Invasion of the Imperial Territory

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This article is about the Alliance–Imperial War operation. For the eponymously titled LOGH episode, see Invasion of the Imperial Territory (episode).

Invasion of the Imperial Territory
(Alliance–Imperial War)
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Ships of the Alliance 7th Fleet in Imperial space
Date: August — fall 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE)
Location: Border regions near Iserlohn Corridor
Result: Imperial victory
Belligerents
Galactic EmpireFree Planets Alliance
Units
Lohengramm Fleet
Kircheis Fleet
Reuenthal Fleet
Mittermeyer Fleet
Black Lancers
Wahlen Fleet
Mecklinger Fleet
Lutz Fleet
Kempff Fleet
3rd Fleet
5th Fleet
7th Fleet
8th Fleet
9th Fleet
10th Fleet
12th Fleet
13th Fleet
Commanders / leaders
Reinhard von Lohengramm
Siegfried Kircheis
Paul von Oberstein
Wolfgang Mittermeyer
Oskar von Reuenthal
Lassalle Lobos
Dwight Greenhill
Andrew Falk
Alexandre Bucock
Yang Wen-li
Strength
At least 100,000 ships~30,000,000 troops
200,000 ships
Casualties / losses
Moderate~20,000,000 troops, approx. 70% casualties

The Invasion of the Imperial Territory was an operation launched by the Free Planets Alliance during the summer of 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE) with the objective of conquering the Galactic Empire and ending the Alliance–Imperial War, following the capture of the vitally important Iserlohn Fortress in May of that year. The ambitious plan was put forth by junior officers in the Free Planets Star Fleet, and as a result of backdoor dealings in the High Council, the proposal was accepted by the Alliance government. The offensive relied on using Iserlohn as a staging ground for an invasion of Imperial territory to overthrow the Goldenbaum Dynasty and 'liberate' the people of the Empire. In reality, however, the invasion was accepted by the High Council because it sought to use a major victory as a way to win an upcoming election while the creator of the plan, Commodore Andrew Falk, wanted to use it for personal advancement. (LOGH: 'Invasion of the Imperial Territory')

Fleet Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm was appointed by Emperor Friedrich IV to defend the Empire, and he successfully used a scorched earth strategy to bring about the defeat of the Alliance invasion force. As a result of poor planning and Imperial raids on supply convoys, the Alliance did not have enough foodstuffs for both its troops and the starving civilians that they promised to liberate. Thus they were unable to put up strong resistance when the Imperial Fleet attacked at the height of their fatigue. The majority of Alliance fleets used in the offensive were annihilated individually and at the Battle of Amritsar, leading to a disastrous loss of twenty million Alliance troops. This crippled the Free Planets Star Fleet and left it largely incapable of major operations, as shown when the Empire launched its own invasion of the Alliance two years later. (LOGH: 'When the Rain of Grief Comes...', 'Liberation of the Frontier Zone', 'The Battle of Amritsar Starzone', 'New Trends')

More immediately, the invasion debacle caused the fall of the Royal Sanford administration in the Alliance, who was replaced by Job Trunicht as Supreme Council Chairman, and a drop of support for the already-unpopular government, particularly in the military. This led to the military coup attempt by the dissatisfied elements of the Star Fleet in 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE). (LOGH: 'The Yang Fleet Goes Out', 'The Battle of Doria Starzone, And...')

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