The Franco-Italian Invasion of Switzerland, also known as France/Italy – Switzerland War, was a military conflict between the coalition of France and Italy on one side and Switzerland on the other side, which resulted in a long term occupation of Switzerland by French and Italian troops. This was the first war in which 2 countries attacked another country at the same time.
Europe and Switzerland Before The War
While Europe was being divided by two military blocks, Switzerland decided to remain neutral but was offered negotiations and possible membership in the Mediterranean Alliance, whose members were Swiss neighbors, France and Italy. After a Mutual Protection Pact was signed between Switzerland and Norway, France and Italy decided to lunch an attack as a punishment for the Swiss refusal to be allied with them. They saw a threat coming to their borders because of the Northern Alliance alignment with Switzerland and the Swedish invasion of Germany.
The war wasn't supported by MA member Spain and negotiation were started with the Swiss ambassador to prevent the war. France and Italy demanded full surrender, repayment of war costs and removal of the Norwegian pact. The war was inevitable since Switzerland didn't have money to pay the coalition demands.
The first battles started on 11 May 2008 (Day 172 of the New World). Switzerland was supported by NA troops and mobile units while France and Italy had support from their alliance and some foreign troops, like the Pakistani mobiles. Dispite heavy defence, France and Italy managed to defeat the Swiss Army. Switzerland was divided by France (Romandie, Deutschschweiz, Svizzera italiana) and Italy (Graubunden), while the costs to win the city of Chur were 1200 gold units.
After The War
Most of the Swiss population fled the country. Some media activity began in the French occupied part of Switzerland. Because of the beta version of the game, there was no Resistance War module. Switzerland will have the chance to liberate itself after the introduction of V1 of eRepublik. Swiss determination to liberate itself will led to the Swiss Independence War, which will begin on 4 December 2008.
The global diplomatic context of the New World ca. April-May 2008 has to be considered prior to understand the causes that lead to this war.
- April 21st, 2008 Sweden invades Denmark with no particular reason.
- April 21st, 2008 Norway invades Finland
- May 1st, 2008 Sweden invades Germany claiming the MPP between Germany and Indonesia is a threat for its southern borders
- May 1st, 2008 Norway invades Russia
War Statistics - French Front
|Battles Fought||3 (France 3 vs Switzerland 0)|
|Fights Won||France 141 vs Switzerland 188|
War Statistics - Italian Front
|Battles Fought||2 (Italy 1 vs Switzerland 1)|
|Fights Won||Italy 181 vs Switzerland 419|
- Note that in time of the war, eRepublik was in Beta version and had a different military module working.