The war was provoked by the Mesan Alignment as a direct reaction on the Manticoran expansion to the Talbott Cluster. In a larger perspective the cause of war were Mesan strategic plans to destroy the Solarian League and overthrow the order of humanity. Initial military actions were planned to be performed by Mesan proxies, like Monican and New Tuscan governments.
Course of war Edit
Before declaration of warEdit
The initial battles of the war occurred in the Talbott Quadrant of the Star Empire of Manticore with Vice Admiral Henke's response to the New Tuscany Incident and Admiral Crandall's assault on the Spindle System.
After these two humilating defeats, the Solarian League Navy launched a direct attack on the Manticore System with the Eleventh Fleet. In the event the attack failed, the next step would have been to send a fleet of 600 ships of the wall with a proper Frontier Fleet screen against Manticore. The attack did fail with an additional defeat handed to the Solarians when a joint Beowulfan-Manticoran force prevented Solarian reinforcements from using the Manticoran Wormhole Junction to open a second front in the battle. The planned second attack was never launched because of subsequent political developments inside the Solarian League and Beowulf's announced intent to hold a plebiscite on its possible secession from the Solarian League. In response, the Solarian League commenced planning for an attack on Beowulf itself. (HH13)
After declaration of warEdit
Initial political impact Edit
Manticoran strategy Edit
- blockade of the Solarian trade by closing Manticoran and Solarian wormhole junctions - see: Case Lacoön
- raids against Solarian military shipyards and R&D centers, e.g. one in the Yildun System
- support of seccessions within the League, e.g. in the Maya Sector
Interstellar affairs Edit
Manticoran allies Edit
The most prominent political ally of the Star Empire of Manticore was Beowulf. Beowulfans supported the Manticoran case in the Solarian League Assembly, informed the Manticoran government about Task Force 891's mission and were permanently responsible for security of the Manticore Wormhole Junction's terminus in the Sigma Draconis System.
Parallel war Edit
With the total destruction of the Manticoran and Grayson orbital industry in 1922 PD during the Mesan Alignment's Operation Oyster Bay, the governments of the Star Empire of Manticore, the Protectorate of Grayson and Republic of Haven became aware that there was an unknown and dangerous enemy, who provoked the Solarian-Manticoran War in order to weaken both the Solarian League and the Star Empire of Manticore.
- See: Mesan-Manticoran War
- 1922 PD:
- ↑ That force did not use the Beowulf terminus of the Manticore wormhole junction however.