Chapter 11, in the allegory, an actual war begins. (Previous chapters can be found in Fox Tales category.
On the same day, May 15th, everything happened. The last of the bulldogs left. The silver foxes promised their own land became independent. And finally the red fox brothers from other countries surrounding the new land struck to aid their beleaguered relatives. A traditional war began, superimposed on the cleansing of the land of red foxes.
You should understand that the silvers by this time had a very organized militia effort that became an aggressive pack to “defend” them selves. They quickly realized that the red foxes from other territories and were not well prepared or could even hunt together. The ones from the north marched up to their border to protect their territory, but didn’t invade. Two others attacked a few places. They were from the east. The reds from the southern land of the big river did defeat a few of the silver fox encampments. But they were largely ineffective.
One fox pack from across the river to the east of the territory that had been allotted to the reds, headed up the attacks. But they also secretly joined with the silver foxes to keep the red fox land as their own, occasionally fighting the silvers. So although they resided on the east bank of the river, they decided to occupy the west bank, as well as part of the large city on the mountain. This worked.
So to summarize, here is where things stood. The day had come when the bulldogs officially left after 31 years. The silver foxes would proclaim their own domain that very day, May 15. They would continue to drive out the reds from the two thirds of the land allotted to them by the great council across the sea. That job of expelling the reds was only one quarter finished.
But now they also had a war on their paws with some other red foxes from nearby lands who tried to help their red cousins. But those other reds had little coordination and remained ineffective. The one group from across the river succeeded in controlling the one third on the west bank allotted to the native reds so the silvers could not take that too. But then the reds from the east bank stayed to control the area as part of their own land. So the local red foxes lost even the west bank part they thought would be theirs.