Seventh Interstellar War
The end of the 6th War proved to be only a brief respite as both sides furiously rebuilt their strength. The period between the 6th and 7th Wars was more like an uneasy truce than a time of peace. Both sides engaged in frequent raids and there were numerous skirmishes during this period. In 2237 AD the expected 7th War began.
History & Background (Dossier)
The opening move was a Vilani attack on Shuruppak. The world fell in late 2237 AD and the Vilani drove on to Shuruppak, which fell in 2238 AD. Iilike was the next Vilani target. By this stage however, the Terran defense was starting to stiffen significantly. The Vilani were unable to take Iilike and when the Terrans launched an offensive towards Apishal they were forced to abandon the siege. Apishal and Zaggisi fell to the Terrans in 2239 AD. From there the Terrans drove on to Karkhar with the aim of reopening a link to Meshan. Karkhar fell in 2240 AD, but by this stage the Vilani had transferred sufficient forces to hold the line. However they did not anticipate the rate at which the Terrans could shift the weight of their offensive and in 2241 AD the Terrans were again on the offensive using Iilike as a base.
Faced with pressure on two fronts and with the Terran technological advantage becoming quite marked, the Vilani finally buckled. In 2242 AD the Terrans retook Shuruppak, Enki Kalamma and Shilgiili. The Terrans had learnt the lessons of the 5th and 6th Wars and were careful not to overextend themselves again. The war settled down to another prolonged attritional struggle where the traditional Terran commerce raiding tactics wore down the Vilani will to continue the war. The war was to drag on like this for another 2 years before the Vilani yielded and ceded the trailing half of the Dingir Subsector to the Terrans in 2244 AD.