Tension between the Capellan Confederation and the Federated Suns erupted when Capellan space forces attacked Novaya Zemlya.
The Capellan Confederation attacked the Federated Suns planet of Novaya Zemlya in 2399, massacring seventy-five percent of the population and crippling the planet's agricultural and industrial centers for centuries. Two Federated Suns-built Delavan-class Cruisers tried to come to the planet's aid, but escorts for the Liao fleet overwhelmed the two ships.
Even though this was close to the start of the Age of War, the Novaya Zemlya Incident was remarkable as it was the first time that a fleet of spaceships bombarded a planet from orbit.
This attack prompted the Federated Suns to launch an immediate military buildup, starting with WarShips.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 28, "Maiden Aunt"