Start of the War
The war began in 200NE, around a century before the events of Red Queen, when King Tiberias III of Norta and King Onekad Cygnet of the Lakelands declared war on each other. The war was declared due to disputes over land, as Norta had electricity and ocean access, but the Lakelands had agriculture and resources. Each blamed the other for the breakdown in their diplomatic relations. It is revealed that this is actually part of a ruse. The true reason for the war was that it was a way of population control for the Reds.
In Norta, unless you have an apprenticeship or a job, Red citizens are conscripted into the war at the age of eighteen. A legionnaire shows up at a family's doorstep and takes the child away. The Red would either return on leave, come back discharged, or more often, a letter would come thanking the family for their child's life.
Later, as a result of the Measures enacted after the Sun Shooting, the conscription age lowered to fifteen and the new children were given immediate training. Five thousand of these children who did minor offenses, such as trying to hug their mothers one last time, were placed in the Dagger Legion; a suicide legion that would march straight into the Choke and die. This was a threat by Maven Calore to Mare Barrow and the Scarlet Guard.
End of the War
After the Scarlet Guard takes the city of Corvium, officially declaring war on Norta, Maven moves to stop the war and gain more favor among his subjects. He meets with the leader of the Lakelands, Orrec Cygnet. After much negotiation, it was decided that the Lakelands and Norta would split the area of the former border, the Choke, in half. To seal this alliance between the Lakelands and Norta, Orrec asked Maven to pledge himself to Orrec's daughter, Iris Cygnet.
During this negotiation period, the Samos family plans to leave Maven's court the next time the Scarlet Guard attacks, because Evangeline was betrothed to Maven, who ends the engagement in order to marry Iris.
- The Choke has left an estimated 50 million Reds and 500,000 Silvers dead.