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  1. Vetren54

    Old World Blues RP Thread

    Seattle Chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel Order and Progress Seattle Brotherhood Council Meeting “This is not like a war we’ve ever fought before,” opens up the Elder they call Immortal, “Our tactics do not work as they should, but we cannot yield now. Seattle holds too much importance.” “We cannot continue to prosecute this conflict with this narrow minded perspective,” remarks a younger Paladin officer, recently distinguished in the cause for Seattle. “These views you criticize have guided our way of life this far, be mindful of your words.” “I concede this, that our way of life has gotten us this far. But we must adapt. I only ask that the council give me a chance. The wastelanders have suffered the most from this fighting, so let us use their anger, and win them to our side. These people are not our adversaries. Surely in the interests of pragmatism we can equip them, fight them.” The council members leaned to their neighbors, quietly discussing the subject matter. There were a few headshakes, but in the end most understood the reality of the situation, and that this was not a conventional war they could win with conventional tactics. “Very well. The council has appointed you to manage this conflict. Any failure will reflect on your personally.” Colonel Wilson Smawson bowed his head to the council, but a slight grin was noticeable despite his efforts. He walked out with an air of confidence. Smawson wasted no time with his new plan for securing Seattle. A system of checkpoints would be instituted throughout the city. The roads leading into the city would cordoned off, cutting off raiders and mutants from any source of outside supplies. Throughout the city, safe areas under Brotherhood control are secured with tiered checkpoints. Citizens in heavily contested areas are relocated to refurbished apartments for free, and refugees are provided water, food, and good quality shelter. (mod) Under Smawson’s new plan, the Brotherhood begins the training of a new loyal citizen’s defence force. This militia will be equipped with surplus weapons, such as laser muskets and laser pistols, and trained by specialist anti-guerilla warfare instructors. Each squad will have one or two heavy troopers, equipped with rockets and miniguns to dispatch particularly heavy threats. “We have all lost a brother, a sister in this war against anarchy,” announces Smawson in a coordinate broadcast to Seattle, “The Brotherhood is not your enemy, for we have not caused the violence. But we cannot stop it alone, and we need your help.” (mod for numbers and effectiveness) The militia will be used to conduct the majority of the light checkpoint work, with brotherhood support available if the need should arise. The militia will also provide supporting roles during battles in the city itself. Extensive vertibird support is available, especially in areas cleared out with civilians, where munitions are held high over men. Militiamen on a patrol around reclaimed parts of the city. The Brotherhood begins a campaign to win the “hearts and minds” of people in Seattle. As mentioned above, refugees displaced from the inner city are re-settled at no cost, and provided with adequate food, water, and clothes. They are settled into refurbished apartments, deep within brotherhood controlled Seattle. Those able are given jobs to continue their livelihood. It is hoped that with civilian cooperation, raiders and mutants will face a hostile population, and their hideouts will be compromised. The brotherhood proclaims its intentions to embark on a comprehensive campaign to electrify regions of Seattle under its control. “We shall restore a quality of life not seen since the Great War,” remarks Colonel Smawson to an eager crowd. (mod) A series of civilian informants are hired to provide information on mutant and raider hideouts, so that tactical teams can quickly neutralize them (mod) Eyebots are sent north to explore the northern frontier all the way up to Vancouver. Brotherhood officials eagerly await news of what remains of the pre-war city and the northern expanse beyond the Seattle Chapter borders. (mod) 10 Vertibirds soar from hidden underground bunkers, with 5 transports carrying a division of troops, and the 3 gunships accompanying them. They are dispatched to secure the largest dams in Washington, the Grand Coulee Dam. This dam itself produces nearly 4 times the amount of energy as the Hoover Dam, and would pave the way for an electrification of the entirety of the Northern Brotherhood. One secured, scribes are sent along the way to build/repair power lines to Seattle and ensure the dam is operational. The newly trained friendly militias are put on guard duty. The brotherhood moves to forcibly annex the territory containing the dam and the Columbia river border. (mod) Dam Location Annexed Territory in Light Blue Work begins on scavenging old transport barges in major naval ports across Washington. The Washington naval bases are also searched for intact bases (from last turn). (mod for how many barges I can raise)
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    Old World Blues RP Thread

    Seattle Chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel The Seattle Chapter of the Brotherhood was originally formed by members of the Midwest chapter, who were dissatisfied with the Brotherhood’s lax stances. These members of the brotherhood occupied Capitol Hill in seattle, making it their base of operations. Although the battle for control of the massive Pre-War city rages on, the Brotherhood has secured control of the surrounding Columbia river basin. Naval Bases to be scavenged for ships: Everett Naval Base Kitsap Base Whidbey Island Base NAVMAG Island Base Puget Sound Base Naval Submarine Base Bangor Naval Station Bremerton Pacifying Seattle The city of Seattle is filled with mutants, and military action will be taken to pacify the city. Civilians are offered to be relocated into specialized safe zones to keep them away from contested areas of the city. Bounties are put on all bandits and super mutants, with carcasses that are turned into the municipal administration receiving bounties. Brotherhood troops conduct specialized raids using high intelligence gathering operations in conjunction with eyebots. Mutants are neutralized, in hopefully depopulated areas. Vertibird support is extensive. (mod) The Alaskan Frontier Although a barren tundra, frozen over with a Nuclear winter, Alaska remained a hotbed for activity in centuries past. The Immortal Elder has seen fit to comb through Alaska for its secrets that may one day yield a boon to the brotherhood. Eyebots are deployed via transport planes over the Alaskan shoreline in Anchorage. Work begins in remotely surveying the remains of the battle from centuries ago. Another detachment of eyebots heads to Fort Richardson base located near Anchorage and begins to comb through its inners. After this finishes they are sent to Elmendorf Air Force base, also located near anchorage.
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    The Bavarian Fever RP Thread (1940)

    USSR The second half of 1946 “We are entering a new era,” remarks Stalin to the general assembly. “It is one driven by the promise of a better life from technological advancement. Our space program is truly a defining moment for us, and we shall not fall behind.” The USSR begins an extensive campaign to drive forward support for its space program and catch up to Germany and then the United States. A new T.V. show which debuted in September 1946, called “Ztar Trekke” details the adventures of the charming Captain Sergei Petrov and his crew, including women, and their exploits across the galaxy. (mod) New resources are allocated to the development of a new major, called aeronautical engineering. Universities receive grants to expand their labs and receive some opportunities to engage in model rocket developments. Experts in these fields are few and far between because of the truly cutting edge nature of these courses, and the USSR begins a drive to attract more attention to this major and train the next generation of engineers. Talent from the USSR’s world class universities is scouted to supplement the Space Program under Korolev’s discretion. (mod for Space Program and tech slot) The USSR begins construction of a major spaceport in Kazakhstan. It is colloquially referred to as the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and will support the infrastructure required to conduct space operations and realize the objective of putting a satellite into space. (mod) Construction moves on for the Baikonur Cosmodrome The USSR begins an expansion of its consumer goods production. Appliances, clothes accessories (Adidas tracksuit confirmed), and other luxuries in particular are set to development and then production. The committee of market affairs is created to manage consumer goods, and their development. The primary directives are to raise the quality of life within the Soviet Union, reduce the chronic shortages of consumer goods and other luxuries, and research and develop new consumer goods to ease the life of the Soviet working citizen. Soviet designs must be engineered to be reliable, and have a long lifespan. One of the first projects is the development of a new cheap family car. (mod) A second special economic zone is opened up in Kiev, especially to support the expansion of consumer goods. Foreign investment and operation of manufacturing and retail will allowed, under supervision and with extensive background checks. The Japanese offer for trade is cautiously accepted, and they are given rights to work with Russian government companies to develop the new car and sell it from Kiev. The Kremlin makes it clear that foreign nationals doing commerce in the USSR must abide by its laws and strict codes in order to do business there. Any merchant who commits espionage, sedition, or similar acts will incur the maximum penalties for this crime. They should not be surprised to be under close monitoring by the NKVD. (mod) The Crackdown Following the discovery of an American spy within the USSR, a widespread KGB search is initiated. High value locations are given additional scrutiny, and new security measures are added. CCTV cameras, a relatively new invention, are picked up on by the NKVD and begin to be rolled out en mass. They are installed around anywhere with the possibility of an espionage or sedition risk. (mod)
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    The Bavarian Fever RP Thread (1940)

    USSR The first half of 1946 The USSR begins to wind down its large military expansion and instead dedicates its resources to the Soviet Space Program. Production lines are trimmed down. The new additions to the red army reserves are demobilized in favor of the more quality troops trained earlier. (canceling out previous turn’s actions). Stalin picks a young and ambitious scientist, Sergei Korolev to lead this program. Korolev and his team are given access to existing research into missile programs. “We shall not fall behind in the exploration of what lays beyond our world!” declares Stalin. Such marks the beginning of the Space Race. (mod) An American spy is found by the KGB, working against the interests of the USSR. “Under ordinary circumstances, the penalty for sedition is death. But, given the thaw between the United States and the USSR, I am willing to send this man home to the U.S. on the condition that the U.S. agrees to stop spying on the Soviet Union,” declares Marshall Stalin. Development begins on a new APC, designated the Type 4. The new french Armored Personnel Carrier is equipped with a completely sealed carriage and a back door, it provides rapid deployment for infantry under fire. The chassis features a bulletproof cage designed to offer all around protection from hand-held arms and shrapnel. Although a mine would do a significant amount of damage and injure the men inside, the vehicle is designed to protect its inhabitants from instantly dying from at least one hit. A shielded machine gun sits on top of the vehicle, providing its operator with a 360 degree arc and suppression capabilities. It has a 10 man capacity, including its driver. Soldiers have the option of using firing ports located on the sides to engage in fights from the APC. On the inside, it features padded seats and air conditioning/heating to ensure soldiers remain comfortable in hostile environments such as the desert or tundra. (mod) Construction begins on a set of 10 new Chapayev class cruisers in a variety of Ukrainian shipyards. Accompanying this effort, an expansion of the Soviet Union's ship producing ability is pursued. New shipyards are queued to be built across Crimea and the black sea, near major ports. (mod)
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    World in Flames [Alt-history FRP] [Rp]

    Empire Français Late 1933 The Egyptian Punitive War Napoléon Bonaparte in Egypt, during the French Revolution, at the turn of the 19th century. February 17th, 1933. The French foreign legion landed on the shores of Damietta and Port Said. Not since the days of Napoléon had French troops been in Egypt. It was a glorious day, with many in the Empire reminiscing about past glories and seeing how France would once again prove itself a capable world power. Despite the best efforts of the Egyptians, who resorted to vile tactics befitting of the madman who leads them, French military power triumphed as the soldiers press on through the eastern Nile delta. A french tank commander poses with his vehicle, shortly after the fall of Damietta. To continue such a campaign, France would need to ensure a steady supply of resources. Immediate efforts commence on reconstructing the damaged harbors of Damietta and Port Said so that supplies can be unloaded at a maximum capacity. Supply convoys run along the many rivers of the Nile delta, and the still open parts of the Suez ensuring troops are supplied. Trucks make the voyage in parts not connected by waterways. A large scale counter-insurgency campaign is started in French occupied Egypt. Curfews are implemented throughout the occupied settlements, from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and strictly enforced. Military police go door to door clearing homes of any weapons, explosives, and taking into custody Egyptians known to be explicitly hostile. Citizens are compensated for their losses. (mod) A program to win the hearts and the minds of Egyptians, who had been living under a brutal regime, is started. Immediate food aid is made available to citizens, and a jobs program is started to revive local industry and create jobs. Willing citizens are paid a superb wage to engage in public works projects, such as building roads, clearing up debris in the secure parts of the canal, and repairing damaged infrastructure. Local customs are tolerated to a large extent. The oil rigs of Damietta, home to Egypt’s largest domestic land-based oil supply are repurposed by France to ensure a steady stream to not only the forces there, but also back home. (mod) In light of the ferocity shown by the Egyptian forces, a decision is made by the French General Staff to employ a “materiel not men” philosophy. Following reports of gas attacks on the British front, French soldiers are issued gas masks. Shipments of tear and chlorine gas are made available to French companies in the event of heavy localized resistance. Extensive use of air power, artillery barrages, and armor support is made to attack defended Egyptian positions moving forward. With the French firmly in place in two major Egyptian cities, the French air force is free to expand its range into Egypt proper. Egyptian supply depots, convoys, and large troop formations are consistently bombed. Fighter sorties are conducted almost continuously to gather intelligence on Egyptian troop locations, fortifications, and other important matters. To avoid extensive civilian casualties, leaflets will be dropped on contested urban fighting zones. (mod) A hundred thousand franc bounty is put on the head of the Egyptian premier. Any Egyptian soldiers who defect or surrender to France providing military intelligence or special information on the whereabouts of the Egyptian premier are rewarded with a hefty monetary bonus and amnesty for taking up arms against the French Empire. Leaflets with this information would be dropped by air over major Egyptian cities and the front lines. (mod) The French Military Doctrine (Guerre Éclair) The war in Egypt gives French troops a unique opportunity to test the effects of General de Gaulle’s new mobile warfare doctrine, now being called Guerre Éclair (Lighting War) by French high command. A rapid advance by armor is designed to spearhead an attack and break through an enemy formation. This is then exploited by mechanized or motorized infantry to envelop enemy troops. All of this is done through coordination with the air force and artillery to maximize firepower where its needed and support advancing soldiers. Against most enemies, this tactic should prove devastating, with massive losses inflicted on the enemy. (mod) “The age of infantry on foot is at an end..,” declares Marshall Petain. The new french Armored Personnel Carrier is premiered at a demonstration in Paris to an amazed General Staff. Equipped with a completely sealed carriage and a back door, it provides rapid deployment for infantry under fire. The chassis features a bulletproof cage designed to offer all around protection from hand-held arms and shrapnel. Although a mine would do a significant amount of damage and injure the men inside, the vehicle is designed to protect its inhabitants from instantly dying from at least one hit. A shielded machine gun sits on top of the vehicle, providing its operator with a 360 degree arc and suppression capabilities. It has a 10 man capacity, including its driver. Soldiers have the option of using firing ports located on the sides to engage in fights from the APC. On the inside, it features padded seats and air conditioning/heating to ensure soldiers remain comfortable in hostile environments such as the desert or tundra. “It beats walking!” quips a private first class to a news crew. The FR-33 is featured at the Paris proving grounds next to other experimental vehicles. Development of the AMX-33 tank continues, despite the shortcomings. (mod) The French Military-Industrial Complex To meet the supplies needed by a new mobile force, France continues its investment from the previous 6 months to build new and upgrade existing military factories. Much of this expanded production will focus on meeting the demand for armor and mechanized units. Renault and Ateliers de construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX) the two largest established automotive manufactures are contracted to produce tanks, trucks, and the new APCs to supplement French national industry. The military-industrial expansion is designated a multi-year project, and the French high command hopes that by 1935, France would be mass producing APCs and tanks. Trucks are being produced at a steady rate to phase out horses from the army, which are still in some places, being used to tow artillery and equipment. Resources necessary are abundant within the Entente, with France’s domestic steel production more than covering the expansion of industry, and oil and rubber being imported from British possessions abroad. (mod) A tank factory in Paris makes use of assembly lines to speed up production. In a similar manner, France begins on an endeavor to expand its ship-building capacity at the major construction yards across the country. New building mechanisms are created, new dry docks built, and transportation infrastructure upgraded. The widespread standardization of machine tools should help improve productivity across the board in all French Industry. (mod) “France finds itself in need more more resources to address all of its global commitments,” determines an internal study by the General Staff, “We must expand our armed forces, immediately.” France begins a large scale recruitment drive for 10 new infantry divisions. The expanded production from earlier this year should have produced more than enough modern rifles and infantry equipment to equip the 100,000 men as well as weapons from existing stockpiles. They are put through the rigorous French training boot-camp, taught by veterans and men with real combat experience. “They will make a fine addition to the French professional force,” comments General de Gaulle. (mod) Modernization Efforts in the Navy The time has come to complete the modernization efforts of the French navy. All French ships will now be installed with SONAR. This revolutionary technology, invented relatively recently in the past decade, uses sounds reflected off of the surface of an underwater object to return a reading on its position. Some whale watchers rejoice, being able to finally track down those elusive humpbacks doing their annual migration. Others in the French general staff share their elation, as this technology can be used to detect submarines. It has become clear since the sinking of the British carrier in Egypt, that more must be done to combat this hidden menace. Working with the British Navy, the French will do their part to root out this scourge. “We must secure our territorial waters against this deep sea threat. No submarine shall pass by a French blockade undetected. We shall not tolerate a breach of our sovereignty, or of our legally imposed blockade on the fascists in Spain,” announces the office of the secretary of Defence in a news briefing. Standard procedure for a submarine found in violation of French maritime policy is to first broadcast for them to surface and submit to inspection, and if without response use depth charges to force the submarine to surface. Lethal force is saved as a last resort as is only authorized to be used for vessels breaching France or one of her allies’ territorial waters or the Spanish blockade. (mod) National Policy “We find ourselves surrounded by ideologies hostile to our way of life,” declares the President before a televised audience. “Communists… Jihadists… Fascists… Need I even say more? France must defend itself from subversive foreign influence. With the support of the National Assembly, France has passed the Sedition Acts, to crack down on subversion of our glorious Empire.” France announces a ban on the existence of all fascist organizations within its territory. Foreigners holding fascist sympathies are liable to be deported or detained, and prominent French fascists are rounded up and put under investigation. Those with any dangerous links are imprisoned and their assets seized, while less conspicuous ones find themselves under the watchful eyes of domestic intelligence. Communists are subject to the same routine, but at a more discreet and limited level due to some of France’s historic socialist tenets. People of both ideologies would be barred from serving in high-up government positions and would be kept under a watchful eye. Given the threat posed by the so called Egyptian Jihad, Muslims who in France are interned unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as the infirm, who are placed under house arrest. Security is raised around high profile targets, such as military and political installations. The Emperor’s bodyguards are put on alert for any assassination attempts. The increased capacities of the French intelligence agency are set on counter-intelligence, and are ordered to root out foreign operatives working against France. (mod) A fascist dissenter is escorted off by police, c. 1933 “In this new age, the Frenchman will face many challenges. We must expand our educational system to cope with the demand for more skilled engineers,” announces the office of the Emperor. A new system of STEM universities will be built across the country, and existing schools will be modernized. New laboratories and funding are made available to universities and scientists to foster technological advances. (mod) The Gaullic Wall An idea first conceived of by French strategist a decade prior involved the construction of a series of fortifications along the French borders to provide a truly unbreakable front to an enemy. Although the idea of massive static fortifications like a star fort, is a thing of the 19th century, some in the French general staff see the value in a border protection system. To counter any enemies that may seek to do her harm, France begins the immediate construction of a series of defences on its eastern borders. Recognizing the mobile nature of any modern attacking force, French engineers begin construction on not of a series of elaborate concrete fortifications, but instead on ditches, tank traps, jacks, and mines to hamper any vehicles. Further inland, anti-tank gun emplacements as well as machine guns are positioned along the Gaullic Wall to counter infantry and tanks alike. Engineers estimate the project to take between 2 - 3 years. (mod) A finished segment of the Gaullic wall’s tank defenses. Foreign Affairs: France refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the Scottish insurgency, and arrests the so called “ambassadors” that show up on its shores. They are handed over to the British authorities for prosecution. “We shall not tolerate the existence of a rogue state agressing a French ally,” declares the office of the President. 35,000 French troops are mobilized and sent across the British Channel to Workington, Scotland (still part of Britain). They are immediately sent to the front lines to support the British regulars in their endeavor against the Scots. Recognizing the determined nature of their enemy, the French move in with a great deal of auxiliary support. Utilizing artillery support and aerial bombardment, France seeks to utilize its new military tactics against the rebellious Scots. (mod) French mechanized infantry rolls through the open Scottish countryside. Fortifying Haiti In an effort to ensure its citizens abroad are protected, France begins construction of coastal fortifications supplemented by anti-aircraft and naval guns. A local defensive force of 20,000 colonial troops is raised in the region and trained by French military instructors in a strong defensive doctrine. An aerial contingent is stationed on the island and the French pacific fleet remains vigilant in the region. (mod) Summary: Counter-insurgency campaign in Egypt. (MOD) A hearts and minds program in French occupied Egypt plus some projects. (MOD) Bounty on Egypt's leader, plus amnesty offers. (MOD) Continued expansion of french military industry to produce APCs, Tanks, Trucks. (MOD) Continued development of the AMX-33 (MOD) French Naval industry expansion (MOD) The finalization of French military doctrine. (MOD) Recruitment and training of 10 infantry divisions. (MOD) Development and implementation of anti-submarine tactics in the navy (MOD) Communist, Fascist, Islamic crackdowns (MOD) Construction of the Gaullic Wall on the German border (MOD) French troops to Scotland (MOD) Fortifying Haiti (MOD)
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    The Bavarian Fever RP Thread (1940)

    USSR The second half of 1945 The year 1945 sees a series of political agreements, resulting in a stunning reversal to the tide of war. The USSR alongside Britain, has agreed to withdraw from Bulgaria. Stalin still seeks to reassure the Bulgarians that they are not alone, and this action was taken to prevent the utter decimation of Bulgaria by a broader conflict. (mod) It remains to be seen if the ceasefire holds between the two uneasy factions. In the east, the USSR begins to move its troops away from the Chinese border, up till the limited amount of 100,000. A large scale crackdown campaign begins in Mongolia of the communist rebels. KGB Agents scramble to track down the leader of the rebels before they realize the nature of the operation. The captured communist rebels are turned over to the Chinese authorities. “We shall not harbor terrorists,” declares Stalin. The USSR makes efforts to recover any supplies that may have fallen into the hands of the communists. (mod) The USSR begins to develop its oil fields in the caucuses to increase capacity. Work begins on a system of rail hubs between major refineries and extraction sites to better facilitate the transportation of this important resource. (mod) The USSR begins immediate efforts for the development of a tank destroyer with a 100mm gun capable of penetrating and neutralizing heavy tanks. It is designated the SU-100, and is built from the T-34 chassis and incorporates a 100mm field gun capable of firing AP and HE shells. (mod) In a parallel effort, the USSR begins the development of the SU-152, an SPG built from the KV-1 chassis. It incorporates a 152mm howitzer in its case mate, capable of firing high velocity HE or AP shells, though it leans towards the former. It is hoped that the Su-152 and Su-100 designs move forward quickly because of their nature as modifications to existing designs. (mod) The USSR begins a major production run of fighters, bombers, and close air support fighters to accompany a large expansion of the air force. Although the pilots performed admirably in the Bulgarian conflict, the modern planes of the USSR are few in number, and the older models must be replaced. The effectiveness of Soviet air power in Bulgaria remains a testament to the professional cadre of the Red Army. (mod) The Soviet Army is given boosted rations as units finally return to bases across the country. The situation is announced as a victory for peace and for the USSR to soldiers everywhere. Although the conflict was bloody, new Soviet doctrine had been tested in battle successfully and it is hoped command takes away from these developments. Skilled home cooks from the population are hired to prepare special meals for soldiers. (mod) ‘Victorious’ soldiers march home, 1945 As part of Vladimir Lenin’s legacy, Stalin begins the second iteration of the New Economic Program. In the coming years, Special Economic Zones will be set up in the USSR to allow for controlled outside investment. The first of such zones is set up in the Baltic city of Riga. (mod)
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    World in Flames [Alt-history FRP] [Rp]

    Empire Français Early 1933 The Legacy of Napoléon “The French Empire stands among the premiere powers of Europe and the world. Its legacy is one of triumph in the face of hardship. From the revival of the Empire under my father, Napoléon III, France has held its position as true military titan, boasting one of the largest and most technologically advanced armies in the world... It is with these words, that I announce my abdication…,” declares Emperor Napoléon IV, aged 77 years. “Though some may see my abdication as the end of an of era, I say with the closing of this door, a new chapter of French history opens up to us. Vive La France!” Within a week, the imperial court had gathered at Versailles’ iconic hall of mirrors to mark the coronation of a new Emperor, Louis-Napoléon V. The grandson of Napoléon IV, he is the youngest emperor took take the role, at 26. He retains his late father’s charm, and the towering intellect of his grandfather. Truly a product of the modern world, he is ready to take on the duty of leading France and the broader Entente into modernity. France remains a limited constitutional monarchy, with the sovereign (the emperor) retaining an influential position within the government, able to influence policy. The National Assembly is responsible for the confirmation of the Emperor’s agenda and represents the will of the people. H.I.M Louis-Napoléon V Armed Forces: To say the least, France possesses the most powerful land army to ever exist. The standing professional force is supplemented by a comprehensive reserve system dating back to Napoléon I. In the current system, every man upon reaching the age of 20 must undertake two years of mandatory military service, where they are pressed through rigorous military training. They are taken on operational duty for their second year of training in the colonies, providing security services and gaining experience in the field. General de Gaulle inspects second year reservists who have completed a minor tour of duty in the colonies. To support field operations, the French intelligence agency is expanded. The Deuxiéme Bureau, founded in 1871, is brought to the standards of a modern intelligence service. Its global operations center is quartered in Paris. More money is injected into the agency, and agents are recruited from the most capable military personnel specialized in espionage and covert ops. (mod) A New Doctrine: A bright new star of the French General Staff has taken the spotlight. Lieutenant General Charles de Gaulle, a veteran of the Spanish campaigns, published a series of treatises on his vision of the French Army. “A highly professional, mobile force,” writes de Gaulle, “is key to success in a modern battlefield.” The French General Staff has taken note of what is being called the Gaulle Doctrine and many are eager to push forward through with these tactics. De Gaulle has already begun the implementation of his curriculum at the esteemed French military academy: École Spéciale Militaire Charles de Gaulle c. 1933 Under the supervision of de Gaulle’s protege, Colonel Jacque-Pierre Marchand, two tank and two mechanized divisions begin to be trained. (mod) To support this doctrine, it is clear that a nation must build a foundation in its industry. The Imperial government will invest $50 million into expanding its industrial base, to be able to produce guns, planes, tanks, and other war material. In relation to the Spanish civil war, French companies are contracted to provide guns, tanks, and infantry equipment to the Iberian Resistance. (mod) The French government begins the development of a new medium tank, sporting a 60 mm main gun capable of medium range engagements, and a coaxial machine gun as well as a hull mounted one. It is expected to have a top speed of around 40km/h to facilitate a new kind of rapid warfare. The tank itself will feature all the modern components expected of it, including a radio, 50mm of sloped forward armor plating from composite steel, and a casemate turret. Although not as strong as a contemporary heavy tank, it is designed to be cheaper to produce, more reliable, and fast. (mod) A prototype AMX-33 is shown at the proving grounds near Paris. On the naval front, French officials remain worried about falling behind. A new battleship design designated the Richieu class is put to development. As soon as military engineers finish designs, two keels are to be laid at the Cherbourg shipyards. The first designated the Richieu, and the second designated the H.I.M. Napoléon V, destined to become the new flagship of the French navy. On top of that, 10 new Algérie class cruisers are commissioned. (mod) The Cherbourg shipyards c. 1933. French Foreign Policy: One newspaper perfectly summed up the unique relationship between Britain and France with this photo: In the spirit of shared ideals and goals, the world’s foremost powers have come together in Oradour-Saint-Glaine to form the Entente Cordiale. The agreement reached by the two powers includes a variety of land swaps and the return of Brittany to France. “It is my hope, that with our British and other European allies, we can build a world safe for our people and for our future generations,” remarks the Emperor during a conference in Paris. The French foreign legion embarks from Marseilles, with great fanfare, en route to Egypt with the rest of the Allied forces. The Treaty of Amsterdam With the admission of the Netherlands into the Entente, French and Dutch diplomats met in the Paleis op de Dam to discuss territorial exchanges in the Picardy region. An agreement was reached where the Dutch would exchange the majority French provinces for French colonial holdings in Sumatra and Java. The French foreign minister meets with his Dutch counterpart “It is my hope that mutual cooperation between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the French Empire will extend far beyond what we have accomplished here today. We stand together, as stalwart allies,” declares foreign minister Stephen Pinchon. Land ceded to France shown in turquoise. The Spanish Civil War Iberia once again finds itself in a civil war. As a member of the Entente, France is obliged to help its ally, the Iberian Resistance against the nationalist forces. “It is clear to France that the situation in Iberia is dramatically evolving into a humanitarian crisis. We must take action to prevent the further loss of life, and stop the crimes against humanity perpetuated by the barbaric nationalist regime,” declares the Prime Minister. Reports emerge from various gazettes stating that the nationalist regime has conducted military activities in French territory with hostile intent. The Imperial administration declares that it will not let these transgressions go unpunished. France launches a large scale air superiority campaign with its state of the art bombers, fighters, and close air support planes to assist the Resistance forces in battle. A major bombing campaign will commence of key nationalist military installations, including air bases, supply depots, military factories, and other strategic targets. Great care is taken to avoid civilian targets. The border to nationalist spain is closed, and secured, preventing any travel between the two nations. However, French troops do not directly intervene in the conflict. (mod) France begins a lend lease campaign to keep the Resistance supplied with ammunition, tanks, and infantry equipment. Aid programs are put into place to ensure civilians do not suffer unnecessarily. (mod) A naval blockade of Nationalist Iberia is immediately put into effect. Destroyers from the Mediterranean fleet are sent to comb the Spanish Atlantic and Mediterranean coast, aided by fighters. Battleships stand guard to intercept any major military vessels attempting to break the blockade, supported by naval bombers. Vessels headed to nationalist ports are stopped and searched with ships smuggling munitions and other military equipment being seized. (mod) French gunboats deployed around the Iberian coast, accompanied by submarine escorts. The American Civil War “France’s oldest ally once again finds itself in need of our aid!” declares the emperor, “As the France of the 1700s did, we too today stand behind our allies," France extends its lend lease program to the United States (Union), providing tanks, planes, guns, and other infantry equipment. Loans are made out to the Union government to finance the war effort. France declares its intention to boycott confederate oil and restrict the exportation of French war instruments to the CSA. (mod) Volunteer brigades are organized and sent to America. Citizens are encouraged to buy bonds to support the American war effort. (mod) France accepts Germany’s offer of non-aggression pact and announces its intentions to attend the council at Strasbourg. French diplomats greet their German counterparts at the foreign ministry in Paris. (Germany)
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    The Bavarian Fever RP Thread (1940)

    The Sofia Accords a dream that could've been
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    1100 A.D. Medieval Age (RP)

    The Kingdom of Bohemia Winter of 1103 Leader King Bořivoj II Population 1,053,571 Religion Roman Catholicism Military: Manpower: [REDACTED] Professional Force: [REDACTED] Navy: N/A Economy/Trade: Reconstruction of Prague (6/10) The 2,000 troops that had been training are inducted into the Army. The army begins massing near the southern border, standing near 9,000 strong. They are ordered to dig in a series of forts along the southern border. Vassal levies are called up (mod for numbers) Foreign Affairs: Utilizing the court system set up in earlier years, King Borivoj sends out messengers to neighboring dukes of Swabia, Meissen, and Austria, offering Bavarian lands to them in exchange for their support in the event of a Bohemian war with Bavaria. Each would receive a letter similar to this: “To the honorable Duke, we share ties in blood, and I ask you as a brother to come to my aid if I am attacked by Duke Welf II. To you, I promise Bavarian lands that I am sure you covet to your own domain and am willing to make other concessions. (mod)
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    The Bavarian Fever RP Thread (1940)

    USSR The first half of 1945 A somber Stalin steps up before a crowd of press at the Kremlin. “I shall spare the pleasantries, and move on straight to the subject at hand. The Imperialist snake has shown its head once again, in Bulgaria. I have intervened in this conflict, not for the interests of the Soviet Union, as some would have you believe. To the people of Bulgaria, I pledge you this: You have made the choice to move away from the capitalist system on your own terms, and we will respect your sovereignty and the will of the people. After the legitimate government is firmly in place and the imperialists are driven from your borders, I pledge to withdraw and continue to provide the aid that the USSR has so graciously provided. Bulgaria shall decide her own course. We are brothers, my fellow Slavs, and in this moment of need, we are here.” Stalin takes a determined look at the cameras and moves on, “The British have invaded your lands! They seek to keep the status quo that has kept your people down, oppressed, poor! Will you let them do it all over again? Long live the proletariat! The USSR will never let our Slavic brothers be tread down!” “It seems that the the imperialists are determined to strike at the USSR and our way of life, which dwarfs that of the west. In light of the the current atmosphere created by British bellicose behavior, I have decided to mobilize the Red Army Reserves.” Red Army Reserves are mobilized. The USSR begins a surge of troops in Bulgaria, raising the current count to 600,000. Thousands of T-34-85 models are deployed alongside the regular forces. They are dispatched across the front lines and instructed to take up positions and respond to any British attack proportionally. Stalin offers for offensives to be jointly set up with Bulgarian communist party officials. Joint command brigades are set up, putting some Russian troops alongside Bulgarians, so they could fight side by side for the freedom of Bulgaria under Bulgarian officers. (mod) The USSR provides the latest equipment to the Red-Bulgarian army, outfitting them with modern infantry equipment such as assault rifles. (mod) Operation Balkan Bulwark: The USSR begins a massive investment into Red Bulgaria, providing funds to the fledgling Bulgarian communist state. The Red Army engineer corps begins a series of infrastructure projects to build roads and infrastructure across the country. Ports and airfields are set to be constructed to provide a steady stream of supplies to the Russian and Bulgarian soldiers at the front and civilians at home affected by the disruption of supplies. Cooperating with the communist government, the USSR seeks to set up a job program to give every man a job at a living wage. Word begins to spread that Bulgaria is one of the most modern states in the Balkans, boasting significantly higher standard of living than its neighbors as a result of the communist revolution. (mod)
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    The Bavarian Fever RP Thread (1940)

    USSR The first half of 1945 Internal: As the effects of the purge begin to die off, and Zhukov's new tactics come to be the dominant ideology, this marks a new beginning for the Red Army. Greater emphasis is put on quality and supply, as previous production and technology acquisition efforts finally come into full force. More weapons are stockpiled, and equipment production is ramped up to make sure every soldier is supplied with the latest in protection and infantry equipment. No soldier in Russia shall go hungry. (mod) The USSR begins investment into its agriculture sector, especially in Ukraine, to increase production with modern equipment and farming methods. Graduates of the Soviet University system are set to this task. (mod) Foreign: Soviet Intervention in Bulgaria: 200,000 Red Army forces enter Bulgaria under the pretense of ensuring a peaceful and bloodless transition from a free market economy to a planned one. “This is the will of the Bulgarian people, and the international community must respect this,” declares Marshal Stalin. “We stand behind our slavic brothers, no matter what happens, and will do our part to ensure that the revolution takes a moderate course.” The USSR deploys fighters and bombers across the northern black sea and over Bulgarian skies, declaring a restricted airspace. Air support is provided to land forces in the region engaged in combat and air patrols regularly begin to make runs over the black sea. Foreign aircraft that break the contained area will be escorted out by soviet fighters. The new Chapayev cruisers are deployed to the Black sea and form a protective barrier around Bulgaria’s coast and are ordered to prevent foreign vessels from delivering support to non-communist elements. (mod) With the support of the Red Army, Stalin announces a lenient policy in Bulgaria. The previous administration under the Tsar will be allowed to leave peacefully to Byzantium as well as any citizens uncomfortable with the new communist regime. For any that chose to stay and fight, they will face the might of the Red Army and the communist Bulgarians. As soon as the fighting ends, the USSR will make due haste in providing resources to the bludgeoned Bulgaria. “The capitalist world has ruined Bulgaria, and left our Slavic brothers impoverished, destitute, starving,” barks Stalin in a public announcement. “We will do our part to bring prosperity back to Bulgaria and will invest $1 billion into reviving the economy and rebuilding.” (mod) The USSR seeks to reassure its neighbors of its commitment to peace. A delegation is sent to the Sobieski pact offering a non-aggression pact. A summit is proposed between the USSR and the Sobieski pact to build lasting peace in Eastern Europe, whatever the cost. (mod) The USSR sends aid to Byzantium to rebuild, understanding the toll the civil war has taken on the country. “Solidarity with our friends is our ambition, not confrontation with our enemies,” proudly declares Stalin. Edit: "British imperialism shows no end! They threaten Spaniards for simply choosing their republic! The USSR stands against this blatant bullying by the United Kingdom." Stalin promises any military and economic aid Spain asks for, and offers to build military bases and house a limited number of troops. The USSR offers to bolster Spanish defenses and equip and train the Spanish army so that the nation can defend itself against any British threat. (mod)
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    1100 A.D. Medieval Age (RP)

    The Kingdom of Bohemia Spring of 1103 Leader King Bořivoj II Population 1,003,401 Religion Roman Catholicism Military: Manpower: [REDACTED] Professional Force: [REDACTED] Navy: N/A Economy/Trade: Reconstruction of Prague (5/10) The training of the new troops continues on under the direction of the Lord Marshal. The crown begins a program to encourage the population of the countryside. People living in smaller towns across Bohemia, not including peasant villages, are encouraged to have more children. Foreign Affairs: Participation in the Crusade
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    1100 A.D. Medieval Age (RP)

    The Kingdom of Bohemia Winter of 1102 Leader King Bořivoj II Population 1,003,401 Religion Roman Catholicism Military: Manpower: [REDACTED] Professional Force: [REDACTED] Navy: N/A Economy/Trade: Reconstruction of Prague (4/10) The training of the new troops continues on. (mod) Foreign Affairs: “The great crusade clearly has GOD’s favor. We shall double our efforts to prosecute this struggle against the eastern scourge.” - King Borivoj. 2,000 more troops are sent to the Holy Land. (mod)
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    1100 A.D. Medieval Age (RP)

    The Kingdom of Bohemia Spring of 1100 Leader King Bořivoj II Population 1,003,000 Religion Roman Catholicism Military: Manpower: [REDACTED] Professional Force: [REDACTED] Navy: N/A Economy/Trade: None. Internal Affairs: Reconstruction of Prague (3 of 10) Expanding the army. More men are recruited into the army and begin their 1 year training program to become a professional force. Standardization of weights and measures. The King makes a drive to weed out all of the random weights and measures in the kingdom of Bohemia in favor of a centralized one. The King introduces a standard currency, henceforth known as the Krona (Czech Crown). It will be composed of 95% silver, set at a standard amount as well as smaller denominations of a smaller composition of silver.
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    1100 A.D. Medieval Age (RP)

    The Kingdom of Bohemia Spring of 1100 Leader King Bořivoj II Population 1,003,000 Religion Roman Catholicism Military: Manpower: [REDACTED] Professional Force: [REDACTED] Navy: N/A Economy/Trade: With a free trade agreement now in affect with Hungary, Bohemian merchants flock to the region to sell their wares. They offer great rates for Bohemian textiles. (mod) Internal Affairs: Reconstruction of Prague (2 of 10) Although the resources of the government are heavily drained in the endeavor of the reconstruction, matters of state cannot be left unattended. King Bořivoj declares his intentions to rework the manorial system of the crownlands. Empty land belonging the king in the far reaches of the Kingdom is to be enclosed and sold off to yeomen as farms. Private enterprise is more suited for efficient farming, and this kind of policy will bring additional revenues to the crown. This new “middle class” of land-owning men are expected to pay their dues to the crown with a part of their harvest and hard coin. It is hoped to give many ambitious men opportunities to rise in the social ladder by becoming property owners. Any additional income from this program is used to try to speed up the reconstruction of Prague. For now, farms directly under the king remain that way, and only new plots of land are affected. Vassals of the King are still free to set their own policies, as this change only affects the crownlands. (mod) Foreign Affairs: Bohemian troops march alongside the true polish King, Boleslaw III. A reply letter is sent to the Hungarian king. Perhaps a new beginning awaits these two eastern European titans. 4,000 Bohemian men accompany the Holy Roman Emperor in his punitive expedition north to Denmark.
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