The Grecorussian Empire has descended into a chaotic civil war as the territory of Greece has declared unilateral independence and secession from the Empire.
Greece, previously a territory within the Empire, has a long history in world politics. Known for the creation of arts and philosophy that is still used today, Greece remained an independent nation from as early as 2700 B.C. until the year 2042, when the nation became financially insolvent and in an act of desperation merged with the neighboring nation of Russia. This act was seen as an act of Russian aggression by the United States and was one of the catalysts for World War III.
Greece, now seeking independence, alleges that their region keeps their people from true representation in Grecorussian government and causes an unprecedented level of discrimination from Moscow, where the Grecorussian government is based. The Empire denies that Greece can leave the Empire in any form or fashion without express approval from the President and Tsar. President Alexeieva issued a statement today, stating that “Greece remains a region in our united Empire. Any uprising to the contrary will be quashed as it threatens the integrity of our very government.”
The civil war has already resulted in casualties. Around twenty to thirty soldiers died in the first day of war, with death tolls expected to rise as the conflict rages. The international community is particularly concerned as the Grecorussian Empire infamously refused to give up their nuclear weapons after World War III, much to the consternation of the IANO. These weapons were housed in the region of Greece, which is now ground zero for the fledgling civil war. There is much concern that these nuclear weapons could fall into the wrong hands or even be used between the two sides in the civil war. This has resulted in early deliberations on actions to be taken either preemptively by a coalition of nations or after the launch of a nuclear weapon.