After the Assassination Attempt on Molt Sol Augustus, Zorzal El Caesar uses the poisoning as an excuse to seize power in place of the severely ill emperor. Zorzal announces his coup with a public announcement of the curfew placed on Sadera, as well as a speech in which he states that he intends to resume war with Japan, in spite of the overwhelming technological superiority of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. Zorzal's first act is to order his forces to enforce a curfew in the city, as well as to blockade the city entrances, stranding the JSDF forces in Akusho and at the Jade Palace, though he does not violate the treaty and enter either JSDF positions. Zorzal orders that anyone found violating the curfew to be summarily executed.
The blockading of Akusho is met with riots among the inhabitants, who throw stones and other objects at the Imperial soldiers. The Imperials respond by shutting the gates to Akusho, with the intent to starve the population, as well as the JSDF consolate, in to submission. However, Zorzal and his pro-war senators naively don't realize they had made enemy out of the Crime Lords of Akusho and the entire citizen, which proves fatal during the Siege of Jade Palace. Furthermore, they also not realize that the JSDF had already dig a large tunnel beneath their base in Akusho to supply the Japanese envoy and Akusho citizens with foods and supplies from outside the capital. In order to successfully rescue the pro-war senators from prison, they pay huge sum of cash to the Crime Lords to supply them with cartridges to transport the senators to Italica.
Meanwhile, Zorzal El Caesar discusses strategy with his lieutenants. Among the tactics discussed are deploying raiders from goblin vassal states to attack villages around Alnus as a scorch earth tactic, as well as conducting similar attacks on villages with Imperial troops in the guise of JSDF personnel. Finally, Zorzal discusses assassinating Lelei La Lelena to eliminate an Imperial citizen sympathetic to the JSDF cause as well as out of pure jealousy for her fame of killing the Flame Dragon proclaimed by Molt.
At the same time, Zorzal's Oprichnina lay seige to the Jade Palace in an attempt to arrest pro-peace dissident Marquis Casel and daughter of pro-peace activists Sherry Tyueli. After the Oprichnina are repelled by the Rose-Order of Knights and the Jade Palace guards, Zorzal orders the Oprichnina leader, Gimlet executed and deploys 1000 Imperial army troops to attack the Palace. At the same time, after discovering the involvement of his sister Piña Co Lada's Rose Knights, Zorzal orders the princess arrested.