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Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Nuka-sama, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Nuka-sama

    Nuka-sama :)

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    Hello all! My name is Nuka! We are about to begin the 38th iteration of a full fledged forum game hosted by myself! The subname has changed, but we’re here playing the same game! I will also be running this with my Ledgermain, Crezth, who has been a wonderful partner in crafting this game!

    Our game is run with a borderline-simulationist approach. I would not say that this is a full-fledged simulation, as we have sacrificed some realism in favor of playability and to set up some particular interesting tension points. That being said, we are looking to run this game with realism guiding our actions.

    Initially, the timeline started as a thought, as an idea to take out Japan as a major geopolitical actor of the late 19th/early 20th century. As the timeline further developed, the ideas of the reversal of the US-UK relationship, a relationship that has been described as one of the most important in the modern world, from friendship to enemies, the success of Communism in industrialized, European states, and the cradle death of American democracy made its way into the alternate history, eventually threaded together by an overarching narrative that has turned this world into a rather beautiful dystopia.

    Currently, I have much of the time line and some of the major backgrounds written. I have a flexible start date for the game that will allow the first order set to accommodate holiday plans, but this thread will serve to introduce you to the world we have created, to entice your interests.

    Of course, certain parties must be acknowledged. In particular, I would like to thank Bair the Normal for his invaluable assistance of creating the map. Sonereal deserves praise for his titanic influence in the stats (and his acquiescence in its blatant theft), as does Omega124 and Southern_King for their patient ears to let me plug and discuss the timeline. SymphonyD, while no longer on this forum, provided additional help regarding technology and system development, and the honorable fc-chan gave valuable programming expertise. Crezth and I could not have done it without you all.

    With that, I will begin the posting of the various information and backgrounds of the nations. I will be adding and editing posts as needed, and will notify if extensive edits have been made.

    During this time, we will be accepting applications to various countries. For each country, please post a 1-2 sentence description of why you want this country. You may rank the countries (in fact, we insist) and you can apply to as many countries as you like. We will consider all applications together as a whole, and when making our decision, we will consider the posted (or privately messaged) application’s quality, one’s history in the forum, and other miscellaneous extras. We reserve the right to make judgements on other criteria, but on the whole, you should not consider any nation as “off limits” to you. That being said, we encourage you to apply for nations aside from just Great powers, as those powers will likely be in high demand.

    Without further delay then, Crezth and I would like to welcome you to this game; our first ever world spanning game in IOT:


    Welcome, to a world where the sky is black
     
  2. Nuka-sama

    Nuka-sama :)

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    The current map for the year 1930:

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    Notes:

    Germany on this map is unified, but will in fact be played by three players (or NPCs as needed). A post further regarding Germany will explain the situation, but the nation is divided between the People's Republic of the Ruhr, the Bavarian Worker's Republic, and the German Nationalist Socialist Alliance, who are working together in a coalition of common interest.

    Brazil is in a civil war; the South is Communist, while the North is a de facto puppet state of Bolivia ruled by an Emperor. The factions are currently in a ceasefire.

    The Chinese Civil War is centered around the Qing Dynasty in Peking, and the National Han Republic in Nanjing. These states are currently at war. Guangxi and Yunnan are interested, but currently neutral. Tibet is isolated from the conflict.
     
  3. Nuka-sama

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    There are alot of exciting, interesting nations to choose from here! To help you figure out who's who while the background and histories are posted, here's something to chew on!

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    Suggested Nation list:

    If you’re interested in a great power, then play:

    -United States of America
    -The Russian Empire
    -The United Kingdom
    -France
    -The People’s Republic of the Ruhr
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    If you’re interested in a communist power, then play:

    -People’s Republic of the Ruhr
    -France
    -Bavarian Worker’s Republic
    -The Free State of Alsace-Lorraine
    -People’s Republic of Sweden
    -Democratic Republic of Brazil (Green in the south)
    -The Democratic Republic of Central America
    -Spain (Popular Front elected, with Communist/Socialist parties leading it)
    -Sandalistas (Oaxaca Commune) (Southern Mexican red faction)
    -The Mexican People’s Army (Northern Mexican red faction)



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    If you’re interested in being a power ahead of the regional powers, but not quite a great power, then play:

    -Australia
    -Qing China
    -Republic of China
    -Italy
    -Turkey
    -Bolivia
    -Democratic Republic of Brazil (Green)

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    If you’re interested in being a regional power broker, then play:

    -Hungary
    -Serbia
    -Guangxi
    -Siam
    -Argentina
    -Colombia

    (Note: While not as powerful as Hungary/Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria can also fall into this category as well)

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    If you wish to avoid any countries that may collapse into civil war soon, then do not play:

    -Greece
    -Spain
    -Austria-Bohemia
    -Persia
    -Korea

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    If you don’t want to run your foreign policy through another player or be considered in someone’s sphere, particularly avoid playing:

    -Liberia (Britain)
    -Haiti (USA)
    -Dominican Republic (USA)
    -Panama (USA)
    -Korea (Russia/USA)
    -Persia (Russia/UK)
    -Afghanistan (Russia/UK)
    -Nepal (UK)
    -Bhutan (UK)
    -Veracruz Regime (USA)
    -Netherlands (UK)
    -Belgium (UK)
    -Luxembourg (UK)
    -The Empire of Brazil (Bolivia)

    -To a lesser extent, the dominion nations South Africa, Australia, and India

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    If you’re interested in being at war straight away, then play:

    -The Republic of China
    -Qing China
    -Any of the Mexican factions

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    If you’re looking for a more personal story in regards to nation:

    -The Mayan Empire
    -Guangxi
    -Any of the Mexican factions
    -The Democratic Republic of Central America
    -Qing China
    -National Han Republic of China
    -Korea



    The full fledged nation list!

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    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
    The French Social Democratic Republic
    The Russian Empire
    The United States of America
    The Kingdom of Italy
    The United Republics of Austria and Bohemia
    The Hungarian Empire
    The Republic of the Netherlands
    The Union of German Workers' Council Republics, composed of:
    Spoiler :
    The People's Republic of the Ruhr
    The German Nationalist Socialist Alliance
    The Bavarian Workers' Council Republic

    The Free Republic of Alsace-Lorraine
    The Sublime State of Turkey
    The Imperial Domain of India
    The Imperial Domain of Australasia
    The Imperial Domain of South Africa
    The Federal Republic of Switzerland
    The People's Republic of Sweden
    The Kingdom of Norway
    The Kingdom of Denmark and Iceland
    The Spanish Republic
    The Kingdom of Portugal
    The Republic of Belgium
    The Kingdom of Romania
    The Kingdom of Serbia
    The Kingdom of Bulgaria
    The Hellenic Republic of Greece
    The Empire of the Great Qing
    The National Han Republic of China
    The Confederation of Guangxi
    The State of Yunnan
    The Heavenly Domain of Tibet
    The Kingdom of Korea
    The Sultanate of Afghanistan
    The Persian Empire
    The Kingdom of Ethiopia
    The Dominion of Colombia
    The Democratic Republic of Brazil
    The Empire of Brazil
    The Democratic Republic of Central America
    The Republic of Chile
    The Republic of Argentina
    The Great Bolivian Empire
    The Dominion of Panama
    The Emergency State of Veracruz
    The State of Sonora
    The Raiders of Zacatecas
    The State of the Rio Grande
    The Mexican Republic
    The Empire of Mexico
    The Mayan Kingdom
    The Oaxaca Commune
    The Freeman Republic of Haiti
    The Sultanate of Oman
    The Sultanate of Yemen
    The Sultanate of Abu Dhabi
    The Holy Kingdom of Thailand
     
  4. Nuka-sama

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    History (Part 1 & 2)

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    “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
    For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
    For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
    For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
    For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
    And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”



    The arrival of the European traders in 16th century Japan had a profound effect on the arpichalageo. The very first traders were Portuguese, arriving in 1543. Portuguese trade increased year after year, and eventually took Nagasaki to set up their base of operation upon the invitation of the Ōmura clan in 1561, the Ōmura later converting to Christianity.

    It was at this time that the frail Ashikaga shogunate found itself with a powerful new enemy in the formidable Oda Nobunaga. By 1568, Nobunaga had made the Ashikaga shogun his puppet, though had encountered a major alliance against his power. It was after his defeat at Anegwa, and continued problems with the Ikkō-ikki that Nobunaga opened up fully to the Portuguese. While sources differ on whether he had been baptized or not, a permanent Portuguese mission opened up in Osaka, and Nobunaga’s troops embraced western arms in their wars. It was the arquebuses at the Battle of Nagashino. The destruction of the Takeda, Ashikaga, and other such clans gave Nobunaga a stranglehold of power, and declared himself Shogun in 1581.



    However, upon Nobunaga’s death in 1653, assassinated by the Ikkō-ikki, his shogunate collapsed almost instantly. Toyotomi Hideyoshi failed to subdue the many aspirants to Nobunaga’s position, and seeing this weakness, the Mori clan, emboldened by the resurgent Ikkō-ikki, and the Chiba clan, launched their own bids for power. This period from 1584 on was known as the “The Wailing Era” of Japan, wherein the daimyo ruled in their traditional manner in some domains, while in others the more populist Ikkō-ikki ruled in others. As the Ikkō-ikki grew in strength and power, many daimyo turned to Portugal to acquire firearms, which often required a conversion to Christianity. However, with the increased role of Buddhism in the Ikkō-ikki rebellions, many daimyo embraced Christianity as a political tool to help combat the populism found in the rebels, both to secure Portuguese assistance and to provide their subjects an alternative to Buddhism.

    As daimyo converted to Christianity, there were increased pressures upon rival daimyo to convert, fearful of letting their rivals have such a large military advantage. This would severely disadvantage the more traditional daimyo, particularly the Mori and Chiba, who were unable to acquire a significant amount of firearms until the arrival of the Dutch in 1605.



    The Dutch were able to make initial headway into Japan by dealing with daimyo who still held out against converting to Christianity. By being willing to do business with anyone, regardless of faith or background, allowed clans such as the Tokugawa to field modern armies. This threatened many of the major players of the region, particularly the Ōmura clan and others who had sided with the Portuguese early on. The threat to the current powers by heathen clans growing in power was noted, and with Portuguese blessing, the Ōmura clan and others launched an attack on the clans seeking to align themselves with the Dutch, beginning a period called the Nanban Wars.



    Seeing this as good of an opportunity as any, Dutch privateers immediately began attacking Portuguese shipping, scoring several major victories. However, on land, the Japanese allies of the Dutch did not have the resources or training that the Portuguese affiliated clans had accrued over the years. Worse, the Ikko-ikki rebellion that had mostly been contained to the northern lands of Honshu had begun a resurgence, threatening Edo on multiple occasions. It became clear to the Dutch that the Buddhist allies it had been relying on would not be able to suffice.



    It was Jan Pietersen, a Dutch priest of poor morals, a flair for the dramatic, and an impressive ability to pick up foreign languages, that would be key to helping the Dutch retake the initiative in the war. By 1613, the Dutch had achieved naval supremacy for the most part, but clans such as the Ōmura were more than a match for the pro-Dutch factions. It was determined by the Dutch that one of the major issues of the war failures of Tokugawa was not his weaponry, but rather the inferiority of numbers. Many of the vassal Christian clans, while not having a particularly loyal relationship with their suzerain, did have a stronger bond with their new Christian god. Many of these clans were incredibly fearful that the heathen clans would take hostile acts against Christians, so chose to stay with their masters. Pietersen, a Protestant preacher, was able to use evangelical techniques to convince both daimyo and peasants to abandon the “Catholic” faith, and instead embrace “Protestantism” (though more often than not keeping many of the Catholic rituals). Pietersen aligned Protestantism with freedom, choice, and rebellion against the unpopular major lords, causing a defection of many daimyo from both Catholicism and Buddhism. While the war continued on for several years, the conversion of Tokugawa to Christianity (relenting after realizing it was losing even further sway). Many Ronin also took up the Protestant cause, and the fall of Kyoto in 1638 effectively sealed Catholicism’s fate in Japan.

    The Dutch victory left the island without a clear major power. Tokugawa did not have the allies nor the raw numbers to achieve a new shogunate, and aside from the Tokugawa, none of the major clans survived the Nanban Wars intact. Furthermore, with the capture of Edo by the Ikkō-ikki in 1641 (using cannons purchased from the Dutch) forced the remaining clans to work to preserve their own power in the face of increasing commoner dissent. This era became known as the “Cold War”, as battle lines began being drawn. Southern Japan, which included all territory south and west of Osaka, was Christian, with a traditional daimyo leadership in the various different realms, and an increasingly powerful merchant caste unsatisfied with the current order, and the North, which eschewed daimyo in favor of commoner rule with heavy Buddhist influence. This era was alternatively known as the “Edo Period” for the North, the “Alliance Era” for the South, and the “Two Realms” period for the whole of Japan. This period would continue under Dutch supervision for over 200 years until the arrival of the Americans as a major force in the 1860s.


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    As the Dutch were concluding one overseas venture in the Pacific, a new opportunity arose in the Atlantic. The discovery of the Americas had galvanized a variety of European nations, the Dutch being one of them. The Dutch West Indies Company established itself in what is now known as Manhattan, building fort to help facilitate the valuable fur trade in the region. New Amsterdam as it was called quickly became one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Americas, with nationalities and faiths of all sorts. It was here that in 1645, a deeply pious man by the name of Peter Stuyvesant, a student of Jan Pietersen was appointed the Director-General, and enacted a policy of religious intolerance in favor of evangelicalism. While New Amsterdam would fall in 1664 to the English, the Dutch Reformed Church’s practices of evangelism and fiery sermons would be mimicked by other American churches during the “Great Awakening”

    The British North American colonies were, of the three colonial major powers, particularly unique. While the Spanish colonies were formed primarily to extract gold and silver (and some forcible conversion to Catholicism), and the French mostly focusing on trading in their territories as opposed to large scale settling, the British North American colonies were a perfect combination of settlement possibilities and lax religious enforcement. Without fearing persecution, a variety of different religious groups came to the British colonies, helping found colonies such as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. These religious groups were, for the most part, significantly more devoted to their faith than mainline Catholics and Anglican. However, from the mid 17th century until 1743, as English colonies grew, the propensity for religious domination of colonial life had subsided. However, in 1743, led by Jonathan Edwards, and later, George Whitefield, many churches in New England discarded the theologically dense sermons in favor of a more “fiery” approach. Sermons would tap into their parishioners passions, and would engage in a style that would directly engage the churchgoers, instead of simply lecturing them.




    This religious revival reestablished the church’s role in the colonial political scene, and upon the victory in the French-Indian War against the hated Catholics, a second wave of religious awakening hit the colonies, this time the focus being on those who traditionally did not attend church. Evangelists would travel to the backwoods settlements, gathering new converts, teaching study of the bible, and truly expanding religion’s reach into the homes of many who had not initially given it the time of day. This network of evangelicals, with their connections in a variety of different communities, would become key in the later struggle during the War of American Independence. Decrying the British as tyrannical and an enemy to God, evangelicals were instrumental in passing on the Patriot’s message, and by 1776, well over half of the colonists were confirmed “Patriots”.

    Following the Patriot victory, the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia was held and was particularly dominated by evangelicals, particularly from New England. A variety of different key debates occurred, two among them the debate over slavery and the place of the Christian religion. For slavery, it was the Second Great Awakening in the late 1760s that had brought African slaves into White churches, and had advocated for the spiritual (though not earthly) equality of the African. However, in a debate in the assignment of electoral votes to the various states, many of the Southern states had argued for the inclusion of Africans, while Northern states argued that population for electoral votes should only be counted for free men. This coincided with a debate over the status of religious freedoms in the United States, and the protections that might be extended to non Christian faiths. Eventually George Lovell of Rhode Island found a proposal satisfying to enough parties to pass. While freedom of religion theoretically would exist, Christianity would be a prerequisite for participation in democracy. While slaves would not be allowed to participate in the democracy directly, upon their conversion to Christianity they would be counted in the population for electoral votes, giving their masters further incentive to help convert their slaves.

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    The French revolution that had followed (in part because of) the American Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars, would be fought primarily in Europe, but its impact would be felt all the way in Japan. Upon the conquest of the Netherlands, the alignment with France under the new Batavian Republic, and the newly launched war with Britain, Dutch sailors found themselves under attack from Britain. With nearly no nation neutral in Europe, the Dutch East India Company used contacts in the United States to help shield their vessels by flying the Stars and Stripes. Dutch, and later, American, vessels flying the American flag would become the only way to safely bring in the lucrative Japanese trade, and gave American merchants but a taste of the treasures of the Pacific.

    Patrick Haley, a US merchant who had gained a fortune in Japanese trade (and lost much of it following the subsequent exclusion of America once more after the Napoleonic Wars ended) was tapped later in 1824 as the Secretary of Trade for the Winthrop administration, and would be the one who helped create the “Pacific Strategy” of the United States. Under the Winthrop and subsequent administrations, the United States saw a rapid expansion westward. Already, the United States had by 1836 established a permanent settlement on the Pacific Coast, and in 1837, the newly established Republic of Texas was immediately annexed. A Mexican declaration of war in 1838 following the tensions created a four year war where Mexico City was burned and a huge swathe of territory was annexed by the United States in 1842.

    The Kingdom of Hawaii was the next target of the United States. Having been unified by King Kamehameha in 1810, there had been very little contact between Catholic Hawaii and the United States, aside from the occasional Protestant priest. It was in 1839 though that some Protestant ministers were able to convince the King to abandon Catholicism in favor of Protestantism. This development, followed by the increased US presence in the Pacific, saw the United States becoming much more interested in the islands. Following the ascension of King Kamehameha II and his conversion of Hawaii back to Catholicism (as a challenge to his Protestant rivals for the throne), the United States interfered, and replaced the King with one of his brothers, while also taking a lease for a base at Pearl Harbor in 1849. Eventually, by 1854, the United States determined to annex the Kingdom, to some protest from the United Kingdom and France.

    It would at last be in 1854 that the United States would make contact once more with the Japanese archipelago. Led by Rear Admiral Thomas Moore, the Americans were able to first re-establish contact with the daimyo and merchants the Americans had previously done business with. This was completely unacceptable to the Dutch East India company, which immediately retaliated by sinking the American flagship, the USS Triumphant. Seen as a major outrage in the United States, tensions rose to the point that 13 American Warships with 8,000 US Marines were sent to seize Dutch trading posts in Japan. Additional forces were dispatched in support of operations against Dutch possessions in the Western Hemisphere. For their part, the Dutch had hoped that the alliance of the Nanban Wars might be revived, but after two centuries of Dutch control of Japanese trade and their playing of various factions off one another, very few Japanese were willing to risk war in their own domains for the benefit of the Dutch. Desperate, the Dutch attempted to turn to the French and British, though they were embroiled in the Crimean War at the time. Seeing no other option, the Dutch were forced to sign the 1855 Treaty of Boston, recognizing the American holding Japan exclusively in their sphere of influence.



    Following the Treaty of Boston, the United States assumed that the region of Japan was now a part of their own empire, and immediately made moves to secure the region. At 1857, a total of 23,000 US soldiers were stationed in Japan, and Thomas Moore, appointed the new Secretary of Japan, took over the old Dutch East India Company offices in Osaka. However, the real power was held by noted Japanophile and former East India Company employee Owen Rogers. Rogers was one of the few Americans who realized that the victory over the Dutch did not mean that America had conquered Japan: only its trade. Rogers realized that with two centuries of Dutch contact, the Japanese social structure had changed greatly. The south was no longer just dominated by the Christian daimyo. Instead, the merchant class, long reviled by Japanese society, had become incredibly powerful from the riches they had accumulated, and though usually Christian, tended to side more with the northern, commoner and Buddhist dominated realms. Hoping to make the delusion a reality (and earn a promotion on the way), Rogers opened negotiations with the merchants, particularly the Osaka Merchant’s Clique. However, Rogers made the first American alliances with the daimyo of Shizu and Inyo. Reporting to Moore of the ways of the heathen North, Moore ordered the bombardment of Edo, and following the battle of Narita, secured the submission of much of the North. To win over the Osaka merchants, Rogers convinced Moore to relocate to Satsuma, a move that Moore would come to enjoy due to its more “European” atmosphere. When Moore was eventually recalled in 1861 to take a promotion to Admiral, Rogers became the official Secretary of Japan, giving him larger leeway to exploit tensions between the daimyo and merchants to secure further political control over Japan, expanding existing Dutch institutions and growing directly American held possessions when clans showed themselves to be disloyal. By 1865, most of the island was either directly flying the American flag, or in a formal protectorate relationship with the United States, a situation similar to the British Raj. The daimyo and merchants were both able to keep power and wealth, so long as they delivered the obedience of the peasantry, who would be exploited to the extreme….



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    As the United States concluded its war with the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom finished its own in Crimea, the two powers turned their attention to one another. For the United States, the United Kingdom represented the one power that still held significant assets in the Western Hemisphere, while the United Kingdom saw the rise of the United States as a potentially dangerous competitor in East Asia and a threat to Canada. Of particular worry to the United Kingdom was the thought of the United States taking over the Spanish Philippines, or even Dutch Indonesia. In the late 1850s, British politics was divided over whether to embrace or challenge the rising America, with many feeling that America, due to cultural links and their democratic institutions similar to Britain’s, would be a natural ally for the United Kingdom. For the Americans though, there was never any debate: Britain was a nation that the United States must surpass and defeat.

    A variety of incidents on the Canadian border and the nature of the United States to escalate tensions became a worrying point for British diplomats. The US decision in 1863 to begin a significant expansion of the US fleet in the Atlantic spurred an incredibly tense debate within the British parliament. While some Britons, particularly the Liberal party supporters, felt that the minor disputes on the Canadian border were unworthy of ruining relations with the United States, the aggressive naval build up by the Americans and its increasing hostility forced London to reevaluate its strategy.

    By 1866, the Conservative party had retaken the majority, and in its first major cabinet meeting reaffirmed their commitment to naval supremacy, even in face of the American expansionism. Determining that the humiliation of Russia in Crimea had ended any foreign policy adventurism from Petrograd, and that the standoff between Austria, France, and Prussia would continue on for some time, the Conservative party agreed that the United States should be “contained, in any reasonable manner”. This would include an attack not just on British possessions, but also on the Spanish or Dutch possessions.



    In 1870, tensions were at the brink of war. The United States had greatly increased the cost of food exports and used its ally Bolivia to harass the British ally Argentina (further driving up food prices) in the midst of yet another border flare up. While the incident was one that would be wrapped up relatively easily, the US Navy felt the need to dock one of its major flagships, the USS Texas, in Havana’s port, a nod to the Cuban rebels whom the Americans had been more or less openly supporting for the past several years. For unclear reasons though, the USS Texas had an explosion on board, sinking the ship. The American public was outraged, with newspaper headlines declaring “Don’t mess with the Texas!”, and the people were openly calling for war. For their part, the United States Navy was in the midst of year seven of its ten year naval build up. The United Kingdom could still outproduce the United States, but the Americans could focus solely on the Atlantic. The Senate, still debating on how to proceed, asked the US Admiralty board for a recommendation on how to proceed, and in a close 5-3 vote, the board recommended for war. The recommendation came not from actual military preparedness though, but rather the intense political pressure the board was subjected to and the growing rivalry with the Army. The US Senate declared war on the Spanish Empire, and in turn, the United Kingdom declared war on the United States, starting what is now more commonly known as “The Third Anglo-American War” in June of 1870.

    The United States had 50,000 soldiers on active duty in the United States, as opposed to the 24,000 British regulars in Canada. While 7,000 were earmarked for the invasion of Cuba, American generals were confident that a quick and easy victory could be achieved, despite the swelling of the British garrison with Canadian units. A three pronged attack, one for Ontario, one for Quebec, and one for Nova Scotia was launched. The American siege of Fort Henry and its subsequent capture four months later would give the United States firm control over the Saint Lawrence River by the end of September. The invasions of Quebec and Novia Scotia were going slowly, but by November, Cuba had been captured, and many Americans expected Britain would soon surrender. However, a string of American naval defeats at sea (in both the Atlantic and Pacific) kept the British optimistic for 1871.



    As the campaign season got underway for 1871, the British command agreed that, due to the fail of Halifax, an initial British relief force through Quebec would likely be quickly overwhelmed. However, as Britain held naval supremacy still, and Montreal was comfortably still afloat, the British opted for a hit and run strategy on the American coast, and an initial attack on Boston was wildly successful, burning the city to the ground. This was combined with British reinforcements counter attacking from Quebec, forcing the US back across the Saint Lawrence. British cavalry from Winnipeg created a reign of terror in the northern border regions, and even towards the western states. To cap off a highly successful year, the United Kingdom occupied New Orleans, closing the interior to the vital river traffic (few railroads had made it this far west).

    The United Kingdom, content that the United States had been humiliated, attempted to make peace in early 1872, desiring to return to the European situation that had spiralled out of control between France and the new German empire. The terms though would be unacceptable to the United States, and the Americans desired to fight on. The British began a siege of New York, and started the preparations for the invasion of the American Pacific. However, in a major show of national unity, a flood of Southern militia soldiers marched north to the aid of the Army, and in the bloodiest battles of the entire war, forced the British back to New England. This defeat forced Britain back to the negotiating table. In the end, the Treaty of Brest required that the numerous territorial disputes on the American-Canadian border would be resolved in favor of Britain, acknowledged that Britain had the right to intervene in the Western hemisphere, and required the emancipation of American slaves. The United States was also forced to both pay a major financial immendity, and take responsibility for starting the war.

    The defeat by the hands of Britain had brought many of the American regional tensions. long suppressed by imperial ambitions and victory, to the forefront of public life once more. There was a dispute on the amount that each state would have to pay as a part of the war reparations, and governors were becoming increasingly frustrated over the strength of the federal government. As one prominent Southern governor noted “Why should we give up slavery? They beat the Yankees, not the South”. It seemed that the situation was spiralling out of control, until one prominent general, James Hull, the daring cavalry commander that had won the Battle of Big Horn against the British in the Western theater, came to the forefront of national politics. Striking a tone of reconciliation and recovery, Hull’s proposals were designed to lessen the impact on Americans by focusing increased taxes on the Japanese, and, in a nod to the plantation aristocracy, creating a “maximum wage” that certain agricultural workers could make. While this was designed to only impact the freed African slaves, poor whites in the south would see their wages drop as well, and would eventually leave to settle in the West. However, this effect would not be felt until later, and, after promising significant increases in local autonomy to the governors, James Hull was elected president in 1872. Of significant note, this was the first time that the Democrats had been challenged seriously since the 1830s, and the overall failure of the opposition to coalesce around one single candidate would waste the most promising chance there had been to defeat the Democratic Party.
     
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    History continued!

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    On continental Europe, the newly proclaimed German Empire was ascendant above all others. Bismarck Von Waldstein, the German chancellor, was an astute politician, and knew that Germany’s new place in the world would require maintenance. He (correctly) predicted that the latest “Anglo-American War” would cause near irreparable harm to Anglo-American relations. While the Americans had little interest in an alliance with Germany, they were happy to conclude under the table deals to help modernize American military equipment. Bismarck felt that despite the setback, the Americans would eventually be able to challenge the United Kingdom once more, and for Germany to dominate Europe, it was needed that the United Kingdom could no longer interfere in the interests of “Balance of Power”.

    Bismarck’s own assessment of the European situation was that there were three powers that, combined, could defeat Germany: Austria, France, and Russia. Therefore, if two of those powers allied with one another against Germany, Germany would be forced to pay an exorbitant price to keep the third from allying against Germany. Instead, it would be ideal that two of the three would be allied with Germany against the third isolated power. With France’s “disgusting” new system of state sponsored unions on the rise, and the animosity over the loss of Alsace-Lorraine, Bismarck created the League of Three Emperors with Russia and Austria, after getting the Russians and Austrians to agree to put the Balkans issue “on ice”.

    The death of Kaiser Wilhelm I did little to diminish his own powers, as his son, Kaiser Wilhelm II, was a disciplined veteran of the Franco-Prussian war who saw first hand Bismarck’s capabilities. Good relations were maintained with the United Kingdom, particularly after Germany declined any territory in Africa, and even sought to warm relations with France in the interest of keeping Europe static. However, in the courts of Vienna and Petrograd, animosity over the Balkans once more reared its head after the assassination of a prominent Austrian general by a Serb nationalist. Tensions were rising, and both sides sought Germany to aid them. This put the Germany in a conundrum. By siding with one, it would ensure the other would be delivered into the hands of the French. By forcing the issue to remain “on ice”, it would only engender hatred towards Berlin. After intense deliberation, including consultation with the British ambassador, a third solution was reached: let them fight.

    Both Russia and Austria, despite recent setbacks, both felt capable and able to beat the other singlehandedly. Austria feared an Italian attack though on its rearguard, and the Russians feared on by the Ottomans, and possibly even the British. However, Germany assured both parties that if a third power intervened, Germany would block said intervention. This way, the war would stay localized, and the only power in Europe capable of acting against Germany, France, would have no hope of winning.



    War was declared in 1883, with the Polish regions and Galicia becoming the prime battlegrounds. Both sides were actually evenly matched; Austrian troops were better outfitted and trained, while the Russians had more men and their leadership knew of the Austrian plans due to well placed sources within the Austrian military (in particular, a general who the Russians knew had a propensity for young boys). The war lasted for three years and ended in a stalemate, with neither side making significant gains. However, both empires saw domestic turmoil, in the form of rebellions in both the Finland and the Balkans. Von Waldstein’s death in early 1886 however meant that German foreign policy was in a chaos, and the German Kaiser was thrown into a chaotic situation. His wife, a daughter of the Austrian Emperor, took advantage of the fact that her husband had yet to appoint a chancellor. She pressured her husband to choose the Conservative candidate, Ludwig von Stettin, who felt that an alliance with Austria would serve German interests better than one with Russia. An army of 45,000 Germans took the field to assist against the Serbian rebels, something that outraged Russia, who demanded that the rebels be treated as enemy soldiers, not rebels. The Russians would put down their own rebellions, refusing German assistance.

    The Russo-Austrian War in effect completely delivered Europe into German hands. The situation of 1887 could hardly be more favorable. Austria-Hungary had turned into a de facto client state of Germany, and the death of the strong willed Franz Josef I in favor of the weaker Otto I. With Russia leaving the League of Three Emperors, Austria opted to join Germany once more in alliance. Italy and Turkey were kept confused and placated, the Germans turning them against one another instead of on Austria, which lead to the Italo-Ottoman war of 1899. Russia was interested in possible cooperation with France against Germany, but the revolution of 1897 in France created too many ideological differences. At best, they agreed to a vague co belligerency against Germany, something Russia would not adhere to in the wake of the 1908 French revolution. And Britain, the only nation who would have the diplomatic standing to bring all of Germany’s threats into one alliance, was about to enter yet another war on the other side of the Atlantic…

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    The victory of the United Kingdom in the Third Anglo-American War was intended to prove that Britain would stay above the rising powers of Prussia and the United States. However, the aftermath of the war completely reversed the hoped for outcome. Much of the blame can be placed upon what historians called “The Long Depression”, which had occurred in 1876, a few years after both the Franco-Prussian and Anglo-American wars. The Long Depression had multiple causes, but by 1878, its effects had spread throughout the Western world.

    The Long Depression however, was noted for its length (14 years), not its severity. While nations did see business closures, the Depression gave an excellent platform for protectionists in countries such as Germany, France, Italy, and the United States. These protectionist policies would assist many of the continental European powers and the United States catch up to the United Kingdom in terms of industrial output, industry that could later be turned to war purposes. In particular, the United States steel industry saw a major increase in output due to the closing of the market to British steel, and the re-expansion of the US Navy. Though the Army had limited the Navy’s funding and prestige, US Admiral John Hackett (later the President of the United States) had designed a coastal defense strategy that would keep in mind Britain’s numerical and technological superiority. Hackett’s strategy actually would coordinate heavily with the state governors to prepare local militia in case of a landing by British troops, and US ships could respond rapidly to any breach before it became a full on landing zone for a British army.

    By 1891, the United States, feeling the country was once more in shape to fight Britain and able to regain both lost land and pride, declared war on May 5th, with dozens of divisions flooding across the border. Between the British soldiers and the Canadian Dominion soldiers, there were 60,000 to defend Canada against a horde of 140,000 American soldiers. British Columbia and Winnipeg fell within weeks of fighting, and by the end of October, the Saint Lawrence Line had been abandoned in favor of holding Halifax, while 20,000 continued on fighting in “Fortress Ontario”, despite being cut off from the rest of the British and Canadian Army.

    Seeing that Quebec had been overran and doubting the ability of the Army to strike back from Halifax on its own, the British command opted for multiple penetrative attacks upon the American Seaboard. Noting the heavy presence of American coastal guns in the major metropolitan areas, the British began attempts to hit areas such as Rhode Island, but the US Navy, while unable to prevent the landings, was able to harass the supply lines to the point where the British were forced to try a new strategy, hitting both the North and South simultaneously. Hackett did not have enough ships to stop both assaults, and the British victories at Yorktown and Norfolk threatened Columbia to the point that the United States opted to seek peace while the terms they could get were still favorable.

    The resulting Treaty of Ghent affirmed America’s victory, and the United States was able to claim much of western Canada as its prize. Several territorial adjustments were made in the east on the border in favor of the United States, but Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia would remain in Canadian hands. In exchange for an American withdrawal from Quebec and Ontario, the British agreed to vacate several islands in the American Pacific, including Okinawa, Wake Island, and Midway Island. While war hawks on both sides wanted to continue the war, rationalists on both sides were able to dominate the discourse and end the war of five years. The American navy had been removed as an operational force, and the British were causing significant damage to the American economy due to their coastal attacks. For the British, despite gaining the initiative, the American occupation in Quebec would be very difficult to dislodge and Ontario was in danger of being completely overran.
     
  7. Tolina

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

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    Continuing my tradition of picking Spain in every single game with slightly more diplomacy. Now, in any case, my goals will be simple. Take over Morocco, become Hegemon in Iberia...All that nice stuff.

    By the way, Morocco/Columbia are independent, right?
     
  8. Nuka-sama

    Nuka-sama :)

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    Yes, both Colombia and Morocco are independent.
     
  9. Tolina

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

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    And since it's named "Republic of Spain", you'd probably not look very fondly towards Francoist shenanigans?
     
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    Nuka-sama :)

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    Currently Spain is under a Popular front government with Communists and Socialists taking a leading role in it. There is high dissent within the military, and there is definitely a major opportunity for civil war between the Populists and the more conservative side of Spanish society.
     
  11. SouthernKing

    SouthernKing crickety cricket

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    1. France because I assure you if I'm given France I will regale all of you with many, many details on the alternate urban planning of Communist Paris.

    2. Australia; it seems like a fun country in an interesting position that has plenty of options. Trying to eventually remove the US from the South Pacific seems like it'd be fun to work towards.

    3. Guangxi because being a state in a war-torn country outside the main warring factions, with the capability of interacting with outside powers, seems pretty fun; also because I have an excuse to learn about a part of the world that in this time period I don't actually know a ton about.

    4. India. Hiss.
     
  12. J.K. Stockholme

    J.K. Stockholme Right Opposition

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    1. The Ruhr, my first choice is to play a prominent socialist country because I would enjoy trying to influence the collective foreign policy of the socialist bloc. I also think I'd run an excellent totalitarian state.

    2. Sweden, my second choice would be a moderate communist party-state because I'd be able to live out my fantasy 'what if Nikolai Bukharin had succeeded in his bid for leadership' scenario.
     
  13. Zappericus

    Zappericus Euro scumbag

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    1. Great Britain because I am a highly inexperienced player (so giving me a bunch of colonies to play with seems like a good idea) with deep, unnatural lusts for the sentence "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN."
     
  14. Civ'ed

    Civ'ed I ain't gotta explain a thing

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    0 Netherlands, because Oranje Booooovuh. In all seriousness though, you can trust the dutchman to dutch the dutch :p
    1 Bolivia, because Bolivia could be interesting, and dominating South America as that country should be fun.
    2 The Bavarian Worker's Council Republic, because I'd love to see how the communist coalition thing'd turn out. In addition, long winded tracts about the situation in Southern Germany are guaranteed.
    3 South Africa - South Africa seems like a fairly sheltered country, so that seems good for a massive noob like me.
     
  15. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    Zappericus Euro scumbag

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    dirty colonials
     
  17. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    1. The People’s Republic of the Ruhr
    2. The People’s Republic of the Ruhr
    3. The People’s Republic of the Ruhr
    I just started thinking about this a lot and realized this is the nation i much prefer to play. I've NEVER played a central european power in all my years NESing/IOTing and i am way overdue to do so. Also, i am very intrigued by the opportunities involved with the three-way Germany thing and the idea of rising german nationalism. I know its an old theme to many games but its one i've never been involved in, even peripherally, and i want to be.
    Lastly, rising socialist ideology, YES PLEASE!
    You know i'll be very active as a player and Ruhr probably NEEDs a very active player.
    4. Socialist brazil
     
  18. JohannaK

    JohannaK Careless Whisperer

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    Terran Empress Hornet

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    Interest post, expect an actual sign up after I finish my term paper, wish me luck on it
     
  20. christos200

    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    For some reason the map does not open for me.

    Anyway, my choices are:

    1. The Russian Empire. Want to try my hand at a great power for once. I also want to try to use soft power and not military action. I am somewhat experienced and I believe that recent IOT/NES games that I have participated show that I am not as warlike as I was and I am more moderate. My main focus would be in domestic problems while using soft power to keep allies/areas of influence in order, and avoiding military means (as much as possible at least).

    2. Greece. Well, because I am Greek. :D:p

    3. Qing China. Although I want to play a non-Chinese state this time, If I cannot be either Russia or Greece I would be willing to be Qing China.
     

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