<th colspan="2" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; font-size: 122%;">Belligerents</th>
<td style="width:50%; border-right:1px dotted #aaa;"> United Emirates
In 2012, deep ecological hardliners in the Palmarista government began to agitate for the protection of environmentally important zones around the world, many of which were under the jurisdiction of foreign governments with little interest in environmental protection. These efforts gained little interest until the suggestion of Socotra as a zone of operation. Semyon Darkhan, the influential leader of the council, lent his agreement. The capture of Socotra, the government realized, would give them control over the exit from the Red Sea, conferring strategic advantages. Overhwelming support with in the government and the military set the plan into motion.
The Palmarista government mobilized some reserves and prepared a major naval force, keeping the plan in absolute secrecy. It involved 500 troop transports, carrying a force of 400,000, a large destroyer escort, a Mobile Airfield carrying planes, and 50 remote-controlled midget submarines, which were already deployed in secret around Socotra. This force left Palmares at the beginning of November, cruising leisurely to the strike zone. On the 11th, the government gave the go-ahead to strike.
The War Begins
At nightfall on the 11th of December, Palmarista landing craft entered Yemeni territorial waters around Socotra. Troops landed around midnight, seizing coastal towns. By dawn troops had seized Hadibu against negligible opposition. The island was fully under Palmarista control by midday. The operation had cost only 40 casualties due to the low number of Yemeni troops on the island. Meanwhile, some of the now-empty transports were scuttled in major Yemeni ports to delay the response. Palmarista planes struck Yemeni naval bases - and those of the UAE, who they expected to support Yemen.
The Palmarista government expected Yemen to quickly concede Socotra and make peace. However, three days after the initial attack, Yemen and the UAE showed no signs of making peace. In consequence, the government began to plan for an attack into mainland Yemen. Dissident forces in Central Yemen were stirred up and offered arms by Palmarista agents, and offered an independent republic supported by Palmares. In consqequence, these forces began attacking the Yemeni government, who charged that Palamres was supporting radical Islamists. Palmares denied this, claiming they had given weapons only to secularist forces.
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