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San Salvacion is a small independent nation located in northwest-central Usea, encompassing territory both north and south of the Lambert Mountains. It has been labeled the "Symbol of Peace"[1] by the other Usean nations and, in modern times, has maintained friendly relations with its neighbors. However, due to its strategic location, San Salvacion has been the site of several major battles throughout its history, most recently in the Continental War.

History

Keeper of Stonehenge

Main article: Stonehenge (Strangereal)

After the Ulysses 1994XF04 asteroid was discovered, the leaders of the Usean nations began searching for a location to construct Stonehenge, a railgun system capable of destroying Ulysses. San Salvacion was ultimately chosen as the railgun's site, stemming from its centralized location[2] and reputation as the "Symbol of Peace" on the Usean continent.[1] Construction of Stonehenge began in the desert region south of the capital, San Salvacion, and continued for several years until its completion in early 1999.[3]

Usean coup d'état

Main article: Usean coup d'état

Following the Belkan War, San Salvacion joined other Usean countries in forming a military alliance known as the Usean Allied Forces to match a perceived rising threat of Osean and Yuktobanian influence. Osea extended a military treaty to some southern Usean countries, which some northern and western countries, San Salvacion included, protested against.[4]

On May 30, 1997, the Usean Rebel Forces—a group of conservative extremists—took control of San Salvacion and most other Usean countries to disrupt the treaty's signing. The rebels forced the Usean Allied Forces off the continent in the ensuing coup. Scarface Squadron helped the Allied Forces in pushing the rebels eastward, restoring the sovereignty of San Salvacion and its neighbors.[5]

Ulysses Plantfall

On July 3, 1999, Ulysses entered Earth's atmosphere and shattered into hundreds of pieces, bombarding the northern hemisphere. Although Stonehenge managed to intercept the largest fragments, it was unable to prevent widespread destruction across other parts of the world. Confronted with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, San Salvacion, like other Usean nations, began accepting a portion of one million refugees displaced by the planetfall.[1]

Hostile takeover

Main article: Usean refugee crisis

In April 2003, Erusea restricted its issuing of visas to foreign refugees, resulting in the Usean refugee crisis. Harsh sanctions imposed by the Central Usea Treaty Organization (UTO) put pressure on Erusea's unstable economy, and by August, mounting political and economic tensions[1] pressured Erusea's leadership to invade San Salvacion. After intense aerial bombardment and three days of ground combat, the capital fell to Erusian forces and was subsequently occupied.[2] Soon after, Erusea seized control of the STN facility; all of Stonehenge's personnel were taken into Erusian custody.[6]

The international community was outraged: many nations denounced the occupation, claiming that the symbol of peace had been "desecrated" by Erusea's actions. The Federation of Central Usea (FCU) and the UTO called for the immediate withdrawal of all Erusian forces from San Salvacion under threat of military retaliation. The FCU deployed troops around San Salvacion, and a deadline for Erusea's withdrawal was set.[1] In response to Erusea's continued defiance, the FCU and other Usean nations preemptively formed the Independent State Allied Forces (ISAF) to counteract Erusian aggression.[7]

Continental War

Erusian Occupation Troops

Residents of San Salvacion pass an Erusian occupation solider

"The Allies retreated across the ocean before the onslaught of the enemy. Our little town in the heart of the mainland, fell into deep isolation."
Side Story Narrator[8]

Main article: Continental War

As the Erusian military (reinforced by the overwhelming power of Stonehenge) dealt the ISAF a series of crushing defeats, the country's liberation became increasingly unlikely. For more than a year, San Salvacion was isolated from the events unfurling on the east coast. ISAF broadcasts from North Point were intercepted by Erusian propagandists and eventually ceased to be received. Citizens received rations of food, water and gas and were only allowed access to certain communications technologies, such as crystal radios. As the ISAF retreated before the Erusian onslaught, San Salvacion became a stronghold for the occupation forces: San Profetta Airport served as an Erusian air base, and an unfinished highway was converted into a makeshift runway for the 156th Tactical Fighter Wing "Aquila" (Yellow Squadron), which was assigned to protect Stonehenge.[9]

As the ISAF began to score major victories in the east, a resistance movement, which had formed in the early days of the occupation, began to grow in strength within San Salvacion.[10] On the day of the second assault on Stonehenge, a resistance bomb detonated on Yellow Squadron's runway, destroying the squadron's spare parts and supplies.[11] The squadron scrambled but arrived too late to prevent the STN's destruction.[12] Soon after Stonehenge's destruction, San Salvacion was filled with retreating Erusian troops from the front lines. By summer of 2005, the ISAF began preparations to liberate San Salvacion from Erusian hegemony.[13]

Emancipation

Main article: Operation Firefly

On July 10, 2005, at precisely 12:05 AM Usea Central Time, local resistance fighters ended the standard citywide blackout, and ISAF forces laid siege to the San Salvacion capital. Erusian forces were slowly swept out of each area through intense urban warfare. Amidst the chaos, Andre Wolske, a San Salvacion newscaster, stayed behind and reported live developments throughout the battle.[14]

Erusian soldier captured

Resistance fighters hold a captured Erusian soldier at gunpoint

Once the Erusian command realized that San Salvacion was lost, a detachment of six Tu-160 Blackjack bombers was dispatched to raze the city. However, the Erusian aircraft were intercepted by ISAF fighters before they could reach their targets, bringing the battle for San Salvacion's freedom to an end.[14] Many of Erusea's forces, including Yellow Squadron, soon after retreated to help strengthen the Erusian capital's defenses.[15]

In the wake of the city's liberation, the citizens of San Salvacion filled the streets in celebration of the ISAF's return. The remaining Erusians within the city were rounded up by ISAF forces and the San Salvacion resistance.[15] After the war, San Salvacion likely maintained its friendly relations with the ISAF member states.

Gallery

Trivia

  • "San Salvación" is Spanish for "Saint Salvation".
  • Despite Stonehenge being within its borders, most maps of Usea thus far have showed Stonehenge and the city of San Salvacion to be in different countries. This may just be a map inconsistency. 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "The Acquirement of the Country", GAZE: War? Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 World / INVASION!, AC04Web. Published 2001. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  3. "The Titan to Protect the Continent", Our Science: Titan Guns.
  4. Intro cutscene, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
  5. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy.
  6. "The Rash Act of Erusea", GAZE: War? Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  7. "Countries Unite to Counter Erusea; 'ISAF' Established", GAZE: War? Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  8. Interlude 01, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  9. Interlude 04, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  10. Interlude 05, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  11. Interlude 07, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  12. Stonehenge Offensive, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  13. Interlude 09, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Emancipation, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Interlude 10, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.