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|Los Angeles Civil War
Clockwise from left to right: Militia forces engaging state forces in the streets of Los Angeles. Police forces holding back a rebel attack. Former national guard forces fighting for the rebellion in late 1937. A rebel encampment in the city.
|Democratic Republic of LA|| Free Republic of LA
|Commanders and leaders|
|Frank L. Shaw||Thomas M. Eaton|
4,000 Militia and Police
The Los Angeles Civil War was the first major conflict to take place in the area following the Eruption, encompassing the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The civil war would include Shaw's Democratic Republic of Los Angeles police state at war with the People's Party of Los Angeles, which later evolved into the Free Republic of Los Angeles.
With many angered with Shaw's regime in the city, the death toll only increased. Starvation and violence were widespread, and the oppressive government continued infringing on the personal freedoms of its people. Many Los Angeles inhabitants began to protest the current regime. In late 1936 the People's Party of Los Angeles was founded by a group of protesters in southern Los Angeles, organizing protests across the city.
These protests would later escalate into complete civil war. On January 12, 1937 delegates from across the city met in secret to discuss the future of the rebellion. The delegates concluded and declared the Free Republic of Los Angeles to be to an independent nation.
The war would continue until 11 November 1937 when a truce was signed, allowing the Free Republic of Los Angeles to retain the areas of southern Los Angeles County and Orange County it had occupied. Since then the two states have remained fierce rivals, technically still in a state of war.