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The Great War that never happened is alternate history basing itself on the idea that World War 1 never happened in an alternate timeline, and all the events that led up to World War 1 failed completely and/or delayed. This idea focuses on how the Great War never happened and how the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia would be drastically different. Note that not all things on this timeline will be accurately fact is this is fictional, and a guess on how history would play out differently.


1914

  • July 28th, 1914 - a Serbian assassin named Gavrilo Princip fails at killing Franz Ferdinand Archduke of Austria. IOT, Ferdinand is killed by Princip, however in this alternate timeline, Ferdinand's driver didn't make the mistake and continued to the route, or simply, Franz left prematurely due to the terrorism in Sarajevo.

Because of Princip's failure in killing Franz, World War 1 does not happen at all. Technology will be several years behind especially for aircraft. However, Ferdinand will soon become Emperor of Austria Hungary and give the Slavs equal rights. This ensures that Austria Hungary will continue to exist, and the German Reich will continue growing in terms of economy and military. Nazism and communism would not happen due to these governments not allowing it.

  • Albania: this year, Albania's borders are drawn by London. William of Wied a German prince becomes monarch of Albania. The Austro-Hungarian empire is Albania's largest ally and aims to keep the principality under its sphere will ensuring Albania remains independent from Serbian and Greek aggression.
  • Austria-Hungary: The empire continues it duty but now vilifying Serbian citing that they are state sponsors of terrorism. Most goods are embargoed by Germany and Austria. The failed attempt at killing Franz Ferdinand served as a warning to Austria.
  • Belgium: still remains neutral since Britain ensures its neutrality.
  • Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Kingdom holds resentment against Serbia due to Serbia taking Vardarska (Macedonia) from Bulgaria. Bulgaria allies with Austria-Hungary against Serbia blocking any Serbian goods to trade on the black sea.
  • British Empire: still stands by its word to protect Belgium from any invaders.
  • Denmark: considers selling some of its islands overseas.
  • France: concerned about possible actions the German Empire could do. It stays on alert and arms its military.
  • German Empire: Germany's economy and military continues to grow at an astounding rate. However Germany is concerned about its weak ally Austria Hungary due to the extreme nationalism, and the Balkans, as Germant is also concerned about a Great War forthcoming in the near future. The failed attempt at killing Ferdinand served as a warning to both the Kaiser and Austria.
  • Greece: The Greeks would remains somewhar allies to Serbia. Greeks would also attempt to seize Epirus from Albania, but most likely wouldn't succeeds due to Austrian protection.
  • Italy: German still remains allies with the Central Alliance.
  • Netherlands: Remains neutral in the over nationalist Europe.
  • Montenegro: a small Kingdom, Montenegro remains close allies with its larger cousin Serbia.
  • Portugal: Portugal opposes Germany and allies itself with Britain.
  • Ottoman Empire: Seen as the sick man of Europe, because of WW1 not happening at this time, the Germans never sign a treaty with the Ottoman Empire. Because of this the Ottoman Empire continues to struggle to keep with Europe. Despite this, however, Arab nationalism is delayed for the time being to due to Britain not declaring war and encouraging the Arabs to rise up against the Turks.
  • Romania: Romania still holds on to its smaller land, and allied itself with Russian Empire.
  • Russian Empire: The Russian Empire's army continues to grow at an astounding rate. Because of the population advantage, the Russian Empire is growing at a massive rate. Although most think Russia this time as a declining power, it is in fact a rising power. Russia's alliance with France concerns the Kaiser of Germany a bit and Russia supports Serbia.
  • Serbia: the Kingdom of Serbia is largely condemned by Germany, and Austria due to their apparent sponsoring of terrorism. Only Russia remains Serbia's ally at this point as Bulgaria, Austria, and Germany hold resentment to Serbia.
  • Spain: Spain remains neutral.
  • Sweden: Neutral
  • Norway: Neutral
  • Switzerland: Neutral
  • Chinese Republic: Qingtao would still be under German and Austrian command.
  • United States of America: America would not be involved in European or world affairs at this year and most Americans vote against supporting European imperialist powers in a case of a global war.  German would still be spoken in the United States.

1916

  • Albania: nothing changes except the country begins to slightly stabilize.
  • Austria-Hungary: the weak empire is spared when Franz Ferdinand comes into power in 1916. He begins giving equal rights to Slavs and makes a deal with Serbia in order to improve relations.  
  • Belgium: doing its thing in Africa. 
  • Bulgaria: Secretly aims to take Constantinople from the Ottomans. However, it is unsure of this yet.
  • British Empire: continues to grow. Fights off a few rebellions in its colonies. Breaks ties with France in favor of Russia.
  • France: becomes rivals with Britain.  
  • German Empire: economy continues to grow alongside its military.
  • Greece: remains rather friendly to Germany as the Greek king's wife is German.
  • Italy: nothing happens much this year.
  • Montenegro: nothing happens much either.
  • Portugal: Colonial stuff.
  • Ottoman Empire: Although weak still, Arab nationalism is slowly growing specifically in Mecca.
    • Jabal Shamaar Emirate: is at war against the rival House of Saud. The Ottomans support Javal Shmaar, but only via weapons and not manpower.
  • Russian Empire: although a rising power, the Tsar's reputation continues ro worsen with the Russian people. Various nationalist movements (even communist although weak and small) call for a democratic government and/or the Tsar to reign as a constitutional monarch.
  • Romania: Romania attempts to establish closer ties with Austria-Hungary. 
  • Serbia: wants Bosnia to be independent of Austro-Hungarian control as a request to re-establisb formal relations.
  • Spain: Nothing happens really except usual colonial business.
  • Chinese Republic: revolts in Mongolia alarm the Chinese. The Russians support the Mongols and they successfully declare their independence from China.
  • United States of America: America continues its isolationist policy. However, it's keen on keeping its overseas possessions in check. 

1917

  • Albania: suppresses any revolt from the Greeks or Ottoman loyalists.
  • Austria-Hungary: puts down a massaive revolt in the Bosnia province. Numerous Serb nationalists are imprisoned.
  • Belgium: Asks for more British support against Germany.
  • Bulgaria: begins a heavy militarization to tru to make it the most strongest Balkan military.
  • British Empire: Begins an arms race against Germany. Both countries are attempting to assert their influence.
  • France: holds a military stand offf against Germany, though resolved.
  • Germany: begins an arms race with Britain. Further arms itself and becomes the strongest army of Europe.
  • Greece: Greeks and Ottomans begin a naval clash. Greeks win and seize several small islands from the Ottoman Empire.
  • Italy: colonial stuff
  • Montenegro: Considers a union with Serbia to counteract Austro-Hungarian infleunce.
  • Portugal: gets into dispute with Germany though its quickly resolved.
  • Ottoman Empire: loses a war with Greece, a revolt begins though the Sultan's forces crush it.
  • Russian Empire: a peasent uprising begins against the Tsar. The Tsar crushes the revolt, though many Russians grow more and more resentment against the Tsar.
  • Romania: established a trade agreement with the Austro-Hungarians.
  • Serbia: Serbia accepts Montenegro's request to form a union. The union will go into effect in 1918.
  • Chinese Republic: forms working relations with the US.
  • United States of America: forms working relations with the Chinese Republic,

1918

  • Albania: nothing much happening.
  • Austria-Hungary: has a border clash with Italy. Relations between the two worsen.
  • Belgium: Belgium's African colony (Congo) has a revolt. Belgian forces supress the revolt.
  • Bulgaria: The Ottomans and Bulgaria have a skirmish.  The Bulgarian king Ferninand sees this skirmish as a start of war between the two.
  • British Empire: Britain backs Belgium in suppressing the revolt.
  • France: Has a war against colonial rebels in Indochina.
  • Germany: Acquires more territory in the southern Arabian peninsula. 
  • Greece:  The Greek government begins plans to invade Izmir, a city in the Ottoman Empire.
  • Italy: Italian colonial forces begin an attack on Ethiopian forces though they are driven out.
  • Montengro: combines with Serbia.
  • Portugal: relations worsen with the Spanish, and the Portugese impose a blockade.
  • Ottoman Empire: has a skirmish against Bulgaria. The Ottomans acquire several ships from Britain. The Young Turk government begins militarizing the country.
  • Russian Empire: more revolts occur against the Tsar. the Jewish population are blmaed.
  • Serbia: Combines wirh Montenegro.
  • Spain: has worsened relarions with Portugal
  • Japanese Empire: begins a process of militarization
  • Chinese Republic: continues to struggle financially.
  • United States of America: Stays out of world affairs.

1920

  • Albania: with assistance from Austria, Albania begins to fund the Albanian kaçaks of Kosovo against the Serbian kingdom
  • Austria-Hungary: provides arms to the Albanian rebels against Serbia.
  • Belgium: colonial business
  • Bulgaria: begins a war against the Ottoman Empire ajd invades Adrianople in attempts to reach Constantinople.
  • British Empire: due to the oil rush, the British begin to fund Arab rebels against the Turks in attempts to destabilize the weak empire.
  • France:  colonial business
  • Germany: begins to fund the Ottoman Army to counteract Britain's ambitions.
  • Greece: The Greek navy launches naval assault on Ottoman ports and begins an invasion on the city of Izmir.
  • Italy: Italy and Britain both aim to conquer Cyprus
  • Portugal: has a war against Spain and invades Spanish Morocco. Both empires clash.
  • Ottoman Empire: has a war against Greece and Bulgaria. Also faces an Arab revolt.
  • Russian Empire: A civil war begin as communist revolutionaries, Russian whites, and the Tsar's forces all clash. The British Empire supports the Tsar's army.
  • Serbia: faces an insurgency from Albanian kaçaks in the regions of Kosovo and Vardarska.
  • Japanese Empire: ecpands it fleet
  • Chinese Republic: is at war against Japan
  • United States of America: economic growth ensues.


1921

  • Albania: has a border clash with Serbia.  Austria-Hungary backs Albania while Russia backs Serbia.
  • Austria-Hungary: Internal struggles from within begin. In spite of the power economy, nationalist revolts occur in Prague, and Bratislava. Slavic nationalism continues to grow.
  • Belgium: nothing so far
  • Bulgaria: Ottoman forces pushes back Bulgaria troops and reclaims Adrianople.
  • British Empire: British Egypt begins an invasion of Ottoman Palestine taking over Jerusalem. More Jews from Europe also move to Palestine. The Kingdom of Hejaz is created as a British puppet.
  • France. begins to exert irs influence over Christians in the Levant to make a French colony there. 
  • German Empire: Germany backs the Ottoman Empire against the French and British colonials. 
  • Greece: The invasion of Izmir was a failure and Greek troops retreat.
  • Italy: Italian troops invade the southwestern part of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Portugal: nothing
  • Ottoman Empire: faces numerous wars from European powers. On the brink of collapse as Turkish nationalists such as Ataturk rise in popularity. A civil war has begun.
  • Russian Empire: The Tsar of Russia is exiled and a provincial government is created.
  • Serbia: has. border war against Albania.
  • Japanese Empire: take over several pacific islands.
  • Chinese Republic: faces attacks from communist revels.
  • United States of America: roaring 20's and good economy.

1923

  • Albania: fends off Serbian forces in its borders and occupies several regions of Kosovo.
  • Austria-Hungary: The empire collapses, and the Empire of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary are formed. Austria has regions of Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia while Hungary takes Slovakia, Hungary, and Vojvodina.
  • Belgium: nothing
  • Bulgaria: Breaks fhe stalemate against the Ottomans and overruns Adrianople once more.
  • British Empire: clashes with the German Empire in the Ottoman Empire. A greag war begins to ensue as both powers rapidly buikd up arms.
  • France: The French side with the British against Germany.
  • German Empire: Begins to heavily arm itself against Britain and France.
  • Greece: becomes the stronfest navy in the Aegean and defeats a Turkish armada. Western Turkey is invaded.
  • Italy: Italian troops hokd onto their positions.
  • Portugal: not much
  • Russia: Communists begin to terrorize Russian cities. The Tsar returns from exile though hold no more power.
  • Serbia: faces a war in Kosovo against Albania. 
  • Japanese Empire: NA
  • Chinese Republic: NA
  • United States of America:  NA


1924

  • Albania: the occupied regions if Kosovo by Kaçak and Albanian forces are ceded to Albania.
  • Austrian Empire: Czech nationalists fight off an Austrian army and declare their independence. Slovene and Croat rebels also begin to emerge.
  • Bulgaria: advance is halted near Constantinople. Greece and Bulgaria begin to clash over who will take the city.
  • British Empire: a British vessel sinks and Britain accuses Germany of sinking it.
  • France: French soldiers occupy Syria and Lebanon and the remaining Ottoman forces surrender.
  • German Empire: Germant accuses Britain of wanting to start a war. Tensions escalate.
  • Greece: has a war againdr Bulgaria over Constantinople.
  • Italy: n/a
  • Portugal: n/a
  • Russia: the weak governmet devolves and Russia descends into a civil war. Communists, Anarchisrs, Republicans, and Tsarists all clash for power.
  • Serbia: loses land to Albania as suport from Russia ceases.
  • Turkey: The Ottoman Empire is dissolved and Turkish nationalist begin a war againdt colonial oowers and Ottomanists.

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