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Alternate Great War (CP victory)
Part One: The War Begins
Late 1898: Following the success for the United States during the Spanish-American war Germany decides that they could easily grab the Portuguese African holdings.
Germany sends an ultimatum to Portugal:
- Portugal must hand over all African colonies.
- Portugal will hand of East Timor.
Portugal refuses both demands. Portugal pleads to the United Kingdom for assistance. The United Kingdom agrees but makes no move to contact Germany asking them to back down.
Germany sends a telegram to the United Kingdom asking them to stay out of the business of Germany and Portugal. The United Kingdom does not respond.
Early 1899: Germany declares war on Portugal.
United Kingdom declares war on Germany France does so shortly thereafter. In turn Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary declare war on the United Kingdom and France.
Germany quickly launches an invasion of East Timor and takes it.
Late 1899: France launches a hastily prepared invasion of Alsace-Lorraine It fails quickly. . The French engage in a fighting retreat at first but become disorganised. The Germans punch through the middle of the French line. The Germans then charge directly into France before meeting the French reserves about 55 miles East of Paris.
A second force invades Belgium.
Germany launches attacks against Portuguese colonies in Africa as well as against British colonies.
Italy invades Egypt and is able to completely take it within several weeks. British prepare to launch an invasion north from Sudan.
Part Two: The War for Europe
Early 1900: Italy launches an invasion of France. Unprepared for this attack the French are forced to redirect freshly trained troops intent to aid in Northern France to the south. Italian forces are stopped dead in their tracks when the French troops finally arrive.
Trenches develop about 40 miles east of Paris. with neither side able to move they settle in. British and Canadian troops begin to arrive to assist the French.
Belgium falls to the overwhelming German forces. Luxembourg is annexed. Germany signs an NAP with The Netherlands.
Late 1900: Italian forces in the south of France punch a hole through the line and gain quite a bit of land. French morale begins to sink.
German troops are able to take Calais before trenchlines develop in the north as well. German forces secure the last of the Portuguese colonies.
British troops launch an invasion of Egypt they are stopped just south of Cairo. The British begin a massive bombardment of Cairo.
Austria-Hungary invades Serbia without even declaring war. A large portion of the country falls before the Serbs are able to mobilise.
Early 1901: Italian forces outnumber the French by nearly 5:1. The troop advantage of Italy far surpasses the tech advantage of France. In one of the most brilliant moves of the war (for Italy) they feint an attack along the north. When the French move troops there to prepare for an attack the Italians attack west and surge to the coast. Italy now occupies about 1/4 of France.
German troops manage to gain about 1 1/2 miles east of Paris and about 5 to the north and south. They begin to encircle it.
Russia seizing the moment mobilises troops and declares war on Austria-Hungary and Germany.
Egypt falls to the British. Germans make gains in British African colonies. Italians take French Somalialand and begin an invasion of British Somalia.
Bulgaria invades eastern Serbia. Together Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria take nearly all of Serbia.
Late 1901: Russia invades Austria-Hungary and makes large gains with little resistance. They send troops to the German border unwilling to launch a costly invasion as of yet.
Italian forces finally are stopped by the French. France doesn't recovr any land from the Italians but neither do they lose it. Germans make it about 100 yards closer to Paris.
The Italians launch an invasion of Corsica. They take it with fairly low casualties for either side.
Germans manage to convince Spain to take Gibraltar. It falls rather easily seeing as the British have bigger fish to fry.
Russians are pushed back as Austria-Hungary manages to regroup itself.
Serbia surrenders to Austria-Hungary but refuses to recognize defeat to the Bulgarians. The country is occupied by both countries until the Treaty of Sarajevo.
Early 1902: Germans and Japanese sign an alliance. The Japanese begin to launch attacks against the British and French colonies.
Germany launches an invasion of Russia. The Russians are nearly completely driven out of Austria-Hungary.
Austria-Hungary invades Montenegro and annexes it without a treaty being signed.
Germans launch surprise gas attacks against the French. This shocks them Germans push through and are not stopped until they reach the outskirts of Paris. The French and British quickly dig in but the Germans bombard Paris. Many monuments are destroyed such as the Eiffel tower and the Louvre. The French government evacuates to Brest.
Italians make small gains against the French in the south but not by a lot.
Germans continue to make large gains in Africa.
Japan takes Indochina but lose over 300,000 troops while doing so making it the most costly victory of the war.
A rogue Japanese ship sinks 3 American merchant ships The crew is punished but the US doesn't care.. The United States declares war against the Japanese. (They had already condemned their attacks on colonies and were looking for a reason to join the war.
Late 1902: Paris falls to the Germans. France is reluctant to surrender. The French retreat from the south in order to create a wedge against the attackers in the Northwest.
Russia takes heavy losses against the Austrian and German invading forces.
Japan invades the US pacific colonies. Most of them fall within a few months.
Early 1903: The French are unable to dig their feet in. More than two million German and Italian forces completely overwhelm the 800,000 defenders.
Germany begins to blockade Great Britain but the blockades are unsuccessful (for now at least)
Germans take St.Petersburg from the Russians. Finland backed with German support declare independence. The Germans quickly instruct the Ottomans to block the Dardenelles and they comply. The Russians have now lost almost their entire coastline. Transporting stuff from Eastern Siberia is slow and dangerous and the Japanes are not to keen on letting Russian ships by. They manage to get some supplies from the North Sea but not many at all.
Bulgaria launches a full scale invasion of Romania with little concern for the Greeks. They plan to take the Romanians quickly before diverting their armies south.
The United States fleet manage to take few islands. A island hopping campaign begins.
Late 1903: France is finally forced to surrender. More than 200,000 British PoWs are captured. Italy hands over their occupied areas of France over to Germany. The German blockade of Great Britain is finally proving to be more successful. Germany occupies remaining free French colonies without much trouble.
With France defeated Germany can now focus on the Eastern front. Russia quickly begins to collapse.
Romania falls to the Bulgarian forces. The Bulgarian army quickly surges south to intercept the Greek invaders.
Early 1904: Moscow falls to a joint German and Austrian attack. The Tsar is killed by Marxist revolutionaries as he attempts to flee from the invaders. Russia quickly collapses into civil war. The Maxists defeat the Tsarists many Russian Generals are captured by the Marxists seeing as they supported the Tsar. With little to no leadership the Germans crush the Russian armies.
The Greek army is pushed back by the Bulgarians.
The noose around Great Britain tightens. With no way to get food the British begin to consider surrender. Most British African colonies are at this point occupied by either German or Italian forces.
The United States attack The Philippines taking the southern islands.
Late 1904: The Greeks surrender to Bulgaria.
Trotsky surrenders to the Germans. They begin working on a peace.
The United States regain all of the Philippines. They launch an attack onto Taiwan but it fails.
Great Britain finally surrenders. A treaty is finally worked out in Europe.
Germany invades Denmark in a surprise attack. It falls in little under two months. Denmark is annexed Germany.
Early 1905: Treaty of Brest is signed by Italy, Germany and France. The United Kingdom refuses to send a delegate to the meeting. Italy and Germany gain all French colonies. The French military is reduced greatly they are forbidden to have a navy and are limited to 200,000 troops. They are forced to pay nearly 50 billion in reparations. The French are also forbidden to colonise. As a final blow the French are forced to accept full responsibility for the war (which is not even over yet.).
Japan ends treaty with Germany because they were left out of the Treaty of Berlin. *Important note Japanese never signs treaty with Europe. Conquered European colonies are mostly officially German*
Japan retakes the Philippines in a counter-attack. The United States fleet is forced to retreat further east.
Bulgaria, Austria-Hungary and Serbia sign The Treaty of Sarajevo. Serbia is forced to give land to Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria. Serbia is reduced to little more than a puppet of Austria-Hungary.
Sudan falls to the Germans thus reducing the British Colonial holdings in Africa to the Dominion South Africa.
Late 1905: The treaty of Berlin is signed between the Bolshevik Republic [Changes to Communist Republic of Russia in 1909], Germany and Austria-Hungary. Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine and Finland are given full independence. Russia is forced to pay huge reparations to Germany and
The blockade around Great Britain has reduced their morale. Germans launch gas attacks into coastal cities. Britain refuses to surrender.
The United States navy continues to suffer defeats to the superior Japanese. Seeing defeat is not a possibility but a certainty The US agrees to hand all occupied pacific colonies to Japan.
Bulgaria finally achieves a victory in Greece. The Treaty of Bucharest is signed sometime later between Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. Bulgaria gains some lands from Romania and Greece. Border with Bulgaria is demilitarised.
Early 1906: The War now only rages on between the United Kingdom and Germany. The Germans threaten to launch an invasion if the British do not surrender. They are reluctant but agree.
Late 1906: Treaty of London is signed between Germany and the United Kingdom. The Nunited Kingdom is forced to give up all control of dominions(Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand), Egypt and Arabia. Germans and Italians annex much of British Africa. Germany annexes British pacific islands.
The Great War as it came to be called is over. With millions dead Europe finally began the long road to recovery.
Part 3: Post-War (1907-1915)
1907: French economy collapses. People are seen carrying wheelbarrows of cash just to get a loaf of bread.
The French Liberation Party is founded. It is a radical Fascist Party. It grows quickly in support as it promises retribution for the war.
Isabel I is declared the Empress of Brazil after a coup on the government. Brazil changes its name to the Empire of Brazil.
1908: Following the French economic collapse and devastated by the war the world economy collapses. The worst depression in history spreads across the world. The former ally powers are the hardest hit by far.
The United States begins to rebuild its navy. The United States' economy is barely hit by the economic collapse. They had little invested in the war and their only injury is a lose of forieign markets.
1910: British Fascist Party is formed.
The former Central Powers nations begin to recover from the collapse but France and Britain continue to decline.
1911: Russia spurs Communist revolutionaries in Romania. Russia secretely supplies them with weapons and instructs them to attack when they get enough support.
Japan forbids any German ships from landing in their ports. The Germans quickly retaliate by launching an embargo against Japan. The embargo really didn't hurt either nation very much.
1912: Russia helps form Communist parties in its neighbor states. Within a few years all buffer states, China and Afghanistan have a Communist party.
1913: Romanian civil war breaks out. The Communists quickly gain the upper hand.
1914: Romanian Communists gain victory. They quickly take control of the economy and crush opposition. They surpass Russia in their extremist ideals.
1915: Germany learns of the Russians spreading Communism. The Germans condemn this as expansionism but doesn't do anything about it.
Saud Kingdom is founded in northern Arabia.
Part 5: The Fall and in Some Cases Rise of Democracy (1915-1932)
1917: Ukraine and Poland are both taken over by the Communist Party. In Ukraine the opposition is much stronger and Russian "volunteers" are sent to help.
The United States passes the Isolationist Act. This promises that the US will only enter into a conflict if the direct security of the US is at risk. What the exact definition of direct security is debated for many years.
1918: Russia invades Afghanistan and instills a puppet Communist government in its place. Information about this is suppressed and the West doesn't learn of it for many years.
Japan demands that China give them Manchuria. The Chinese refuse. Japan declares war.
1919: Estonia falls to the Communist Party.
Japan invades north from Indochina and north from Korea. The Chinese are unprepared for the attacks.
1920: Japan conquers all of Manchuria and begin to move towards Beijing. They also take Guiyang and continue to push inward.
Latvia faces a successful Communist coup.
The Ottoman Sultan is assassinated. Before his heir can take control several nationalist uprisings occur. Mesopotamia is given independence as well as Palestine, Hiyaz and Yemen.
1921: China surrenders to Japan. A puppet state is made in Manchuria.
China secretly signs a anti-Japanese treaty with Germany.
1922: In order to avoid it falling to Communism. Germany invades Lithuania.
1923: Lithuania is annexed by Germany.
1925: The French Liberation Party gains a majority in France. They quickly outlaw opposition and take complete control of the government. By the end of the year France is a Fascist state. They pass sweeping reforms in the next few years.
1926: Ukraine passes a referendum to unite with Russia. Germany condemns it and threatens war but the Russia doesn't back down and Germany eventually backs down.
The United Kingdom sells Tibet to China and it is annexed by them.
1929: Following in the footsteps of France the military take control of the government in Great Britain. The new leaders promise retribution for the war and they quickly gain popularity.
French operatives invade Switzerland and establish a puppet government there.
1930: France remilitarises its border with Germany and Italy and the Germans allow them to.
Finland falls to Communism it is the last area to be put back under the wing of Russia.
German air force is started. It is the first nation to separate its flying forces from the army. (Plane tech is at about a 1915 level)
1931: France invades and annexes Andorra and Monaco.
1932: French-backed Fascists march on Madrid they are repelled and defeated.
Part 6: On the Road to Another War (1933-1940)
1933: France announces it will no longer recognize the Treaty of Brest.
1934: France, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Russia all sign a secret anti-German treaty.
The Ottoman Empire changes its name to the Republic of Turkey after the puppet Sultan who was installed after the rebellion dies mysteriously. A new Sultan is not crowned.
1936: Japan joins in on the anti-German treaty.
1937-1940:Tensions continue to arise between the powers. Most nations build defensive installations along their border. The largest of which being the Western Hindenburg Line in western Germany. Smaller lines are built in Russia, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands and France.