Wales, Cornwall and the Fall of the South.

The withdrawal of Corporate forces into Mid-Wales cursed the Welsh with the prospect of having to wage a war they could have otherwise avoided, had it not been for the Mercian English. Although weapons were by now arriving in Southern Wales from the outside world, particularly the U.S and Ireland, the Welsh began to arm themselves to drive the Corporates out of their lands for good. Unfortunately the presence of a Corporate force containing around five thousand men wedged in the middle of the Hilly country, caused divisions amongst the Welsh to deepen. The Welsh in the North viewed the Welsh in the south as not doing enough, some even accused them of ‘not being Welsh enough’, whilst the Southern Welsh began to resent the North’s partisans for their avoidance in taking on the corporates in open battle. The Mid-Welsh had to make do with being crushed under the boot of Corporate soldiers; at least, for the moment.

Fighting broke out in the Brecon Beacons; Welsh militias and Corporate troops battling across the mountainous terrain. However, the battles were limited, with little achieved from both sides, most casualties being caused by the harsh environment and most deaths were due to the lack of medical supplies to treat injured troops. When the Welsh rebels finally resorted to encamping on the Brecon Beacons in order to hold ground (whereas before, it was more a case of parties of fighters entering the hills for a scrap, and returning home in the afternoon for tea) the Corporates began employing what Artillery they had left in a last ditch attempt to achieve dominance and clear the hills. This certainly demoralised many of the Rebels and made them retreat, but it was simply not enough to overall crush Welsh resistance, what few Attack Helicopters salvaged from abandoned Corporate bases in Mid Wales were also thrown into the fray, and the sole submarine used by the Corporates was used to launch missiles at ‘key’ Rebel locations, including the Welsh assembly. The rebels suffered some attacks by Corporate and Mercenary Attack Jets diverted from the fighting in Middle England; though most of these strikes hit more civilians than troops. Due to the Welsh rebels having almost no Anti-Aircraft weapons; only a few close-air defence guns acquired from armouries the Corporates had left behind, there was no way for them to combat airstrikes, and even when these weapons saw action, they were often poorly used.

The bombardment did not work, and withdrew their forces from the Beacons into Brecon and began funnelling them up the A470 towards Builth Wells. The Rebels struck at Brecon in force, and despite being largely unorganised managed to fight Corporate forces across the bridge between Brecon and Llanfaes, before being hit by a co-ordinated Artillery/Airstrike followed by a Corporate counter-attack almost forced them out. However, the Corporate forces decidedly withdrew destroying the bridge, and moving of. By the time the Rebels crossed the river, the Corporates were long gone, and attempts to pursue them up the A470 met heavy resistance in the form of the only Corporate Tank and Mechanised force in Wales.

Fighting continued across Mid-North Wales for awhile, mostly in the form of insurgent warfare. Unlike in England, the Welsh did not have the manpower nor the weapons to wage a sustained battle against the Corporates; even with a slow stream of weapons they couldn’t repulse the Corporate army, and instead relied on ambushes and small-scale skirmishes with enemy patrols. With Corporates being cut of with few incoming supplies and men, their area of control began to be reduced (attempting to land substantial supplies was becoming almost impossible, with the British Army in Scandinavia demanding more equipment, and the Civil war growing more intense, and supplies already short, the Fascist Government and Corporates decided Wales was a lost cause; what few supplies made available for the Welsh front often had to be shipped around towards the Irish sea, and supplies by Plane were often open to being shot down by Rebel SAMs).

The final straw which broke the camels back was during the early months of 2022, the Mercian Army Command, unleashed an ‘Armoured Assault’ via Shrewsbury to wipe out the Corporate Forces in Welshpool; The assault consisted of a few Tanks, most being Challenger 2s, but a number of Chieftains and Challenger 1s (some reports suggest by this time the Mercian’s had received some Tanks from Russia and the U.S) but most of those vehicles in Mercian use were Technicals and old Cold War/1990s British army vehicles. During one of the first major ‘Tank battles’ of the Revolution the Mercian’s managed to repulse and destroy a Corporate Tank unit at Buttington, North of Welshpool, around half of the Corporate Armour in Wales was destroyed; the survivors fought a running battle down the B4388 road into Welshpool, the Mercian’s dogging their withdrawal. The advance was halted for a few hours when Corporate Anti-Tank troops, dug-in at a Caravan site before the river leading into the town caused enough damage for the Mercian’s to think twice. However the Mercian’s soon resorted to Mortaring the Town, and after brisk gun battles to try and cross the river the Corporate troops surrendered. Meanwhile, the Northern Welsh realising the state of the Corporate army, and bolstered by the arrival of an Irish expedition consisting mostly of Irish Rangers and some armour advanced on the Corporate outpost of Machynlleth and Llanbrynmair. Irish LAVs and Rangers played a key role in the fighting; whilst the Welsh insurgents managed to pin most of the Corporate forces down, they lacked the confidence of the Rangers to actually attempt to flank them and kill them; the Northern Welsh had suffered a large casualty rate, and were unwilling to lose anymore. The Corporate troops soon surrendered, with only a few groups able to withdraw, some mostly snipers continued to fight for a few more weeks.

After another combined attack by Welsh and Irish troops struck Aberystwyth, the Corporates hopes of gaining any supplies at all were dashed. The involvement of Irish forces took both the Corporates and British Fascist regime by surprise; they were suddenly caught in a corner, and in a difficult Political position warned it would resort to cutting of its contribution to European defence, including pulling back its army. France however, already sending support to the rebels called London’s bluff; the Fascist Government new that should any bulk of the British Armed Forces returned home, they would rebel, but also its ability to return home was impossible, even with the Royal Navy, British troops were becoming more dependent on European supplies to keep them going, and would need European support to get them home. British Headquarters in Stockholm quickly denounced the Fascist Government, and began purging its agents that had been sent to keep them in line with help from the Swedish authorities. Ireland, despite growing turmoil within its own borders was given permission to take any action it liked; the Irish Sea and the English Channel were all named as No-fly zones, although France and its allies feared to take enforcing it too far, as Britain’s Anti air defences were still strong. Regardless, this scared the London Government into recalling its forces behind the newly formed ‘borders’ splitting it from East Anglia and Mercia, and gave the order for its troops in Wales to withdraw at all costs. The Politicians however had no clue about the situation its troops in Wales were in; on the day of the order, its troops had been forced to dig in in and around the towns of Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells, surrounded, they held out for a few weeks, before running out of food and ammo, surrendering to a combined force of Welsh, Mercian and Irish troops.

Back in England, the order to withdraw troops en masse paved the way for further rebellions in the South of the State. As Fascist and Corporate troops withdrew in large numbers from Mercia and East Anglia, general panic and chaos ensued across the remainder of Government territory. Another attempt at rebellion in London nearly overthrew the Government, before eventually being contained. In the west of Government controlled territory in Devon, Somerset and Dorset, confusion amongst Government forces allowed groups of otherwise suppressed and generally small rebels to gain the upper hand; when a rumour spread that Mercian troops were on the offensive and had just overrun Bristol, Corporate forces went on the retreat, regrouping at Portsmouth and Southampton, creating a new ‘border’ at Andover. In Cornwall, Government forces realising what had happened decided they could not hold the region with the rebellion threatening to overrun the South West, and soon took flight to Portsmouth as well.

Citizens in the region rapidly began organising themselves, unfortunately unlike their comrades in the rest of the country, they were unable to create any sense of unity, with riots and gun battles breaking out between communities fighting over what resources hadn’t been taken by the withdrawing troops. The eventual result was a series of mini-states, which eventually united and expanded or collapsed as time went by.

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  1. Christopher Moody says:

    Nice, i am thinking of the last 30 mins of “children of man” with out all the no babies being born nonsense.

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