Darknes: The Darkest Hour

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  1. ~Darkening~

    ~Darkening~ Weep, Mother.

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    Darknes: The Darkest Hour


    Francis Ferdinand- arguably one of the most important pawns in the history of the world. The man who rode down an infamous street leading to his death by one seeking self-determination for his people. The arch-duke of Austria, a man of little importance to the powers that be, had served just one purpose in his life- a pretense for war. Despite the fact that the evidence suggested otherwise, Emperor Francis Joseph personally held the Serbians responsible for his nephew’s death and demanded the Serbian government be held responsible for such. The result if terms weren’t met, Joseph warned, would be the destruction of Serbia.

    The Serbians could not afford the terms that Joseph offered and thusly had no choice but to reject the Austro-Hungarian peace offering. While Joseph was extremely confident in his nation’s ability to defeat the much smaller Serbia, he was not too arrogant to seek allies. He naturally turned to the only other state who would listen to his outrageous demands: Germany. Recently united under Wilhelm I, the Germans were now under the rule of their Kaiser Wilhelm II. Since it would be just a benefit for Germany’s, closer to Wilhelm’s, plans for Europe, the German Kaiser agreed. The basics of the Central Powers had been born.

    We turn south to Bulgaria now. Formed during a revolution in the decaying Ottoman Empire, Tsar Ferdinand I declared his state to be “completely independent and free from Ottoman rule.” The state joined in the fray and quickly entered the Balkan wars, initially going against the Ottomans with the rest of the peninsula. The coalition of states easily defeated their foes and Bulgaria grew in size- only to lose it in another ensuing war after it sought more land. Now, after some reluctance on Ferdinand’s part and hours of conferences with the Germans, Bulgaria enters the fray once more to reclaim old land.

    Oddly enough, the final core member of the Central powers turned out not be a German ally, but rather a common friend- the Ottomans. After losing much territory during the Balkan wars and various wars with Russia, the Ottomans were now determined to take the old lands back. She quickly entered the war against Russia, eager to regain her role in Caucasia. Through now she gathers the attention of the pro-Slavic Balkan states; the Ottomans can once again rise to greatness if they don’t spoil their shot.

    Now we turn our business elsewhere- father east. Ever since her humiliating defeat to Japan in the Russo-Japanese war, Tsar Nicholas II was eagerly looking for a way to regain face in Europe. So when some Slavic nationalists demanded that he defend the smaller Serbia, he still was reluctant to take action. But the man, after man hours of consort, finally came to Serbia’s defense after it was concluded that it was the only way to prevent German domination of the continent. Thus, like a mother bear swaying forth to protect her cubs, the giant Russia declared war on the Austro-Hungarians and their allies.

    Now we discuss Serbia and the other Balkan states. While, as of now, Serbia is the only one to have officially declared war, everyone knows it is only a matter of time before they step in. Serbia, having won the various wars it has waged, is at the epitome of regional power. Not even the recently independent Greece can hold a torch to the success of the Serbs. But there is one shadow lingering on the sidelines- Austria-Hungary. A war with the Central powers would be without a doubt fought time after time in the Serbian battlefields. While she may have some powerful allies on her side, the only question Serbia must answer is whether or not she can outlast her enemies.

    The French, as much anti-German as the Germans are anti-French, will also see many battles waged in their home. France, after decades of isolation imposed by Bismarck, has finally gained an unlikely ally in the world: Russia. Ironically the one nation that dashed all hopes the French had is now the principle ally. There is one more piece of good news for France also- the British are not as bad as they seem. A recent breakthrough in relationships has the French and British entitled to a Entente Cordiale . The French are also have one prospect sitting on their plate: the British have promised to protect Belgium if they are invaded, a boon to the French as they know the war-lusting Germans. While the French have a number of advantages on their side, only time will tell if they are strong enough to stave off a German victory.

    Recent actions do not forebode well for British neutrality. The Germans have begun to mass the forces, not only along the French borders, but also with the Belgian borders. British Prime Minister Henry Asquith officially issues another warning on August 2. But, five days later, Belgian scouts report massive movements of German troops, leaving the United Kingdom no choice but to defend its ally.


    The rest or Europe does not lie idle. At any moment they could be persuaded to join into the fray by old allies, or by encouraging promises. These nations will undoubtly influence the war in their own way indeed.

    With nearly a hundred years since the last major war, the concept of what it can do is nearly foreign to the Europeans- but in the coming years they will learn the true meaning of war. This war will be paid with the blood of millions in the years to come, not mention the significant cost that will be bundled to their economies. This will truly become the most costly war ever imagined or dreamt up.

    But very few in Europe realize this. The Princes, Kaisers, Tsars, Emperors all send their armies marching off confident in their ability to win a quick war. But that will not come. Too many men have been mobilized, too many called up to serve their kings, too many for a war of this magnitude to ever be finished in a matter of weeks. Perhaps one of the few too see this proclaimed “All across Europe the streetlights are being turned off. I dare say that we won’t see them turn back on for a long while.”


    Rules


    Basically rules have been taken from Stalin's old Toukon NES, with a few things modified here and there by me. Offficial credit goes to Stalin as I've yet to hear back from him. Things that I have changed will be bolded.


    Don't post yet please.
     
  2. ~Darkening~

    ~Darkening~ Weep, Mother.

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    Allied Powers
    Great Britain
    Prime Minister Henry Asquith
    Commander-in-Chief: (TerrisH)
    Field Marshall:Sir Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby (Warman17)
    Field Marshall: General Henry Hampton (Luckymoose)
    Field Marshall: First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill (BirdJaguar)
    Mobilization status: 10%
    Military Training : Level 4
    Military Equipment: Level 5

    France
    Prime Minister Rene Viviani
    Commander-in-Chief: (ThomAnder)
    Field Marshall: (Fantasmo)
    Field Marshall: Maréchal de camp Pierre Buxton (LightFang)
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: 100%
    Military Training : Level 4
    Military Equipment: Level 5

    Russia
    Tsar Nicholas II
    Commander-in-Chief: Headcommander Velikiy Knyaz Nikolai Nikolaevich (das)
    Field Marshall: (andis-1)
    Field Marshall: (Kentharu)
    Field Marshall: Russian Field Marshal Aleksandr Vassilievich Samsonov (alex994)
    Mobilization status: 50%
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment: Level 3


    Serbia-Montengro
    King Peter I
    Active Commander in Chief: Radomir Putnik (The Strategos)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: Not Mobilized
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment : Level 1

    Belgium (Allied)
    King Albert I
    Commander-in-Chief: Ernst Junger (Kal'thzar)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: 25%
    Military Training : Level 3
    Military Equipment: Level 3

    Central Powers

    Germany
    Kaiser Wilhelm II
    Commander-in-Chief: Helmuth Von Moltke the younger (Insane_Panda)
    Field Marshall:General Josef Von Manstein (JosefStalinator)
    Field Marshall: General Erich Ludendorff (Grandmaster)
    Field Marshall: Großadmiral Stephan Labsch von Overbeck, secretary of the Kaiserliche Marine (BananaLee)
    Mobilization status: 100%
    Military Training : Level 5
    Military Equipment: Level 5

    Austria-Hungary
    Emperor Franz Josef I
    Commander-in-Chief: General Franz Conard von Hötzendorf (Symphony_D)
    Field Marshall: General Lanczos Moritz. (Lord_Iggy)
    Field Marshall: General Helmuth Von Diefendorf (The_Farow)
    Field Marshall: General Oskar Potiorek (Dachspmg)
    Mobilization status: 50%
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment : Level 3

    Ottoman Empire
    Sultan Mehmed V
    Commander-in-Chief:
    Field Marshall: General Khalil Pasha (Wubba360)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: 15%
    Military Training : Level 3
    Military Equipment: Level 2

    Bulgaria (Neutral)
    Tsar Ferdinand I
    Commander-in-Chief:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: Not-yet issued
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment: Level 2


    Neutral

    Spain (Neutral)
    King Francisco Villareal
    Commander-in-Chief: Álvaro Aureliano (Swissempire)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: Not yet issued
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment Level 2

    Portugal (Neutral)
    King Horaciao Mensia II
    Commander-in-Chief: (CLOSED)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: Not yet issued
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment Level 2

    The Netherlands (Neutral)
    Prime Minister:
    Commander-in-Chief: (Closed)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training :
    Military Equipment

    Sweden (Neutral)
    Prime Minister:
    Commander-in-Chief: (Closed)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training :
    Military Equipment

    Norway (Neutral)
    Prime Minister:
    Commander-in-Chief: (Closed)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training :
    Military Equipment

    Denmark (Neutral)
    Prime Minister:
    Commander-in-Chief: (Closed)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training :
    Military Equipment

    Greece (Neutral)
    King Constantine
    Commander-in-Chief:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment : Level 2

    Romania (Neutral)
    King Ferdinand I
    Commander-in-Chief: Chief General Ion Antonescu (LittleBoots)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment : Level 2

    Switzerland (Neutral)
    Prime Minister:
    Commander-in-Chief: (CLOSED)
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training :
    Military Equipment

    Italy (Neutral)
    King Vittorio Emanuele III
    Commander-in-Chief:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Field Marshall:
    Mobilization status: not yet issued
    Military Training : Level 2
    Military Equipment : Level 2
     
  3. ~Darkening~

    ~Darkening~ Weep, Mother.

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    Maps

    Starting Map:

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  4. ~Darkening~

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    The Great War as of August 7, 1914



    Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, and Buglaria.
    Vs.
    Allied Powers: France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Serbia.


    Casualities

    Total
    Allied Powers:0
    Central Powers:0

    Individual
    France:0
    Russia:0
    Germany:0
    Austria-Hungary:0
    Serbia:0
    Bulgaria:0
    Ottoman Empire: 0
    The United Kingdom:0[
    Belgium:0
     
  5. ~Darkening~

    ~Darkening~ Weep, Mother.

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    On-going Battles


    Major Battles of the Past
     
  6. ~Darkening~

    ~Darkening~ Weep, Mother.

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    Major Events of the World


    June 28, 1914: Serbian nationalist Garvilo Princip assinates Austrian Arch-duke Franz Ferindand in Sarejevo.
    July 28, 1914: After delivering the July Ultimatum, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. Bombardment of Belgrade takes place the next day.
    July 30, 1914: Both Austria-Hungary and Russia order full mobilazation.
    July 31, 1914: Germany issues a demand to Russian leaders to cease mobilizing. Demand is ignored and the next day the German ambassador formally declares war.
    August 2, 1914 Germany invades Luxembourg and begins to gather troops along the Franco-Belgain borders. The United Kingdom issues a warning for Germany to not invade Belgium.
    August 3, 1914: Germany declares war on France.
    August 4, 1914: Germany invades Belgium. British Prime Minister Henry Asquith officialy declares war upon Germany.
    August 5, 1915 : Both Bulgaria and the Otttoman Empire declare war upon Serbia. The action is returned by the Allied nations.
    August 7, 1914 The central powers declare war upon the Allied nations and the Great War begins.

     
  7. das

    das Regeneration In Process

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    Velikiy Knyaz Nikolai Nikolaevich has been appointed Headcommander (Glavnokomanduyushiy, Commander in Chief) of the Russian Imperial Army by decree of 20.7.14.



    The mobilization is in process; the Second Patriotic War is on.







    Appointments of commanders shall take place soon (OOC: in other words, am now recruiting ;) ).
     
  8. JosefStalinator

    JosefStalinator Я буду снова здесь

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    I'll be a German general on the Eastern front! General Josef Von Manstein.
     
  9. ~Darkening~

    ~Darkening~ Weep, Mother.

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    You brave soul. Good luck.
     
  10. Insane_Panda

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    I take commander in chief of Germany!

    Helmuth Von Moltke the younger! (stupid fellow that he was...)
     
  11. Warman17

    Warman17 NES Grandpa

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    You brave man. Even without the American front this will take like 3 hours to update.

    I wouldn't mind being Sir Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby. commander of the british forces against the ottomans.
     
  12. Reno

    Reno The Studio Ghibli Fanatic

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    No African or Asian fronts? That'll exclude Von Lettow Vorbeck and plenty of other fun people to play with. :(
     
  13. ~Darkening~

    ~Darkening~ Weep, Mother.

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    Well, theres North Africa. Including those fully would make it way to large to handle.
     
  14. Reno

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    That still leaves plenty of intresting people out.
     
  15. das

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    3 hours=very little indeed, at least by comparison with my updates...

    Africa in WWI is needlessly distracting and pretty boring, IMHO. Asia is even worse. Lets concentrate on European warfare instead. ;)

    EDIT:

    Darkening, could you please make up your mind on the allegiences? The initial background states that not even Belgium is in yet, while elsewhere you already drag Turkey and Bulgaria into it. Rather confusing, especially as a 1915 event snuck into the timeline.

    I also announce the controversial decision of appointing two self-declaredly incompetent field-marshalls previously banned to obscure Siberian garrisons! :p Mostly because they were the only ones that actually asked... So, herr Manstein, there is no reason for you to panic. ;)

    EDIT EDIT:

    One last thing - where is my fleet? :p
     
  16. andis-1

    andis-1 The Hedgehog

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    Here is one fieldmarshall to answer mother Russia's call ;)
     
  17. Reno

    Reno The Studio Ghibli Fanatic

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    The African and Asian theaters in World War I were in no way 'boring', One could argue that Von Lettow Vorbeck was the only German commander of the War not to be defeated in battle or othervise.

    And I find the German surface fleet movements (Outside of Europe) and the naval engaments (Not counting unresolved Skagerrak) very intresting. And to that end the ports of the African and Asian (Qingdao aswell) Geman colonies to be very important to the German war effort, maybe not in Europe though. ;)
     
  18. Kal'thzar

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    If someone else takes france (the CiC), then I Will be happy to take Belgium, once again :D. Otherwise I will be forced to take France.
     
  19. BananaLee

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    Give me either the Kreigsmarine or a Field Marshal post in the BEF.. ;)
     
  20. das

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    Ah, good. Seems like I have a full team now.

    WHO CARES?! No, really? Sorry, but with all due respect for von Lettow-Vorbeck's skills, what is the point of adding Africa and Asia to the already highly-detailed map? Just so that someone could show off his lettowvorbeckity? Look, the German colonies and commerce raiding were utterly periphereal and insignificant; this might change if the Germans were to win a huge naval victory, but even then, it is unlikely. WWI, in this configuration at least, shall be decided in Europe. Everything else is mere footnotes that at best affect British reinforcement pools, and even then not very significantly.

    EDIT: And people, please, please take C-i-C positions fast, at least in the Entente! We have planning to do! ;)
     

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