The Verusan Crisis, also known as the Yuktobania-Verusa War, was a conflict waged between the Union of Yuktobanian Republics and the People's Republic of Verusa. Although the both nations officially declared war on each other in November of 2026, fighting began between their forces in mid-October when Verusan forces aggressively seized the disputed Anitai Islands in the East Pacific.
In the early 2020s, Verusan President Ma Zhongsan launched a series of reforms that would allow for political liberalization in the authoritarian country. While the Verusan citizens enjoyed more democratization and the loosening restrictions on media and speech, the hardliners in the ruling Socialist Party were concerned that Ma's reforms were leading the country into chaos. Some hardliners even believed that Ma was a puppet of Yuktobania and Osea, as international relations with these countries were very warm during his tenure.