Treaty of Solstice
The Treaty of Solstice was the armistice agreement that sealed the end of the First Interstellar War (IW1), ending the state of war between the Avalonian Empire and the Fomorian Empire. It was signed on 7 Storm Moon, 4669 Avalonian Calendar (23rd Eighth-Month, Year 27 Before the Founding in the Fomorian Calendar ), in the Solstice System. Many of the individual Fomorian powers made their own individual agreements as well, which took place over the next few months.
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One of the most important and controversial provisions of the treaty required the Fomorians to accept full responsibility for the war, commonly known as the "War Guilt" clause. As a consequence, the Fomorians were required to pay an exorbitant sum in gold or equivalent value trade goods as reparations. The second, and perhaps even more consequential provision, was the "Star-Denial Clause." The Fomorians were required to give up their starfaring ships, and their access to the stars. They were allowed to return to their worlds and nations of origin, but they were required to break up their ships upon return, and hand the spindizzies that powered them over to the Avalonians or their allied powers. These provisions were widely criticized, even from within the Avalonian Navy itself. The result of these provisions was that the Fomorians cherished a deep, abiding resentment. The problems that arose from the treaty would lead directly to the Second Interstellar War (IW2) some 380 years later.
The conditions of the treaty specified that should the Fomorians return to space, this would be considered an act of war and the terms of the treaty would be null and void.
In general, the elves were supportive of the treaty, although there was a significant minority who vocally objected to its harsh terms. On the other hand, the Fomorians were furious, and humiliated, and a deep cultural resentment was passed down through generations.
The Treaty of Solstice ended the First Interstellar War, but it directly contributed to the outbreak of the Second Interstellar War. This was, in part, due to the deep resentment nursed among the Fomorians for such a punitive agreement, but it was also in part by the financial and physical hardships that resulted from the treaty's "Star-Denial Clause."
The treaty held the peace for almost 400 years, but also assured both the outbreak of IW2, and assured the savage nature of that conflict, as both sides faced a direct existential threat in a negative outcome.
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