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The Great War begins (1972, April-June)
"Go brave men of the south, onward toward victory and the unification of our great nation" President Sinclair of the CSA on the first day of the invasion of Texas.
The war began when the CSA declared war on Texas in an attempt to establish itself as the largest power in North America. Due to treaties the Republic of Ohio and the American Union both contributed their forces into the fight. A huge push of CSA armour rolled across the border capturing over 20 miles of land within the first three days. Panicking the Texan government sent a plea to help to the neighboring Republic of California. The Californians seeing the threat the eastern forces posed immediately began to send troops to the Texan's aid.
On the 14th of May, 1972, The Republic of Cascadia was contacted by their major trading partner California. An offer of military alliance was made, the Cascadians agreed and several squadrons of planes were sent south to aid the badly outnumbered western air forces against the much more numerous Ohio and Union aircraft.
The counterattacks (1972, July-September)"Texans, why did it have to be Texans" Union General Brian Connelly, 1st Union Cavalry looking at his casualties after the battle of Longview. His Division took 50% casualties.
The allied forces of both sides began to finally arrive to aid in the front lines. In July 27th, the Texans in coordination with their new reinforcements from California launched a counteroffensive. Concentrating their forces farther to the north, they bypassed the main confederate force, now entrenched on the outskirts of Houston which had been besieged for the past two months, the western allies moved their troops through Dallas towards Shreveport in the former state of Louisiana in an attempt to cut of the enemy supplies. The surprised Confederates were forced back over the course of 2 weeks of heavy rearguard fighting before making a stand at Longview. Here the high command directed ground forces from the Union to hit the enemy head on to stall them until the Confederate armour reformed to launch a counteroffensive. The Battle of Longview was one of the bloodiest of the entire war, accounting for 30,000 Union deaths as a mass of raw, unprepared troops hit a hardened force of skilled fighters in territory they had no knowledge of. It was reported that more Union men died of heatstroke and dehydration then all the combined casualties inflicted by the Western forces.In 1st September the Confederate armed forces under went Operation: Hammerfall. A large column of armoured divisions punched through the Western allied lines and captured Dallas. The following infantry and allied forces followed behind to mop up the surviving enemy units. Meanwhile in the south, the air forces began a series of bombing raids to cripple the enemy logistics while the navy blockaded Houston to quicken its surrender and to prevent the tiny Texan navy from escaping.
The Carolinian uprising (1972, October-December)
"As a wise man once said to me, the enemy are on our left and to our right. They are at our front and have cut off our rear. Thank God, those bastards aren't getting away this time."Texan General John Wilcox, Head of the Fort Worth garrison during its siege.
Things looked bad for Texas, their troops in the north had been broken and were cut off, stuck attempting to hold Fort Worth despite out of date weapons and low supplies, in the south, Houston looked ready to fall. Then a dockworker in Corpus Christi found a small collection of old warships. These were immediately renovated and began a series of raids on the Confederate blockade, forcing them to break their siege by sea to hunt down the Texan ships, while weapons taken from old military bases and eastern prisoners were reverse engineered to rearm the now battle trained ground forces.
The Cascadians officially joined the war and sent a small militia force which provided a much relief to the frontline troops. But this was not enough. The Confederates still had both the major cities in the east either captured or almost taken. Then in 26th October, Texan prayers were answered. In Carolina, the most populated Confederate state, locals, fed up with the ceaseless conflict began a full scale armed uprising. This tied down the already stretched Confederate troops and forced them to withdraw from offensive operations. The Texans and their allies wisely used this time to relieve Fort Worth and dig in.
The Ceasefire (1973, January-March)
"If you mention Carolina one more time, if you try my limited patience to its end, then you are going to be trying God's infinite patience pretty soon" President Eugene Sinclair III, CSA President on the terms he is willing to negotiate on.
On the 14th January, the President of Ohio, sick of the heavy casualties with such little gain in land, offered to negotiate a ceasefire. Under pressure from it allies the CSA agreed. The negotiations went off to a bad start. The Confederates wanted land reaching to the Pacific while the Western alliance wanted Carolina to be an independent state with the CSA severely weakened. In the end, due to threats of withdrawing from the war from Ohio and the American Union, the CSA agreed to withdraw from Texas to deal with Carolina. Also a huge alliance was set up called the GNAA (Great North American Alliance) in order to prevent slaughter on such a scale from occurring again. Feeling betrayed by its allies and believing it could have won if not for their "Betrayal" the CSA became increasingly isolationist and cut all ties with other countries.
Texas and Allies
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