Of course, with six grand powers, clashes are unavoidable. Actually, there are some quite clearly drawn lines in this regard:
- Empire vs Draken
Empire and Draken are, without doubt, the two most powerful military forces in Dania.
However, whilst the Draken proclaim peace and symbiosis to be the key to success, the Empire insist on controlled unity being the only way to true peace. Add in the fact Draken hate slavery whilst the Empire is in fact built on it, as well as the Empire's generic hatret towards non-humans (f.e. draconic 'beasts') and you get two potential arch-rivals with large armys in a constant state of (cold) war.
Whilst there were a few small time periods with actual peace, Empire and Draken troops will usually always attack each other, causing smaller skirmishes all across Dania, exspecially focussed around the middle deserts (since it effectively seperates both countrys), to the benefit of Nomad traders, who gladly support and supply both armys, often even watching the battles from the side, joining whoever emerges victorious.
Overall, both forces are usually considered equal. The Empire has the power of number, while the Draken have extremely well-trained troops and the ability to call down devasting magic. Usually, wherever there is a conflict, you can assume one or both of these partys implied, at the very least in indirect, supportive matters.
- Nature vs Industry, the fight of those who never leave their homes
The Wolven have always considered dragons to be 'immortal mythical guardians' and as such it wasn't suprising to see Wolven units aiding the Draken in their first wars against the Empire.
On the other side, the Empire quickly found it's large troop counts lacking the proper armament and started to make vast militaristic deals with their neighbouring nation, the Teks, trading in weapons for food and manpower.
At some point, both supporters, Wolven and Tek, realised they truly despised each other. The Wolven, a race of Nature, couldn't come to accept the fact a nation was robbing all valuable metal from the very soil itself, constructing 'metal demons' and polluting the mountains with smoke. And vice versa, the Teks couldn't like this 'barbarian tribal beasts' either.
However, except for those two factions, quite everyone smiles amusedly at this 'war', given neither Wolven, nor Tek, did, so far, ever leave their respective territorys to lead a direct assault against their rival. It's unknown whether said strike will ever come, since both groups seem confident with simply leading small skirmishes and occasional raids, as well as aiding their respective allies.
- The Eternal Elemental twist
Eternals do not obey any rule but the one order to follow their god and do not see any evil in practicing dark and 'forbidden arts'. Elementals see the 'forbidden taboo' of dark arts as the only static variable in life. Accordingly, both nations despise each other quite straight. However, whilst you will never see an Eternal priest in the Elemental's towns and never find an Elemental mage in a Eternal church, there is no official declaration of war between those nations. Both tend to keep themselves out of the real wars ongoin around them and prefer staying neutral, simply staring at each other from safe distance.
- The Two Sides
On two occasions, large scale 'World Wars' emerged and raged across Dania. In both wars, the same fractions formed up and fought:
The 'Army of Freedom', lead by the Draken, supported by countless Wolven tribes and a large number of Elementals, opposed
the 'Army of the United rule', lead by the Empire, accompanied by engineering regiments of the Tek and a few battalions of Eternal soliders.
Both wars ended in their own unique ways:
The first one ended when, during a large skirmish in the capital of the Elementals, said capital simply imploded into a large crater, causing massive casualtys to both sides, forcing a sudden and half-hearted peace treaty. The second one ended in the night before the final assault of Draken forces on a large Empire city. Strategists had predicted the battle to be the most important and most bloody one in Danias history, but in the night before the storm, several military leaders on both sides were asssassinated, presumedly by Warden agents. Robbed of their command structure, the Draken withdrew and the quite confused Empire did not object to that unformal declaration of peace either.
Both peace period didn't last very long though and whilst there is no giant army marching across the landscape right now, there are still ongoing seperate wars...
That definitely turned out longer then exspected... well... At least you're sort of informed now :3
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