The Company Fleet is shattered by the Saratovian Navy
End of the World Company|
Zegora and Bogatovia
(from 28 July)
|Commanders and leaders|
|Adm. Vasiliy Kirillovich Adamov||
Manuel Sanjurjo |
Adm. Lionel Arana-Ruiz
Adm. Patrice Riquet
|Adm. Luigi Maroni|
In the early 18th century Saratovia began to undergo a process known as Kulturizatsiya, which reformed Saratovian culture and had a strong impact on the governance of the country. By the 1760s, Saratovia began to determinedly expand its armed forces, raising its capabilities far above its previous strengths. Saratovia had historically laid claims on islands owned by the Flamaguayan End of the World Company in the southern Ingenic Ocean, and had briefly clashed in the earlier half of the century with the Company Fleet. Fearing an eventual further growth in Saratovian naval capability, the End of the World Company was determined to strike first and attain strong concessions over Saratovia.
Outbreak of War
The End of the World Company bombarded the Saratov post at Port Saveliy on the morning of 4 March 1774. Port Saveliy was a small, lightly defended trading port and naval fort on the southernmost island in the Saratov Archipelago, Kurilia. Company forces seized the fort after a short but brutal struggle, and secured the garrison's surrender five days after the bombardment began on 9 March. Calculated to elicit a response from the Saratov navy, the raid succeeded in ensuring the dispatch of the main Saratovian fleet.
Word of the attack reached the government in Petrograd several days afterward, and the Saratov Fleet's 1st and 2nd Squadrons were readied for immediate deployment with a full battalion of marines. The combined flotilla set sail from Petrograd on the 20th of March under the command of Admiral Vasiliy Adamov. Adamov had strict orders to retake Port Saveliy by the end of April, and to use the small port as a staging point to pursue a campaign to take the Orylian Islands from the Company. He was advised that the 3rd Squadron, berthed in the southeastern port of Kemerovo, would equip an additional complement of marines and rendezvous with the main force mid-campaign.
Flamaguay intervenes on 28 July.
30 July: a Flamaguayan squadron sinks three Saratovian sloops.
3 August: the Flamaguayan fleet sails into the Company-administered island of Lermozza, taking the port bloodlessly.
10 August: The Saratovian fleet blockades Puerto Salango, northern Poyapáno.
19 August: The Flamaguayan fleet arrives and negotiates a truce with the Saratovian fleet, arranging the withdrawal of the Company squadron and garrisoning Salango.
Peace and Aftermath
The Flamaguayan cabinet sought to rapidly de-escalate the crisis, fearing that the situation would become ungovernable and risk the strategic position of the republic. Saratovia, now recognised as an emerging military power that had regional power projection capabilities, was considered to be of greater value as an ally than as an enemy. Furthermore, by curtailing the adventures of the Company, Saratovia had provided the government with a pretext to intervene in Company affairs directly. Citing the potential military defeat of the totality of Company naval forces due to Company aggressive action, the Flamaguayan government recused itself from its position as guarantor of Company autonomy. Stripped of its backing, the Company was forced to unconditionally agree to the terms put forward by the government.