The Word of Blake Jihad was a major interstellar war that involved all major factions. The opening salvo was launched in October 3067 against Wolf's Dragoons on their homeworld of Outreach. The war lasted until the Word of Blake's defeat in 3081, which was made possible through unifying efforts of Devlin Stone and David Lear, using their gathered coalition forces to crush the new Blakist Hegemony.
The Word's strategy mainly consisted of attacking capitals and other, important industrial worlds to hamper their enemies' capacity to wage war. They created a white-out of the HPG grid that forced regional leaders to take a more active role, then manipulated those leaders to create chaos and warfare that distracted their enemies from the Word's activities. During the early parts of the war, the Blakist "hidden" armies hit former Chaos March worlds in the vicinity of Terra. This led to the formation of the Word's new nation, the Word of Blake Protectorate.
The Jihad was not comprised only of the Word of Blake assaulting foreign powers, but also conflicts that erupted between neighboring states. Of note were the fights between the Free Worlds League and Lyran Alliance, Capellan Confederation and Federated Suns, Federated Suns and Draconis Combine, Clan Snow Raven and their allies in the Outworlds Alliance fighting both the Federated Suns and Draconis Combine, and the ongoing conflict between the Marian Hegemony and Circinus Federation.
Major Military Operations
The following is a listing of military operations conducted by various factions during the war. They are listed in order of dates of operations. Some operations occurred against in opposition to each other and are listed together.
- Taskforce Vengeance (3067) - Wolf's Dragoons and the Allied Mercenary Command's attempted retaliatory strike against Mars in the Terra system. The battle ended with the task force being completely wiped out.
- Operation: Steel Hammer (3068) - The Word of Blake's assault against major Lyran worlds and capitals.
- Operation: “Überschatten" and Operation: Broken Fist (3068-3069) - House Steiner's Skye/Bolan Alliance conflict with the Marik border worlds, including the Duchy of Tamarind.
- Operation: Sovereign Justice (25th June 3068 to October 3068) - The Capellan March's offensive to recapture the St. Ives Compact from the Capellan Confederation. Operations officially ended April 3070.
- Operation: Thunderstrike (8th October 3068 to 1st April 3070) - The Capellan Confederation counter-offensive against Operation Sovereign Justice.
- Operation: Showtime - Word of Blake - 16 June 3068 to 11 December 3071 - The Blakist invasion and occupation of Solaris VII.
- Operation: Ice Storm - Clan Jade Falcon - June 3071 to April 3072 - The counter-offensive against the Clan Ice Hellion invasion, with elements of Clan Hell's Horses assisting.
- Operation SCOUR - The Devlin Stone led Coalition offensive against the Word of Blake Protectorate which culminated in the liberation of Terra.
Additional Military Operations
- On 21 August 3072, combined-arms units of Clan Nova Cat engaged in battle with the Word of Blake in the Nagasaki community zone within the Crane district on Luthien.
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, pp. 11-13, "Jihad Timeline"
- Blake Ascending, pp. 171-173, "Jihad Timeline"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 17-18: Operation details
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 18-21: Counter offensive into the Federated Suns by the House Liao forces
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 25-27: details occupation and Solaris resistance forces ending the operation
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 28-30: Intelligence on Falcon war against the Ice Hellion's invasion
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 1, "Manifest Destiny"