==1906 and the Russo-Japanese War== Spoiler : Central America declares war on the United States despite the latter’s conquest of Hermosillo. Week 5, the Turks demand tribute despite Japan’s ascension to a great power on par with Germany, France and Russia (as seen in the power bar charts). They are naturally shut down. The United States goes to war with Cuba and Hispaniola. Week 9, the United States seizes Mexican Guadalajara. Now that they’ve broken the main lines of defense in the north of Mexico, they’re free to take practically the whole country. Week 13, Britain goes to war with Persia; with Britain fighting the resurgent Chinese at the same time, India’s fate will be interesting to watch. Week 17, Argentina goes to war with Uruguay. As the world is currently quiet as we prepare for war, have a World Map. We also send a regular shipment of 1000 gold to Mexico to help it resist American incursion. Week 21, Austria-Hungary goes to war with France, while the Americans finish off the Hispaniolas. All troops are in position. Week 25, the Russians are tricked into declaring war on Japan, thus allowing Japan to depict itself as the victim of a Russian conspiracy to dominate the Pacific. Almost immediately, Russia sees that it has walked into a trap: it loses 5 Battleships and several smaller vessels around the world. Meanwhile, ships proceed to shell Vladivostok; the Port of Vladivostok wonder, which generates a Civil Engineer every 13 turns, is a casualty of this as it provides defense against naval bombardment. As Japan already has more than enough workers for its needs, however, it’s not a huge loss. Despite its importance to Russia’s military and economy, Vladivostok is in shambles when the American military finishes with it, though its population remains surprisingly intact. The Trench Garrison outside the city fares no better, and they are picked off without a fight via the use of Japan’s secret weapon – Chlorine Gas. At the loss of one Cavalry unit, Vladivostok is taken. Russia is severely weakened by the taking of the city, but Port Arthur and Mukden are a must before peace can even be considered, so as to buy valuable buffer space between Japan and the rest of Russia. With 4072 gpt (research has been turned down in light of the Polar Exploration) before negotiations for allies begin, we leave with 3061 gpt. The alliance? Every single nation on Earth. Russia is completely diplomatically isolated. Japanese war planners also use the Russo-Japanese War as proof Japan has the resources necessary to unite the world against a common foe, something it will exploit come the Amero-Japanese War. In the meantime, the Russo-Japanese War simply becomes known as the “Great Russian War” around the world and the “Great Patriotic War” in Russia itself. Week 29, Russia sinks a transport that was out of port. As it wasn’t carrying anything, however, it pales in comparison to the loss of Vladivostok and much of their fleet. No Cossacks are visible, however, leaving Japan to conclude the Russians just simply do not have that much manpower left after so many wars. Week 33, we not only charter a successful expedition to Antarctica despite our war, but turn Siam into the heart of the international rubber trade. The former gives two free techs, while the latter increases happiness, production and culture. We also notice the fall of Baja California to the Americans, putting a major obstacle to “Operation: Falling Stars,” or the planned invasion of the United States. It is instead decided that British Vancouver will be taken to use as a forward base for an invasion of the West Coast. The fall of Khabarovsk eliminates the Russian threat in the northeast, and is the beginning of a long, drawn out campaign to wipe out the Russian East Coast. Meanwhile, raids on Port Arthur eliminate some of its defenses at the cost of one Cavalry.