The Pi Day Riots (March 14, 2010) were a series of anti-government riots that took place in Puerto Bonito and Puerto Alegre in the Elysium Colonial Zone, then a colony of the Federation of Tugal. The violence during this event killed over 4,000 colonists and contributed to the Tugalaise Coup, which saw the formation of an independent United Provinces of Elysion.
Tugal's entry into the Valentine War started the nation at a disadvantage, where it was caught between the naval power of Altadenica from the north and east and the armies of Goba from the southwest. Tugal spent massive capital in recruiting armies from the north region of the Simbo River valley and fighting off armies from Goba and Altadenica. As the Tugali treasury began to approach bankruptcy, doge Aguas III of Oporto Arawica raised taxes in all Tugali colonies by an unprecedented 20%. The already heavily taxed people of Tugali Elysium were angered by excessive taxation without representation in the Tugali government, which was run by the wisest doge of the mainland Tugali city-states.
A demonstration stirred in Puerto Bonito, a city known for its citizens, who were disgruntled and unsatisfied with the Tugali government. Angered by this show of disobedience, governor Jonas Mykoldeä ordered the garrison stationed in the city to fire on the crowd. 354 people died in the action, which scattered as Mykoldeä declared martial law in the city. Mykoldeä's handle on the situation infuriated the already tense citizens of Puerto Alegre and Puerto Bonito. Similar discontent in Puerto Gibralta was stopped after a spirited and convincing oratory given by city mayor D'chmaurumaea !yklori.
Riots erupted immediately in Puerto Alegre, where martial law was not declared. Mykoldeä punished this disobedience by issuing martial law in the colonial capital. Troops fired into the Alegriano crowds, killing over 2,000 citizens. The riot never made as much destructive headway in Puerto Bonito because Mykoldeä gave permission to the troops to unlawfully arrest potential rioters and to kill any potential resistors. Groups of rioters overpowered the colonial troops and stormed the streets with their weaponry, killing an additional 1,000 people. Nearly 1,000 people died in transit en route to the prison complex nearby the Palacio Elysiano.
The massacre darkened Mykoldeä's reputation considerably. Manuel Jíminez, a corregidor governing over Puerto Bonito and a close friend of Mykoldeä's, attempted to convince the man to restrict his wrath. Jíminez was fired and sent back to Puerto Bonito under watch.
Jíminez was driven to remove Mykoldeä from power from this point on, eventually succeeding in the Tugalaise Coup. The disgust generated by Mykoldeä's bloody handle on the situation created the anti-Tugali atmosphere necessary to bring popular support to Jíminez and other insurrectionists.