The 1990-91 Malichkan civil conflict occured between King Roko IV of the Malichkan Royal Family in Exile and Supreme Leader Brian Bjergsen.
Following 22 years of political turmoil and instability as well as authoritarian rule, which flared up after Bjergsen's self-declaration as "supreme leader" among a few others, the King launched a coup against Bjergsen.
Timeline of events
On December 18th, 1990, due to months of political instability, King Roko IV of the overthrown Royal Family immediately declared a coup against the corrupt Bjergsen regime. That same day, the Dvoreki Constabulary, Royal Federal Police, Royal Military Police, Royal Guardsmen, and the knights of the Royal Orders of the Spinel, Jasper, and Lazuli, were all set into duty and dispatched to fortify Dvoreki.
On Christmas Eve, a convoy of 8 tanks, 9 military police vehicles and 13 police cars and motorcycles drove through the snow-covered Civic Quarter and into the Presidential Palace (now converted into the National Gallery) and Bjergsen Castle, the President's family residence.
On Christmas Eve 1990, a squadron of 26 military police officers, 30 police officers, and 14 soldiers raided Bjergsen Castle and the Presidential Palace, but Brian was nowhere to be found, having escaped before the raid.
The following day he was caught going into hiding by twelve members of Malichkan military police and eighteen knights of the Order of the Spinel at the currently-heavily fortified RTVM newsroom transmitting a televised message over the network's three principal channels.
During the televised speech, he was wearing a balaclava, goggles, a black hoodie, Adidas sweatpants and winter gloves, but was interrupted when the military police and knights arrived. He managed to evade capture and escaped through one of the windows. He fled on a helicopter flown by his personal helicopter pilot Jeanne Thomson.
On December 29th, Queen Zala III of the deposed Royal Family announced the closure of all schools, and coincidentally, the suspension of classes in all levels.
On the night of January 1st 1991, the King imposed a 12mn-6am curfew and declared martial law. That same night, soldiers, knights, military police and civil police officers were dispatched to guard the following locations in Dvoreki:
- Bjergsen Castle
- Presidential Palace
- RTVM Studios
- Parliament House
- Glas Performing Arts Theatre
- Next Industries HQ and Factory
- Jagode borough (red light district)
- Dvoreki Central Railway Station
Meanwhile, the Hotel Jagode, Old City Hall, Department of Defense Building, National University campus, De La Salle University Dvoreki campus and the Kjellberg Tower were all heavily cordoned off. Military police were dispatched to cordon off the said locations.
On January 3rd, Bjergsen was caught attempting to flee Dvoreki through helicopter. Thankfully, the helicopter was shot down and crashed, although Bjergsen escaped through parachute. Jeanne was killed in the resulting crash. A mob of between 400 and 500 Bjergsen supporters surrounded the helicopter and placed bouquets on it. Within 2 hours, the wreckage of the helicopter was covered in flowers.
Soon, the King dispatched 40 riot police officers to break up the gathering. The police used tear gas and pepper spray to break up the protest. This was the last instance of tear gas being used in a riot in Malichka.
3 days later, a mob of 400 students supporting the King gathered at the Ministry of Education building, calling for the Educational Code of 1970, which they claimed to have made their lives "miserable", to be repealed for good. Backed by soldiers from South Korea and Japan, they stormed the building and vandalized it. The damage was never noticed.
On January 8th, the King ordered that the following places be closed off to the public and guarded by military police officers and soldiers:
- St. George's Cathedral
- Malichka Telecom Tower
- Tsui Feng Huang Temple
- Wahah Mosque
- St. Albans' Church
- Malichka Press Headquarters
- De La Salle University Dvoreki
- Temple of the Hidden Tiger
- Spanish Embassy
That same night, 30 Malichkan spies were sent to infiltrate the government of Peppaland. The mission stated that Peppaland was supporting the Bjergsen regime and was planning an all-out war. The plans were exposed and their war attempt was foiled.
Meanwhile in the town of Sveti Jurij, Novi Maribor, 500 Bjergsen supporters gathered at the town square to voice their support for Bjergsen against the royal-led coup. Military police managed to arrive in time and broke up the protest peacefully without any violence.
The following day, 600 supporters of the royal family paraded across the roads on the Bistravoda riverfront. They then marched into the Civic Quarter, before gathering at King Miro Square, in front of St. George's Cathedral. Members of Bjergsen's security company broke up the peaceful protest.
In response, the King not only closed off Bjergsen Security Ltd. headquarters, but also extended martial law to all of Malichka due to the incident in Sveti Jurij. In the town of Hribjagode in Triborove, local skiers sent out a message to the Royal Hamily and the mayor of the town sent it through telegram to King Roko.
The message read "Bjergsen sucks". King Roko then sent another telegram to the mayor, saying that he agreed. Responding to it, he closed off all Bjergsen Group properties, including the Imagination Land theme park and the Next Industries headquarters, to the public.
On January 12th, Bjergsen organized a civil militia that he called the "League of Shadows". Peppaland, Zivia, Sealandia and the Noobian Union were all accused of conspiring with the Bjergsen regime and the League. The coup escalated at this point. They reclaimed Bjergsen Castle and the Presidential Palace.
After 2 days, Bjergsen immediately returned to wearing the costume he wore while transmitting his message on RTVM on Christmas Day 1990. He ordered the League's members to dress up in black ninja uniforms. Within 3 days the League of Shadows was considered recognizable.
Several citizens from Peppaland, Zivia, Sealandia and the Noobian Union joined the League. Within a few days the League had increased to 10,000 members strong. The League then captured Parliament House, the Dvoreki Old City Hall and the Smrekavoda State Palace.
In protest the King ordered a full-scale lockdown of Dvoreki. On January 19th, 20 knights and 50 military police were dispatched to fortify Dvoreki. The quarantine of Dvoreki was successful, preventing any members of the League of Shadows entering further.
On February 9th a petition to oust Bjergsen through a referendum was written by the King before being amended by the deposed Parliament. Over 5 million signed. The list was later sent to the King via air mail. In response they ordered that every building captured by the League be reclaimed.
On February 13th, a mob of 90,000 anti-Bjergsen activists pleaded outside the Royal Palace to start the referendum, which the King accepted. In the referendum, 92% voted to restore the monarchy, 5% voted against it, and 3% were uncertain about it.
On the freezing day of February 17th 1991, Bjergsen was escorted outside the Presidential Palace to his family residence of Bjergsen Castle by 4 members of Malichkan military police. He left for the Netherlands in a replacement helicopter flown by an Air Force pilot. After this, the deposed Royal Family arrived in a carriage pulled by four elks to the former site of the Presidential Palace.
Only 400 people on the good side died. The enemy side received more than 1 million fatalities. Parts of Dvoreki were damaged after the incident.