Northern Militia surrenders, thousands arrested
The months-long conflict is finally over.
Image: A couple of pedestrians walking by a war-torn street in Leylekhan on April 25, 2021.
2021, 5 June
After a long and exhausting fight between the Alkharyan military and the so-called Northern Militia, the militia has surrendered. The notice came after the last offense in Alderik City when the remaining militiamen were trapped in the city's northern suburbs. The military's forced offenses, as the dwindling support for the militia in occupied areas, added salt to the already worsening injury for the insurgents. The insurgence was notorious for its repeated human rights violations, extensively recorded by independent media. All visual and audio media was banned, Strict curfews were enforced, and mass murders by the rogue state were commonplace. It is yet to be known how many people died at the hands of these terrorists, however.
After the late former councilor, Aylin Gökçen was withdrawn from the position on charges yet to be known, she went on a rampage from Europolis, effectively starting the protests back in February. Millions attended in the North, most notably in the Alfur region. Things got worse very quickly when protests got increasingly violent, and, at the time, a significant amount of the Alkharyan military escaping with their guns. This was when the civil conflict officially began when the Northern militia declared the state of "The Alkharyan Realm". Things went quite south (pun unintended) very quickly, though. For one, nobody was sure who lead this movement throughout the civil conflict. The leaders of the militia had concealed their identity effectively. To this day, who actually lead the council of militiamen is unknown. The conflict's worst moments came after the fraudulent independence referendum initiated by the rogue state, followed by the mysterious death of the former councilor Aylin Gökçen. The Alkharyan military fully initiated an offense on Atlıkarınca and Geyikli right after, which resulted in thousands of deaths, civilian and military, with exact numbers yet to be disclosed.
Throughout March and April, a significant number of the militia forces switched sides, with numbers undisclosed again, though some argue it's around 100,000. It is said that most were excused during the conflict, though whether they'll be judged for their crimes is still left unanswered. The conflict came to an end in late May, thanks to inner conflict within the militia and its occupied areas, most of Alderik and the northern part of Alfur at the time. According to bystanders, just before the final liberation from the Alkharyan military, rebel citizens inside the occupied territory fired at the remaining militia. Thanks to the confusion, the military had an easy job cleaning out the remaining of the so-called Realm.
After the conflict, it is reported that thousands have been arrested, accused of supporting or aiding militiamen. It is possible that they may be charged with terrorism, treason, and other high crimes. The situation remains bleak as of current, however.
While the armed conflict has come to an end technically, the societal conflict may go on for decades to come. This conflict was a not-so-gentle reminder that our union is fragile. The reason why this conflict ended so short was because of how incompetent the militia was. Their iron fist governance style was so unpopular it came crashing down at the same speed as it rose. The politicians who held divisive beliefs and expressed them shall be held accountable, including President Tülay Elçi. We cannot have a place for trash talking and corruption anymore. Else, the next conflict may be just around the corner.