Krauanagaz-Mitallduk Border and Trade Dispute

Map of Krauanagaz and Mitallduk Border Disputes

Only the most recent incidents between the Confederacy and the Federation are included in this graphic. Prior to July 2008, the last incident was in October 1992.

July 9, 2008

At around 12:23 local time, an armed group of confederacy citizens boarded and seized a Krauanagazan party barge, stranding its 23 passengers in life rafts for hours until they were reported missing and found by the Krauanagazan Coast Guard. This incident drew strong condemnations from Krauanaet Astri who called it a “flagrant disregard of the ceasefire agreement.” Krauanaet Astri demanded the confederates responsible for the act be extradited to the Federation to face charges.

However, the Mitallduk Confederacy denied any foreknowledge of the incident. Mitallarkava Lukian Kullan said, “The confederacy defense ministry has heard no reports of any incident between two civilian vessels in the North Kraudukra Sea nor was involved in any alleged planning of such an attack,” he also suggested that even if the incident had occurred, according to the location it was outside of both nations jurisdictions.

It is worth noting that the incident occurred only 13 meters outside of the legal boundary of Krauangazan waters. However, it was enough of a distinction for the Mitallduk Confederacy to escape any potential culpability within the parameters of the ceasefire agreement.

April 11, 2016

At precisely 04:54 local time, Federal Air Defense Command (FADC) personnel identified a group of four Confederacy aircraft approaching the Krauanagaz Federation’s 1st Fleet. The 1st Fleet was actively engaged in naval exercises within Federation waters as part of routine training operations. The Confederacy aircraft were observed on an intercept course with the 1st Fleet, raising concerns about the nature of their approach. The naval exercises, designed to enhance the Federation’s maritime capabilities, were momentarily disrupted as the military assessed the situation.

Immediate attempts were made to establish communication with the Confederacy aircraft to inquire about their intentions and urge them to alter their course. Simultaneously, a warning was issued to the aircraft, signaling the seriousness of the situation and the potential consequences of continued proximity to the 1st Fleet. In response to the warnings, the Confederacy aircraft eventually acknowledged the Federation’s communication attempts. Both sides engaged in a tense dialogue, with the Confederacy explaining that their aircraft had inadvertently strayed into Federation airspace due to “navigational errors.”

To avoid further escalation, the Krauanagaz Federation dispatched a pair of interceptor aircraft to escort the Confederacy aircraft out of Federation waters. The naval exercises were temporarily suspended during this period to ensure the safety of all involved parties. Following the incident, diplomatic channels were activated to address the breach of airspace and prevent similar occurrences in the future. Both nations engaged in discussions to enhance communication protocols and avert any misunderstandings that could potentially lead to military confrontations.

The incident prompted a review of maritime security protocols, leading to increased vigilance along the Federation’s maritime borders. This included the deployment of additional naval assets and enhanced coordination between air and naval defense forces.

June 10, 2021

Around 15:43 the Barrier Islands Air Defense Sector Command at Joint Base Kraudukra reported the possible detection of several UAVs in flight over Zhpana, and G’dukan Islands in the Mitallzoatal Territory. Both nations lay claim to these islands and the surrounding waters, with the Krauanagaz Federation asserting a legitimate legal claim based on the ceasefire agreement established in 1976, bringing a steady pause to the Krauanagazan Civil War which began in 1913 (although some historians contest it began in 1901).

Barrier Islands Air Defense Sector Command reported the detection of several Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in flight over Zhpana and G’dukan Islands. The islands, at the center of territorial disputes, have been a constant source of tension between the Krauanagaz Federation and the Mitallduk Confederacy. In response to the UAV sightings, the Krauanagaz Federation swiftly activated its air defense systems established in the wake of the 2016 encounter. Fighter jets were scrambled to investigate the airspace breach and assess the nature and intent of the unmanned aircraft.

Concurrently, attempts were made to establish communication with Mitallduk authorities to seek clarification on the UAV presence. The Krauanagaz Federation emphasized adherence to the established ceasefire agreement and the need to avoid any actions that could escalate tensions in the region. Mitallduk officials acknowledged the communication attempts and stated that the UAVs were conducting routine topographical survey operations within what they claimed to be their territorial waters. The Mitallduk Confederacy maintained its position over the disputed islands, rejecting the Krauanagaz Federation’s legal claim.

Diplomatic channels were activated to prevent the situation from escalating further. Both nations engaged in discussions to address the incident and try to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing territorial disputes in the Northern Barrier Islands. In the aftermath of the UAV incident, both nations increased maritime patrols in the disputed region. This move aimed to assert control over the claimed territories and prevent any further incursions into what is legally Krauanagazan territory, but what Mitallduk illegally claims as their territory as well.

Ongoing diplomatic dialogues sought to find a comprehensive and lasting solution to the territorial disputes. Mediation efforts were explored to facilitate open communication and promote understanding between the Krauanagaz Federation and the Mitallduk Confederacy. But ultimately the talks stalled as Krauanaet Korrin faced plummeting approval ratings at home and was taking legislative losses left and right. The events of June 10, 2021, highlight the fragility of the situation in the Barrier Islands and underscores the importance of diplomatic efforts to prevent any inadvertent escalation that could lead to a renewed conflict between the two disparate nations.

November 29, 2022

In the early hours of November 29, 2022, a tense naval encounter unfolded as the Krauanagaz Federation’s First Fleet patrolled the waters of Mitallzoatal. The incident, the sudden appearance of two Confederacy submarines, raised concerns over maritime security and escalated the already strained relations between the two nations.

At 07:02 ship time, the KFS Tallduk Zoa, one of the Krauanagaz Federation’s two aircraft carriers leading the First Fleet, faced an unexpected threat. Two Confederate submarines surfaced just 25 meters away from the carrier, catching the Federation forces off guard. The Confederacy submarines demonstrated a remarkable ability to navigate undetected through the waters, coming into dangerously close proximity to the First Fleet before surfacing. The sudden appearance of the submarines raised urgent questions about the effectiveness of naval surveillance and detection systems. The surprise encounter prompted an immediate response from the Krauanagaz Federation’s naval command. The First Fleet went on high alert, activating defensive measures to ensure the safety of the fleet and its strategic assets, and the entire Joint Barrier Islands Garrison was moved to threat condition red.

Following the surfacing of the Confederate submarines, attempts were made to establish communication with the Mitallduk Confederacy to seek an explanation for the submarines’ presence in such close proximity to the Krauanagaz Federation’s naval assets, and within Federation waters. Initial responses from Confederate authorities acknowledged the presence of submarines in the region but asserted that they were conducting routine patrols within what the Confederacy claimed as its territorial waters. The Krauanagaz Federation contests these claims, arguing that the incident occurred well within the territory of the “disputed waters.”

Diplomatic channels were activated to de-escalate the situation and prevent further hostilities. Both nations agreed to a temporary stand-down of their naval forces to allow for an investigation into the incident and discussions on how to avoid similar occurrences in the future. This incident dealt a devasting blow to Krauanaet’s Korrin’s approval rating. Sending it down another 12 points, to 23%. A poll conducted in December 2022 indicated that 68% of Federation voters either strongly disagreed or somewhat disagreed with how Krauanaet Korrin handled the confrontation.

The international community, especially Emerald and Denver and other members of the Starhawk Pact expressed concerns over the escalation of maritime tensions between the Krauanagaz Federation and the Mitallduk Confederacy. Calls for peaceful resolutions and adherence to established maritime norms were echoed by neighboring nations and international organizations. The November 29, 2022 naval incident served as a stark reminder of the volatile nature of the territorial disputes in Kraudukra waters and underscored the need for diplomatic efforts to maintain stability and prevent unintended military confrontations.

December 30, 2022 - April 18, 2023

Confederate patrols, widely perceived as a test of the new Zharan administration’s response capabilities, began periodically encroaching into Krauanagazan waters in the North Kraudukra and around Mitallzoatal just before his inauguration. These incursions sparked concerns over the potential for increased hostilities. Lyra Zharan assumed the position of Krauanaet on January 20, 2023. The ongoing provocations presented an immediate challenge for the new administration, requiring a strategic and measured response to safeguard Krauanagazan interests.

The situation escalated on March 29, 2023, when a group of Mitallduk Patrol Corvettes engaged in aggressive actions within Krauanagazan territorial waters. A fishing trawler, peacefully operating in the region, became the target of Confederate harassment. Video evidence recorded by individuals aboard the fishing trawler documented a concerning escalation. The corvettes not only approached the fishing vessel but opened fire in its direction. Eight 102mm artillery rounds detonated near the fishing trawler, with the closest shell exploding a mere ~3.5 meters away. The video evidence circulated globally, drawing international condemnation for the Confederate Navy’s actions. Concerns were raised about the potential for a full-scale naval conflict in the Kraudukra Sea, prompting neighboring nations and international organizations, such as the Starhawk Pact, to call for restraint and diplomatic resolutions.

The Zharan administration, faced with the challenging task of managing the escalating tensions, condemned the Confederate actions. Diplomatic channels were activated to address the incident, and Krauanagazan authorities sought international support in urging the Mitallduk Confederacy to de-escalate the situation. As tensions remain high, the Kraudukra Sea becomes a focal point for diplomatic maneuvering, with the international community watching closely for signs of resolution or an exacerbation of the conflict between the Krauanagaz Federation and the Mitallduk Confederacy, with possible negative ramifications to maritime trade routes in the Gulf of Good Omen.

January 1, 2024 (New)

Around 01:00 on January 1, 38 Krauanagaz citizens were detained by the Mitallduk navy in an incident that heightened tensions between the Krauanagaz Federation and the Mitallduk Confederacy. The individuals were captured in the Kraudukra Sea, sparking a diplomatic crisis.

A Krauanagazan-flagged private party ship drifted into disputed waters, leading to its detainment by Mitallduk Confederacy forces. The ship, carrying 38 individuals, was surrounded and boarded by naval forces from four Vorodan-class destroyers. The Mitallduk Confederacy Navy promptly detained the individuals aboard and seized the vessel, citing the incursion into what they consider their “contiguous zone.” A concept that Krauanagazan officials called “unfounded, and illegal.” Communications between the Krauanagazan and Mitallduk governments occurred for several weeks until January 17, when a prisoner exchange occurred.

The incident was the first in a series of events, including the Red K incident and a nuclear test by Mitallduk, damaging the fragile relationship between the two nations, and dramatically increasing regional instability.

January 6, 2024 (New)

On January 6, 2024, a Krauanagazan drone was operating in the northern Kraudukra Sea, just outside Krauanagazan waters, conducting routine surveillance aimed at monitoring trade routes and ensuring the security of maritime activities, according to Krauanagaz.

The Mitallduk Confederacy characterized the act as a direct threat to their national security and an invasion of the privacy of their citizens, leading to a Confederacy vessel downing the drone. Mitallduk categorized what they considered an intrusion as an “unprovoked act of aggression,” and held the Krauanagaz Federation responsible for breaching international norms and undermining the principles of mutual respect between the nations.

The Krauanagaz Federation condemned the destruction of the drone as a “blatant act of aggression.” Krauanagazan Secretary of State, Darius Korin, stated that the drone’s primary objective was to monitor trade routes and ensure the security of maritime activities in the region. The Krauanagaz Federation contended that the drone was well beyond the boundaries of Mitallduk sovereign airspace, adhering strictly to international protocols governing surveillance activities in shared waters.