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  1. GrimBeard

    1912; The Great War

    1917 (Early Months) Fascism on the rise! In Italy a growing movement of aristocrats and monarchs start calling themselves under that name. They wanted to seize power from the Liberal government. Opting by way of peace, they begin to campaign vigorously. The Liberals for their part were still popular, and had restored Italy to her full border splendor. It seemed likely they would stay in the majority. In Romania outrage at Austria is at an all time high. While Austria places troops on her border, Romania does not do the same. Since 1912 she had focused on a neutral entrenchment as they call it. Rings of forts, bunkers, artillery post, and other surprises keep the nation safe. Growing Fascist movements use this Austrian fear to gain power rapidly, perhaps supported by a certain Balkan Tsar and King. In other areas the changes are more dramatic. In Bulgaria an autocratic Tsar Boris III seizes power. Under the ideal of fascism, he had swayed the people of Bulgaria. Humiliated by their neighbors, they wanted to rise. He did not press military means however. Bulgaria would instead focus on herself. Intense control through Royal Police ensures peace. Many Bulgars leave the Serbian army or occupied Balkan land to immigrate back in. In Greece the pro Central Powers King and his coterie maintain power. Through crackdowns and use of nationalist parties they hold power. May Greek democrats and republicans flee to Italy or France. A coalition of right wingers, nationalist, fascist, and others were forming in reaction to Greek socialism. It seemed likely Bulgaria would support the King. In China the Socialist party makes a more lasting peace treaty with Japan. Mainly led by young idealist and students, they were a vast ring of Communes with their own committees. Education and industry was paramount, unions, syndicates, and business growing rapidly. In more military matters the ‘People’s Liberation Army’ is formed. It will be the most veteran divisions, some even coming from the former Beiyang armies. The civil war continues, against the democrats and others. But the Socialist are making steady gains, and increasing her factories. In Sweden outright civil war ensues. After seizing the capital, the provisional Socialist government of Stockholm forms. Army defectors, citizens, and 2nd International fighters begin on expanding, and entrenching their gains. The navy was defecting, while the Swedish army and Democratic government fled to establish a base elsewhere. There was much discontent and poverty after the stagnation of the Great War. Sweden was suffering, and the inspiration [and motivation] of the Socialist movement was strong. In Spain the anarchist state of Catalonia continues its armed independence. They have already clashed numerous times with Spanish Republican troops. But Republic was a loose term nowadays. It was led by the King, Catholic Church, Generals, and Conservative Aristocrats. The more moderate and radical Republicans, Democrats, Socialist, and soldiers were in open revolt. Across Spain sectarian violence ensues. But Catalonia becomes the true focus of an actual war. Growing Independence movements in Indonesia as in the Netherlands socialist begin to gain the majority. Continued outrage at the U.S in all of Latin America is growing. The failed invasion of El Salvador used in various propaganda mills. Poland formally reenters the Russian Union. A blast at a munitions factory in London kills 73 and injures over 400; the resulting fire causes over £2,000,000 worth of damage. An anti-prostitution drive in San Francisco occurs, and police close about 200 prostitution houses. Hjalmar Hammarskjöld steps down as Prime Minister of Sweden; he is replaced by right-wing businessman and politician Carl Swartz. The Commissioned Officer Corps of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey is established. A tornado strikes Mattoon, Illinois, causing devastation and killing 101 people. Ireland Though still going through the process of separation from the Empire, Ireland begins her economic reforms. Many foreign and domestic investors cash in, with the Federated Ireland being far more lax than the British in taxes for now. However a dependence on imports is soon apparent for many more complex or lacking resources in Ireland. The Gaelic Reform act is passed in the higher Government and King. However many English or Anglo-Irish citizens were not too keen on having to learn these languages and abide by them. The Ulster province and Belfast federal cty draft into their legislature, with all this freedom given them, to block the bill from passing in their provinces. With open ports and low taxes, the Irish enter the Global market. With the need on so much reliance on themselves instead of England, Irish jobs and companies form and begin to employ the populace. For now agriculture reform falls flat. Ireland was already very busy with other bills. Though many Unionist do leave Ireland, plenty more stay. They had land, or finance in Ireland, and were tied to it. Plenty still saw it as English, or Protestant land. Some were even moving in, such as Scots. The Irish Republican Brotherhood was also a major dissenting faction. They wanted more radical goals, and justice for the easter rising. These Ulster and Republican factions were at odds, and even clashing. This was all under the guise of a new Monarchical and Federal government. They had dissent in their own ranks, and are in a precarious position. Austria-Hungary The Conscript armies return home, flush with the victories won from the war. The core Austrian army, and some recent volunteers, all opt to remain. The Recruitment offices also sweep in many more men. Plenty of minorities wanted to be under Franz’s reforming army. The German language initiative was also taken as a necessity, many having experienced the lack of communication on the field. The formation of these ‘Shock Troops’ begins. For now few had very little idea of just how big they should be, or how to use them. Besides increased training, and trench raid tactics, the concepts of specialized infantry were very new. Imperial Academies begin, and hundreds of nobles and some commoners attend. The victories of the Central powers has emboldened the aristocrats of the Empire. They see this new non-conscript army (A first in modern continental Europe) as the Empire’s jewel. Many join the navy as well. Radios do not exist yet, they instead focus on better telegram wiring, and smarter pigeons. The Science University construction and gathering of Austria’s minds will be ready for work by 1918. The condemnation of Socialism was not a popular one in Austria. It gained Franz some traction with the aristocrats, but plenty of average Imperial citizens sympathized with the 2nd International. Many unions and trade guilds followed some form of it, and had profitable results. In government itself there were socialist MPs, now blocked from their work. It leads to growing discontentment. Soldiers out of work begin to repair Galicia, ironically paid with the spoils of war taken from Russia. Coffee, wood, and other exotic Brazil goods begin to fill aristocrats manses. Germany Though not exactly keen on handing power over, the German Generals had to. The Imperial army was defanged with post war demobilization. Instead they shed a good light on themselves, and entered Reichstag politics. Men like Moltke, Falkenheim, Ludendorff, Hindenburg, they were all becoming political animals. On the other hand a growing caste of civilian industrialist, democrats, and socialist were also rising stars. Elections for the entirety of Germany will be announced as 1918 begins. Women will also have the right to vote, making matters more interesting. Women's suffrage is passed under the current Reichstag. Socialist, Democrats, and Unions form a broad coalition to flip the house from their opposition. Elections will be in 1918 as Germans start to do large political campaigns [opposition does the same]. Many socialist want peace, and are admirers of the 4th French Republic. Shifting from military to domestic goals, DELAG begins it’s expanded Zeppelin works. Already having similar concepts of carrying things in mind, plans are made for cargo zeppelins. They begin work on a model which can hold a large bay to store goods, and increased fuel range. Passenger transport is put aside for now. Germany’s portion of the Berlin-Baghdad rail-way resumes work. The entire rail is estimated to be done in two years. The veteran German divisions are kept in service, as the conscripts are sent home. Many had shell shock, or were several unhinged. Others had picked up quite radical ideas in France, or Russia. Many others simply returned home, to start or re-join family. A little low reaching, regardless Richtofen becomes leader of Germany’s air wing. He had been a massive star, but was relatively low rank. Now his talents are writing documents, and appointing staff. He begins to copy France’s newest tactics of an actual ‘Air Force’. Having been a massive goal since 1912, Germany once again begins building up her navy. The U-Boat element was kept is, and the High Seas Fleet receives the attention. The fleet by now was fully repaired after the North Sea battle. But Germany will not focus on shifting her ships over to oil from coal. A small blessing was she had lost many of her outdated ships in the battle. She begins work on the newest German class of Dreadnought, one that ran on oil over coal, and had better range. Arms are shipped off to Brazil, who know who they’ll end up killing. From pilot to dictator of a colony, Goring rises in relevance. Him and a caste of German soldiers are incredibly racist to the populace. The only thing keeping them in check was the Kaiser, and Reichstag. German East Africa had been receiving improvements for years. There German settlers (after geocoding the natives for some years) had learned to live in peace. They were perhaps Germany’s only example of democracy in Africa. Brazil The Speech garners some favor to the Emperor and Brazil. They are seen as founders of the ATP and Latin stability. With Japan leasing most of her ship yards, the Brazil navy plan can go ahead a little faster. However the bill is enormous, perhaps too much so. Most nations far more powerful than Brazil like France or Austria only employed three or four. To build and maintain 5 battleships, alongside cruisers, and a doubling of lower ships was too much. Instead they focus on a smaller version of the 5-6 Plan. The articles are an ironic copy of the U.S Wilson scandal days. They have the same affect, as many Latin newspapers republish the story and it begins to spread. A victorious El Salvador remains quiet however. German arms begin to pour in. Used mostly, they had seen their share of battle and death. And that will likely continue. Industry continues slightly slower than planned, mainly along the coast. The rainforest continues to shrink, as villages pop up in its place. Mainly ex soldiers, or socialist working in forester unions. It was like the wild west in some ways. Throngs of men with different ideas, all working side by side. Profits roll in. Mainly having to focus on herself, Greedy Brazilian generals hoard the German arms. Lesser or outdated Brazilian and German equipment reaches Brazil's other partners. With little experience or aircraft factories, Brazil was entirely dependent on foreign aid for this. Clumsy training begins on forming a recon caste of Brazil pilots. The one problem was, seeing past all the jungle. Regardless training and purchasing of equipment begins. Newspapers begin and start stories. 3rd French Republic Though her debt is growing, France gains the finance needed to continue funding herself. The increased wages help a bit with morale, most men grimly saying at least they can die a little richer. Truth of the matter though every nation’s army was extremely low paid. Even 10% made French soldiers quite well paid by these days standards. It helps calm the less radical troops. The French navy battered from her Great War fights returns to Republic hands. It helps morale somewhat. But after the disastrous naval invasion of Le Havre, lost much respect. Propaganda continues to spread, becoming quite the ideological war with Socialist leaflets. Many French citizens have already made up their mind. Plenty others sit on the fence, swayed by both sides. Whilst in the chaos of offensives and reform, Army brothels and healthcare is slow to take effect. The ideas are there however and the basic work begins. Japan The shift towards a more moderate Empire of Japan begins. Many die hard traditionalist oppose it, but are getting outnumbered more and more. With encouragement, the people of Japan call for another vote on the old bill proposing more voting rights. Using Japanese curriculum schools begin to pop up in Occupied Chinese cities. Work begins on the rail lines as well. The word of Tanoisim continues to spread. In China this resonates with many of the educated men leading the Socialist Chinese. They were only too well aware of their nations history. Citizens were more skeptical, sticking to old chinese ways. In Indonesia the results are more instant of volatile. Already having heard of Tanosim, many Indonesians were basing their own ideals now. Swayed by arriving Japanese prophets, the island begins to seethe. With a shift back to domestic affairs, the Japanese army will receive less attention. But post war Japanese markets, industry, and steel are all thriving. Great Britain Many of the more minded Ulster parties agree with Baldwin, and welcome his support. All the Unionist do, but some might want to take matters in their own hands. However many Unionist rally behind Baldwin as a sot of national hero. The less restricted Irish-Anglo trade begins to boom. GB begins to import a lot of her foods from Ireland now. The Investment pays off as the markets expand. Many follow the newspapers and talkie reels of the upcoming Highbury Cup. It will be the first to be recorded with audio. Portugal accepts every proposal, and begins nervously working on reforms as Spain burns. Elsewhere in the Empire the new government’s reforms and plans continue. United States A plan lauded by many, the United States once more focused inward. Passed through the house, the four year plan is implemented. U.S markets already growing, will become a global entity. Investments also begin on the Rust Belt industrial strips. The cities will be the first focus, as incentive leads to more immigrants/americans moving in to work. U.S industry will grow at a steady pace. Across America the hundreds of thousands of volunteers and conscripts remain in service. As the recruitment drive is ended, these men are the leftover. Across America they will now go to big training camps, and continue their process of joining the army. More and more people arrive at Ellis Island. Particularly Greeks, French, and Italians. After so many other nations allowing it, Women’s Suffrage is passed. Zeppelin Programs begin in the U.S, as they must choose domestic or military pursuits with them. President Carranza and his government graciously accept the American recognition. For their part they had been busy on industrializing their nation, and forming an actual government. Paraguay eager to take a paper shield against the U.S signs the act. Many were wounded, or dead from the grand French offensive. They return to the U.S and recount horror stories of the Trench Warfare. They had gained little, and lost much. The Sleeper act is debated in congress but not much is done for now. It would have to sit, but is not outright refused. Many socialist parties champion the bill. Socialist Transcaucasia Continued drafting and training of the Federation’s people’s continues. (+25k Men +5k 2nd Int. Fighters) Using funds from Baku, the Federation is able to stay afloat, and import many post Great War materials and guns. Entrenchment of the mountain ranges continue. Russia Ethnic violence and communist run rampant in Russia’s newly regained territory. Many citizens have no choice but to obey, and order is gained. However the main Caucasian army remains aloof, most likely in their namesake mountains. Some newly made teachers and older ones head to more rural estates. In more peaceful areas of Russia education begins, The Literacy rate was slowly but steadily rising. Though ‘Fighter or Bomber’ planes did not exist, Russian recon planes suited for bombing operations continues. Learning their lessons from previous wars, they work on updating their current models to have more range and tonnage capacity. The FSB though not allowed in Russian Union states begins in Russia itself. For now they begin to recruit and form operating procedure. More moderate or socialist factions are not to keen on the Duma’s “New Toy”. 4th French Republic The Propaganda fights between Socialist and Republican France were at an all time high. With the recent failed offensives, the Socialist propaganda was beginning to take the most effect. Many dis heartened French just wanted respectable peace, not more offensives. As a result more and more French and global volunteers pour in. The NLA and Foreign Legion were becoming proper armies, and properly armed too. The survivors of the first fights have learned the lessons of Trench War the hard way. With much conscripted manpower and German aid Socialist Industry is now actually back to producing equipment and planes. Colonel Charles and his attaches continue traveling France, aiding her people. He was increasingly popular, and rumored to run in elections after the war.
  2. GrimBeard

    Star Wars - Shadows of the Past [RP]

    Confederacy of Independent Systems The resurgent CIS was born in the fires of battle. Emerging from their hideout off the coast, Jan Muller had led his armies. Using their own loyalist Edich they had secured a pact with the local city. They would look the other way, and let the Separatist army land undetected. They carefully marched to the mountains, near the 501st lair. Taking their time to charge, the army reorganizes. Tanks, shuttles, droideka, STAPs, swarms of CIS robotics. They were led by Jan and his Edichi officer caste. The valiant 3rd “Bulwark” Cohort started the battle. Marching alone, they angled into the north of the 501st city. Accompanied by air support and vehicles, they pushed the 501st out of their outpost. They wrecked havoc, so much so the entire Legion responded. As they moved in, Jan and the true CIS army sprung from the mountains. Waves of droids marched under their officers, and died in great numbers. But the 501st was pushed back to the city. Jan Muller personally dueled the 501st Sith, but was unable to win. The battered remnants escaped, effectively ending 501st control so near the capital. In a cunning move Jan opted to consolidate to the Holdout. He offers the city instead to the “Red Hand” faction of Edichi. Militant in nature, they were the ones who let Jan’s armies pass. They were gifted the city, and merged with the already budding coaliton Jan had formed. They officially reformed the Confederacy of Independent Systems. They vouch to take Edichi back, and let the people rule themselves on this Rim-World. With their help, the CIS will reinvigorate it’s fringe system alliance. The newly named capital of Edos was the seat of Jan’s power. The growing Confederacy on the continent had their own province. But on the island the CIS aristocracy, and generals ruled. The city [the first to be taken in Jan’s name] was their official seat of power. Accompanied by their Droid facilitates, the CIS would focus here. In other parts of the new CIS, the fight is still on. Jan Muller lends his officer cadre and the 1st “Confederate” Cohort to the mainland CIS cities. They will begin to help stabilize the region, and remove any bandit or Imperial holdouts. They will also help patrol, and keep trade by sky and land safe. It will also help the officers continue to learn, the ones that survived that is. Actions Continuing fortification of Edos island chain. Continuing of low tier Droid production. Lending CIS officers/1st Cohort to Edichi Confederates to maintain peace. Beginning to expand Droid Faculty. Jan establishes trade pact with Southern Mandalorian city-states. Recruiting men from new population (Roughly 1 million more) to replenish officer cadre, and maybe even form an Organic Cohort.
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    Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    Frontier Kolranate Affiliation Herr Tamas Klinghoffer surveyed the new world his people were laying claim to. It was massive, the only word able to describe it. Data showed it dwarfed old Earth by quite a margin. It even put Jatorak to shame. But sadly they were not to keep their lovely cities in the mountains. Instead it was a large oceanic world. It had a variety of islands, some being very fertile. The settlers had established a makeshift city on the largest island (almost a small continent) along the equator. Tamas and most of the alien community had responded with joy. They were the first to be offered a place amongst peers. They were not threatened to be forced vassals. It was an enormous honor from the Redon. They would become an official Kolranate in the Imperium. A duke was needed, and for many the obvious choice was Tamas. The Klinghoffer dynasty had always been a prominent family in Utopian politics. He was also a well trained Psionic, and educated. Duke Klinghoffer would be the ones to lead the survivors of Utopie to glory. Their new island city will of course be titled after it's name sake, Utopie. One day scans had picked up a massive fleet incoming. But it was not for war. It was a massive Redon logistics fleet. The promised aid to the new Duke to rebuild. It was the groundworks for all plans to come. –- And the past two years had proven how vital that investment was. The F.K.A had opted to remain within their capital system. They would not expand any further, to consolidate power. Plenty of scattered Utopian communities were in the galaxy, testament to the old Regime’s mistakes. Herr Klinghoffer and his agents were mostly abroad. Touring the Empire, or most recently on the crusade. At home life became more rooted. The Island’s city was filling up. It was mainly low laying buildings, to save the integrity from severe winds. In a riot of color, rows of terraces lined the mountains on the coast. Here the city was indeed the Kolranate. From here all power and orders came from. Work by and large is to improve the city and it’s industry. The other growing feature is the Psionic Academy. Here former Celestial Empire Jinyiwei teach the next generation. *In most recent news is the collapse of the Zyrka. The Utopians, who had plenty of personal history with the Eadni, saw their chance. The Eadni had tried to genocide the former Utopie and shatter the Affiliation. And for that they would never be forgiven. Alongside this the mines of the Eadni’s formal capital were vital. The Redon’s had left it to the Zyrka, but now was clearly the time to press those claims. The Duke petitions the new Redon to push said claims, and retake the former Eadni Capital. Expenditure (From last Turn) AP 41 Continuing Industry (25 AP) Building Two Large Freighters (16 AP) Current Turn 48 AP Continuing Industry (25 AP) Building 1 Heavy Cruiser (8 AP) Building 1 Light Cruiser (6 AP) Building 3 U-Boats (9 AP) Important; Surveying the records of the 4k Psionic graduates and roughly 6k draftees from the Imperial academy/Utopie Records for gifted members. Alongside assessment of Duke’s Psionic power. *Furthering Empire’s Claims Redon Investment (150 AP) Attempting to finish T3 Reactors. (25 AP + 12 AP From Power Of Utopie trait. 67 AP total into reactor research.) Beginning research into T5 Shielding. (125 AP + 62 AP From Power of Utopie trait. 187 total into T5 shielding)
  4. GrimBeard

    1912; The Great War

    “Peace In Our Time?” January 1st, 1917. The summer offensives of the belligerent nations in the Great War had a tinge of desperation to them. While many stunning gains were made, peace was broached by Great Britain. They would not accept separate peace, instead a peace with the Entente as a body. The Central powers were inclined to agree. They were resting on some victories, but also starting to feel the blockade’s effects. Meeting in Geneva, the Titans of Europe and beyond convened. It was clear Great Britain, France, and Russia would support each other. The Central Powers meanwhile seemed a little more fragmented. More various agendas, and perspectives. Regardless, it was clear the Central powers was dictating the peace. They secured control of the Mediterranean, Suez, but the British keep Gibraltar. Spain got minor concessions, and will be addressed later. In North Africa the Italians and Ottomans become the dominant powers. However a growing divide between natives and a mix of old French/English and new Italian/Turk settlers is a brewing conflict. Germany makes Belgium little more than an Imperial Puppet. She is stripped of her African colonies, and penned in to Europe. The King abdicates, leading to a growing Belgian succession crisis, many Socialist trying to grab control and instate a Republic under the German umbrella. The Ottomans also gain control of Azerbaijan, and all its wealth. However Baku firmly remains in the Transcaucasian Socialist Federation. Concessions are also made to Germany in Vietnam, and politically/economically to Austria-Hungary. In Poland Austria, Germany, and Russia agree to pull out and allow a referendum. It is a messy subject, as thousands of Poles had moved into the Republic in it’s short time. The options are also unsettling, join the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and face possible monarchy, or remain in the Russian Union. Pilsudski and his nationalist party were swaying more moderate socialist coalitions to the Russian fold, who had promised increased liberty. As a result it seems Poland will opt to shun Austria, and remain in the Russian Union. There were far more other smaller concessions each with their own array of effects. But the Treaty of Liege is signed by every belligerent nation, besides Japan who was little involved in the war. -- One might say up to 3.5 million soldiers died in combat alone. Not counting the millions of wounded, civil war victims, and civilian deaths. The effects of the war ending are pretty immediate. European markets hurt by the war are allowed to resume global trade. Imperial nations assume control of their new colonies. Large payments of Pound Sterling is transacted. Nation’s industries geared for war now have no target for these massive stockpiles of arms. One result of this is plenty of older Great War equipment is being sold off to minor powers. Millions of soldiers return home, with harrowing tales, disease, shell shock, missing limbs, and new ideas about the world. Nationalist, Socialist, and Fascist ideologies are spiking in numbers. The Central Powers comprised of almost entirely of Kings, Emperors, and Autocrats have kept their old ways of governance alive. Republics are a dying breed in Europe. As a result the social divide between landed nobility and royalist against worker unions and republicans is growing. Women's suffrage is a growing movement. -- Can it be said this was the war to end all wars? No. This form of total mobilization was never before seen. But it did not grind nations into dust. The powers of Europe had concluded the war before it had become all out global war. Many pillars of the military were the same. Trench Warfare and Defense now seems a forgone conclusion in this new light. A nation being able to field most of her population available in a fight and keep it supplied seemed to be the winner. Combat doctrine is still by and large the same, just adapted around trenches. Things like air forces, combined arms, creeping barrages and specialist infantry were never realized [or perfected], and now seem further away then before. -- The French Revolution of Socialist was becoming a global rallying call. From the 2nd Internationale’s ceremonial seat of Paris, spans an entire network of members. Leon Trotsky and his inner circle were busy in many sectors, always moving to stay safe. In France itself the two dominant powers are left to settle their own internal affairs. The Socialist 4th Republic in Paris and the 3rd Republic in Toulouse. It was an ideological conflict, and garnering global attention. In Caucus the Socialist federation also fights for the cause, against a Russian Duma. In South America things are entering a whole new level of Politics. In Brazil, Socialist have almost reached a rival number of seats to the Royalist. They were working together however, putting Brazil first. In Argentina the 1916 elections have ushered in the ‘Radical Civic Union’ party. Inspired by the French Revolution, they are members of the 2nd Internationale. Gaining control in Argentina they begin more liberal and welfare reforms. In Chile a more democratic parliament shadow led by Oligarchs remains in power. They continue their support in the ABC/ATP pacts. This year marks the beginning of a more firm Latin Coalition The American Trade Pact had many members, all gradually benefiting from it. This year Argentina, Brazil, and Chile reaffirm their stance against U.S aggression. Mexico is to be given aid in her domestic and military industry, and a defensive pact. Brazil herself guarantees Mexican sovereignty. Bolivia, and Peru also enter this new web, being promised mutual assistance and defense. Many in Latin America after seeing the European war wanted peace and stability. Reform was a big issue, as the 2nd Internationale based in Argentina and Brazil were rather busy. In Catalonia and Navarre Socialist and Anarchist movements have turned into actual rebellion. The King and Conservative Parliament were reeling from little gained in the war but African land. Relations with Portugal were ruined, and the Republic was offering aid and refuge to Spanish Republicans. The Mobilized Spanish army begins to disintegrate, while the core volunteer army under the King begin crack downs, and a surrounding of Catalonia land. A socialist revolt in Sweden takes place in 1917, and gains some traction. Soldiers occupy post offices, armories, and ports in the capital. An increased surge of revolutionaries had been sheltering in the city for weeks preparing.
  5. GrimBeard

    1912; The Great War

    1916 (Later Months) The war grinds on as massive Centralist and Entente armies clash and position. In Portugal the British in a properly cheeky move proved they still ruled the waves. Led by her Queen Anne Dreadnoughts she retook a cordon of waters near Portuguese coast. Holding it for days against Centralist probes enough time is bought to send Jan Smuts an actual army. Tides turn in Iberia, and ebb elsewhere…. The Russians push deeper into Russia, having all of Prussia. The rag-tag German conscript army could do nothing but hold. In the process however the tag team of Hindenburg and Ludendorff were Germany’s rising stars. It was through them (mainly Ludendorff) that the army stayed intact at all. The Austrians (As can be seen in the Global Times News) launched their own across the line offensive. In Spain the rising movements in Catalonia, Navarre, and political parties grows. The Draft, entry into war, and change of government is leading to dangerous Socialist, syndalict, unionist, and republican discontentment. Caucasians, Soviets, Italians, Austrians, Serbs, Ottomans they all push into Russia. Will the Duma survive, or put an end to it’s short but powerful story? Elsewhere a few global scandals are revealed. In Vladivostok a curious crew of americans were detained. They had claimed to be socialist supporters, and shipping oil to the port. Stalin taking them for their word recruited them, and detained the oil. Putting them in a detainment center for further questioning, almost all of them are reported as dead from cyanide pockets hidden in a fake tooth. No reports are made on if any survive…. In Brazil the recent rebels admit to being funded by U.S representatives. Many see this paired with the Vladivostok scandal and invasion of El Salvador as justification to their anti U.S views. More members join the American Trade Pact. WWI: HMS Hampshire sinks, having hit a mine off the Orkney Islands, Scotland, with Lord Kitchener aboard. At least one shark attacks 5 swimmers along 80 miles of New Jersey coastline, resulting in 4 deaths and the survival of one youth, who requires limb amputation. The shark is rumored to be a socialist…. P In San Francisco, a bomb explodes on Market Street during a Preparedness Day parade, killing 10 and injuring 40 In Ontario, Canada, a lightning strike ignites a forest fire that destroys the towns of Cochrane and Matheson, killing 233. Mary, a circus elephant, is hanged in the town of Erwin, Tennessee for killing her handler, Walter "Red" Eldridge. The first true self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, is founded in Memphis, Tennessee, by Clarence Saunders, opening 5 days later Friedrich Adler shoots Count Karl von Stürgkh, Minister-President of Austria. An armed confrontation in Everett, Washington, between local authorities and members of the Industrial Workers of the World results in seven deaths. The British Sopwith Camel aircraft makes its maiden flight. It is designed to counter the German Fokker aircraft. Spain Propaganda for a United Iberia is well received in the more Imperialist scions of Spain. However in Portugal it merely enrages them. Spain invaded THEM. This was not some “British Proxy War”. It was Portugal defending her Republicans values from Spanish invasion. For now no one is really inclined to care about the flag, there was still a war to win! The Football league begins but waits for peace. 500k more men are conscripted, much to the outrage of Spanish liberals. By now in areas like Catalonia and Navarre people were in open revolt. This clearly conservative and Imperialist cabinet was a cause for much ire. These men will begin 6 month training and be ready by 1917, and will need to be properly armed. POW camps improve, the Portuguese actually well received and treated. Portuguese reply to Great Britain They will HOLD and FIGHT, waiting for their ally to rescue her. Greece Population, Industry, and Economics grow in slow fits and starts in Greece. Since 1912 she had almost raised her total industry by 15% a massive feat. A bid to reimplement Latin is only taken seriously by the Royalist. At the King’s lavish parties they spoke in Latin, danced, drank, sang, and had o- oreos. Rebuilding plans are halted in cities as riots seem likely…. Greece begins limited highway projects to connect her main cities. Train production falls flat. With the new King’s seizure of power things seemed RED in Greece. The Liberals, Entente supporters, and men who fought a pointless Greek war were angry. Now a Centralist King had taken over and was installing a Latin-Greco elite regime. To say the least it was unpopular amongst democrats. A broad band of Socialist, Democrats, and Liberals ally to start opposing the King in government. Elections will take place next year….. Serbia The General Elections were a hotly contested matter. Serbs wanted a ‘Greater Serbia’ and following the second candidates rhetoric would do not good. They were not a nation on its knees trying to appease. They were Serbs! Montenegrin-born Major-General Vasko Aleksic seemed like their last hope. He had a relatively clean record (He was good at hiding HIS Bulgarian genocides), and a wonderful military record. As a result he and his party's voted in. They face heavy opposition and are a minority party, but have a clean slate. Albanian resistance is cowed as Serbian veterans of four wars decimate them. The Serb revitalization of captured ports continues and thanks to the now peacetime Logistics Corps does so fast. However Serbia can only export as far as the CP navy controls. Her markets reach scant few besides in the Med sea. 4th French Republic With the 4th Republic wanting and end to the war, and opening it’s arms to French, plenty join the new regime. Hundreds of thousands of French citizens pour in. Maybe not exactly all Socialist, they want peace, land and food. Following this declaration many socialist on the continent flock to Paris. Literally in the middle of a war zone, they leap to its defense. The propaganda begins to take root in many’s hearts. Support after such bad French defeats grow. However many are also mad with the new regime making deals with the Germans. This begins with the first wave of Republican counter propaganda. Mainly using workers from unions, Belgians, and French/English POWS the Socialist begin to repair the means of production so they can seize it. Up to almost one million men the army is in desperate need of reformation. The official foreign legion is made for the 4th Republic, where all 2nd international and other foreign volunteers from the globe go. The main NLA will be all French, and begins reforms. Plenty of pictures from Charle’s famous trip circulate the globe. Here a picture of him giving a speech to politicians from his train. There him helping an elderly french peasant repair her fence amidst the descturnio of a battlefield. Japan Following recent improvements of ship hulls, and amphibious craft, the RnD is actually praised by the navy. The more hardline army rejects letting scientist and ‘godless men’ dictate their way of life. As a result the navy informally adopts the RnD, and begin to work on great things. Thanks to Chinese conscript labor the port is back up and running in no time. It will take six months to be fully running again. The not blatant Japanese propaganda in schools has great effect. Many chinese children were never taught the isolationist Qing way of life. This resurgent Pan-Asian ideas praised by the Japanese is massively popular. Many asian states to this day feel the European yoke. Ironically this ideology is taking root in China. The Socialist were by no means a ravenous horde of commies. The Chinese people had spent hundreds of years being tinkered with (Granted by the **** as well). They wanted education, a chance to grow, and an empire that won’t fail them. The Rice Paddies grow….. Brazil With the brief civil war concluded, the Industrial, mining, and agriculture reforms continue mainly along the coast and cities. The National Guard Brigades form and become a great sense of pride for each region. Good natured rivalry forms as each province makes their own unique plumes and bands. However arming them alongside the logistical problem of finding and maintaining enough horses and roads for them to be effective is a harder problem. For now they will be semi armed foot. The shockingly liberal reforms to the Brazil governance upset some. But by and large the Trade Unions, Socialist, and others were happy. They had even narrowly passed women’s suffrage. As a result socialism and republicanism surge, ironically garnering more support for them then the revolt did. Brazilian cities under regulations begin to slowly help. However favelas in cities are a common thing. With the war done foreign investment trickles in. Ships begin being built. Education reform is very slow, and costly. Without the experienced pilots or airplanes, the aviation wing exist on paper. Repair of what is left of the navy begins. From original numbers of 2 Dreadnaughts, 2 Pre-Dreadnaughts, 6 Cruisers, 15 Destroyers, 24 Torpedo Boats, many were lost. The French had all suffered, but the slightly inferior Brazilians in a stand up fight preformed far less effective. 1 Dreadnaught, 3 Cruisers, 9 Destroyers, 24 Torpedo Boats Election Results; Conservative Party - 180 Worker’s Party - 130 Liberal party - 65 Conservative Party is by and large social by European Conservative standards. But they wish to retain the majority and power within the Portuguese and Aristocratic families. The Worker’s Party indeed has true bonafide socialist in it. The Trade Unions are a byproduct of it, while the Republicans were also opposed to monarchical rule. The Liberal party is faltering as the two polarizing ends of the Government recruit them from their moderate stand points. Austria-Hungary Bands accompany the streams of Austrians heading to the Eastern Front, where daily reports stream back of advance. The act of separating their troops by ethnicity helped the Battalions perform far better. The problems that arose were lack of communication between different battalions without translators to relay to the men over the din of battle. The deal with Serbia smoothly transitions. Though some Imperialist were irate at giving Serbia land, many had already swallowed a bitter pill. Austria had been given nothing. Sure maybe a billion or two pound sterling. But what was that to land? Buying peace with Serbia allowed Franz -the Man with the Plan as he is starting to be called- to focus Austria as a unified mass for more interesting foreign pursuit. Language Equality is one praised by the minority groups in Austria, who see little help. For now many suggest turning from languages to signals and colored flag sequences. Austria’s factories more and more shift to the cogs of war. She (with german help) is actually beginning to become industrialized in parts other than Austrian cores. Since 1912 Germany has pledged aid in many forms to Austria to compensate for her lack of territorial gain, will this treaty continue? Franz’s moves to alienate the Austrian elite and consolidate power in the army were worrying some. Paired with the assassination of a minister, the elitist were on edge. Romania lodges a formal protest of the Austrians moving troops through their land, and petitions for reparations from all the damage and casualties. Russia Volunteers flood in as the Duma exerts it’s power in it’s own land. Thousands of men are also drafted to fight to fill the numbers. But they all knew what was at stake. The Duma’s core army of veteran armies were off fighting, as this new, rawer, volunteer/nationalist army takes shape to combat the Soviets. Russia in the midst of civil war and external falls short in forming the basis for actual corps like this. However women do begin to enlist and do volunteer work which helps to lay the foundation. The expensive work of modern trains continues, taking slightly away from other Infantry production. Factories continue to work on Russian models of planes. For now they are relatively limited to recon and light bombing roles. Food budgets tighten as the wars grind on. Many subsistence farmers were moving to cities, conscripted in the army, defected to the soviets, moving to Ukraine/Finland, or dead. The Duma more and more has to supplement her harvest with foreign import. -- The call to end the war gains support for the Duma. Granted she was the one who secretly plunged the Union into this war. But places like Finland and Ukraine were happy to compromise and end it now. Fear of Stalin and the Russian Soviets is growing, as they advance into the Ural mountains. Many even flee or leave the country. However it also stiffens many staunch Duma supporters resolve. They will fight until the end. Tank progress for now does not happen as the Duma is too busy fighting a 3 front war and arming it’s new armies. The Cities continue to become hubs of population, industry, learning, and filth! Great Britain Talks of Independence for Ireland begins as a response is awaited to see what they think of the British offer. In a shocking 180 the British parliament shifts back to Baldwin and the Conservatives. He begins to steer the British Ship back on course! Canada is not exactly happy she lost land to the Americans for pounds in return, to shrug off the Empire’s debt. Great Britain was reaching a heightened state of political activism and her colonies were no exception. However most of this was positive for the Empire. They had all band together to fight in the war. Not at her budget capacity to begin with the army shrinks after being paid off. Wages as a soldier were dismal (in all of Europe) and many troops were shell shocked or discontent. These millions of men now came back looking for work, some of their work “stolen” by women. However the disabled soldier act made the army begin to feel while the Liberals would throw them into trench grinders, the conservatives looked out for them. Haig throws his lot in with Baldwin from the start, zealous denouncing Lloyd. In a highly praised move the Taxes are cut as the Empire begins to relax and recover from the war. The plan should work as global trade resumes, 3 years it is! 3rd French Republic The Lower Taxes help ease some civil discontentment. However the Republicans find the same problem the socialist have. With empty coffers both factions were importing in equipment at debt ridden rates! While the Socialist had more industry but needed food, the Republicans had more food but needed industry. The medal of motherhood is taken in good and bad light. Many with sons dead see it as ironic. Others actually want to grow the French family to recover. One of the last trusted French Republicans, the medal helps somewhat with morale. This No Retreat Doctrine is enacted. Republicans policing the Martial law were a little depressed treating their own people as occupied cities. It has it’s merits though, as plenty of Socialist guerrillas try to operate against them. Trans-Caucasian Socialist Federation The Caspian sea and Ottoman merchants were making a fortune while arming the Caucasians. The Oil in Baku helped pay for this, still in Caucasian hands. The army stockpiles equipment. A contingent of Caucasian delegates heady by way of rail to Paris, the seat of the 2nd Internationale. Relatively organized the Federation begins a conscription campaign. Using their gains up to the Ukraine border as propaganda they recruit socialist, and draft conscripts. The armies swell with new recruits over the offensive. Italy The swirl of Italian politics was a tricky one. Nationalist were gaining ground but the Liberals in power allied with Socialist and Trade unions had conducted the war. The victors were under their belts. Elections would be held in 1917 to decide who gets power in Italy. Vigorous campaigning begins… fascism is indeed a rising ideology in Italy however. To upgrade their entire fleet just after repairs and add 5 more dreadnoughts and some cruisers into the mix was too much. Instead shipping committees delegate to star retrofitting the current fleet with newer technology. The Increased garrisons, tax cuts, and commercial incentive is leading to a growing Italian mainland, while the new colonies are in a sort of confused chaos. The vatican opts to remain silent. Italy alongside horde of Ottoman Turks had just spent three years trying their best (and succeeding) in killing British and French armies. Ottoman Oil paid for mostly by the raised Suez income fuels Italian….lamps! However as the navy retrofits it will soon have more use. United States Traction is gained as the splintered geo political landscape of american starts to recuperate. However all sides aren’t too eager to champion it right before elections. If they failed it could look bad in the polls. Women suffrage seems more looming however. Plenty of women were protesting, writing senators, and marching. Worrisome to some, the United States army keeps going. Though still a logistical bog, actual recruitment goes smoothly. One rising problem however is the unwillingness to enlist. Many americans did not want to volunteer or accept a draft. The war department was also scattered, only men of stature like Pershing getting anything done. Regardless the army grows step by weary step. The Lafayette Foot Division of volunteers heads to France on british ships! Largely national guard units besides the official 1st Caribbean Division, these units are small and neglected for now. Racism and class divides played a part. The effort to change though was there as many enlist in the 1st with good hopes for the future. The domestic rationing though not popular helps fuel the gears of a wartime economy. Reserves begin to crop up as the army uses it for their own means. The isle of San Domingo surrenders with little fight. However at this point the U.S heavy handed intervention was sparking discontent across the islands. El Salvador is a densely populated nation, and relatively unstable. As preliminary U.S forces advance, marines clash with Salvadorian irregulars. This foreign threat and blatant invasion was the rally call to band them together. The main army and the irregulars begin a desperate defense. With not much besides one battle, the MK I tanks only see a general improvement of function. Many Jamaican citizens opt to leave, or stay as British citizens. The U.S citizen deal was taken by the more practical or less stubborn residents. Overall the isle is a peaceful transition. With the progressive party lacking leadership, the Republicans managed to sway many back into the fold. Hughes properly supported by the RNC begins a series of fiery rhetoric and campaigns. Effective, he garners much support from sectors of the States. Wilson and his Democrats seem to be lagging behind, and likely to lose. Ottoman Empire The transition of Azerbaijan into the Empire goes smooth. However they stop short of Baku and it’s defenses. For the next five years it would be in Trans-Caucasian hands. The Mesopotamia drilling operations now under the UPC continue progress. Though making good stride, it is apparent they are reliant on foreign business to keep them afloat and up to date with technology. A ‘Renaissance’ of muslim architecture starts to grow in the more prosperous cities. Pan-Arab movements and Islamic worship are at all time highs. Every Centralist nation works on their respective bit of the railroad, getting it ready for the final phase of completion. Pan Arab and Islamic movements are spreading throughout the empire. Many wanted a united Islamic Caliphate while not exactly keen on an Ottoman Turk dominated one. There is a treacherous road to walk, bewteen readclasimin, and united movements. Germany MAD Project indeed does continue! Massive strides this year as the war grinds on. German units found the best way to counter the slow tanks was heavy artillery. If they broke down or got stuck they were especially vulnerable.
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    1912 (OOC)

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    1912 (OOC)

    Hello People! It is not too late to join “The biggest hit since onwards” Join our discord if you are curious, talk to some players! It has been quite the FRP already. IF you still wish to apply we have nations open; Spain Romania Portugal Mexico Ethiopia And many more[ish]!
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    1912; The Great War

    1916 (Early Months) Central Powers Meddling (Apologies if you did not post in time. However some ground breaking developments ensue in the later months of 1916. Start planning! And if you missed post PM me your actions for early months of 1916) Early 1916 marks the start of a whole new phase in this Great War. Brazil capitulates with barely a shot fired. Spain and Russia enter the war, on different sides. Portugal is in a desperate state, barely holding on. And still the war grinds on, though many plans come to a culmination this year…… In Kent Naval Yards several German zeppelins are spotted. Most curiously, one has two German albatross attached to what looked like a retrofitted zeppelin. They begin to drop bombs on the facilities and ships, doing some damage. The two Albatros fliers detach, and make strafing runs. However a english pilot in their new SPADS beats both, making him a star in England. The curious German zeppelins withdraw. In France the army, navy, and civilian populace is at a breaking point. Verdun falls and Paris is under siege. Morale plummets as more army groups opt to desert, not fight, or mutiny. Russia marches into Germany, directly threatening her sovereignty in the East. The British Royal Army Medical Corps carries out the first successful blood transfusion, using blood that had been stored and cooled. The Romanian football club Sportul Studențesc is founded in Bucharest. In Munich, German automobile company BMW is founded. United States Marines invade the Dominican Republic. Spain Memorial Day is passed! It will become a national holiday and time for remembering past great deeds. Supporting Alfonso and staunch catholics, the Conservative government is sworn in. They assume the majority, and begin to persecute the war. However many Republicanist, Entente supporters, and Socialist are outraged. They refuse to be drafted, and strike across Spain. It is no revolution or civil war, but they are discontented. In Catalonia the situation seems more dire. POW camps have the first flux of Portuguese prisoners. Conditions are squalid and the troops [mainly civilians] are relatively well treated. Great Britain The Boer Commandos are shipped to Portugal, and start to amass victories. Knowing her ally is coming, Portugal continues the fight. Mainly guerrilla bands led by Commando teams. Plans for the MK II proceed as planned. However the Mark I’s showed the many technical problems. It’s a headache for the British and Americans but work continues. The MK II will be improved in all fields, but will perform poorly in offensive actions besides offering good cover. British doctrine shifts to defense strategy. They begin to do an ‘In Depth Defense’ which is already proving it’s worth. The Conscript army and Pal Battalions are shipped out on time. Serbia Serbian army reforms go quite well, her army being modern, experienced, and well led. In a move Austria condemns Serbia buys back her rail lines! Though the head Government was attempting to look benign and reform, it was no use. The Bulgarian atrocities had left a bad stain. Many saw the King and conservatives as ruling by way of the sword. More Serbians and immigrated Montenegrins take the incentive. Trying to tidy up the armies fallacies fail. However recruitment goes well as many ex Bulgarian’s join, simply needing the money to survive. (+100k Recruits) Industry continues as planned. Though they assume control, the move for Albania is unpopular. Guerilla bands plague Serbian and Greek forces. United States The 2nd new deal had already been passed, with some areas not being voted before in the last voting cycle. This remains so, many refusing to budge. “New Hanover” officially becomes the new name of Nebraska. Mobilization continues, but shows the U.S unique problem. Every little pen pusher, colonel, or politician had their fingers in the army honey pot. With so much government shut down, and split parties, many orders were contradicted or ignored. Supplies never showed up, some divisions getting only socks, others nothing. All this confusion and mounting raw recruits and the need to train was compounding. Step by aching step the U.S army grows. The new administrations are new, and will take time to feel out their responsibilities. Discussion about involvement in The great war is hotly contested. Political Parties aside, nationality, religion, and opinion led to differing views. German migrants, conservatives, and others were inclined towards the CP. Many english speaking democrats wanted to rescue French, as she had done for them. No bloody or brutish German submarines had sunk or killed americans. And there was no reason to suspect German aggression. Many were not convinced however. It seemed some would not wait as American volunteers ship en masse to France, much to Centralist supporters ire, they retaliate by sending their own. Brazil The Speeches and attempts to reform had big effects on the more moderate rebels. The drifted back towards the Brazilian monarchy and governance. However to others they were offered free school lunches and other slight alterations and saw it as a joke. Perhaps egged on by outside sources, these groups remain persistent. (See Fiddle With Devil Doc) Central Powers trade deals, and a dissolving army lead to a surplus for the Emperor. As mentioned many army units upon returning from home desert, or demand disbandment. They did not want to be used to kill their own people. About 150k remain many not exactly keen on civil war. Industry plans continue slightly slower than planned, due to strikes and sabotage. The growing class of land owning farmers on the Jungle frontier grow, many opting to help in the defense of this new land from incursions. Thought not shooting to kill, radical Republicanism and Socialism groups are. Initial fights go their way, as docile Brazilian formations get whacked. The fighting in the jungles is cat and mouse, and increasingly bloody. The Orphanages and Hospitals from Emperor Pedro is loved by his followers and moderates. It will also help for all the wounded men and orphaned kids about to come in…. Poland The Socialist and Nationalist are both gathering propaganda about the war. Both twisted it to support their ideals, with conflicting reports of battles and heroic actions. More and more Poles flock to the republic. With such large demands on the Industry, Poland does actually being to make a surplus of equipment. But there was going to be harsh prices to pay. Rationing and lack of goods in Poland proper is now every day. As the army is sustained, it’s citizens are left to starve. Many recruits defect to the Poles, or otherwise make their way to join. (+30k Recruits) Germany With no demand for resources for the navy, and allied shipping, Germany is managing to continue basic war production. THe blockade was becoming strangling but for now she remains afloat. The Brazilian deal is passed. If the Entente does not actively block Brazil trade ships the Central Powers will get a link to South American markets. More and more women fill the domestic roles of men and take pride in it. Ottomans Reorganization of the army under european standards begin. The Ottomans having successfully employed a grand assault doctrine like the French. Their armies did good when large amounts of artillery and men worked in concert. Enforcing the new law is a hard matter, but is appreciated. Some muslim families take the incentive and grow, however there really isn’t the funds for it. A new class of Ottoman fliers begins, under their German planes and tutelage. They have much to learn. The Expansion of oil wells continues slower than ‘a thousand’ wells by summer. The Ottomans first work on improving the infrastructure. Work on the Berlin-Baghdad rail line begins again.
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    1912; The Great War

    1915 (Later Months) Revolution abroad! The 2nd International had certainly been busy this year. Trotsky and his coterie were followers of Lenin. But they did not firmly believe in one nation. While Josef Stalin and his Soviet Councils fight the civil war, Trotsky looks outward. Soviets going into China begin to organize and contact local student and union bodies. And soon with the Beiyang/Japanese war, many were angry. The final straw was Japan Razing the Chinese coast, leading to outright revolts against the War Lord cadre of China. In the ‘Great War’ is it’s being called, many things shift. The Germans had successfully tricked the Entente around Paris. While they fortified the city, the Germans moves elsewhere. Combined German, Italian, and Austrian Army Groups all under German chief of staff Eric Von Falkenhein assaulted Verdun. The great fortress was now almost entirely surrounded, as France reeled from the blow. In Egypt the British Expeditionary Force makes a tactical retreat. They would fight to the last around the Suez, a more and more common policy amongst the BEF. The Centralist and Entente navies of the mediterranean stare at each other across a vast Centralist mine network. Bulgaria capitulates! Following relatively harsh terms, the Central Powers secures peace with the Bulgars. Germany and the Ottomans can now link up. The Serbians and Ottomans move to occupy their new land, and ensure Bulgarian compliance. Austria for her part received very little. Emperor Josef did not seem concerned however. With Franz Ferdinand alive, they had taken a true look at their empire. And it did not need more land nor people. The Austrian army marches home, and mans the Austrian borders. 1 Million Austrians are soon packed off to the Western Front. This Easter marks a very unfortunate one for christians world wide. An irish Republican Brotherhood faction decided to stage an uprising in Dublin. Despite Ormonde and his Irish volunteers, all the MP help, these radicals decided to not wait for reform. The revolt was from the onset a sad, confused affair. Many refused to take part, or were ordered not to, than ordered to. Communication was bad, but several key buildings were occupied. Snipers took potshots at Dublin police and garrison forces. After a week of siege like conditions and the BEF/Navy being called in, order is restored. Unlike against Germans, the BEF showed mercy. Many ring leaders are rounded up, and it is up to Britain on what to do next. Greece enters a time of uncertainty as Centralist and Entente followers clash. Will they follow Bulgaria? In aerial warfare, German fighter pilot Kurt Wintgens becomes the first person to shoot down another plane, using a machine gun equipped with synchronization gear. An extremely overloaded International Railway (New York–Ontario) trolley car with 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, resulting in 15 casualties. The United States occupies Haiti! Serbian Army private Radoje Ljutovac became the first soldier in history to shoot down an enemy aircraft, with ground-to-air fire. Granted it was a shoddy outdated French nieuport bought by Bulgaria. William J. Simmons revives the American Civil War era Ku Klux Klan at Stone Mountain, Georgia. (Unfortunately) Albert Einstein presents part of his theory of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. The 1 millionth Ford car rolls off the assembly line, at the River Rouge Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Spain The Women acceptance into medical staff is passed. However many are opposed to full on voting rights, etc. The Officers learn it rather poorly. Simply taking learned information from news of the war and it’s battles is not enough. The Spanish army is dated, and will take time to properly learn the rules of modern war. To be fair France and Germany had hardly begun either. Massed training go underway. Generals learn to move men in their formations, but not much else. Nothing compares to real war. Refugees and immigrants flood into spain. Mainly poor catholic French and Italian, they move to stay. City populations grow dramatically. Poland For now Poland had very little men or experience that would result in an actual logistic corps. Polish Veterans from several wars and battles begin training the new Parliamentary army. Recruitment is high as Poles are more unified than before. Using independent engineers and Russian funds very slow progress is made on lines around Warsaw. Arms Industry sees a little spike in growth. But Polish industry was small and scattered. It will take more time. With the Warsaw leadership actually agreeing to open elections, Polish civil war halts. Instead people flock to vote, every man having the right. The results are not exactly what the former Regime could of wished for. Democratic, Moderate, and Socialist parties take a joint 70 seats. Though not one big party, Poles were not exactly keen on autocratic rule of this new Republic. 30 Seats go to the nationalist party, many distrusting them due to being Russian ‘puppets’. This will soon cause problems, as the Russian Union Duma had banned all Socialist parties, would they try to do the same in Poland? Consulship is disbanded in favor of a proper President or Prime Minister. The National Party barely manages to get Pilsudki in as President, but he is elected. Russia The Army growth increases as the man power is tapped into. Their quality and arming them will soon raise their own problems as the army expands ever onward. In the next six months nearly 1 million men will enter training. Aircraft Research falls flat, many companies not wishing to invest in a Nation in Civil war. The Russian Arms Industry grows within Duma cities, adding to the potential to supply more men. Russia focuses on heavy trains, and will soon have two properly modern armored trains (by 1915 standards) ready to choo-choo! Great Britain British plans for tank go as planned. For now early on tanks are prone to breaking down, or other problems. But with every passing day they gain more knowledge on the subject. Funding is low as they focus on defense, but still continues. Though 6 may be too hard to reach while repairing the navy, and arming, 4 are settled to be produced by mid 1916. Bringing Queen anne class ships to a total of 8 (I think) Using Women and German POWs Great Britain's capability to produce LARGE amounts of supplies continues. However many are worried at the growing debt, as they struggle to keep to the gold standard. Though European armies have no actual specialized subunits of infantry, Jan’s “Commandos” works. South Africans were promised a vaunted position as these men. However the truth was they were just more line infantry. They are ready for immediate deployment. This strange Specialized units from colonies continues, as ANZAC troops and volunteers fill out these two divisions. They will be ready by 1916 April. The BEF is sadly well aware of their position. But British pride and Government propaganda made sure they knew how important this fight is. They would hold to the very last! (ideally) Brazil Though her economy was sagging (Exports were needed for guns not coffee) The American Trade Pact and new reforms ensured Brazil would stay in the green. Troops on the western front get to actually enjoy good coffee, improving morale. Several German trench raids were made just to retrieve these stores. The Kaiser even drank some! Industry slows down as a result to banning Socialism. Many democrats and socialist wanted unions, and actual representation. As a result the working class started several violent strikes, some rumored to be started by the Republican resistance. Brazil Police sent to round of known Socialist are the first to die in what seems a looming civil war. Republicans and Socialist militias who had been arming since last year make to support their party leaders. Successful, they melt into the jungles. However some are rounded up, many in the capital to slow to get out. Brazil finds a few new deposits of ores within the Jungles, but are constantly harassed by rebel factions. Slash and Burn is effective, as the Jungle is pushed back. However in several areas they uncover nest of Indigenous and Republican guerilla cells, fighting is bloody and one sided. Brazilian army regulars are forced to be deployed to protect any efforts. The Empire’s control of the coast and arable land however was rather firm. Steel mills and Industry expansion goes slowly, many scared to invest with brazil seemingly unstable. France Industry and Civilians flee from Paris. The Germans could shell it, making it dangerous to live there. Only soldiers and stubborn citizens remain. The blow to morale is big, many see it as the Government fleeing from German armies. France continues her desperate entrenchment. Pulling almost 100k men from her colonies, France reinforces the western front. Japan Recruitment and deployment continues as planned. Japan is still busy building her first and second orders of ships! (Keep track please) Korea continues to be tied closer into the Empire, their way of life largely unthreatened and they are allowed to live life as they please. Blockade continues as China is robbed of most of her export/import capability. Korean agriculture continues as planned. Serbia Serbia rallies around their new Monarch, outraged at the Greek audacity. With much German and Italian help the Serbs get to a point where they can produce their own shoddy recon planes. Ottomans With success in the field, came success in politics. For the first time since before 1912, the Ottoman Empire was the one dictating results. Their soldiers carry back many stories that rallies the populace to the government. However the gruesome reality of modern war and the death it brings also come. Almost all the Sultan’s elite janissaries are dead. Dejamal Pasha disregards the Ottoman government’s command. By now he was already far too committed. His army of some 12,000 were pushing into Armenia. ‘Rumors’ of Armenian Genocide filter back. The minority populations rallies around the Government’s denouncing the whole act. However many staunch Turks and Islamist praised it. The army continues to march on Baku…. Reprimanding the Phoenician events gave the Sultan some leniency. The Centralist Greeks were ready for now to accept the Sultan, so long as he helped get the Prince on the throne. Though the Sultan order’s their arrest, very little CPC members are actually found. By now they had gone silent, or fled the country. With direct routed open to the rest of the C.P now, Ottoman arms industry grows at faster rates in Palestine. Production begins of both Gas Mask and Heavy Artillery. Germany Germany at this point has loosened all restrictions of recruitment. With a large manpower pool she recruited more than expected. At this point she now has nearly 6 million men under arms. 2 of that being the rawest, which the training focuses on. Many try to forget the almost 600,000 dead and 1.5 million wounded. But still, the Imperial army is healthy and growing. More and more U-Boats roll out, as Great Britain begins to feel the hurt around her isles. U-Boats preyed on warships, and merchant marines carrying weapons. This helps ease the blockade, which is strangling German import from the atlantic. Germany more and more looks to Imports from Russian Union states (if allowed), her allies, and abroad. The French spirit is still not broken. Many still support Poincare and the army.
  10. GrimBeard

    Star Wars - Shadows of the Past [RP]

    Separatist State (The Final Holdout) Three full Cohorts of Separatist set up occupancy in the city of Prosperity. Until recently it was governed by various Edichi dignitaries. However thanks to Jan’s daring and the commandos, it was now theirs. Little actual fighting had taken place. Instead the government had surrendered relatively fast. They would not be trod upon and enslaved. Instead the Dignitaries are allowed to keep their power, and integrate peacefully into the CIS. They would become yet another cog within the machinery of the Holdout. The city would still have to contribute however. Resources and manpower was needed to supplement the CIS armies. A tax is levied to go to the Droid facilities at the Holdout. The city of Prosperity would also have to provide a contingent of troops. These troops along side prospective CIS lords will enter training. They will work to become the next CIS officer cadre. These organic officers will gradually come to command the various Droid cohorts. As for the taxes, the Droid Facility would begin immediate production of more B2 Battle Droids. They were needed to increase the amount of heavy infantry in each Cohort. The City itself would become the de facto capital of the CIS Holdout. The bankers and nobility would move from the cramped Droid factory. They’d meet with the Edichi dignitaries, and begin cementing an actual government. It would equal parts be Edichi and CIS, though the Edichi are now recognized as being firmly under the CIS umbrella. A delegation is sent to the nearby city on the coast of the southern continent. They are given the generous offer to integrate into the Confederacy as a power in their own right. In return they’d be offered protection, investment, and freedom. Jan is absent during all this. Two Droid Cohorts begin landing on the mainland, in remote areas. Elsewhere Ernst Junger arranges a formal expedition. CIS vessels with mining equipment would follow up the recon operation. They will begin setting up mines on the asteroids for the resources. B1 droids and Edichi are levied to do the work. Actions Levying Troop and Resource tax on Edichi Forming Organic Officer cadre Beginning construction of B2 Battle Droids Sending a Delegation to nearby city, inviting them into CIS Continuing Mining Operation
  11. GrimBeard

    1912; The Great War

    1915 (Early Months) The Royal Navy battleship HMS Formidable is sunk off Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, by an Imperial German Navy U-boat, with the loss of 547 crew. Houdini performs a straitjacket escape performance! A Locust outbreak in Palestine begins to damage crops Pluto is photographed for the first time The 1st International Soviet is established by Leon Trotsky. The Soviet councils and men of influence were conducting the Russian war. Trotsky was nominal leader of it all, with Lenin still in Germany. He however had more connections then the more Russia leaning Lenin. As a result the International Soviet though based in Vladivostok, will encompass the world! Socialist from every nation are encouraged to join. Many volunteers begin to arrive, and enter the civil war. The Great War continues as more and more men die. The battles are numerous, and across several fronts. Most still believe they can win, and more and more young men are thrown into the militaries arms. U.S The Second Square Deal is a far cry from its original model. For one big business and magnates lobbied quite successfully for their cause. If the Government wanted to gear up for mobilization and arms trade, they would need the magnates. National Parks and increased colony development are passed. Uncle Sam Schools are passed, but funding is thread bare, little school actually starting. The GACA, women’s suffrage, and consumer protection also fail to make it. A FBI department is founded somewhere in NYC. Their goals are unknown but it is clearly a specialized department. Though very opposed to integration and were already a free nation. However the U.S did retain some rights, and their economic plan carries on. Sentiment is still low, but the aid is appreciated. Great Britain Most Americans are too poor to go see motion films. However the propaganda and talkies do have some effect. U.S citizens were by and large split, and isolationist to boot. However some British and French immigrants find sentiment in it. Some even begin to travel to Europe, to enlist. Cinema on the home front is also growing. Several men armed with the new technology traveled to the Western front. For now censored by Haig, what comes back is videos of massed BEF troops marching to the front, artillery bombardments, men digging trenches, etc. The new Windsor house is greatly appreciated alongside the speech. Now was more a time then ever to rally behind Monarch and state. Volunteers come in hordes in the early months of 1915, 2 million are raised. Mostly all from the same towns, they enlisted together. These ‘Pal’ regiments begin rigorous training on what BEF vets are left. They could be deployed as soon as the early months, if rushed. India and ANZAC troops will muster some 2 million by the end of the year. Repairs and increased arms production begin on the navy, and land armies. It is slow, the British only really ever having to supply 250k standing troops. More and more women will be needed to fill enlisted men’s roles in the civilian life. British and French forces begin a desperate entrenchment of the western front. Research begins but for now is halting as so many other demands take precedence over new machine guns. Brazil Reactions are mixed to Brazilian intervention in the war. The Troops though greatly needed will take time to get across the front. The Brazilian economy takes a hit as more and more shipping space is dedicated to war over such products as coffee and sugar. Regardless the troops begin shipping off. Recruitment of the 150,000 proceeds and they enter training. Here the first opposition is shown. Many do not want to fight in what already seems a bloody European war. Many don’t volunteer, or dodge drafts. Republicans opposed to the Empire use this to begin their own recruitment drive. Investment to domestic industry and infrastructure goes better. The coast and cities begin to noticeably grow. The work to increase the shipyards and build new ones discounted. The government instead focuses on solely making shipyards good enough for production of modern ships for now. The call to denounce U.S interventionism is certainly a popular concept at the time. Many assembled to discuss it as talks begin. However many do not want to trade the U.S for Brazil. Regardless a unsteady conference begins. Outright signers are Argentina, Mexico, Chile. Serbia Though a violate man, many people see the need to have a young Regent. Many rally behind his rhetoric anyway. What were the Bulgarians but eternal enemies? As a result more troops feel emboldened to commit atrocities as the fight continues. Women’s suffrage for now is not fully passed. However their vital need in the industry does allow a slackening of current law. Plane industry continues, Serbia even now has an early model recon plane ready for production. Thanks to the Italians! For now Montenegro retains its independence, content to have a strong neighbor to be allied to. The Logistics Corp continues it’s training, however by the coming offensive they would not be fully ready. It was a marked improvement over the past state though. Polish Unionist Pilsudski indeed would have his work cut out for him. Plenty of Polish splinter groups remained opposed. However he and his Warsaw government retained the most legitimacy. They were opposed by Poles who saw the concessions to Russia as a betrayal. They wanted full independence, not a union with a nationalist Russia. The fighting continues, mainly small skirmishes. No outright battles are conducted. Just small ambushes and guerilla strikes. With the ex Russian army officers inclined to remain loyal to the Polish supported by Russia, things look up. A small and relatively under-equipped main army is formed in Warsaw. Polish industry was underdeveloped, and many arms were in rebels hands. These men begint raining, as various Warsaw pact loyalist fight to buy time in the country. Japan The Imperial Navy is still busy preparing the first order, the second one this year is discounted. Training of the new army units continues. However an increasing need for bodies on the front sweeps many away. They simply did not have the time, and had to deploy. Merely to match Beiyang Pact numbers. Marine training haphazardly continues. Arms Industry expansion begins, factories churning out the weapons of war. As more and more of Japan is dedicated to military, the civilian economy begins to sag. Preparations are well financed, but debt will soon compound. The Japanese struggle to find the time, resources, and knowledge to make a new LMG. Instead they resort to begging the Entente, who were also struggling in that field. Believing the lies, many see the Chinese as inferior. However on the actual front Japanese are committing horrible atrocities, some not even bothering to kill Chinese of Manchus.The fighting is stagnant, and bloody. The Factions take the money. More and more Korean reserves fill the forts. The training is a farce, many confused and not sure what to do. Add in a few injuries and little is learned. Few even took the marines seriously, as distinctly separate. Greece Plans continue in fits and starts, not much happening besides gradual improvement. The recruitment drive begins as more and more Greeks are conscripted. Almost 150k men begin training. However to “[modernize] every aspect of Military commanding and tactics were modernized.” was a far from easy task. The Greeks had learnt much from the past wars but still had much to learn. No progress on modernization is made. Russia And so Russia begins a very new and terrifying phase. The Nationalist Duma had managed to secure a quick peace in the west. Finns, Poles, and Ukrainians all were entities in their own right. In each respective state there were plenty of opinionated politicians. They were in an awkward state, now bound by union with a nation they had been fighting. But they all supported the union, and sent representatives off to the Grand Assembly. The elections in Russia themselves were a hotly debated issue. Many still supported the Tsar, who saved face alongside the peace. He was still the ceremonial head of state, and had many followers in the new government. He could even vote, making it clear he voted for Russia’s future. It was an odd and reluctant truce between Tsar and Duma. The entirety of the Union was comprised of men and passion and ambition, allying in their groups, and participating in bigger ones. The Duma itself was full of various men with agendas of their own. But they were bound together by the war and peril. The Duma elite in most Oblast had strong nationalist support bases in the factory workers, city citizens, and common folk. Tsarist running against them got more from the Royalist, Industrialist elite who did not want unions barging into their land, and average Russians who loved the Romanovs. The Oblast were hotly contested, but the Russian Duma was by and large voted back in. 70 seats go towards the Duma, with 30 to the Tsarist supporters. The 150 seats up for grabs based on population were more leaning the other way however. Conservatives, rich landowners, and others against all the treaties with lesser states and loss of land were angry at the Duma. The more rugged base of Russia’s population wanted a return to the status quo of the Romanovs. As a result 80 seats go to the Tsarist. The Duma holding 40, and a Democratic party holding 30. Private foreign investment is almost zero as the brutal civil war rages on. Ottoman Empire With help of German advisors, the arms factory begins construction. The Ottomans begin to hire skilled workers, and bring in supplies. The factory will even be rolling out arms in small quantities by 1916. Oil Industry continues on pace. However all the money spent to find more oil is halted. Instead the Ottomans focus on improving what they already have. It had been doing this for some time now. They were actually producing oil, supplying their own navy. Several key Ottoman Generals and politicians urge the Sultan to take the Baku oil fields. They were what they needed, and perhaps the rich industry in magnates in the Empire were pressuring them. Paramilitary groups were even amassing in Armenia, under a Pasha. It would seem without state sanction they might even potentially march. Training of the amassed armies throughout the Empire continues. It seems desperate, as men hear tales from the fights in Egypt and the Balkans. Work on the gun will coincide with the arms factory. Germany Germany was amassing her full complement of reserves. Many restrictions were loosened. For instance men who needed glasses, or lower level government jobs, or nobility. As a result over the next year she could expect 3 million more men. The army had always maintained a large pool of conscripts in times of war. The issue now was getting enough officers, supplying them, and training them properly for trench warfare. Work begins into the Zeppelin project. It certainly would take a while, and had an uncertain fate. But Germany certainly had the money at the moment to spare. U-Boats become the key component of naval production lines. Over the next two years fifty-seventy boats will be added to the current forty or so. Spain Conscription begins as hundreds of thousands of men are impressed into service. Many protest to this, drawn away from their lives to serve Spain. Many didn’t exactly agree to the government’s ideas either. Paired with the now massive need for experienced officers, training facilities, equipment, and shipping, and the mobilization would indeed take quite some time. Many Conservatives and opposition actually join the army, using it to gain postion there. And so the new army looks smartly dressed in it’s new drab colors. Officers protested, but they all heard what had happened to the French.
  12. GrimBeard

    Star Wars - Shadows of the Past [RP]

    Separatist State (The Final Holdout) Jan Muller marched through his Providence class destroyer, with purpose. He ignored the scars she had, the electric sparks shooting out every few minutes. Very few Droids opted to spend their time here. Only engineers and human support remained. As Jan strolled past, they would all stop what they were doing. Clicking boot heels, they salute. Jan however ignores them, as he approaches the command bridge. His loyal companion T-R3x awaited. He was not the only one however. Within the bridge was the last of the true Power within the state. Galactic Bankers (The very one’s who employed Jan), CIS lords stuck planet side, and the senior Command droids. All dropped to their knees, affirming Jan as leader. A Genosian nick named Flaps spread his arms wide. “Ah, master Muller! We have been waiting for you.” Flaps moves to activate the hologram. “As you predicted, we are rather stranded here.” Jan crosses his arms, and surveys the scene. He knew how desperate their situation was, but formality called. He begins in his nasally tone; “Flaps, T-R3x, Lords of the State, I thank you for meeting me here.” He purposely strides to the hologram, stabbing his finger at a particular city. “We have spent too long already wasting away here. The facilities are running dry, and my quotas go un met.” Several of the lords begin to stutter, but Jan silences them with a upheld hand. “I do not blame any, merely our position is unfavorable. Iv’e come to suggest we march on the southernly island. The city there surely can’t be fully defended.” At thus several of the CIS lords applaud the notion. They too have felt the burning need for more resources. However one man raised his voice. Ernst Junger, Admiral of the CIS ‘navy’. “My Lord, I feel you neglect me so.” Jan raises an eyebrow as Ernst continues. “Allow me to utilize the fleet. We have relatively stable intel alluding to a inner asteroid belt. Let me go there in search of minerals. If one fails, the other may work.” Jan nods, and prompts Ernst and T-R3x to make their respective plans. Jan would take to the field. – Mr. Muller looked as the last star faded from the sky. It was his navy, already underway to complete their own task. Admiral Junger and half the star-fighters left the planet’s orbit. They would scout the Inner asteroid belt, and hopefully harvest much needed minerals. It was Jan who had the larger task ahead of him. While the navy collected rocks, he would conquer a city. T-R3x stayed behind, too useful for a assault. But he was the mastermind of this attack. The Droid armies would be utilized to their full potential. The only problem was the channel between the two islands. It wasn’t too much of a barrier, but prevented the land army rolling over. Landing an army would take time and risk. And so Jan and sixty-nine BX Commando Droids will wait until a stormy night. As the army mobilizes on the shores, these seventy Droids will make a [stealthy] insertion into the hostile island on their seventy STAP’s. If it works, Jan and his coterie of commandos will work their way along the shore, and inland. One by one they hopefully ambush, neutralize, or subdue listening post, guard post, patrols etc etc. As dawn comes, the Droid army will hopefully have a safe beach head, and the Island will be none the wiser. The remaining Star-Fighters will escort the C-9979 Landing craft, to begin landing the main army. With every passing wave, the army is sent to the “front lines”. For if the Edichi gain wind, they will most likely try to push them off the island. So with every wave, the Droid’s solidify their beach head more. If/When the full army is transported across, the army will march on the city. Either after a protracted fight to hold the beachhead, or in complete surprise, the commandos and Jan doing their work. Either way the city will be asked to integrate into the Confederacy, becoming a power within the State in their own right. Failure to do so will mean a siege of the city. CIS forces will surround it, and slowly squeeze it dry. The entire offensive is conducted in a way to minimize losses. Actions With little resources to do much, expansion is needed. The CIS fleet is dispatched to the Inner asteroid belt, to harvest materials needed to build and repair droids/ships. The CIS army is dispatched under Jan Muller to conquer or integrate the neighboring Edichi island city.
  13. GrimBeard

    Star Wars - Shadows of the Past

    Discord: You Have IT Faction of Choice: CIS Holdout Faction Name: Separatist State Brief Faction History: Almost too long ago to remember, wars had been fought against clones on this planet. The Separatist had been stronger than. But now they were a husk of their former self. Droids rusted, as more and more strongholds are lost. Now all that remains is one last holdout. On some fragmented islands, they exist in a feeble state. Hero Name: Jan Udenhosencrien Brief Hero backstory: Formally a apprentice to the CIS sponsored Knights of the Force. Neither Jedi nor Sith, he was more a blade for hire. When the situation had become desperate, the Galactic Banking Clan had bought him into this conflict. Promised the world, Jan now is a refugee just like the Droids. He aspired to rebuild the former CIS glory, and claim what was rightfully his. Hero Point Acquisition: Force Sensitive (8) Force Combat (2) Any specific items/equipment request: Two lightsabers for Mr. Udenhosencrien, one Blue, one Red.
  14. GrimBeard

    1912; The Great War

    1914 (Later Months) War, war, and more war! What is already being called a European conflict has exploded. Tens of thousands are already dead. Most nations firmly believed they could win, in one master stroke. The German’s almost did, to be frank. 3 million men slammed into Belgium, violating it’s neutrality. The French did as well, both sides violating Belgian rights. -- “An excerpt from the fighting that has ensued.” And so, lines in the sand are drawn! With a French failure to meet German demands, war seems possible. The German, Austro-Hungarians, Italians, Ottomans, and Serbians all begin mobilization. As a direct result France, Bulgaria, Japan, and Great Britain do the same. This just makes matter worse, everyone pointing fingers. It's all settled however by June 20th. Germany officially declares war on France. Spirits are high. EVERY nation believes it will be a short, quick war. Many hope it to be over by christmas. Officers lead their large column of men, music playing giddy tunes. People begin to volunteer by the hundreds. And so as mobilization ends, we reach the month of July. War plans begin, who knows how the fighting will go? Mobilization begins, the first combatants ready being Germany, France, and Italy. Amidst all this chaos many simply don't believe a war will actually happen. That hope is SMASHED, as the first battle of the war takes place! A single Italian scout high up in the alps encounters a French probe. Single handedly, he holds them off. With just a rifle and three extra clips, he kills four. He is later blasted to bits by field artillery. This is perhaps an ominous foreshadowing of mountain warfare. It is now August 2nd, when the war well and truly begins. A Belgian NCO shares a cigarette with a comrade, looking to the skies. He sees what appears to be three dots moving high up. Pigeoning it back to command, he gets out some field glasses. Panning up the first thing he sees is massive Black Iron Crosses. Germans. Planes fly lower, guiding the zeppelins in. Over a hill, he sees hundreds of spikes come into view, Then faces, then grey torsos. Germans, in all their glory, marching by the million, invade Belgium. The Zeppelins drop bombs on Belgium troops as the German group smashes them out of the town of Liege. The same day French troops turn up on Belgium soil, with NO permission. However King Leopold knew he could not fight both of them, and reluctantly sides with France. The French and German plans both called for marching into Belgium swiftly. But that is not where the first major battle takes place....... The first real battle takes place on the German/French border. The French enact PLAN 17, a righteous, bold, sexy, sleek, cunning, smart, and overall top notch offensive plan. Officers on horse back waving sabers lead large troops of men, all brightly clad in a blazing Blue and Red. Military bands play cheery music, as the French troops attack on the German right. They encounter German army group 7, mainly comprised of eastern Prussians, freed up from Russia not being in the war. France led the attack on German positions. Most French officers did not account for machine guns and modern artillery. And they lead their men into slaughter. Waves of men assault German positions in forest and hill tops. Maxims begin to chatter, rifles pop, and artillery rounds THUMP. French are killed by the dozen, though German casualties are also high. The French are decimated, and sent retreating back to their side of the border. However now shows a major German problem. Their field Generals were notoriously independent. And with Italian divisions arriving daily, a counter assault is launched against orders. Now a German army is advancing en masse against French positions. Chauchats and rifles mow them down, as they charge in waves. The Germans are sent reeling back, and a MAJOR French counter to the counter begins. France troops advance on a soon to be notorious hilltop in Alsace Lorraine. On august 22nd, in a single day, France has 27,000 men killed in action. As the battles die down, elsewhere other battles are just starting -- France The movement of factories was one that was one of those fatal choices. France bent a lot of her effort to moving industry. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers are charged to assist. The ones not going and dying in the bloody front that is. As a result France manages to salvage a good amount of her mobile industry and stockpiled resources. However more permanent fixtures such as the valuable coal mines and equipment are seized by Germans. Conscription though getting 8 million under arms at once is not possible. Many millions however are pouring from the 1st layer of reserves. They were the ones now being thrown into the front, the new ones to die. For now Joffre is still kept as commander of the French forces. He was beloved of the people, and thought to have a valuable mindset. Many still believe in the offense, though admit it was an embarrassing defeat. Taxes and Food are grumbled about but accepted. Research goes well, as the French scramble to match the German’s heavy artillery. U.S Though small the army of the U.S is relatively modern. The vast sum of their numbers are still sitting on the Mexican border, sweltering. However as reserves are called up morale grows. They see the brotherhood growing. However the army and congress is vastly unprepared for anything resembling actual build up. Great debates begin on the proposed Second Square Deal. For now nothing is agreed upon. But for once it seems the damn parties are debating, not arguing. It was likely it would get passed through next year in one form or another. The hotly contested issues are the GACA, Women’s Vote, and overall meddling with the big business. Who could guess the rich to stay rich? Serbia Mr Aleski’s speech is well received, many young Serbs aspiring to be him. Though he and his regiment become angered at their Speech being edited. They cared not what the Austrians think. As a result the regiment post the full speech, certainly not helping with tension. The new recruits reworked training system will take longer, but help increase life expectancy. Many recently wounded Serb veterans begin to train the next generation. The Serbs indeed had learned a lot of the power of logistics. They were vital keys to both their offensives. The new Corp while mainly full of old men and women, will grow fast. However they will need training, and time. As more Serbs join the army, more Montenegrins with the expanded act move in to work. Serbian treatment is still rough of the Bulgarians. Many had been fighting them in three wars, and all had lost comrades. As a result atrocity is common place, Bulgarians fleeing into the mountains to escape the Serbs. It becomes hard to locally supply, meaning a massive strain on the new logistics corp. Greece The increased family plan kicks off well. Many already meet the requirements and enjoy the extra benefits. The population and industry plan continues at a small rate, it will take time. Farming reforms go quicker, as the relatively infertile Greek land is improved. The Greek occupation of Thrace causes quite the stir. Many agreed with it however, weary of the Ottomans, Serbs, and Austrians. The Netherlands Depillarization is a failure, it is far too early to be a method of Dutch thinking. Weary of a possible war cutting off trade, the interest into home industry is well placed. The Government is actually praised as they begin to grow business. The Refugees in growing numbers are flooding the Netherlands. Almost all of Belgium is occupied by the end of the year. As a result quaint Dutch cities and farms are the place for refugee camps. It angers the conservatives, and Centralist. However most take them in and feed them, improving local relations. Full mobilization is enacted as the army moves into defensive postures. However assuming the improvement of the armed forces is ‘unimpeded’ is an exaggeration. Just taking experience from foreign advisors does not mean the men improve. Almost all the men are conscripts, and little concerned with being a standing army. However the standing army is learning their lessons well, modernizing and restructuring. Spain Army reorganization goes as planned! 100k new men are recruited in. Trying to make Spain a railway system that extensive however is not as smoothly implemented. It will take time and vast sums of money to make such an extensive line. Foreign investment or smaller ambitions will be needed. For now Madrid and it’s neighboring towns are the start. Japan No phosphorescent shells or night time equipment is really salvaged. However they did notice the Germans used massive searchlights to pinpoint enemy ships. A lesson learned hard. The German ship pulled out is found to have wonderfully engineered well everything. Their armor is thick, and compartments in their hull allow water in without the ship sinking. Reverse Engineering is not possible yet. Ship production goes as planned. Defensive measures also go as planned. Mobilization goes as planned. The Korean acts help solidify the imagery of Japan caring for it’s slav- citizens in Korea. Many indeed do enlist, almost all wanting to join the all Korean brigade. Garrisons begin to be freed up. Marines are recruited however training for them has to start all over again. The government military spending act is passed. Propaganda has little effect known yet. Germany The German army begins to entrench as the French do the same. “Combat” is a relative term for airplanes. Instead a premier recon plane is put forth, to be ready for production by the end of the year. It is the precursor to the Albatros. Russia The new constitution has mixed reviews. Socialist of course despised it. But by and large most if not all of the articles are supported. Plenty of Duma statesmen want to rush in a new government. They saw a drawn out civil war killing them all. Not too mention the massive war erupting to the west. It passes with a resounding vote to aye! Though not disagreeing, the Tsarist also don’t openly agree. Nicholas and his cabinet, advisors, and generals are concerned of being purged. Instead they dig their heels in, and entrench key areas. As the fighting draws out, the broach the possibility of a less radical change. Tsar Nicholas admits he would be inclined to sing it. But wants his family, generals, and politicians to have a new part in this government, even if he must relinquish autocratic power. It would seem the Tsarist were prolonging the war to at least get in on the growing government. Ukraine agrees and is discussed elsewhere. Poland disagrees for now. (Also mentioned elsewhere) Ottomans Shipping was a major problem from the start. Ottoman merchant marines could not exactly travel through the suez or Gibraltar freely. Instead it had to be landed in places like Iran, and then shipped by land over. However the Janissaries receive the beginnings of an American stockpile. With little else to do the mobilized army begins the training regimen. Oil production continues as stated before.
  15. GrimBeard

    1912 (OOC)