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Napoleon's Empire as of 1812

The Napoleonic civil war 1812-1864 was one of the bloodiest wars in human history. Fought between several factions resulting in what some would call a "world war". The validity of this term is still under dispute from many historians and scholars, though. However, most agree that the Napoleonic civil war was essential in shaping our world today.


Napoleon's death

On January 2, 1812 while residing in his estate, Napoleon Bonaparte was meeting with several members of his staff and military commanders. Whilst in the middle of a report on how many men have been gathered for his Russian campaign, Napoleon suddenly fainted. He was taken to his room by several of his servants. Napoleons doctor Robert Giuseppe, diagnosed Napoleon with yellow fever. For the next several days, Napoleon was bed ridden to his room, in complete solitude, except for his doctor and his wife. On January 11, 1812 Napoleon's doctor was making his way into his room, when he discovered that Napoleon, the Emperor of France, was dead.

Robert then made his way down the hall to Josephine Napoleon's room. He informed her of her husband's death. Josephine then ran to her bureau and extracted a vial of hemlock. Josephine drank the vial committing suicide.

Immediate chaos

Word of the Emperor's death spread throughout the empire quickly. Several riots sprang up in the cities of Paris, Orleans, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Rome, and Brussels. Several military commanders in Napoleons Grande Arme believed that Napoleon's death was the beginning of a coup d'tat insinuated by radicals in Napoleon's staff. As a result, These Rouge generals seized several towns and fortresses all across central Germany.

An emergency government was set up in Paris on January 17, headed by Lucien Bonaparte, whom had recently returned from divorcing his wife. The first order of business by the emergency government was to silence the Rouge generals, whom had mostly clustered in between the Rhine and the Danube. On January 31, the emergency government gathered a conscript army of roughly 150,000. This army was marched for one week until they reached the river Rhine. Upon reaching the river Rhine, several Grande Arme scouts spotted the army and quickly reported them to their superiors in the town of Wiemar. Although the Grande Arme only numbered around 80,000 strong, they were far better trained, and prepared for combat then the conscript army. The Grande Amre quickly gathered to their defenses and prepared for the conscripts to arrive.

Upon arrival, just outside of Wiesmar, the conscript army was immediately hit by a barrage of artillery fire from Grande Arme fortifications near by. The conscripts immediately retreated behind hill "kunt blacen" The commander of the conscript army Lt Gen. Luis Monisure, took a tally of those whom had been killed in the initial barrage. 105 dead, 46 injured. Luis kept the numbers to himself and his lieutenants in order to keep up morale. Luis ordered his artillery to mount on top of the hill and to provide counter fire against the Grande Arme. Whilst this was happening, he ordered the "Goose battalion" to make their way to the far right of the Grande Arme artillery and to open fire upon them. It took the Goose battalion roughly 30 minutes to travel 300 yards to their designation, but miraculously, not a single member of the battalion was killed or injured. The soon gathered just below the tree line of were the artillery was firing back at their comrades. An unknown order was given by one of the sergeants of the battalion and soon a hail storm of bullets was opened up on the artillery brigade. Of the 70 men and 20 cannons that were present in the Grande Arme artillery brigade, there were two survivors and all cannons were destroyed. The results of the Goose battalion could be seen all the way from Kunt Blacen. The conscripts, against the attempts of Lt gen. Luis and his lieutenants, rushed the battlefield in a mass charge. Upon witnessing this charge the Grande Arme forces retreated. At first, the retreat was tactical, but as the conscripts grew nearer and the out battalions started to be pinned down, it became a full out retreat.

Through out the battle, however, the retreating armies managed to make their way in the same general direction of south. After two days of chasing, the blood thirsty conscript army, finally stopped, in order for them to rest. The Grande Arme however, set up camp and reorganized in Bavaria and the Alps. The final death toll of the " Battle of Wiesmar" was 8000 dead and 15,000 injured in the Grande Arme, 950 dead and 110 injured in the conscript army.


Spain succeeds

Regent Lucien Bonaparte, now believing that the Rouge generals will be of no more trouble, begins to send remaining reserve troops throughout the French countryside, putting down peasant rebellions in Paris, Orleans, Versailles, Vichy, and Grenoble. After each rebellion was put down, a military governor was set in place with a small garrison to ensure order. The governors set up martial law, and wielded almost unlimited power over their areas of control.

Soon, the reserve troops reach Spain. They are greeted by commanders from the "Red French" Brigade. The "Red French" brigade had been deployed by Joseph Bonaparte to put down a rebellion in Barcelona. When the commanders from both brigades convened, urgent letters from Paris arrived. The letters were written by Lucien Bonaparte telling the "Red French" to surrender control to the emergency government immediately. The "Red French" being confused on the matter, and taking into consideration of their current leadership of Joseph Bonaparte, declined, waiting for instructions directly from him.

A messenger was sent by the "Red French" to Madrid. Before the message had gotten to Madrid, however, the negotiations between the reserve troops and the "Red French" had gone sour, and violence broke out. Fighting had broken out inside of the camp that both brigades had been staying at. the raging conflict lasted three days. The battle in it self did not consist of formations, but rather of brutal man to man fighting in tents, the forest, or the near by village of Corvoa. Eventually, the reserve troops were defeated, with over half their numbers dead or injured; they soon retreated back to France.

The messenger came back to the "Red French" carrying Joseph Bonaparte's orders of "Join with the Emergency government immediately!" Joseph Bonaparte wrote a letter of sincere apology to his brother in Paris, of how he had never intended for his troops to clash with his brother's. Lucien, never the less, condemned his brother as a traitor to the empire and called for his immediate removal from power. Joseph, now fearing his and his families fate, decided to secede from the French empire, to form the kingdom of Spain.


First battle for Bavaria

On March 7, 1812, after a month and a half of reorganizing, the Rouge generals of the Grand Arme were once again ready to take on the conscript army of the emergency government. Maj Gen. Jaques Dulivar, whom was the commanding officer of the Grand Arme, formulated a plan to lead the majority of the conscript army which was now named "Napoleon force" in honor of the former emperor, underneath Mt Herman. From there, he and his forces would pound the "Napoleon force" from higher ground. When the conscripts would try to retreat, his forces would run them down. On March 8th, 1812, at 6:37 am, a company from the rebel army was spotted by the "Napoleon force". Inside of the company, on horseback, was spotted Maj Gen. Jaquees Dulivar. Lt Gen. Luis Monisure took a force of 15,000 men and cavalry out from their fortifications to charge Jaquees. The Jaquees and his company retreated, and the pursuit lasted two hours until Jaquees and his company jumped into a shallow creek, now known as "Jaquees jump", just underneath the Mt Herman. Luis and his 15,000 strong force slowed to an almost halt upon seeing this. With in seconds, a massive artillery barrage opened up upon Luis and his men. A frenzied retreat was under way. Col. Joseph Dupon Gave the order for the near entirety of the Grand Arme to charge after them. After and hour of chasing, the entirety of the Luis's charging force was either killed ( 10,000) Captured ( 4,500) or had deserted completely (500?) Among the captured was Lt Gen. Luis Monisure.

30 minutes later, an unknown private from the "Napoleon force" charge had made his way back to the rest of his army and informed them of the situation. Several lieutenants took control of "Napoleon force" in Luis's absence and led them on a march against the Grand Arme. The ensuing battle lasted 3 days, resulting in a Grande Arme victory. The total dead in the Grande Arme was 18,000, and 3000 injured. The total dead for "Napoleon force" was 41,500 dead, 20,000 injured. The remainder of "Napoleon force" retreated back to western France.

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