The Great War was a world war in Maredoratica, lasting from 17 May 1914 to 15 July 1920 (see Chronology below). The war involved almost every major economic and military power in Maredoratica, with engagements on every continent and ocean in the region. More than ?? million men were mobilized, the largest in Maredoratica's history. It was the first industrial total war: and marked by trench warfare, the mass use of chemical weapons, and rapid technological advancements like the advent of aerial and mechanised combat. To date it is one of the deadliest conflicts in Maredoratican history and lead to mass casualties, with the deaths of approximately ? million combatants and ? million civilians. Combatants on both sides committed war crimes in violation of international law, including expressly targeting civilian populations with artillery shelling and strategic bombing.
The Great War was fought across several theaters in different time-spans. Historians have considered the war to consist of several separate conflicts: the Guurkhun-Morivaine War, the Great Alisnan or Questo-Moravian War, the Questo-Morivaine War, the Styrian-Morivaine War, the Second Morivaine-Maalukhiri War, the Sondsteadish-Varnian War, the Boagan Civil War, Styrian Civil War, and the Pollonan Revolution.
The combatants assembled into two opposing alliances: the Coalition or La Coalition (consisting of countries like Moravia, Varnia, Berry, and Morieux), and the League of the Three Empires or La Ligue des Trois Empires of Questers, Styria, and Galla (???). Other combatants, like Jungastia (Coalition) or Guurdalai (League), were not official alliance members but were cobelligerents in one theater or another. Other states like Sondstead participated for only part of the war, while countries like Van Luxembourg remained officially neutral but covertly supported the war effort.
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The conflict is mostly commonly known as the Great Maredoratic War (French: Grande guerre maredoratique) or simply the Great War Grande guerre), terms which had already been coined to refer to it as early as 1915. Some historians, particularly in Morieux, prefer the term the Second World War (Seconde Guerre mondiale); the "First World War" (Première Guerre mondiale) being the Morivaine Revolutionary Wars.
Most scholars accept either the 7th of May (sinking of the Morivaine destroyer Vigilant) or the 17th of May (Guurkhun assault on Saggittaire) of 1914 to be the start of the war, although some have suggested earlier events on the Questarian border, such as the Lungau Incident on New Year's Eve 1913 or the Crickshire Skirmish on the 3rd of March 1914, constituted the first engagement of the war; both incidents were themselves culminations of long-running tensions between Questers and neighboring Moravia and Varnia.
Morieux's declaration of war on Guurdalai came on the 24th of May 1914, beginning the declared phase of the conflict, followed the next day by Guurdalai's formal declaration of war on Morieux. The war in Alisna is considered by most scholars to have begun only on the 15th of August, 1914, with Questers' declaration of war on Moravia in response to Moravia's mobilisation order against Styria. Some historians have dated the start of the war to the date when the Alisnan and Wilassian theatres combined; Morieux's declaration of war on Questers on the 12th of January 1915, followed the next day by Boaga, Galla, Questers, and Styria issuing declarations of war against Morieux, and Morieux's counter declaration later that day against Galla and Styria.
The end date of the war, however, continues to be more sharply disputed among historians. The formal end of the Guurkhun-Morivaine War came with the collapse and surrender of the Guurkhun government on the 18th of January 1918. An armistice took effect on the morning of 29 September 1918 after Stessex and Hallia, ending the large scale fighting in Alisna; sporadic skirmishes still broke out until December.
However, in countries like Boaga, Ruccola, and Moravia, proxy wars between various foreign armies continued well into Spring 1920. Fighting continued between Morivaine forces and Questarian colonial troops in Marmoria into the Summer of 1920. Because of this, the end of the war is often stated as the 15th of July 1920, the date Ruccola declared its unity and independence and the generally accepted end date of the Questo-Morivaine War.