An Imperfect Circle
Seen as driven entirely by the Autocrat of Thorns, the war was devastating to Thorns wealth and prestige. Though the fighting was drawn out and casualties heavy on both sides, Thorns was ultimately defeated by the Confederation of Rivers.
The people of Thorns patriotically flocked to the Autocrat's banner, but as the war dragged on, grew weary of the loss of life. After the war, the population fealt their cities greatness had been squandered on a futile campaign to support a foreign power.