Here is where things stood. The red foxes at year-end had tried to resist the takeover of their dens, but 750,00 had been forced to leave. Scattered into makeshift camps on the west bank of the river or in other lands, they hoped that one day they could return to their own homes. Many foxes had been killed in the expulsion, mostly reds, a few silvers. The reds resistance proved futile. The silvers claimed that the reds were the aggressors, “terrorists” who wanted to push them into the sea.
However not all silver foxes agreed with pushing out the red cousins. Some thought it possible to live together in peace with the reds. Others believed the great spirit of all animals would have them wait until he came someday.
The great council over the sea worked hard to declare an armistice which gave the silver foxes the majority of the land. But they decreed that the reds had the right of return to their homes. The facts on the ground however remained. The silvers had taken their allotted territory and were not about to let the reds return. The silvers had destroyed most of the red’s dens. Others they simply took over and kept.
By the time of the armistice the cleansing of the land of their red cousins remained incomplete. Too many reds remained in scattered enclaves in the territory now allotted to the silvers. So with the silvers agreeing to the armistice, they would have to leave a still large number of red foxes in their land.
On the west bank of the river, some displaced reds squeezed into their smaller area governed now by other reds from across the river. These somewhat different red foxes had fought to keep some of the large and famous enclave at the top of the mountain. So the council from across the sea in drawing a “green line” divided the historic “city” into east and west portions, giving the eastern part held by the other reds as part of the “west bank.”
The council in its wisdom drew the green line around the entire area of red foxes, the smaller third of the land, and declared this the new boundary. So the reds had to accept the decree with reluctance because of what had happened on the ground. Some of them refused to accept the partition of their land and continued with scattered resistance. This was particularly true of some reds in a coastal strip now controlled by other foxes from the land to the south along the great river. But that is a story for another time.