The Never Ending Great War is an alternate history written by Mitro. This ATL is currently open for anyone to edit. This AltHist was created to explain the Iron Storm video game.
This is the war that doesn't end ... yes, it goes on and on my friend ... some people started fighting it not knowing what it was, and they'll continue fighting it forever just because ... This is the war that doesn't end ... - James Kane
POD: Forces loyal to General Victoriano Huerta of Mexico are victorious at the Battle of Zacatecas.
The Great War begins with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. A general European war breaks out over the assassination.
In July, General Huerta rejects the terms of the Niagara Falls peace conference and war is eventually declared between Mexico and the United States.
Stalemate continues on western front with no movement whatsoever and huge losses of life.
British begin invasion of Mesopotamia in the Middle East. Russians drive Turks out of Armenia.
Italy enters the war on the side of the Entente.
Bulgaria enters the war on the side of the Central Powers. Serbia falls to Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria. Montenegro and Albania also fall to Austria-Hungary.
Mexico is defeated and occupied by the United States. Anti-American sentiment spreads across Latin America. Germany signs a secret alliance with the ABC Powers (Argentina, Brazil and Chile) in case the United States enters the war on the side of the Entente. The ABC Powers are still seething about the Second Mexican War and have been increasing their military budgets, now supplemented by what aide Germany can send.
The United States declares war on Germany due to their unrestricted submarine warfare. The ABC Powers enter the war on the side of the Central Powers along with Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. American troops under General Pershing are rushed to Panama to defend the Panama Canal. Peru and Bolivia would later side with the Americans. Entente hopes that American troops would arrive soon at the Western Front are dashed.
Bolshevik Revolution begins in Russia.
The British capture Jerusalem.
The Central Powers capture Romania.
Civil war begins in Greece between Pro-German and Pro-Entente forces after King Constantine I refuses to abdicate.
Attempted ceasefire between Germany and Bolshevik Russia fails after the sudden death of Lenin and Leon Trotsky taking control of the Bolsheviks and ending negotiations. Fighting on the Eastern Front continues. Petrograd comes under siege by German forces. On July 17, 1918, Nicholas II and his family are assassinated by their Bolshevik guards. These two events lead to an outbreak of civil war in Russia between the Communists and the anti-Communists.
Germany begins organising their new territories in the east promising them autonomy in the German Empire under German “kings.” Ukraine proves to be the most loyal of the new eastern kingdoms providing soldiers to help support German troops occupying former Russian territories.
Germans aid Austria-Hungary in fighting the Italians.
Damascus falls to British/Arabian troops.
On the western front the Americans field the Browning automatic rifle or BAR, while the Germans field new models of their MP-18 sub-machine gun.
Petrograd and Moscow are captured.
In an effort to keep the population happy Germany rush through several liberal reforms giving more power to the elected assembly. In Austria-Hungary the principles of the Ausgleich are given to all the major ethnic groups in the Empire. The new nation is renamed the Austrian Empire. However, some wonder if this is only a temporary solution to the crumbling empire.
Pro-Central Powers forces win a major victory in Greece. Entente troops are evacuated from Greece.
Turkish nationalists begin rebelling against Ottoman rule. Sultan Mehmed VI asks for assistance from his allies. German and Bulgarian troops enter Constantinople while British and Colonial troops continue to advance west into Asia Minor in support of the nationalists.
The Hashemite Caliphate is founded in Damascus, with Sharif Hussein becoming the first Caliph and is immediately recognised by Britain and France. The new nation includes former Ottoman territory (minus Asia Minor) along with the entire Arabian Peninsula. However, the Kurds have declared independence as the nation of Kurdistan. No one is sure what side they will join. The Entente hopes to use the Arabians to help them fight the Central Powers who are now entering what is left of the Ottoman Empire.
Zionists, upset with this because they were promised a Jewish homeland in Palestine in the Balfour Declaration of 1917, enter into secret negotiations with German agents. If the Zionists promise to support Germany they will give them a homeland in Palestine. Jews around the world begin finding ways to enter Germany to be trained in an all-Jewish military division.
German offensive succeeds in reaching the outskirts of Paris, but American reinforcements manage to hold onto the city. Long range artillery manages to destroy the Eiffel Tower, causing a wave of hate to spread through France. Many French politicians are demanding the unconditional surrender of Germany as the only way to end the war.
A German/Russian nobleman is crowned the Czar of Russia in Petrograd. He orders all forces loyal to Russia to stop fighting the Germans and help defeat the Communist menace. Many White Russians throw their support behind the new Czar, tired of fighting a two-way war against the Germans and the Red Russians.
Fighting continues in Asia Minor. Central Powers high command begins to prepare for an invasion of the Middle East from the Caucasus peninsula. The force being assembled includes Germans, Cossacks loyal to the new Czar and soldiers from the former Russian territories.
Kaiser Wilhelm II presides over the creation of the European Zollverein, an economic union led by Germany and Austria with members made up of all the members of the Central Powers and their vassal states.
A group of less radical Bolsheviks overthrows Trotsky. They form a coalition government with the remaining White Russians. General Wrangel is made supreme commander of all Free Russian forces. He orders all forces under his command behind the Urals, taking anything that’s valuable and destroying whatever is left. Thousands of Russians follow the retreating armies behind the Urals. German troops follow after them but they make no move to follow them across the Urals fearing they might outrun their supply lines.
Allied offensive pushes Germans back away from Paris. Tanks are used to drive them back but they are unable to penetrate heavily fortified German lines.
Central Powers launch offensive out of the Caucasus peninsula driving into pro-Entente Armenia. Persia joins the Central Powers to throw off British control over their country.
US and Royal Navy succeed in ending the German U-boat threat once and for all. Both navies begin to put up a blockade around the South American members of the Central Powers.
New Provisional government of Mexico asks to be annexed into the United States. The debate in the US is mixed. Some expansionists are overjoyed about the possible of new territory, while other fear the possibility of a large Catholic voting bloc. Eventually a compromise is reached giving Mexico a Commonwealth status similar to Puerto Rico.
Spain and Portugal join the Entente after being pressured by Britain, France and the US.
Ireland is given a dominion government by Britain to keep them from joining the Germans.
Japanese troops seize Vladivostok and the rest of the Sakhalin Island. Japanese troops also land along the Russian Pacific coast on the premise of protect this land from the rightful Russian government. The new Republic of Russia, created out of the coalition government of White and Red Russians, protests this move. However, they are not the recognized government of Russia by the Entente because of their support of Communists. Instead a Russian government located in France under the new Czar Nicholas III is considered by the Entente as the true government of Russia. However, this government in exile lacks any army with most of Imperial Russia’s soldiers either in the Kingdom of Russia or out east with the Republic.
As for the Republic of Russia, it is currently in no position to enforce its protests. With its new capitol in Omsk, the Republic of Russia is weakened by constant squabbles between the White and Red factions. Not only that but also most of the territory they claim is being chewed away. To the west, forces under the Kingdom of Russia are attempting to break out of the Urals to reunite the Russian Empire. Central Asia has been lost to new Muslim states. Cossacks in eastern Russia refuse to recognize the Omsk government and have declared themselves independent. Also, there are warlords throughout the Republic territory who are also refusing to recognize the Republic government unless they are promised an important position within its operation.
The Western Front has stabilized between France and Germany. Along the front huge concrete bunkers and artillery positions make it almost impossible for any breakthrough to occur, not even from tanks, stretching from the North Sea winding down all the way to the Adriatic Sea. A huge stretch of no-man’s land now exists between what one what reporter has called “The Great Walls of Europe.” No Man’s Land is so big that it contains the ruins of whole villages. Raids are launched every once in a while looking for weaknesses but currently most of the fighting is being contained in the Middle East as the Central Powers race to re-establish the Ottoman Empire and take the Suez Canal from Britain. The Kurds have joined the side of the Entente after Germany refuses to recognize their independence.
The Emperor of Austria dies and is succeeded by the ten year old Otto. Not old enough to reign by himself, a regency is established until he comes to age. However, the Hungarians take the opportunity to announce their independence, followed by Bohemia and similar outbreaks of calls for independence among the southern Slavs. The Germans, not wanting to risk war in the Balkans with the fighting in the Middle East brings everyone into negotiations in Kiev. At the Kiev Conference the Austrian Empire is disassembled. Hungary and Bohemia gain independence. Hungary is ceded the Galicia and Bukovina regions along with all of Romania. Austria and Slovenia will be annexed into Germany, but will have a degree of autonomy under the Habsburg dynasty. Albania is ceded to Greece while Macedonia is ceded to Bulgaria. The rest of the Austrian Empire (Dalmatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro) is created into the nation of Pan-Slavia and placed under a German king.
The Turkish nationalists are defeated as the Central Powers begin attacking into Kurdistan. British, French, Kurd, and Caliphate troops hold out in Kurdistan and Iraq where Persian troops attack there and into India where Colonial Indian troops hold them from entering into the rest of India. The 1st Zion Division arrives on the front marking a rise of anti-Semitism in the Entente nations for their support of Germany (everyone conveniently forgot the Balfour Declaration). Some Jews attempt to distance themselves from the more militant Zionists while others seek to move to a pro-Central Powers nation.
Germany and Japan enter into secret negotiations. Japan, only a marginal member of the Entente wants more territory than the Entente can give them. Even their foray into Eastern Russia has started to upset Britain, France and the US. Some in the Entente have suggested reconciling the Russian government in France with the one in Omsk. Germany promises to recognize the Pacific as Japan’s sphere of influence if they change sides. Japan considers this, but it is not ready yet to betray its allies.
The Republic of Russia begins hiring mercenaries from China to hold the Ural Front. The Kingdom of Russia asks for assistance from his allies to send aide. Ukrainian and Finnish troops begin arriving to help the Kingdom.
Dominican Republic is invaded by the US after coup by pro-Central Powers factions. The US immediately begins work on turning the Dominican Republic into a Commonwealth similar to Mexico.
Central Powers capture Damascus. Caliphate moves to temporary capital of Jerusalem. Large numbers of Muslims are immigrating to the Middle East to support the Caliphate and its attempt to unite Islam. UK, France and the US look on this with worry.
Stalemate continues on Western and Eastern fronts. Japanese end advancement into Siberia at the request of allies. Japan is driven farther into the German camp.
Persian troops driven out of Iraq while at the Battle of Jaffa, German and allied troops are driven off by the British and Arabians.
The Bordeaux Accords signed between Nicholas III and representatives of the Republic of Russia. Nicholas III is recognized as Czar of Russia, but will have no formal power. This brings the Republic of Russia into the fold of the Entente again. Entente airships begin flights across Central Asia bringing supplies the help out the Russians.
Peace talks begin in Geneva. By now the war has dragged on for 12 years. France is adamant against ending the war, as is the Republic of Russia who does not wish to loss the European half of Russia. The United States for their part is being taken over politically by those who have profited from American expansion into Latin America. New calls of “Manifest Destiny” can be heard in many American cities. On the side of the Central Powers no nation does anything without Germany’s say and Germany is going to try to see how much they can get out of the Entente. Both sides do agree to trade prisoners, but nothing much else is worked out.
While there are peace talks in Geneva fighting continues in the rest of the world. Scattered fighting along the Western and Eastern Fronts keeps those armies there in the trenches, but in the Middle East it’s a different story. Persia is being invaded from both sides as British, Indian and Arabian troops march into the country. The Central Powers hold Syria, but attempts to dislodge the Kurds or Arabs out of their positions has failed. The Caliphate’s new “Arab Legion”, outfitted with the best weapons the Entente nations can provide, has begun to make life difficult for Germany and its allies.
Germany is attempting to cut off supplies to the Republic of Russia using new air bases along the Caspian Sea. German planes have dropped the bi-planes for the more efficient mono-wing planes. The British airships are sitting ducks to these interceptors, prompting to British to unveil a new airship that can carry and launch escort fighters to defend the convoys of airships.
Peace talks in Geneva end after Japan launches a surprise attack on Manila, destroying the American ships docked there. Japanese forces land in the Philippines, French Indochina and Dutch Indonesia. Siam joins the Entente fearing that Japan will come after them next.
The Germans for their part declare war on the Netherlands and quickly overwhelmed the small nation using their newest “mobile fortresses,” the newest generation of tank, which supposedly will bring about the end of the stalemate in the west. The Germans don’t stop there but launch an invasion of Denmark. The Germans hope to use the nation as a springboard into the rich iron and coal region of Scandinavia. Already fighting has broken out along the Swedish/Finland border. Norway and Sweden join the Entente.
Persia surrenders to the Entente. British and colonial troops that can be sparred are sent east to fight against the Japanese in the Pacific. Persia’s occupation is left to the Caliphate, who secretly begin to hunt down powerful Shi'ite clerics.
British and American troops begin arriving in Norway. German airships and naval transports begin ferrying German and allied troops into southern Sweden. France launches a new offensive on the Western Front to help the Scandinavians out.
Japanese forces occupy Indochina and begin their invasion of Siam. American forces in the Philippines are ordered to retreat. New American troops begin arriving in Australia in case of invasion. New divisions raised from the Commonwealth of Mexico join them.
Fighting in South America continues without much of the world noticing, but both sides continue to send aides to their respective allies.
A major famine begins for the Entente after a drought on the Great Plains destroys most of the crop. The US for years has been the breadbasket for the Entente, since most of their farms were not in use with most of their men fighting in the war. Ration riots begin in many major Entente nations, especially in UK and France.
Germany is not effected by the famine in the US since most of their food is coming from the Ukraine and the Kingdom of Russia. Still Germany begins hammering along the Western Front in an effort to weaken the resolve of the French. Sweden falls to Germany, but American and British troops help the Norwegians keep the Germans at bay
Out in the Pacific, the Japanese have overrun Siam. Two Japanese armies are now on the march with one heading toward Singapore and the other ready to drive into India. British and colonial troops rush to build up their defenses.
In Omsk, the city is thrown into violence when the Chinese mercenaries under their leader, who believes himself to be the reincarnated form of Genghis Khan, orders them to turn on the Russians. The city quickly falls and other cities with strong Chinese presence are captured. The remaining free Russian forces fight on, but things are not looking good. What is left of Russia is once again thrown into chaos and the Entente can do nothing about it.
Khan orders an invasion of Mongolia, which is carried out by his army of Chinese soldiers armed with Entente weapons. Khan also signs a formal peace treaty with Germany and Japan, allowing both nations to free up more troops for their offensives in other theaters. Both nations recognize the newest nation to come into existence, the New Mongolian Empire.
The resolve of the Entente is beginning to weaken. The Germans are hammering the western front, diverting troops from Norway, which is slowly being overrun by German forces. To the south a huge offensive has begun in Italy as German troops hope to knock out Italy from the war. Out east Japanese troops slowly make therir way through Burma and Malaysia. However, the American Pacific fleet has ended any threat of a possible Japanese invasion of Australia.
In the United States itself, there is a growing anti-war movement that has been spurred on by the current famine in the Great Plains. Entente leaders worry that they will lose one of their most powerful allies.
In an effort to be better organized to fight the Germans, the European members of the Entente unite and form into the loose confederation known as the European Community. With its capitol located in Seville, Spain, the first President is Jean Monnet, who begins the integration of the European economy.
Even with the war still raging on several fronts, Wilhelm II approves a massive plan to reconstruct portions of Berlin with monuments commemorating German victories in the war. Some critics feel that this plan is highly arrogant of the Kaiser, especially since the resources necessary to complete these projects could hurt the war effort.
German advances continue slowly in Norway and Italy, with no movement on the Western Front. Out east the New Mongols have complete their occupation of Mongolia, plans soon are set in motion for further territory grabs. In India, the first American troops arrive in India in an effort to halt the Japanese advance onto that sub-continent. The Middle East has pretty much been ignored by the major powers, but problems are growing as Zion Division soldiers begin killing Arabian prisoners, while inside the borders of the Caliphate Sunni and Shiites have begun attacking each other.
The New Mongolians go on the offensive again, this time into neutral China. The Chinese military tries to put up a fight, but they are disorganized and badly trained. Large amount of land quickly falls to the New Mongolians.
The European Community is ceded the power by its member states to temporarily administer the colonies and raise colonial conscripts so that all members of the Community can benefit from the colonies.
The Sultan of Turkey is unable to keep order in his country, hurting the war effort in the Middle East. The Central Powers agree that they could do a better job keeping a lid on the situation. The Sultan is deposed and the remaining territory of the Ottoman Empire is divided between Germany, Bulgaria and Greece. Greece will get the west coast area of Asia Minor, Bulgaria would get Thrace, Germany would get the rest of Asia Minor and Syria and the city of Constantinople (renamed from Istanbul) would be a free city administered by a government chosen by those three nations.
New Mongolian advances into China continue. By now they control Manchuria and are beginning to drive down the coast. Japan is beginning to worry about this growing power on the mainland, even with assurances from the Khan that they would not invade Korea. Sadly Japan can’t do anything with most of their troops tied up in India and Indonesia.
Norway collapses as the EC evacuates its armies and the Norwegian government. In Italy Rome is being bombed from the new Goliath artillery, which can fire huge shells at targets far from the front.
Many colonies of the EC want equal representation in the organization, arguing that if their sons can die in a European war, than they should be able to participate in the European government. While the EC is not ready to yet to grant such abilities to all of their colonies, nations like Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand are given Associate membership.
The anti-war movement in the United States gains ground as many influential politicians begin to sign onto the ideology of the movement to further their own careers. There are many worries among the EC if they can stop Germany without the United States.
The Ganges Crisis leads to the complete destruction of an American battalion after bad British intelligence leads them into an ambush by the Japanese. Anti-war politicians and members of the media milk the tragedy for all it is worth and the Congress and the President agrees to end the war. American diplomats meet with German, Japanese and other belligerent nations to request a cease-fire. They are more than happy to agree.
As American troops begin to be removed from their respective fronts plans are already being planned for new offensives. Germany hopes to breakthrough the Western Front and has already pulled soldiers from Italy to accomplish it. Japan, denied a chance to invade Australia by the American fleet, now is preparing for the eventual invasion of the continent.
The EC high command has an emergency meeting and comes to the conclusion that without American help, they might not be able to hold off German or Japanese advances. It is suggested that the EC government be moved to Britain since the island nation would be easier to defend then mainland Europe. Eventually it is agreed to relocate the government to London.
In Asia, China’s government surrenders to the New Mongolians. The Khan now looks for new land to conquer, eyeing his neighbors for signs of weakness.
As the last American troops leave, the Germans launch the largest attack on the Western Front in the history of the war. Hundreds of Land Fortresses use their massive cannons to tear wholes along the Entente defenses, while German Airships carry fighter planes deep into French and British territory. Soon a breakout happens and the Germans drive toward Paris. The city falls in a matter of months.
The French government announces an evacuation of France, moving the government to Algeria. The French Navy, with the help of the British try to move as much of the French army to North Africa. French civilians crowd the ports hoping to flee German occupation. Those who can’t find a ship take the long road to Spain. Britain does everything it can to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force who is in a fighting retreat toward Brittany.
The Italian government flees to Sicily after the Germans pull a similar breakthrough almost takes Rome. Slowly but surely the Germans are driving the European Community off of mainland Europe.
The New Mongols occupy Tibet and the Central Asian nations. After this minor conquest the Khan has made his decision. He now knows where his next attack will be and his armies are put into position to begin the invasion.
Without the American fleet to worry about, Japan launches its invasion of Australia. ANZAC forces in the country fight bravely but are forced to fall back into the Outback. Luckily the Japanese can’t use the force necessary to take the continent since many of their forces are tied up in India, trying to create their own breakthrough that their allies the Germans enjoy. Also a significant part remains along the border of the New Mongols, fearing they might break their non-aggression pact.
The US government puts through a series of reforms to rebuild the population. Women are given tax breaks to have children, regardless if they are married or not and are given free fertility drugs. The government even offers to adopt any unwanted children as part of a new plan to rebuild the military using state homes as military schools. Children are put through the rigors of military life as soon as they are given to the government.
The Caliphate government enters into secret negotiations with Germany, hoping to work out a separate peace deal in case the EC fail to be victorious.
The New Mongols invasion commences; striking deep into Caliphate occupied Persia. The Germans break off talks of a cease-fire with the Caliphate, hoping to split the Middle East with the Khan. The Caliph desperately calls for EC troops to stem the tide, but it looks like with the chaos in Europe that won’t be happening. Soldiers from the German 1st Zion Division enter the outskirts of Jerusalem.
The Ethiopian military begins to mobilize. It appears they too want to take advantage of the weakening Europeans but there is still no word on what they will do next. The French government in Algeria sends a few units to Djibouti in case there is an attack.
EC commander General de Gaulle defeats a German invasion of Sicily keeping the island free from Germany and protecting North Africa from future invasions across the Mediterranean.
Spain falls to civil war after factions for staying with the EC and those who wish to switch sides succumb to violence. EC forces attempting to rebuild a defensive line at the Pyrenees find themselves cut off from supplies. British airships and new cargo subs (huge subs that can hide from German airships and planes) attempt to keep those forces supplied.
The USA begins massive building projects for both military and civilian usage. In California everlasting bunkers are built on Long Beach and Fort Funstin is modernized with new 18in. guns. The US also constructs the Trans-Bay Bridge and Gateway Bridge (also known as the Golden Gate by the San Franciscan community). In order for more farmland President John Pershing authorizes the states of Nevada and Arizona jointly construct the "Colorado" Dam (renamed the Boulder Dam in 1947).
Back in London the European Community government attempts to work out a plan on how to win the war, even though they are close to defeat. Britain, defended by shore fortresses and anti-aircraft towers, can easily withstand any sea invasion from Germany and still has the Royal Navy to protect the home islands. However, many in the British government are wondering why are they bearing the brunt of work for a war that their allies have already lost.
Portugal, at the behest of Britain, launches a major invasion of Spain. Portugal had given a significant force to the war effort in the past, but they still had reserves and now they had been unleashed on war torn Spain. This action at first is approved by the EC government, until the infamous Churchill Letter is discovered, which has the British government promising to support a Portuguese annexation of the region. The EC government demands an explanation, but the only thing they get from London is an ultimatum saying that they now had to fight the Germans without their defeated allies who did not have the resources to be effective. Britain told the EC governments to surrender their colonies to Britain as payment for continuing to wage the war. As can be expected the EC members didn’t take it that well. Britain was expelled and the EC made preparations to move their headquarters to Algeria.
German and Mongol ambassadors meet at an island in the Caspian Sea. Together they come to an agreement. The Hashemite Caliphate was divided between the two empires, with the Mongols getting Persia and the Germans the rest. Not only that but a non-aggression pact is signed between them. This agreement worries the Japanese who are becoming more paranoid about a Mongol invasion of their territories. The Germans are more than happy to foster this, hoping to pit the Mongols and Japanese against each other and then sweep in to take the pieces.
The Caliphate is on its last legs. Joint German-Mongol attacks has devastated the army. The Caliph and his family have already fled to Algeria where the EC is regrouping, hoping to seek asylum. The Germans promise the cities of Mecca and Medina that they will be free from German control, as long as they do not incite the new power of the Middle East. Still the fight has not gone out of all the Arabs; especially with nomadic tribesmen launching hit and run raids on the Germans and Mongols. The Kurds too eventually surrender.
Britain sends more forces to shore up India and Australia from the advancing Japanese. With the front stable in Spain, the British now turn to defending its empire before it loses anymore of it. British soldiers fight alongside African and Indian colonial troops. Commanders note how well the men from different cultures are getting along and relay it back to the government.
In South America, anarchy rules over the nations on the continents. The ongoing war has caused the governments to collapse, leaving the people open to be preyed upon by former generals turned warlords. In steps the United States, which in a few impressive amphibious assaults secures control over several enclaves around the continent. They then begin to to strike into the interior. Imperialists inside the United States government are in strong support of this, seeing this as the moment to build a true American Empire. Already America has troops stationed in almost every single independent nation in Central America and the Caribbean.
Portugal completes its pacification of Spain. The entire nation is annexed into Portugal proper except for the Basque region, which is; granted independence on the condition they declare war on Germany. Britain gains control of Spain’s colonial empire. British troops continue to hold the line in the Pyrenees.
The European Community disbands itself. In its place is the highly centralised Free European Federation. General de Gaulle, Hero of Sicily, is elected the first President. Interestingly, he does not resign his commission with the military, showing how important the military is in the new government. The FEF’s territory includes all of the colonies of those European nations that are not occupied by foreign power, plus Sicily.
One of de Gaulle’s first acts as President is to declare war on Ethiopia. The country quickly falls to FEF forces (mostly made up of French and Italian units) and it annexed as a joint-colony of the FEF members. Several African leaders in both the FEF and other parts of Africa protest this action. Independence movements gain strength throughout Africa, even in British territories. The British government is forced to condemn the invasion out of fear their colonies would revolt. Liberia, fearing the FEF might attack them, asks to become a Commonwealth of the United States. The US is more than happy to agree.
The massive building program ordered by the Kaiser for Berlin is finished. The entire city has been transformed into a series of massive structures based on classical design. The architect, Albert Speer, is present with the Kaiser at the ceremonies. As a mark of the new future Germany has as the dominant power in Europe, the city is renamed New Berlin. Also present at the events are the new puppet leaders of occupied France and Italy.
Tide turns against the Japanese in India and Australia. Japanese commanders are calling for more troops, but the Japanese High Command won’t dare remove a single unit from the Mongol border. If necessary, the Japanese government is willing to abandon India and Australia to consolidate their position. The Mongol Khan, noticing the Japanese government’s wariness, senses weakness and begins to make plans. He does not have to worry about much dissension in his empire; he is practically worshiped as a God.
A new political party in the United States, the Remembrance Party, runs candidates on the platform of continued American expansion and a war of revenge against Japan for the humiliation they gave them. Though small, the party is growing and could tip the balance in American politics.
Germany succeeds in pushing back offensives by the Spanish, forcing an unconditional surrender. The Spaniards plead clemency, insisting they were forced into war with Germany by the Portuguese. The Germans are willing to respect their independence as long as they ally themselves with Germany, to which the Spanish unhappily agree. To celebrate their latest victory, the Germans unveil their latest airship model, the LZ 144, which is capable of both military and civilian use. It is immediately placed into mass production. As a token of friendship, the Kaiser gifts one to the Mongol Khan to be used as his flagship.
Mongol forces begin massing in the East. Upon receiving intelligence of this, the Japanese High Command assumes the worst; that the Mongols are preparing for an attack. With deep misgivings, Japanese forces withdraw from Australia and India and begin consolidating along the Mongol border.
Furious that the British and Americans allowed them to be conquered by the Japanese, the Australian government severs its ties with Britain, makes contact with the FEF and openly declares its allegiance, although they stop short of full-scale membership. New Zealand, however, wanting to avoid the same fate as Australia, applies for Commonwealth status of the United States, to which they happily agree. Meanwhile, in India, an independence movement by several nationalist groups gains public attention. The British, to quell rising anti-British sentiment, grants India semi-autonomous status within the empire.
Portugal renews its offensive against Germany, successfully pushing along the Mediterranean into German-occupied France. However, the Germans retaliate using their new airship squadrons to devastating effect, halting the advance after Portuguese forces take Monaco. The Germans only lose a single airship, which was destroyed due to a malfunction in the fuel lines.
American gains in South America grind to a halt as the terrain turns against them. South American warlords retreat into the Amazon and the Andes and commence small-scale guerrilla attacks against American forces. On their own they do little, but as a whole they severely hurt the American war effort. The Remembrance Party leader, Jonathan Everett, pushes for more troops to be sent, but Congress refuses, claiming the Armed Forces are already stretched too far across the Americas.
The New Mongolian Empire declares war on Japan, making a full frontal assault into the Korean Peninsula. The Japanese Army is shocked by the magnitude of the attack and mounts a successful counter-offensive, stopping the advance but suffering heavy losses in the process. Mongol advances also occur into North and South East Asia. The Mongols are surprised by the strength of the counterattack but continue nonetheless.
Jonathan Everett, seeing Japan falling, calls for a war of revenge against Japan, but Congress dismisses this as impractical without removing forces from South America. Jonathan then declares he is running for President in the upcoming election next year.
With the help of the FEF Navy and Air Force, Portuguese forces consolidate Monaco. The FEF, having forgiven Portugal for their role in the annexation of Spain and seeing an opportunity to gain a foothold in Europe, begin moving their forces into Monaco, making it the new provisional capital of liberated France.
The war in the East drags on with horrendous losses of life on both sides in the stalemate between the Mongols and the Japanese. The Mongols make repeated attempts to invade the homeland, but the Japanese have turned their homeland into a near-impregnable fortress.
The Mongol Khan, seeking to use of India's large population to his advantage in their war against Japan, goes to India to negotiate a secret treaty. However, over the Himalayas, his airship malfunctions and crashes, killing everyone on board. Two Indian sentries, seeing the explosion over the mountains, mistake it as a bombing raid and notify the High Command that the Mongols are invading. The Indians declare war on the New Mongolian Empire and launch a successful assault into the Pashto region, as the Mongol Army is in disarray due to the sudden loss of their Supreme Leader.
Within weeks, the situation turns catastrophic. The death of the Khan leads to his subordinates fighting over who is in command, as well as other ordinary citizens coming forward claiming to be the late Khan's successor. Ethnic tensions and nationalism re-emerge and by the end of the year, the whole New Mongolian Empire has dissolved into a massive civil war.
Meanwhile, in Europe, two more LZ 144 airships malfunction and blow up, causing a panic in the German Air Service. Having established beyond reasonable doubt that there is a serious flaw in the LZ 144's design and out of concern for more lives, the Germans are forced to ground all their new models. This results in the German Air Force only being able to function at half capacity.
The FEF, seeing a window of opportunity, takes it. Having virtually abandoned airship technology since 1936 in favour of more precise light bombers, the FEF launches a series of tactical bomb strikes on German strongholds in Naples, Rome, Lyon, Bordeaux and Nantes, crippling German forces in those areas as well as cutting off several major German supply lines. Using their new handheld anti-tank weapons, they successfully punch through German tank blockades in a campaign to liberate France and Italy.
Portugal, however, is unable to take advantage of the situation, as its forces and its economy exhausted from last year's push. Britain, meanwhile, seeing little point in continuing the war effort any further, quietly signs a truce with Germany, agreeing not to interfere further in Europe, so they can focus on consolidating their remaining empire.
In America, Jonathan Everett of the Remembrance Party successfully wins the Presidential election, running on a platform of populism and American exceptionalism. One of his first acts is the widening of the base for compulsory conscription. This boosts American military forces by 15%, but does little to help the war effort in South America. By this point, American forces have now occupied former Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela and much of southern and coastal Brazil.
India consolidates its rule over the Pashto region, but the British seize that victory to lay claim to that territory as their own. This greatly antagonises the native population, who point out that the vast majority of the fighting was done by native Indians. This drives a wedge between the British Raj and the Indian populace who feel that the British are simply using them to further their own ends.
A home-grown nationalist group seizes on this friction to launch a campaign for independence from the British Empire. The British, however, are unwilling to let any more of their empire slip from their grasp, round up the nationalist leaders and publicly execute them. Unfortunately, this action only serves to galvanise the independence movement, with further protests and clashes occurring throughout the year.
The Germans withdraw from Italy to allocate more troops to the Western Front, using the Alps as a natural buffer to prevent the FEF from using the Italian Peninsula as an entry point into Europe. However, they continue to bombard the FEF positions using long-range artillery.
Still smarting over their loss of air superiority, the Germans redouble their efforts, beginning work on a new and revolutionary design for a new Zeppelin to be put into service next year. Meanwhile, to compensate, they ramp up funding for their navy.
In an effort to disrupt German oil supplies and help gain more support, the FEF begins covert arms transfer to Arab rebels in the Persian Gulf. Greece and Bulgaria, who have practically remained dormant as part of the Central Powers, pledge to help the war effort by sending more troops to crush the rebellion, in an effort to prove themselves to Germany. The FEF, however, ultimately succeed with their plan, as the German war effort begins to suffer from oil shortages. To compensate, the Germans launch an invasion into chaotic North Asia in an effort to locate and extract more oil reserves.
In South America, a rudimentary nation in East Patagonia, formed mainly out of Latin American refugees and Brazilian and Argentinian soldiers makes contact with the United States and proposes a deal; they will help the US defeat the remaining rebels in South America if they are willing to recognise their independence. President Everett tentatively accepts, realising that this would free up a great many number of troops in his conquest of South America.
The nation of Patagonia is established with the signing of the Treaty of Buenos Aires. Among other conditions, the treaty requires the nation's perpetual loyalty to the United States. In exchange, the nation is granted the territory of former Chile.
The split between the Nationalists and the Loyalists in India stretches to breaking point with several protests devolving into full-scale riots. Fearful that the increasing violence could lead to full-scale civil war, the British arrange negotiations with the Nationalist leaders. Despite the tough demands of the Nationalists, the British eventually give in, ceding control of the north-west portion of India and the Pashto region. This region is officially re-designated the Republic of Hindustan, free from British rule.
With the help of Patagonia, American forces successfully crush the the remaining insurgents in South America. President Everett addresses the nation in triumph, declaring; "My fellow Americans, history will remember this as the day that America established the greatest empire known to man." Many, however, speculate that Everett is not likely to rest on his laurels just yet.
After around a year and a half of near-total anarchy, several civilisations reappear in the remnants of Asia. This includes the Siberian Union (consisting of much of North-east Asia and declaring itself the successor state to Russia), Tibet, Uyghurstan (taking up Eastern Central Asia) and a military dictatorship called the Khmer Empire which has annexed all of South East Asia, with the exception of New Guinea (which has been annexed by Australia).
Just as the FEF appears to be on the verge of retaking Paris, the Germans debut their new airship, the Sturmwolke-1, to devastating effect. Combining its firepower with the German land forces and airplane squadrons, the FEF's position is annihilated, with their forces being forced to retreat halfway across France. Many in the FEF's ranks are now uncertain of their chances for victory, but President de Gaulle assures them that the German position is not as strong as it seems, given that their oil supply is reliant on foreign sources.
Given this fact, de Gaulle orders a liberation campaign in the Middle East and makes contact with the Siberian Union, who declare their allegiance and declare war on Germany, impeding the German's efforts to obtain oil in Asia.
James Anderson joins the US military, he will serve against rebel Brazilian soldiers in the late forties and become a distinguished OSS officer.
British intelligence keeping watch on the American government intercept a phone call between President Everett and and a senior military figure that appears to imply that Everett is considering an invasion of Canada. In response, the British begin building up their forces along the Canada-US border. The US, interpreting this as a show of force, begin doing the same.
The FEF faces another setback as their lines are once again forced backwards under the overwhelming might of the German Air Force. By now, France has been reduced to a virtual wasteland, with many small cities now nothing more than ghost towns. Enraged by the destruction wreaked upon France by the Germans, the French vow to stop at nothing to destroy the German Empire. They are, however, bolstered by the re-entry of Portugal into the war, providing a much-needed boost to their troop numbers.
In an effort to deprive the Germans of one of their few allies, the FEF attempts a coup d'état in Greece to overthrow the pro-Central leadership. However, this plan backfires badly after one of the operatives instrumental in the coup is caught and detained just days before the scheduled operation.
FEF, Portuguese and Australian forces all fight together in the Persian Gulf against German, Bulgarian and Greek forces. Despite heavy casualties, they succeed in liberating the Southern part of the region including the city of Riyadh, forming the new Republic of Arabia. From this point onward, the German war effort begins to deteriorate to the point where the Kaiser is forced to place restrictions on civilian car usage to conserve oil.
Anglo-US tensions rise as the US begins shipping soldiers to Alaska. President Everrett then meets with British Prime Minister Chamberlain to try to end the crisis which could jeopardize the Entente as Germany controls Europe and is poised to invade England.
As Germany has to restrict car usage, the Entente launches a new offensive across the Persian Gulf into Persia. Central Powers forces are caught of guard and have to retreat leaving several vital oil wells open for Entente usage. In Israel, the Entente sets up a tri-religious state which Jews and Christians control Israel proper while Muslims have the West Bank and the Gaza area. The German Air Force now must stop using Zeppelins and must rely on its fighters and bombers. The Greco-Bulgarian forces also must conserve oil to help Germany.
The "Canada Crisis" is ended when the British and Americans agree to withdraw all troops from the US-Canadian border. Also back in America the USA finally annexes Mexico and begins forming territory's in Central and South America. This now frees up the necessary amounts of troops and materials needed for a vengeance war against Japan. President Everrett's top military adviser George Patton suggests the US wait and build up its forces in Hawaii and Alaska and wait for Summer 1946 to launch the assault on Japan.
With the Middle East under Entente control, FEF forces invade Azerbaijan while Indian troops move in from occupied-Persia. The Mongol army is completely destroyed outside Tehran. The Entente then invades China and then Mongolia. In the Bombay Peace Accords Mongolia goes back to pre-war borders and swears not to invade anyone again.
Central Powers forces continue to collapse in Arabia as oil shortages and constant Entente aerial harassment. The German Kaiser instructs his armies to retreat back into Europe. Entente leaders claim a great victory against Germany. In Europe, resistance groups are formed against the Germans (particularly in France and Italy). In response Central Powers soldiers often burn whole villages and kill everyone in a town to keep the peace. In Western Russia German units are attacked by forces from a new unknown power.
In the Siberian Union, Baron Nikolai Aleksandrovich Ugenberg takes power in Omsk. With the New Mongol empire wanting revenge for its defeat, Siberia annexes Mongolia and forms the Russo-Mongolian Empire. Immediately millions of Russo-Mongolians are drafted into the military. Then in late Spring Ugenberg launches probing attacks into Western Russia. The troops return with reports of minimal German presence. Some troops even marched all the way to Moscow.
In the Pacific the USA launches bombing raids against Japan. Emperor Hirohito is killed when bombs strike the imperial palace and kill all within. In Japan several anti-Hirohito groups rise up in Tokyo. Then the Japanese military brutally puts these protesters down. Full on revolution explodes in Japan seeking to end the war. President Everrett orders all troops to retake any and all Japanese-held territory. The USA also begins running guns via Russian ships by entering Tokyo Bay and Hokkaido.
The Entente launches Plan 50 and invades German occupied Brittany. In Germany itself there is unrest after the mysterious death of Kaiser Wilhelm III. On all fronts the Central Powers forces collapse as General Heydrich, leader of the German Spanish bloc is assassinated.
In both Germany and Japan massive revolts spur up. In a revolution liberals take control of the Reichstag. The German Civil War has begun. In Germany there is fighting between liberals and nationalists. This gives time for the Entente to retake all previously Germany occupied territory. Also Russo-Mongolian forces retake Moscow and push for Poland.
In Japan the capitalists win several victories against the imperialists. The US also launches Operation Setting Sun and invade the Japanese home islands. With this the imperialists surrender. In the Sydney Peace Accords Japan agrees to withdraw from all territory accept any owned previously before joining the Central Powers. Japan will become a capitalist state with free enterprise and election. The US and Japan also establish a mutual protection treaty saying if one another is attacked, the other will declare war.
Also in Germany the liberals win the German Civil War and surrender to the Entente. But for Ugenberg the West needs to be punished and he dreams of building a Eurasian empire stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. When Entente and Russian troops meet on the Elbe, they meet with gunfire from the Russians. Eventually by winter both sides dig in with the Entente setting up the Friedrich Line while the Russo-Mongolians set up the Aton Petrovich Line.
The European powers call for America to enter the war, but the US is to concerned with its South American holdings to be concerned with Europe. In the new state of Clifford, Brazilian rebel movements spark violence in Rio de Janeiro. To counter this the Entente launches a coup in Switzerland to make them join the war. The coup succeeds and the Entente has 600,000 more men for the front.
A secret group of American businessmen called "the Consortium" travel to Europe and agree to finance the war. As Europe's forces struggle to hold the line against Ugenberg, the Free European Federation is transformed into the United States of Western Europe or USWE. This finally gets the attention of America who sends arms to Europe.
After nearly nine years as president, Jonathan Everrett is assassinated on June 22nd. New President Winton Marshall declares war on Russo-Mongolia and begins sending troops to Europe. Patton suggests with new American reinforcements to launch an offensive in the Sudetenland and sweep north towards Berlin. In mid-September US-USWE forces launch a daring assault which gains about eight miles of territory but at a cost of 80,000 men in five days. However, when the next assault comes it is met with slaughter as almost overnight the Russo-Mongolians had improved their defenses. Meanwhile, to try to break the line in the Czech region the Entente field new Bulldog super heavy tanks. The USWE even fields old German land fortresses. But as Fall becomes winter any hope of breakthrough is gone. The offensive, though it had some gains, it failed in getting to Stage 2 of the operation.
In the northern section of the Aton Petrovich Line. Russo-Mongolian troops stage an attack which costs new to 8000 dead and more than 15,000 wounded. Now Ugenberg needs to finance the war. To that solution is the Consortium. The group wants to to continue making profits off of other people's lives (AKA, the soldiers). An illegal form of gambling essentially takes place with people as innocent as farmers, betting on their sons' lives to die in a faraway land ravaged by war. In America large numbers of anti-war protests strike up - specifically in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.
Entente morale also drops after the death of the charismatic General George S. Patton. With this sudden loss of leadership the Russo-Mongolian forces under Ugenberg's equivalent of Patton, Georgi Zhukov, prepares an attack aimed at capturing Hannover. To the front line city was ten miles away and devastated by artillery shells, it was also a strategic railroad junction and vital supply route for the US-USWE armies. The Consortium not wishing for an end to the war gave the plans to the USWE. When the Russo-Mongol soldiers raided to the front to see what they were up with, they were met with gas, heavy anti-personnel mines and cannons and new Entente "assault" rifles.
The new assault rifles were non the less semi-automatic rifles or rifles that could do full auto for a short amount of time like the American M40. It was a wood design with a curved magazine. The top was metal and similar to an early Canadian prototype rifle from 1936 made by John Garand.
In late October in the mud the Russo-Mongolians launch Operation Resheniye (judgment). Over one million shells are fired in two hours. Gun caliber's range from 76mm infantry howitzers to 32in. rail guns. The bombardment is reported to be similar to the battle of Verdun 33 years earlier. Entente supreme commander's Bernard Montgomery and Dwight Eisenhower immediately meet in Cologne to discuss the new offensive. They decide to launch a diversionary offensive in the Sudetenland. 100,000 German and Swiss soldiers. As the Russo-Mongolian bombardment ends, the Entente one begins. The attackers are killed in the thousands but manage to break through into Hannover. The fighting becomes fierce as for the first time since the US fielded the BAR and for the Germans, the MP-18 in 1918, has hand held automatic weapons had such a consequence. As winter snow begins to fall, fighting in Hannover continues.
Fighting in Hannover continues as the Entente begins to go on the offensive. On the front African-American soldiers mutiny against "unfair working conditions." To keep the black population content with the war President Marshall enacts several laws banning segregation in the military and at home. Also in America the USA admits the Central American and Caribbean commonwealths into the union. Secretly the Consortium sets up labor camps for the new American citizens to work in secret factories across the world. These workers are treated in conditions similar to slaves before the American Civil War.
In the Sudetenland the Entente offensive drives to Prague with casualties in the thousands. Allied leaders are amazed and push their troops north. The Consortium intervenes and assassinates General Montgomery stalling the Entente operation with a sudden loss of morale. All plans to drive north are scrapped. The Entente retreats to its positions outside Prague. General Eisenhower then begins to question the Consortium. Massive anti-Consortium protests spark up in London and New York. The protests soon turn into riots as anarchists instigate violence between police and protesters by throwing "Mafia Martinis".
In America a new kind of music arises. It's an advanced form of rhythm'n blues. Known as boogie'n, this music combined two guitars, a bass and a drummer who performed a combination of rhythm'n blues with country. This first appears in a group of black and white performers in a band called The G.I. Blues. The crowd is cramped together in the theater on the Guy Hubbard Show. The band plays several tracks such as Rocket 88, Rebel Rouser and Tequila. The music becomes popular with the younger soldiers on the front and with young teens at home. The G.I. Blues and other bands such as the Bill Haley and the Commanders and Buddy Holly and the Preying Mantises perform across the world and USWE territory. The music, however, becomes disgusted by the former South Americans in the new US "deeper south" states such as Clifford and the Mexican states.
In the war the Entente launches an offensive which surrounds the Russo-Mongols in Hannover. In summer the Russo-Mongolian forces are destroyed by lack of water and ammunition with Entente attacks. The Entente launches the HMAS (His/her Majesty's airship) Winslow, the first of the new allied "air battleships". In the Middle East, Russian air strikes increase against Kurdish and Arab positions in Persia.
Boogie rises in the USA but manly sticks in the south. People like Chet Atkins, Bert Weedon and Arthur Smith dominate radios with their soothing melodies like Mr. Sandman, Guitar Boogie and Roundhouse Rock. It was at this point that boogie started to become known as Rock'n roll (a term mainly used by Allen Freed, a radio DJ in Cleveland to call race records).
A Russo-Mongolian offensive into Iraq halts at the right time when Ethiopian troops arrive. Russo-Mongolia annexes Uygherstan for more soldiers and resources. The US ships troops to Persia and Kurdistan. Entente bombers raid occupied Scandinavia. Anti-war movements arise in the Entente. French politicians are screaming to end the war because France is no longer threatened by enemy invasion. However, Germany wants to continue the war because Berlin has been leveled in the fighting. Russian forces in Persia continue to drive towards Tehran. The Entente (mainly Germany) begin research for a new engine to replace the old prop-planes.
Russian offensive into Korea from the Maritime Province. Japan declares war on Russo-Mongolia. Russian forces begin hammering the Balkan Front. The occupied Balkan countries declare allegiance to Russo-Mongolia. Romanian and Bulgarian forces make their way into Turkey. Greek troops are sent to the Balkan and German fronts. Russia bombs Tokyo with fire weapons, the city is devastated by the inferno. In response Japanese airships raid the all to undefended port of Petropavlovsk.
American and Armenian forces battle in Syria. Entente leaders send their African troops to the Arabian Front. Persia declares allegiance to Russia. ANZAC forces are sent to Korea. Seoul falls. Russian bombers pound Japan. Field Marshall Douglas MacArthur is elected US president. The nation of Patagonia is annexed as a new US state. Massive USWE offensive aimed towards Berlin. The USWE uses prototype rockets and missiles. The USAAF begins research with German engineers to develop a new faster type of fighter plane. The project is code named "Turbo".
Korea falls. Russian troops enter Albania. Entente advances on Berlin are nearly halted by the Consortium but the agents died in a counter artillery bombardment. German forces move into Denmark. Copenhagen is liberated. "Alaska Crisis", Russian planes bomb Anchorage, Nome and Fairbanks. Canadian and Newfoundlander troops reinforce the US's most northerly state.
Russian and ANZAC-Japanese ships duel in the second battle of Tsushima. Russian and Khmer ships just barely manage to beat the Entente navies. French President de Gaulle proposes to the Entente members to unite into one country. It doesn't get far seeing America's and Britain's fierce independence. The USWE forces nearly reach Berlin by Fall until Russian forces stop the assault.
Elvis Presley rises through the ranks of rock'n roll to become a megastar. Other people like Bill Haley also rise with their hits like Rock Around the Clock and Shake, Rattle and Roll. British rockers also begin to arrive with The Lions and The Throwing Stones.
Russian counter offensive from the Berlin Front. Russian forces lose 500,000 men compared to 700,000 Basque soldiers. Greco-Bulgarian armies push into Albania using mobile artillery and new MI-12 gyrocopters.
The Khmer Empire declares war on Tibet on the Entente. Australia evacuates all of its forces from the German and Arabian fronts to the home front. US and Canadian forces are sent to Australia. French Madagascar platoons and several South African divisions are also sent. Khmer troops launch an invasion of Australian Papua New Guinea.
The United States unveils the P-43 Sharkhawk turbo fighter. The USWE quickly gains air superiority over Russo-Mongolia. However, the Russians shoot down and gain a fighter plan and manage to re-engineer it and create the Yak-224. The US develops the Hornet rocket meant for aircraft.
The Khmer Air Force bombs several Australian cities killing over 5000 people. Massive uproar arises in the Australian populace. Australian bombers hit Singapore and Bangkok. Any talk of peace is shamed upon by the Entente.
Russo-Mongolian troops capture the Balkans. The Serbian government-in-exile Screams for a re-invasion of Albania and Greece. The US army drops the old Brodie which is still in use by the British Empire and Portugal for a new curved, German inspired, M1 helmet.
Attempted invasion of Sakhalin Island by Russian forces. Entente forces begin hammering the Berlin Front. Another Consortium sabotage attempt is foiled after the agents disguised as soldiers were forced to charge during the attack and cut down by machinegun fire. Russo-Persian troops pushed out of Iraq and back into Kurdistan. The remnants of the Serbian army (made up of the old timers from the beginning of the war or refugee kids) land in Greece. The Serbian generals say they will march to Belgrade and declare Serbia neutral in the Great War.
Australian invasion of Java and Borneo. Japanese warships provided an effective cover for the landing. The Dutch throw all their available troops into retaking the East Indies. Khmer forces are divided from all across Asia. Khmer forces occupy all of Tibet. India declares war on the Khmer Empire. Australian forces take Java in October and Borneo in December.
Entente invasion of South East Asia. Indian forces move into the Khmer province of Burma. Serbian forces break into Anatolia. Russian forces pushed into Armenia. USWE generals proclaim total victory over Russo-Mongolia as Berlin is liberated.
Massive explosions in the Texas oil fields, Entente oil crippled, Russian forces hammer the Berlin front pushing the USWE back to their original positions from 1949.The Western Front will be locked in this position for ten years. US troops land in southern Indochina. Entente forces land in Pusan and the Ryukyu Islands. Entente media declares the Liberation of Asia has begun. Serbian forces move into Serbia itself Russian leaders ponder if such a small country can make a huge difference.
Russian diplomats meet with Serbian leaders in Skopje. The Russians offer the Serbs to switch sides in exchange for their homeland. Serbia refuses still keeping their pro-Entente stance. In a rage for more troops Ugenberg orders the complete destruction of Serbia. Bulgarian and Hungarian bombers torch the country in napalm. 3,000 Serbian civilians are killed. The entire country is lit ablaze with the fire being seen in Kurdistan during the night.
Entente forces reach Seoul. ANZAC forces enter Siam itself. US forces complete their liberation of Indochina. The Khmer Empire surrenders. People across the Entente celebrate the first enemy country to surrender.
President MacArthur begins pushing congress to make every man in the US available for military service. it is denied.
Heavy pushes are made in Korea. Pyongyang falls into Entente hands, Russian and Manchurian forces set up a defensive line on the Yalu River. Russo-Persian troops launch another offensive into Iraq. Repeated attacks on the Western Front. "Wolfenburg Crisis", destruction of a whole American brigade during fighting near Wolfenburg, Germany, United States general staff begins to trust their own intelligence rather than the Europeans. Russo-Mongolia begins research for a weapon that could destroy a mile of the enemy front line but could be dropped from a plane.
For the Entente, they are focusing on bigger bombs and bombers like the jet powered B-30 bomber. Entente infantry weapons have been replaced from the American M40 assault rifle to the German MP-59 assault rifle. Advancements with guided rockets also increases with the Stingwing anti-air anti-tank rocket launcher. Russia responds with new anti-infantry weapons.
Secretary of War for President MacArthur John Kennedy is elected US president. Trench raiders are launched by both sides for the next few years. Russian invasion of Sakhalin. Entente soldiers are hopelessly outnumbered. President Kennedy authorizes mass bombings and destruction of Russian cities. Baron Ugenberg purges the Bolshevik remnants from Russo-Mongolia.
The Entente in an effort for more resources like coal and oil start to colonize Antarctica. The US establishes the Territory of New Alaska on the Antarctic peninsula. French colonies appear on the Pacific side. Japan holds small coastline colonies and Britain gains the rest. South Africa creates the colony of New Boeria due to the amount of Boers flooding the region. Australia and New Zealand combine their colony into the Dominion of South Victorialand. France names its colony Napoleonland named after Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
The USA launches Patriot 1 from Cape Canaveral. World's first satellite is launched. The US and British navies begin a mop up operation of all Russian subs in the Atlantic. Liberia is annexed as a US state. Massive Manchurian offensive across the Yalu. Enormous losses are reported on both sides. Russia firebombs several Hokkaido cities. Entente troops push into China. Japanese soldiers capture Vladivostok for the first time in 40 years. The Entente promises much of Southeastern Siberia and Manchuria to Japan after the war is concluded. First wireless headsets manufactured for OSS and MI6 units.
Russian pushes in Kurdistan and Anatolia. Russian troops gas the Kurds into submission but it only increases resistance. Japanese troops move deeper into Russia. First Indian troops arrive in the Middle East. Entente forces push through China. The Chinese plain is easily overrun due to its flat terrain but out west the Entente faces more tougher terrain. Elite US, Italian, Scottish, and Norwegian soldiers are used in this new type of combat.
Half of Russia's Atlantic raider fleet has been destroyed. Boston is raided for the last time. The Consortium begins planning to destroy Russia's nuclear research to prolong the war.
50th anniversary since the start of the great war. In March the Consortium launches Operation Iron Storm by sending OSS field operative James Anderson under Colonel (Consortium Agent) William Mitchell to a supposedly abandoned factory outside Wolfenburg. Anderson ten rendezvous with the German resistance which fight their way to the factory. After destroying the building Anderson goes to the temporary Russian HQ at the Reichstag. A group of Consortium soldiers arrive to kill everyone including Anderson. Anderson fights his way to Ugenberg quarters near the dome of the building. The Consortium breaks in with Colonel Mitchell leading. Feeling betrayed by the group Ugenberg declares he will make peace with the US and USWE and the whole of the Entente so he will be seen as a peacemaker and not a conqueror. Mitchell guns down Ugenberg which results in the Consortium troops (including Mitchell) killed by Anderson as he flees Berlin.
The Russo-Mongolian state media declares the war will continue in Ugenberg's name. The Entente plan to kill Ugenberg thought it would make peace, it would just prolong the war another 50 more years.
Casualties in the Great War so far
United States (1917-1934, 1948-present): 3.5 million, British Empire (1914-present): 7.8 million, France (1914-present): Ten million, Germany (1914-present): 8.1 million, Russia/Siberia/Russo-Mongolia (1914-1929, 1943-1945, 1945-present): 13.3 million, Japan (1914-present): 4.5 million, Italy (1915-present): 2.9 million, Khmer Empire (1957-present): 870,000, Manchuria (1957-present): 1.2 million
Continued Entente push in Eastern Siberia, the USA lands troops in Petropavlovsk. Japanese forces launch a raid across the Yalu which proves devastating for the Manchurians. The USWE lands troops outside Oslo, Narvik and Hammerfest. Russian forces counterattack from Sweden, halting all Entente moves. The US launches Thor 1, the world's first "Rods from God" weapon that has first strike capabilities. Russia, however, knocks down the Thor 1 with a prototype ICBM.
The Middle East front falls into the trenches as the Russian offensive in Iraq and Syria have grounded to a halt. Entente armies push deeper into China. However, behind Entente lines, fighting erupts between Communists and Nationalists for control of the newly proclaimed Chinese Federation with its capital in Nanjing by nationalist leader Chang Kai-Shek. The real reason the Communists rose up was that they were not represented in the Chinese congress. The US despite the rest of the Ententes disapproval, escalates the violence by outright supporting Chang's cause. US and nationalist force quickly route the CCP from the cities. Eventually by October the remnants of the CCP enter Indochina and are trained by Ho Chi Minh's Viet Cong as the People Liberation Army.
Russia under the more moderate Georgi Zhukov reluctantly recognizes the CCP as the undisputed leaders of China as to not prevent a second Bolshevik revolution. The Republic of Kurdistan is formed after many years of occupation and war. The Kurdish salient is one of the most brutal parts of the front. The Entente give the Kurds the best weapons they can produce.
Massive revolt in Clifford's capital of Rio de Janeiro, Clifford National Guard and Rio police are overwhelmed by the Brazilian Independence movement protesters. President Kennedy gives greater autonomy to the US's more southern states. The revolt nearly jeopardized the US war effort. Nationalist forces launch an invasion of central China. Turkestan, a de facto Russian puppet moves to counter. Invasion of India by Persian and Turk forces. Persia is promised the western coast while Turkistan gets Hindustan and Pakistan. Escalation of Viet Cong attacks in Indochina. France happily deploys policing forces to its colony. The Union of South Africa collapses after a massive anti-apartheid rebellion by black citizens. Rhodesia declare its independence from the Union. The British move forces into South Africa but fail to keep the peace. The Boers have declared the Afrikaner Republic of South Africa. This declaration is followed by revolts in the Transvaal and Orange Free State. The only territory friendly to the South African government is Bothaland (former German Southwest Africa renamed in honor of Louis Botha). South Africa's government rallies the pro-British forces and launches a massive attack into Drakensberg. The Boers armed with old German and more modern Russian arms beat them back.
The Entente captures Harbin forcing Manchuria's surrender. South Africa transforms into a blood filled mess as fighting between Government, Boer and black forces destroy many great cities. Cape Town is declared as the Black Afrikaner Republic of South Africa. Russia begins instigating patriotism in the native tribes of Entente countries. The US crushes several Indian revolts in Oklahoma. Australia heavily observes the aborigines. The Indian front moves slowly for the Persian and Turk forces. Though New Delhi has been captured The Indians heavily resist the Muslim invaders. To India and the German Zion divisions, the war against Persia and Turkistan is a holy war. Israel decides to openly enter the war even though they fear bombing strikes on Jerusalem.
Violence in South Africa continues, violence spreads to other parts of Africa, in Rwanda Tutsi rebels and the Hutu army begin clashing in Kigali. To combat the violence the African League is formed between the ruler of several local governments. The British army in South Africa decides to evacuate to Angola. Portugal crushes several rebellions in Mozambique. Liberia remains a loyal US territory in Africa. Massive rebellion by Communist Quebecois forces. Canada also thrown into turmoil. The US invades to stop the violence. The Quebecois are put down with mustard gas and airstrikes. France, outraged, elects Jean-Luc Goddard as president. France withdraws from the war. The Chinese Federation stabilizes, China under the Kuomintang declare China's loyalty to the Entente. Mao still in hiding declares war on the Entente.
The blacks are put down by the South African government. Japan annexes Indonesia. The Siberian front continues to get bloodier every day. The Boer forces maintain their hold on Transvaal even as Drakensberg and the Orange Free State fall. Eventually a bombing raid on Pretoria forces the Boer surrender. The Boers are exiled to Holland. The Fourth Battle of Baghdad sees general Erwin Rommel promoted to grand marshal of the German army. German forces take back the city and force the Persians out. Saddam Hussein is elected president of Iraq.
Russia begins to push heavily on the Western Front. Hannover is captured. France begins building up its forces on the German and Belgian borders, to the rest of the Entente it seems France is still in the war. The New Years Offensive in China. Mao and his Communist army of 300,000 men drive north on a campaign of terror. Russia launches several more attacks towards Hamburg. The US begins its efforts to draw more troops away in Siberia. Japan annexes Kamchatka. The nationalists begin to fight back against Mao. French women begin giving birth to large numbers of babies as issued by law to rebuild the population. The French military by now only numbers a solid 25,000 combat fit men. Russia pushes back in the Sudetenland. Prague is captured. The AK-67 is fielded by Russia and the M66 by the USA. The USA, although having five million dead, still has enough men to fight for decades. Eventually Mao's offensive is stalled at Xian. The Chinese army then defeats his forces near Hong Kong killing Mao in the process.
Entente collapse in Germany. evacuation of the BEF from Rotterdam. The American army retreats back to Italy. France is eventually attacked by Russia. Paris is devastated again. The Russian flag hangs from several prominent Parisian buildings. The whole of the Entente is moved to the Middle East and India. Siberia is so big it can't be conquered by the Entente. The unprepared French army is pushed into Portuguese Spain. Germany and France surrender. The Entente armies in Norway are destroyed. Italy is occupied by Russia. Switzerland is merged into a German occupation zone. The Entente launches an invasion of Turkey. Colonial soldiers are used heavily. Russia eventually breaks into Portugal and takes the region. The Portuguese government evacuates to Britain. Zhukov proclaimed ultimate victory. The next US democratic candidate promises to end the war. However, the war hawks take over and declare eternal war on Russia.
As the year opened the Entente meet in Washington DC to discuss the course of the war. It is predicted that the Russians couldn't hold onto Europe forever. A massive Entente push reaches the Black Sea from Kurdistan. The Entente decides to push into Russia via the Caucuses Mountains. Volgograd is heavily bombed by the Entente. The Entente still hold Corsica and Sardinia. Meanwhile, the Russians are laying siege to Sicily. This decade will see a major rise in psychological rock mainly influenced by the Volunteers and Jimi Hendrix.
Continued Entente offensives into the Caucasus. Repeated jabs at taking Gibraltar are thwarted. Japan annexes Manchuria and Indochina into the empire. Chinese offensive into Central Asia. The battle of Xinjiang sees the most Chinese soldiers killed in the war so far. Operation Aurelia, Entente invasion of Barcelona, Portugal. Mostly British and French units were involved. President Robert Kennedy enacts the Civil and Military Reform act for the Southern Territories technically the South American states to act like commonwealths. The Russian sub threat is destroyed. South Africa rejoins the war under President Balthazar Vorster and sends the South African army of both black and white soldiers to the front. Psychological rock collapses after a government ban on recreational drugs.
France grants independence to Mali. Belgium leaves Rwanda and Burundi. Egypt-Sudan given recognition as a dominion of the British Empire. Rock'n Roll at this point has progressed to be led by two genres, folk led by Bob Dylan and Buddy Holly and crazy led by what's left of the 60s bands like the Adventures and the newer band led by Steve Miller. The Japanese crush the Indochinese insurrection. Airships have been abandoned by both sides in place of precise jet bombers and gyrocopters. Russian troops are squeezed in closer to Madrid as Entente troops march on. The United Nations in founded to continue the fight against Russia. The UN is pushed back from Siberia. From Britain the UN launches several bombing raids on Berlin attempting to destroy the Reichstag, Russia's HQ in Europe. UN forces in China are also pushed back.
Russian troops surrender en masse to UN forces outside Madrid. Russia responds by launching missile strikes at Washington and London. Russia builds up a significant force of 400,000 soldiers to be sued in an invasion of Ireland. The operation goes forward. The UN is caught off guard. This causes troops to be diverted from the Caucasus to Britain. Russia pushes all the way to Arabia. The Battle of Dublin is hard fought but by spring Ireland is under enemy occupation. Russia begins shipping arms to South America to draw away more US soldiers.
US begins deploying forces to Britain under a new Operation: Crown. Dublin is retaken temporarily by Allied forces, but soon is back under Russian occupation. Ireland is formed as the Socialist Republic of Ireland on February 12th. Arabian oil fields bombed by UN planes. Scottish Patriots begin a rebellion in Sheffield.
Scottish patriots crushed by Entente forces. Iberia under UN control. Many nations declare eternal war on Russo-Mongolia. Mafia families across the world begin secret cooperation. Crime rates worldwide skyrocket.
Russian forces leave Ireland, letting it fend for itself. British and Irish forces clash with no clear victor. Balkan rebellion begins, but is crushed in no time.
Christmas ceasefire of 1977. For one month there will be peace between the Russo-Mongolian Empire and the United Nations.
Russia makes a second invasion of Britain, without support of US troops who are on a mass vacation and being deployed against Latino independence groups in South America, falls in just one week. Royal Family flees to Canada.