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Rhye's of America: From Sea to Shining Sea

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Stories & Tales' started by Tani Coyote, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Tani Coyote

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    Indeed. I always spam espionage whenever I see level 1 cities somewhere that would be convenient to own. Beyond Level 1, I've found that the chance of a successful flip loses what little cost-effectiveness it already had. :p
     
  2. Takhisis

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    You've sunk so low that only to a plumber you can be compared. The AI tried that on me last night. But the cult of Kukulcán is better than that of Quetzalcoátl.
     
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    ==The Third Crusade and a Democratic North America==

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    No sooner had the dust settled in Mexico were Americans demanding more. The speed and efficiency with which the Aztec Empire had been crushed gave Americans reason to believe the United States’ war machine was more than a match for any of the smaller nations of the world, and ever eager for land and resources, citizens began eyeing the Mayan Empire. Much like the Aztec realm, it had been on par with the United States in its early history but had gradually declined. The Mayans, however, had prospered enormously, moving into a Medieval era while the Aztecs languished in an Ancient one. Regardless, they were still woefully behind America technologically (and to the delight of religious hawks, primarily pagan), a situation not aided by their feudal government with its obsolete ideals of privilege and limited movement of labor and capital. American policy planners had a trade deal that extended for several more years with the Mayans for their Incense, but the United States reasoned it could just as easily take the incense (and more) by force. Negotiation, after all, implied that both parties were equal.

    In 1723, a Privateer sailed out of a Dutch port and hit a Ship of the Line that was watching over Amsterdam. The Dutch denied the attack, but the President immediately had most Dutch officials expelled. America proclaimed it had no further interest in protecting the Dutch or their territory. Privateers were authorized to strike back for the loss of life. Attacks on American shipping would not be tolerated.



    The Koreans signed their own death warrant in 1727, declaring war on their Chinese neighbors. With Korea being spread across a vast territory, the American government was absolutely shocked at the lack of self-preservation by the Korean government. Fortunately, the ensuing chaos in Asia justified America’s pending policy shift; to weaken China’s standing, the silk trade was to shift to Japan instead of China. Secure in its island position and readily struck by American vessels if they acted in bad faith, Japan would be a much more controllable trading partner. In the meantime, the United States covertly informed the Koreans on how to produce firearms, while also granting them a lump sum of gold so they could readily retrain their pitiful pikemen into fierce musketmen.

    However, Korea ran into one roadblock: it possessed no saltpeter with which to make gunpowder. While plans were made for the war with the Maya, the President convinced Congress that the threat of a stronger China could not be ignored; if Korea and China were unified, the result would be a catastrophic loss of American supremacy. As such, a clever plan was hatched: troops would be sent to Korea to prevent a Chinese taking of Seoul. Once there, Korea would be supplied with American Saltpeter, allowing their army to build itself up. The Korean crossbows would be no match whatsoever for the Chinese cavalry.



    By 1737, America had dispatched 4,000 troops to the Korean peninsula. It turned out Korea did possess Saltpeter after all, but not enough funds to refine it into a militarily-useful form; the United States secretly pledged 100 billion dollars to Korea every 8 years. American troops nonetheless took up positions to prevent a Chinese penetration of the Korean heartland, wanting to mitigate Chinese expansion as much as possible.



    While America engaged in a cold war with China and prepared for a hot war with the Mayans, the rail companies of the United States saw a great breakthrough: the connection of the Eastern Railroad, running from New York City to Washington, and the Northern Railroad, running from Allegheny and Omaha to St. Louis; working their way to Detroit and then over the Appalachians, the two railroads’ linking up enabled trade and troops to effortlessly shuffle across much of the country. Unsurprisingly, the government’s decision to emphasize the northeast would lead to that region becoming the center of the American industrial economy for a great deal of time to come.

    In 1741, India declared war on China, while Egypt declared war on Israel, creating much speculation as to the future map of Asia. America, meanwhile, played apathetic, not really interested in affairs that didn’t directly threaten its hegemony. All the while, the plan to go on the warpath with the Mayans was ready; settlers elsewhere had managed to acquire the valuable incense the Mayans had been allowed to live for so long for, eliminating any use the Mayans had as an independent state.

    With the outbreak of the Mayan War in 1747, the Mayans possessed 20 Javelin Thrower, 22 Slinger, and 11 Swordsmen bands. These forces were hardly formidable, with American Cavalry being far more mobile and deadly on both the offense and defense. The first target was a band of Mayan settlers moving through American territory; they were cut to ribbons by muskets. It was this same force of Settlers that was used to sell the conflict to the public; the United States had decreed Mexico to be its domain, threatening war with any who contested this. The Mayans had done just that, and America backed up its threats.

    After that, forces advanced on Kaminaljuyu on the Pacific Coast; the city was the Mayans’ only major settlement on the Pacific Rim, and if it was taken, all American naval forces could be used to attack the Atlantic ports.



    The city of Kaminaljuyu put up a staunch defense, permanently disfiguring hundreds of servicemen, but alas, the primitive weapons of the Maya simply could not compete with the muskets and rifles of the American military.



    Cavalry were given the command to strike at Belize City to cut the Mayans in half. They ferociously tore through the city streets, slaughtering Mayan troops (and civilians) by the thousands. While the Mayans operated a merchant marine, many of its ships were sunk by cannonballs ripping through their hulls as a result of Ships of the Line taking up position outside Palenque in modern Nicaragua. As the years went by, it became standard in Palenque to hear news of artillery bombings destroying homes or businesses. The Mayan Confederacy’s government in Chichen Itza (and some would say the American in Washington) was powerless to stop such rampant violence on the part of the US Navy. As the carnage spread across Central America, the citizens of Panama breathed with relief that marshlands prevented an advance on their settlements.



    While ships in the Caribbean were shelling the Maya, Privateers in the Pacific saw an ideal target – the Chinese fleet near the Korean Philippines. Made up of Galleons and Galleasses, the President gave the Privateers high commission to sink such vessels, so as to keep the Chinese from reforming their fleet into powerful Ships of the Line at a later date. As the Chinese had only 5 Galleons and 16 Galleasses, the American blow was massive, wiping out nearly 1/5 of the Chinese navy. The greatest part for the Americans was that Privateers hid within conventional fleets, making reprisals against them an act of war; the United States had copied the Dutch tactic, but exported it to the high seas. Given that the nearby Korean city of Hyangsan was under siege by nearly 7,000 Chinese soldiers, the destruction of Chinese shipping was a small boon to the Korean defense forces, helping to limit the number of forces they had to contend with.

    The real boon to the Korean people, however, came in 1756, when the Chinese Philippines broke out in revolt and requested US territory status. America was more than willing to take the territories, officially naming the chain of islands the Philippines after General Philip Blake, who assumed governorship of the territory. The New Governor of the Philippines immediately asked Washington for a labor gang to harvest the local silk resources, but it would be many years before such forces were deployed. The Americans had taken the islands, and immediately began to solidify their military and cultural control of the area. The Chinese government requested that America rebuff the revolutionaries but the President simply responded that America, as a democracy, respected the people’s desires. And the people of Kaifeng and Wuhan had decided they wanted to be American citizens. It was the beginning of a slow and steady deterioration of Sino-American relations.



    With 12 of the Mayan Confederacy’s 38 military forces securing Palenque, the Battle of Palenque officially started in 1753, regular skirmishes growing more and more intense as more cavalry troops deployed into the area. The Mayan Javelin Throwers were fierce warriors, however, and fought with such ferocity even America’s cavalry would not take the city until 1760.



    American cavalry paraded down the main avenue of Palenque on March 7, 1760, General Charles Anderson ascending the steps of the city’s monolithic Temple of the Sun. Speaking from the Temple’s top, Anderson promised that under American leadership, the city would soon have countless buildings that could top the Temple in height and grandeur.



    Palo Alto was founded to the southeast of the Aztecs’ last city in 1761, paving the way for the United States to dominate what would soon become known as Sonora and Sinaloa. The naval vessels that had been so avidly patrolling the Gulf of California would soon be tasked with duties elsewhere, now that the threat of foreign incursion was greatly minimized.

    In 1777, the Spanish and Portuguese ended their war with the Treaty of Seville. The Spaniards were wary of growing American power, and rumors that the United States was planning to land troops in Europe as soon as it was done dealing with the Mayans did not help ease this paranoia. In addition, America’s favorable policy towards Spanish professionals had greatly depleted Spanish manpower and finances, with the crown desperately trying to raise wages to keep up with American offers, bankrupting itself further by the year. The Dutch disturbed the newfound peace by declaring war on Germany. Again.



    Adding to the tumultuous 1770s was the womens’ rights movement, which had been building steam since the 1700s. Women increasingly held jobs vacated in droves (due to the need for railroad-building labor or manpower in the military) by men, granting them economic and thus, political power. Female workers threatened to strike if they were not given the right to vote; given that they were not demanding higher wages or the like, many employers actually found themselves siding with the suffrage movement so as to keep production moving. As such, Congress enacted the Voting Act of 1771, which guaranteed the right to vote to any free women. Any doubts to women’s contribution to society was dispelled as more and more factories popped up across the American landscape, with corporate ambition necessitating more laborers to expand profit margins. America had entered its Golden Age; with close to half the population enfranchised, productivity went through the roofs due to the higher morale, not to mention the growing industrial economy.

    Slaves continued to be denied their freedom in much of the United States, with the slave economy having expanded to cover Mexico and Central America (South America had experimented with slavery, but instead ended up being dependent on immigrant labor), and the numerous slaves the Mayans and Aztecs kept not being granted their freedom either unless they had supported the American war effort against their masters. Even free people were denied many rights if they were not of white ancestry, and so while the Golden Age represented a massive increase in America’s economic power and increasing legal protections, it would still be some time before there was full political and economic equality between America’s residents.



    The fall of Copan in 1770 was another great military achievement by the United States, and one of the Crusader Corps’ victories in an extremely long time. Any discussion of formally disbanding the Crusader Corps found itself heavily criticized on the floor of the Senate overnight. While the Senate would eventually end federal participation in the Crusader Corps entirely (the Crusaders still being commanded by the government, if not financed), the Catholic Church was allowed to continue funding and arming them, with the forces having full legal authorization to serve in America’s military campaigns. The federal government allowed this on the condition that the Crusaders were forbidden from using weapons more advanced than arrows or swords; as time went on the clout of the Crusader Corps declined with higher quality weapons (thus rendering insurrection by the Church a non-issue).



    As Rome and Greece went to war in 1771, troops marched on Chichen Itza from both land and sea, the navy shelling the city with copious amounts of cannonballs. Reports of residents being torn asunder by stray artillery shots became commonplace in but a matter of weeks. The city was gradually whittled down over the years, and by 1775, massive cavalry charges had reduced the city to but a few well-fortified neighborhoods. Cavalry finally tried one final charge, and just as it seemed the city might endure, a Colonial Infantry brigade under George Washington (a descendant of the Republican hero of the same) rolled into the city from the sea, flanking the defenses and crushing the Mayan Confederacy once and for all.

    July 4, 1775 became known as Union Day in the United States following the end of the war. Within hours of the Maya’s defeat, the United States rechristened itself the United States of the Americas and Australia, commemorating its unification of North America while also renewing its sense of purpose. When General Washington was elected President months later, he was a fairly simple leader despite his global responsibilities, content to carry out what the populace willed him to rather than engaging in any ambitious programs. When his successor Thomas Jefferson (served 1786-1806) became President, however, one phrase stood out at his inaugural address: “The Liberation of Europe is at hand.”

     
  4. Takhisis

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    It's 'Maya'! 'Mayan' is the adjective form.
     
  5. Tani Coyote

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    They've been destroyed, so it is no import what they're called. :p

    I had written all these chapters months ago, not uploading them until now. I'll have to try and motivate myself to play the game some more over the coming Christmas break to have more chapters.

    My plan is, if it wasn't obvious, to invade Europe and carve up the German Empire between various European powers, then sit back and rest assured that I am unrivaled in the Atlantic.
     
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    *of no import :p

    What about the Pacific powers?
     
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    I would presumably also invade China, or at the minimum, shell them to hell with a naval and air bombardment to ensure they can't be a threat to me. :p
     
  8. Takhisis

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    I recommend that you bomb all their tiles so they sue for peace rather quickly, that'll also decrease their production and force them to spend a lot of time rebuilding… and it will make it harder for them to move their troops, so you can attack a city and sent up a forward base of operations.
     
  9. Tani Coyote

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    More or less the plan I like to use! I've often had debates with a friend over whether building a navy is worth it. He says navies are only good for when you plan an amphibious invasion... clearly he's never had his ass whooped by a fleet of dozens of battleships. :p

    (Then again he only plays Warlord as memory serves)
     
  10. Takhisis

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    Oh, he is weak. He can be crushed all the more easily then. Is he up for a PBEM? ;)
     
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    ==Rise Against the Reich==

    Spoiler :
    In 1776, the Egyptians declared war on the German Empire courtesy of the Chinese, Greece declared war on Byzantium, and Babylon declared war on Israel.



    In the meantime, President Jefferson set in motion his grand plan: the removal of the German Empire from Europe. As the German cities were both too unproductive to capture at the time, and incredibly resilient to propaganda efforts, the President directed the CIA’s efforts southward, to Spanish La Rochelle. A former city of the French nation, it was declared “liberated” in 1777, with the President planning on making the former country of France several U.S. States, while destroying the German Empire’s threat to Europe elsewhere. The Germans, it was predicted, would be incredibly dangerous if they were allowed to modernize their armies and develop better troops; the Scandinavians were hopelessly inept when it came to naval invasions, thus limiting the threat they posed despite their power, while the Dutch were too scattered.

    The President had initially desired to conquer the entirety of Germany before exporting American democracy and rule to the whole continent, but his advisers reined him in, mentioning how America’s current territories were already showing signs of overstretch, many of them sorely in need of funding that was being devoured by imperial expenses instead. Many cities still lay outside the railway network, lacked full economic improvement of surrounding territory, and some did not even have harbors or roadways to connect them to the American trade network at all. Jefferson yielded and decided to pursue a new strategy: the client system. Rather than dominate Europe directly, Jefferson planned to use the destruction of Germany to alter the borders of Europe to a more favorable position, leaving most of Europe nominally independent while keeping only France under direct control so as to guarantee America’s ability to rapidly response to crises. Countless amounts of money would be poured into La Rochelle so as to rapidly build up its infrastructure and defenses, allowing it to become a bulwark against threats to American interests in Europe. La Rochelle, once combined with Brest and Paris, would be the American state of France, and a strategic possession on the continent.

    1783, the Japanese declared war on China. America ordered its privateers to cease the targeting of Japanese shipping, now that the archipelago’s residents were making themselves more useful to the interests of the United States.

    While ideas of more widespread democracy were pioneered in the late 1790s, America did not yet adopt them. Despite the rhetoric that he had espoused, Jefferson was quite content to keep democracy confined to a small pool of voters.

    1787, Mongolia declared war on the Chinese. The Chinese Menace was now at war on several fronts, and America was sure to dispatch foreign aid to each belligerent to assist them in overcoming the Dragon.



    As America geared up for a massive military offensive in Europe, French immigrants erected the Eiffel Tower in the nation’s capital as thanks for freeing La Rochelle from the oppression of Spain (in actuality they had simply just been paid to build it, but the government preferred to gloss over that detail). The Tower’s erection caused great pride in Americans the world over, such that the financial sector’s profits were soon through the roof, allowing the government to report that it was as if the many harbors, banks, stock exchanges, and the like that it operated were paying for themselves.



    In Oklahoma City, some of the finest researchers compiled an Encyclopedia, using America’s massive technological advantage over the world to ensure it was of the finest quality. So many scientific minds were involved that America’s scientific progress actually hit a small spurt, with the Radio and Chemistry soon being developed.



    Brest was seized in 1794, ending the strategic issue that the city posed to American war planners. With plenty of Cavalry and Colonial Infantry arriving fresh off the boat, it was determined that America would strike Germany as soon as a good roadway system was in place to facilitate reinforcements.

    Beginning in 1796, the government instructed the CIA to keep a catalog of all German troop numbers. This could be updated over the years to see the strains that war was taking on Germany’s manpower. In the meantime, Chinese shipping saw another blow to American privateers, with the loss of a Galleass and a Junk; the crew of the Junk ended up becoming privateers themselves.



    1807, the Statue of Liberty was completed (once more, by Frenchmen) in Washington, D.C. The Statue represented America’s openness to immigrants, who often brought with them fine technologies… more accurately, it was symbolic of how America was about to become a home to European refugees.

    1814, the Chinese conquered the last Mongol city. It was soon becoming common thought that America should have planned to attack China instead of Germany, but with invasion forces in position, it was too late to turn back. With forces readying their attack, the Romans and Dutch were given economic and technological aid so as to make them more useful in the fight against Germany.



    In 1818, a bar for the exceptionally wealthy was opened on Wall Street. Those who frequented it also tended to engage in stock trading, explaining the incredibly steep ups and downs that stock prices faced from that day on.



    The Olympic Games were thrown in Washington in as a distraction from the impending war in 1824. As the world focused on the Olympics, the President quietly delivered a declaration of war against Germany. The battle of European supremacy was about to begin.

     
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    Great story so far, SonicTH! I particularly liked your explanation for the volatility of Wall Street! :)
     
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    Oops-accidentally hit the wrong button and posted the story update in the wrong place.
     
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    Well thank you!

    I figured I'd insert a little joke somewhere in there. :p
     
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    ==Operation: Overlord==

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    German forces breakdown, 1796-1824

    The plan to strike at Germany was strategically sound. Their military had lost 12% of its numbers between 1800 and 1820, and with signs pointing to German resurgence, it fell to America to make sure that Germany remained subordinate to other European powers.

    A force of 30 units, most of them Cavalry, was already poised to strike at Paris and Bern when fighting broke out. At Brest, supplementary cannon divisions and extra cavalry were also being prepared for the front lines, though the main perk of the forces brought from the homeland was the powerful Musketmen and Fusiliers, who made counterattack virtually impossible once fortified in place.



    The Fusiliers of Bern were potent, but they crumbled in the face of an American offensive with no divisions lost. The Cavalry Army had proved its lethality to great effect, and now the numerically larger but less advanced Parisian garrison was in the crosshairs.



    In the battle of Paris, one Cavalry division was lost trying to overcome the handful of musket-wielding defenders. After the less advanced forces had been systematically encircled and destroyed by other cavalry units, hundreds of millions were spent in a propaganda campaign to convince the Parisian citizens that certain slaughter awaited if the city did not surrender. Despite this, the city continued to resist, and so had to be taken by force of arms.

    With the fall of Paris and Bern, the Germans had been evicted from the former French Empire. These new lands were to be consolidated into an American province, whereas other German territories were to be allocated to allies once hostilities had ceased. In the meantime, the Germans had lost considerable amounts of men with minimal losses on the American side; the Dutch were sure to capitalize by seizing large amounts of countryside between Paris and Bern, though plans were made to retake it as the war progressed. Thousands of Germans were pressed into service as laborers in the wake of the conquests, tasked with linking the settlements of France together for the betterment of trade and defense. The Germans had done a poor job of keeping their subject people’s lands developed, and so it fell to America to do what they could not.



    Copenhagen had been one of Germany’s most glorious cities, serving as the most important port besides Danzig. Home to Stonehenge, it held 100,000 people within its walls. Serving as the gate to the Baltic, it brought Germany as much strategic use as pride, and so it was well-defended by several Fusilier regiments. Unfortunately, such regiments were no match for the might of the American navy, which shredded their columns one by one before Colonial Infantry stormed the beaches and took over Denmark in a matter of hours. The Dutch seized land between Denmark and Germany, harming effective reprisal, while the conquest of Jutland enabled ships to force their way past Arabic vessels into the Baltic, where they proceeded to harass Danzig. With the fall of Denmark, the Germans realized just how grim their situation was.

    Fortunately for the Germans, a peace accord was inked for a period of five years. It is no surprise that when the years were up, they struck Paris, killing one Cavalry division in the hopes of limiting American incursions. They also opened fire on the “peacekeeping” American troops in the Baltic with minimal damage. Their preemptive strike was justified, given that the United States was readying for a renewed offensive, but it did little to improve their prospects.

    Danzig in 1829 was Germany’s most prized city. It was rich with supplies of Saltpeter, horses, dyes and had rich lands for farming, while also serving as a port. It is no surprise that nearly 400,000 of Germany’s population of 670,000 lived there. Danzig had been called the real capital of Germany with its economic, military, and demographic importance.

    It was also the site of America’s greatest offensive yet, its large garrison soon picked apart by Ironclads and Ships of the Line. The German people were paying dearly for the failure of the Reich to control the sea lanes.



    The loss of Danzig demoralized the German people. The Americans had plunged a dagger into the heart of the German Empire, crushing its economy and starving its military of needed resources. While horses were available in other parts of Germany, the constant wars had prevented them from being reliably tapped; as such, Germany’s ability to make use of Cavalry had evaporated.

    Germany had struck back in another way, however, as the people of Bern and Danzig rose up in protests. Oddly, it was not about the war, but living conditions; the reason most German cities had so few people, it turned out, was mass forced labor to keep the empire running. It suddenly dawned on America that most European states were despotic in their treatment of their people, the constant wars and serfdom having gone a long way to keep most states in a backwards, feudal status. While Britain, Russia and Scandinavia had been able to prosper, being large and populous, Spain, Portugal, Rome, Germany, the Byzantines and the Dutch (within their central European possessions) had minimal urban development.



    As the war in Europe stalled with various broken ceasefires and peace accords between the German and American forces, it was decided to launch a war of extermination against the natives of the Venezuela region. Workers were building the Pan-American railway into Inca territory, while plans were also made to extend a roadway into Brazil to assist in its defense and economic development; this could not be done without dispatching the local tribes.

    1843, the Germans groveled for a peace treaty with a term of at least fifty years. They were rejected; troops had arrived on Berlin’s doorstep (likely motivating the alliance) and also plundered the sole German source of Saltpeter, stripping their men of much-needed gunpowder. With the Elbe River protecting Americans and Germans alike from the others’ offensive, there was a stalemate in effect… at least until American cannon arrived.


    With one Cavalry lost, the German capital fell. The German Kaiser shot himself rather than be captured by the American forces after he failed to defeat them in a cavalry charge of his own, leaving a decapitated government that relocated to Konigsberg in Iceland. The Germans had effectively abandoned Europe, seeing that there was simply no way to hold back the tide of American forces. The fall of Berlin in 1844 was accompanied by the completion of a roadway between Bern and La Rochelle in 1845, signaling the full connection of American occupied Europe.

    The infrastructure of Germany being much better than that of France, it was possible for American troops to cut through Dutch territory and then swamp the remaining parts of the German Empire. In the meantime, a mixture of labor gangs imported from home and POW labor were used to slowly begin extending railways into Dutch territory so as to enable rapid deployment from America to the European continent; Brest had become a crucial port, as it was possible to ship troops between itself and New York City in a matter of weeks.

    1848, the American Golden Age was reported as ended by anti-war analysts to discourage the war effort. The state did not care; as the world was overrun with chaos and rebellion, the American Empire continued to cut its way through German territory. Oddly enough, the doctrine of “nationalism” became very popular in this year, perhaps being the spark for the many wars and revolts.

    Seeing that the people of Seville had given the city over to the Viking occupiers, America began to exercise its role as the Guardian of Europe prematurely, arming the Spanish with crossbows and granting them funds to rearm their primitive Archers into something capable of withstanding the Industrial-era units of the Vikings. This was also somewhat motivated by remorse, as three Spanish galleys had been ruthlessly cut down by American privateers months prior. To make up for the good karma, some bad karma was accrued by slaughtering English seamen. Though they were most likely bound for Spain anyway, as Spain and England had recently gone to war.

    1857, American troops were en route to Salzburg, a former settlement of the long-dead Austrian Empire. Armed with cannon, it was expected the sweep over the city would be swift and relatively low in terms of casualties. Meanwhile, increased Privateer activity rocked European trade networks, now with Russian ships being sunk in the Baltic. The United States saw fit to use both overt and covert means to secure its grip on the continent.



    Salzburg fell in 1858 with no casualties, its poor defenses overwhelmed by rapid American fire. Troops soon turned south, needing to hit Vienna to drive the Germans from central Europe.

     
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    Updates are coming, Great!!!:)
     
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    Tis finals week, so my updates will be more compact for a bit. :p

    ==Spare the Germans, Spoil the World?==

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    As war raged in Europe, America acquired Chinese Haerbin at enormous expense. Once the Germans were finished, it was deemed that America had to rein in Chinese power, and this would be much easier if America could focus on one front – the Chinese homeland – rather than several. Removal of Chinese settlements from Australia would help enormously in keeping a coherent war machine running.



    Chongqing’s fall to American-backed rebels ended the Chinese Empire’s presence in Australia. The Sino-Viking Wars that had ravaged the continent had come to an end, with Norse forces beginning a retreat from Oz.



    After the fall of Vienna, rather than destroy the German Empire, it was decided to instead allow the Empire to continue to survive.



    Germany, once its colonial city of Munich and the many occupied possessions (which it renounced all rights to) were removed, was composed of Iceland and a long strip of land that perfectly separated the Russian and Byzantine Empires. The land possessed enough wealth to function, with its horses, coal, and iron, but it certainly wasn’t the military behemoth that the Old Empire could have possibly become. The Germans possibly proving useful in the future, the American forces agreed to the Treaty of Washington, ending the War for good, while also shattering the German dominance over much of Europe.

    With its conflict over, the time had come for America to carve up the occupied territories. Munich was swiftly given to Greece to buy it space in the Siberian wastes. The city of Danzig, with all its economic potential, was handed to the Israelis, who had seen the burning of Jerusalem at the hands of Babylon and were almost certain to lose the rest of their homeland. As they were at war with Russia, American troops occupied the eastern portions of the new Israeli territory, thus allowing Israel to function without interruption. Vienna, Salzburg, and Berlin would remain under occupation for several more years until they could be secured. Denmark was originally going to be handed over to another country, but it was decided to annex Denmark into the American empire to maintain a “window on the Baltic,” which would allow privateers and navies quick access to the Russian and Scandinavian Empires.



    The inking of several constitutional amendments in 1878 radically altered American society, laying the foundation for greater democracy. While universal suffrage had been in practice for some time, it was mostly symbolic, as an assortment of literacy tests, poll taxes, income qualifications and several other hoops greatly limited the electorate. The newest amendments guaranteed more basic freedoms, while remaining silent on voting apart from a banning on the use of poll taxes; income qualifications and literacy tests still stood.

    As America’s revenues declined (down nearly half from several decades prior) between the end of both the Golden Age and Age of Science, it became apparent American policies needed to be revamped. There was to be a large “Protector Corps” to oversee the development of new nation-states in Central Europe, but it was simply too expensive to have professional troops do the task. To remedy unemployment and keep costs down, militias were employed to do the task of blocking entry to the countryside of these new areas. Partisans were first deployed to protect Berlin’s perimeter; the city had been handed over to the Portuguese, who were faced with the threat of extinction otherwise.

    Besides reforming the military to make use of cheaper auxiliary units, trade was opened with several nations to generate much needed revenue. America went into the world having +893 per term and increased it to +915. Many markets were simply too insecure (Korea, Ottomans) or blocked off by embargoes (Scandinavia) to be traded with in resources. Making matters worse, the constant warfare had left most nations with depleted treasuries, ruining the ability to actively trade.

    While America had difficulty finding new trading partners, it had no difficulty establishing client relationships. The Hebrew rulers of Danzig and Portuguese rulers of Berlin were granted more technologies to allow them to arm their soldiers with muskets. It was decided to extend this generosity to the whole of Europe in the hopes of limiting territorial shifts in the region. Countries the world over were given lectures on forming banks and markets so as to increase the availability of wealth for America to seize around the globe.

    Come 1883, Salzburg was transferred to Portuguese hands. Only Vienna remained of the occupied cities, held closely due to constant battles between Viking and other nations’ forces in the area preventing its securing by militiamen.

    The era of replaceable parts was upon the United States. With the advent of that technology would come a far deadlier American Empire, now armed with rapid-moving artillery.
     
  18. Tani Coyote

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    ==The Scandinavian Peril==

    Spoiler :
    As America had its sights trained on China so as to establish dominance of the Pacific Rim, another possible threat made itself known: Scandinavia. While small, Scandinavia was wealthy and well developed, while also sporting one of the largest fleets in the world – 20 Ships of the Lines, the same amount as America. Even with America’s large fleet of 70 Ironclads for support, Scandinavia was still a regional threat, given that America’s navies were mostly in Asia. As such, a policy of Scandinavian containment was pursued.



    The first step towards containment was the cession of Vienna to the Dutch. The city was a fairly prosperous one, and it was felt that the Dutch needed a large homeland to effectively combat the Scandinavians.



    The Russians were seen as another counterweight. They had yet to develop the printing press, a solid banking system, or even the basics of Alchemy; they were also pagan. The Scandinavians were an industrial power by contrast, knowing the processes of chemistry, electricity, and working their way towards production of steel in their new factories. While they had several large cities, the Russians were encircled by the Scandinavians and lacking in technology.

    America fixed that problem, bestowing many technologies unto Russia. In particular, it provided for the Russian military to gain the use of muskets. As Russia was one of the few nations in Europe without widespread underdevelopment, it was speculated Russia would grow quickly; America subsidized the Russians with 500 billion dollars to assist with this. Despite the desire to rein in the Scandinavians, they were still traded Dyes and Tobacco for regular payments; one country’s money is just as good as any other’s, after all.

    The effects of replaceable parts on worker efficiency were readily apparent with America’s 92 free worker divisions and conscripts, as tasks were completed around the world much ahead of schedule. America was also now well-equipped to begin beefing up Europe’s infrastructure, assisting in American strategic objectives while also constructing markets for American merchants to quickly monopolise.



    To prepare the way for an American assault on China, Vladivostok was “acquired” from the Koreans as a base of operations. Suddenly America had the ability to rapidly deploy its resources on the fringes of East Asia, rendering the Chinese more vulnerable than ever.



    The acquisition of Vladivostok was rendered rather moot in 1896, as a small and vulnerable Shanghai was acquired by CIA-armed rebels. The Emperor conceded defeat rather than risk a war with America. Troops were ordered to begin boarding galleons that would take them all the way around the world to China. Highly-developed, China was ripe for a rapid invasion courtesy of American cavalry.



    The city of Huamanga was founded by the Inca in 1897; it seemed the roads Americans had built into the Incan Empire finally gave them the necessary tools to reach out and tame the jungle. Rather than allow the Inca to possibly become a power in their own right, American strategists devised a devious plan: the Inca would be allowed to found cities, and American propaganda would snatch them up. In essence, the Inca would do America’s settling work for it.



    Meanwhile, in Asia, Xi’an was seized by American-backed rebels, cutting China down the middle. It was all part of the preparation to take the highly-developed south of the Chinese Empire.

    1900 CE was the dawn of the machine gun. America now had a monopoly on the deadliest weapon to date, and was poised to deploy it at Shanghai.

     
  19. Takhisis

    Takhisis la la la la la

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    Why don't you remove the Scandinavians from Patagonia?
     
  20. Tani Coyote

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    When I inevitably decide to kick them in the groin, even if just a little (Arabia and China are the main targets), I most certainly will. :p
     

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