(Played in the position of Japan in a playthrough of the Dawn of Civlization 1.8 submod for Rhyse and Fall) THE GREAT WAR The year is 1900. A new century of the world had emerged - the age of war. The world had been relatively peaceful in the past years. While there were minor wars scattered across the globe, the major powers had been quietly colonising various parts of the globe - content to live and not disturb the peace. Times were changing, however. The Federal Republic of Germany had long held the title of world leader and enjoyed great prosperity and stability. While outwardly it seemed to be a bastion of strength and unity, the leaders of this great country knew that it was rapidly spiralling into anarchy. The vast amount of wildly differing cultures and ethnic groups had already sparked violence and looting throughout the nation. The FRG knew it could consolidate and grasp back at it's fading power if there were to be a war. It would rally the nation under one banner against a foreign threat and hopefully prevent the collapse of Germany. This is why on the 23rd of April, 1901 an assassin was caught in Paris with documents proving he was sent from Germany. Although the leaders of the French Republic were suspicious at first of how 'lucky' they had been to catch the would-be killer, they quickly leaped at a suitable reason to declare war. On the 25th of April, 1901 the Great War began with the declaration of war by France. France had long desired for a war against the eastern brother, who had for a long time cast them in their shadow and made demands that had driven France to near-bankruptcy such as the Hamburg Act of 1875 and the United India Decree of 1895. Powerful through the French Republic was, it could not match up to the power of the Federal Republic of Germany. Within weeks France had formed the United European Coalition to combat the German might. Soon Germany created the German Alliance. By May of 1901, the world was split into two sides and the Great War began in earnest. In the opening months of the Great War the European front opened up with ferocious intensity. The three greatest nations of the world collided on the forefronts of Europe. All 3 sides had built their defences well and although occasionally a breakthrough was achieved, reinforcements would soon push back the offensive. Even in less fortified areas of the world little progress was made. Troops were pulled to the European front leaving a lack of troops. Eventually the first major breakthrough occurred in July of 1901. The French Mandate of Persia fought it's way through German territory and captured the stronghold of Babil. Celebrations were held in France for the first major breakthrough, although in Persia the celebrations were off a different kind. The people began to feel more powerful, they felt like they were strong enough to become an independent nation. For they, a mere vassal of France had managed to capture a city from the mighty Germany. For now, however, it was a time for joy. The United European Coalition enjoyed further success in the following month when France captured Lyon from Spain. The Spaniards had taken the city in a medieval war long ago. Even now the population still considered themselves French and so it was with celebration that the French entered the streets of Lyon. Meanwhile in the Middle East the Germans annex a portion of the Arabian peninsula under control of the Mughal Empire in a mutual agreement in order to stabilise the region as the Mughal Empire deemed it no longer worth protecting. The year ended with the capture of the Indonesian city of Nabire by the Japanese Empire on the 14th of December. So ended the year of 1901, the first of many in the Great War. Already it was estimated more people had died in this single year than the last 100 years combined. Diplomats called for peace, but neither side was ready to resign yet. The war would continue.