AH.com has a long and rich military history, going back to the earliest days of the New Board.
To date, there have been five AH.com civil wars, all of them different, but all jocular :
The Great Schism - The only religiously motivated civil war in AH.com's history. Started one beautiful day when Flocculencio, bored out of his skull, declared himself “Pope Awesome I.”. Within hours, there were already several antipopes and rising new religious movements and churches. Roll over, Wars of Religion ! You've met you're match ! Eventually, the conflict gradually petered out and AH.commers went on to search for new wacky running jokes to fight wars over.
The Colour Scheme War - Nearly started over the board's long-term dispute about which colour to use on AH maps. A unique war, because it got narrowly averted thanks to diplomatic goodwill. Many AH.commers were affraid of it escalating into the most destructive conflict the board has ever seen. Ideas for an AH.com The Series-like work chronicling the bitter paintshed of the war were drawn, but they never materialized due to the war not getting off the ground. Major factions of this short-lived conflict included the ”Greensheviks” (who prefer to colour Russia green) and the ”Goldilocks” (who preferred to colour Russia gold). There were several small neutral factions too (e.g. Petike's colouranarchist-leaning ”Map Marauders”). The Colour Scheme War has been likened to the Trent Affair, the Phony War and (especially) the Russian Civil War - partly because of them being done to death in mainstream AH and on this board.
The Pony Wars - The latest and most convoluted of the four conflicts. It surpassed even the scary predictions and expectations originally applied to the UCS War. Even poor Ian the Admin was forced to get involved. It has yet to come to an end and leaves the ultimate question - who will be the victor that writes history - unanswered for now. Please don't confuse it with the/a P(h)ony War, because it's anything but. You. Have. Been. Warned. (Update : The wars ended by early 2012 with an uneasy, but hopefully everlasting armistice.)
The AH.com People's Funny Hat Revolution - Various “sombreristas”, distraught at the failure of the Funny Hat Bill, stormed Parliament. The revolters' demands were eventually dropped after talks stalled.
Maverick Mutiny - The infamous March 2011 incident, where Maverick abused his moderator powers by hard-deleting several threads he had no right to, in an effort to, in his own words, “improve the board”. He was banned shortly after this was discovered. In the end, he was hoist by his own petard, as most of the deleted threads were his own works (still a pity, as he is a talented writer).
red1 Crisis - Fueled by the eponymous obnoxious troll.
Dahveed's November Coup Attempt - One beautiful November day, boisterous new board member Dahveed323 posted a thread in the Forum Rules and Administration forum, in which he, without a hint of irony, demanded that Ian the admin be deposed from AH.com leadership. Guess how that went…
March On Board - Shortly after the previous coup, the undemocratic principles of the board were challenged. Despite a rightous call, however, elections were postponed due to the board's peasants being fine with tyranny.
Porn Terrorism - One of the vilest attempts against the board, and the only so far with possible legal consequences. After being kicked twice for plagiarism, Vice President Mike spammed both AH.com and CF.net with NSFA porn in revenge. Of course, he and all his sockpuppets were banned.
Wampanoag Incident - Eight people were kicked and five people chose to leave the board permanently in a series of arguments over the Wampanoag language.
Black Saturday / Black October - Ian banned six members and kicked two more for supporting the GamerGate movement. It was the largest mass-banning in board history. Part of the greater October Crisis.
The Brushfire Wars Against the Phonespammers - A neverending low-intesity battle ever since the New Board was founded. One of the main counterinsurgency tactics of the past was kill claiming after locating spammers, but this practice has been discontinued since 2012 (trust us, it's enough if you just report the spammer via the report post function).
The Snooki War - Errupted when AH.commers had just about enough of Jersey Shore and decided to do an on-board LARP against the reality show in retalliation.