|Part of Black Knights Uprising|
Euphemia under the influence of Geass killing Japanese
|Holy Britannian Empire||The Black Knights||Area 11|
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The Special Administrative Zone Massacre was carried out by Britannian forces on the Japanese civilians. Prior to the incident, Princess Euphemia li Britannia formed the Special Administrative Zone as a location where Elevens would receive their rights back, albeit in a much smaller area, without any interference from the Holy Britannian Empire. Prime Minister Schneizel el Britannia, the head of government for the Empire, supported Euphemia's proposal, and allowed her to carry out the creation of the Special Administrative Zone.
Her radical proposition was met with opposition, both from the Britannian Imperial Family, who felt that their imperial hegemony was being subverted; and the Japanese themselves, who were not convinced that the zone would work, distrusted Euphemia's intentions or were resigned to live as Elevens. Zero in particular felt that Euphemia's proposal defeated the purpose of the Black Knights; acceptance would render the Black Knights powerless in their pursuit of revolution, while refusal would render the Black Knights as pariahs if the Zone was successful.
At the opening ceremony, where Euphemia was to officially grant rights back to the Elevens, Zero secretly confronts Euphemia at her office. Hoping to make himself a martyr, Zero intended to force Euphemia into shooting him. However, Euphemia successfully convinces Zero to follow through with her plan, and the two came close to carrying it out. Unfortunately, on an offhand joke, Zero accidentally Geassed Euphemia into shooting the Japanese at the Special Administratve Zone, forcing Zero to murder Euphemia personally.
In the aftermath, Zero takes advantage of the ensuing uproar via portraying the Special Administrative Zone as a trap, orchestrated by Euphemia, to slaughter the Japanese. Using this newfound support, Zero established the United States of Japan as an independent entity, bent on removing the Britannians from their soil. Contacting all Japanese insurgents, Zero instigated an Assault on Tokyo Settlement, the seat of Britannian control over all of Area 11.
Euphemia (accidentally Geassed by Zero) runs to the podium and asks the Japanese people to kill themselves. When she realizes that they won't do it, she decides to shoot them herself and issues an order to all Britannian forces to slaughter every last Japanese in the area. Andreas Darlton tries to confront her but ends up getting shot as well.
Suzaku, who was unconscious due to coming in contact with C.C., tries to stop the soldiers but because he's also Japanese, they try to kill him as well. Feeling disturbed by the entire incident, Lelouch tries to leave and manages to pass Darlton unscratched because the man is wounded. Inside Gawain, C.C. is surprised about the incident but Lelouch tells her that this is not his doing. Upon seeing Lelouch's active Geass eye, C.C. then understands what happened. Zero now realizes that the only thing they can do is to make the most out of the incident. After destroying Britannian planes, he issues orders to the Black Knights stating that Euphemia has become their enemy and the Special Administrative Zone of Japan was just a trap. He orders the group to destroy the Britannian army and save the Japanese. Lelouch then cries and gives his final order: Find and kill Princess Euphemia.
All the Japanese, including Kallen, are outraged and agree to assassinate Euphemia. Guren Nishiki and Tohdoh's Zangetsu frame prove more than a match for all the Britannian Knightmares present. While trying to stop a frame from shooting at civilian, Kallen realizes that the pilot is none other than Euphemia. Kallen charges, but Zero already arrives on the scene with Gawain. He dismantles Euphemia's frame using Slash Harken and Euphemia ejects. Despite this, she picks up an automatic rifle to shoot at Gawain and Guren Nishiki. Eventually she runs out of ammunition, so Zero comes out of Gawain and proceeds to approach Euphemia. Suzaku is frantically looking for Euphemia and finally finds her, directly in front of Zero. Euphemia says to Lelouch to set up the Special Administration Zone of Japan with her, thought she is puzzled at the word "Japan". However, Zero says this is impossible now and instead shoots her near her heart, mortally wounding her. Suzaku is driven completely berserk and charges at Gawain however Gawain escapes and Suzaku rescues Euphemia and brings her to the Avalon. Unfortunately it is too late, for by the time he gets to the Avalon, Euphemia's wound is so grave that she dies while being treated.
With unprecedented support from the Japanese, Zero commenced an unsuccessful Assault on Tokyo Settlement. Also, Chinese Federation countries including Taiwan, Korea, China, Thailand, and Vietnam declare war on Britannia. Later, Nunnally vi Britannia tried to reestablish the Special Administrative Zone but failed because of the lack of trust as a result of the previous failure conducted by Euphemia li Britannia. This worked as an advantage for Zero, because he formed a plan of exiling himself out of Japan in return of the reestablishment of the SAZ His true plan was to exile the Japanese people along with him that had attended by disguising them all as Zero. Schneizel had also informed the Black Knights that Zero had used his Geass to make Euphemia carry out the massacre (which was technically true, except that Zero had done so by accident). This ultimately played a major part in the decision of the Black Knights to betray Zero.