Chapter 1: The Deep Breath Before The Plunge
It had begun in the spring of 1938, a war of terrible size and proportion that threatened to tear apart two giant ancient nations and destroy thousands of years of culture, advancement, and prosperity. It seemed like any other spring, the birds, pterosaurs, and wyverns were singing and squawking in the air, the weather nice, sunny, and hot, the fields green, and the forests teetering with life. Young couples relaxed under the shades of the trees, frolicked in the fields, and laughed in the interiors of cafes and restaurants. It was a peaceful life for the people of both nations and was just like any other year in the lands.
But in the political arena, things were anything but peaceful as the governments of the two nations were at odds with each other. Tensions had grown between the Federal Paleos Union and the Most Serene Kingdom of Gocha over the past few years due to territorial and political disputes which were reaching a fever point combined with an arms race that had been growing in intensity over the past two decades. The anti-monarchist Paleans viewed Gocha as a backwards state of firebreathing fools who are stuck in the 13th century while the Gochans considered the FPU to be a collection of soulless drakestepping ultraprogressives with an unhealthy obsession with war and violence. The Paleans and Gochans also had a border dispute, for a section of the land that separated the two great powers located toward the north of the great continent of Jurassia contained precious resources that would help fuel their respective economies, particularly coal, petroleum, and silver. Both claimed the area, dubbed Dracorexia, as part of their respective nations and it had at one point been part of both Gocha and the predecessor states of the Union. As such, the local culture was a bizarre mix of both nations' and Gochans and Paleans were its inhabitants, which resulted in a lot of violence between the two groups over the years.
The Most Serene Kingdom dated back thousands of years, with the details of its original founding shrouded in myth and legend and had seen its fair share of civil strife with the various noble houses fighting for control of the Royal throne which resulted in over a dozen different royal dynasties ruling over Docha. Things have largely calmed, especially since the Constitutional Reformation of 1562, though that resulted in a brief civil war between the reformists and the aristocrats who didn't want their power to be stripped away. The Federal Paleos Union was a more recent creation as it was founded in 1893 after a bloody military coup overthrew the corrupt Federal Republic of Paleos which had been in power since the Revolution of 1821, where Republican revolutionaries overthrew the decadent King Charles IV and ended the thousand-year monarchy. The already uneasy relations between the two countries became more heated since the rise of the military junta due to the Union's fervent anti-monarchism and the Kingdom's disapproval of the junta and its rampant militarism. This resulted in the arms race ensuing between the two nations which grew in size and scope as time went on until, by the late 1930s, the Gochan and Palean militaries were the most powerful on the planet and the disputed region became a powder keg with even a single spark having the potential to ignite it.