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In the 1300s, after the main bulk of the Holy Wars in the Middle East which destroyed the Islamic Empire, scattering it into many more smaller, warring nations, many new kingdoms and empires rose and fell throughout the century, especially in Eastern Europe with Russia bullying various nations into effectively puppet states.
When the Kingdom of Dokoslovat became a prominent power, it entered a small war with Russia that stopped its bullying ways. Soon after this the Chinese Empire attacked Russia's Eastern holdings, and their main military presence left Europe. This allowed the nations of Europe to start becoming empires of great colonial power - but not everyone was happy with this, and by 1789 the world was thrown into turmoil between 'free states' of democracy and peace against 'imperial states' of absolute power and military might.
The early 1400s saw a boom in the economy, politics and culture in Europe, and by 1470 the greatest powers of the continent (primarily Britain, France, the German-Danish Empire, Portugal and Italy) constructed large fleets of ships and set sail for Africa, where a large series of wars from 1472 to 1477 created to factions: the European powers, and the Ottomans and Islamic empire remnants.
However, a lot of territory was taken from the Muslim countries, and they were exhausted against the large alliance of primarily Christian powers. After this the nations moved South, grabbing large chunks of Africa, with little resistance from locals.
Finally Russia's on/off war with the Chinese Empire ended in 1481 and it returned its troops to Europe. However, its absence had allowed the countries to grow greatly in power, and Russia's new threats were utterly empty.
In 1484 South and North America were discovered, leading to another colonial rush there. Meanwhile in Africa, widespread rebellions led to the creation of the Free African Alliance and the Kingdom of Mbelewa (Imperial Hatred) gaining independence. These were the seedlings of anti-Imperialism.
The African Alliance waged war on Europe, sending its armies from its collection of small countries to raid shipping around Africa, destroy fortresses and expand its borders. The Alliance was so successful most powers from Europe had to withdraw from the new territories in South and North America and return to Africa to quell the resistance; Spain, however, decided to secure its holdings in South America, and abandon its colonies in Africa.
By 1527 a vicious series of campaigns from France, Britain and Portugal shrunk the Alliance's borders, creating in-fighting and some countries breaking away. The African Islamic Empire began tearing at the Alliance's borders in the East, and eventually by 1529 the collection of nations had completely broken apart.
Without central coordination they were swiftly conquered. But instead of directly importing their civilians, the European powers decided to make the African countries 'puppet states', stationing their troops in them but not directly commanding or owning them.
This meant they could return to South and North America to take more territory there. However, by 1544 the locals had been inspired enough by the African Alliance's struggles to pick up their own fight. Several 'republics' and 'free states' popped up here and there, but they died out in 1580.
Russia is declining at this point, with attacks from the Ottomans, Kingdom of Dokoslavat and Chinese Empire all spreading its troops thin. Around the very end of the century in-fighting leads to further decline as large amounts of their territory is hoovered up.
The 1600s see the height of imperialism; nobody dares resist the hugely powerful imperial nations, and further territorial expansion in the Far East and Pacific is welcomed by their citizens.
Britain and France have a brief series of colonial wars over the rights to Australia during the 1630s. The previously powerful Islamic Alliance and African Islamic Alliance are in the decline as many of their people seem to believe that Christianity is the driving force behind the success of the European imperial countries.
From 1660 to 1690 a 'golden age' is thought to have existed. Peace and prosperity, even for nations that were puppeted or invaded. But the invention of a reliable and powerful steam engine in 1690 is about to change everything.
The world enters an industrial boom, and many countries reorganize themselves to keep up; by 1720, for example, the Kingdom of Dokoslavat, a powerful Eastern European country, has reformed into an Empire, campaigning to annex several countries around the Adriatic Sea, and having a short war with the German-Danish Empire, which it won quite successfully.
The old fear of Russia is back, reborn in the body of Dokoslavat, a powerful nation of factories and armies. Britain and France are hasty to make trade agreements and build a solid friendship with the country, as its power could easily upset the balance of nations in Europe.
However, the expansion of the industry lead to general unhappiness in the populations of Europe, and eventually new political movements spring up - the Free African Alliance appears again, driving out most Europeans from Africa, and the Pacific Empire evolves from a group of radical Australian officials, a direct contrast to the 'free states' movements.
Russia breaks into general in fighting, and Dokoslavat drives its vast armies into Russia in 1732 until 1736, taking advantage of the turmoil. Eventually its Eastern holdings are severed from its homelands by new Russian countries, but the resources pouring in from Siberia are a great help none the less.
Russia divides into the small country of Communist Russia; the old empire reforms into an extremely radical monarchy of Imperial Russia, and the largest country, the first 'free state' that is not an alliance but in fact a complete country, Free Russia, comes to dominate the old territories, with a peace loving attitude.
Disgruntled factory workers and victims of poverty protest to imperial governments for years spanning from 1739 to 1744. Finally most countries lessen their grip and more and more rights are introduced.
France's old government is, however, overthrown in 1745 by a radical group of military generals who fear that imperial nations are losing their power. France is reorganized into the Imperial Expansionist Empire of France, and makes leaps and bounds in steam technology in its first few years, creating cumbersome but effective steam powered tanks (called 'Land Ironclads').
In 1748 the Imperial Expansionist Empire of France drives its regiments of steam powered tanks and troops vehicles to Spain, beginning a long but ultimately successful series of attacks on the country. Initially Spain was busy dealing with rebellion in South America and could not send enough troops back to Spain to withstand the French attacks.
The war dragged on for two years, with little territory being won or lost. Eventually Madrid was recaptured by Portuguese forces, and France found that some of them had Italian made rifles; they immediately invaded the North of Italy, a week later reaching Rome.
It turned the South into a puppet state, and the North was fully integrated in 1752. France's Land Ironclads were serving it well. So Britain developed Roll forts, 'moving fortresses'. They were larger than Land Ironclads and designed to carry and defend troops rather than destroy enemies.
Two were built, Glory and Destroyer, and were successful in delivering troops in speed and safety to front lines. Dokoslavat refused to enter the war, because both Britain and even the new radical France were allies, and it didn't want to upset either.
In 1755 many of the British American colonies rebelled forming the Republic of America, a 'free state'. British troops withdrew after the short wars to keep it in the empire to deal with France; Spain was finally reformed. It split, however, into two countries: the Spanish Remnant Republic (a free state) in the South and the Spanish Resistance in the North, an imperial state.
Both Spanish countries fought each other between fending off the French.
In 1758 the American Republic was split; most of it formed into the Imperial Empire of America, which had a firm Imperialistic policy.
Both the republic and the empire had wars right up until the early 1900s.
France now invaded Germany, with the country putting up little resistance. In 1759 it was fully annexed, and Dokoslavat felt uncomfortable with France so close to its borders; it began supplying arms and men to Britain and Portugal.
In 1767 finally Madrid was retaken by Portuguese and British forces with the help of Dokoslavan cannons, and France retreated to the East side of Spain. For another year France besieged Madrid but it never got it back; a steam powered fortress, called Leviathan was stood there and was designed differently to Roll forts; it was designed for city defence.
Finally in 1769 Italy began resisting France, fearing it was soon going to be destroyed by Dokoslavat which was seriously considering attacking France. By 1772 it had independence, but the North of Italy remained firmly with France, its locals fearing that a better quality of living was to be had with France.
Dokoslavat attacked France in 1773, 'liberating' the Danish-German Empire, and viciously attacking French forces in the East.
The North of Italy broke away, but was conquered by Dokoslavat weeks after independence.
With Dokoslavat's military might showing, France performed a final push to reconquer the whole of Italy and surrendered.
A treaty was signed in 1774, and by 1776 France had reorganized into the Kingdom of France, Spain and Italy. It kept its conquered territories.
Dokoslovat became an extremely powerful nation in the aftermath; the other nations were exhausted from the decades of war. It got extremely wealthy from trading to these nations.
Unfortunately by 1783 the Imperial Expansionist Empire of France was back, except possibly not as radical. In a bout of fear, Dokoslavat swiftly annexed the long standing Kingdom of Micto and tried to take the Greek Empire's Northern holdings, with little success after the Ottomans and Islamic Alliance joined against them.
In 1787, war broke out again, with the Empire of Dokoslavat expanding in all directions. Meanwhile, other countries began tearing apart. Two years after Dokoslavat's expansion, the Chinese Empire had split, with the Kingdom of Eastern China forming. Several other anomalies also occurred; countries were wanting to shake off imperialism after hundreds of years of it.1789 was a large turn around as hundreds of countries went into turmoil, with civil wars raging across Europe.
By 1791 the Empire of Dokoslavat had made an offensive push into Imperial Russia, forcing the age-old empire to surrender, before moving to take the Empire of Norway and Northern Sweden, destroying it.
Britain, Portugal and France made an alliance against the Dokoslavs, and began digging large trenches on the border of the German-Danish Empire, the first instance of trench warfare.
For nine years this front stabilized; Dokoslavat was forced to make trenches of its own and the area was stabilized.
In 1806 Dokoslavat completed a prototype hot air balloon that could fly over enemy defenses. It wasn't very good at its job, but it worked, ferrying troops over or even into enemy trenches. This was a turning point; Dokoslavat constructed three extremely large balloons, each could carry around sixty troops. The first one imploded after being in the air for a few minutes, the other was shot down.
But the last one made it over the trenches without being noticed by night - the soldiers disembarked and performed a suicidal - but incredibly effective - sneak attack in the trenches by night. All were killed in action, but this distracted the gunners in the trenches for long enough for the Dokoslavans to smash the defences.
They captured the German-Danish Empire, and began constructing land ironclads. However, the new front was largely useless; anti-balloon guns had been developed by France and the method was obsolete. This front stabilized for years until 1808 when once again Italy rebelled; after decades of French rule, the South of Italy regained independence by winter, 1809.
Soon after this France had to withdraw from the German front to help regain the South of Italy, and Britain and Portugal protested the idea. Eventually Dokoslavat broke through the Anglo-Portuguese defences again, and now there was no time to build trenches; the Great Iron War had begun. Fleets of land ironclads and newly re-commissioned Roll forts battled each other, patrolling the hundreds of miles between France and the rest of Dokoslavat.
This ended in 1813 when Italy was recognized full independence, and France re-joined the war, its help pushing back Dokoslav forces considerably. Dokoslavat annexed Southern Sweden and the Icelandic Democratic States in 1814.This back and forth fighting continued fruitlessly until 1818, when finally Dokoslavat surrendered. Fronts re-stabilized in 1819, and final major civil unrest died out in 1820 amongst the newly owned Dokoslavat territories.
Amazingly in 1821 Portugal annexed both the Spanish Resistance and Spanish Remnant Republic under its new ruler, Jaol IV. Meanwhile, by the winter the Islamic Alliance takes the French North African territories in a sweeping attack.
Things mainly calmed down for another twenty odd years, France did not fight back for its territories in North Africa, too busy with its own affairs.
A brief campaign against the ailing Pacific Empire allowed a launch pad for an attack, which occurred in 1845. Large amounts of military personnel traveled to China, where several major ports were contested.
Britain is getting ready to wage war against the Pacific Empire.
Britain kicks out the Pacific Empire and builds railway system across Australia.
Much of South-East Asia is conquered back, as well as some territory from Kallastan, a fairly minor nation.
Britain is driven back into the jungles, but the main area they seek are the plains of the central Chinese Empire. Japan begins war with Eastern China.
As Britain edges forwards, the Japanese Empire does so too, this time taking some out of the Chinese Empire as well. Japan makes little progress, all attempts on Eastern China fail, so they make peace with the and declare war on the Chinese Empire instead.
Japan tears a huge chunk out the coast of the Chinese Empire, and most of the Empire collapses.
The war finally ends as the Chinese Empire is transformed into a tiny strip of a country, while Japan makes do with the territory it conquered. Meanwhile Western China makes a move on Free China and Eastern China, but it beaten back by Eastern China to the point where it makes peace with all sides.
After this war, turmoil in Europe once again as Francedivides into several countries, and the Empire of Dokoslavat has some trouble in its annexed territories.
- British France pledged itself to the British Empire.
- Spanish France is made up of various Spanish and French descent citizens.
- Central France has a strong imperial viewpoint, although doesn't seem expansionist.
- The French Free Ports is a region of trade and culture.
This dramatic change somewhat upset the balance in Europe, with four new countries on the table.
By 1857 there was trouble in America, however.
Starting in 1857 a series of bloody campaigns by the Imperial Empire of America were fought. The Empire of Mexico participated initially with the Empire of America to oust the British from the Americas. By 1859 the British had packed their bags and gone home, and the remaining 'natives' who had been living for generations there (instead of creating a new nation) joined the Empire of America.
The now homeless French Canada (since France had divided into many countries) was snapped up by the Empire of America, but eventually the locals rebelled and (ton an extent) recovered their territory, only to be invaded by Dokoslavat a few months later, and their armies meant little resistance could be held.
The Empire of America then waged war on its previous allies, the Mexicans, and the Republic of America (fearing it was next on the menu) joined the Mexicans. In 1860 the British came back with a large army, and the Empire of America stopped its conquests.
In 1862, however, it had a new emperor who waged war against the Republic of America, winning considerable territory. By 1863 they called a peace treaty when the Dokoslavans, who started trading with the Republic of America, warned the Empire to stop.From then on America would remain virtually the same; just before 1864 Britain secured some lost land in British Canada and the warring ended.
The rest of the 1800s was fairly uneventful until the 1890s, except from 1870 to 1893 when the Empire of Dokoslava, which some critics claimed was ailing in its demise, was spread thin trying to suppress annexed territories.
The Communist Spring of 1890
As people started to get sick of Imperialism again, the true era of 'Imperial Hatred' began, with several nations adopting the new idea of Communism. 'Free' countries like Free Russia, Free China and the Free African Alliance all adapted Communist governments. The only Communist country until then had been Communist Russia, which was annexed by Dokoslava some time in the 1700s.
These new Communist powers created a massive rift in the Imperial nations, some saying to just leave them be and others claiming they needed to be eradicated.
Dokoslava underwent an amazing change from a Fascist regime to a Communist state in just a few weeks once Free Russia converted to Communism.
The Communist Republic State of Dokoslava (CRSD in English; KKNJ in Dokoslavan) let some territories regain independence on the condition they adopted Communism as their government.