The Rising of the PRYU [26 CE]
[I will present the PRYU uprising as a series of primary documents, with a quick summary at the end]
The following events begin the Summer of 26 CE
A leaflet nailed to a post near the magisterial office in Riviov reads as thus:
——- Pozrnost ——- ——- Attention ——-
Rivian Citizens, having faced the enduring presence of a illegal foreign occupation at the hands of the Zdravian government, and the unlawful dissolution of its home and native rulers hereby signal the following proclamation of WAR against the foreign occupiers. Having prepared in secret a trained militia of honourable volunteers we, the Pure Rivian National Union reveal our purpose as the TRUE STEWARDS of Rivia and its people. We declare allegiance to the monarchy of Rivia illegally removed and the people of this land. We declare a end to false representation, state oppression and imperialistic resource extraction. The rights of the Rivian people, sovereign and guaranteed upon their birth on its soil are inalienable, and must be protected with the blood of all patriots to the cause.
WE CALL UPON ALL PATRIOTS TO JOIN THE CAUSE
—– Signed on behalf of the war council of the PRYU —–
—– Zostat Bdely —– —– Stay Vigilant —–
The next day, a letter recieved by provincial authorities in a town on the Rivian / Anakyya Border reads as thus:
TO: COMMANDER YEZNY ANAKYYA BORDER POST #3
Dear sir, it is of the most urgent importance that I relay the following; there are reports from farmers within my jurisdiction that recent carts bound for Rivia might be containing smuggled weaponry of foreign make. Reports within the last several weeks that carry the following information, and share the same core facts as those I have learned, which have been laboriously gathered by authorities manning the docks at Anaikiliostock. This is, recent shipments ostensibly for the Eastern Fleet are actually carrying foreign munitions, and are being covertly removed from our storehouses and carried overland towards Rivia province. As you can imagine, any such organization involved on the receiving end of such a elaborate scheme must be up to the most nefarious of purposes. I strongly advise you look specifically into the security situation along the border, and reinforce if necessary.
I have wired the relevant authorities in the capital, but they are unwilling to lend credence to such claims, and have instead advised me to look into it on a provincial level. I hope you might confirm such plans and implore your superiors as I have mine to take this possible threat more seriously.
SIGNED: COMMANDER DMITRY REGIONAL SECURITY COMMANDER NORTH ANAKYYA
Later that evening, a officer of the local police station in Jekyci-A-Breka lodges the following note in his logs:
4 PM | Division 5 | June 8th | Constabulary Office #17 Rivia
Supervising Station Head: Captain Iven
Officer on Duty: Mr. Jeznovichi
Log Notes | Noted at Noon, suspicious figures near Shejdrzny Rail Station. Multiple persons of varying build, unseasonal clothing. Loitering near points of restricted personal entry & exit. Did not respond to posted warnings.
Corroborates note from Division 5 Constabulary Offices # 14, # 9 and # 22 as to notes of suspicious persons seemingly observing rail stations and junctions. Noted as needing further focus and observation.
A notice of temporary sick leave posted by Mr. Vartni of a rail maintenance station between Jekyci-A-Breka and Zirnu
Dear Mr. Natjn, not feeling well today. Feels like inflamed chest and throat. Will stay home, have received no notice of needed repairs as of this morning. Will return next week. Please pass notice to Mr. Rilu that he is not needed to fill the slot, no extra work necessary for now.
June 9th 26 CE: The day of the Rising
A secret missive sent to PRYU commanders, originally in a cypher
Attention sons of the Revolution
The Day has arrived. The War Council first wishes to congratulate every battalion commander on their covert and successful preparation up to this moment. Your country thanks you now.
General Plans for the primary attacks are as follows:
Primary Targets are Shejdrzny Rail Station, Mnokrad District Office, Zirnjeca Station, and Chedn Rail Section #6. The Council is aware of the apparent extreme value of Shejdrzny station to the Occupying Government in relation to the others but it is with great confidence we assure you each target has been selected because of their greater potential for disruption over any others.
You have each gathered intelligence on possible targets in your respective operational areas. We now ask you to put this to use. Zdravian security and military personal are enemies of the people and may be removed with extreme prejudice. Rivian civilians, are not to be harmed unless extreme circumstances demand it.
Orders are to disable and destroy the Primary Targets and hold as long as possible. It may become necessary to sacrifice yourselves as martyrs for the cause. Look forward to this as a glorious sacrifice for your nation. The War Council salutes your bravery.
Individual Strategy Maps have been sent separately, please maintain channels of communication as long as feasible.
[ Map of areas being hit: https://imgur.com/a/2hHPC ]
A posted notice in a weekly RYU newsletter the week of the Rising:
DO NOT FIGHT
It is imperative that you, the brave associates of the Rivian National Union do not involve yourselves in any of the violent plots circulating of late. We cannot afford to tarnish the name of this organization through such acts of heinous violence as would slander our policies among those whose support we need most.
Even within the most recent hours of this missive being sent out, representatives of our organization sent letters to every influential civilian leader and politician of Rivia, and it is with great pride the author can assure you that with each day they grow more receptive to our cause. There is no need for violence when each day our membership grows, each day our coffers increase and each day yet another notable man or dignitary appears before my desk pledging his services.
Do not forget either, how many brave Rivians now march to war! Are we willing to spit on their bravery through acts of violence? Nor forget, how many native sons and daughters serve in the local government, offices, and businesses that might be targeted by these schemes. It is not, nor will it ever be the policy of the RYU to endanger Rivian lives for any purpose, and it is my firm belief such menacing conspiracies only set back our cause.
Your noble president – Prvan Zirnuyak
Graffiti scrawled on a workers bar in Castyniti:
Zhistny bud Mistzny [Either Pure or Dead]
A urgent dispatch from Shejdrzny Rail Station, hastily sent:
Attention Rail Stations. Shejdrzny Station under attack. 3 men dead. All police. Doors barricaded. Will not last. Send help. Stop the Trains.
[A similar dispatch from Constabulary Office #17]
Urgent Message to Central Constabulary Office Riviov
Armed men have taken Shejdrzny station. Reports of explosions down the line and in Zirnu. 3 officers shot dead without warning. Preparing to mobilize the full force. Request additional men.
SIGNED: Mr. Casntrz
Written correspondence between Mr. Ivanovich, a journalist of The Daily Solchev affiliate and his boss Mr. Solokiv in Riviov:
Writing quickly to you, immediate reports of armed seditious actions in northern Rivia. I am told so far there are reports of Shejdrzny station, Zirnu station and a bureaucratic office in Castyniti have been violently attacked and occupied by bands of unknown conspirators. Multiple fatalities reported, although thankfully it appears most civilians have been able to escape their places of work at these places. There has apparently been a serious explosion on the line between Zirnu and Jekyci-a-Breka, track totally dislodged and scattered over the course of many meters. There is a shocking general apathy towards these events from local people which leads me to believe these violent men have many local sympathizers, although insofar no organization has taken credit. As I write this they remain in control of each location.
I have just been told that the office in Castyniti has been firebombed. Governmental documents are scattered all over the area according to what my sources are telling me, including several local officials shot dead. The militants apparently have barricaded themselves in a nearby office, likely waiting for what is surely to be brutal retribution on the part of the local government.
The order given to the local constabularies by the provincial governmental offices in Riviov:
From the Office of Security head, Riviov Province Commander Dragvich
All seditious activities are to be halted immediately. I have received notice from capital authorities that I have permission to use military units which I will immediately exercise. Each constabulary is expected to coordinate with their immediate others to produce and then act on containment plans for affected areas. Prisoners are not a necessity, except for any ring-leaders.
I am sending a regiment of the 2nd army infantry first to Jekyci-a-Breka. The immediate goal is to capture the rail stations and restore localized security.
A local journalist Mr. Yizki records the violence around Shejdrzny station as part of a article published the next week :
I had been sitting in a nearby restaurant when I heard gunfire in the distance. From where I was on a bench propped against a large open window I could see across the road to the station gates. About a dozen or more figures in long coats of rural make bearing rifles and other weapons raised their arms on the station guards who surrendered and fled, and then forced the gatesman to exit his post and flee down the street. More gun shots rang out from inside. Travelers, both men of business and simple families on commute began to run through every possible point of exit, desperately clutching luggage. Among that mix must have been most station personnel, must of whom apparently escaped according to their statements to that fact as recorded in this same paper. At about early noon the station had for all intents been totally cleared, and with the shattering of glass the men inside began to vandalize everything within reach. I saw many boxes of valuable mechanical equipment and papers thrown through windows as well as smoke from what must have been roaring fires inside, stuffed with documents. Alongside the destruction inside the station, several figures appeared to climb the roof of the main building to affix a red and blue flag to its central pillar, and while doing so tearing down the national flag already present.
It will comfort the readers to know that at no point in this ordeal was I in danger. Up until the arrival of the military, or indeed even the arrival of the police before that there was no indication of intent to harm civilians by these figures, although I made sure to stay a steady distance away from the station, at this point having withdrawn from my place in the restaurant to a well-placed and hidden bench in a adjacent park. A hour from the initial capture of the station we heard the first explosion. It was a sharp crack, like a gunshot but far larger in breadth and with it many nearby windows were shattered by the noise. This was followed by another explosion in rapid succession. It was impossible to see the source of the noises, as this all occurred behind the brick retaining wall that covers the extended station, although it was very likely with the intent of sabotage.
At 1:30 PM several policemen arrived to apprehend the suspects inside. They approached from the south up along Zeshl St. with guns drawn. Luckily the park in which I had been hiding was open enough to view most of the street. As they drew within a hundred meters of the station a machinegun roared from within a broken window, to which effect all but one policeman fell. The last one attempted to flee before the gun roared again, and caught him in the back.
From that point forwards little of note occurred. A general sense of tension filled the air. The initial zealous fires had died out as charred papers fluttered in the wind.
At 3:30 PM it was clear the police were massing forces. Most civilians had cleared the area. At 3:45 or so, a line of officers ran down Zeshl St. and Muznyili St. and began to push nearby carriages into barricades along with sandbags. More officers joined with the result of both main roads towards the station in each direction being full of armed men, and barricaded each about a hundred and fifty to two hundred meters away from the station itself. No fire was traded at this time.
At 4:30 the army arrived. Several hundred men with a half-dozen artillery pieces laboriously marched down Zeshl St. It was at this point that I was accosted by some officers who had noticed my position, and nearly arrested before I produced my press credential papers. Still, it was made clear I was in danger, and that there would be no great concessions made for my safety.
The army began to deploy artillery pieces all along the back of the park at 4:40 PM. Groups of soldiers were lain prone alongside machinegun crews behind any pieces of cover. At first the tone was quite tense. A officer of good standing stood behind the closest sandbag barrier and called for the surrender of the men inside. He was gruffly rejected with a single shouted obscenity. At 5:20 PM, the first assault began with coordinated gunfire from the army and police positions, which now effectively surrounded the station on every side but its northwest where it merged directly with a series of stately residential homes.
Small arms fire peppered the exterior of the station, shattered every intact window and send puffs of dust and shrapnel from its outer walls. The gunfire made apparently little effect, neither did the sporadic return fire from inside which was of far lesser quantity than that of the governmental forces. However, after a good deal of traded skirmishing, the same machinegun roared out again from inside, but did little effect against the well hidden army positions. The fire soon turned, and bullets raked across the front of the police line as they dove for cover. Several officers appeared hit, although only one fell dead instantly. Several army machinegun crews trained their fire on the window from which emanated the shots, and soon halted it. A group of soldiers then moved forwards through the park towards the building, crouching low as they traded sporadic fire. It was once they neared the low fence that separated it and the street that a great column of smoke tore from within the station, landing amongst the soldiers with a crashing explosion. They were tossed in the air and scattered with profuse masses of dirt among the roadway. This was followed with renewed gunfire from inside alongside several burning liquor bottles which landed along the military lines. More explosions from farther away indicated renewed fighting along Muzynili St. also.
After two hours more of gunfire, and several other failed assaults the artillery began to fire. While being placed at the farthest end of the park, they were still close enough to be aimed nearly directly at the station. With a shout each piece thundered as great chunks blew outwards from the station. Huge mounds of dirt and brick rose many feet in the air alongside cracks of white light. The ground itself shook endlessly as the crews worked with awesome discipline to maintain rotating fire. Mangled bodies twisted and tore as they flew upwards from their firing positions inside the station. The small flag that once anointed the station was vaporized by a shell that hit the central building directly, caving the roof in.
In only a short few minutes, the whole station had been leveled nearly flat with remarkably little damage to the surrounding buildings, a testament to the gunners skill. Those few who survived the shelling stumbled out covered black with ash to meekly surrender. One man ran out from behind part of a wall, tearing his coat open to draw a knife and a red and blue seperatist flag before getting cut down by rifle fire.
As I was told, and from what I was able to gather at the scene itself there had been 17 militants who initially took the station, with several more arriving later (I had been unable to see them at their time of entry presently unknown, since I could not observe each angle of the station.) Of those, 14 were killed in the firefight and subsequent bombardment with 2 missing, 4 taken prisoner and 2 killed resisting apprehension (one being the man mentioned earlier).
5 policemen died including those killed earlier that day, with 1 man wounded by flying debris. 12 soldiers were killed with 4 wounded, most in the first two close assaults on the station.
Another news clipping referring to the 'incident' after the fact:
The last few days have been trying ones for Rivia. Armed insurgents with nefarious purposes have infiltrated our cities and dealt damage to them. As of last counting, there have been three seperate assaults in major cities with sporadic acts of sabotage along the main rail-lines in the Zdravian spine. A governmental office burnt, and two rail stations damaged with explosives, one totally destroyed in the fighting. Rail tracks for miles torn up by improvised charges, trains set back for weeks with thousands yet stranded at stations.
Surely great credit must be given to the authorities who have dealt with this insurrections, and one can only hope that those who dared to threaten the structure of our fine nation at such a time as this, when we are beset by a cabal of foreign enemies on every side, face the most stringent punishments the state can legally provide.
This journal is proud to announce, that as of the time of this articles writing, 16 conspirators have been captured in total. We can recommend nothing less than the death penalty for each and every one of them.
——– SUMMARY ———-
In Summer 26 CE, a militant division of the RYU staged a series of attacks in northeastern Rivia province. Two major rail stations along the Zdravian spine were occupied and then sabotaged, with improvised charges being used to damage track. Smaller teams worked to destroy sections of rail along more rural areas, taking advantage of local collaborators to attack vulnerable parts with explosives. A governmental office was also firebombed, with registration documents burnt en masse.
In total, about a hundred militants were involved of whom the large majority were either killed or fled in the face of overwhelming Zdravian retaliation. Only 16 were captured, of which only 1 was identified as a significant leader within the organization now called the PRYU. They were executed by firing squad a week after the rebellion, and after interrogation refused to stir up any useful intelligence. Evidence from discarded weaponry indicates that they were partially equipped with Valkaran weaponry, including some rocket launchers like the one used at Shejdrzny Station.
Total government and civilian casualties are as follows:
34 soldiers killed or wounded, most killed when a assaulting force of soldiers was flanked and ambushed in the urban fighting surrounding Mnokrad District Office.
9 policemen killed or wounded, including two who were shot in a rural road near Castyniti by a PRYU sympathetic mob.
53 civilians killed or wounded, the vast majority being hit by crossfire or shrapnel from artillery and explosions. Zirnjeca Station suffered the highest civilian casualty rate after the first track bombs were set off before all civilians were able to flee the station.
After the rising, 40,000 soldiers have descended on northern Rivia to keep the peace and root out any further insurrectionists.