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Old Feb 13, 2012, 07:22 PM   #1
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[RFC:DoC] The Great War

(Played in the position of Japan in a playthrough of the Dawn of Civlization 1.8 submod for Rhyse and Fall)

THE GREAT WAR

The year is 1900. A new century of the world had emerged - the age of war.


The world had been relatively peaceful in the past years. While there were minor wars scattered across the globe, the major powers had been quietly colonising various parts of the globe - content to live and not disturb the peace. Times were changing, however. The Federal Republic of Germany had long held the title of world leader and enjoyed great prosperity and stability. While outwardly it seemed to be a bastion of strength and unity, the leaders of this great country knew that it was rapidly spiralling into anarchy. The vast amount of wildly differing cultures and ethnic groups had already sparked violence and looting throughout the nation. The FRG knew it could consolidate and grasp back at it's fading power if there were to be a war. It would rally the nation under one banner against a foreign threat and hopefully prevent the collapse of Germany. This is why on the 23rd of April, 1901 an assassin was caught in Paris with documents proving he was sent from Germany. Although the leaders of the French Republic were suspicious at first of how 'lucky' they had been to catch the would-be killer, they quickly leaped at a suitable reason to declare war. On the 25th of April, 1901 the Great War began with the declaration of war by France.

France had long desired for a war against the eastern brother, who had for a long time cast them in their shadow and made demands that had driven France to near-bankruptcy such as the Hamburg Act of 1875 and the United India Decree of 1895. Powerful through the French Republic was, it could not match up to the power of the Federal Republic of Germany. Within weeks France had formed the United European Coalition to combat the German might. Soon Germany created the German Alliance. By May of 1901, the world was split into two sides and the Great War began in earnest.




In the opening months of the Great War the European front opened up with ferocious intensity. The three greatest nations of the world collided on the forefronts of Europe. All 3 sides had built their defences well and although occasionally a breakthrough was achieved, reinforcements would soon push back the offensive.

Even in less fortified areas of the world little progress was made. Troops were pulled to the European front leaving a lack of troops. Eventually the first major breakthrough occurred in July of 1901. The French Mandate of Persia fought it's way through German territory and captured the stronghold of Babil. Celebrations were held in France for the first major breakthrough, although in Persia the celebrations were off a different kind. The people began to feel more powerful, they felt like they were strong enough to become an independent nation. For they, a mere vassal of France had managed to capture a city from the mighty Germany. For now, however, it was a time for joy.

The United European Coalition enjoyed further success in the following month when France captured Lyon from Spain. The Spaniards had taken the city in a medieval war long ago. Even now the population still considered themselves French and so it was with celebration that the French entered the streets of Lyon.

Meanwhile in the Middle East the Germans annex a portion of the Arabian peninsula under control of the Mughal Empire in a mutual agreement in order to stabilise the region as the Mughal Empire deemed it no longer worth protecting.

The year ended with the capture of the Indonesian city of Nabire by the Japanese Empire on the 14th of December. So ended the year of 1901, the first of many in the Great War. Already it was estimated more people had died in this single year than the last 100 years combined. Diplomats called for peace, but neither side was ready to resign yet. The war would continue.


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Old Feb 13, 2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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Interesting... Almost seems like World War I, with a few defections from the Allies to the Central Powers. I'm looking forward for the next update
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Old Feb 14, 2012, 12:48 AM   #3
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1902 - 1906

The war continued throughout 1902 with little change in the front lines. It was a year for recovery - and for revolution. The Caliphate of Persia declared independence from their French masters. The Iranians celebrated, thinking they could now pull out of the war which already had the highest casualty count of any war in history. It was a high casualty war with little progress being made on either part. Neither side was ready to back down and it was looking to be a very, very long war. It came as a surprise to them then when the Germans refused peace, demanding Babil be returned to them as well as further territories along the border in compensation. Iran refused to give into German demands, believing themselves to be a new regional power. And so the Caliphate of Persia joined the United European Coalition.

In 1903 Yogyakarta was captured by the Empire of Greater Japan. The Japanese were enjoying significant success in Indonesia as the Sultanate of Materam had concentrated all of it's troops in its capital city and its island, knowing it could not hope to defend multiple islands against the larger Japanese army. The Japanese Empire countered by isolating and starving all of the islands with their superior navy. The blockade allowed the Japanese to take islands with relative ease as the defenders were undersupplied and starved near to death. They were nearly thankful for the Japanese presence when they took the islands.

Around August the Mughal Empire went on the offensive in the north of their lands, invading the Siberian Democratic County. The Mughals underestimated their strength, which was being helped by the Russians. It would take until 1909 to secure all the SDC's lands.


The war went on with little gains being made by either side. Eventually in 1905 the Germans made progress in Egypt, capturing El-Uqsur. Meanwhile in Asia the Japanese were making further progress in Indonesia, capturing the city of Sukadom. In Europe the French made a push deep into Spanish countryside and seized the capital, Madrid. It was hoped that the Spanish would soon buckle and capitulate or withdraw from the world if their capital was held. The Spanish were not one to back down from a fight and their leader - Alcides Jáquez - promised that for this action it was "Take Paris or Bust".


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Old Feb 14, 2012, 01:18 AM   #4
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Interesting... Almost seems like World War I, with a few defections from the Allies to the Central Powers. I'm looking forward for the next update
Cheers! Don't expect to see updates too often, but when I do update it should be significant. I've completed the game up into the year 2004 and it is a veeeeery different world haha.
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Old Feb 14, 2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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Great to see a RFC (-DoC) story, those are always fun. Making maps is brilliant too.
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Awesome! Cannot wait to hear the rest of this story!
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Old Feb 14, 2012, 03:14 PM   #7
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This is GREAT! Can't wait.
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Old Feb 14, 2012, 07:11 PM   #8
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there will me screenshots right? Looks really really good though
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Old Feb 14, 2012, 09:32 PM   #9
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there will me screenshots right? Looks really really good though
Hmm, I don't have any screenies planned, but I might go back to the savefiles and get a few for significant events. Unsure, it would require more effort and honestly making those maps took quite a while haha. I've made the maps up into the year 2004 and by the end there is a large jump in year by year quality, showing frontlines shift more gradually rather than in large gaps.

Oh and thank you all for the kind words!

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The years of 1906 - 1910 were another of the "Calm" periods before the "Storm". Even the greatest nations the Earth had ever seen could not keep up constant war for years at a time and by 1906 most borders were well fortified and secure. While there was static fighting and pushes across the borders, capturing land proved to be very hard. Breaking through defences was seen to be incredibly difficult as the defenders had all the advantage. Tanks were unknown or in very early testing at this point so attackers had to overcome artillery, machine guns and regular dug in infantry.

Throughout this 4 year period the only major events were:

The Sultanate of Materam finally gave into Japanese demands in March, 1907. The Japanese had continued to secure islands until the Indonesians were left with their last island of Sumatra which contained their capital. The Indonesians had many companies of Dutch Infantry who had defected to the Indonesians when the Netherlands had collapsed in 1859. The Japanese, not wanting to waste the lives of their own men or those of their future vassal opted to blockade the entire island. Eventually the Indonesian citizens themselves began food riots when the Sultanate refused to hand out their already limited supplies. Realising the only way to remain in power, the Sultan capitulated to the Japanese. All over the empire, Japanese celebrated - for now their was only one country left until all of South-East Asia was in their control. Australia, a province of the Commonwealth of England.

In the years of 1908-1910 the FRG pushed the Persians back, recapturing Babil. The Persians hastily requested peace, stating that now that both sides had the same lands as previously they could live mutually. The Germans scoffed and told the Persians to be ready for their destruction. The Germans continued their offensive, capturing the city of Susa in July, 1909. To the world it seemed that the Persians were a doomed nation. France and the other UEC countries refused to offer help either due to logistical reasons or homeland security. To make their situation more dire the grand Mughal army was stirring. It was said to be nearly double in size of Germany's. Persia was stuck in the middle of two behemoths, and without an ally.

It was not all violence and bloodshed, with French colonies appearing in Africa with the city of Libreville. On the West North-American coast, the Japanese also secured their own colonies.



By 1910, frictions were high between the subjected Egyptians and their German overlords. Originally, Germany had made a push into the Middle East and Egypt to capture El-Qusur, the birthplace of their religion - Catholicism. With the recent war the Egyptians began to plot. All across the North African coast the Germans had very small garrisons with all available men pulled to warfronts. And so on the 19th of September, 1911 the Egyptians rose up, quickly securing the majority of North Africa with a series of rapid strikeforces taking the Germans by surprise. By November Egypt declared themselves an Independant nation and allied themselves with the United European Coalition. Germany increased their garrisons near the Suez Canal, a natural bottleneck to hold back the Egyptians. No armies were seen marching to retake Egyptian lands and so the Egyptians declared a national holiday. What they didn't see could hurt them though. German agents began to plot and spread unhappiness...

In North America England took the old viking city of Wunderstad, solidifying their presence in Canada.

In Europe, Spain cut off the French and their supply lines to Madrid. Quickly taking the surrounding countryside, Madrid entered a prolonged siege through the months of February to June in 1910. Eventually the French attempted a desperate attack to break through but failed. By July the Spanish flag once more rose over the broken city of Madrid. It would not reach its former grandeur for quite some time.

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Dat Mughal.

Awesome story so far

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Old Feb 15, 2012, 01:52 PM   #11
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Keep up the great work! This is one of those stories that I look forward to reading.
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Old Feb 15, 2012, 05:11 PM   #12
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Old Feb 15, 2012, 06:05 PM   #13
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Dat Mughal.

Awesome story so far

Edit: I have also graced you with my 3000th post
Wooo! It tis an honour. Oh and you don't know the half of it! I have no idea why but those Mughals have insaaaane amounts of troops. I played this through again but I used worldbuilder to cease hostilities and Germany collapsed in 1916 while the Mughals went on an absolute rampage... in my protectorates D:

Thank you again for the words

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The year 1913 was the year the Iranians feared would be their last. Already in March the Germans had pushed deeper into their territory, taking Isfahan. On their eastern flank they were preparing however they could for the Mughal invasion. On the 3rd of June, however, the Russians attacked in the north of Mughal territory. Within a few weeks they had already seized Dunhuang and threatened to push all the way to China - splitting the empire in half. Mughals instantly were redirected north to push back the Russians. The Iranians could wait, for now.


In the year 1914, a temporary peace was achieved. The great nations of the world reluctantly agreed to attend a congress to work out their indifferences and balance the powers of the world. The congress of Habana was agreed to be a complete disaster by nearly every diplomat worldwide. The first error was in organising it in a country already in the war. Spanish guards patrolled the congress halls in large numbers, their brooding presence a reminder all was not forgotten.

Another flaw was in the voting system. The German Alliance outnumbered the United European Coalition countries, allowing for a biased swing in the GA's direction. After weeks of debate it was demanded that the following changes were to be made to the world map:

Tuitan, an American city be returned to the Spanish, who had once owned the territory when the Aztecs were still a civilization. The Americans bitterly handed it over.

Asuncion, a Spanish territory in Argentina went to the Incans. For a while the Incans had dreamed of a united South America - this was their first, although subtle, step towards this goal.

Caralis and the surrounding Mediterranean islands went to Germany. This was to give Germany multiple ways to attack France as it was only fair as Germany was already beset on two fronts. This at least was the excuse given by the German diplomat. After a long argument and in a narrow anonymous vote France was ordered to hand over the islands.

Athenai, capital of the Greeks long ago went to the Egyptians who were attempting to strengthen their position in the South Mediterranean. The Mughals did not put up much of a fight. They had plenty of men in Sparte and they know if they wished they could easily re-seize the city.

At the time diplomats believed that however uneasy and tense the meeting had been, the peace would last. They were to be proven wrong in just 2 weeks when France demanded Caralis be returned to them. Germany refused and the war re-ignited.

By late 1915 the war had resumed its usual static warfare style with great loss of life for even a single trench. In South Africa the Germans had established the city of Mbeya.


In response to Germany's Mbeya, the Portugese and French both expanded their South African borders in 1916. Their was little tactical or economic value to do this but it was mainly for propaganda purposes and to show they could stand up to Germany on any continent of the Earth.

In 1917, Germany pushed even deeper into Perisa, seizing Takht-e Jamshid. It was looking more and more precarious when a ray of hope came in the form of Egypt's collapse. For years German agents had spread their own truths, saying how it was better to be with the Germans - it bought security and prosperity. Eventually Egypt collapsed into many city states that all declared their independence. While not quite the desired affect intended, Germany was satisfied it would not face a threat from North Africa. Several cities had declared their loyalty to the Caliphate of Persia, for whatever reason. Still, the Germans did not fear an attack from the Suez.

In August of 1917, the Reichskommissariat Turkey which had played no significant role in the war so far, began taking lowly defended Russian cities in the Black sea. They boasted with pride of their accomplishments, but they had just awoken the Russian bear...

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Old Feb 15, 2012, 06:35 PM   #14
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Also, just for curiosity, post how you think the war will turn out. I know I haven't given you any screenies so for this purpose:

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So! Who do you think will come on top? Will any neutral countries join in? Will someone defect? What are your thoughts?
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The Germans could be heading for a fall looking at that stability.
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If America joined in it would be a problem for the other side
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This looks great! The maps are really good too
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1918 - 1920

Sorry I haven't updated in aaaages. Just started uni, have had a lot going on. I'll try to keep this updated more regularly in the future.

The early months of 1918 were characteristic of usual wartime. Little progress made, many men dying. The members of the United European Coalition met in Paris in the hopes that together their greatest military minds could find a solution to this dragged on war. Peace terms had been sent to the German Alliance multiple times but they were refused. By 1918 Germany was only able to keep control of all its provinces due to the great war it was fixated in. The leaders knew if they agreed to peace they would swiftly be dispatched by the masses of people they led.

After much analysing it was decided to attempt to destroy the Mughal Empire, Germany's greatest ally. If the UEC could bring down this monstrous military behemoth Germany would be beset on yet another front. In addition it would allow the UEC to support Russia in Central Asia. Preparations were made as quietly as possible, and when the UEC was ready it struck.

The small British province in South India suddenly exploded with military ferocity. English ships provided coastal protection and transportation to the masses of French troops. By the end of 1920 the UEC had pushed the meagre Mughal forces out of the Southern tip of India.

Elsewhere in Central Asia Russia pushed forwards with it's military campaigns. It effectively cut Reichskommissariat Turkey in half, seizing it's capital and much of its land. In northern Mughal territory the Russians secured the area they had taken from the Mughals years ago. Mughal military leaders were anxious, it seemed a very real prospect the great nation could be separated from it's northern expansions.

The only area the German Alliance managed to take territory was in Iran, taking even more lands from the Iranians.

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Just started uni? We are looking to go into the final part of the year
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