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French 1815, German 1914

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This is my first time. How could France's victory in Waterloo make them lose in 1914?

From Quatre Bras to Treaty of Namur

On June 16, 1815 Marshal Ney, with part of D'Erlon's I Corps, defeated the Allied army, led by Wellington, at

Quatre Bras inflicting 21,000 casualties to his 6,000 casualties. Also, on the same day, with the other part of

D’Erlon’s I Corps, Napoleon destroyed Blucher’s Army at Ligny, inflicting 26,000 more casualties to his 4,500

casualties. Despite this, Wellington’s and elements of Blucher’s Armies managed to combine at Waterloo due to

French exhaustion. Even though they combined forces, they could get no more than 76,500 troops for battle while

Napoleon could muster 75,000 men. Napoleon gave battle early in the morning on June 18, 1815 and captured the

Mont-Saint-Jean escarpment. He could not capture Hougoumont but inflicted a defeat so great (about 15,000 to

his 6,500) that the position was no longer tenable and Wellington ordered a retreat from Hougoumont. On

Napoleon’s flank, Grouchy manages to destroy Blucher’s army and leaves Blucher with only 3,200 men when he

joined up with Wellington. Grouchy managed to link up with Napoleon, giving Napoleon 25,000 much needed men

and 76 cannons. With those reinforcements, Napoleon managed to destroy Wellington’s and Blucher’s army at

Waterloo and march on to Brussels. The Coalition, except Britain, voted to a peace treaty because they did not

want to get invaded again by Napoleon. The Allies and Napoleon then went to Namur and discussed the peace

terms. These were the terms:

1.) 1. Napoleon shall be recognized as the legitimate ruler of France and no other government shall be able to change that without the support of the French people.

2. A cease-fire shall occur immediately after the ratification of the terms.

3. The ex-King Louis XIII shall be tried in France under a fair court and shall be punished by the French people according to his crimes.

4. The French shall pay half of the costs of reparations for all the invaded Allied powers. Likewise, the Allies shall pay half of the reparations in Italy and in the territories west of the Rhine, excluding Spain.

5. France shall be free to join and make any alliances without direct influence from other countries. The same shall be applied to other countries.

6. France’s borders shall be set to Revolutionary borders.

The terms were ratified on July 16, 1815.

From Treaty of Namur to 1916

From Greater French Empie to Napoleon I's death

Map of France (French 1815, German 1914)

Fraench Empire 1815: Blue

Napoleon I renamed the Empire to the Greater French Empire. He improved the efficiency of the army by making more weapons and the economy by industrialization and Capitalisation of the economy. He made France a better and more efficient country that by the time of his death in 1821, France is now the second best economy behind Britain. He improved foreign realations, especially with the United States, which he helped into making it OTL U.S. without Pacific colonies by 1820 and by modernising the army, making its economy like France, democratic and stable. He also liberated the Philippines under Spanish control and helped the new country like the way he helped the United States. He also reconciled with the pope and signed the Three Brothers Pact with the United States and the Philippines. He also didn't execute King Louis XIII but exiled him, in agreement with Britain, to the Falklands island in 1817. Despite his Great achievements, he died of stomach cancer on July 16, 1825, after surviving one three years ago, excactly 10 years after the establishment of the new Empire .

Napoleon II's Reign

Napoleon II was crowned on July 17, 1825 as the new Emperor. He immediately started on making France's power on par with Britain. He started an irrigation project wherein he made a centralized system of distributing the water supply to the whole Empire. He also created the Tri-Western Alliance with the Netherlands and Spain. But then, due to this, he fell out of the Three Brothers Pact and it was disestablished on April 2, 1831. The U.S. and the Philippines then just joined with Prussia in the Three Corners Alliance or the Pact of Nero since it was made in Rome near where Emperor Nero resided centuries ago. Napoleon then, with his new allies, embarked on joint military excercises and Economic Help. He then sent 100,000 men, the 4th Army, to Spain to help them conquer Portugal, which they did on September 22, 1832, defeating the tiny 62,000 man Potrugese Army and the 40,000 British force. Prussia then, with the pact's support, invaded Italy with the Sardinians and made the Italian Unification on September 6, 1834. The Austrians were then defeated by the Prussians and, in desperation of allies, joined Napoleon II's alliance, which was renamed as The Continental Powers on October 28, 1834. The Philippines then also invaded Hainan from China and captured it on February 6, 1835. On February 28, 1835, they also captured the whole of the OTL Dutch East Indies and Borneo after a brief war.

To Be Continued...

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