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Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Nuka-sama, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. JohannaK

    JohannaK Careless Whisperer

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    Oh, no I didn't even know it was a mistake, just pointing out to tobi that number reductions have happened all across the board.
     
  2. Mathalamus

    Mathalamus Emperor of Mathalia

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    well, since you conquered Greece, all of it, in one turn, then i guess you win. we will not, however, surrender. Greece will rise again. just not under our leadership. we, well, we kinda sucked at it.

    OOC: it goes without saying that im a little pissed off. but... im not exactly surprised. i just think, if Greece remained an NPC, italy would not have bothered with the invasion.
     
  3. tobiisagoodboy

    tobiisagoodboy Prince

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    OOC: i actually planned this before you joined, I wanted to take Greece out, so I can concentrate more forces in Italy. Well didn't went that good for either of us.
     
  4. Robert Can't

    Robert Can't Grantaire

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    Great update!

    Alight mistake though that the occupation of Goa began while Trevelyan was still alive and Governor-General and the order was given by General Shane MacGowan the Viscount Prouge. So the idea that Barge gave the order is a bit off.
     
  5. Nuka-sama

    Nuka-sama :)

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    Gotcha. In any case though a lot of the blame has still fallen on Barge due still to ongoing occupation and of course there's always those nasty other political reasons
     
  6. Golgol395

    Golgol395 Chieftain

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    Great Update finally got down to reading it
    Now I just need to figure out what I'm gonna do
     
  7. christos200

    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    Gerlach Trautmann



    Gerlach Trautmann is the Lord-Regent and Generalissimo of the Russian Empire and the conqueror of Hungary, Romania and Sinkiang. Born in 1883 in Munich, he joined a cadet academy in 1896. He was the most excellent cadet officer in his class and his classmates said about him that "There is no problem that cannot be solved by Gerlach". He graduated in 1900 and began the three-year officer training programme at the Prussian War Academy. During the Second Franco-Prussian War he was promoted to lieutenant and served in the 2nd Infantry Regiment. In 1911 he was reassigned as assistant general staff officer of operations to the Tenth Army. During his time there he was regarded as an excellent officer and noted for his skills. In 1912 he was arrested by the communists as he was a notable monarchist but in 1913, thanks to the chaos caused by the Russian invasion, he managed to escape and flee with his wife to Russia, where he joined the Russian Imperial Army.

    He became a staff officer in the Seventh Army, where he remained until 1919. In 1920 he published his first military book: "The Masses at War". In 1922 and 1923 respectively he published two more books, "The Art of War" and "Attack, attack!". Those books became instant best sellers and were highly regarded by military officers not only in Russia but also in other countries. Those three books detailed his philosophy: to use the superior manpower of Russia to employ mass tactics, overwhelming the enemy with sheer numbers, and attacking everywhere along the front to further thin the enemy lines. Speed and momentum were also considered important factors. His motto in the books was "Keep marching forward, crush all resistance!"

    Tsar Michael II, impressed by those books, promoted Gerlach to Head of the Operations Branch of the Army General Staff in 1923 and Deputy Chief of Staff in 1925. In 1928 he was promoted to Chief of the Army General Staff and in 1930 he was appointed Generalissimo of the Russian Empire and commander of all of Russia's armed forces. Of course, his rapid promotions were not only due to his writing abilities and his military talent but also due to his friendship with the Tsar. The two of them had become close friends and relatives after Gerlach married the daughter of a Russian aristocrat related to the Imperial family in 1924 (his first wife had died in 1920).

    In 1934 he led the military invasion of Hungary and Romania and employed the mass tactics he described in his books. He launched an offensive on the entirety of the front with the infantry, created gaps in the enemy line of defense, sent the armored divisions to push through those gaps and outflank the enemy line and then attacked from both sides the enemy. The large Russian armies smashed the ill-prepared Hungarian defenses and the even worse-prepared Romanian defenses. During the siege of Budapest, many ancient historical buildings were bombed into rubble and during a raid the Chancellor of Hungary was shot by Russian stormtroopers.

    In 1937 he was able to overrun Sinkiang with relative ease with an armored pincer movement which cut off the Han troops in Sinkiang and allowed the Russian infantry to overrun them but in Manchuria an attempt to do the same was quickly stopped. Nevertheless, he had managed to capture the whole of Sinkiang in less than one year, an impressive feat. In that same year, after the assassination of Tsar Peter IV and the formation of the Regency Council, he was appointed Lord-Regent of the Russian Empire and head of the Regency Council. Thus he was supreme leader of Russia.

    His statement upon being named Lord-Regent was: "I will do my best to serve the young Tsar Constantine II and bring glory and success to the Empire and the young Tsar. I shall crush in person the Han in China and I will make sure that the rebellions in the West too are crushed. Peace shall be restored in the Empire."
     
  8. JohannaK

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    OOC: I would like to reveal that the Han war plan against Russia involves abandoning Xinjiang entirely and that any troops there would have been a light garrison. :p
     
  9. arya126

    arya126 Squad Leader

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    Claiming the American Restoration Movement.
     
  10. Tyo

    Tyo HANDS HIGH TO THE SOUND Moderator

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    Lower Mobilization to 20%
     
  11. Crezth

    Crezth 話說天下大勢分久必合合久必分

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    OOC: Deployment values have been tweaked and Division counts should now be accurate. If you notice any apparent discrepancies, please PM them to me.
     
  12. JohannaK

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    Address to the Nation from the Office of the Presidency by Li Zhuten:

    Fellow citizens, comrades, patriots, this is our darkest hour. Not when we rose in arms, not when we fought to expel the Manchu Emperor from his jade throne in Beijing did we suffer so much, for we were yet to achieve our freedom. The heinous worm of tyranny that has infested the soul of so many beyond our borders has come back in duplicate, from the North and the South, and the time has come to fight them.

    That is why in this moment of absolute necessity, I have decided to step down and leave this office of the highest responsibility in the hands of the only man in China who could bear it. Dark times loom beyond the horizon, and we must stand strong and united if we are to shed light on them. This is why I pass on the honour and the duty of this office onto Generalissimo Hu Diao. May we find the Way.




    Address to the Nation from the Interim President, Generalissimo Hu Diao:

    The star of the Republic shines bright! Bright enough to burn away the silk and gold and jade which Empires don to hide their hideousness. Our enemies could not withstand our valour and our simplicity, and collecting all of their might they have fallen upon us. They think that because we are free, we are divided, we are weak. They think that because they bind their subjects in shackles of words and pain they can pile their dead bodies at our doors until we surrender.

    Let us show them the truth! Let us show them how we are stronger because we are free! Only because we are free it is that we can see the truth of their lies and their false ways. Because we are free we know that this is our time to stand. This is our time to show them and the world the mettle of our kind, what the Han people are truly made of. We will wait for them at Ningxia and Lanzhou, we shall stop them in Hubei and Liaodong. We will fight in Fujian and Jiangxi, and we shall win in Hunan and Sichuan! Fellow citizens, comrades, patriots, vctory lies in the Way, and ours is the Way to victory.


    THE HAN REPUBLIC MOBILIZES TO 100%
     
  13. Tolina

    Tolina trust the pillars with your s e c r e t s

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    The Grand Republic of Latin America sympathises with the struggles of the Han Republic in those dark times and dire challenges that await them. We hope they shall vanquish their enemies in the name of Democracy.
     
  14. Double A

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    The Great Zhao would like to point out that the flaw of the Qing Empire was it squandered everything: wealth, potential, and the very lives of its inhabitants.

    He will never make such a mistake. As every Chinese can already see, he has, in fact, already improved the only nation great enough to match his splendor and ambition. He will not rest until the Han have been taught that democracy is a western invention fit only for the west, if anyone at all, and that China cannot prosper without an emperor - for surely Han's paltry economy speaks for itself in this matter.

    His magnificent armies will crush those of the Han, and then there will be wealth beyond all measure. China will be reunited and none, not even those who foolishly call it an enemy, will be able to deny its glory. It will be unquestioningly the best nation, as it has always been since Qin Shi Huang, and then it will lead those enlightened enough to follow into the most spectacular golden age the world has ever known.
     
  15. Ahigin

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    Great update, guys. Still reading it.

    One question: what happened to the French troops (Military Districts "Allemania" and "Raetia") that were supposed to be protecting North Germany this turn? Judging by the update, these were only German troops that fought the British in Germany, and it was against our orders. Correct me, please, if I misunderstood something.

    EDIT: One more observation from the Stats Police. :)

    Some activities and public projects have insane efficiency percentage:
    EDIT 2: I see Streamlined Tax Code in the list of GFA's state activities, but my Tax Power is the same as last year instead of being "last year+2".
     
  16. Crezth

    Crezth 話說天下大勢分久必合合久必分

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    OOC-
    French did not end up deploying to North Germany. They deployed to the Belgian border and Portuguese theater instead.

    Russia's policies' stated efficiency is intentional.

    I'll look into Tax Code.
     
  17. Ahigin

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    Do we know why they didn't deploy? It contradicted the Proletarian Continental Command orders, which, as we established earlier, were supposed to trump any national-level orders. Army Group "Ghaul" was under the French player's command indeed (as per orders), but not Army Group "Germania."
     
  18. JohannaK

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    HONG KONG, 6th February 1937​
    CHINA COURIER

    WHO is WHO? Faces of China

    SHANGHAI, J. Pendleton // Once more, China is rocked and shocked by the ripples and tidal waves of strife and conflict. This time, it seems, will be the last. It is unlikely that the Republic can withstand the combined might of both Russia and the Great Zhao, but if it were to overcome its foes, it is just as unlikely that it would allow them to continue existing. Therefore, the China Courier will periodically be accompanied by postcards of the most prominent Chinese leaders from both sides of the war that rages on in the mainland.

    Today, with news coming from Nanjing of a coup, we will start this collection with the Republic's most capable leaders: President Li Zhuten and Generalissimo Hu Diao.

    Spoiler :


    Li Zhuten

    The first and until now only President of the Republic, Li Zhuten has a long history of politics, activism and anti-imperial subversion in China prior to the revolution. A native of Jinan, in Shandong Province, he was later educated in Hong Kong and Japan. Medical Doctor by trade, Zhuten was closely associated with esoteric secret societies, most notably republican action groups, but also Taoism study groups. It is to his beliefs that he has repeatedly credited his republicanism, and it is beyond doubt that concepts from Taoism have influenced the imagery and symbolism of some Republican institutions.

    After a failed insurrection in Canton, which was put down by the man who would eventually become the Great Zhao, Chinese authorities demanded his extradition from Hong Kong. His evasion and flight to Japan made him somewhat of a celebrity, and from then on his clandestine incursions into the mainland were met with increasing enthusiasm, to the point where he had to stop due to the increased risk of capture. His politics also took a turn, focusing less on the idea of China and more on the concept of the Han people. Even then, he was rumored to keep on agitating through his secret society contacts in Shanghai, where he relocated again shortly after the revolution.

    Reputedly, he wanted no more than to remove the Emperor from China, but whether he planned it or not he was called upon by leading figures and some minor warlords to be a unifying voice for a Republican China. He found a most fervent supporter in Colonel Hu Diao, and both fed off each other's prowess to consolidate the Republic as one of the main players in the region.


    Spoiler :


    Hu Diao

    The Generalissimo and newly appointed Interim President has been the military strongman of the Republic almost since day one. Born to an impoverished lowly civil servant in Anhui Province, he did not hesitate when the army reforms of the late 19th Century opened a door to him. Although lacking in formal education, that provided by his father was enough to open the doors of the Imperial Army Academy. There he was taken under the wing of Zhao Xilang, nowadays better known as the Great Zhao. Acknowledged as a talented cadet, especially in logistics and organisation, he graduated a full lieutenant.

    His mentor secured him a safe post in the Beijing garrison at first, and later one as a junior lecturer at the Academy. Eventually Xilang left the capital to take a command in Kwantung, and Diao was given a post in the staff of the 2nd New Division in Nanjing, with the rank of major. There he remained until the revolution, when he trumped the chain of command to win the VI Rifle Brigade for the Republic. He arrested his dissenting superiors and also won control of most of the division, staffing it with other republican officers. They fought off or captured the remaining elements of the division, secured the city and repulsed attacks by both monarchists and petty warlords alike.

    By then, Li Zhuten had arrived in the city, and an improvised assembly declared the city as the capital of the Chinese Republic. Diao shone at coordinating all forces in the city as well as his own unit, shortly thereafter assuming provisional command of the forces of the Republic. As victories both political and military grew, provisional command was officially made permanent, and eventually Diao's prowess would earn him the title of Generalissimo. There is little doubt that if Zhuten wielded the carrot that swayed half of China, Diao wielded the stick that brought it together.
     
  19. Double A

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    ooc: you're not mentioning how Hu Diao is Zhao's pupil?
     
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    ooc: I'm too lazy sleepy to find his real name right now, and I'm not saying "the Great Zhao" without the actual name.
     

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