Solomani Rim War (990 to 1002)
War between the Third Imperium and the Solomani Confederation during
which a large portion of the Solomani Rim sector
to Imperial control.
The war was the culmination of centuries of disagreement between the
and the Solomani Sphere. Following rifts at court, the Imperium
the Solomani Autonomous Region
(Solomani Sphere) in 704, and then
the region, allowing it to develop independently while the central
paid closer attention to the Spinward
Marches and the Gateway. By 900, reports that the Solomani
of many client-worlds within the
sphere was over-bearing and heavy-handed forced Empress Margaret II to reassess the
and she (by proclamation in 940) dissolved the Solomani Sphere and
it into the Imperium. The Solomani resisted.
Hoping to profit from Imperial preoccupation with the Third Frontier War and the
disorganization which followed upon the abdication of Styryx in 989, the Solomani reasserted their control over the
Solomani Sphere, including those portions reabsorbed into the Imperium.
Imperium declared war in 990.
The initial phase of the war went very well for the Solomani.
the Imperium maintained sizable fleets along the border, they were
in strength to the massed naval elements of the Solomani Confederation.
most areas, the Solomani regained the border worlds lost to the
in the last half century and even occupied a number of worlds that had
been part of the Solomani Sphere.
However, Solomani fortunes were checked in 993 when the large invasion
attempted to regain the worlds in the Old Expanses sector; it
near-fanatical resistance and was repulsed with heavy losses.
The period from 993 to 998 was one of stalemate. The Solomani
their plans for further expansion in order to rebuild their forces.
their policy of inflexibly defending every border world was a constant
on their resources, and the Solomani were not able to regain the
By 998, the Imperial Navy had achieved strategic dominance as the
industrial base of the Imperium made its power felt.
The last phase of the war, 998 to 1002, consisted of a near-continual
by Imperial forces into the heart of the Solomani Sphere. The
Imperial strategy was to attack along two parallel axes of advance,
lesser task forces spreading out to create a huge pocket of Solomani
Although the Solomani occasionally achieved a tactical success against
task force (such as in the Battle of Kagukhasaggan in early
they were unable to halt the main advances. With the liberation
the Vegan district in
the Imperium gained the secure base envisioned in the reign of Styryx.
loss of the Vegan district prompted the
to embark on a desperate gamble. Recalling the time when the
Confederation was able to defeat the Vilani
Imperium, the Solomani consolidated their remaining naval forces into a
fleet and struck at the Imperial fleet that was advancing out of the
At the Battle of Dingir, in early 1002, the Solomani Grand
scattered and substantially destroyed. The remnants of the
Solomani fleet fell back deeper into the Sphere, and the Imperial
forces firmly established
themselves in Terra's
The Imperial high command decided that Terra would have to be
in order to end forever all claims of Solomani superiority and thus the
of Terra as a rallying standard elsewhere in the Sphere.
order to invade Terra, a sizable fraction of the Imperial
forces in the Solomani Sphere were assembled into an assault force,
which effectively ended the pursuit of the defeated Solomani fleet.
The invasion began
in the second quarter of 1002, and the hard-fought campaign lasted
nearly the end of the year. Terra was recaptured by a
invasion, and the capital of the Solomani was lost to them. At
point, the war for the Imperium effectively ended. Solomani
differ, and there is still a strong anti-Imperial faction along the
Imperium's rimward border.
The battle for Terra had, however, consumed so much of the
military's resources that the Imperial high command felt they lacked
strength to resume their advance into the rest of the Solomani
Accordingly, they negotiated a temporary armistice with the Solomani
commanders, who were glad to gain a respite to regroup their remaining
The war ended on this basis as both the Imperial and Solomani civilian
who were concerned with the strain placed on their economies by the
war, informally agreed to extend the armistice indefinitely.
Although scholars have debated the wisdom of invading Terra,
claim that the battle was a marginal if not a pyrrhic victory for the
The general consensus has been that the war as a whole was a
for the Imperium. A substantial amount of the Solomani Sphere was
by the Imperium, and a vigorous Vegan Autonomous District was set up to
Imperial interests along the new border.