1. We have added the ability to collapse/expand forum categories and widgets on forum home.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Photobucket has changed its policy concerning hotlinking images and now requires an account with a $399.00 annual fee to allow hotlink. More information is available at: this link.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. All Civ avatars are brought back and available for selection in the Avatar Gallery! There are 945 avatars total.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. To make the site more secure, we have installed SSL certificates and enabled HTTPS for both the main site and forums.
    Dismiss Notice
  5. Civ6 is released! Order now! (Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR)
    Dismiss Notice
  6. Dismiss Notice
  7. Forum account upgrades are available for ad-free browsing.
    Dismiss Notice

Kaiser und Konig und... Iblis?!

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Stories & Tales' started by SonicTH, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. SonicTH

    SonicTH Gentleman Thief

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    14,788
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Casino Night Zone
    Plan:

    -Ravage the British Empire (might even invade them if their cities are weak enough in places)
    -Unite Europe in an anti-Russian alliance
    -Wipe out France
    -Take over some smaller nations, and plan the demise of the USA
     
  2. SonicTH

    SonicTH Gentleman Thief

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    14,788
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Casino Night Zone
    ==1902==

    Spoiler :
    Week 1, Brazil inked peace with Britain. They were fortunate Austria was in no position to enact reprisal. The Brazilians had deemed the war no longer having purpose, most of the British territories in Brazil occupied by other South American powers.



    England was gradually beginning to resemble an environmentalist paradise, what with so much of its land stripped clean of roads, railways, farms and mines. The cities were gradually depopulating as starvation took its toll. The destruction of Coal and Iron sources wreaked havoc on Britain's industry, especially its capacity to replace sunken vessels.

    Given that pillaging tiles didn't consume any of a Corps' moves, the 4 Corps deployed to Britain would likely make short work of everything they loved and held dear.

    Week 5, Scandinavia and Cuba signed peace with the British.

    The Turks, meanwhile, seized Aden, a huge blow to the British trade networks.



    Austria developed its own motor carriage company in Athens, with the infusion of cash from the Austrian state quickly putting it on the same level as other manufacturers such as Benz.

    The British were reported to have 57 battleships - many of which were moored in Gibraltar.

    Week 9, the British and Filipinos inked a peace accord.



    The Allies rejoiced at the fall of Gibraltar, which opened trade through the strait anew. Britain had once had the power to kill the economies of much of Europe by sealing off Suez and Gibraltar, but it had lost this power. Its last vestige of power in the Med was Cyprus.

    Gibraltar's fall was known for its brutality - 98% of all inhabitants had been killed by artillery. But the human price tag was worth it - the British were cut down to 30 Battleships, meaning they had kept at least twenty present.

    The British naturally panicked at the fall of such a well-fortified territory. The scuttling of so many vessels was a massive blow to Britain's navy - Austria's 35 Erzherzog's alone outpaced them. With the entire world coming down on them, the Royal Navy, once the world's largest fleet by a huge margin, was on the verge of ruin. Making matters worse was London's inability to build more - steel was in short supply in the British Isles, grinding most industries to a halt.

    Even more worse, was the fact the fairly large Austrian Navy - twenty-five ships, mostly battleships, strong - would, no longer needing to focus on Gibraltar, now be free to move north, and would reach Britain within four months. If it arrived and Austria's armies still remained intact, Austria would be free to camp all throughout the Isles and destroy any attempt at a counterattack.

    In a time of dire crisis, PM Robert Cecil was soon rejected by his party, and Arthur Balfour instead took to power. Cecil was condemned across the board by Britons, feeling his weakness and indecisiveness had allowed the Austrians to land troops and ravage the economy. The hundreds of thousands who had starved to death across the country were all pinned on him. Never mind, he was blamed for the fall of Cork to the French, and the fact all the other Allied fleets were swarming the Isles didn't exactly make voters happy.



    PM Balfour promised an eviction of the Austrian Empire, and as such, made sure to mobilise the UK's vast forces.

    Unfortunately for their offensive, the rugged terrain and artillery were doing their part to weaken their forces, preventing a decisive victory as more and more troops were offloaded.

    Week 13, Mexico declared war on Britain. It was hoped Mexico's defenses would be adequate enough to prevent massive British expansion.



    Austria soon joined the Allies in India. Russian, Portuguese, Persian and Tibetan forces were already squabbling over who would get what - the Persians had gone so far as to wall off Karachi, wanting the valuable port for themselves. The Austrian Empire, meanwhile, was intent on seizing Delhi, Ahamadabad, and Nagpur, granting it a three-city colony with internal steel production, vital for railways.



    Week 17, Delhi was occupied. British India was in serious disrepair, the Russians having already seized Nagpur.

    Rome's completion of the first Assembly line surged the Austrian economy forward, with Precious Metals & Stones and Int'l Markets both being seized by Austria.



    Week 21, Indian possessions expanded to include Ahamdabad, governed by a rival prince. The Raj was increasingly giving way to the princely states that composed it, and occupying powers often made use of these princes to secure their hold on the vast tracts of British territory being seized. It was noticed that the Iron technically was the property of Karachi, which the Persians had blocked off.

    Week 25, Britain's situation grew more dire - French and German troops were landing by the boatload in northern England and Scotland, while Austrian troops hammered Liverpool into oblivion, preparing it for occupation.

    Week 29, America signed an alliance with the Boers. British Canada, the one area safe from reprisal, was about to be royally owned.



    The declaration of the Kingdom of Wales sent ripples through the British Empire and much of the world. For the first time in 620 years, Wales was an independent - theoretically, anyway - country. A member of the Austrian nobility ruled over it, but the state was given control of all affairs apart from foreign policy, which was controlled by Vienna(same as all the Iberian nations').



    Britain had been reduced to 14 Battleships, and ruled but 13% of the planet's population. Russia had surpassed them as the largest nation, at 17% of the land. Austria came in at 4% of the landmass and 7% of the population. With Britain at war on all fronts against all other major powers, they were destined to fade into obscurity.
     
  3. SonicTH

    SonicTH Gentleman Thief

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    14,788
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Casino Night Zone
    ==1902 Part II: The Day Britain Fought Back==

    Spoiler :
    While PM Balfour was not rejected like his predecessor, this was because he was wise enough to send the troops.



    Australian troops snuck into Eritrea, while a large offensive was also mounted to retake Wales. Both these offensives were horrible disasters.

    Week 33, Cairo became the center of the international cotton trade.



    Plymouth was reduced from 66 pop. to 51. That is, almost 1/4 of Cornwall's population was butchered by Austrian artillery fire. Such was the price of defying Iblis. Cornwall yielded iron mines, supplementing the coal mines of Wales. This would enable full-scale industrial production in the area once trade connections were rebuilt. Some advisors asked why iron and coal simply couldn't be imported from elsewhere in Europe, but were executed - nothing would stand in the way of turbo-civ.

    It was noticed London had but 15 defenders, constantly being hammered. Taking London would condemn Britain to obscurity and mean the Isles would never again have industrial capability barring Ireland. As such, a punitive expedition was sent to begin harassing the capital.



    London was no match for the Austrian horde. The British government relocated to Wellington all the way in New Zealand, far from the warzone. Australia and New Zealand were deemed the most secure possessions of the Empire, even if France had recently conquered part of the former.

    The International Cruise Liner Company's formation in Kerkira put Austria far ahead of its competitors, with Austrian vessels being better built and thus becoming slightly faster than other nations' navies.



    With the fall of Calicut, British rule was done in India, sans for Madras, which was wedged between Russian and Portuguese swarms. It would fall the following week to Russia.



    21 months after the war had begun, peace was inked. In the span of less than two years, the British Empire had imploded, losing all of its crown jewel, its strategic canal holdings, much of its homeland, and Canada and Australia were also under threat of invasion by foreign powers.

    The treaty was punishing. The British economy having contracted to 3700 gpt(a contrast to Austria's 4400 gpt), 145 of that was to be paid to Austria for twenty months.

    On top of that, Britain had to renounce its claims to all territory. One side effect was that the heir to the British throne was to no longer be styled "Prince of Wales."

    Britain was told to limit the size of its navy, a HUGE blow to what had once been the source of their pride.

    A final limit was that the British government had to adopt a formal constitution that forbade it from managing certain aspects of state and the economy. The result was massive devolution. While this was supposedly done in the interests of self-determination, the intent was obvious - granting Canada, Australia, Ireland and Scotland and all other subdivisions virtual independence outside foreign policy and serious economic matters basically destroyed the British Empire entirely. The Constitution's language that all provinces would be equal in the powers they could have meant the more power Britain concentrated in England, the more independent the other provinces became. But on the flipside, the many rights guaranteed to the localities prevented the government from simply concentrating power at the national level.

    As such, Britain was broken.

    While the many Allies would spill blood in fruitless conflicts, Austria would rest and relax after a job well done.

    But, whereas an old threat had been vanquished, a new one had arisen: mighty Russia, ruling 18% of the world's land and 14% of its population. Plans were already being drawn up to fortify India and slowly work to abolish the Russian Raj, while also working on destroying European Russia.
     
  4. SonicTH

    SonicTH Gentleman Thief

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    14,788
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Casino Night Zone
    ==1903 Part I: Russian Revolution==

    Spoiler :
    As the Kaiser and Iblis sat at a dinner table, fragments of bone and meat flying about as Iblis savagely ate his meal, they discussed foreign policy. While Britain had crumbled and would never again be a threat, Russia now loomed, a red star over Europe. While Russia's troops were far from being top of the line, they possessed massive manpower reserves that would make them daunting to fight alone.

    Iblis, a creature of insanity, offered a wonderful suggestion: unite the world against them, just as was done against Britain. Germany, the Ottomans, and Scandinavia would keep Russia from swarming Austria's borders, thus allowing a defense to be concentrated in the east.

    In India, a few machineguns moved into position to assist the armies would make quick work of the Russian menace. Huge amounts of wealth, furthermore, would allow for the construction of armies in rapid succession.

    Chinese, Turkish, and Persian hordes, meanwhile, would help draw attention away from Austria.

    The plan was hatched.

    Week 5, Russia and Britain signed a peace accord, Russia having noticed the militarisation of India.

    The Germans having occupied Scapa, it was foreseen that the rest of Britain would follow. Britain's salvation was pinned on Canada, the politicians insisted - if Mexico could be held, Canada would find itself able to build a new fleet of capital ships. Increasingly, the Emperor supported such a development - it would allow Britain to build up a regional power base that could challenge the USA down the line.

    Week 17, the Germans demanded tribute, and were rejected. Their bluff having been called, they left stripped of their pride. And clothes, too, since Iblis made sure to incinerate those as if by an act of God midway home.

    ---

    The Emperor found his excuse to go to war in Week 17. Meeting with the Russian Czar, he discussed the presence of Russian battleships in territorial waters. Politely asking they be removed, the Russian Czar walked out.

    Thus, Russia had declared war on Austria, confident it could handle the state all by itself.

    What it hadn't thought of, was how massive Austria's treasury was. Before long, every neighbor was knocking on Russia's door.

    Scandinavia, Germany, and the Turks were all lulled by the possibility of reconquest of historical territories lost to Russia. Germany drooled at the idea of a vast Eastern European network of satellites from which it could extract resources and cheap labor. The Ottomans longed to seize the Black Sea and Caucasus, while the Swedes and other Scandinavians were riled up at the idea of taking back Russia's capital, which was rightfully theirs. China and Persia having lost land to Russia in war's past, the opportunity was simply too great.

    Any nation capable of fielding a sizeable navy or local force against Russian Asia was invited to join the alliance. The war had a side effect of drawing Allied manpower away from Britain and Canada - the Emperor was eager to maintain a balance and prevent the last cities of Britain from falling to France and Germany.

    Lahore had 7 Infantry guarding it, so the order was given to swarm the city and secure the Indian position.



    The people of Lahore welcomed their liberators. Karachi, meanwhile, became much more secure, which was important, as it was the heart of productivity in Austrian India.



    Nagpur's fall put a lot of pressure on Russia's position in India, making Tibet's position all the more secure.

    In Europe, plans were made for an assault - it was discovered the bulk of Russia's cavalry were in the Siberian wastes and as such would take a bit to reach the front lines. They would filter in, and thus be easy prey as they came.

    Their position was sturdy - 8 units in Tallinn, 7 in Minsk, 10 in Warsaw, 10 in Kiev, 8 in Odessa.

    With several dozen artillery available, it was decided to open the front against Kiev. This would send Russia into a panic, a gate into their homeland suddenly punctured.



    The city's fall opened much of Ukraine to invasion.

     
  5. Toxicman007

    Toxicman007 Custom User Title

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Messages:
    386
    Location:
    Norway
    Any chance of an update soon, Fox? Don't give up on this one, too :(
     
  6. Princeof Persia

    Princeof Persia The Empire wasn't bad

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,060
    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Calm down, it's only been a week.
     
  7. geminisama

    geminisama Resident Batman

    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Messages:
    419
    Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Who's the shade of brown in Arabia? It seems to be a diff shade than the Ottomans. :O
     
  8. Yoda Power

    Yoda Power ✫✫✫✫✫✫✫

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2002
    Messages:
    13,858
    I think it's just the bright desert shining through.
     
  9. SonicTH

    SonicTH Gentleman Thief

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    14,788
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Casino Night Zone
    Yoda's got it.

    Also gemini, nice to see a fellow Hendersonian out here!

    ==1903 Part II==

    Spoiler :
    Russia's counterattack was lollerific - there was none.

    All across India, slews of Russian labor gangs were butchered or dispersed by Allied forces, ending their industrial presence there.

    France seized Dublin, ending British rule over Ireland and establishing an Irish client state.



    With the fall of Rawalpindi, the Russians were removed from the Indus. While Russian troops would slowly stream in over the Himalayas, overall, the army would be free to push east and south against the rest of Russian India.



    Back in Europe, troops stormed into Kharkiv, dealing another blow to the Ukraine.



    The arrival of the K.u.K. fleet in the Baltic Sea, shelling Finland, Estonia and even the capital, sent shocks through Russia. While the capital was not yet in danger, in the coming days the fleet would arrive, and the "window on Europe" would be in serious trouble.

    The Romanovs could have responded through rousing speeches, or a program to rebuild the navy and push out the invaders. Instead, they quietly packed their things and left for Moscow, coordinating the government via telegraph.

    Gomel's defenders were few but deadly - maxim machinegunners. Fortunately, a few artillery cut them down to size, making them very vulnerable to cavalry charges. Russia's defensive lines were increasingly spread thin. While the same was arguably true of Austria, Austria made use of maxims and Russia's forces were spread over a much larger front.

    2 battleships were lost to Russia in Week 25. The offending vessels were promptly sunk. However, taking heavy losses, the fleet bound for Arkhangel'sk was told to turn around so as to be repaired in Scandinavian shipyards. The Baltic Fleet, however, continued to shell Russian fields quite extensively, a massive famine resulting.

    Odessa's capture left only Rostov as a free city in Ukraine. Either way, the Russian Black Sea Fleet was dead, not having any supply depots - Crimea had grown in recent years due to receding waters(a price of Russia's ridiculous agricultural excesses), and as such, Rostov was no longer connected to the sea.



    Ukraine, once the heart of Russian civilisation, was now entirely under Austrian occupation. Iblis gave the order for mass deportation to labor camps to transform Kiev into another industrial epicenter.

    Calcutta, meanwhile, was liberated in India, with artillery and battleships shelling Vishakhapatnam afterward; that city in turn was captured. Vishakhapatnam resisted; the Rusisans had become a significant minority and as such were able to mount a resistance. While they disrupted efforts to re-organise it into Austrian India, they failed to achieve much of note.

    Madras was liberated right after, leaving only Bangalore. Madras itself would fall as part of the four-city occupation. The term "blitzkrieg" was coined to refer to Austria's use of naval, air, and ground-based artillery, combined with rapid ground forces, to disrupt and dominate enemy positions. It was proved to perfection in India, despite it being a land of harsh terrain.

    Banglore was solid proof the blitzkrieg was a terrifying strategy of Austria's, with the Russian Raj having collapsed in but a month. The Austrian Raj was organised with the many local princes now pledging loyalty to the Austrian suzerain; Kanpur, under Tibetan overlordship, was instead embraced as an equal province of the Tibetan Empire.



    Units in Calicut purged the region of Russian troops, now free to be used for offensive purposes.

     
  10. Princeof Persia

    Princeof Persia The Empire wasn't bad

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,060
    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    How do the Russians have a city in Greenland?
     
  11. Toxicman007

    Toxicman007 Custom User Title

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Messages:
    386
    Location:
    Norway
    Hooray! An update! Looking good, Fox. PoP, I think they took it from Scandinavia a while back.
     
  12. Princeof Persia

    Princeof Persia The Empire wasn't bad

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,060
    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    But isn't there no city to start with on Greenland.
     
  13. Toxicman007

    Toxicman007 Custom User Title

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Messages:
    386
    Location:
    Norway
    This is a Fox game, he probably made one.
     
  14. SonicTH

    SonicTH Gentleman Thief

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    14,788
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Casino Night Zone
    Yeah, I added a lot of cities to the Pacific and one on Greenland; I also added Coal and Iron to several of the major island chains(PI, Cuba, etc.). At the very least, Spain's a bit less screwed.

    Likewise, added a City Guard to each Canadian city - it's why the USA hasn't swamped them.

    The city was originally Scandinavian, then the Brits took it. Then Russia took it from them in turn.

    I really need to modify my added cities - they fall so easily. (Greenland, Chengdu, Managua, etc.)
     
  15. Nozx

    Nozx Chieftain

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2011
    Messages:
    15
    Location:
    Israel
    Great story! can you upload your .biq? or post a screenshot of the pacific islands you added? :)
     
  16. Princeof Persia

    Princeof Persia The Empire wasn't bad

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,060
    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Hey, Nozx is (kinda) back!
     
  17. SonicTH

    SonicTH Gentleman Thief

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    14,788
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Casino Night Zone
    If that's showing up correctly, the attached file should have the modified AoI .biq I use.

    All credit is due to El Justo and his team, of course, for such an awesome mod - I just tweaked a few things.
     

Share This Page