Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by EQandcivfanatic, Jan 28, 2009.
That's what you think. I have allies you know, something you can't seemingly get.
Doesn't it just make your day when you find out someone actually cares about the puny, worthless, pathetic nation of Canada? It sure does light up my heart.
Georgia supports Quebec!
I nominate Georgia for Most Evil Nation and most badass. And second-place for Biggest Rise.
If those allies have given me 125 brigades of reinforcements, yes, it sure does light up the heart.
@Matt, Slim: Keep the back-and-forth till we get a fresh page ready.
Thank them (especially Virginia) or else both of you would have been crushed by now.
No further posts will be necessary. EQ, the next page is free for you!
I have done that cartoon in the end. Hope that you like it, and that it enters the update.
EDIT: Whoops. Can a moderator erase this post?
OOC: Just popping in to see how things are going. Moving across the country and living on my own took up way more time than I ever imagined and so I never returned to this NES, my apologies. I'm impressed that it is still going actually, very nicely done EQ.
Global News Report
GLOBAL RESOURCE SHORTAGES. Havana, Cuba. The World Wars have taken an unexpected toll upon the global lifestyle and economy, as the greatest battles of the conflict are fought in the finest farmlands on Earth. With agricultural states such as Texas and Louisiana devastated by warfare and only now recovering and the Ukraine burning under French occupation, the overall global destruction of vital food crops is incredible. The destruction of infastructure in various regions have further compounded the growing shortage, as raw materials of all kinds become scarce. Needless to say, the area hardest hit by the shortages at this point is the central portion of North America, where war has shut down agriculture almost entirely. Strict rationing of foods and fuel has been implemented throughout the Allied powers and the United Collectives. In Europe, the hardest hit are the heavily industrialized nations, such as England, which relied on American and Russian food imports before the war. Though the shortages seem to be manageable at the moment, some fear that the continuation of the war could exacerbate the situation, to the extent which has been seen by occupying Allied forces in Georgia. (-1 Stability in Heavily Industrialized states)
THE ECONOMIC REPORT. Saint Augustine, Florida. The war has taken a heavy toll on the world, to be sure, but some nations have begun to recover from failure, while others reap the benefits of success. Captured industries have been brought online in occupied countries, while some liberated nations have finally begun to restore their economic power. In addition to these two types of nations, the war has made some countries into economic powerhouses nearly overnight, particularly agricultural states such as Florida. New industries and businesses have flourished in formerly overlooked regions of the world, as entire countries begin to profit off the deaths of millions of people. As in previous years a list of economic changes is listed below:
Empire of Louisiana: +2 EP
Florida: +6 EP, +1 Stability
Iroquois: +2 EP
Quebec: +2 EP
Republic of New England: +2 EP
Texan Republic: +2 EP
United Collectives of North America: +2 EP
Virginian Empire: +1 EP
Chile: -1 EP
Cuba: +1 EP
Guatemala: -1 EP
Peru: +3 EP
Socialist Union of South America: +4 EP
Bulgaria: +1 EP
England: -2 EP
France: +8 EP
Portugal: +1 EP
Prussia: +1 EP
Republic of Italy: +2 EP
Republic of the Netherlands (New Holland): +1 EP
Romania: +2 EP
Russian Federation: -10 EP
Scotland: -2 EP
Serbia: -1 EP
Iraq: +2 EP
Jordan: -1 EP
Kurdistan: +1 EP
Liberia: -1 EP
Ovambia: +1 EP
Rashid Arabia: -1 EP
Tunisia: -3 EP
Turkish Sultanate: -3 EP
Yemen: -1 EP
Afghanistan: +1 EP
Korean Empire: -2 EP
Republic of China: +4 EP
THE WORLD WARS. Geneva, Switzerland. The World Wars continued without cease this year, as the fighting continues across multiple continents. In North America, the war overall seemed to die down for most of the year, until the Allies opened up a new front to eliminate their enemies and secure their borders, dramatically altering the politics of the east coast. South America has continued to quiet down, continuing trends from last year, as both sides dig into a stalemated war. On the Atlantic seas, several battles have been fought by various fleets and ships, leading to once again heated struggle for control of naval lanes. Europe continues to be dominated by the titanic struggle for power between France and the Russian Federation, and it seems that a victor has yet to become apparent. In Africa, the tide seems to be turning as the Allied nations win several key victories over the Co-Axial Pact armies on the dark continent. Asia has seen the opening of a new front, as Korean forces swarm over mountains and troops alike in one of the bloodiest campaigns the continent has seen since the conclusion of the Chinese Civil War. As in the years before, each region has a special section for the wars.
North American News Report
CHICAGO ELECTIONS. Chicago, Free City of Chicago. The Chicagoan government has been torn apart by the setbacks of the World Wars this year. As the socialist armies seem to advance without any hope of victory remaining to the Allies, the people of Chicago have desperately sought a solution. With the decimation of the nation's army on the front lines, unrest against the war reached a fevered pitch. This was compounded by a series of food riots against rationing as food became more expensive across the eastern portion of North America. The nation, unable to sustain the rising casualties and turmoil, witnessed a large series of anti-war rallies and sentiment, leading up to this year's elections. The Liberal Party rose to the forefront, promising a break with the New Englander Empire and a new era for the nation. Pledging "peace and prosperity," the Liberal Party swept away the Conservative government and has even issued pleas for peace from the United Collectives of North America. (+2 Stability)
NEW ENGLAND ELECTIONS. Boston, Republic of New England. The war and rising threats of rationing and shortage have led to heated elections in New England this year, as the nation sees the Liberal Party gaining more seats in Congress, calling for an end to the war against the United Collectives of North America. The losses in the war against Georgia, which the Liberals have played off as continuing aggression and warmongering by the Conservatives, have led to increased support for anti-war activists throughout the nation. The Liberal Party has argued that the objectives of the war for New England are falling apart, as Canada threatens Quebec and Chicago abandons the Protectorate. The Conservatives argued against this view, claiming that the forces of the United Collectives would not stop until even Boston rested under their Red claws. The people of the Republic soon spoke out, as the Conservative Party eked back into office, but the political damage had been done already. (-1 Stability)
FOOD RIOTS IN LOUISIANA. New Orleans, Empire of Louisiana. With much of the nation's farmland left in ruin from the socialist occupation, constant battles, and use of poisonous gases, the nation of Louisiana has suffered a series of food shortages and famines across the nation. Though imports from Florida have begun to take up the slack, the effort to reclaim the nation's farmlands are only just beginning as the nation struggles to recover from invasion. Some in the cities felt that the wait was unbearable, and in rationing lines riots broke out as citizens fought each other for control of what little food there was to be distributed by the government. (-1 Stability)
CRISIS NEAR NEW YORK. New York City, Republic of New England. The fledgling nation of New Jersey and the Republic of New England became at odds this year as a New Jerseyan arms vessel was raided by the New York Yankees. The Yankees were implicated in the seizure of the Chevrefeuille which was captured at sea, not far from the port of New York City. The crew was put into the lifeboats and sent to sea to die, only luckily being rescued by a New Englander patrol. The arms being shipped between France and NEw Jersey were of a substantial amount and the captured vessel was ditched ashore and looted before New Englander authorities could prevent it. A large number of arms are now most definitely in the possession of one of the most dangerous resistance groups of the Republic.
NEW FRANCE BREAKS BOUNDARY. Phillippesville, Republic of New France. The war has taken a toll upon manpower reserves throughout North America, and the Republic of New France, though not as desperate as other powers, has opened a new door for military recruitment. Women, largely known as the weaker sex, are now allowed to enter into military service in the Republic of New France, though they are not applicable to draft policies, relying mostly on volunteer activity. The government has stated that they will encourage the new recruits to participate in the less grimy parts of warfare, including both the navy and air corps, though they will be mostly excluded from army combat roles. This of course as led to a large number of jokes emasculating the obviously weak and feminine men of New France. (+4 Manpower per turn)
METIS "ELECTIONS". Winnipeg, Metis Republic. Elections in the Metis Republic this year further illustrated to the world that the Virginian dominion over the nation has not quite yet come to a close. Though some believe that President Sauvage intended the elections to be a fair fight between the newfound Parti Travailleur and the nationalist Parti d'Espirt Francais, it is clear that was not the outcome. The Virginian governing authority has outlawed the Parti d'Esprit Francais, as well as several minor socialistic and regional political candidates, arresting those opposing the Sauvage government. Richard Hullbright, head of the Virginian delegation to the Metis, has declared that the uncontested Sauvage victory in the elections will herald continued fond relations between the Republic and the Virginian Empire. Some yokels in the backwoods of the nation and of course members of the oppositions may tend to disagree with this sentiment. (-1 Stability)
CHICAGO BREAKS FROM THE PROTECTORATE. Chicago, Free City of Chicago. The city government of Chicago has announced the minor nation's full independence from the imperial regime of the Republic of New England. The mayor of the city has claimed that no longer will Chicagoan soldiers and people be victims to the imperial whims of the larger empire. Chicago will set its own course as an independent nation among others, setting its own foreign and domestic policies without outside intervention. Among these of course is a recent peace proposal to the government of the United Collectives of North America.
SPECIAL: World Wars in North America
GEORGIA DEFEATED. Savannah, occupied Georgia. To many now, it seems that the roaring of Georgia in North American politics may have been nothing but the mewing of a paper tiger. Allied forces amassed and coordinated a massive offensive in combination with a total blockade of all trade routes into Georgia. With the Georgian economy shattered overnight with their expulsion from the Co-Axial Pact, fuel for automobiles and even essentials such as corn and wheat stopped entering into the country. The resulting food riots turned into full scale revolts across the countryside. In Georgia proper, the remaining negroes and Liberal whites attempted a coup against the government, leading to a major slaughter of civilians which only further enflamed the conflict. In Tennessee, a large uprising took place as the people rose up in favor of the Tennessean nationalist cause, denouncing Georgian rule. When Allied forces invaded in mid-year Georgia was already a nearly beaten nation, but one which still had some strength. Though the cohesion of the Georgian military broke down rapidly with the scale of the rebellions at large, the isolated pockets and forces along the border fought valiantly against the Virginian and New Englander invasion. The mechanized units of the Georgian army were abandoned after only a month's fighting after fuel reserves ran out, and planes were soon grounded as well. The remaining infantry forces of the country fought pitched battles in nearly every major Georgian city, usually fighting until being demolished by enemy armor and bombers. Atlanta proved to be the beacon of Georgian resistance, where Governor Dahl personally led the troops in the fight and was captured by Virginian soldiers, leaving the city utterly in ruins. Another temporary victory for the Georgian army came when the New Englander navy, hearing of numerous submarines under construction, moved in to destroy the shipyards and sub pens. The Georgians launched the remnants of their air force, including brand new bombers and other planes against the New Englander fleet. Predominantly an air battle, the Georgians still managed to sink a carrier as well as a battleship and other supporting vessels. Despite these occasional moments of valor, the Georgian army has been utterly destroyed and the nation of Georgia has ceased to exist, as people barely have the means to eat each day, as shortages have led to starvation among many people and anarchy in regions not patrolled by Allied troops.
Georgia: 295 Infantry Brigades, 10 Mountain Brigades, 45 Artillery Brigades, 3 Armored Car Brigades, 5 Tank Brigades, 6 Hotchkiss Brigades, 3 Highlander Brigades, 35 A-35 Brigades, 30 A-39 Brigades, 12 Anti-Tank Brigades, 25 Anti-Air Brigades, 4 Submarines, 3 Destroyers, 1 Light Cruiser, 2 MR Submarines, 57 LR Submarines, 3 G-35 Squadrons, 46 PPDA-38 Squadrons, 39 BP38 Squadrons, 30 PBHA-40 Squadrons (destroyed)
Virginian Empire: 63 Infantry Brigades, 2 Artillery Brigades, 3 Anti-Air Brigades, 1 Anti-Tank Brigade, 1 Faustin Brigade, 22 Murphy Brigades, 19 AS-Zero Squadrons
Republic of New England: 2 Destroyers, 2 Light Cruisers, 1 Eclipse-class Battleship, 1 Remembrance-class Carrier, 2 Thunderbird Squadrons, 3 Osprey Squadrons, 1 Falcon Squadron
Empire of Louisiana: 3 Infantry Brigades, 1 Artillery Brigade
Cuba: 8 Infantry Brigades
PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY. Trenton, New Jersey. Even as Pennsylvanians fight each other to determine who will come out on top there, New Jersey remains hostile to both factions, remembering that it was a Socialist government which conquered them during the Great War. Unlike in previous years of the struggle for independence, however, this year has been restricted to limited air combat as well as mining of the Delaware River. These mines have sunk a Virginian coastal patrol destroyer, as well as several small Pennsylvanian trading vessels. New Jerseyite planes have bombed several roads and strategic points leading to a possible invasion of New Jersey, pledging to maintain the nation's independence at any cost.
New Jersey: 5 G35 Squadrons
Pennsylvania (Socialist): 2 PA-3 Squadrons, 1 SUDB-01 Squadron, 2 Tyr-1 Squadrons
Virginian Empire: 1 Destroyer
PENNSYLVANIAN CIVIL WAR CONCLUDES. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The opposing socialist and republican governments of Pennsylvania continued to clash throughout the year, with the battle climaxing in the devastation once known as Pittsburgh. Called "The Pitt" by local soldiers, the struggle for Pittsburgh became one of brutal attrition as both sides struggled for dominance over the city, as all three major sections of the town were heavily fought for. Ultimately the conflict went in favor of the more numerous socialists, as the morale of the republican army broke under the strain of the fighting. The Socialist Party has announced their control over the government once again, smashing the opposition in a manner of bloodshed which normal elections could not quite reach.
Pennsylvania (Socialist): 27 Infantry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 2 Taylor Brigades, 7 Faustin Brigades, 3 AVB-01 Brigades, 1 PA-3 Squadron, 1 SUDB-01 Squadron
Pennsylvania (Republican): 44 Infantry Brigades, 5 Mountain Brigades, 11 Artillery Brigades, 2 Anti-Tank Brigades, 11 Faustin Brigades, 1 Anti-Air Brigade, 2 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons, 9 Tyr-1 Squadrons (destroyed)
BAJA FRONT. Hermosillo, United Collectives of North America. Even as war continues along the east coast, the main war between the Allies and the United Collectives of North America persists with unrelenting fury. The most minor of the fronts in which these two powers face each other is the Baja Front, where a small attack was launched by the socialists against the New Englander garrison. Poor infrastructure and overwhelming naval and air support from the New Englander base soon led to disaster for this expedition as the New Englanders remained firmly entrenched in their foothold on Mexican soil. Several raids were launched by light bombers against socialist shipping in Hermosillo, and against smaller fishing villages along the Mexican western coast. These have included limited gas attacks, but they lack the effectiveness of prior attacks as the Mexicans remain well equipped with gas masks.
United Collectives of North America: 7 Infantry Brigades
Republic of New England: 3 Infantry Brigades
NEW FRANCE FRONT. Juneau, Alaska. The cold of the northwest and well entrenched Allied forces have continued to drastically bleed socialist forces in the Republic of New France. The socialist armies attempted to break through into mobile warfare once again, but were stopped cold by several lines of defenses and desperate counterattacks by outgunned Taylor tanks. The New French, along with various support from other Allied nations, have managed to maintain a stalemate with the United Collectives. The advance north has brought the socialists into heavy urban fighting in Phillippesville, one of the last industrial centers remaining under Allied control in New France. In the skies, the socialists have made more attempts to overwhelm the Allied forces, and have doggedly managed to wear the New French planes down. By the end of the year, air superiority was achieved and only winter kept socialist bombers and close air support grounded. Another major success was a socialist naval action against the docked New French fleet, surprising and sending it to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean with no casualties of their own.
United Collectives of North America: 42 Infantry Brigades, 2 AVB-01 "Tomahawk" Brigades, 2 AVB-02 Brigades, 3 PA-1 Squadrons, 2 PA-3 Squadrons
Republic of New France: 23 Infantry Brigades, 9 Taylor Brigades, 9 Destroyers, 6 Light Cruisers, 2 Heavy Cruisers, 1 Imperial-class Battleship, 5 PPDA-38 Squadrons
Republic of China: 3 Infantry Brigades
Alaska: 2 Infantry Brigades
Swedish Empire: 8 Infantry Brigades
TEXAN FRONT. Dallas, Texan Republic. Action on the Texan front slowed significantly this year, as both sides seemed to pull back to rest and regroup after the last few years' heated campaigns in Louisiana and Texas. No large scale offensive operations were launched by either side, though the fluid nature of the stalemate has led to smaller battles in a more localized setting. Minor offensives by Allied forces proved the most successful, inflicting defeats upon the socialist forces, capturing some more Mexican terrain. Casualties on the scale of previous years has dramatically diminished, as both sides struggle more for the control of the skies than they do on the ground. The battle for the skies is as undetermined as the situation on the ground, and while many planes have been sent in flames to the earth, neither side can be said to control the now ultimate high ground.
United Collectives of North America: 51 Infantry Brigades, 6 AVB-02 Brigades, 12 PA-3 Squadrons
Virginian Empire: 6 Infantry Brigades, 6 AS-Zero Squadrons
Cuba: 4 Infantry Brigades, 9 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons
Empire of Louisiana: 23 Infantry Brigades, 3 Murphy Brigades
Texan Republic: 6 Infantry Brigades, 1 AS-124 Squadron
Republic of New England: 7 Infantry Brigades
ALGONQUIN FRONT. Fox Falls, Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin Nation can clearly state that it is lucky to remain independent of socialist influence. The wild successes of the United Collectives last year continued into the first part of this year, as the socialist armies even entered into Fox Falls itself, bringing the war into the capitol. Desperate counterattacks by a ragtag force of Algonquin, Swedish, and Chicagoan troops helped stabilize the front, as Virginian and New Englander reinforcements poured into the region. Further counteroffensives led to the Allies pushing back to the Mississippi River, though they fell just short of securing the Mississippi Line. Smaller skirmishes also took place along the Algonquin and Louisianan and Metis borders, but the socialists seemed to have ignored these sideshows for the full push towards Fox Falls and Chicago. The skies started securely under the control of the socialists, but by the end of the year, Virginian fighters swarmed the heights, bringing down the socialist air superiority.
United Collectives of North America: 148 Infantry Brigades, 2 Marine Brigades, 11 AVB-02 Brigades, 6 PA-1 Squadrons, 14 PA-3 Squadrons, 6 SUDB-01 Squadrons
Virginian Empire: 37 Infantry Brigades, 10 Murphy Brigades, 18 AS-Zero Squadrons
Republic of New England: 16 Infantry Brigades
Free City of Chicago: 39 Infantry Brigades, 4 Artillery Brigades, 3 Anti-Air Brigades, 6 Anti-Tank Brigades, 10 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons
Swedish Empire: 18 Infantry Brigades
Algonquin Nation: 40 Infantry Brigades, 6 Artillery Brigades, 2 Anti-Air Brigades, 2 Faustin Brigades, 3 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons
Empire of Louisiana: 7 Infantry Brigades
WAR IN CANADA. Toronto, Canada. The war between Quebec and Canada in the northeast continued this year, even as the forces of the United Collectives continued their advances east. The year started with a determined Quebecois assault into Toronto, hoping to seize the city before Allied reinforcements could assist the Canadians. They nearly succeeded, pushing back into the city center in bloody urban fighting between the two sides. The Canadians reversed the situation with a massive attack by Iroquois and Virginian troops, smashing the Quebecois flanks and trapping a portion of the enemy army within Toronto. Unleashing their air force and these mechanized forces, the Canadians managed to defeat Quebec's main army and advance north. However, the Quebecois were able to rally and counter most moves, leading to a bloody slog between Toronto and Montreal. In the skies, the Quebecois attempted to rely on their air superiority, even building zeppelins to bomb Canadian positions. The Quebecois zeppelins were quickly brought down by modern anti-air gunnery, and overwhelming numbers of Canadian planes soon brought the skies under Allied control.
Canada: 16 Infantry Brigades, 2 Anti-Air Brigades, 7 Murphy Brigades, 3 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons, 2 AS-124 Squadrons, 3 Jaguar Squadrons
Iroquois: 22 Infantry Brigades
Virginian Empire: 8 Infantry Brigades
Quebec: 62 Infantry Brigades, 7 Artillery Brigades, 15 Faustin Brigades, 2 Zeppelin Bomber Squadrons, 2 Zeppelin Dreadnoughts, 6 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons
BEHIND SOCIALIST LINES. New Caen, occupied Republic of New France. Though much of the territory occupied by the United Collectives during the years of 1937 to 1940 have been reclaimed by the Allied forces, the Republic of New France still remains mostly occupied by the socialist armies. The resistance in the region grows ever stronger, striking at supplies and providing vital intelligence to the Allied armies in the northwest. Hawaii has also been the scene of several bombings and other attacks against socialist installations as anti-socialist groups rally together against the occupiers. Many of these include people who fled after the Union of Mexico was established and the old imperial regime was overthrown. They have begun to use the opportunity to gain revenge for the past wrongs of the Mexican Civil War, and have begun fighting for their freedom as a people once again.
United Collectives of North America: 6 Infantry Brigades
Central/South American News Report
HURRICANES STRIKE BAHAMAS AND FLORIDA. Nassau, Swedish Empire. A devastating series of hurricanes hit the Swedish Bahamas and the nation of Florida this year, causing excruciating damages and destruction upon both regions. Civilian casualties were relatively low, but the economic damages and the growing global shortages of supplies due to war, have led to major unemployment and other economic difficulties in the Bahamas, as many are now without shelter. (-1 EP for Swedish Bahamas)
UPRISING SQUASHED IN GUATEMALA. Guatemala City, Guatemala. An uprising began this year as a spawn of a minor strike among Guatemala's field workers, calling for reform within the authoritarian government. The initial responding troops only fueled the fire of the revolt, and leaders soon came to the forefront, calling for the establishment of a Guatemalan Collective to align with the United Collectives to the north. Armed with newly captured weapons from defeated soldiers and captured arsenals, the rebels marched upon the nation's capitol, only to be met by the pride of the Guatemalan military. They were quickly defeated in a bloody massacre, in which only a few soldiers were wounded and the main rebel leaders were left dead. Martial law has been declared in several outlying regions has the Guatemalan government continues the hunt for "socialist agitators." (+3 Stability, -1 Infantry Brigade, -6 Manpower)
RIOTING IN HONDURAS. Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Civilian agitators within Honduras have clashed once again with the military government, sparking several riots and cases of civil disorder throughout the Central American nation. Though bloodshed has been minimal, significant property damage has been incurred, particularly in the lower income portions of the capitol and outlying regions. The Honduran agitators have continued their cries for the restoration of a democratic government and the end of the military regime. The government has done its best to contain these sentiments, but so far it seems that their efforts have only led to a more resolute resistance. (-1 Stability)
REVOLT DEVASTATES PERU. Lima, Peru. A mass uprising was launched against the New Englander imperial government and the standing military dictatorship which has their support in Peru this year, as factory workers and laborers rose up. Fortunately, with the Chilean army going on the defensive, the government was quick to send in military forces from the front lines to crush the revolt. Unfortunately, many of these soldiers soon defected to the rebels in their battle against the government, calling for an end to the war and the end of imperial rule. New Englander military forces soon intervened on behalf of the Guerra government, using airpower and other military might to smash the will of the uprising. Bloodshed has been extensive, but the government has restored control of the imperial will. (+2 Stability, -14 Infantry Brigades, -10 Manpower)
BOLIVIAN CONVENTION CALLED. Sucre, occupied Bolivia. After years of occupation by various foreign powers, it seems that once again a Bolivian state could be on the horizon. Encouraged by Chile, various socialist and other leaders have been assembled in Sucre to discuss the establishment of a newly independent Bolivian nation. Chile's government has promised to achieve an independent Bolivia as soon as the Peruvian threat has been quelled and the international situation has stabilized within South America as a whole. Many hope that independence will come sooner than that likely distant day when peace returns to the continent.
SPECIAL: World Wars in Central/South America
ARGENTINE CIVIL WAR. Buenos Aires, United Atlantic Cities. The fighting between capitalists and socialists within Argentina continued unabated this year, but has at last seen the linking of the war with the larger World Wars. A small New Englander detachment from Virginian bases in the Falkland Islands has been sent in to provide vital air support for the capitalist forces in the east as well as providing safe passage for other arms bought from Europe for the rebellion. The fighting intensified once again this year with the socialist attack renewing against the center of the rebellion in Buenos Aires. The ferocity and scale of the offensive allowed it to achieve gains at first, even pushing into the outskirts of the rebel capitol. Heavy fighting later in the year, and the deployment of superior air power, led to a rebel victory in the suburbs of the city, driving back the socialist invasion force.
Argentine Collectives Federation: 60 Infantry Brigades, 5 Artillery Brigades, 4 Tank Brigades, 6 Tormenta Brigades, 4 AVB-02 Brigades, 4 Destroyers, 2 Battlecruisers, 7 PA-1 Squadrons, 8 SUDB-01 Squadrons, 18 AFB-01 Squadrons
United Atlantic Cities: 47 Infantry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 2 Anti-Air Brigades, 6 Anti-Tank Brigades, 8 PPDA-38 Squadrons
Republic of New England: 1 Thunderbird Squadron, 1 Osprey Squadron
NAVAL WAR IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA. Point Fortin, Republic of the Netherlands. The Caribbean Sea has been tranquil for previous years, with the exceptions of skirmishes between Georgia and the Allies in the north. This changed this year as the Socialist Union of South America's navy returned to the sea for the first time since the socialist defeat at the Battle of Puerto Rico. They have mostly been tasked with fire support against Venezuelan positions in the north, but have been met by small Cuban task forces in the region, attempting to preserve a defensive line in the eastern Caribbean. No major fleet engagement has taken place, but overall the Allied forces seem to have the strategic advantage, sinking more socialist ships and maintaining the security of sea lanes and support for the Venezuelan forces fighting in the Socialist Union.
Socialist Union of South America: 1 Destroyer, 2 Light Cruisers, 1 Battlecruiser, 1 Equality-class Battleship
Cuba: 2 Destroyers, 1 Heavy Cruiser
Venezuela: 1 Light Cruiser
VENEZUELA FRONT. Caracas, Venezuela. Fighting has continued its slow pace between Venezuela and the Socialist Union of South America this year, as both sides continue to dig in with limited fighting taking place upon the front lines. Neither side has launched any offensives, choosing instead to play a defensive game. This in turn has led to an overall stalemate in this theater, as in many others. A more potent and ferocious battle instead took place in the skies between the air forces of the Socialist Union, pounding at Venezuelan lines and support, and the freshly purchased Portuguese fighters of the Venezuelan air force. Though the Socialist Union started the year with an advantage in the skies, the overwhelming numbers of the European produced craft have led to Venezuelan victory, securing their supply lines from airborne raiders.
Socialist Union of South America; 14 Infantry Brigades, 13 PA-3 Squadrons, 8 SUDB-01 Squadrons, 6 AFB-01 Squadrons
Venezuela: 12 Infantry Brigades, 15 PPDA-38 Squadrons
COLOMBIA FRONT. Bogota, Colombia. The war for Colombia has slowed down, much like the other major fronts in South America as a whole. The Colombian military continues to resist domination by the Socialist Union of South America, as both sides continue to dig in and await the other's next move, which rarely materialized. The only fighting throughout the year was limited skirmishes between the front lines in the so-called "no-man's-land" between the various fortifications and entrenchments. In the air, the socialists possessed uncontested dominance, with no Colombian planes rising to resist the onslaught of bombers and other support craft. Though the Colombian government has appealed for aid from the Allies and Venezuela for fighters to hold back the Socialist Union, the socialists have managed several major successful bombing attacks against Colombian supply lines.
Socialist Union of South America: 5 Infantry Brigades, 2 PA-1 Squadrons, 1 AFB-01 Squadron, 1 SUDB-01 Squadron
Colombia: 9 Infantry Brigades, 4 Anti-Air Brigades
NORTHERN PERU FRONT. Lima, Peru. An offensive by Peruvian and Colombian forces this year managed to pay off with success as the Socialist Union army in northern Peru was decisively defeated by the combined forces. Supported by New Englander aircraft and numerous attacks, the Peruvians have managed to liberate their homeland occupied by the Socialists. Casualties remained low as the Allies quickly gained air superiority, smashing up socialist defenses and supply lines, already strained through the jungles and mountains. The Allied forces stop at the Peruvian border, as they began to threaten the flank of Socialist positions in southern Colombia.
Socialist Union of South America: 15 Infantry Brigades, 2 Jungle Brigades, 1 PA-1 Squadron
Peru: 11 Infantry Brigades, 2 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons
Colombia: 10 Infantry Brigades
Republic of New England: 2 Osprey Squadrons
SOUTHERN PERU FRONT. Santiago, Chile. As with the rest of South America, fighting in southern Peru has slowed down to a crawl for much of the year. This is mostly due to the uprising throughout much of Peru against the nation's military government, tying down much of the military in restoring order. Fortunately for Peru, the Chilean government held off on launching any sort of offensives until late in the year, giving them time to recover from "the extremist socialist agitation." The support of New England's army in the field allowed the Allies to hold the lines against the Chilean attacks, albeit barely. The skies started under the control of the Allies, but overwhelming numbers of new planes have led to the socialists gaining air cover, and using it to badly hurt the Allied war effort.
Chile: 10 Infantry Brigades, 7 Mountain Brigades, 2 Artillery Brigades, 4 PA-1 Squadrons, 4 PA-3 Squadrons, 5 SUDB-01 Squadrons
Republic of New England: 13 Infantry Brigades, 2 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons, 3 Osprey Squadrons
Peru: 10 Infantry Brigades, 10 Oliver Mk2 Squadrons
European News Report
BOHEMIA ELECTIONS. Prague, Bohemia. As war rages across Europe, the tiny nation of Bohemia seems to be one of few nations which remains uninvolved. Despite massive armed clashes in neighboring nations over recent years, Bohemia is still untouched by direct warfare. Despite this, the nation has begun to see a rise in resource shortages, as France becomes the sole supplier of luxury and other goods which must come from across the continent. The Conservative Party government soon started calling for involvement in the war in order to gain more favorable trading status with the French government, while Liberals rose calling for continued neutrality. The elections proved to be decisive for the cause of isolationism. The Liberal Party won in a landslide, pledging to keep Bohemia out of the war. (+2 Stability)
GERMANY RALLIES TO GENERAL JAGER. Helsinki, Swedish Empire. The German Republic lies in shatters and the remnants of the nation's Congress rest in French internment camps or otherwise scattered. With only colonial governors and some military leadership remaining, the Free German forces have rallied to General Hans Jager, a Bavarian native, who has pledged to lead German troops in the ongoing conflict. The surviving civilian leadership of the German government have turned absolute control of the remaining possessions of Germany, including the military and colonies. Elections have of course been postponed until the next possible election year of 1945, when it is hoped that Germany shall be liberated from French oppression.
ROMANIAN ELECTIONS. Bucharest, Romania. The lackluster support given by the Liberal Party to the French war effort seems have not been enough for elements within the Romanian government and nation. Rather dubious elections were held this year, as the Liberal Party was apparently overwhelmed in the polls by the Romanian National Party, a group with ideologies close to those of the French Lisists. They have called for military reform, as well as establishment of a stronger arm of the government. To this end, numerous Liberals have been arrested as "Russian agitators" and the press has been restricted to "pro-government" publishers. The crackdown has proven effective so far as dissent is quelled under military might. The new Anton Kentharscu government has pledged full support for the French cause. (+3 Stability)
TRANSYVLANIAN ELECTIONS POSTPONED. Tsarityn, Russian Federation. The Russian protectorate of Transylvania's government has, in exile, cancelled this year's elections and stated that all such democratic processes will be cancelled until the end of the World Wars. A coalition government has been established between surviving Conservative and Liberal members of the refugee military, and they have vowed that one day Transylvanian troops and their Allies will liberate Blaj and throw out the Romanian occupiers. Should the war effort be wildly successfully, the Transylvanian people can look forward to elections in 1945.
COUP FAILS IN PORTUGAL. Lisbon, Portugal. As the Portuguese Empire faces setbacks on battlefields in Asia and the Atlantic, the military at home began to view the monarchy as more of a liability than an ally in the ongoing World Wars. The defeat in the Azores against the Allies proved the final straw to many of the leaders of the Portuguese military, and they launched a bid to oust King Miguel III and other French sympathizers. The result was a brief, but bloody, civil conflict as both sides struggled over the course of a month to establish control over Lisbon. Fortunately for the monarchy, the air force remained loyal as did the majority of the military, at home and abroad. When the fighting came to a conclusion, the masterminds of the plot were arrested and executed for treason against the Portuguese state. Needless to say, this decimation of the nation's military leadership has proven to be unfortunate for Portuguese army quality. (-1 Army Quality, +3 Stability, -8 Infantry Brigades)
IRELAND INDEPENDENT. Dublin, Irish Republic. A deal has been struck between the Irish agitators and the English government for an independence of the fledgling Irish Republic. The Irish Republic has been granted independence, though the English government has retained control over the region which became Ulster during the War of the Celtic Collapse. While some Irish hard-liners remain bitter about this partition, the interim government has seemed to have acknowledged the facts of the matter and the desire to evade a large scale war. The new Irish nation has begun preparing itself for the 1942 elections, while various political factions have begun to emerge, from socialists to hard-line militarists, hoping to restore the Celtic Union.
SPECIAL: World Wars in Europe
THE RUSSIAN FRONT. St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The war in the Russian Federation is the largest seen in the history of mankind, as the two behemoths of France and Russia clash for dominance over the region. The French and their supporting crew within the Co-Axial Pact continue their occupation of much of western Russia, while the Russian army and the Allies, outnumbered by their enemies, continue to attempt to push them out. The year started as Russian and Hungarian troops launched a winter offensive against French forces around Smolensk and the Ukraine, winning a victory against local Axis troops, and pushing them back. The winter attack was soon stalled, however, by the growing reinforcements from the west, turning the once successful offensive into a stalemate. The main war began once more upon the arrival of summer, as Axis forces launched a brand new offensive into Russian territory. The result was a brutal battle of attrition, as newly produced Russian armor turned the fight into a slogging match for the French troops. Outnumbered by the Allied tanks, the rapid planned attack resulted in a slow advance instead. Despite the odds however, the French army has kept up an advance, cutting off a small Russian army in Crimea, and capturing the essential naval base at Sevastopol. Smolensk was recaptured by French forces, though a drive towards Moscow was determinedly halted by Russian forces. Another attack towards St. Petersburg was also stopped, as Allied forces continued to hold the Axis onslaught in the north at bay. The Ukraine continues to be the weakest point for the Allies, as French troops continued a rampage west, towards Tsarityn, threatening the world's financial capitol. As the year came to an end, the Axis forces remained stronger and more numerous than the Allies, and many believe that last year will be the last gasp of the Russian Federation. The skies continue to be disputed by both sides, has neither Axis nor Allies have managed to gain a decisive advantage in the air. As in the past, the French have shown more efficiency at tactical support, using their dive bombers with more success than their Russian counterparts. The French also began strategic bombing operations against Tsarityn and St. Petersburg, dropping bombs and propaganda pamphlets, calling Jughashvili the world's greatest mass murderer and calling for the Duma to vote an end to the war.
France: 104 Infantry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 10 A-35 Brigades, 18 A-39 Brigades, 4 Anti-Tank Brigades, 2 Anti-Air Brigades, 4 CaD88 Brigades, 7 PPDA-38 Squadrons, 3 BP38 Squadrons, 8 PBHA-40 Squadrons
Serbia: 26 Infantry Brigades, 20 PPDA-38 Squadrons
Portugal: 10 Infantry Brigades, 4 Cavalry Brigades, 3 PPDA-38 Squadrons
Republic of Italy: 11 Infantry Brigades
Romania: 31 Infantry Brigades, 4 Artillery Brigades, 1 PPDA-38 Squadron
Prussia: 27 Infantry Brigades, 2 Anti-Tank Brigades, 3 Hlin-1 Squadrons, 4 Tyr-1 Squadrons
Bulgaria: 30 Infantry Brigades, 4 PPDA-38 Squadrons
Russian Federation: 401 Infantry Brigades, 7 Artillery Brigades, 4 Anti-Tank Brigades, 3 Murphy Brigades, 46 Panzer IV Brigades, 2 Destroyers, 1 Light Cruiser, 33 AS-Zero Squadrons, 10 Buster Squadrons, 5 Jaguar Squadrons
Swedish Empire: 7 Infantry Brigades
Galicia: 9 Infantry Brigades
Transylvania: 4 Infantry Brigades
Hungary: 20 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigade, 2 Artillery Brigades, 3 Anti-Tank Brigades, 4 Anti-Air Brigades, 3 Tank Brigades, 1 Panzer III Brigade, 3 Hlin-1 Squadrons, 8 Tyr-1 Squadrons
SWEDISH FRONT. Stockholm, Swedish Empire. Fighting continued to escalated throughout the year in the European part of the Swedish Empire. The full force of the Free German Army was thrown into combat alongside the Swedes, and the outnumbered French forces were soon sent into retreat under unceasing pressure. Air superiority and superior training helped preserve French lines as a whole, the but overwhelming numbers of the Allied forces proved too much for the front, leading to a slow victory as the Swedish armies pushed south. The fight became a slow battle of attrition and infantry warfare, until the French were forced back to their initial beachhead. Under the cover of airpower, the French successfully withdrew their heavy equipment and much of the remaining army, despite failed Swedish attempts to harry their efforts and their fleet. The French defeat in Sweden has inspired hope within the Allied nations, that the French can be beaten.
France: 71 Infantry Brigades, 10 A-35 Brigades, 4 A-39 Brigades, 3 Anti-Tank brigades, 2 Destroyers, 18 PPDA-38 Squadrons, 8 G35 Squadrons
Portugal: 20 Infantry Brigades, 4 Cavalry Brigades, 3 PPDA-38 Squadrons
Swedish Empire: 122 Infantry Brigades, 13 Artillery Brigades, 3 Panzer III Brigades, 9 D-4100 Brigades, 7 Hlin-1 Squadrons, 21 AS-124 Squadrons, 5 Tyr-1 Squadrons, 20 Jaguar Squadrons
German Republic: 41 Infantry Brigades
BATTLE OF THE AZORES. Lisbon, Portugal. As an opening move for the Allied campaign in western Africa this year, the English Royal Navy launched a major successful operation for the first time since the nineteenth century. The Azores, serving as a vital strategic point for Portuguese vessels and interception of supplies headed to Morocco, was attacked and captured by the English military. The Portuguese were prepared for this move, sending in the navy to intercept the English forces in the islands, and a series of battles were fought for control of each island. In the main naval engagement, the English navy inflicted a major defeat upon the Portuguese, sending nearly the entirety of the enemy navy to the bottom. Without naval support, the Portuguese garrisons were quickly overrun, and with them the islands soon fell to the Allies.
Portugal: 5 Infantry Brigades, 6 Destroyers, 5 Light Cruisers, 3 Heavy Cruisers, 3 Dreadnoughts, 1 PPDA-38 Squadron
England: 7 Infantry Brigades, 3 Destroyers, 2 Light Cruisers, 1 Heavy Cruiser, 1 Battlecruiser, 1 Constantine-class Battleship
SKIRMISHES IN BRITAIN. Edinburgh, Scotland. The lack of a total war continues to relieve the citizens of both nations on the island of Britain, but this does not mean that peace has been assured in the region. Small but bloody battles have escalated between localized units across the fortified border between England and Scotland, and casualties have been on the rise. The fighting is usually provoked by English patrols, which have grown more aggressive as the war continues, attempting to spot out Scottish positions and possible attack patterns. The Scots have responded by mobilizing more troops to the front, in response to the possibility of an English invasion.
Scotland: 4 Infantry Brigades
England: 5 Infantry Brigades
BEHIND AXIS LINES. Berlin, Prussia. The lengthy supply line between Paris and the front lines in Russia is like a story punctuated with the occasional explosion and sabotage. The French are constantly besieged through Germany and Hungary by increasing partisan activity. The French government authorized use of special forces in actions throughout Germany, and have been met with some success, including the destruction of a Kommando Brigade remaining in the occupied German Republic. The delays in supplies have cost the French army time and lives on the front lines in Russia, slowing or even halting advances. Other partisan activities have taken place in less essential areas, such as Greece which has begun writhing under the French and Italian occupiers. Increased guerrilla actions have bogged down troops in Greece, as more are sent in to help keep the peace in the occupation.
Prussia: 2 Infantry Brigades
France: 6 Infantry Brigades
Republic of Italy: 3 Infantry Brigades
German Republic: 1 Kommando Brigade
African/Middle Eastern News Report
MILITARY REVOLT IN EGYPT. Alexandria, Egypt. Even though the forces of the Co-Axial Pact seemed to be held at bay, elements of the Egyptian military seemed unwilling to push their luck any further in the World Wars. Believing the Co-Axial Pact to be the most likely to win the ongoing war, the Egyptian military, when seeing the front stabilized, launched a bid to overthrow the monarchy and establish a pro-Axis regime. King Abbas II refused to negotiate with the Axis and the rogue elements of the military, sparking a civil war within Egypt, even as French and Italian troops massed on the borders. A major battle ensued between the two factions, and the monarchy was overthrown by the military leadership. The new leadership has called for immediate ceasefire with the forces of the Co-Axial Pact and negotiations to bring an end to the war in the region. (-10 Infantry Brigades, +1 Stability)
COUP FAILS IN PALESTINE. Al Quds, Palestine. Disillusionment over recent elections have led to dissatisfaction in Palestine's military, opening the door for a major revolt against the republican government. Hoping to establish a lisist-style dictatorship, the military rose up against the Conservative Party's regime, believing them to be unable to protect Palestine's status as an independent nation. The coup was met with disaster nearly from the very beginning, as one conspirator informed upon the rest, allowing the republic to prepare a defense agaisnt the revolt. The rebels were soon crushed in a minor action outside the Congressional halls as the republic stands defiant as the forces of authoritarianism. (+1 Stability, -3 Infantry Brigades)
FAILURE OF ARABIAN MONARCH LEADS TO COUP. Riyadh, Rashid Arabia. The failure of the Rashid monarch to properly execute the war in Yemen and the inaction against rebel families has led to a more ambitious member of the Rashid family to anoint himself as the new monarch of the nation. The revolt was mostly successful, meeting only with resistance from the most stalwart of loyalist brigades in the nation's capitol. As forces withdrew under New Englander pressure in Yemen, several other pitched battles were fought against rogue Bedouins and other resistance movements throughout Arabia, establishing an ever greater control of Riyadh over the rest of the country. (-11 Infantry Brigades, +1 Stability)
ARABISTAN ASCENDANT? Ahvaz, Arabistan. The government of Arabistan has acknowledged the regime change from the Ohkovat government this year with a series of great military parades in the capitol. In a series of speeches, General Kiyanfar has proclaimed the glory of the nation and the desire to achieve new strength within the Middle East, to protect itself from ambitious powers such as Persia or Kurdistan. Imperial powers will also be rejected from control, as the General lashed out against the military governor of Iraq, denouncing Virginian colonial rule as the last bastion to a free Middle East. In order to protect itself from threats abroad, Arabistan has established a new naval presence upon the Persian Gulf, symbolizing the strength of the new regime.
SPECIAL: World Wars in Africa and the Middle East
TUNISIAN FRONT. Tunis, Tunisia. The year started very gloomily for the Tunisian nation, as an offensive was met with massacre. The Tunisian army launched an offensive into Algeria, running head first into a large French army, well prepared for the feeble attack, only a few stunned survivors managed to creep back into Tunisia under the cover of darkness. The disaster was attributed to the turning of several Tunisian spies, who reported that the region was undefended. French planes utterly annihilated Tunisian headquarters within less than half an hour of the offensive beginning, leaving the attack poorly coordinated and ready for absolute destruction by the French army. The Tunisian remnants quickly began amassing for an attack which, fortunately, never came. The invasion of Morocco and Algeria by Allied forces soon led to a French withdrawal from the front, leaving Tunisia, at least for now, intact.
France; 4 Infantry Brigades
Tunisia: 54 Infantry Brigades, 8 Artillery Brigades, -2 Stability
NIJERIAN FRONT. Christiansburg, Danish Empire. The Danish Empire has managed to strike back against the armies of the Co-Axial Pact, as French forces became depleted due to lack of supplies and the need to reinforce against the English invasion in the north. The Danish army, regrouped and rearmed with Nijerian produced arms, launched a new offensive against the French army, and forced them back, winning a major victory. The Nijer Line was secured once again and in the east, the Danish armies have even managed to push the French back across the river and nearly all the way out of Nijeria. The Danes have been sabotaged however, as industries are threatened with strikes as the Nijerian First Movement has gained much more support among the population. The recent declarations of a War for Freedom have reached the Danish Empire as the people begin demanding complete independence upon the conclusion of the war.
France: 12 Infantry Brigades, 5 Cavalry Brigades, 5 Hotchkiss Brigades
Nova Brazil: 3 Infantry Brigades, 2 Cavalry Brigades
Danish Empire: 34 Infantry Brigades, 1 Panzer II Brigade, 2 Panzer III Brigades, 2 Panzer IV Brigades, 1 Tyr-1 Squadron
EGYPTIAN FRONT. Alexandria, Egypt. Fighting in Egypt slowed down greatly this year as both French and Italian forces halted offensive operations against the locals. The coup which took place within Egypt in favor of the Co-Axial Pact may have also helped the situation, as the Egyptian army revolted against the control of the monarchy. The French advance halted early in the year, as the forces were withdrawn for operations in Tunisia and Morocco. Some limited skirmishes did take place throughout the year, between Italians and Egyptians, but fighting between France and Egypt was kept surprisingly low.
France: 2 Infantry Brigades
Republic of Italy: 7 Infantry Brigades
Egypt: 14 Infantry Brigades, 1 Artillery Brigade
INVASION OF MOROCCO. Casablanca, Republic of New England. In a surprise move to many, the Allied armies have opened up a new theater of operations against the French Empire. English forces, assisted by some elements of the German Navy, landed along the Moroccan coast this year, overwhelming the local French garrisons. The operation quickly expanded to include nearly a million English soldiers, as the French rushed to defend their colonial possessions against the onslaught. The overwhelming numbers of the English invasion, many of them veterans of war against Scotland and in Ireland, overran French defenses one at a time until a considerable force was amassed in western Algeria. The English advance was slowed to a crawl as the French continued to reinforce their position, vowing to protect the vital African supply point of Algiers. The French have been assisted greatly by absolute control of the skies, thanks to support from Portugal as well as their own air force, inflicting several major delays against the English army.
France: 43 Infantry Brigades, 6 Cavalry Brigades, 6 Artillery Brigades, 8 A-35 Brigades, 5 PPDA-38 Squadrons, 1 BP38 Squadron
Portugal: 6 Infantry Brigades, 3 Cavalry Brigades, 1 Artillery Brigade, 5 PPDA-38 Squadrons, 1 Zeppelin Dreadnought
England: 88 Infantry Brigades, 15 Artillery Brigades, 3 Anti-Air Brigades, 11 Panzer IV Brigades, 21 AS-124 Squadrons
TURKISH FRONT. Ankara, occupied Turkish Sultanate. Italian forces launched a major renewed assault upon Ankara and the surrounding regions this year, using superior mountaineer forces to bypass Turkish fortifications and achieve victory. The Turks found themselves outmanuevered in their own backyards, but still managed to inflict a heavy damage toll upon the Italian armies. With French forces being kept in reserve this conflict has become almost entirely between the Republic of Italy and the Turkish armies, particularly in the desperate struggle for Ankara. The bloody city battle and the fighting around it has consumed hundreds of thousands in the fires of war, and it continued to escalated as the year continued, turning it into the Middle East's largest graveyard. The Italians, after a year of slogging through urban and mountain terrain, ultimately achieved victory, capturing Ankara, a feat which over a half dozen nations have attempted and failed. The cost for Asia Minor has been high, as also illustrated at the disaster at Adana, where an Italian raid turned into slaughter, as Italian troops landed at prepared Turkish positions. In the skies, the Turks have inflicted a heavy toll upon the Italians, gaining control of the air and full use of their bomber arsenal which has hurt Italian supplies and forces badly. The withdrawal of the Portuguese and French air corps for combat in Russia and elsewhere has definitely shown itself in this theater.
Republic of Italy: 215 Infantry Brigades, 4 Marine Brigades, 71 Mountain Brigades, 7 Artillery Brigades, 6 Anti-Air Brigades, 5 A-39 Brigades
France: 7 Infantry Brigades, 10 A-39 Brigades
Turkish Sultanate: 202 Infantry Brigades, 5 Cavalry Brigades, 20 Artillery Brigades, 15 Anti-Tank Brigades, 2 Anti-Air Brigades, 8 D-4100 Brigades, 8 AS-124 Squadrons, 4 S-20 Squadrons
Asian/Pacific News Report
DUTCH ELECTIONS RAISE DISPUTES. Sydney, Republic of the Netherlands. Dutch elections this year proved to be a major debacle for all involved. Unable to involve most of the Dutch population in Europe, the people of New Holland and New Zeeland proved to be the only popular and significant voting potential within the remaining empire. Though Parliamentary seats were technically open for the Netherlands proper, the occupied status of the region soon led to many incumbents remaining in power for the duration of the conflict. This has raised the ire of the white population of New Holland, who's representatives claim that they are feeling the brunt of the war and industrial exploitation. Ensuing legislature attempting to bring natives into the Dutch army was proposed by the European Dutch, but soon failed in Parliament. In response, the representatives from New Holland have passed a bill in Parliament calling for the island continent's independence upon the conclusion of the war. A similar bill has been proposed in the colony of New Zeeland. It seems that the Dutch Empire may be coming to an abrupt end at the conclusion of the World Wars. (-1 Stability in New Holland and New Zeeland)
NEW POWER IN AFGHANISTAN. Kabul, Afghanistan. The old monarchy and regime within Afghanistan has been overthrown after decades of disputes and warfare between warlords across the nation. Over the past few years, the stagnation of the country and the tensions between other powers on Afghanistan's borders have led to the rise of an ambitious new warlord named Fahran Siddiqui. Pledging to establish a modern Afghan nation, Siddiqui's personal army shattered several of the supporters of the monarch in the field and have slowly built up his personal power. This year, he made a bid for complete control of Afghanistan and succeeded wildly. Siddiqui's managed to bring the various warlords to heel underneath his power and has pledged to forge Afghanistan into a modern country fit to treat with the Western world. To achieve this, he has pledged to centralize operations and institute a number of modern reforms to better organize the nation. Any resistance to the new Afghan order will be crushed. (+3 Stability, -7 Infantry Brigades)
BALUCHESTAN COUP FAILS. Zahedan, Baluchestan. The military of Baluchestan, feeling that the standing republican government was too weak to protect the nation's interests against Persia, or even Afghanistan, took matters into its own hands this year. Leaders of the Baluch military launched offensive operations against republican loyalists early in the year, hoping to achieve country of the nation's main urban centers and industry. Though they managed to catch the government by surprise, the majority of the military rallied with the republic and joined arms to defeat the insurgents. However, the propaganda put out by the military has left some political wounds in society, as the nation struggles to heal its differences after a brief but bloody conflict. (-9 Infantry Brigades, -1 Stability)
SPECIAL: World Wars in Asia and the Pacific Ocean
INVASION OF MANCHURIA. Vladivostok, Russian Federation. In the bloodiest campaign in Asia since the end of the Chinese Civil War, the Korean Empire has launched a major offensive into Russian China. Though the Russians were well prepared and dug in for such an eventual attack, the Koreans possessed massively overwhelming numbers and air support, overrunning Russian positions. Harbin was captured soon after the offensive began, the former headquarters of the Russian army and the speed of the battle has amazed many, in only a few weeks, over a million soldiers were casualties of this campaign and the Russian army was shattered. The remnants of Allied forces, both Dutch and Russian now guard Vladivostok from attack, fearing that the vital trading city will fall into the hands of the Axis. In the skies, the Russian air force has been overwhelmed by the superior numbers of Korean planes, and the advance continues without any hindrance from Russian planes. Korean bombers struck the Russian Pacific Fleet after the redeployment of the fleet's carrier to the Atlantic. The blockade that was attempted to be established was devastated and the main battleships of the fleet were quickly sent to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Korean Empire: 300 Infantry Brigades, 21 Cavalry Brigades, 2 Artillery Brigades, 4 A-39 Brigades, 2 PPDA-38 Squadrons, 2 BP38 Squadrons
Russian Federation: 78 Infantry Brigades, 6 Artillery Brigades, 2 Destroyers, 2 Light Cruisers, 1 Heavy Cruiser, 3 Aquarius-class Battleships
FIGHTING IN SINKIANG CONCLUDES. Urumqi, Republic of China. Weary of the unending combat and the decaying legitimacy of the leader of Sinkiang, various elements of the command structure of the army of Kong Bang Tai led a coup against the warlord, and announced an unconditional surrender to the Chinese government. Unfortunately the war continued in some regions, as local leaders failed to accept the surrender terms and a miniature civil war broke out until Chinese forces moved in to restore order. Casualties were heavy, but not as bad as in previous years when the war was still in full swing for control of the region. The Chinese government has declared an occupation of Sinkiang and the regions soldiers have returned home, many taking their weapons with them. The fate of Sinkiang is still uncertain, but many fear that a troubled future still awaits it.
Republic of China: 31 Infantry Brigades
Sinkiang: 169 Infantry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 1 Anti-Tank Brigade, 2 Anti-Air Brigades (destroyed)
JAPANESE FRONT. Tokyo, Korean Empire. The Dutch army, facing supply issues and the threat of their ally's nearest base being overrun, is facing near defeat in the Japanese islands this year. The breaking of the Russian blockade of Korea and the continuing raids against Portuguese shipping between New Holland and Japan have led to an increased Korean presence in the islands. Fighting has been heavy, and casualties have been growing for both sides. In the skies, the Koreans have achieved air superiority, leveling Dutch airfields and preventing occupation of any natural such fields in Japan. Assisting in the success was a brief campaign against the rural samurai who were viciously slaughtered by the Korean reinforcements on their way to the front against the Netherlands.
Korean Empire: 51 Infantry Brigades, 3 Cavalry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 4 A-35 Brigades, 5 PPDA-38 Squadrons, 3 BP38 Squadrons
Republic of the Netherlands: 62 Infantry Brigades, 6 Marine Brigades, 9 Panzer IV Brigades, 11 AS-124 Squadrons
WAR IN THE PACIFIC. Tiapeng, Korean Empire. The war in the Pacific has begun heating up this year as the Korean navy begins deploying submarines against Allied shipping lanes in the western Pacific Ocean. With no air cover and limited fuel reserves for any convoys heading to Japan, the fields have been easy pickings for the Korean submarine captains. Many Allied ships have been sent to the bottom, causing severe supply problems in Japan, and even some larger warships have been sent to the bottom too. Chief among these is a pair of Dutch battleships which were destroyed by only two Korean submarines, which managed to escape without even being spotted by the escorts.
Korean Empire: 2 MR Submarines, 4 LR Submarines
Russian Federation: 1 Destroyer
Republic of the Netherlands: 6 Destroyers, 1 Light Cruiser, 1 Heavy Cruiser, 2 Atlantic-class Battleships
Review of the Arts
Lord Iggy's Brigade
Type: Moving Pictures
Producer: Lionheart Studios
Running Time: 115 minutes
Summary: Produced under the growing shadow of the World Wars, this English film is a fictional story of an English brigade fighting on the Russian front against French invasion. Starting with the shipping of the brigade to Murmansk, followed by heated battle after battle against the forces of the Co-Axial Pact, and great acts of butchery upon the Russian populace, the film has done an excellent job of continuing to raise the ire of the English people towards the French nation. The dramatic and exciting ending of the film illuminates the hopes for the future as the English join the Russian army in a major counterattack, to begin the road to Paris.
The Sports Page
Political Cartoon from Saint Maarten, Danish Empire
This is a joke in the main newspaper of the Danish West Indies.
The chicken (France) is saying "I'll do it!"
The hammer (Communists) is saying "No, I'll do it!"
The bomb (Earth/Jorden) is saying "Why don't you just blow yourselves up and leave us alone?"
The Diplomatic Pouch
To: United Collectives of North America
From: Free City of Chicago
We believe that this war has gone on too long between our peoples, we are ready to negotiate for a peaceful North American continent. We would like to request that our forces be allowed to leave the front lines and we will stand down from any further military action against socialist forces in any theater.
@bombshoo, I was incorrect in my earlier statement, only your army quality went up, not army and air force. Also you are not approved for the Portuguese heavy bomber, therefore those funds were banked.
@Lord Iggy, I'm wondering for my own record upkeeping, how often will elections be held in the Metis Nation from here on out?
@Thelastjacobite: you did not have enough manpower to accomplish all of your spending, the extra EP has been banked.
Karalysia and flyingchicken have been dropped due to inactivity.
@luckymoose, I'm putting the formation of a Georgian resistance under consideration, awaiting to see what happens next there. For the time you can either lurk, or choose another nation.
I apologize for some possible errors with reading of orders, the CFC site went down a couple times while updating and I was unable to access orders at some points from my Inbox.
I sure hope ya'll are ready for the Race's invasion next year....
The Empire is under new authority.
To: Nigerians Being Controlled By Denmark
If you cut all ties with Denmark and establish for yourself the new state of Nijeria, we can have peace and you, well, you can have freedom.
As the days roll by we send more and more Russians to their deaths. You can end the bloodshed now. Lay down your sword and we can have peace.
For the cession of the Suez Canal to Italy, we will give you peace, and moreover offer you a position in the Co-Axial Pact of Nations.
FROM: Korean Empire
As France has stated, the cold hard facts are present and show your defeat is nearly here. Make peace with the Axis now and spare the lives of millions of your citizens.
to: Virginia and NE
We congratulate you on the defeat of Georgia and only wish we could have played a larger role. We ask you hand Dahl over to us, for a trial of crimes against Louisianan citizens.
Ah sorry for missing the update. I don't have much time for fighting a war. I think I'll take something out of the way like Iceland so I can conduct weird social experiments.
To: New Jersey
Now that we have officialy taken office we are willing to recognize your independence on two conditions. One, you unmine the Delaware to prevent the sinking of anymore innocent vessels. I'm sure the Virginians would also appriaciate that. Second, you pay us 1EP this year, as compensation for the innocent trading vessels that you have sunk. If you agree to these two terms, we will be more then happy to recognize you as an independent state.
OOC: Tunisia took out 4 French infantry brigades? That's 3.5 more than I expected!
IC: The Tunisian government begs for peace. The Tunisian people do not deserve what they have had to endure. The former regime of Egypt forced us to attack, or we would suffer dire consequences. We implore the French to find a way to make peace with the Tunisians. We will pay whatever reparations we can, the Tunisian citizenry do not deserve to have to endure any more war.
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