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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Shaping the Royal Family

1859

  • February 3: The Crown Prince and Princess of the Kingdom of Prussia wholeheartedly mourn the death of their newborn son. He unfortunately died a week after entering the world. Great Britain also mourns because Crown Princess Victoria is Queen Victoria’s daughter. However, the continual turn of politics brings their mind off of the late prince.

1860

  • July 26: A healthy baby boy is born. He is named Heinrich. The birth dispels any sadness from the loss of the other baby. He will later become Kaiser of the German Empire, which will be formed eleven years later.

1861

  • August 20: A daughter named Viktoria Elisabeth Auguste Charlotte or just Charlotte is born. Her grandmother, none other than Queen Victoria, will continually write to Charlotte because of her unladylike habits.

1862

1871

  • January 17: The German Empire is formed under Wilhelm I. Prince Frederick III and Princess Victoria will succeed Wilhelm upon his death. Kaiser Wilhelm, along with Chancellor Bismarck, begin an Anglophile reign, hoping to isolate France from any potential alliance with Britain. The second goal is to actually ally with the UK.

1888

The Year of Three Emperors

  • March 9: Wilhelm I dies after seventeen years of ruling. Frederick III is crowned Kaiser of the German Reich.
  • June 15: Kaiser Frederick dies due to Laryngeal cancer only ninety-nine days after the death of his father. Heinrich is made the third Kaiser of Germany. He will be known as the worst leader of Germany in history. Heinrich continues his father's policies. His relationship with Chancellor Bismarck would keep him in the government until his death in 1912.

1889

  • December 18: Prince Adolf is born to Kaiser Heinrich. He will be the first of three. Wilhelm II moves steadily up the chain of command in the German Navy. After all, he is the brother of the Kaiser.

Shaping the Politics of Europe

1890

  • July 1: The Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty is signed by the United Kingdom and Germany, temporarily settling disputes in Africa. This would lay foundations for the eventual bonding of the two countries. Several other treaties followed.

1892

  • April 16: Russia and France form a military alliance to the displeasure of the German Reich and Great Britain. The attempted distancing of France has at least worked in London. Although Russia hopes to include the United Kingdom to form the Triple Entente, hate from the Crimean War still burns in the minds of the Brits.

1900

  • January 1: The Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch comes into effect in Germany. It is considered groundbreaking by political scientists of the day.

1902

  • May 8: Despite French attempts to ally with the United Kingdom, the Anglo-German Alliance is formed. Russia and France are greatly concerned; the two greatest naval powers are now allies. Europe is divided into two polar fractions. However, while Germany focused her attention to England, Austria-Hungary drifted away. The Belgium Talks begin immediately between the officials of the two signatory nations to discuss the future of the Britain's defense of Belgium.

1904

  • April 8: France receives Morocco as protectorate from Spain. Britain is enraged for two reasons. One, France didn't ask her. Two, the French now controlled a vital link to the Mediterranean Sea, one that overshadowed Gibraltar.

1913

  • October 28: In Saverne, Alsace-Lorraine, a Prussian military unit uses derogatory and racist language towards the native population. This leaks into the newspapers, and Kaiser Heinrich's popularity in Western Germany collapses.

The Great War

1914

  • June 28: Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are killed by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo in Bosnia in a radical attempt to break Austria-Hungary's grip over the Slavic countries. On that same day, the Austrian government sends an "unfair" ultimatum to Serbia. (Princip was a Serbian.)
  • July 2: News is received that Serbia rejected the ultimatum. Austria-Hungary declares war.
  • July 3: The Russian Empire mobilizes its army to the defense of Serbia. War is declared on Austria-Hungary.
  • July 6: The Third French Republic declares war on Austria-Hungary. France, Russia, and Serbia form the Triple Entente or Allies.
  • July 10: The United Kingdom and Germany put embargoes on the Allied Powers.
  • July 12: The Austrian military withdraws from the southern part of the empire to be placed in the Eastern and Western Fronts.
  • August 30: French soldiers make no movements except for occasional taunts across the border.
  • September 3: The Russian military seizes Galicia and Bukovina. The opponents run from their lines after the Great Bear clubs down all who stand in its way.

1915

  • January 1: The German Empire declares war on the Triple Entente after Austria-Hungary seems to be drowning in her own blood.
  • January 3: The United Kingdom joins Germany to form the Imperial Powers. The two great naval powers begin to destroy French shipping and trade.
  • January 12: German soldiers march through Vienna to fake their way to Hungary.
  • January 24: Several divisions are sent to East Prussia in order to halt the inevitable Russian offensive. Another division will be removed to aide the Hungarian Campaign.
  • February 5: The Ottoman Empire joins the Imperial Powers.
  • February 6: The Kingdom of Bulgaria joins with the Imperials under Tsar Ferdinand. The army is quickly mobilized to effectively remove Serbia from the world.
  • February 19: President Woodrow Wilson declares that he is devoting the military to a peace-keeping mission in Mexico. He will find that all of the pro-democracy leaders are incompetent.
  • March 8: Germany starts unrestricted submarine warfare on France with the confidence that America cannot join.
  • March 10: Two German "pincers" attempt to crush France. The first will move through neutral Belgium while the other will move through Alsace-Lorraine. Much of the lower pincer's men are the British Expeditionary Force (BEF).
  • April 11: The attack begins. Belgium offers unprecedented resistance to occupation and joins the Allied Powers even though Brussels is already under a heavy artillery barrage. German and British soldiers find that Eastern France is weakly protected because most of her men are in Austria-Hungary. The men that moved through Vienna attempt to retake Austria's small western provinces. All of the German offensives make use of poisonous gases, annihilating many French and other Allied troops.
  • April 29: German forces take Innsbruck after a two-day long bloody battle. The Austrian Theater is marked by slow and horrible trench warfare.
  • May 19: Several small French towns are taken by German soldiers.
  • July 3: General Falkenhayn receives a letter of surrender from the Belgian government. He immediately sets out to crush Paris and leaves several regiments to squash any guerrilla warfare.

1916

  • January 19: Kaiser Heinrich makes peace with Belgium although the country is overrun with German occupation.
  • May 9: Italy declares war on the Allies but doesn't join the Imperial Powers because several Italian regiments were killed by German soldiers after being mistaken for Frenchmen.
  • June 28: Heinrich uses his popularity boom to announce the Kingdom of Poland's formation. However, this backfires and the public begins to hate him again.
  • July 5: The Svenska Affair takes place. The HMS Svenska is completely destroyed by Russian ships when a certain Swedish admiral declares that he will not withdraw his ships before the Russian Navy.
  • July 7: After constant debates and the deaths of several liberal officials, the Swedish government declares war against Russia and joins the Imperial Powers. Weapons begin to be snuck into the hands of Finnish radicals. Norway and Denmark announce their neutrality.
  • July 20: Orders are given to the German command in Russia to stop all offensives and just grind Russia into revolution.
  • August 1: A short stalemate in France ends as Falkenhayn regroups and starts an all-or-nothing assault under cover of gases and bombs.

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