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Turn 1: January to June 1930

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Political map of Turn 1


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-World Tensions are very low.
-The depression continues to shake up nations, as the global shudders after a worldwide market crash.
-Extremist parties in Europe and Asia clamor to put themselves in power. Both left and right wing parties prepare to duke it out in the polls, or worse, in the streets.
-A growing nationalist movement takes place in Germany, led by the charismatic and hypernationalist Adolf Hitler.
-Leon Trotsky and Adolf Hitler regularly butt heads via public speaking, as one declares the other a “Puppet of international cabals”.

Player Events:

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ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Sobotnik - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Poorly Trained | Great War Equipment
Economy: Weak (Recovering)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The Republic of China begins to break the chains of foreign dominance, by first making a deal with the United Kingdom. This includes the indefinite leasing of Hong Kong, while simultaneously lessening the horrendously restrictive tariffs on the larger country, protecting domestic producers and farmers instead of lining the pockets of foreign businessmen.
-As relations begin to warm up between the UK and China, the Chinese military begins purchasing large amounts of British military equipment, mostly WW1 and Pre-WW1 surplus firearms and artillery pieces.
-The Chinese put their foot down with Japan. Nanjing makes its demands to end Japanese influence in Manchuria and the northern military divisions. Startled by the sudden diplomatic lashing out, the Japanese quietly move back a step or two.
-The Council of Chinese Unity is formed, and long, arduous talks take place between the Chinese government, the cliques, the Uighurs and most importantly, the Communists. The Council aims to make deals on their demands and eventually unify the country. However, the Communists stall the talks, and force the Shanxi to walk out.
-The talks are not entirely unsuccessful however, and a deal is struck between the Cliques and Communists, creating the National Unitary Army, or a national army made up of Republican and Clique/Communist troops (of course, with compensation to the latter two).
-With the help of British military influence, and the growing size of the Chinese army, the Chinese military puts forth requirements for Non-Commissioned Officers to progress up the chain of command. These requirements include basic tactical competence, logistics training and a battery of exams that test their cognitive abilities and willingness to execute orders.
-Cheap crops are bought up from local farmers en-masse, mainly to stabilize local prices and create large stores in case of famine.
-The Kuomintang Government opens up the floodgates to positions, by removing the requirement to be a KMT loyalist to take part in government reforms and works. This creates a huge influx of well prepared interns and eager nationalists, while grumbling KMT asskissers are booted from office for incompetence.
-Representation for Clique and Communist leaders is also opened up, though many of these “outsider governments” are hesitant to send representatives, and the Communists refuse to take part outright.
-A variety of new, cheaper and more reliable bicycles are produced by government-owned factories. With the growing middle and working class, people need to move from place to place faster. Lacking nationwide railways, and not having a large amount of automobile consumers, bikes are the next best thing. Nicknamed the Nanjing Type 30 Special, this comfortable bike flies off the shelves once available on the market.
-With the government stabilizing, the economy reopened, and the military reforming, a new player prepares to amble out onto the world stage.

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GastonDoumerguePortraiture

Head of Government:
Gaston Doumergue


Malos - Republic of France
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Leading Party: Parti Radical (Centrist)
Military: Large | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Average (Stable)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-Seeing the growing strength of the NSDAP in neighboring Germany, the French send a warning to the Weimar government that is expected to be repeated to the NSDAP, stating simply “Violation of Versailles will end in punishment”. The words startle the Weimar government, but the NSDAP, led by the charismatic Adolf Hitler, use the letter as ammo.
-Seeing that the United States is ailing the most under the global depression, the French lend a helping hand by encouraging the purchasing of American exports in France. This brings the age-old friends slightly closer together, and cables between Washington and Paris are warmed.
-Jobless rates are stable, as is the nation’s GDP. Of course, the growth is stunted due to the lack of direct economic activity internationally, but the French have managed to skirt the worst of it for the time being.
-In order to continue their posturing towards the right-wing movements in Europe, the French begin small wargames in Alsace-Lorraine. These games include tank movements and flashy artillery drills.
-Seeing the ineffectiveness of their small, light armored tanks, the French look into faster and stronger armored vehicles. Blueprints revealed to contractors show a squat, sloped-armor-bearing tank dubbed the “FT-30” by the famous Renault manufacturers.

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MiklósHorthyPortraiture

Head of Government:
Miklós Horthy


Griffster26 - Kingdom of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Alkotmányos Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-With extremist attitudes on the rise, and fearing for his own life, Horthy officially dissolves the parliament and instead institutes a representative government with elected positions. Horthy’s word is always final, but the regent has been making steps to remove himself from political life.
-The republic officially declares “armed neutrality”. Taking a page from the Swiss, the Hungarians begin to build up their army in a completely defensive style. However, with neutrality declared, the Hungarians send cables to Paris and London to build ties with the “little entente”.
-In order to sooth tensions with the tiny neighbor democracy, the Hungarians invite the Czechoslovak military to a joint training operation. However, the Czechoslovaks refuse, and instead resort to simply exporting military equipment such as machine guns and rifles.
-Desperate to build up their stocks, the Hungarians purchase a series of sub-machine guns from the Weimar Republic. Though not officially allowed to make such a deal due to the pointlessly restrictive Treaty of Versailles, some German arms manufacturers wriggle through loopholes and send the guns to the Hungarians behind closed doors.
-Taking note from the effectiveness of the MP28, and the sheer stopping power of a full-length cartridge, the Hungarian RP-30 is born. A strange Frankenstein-style combination of the Vz-24 and G98, this short rifle is much more mobile without sacrificing the power and accessibility of a regular sized rifle.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Low (Stagnating)

-As the global depression begins to sweep through western Europe, the desperate Spanish open up ties with an unlikely companion: Ireland. Tempting the Irish government with precious mineral deposits in the Spanish Moroccan territories, free trade deals are signed, and the two nations are brought together.
-Miguel Primo de Rivera, a prominent general and second in command, is removed from office due to “repeated failures and general incompetence”. Rivera is given a soldier’s goodbye, and retires to a small villa somewhere far from Madrid.
-After Rivera is removed, the fiercely nationalist and anti-republican José Sanjurjo takes his position, hand picked by the king for his traditionalist values. This infuriates many of the pro-republican movements, and adds fuel to the fires of socialist militants. However, the most they can do is grumble, as a majority of the public just goes about its business.
-With the less than positive response from the more influential parts of the public, a massive propaganda campaign takes place. Posters, radio broadcasts and public military marches take place throughout the country to make approval ratings go up. Unfortunately, the socialists and republicans are dug in, and nobody seems to have an upper hand in public support.
-Large “reserve tanks” are built in Morocco, as oil imports are feared to become scant in the coming years as exporters are forced to jack up prices. Global oil suppliers sweat at the thought of a worldwide fuel recession, and the Spanish are quick to jump on a backup plan.
-Sanjurjo, with some clearance from the king, orders the industrialization of the tiny domestic arms factories, which soon see a huge influx of designs (both foreign and internal). This comes after assessments of the Spanish military find their equipment “lacking and inappropriate for modern engagements”.
-Various government officials are given the boot and a nice chunk of severance pay as the King decides to appoint a series of “technocrats”. These scientists, lawyers, researchers and economists are largely apolitical, but are chosen instead for their merit and the skills they bring to the table. Time will tell if these officials will get along, or if the curse of bureaucracy will put these experts to a stranglehold as well.
-Huge reassessment programs filter through the army, mainly clearing out incompetent commanders and troops. However, after a surface scraping, the army is revealed to have more than just a few vipers in the nest. Huge reworks to training take place, literacy and competence exams for officers and forced retirements are just part of the day-to-day.
-At Madrid, to facilitate these reforms, a large military academy is opened on the grounds of closed factories. Simply dubbed the “Royal Academy of Alfonso XII”, named after the King’s predecessor and father, the academy opens its doors to researchers and officers hoping to expand their knowledge on the art of putting bullets in the other guy before he puts them in you.

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GeorgeVPortraiture

Head of Government:
George V


Mallow234 - United Kingdom
Government Type: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Labour (Market Liberal)
Military: Large | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Stable)

-Working with their friends, the Chinese, the United Kingdom signs the “Shanghai Pact”, which leases the tiny city of Hong Kong to the British for a mind-boggling 150 years, while simultaneously reducing or removing tariffs on Chinese imports/exports across the board.
-This deal comes as the Empire of Japan continues to make encroachments throughout the Pacific and east-Asia. Alongside bolstering the economy of China, the United Kingdom sends a formal request to the Emperor to “Cease possibilities of hostility and discontinue provocative posturing.” The request falls on deaf ears.
-With this, small coastal ships of the Royal Navy are sent to the South China Sea alongside military advisers, and the ships regularly shadow Japanese military vessels near Korea. Tensions are high between the two giants, but the massive divide geographically puts the two at ease for the time being.
-The British economy takes a leap into possibilities of a new future, as the government no longer accepts the gold standard for its currency, and begins printing pounds like crazy in order to drive its value down for a short period.
-This sudden jump is not without its advantages, however, as huge bond programs are started up to help spread the cost of government-owned factories for consumer goods. Within a short time, thousands of jobs are created in major population centers like Manchester and London, and people flock from the small villages in hopes of getting a job in the growingly hostile economic atmosphere of the 30s.
-On the military side, the Royal Air Force sees the need for aerial strength, citing the effectiveness of air-to-air engagements in the Great War. A new “fighter focused” doctrine is developed in hopes of putting the RAF ahead of the rest when it comes to dogfights and reconnaissance.
-With the growing need for aerial strength, the Royal Navy begins to toy with the idea of large, oceangoing aircraft carriers. Looking at the effectiveness and capabilities of the HMS Ark Royal, the Royal Navy begins drawing up designs for bigger, better, faster, stronger vessels for oceanic transport. The first ship is expected to be seaborne by the autumn of the coming year, and admirals eagerly await to rub it in the face of would-be competitors.
-With the aerial aspect of their army out of the way, the British begin wargames in the northern Atlantic. These games are focused mainly on dealing with damage, rapid flood response and fire prevention drills rather than sheer force-on-force. Understanding their position in the world as a naval superpower, the British are quick to learn the necessity of creating a stable, well trained branch of naval troops and vessels.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Stagnating)

-In a shocking turn of events, a plan to assassinate the General Secretary of the Communist Party, Joseph Stalin, is revealed. Fearing for his life, Stalin takes a band of loyal bodyguards and manages to flee to the protection of Mao Zedong in China.
-The immediate fallout from this event leads to Mikhail Kalinin beginning a massive propaganda campaign to cover up not only the assassination plot, but the massed executions of political foes that supported Stalin and still remain in the Soviet Union.
-Now the sole leader of the USSR, Kalinin begins implementing segments of the New Economic Policy (NEP) into the nation’s economy. Much of this focuses on domestic production and an eventual weening of the dependence on imports. Due to the nation’s massive amount of arable land and the oil fields in Baku and Siberia, the USSR may indeed be able to support itself through the coming turbulent years.
-The Five Year Plan is also continued, though a carryover of Stalin’s idea making. Much of the focus of the FYP is paralleled with the NEP, as the government assumes almost total control of the private sector.
-After some gerrymandering and threatening, the tiny Altaic state of Tuva, a long-standing friend of the Soviets though an independent country, is brought into the fold. The low population numbers and lack of nationalist fervor makes the integration quicker and more comfortable, though anti-communist groups in Europe squeal about “hostile posturing in a volatile region”.
-Ignoring the ramblings of a man with a pathetic mustache, the Soviets begin the construction of a Black Sea based fleet, stationed in the massive port city of Sevastopol. The ships have yet to hit the water, but a handful of cruisers and destroyers are being built, prepped for whatever slugging out might take place in the next few years.
-Mimicking the British, the Soviets begin bolstering the size of the air force. However, the Soviets take a different route, focusing on bombers rather than fighters, citing the need to create “the ability to level the playing field in a quite literal sense” without the need for artillery barrages or static emplacements.

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AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Absolute Monarchy
Leading Party: Jugoslovenska nacionalna stranka (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-Seeing the need to improve their nation’s military status, the Yugoslavian government purchases a huge number of light tanks from Czechoslovakia. This move helps bolster the country’s independence from a purely infantry-focused doctrine.
-With these imports in place, Yugoslavian military researchers draw up plans for a “Mechanized” doctrine, built around the idea of massed armor pushes with infantry support. The idea catches hold pretty quickly, as the lack of mobility from foot-focused armies could inhibit the military severely.
-“Rapid deployment and response” drills take place in and around the central regions of the country, putting the mechanized doctrine to the test. Waves of infantry and tanks roll across make believe battlefields, and imaginary armies clash against one another with pleasing results on the part of the mechanized brigades.
-With the growing power of nationalist movements on the continent and in their neighbors, the Yugoslavian government takes a major leap forward by delegating more power to local ethnic groups, most notably the Croatians. These non-Serb groups are given more ability and autonomy in the government, and are able to join what were originally Serb-only divisions in the military. This move helps soothe age-old tensions and keep the country from falling apart for the time being.

Turn 2: July to December 1930

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Political map of Turn 2


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-World Tensions are very low.
-Adolf Hitler heads back to Austria after facing humiliating precedents in Germany at the appointment of Kurt von Schleicher as Reichskanzler.
-Global consumer goods prices begin to drop, and many economists are horrified at the thought of price gouging now that exporting industry to China is no longer viable.
-Militaries around Europe begin ramping up their numbers and their equipment as tensions start to heat up somewhat between governments and radical citizens beneath them.
-Japan continues flexing its muscles towards China, though making sure not to show off too much as the British are breathing down their necks.

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GastonDoumerguePortraiture

Head of Government:
Gaston Doumergue


Malos - Republic of France
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Leading Party: Parti Radical (Centrist)
Military: Large | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Average (Stable)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-Following in the footsteps of their northern colleagues the British, the French government forms the Sino-Franco Concession Treaty, essentially handing off multiple French concessions back to the Republic, while also being given open access to major ports. This comes after industry advisors to the government fear a price drop now that much of the tariffs on Chinese importation and exportation of consumer goods are outright gone.
-The French government meets with representatives of the Weimar Republic in order to put a lid on the NSDAP problem. After hours of talks and convincing, the Germans approve the choice to not allow Adolf Hitler into a position of authority, and instead set Kurt von Schleicher, a decorated Great War veteran, as chancellor of Germany.
-As deals between Paris and Berlin continue, deals with Rome begin. Seeing the rise in popularity for the charismatic Benito Mussolini, the French hope to cool relations and bring the historical allies closer together. Though fascist, Mussolini makes various trade and production deals with Doumergue, leaving both parties fairly pleased with their talks.
-Meanwhile, in the home front, the French government takes steps to loosen itself from the Gold Standard, again following the ideas of the British. Seeing the possibility of fluctuating gold and precious metal prices, the French are petrified at the idea of being as damaged as the US economically, and hope to get rid of the Gold Standard as soon as they can.
-Small scale economic reforms take place, such as increased interest rates and restricting the amount of money banks can loan out. This infuriates the hardcore capitalists of France, but the average Jacque takes little to no notice.
-In order to broaden their industrial horizons, the French government enacts radical and, as a hardcore socialist newspaper put it, “absolutely bizarre”, series of reforms within their African and Asian colonies. Railways, small-scale factories and even a couple fuel refineries begin construction throughout the African continent, fueled mainly by French investors. To ensure the jobless numbers stay low, the government offers dirt-cheap prices for huge plots of African land. Those who can afford it jump at the chance, and thousands of native peoples are shoved elsewhere in place of croissant-eating Europeans.
-In the Guangzhouwan, the small French enclave in China, the French use their open port treaties to funnel French citizens and businessmen to take root in the colony, mimicking the British “colonization” of Hong Kong.
-With industry becoming a necessity, the French government enacts reforms that make much of Europe uneasy: rearming the French military. Though it sounds scary on paper, much of the rearmament programs are simply upgrading, repairing or replacing equipment that the average battalion has and giving them more adequate supplies.
-Alongside rearmament of troops, the French military begins scrapping their outdated FT-17 tanks and replacing them with the new FT-30. The process is long, difficult and expensive, but the French hope they can soon boast an intimidating armored wing.
-On the more peaceful side of things, a French cinema purchases some of the experimental and famous ‘Movitone’ technology from the United States and tweaks with it. Dubbed the ‘Parisian Delight’, these specialized projectors use a combination of on-film and on-disk sound paired with moving images to create the coveted “talkies” seen in the United States and in a few places in Europe. With the PD system in place, French moviegoers flock to theatres to see all sorts of international productions.

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MiklósHorthyPortraiture

Head of Government:
Miklós Horthy


Griffster26 - Kingdom of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Alkotmányos Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: Stable (Stagnant)

-Hungary sends a series of delegates to the League of Nations in order to bring up various propositions. The first is the idea of an international “peacekeeping” force that would act as a strongman during conflicts and help cool border tensions or small scale conflicts. However, the lack of unity amongst members and hostile backdoor views of one another grinds the talks to a halt, and the Hungarians give up on that idea.
-Bringing up a second proposal, the Hungarians attempt to make a standardized tariff agreement between member states. This agreement would lessen the economic burden of meeting tariff requirements while simultaneously allowing for cheaper exports/imports. Again, there is a major lack of unity within the League of Nations, though the Chinese step up to the plate to try and get the agreement through.
-Deciding to take the gloves off, the Hungarians begin stomping angrily and citing the claims of Carpathian Ruthenia and Transylvania to the League of Nations. This gets their attention, though most members quickly write it off as nationalist babble.
-Internally, the Communist Party of Hungary is outright banned. To enforce this, the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) is formed, and acts as a pseudo-wing of the government. People who are registered to the Communist Party or look like they might know someone who thought about joining the Communist Party are quickly arrested and sentenced to long prison terms, while others are given the right to be exiled. Most of these exiled communists flee to the Soviet Union, and quickly begin to make a stink in Moscow about their mistreatment.
-In order to keep the nationalism ball rolling, the Hungarian military begins a series of provocative wargames that are uncomfortably close to the Czechoslovakian border. These games, dubbed “Operation Komondor”, are to resemble the possibility of a conflict between the Czechoslovaks and Hungarians, most notably over the disputed territories in Slovakia.
-During these operations, a series of men are injured after a fuel tank erupts, nearly cleaving one of them in two. During a hasty operation, a Hungarian medic begins using techniques that he learned abroad. Techniques such as large-scale blood transfusions, vein replacement and small-scale cauterization save these men's lives, and the medic is quickly covered in awards, his techniques written down as “must have” in the Hungarian playbook.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Low (Degrading)

-Large machinery deals are made with the Republic of China, as Madrid seeks a foreign partner to alleviate the costs of manufacturing. However, as much of the tariffs that China was forced to follow were set up and now removed by the British, Spanish companies find it difficult to make worthwhile returns.
-Oil deals are signed up with the US in order to get both countries’ manufacturing sectors back on their feet. However, the Americans are willing only to export refined oil of their own, seeing no need to import Spanish crude.
-American automobile companies, namely Buick, set up small factories in major cities, hoping to get some sort of money out of an extremely trying time. The jobs are made up of Spaniards, and most cars go straight to Spanish customers.
-A rash series of vandalism attacks on the Spanish parliament building results in a horrendous firebombing that kills a secretary and injures dozens more, while scorching the antique structure for hours on end.
-Socialist and Communist partisans of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party are found to be the culprits, as tensions between the nationalists and republicans are finally coming to a head.
-In other news regarding violence, the Spanish military begins looking at what happened during the Great War, mainly at what didn’t work. Soon, Spanish military advisors create the tactic dubbed ‘Guerra Relámpago’, or ‘Lightning War’. This fast, mobile strategy involves rapid movement and shock tactics paired with massed infantry charges, rather than the slower, less concentrated infantry spearhead in the days of trench warfare.

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GeorgeVPortraiture

Head of Government:
George V


Mallow234 - United Kingdom
Government Type: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Labour (Market Liberal)
Military: Large | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Stable)

-Seeing the effects and hostilities after the Easter Uprising those decades ago, the British government takes steps to try and make things right with the Irish. However, after talks take place in Dublin, radical elements of Irish nationalists throw rocks and bricks, resulting in the British pulling out and buggering off.
-Parliament votes to begin decreasing the amount of printed currency in order to lessen the risk of inflation, seeing the horrific impact of inflation in Germany. However, some inflation is required to keep domestic prices stable, letting inflation bubble up to 2%.
-To both bolster the jobs market and ensure strength in domestic manufacturing, the British government begins large-scale industry and infrastructure programs. Two large factories are set up in Leeds and York, focusing on military equipment such as trucks and replacement parts for machinery.
-With industry on the rise, the British look back to the Experimental Mechanized Force that was essentially retired the year before. Seeing the growing need for combined arms and armored warfare, small wargames are conducted to test various experimental armor designs and tactics regarding mechanized troops.
-Alongside land based equipment and training, the British military gets contracts from local steel mills and takes in thousands of jobs in the creation of 2 massive carriers of the Ark Royal class, dubbed the Audacious and Irresistible. these massive, hulking ships (once constructed) will be able to project Britain’s air power throughout the world.
-Three heavily armed cruisers are sent to the South China Sea and take up permanent residence in Hong Kong. It is not uncommon to see Japanese frigates and British cruisers shadowing one another when on patrol.
-A spectacular breakthrough is made in the communications department. After weeks of frustrating failures with experiments, the ‘Henry A-2’ radio is presented to the British military for purchase. The Henry is a hulking, awkward looking device with a long, gaudy antennae. However, looks aside, the Henry is able to send short wave radio transmissions over considerable distances, and can be carried by an infantryman in the field. The design is fragile and expensive, but the British military snaps up the chance to have a leg over the enemy, knowing that the kinks can be worked out later.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stable)

-The Soviet Union opens up a trade deal with China in hopes of drawing more local support for the Communist regime. Knowing that Stalin is probably hiding in a noodle shop somewhere in Yan’an, Kalinin prods Mao to accept Soviet investment in Chinese manufactories, hoping to either draw the escapee out or force him to flee yet again.
-The Yugo-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Unilateral Cooperation is signed in Belgrade after a series of talks between the tiny Kingdom and massive Red State. The treaty draws the two together economically, while also ensuring their protection come the possibility of an outside threat attacks either member.
-The Soviets, ever hungry for territory, incorporate the People’s Republic of Mongolia after a shocking series of threats and gerrymandering. The Republic of China and the Empire of Japan are both equally horrified at the development, and the Japanese petition that the Soviets relinquish their “unlawful occupation of Mongolia”. Moscow then points at Sakhalin and the Kurils. Tokyo shuts up.
-On the homefront, massive industrialization projects begin, focusing on strengthening infrastructure in major cities and tying the globe-stretching nation together with railroads. Massive steel mills are constructed in the Kazakh and Uzbek SSRs to both bolster economic development in the areas and act as a center point for Soviet industrialization.
-Oil expeditions take place in Siberia and around the Ural mountains as the Soviets are quick to recognize their dependence on American and Western European imports. Deposits are found within weeks of searching, and fields pop up in record time.
-Large scale rebuffing of propaganda takes place, mainly with massed construction of PR hubs and Red Army recruitment offices. The latter comes as a huge campaign begins taking place in order to renovate the arguably aching Soviet military, with huge propaganda campaigns and overblown military parades taking place almost weekly.
-A second propaganda wing is propped up to promote “Cultural and Ethnic Unity”. Essentially, posters and radio broadcasts go out washing out the colors/religions of the people of the Soviet Union, attempting to create the “Soviet” identity. It catches on with more urbanized populations, but rural conservatives shake their heads.
-A massive military academy, dubbed the People’s Military Academy of Vladimir Lenin (surely a stab at Stalin’s views on the man), is constructed in Leningrad. This academy focuses on training officers and researching new tactics in order to strengthen the Soviet military’s resolve and lessen the chance of horrendous losses like those in the Great War.
-After an accidental spillage of various noxious chemicals, Soviet scientists have discovered that the organochloride dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, (DDT) is extremely effective at killing insects. The insecticide quickly sees mass production and tests on large farms outside of Smolensk and Ryazan.

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PaulvonHindenburgPortraiture

Head of Government:
Paul von Hindenburg


Milkdairy - Weimar Republic
Government Type: Federal Republic
Leading Party: Deutsche Zentrumspartei (Centralist Conservative)
Military: Small | Experienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Crippled (Improving)
Unity: Low (Stable)

-After long, arduous talks with the two big continental European powers, France and Italy, the Weimar Republic leaves the discussions having brought the three nations somewhat closer together. A Rome-Berlin agreement is signed, with Italian industry heads leasing equipment to the struggling companies in Germany.
-Kurt von Schleicher, a decorated Great War veteran, is thrown into the position of Reichskanzler. A strong propaganda campaign goes out, denouncing the NSDAP and Communist parties alike, and instead painting von Schleicher as a sort of “Prince Charming Hero”, come to rid Germany of her problems. Many Germans are uneasy at the thought of a Great War General taking hold, seeing the horrific losses of life and the eventual destruction of the German Empire. However, many nationalists that were leaning towards Adolf Hitler scramble to lick the boots of von Schleicher in hopes of getting on the good side of the government.
-With what little money the Weimar Republic has, huge amounts of tax revenue are thrown at importing heavy machinery, mainly from Italy and Sweden, in order to bolster the nation’s ailing industrial sector. Large, multinational factories spring up in what used to be jobless cities, allowing some citizens to make an income, and driving the value of the Reichsbanknote up slightly, reducing inflation by a tiny amount.
-The German economy continues to suffer from crippling debt, horrendous inflation and being caught up in the wave of financial crises after the market crash, but there is a glimmer of hope.
-Adolf Hitler, furious with the developments of von Schleicher’s growing popularity, the introduction of foreign companies onto German soil, and his own loss of powerbase, heads back to Austria, feeling defeated and humiliated.

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AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Low (Degrading)

-The Yugo-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Unilateral Cooperation is signed in Belgrade after a series of talks between the tiny Kingdom and massive Red State. The treaty draws the two together economically, while also ensuring their protection come the possibility of an outside threat attacks either member.
-Large trade deals open up throughout the Balkans and southern Europe, hoping to attract partnership with the Greeks and Bulgarians. Much of these deals include exporting/importing industrial machinery.
-A major overhaul takes place within the parliament of Yugoslavia. Alexander I has a change of heart, and opens up talks with the more moderate Socialists. In a shocking turn of events, the entirety of the upper houses of parliament are cleaned out of Nationalists and replaced entirely with loyal Socialists.
-Alexander I sets himself up as “Vanguard and Protectorate of the People”, and slowly moves the nation into a nationalized system of industry and more equal tax collection.
-Many people are horrified at the pseudo-revolution that has just taken place, but are unable to do much as they find themselves being given more and more rights and representation day to day.
-After long talks with the Albanians, and a bit more than enough poking and prodding, the United Kingdom of Yugoslavia absorb the tiny state, keeping Zog I in power as a semi-autonomous ruler of the newly integrated region.
-The Italians are absolutely furious, and cut all ties with Yugoslavia. Mussolini goes on a two hour tirade, most notably saying that the Yugoslavian nation is a “collection of fools, communists, wreckers and gullible tyrants”.
-The first of the “Union Reforms” in Yugoslavia focus on non-Serbian industrial investment. Seeing the stagnation of local economies in the Croatian and Slovenian regions of the nation, the Yugoslavian government begins pumping money into infrastructure and industry programs in order to begin mass producing consumer goods rather than importing them from the outside in.
-Gigantic agricultural programs begin, as farms are nationalized and divided amongst communities as “Shared Property”. These large farms receive subsidies from the government depending on their output.
-Alongside monetary investment, the Yugoslav People’s Parliament begins endorsing autonomy and representation amongst minority groups within the nation, both politically and militarily, as minority individuals are eligible to have commissioned positions within the armed forces. Most notably, the Croats and Bosnians are given breathing room, and begin making their own choices. The country is split up into 5 “Internal Social Republics”, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia, and 2 “National Administrative States”, of Albania and Serbia.
-The 5 ‘ISR’s hold elections, each bringing forth a series of left-leaning delegates who work in the newly renovated Yugoslav People’s Parliament.
-On the not-so-peaceful side of things, the Yugoslav military conducts tests regarding mechanization programs. Industry centers throughout the country are given a military focus in order to produce large numbers of armored vehicles and trucks for the nation.
-Armored vehicles of all sorts are imported from around Europe in small quantities to test their pros and cons as the Yugoslav military attempts to work out the kinks in their own armor programs. Looking at the Soviet T-26 Light Tank (a copy of the British Vickers 6 Ton) military engineers tinker with the design, and create their own version, dubbed the LT-30, with a slightly better set of front armor.
-The LT-30 begins rapid production and is thrown into the field for wargames, where it performs arguably better than the Soviet/British predecessor.

Turn 3: January to June 1931

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-World Tensions are low.
-The European Treaty Organization (ETO) is formed with the intent of holding Europe together with the loose red tape of ‘multinational alliances’.
-A skirmish breaks out between Soviet-backed People’s Revolutionary Party members and Nationalist supporters in Altay, eventually erupting into a full-scale conflict, dragging Soviet troops into the fray.
-Nationalist movements are on the rise in smaller countries throughout Europe and South America, as many right-wing groups seize the opportunity of “Red Expansion” to shove themselves into the minds of voters.

Wars:

Uighur Civil War:
-Belligerents:
--Communist Forces
---Soviet Union [Expeditionary Supporters]
---People’s Revolutionary Party of East Turkestan
vs.
--National Forces
---Xinjiang Government

Situation - Largely in favor of Communist Forces
Casualties - Minimal

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Spain

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

FranceFlag
GastonDoumerguePortraiture

Head of Government:
Gaston Doumergue


Malos - Republic of France
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Leading Party: Parti Radical (Centrist)
Military: Large | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stable)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-Gaston Doumergue is reelected with a sweeping victory as support for the French government grows.
-Having brought two of the most powerful nations in Europe together in a loose fold, the French begin making deals with their old friends the British and their wary-but-somewhat-useful companions the Germans.
-The French make large-scale technology deals with the United Kingdom, including the exchange of blueprints of the FT-30 in return for radio communications technologies, which may soon be applied to field models of the FT-30.
-Europe is shocked to hear that the French and Germans have signed the Franco-German Debt Cancellation Treaty, ultimately nullifying the massive payments that Germany owes to France post-1918. The British have yet to create such a treaty, but the German populace is more than relieved.
-France also congratulates the German actions with Adolf Hitler, after essentially forcing the NSDAP out of Germany and back “to which it came”, says Hindenburg. However, the NSDAP is anything but dead, as supporters rally to a returning Hitler in Vienna later on in the year, now a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Association, or "Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterverein".
-Italian-French relations continue to warm up, though as the French build up the ETO, the Italians are put off somewhat. They remember the horrendous losses of Italian forces in the Alpine campaign, and feel that it is in their best interests to stay focused on Italy’s needs, not Europe’s.
-At home, the French government gets off the gold standard, following the footsteps of Britain. This rattles the nation’s economy somewhat, but many economists cite the constantly fluctuating price of gold as a positive for weaning the country off the standard.
-Economic reforms continue throughout the country, as the French government begins printing less money, slowing rapid inflation. Infrastructure programs continue outside of the homeland in hopes of creating economic and industrial development abroad, most notably in Tunisia, Guiana, and Indochina.
-More and more French “Neo-Colonists” continue to arrive in Guangzhouwan province, forcing many of the locals to adapt by either adopting French or moving out of major cities altogether.
-A breakthrough is made in the French military, as the Ribeyrolle 1918 carbine is tampered, tinkered and toyed with, ultimately spawning the Ribeyrolle 1930. This small, select fire carbine is chambered in 8x39mm, and is able to deliver hot lead downrange at a satisfying rate. However, the firearm is very fragile, and jams repeatedly when on fully automatic, so much testing is required before it is considered safe or effective.

CoatedHungaryFlag
OttoIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Otto II


Griffster26 - Kingdom of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
Leading Party: Alkotmányos Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: Stable (Stagnant)

-In a bizarre turn of events, Hungary sends a band of emissaries to Moscow in demand for the return of regimental banners lost during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The Russians, absolutely confused, hand over the banners whilst scratching their heads as the Hungarians sprint home in joy.
-The small Semi-Republican nation holds a referendum. Either continue down the path of a unified republic, or keep a semi-constitutional monarchy system. The majority of the public heads to the latter, and in turn choose none other than Otto von Habsburg (now Otto II) to be leading monarch. Miklos Horthy steps down but is given special privileges within the court and a fairly delicious severance package.
-Almost immediately after taking the throne, King Otto II demands the return of Austrian occupied Őrvidék (Burgenland) citing the Hungarian minority within the region. The Austrians are outraged, and Adolf Hitler takes to the streets, rallying the locals to denounce the “Hungarian Oppressors”. The League of Nations, however, sides with Hungary, seeing Hitler as a “propaganda tyrant” and a “force for disruption in Europe”.
-Many Austrian nationals living in the newly acquired Őrvidék flee to Austria proper. Those that remain either have no choice but to stay, or would rather be under Hungarians than the NSDAV.
-Much to the shock and horror of the conservative majority, the Hungarian parliament puts through a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Churchgoers are appalled by the idea, and many rally in the streets against the “tarnishing of Hungarian religious liberties”. However, their cries and bellows fall on deaf ears for the most part.
-A new Socialist Party is formed by Imre Nagy and István Dobi, though are kept under close watch by the federal government, with any sign of alignment/talks with the Soviet Union meaning immediate arrest or exile.
-War games are conducted along the borders of Austria and Czechoslovakia, to show everyone that Hungary is able to put up a fight. Some people are unnerved when training targets mimic the uniforms/patterns/logos of the ‘Little Entente’, but others just wave it off as generic warmongering.
-The Hungarian government purchases large numbers of the Hebern Rotor Machine from American inventor Edward Hugh Hebern. Hebern, now no longer bankrupt, finds himself sending his single-rotor encryption machines to both the Hungarian government and the US navy. This complicated, fragile and yet astoundingly effective machine makes military and espionage transcripts even harder to decipher.

RestoredSpainFlag
AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stable)

-The Spanish and Argentine governments convene in Madrid, and eventually strike up a deal. The Argentinians will export large amounts of food, mainly grain and pork products, in return for Spanish manufactured cars. Most of these cars go straight to Argentine government employees, but nobody really cares when there’s food on the table in Spain.
-Now that the nations are tied together by the ETO, the Spanish government begins exporting large numbers of large scale industrial machinery to the Weimar Republic in hopes of kickstarting a regional economic boom.
-The Communist, Socialist and Marxist parties of Spain are outright banned. In one sweeping, vicious week of raids and arrests dubbed the “Week of Fire”, thousands of pro-Communist leaders and supporters are arrested and detained for treason.
-The borders between Portugal and Spain are locked down, and supporters/leaders of Communist parties are arrested or even killed if they attempt to flee across the border into the neighboring country.
-The Royal Security Service is created, and carries out most of these raids on Communist insurrection. After attempting to detain a communist newsletter writer, a gunfight broke out, leaving two dozen Communist party members dead in a small tavern.
-Much to the further dismay of the Communists, a large scale propaganda campaign takes place, written and put together by intellectuals. Posters, leaflets, broadcasts and soapbox demonstrations describing the atrocities of Communists and their threat to the Spanish public are commonplace from day to day, and it appears to be working.
-Mandatory programs are put in place for the Spanish populace. Every male over the age of 17 who is not working in a government-owned factory is slated for conscription and is prepared to serve his country for 2 years. These changes have yet to be put into effect, but too many are in sheer shock of the anti-Communist crackdown to react.
-Another program is a mandatory 3-month “Summer Class and Education Program” for youths aged 12-18. These gender-segregated summer camps focus on teachings of Catholicism and Spanish history, as well as intense physical and academic regimens.
-A small fleet of “U-Boats”, copying the Imperial German design, begin construction in ports in northern Spain. Roughly 8-12 ships are being constructed, with expatriated German engineers helping with the putting together bits.
-Tampering with some of the more heavy-duty tractor designs, bulky “Tortuga” armored carriers are built to transport the RSS. These “Tortuga” armored carriers are glorified tractor trailers with substantial armor on the sides. Rifle rounds still pierce the metal, and fuel-wise they are gas guzzlers, but Spanish military advisers see the possibilities of furthering the design for field use.
-War Games take place near the Portuguese-Spanish border. The Portuguese respond by waving their artillery pieces in the face of the Spanish, who then respond by showing they have bigger, better, stronger and more impressive....everything.
-A pseudo-Dive Bomber is designed at a Spanish aircraft factory. This single-engined monoplane is built to withstand high G-Forces whilst dropping munitions at a near 90 degree angle. The designs are immediately put back to the drawing board when a test run ends with the pilot quite literally digging his own grave with the propellers. Nonetheless, the dive bomber design piques the interests of air forces the world over.

UnitedKingdomFlag
GeorgeVPortraiture

Head of Government:
George V


Mallow234 - United Kingdom
Government Type: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Labour (Market Liberal)
Military: Large | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Stable)

-London now hosts the home headquarters of the European Treaty Organization. Members feel that the massive city’s distance from the rest of the European continent gives it not only protection from physical attack, but also acts as a central hub.
-The British make large-scale technology deals with the French, including the exchange of blueprints of the A2 Radio in return for the designs of the FT-30.
-Huge investments in the nation’s industry continue as the British government incentivizes the construction of railways to link the industrial centers of southern England.
-The British Army and Royal navy begin mass adoptions of the A2 Radio system, as thousands of copies are constructed and purchased on a government contract. The “compact” (to an extent) A2-T is designed for being crammed into the tight, box-like compartments of armored vehicles such as tanks.
-Large scale amphibious assault wargames begin off the coast of Scotland in order to simulate the possibilities of a “modernized” beachhead. Learning from their mistakes in the past, the British focus heavily on creating a dedicated marine force, thus expanding the Royal Marine Corp. to well over 20,000 men, with each man being given rigorous training.
-Using the A2 in tandem with artillery training results in spectacular accuracy and mobility when doing artillery bombardments. These “forward observers” are much more effective than runners or spotters, and artillery barrages are smaller yet much more effective. During these exercises, Royal Ordnance unveils their new toy: the QF 25pdr Howitzer. This howitzer is surprisingly effective and reliable, and is being put through the wringer day by day to work out any possible issues.
-The Royal Navy begins up-gunning it’s idle heavy cruisers and battleships. More adept crews, proper fire extinguishing equipment and the adoption of ‘modernized’ guns are on the to-do list for dozens of these hulking examples of British naval power.

USSRFlag
MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Stagnating)

-The Soviet Union begins a large scale international industrial campaign, exporting large numbers of consumer goods (parts, tools, other machine things) to Communist-friendly governments. Most of these exports end up in the hands of the Chinese and Yugoslav buyers, but it is nonetheless considered a success by Soviet advisors.
-To fuel this campaign, the Soviet government funds the construction of hundreds of factories in major cities throughout the USSR, focusing on places like Kiev, Sevastopol, Minsk and Irkutsk in order to urbanize local populations.
-Oil expeditions are sent once again into Siberia to begin the collection of crude. The equipment they use is largely a knockoff of American and British designs, and only miniscule amounts of oil are extracted through the hasty construction of fields.
-Collectivized farms that were once seized by the Soviet government and ultimately left to rot are distributed to the populace. Much to the frustration of Pro-Stalin sentiment, these farms are much more effective in their production as they no longer are required to meet quotas, nor will they slack off once said quota is met.
-Power stations begin popping up outside of industrial cities. These stations, largely fueled by coal, give much needed lighting to the less wealthy districts of town, and also allow factories to have night shifts.
-A gigantic “National Medical Program” drive is created, which focuses on the construction of thousands of hospitals and employing hundreds of thousands of state-trained medical practitioners. This comes after reports of farmhand injuries and workplace accidents become more and more commonplace as the nation continues to industrialize.
-Schools are constructed too. These small, state-operated centers focus mainly on basic education (reading, writing, arithmetic) and only give access to primary-to-early-secondary schooling. However, these schools are constructed in largely rural areas of the nation, and are a godsend to much of the non-urban populace.
-The Soviet Union’s stance on “State Atheism” is brought back to “State Secularism”. Churches, Mosques, Synagogues and other places of worship are brought under the protection of the government, but the Soviets make sure everyone knows that nobody gets special treatment. Angry Americans still call them godless nonetheless.
-The “Lenin Line” begins its construction. This massive array of forts, defensive structures and forward operating posts is to be built not only as the first line of defense in the possibility of a western front, but also to ward off anyone thinking it’d be a good idea to start a land war in Asia.
-Conscription boot camps are given a shock in terms of training. Most instructors are replaced with loyalists, and the time is extended from 8 weeks to 12. These programs are much more intense, and drill into the heads of the recruits the idea of “Unity and Pride” throughout the country.
-Whilst escorting a large contingent of Communist rebels towards Uruqmi, a small brigade of Uighur nationalists open fire on Soviet and Communist troops. The resulting skirmish leads to the Xinjiang government declaring open war upon the “Red Insurrection”, ultimately dragging the Soviet Union into the fight.
-Soviet troops stationed in the Kazakh and Mongol SSRs are quick to react, and smash the ill-prepared nationalists along the border. Many Soviet generals and officers are prepared to just “sit and wait” for the Nationalists to topple as the situation in Xinjiang continues to circle the drain.
-At home, military researchers have toyed with the blueprints of various submachine guns from throughout Europe, focusing mainly on the Finnish Suomi KP/-31. Ultimately ripping off these designs, the PPL-31 is constructed and tested for use in the Soviet military. This small, rapid-fire submachine gun weasels its way into competition with the American-made Thompson M1928 for ‘most recognizable small arm of the 1930s’.

YugoslaviaFlag
AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-King Alexander outright denounces Mussolini, and throws serious blows at Mussolini’s past, citing his involvement in early Italian socialist movements. Mussolini responds with an equally inflammatory speech, using nationalist sentiment throughout the “patchwork Soviet puppet” to essentially flip the bird to Yugoslavia. This ends with Italy outright removing the Yugoslavian embassy from Rome.
-In an attempt to get more people on his side, Alexander invites a multitude of monarchs and royalty to visit Yugoslavia and tour the countryside. The most notable guest is King Gustav V of Sweden, who ultimately is warmed to the idea of a more “equal and socially oriented” government.
-Diplomats from Yugoslavia also attempt to make nice with their neighbor Austria, citing Italy’s aggressive position. However, the shrinking Austrian communist party and ever-growing influence of the NSDAP essentially tells the diplomats to go home without explicitly saying so.
-Yugoslavian trade with its Balkan neighbors continues unopposed, however, as the Bulgarians and Romanians are too busy trying to build an economy than to deal with Mussolini’s rampant whining.
-A national welfare system is put in place. A few shaves off of the government’s tax income and money from exports is set aside to give minor doles of money to the jobless and to provide social programs for those in need. It doesn’t give people wings, but it does give many a nudge in the hindquarters to get up and try to start working.
-Two ‘National Colleges for the Arts and Sciences’ are founded in Zagreb and Leskovac. The formation of two campuses gives more people an opportunity to attend higher education, and may hopefully pave the way for a “science boom” within the next decade.
-In terms of lower education, the government begins the absorption and standardization of all schools. Serbo-Croat is the main dialect to be taught to young school children, but local languages are still encouraged. The government hopes that a widespread common language will make administration easier and blur the lines between nationalist minded individuals.
-A “Meet the King Day” takes place in Belgrade, and thousands of children flock to see King Alexander himself. Even the most stone-faced anti-Monarchist or anti-Socialist can’t help but want to join in the fun, as parades, shows and parties take place for an entire weekend, helping to boost everyone’s mood.
-Alongside “Meet The King Day”, widespread celebrations of the nation take place through radio broadcasts, posters and public meetings in hopes of drawing people together. The campaign for unity falls flat on the ears of many of Yugoslavia’s still existent Fascist supporters, who retreat to the underground more and more as days go by.
-Large factories for military production are erected in the center of the country to not only protect them from the possibility of a coastal invasion, but to also attract people to migrate throughout the country (meaning: Serb families moving to Bosnia for work, vice versa).
-The Albanian military is officially recognized as a semi-autonomous part of the Yugoslavian military. Zog I is given total control of the army’s production, training, recruitment and upgrading, though he is still expected to answer to Alexander’s call if need be. There are many candid photos released of Zog and Alexander taking long strolls through Tirana in hopes of convincing the other to go their way.
-The Yugoslav military starts divvying up the army and national guard into a new separate Air wing (no pun intended), seeing the usefulness of air superiority on a modern battlefield. Airman training schools open up in all of the “Capital Cities” of the various districts throughout the nation.
-Whilst building their air force, the Yugoslavian government takes a few notes after hearing of the Spanish dive bomber experiments, and begin the creation of their own. Much to the dismay of observers, the first field test of an experimental dive bomber ends exactly as the Spanish. An American reporter puts it “Two completely different nations, the same result: Planes can’t fly through dirt”.
-In the home front, the Yugoslav government begins setting the groundwork for “Local Self Defense Forces”. These LSDFs are small, semi-organized militia groups that are made up of non-recruitable peoples (Women, teens, elderly, factory workers) and are made in preparation for the possibility of invasion. City-owned magazines pop up, filled with munitions and rifles of all shapes and sizes.
-Standardization is a must, and seeing how effective something that throws lead really fast is compared to a standard bolt rifle, the Yugoslav military purchases thousands of the newly designed Soviet PPL-31 and Finnish KP/-31. Regardless of their origins, the usefulness of these two firearms is quite appreciated, and the Yugoslav government makes an effort to stock LSDF magazines with these “SMGs”.

Turn 4: July to December 1931

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-World Tensions are medium.
-Supporters of Adolf Hitler clash with police in Vienna, killing two and wounding a dozen. This comes as more and more Austrians flock to Hitler’s banner, having conjoined the NSDAV to the other right-wing parties and groups, forming the Fatherland Front.
-The war in Uyghurstan comes to a close as Soviet forces surround nationalist fighters in Urumqi, forcing the nationalists to surrender. A Pro-Soviet Uighur government is put in place in the newly renovated People’s Republic of East Turkestan.
-Soviet forces cross the border into Romania, demanding that the Romanians concede the region of Bessarabia, as it is “Historically Russian in origin”. The Romanians refuse, and outright war begins.
-Hungarian and Bulgarian forces leap at the chance to regain “lost” territories (Transylvania and Dobruja, respectively), and join in the fray against Romania. These 2 kingdoms are standoffish with the Soviets, and refuse to join their battle lines though they face a common foe.
-Romanian forces dig in and force their enemies to bring the fight to them. Vicious trench warfare takes place in between sporadic advancements by the Soviets and Hungarians.
-The situation in Estonia worsens as a Pro-Communist uprising takes place, with thousands of armed ‘People’s Army’ fighters storming government buildings in the eastern half of the country.

Wars:

Bessarabian War:
-Belligerents:
--Anti-Romanian Tripartate
---Soviet Union
---Hungary
---Bulgaria
vs.
--Romania
---Romania

Situation - Somewhat in favor of ART
Casualties - Nominal

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Spain
--Greece

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

FranceFlag
GastonDoumerguePortraiture

Head of Government:
Gaston Doumergue


Malos - Republic of France
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Leading Party: Parti Radical (Centrist)
Military: Large | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-French diplomats continue to meet with advisors from Italy and Germany as the three countries try to strike some sort of post-war deal. However, Italy largely stays out of the talks, not out of spite, but out of fear the Germans may boot them from “Semi-Successful Post-War Power” placement.
-The European Treaty Organization “keeps its doors open” to new members, hoping to draw some of them in. The Greeks, terrified at the developments in the east, quickly run to join the ETO and have the protective backing of France. The Hungarians also attempt to join the ETO, but are outright refused after the invasion takes place in Romania.
-After backroom deals are made, the ports of Lithuania and Latvia are opened up to ETO members, allowing French troopships to dock and unload armed soldiers on Baltic soil. Many nationalists and communists use this to fuel their fires, while the regular population feels a tad bit safer knowing they have extra protection.
-Economic reforms continue, focusing mainly on the colonies. Large infrastructure projects take place in Indochina, allowing for the creation of some of the first heavy industry in the region.
-Domestic heavy industry is also a focus of the government, with massive state factories cropping up throughout the country in order to secure a strong backbone in the case of war.
-The French also remove the restriction on their army, making it more “Combat Ready”, and adding hundreds of new troops that are now accepted into training.
-With this military growth, the industry is put into double time to ensure that the FT-30 tanks are in production and rolling onto the field as soon as possible. Alongside tank production, the French military continues to test the R-30 carbine, and the R-31, the newest model, is seen in the hands of elite foot soldiers.
-Dive bomber designs are copied from Spain, and the French begin constructing early test models of their own. The French also make sure that their models have stronger flaps and a longer pull radius for the stick. This innovative design sees a significant decrease in accidental vertical, nose-first landing attempts by pilots.

MonarchistHungaryFlag
OttoIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Otto II


Griffster26 - Kingdom of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
Leading Party: Magyarorszagi Szociáldemokrata Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-Hungary, citing historic claims and minority status of Hungarians in Transylvania, pressures the Romanian government to hand the territory over. Refusing the Hungarians much like they did the Bulgarians and Soviets, the Hungarians choose to advance instead, heading into the Pannonian plain and striking deep into the heart of the ill-prepared Romanian lines.
-Hungarian losses for the most part are minimal, until the Romanians set up Great-War styled trenches, and the fighting grinds to a bloody, screeching halt.
-King Otto II marries Maria Francesca of Savoy in a beautiful international ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland. The two newlyweds soon return to Budapest, where a smaller ceremony is held crowning Maria Francesca of Savoy as Queen Maria of Hungary.
-Minority status is given to Austrians and Croatians living in the region of Őrvidék (Burgenland) in order to sooth tensions. Croatian and Austrian schools are kept open, though day by day they are encouraged to teach their students to become at the very least bilingual. Őrvidék is also given some autonomy, and becomes a semi-self governing district within Hungary.
-Miklos Horthy is given the prestigious position of Supreme Warlord of Hungary, or essentially Head of the Armed Forces of the Royal Hungarian Army. Horthy gladly takes the position, and quickly begins whipping the army into shape.
-Multiple heritage sites pop up throughout the country as Otto acts as a patron to dozens of Hungarian sculptors and artists. Beautiful images of Álmos Árpád, long flowing murals of Hungarian leaders and statues of historic battles can be found in almost every major city throughout the nation.
-The Hungarian government formalizes the 1931 ‘Constitution of the Crown and Democratic Status of Hungary’, which officially mimics the British style of Constitutional Monarchy, with a prime minister voted in by the citizens, though a monarch acting as head of state.
-Elections are held in late September, and the Hungarian Social Democratic Party wins the polls, putting Karoly Peyer as Prime Minister. The people rejoice as their voice is heard, and Otto II officially swears in Peyer as Prime Minister of Hungary.
-The Hungarian military introduces two new vehicles to its lineup. The first is a squat medium tank dubbed the 31M Hunyadi. This boxy, slow-to-maneuver tank soaks up rifle and machinegun bullets like a sponge, and its 25mm cannon can rip through enemy armor with ease. Its only drawback is its size, as engineers are largely unable to make it any smaller, lest risk armor deprivation.
-Another vehicle is one that takes to the skies. The H-31 Adler is a stubby, single-engined monoplane that is surprisingly mobile, and absolutely smokes the leftover biplanes of yesteryear. Its main drawback is its fuel capacity, as engineers looked for a streamlined design, thus cutting out the possibility of a larger fuel tank.
-All in all, these new Hungarian designs are the interest of every military engineer throughout Europe, as it seems everyone is racing to get the cooler toys.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stable)

-The Spanish take a page from the French and decide to push it by asking the Italians for a military alliance, citing their similarities. With their similar language, religion, ideology and hatred of anything with a slight shade of red, the Italians accept after a lot of prodding by the Spanish.
-The government gives huge subsidies to steel factories and encourages the production of more metals for the military. This incentivises the construction of dozens of new factories, which leads to the creation of thousands of jobs. Worker safety is of minimum priority, but it does inadvertently lead to positions getting opened time to time.
-Francisco Franco is given the position as head of the Royal Security Service. With this newfound power, communists are regularly rounded up and disappear overnight. Communist printing groups are regularly raided, their subscribers tracked down and “dealt with”. The Spanish public, however, sees it as a necessary means to an end, and a further cessation of internal tensions.
-A nation-wide telephone service begins construction. Most of the wires lead to more public areas, and most households have yet to own a phone, but public phone booths are regularly stocked with people making calls throughout the country. The ‘Royal Phone service’ is considered a luxurious addition to the glory of the Kingdom of Spain.
-Contraceptives and abortion are officially outlawed in Spain, as parliament cites a wide variety of Catholic reasoning. “Backroom” abortions done by even trained doctors are cracked down upon, and RSS agents kicking down doors and dragging out practitioners is a common sight.
-In lighter news, the Madrid International Airport is founded, with the first groundbreaking ceremonies taking place in late August. Once completed, this large airport is prepared to house hundreds of international flights from around Europe and eventually the world. Madrid Airlines, a state-owned air service, is founded during the construction of the airport.
-Steel production leads the construction of a jaw-dropping 150 U-Boats. The Spanish navy begins ramping up production of these submarines, with 50 of them being “coastal”, while the other 100 prepared to have the capability of striking out in the atlantic. Observers are uneasy about the development, while some write it off as “typical European posturing”.
-Military spending soon takes up 4% of the nation’s GDP, with 2% being spent entirely on the production of the Royal Spanish Navy. Another chunk of that spending is moved to the Royal Air Corps., which is given independence from the Spanish Army, and begins its own organization.
-An “Atlantic Fortress” begins construction in Galicia and southern Spain, with more segments planned in the Basqueland. A series of hulking concrete bunkers with anti-air emplacements, artillery guns, barracks and machinegun emplacements snake in and out of the various mountains of Spain, making some areas nearly impenetrable outside of the preposterous idea of an “airborne invasion”.
-Dive bombers are again tinkered with. These new designs, yet unnamed, are extremely reliable when pulling out of the difficult maneuvers during bombing attacks. The main concern is the amount of munitions that the plane can carry, as its ideal weight is less than military strategists desire. A larger bomb is attached to a plane during an experiment, and when the bomb is released the plane nearly splits in two from the g-force during its pullout. Luckily for Madrid Airlines, these dive bomber pilots do not apply for positions as civilian captains.

USSRFlag
MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Stable)

-After securing the far east, the Soviet government turns west. After weeks of failed talks and threats between the Soviets and the Romanians, the Soviet Union finally throws down the cards and outright invades the small Balkan country.
-The first fighting is rapid, as Romanian defenders are unprepared for the massed human wave tactics of the Soviet fighters. However, as the Soviets grow closer to Iasi, the Romanians throw themselves into deep defensive positions.
-In an attempt to break Romanian resolve, Soviet officers order the massed executions of ‘Anti-Soviet Partisans’, their bodies buried in massed graves. This instead ignites a fury in the Romanians, and the fighting grows worse with time.
-The Soviets attempt to hash out a Non-Aggression Pact with the United Kingdom and France in return for the removal of ETO influence in the Baltics. Seeing the invasion, the ETO gives the finger to the Soviets and continues to bolster its presence in Latvia and Lithuania. In response, the Soviets conduct a large scale wargame dangerously close to the borders of the Baltic states as both a threat and a flex of muscle.
-Artillery and armor, alongside munitions for both, become the top priority of military factories throughout the soviet union. Light tanks and heavy guns are shipped to the frontline in an attempt to break the stalemate in the Romanian theatre, and Soviet factories appear to be on overdrive.
-Meanwhile, at the home front, factories producing consumer goods are given the opportunity to sell their surplus to citizens at a discount. These large scale surplus sales make significant profits in urban centers, and the money is distributed evenly amongst the workers as best as it can.
-Russian is officially made a mandatory language in the Soviet Union, as the government cites the majority of Russian-speaking citizens within the nation. Schools are ordered to move towards Russian as a secondary language. Many nationalists in the -Stan regions and the Mongolian SSR cry out against this ‘Russification’.
-Massive apartment complexes are built by state workers in urban centers. These hulking, multistory concrete buildings are a sight for sore eyes, but provide housing to those in need or workers coming from suburban areas. Traveling artists call the designs “Kalininist”, as they are unique in their “brutalist, communist structure and format”.
-In order to keep everyone happy, large fairs and “Union Parties” are held in major cities throughout the nation. People are soothed by the booze, fireworks, parades, booze, food vendors, booze, partying and booze at these events, with very few going home sober upset.

YugoslaviaFlag
AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-The Yugoslavians decide to broaden their trade horizons and begin having talks with the United States. Small-scale trade operations begin, with American goods and Yugoslavian industrial materials flowing regularly in the two nation’s ports.
-A huge military parade is held in Belgrade, displaying home guard units, national military personnel and well dressed members of LSDFs. This parade is set up in hopes of encouraging pride in the nation’s military alongside unity. Of course, many people would prefer that the nation not need a military at all, but cannot help but love the sight of their boys in uniform.
-The nation slowly moves towards a form of ‘Market Socialism’, or self-management amongst cooperative businesses that are essentially owned by the employees. This leads to the dismantling of some large businesses, and the Yugoslavian government hopes to see growing competition between small businesses, which leads to more jobs and thus stronger economic productivity.
-State hospitals begin construction as the government moves to have taxpayer subsidized healthcare for all. Doctors and medical practitioners in training are given reserved seats at these establishments, for at their graduation they will immediately be given a job. This incentivizes thousands to take up training for medical careers.
-In the less peaceful side of things, small forts begin dotting the borders between Yugoslavia, Austria and Italy, as the Yugoslavian government is uneased by the growing belligerence of Austria and Italy.
-Military drills continue, this time taking place slightly more north, to show would-be invaders that Yugoslavia is more than able to handle itself in a conflict. With this, domestic “Half-Track” production takes place. These wheeled-and-track driven vehicles are mounted with a variety of different armaments to experiment with their reliability. One of the most intriguing designs is a 30mm anti-tank gun slapped onto a modified Anti-Air-gun swivel. This “Tank Destroyer” is a peculiar sight indeed during training exercises.
-Polikarpov PO-2 aircraft are purchased in handfuls from the Soviet government. These small biplanes are set primarily to be short-range bombers, while others are modified to be reconnaissance floatplanes.
-In the more peaceful realm, large scale agricultural equipment is tinkered with. Seeing the near collapse of American agriculture over the past year, “automated tillers” become commonplace. These tractor-like vehicles grind up the ground, refreshing the topsoil and exposing dry chunks of ground to irrigation and water. This helps preserve the topsoil from erosion in the case of a large-scale plant dieout.

GermanyFlag
PaulvonHindenburgPortraiture

Head of Government:
Paul von Hindenburg


[Seed Eater] - Weimar Republic
Government Type: Federal Republic
Leading Party: Deutsche Zentrumspartei (Centralist Conservative)
Military: Small | Experienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Faltering (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The Germans begin to warm up to the Swiss and Austrians in an attempt to foster stronger diplomatic and economic cooperation. The Swiss, being neutral as ever, take the latter. The Austrians feel that the Germans “just gave Hitler back”, and give minimal attention to the German diplomats.
-Hitler is invited back to Germany as the Weimar government has a change of heart. Hitler refuses, stating that “the time is nigh for my homeland to become enlightened”, and stays in Austria.
-The Weimar government outright ceases printing of Reichsbank Marks for a short period of time, and begin to forcefully drive the value of the mark up. Meanwhile, state owned factories are privatized by German businesses, who immediately begin pushing against one another. During the competition, jobs are opened up in metal and machinery factories.
-The public is encouraged to begin donating and supporting larger “Public Research Projects”, or publically-funded research facilities that cover everything from chemistry to biology to engineering and sociology.
-The small German military sees a renovation, with better uniforms and more reliable equipment. Before observers can scream imperialism, the Germans cite that their numbers are not increasing, but are simply “reaching the standards of the ETO’s equipment and uniform policies”.
-The MP-18, a devastatingly effective submachine gun that saw use at the tail end of the Great War, is tinkered with. German arms manufacturer Bergmann unveils the Machinepistole 31mkI, or MP-31 for short. This small, automatic pistol is able to lay down plenty of fire through its 32-round side mounted magazine. It is not as effective as the American Thompson or the new Soviet SMGs, but is impressive enough to stock the hands of police troops within Germany.

Turn 5: January to June 1932

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-World Tensions are medium.
-The war in Romania continues as the Soviets and Hungarians continue to crush Romanian resolve. The people in Romania cry out for peace, but their government refuses to hear them.
-War breaks out between Portugal and Spain as anti-fascists from Portugal shoot up a Spanish military base, killing dozens. After Spanish pushes for reparations get nowhere, the Catholic Tripartite declares war on Portugal.
-Spanish troops sweep into Gibraltar, alongside a surprise Italian naval invasion into Malta, taking the United Kingdom by surprise.
-Britain begins a massed proxy war against Spain, and ties between the nations are cut entirely.
-Italian forces strike from Somalia into Portuguese Mozambique with militarily beautiful results.
-A failed coup attempt in Estonia ends with a clash between armed Pro-Communist rebels and Estonian military personnel, sparking an all-out civil war.

Wars:

Bessarabian War:
-Belligerents:
--Anti-Romanian Tripartate
---Soviet Union
---Hungary
---Bulgaria
vs.
--Romania
---Romania

Situation - Heavily in favor of ART
Casualties - Nominal (ART), Severe (Romania)

Iberian War:
-Belligerents:
--Catholic Tripartite
---Spain
---Italy
---Hungary (In Absentia)
vs.
--Portugal
---Portugal
---United Kingdom (Expeditionary Forces)

Situation - Somewhat in favor of CT
Casualties - Minimal

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Greece

Type: Defensive Pact

Catholic Tripartite (CT):
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
Head Nation: Spain
-Members:
--Hungary
--Spain
--Italy

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

RepublicanChinaFlag
ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Poorly Trained | Great War Equipment
Economy: Unstable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stagnating)

-What comes as a bizarre turn of events considering the last few years, the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan sign a rickety Non-Aggression Pact. The ‘Nanjing-Tokyo Treaty of Non-Belligerence’ also includes Chinese raw goods, such as food or unrefined metals, in return for monetary benefits from Japan.
-The Chinese government continues to try and draw the cliques back into the fold, or at least keep them at arm’s length. Fearing the rolling tide of the Soviets, the Shanxi clique buckles under pressure and wriggles itself under the protection of the National government. However, some troops move to support Mao’s communists, and the region of Ulanqab is under control of the People’s Army.
-The Shanxi Clique’s army is dissolved and merged into the ranks of the National army, though thousands of officers are disbanded and ordered to enter military academies.
-The Chinese government continues its restructuring, with merit-based appointments finally overcoming dynastic/wealth-oriented positions in rural areas. The outer provinces are now much more connected with the central government, and thus much more efficient.
-The process of ‘xinfang’, or petitioning, is replaced with a more ‘westernized’ system of complaint lodging. Though it becomes a serious hassle once it is introduced to urban centers, as people flood offices and nearly riot over the lack of jobs and industrialization.
-A new military academy is created in the far western city of Chengdu, to attract the rural population to join up. The officer corps. of the former Shanxi army is shipped here and immediately undergo scrutiny in terms of etiquette, tactics, strategy and general knowledge. The attrition rate in these classes is massive, but shows that those who make it through are more than willing to serve.
-These promoted officers are then split into two groups. The cream of the crop are sent to the northern provinces in Manchuria on the Sino-Soviet border, while the rest of the graduates are moved towards the growing National Police Service. The NSP acts much like the growing American FBI, with a central hub focused in Nanjing, but the ability to project itself throughout the country.
-Responding to complaints about the lack of industrialization, and seeing the miserably complicated transfer of troops from Shanxi to other provinces, the Chinese government gets to work on adopting westernized construction and engineering practices, including standardized road sizes, asphalt production, building codes and general public safety concerns. The process will be long, hard, costly and difficult, but will no doubt pay off in the coming years.

MonarchistHungaryFlag
OttoIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Otto II


Griffster26 - Kingdom of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
Leading Party: Magyarorszagi Szociáldemokrata Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-With the two catholic, right-wing, anti-communist Monarchies growing closer together every day, King Otto II of Hungary meets with King Alfonso of Spain, and is awarded the Laureate Cross of St. Ferdinand. After a few hours of drinking, dealing and talks, the Catholic Tripartite is signed, which includes Italy in the deals. This alliance is defensive in nature, but links some of the biggest Catholic nations together in arms.
-The National Public Library is founded in Budapest, with thousands of classical works and modern pieces flying onto the shelves as a national book drive is in place. The library soon becomes a center of learning for students around the country.
-King Otto and Queen Maria go on a ‘whistle stop tour’ throughout the rear lines, meeting soldiers and giving speeches along the way. Though not close enough to the front line to raise morale there, the meet-and-greets nonetheless ease the fears of men who are to be thrown into the meat grinder.
-A large scale recruitment campaign is underway as the Hungarians continue to press deep into Romanian territory.
-Hungarian aircraft and tanks roll out onto the field and break the stalemate, and large numbers of infantry spill into the Pannonian plains.
-The Hungarian government pushes for the support of the Székelys, or Hungarians living within Romania. Thousands of loyalist Hungarians rise up in revolt, and begin harassing and damaging the rear lines of the Romanian defenders, weakening their resolve.
-Hungary may soon achieve its goal of reclaiming Transylvania as the Romanian army must choose whether or not to lose Transylvania from Hungary or its very existence from the Soviet Union.

ImperialJapanFlag
HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: High (Improving)

-What comes as a bizarre turn of events considering the last few years, the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan sign a rickety Non-Aggression Pact. The ‘Nanjing-Tokyo Treaty of Non-Belligerence’ also includes Chinese raw goods, such as food or unrefined metals, in return for monetary benefits from Japan.
-There is a massive renovation of the upper government in Japan as the Imperial Diet finally puts its foot down, fearing the “impending danger” of a military takeover. Officers and troops that refuse to swear allegiance to the Emperor are immediately arrested and imprisoned. Few turn down the orders as they fear both jail time and the humiliation of ‘acting like a child’ in the eyes of the Emperor.
-The Civilian government is strengthened somewhat, as local elections for mayors and representatives are opened up to include more parties, while also cutting down on the parameters in terms of running for office. There is still some shoving from the military, but the Imperial/Military power struggle seems commonplace, as it has been since the restoration.
-Large mining districts open up in the northern provinces of Chōsen (Korea), with precious metals, coal and other materials being extracted in large quantities (though at the expense of the locals, of course).
-Agricultural reforms take place throughout the Japanese mainland. Rice farmers are encouraged to adopt mechanized equipment to slog through their paddies rather than picking the grains painfully by hand. This equipment mimics the American grain harvesters, and the Japanese industrial machine begins pumping them out like mad. Japanese-built agricultural tools are seen in markets throughout Southeast Asia as state-owned companies occasionally export surplus/outdated builds.
-In a bid to keep themselves from becoming overly dependent, the Japanese government proposes a cut to the number of mechanized troops, and instead large stockpiles of oil imported from the United States. These stockpiles are then held in massive storage facilities that are under heavy watch 24/7.
-The Japanese military undergoes a large demobilization project, both to decrease international and internal pressures, but to also lessen the government’s spending on military power. The nation’s GDP begins focusing on internal industrialization and economic growth as opposed to outward expansionism.

RestoredSpainFlag
AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stable)

-With the two catholic, right-wing, anti-communist Monarchies growing closer together every day, King Otto II of Hungary meets with King Alfonso of Spain, and is awarded the Laureate Cross of St. Ferdinand. After a few hours of drinking, dealing and talks, the Catholic Tripartite is signed, which includes Italy in the deals. This alliance is defensive in nature, but links some of the biggest Catholic nations together in arms.
-After a rash series of sporadic shootings at a Spanish military base, it turns out that the anti-fascists are loyalists to the Portuguese government. The Portuguese refuse to hand over the shooters, and deny involvement in the entire affair. The Spanish are infuriated, and declare war.
-To secure both a strategic point and reclaim their lost lands, the Spanish are quick to attack Gibraltar. Artillery strikes, dive bombings (that don’t collide with the ground) and a pseudo-amphibious invasion secure the tiny strip of land within days. The British surrender, and the POWs are quickly sent back to the homeland.
-The British refuse to accept the Spanish claims on Gibraltar, and are further infuriated by the Italian occupation of Malta. A small deal is struck up, however, with Malta being returned to Britain “after hostilities cease”, and the option of British access to Gibraltar’s ports. The British, humiliated by the sudden defeat, enraged by the belligerency of what was once an ally, but fearing another great war, concede. Malta and Gibraltar are occupied by Spanish forces, and considered British territory for the time being.
-Portuguese forces are overwhelmed by the sheer size and strength of the Spanish that spill down from Galicia, and are unable to hold off troops that land on the western beaches. It is absolute chaos in Africa as Italian soldiers make mincemeat of the stationed Portuguese garrisons in Mozambique and Zanzibar.
-Portugal seems doomed considering that its only support comes from volunteer troopers from Britain and paramilitary groups from other nations. Lisbon grows ever closer to capture as the Spanish continue to wrap around Portugal like a python in less than 4 months. Military observers from around the world fear that this is just another part in the “new age of doctrines”.
-A propaganda campaign takes place with the King appearing in multiple posters and radio broadcasts, praising the effectiveness of Spanish forces and denouncing the “illegitimacy” of Portugal. There is a rising movement for “Iberian Unification” amongst the fascists in Spain.
-In slightly more peaceful news, the Spanish and French strike up a deal to create a lend-lease program for Spanish-produced dive bombers. However, once the war with Portugal got kicked up, the French begin backing away from the deal, and only purchase small numbers of aircraft.

USSRFlag
MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-Soviet forces grind the Romanian defenders seemingly into dust through the use of punishing aerial raids and artillery bombardments. The Soviets learned from the mistakes the Russian Empire made in the Great War, and easily turned it against the Romanians when they made the same.
-Captured Romanian troops are sent in large numbers to Siberia for reeducation and reappropriation, as the Soviets see their possible use as forward units in a new ‘Moldovan SSR’.
-Soviet officers are seen moving into former government districts in parts of occupied Bessarabia, encouraging support for the Soviet forces and also disappearing dissidents.
-A “Baltic Fleet” begins construction in the snug ports in Ingria, causing alarm amongst the already insurrection-entangled Estonia, while also frightening Lithuania and Latvia. The French troops stationed there put themselves on high alert.
-Meanwhile, at home, there is a huge, government-funded push for ‘overproduction’ from Soviet factories, thus creating a stable flow of surplus consumer goods. Toasters, ovens, pots and pans, clothing and woodwork, among plenty of other things, are available to local markets for a slightly lower price. Soviet factories are encouraged to make deals with Pro-Communist or at the very least Communist friendly countries and begin selling off the surplus at bare-minimal prices.
-This surplus growth allows for the slight boost in workers wages, though the Soviet government still takes in a fair share of the income from exportation of consumer goods.
-Representatives from the Soviet government begin visiting rural communities to spread the good word. Most of these men are sent to areas in Mongolia and Tuva to quell the anti-Soviet sentiment. It works to some extent, as people are pleased to see an actual person rather than a letter with a red star slapped on it.
-Oil expeditions continue in Siberia, as some of the Romanian POWs are put to good use in constructing rigs and extraction equipment. Some cry out calling it ‘slave labor’, but immediately fall silent when the Soviets point out that it is a wartime practice since the dawn of man. The extraction equipment includes Soviet-styled ‘pump-jacks’, like those seen in American or British oil fields.
-Hunting expeditions and vacation spots, reserved for party members or the rare Soviet elite, take place in the pristine forests of Siberia and the Urals. Bears, wolves, deer and the occasional Siberian Tiger are prime targets for these big game hunters, though the state enforces strict regulations in order to preserve the area’s natural beauty.
-A weapons deal takes place with Germany. Though it comes as a shock to those who stick to the Treaty of Versailles, it turns out the Soviet exports are really leftover Great War equipment that the USSR sells for dirt-cheap prices.
-The Soviets, after long hours of staring at each other from across the table, make a deal with Iran, thus bringing the two nations into a non-aggression treaty. The Iranians fear Soviet expansionism, while the Soviets fear the possibility of an Anti-Soviet Iran. The two make the deal and hastily walk away from the talks whilst looking over their shoulders.
-Turkey, on the other hand, gets a discount on Soviet surplus exports, as the USSR tries to warm relations with the once anti-Russian and now starkly anti-Communist successor to the Ottoman Empire.

YugoslaviaFlag
AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-Whilst traveling through Sarajevo, as if a cruel joke, an armed gunman attacks Alexander’s car. Alexander is struck twice, once in the shoulder and once in his lower abdomen. The gunman is tackled and immediately detained. Alexander survives his injuries, though spends months in the hospital recovering.
-The would-be assassin refuses to reveal himself, and is later found dead in his cell from apparent suicide. Yugoslav internal investigators fear that it may have been a foreign agent working under the identity of a Yugoslav national.
-Citing the growing hostilities within the region, Yugoslavia is quick to begin inviting the Czechoslovak arms company Škoda to begin adjusting the current Yugoslav army’s construction, including parts standardization and a renovation of armor techniques.
-The American engineer J. Walter Christie is invited to Yugoslavia, and begins working with Skoda to test out proper suspension schemes for the various tracked vehicles in the Yugoslav army.
-Yugoslavia attempts to bring Bulgaria into the fold much like Albania, offering autonomy and self rule, while also citing the possibilities of further Soviet or Hungarian expansionism. However, the Bulgarians refuse the deal, seemingly offended by the offer from a ‘Socialist Monarchy’.
-Large scale arms factories begin construction in southern Yugoslavia, focused mainly in southwestern Serbia, near the center of the nation. These factories begin producing large numbers of the Austro-Hungarian Steyr-Mannlicher 1903 in the modernized 7.92x57mm Mauser cartridge. These rifles are soon dubbed ‘Yugo-Steyrs’ by observers, and are regularly seen in the hands of new recruits.
-Hydroelectric stations begin construction near rivers and large waterways in southern Yugoslavia. These large-scale projects are devised in hopes of providing cheaper and more efficient power to communities throughout the country, focusing doubly hard on ensuring a minimal environmental impact to reduce the risk of harming farmlands.
-Yugoslavian oil explorers begin poking about in an attempt to find small amounts of crude within their country. So far, they lack the equipment of the bigger nations, but their efforts are not entirely in vain, as they stumble upon copper and iron resources along the way.
-A huge National College of Arts and Poetry, sometimes dubbed the ‘Balkan College of Arts’ by Yugoslav patriots, begins construction in Dubrovnik. This college is made in hopes of attracting local and regional artists, while also promoting national unity and a more ‘peaceful approach to internal stability’.
-However, in a much less peaceful front, the Yugoslav military purchases blueprints from the Swedish Bofors company, tweaks them, and creates monstrous 45mm automatic anti-air cannons, simply dubbed the “Hawk Gun” for its ruthless effectiveness against low flying or sluggish aircraft.

GermanyFlag
PaulvonHindenburgPortraiture

Head of Government:
Paul von Hindenburg


[Seed Eater] - Weimar Republic
Government Type: Federal Republic
Leading Party: Deutsche Zentrumspartei (Centralist Conservative)
Military: Small | Experienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Faltering (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-Little happens in the gigantic-yet-crippled nation. The German military continues its renovation, while some officers and generals chomp at the bit in desire for involvement in Romania or Portugal.
-Germany attempts to bring Austria a little bit closer as Berlin encourages Vienna to warm up to them. Several right-wing parties are given sanctuary in Germany, including the "Deutschnationale Arbeiterpartei", or German National Workers' Party, a pan-nationalist NSDAP-look-alike, the "Unabhängige Konservative Partei", or Independent Conversative Party, which follows the Conservative Revolutionary movement, and the "Gesamtdeutsche Volkspartei", or All-German People's Party, which follows the Völkisch movement, especially those who are members of the Thule Society. NSDAP and VF members are sometimes seen moving towards the support of the DNAP, UKP and GDVP.
-Adolf Hitler still throws up loud and angry speeches, demanding that Germany “cease its Anti-Austrian gerrymandering”. Some listen, some don’t, and Germany must simply bide its time.
-Working closely with manufacturers behind the scenes, the German military quietly acquires more accurate anti-air emplacements from a not-mentioned-and-totally-not-centered-in-sweden-and-not-rhyming-with-nofors company.

Turn 6: July to December 1932

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-World Tensions are high.
-The war in Romania draws to a slow and brutal close as Tripartate forces surround Bucharest as the autumn rains turn the plains into mud. Transylvania, Dobruja and Moldova are handed off to the attackers, and King Carol II returns to his palace defeated and humiliated.
-Meanwhile, Portugal’s will to fight is crushed by the combined might of Italian and Spanish naval power and the complete lack of intervention from the British. Antonio Salazar, a known Portuguese nationalist, autocrat and fascist-sympathiser is put into place after ‘unanimous support from the Portuguese people’, says Spanish newspapers.
-The Estonian capital of Tallinn is nearly surrounded by Communist partisans. By next year, the Communists may take total control of the tiny Baltic nation.

Wars:

Chinese Civil War:
-Belligerents:
--Nationalists
---Republic of China
---Ma Clique (In Abstentia)
---Guanxi Clique (IA)
---Yunnan Clique (IA)
vs.
--Communists
---People’s Republic of China

Situation - Heavily in favor of Nationalists
Casualties - Nominal

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Greece

Type: Defensive Pact

Catholic Tripartite (CT):
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
Head Nation: Spain
-Members:
--Hungary
--Spain
--Italy
--Portugal

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

RepublicanChinaFlag
ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Poorly Trained | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-After making a series of diplomatic exchanges with the United States, the Chinese military sees the arrival of hundreds of new firearms and field guns as the government begins exporting huge quantities of rice and pork to the US.
-The national government again begins to prod at the cliques for a more unified foundation for the nation of China to stand on. In this case, the southern Yunnan and Guanxi cliques are given the most nudging as the Chinese government want a more powerful southern base. Military access and trade rights are given, but these two cliques are more wary than the Shanxi, who folded almost immediately.
-However, in Yunnan, the local government allows the entrance of the nationalist’s National Police Service, who immediately begin arresting or disappearing communist sympathisers in government positions. This ‘Purge of the Red’ (as Chinese media calls it) scares the everloving daylights out of Mao, who immediately gears up his troops for some fighting.
-Meanwhile, in Nanjing, American and Australian engineers meet with Chinese advisors to begin the construction of the Nanjing-Dajiaochang Airport. This large scale project begins groundbreaking outside the capital almost immediately, as business entrepreneurs wishing to stake a claim in the newly opened market of China hunger for a quicker way to arrive. The airport’s blueprints dwarf most western airports, as the Chinese hold true to the ancient practice of “Bigger is Better”.
-The San Ji Telecommunications School is founded in Shanghai. Though the territory is under the administration of the United Kingdom, the Chinese are given the rights to set up a place of education for the masses. The SJTS is quickly filled with bright young minds hoping to land themselves a job in the growing telecom market.
-The northern provinces in inner Mongolia and areas of Manchuria are divided up by the government. Huge swathes of otherwise uninhabited land are found to be more than arable, and the Chinese government quickly begins to set up subsidised farming programs and inviting poor farmers to migrate northwards. These areas are quickly filled with criss-crossing fields of buckwheat and other non-water-based grains, and the farmers slowly begin to amass small fortunes.
-To further the production of food, the Chinese government sets up gigantic agricultural machinery factories in Jinan and Zhengzhou. These humongous plants are quickly filled to the brim with workers in need of a job. Taking blueprints from the Japanese and the Americans, the Chinese introduce what is considered the “New Century’s Agriculture” and put it to work in the huge farmlands in northern China.
-Divisions from the former Shanxi clique and central China are moved northward to stack themselves along the border with the Soviet Union. After receiving reports of rapid expansionism in the west, the Chinese are more than wary about the actions of the USSR, and proceed to posture themselves defensively.
-Multiple divisions are centered around the Communist-controlled northern Provinces. Divisions of the National Army (Guanxi, Ma and Yunnan troops alongside Kuomintang) are poised to strike at the border, and regularly stare down Communist partisans when on patrols.
-New officers, most notably re-trained ones from the Shanxi army, are sent to command the soldiers stationed up north. The sight of newly trained officers that are more skilled than their predecessors is a welcome sight, and men feel less worried about the possibility of being thrown into a meatgrinder head first.
-In a shocking display of dominance, the Chinese move troops through the northernmost Communist-controlled provinces. Essentially cutting off major trade and supply roads from the Soviet Union, many Communists fear that the Nationalists may soon invade and wipe them out utterly.
-Small-scale skirmishes break out along the border as wily partisans take pot shots at Nationalist patrols. Hundreds are dead after a serious clash between a wing of Communist militia and Nationalist defenders. The Nanjing government has no choice but to act.
-The initial fighting is brutal for both sides as the Communists launch a devastating guerrilla campaign, something even the most experienced officers were unprepared for. However, the Nationalists make quick work of the few Communist regular divisions, and press on into Communist territory.
-Near the end of the year, as winter sets in, the fighting grinds to a halt near the Communist ‘capital’. The Nationalists demand that Mao surrender, but the dedication of his troops and his supporters is far too rampant to simply shut down with words.
-There are rumors that Stalin had slipped behind Nationalist lines and fled to Siam, though these reports are largely unfounded.

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OttoIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Otto I


Griffster26 - Empire of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
Leading Party: Magyarorszagi Szociáldemokrata Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: Stable (Degrading)

-The Romanians, overwhelmed, exhausted and ultimately without choice, capitulate to the 3 invading forces. Transylvania and other huge swathes of western Romania are brought into the Hungarian fold. The eastern realms of the country are divvied up between the Soviets and the Bulgarians.
-Parades are held in Budapest as the victorious Hungarian army marches under the tricolor, while thousands of troops finally return home to their families. The process of integrating this huge chunk of land has begun, as the fighting has wiped out many of the major industrial centers of western Romania.
-King Otto II, in a rash display of self importance, is declared by the parliament ‘Emperor Otto, King of Hungary and Grand Duke of Transylvania’ amongst dozens of other needlessly important titles. The nation’s name is rewritten from ‘Kingdom’ to ‘Empire’ to signify a change in the power politics of Europe.
-Street fights continue between Romanian partisans and Hungarian natives as neither side are willing to see the annexation of Transylvania as a conclusion to the conflict.
-Meanwhile, domestically, the Hungarian government launches a campaign against the ‘Serb Orthodox domination of Yugoslavia’, continuing to drive a wedge between Orthodox and Catholic Serbs and Croats on the border with the burgeoning Hungary. Many Yugoslav nationals write it off as power mongering, while others feel it is a direct threat from the Hungarian government.

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HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnant)
Unity: High (Improving)

-The Japanese and Americans strike up a deal detailing trade and political interaction. Though the Japanese have begun scaling back their military, they have begun weapons deals with the United States. American firearms, field guns, tanks and other surplus items are shipped to Japan in return for raw monetary benefits.
-Internally, the Japanese see a massed rise in industrial practices. Huge factory centers go up in cities like Kyoto and Kagoshima. This heavy industry is focused mainly on consumer goods and mechanical parts for further production.
-Large housing projects, mainly squat apartment complexes, are seen not too far away from large factories. These apartments are mainly used for housing workers unable to afford larger homes, while also redistributing the “industrial manpower” of the nation.
-American companies struggling to get by in their home country begin investing in Japanese partnerships. Most notably, the newly formed Mitsubish-Ford conglomerate, centered in Tokyo, quickly begins monopolizing automotive parts distribution in both countries.
-A large scale railway system, centered mainly on becoming arterial links between the massive industrial centers of the southwest and the agriculture of the northeast, begins construction. Using money that would have been spent on the military, the Japanese government also expands the Tokyo metro, though an underground system is much more difficult to maintain and build compared to overland routes.
-The Japanese military begins refitting themselves with American-made arms. Springfields, Colt M1911s, Browning machineguns are soon seen in the hands of Japanese soldiers, though all of them bear markings of Imperial chrysanthemums and Japanese text, effectively making them Japanese weapons.
-Most notably, the T1E1 experimental rifle is shipped in small quantities under a contract to the Japanese government. Researcher and manufacturer Kijiro Nambu gets a hold of the design and tweaks it. Dubbing it the Type 1 Automatic Rifle, this heavy, big-cartridge, semi-automatic rifle is amongst the first of its kind. “Designed in Canada, built in America, perfected by Japan” is Kijiro’s selling phrase to the Japanese government.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-After finally cracking the difficult, hard-shelled nut of Lisbon, the Portuguese capitulate, much like the Romanians in the east. This time, however, Portugal is under control of a provisional government, led by the Portuguese nationalist Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, a known fascist sympathiser and man with the ability to project an iron fist. The new ‘Lisbon Pact’ is formed, pulling Portugal into the newly retitled European Catholic Alliance.
-Meanwhile, on paper, Portugal still retains control of her colonies, but only a fool wouldn’t consider the fact that they are under Italian and Spanish colonial administration.
-Spain immediately begins sending huge monetary benefits to Portugal, as well as mobilizing thousands of jobless Spaniards to begin repairing bridges, roads, electric infrastructure and railways within the tiny Iberian nation, as a sign of goodwill between the Spanish and Portuguese countries.
-Leaflets and megaphone campaigns are common in Lisbon as Portuguese and Spanish aid relief workers are bombarded with images of Spanish and Portuguese friendship and prosperity. Many Portuguese citizens resent the presence of the Spanish altogether, but are unable to get angry at the sight of able bodied men and women from both countries working hard to get the nation back on its feet.
-Domestically, a campaign in the education front begins. Basque and Catalan, the two other main language groups in Spain, are now an optional class for secondary school students in the central areas of Spain. However, in the Basqueland and Catalonia, it is expected that students understand and speak the Spanish language as a second dialect in order to pull the nation together culturally and linguistically.
-King Alfonso and Jose Sanjurjo are seen standing at the Rock of Gibraltar in beautifully crafted paintings and posters that are seen on almost every street corner. “Victory and Liberty” is a common phrase spoken amongst supporters of the Royalists in Spain, most notably as a large scale propaganda campaign begins to tie people even closer to their government, with images of Spanish imperial presence and Catholic solidarity an everyday sight in large cities.
-With the Portuguese blockade over, the Spanish U-Boat fleet returns to share their jaw-dropping results. What were once considered novelties of the Great War are now appreciated as one of the most brutal machines of combat in this ‘new age’.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-Moldova is officially ceded into the Soviet Union after the Romanians capitulate. Though under Soviet control, the Moldovan SSR is given significant autonomy, including near total self-governance in terms of economic and social development, though the central government in Moscow keeps a close eye on its operations.
-France is warned to draw its troops back from the Baltics as Kalinin incites vicious remarks of “Western Imperialism” and “Powerplays in Europe from Western aggressors” during a speech in Minsk. The French, staunch defenders of their identity, refuse, and their troops stay put in the Baltics.
-In response to this, the Soviet Union begins a full-scale mobilization. Hundreds of able bodied soldiers that had served their short training-camp conscription are dragged back into play, while thousands more are encouraged to join the Red Army. A propaganda campaign is launched, with radio broadcasts and street corners filled with imagery of hammers an sickles smashing or slicing the heads off of “Imperial Dragons”.
-Soviet troops mass at the borders of the small Baltic states. Lithuanian and Latvian soldiers rush forwards in preparation to defend their homelands, whilst the French expeditionary troops stay close to their sides. The two armies stare at each other intensely, waiting for the other to shoot first.
-The Soviet Black Sea fleet is mobilized as well and skirts through towards the Baltic Sea, effectively blockading the small states. Civilian and shipping vessels are allowed through, whilst French military ships and carriers are regularly tailed by battleships, submarines and cruisers. Some of the civilian ships are clever ruses, filled to the brim with French and British soldiers, who quickly move to a defensive position in the Baltics.
-At home, Soviet engineers rush to design a tank that is more effective and able to go toe-to-toe with the British and French armor. Scrapping the T-26, Soviet designers unveil the experimental “T-32”. This squat, fast moving, well-armored tank is effective in its test runs, but is a pain to produce as the Soviet factories must begin converting themselves to the production of new vehicles. Nonetheless, T-32s are seen being moved in small handfuls towards the Baltic front.

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HerbertHooverPortraiture

Head of Government:
Herbert Hoover


SniperComZero - United States of America
Government Type: Constitutional Republic
Leading Party: Republican Party (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Crippled (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-A deal is set between the United States and the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. The US will begin importing large quantities of Chinese grain and pork alongside Japanese bonds and monetary investments in return for the export of Great War equipment. This helps support the ongoing food drives required to feed the masses of unemployed American families.
-The 1932 Summer Olympics go as planned, but many nations and athletes are unable to pay for the trip to Los Angeles, as a result of the worldwide Great Depression.
-Domestically, the Democrats take the election, and Franklin Delanor Roosevelt is set to be inaugurated as President in the following year. However, Herbert Hoover, the standing president, remains in power until then, and prepares to make some changes before he leaves.
-Going against the grain of most Republican congressmen, Hoover enacts the “Southern Industrialization Act”, or a large scale, state-funded series of factories being set up in southern states, most notably Virginia and Georgia. Alongside this, Texan oil operations are put to the test as large-scale refineries are set up in Louisiana and Florida. This “spreading of responsibility”, as Hoover puts it, is the first step in creating a decentralized economic structure in a country that was rocked heavily by economic downturns in recent years.
-Alongside the industrialization programs, Hoover brings forward the plan for a large-scale national highway system that will link the American east-and-west coasts together. With the idea of truck-driven shipping fresh in the minds of the few surviving American businesses, Hoover feels the need to break ground in Washington D.C months before he is expected to leave office, though construction has already begun.
-Taking a page from the Japanese, the T1E1 rifle is dubbed the ‘M1 Garand’, after its designer, and immediately joins the M1928 Thompson and M2 .50 Browning as staple hardware in the hands of American military men. Alongside this, a small-scale, fast moving tank known as the M2 'Combat Vehicle' is put through the wringer. Taking a few pages from Soviet, British, Yugoslav, French, American, Brazilian and basically everyone's designs to make the thing work.
-The US military begins small scale “war-games” in South Dakota and Iowa. The public’s reaction is fairly negative, though the US government suppresses the fears, citing the need for an “Equal and opposite reaction to the possibility of outside invasion”.

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AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-Even though the protective groups surrounding Alexander are good at their jobs, a second attempt is made on the King’s life. After visiting an arms factory, a bomb detonates near the king, though he is shielded by an unfortunate pairing of guards. Alexander and his wife escape safely, but dozens of onlookers are wounded or killed.
-Joint Soviet and Yugoslavian investigations take place throughout the country in order to find the would-be assassins. They turn up nothing, but the possibility of internal insurrection has been ruled out, as the attackers are clearly foreign born and supported.
-In response to this, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia sign a small deal, citing the expansionism of the Hungarians. The Czechoslovaks will give monetary and supply support to Yugoslavia in the event of a war, whilst Yugoslavia will do the same in return. If both parties are attacked, they will enact a defensive pact and work together to drive out the attackers. Bulgaria is invited to this alliance, but again, the Bulgarians are infuriated with the idea of a socialist monarchy, and refuse to enter the talks.
-Yugoslavian military production is in absolute overdrive. Firearms, field guns, armor and anti-air production goes through the roof as consumer goods factories are seized, nationalized and converted to produce military equipment.
-Citizens are encouraged to begin stockpiling food, and large “Local Harvest Centers” are hastily erected near city halls or provisional government buildings, where grains and canned goods are stored in large quantities. A small scale propaganda campaign in the form of leaflets is also set throughout the country, detailing what are considered “adept meals” in hopes of cracking down on food waste or overeating.
-A larger scale national propaganda campaign takes place, detailing that “An attack on the King is attack on Yugoslavia”, and repeatedly titling Alexander as “King of the Yugoslavs” as opposed to “King of Yugoslavia”, in order to quell possible contention.
-National and local legislatures are urged to raise taxes and begin the selling of war bonds as the Yugoslav military is set into full mobilization. Local militias and recruitment centers alike are filled with able-bodied men willing to risk their lives for the country.
-The Yugoslav military is put on high alert and immediately moves to the northwestern borders between Yugoslavia and Hungary. Though the Hungarian and Yugoslav armies are fairly equal in size, they are completely different in stature.
-Yugoslavian aircraft are a regular sight above border cities, as they patrol the skies ensuring that intruders on either land or air are kept out with force. This however spooks some residents, who flee inwards towards the larger central or coastal cities in order to escape possible conflict.
-What few regular infantry divisions are left in Yugoslavia are quickly converted into mechanized brigades, with up-gunned half-tracks dragging troops towards the front. Meanwhile, major defensive measures are taken near airfields, including having some bristling with anti-air equipment. The Yugoslav military values its air force like a temple with holy scripture, and they cannot risk losing it.
-With this large scale mobilization going through, Yugoslavian military researchers begin looking at more adept and worthwhile ways of providing support to soldiers on the front line. More mobile, flexible and reliable lines of logistics are tampered with, and dozens of scenarios are played through in boardroom war-games in preparation for possible assault.

Turn 7: January to June 1933

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-The Coup in Estonia ends with the Communists taking power. Shortly after putting themselves in office, the Estonian communists side with the Soviet Union and enter their sphere of influence.
-The Soviets continue their series of expansionist decisions, attacking the Baltics. Furious with the Soviets, the Poles enter on the side of the European Treaty Organization, as do the Dutch and Belgians. What many consider “Another Great War” has quite possibly begun.
-Seizing the moment, the United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia enter northern Greece, and pitched battles begin as British forces enter on behalf of their ETO ally.

Wars:

Chinese Civil War:
-Belligerents:
--Nationalists
---Republic of China
---Ma Clique (In Abstentia)
---Guanxi Clique (IA)
---Yunnan Clique (IA)
vs.
--Communists
---People’s Republic of China

Situation - Heavily in favor of Nationalists
Casualties - Nominal

Baltic War:
-Belligerents:
--The Comintern
---Soviet Union
---Yugoslavia
vs.
--European Treaty Organization (+ British Commonwealth)
---France
---United Kingdom
---Australia
---New Zealand
---Canada
---South Africa
---Germany
---Latvia
---Lithuania
---Greece
---Belgium
---Netherlands

Situation - Undecided
Casualties - Nominal

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Greece
--Belgium
--Netherlands

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
Head Nation: Spain
-Members:
--Hungary
--Spain
--Italy
--Portugal

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Poorly Trained | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-Republican troops continue to scramble about in squashing the Maoist insurrection. However, as a huge push is made to dislodge defenders in the south, Maoist battalions and local sympathisers recapture the regions facing Mongolia. Republican losses are stacking up, but the Maoist’s resolve is slowly draining.
-The Republic continues to make economic and diplomatic deals with the various warlord states. Though unable to convince them to return to the fold, the Guanxi Clique sends large numbers of greenhorn troops to the Republic for training.
-These troops visit the newly constructed Engineering and Technical schools, two of which have been erected in the massive cities of Chengdu and Chonqing. Though soldiers, the Republic needs a strong backbone of educated workers willing to improve the infrastructure of the nation.
-Some of these engineers, those that make it into honors-grade classes, are sent for field work to continue the expansion of the Xinjin Airport. The airport receives some of its first touchdowns on the expanded runways, most of which come from the United States, carrying entrepreneurs and businessmen.
-Large factories for standardized weapon production are built in Chengdu and Chonqing, as the Republican government continues to expand these already massive cities. The Republican military begins purchasing blueprints from Czechoslovakia. American and Czechoslovak weapons begin to mix in mysterious ways as the Republican government struggles to get a hold on standardization.
-Major nationwide agriculture reform begins throughout the nation as the northern provinces were met with success. As the Chinese government continues to subsidize farms, some farmers and researchers unknowingly create some of the first chinese-produced sulfonamides from the deconstruction of fungi and various natural antibacterial processes. This huge leap forward in medical technology is extremely useful as troops return with debilitating wounds that can now be treated properly.

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OttoIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Otto I


Griffster26 - Empire of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
Leading Party: Magyarorszagi Szociáldemokrata Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stagnant)

-Citing old documents and rejected post-Great War treaties, the Hungarian Emperor Otto I declares support for the possible independence of Croatia from the United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia. Ignoring the possible bordergore it would cause, the Hungarian government starts a small-scale propaganda program along border cities in Hungary in hopes of encouraging breakaway sentiment.
-A large party is held in the beautiful Gödöllő Palace. The invited guests include Benito Mussolini, Pietro Badoglio and Prince Amedo of Aosta. Otto and Mussolini sit down and hash out ideas of strengthening ties. Though the two nations are part of the Catholic Alliance, their relations are largely untouched, as the nations share neither border or sea. However, the guests leave the party satisfied and in good spirits.
-Otto then visits King George II of Greece, the two nobles meeting on the tiny island of Corfu. It is not long before the two heads of state are in deep discussion of political philosophy and national merit. Otto leaves with near perfect timing.
-At home, the Romanians living in Transylvania are given the same rights as the Croatians and Austrians, and are eligible for citizenship. Many Romanians are still deeply upset to have their lives uprooted, but some accept the offer and attempt to return to everyday living.
-Rebels who combatted the Hungarian army are granted the possibility of amnesty, so long as they lay down their arms and take up jobs in state-owned factories or farms. Large numbers of insurgents flock to the offer, as the promise of bread on the table is more endearing than bloodshed.
-The Hungarian government pushes for more intensive German and Hungarian language classes in schooling to ensure a “stronger national identity”. Hungarian nationalists rejoice at the news, while Romanians, especially those in Transylvania, grumble loudly.
-A large string of forts begins construction, facing the Czechoslovak and Yugoslav borders as tensions begin to rise once again in the Balkans. However, the period of massed militarization and mobilization is brought to an end, as the Hungarian economy needs time to recuperate and move towards a consumer-based model rather than export/military based.

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HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-With relations improving with the United States, the Japanese continue to look westward and begin opening up their ports. The United Kingdom, Siam, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand are quick to jump on board with trade deals. The Japanese export fanciful and intricate machinery such as typewriters and tractors, while simultaneously importing raw materials such as coal and metal.
-Mitsubishi-Ford, the conglomerate American-Japanese company, unveils the “Mitsubishi Ondori” (or Rooster, in Japanese), which is released later in America under the name “Ford Falcon”. This bulky, homely, yet extremely reliable and cheap car is a must-have for anyone wanting to drive long distances without repetitive breakdowns. The Ondori/Falcon is exported to Australia as well, where it sees popularity amongst the lower classes.
-The government also begins an American-styled highway program to link Nagoya, Tokyo and Osaka. Commissioning American infrastructure engineers, the first groundbreaking ceremonies begin very early in the year, and exceptional progress is made within only a few months. The Nagoya-Osaka line is expected to finish the first phase of construction before the year is out.
-The Imperial Japanese Navy begins demobilization, much to the dismay of the highly decorated admirals. Thousands of seamen are given honorary discharges, and thousands more are recruited into a nationalized Merchant Marine Corp., featuring decommissioned, unarmed battleships that are quickly hacked apart and turned into shipping vessels.
-Using the funds that would go to support large scale naval vessels such as battleships, the Navy is treated to a large, powerful aircraft carrier, dubbed the IJN Kenshin. The Kenshin begins construction, using leftover parts and scrap materials from decommissioned ships. However, new material is also seen on her flight deck and tower, and many international observers are quite impressed with the vessel’s design.
-There is a small-scale renovation of the Japanese military, mainly with the implementation of the T1E1 Rifle. However, the army is keen on making the process as slow and methodical as possible, as the conversion of cartridges, retraining of troops and production of weapons is an economic hurdle that most nations trip over.
-Whilst working on the Navy’s downsizing, researchers hoping to keep the IJN alive unveil the Type 93 Torpedo. This large and bulky torpedo is surprisingly agile and monstrously effective in tests, and the IJN is unable to turn it away. The small cruisers and fast-attack ships that the IJN still has are quickly outfitted with multiple pairs of these silent dealers of death.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The Portuguese and Spanish governments come to a historical exchange. Tariffs on Portuguese goods entering Spain are lifted, as well as borders and ports being opened up to the access of Portuguese tradesmen. In return, the Spanish and Italians carve up Portugal's various territories around the world. This gives many anti-imperialists heart attacks.
-The Spanish government nationalizes all universities in Spain, though colleges with religious backings are untouched. Taxpayer money now supports a huge portion of Spanish student’s tuitions. However, the top 5% of Spanish secondary-school graduates are given an interest-free loan from the government to attend college, and are thus relieved of conscription duties. This causes a “college rush”, as hundreds of thousands of students cram themselves into study rooms and libraries for days on end to ensure they get their benefits.
-These benefits are also offered to Portuguese nationals, with the loan being even higher. This causes a huge rift amongst Portugal’s lower classes, and two factions are formed, dubbed by observers as the “Toureiros” (bullfighters), who are Pro-Unionist and the “Nacionalistas”, who wish to see Portugal independent from Spanish influence.
-Large national subsidies are given to the various engineering colleges as the Spanish government looks into the possibility of cheap, fuel-efficient engines and liquid propellant.
-Two huge bases are constructed. One is simply a buildup of Gibraltar’s existing naval base, with large fortifications and anti-aircraft emplacements. Gibraltar’s fortifications are reminiscent of a medieval castle, but with guns.
-The second base is a naval base, focused on the U-Boats, in what is now Spanish Angola. This base takes a while to construct, as there is considerable distance between the homeland and the new territory, as well as the hellacious bureaucracy of transitioning from Portuguese colonial rule to Spanish colonial rule.
-Two small-scale aircraft carriers begin construction, named the “Santa Maria” and the “Trinidad” after Spain’s most famous ships of exploration. These carriers are small compared to the British and American designs, and are dwarfed by the blueprints of the Kenshin, but are more than worth it considering the need for the projection of air power. The two ships are expected to finish construction within a year.
-A third ship begins being built, dubbed the Cortes. This ship is a hulking, monstrous and terrifying design. Bristling with 8 15” guns, a total of 35 other guns, anti-aircraft emplacements and 4 short-range seaplanes, the Cortes may well be the largest ship in the world once it hits the water.
-With help from various university students and hired European researchers, the Spanish military tests its first short-range missile. Able to hit targets more than two kilometers away with relative accuracy, the ‘Halcon I’ begins mass production. The Halcon I can deliver double the punch of the average howitzer with twice the range, and can be deployed from almost any angle given the right calculations. However, the Halcon is expensive, and its fuel is precious, so its implementation is yet to be seen.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-The Soviet Union declares war upon the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania, citing their “illegal breakaway from the Socialist commune of the USSR”. Upon entering the borders, huge fights break out between the defenders and attackers, as French and British expeditionary units slam into the Soviet lines.
-Soviet bombers begin wreaking havoc on the Baltic defensive lines, though dozens are knocked out of the sky after surprise attacks from the Polish air force. Polish and German brigades cross into the Ukrainian SSR, piercing through the thin Bessarabian lines.
-The Soviets begin massed mobilizations. All men 17 and up who are not in a factory or a nationalized farm are immediately sent into training camps to begin moving against the west. Factories are thrown into overdrive, with consumer goods now put on the backburner in light of huge production of tanks and artillery.
-A national propaganda campaign is underway to encourage male factory workers to give their jobs to their wives or sisters and join the military. Conscripted troops are given the choice to join the army or the navy, though only the most qualified are given the latter option.
-The USSR continues to produce its ships in the Baltic and Black Sea, though French and British aircraft stationed in East Prussia launch daring raids on the ports that are producing the new ships.
-Pitched battles take place in the Baltic as the British and French attempt to push back the Baltic blockade. Dozens of ships on both sides are lost, and the baltic oceanic front grinds into a stalemate.
-Soviet ships attempt to blockade the Greeks, and are sent from the Black Sea. However, they are intercepted by French and British battleships, and are decimated before they reach their target. Nonetheless, expeditionary troops from the USSR land in Crete, and a huge battle begins for control of the island.
-Canadian and Australian troopers skirt past the Far East fleet and land in the Yakutsk Peninsula, catching the Soviets unawares. The possibility of opening up a far-eastern front terrifies Soviet advisors, and the Mongolian SSR’s troops are quickly mobilized to combat the invaders.
-The Soviet Air-Force unveils the IL-2 Sturmovik, one of the first “Attack Fighters”, capable of dogfighting while also launching rockets and carrying large-caliber guns. Unfortunately, only a few IL-2s are able to see service as production is slowed due to factories transitioning to new designs.

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AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-After a supposed spat between Greek and Yugoslav soldiers stationed on the border between the two countries grows into a firefight, the United Kingdom of Yugoslavia declares war on Greece, joining the Soviets in the cause against the ETO.
-The initial fighting is brief and sporadic, as both sides attempt to flank the other. The Greeks make gains in Albania, whilst the Yugoslavians (mainly Serbian and Macedonian regulars) seize Thessalonica, splitting Greece in half.
-The Yugoslavian navy, in an attempt to blockade western Greek ports, comes under attack from French and British aircraft and naval vessels, and are forced to skirt along the coastline. However, a small engagement takes small British cruisers off guard, and the Yugoslavs see their first naval victory in the war.
-A large series of hastily-made fortifications spring up along the the border with Greece, as well as huge defensive positions are set up in occupied territories. The Yugoslav army, though built for mechanized and mobilized warfare, still see the effectiveness of digging in and slugging it out with the enemy.
-A huge series of mobilization projects begin in the nation, as Local Self Defense Forces are put on high alert. Northern-based LSDFs are organized with regular troops and sit on the borders with Italy, Austria and Hungary, while the southern LSDFs are moved to support troops on the front line or act as occupational police forces.
-Domestically, there is a call for donations and the purchasing of war bonds. A small scale propaganda campaign begins, with the hopes of garnering support for the military efforts in Greece.
-Conscription begins, pulling in healthy 17-or-older men who are not in government positions or factory jobs. However, small benefits are given to those who join on their own accord, and these “National Troops” are organized into their own regiments.
-The National Guard of the King is formed. A crack-squad of Yugoslav troops and Soviet advisors surround the King at all times to ensure his protection. Whilst traveling to Split to meet with criminal investigators over the recent attempts on his life, Alexander quite literally comes under fire as a pair of snipers shoot at his car during his trip. The King is struck in the upper leg, shattering his femur, and is rushed to the hospital, where he begins a slow and painful recovery. The NGK kills one of the snipers, whilst the other escapes. The dead sniper wears a Greek uniform, but wields a Steyr-Mannlicher rifle, confirming the fears that the assassination attempts are a foreign plot.
-In other domestic news, the Yugoslav road systems begin a series of ‘revamped signage’. Road signs now read in Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, Bosnian and Albanian. This mishmash of languages, though jumbled and messy to most onlookers, is appreciated by the many soldiers and merchants who travel across the country on a daily basis.
-The Yugoslavian army unveils a new “light” machine gun. Taking pages from Czechoslovak and American designs, the Yugo-1933 is a belt-fed MG with a substantial fire-rate of roughly 900 RPM. Though not as powerful as the heavy machineguns mounted on tanks or tripods, the Y-1933 is much more mobile, and can be operated by a team of 2 rather than a whole squad.

Turn 8: July to December 1933

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-The Chinese civil war comes to an end as Nationalist forces surround the last few divisions of Communist fighters and shatter their resolve. Mao dies from a self inflicted gunshot wound only days after the defeat.
-Soviet forces swing down from the north in the Baltics, pushing out the Latvian and Lithuanian defenders, only to go toe-to-toe with British and French troops that have taken railways through Germany and Poland.
-The Ruthenian Front continues to be an absolute mess as disorganized Soviet defenders and overzealous Polish attackers run circles around one another.
-The Yamal Peninsula slowly begins to swarm with Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, however the coming winter locks them into place. Mobilized divisions from Mongolia regularly harass the frozen invaders.
-In Greece, the Yugoslavian military cuts a clean path south, but are halted by the mountainous terrain and staunchly anti-communist British and French expeditionary units.

Wars:

Baltic War:
-Belligerents:
--The Comintern
---Soviet Union
---Yugoslavia
vs.
--European Treaty Organization (+ British Commonwealth)
---France
---United Kingdom
---Australia
---New Zealand
---Canada
---South Africa
---Germany
---Latvia
---Lithuania
---Greece
---Belgium
---Netherlands

Situation - Undecided
Casualties - Nominal

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Greece
--Belgium
--Netherlands

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
Head Nation: Spain
-Members:
--Hungary
--Spain
--Italy
--Portugal

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Poorly Trained | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The northern divisions of the Republican army and the United National Front finally surround broken and divided brigades of Communist fighters in late September. What little forces remain refuse to surrender, and their compounds and the small villages they are nestled in are essentially razed in order to drive them out.
-Mao Tse Tung’s hiding place is discovered and surrounded. Rather than face execution, Mao turns a handgun on himself. His body is dragged out, much to the celebration of the Anti-Communist fighters, and buried in an unceremonious funeral that entombs the thousands of communist fighters that went to the bitter end. The war is officially over.
-With the news coming from Europe that the Spanish have begun to seize Portuguese colonial assets, forces in the Guangdong region are put on the highest possible alert. Citing the Sino-Portuguese Peaceful Trade Relation Pact, Nationalist forces move in to Macau and relieve the beleaguered Portuguese garrison, essentially seizing the city for themselves. Much to their surprise, they are welcomed by thousands of expatriated Spaniards and Portuguese, mainly socialists and anti-fascists.
-With the Guangdong region on the highest alert, and most of their forces already mobilized under the banner of the Republic, many of the leaders of the Guangxi warlord state fear that they may end up being made irrelevant, and in effect surrender themselves to the Republic. They are given positions in local governments, but are removed from status as military leaders or major government workers, and are given honorary discharges.
-Large infrastructure projects take place along the eastern seaboard of China, focusing on strategic “trunk roads” that link up major industrial cities. Alongside these asphalt roads, the Chinese put their skills to the test of making a seaboard-wide railway system that eventually ends in a hub between Chengdu and Chonqing.
-These infrastructure projects mobilize thousands of jobless Chinese citizens, including Communist prisoners who are given the chance of freedom so long as they hand over some time to the Republic. The roads will take a long time to build as the terrain changes like the seasons in China, but if given the proper care, they will be the envy of the world.
-A new Bureau of National Statistics is founded, centered in Chengdu, collecting information of local populations, budgets, trade deals, business deals and all sorts of generally dull things that keep the cogs of government working smoothly.
-Chinese weapon researchers in Chengdu begin improving the Czechoslovak purchased rifles and SMGs, turning them into “Chinese-Ready” weapons, meaning that they will be produced using local techniques and domestic materials. These two firearm mimics, the BZB-33 rifle and ZFQ-33 sub-machinegun are introduced to recruits in training facilities, and the weapons perform smoothly.
-In Chonqing, artillery designers continue to tinker with “Adaptive Artillery Technology”, or ways to move artillery throughout China with more efficiency, especially through the changing terrain that can go from hills to valleys to swamps to mountains in the snap of your fingers. Divisions are given their own “personal” artillery pieces, that are custom tailored to fit their needs. Some even have horse-drawn guns, which can be pulled up steep inclines that cars would risk toppling from.
-To counteract the possibility of mangled supply routes, the Chinese military unveils a more complex series of supply routes, that essentially divide the nation up into “districts” that are independent of one another, as some areas may require more winter equipment while others need more tools that can cut through mud or sandy terrain. This plan boggles the mind of European military leaders, but fits the Chinese military’s needs like a glove.

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HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-The Japanese government pushes for the construction of Tokyo National University. Here, students from around the country will be able to immerse themselves in lessons regarding science, engineering, math, history, language, business and all sorts of other well-desired skills for the modern world. The first groundbreaking ceremonies have begun, and the university is set to be a major addition to the already existing University of Tokyo, though the school is set to be nationalized.
-With the onset of the creation of TNU, the Japanese government officially forms the Ministry of Education that will be centered in Kyoto, though smaller “subcenters” will dot the rural countryside. The Ministry of Education’s primary focus is the creation and execution of more efficient lesson plans while simultaneously bringing all classes of the country up to a more rigorous standard of education/literacy.
-Sweeping tax breaks are given to farmers that produce a certain amount of food every quarter as the government encourages semi-independence from Chinese or American food imports. These tax breaks cause farmers to go into overdrive, and huge quantities of foodstuffs like rice or beef are raised in record timing, though quality suffers in some areas.
-With the success of Mitsubishi-Ford, the Japanese government hatches a plan to allow more multinational companies to set up shop in Japan. Those that do are given a minor property tax break on their facilities, but are encouraged to hire Japanese locals to work in factories or take up jobs as salesmen/desk workers.
-However, with things beginning to flare up in the Kamchatka peninsula, the Japanese military is put on alert. Japanese cruisers and battleships regularly monitor the coastlines and watch carefully as Commonwealth troop carriers unload onto the shores of the USSR. Japan declares itself neutral, but its stance clearly shows that the country is poised like a viper to strike at any would-be invader.
-In order to show their might, the Japanese military conducts wargames in central Chosen (Korea) to put work into “spearhead” tactics, which involve breaking through lines with a hard push and surrounding the resulting fragments.
-The Japanese military pushes for the faster implementation of the T1E1, now dubbed the Type 40 rifle, citing the need to “modernize” the armed forces in order to “compete with possible belligerents”. Luckily for the Japanese economy, much of the work has already been done, and factories now begin to work at a more regular pace in creating the guns.
-The Japanese army also tinkers with new tanks. The experimental “Type Z”, or ‘Kame’ (tortoise) is the first of the Japanese medium tanks. It borrows ideas from European designs, with rather than bulky plate armor, it has sloped surfaces for shells to “glance” off of it. The design proves to be effective in testing, and Mitsubishi-Ford is the first to nab the contract to produce them en-masse.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-Seeing the war breaking out in the east, the Spanish urge that their Italian allies stay as neutral as possible. Having just wrapped up a war in Portugal, the Spanish are unwilling to get themselves involved in another conflict. The Italians, already not wanting to spend extra time or manpower against the communists, and seeing the porousness of their border with Yugoslavia, agree to the idea.
-The Spanish government continues to give grants to those able to either create new rocket designs, produce existing ones or design more workable rocket fuel. The nation’s stockpiles of rocket fuel begin to grow slowly, though there are at least 4-5 different types, including one designed in Madrid that is built to act as a “burning pot of oil” upon impact. They did not think of the part that the fuel still has to burn to launch the rocket, and dozens are killed when a test goes awry.
-Large administrative districts are set up in Spanish-controlled regions of formerly Portuguese Africa. These districts focus on local issues and are built from local elections (granted: only Spanish-friendly parties are allowed to run), and thus answer to a higher Spanish power. These sub-governments are made to further centralize Spain while simultaneously cutting down on spreading the Spanish national authority too thin.
-With the introduction of the colonial administrative districting, the Spanish begin setting up charter schools (mostly run by missionaries or church groups) to begin teaching Spanish to local African students in order to begin unifying the nation and building a better, more euro-oriented powerbase in Africa. Portuguese is given as a substitute secondary language option for students already learning the language or simply unwilling to take Spanish.
-The Spanish Navy continues its production of warships, causing some critics in Britain to call it the “return of the Spanish armada”, though most of these coastal cruisers and gunships are built for short-range operations as opposed to the long-distance-and-strike type ships in the hands of the British or Japanese.
-Military bases begin construction in the colonies to further ensure that the administration goes through properly. With this, African locals are given the opportunity to join the Spanish army under the title of “Colonial Regulars”. These troops are given fairly basic training, and are garrisoned throughout the borderlands of Spain’s African colonies to stamp out possible insurrection while also showing the strength of Spain’s revamped military.
-A design that turns heads around the world is unveiled at a Spanish Military Technology Fair in Barcelona. The Adaro AX-1, a ‘Vertical Takeoff and Landing” (VTOL) aircraft is shown to the public for the first time. A bulbous, chunky body with a long, slender tail, the AX-1 sports a gigantic propeller mechanism that sits on its top, alongside two smaller propellers on the tail. The crowd watches in awe as the beastly machine whirrs to life and hovers an astounding 10 meters off of the ground. Its mobility is next to a crippled tortoise however, and the pilot makes a near miss of guillotining dozens of onlookers. Nonetheless, the AX-1 is the world’s first ‘Helicopter’ (as British reporters put it), and is a huge leap forward in aircraft technology.

YugoslaviaFlag
AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Great War Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-Yugoslavian mechanized divisions officially see combat for the first time in Albania, linking up with the recently mobilized “Albanian Legion”. Pitched battles are fought that eventually see the Greeks driven south by late August.
-The Albanian Legion, a series of mobilized militia groups, immediately halts at the border with Greece, refusing to enter the opposing nation “on the behalf of an outside power”. Much to their frustration, the Yugoslav military allows them to stay home.
-The Yugo-33 is adopted and immediately put into service to troops heading south, where it continues to lay waste to unprepared Greek militiamen or British expeditionaries.
-Divisions of the Yugoslav military are halted as they attempt to push south, as the tail end of the Pindus mountains block their advance. The Yugoslav military immediately begins pushing for the mobilization of mountain infantry who are thrown into combat to dislodge Greek defenders in the northwest.
-Romania and Yugoslavia come to a small deal that will see both nations reducing tariffs and exporting consumer goods to one another. However, many Romanian exporters are still reeling from the tripartite invasion, and others are nervous to ship goods to a country locked in mortal combat.
-The National Defense Sector immediately begins creating large-scale underground shelters for the protection of civilians in the case of an air raid. A surprise attack from British aircraft in Split show their effectiveness, as areas of the city are heavily damaged while those that would have been trapped are kept safe by the bunkers.
-The National Broadcast Institute now takes total control of the country’s airwaves. Emergency announcements and broadcasts are common as the British and French air forces continue to rain hell on Yugoslav coastal areas, most of the craft launched from northern Africa or airfields in Greece.
-The Yugoslav Military National Research Bureau tests the experimental ‘Mungos’ (Mongoose) Rocket Projection System. This crew-manned rocket launcher uses a series of complex electric instruments and a long rocket filled with aircraft-grade fuel to propel the system hundreds of meters reliably down range. Upon impact, the Mongoose explodes with a “shaped explosion”, forcing shrapnel and burning materials in a cone, the explosion eventually enveloping whatever fuel remains and burning the rocket apart. The Mongoose is extremely expensive and takes well-trained, cool-headed individuals, but is nonetheless piquing interests of militaries everywhere.

Turn 9: January to June 1934

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Political map of Turn 9


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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-In the Baltics, the ETO are unable to hold back the oncoming Soviet assault, forcing the governments of Lithuania and Latvia to capitulate as their western protectors roll back into East Prussia and Posen.
-Last year’s elected cabinet, led by the Deutsche Staatspartei, requests the ETO for the full mobilization of Germany. They accept. Late in the year, thousands of raw German recruits are flung into the East.
-Meanwhile in the Balkans, Greek forces are shattered after a surprise guerilla raid near the border with Albania that kills a handful of higher officers. The rest of the small nation’s army stands strong, but request for British aid grows to be extremely important.
-Uyghurstan officially becomes an autonomous SSR in the Soviet Union, its local national guard immediately moved to force the Canadians and ANZAC troops out of the Yamal peninsula.
-The war in the Balkans grows dire as Soviet forces make surprise landings in far southern Greece.

Wars:

Baltic War:
-Belligerents:
--The Comintern
---Soviet Union
---Yugoslavia
vs.
--European Treaty Organization (+ British Commonwealth)
---France
---United Kingdom
---Australia
---New Zealand
---Canada
---South Africa
---Germany
---Latvia
---Lithuania
---Greece
---Belgium
---Netherlands

Situation - Somewhat in favor of Comintern
Casualties - Moderate

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Greece
--Belgium
--Netherlands

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
Head Nation: Spain
-Members:
--Hungary
--Spain
--Italy
--Portugal

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-With the war finally having come to a close, and the only threat to China’s troops being the occasional “freedom fighter” in the sticks up north, the Republic begins to demobilize its massive army, but not without a few sweeping changes.
-Dozens upon dozens of brigades of greenhorn troops are disbanded, but the soldiers given the opportunity to stay paid if they head to one of the many military colleges or training facilities to become acquainted with modern tactics.
-The existing divisions are expanded to include Artillery and Reconnaissance brigades in their midst. Seeing how useful artillery proved to be in smashing Mao’s defensive lines, many divisions are happy to have big guns of their own. The inclusion of the reconnaissance units also allows for less “grand battle plan” designs, and gives divisions more fluid mobility as they can plot their courses themselves.
-Reconnaissance training facilities are constructed in Xi’an, a mountainous, river-rich region of China that is absolutely perfect for training soldiers in the key elements of stealth but also the importance of moving quickly through changing terrain.
-Bases throughout China are “modernized”, or re-equipped with better supplies, tools, weapons and observers. Radio stations are a requirement in all bases, as well as an anti-air emplacement and various emergency warning systems.
-Chengdu Arms produces the China-Ready versions of Czechoslovak weapons, with the Cz-vz. 27 Pistol and the ZB vz. 26 Machine Gun being retitled the Type 27 and Type 26 (to stay with the Chinese titling system). These firearms, proven to be effective at firing ranges, are immediately set out to join the BZB-33 and ZFQ-33 in the hands of Chinese soldiers.
-Massive, sweeping, large-scale reforms go through that see the full-on rearming of the entire standing army. The Chinese economy takes a heavy blow, but many consider a strong and independent china a worthy tradeoff.
-Artillery and Anti-Air pieces are also produced in large quantities, mainly to supply the various modernization reforms. These factories are given “domestic contracts” and usually every few weeks are ordered to make guns for certain provincial armies, cutting down on the need for ten dozen factories doing different things.
-Seeing the Soviets continue to expand westward, the Republic’s army moves a handful of divisions into the Ma Clique on the border with Mongolia and orders that they dig in deep. Nobody knows what sort of stance the Chinese will be taking with this.
-Meanwhile, in the more peaceful side of things, the Chinese continue the massive industrial and infrastructural projects from the previous year. Railways begin to trickle into the center of the nation, linking more and more important industrial centers together.
-To bring in more interest to the central cities, the Republican government puts forward large grants for students to begin studying at universities in large central cities, and also proposes less property taxes for businesses that move into these “Special Economic Zones”. The latter option sees the immediate construction of a Mitsubishi-Ford factory in southern Chengdu.
-To combat the sluggishness of China’s industry, more adept studies are made on how to procure, process and develop raw materials into industrial goods at a bigger, faster pace. Newer industrial techniques include factories built entirely around a single product (I.E Artillery shells) rather than wasting space at trying to do a dozen things at once.

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HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-In order to improve their export capabilities, Japan begins to sell off its excess grains and minerals to countries willing to buy. Magnesite, zinc and iron, precious metals that are a must-have for heavy industry, are sold in large quantities to the United Kingdom and Australia. Some exports head to the Soviet Union, though only as an off-hand buy as the Soviets boast of their “Power of natural resources”.
-Haneda Airport sees continued expansion, with the runway given flared ends to accommodate multiple landing craft at a time. Large hangers are constructed and sold off to various airline companies to house their aircraft. Haneda quickly becomes one of the largest airports in Asia, closely competing with Xinjin.
-Infrastructure projects continue, and the Tokyo subway finally completes its expansion, officially circling the entire city and crossing twice beneath it. Meanwhile, the large-scale highway program grows ever closer to touching both ends together as the Imperial government pushes forward more benefits to construction workers.
-Other infrastructure is upgraded, mainly with backroads being given a thin layer of concrete to at least give them some form of consistency. These new roads also call for a redrawing of the map of Japan’s roadways, and steps are taken to stamp out roads that crisscross over themselves, ones that snake about for no particular reason, or those that start and end without connecting to anything.
-As some rice fields suffer salination or dryness, the government of Japan hatches a brilliant idea. With the help of American agriculturalists, the Japanese government begins the planting of multiple large-scale cotton fields in southern Japan. The environment appears to be hospitable enough that healthy plants will grow, and cotton field administrators hope to expand the crop to the Korean peninsula.
-In the military front, the Japanese army pushes for the adoption of the Type Z tank with its sloped armor and defensive capabilities. Arms designers from Mitsubishi-Ford assist in the project, and adapt the Type 5 75mm Tank Gun to the tank’s main armament. The Type Z begins production, the existing light tanks being scrapped in favor of something that actually looks like it will get something done.
-The idea of liquefying coal in order to produce a ‘synthesized’ form of petroleum fuel is once again introduced to the government of Japan. The process is difficult, complex and extremely volatile, and a couple accidents kill dozens. However, after trying with various gas catalysts, Japanese researchers at the University of Tokyo unveil the first half-liter of ‘synthetic fuel’. Oil refineries around the world twitch.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso XIII


Emperor Scorpious II - Kingdom of Spain
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Union Patriotica (Centralist Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The “Iberian Road”, or a large system of multi-laned roads and interconnecting freeways, begins construction between the borders of Portugal and Spain. Most of the workers are mobilized poor from Portugal and Spanish Galicia, and both governments provide them with food, a somewhat-stable income, and the knowledge required for construction/demolition.
-Domestically, the Spanish government orders the production of small arms be put into overdrive. Seeing the need of supporting a larger military and supplying colonial regulars, handing out surplus is not enough, and newer, standardized equipment is a must.
-Heavy industry is a big focus in areas of Spanish Africa in order to diversify the local economies and move away from agriculturally based exports. Metalworks and steel mills are a common sight along the once empty coasts of the former Portuguese colonies.
-An experimental group of soldiers begin working with the previously revealed Helicopters, hoping to put them to good use. Most of their tests prove that helicopters do a great job at quickly picking up wounded troops and getting them out, even under fire, but they are simply too bulky and not able to carry more than a couple people at once without being weighed down.
-The large Spanish navy sees a split in its ranks. Dividing the navy, the Spanish government creates the Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets. The Mediterranean fleet is only a third of the size of the regular Atlantic fleet, but is filled with short-range ships and older U-Boats that would clearly rule the sea now that the British have been booted from Gibraltar. The Mediterranean fleet is officially stationed in the Baleares, though many zealous captains prefer to dock in Gibraltar for personal reasons.
-New Spanish rocket technology sees the test of an experimental long-range bomb known as the “Avispa I” (Wasp). The Avispa is launched from a rail using a heavy rocket engine. Once in flight, the Avispa acts ‘independently’ for upwards of 40 to 50 kilometers before releasing its payload (usually air-to-ground bombs). More designs think of making the Avispa II, which would be a rocket-powered long range bomber that could drop bombs as far as India, but most scientists scoff at the idea.

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FranklinDelanorRooseveltPortraiture

Head of Government:
Franklin Delanor Roosevelt


SniperComZero - United States of America
Government Type: Constitutional Republic
Leading Party: Democratic Party (Market Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Faltering (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-A small-scale lend lease program begins with the European Treaty Organization, mainly shipping rifles and munitions to France and Britain in return for cash. Meanwhile, the US turns east (or technically west) and trades oil in exchange for food from China and Japan.
-The food imports from Japan and China are immediately put to use in large ‘soup kitchens’ as the US government attempts to break up the infamous Hoovervilles and support the poor and less-well off. Rice cakes are finally considered actual food in the United States.
-A large Canadian-American railway is proposed that will stretch from southern Alaska and go through Canada, ending in southern Oregon. The Canadians, who are wrapped up in fighting the Soviets, wave the idea onwards knowing that the Americans are anything but Red, and the construction begins immediately.
-When in Alaska, however, the United States begins winter-period wargames, focusing on the performance of American equipment in the cold, most especially the M2 light tank. Many Soviet advisors raise eyebrows at the idea of Americans preparing for deep-snow winter operations, but the coming Alaskan spring and summer instead teaches them about mud and lots of mud and extra mud.
-When experimenting with artillery shell explosives, a group of researchers stumble upon a composition of various chemicals that are stable enough to be detonated remotely, but are more explosively reliable than something like TNT. This composition, creatively titled Composition C-1, is put to the test in the Alaskan wargames.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-The large-scale mobilization project unites a gigantic army of semi-regular troops, and they are immediately thrown westward. The nation’s economy takes a hit as millions of farmhands and factory workers are taken out of their jobs, but the USSR is too deep in it now to consider going back.
-The Latvians and Lithuanians are shattered as Soviet forces overwhelm the BEF and French expeditionary units who then fall back. The few Lithuanian and Latvian armies that survive are immediately worked into the German military as ‘armies in exile’. Meanwhile the existing Latvian and Lithuanian states are organized into their own SSRs, and local communist sympathizers are put into place as administrators. Men are conscripted and forced to fight in the western front.
-Massed tank waves crush the resolve of the Poles in the northwest, who retreat from the Ruthenian front to protect themselves. They are pursued by newly organized Soviet infantry brigades, and the west officially sees the Soviets with the upper hand.
-The construction of fleets continues in the Baltic and Black seas, though the Baltic fleet continues to be threatened by ETO airstrikes and commando raids. However, the Black Sea Fleet sees the rapid construction of hundreds of tiny troop carriers that slip through the Istanbul strait under the cover of darkness and careen onto the island of Crete. Soviet soldiers rush outwards onto the Greek island and make quick work of its defenders. In the west of the island, British troops dig in to keep the island under control, fearing that Cyprus is next.
-Troopers are dropped from the air in attempted ‘paratrooper’ raids. However, the troops lack the proper training, and some fail to open their parachutes on time. Nonetheless, the idea that the Soviets can drop troops behind their lines terrifies the ETO troops, who immediately begin preparing for a long, drawn out fights.
-Uyghurstan is officially annexed by the USSR after some negotiations see the local administrators step down in favor of USSR-friendly politicians. The Uyghurstan SSR Guard is immediately grouped up with the other Altaic peoples and is thrown to the east to combat the Canadian/Anzac invaders. The ‘Altay Army’, composed of Kazakh, Uyghur, Mongol, Tatar, Tajik and Uzbek fighters, clashes with Commonwealth soldiers, forcing them down the frozen peninsula and surrounding them near the sea.
-A large-scale “5 Year Plan” is put into effect in central asia near the urals. Huge factories are thrown together and prepare to produce much-needed military equipment and weapons, while also keeping it far away from the front.
-Taking a page or two from the Yugoslav army, the Soviets reveal their own model of the Mongoose rocket launcher system, simply dubbed the RPG-3, and is immediately produced in huge quantities. Very Russian.
-The Soviets continue to push hard on the west to reclaim lost territories and teach the world that the People’s Revolution is near. The Soviets are in for the long, bloody, hard haul.

YugoslaviaFlag
AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: High (Improving)

-Yugoslav mountain divisions begin trading blows with the Greeks, and much to the former’s advantage. The ETO blockade is not enough to break the will of the Yugoslavs, and the Greeks see that Europe turns its eyes to the USSR rather than the situation in the south.
-Yugoslav mechanized divisions wreak havoc on retreating Greeks on the west coast, and drive a deep wedge in the east. The mobility of the Yugoslav army is almost too much to handle for the Greeks, and the British step up their game by sending Egyptian and Raj regulars into the fight in Greece.
-Airstrikes soften the rear of the Greek positions, and Yugoslav aircraft begin striking the outskirts of Athens. However, after a week of near-constant bombardment, the Royal Air Force has finally reached Greece and begins counter-air operations over Athens, protecting the ancient capital. For now.
-In a surprise, massed air raid, dozens of PO-2 aircraft strike at cruisers and frigates stationed south of Greece near the Adriatic, sinking four and critically damaging at least six. These ships, mostly French, pull back in order to strengthen the blockade in the west, though Soviet air raids from the east force them to pull back even further.
-The experimental Mongoose rockets are put to use against light Greek and medium British armor with devastating results. An entire armored push from the Greeks is obliterated as anti-tank guns and Mongoose rockets tear them to shreds. The Greeks are caught with their pants down in the east, and begin forming a massive defensive line in the south, digging in deep.
-The Bulgarians begin to work alongside Yugoslavia economically. A pseudo ‘lend lease’ program begins, with Bulgarian industry able to take the burden of the requirement for Yugoslav goods in return for economic benefits and post-war dealings.
-Domestically, aircraft factories are put into overdrive in hopes of counteracting the devastating battles in Greece. Some of these factories are targeted by crack squads of British commandos and French Foreign Legionnaires, but they don’t do enough to put a dent in the nation’s productivity.
-King Alexander announces the ‘National Unity and Treaty’ program, which introduces Hungarian as a secondary language in border towns along the Hungarian border. This brings a lot of smaller communities together, as students learn both Serbo-Croat dialects and Hungarian as a secondary language, and can visit each other’s families. It’s the simple little things that help people along.
-More powerful assembly lines, like those in use in China, are put to the test in the armor factories in south-central Yugoslavia. They work with blinding efficiency, with man hours being slashed in favor of more standardized production. However, implementation will be costly for a nation-wide standard, but few can find it as a major negative considering the wartime situation.

Turn 10: July to December 1934

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-The Yamal peninsula is freed as Altaic forces drive the Anzac and Canadian forces off of the Soviet mainland, though the dominion's naval forces prowl the coastline, regularly sinking vessels bound for the eastern Soviet coast.
-Polish resolve wavers as oncoming Soviet attackers shatter division after division in the east. German troops are in short supply as the Weimar government is unable to draw in enough recruits while fearing the notion of conscripts in the east.
-The Greek government collapses in an attempted military coup to oust Alexander Zaimis that fails miserably. Zaimis flees Athens and heads to Alexandria with most of his cabinet, essentially forcing Greece to become a government in exile.
-The United Kingdom has assumed direct control of Greece and her remaining troops, though the situation has become dire as the British must focus on either sending troops to the Balkan or Eastern front, as ANZAC/Canadian troopers are wrapped up in the far east.

Wars:

Baltic War:
-Belligerents:
--The Comintern
---Soviet Union
---Yugoslavia
vs.
--European Treaty Organization (+ British Commonwealth)
---France
---United Kingdom
---Australia
---New Zealand
---Canada
---South Africa
---Germany
---Belgium
---Netherlands

Situation - Somewhat in favor of Comintern
Casualties - Moderate

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Belgium
--Netherlands

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

RepublicanChinaFlag
ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-With the Communists essentially ground into the dirt, and Soviet military interests far away from China, the Republic strikes up a deal with the USSR. Consumer goods materials and industrial equipment will be exported to China in return for the Republican government sending out surplus food.
-The heavy industry arrives in Wuhan, where a department of the National Engineering Corp. is founded, creating a large-scale engineering college to assist in the training of both personnel and advisors. The food exported to the USSR is mainly rice and pork products that farmers are happy to receive an extra bonus on their income.
-As tensions within China cool down, the Republican government requests that the Ma clique join the Republic’s national army system. Instead, fearing that their troops may be used in a coup, the Ma government capitulates entirely. The entire cabinet is dissolved, and its members given a grotesquely large severance check, where many immediately skip town and head to Japan or the United States.
-With the Ma clique dissolved, the government of the tiny Yunnan clique have no choice but to give in to pressures from the inside. An agreement is made, and the Yunnan nation state is erased from the map. China is finally united.
-Industrial projects continue in Chengdu and Chonqing, as well as creating economic infrastructure in Shanghai and Qingdao in order to bolster the growing import/export trade of China.
-Automobile manufacturers set up shop in the coastal cities, many of them hiring Chinese workers to make their products. Much to the dismay of Chinese socialists, these companies tend to be British or American in origin, including the ever-expanding Mitsubishi-Ford conglomerate.
-The Republican army continues to re-arm itself with proper equipment. The nation is officially divided into multiple subdivisions that see their own regional military acting as a protective force. These subdivisions receive most of the weapons that best fit their location (I.E mountain troops receiving smaller-sized artillery guns but more tools and larger supply posts). However, this rearmament also calls for the building up of Chinese troops on the border to ensure that Soviet imports are industrial and industrial only.
-In a shocking display of power, Chinese troops enter Tibet in order to ensure that “Outside aggressors do not attempt to intervene in Tibetan affairs”. Some observers, however, fear that the act is a clear sign of the Republic attempting to submit Tibet to hegemony.
-The Republic of China’s military forcefully assumes direct control of Tibet’s forces, which are mainly militia elements which are soon disbanded. Tensions grow between the largely fractured Tibetan government and the hulking giant that is the Republic.
-After hearing After Action Reports and news stories of the conflict in Europe, the Chinese military begins drawing up plans to further expand the tiny Chinese air force. However, instead of focusing entirely on creating more and more planes, the advisors create a doctrine. This doctrine focuses on the intercepting of oncoming enemy aircraft, mainly bombers, and puts heavy emphasis on a defensive role of fighter aircraft.

ImperialJapanFlag
HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Strong (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-Japan quickly begins to move up the ladder economically as the nation focuses itself on domestic growth and industrial strength. Mitsubishi-Ford’s sales skyrocket as factories are set up in China and the United States, using domestic workers and giving discounts to them for automotive sales.
-Large synthetic fuel plants are set up, roughly 2 in each state, in order to wean Japan off of the dependence on foreign oil imports. This project will take roughly a year to complete, but economists hope that it will be worth it in time.
-Militarily, another breakthrough is made by the Imperial Japanese Army. The Type-105, a specialized air-to-ground bomb, is developed. The Type-105 is special in that it splits itself apart high above the target, releasing hundreds of explosive submunitions over a targeted area. Bombers can carry 10 to 20 of these (depending on their size), and they would be extremely useful in grinding down enemy defenses such as bunkers, trenches, buildings or towns.

IberianFlag
AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso I


Emperor Scorpious II - Iberian Union
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Partido Iberico (Conservative Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-In Portugal, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar holds a nation-wide referendum on the inclusion of Portugal in an “Iberian Union” with Spain. Salazar’s reasonings are that Spain’s “Protective ideologies, religious conservatism, anti-communist stance and economic tranquility will provide the Portuguese people with much needed assistance in the coming years”. After a few weeks at the ballot boxes, victory is declared for the unionists, with a vote of 87% in favor.
-Portugal’s government is essentially dissolved and replaced with a semi-autonomous local administration under the authority of Salazar, who now directly answers to King Alfonso XIII, who fashions himself Emperor Alfonso I. Many communists are infuriated with the name change, but are quickly whisked away and never heard from again.
-The political party, Union Patriotica, is disbanded and reformed under the name Partido Iberico (Iberian Party), and now includes a large number of Basques, Catalans and Portuguese alongside its Castillan regulars.
-With the union completed, Iberia then turns its eyes to the French, who continue to struggle in propping up their allies in the East. As tensions grow between Maghrebi locals and the French administration, Iberia proposes that it be allowed to occupy Morocco in order to relieve the French. Begrudgingly, Paris allows the occupation to go through, letting them throw everything that they have into the east.
-With a strong Catholic backing, and the Irish Iron Party being formed and taking hold of much of the parliament, Ireland enters the European Catholic Alliance, further strengthening the ties between Rome and the rest of the Christian world.
-With a small number of cruisers, Iberian naval personnell arrive on the western coast of Saudi Arabia alongside a delegation of Iberian diplomats. These diplomats request that the Saudis allow for the creation of infrastructure programs, mainly along coastal cities, in order to “grow relations between the Saudis and Europe”. With the proposition of mainly Bedouin workers and also staring down the barrel of multiple 10” guns, the Saudis accept the proposition.
-A large number of missionaries are sent to non-christianized regions of Africa in order to spread the good word. Like most mission works, the first few steps go off with a stumble, while others make great strides. However, in Iberian Mozambique, a number of missionaries are kidnapped by the Revolucionaria Guardia Republicana de la Gente (People’s Revolutionary Republican Guard, PRRG), a violent communist militia formed by Portuguese, Spanish and Italian communists that have fled to Africa. The PRRG soon executes the missionaries, sending their heads in gift wrapped boxes to Iberian administrators in Mozambique.
-With the attack in mind, the Iberian government begins a large-scale propaganda campaign, comparing “Republicans and Communists alike” to the Moors of Andalusia during the Reconquista, using inflammatory words such as “Catholicism under threat? Not when we are here to stop them!” and “The Red Star is like a Crescent Moon, blotted out by the light of the Son!” and other sorts of colorful language.
-The Santa Maria and the Trinidad, Iberia’s two brand-spanking-new ships, are christened on Christmas Day, finally completed and stocked full with aircraft. The two ships quickly make their way to their required ports, with the Santa Maria going to Lisbon (Atlantic Fleet) and the Trinidad heading to Gibraltar (Mediterranean Fleet). Iberia now slowly begins to make itself out as a naval power to be reckoned with. 16th Century Englishmen begin to roll in their graves.
-Meanwhile, the Iberian military undergoes reforms, focusing on amphibious assaults and invasions using complex, small-scale landing craft, paired with experimental paradrop troops to attack in the rear. The training goes smoothly in some aspects, though a paradrop exercise ends in the deaths of twelve soldiers as camp administration forgot to give them parachutes. The idea of literally dropping soldiers behind the enemy is still a new and bizarre concept for most.
-The helicopter, Iberia’s pride and joy technologically, goes through some major design overhauls. The idea is to focus on creating a mobile transport that can ignore terrain issues and move about relatively freely. These new designs can carry a handful of men, about 4-5, up to thirty miles from the takeoff point reliably. However, these helicopters suffer from fuel consumption issues, and are also anything but maneuverable, and if the helicopter is off course, it may need all day to land and readjust itself before moving again.
-Iberia now rules the western European stage as the great militarized power. Having humiliated the British, smacked the Portuguese and made a name for themselves, it would be foolish to suggest the Iberians are simply stopping there.

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FranklinDelanorRooseveltPortraiture

Head of Government:
Franklin Delanor Roosevelt


SniperComZero - United States of America
Government Type: Constitutional Republic
Leading Party: Democratic Party (Market Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Faltering (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-The United States continues a program of lend-lease to the western powers currently locked in combat against the Soviets. It appears that the American government has taken a strong Anti-Communist stance, and has given various companies subsidies to begin overproduction of consumer goods and industrial materials for export to Europe.
-Meanwhile, economically, the United States continues to try and drag itself out of the hellhole that is the Great Depression. The infamous ‘Dust Bowl’ has begun to die off in the American southwest, and now farmers are ordered by law to rotate crops every few seasons. In Illinois, a large-scale farming conglomerate of multiple companies is formed, known as Rockford-DeKalb Corp., and begins to help bolster agricultural economies in the midwest.
-In the Philippines, the Philippine Independence Party begins to hold rallies in the American-held capital of Manila, demanding that the United States relinquish its “Imperialist and dominating hold on the free Filipino people”. The US has yet to respond to their demands.
-Wargames continue on the American western coastline as the US experiments with naval invasions and paratrooper techniques. Though the US army is tiny compared to its size, America is nonetheless gearing up for some form of conflict in the near future, as the plans mimic that of the Iberians.
-A huge naval upgunning begins, with the construction of dozens of destroyers, a handful of battleships and even two new aircraft carriers. These naval forces begin construction using thousands of unemployed Americans who are given a crash-course in manufacturing and immediately deployed to creating the hulking beasts of war. These ships are to be based in east-coast facilities, and will be completed within the next year if production isn’t halted.
-The M4 Medium Tank is developed, using designs from the speedy M2. The M4 is larger and more robust than the M2, and is built as a “Cavalry” tank, meaning that the vehicle is best used in a supportive role to infantry. The M4 is put to the test in various wargame tests, and performs well enough to be adopted by the US military.

USSRFlag
MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-The western campaign continues as the Soviet army makes huge advances through Poland, overwhelming the defenders with sheer numbers. The large amount of conscripts continue to fill the gaps made by soldiers who have died during the fighting, something the Poles cannot keep up with. The Soviets are growing ever closer to Warsaw, which threatens to collapse the Polish state entirely.
-In the East Prussian front, French and British fighters along with German nationals hold up in Konigsberg in a desperate attempt to fend off Soviet attackers. However, the city is blockaded by the Soviet Baltic Fleet, which continues to force the ETO’s blockade farther and farther back. Soviet troops surround Konigsberg, but most continue to push west in order to seize Danzig.
-The ETO’s air campaigns against Soviet Baltic emplacements begin to wane as Soviet air defenses become too dangerous to attempt to destroy, and the ETO’s blockade is forced ever towards the Jutland peninsula as the Soviets keep moving westward.
-A huge bombing campaign begins, hitting the lines behind the ETO defenders in southwestern Poland. By winter, hundreds of thousands of tons of explosives have demolished town after town and killed thousands of both Polish fighters and civilians alike. As fervent as the Poles are in their willingness to fight, the lack of reinforcement from the west begins to give them doubts.
-Paratroopers are soon used in tandem with bombing raids, which confuses and terrifies Polish defenders as they scramble for cover to escape the bombs, only to be greeted with squads of battle-ready Soviets quite literally landing on their heads in some instances.
-An amphibious campaign begins in the Balkans as Soviet troops skirt past the Hellespont and land on Thessalonika in order to support the Yugoslavian push into British-controlled Greece. The numbers in comparison to the western front are miniscule, but nonetheless are appreciated by the Yugo armies that are wrapped up in the west of Greece.
-In the Yamal peninsula, the ANZAC and Canadian troops retreat to the sea to reorganize and possibly prepare for another assault. The Altay Army celebrates its victory, and the many soldiers are congratulated for their “patriotic endeavors”.
-A deal is struck up with the Republic of China. Leftover consumer goods and factory pieces that have no immediate wartime use are exported to the Republic in return for food. The USSR is fine in terms of food, as advisors believe the country can survive the war’s siege-like results for at least two more years, and instead the USSR moves this surplus food to Yugoslavia in order to keep their Balkan ally afloat.
-Mikhail Kalinin begins a tour of the Soviet Union, meeting and greeting hundreds of thousands of happy onlookers and supporters. He is regularly flanked by local administrators and bodyguards of local nationalities as he continues to preach messages of cultural unity and a “Soviet identity”.

YugoslaviaFlag
AlexanderIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alexander I


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: High (Improving)

-The Yugoslavian military receives fantastic news as the Greek state collapses and is left to the control of the British. The French expeditionary forces that were in Greece have been pulled back to combat the Soviets in the Eastern Front, while the British see their forces stretched thin. Yugoslav forces grow ever closer to Athens as the Soviets send small numbers of troops to assist them on the mainland.
-Local Self Defense Forces on the Hungarian border are considered “activated”, and are given the orders to attend weekly training sessions in order to prepare them for possible attack. Those that are considered more than effective are pulled from their LSDFs and moved to Greece to support in the Balkan front.
-British forces are absolutely infuriated as ships and vehicles docked in Greek port cities are regularly sabotaged. At first, it was mainly fuel lines being snipped, radio towers having their cords removed or trucks being found with their tires missing, but it quickly escalates into a pair of coastal cruisers having their engine rooms set alight, sinking one and heavily damaging another.
-At home, the Yugoslav government commissions the construction of a massive hydroelectric plant in southern Serbia in order to support local power demands. The construction begins under the guard of half a division, and the site bristles with machine guns and anti-aircraft emplacements. A foolhardy Dutch/British joint operation attempts to bomb the site. No planes return to their airfields.
-Meanwhile, consumer goods and food become the top priority of any factory that is not immediately producing weapons or materials for the front. Cars and luxury items take a backseat to more important things such as clothes, stoves, pots and pans and other home amenities. Food comes in large quantities, shipped from the Soviet Union bearing Chinese markings. A satirist in an Albanian newspaper writes that “Rice is the new staple food of Yugoslavia, even though it doesn’t grow here at all”.
-A play, sanctioned by the government, is put on in large cities around the country. Dubbed “The Great Socialist War”, the play makes a mockery of Capitalist governments, praises the words of Marx and Lenin, and ends with the spectacular smiting of a vicious Capitalist dragon. In Sarajevo, a fully functioning mechanical dragon device is made, and accidentally burns down the theatre as the operators used a flamethrower instead of confetti.
-A new weapon is designed in Yugoslavia, known as the “Viper” (in tandem with the Mongoose rocket system). The Viper is a large-caliber gun that uses a complex system of gas releases to keep the weapon from being knocked off balance, dubbed a “Recoilless Rifle”. The Viper is put to work immediately once mass production is available, and has seen success in cracking tanks, and works wonderfully when paired with the Mongoose.
-The Yugoslav military is the first in the world to designate a perfected anti-tank squad design, using 12 men with one of each anti-tank weapon and the crew required.

Turn 11: January to June 1935

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-The government of Poland collapses as the eastern Polish divisions are shattered by the coming Soviet waves. French, British and German defenders fall back westward as the Soviets seize Warsaw.
-King Alexander I of Yugoslavia is shot dead by a gunman outside of a cafe in southern Belgrade, finally ending the King’s life. Peter II, his young son, ascends to the throne under a minor regency.
-Konigsberg falls as what little German forces are still moving about in the east surrender to the brutal Soviet siege.
-Athens falls to Yugoslav attackers as the British forces withdraw to supporting France and Germany in the war against the Soviet Union. Bulgaria seizes their cores as an agreement made with the Yugoslavian government goes into effect.
-The blockade in the Baltic has been pushed to the Jutland peninsula. Casualties are growing on both sides, though all refuse to give an inch of territory.
-A revolt breaks out in the Kashmir province as Pashtun and Punjabi nationalists clash, driving out the local British administration.
-The United States, Iberia and Italy enter the war against Yugoslavia, dragging them into the sights of Soviet soldiers. Nobody knows the immediate provocation, but there are reports of huge purchases of popcorn coming from Switzerland.
-Italian troops in northern Yugoslavia are obliterated as they charge headfirst through rocky terrain into the guns of both regular and irregular forces that are more than prepared for this sort of engagement.
-With so many nations involved, the Baltic War is redubbed the “Second Great War”.

Wars:

Second Great War:
-Belligerents:
--The Comintern
---Soviet Union
---Yugoslavia
vs.
--European Treaty Organization (+ British Commonwealth)
---France
---United Kingdom
---Australia
---New Zealand
---Canada
---South Africa
---Germany
---Belgium
---Netherlands
---Iberia
---Italy
---United States

Situation - In favor of Comintern
Casualties - High

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Belgium
--Netherlands

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

RepublicanChinaFlag
ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Paternal Autocrat)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-With the help of American military specialists, the last pieces of China’s military structure (mainly armor and artillery designs) are filled in by the purchasing of American blueprints. The designs for equipment like the M2 Light Tank and the 8” Howitzer are put to use in Chinese military factories.
-Republican advisors enter Tibet with a retinue of heavily armed guards and assume direct control of the country under the guise of “assisting” the local administration. On paper, it seems friendly and caring, whilst to everyone it is just another power-play by a new giant on the world stage.
-Infrastructure programs continue, but the Chinese government grows increasingly suspicious of Soviet imports. Factories are regularly shut down and ransacked by Republican investigators looking for possible saboteurs, but find nothing other than blatant human rights violations from factory owners.
-A massive program begins that upsets conservatives across China. The Republican government, working mainly with the ministry of education, have begun working towards the latinization of the Chinese alphabet as China “must now compete with a latinized world, and cannot fall into obscurity of the tongue”. Protests of conservatives are a common sight in large cities.
-With the American designs in hand and being produced by the tonne, the Chinese army moves a large number of troops on the Chinese/Soviet border in Manchuria, many of them creating huge, winding trench systems to lock themselves in place.
-A general purpose buildup of the Chinese military begins, with thousands of troops graduating from military academies across the country and being immediately shoved towards the borders to flex China’s muscles.
-With the massive industrial buildup, the Chinese government continues to look towards western designs, especially how to create better rail and road systems. This advancement in construction engineering helps massively, as 3 or even 4 lane roads begin popping up on the highways that link major cities.

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OttoIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Otto I


Griffster26 - Empire of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
Leading Party: Magyarorszagi Szociáldemokrata Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stagnant)

-With the war continuing to rage around them, and soldiers growing ever closer to reaching the Hungarian border, Otto I and a cadre of officials sign the Treaty of Budapest, declaring Hungary’s neutrality in European affairs.
-King Georgios II of Greece, originally held in Cyprus under close watch of the British, takes up the offer and sneaks across the Bulgarian and Romanian borders into Hungary, where he takes up residence in the royal palace in Budapest.
-A referendum is held once again to declare the nation a republic or a monarchy. The populace, seeing how republicanism has driven Europe into a hellacious war, and that a lack of anti-socialist stances in other countries have led to their downfall, the public votes 84% in favor of keeping the monarchy.
-Slovak and Serbo-Croat are declared official languages in Hungary, adding to the already jumbled road signs and law declarations. Nonetheless, these minority groups are satiated by having the most basic forms of representation in the country’s government.
-Transylvania is officially declared an autonomous state, with a small regionally-elected government and a separate house in Hungarian parliament. However, the Hungarian-majority province of Szekelyfold remains under direct administration of the Hungarian monarchy.
-The “Arpad Line” begins construction. Mimicking the Maginot line of France, a huge array of forts are set up along the border with Yugoslavia, and smaller forts ringing the provinces near Czechoslovakia. Some view this as a Swiss-like move to ensure neutrality, while others see it as preparation for war.
-The Hungarian army sees reorganization and the inclusion of Romanian-only divisions with Romanian-speaking commanders. This is done in order to not only stop tensions between troops, but make movements easier, as giving troops crash-courses in Hungarian was more than a pain.

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HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Strong (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-The industry of Japan continues to grow as European factories focus entirely on the development of weapons and war-materials, whilst Japan begins to fill in the gaps left by European exporters and manufacturers.
-A large-scale public survey is held in order to see the populace’s opinion of the Japanese government. However, the survey is relegated to Japan proper, but sees a large number of responses. Questions like “Who do you think is a threat to our national security” was met with resoundingly similar responses: The Soviet Union.
-Mimicking the Soviet design, the Type 3 Rocket Platform is tested and developed on the island of Hokkaido. The Type-3 is a glorified flatbed truck with a series of large tubes mounted on the back that can launch 40mm rockets a surprising distance with something that could be called accuracy. It’s immediate use is unknown, but military scientists believe that the weapon would be good to terrorize defensive positions, much like the clusterbombs, for something known as “Shock and Awe”.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso I


Emperor Scorpious II - Iberian Union
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Partido Iberico (Conservative Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The Iberian Union, swearing to “Protect the livelihoods of Catholics from the brutality of Bolshevism”, declares war on Yugoslavia, joined by Italy and surprisingly, the United States. The USSR immediately joins on the behalf of the Yugoslavs.
-Small-scale operations are launched to drive back the communist PRRG insurrection in Africa, namely Mozambique. Minimal casualties take place on both sides, but multiple PRRG strongholds are seized and razed the instant the Iberian troops get a hold of them. The PRRG goes on the defensive, and those who watched the recently ended Chinese civil war know what’s coming next.
-The Iberian U-Boats are put to use in the Mediterranean and Black Seas in order to strike Yugoslav trade ships. The doctrine is largely unrestricted, and multiple Turkish and Irish trade ships are sunk before they reach Yugoslavia, while also a handful of Soviet transport vessels are sent to the deep.
-American and Italian troops are given the option to dock in Iberian ports and use them as launching posts. Most Italians choose to run headfirst into Yugoslavia, where most of them are made into hamburger meat, but the Americans take up the offer right away.
-Spanish paratroopers attempt to make landings in Yugoslavia, supported by helicopter supply ships. However, a large number of aircraft are shot down by joint Soviet/Yugoslav air assaults, and most paratroopers land on the coast of Albania, managing to dig in deep. The support of the helicopters is greatly appreciated, as they are less noticeable than huge supply planes, and they can deploy supplies in the area of operations rather than randomly with a parachute.
-Iberian troops are mobilized and prepare themselves for an assault into Yugoslavia, knowing that time is running short in the European theatre.
-Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, the Iberians continue to grow local industry by developing huge highways and freightways for the collection of Saudi oil for Iberian refineries. The Saudi government lets this happen without issue, as they regularly see a pile of Iberian cash on their doorstep in the mornings.
-A large number of Polish exiles reach Iberia in hopes of emigrating to the United States. Most of these are government officials seeking refuge far, far away from the reaches of European affairs, and most of them have decided to stay in Madrid until the Iberian or American governments scoop them up and put them in nicer places.
-Large cash grants are given to impoverished Moroccan towns, mainly to assist in the development of of housing and infrastructure. Some Iberian families, those either adventurous or just wanting out of the regular European life, move to these growing towns in Morocco.
-Moroccan officials set in place by the French are removed from their positions and given a nice cash severance pay, and are immediately replaced with Iberian-appointed leaders. Were this to happen in Europe, there would be outrage, but as it’s mostly a bunch of Maghrebis, nobody cares.
-A highway system begins to link the deserts of the West Sahara to the main portion of Morocco and up to the Atlas mountains. The work is hard and most of the laborers are Maghrebi locals who can handle the ferocious heat and blistering sun as they lay down needlessly hot asphalt.

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FranklinDelanorRooseveltPortraiture

Head of Government:
Franklin Delanor Roosevelt


SniperComZero - United States of America
Government Type: Constitutional Republic
Leading Party: Democratic Party (Market Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Faltering (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-The United States, furious with the constant expansionism of the Soviet Union, declares war on the USSR and its ally Yugoslavia. American warships leave ports and immediately begin escorting the huge number of trade ships that prepare to land in European ports.
-To lessen America’s dinnerplate, the Philippines are given autonomy directed by American-appointed local officials. The tensions begin to cool in the Philippines as American troops stationed there are swung into Australia to assist with ANZAC operations.
-A gigantic recruitment campaign begins in the United States as congress urges FDR to not pass an executive order calling for a draft. They don’t really need to, as thousands of able-bodied men flock to recruitment centers from all walks of life to help Europe “Stave off the new menace of the world”.
-American troops attempt to land in Yugoslavia through the Adriatic, but are repelled by large-scale Yugoslav defensive positions. Instead, they join the Iberians on the Albanian coastline and prepare for operations there.
-A huge contingent of the American Atlantic fleet sails through the mediterranean and attempts to attack Sevastopol. A gigantic battle takes place between American and Soviet forces, with the Americans attempting to make a naval landing in Sevastopol while also repelling relentless Soviet naval and aerial attacks. The landing crafts are unable to make landfall, and the Americans are ultimately repelled, hoping to minimize their casualties. The Black Sea is locked by Soviet naval forces, and the Americans immediately redirect themselves into Greece in an attempt to force the Yugoslavs to go on the defensive.
-At home, Mitsubishi-Ford engineer Steve Coogan creates the Mark 12 Torpedo. This small torpedo is to be attached to the wings of aircraft and launched up to 10-15 meters above the waterline to attack ships from the air. More effective than bombing, and multiple planes launched at once, the Mk12 is moved to the European theatre ASAP to assist in the naval war against the Soviets.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-With Warsaw and Konigsberg under Soviet control, the Soviets prepare to continue pushing westward. The Germans are unable to keep up with the constant Soviet advance, and French forces move to prepare a defensive line in central Germany, essentially leaving the Germans to fend for themselves.
-A huge fortification project begins in the far east, with mines and long stretches of fortified coasts prepare the east for the attacks of the ANZAC and Canadian soldiers in order to relieve the Altay Army from being the sole way to stop the oncoming Allied advance.
-With the Yugoslavs seizing Greece, the Soviet forces in Crete and Achaea move to fight against the American forces in Greece with devastating results.
-In Europe, the German high command is desperate for support, and waves of German militiamen are thrown into the maw of grizzled Soviet attackers and turned into paste. The Allied resolve wavers somewhat, but the French and British know too much from the Great War, and consider these losses inevitable.
-The Baltic and Black sea fleets see huge growth, though the Black sea fleet is regularly under attack from ETO forces. However, in the Baltic, the Soviets force the ETO blockade ever westward, surrounding them in the Jutland peninsula, essentially cutting off the Baltic sea and giving the Soviets free reign to attack out of areas like Danzig or into eastern Prussia.
-A huge push goes through Poland into Germany, hoping to seize strategic holdings in German silesia and make a spearpoint that can be driven towards Berlin. These troops are mainly raw recruits, which now make up a bulk of the Soviet army, but are not outmatched by their German competition, and are led by fearless commanders who will stop at nothing to see their job done.
-Soviet fighters rule the skies in eastern Europe as the Soviet high-command prepares for massive waves of fighter aircraft to begin assisting in escorting the large waves of bombers that ruthlessly grind German and British positions in Germany into the dirt. Berlin itself is struck multiple times by firebomb raids, scouring parts of the city and poking holes in the Reichstag.
-Propaganda is a must, and more and more able bodied men are motivated to fight after hearing of the Iberian and American attempts to dislodge the USSR from having a place on the world stage. The Soviet army grows and grows, as does its wartime industry. The entire country, in a sense, is mobilized.
-Huge railroad projects begin to link the country’s multiple industrial centers and prepare to make rail-lines that reach the European front, lessening the time for troop movements and the archaic marches of tanks and aircraft towards worthwhile positions.
-A diabolical weapon is devised in Soviet labs. A combination of gasoline and napathene/palmetic acids, simply dubbed “Napalm”, is developed. This sticky substance can be loaded into bombs and dropped onto positions, where it burns intensely and cannot easily be put out. Napalm bombs are first used against German encampments outside of Soviet-occupied Danzig with ruthless efficiency.

Turn 12: July to December 1935

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-The Soviets learn the hard way that with every action is an equal and opposite reaction. With their forces spread out across eastern Europe and flung so far westward, the combined might of British, French, Dutch and Belgian forces finally clash against the beleaguered Soviets in northern Germany. Danzig and Konigsberg are taken back in horrendous assaults that end with thousands dead on both sides and much of the city’s inner limits scoured by airstrikes or artillery.
-Memel is seized by coalition forces in late Autumn as Soviet divisions in northern Germany begin to break, their supply lines growing ever thinner as the world closes in around them economically. A huge, organized revolt breaks out in Poland, supported by ETO saboteurs, which wreaks havoc on Soviet rear command.
-In the southeast, British forces finally subdue the neutral Shah of Iran, allowing British and Raj forces to enter the Caucasus regions of Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Italian, American and Iberian troops pour in on the Yugoslav coastline as the tiny Yugo navy is cornered in the Adriatic.
-The Soviets demand access from Bulgaria. The Bulgarians refuse. Soviet troops enter Bulgaria anyways, and are immediately met with resistance. The Bulgarians open a front against the Yugoslav army, only continuing to add to the absolute cluster that is the Balkan Front.
-A Yugo-Friendly Greece is created as the Yugoslav government forms the newly independent People’s Hellenic Republic, or Hellas for short, with a capital centered in Athens. Cartographers vomit the world over.
-The revolt in India grows more severe as Pashtun and Punjabi ethnic groups organize their militias and begin infighting (Pashtun - Straight, Punjabi - Diagonal). The British decide to let them tire themselves out.
-The economy of the entire world teeters dangerously on the brink of sliding back into recession as supply and trade routes from-and-to Europe are regularly contested by Soviet raiders and ETO defenders. The ETO wants Poland back. There’s no stopping them here.

Wars:

Second Great War:
-Belligerents:
--The Comintern
---Soviet Union
---Yugoslavia
---Hellas
vs.
--European Treaty Organization (+ British Commonwealth)
---France
---United Kingdom
---Australia
---New Zealand
---Canada
---South Africa
---Germany
---Belgium
---Netherlands
---Iberia
---Italy
---United States
---Iran
---Bulgaria

Situation - Slightly in favor of Comintern
Casualties - High

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Latvia
--Lithuania
--Belgium
--Netherlands

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Social Conservative)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-In order to continue growing their industry, the Republic gives a series of aircraft blueprints to the Soviet Union in return for surplus industrial equipment, though the return flow begins to draw down as war continues in Europe.
-The constant programs of industrialization continue as infrastructure becomes a byword for dayjob for a huge majority of the working class of the Republic of China. Alongside expanding the road system into rural communities, proper water systems (water mains, water towers, etc.) and electrical systems (power stations, wiring, etc.) are built in tandem to create a more standardized form of infrastructure throughout the country.
-Government structures are also on the list, with city halls being renovated and put towards a government standard of offices and organization, alongside clinics and hospitals on the outskirts of large cities. Medical students that hunger for a job flock to these massive centers in order to help those in need.
-Raw material collection, such as metals, oil and timber, are set up for the next few year’s massive nationwide projects. Large swathes of untapped land in Yunnan and Manchuria are mapped out for (heavily regulated) mining and lumber production.
-The latinization projects continue, and take hold in large cities. It will take at the very least a decade for it to become commonplace amongst the higher class, but the heavily conservative groups eventually give up and buckle under to the “Age of Progress”.
-Huge, nationwide law reform takes place. Local elections take place in small cities, electing officers and representatives to the small local and provincial governments. Some wonder if it will lead to a bottom-up reformation, with China entering a proper Republican era.
-The Kuomintang’s ideology takes a shift to the left, making it much more moderate, as the hand of the government focuses on the improvement of the economy as opposed to people’s lives.
-The industrialization projects finally reach the rural communities in Xinjiang and near the Tibetan mountain ranges. These are mostly small factories or sweatshops where the poor are able to put themselves to work without having to sit there and wait for the harvest.
-Small arms and large-scale re-equipping continues as the Republican army enters the latter-half of its revamping. Uniform reforms go through, and proper winter/mountain/jungle and summer equipment are available to each unit’s quartermasters. Bureaucratically it’s a mess, but for the average soldier sitting on the Manchurian steppe, it’s a godsend.
-In Wuhan, a massive armor factory is set up to produce tanks. A large handful of M2 Tanks, nicknamed the Type 35A1 by Chinese producers, head out to a small armor testing range that mimics that of the Alaskan training facilities in the US. The 35A1 performs well, and Chinese military leaders are more than satisfied with its ability to move quickly and overcome entrenched positions.
-The Chinese military enacts a more specialized form of anti-Partisan doctrines, focusing on collecting information and striking at key leaders/positions rather than the usual “grind them into sausages” doctrine of the years before.
-The quality of life in China improves significantly as the nation’s economy grows rapidly. People have jobs, money comes in regularly, and the Republican government reaps huge benefits from taxation reform.

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OttoIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Otto I


Griffster26 - Empire of Hungary
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
Leading Party: Magyarorszagi Szociáldemokrata Párt (Social Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Improving)
Unity: Stable (Stagnating)

-Furious with the very existence of the Yugoslav government, and its “bastardized view of rulership”, the Hungarian parliament votes unanimously to no longer recognize Yugoslavia. Ties between the two nations are officially severed.
-The Hungarian government openly accepts support from Iberia, Italy and the United States in the possibility of needing to “combat Bolshevism”. Armor patterns and patents arrive in Budapest from the US for the M2 tank. It appears that the M2 really is a sign of America’s “capitalist imperialism”, quoting a Hungarian communist who is never heard from again.
-The nation goes into lockdown in a sense, as huge weapon and food stockpiles are set up in city halls. Rationing begins amongst the populace, and gas stations are seized by the government for military/federal use. People are scared, but the government reassures them that nothing is going wrong.
-Civilians are given a hand-me-down rifle, usually Great War surplus, 30 rounds of ammo and a small handbook on how to operate/clean the weapon. The weapons are to be kept in safe spaces, but also available for family members in the case of “armed insurrection” or “invasion from anti-Hungarian forces”.
-Hungary undergoes the process of creating “Fortress Carpathia”, or a massive series of defensive positions in the Carpathian mountains. Anti-aircraft guns, artillery emplacements, bunkers and miles-upon-miles of barbed wire criss-cross the mountain passageways, making the causeways impenetrable unless invaders were to send everything they had into a specific area. Even then, Hungarian military advisors know it would turn into a slaughterhouse in no time flat.
-Conscription begins as the Hungarian military appears to be mobilizing. Able-bodied men of all nationalities are tossed into training camps, though the Romanians are given their own facilities as before.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso I


Emperor Scorpious II - Iberian Union
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Partido Iberico (Conservative Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The gloves come off as the Iberians prepare themselves for another major push. Large numbers of Iberian regulars take trains through France and out to the eastern front in Germany, assisting in the massive counterattack. Meanwhile, in the Yugo front, things get a lot messier.
-The Iberians announce full-scale unrestricted submarine warfare in the Adriatic, essentially alerting all shipping vessels to steer clear of the Adriatic or face annihilation. Most listen, some don’t, and are turned inside out by the hordes of Iberian submarines that lurk beneath the surface of the water. Some of these submarines are spotted by Yugoslav aircraft and are heavily damaged, a couple sunk, by responding air-raids.
-Iberian officers enter Italian divisions to “assist” them. Most of this assistance comes in the form of not telling troops to bayonet rush entrenched machine gun positions, which has some serious effect as the Italians are able to pull their pants up and advance south into Yugoslavia, with assistance from the Iberian air force.
-The Iberian air-force goes full-out burn-the-earth. Bombers, both strategic and dive, careen over the Alps and Adriatic, launched from airbase or carrier, and scour city after city with repetitive air raids. These bombings are indiscriminate, causing terror and significant economic damage to some communities.
-Belgrade itself is struck multiple times by carpet bombing raids, though a handful of Iberian planes are knocked out of the sky. Belgrade could breathe a sigh of relief, if it weren’t for the Iberian rockets that wildly fell from the sky, launched from Albania. The city’s outskirts are pockmarked with bombs, but the will of the people is not broken.
-Iberian, American and Italian forces work in tandem to push Yugoslav and Soviet forces out of the Mediterranean, seizing islands such as Rhodes and Crete. The small Soviet forces are repelled, and move back to the Black Sea in preparation for another possible ETO attack.
-In Albania, the Iberians face fierce resistance from Albanian-nationals under control of Yugo commanders. Though the Iberians push forward, the repetitive guerilla attacks and napalm strikes on their advances make it ever more difficult, and Iberian commanders beg for mobile anti-aircraft capabilities.
-At home, the Iberian military unveils “Deus Vult!” (God Wills It!) as a salute, with a flat palm put against one’s chest and then arm extended straight forward in the direction of a commanding officer. The salute is soon adopted by the public, and government officials are regularly greeted with a hearty “Deus Vult!” from crowds of people.
-Polish expatriates, now arriving in Iberia by the hundreds, are given the opportunity to reorganize. Able bodied men not of original government position are set up in “Division Blue”, made up of Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian and Polish nationals who have escaped the Soviets in the east. Division Blue joins the huge counterattack and sees combat in Memel with considerable losses (though, after the fighting is done, who hasn’t?).
-Polish ex-government officials are organized into a small cabinet within the Iberian parliament, dubbed the “Exiled Parliament” by newspaper writers. Most of what goes on here is deals with the Iberian government in the hopes of the recreation of an independent Poland.
-A propaganda campaign goes out from Iberia and reaches France and Italy. It displays a gnarled, skeleton-like Kalinin tearing apart churches or holding a knife to the throat of The Virgin Mary. This ignites rage amongst the catholic populace of these countries, and anti-Communist riots break out.
-Iberia begins to aid Germany in material needs, sending munitions, food and metal to support the ailing German industry. The help is appreciated, and Germany is able to float on a large supply of French, British and Iberian economic support.
-With help of the Italians, a small pseudo-government is formed in Madrid, containing Danilo Aleksandar Petrović-Njegoš of Montenegro, who had been living abroad before being forcefully brought to Iberia. The Kingdom of Montenegro is declared, though its capital lies just out of reach. Nonetheless, it appears that Iberia is preparing to set up a series of friendly governments throughout Europe.
-Iberian researchers from various universities are given huge government grants to begin researching nuclear theory and the possibility of harnessing the Atom. Though much of it is just theories, experts wonder if there will be practical application to this in the future.

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HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Strong (Improving)
Unity: High (Improving)

-The Japanese Merchant-Marine, composed of trade vessels flanked by heavy warships, moves out of their home ports and into those of Britain, France and the Netherlands. Trade to/from Japan is crucial to keep the Japanese economy alive and thriving, and the Japanese cannot risk losing valuable assets in Europe, and take it upon themselves to bring goods from and back to the mainland.
-A naval exercise is conducted in the Sea of Japan and off the coast of Chosen. Most of this is fast maneuvering, paired with Carrier Air Group tactics with aircraft to ensure Japanese projection of naval power in short bursts, rather than the huge grand battle plans of their European competitors.
-Naval vessels in Japan slowly return to being upgunned and upgraded. Most consider this as a response to growing issues in Europe, and Japan’s neutral stance soothes possible fears of Japanese expansionism.
-An early rocket engine prototype is created, mimicking that of the Iberian and Yugoslav anti-tank/long distance rockets. With a large air intake and an “internal propellor”, this hulking engine can produce huge amounts of lift and energy. However, it is extremely expensive, heavy and delicate, and researchers do not believe it has immediate applications just yet.

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FranklinDelanorRooseveltPortraiture

Head of Government:
Franklin Delanor Roosevelt


SniperComZero - United States of America
Government Type: Constitutional Republic
Leading Party: Democratic Party (Market Conservative)
Military: Substantial | Experienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Faltering (Stagnating)
Unity: Medium (Improving)

-Picking themselves back up from their last defeat, the Americans join the horde of the ETO in Eastern Europe to continue the gigantic push against the Soviets. American tanks go toe-to-toe with Soviet designs, with the Soviets gaining the upper hand with sloped armor, only to take an anti-tank gun to the face.
-Iberian, American and Italian forces work in tandem to push Yugoslav and Soviet forces out of the Mediterranean, seizing islands such as Rhodes and Crete. The small Soviet forces are repelled, and move back to the Black Sea in preparation for another possible ETO attack.
-American troops begin to push into Greece with due force, slamming up against Yugoslav defenders and making mincemeat of militia divisions sent against them. Their only major obstacle is the fact that a large portion of their forces have been peeled off into Europe, though with the Mediterranean largely secured, its no sweat off their back.
-American troops enter a bizarre form of asymmetrical warfare against the Yugoslav defenders in eastern Greece. Convoy and supply route raids are common, usually resulting in extremely frustrated commanders and hungry troopers.
-Napalm strikes regularly do damage to American positions, but as the Americans slowly begin a strange counter-counter insurgency in Hellas/Yugoslavia, the napalm proves to be more effective as a terror weapon rather than an outright bombing tool. Nonetheless, as American soldiers go up against the Yugoslav mechanized divisions, the napalm is not something to be ignored.
-A recruitment campaign continues in the US as congress urges the President not to sign conscription in through via executive order. Plays, movies and radio broadcasts describing Communist atrocities are seen/heard just about everywhere, and the US military sees no shortage of men trying to get into the fight.
-Patents of the M2 Tank, various weapons and aircraft are sent to the UK, France and Germany in order to create a more “unified” front in the east. Though the French and British are more than satisfied with their own toys, the Germans happily take up the offer and put forward the first German-built M2, with a little Iron Cross on it for good measure. Armor patterns and patents arrive in Budapest from the US for the M2 tank as the Hungarians take on the M2 for their military.
-The American Army Air Force begins tests for an “Escort” fighter. This maneuverable aircraft is built for long distance operations and carries only a few guns on it as opposed to most interceptors, but is instead built for helping bombers reach their targets unmolested. It is tested with great effect, and the P-35 Bulldog is immediately put into production. In comparison to other fighters, it is a tad sluggish and under armed, but serves its purpose, and will be crucial in air raids to come.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Degrading)
Unity: Medium (Stagnating)

-The Soviets see their troops in Northern Germany nearly totally overrun by a gigantic ETO counterattack that was in the making some years ago. The Soviets fall back, regularly destroying bridges and burning cities on their escape to create a devastated landscape in hopes of breaking morale. Some Soviet troops still remain in “liberated” Danzig and Konigsberg, regularly conducting raids and attacks on garrisoned ETO soldiers, but are not a big enough presence to make a major difference.
-A revolt breaks out in Poland, raising all hell behind Soviet lines. New recruits headed to the front are thrown face-first into a brutal Anti-Guerilla campaign against the Polish partisans, which usually ends in villages being razed to the ground and thousands of soldiers and civilians alike killed in the fighting. The Soviet command instead just diverts troop movements around it.
-In the relatively undefended far southeast, British and Iranian troops enter the Azeri SSR, seizing crucial oil fields and opening yet another front for the Soviets to try and stamp out. Soviet forces stationed here enter sporadic gunfights in the mountains, which only leads to both sides digging in deeper and deeper.
-Supplies for the Soviets begin to dip below the carrying capacity as Soviet industry struggles to keep up with replacing the losses in the west. Food is also becoming an issue as many of the farmhands are now fighting, and the USSR is slowly becoming more and more dependent on Chinese food imports.
-All is not lost for the Soviets however, as the southern front in German-occupied Poland continues as planned, with the Soviets preparing large defenses, keeping their hold on Krakow and other major southern cities intact. The western push is essentially stalled, and many troops are instead held up at the Kalinin Line in preparation for a much more drawn out war.
-Ship production in the Baltic and Black seas continue, though most of the Soviet naval focus begins on creating a “Far-East Fleet” that can dislodge the prowling ANZAC and Canadian navies in the Pacific ocean.
-The Soviet Union demands that the Bulgarians allow them through. Though they were wartime allies for a short time against Romania, the Bulgarians refuse them access. The Soviets respond by sending a huge number of troops southward. The Bulgarians put up a spectacular defense, but are slowly being pushed back, though they leave fields of Soviet dead in their wake. The Soviets begin to learn the dangers of overextension and massed conscript armies.
-The Baltic sea war continues, as coastal raids begin to shower Danzig and Konigsberg with naval artillery. The Soviet Baltic Fleet regularly sees responses by ETO aircraft, with a handful of destroyers being heavily damaged by anti-naval actions from the ETO.
-The Soviet Marine Corp. is formed, and is immediately put to training in small simulated naval facilities in the Caspian. The Marines are built for short term operations along enemy coastlines, which raises the eyebrows of many of the ETO nations, though island countries such as Britain understand the design.
-Propaganda campaigns continue. All radio stations are seized by the Soviet government, as are any television broadcasts, and all children are required to “report” on their parents “political allegiance” to the Soviet government.
-The Soviets declare a non-aggressive stance towards Japan, ensuring that their naval buildup in the east is to protect their own assets as opposed to begin a naval war with the Japanese. Survivors of the Russo-Japanese war breathe a sigh of relief.
-The University of Moscow begins a large-scale program to research the possibility of “harnessing” the Atom and what it could be used for. Its application is somewhat unknown, but that is what research is about.
-In military terms, the Soviets are strong and able to hold out for some time, but the morale of their soldiers wavers as the tables turn in northern Germany.

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MihajloApostolskiPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mihajlo Apostolski


Waterrmelonn - United Kingdoms of Yugoslavia
Government Type: Federal Monarchy
Leading Party: Socijalistička partija Jugoslavije (Leftwing Radical)
Military: Substantial | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: High (Stagnating)

-With Alexander I killed, and Peter II far too young to ascend to the throne, the Yugoslav commander Mihajlo Apostolski takes power as “Regent in Command” of Yugoslavia. Prince Paul, though a staunch anti-communist, begrudgingly heads to the frontlines to help boost the morale of the troops as the royal family and Yugoslavia itself is in disarray. A massive funeral procession is held in Belgrade, with advisors from the Soviet Union and the Kingdom of Sweden in attendance. As if a cruel joke, immediately after Alexander’s body is entombed in a beautiful marble mausoleum, Iberian bombers begin to strike Belgrade with no remorse.
-Local Self Defense Forces (LSDFs) are officially mobilized and begin integration into the Yugoslav regular divisions. They see combat in northern Yugoslavia mainly, against the Italians and Iberians that enter Slovenia. They are heavily damaged in the fighting, but their sheer ferocity is what keeps the north of Yugoslavia from being totally overrun, and they are brutally effective at engaging in asymmetrical activities.
-The Albanian legions are put into full force against the Iberians and pitched battles are fought. Though the Iberians press forward, they are regularly slowed down by Albanian fighters and insurgents that refuse to give an inch of land to the Iberians.
-Conscription is put out in full effect, and all men of servable age are drawn up into regiments to fight in the Balkan front. This causes serious upset in the Yugoslav industry as young children and women are the only ones able to pick up the slack.
-Yugoslav aircraft armed with the Soviet napalm begin to strike against Iberian and American positions, doing serious damage to defensive areas, and making the war a general living hell, though it doesn’t outright stop them.
-The Yugoslav mechanized brigades head south in order to combat the Iberians and Americans in Albania/Greece. Pitched battles are fought, and the gap between Albania and Greece is held by Yugoslav mechanized brigades, and force the oncoming attackers to be funneled through the rocky terrain of the Balkans.
-The Yugoslav navy goes all-out in the Adriatic in an attempt to combat the Iberian and Italian navies. The Italian navy goes toe-to-toe with the Yugoslavs, and are regularly smacked upside the head by the patriotic vigor of the Yugoslav navy. Much to their dismay, however, Iberian U-Boats are a constant threat, and small scale naval operations replace large scale surface warfare.
-Yugoslav interceptors regularly engage Iberian helicopters that stray too far north. As much as the Iberians love their new aircraft, they have no defense against Yugoslav counterattacks, and are forced to operate at night or under the cover of Iberian/Italian interceptors.
-Propaganda leaflets are dropped into Italian cities at night, leaving little gifts for civilians in the early morning. Most of these papers describe how the Italian cause is moot, and that the civilian population should instead rise up to combat the “brutality of your fascist dictators”. Mussolini responds by using a leaflet to wipe his mouth at a state dinner, a photo which is repeated time and time again in Italian newspapers.
-Naval vessels are the top priority of the Yugoslav military manufacturers, though coastal cities are threatened by consistent Iberian bombardment. Nonetheless, Yugoslav ingenuity wins the day, and a handful of frigates enter the Adriatic to support their comrades in arms.
-The Royal Guard, humiliated by the death of Alexander I, are ordered to partake in suicidal raids on Iberian and American positions. Much to the shock of Iberian and American defenders, they take these orders to heart, and there are reports of “suicide bombers” charging munitions dumps or tanks, exploding and causing serious damage.
-A propaganda campaign continues, showing the horrific possibility of a Yugoslavian division, with images of knives being dug straight into the heart of the country. Meanwhile, Apostolski acts as the regent, and assists in the continued education of young Peter II, who is set to ascend to the throne upon his 16th birthday.
-The construction of power plants goes into overdrive, though some of them are struck by the indiscriminate bombings. Those that aren’t however, achieve construction in record timing. They are flimsy to some extent, and could easily be broken by simple saboteurs, but are nonetheless effective in their job of producing energy for Yugoslav factories.
-A pseudo-state, dubbed the People’s Hellenic Republic, is created in Yugoslav-occupied Greece. With Giorgios in Hungary as an exiled monarch, the Yugoslavs go ahead in the creation of their own socialist puppet, while keeping Greek Macedonia for themselves. The Greeks, under the control of a cadre of socialists, begin their own conscription program, and help in the fight against the Americans and Iberians.
-“Pocket Destroyers”, or small scale torpedo-and-gun-armed ships, are brought to the drawing board in Yugoslav military academies. These small ships could easily be put to use in the Adriatic, and the first 3 ships of the ‘Paul’ class immediately begin construction in hidden naval factories, expected to be put out by the summer of the next year.

Turn 13: January to June 1936

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-Yugoslav support for Hellas grinds to a halt as Bulgarian and Iberian troops cross through Macedonia and hold the territory. Meanwhile, American troops make a foothold in Athens, and the Greek government risks yet another collapse.
-Soviet and ETO forces continue to battle in Poland. To the southwest, the “Southern Corridor” remains in Soviet hands, who continue to push westward. In Bulgaria, the Soviets halt their advance to focus on crucial fronts in western Europe and Central Asia.
-The world economy continues to become rocky, affecting trade everywhere. The United States, just on the up-and-out of the depression, begins to slip back once again.
-“War Exhaustion” is rampant amongst the populace in all countries involved in the Second Great War, and peace demonstrations take place in Moscow and London. Dissenters are arrested in both countries.
-As a result of the war, the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin had to be cancelled.
-The ”Belgrade Massacre” takes place as thousands are killed in indiscriminate bombings by the Iberians.
-Large numbers of Maghrebis arrive in the Bedouin-majority area of Italian Libya, upsetting the local populace as many of these people are homeless, their migration mysterious.
-A Japanese merchant marine accidentally strikes what is believed to be a British mine, detonating the ship’s cargo and killing hundreds on board. The Japanese government is furious, and demands full compensation in the form of seizure of British assets in China. Not willing to open up yet another front, and fearing the total collapse of industry in Asia, the British begrudgingly accept their offer. The international centers of Shanghai and Hong Kong are now under the authority of the Japanese, where life continues as usual, but under a Red Sun rather than a Union Jack.

Wars:

Second Great War:
-Belligerents:
--The Comintern
---Soviet Union
---Yugoslavia
---Hellas
vs.
--European Treaty Organization (+ British Commonwealth)
---France
---United Kingdom
---Australia
---New Zealand
---Canada
---South Africa
---Germany
---Belgium
---Netherlands
---Iberia
---Italy
---United States
---Iran
---Bulgaria

Situation - Slightly in favor of Comintern
Casualties - High

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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ChiangKai-shekPortraiture

Head of Government:
Chiang Kai-shek


Ruskie - Republic of China
Government Type: Semi-Republic
Leading Party: Kuomintang (Social Conservative)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-China continues its industrial expansion by finishing up the roads started years ago. Factories and industrial centers in cities are regularly humming with life, and the average Chinese citizen is hard pressed to not find a job somewhere in the urban centers of the nation.
-Government buildings are a common sight in large cities as well. Hospitals, clinics, banks and courts regularly fly Kuomintang banners and have images of happy, patriotic workers shaking hands with Uncle Sam or handing bushels of wheat to a smiling, headscarf-wearing Russian woman.
-The latinization project continues, and over a hundred Chinese universities now have Latin-Chinese classes available for students, with military academies having it as a required course for officers.
-Chonqing begins to convert itself over to home industry rather than the production of industrial equipment. This industry transfer will help aid in the creation of domestic businesses and allow the construction of Chinese owned-and-run companies, as the state begins to sell soviet-mimicked equipment to the average joe in China.
-The Central Government undergoes further reformation. Huge numbers of redundant office are cleared out in a “Bloodless Purge”, and more local elections take place. The provincial governments are given the opportunity to elect officials, though the communist parties are regularly denied opportunity to run.
-Economic regulation is a must, and the Chinese government looks to the choices (and mistakes) made by American and British industrial regulation boards. The Chinese government keeps a large public sector for raw materials and non-processed goods, but keeps a keen eye on the growth of a strong Chinese private sector.
-The Chinese unveil their first interceptor, based on Soviet and American designs. The “Year 17 Fighter”, (dubbed for the 17th year of the organized Kuomintang party), begins production in order to bolster the Chinese air force.

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AlfonsoXIIIPortraiture

Head of Government:
Alfonso I


Emperor Scorpious II - Iberian Union
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Partido Iberico (Conservative Monarchist)
Military: Large | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Stable (Stagnating)
Unity: Stable (Improving)

-The Iberian atlantic fleet heads westward, scooting through the Panama canal into the Pacific. Commerce raiding is the name of the game, as Iberian ships regularly lay waste to Soviet merchant marine craft, but usually run away at the sight of Soviet naval vessels, though there is sporadic fighting between Soviet fast attack cruisers and Iberian U-Boats.
-The Yugoslav front continues, with Iberian troops meeting up with Bulgarians in Macedonia. Though the fighting is slowed down as Iberia still has troops fighting in Poland, Iberian military advisors feel more than satisfied with the combined forces’ results on Yugoslav military personnel.
-A horrific incident takes place late one night in Belgrade. Iberian bombers, linking up with Italians and aided by Iberian rockets, wreak havoc on Belgrade. Instead of focusing on industrial centers, the Iberians and Italians randomly hit parts of the city with devastating effect. Thousands are killed in the raid, and hundreds of buildings are outright destroyed. Fires burn through into the morning, where sunrise is met with torrential rain of Iberian rockets and dive bombers. The last fires are put out by evening the day after, and the casualty count hovers at 8,000+ civilians. It is dubbed the “Belgrade Massacre” by communist propagandists, and even members of the ETO look on in horror. The Iberians, meanwhile, are satisfied with the results.
-The Iberian homefront undergoes total wartime preparation. Blackout drills are common, and it is not rare for airline pilots to feel that they are accidentally over the atlantic when half of the countryside is totally dark.
-Wartime industry goes into maximum production mode, with the government subsidizing arms manufacturers heavily. Farms are encouraged to go into overdrive, and a large percentage of Iberian food goes straight to the army.
-Iberians continue to settle in Morocco as the land regularly goes up for cheap. The locals allow the Iberians in, and the city of Fes slowly becomes “overtaken” with Iberians.
-Raw materials, most importantly rubber and metals, goes under “Total Economic Exploitation” policies. The Iberian government seizes huge swathes of land in their African colonies, and government-run businesses flood into the area to begin tearing up jungles for resources to continue production of wartime materials.
-Blueprints for a “Nuclear Reactor” are thought up at the university in Madrid. A “Nuclear Reactor”, or center for the processing of raw nuclear materials, is a must have for the application of uranium or other radioactive substances in power production.
-Iberia takes the world stage as the militarist might, overshadowing Japan and the Soviets in terms of tenacity, mobility and most especially, brutality.

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HirohitoPortraiture

Head of Government:
Hirohito


iAmaNewb - Empire of Japan
Government Type: Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
Leading Party: Taisei Yokusankai (Fascist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Strong (Stagnating)
Unity: High (Improving)

-A Japanese merchant marine accidentally strikes what is believed to be a British mine, detonating the ship’s cargo and killing hundreds on board. The Japanese government is furious, and demands full compensation in the form of seizure of British assets in China. Not willing to open up yet another front, and fearing the total collapse of industry in Asia, the British begrudgingly accept their offer.
-Japanese administration of the former British port cities is fairly similar, though businesses are regularly searched unannounced in order to ensure “safety from economic espionage and sabotage”.
-Like their neighbors, the Japanese research and begin producing their own interceptors. Dubbed the X6M “Year 1” interceptor, the “One” (called by the media) is immediately put to the test in terms of mass production. The One can sit atop the Japanese carriers with relative ease, and is the first in what may become a long line of Carrier-Air Group dedicated aircraft made especially for airway interdiction and fights at sea.

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MikhailKalininPortraiture

Head of Government:
Mikhail Kalinin


Native Hunter - United Soviet Socialist Republics
Government Type: Proletarian Dictatorship
Leading Party: Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Stalinist)
Military: Massive | Inexperienced | Interwar Equipment
Economy: Unstable (Degrading)
Unity: Medium (Degrading)

-The Soviets continue their construction of fleets, focusing mainly on the creation of smaller, more agile destroyers that are able to harass the larger, more powerful battleships of the British and French navies. With this, a large contingent of the Soviet People’s Marine is deployed in rapid attack forces in the Baltic, striking cities such as Konigsberg and Gdansk. The fighting in Konigsberg is brutal and bloody, as the skeleton of a city is attacked yet again with naval artillery and airstrikes as Marines flood into the city streets.
-The Great People’s Army of the Soviet People is formed. Taking boys aged 14 and up and women 17 and up, the GPA is made up of a huge number of conscripts and reserves. Factory workers, farmers, teachers, janitors and the homeless are given rifles, basic training courses that roughly a week, and are sent westward to join the rest of the Soviet army. Their fighting is brutal, their tactics crude and ill-thought out, but the results are good enough for the commissars. The GPA continues to push through southern Poland, and frees Memel from the hands of the ETO.
-The momentum of the northern counterattack is halted at the ETO’s gigantic defensive lines, and the French/British/German defenders refuse to give an inch of land. In a single day, well over a thousand Soviet conscripts die on what is known as the “Muddied Front” as the spring rains turn the plains of the Polish countryside into a muddy morass. Reporters from all sides hear the echoes of Passchendaele in their minds.
-Paratroopers are used to support the GPA in their attack, but little can be done for the paratroopers once they reach into enemy lines. Instead, these paratroopers are focused on mounting defenses in Gdansk and Konigsberg, the fighting usually reduced to asymmetrical and brutal urban combat.
-In the Caucasus, a division of the GPA is sent to force the British back down into Iran. They see some major successes, with the British only able to hold on to a small portion of the mountainous region. Westward, the Altay Army moves into Khorasan, blasting through the few defensive Iranian positions, but soon find themselves without a proper plan of action, and their supplies begin to run low.
-Bombing is an everyday thing for the Soviets, but unlike the Iberians, the Soviets focus mainly on attacking supply lines and defensive positions. Urban centers are on the low list for Soviet bombing attacks, as they fear it could be used as propaganda against them, and paint the soviets as some sort of violent aggressor.
-The Polish rebellion is stopped with the arrival of the GPA. However, the GPA is given the authority to “express the People’s intentions” with the Poles. Many of these soldiers, infuriated with the Polish stance in previous years, execute thousands of prisoners. Villages are burned to the ground, and inhabitants are massacred in multiple attacks from enraged Soviet soldiers. Some of these soldiers are punished and executed themselves, while other disgruntled officers outright encourage the violence.
-The “Kalinin Line” is expanded. This large series of forts and defensive positions, like a Maginot Line on steroids, is planned to stretch from Riga to Sevastopol, and have a wide array of fortifications, anti-air guns, artillery emplacements and even airfields. Though construction is slowed due to the lack of supplies and the government’s focus on warfare, it is expected to be a brutal reminder to anyone who manages to get that far that the Soviets are here to stay.
-Blueprints for a “Nuclear Reactor” are thought up at the university in Moscow. A “Nuclear Reactor”, or center for the processing of raw nuclear materials, is a must have for the application of uranium or other radioactive substances in power production.
-The Soviets are slowly approaching a dangerous point in their ability to make war. The people are looking more and more to peace, and the chokehold of blockades slowly begins to take its toll on the populace. Food shortages break out in Central Asian villages and parts of Ukraine, and the factories are running into 1:1 production/requirement ratios.

Turn 14: July to December 1936

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-World Tensions are very high.
-The war has finally come to a close, following the signage of the Treaty of Cetinje and Treaty of Warsaw.
-The Treaty of Cetinje officially ended the existence of the Federal Kingdoms of Yugoslavia. Some of its territories are divided amongst ETO/ECA belligerents, as 4 new states are formed from its remnants through ethnic division; the Kingdoms of Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro, as well as the Slovene Republic. The royal family of Yugoslavia, the Karađorđević dynasty, is dispersed or, in the case of Serbia following the ascension of King Milan II Jakovljević de Obrenović, exiled.
-The Treaty of Warsaw has the Polish Republic be restored, its eastern borders annexed by the Soviet Union, while the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are officially recognized as part of the USSR. The Free Republic of Danzig, a state run by both the Polish and German governments, is also established, amongst various other terms.
-In Poland, federal elections sanctioned by both the ETO and the Soviet Union take place. The Polish National Democracy party takes hold with a 56% majority. What the ETO and Soviet Union did not expect nor plan ahead, was an absolute seizure of power. The Polish fascists take over parliament and boot all democratic/socialist elements from their positions.
-With a nationalist Poland on the rise and a Soviet Union more or less on their border, Czechoslovakia takes the steps required to enter the fold of the European Treaty Organization. With pressure from Brussels and France, the tiny Luxembourg too joins the ETO, though all of a handful of people are excited to see the division-or-more sized Luxembourger army join the ranks of the ETO’s other members.
-The Irish Iron Party seizes power in the Irish parliament, and forces out other parties. The flag is rebranded, and the nation is retitled the United Irish Republic. In the Irish parliament, rants and raves over the return of Belfast are a daily occurance.
-The world economy is given a chance to finally breathe, though nations will struggle to rebuild over the next few years.
-Tensions grow between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan as Chinese troops are refused entrance into Japanese occupied Shanghai, Hong Kong and Weihaiwei. Observers fear that a conflict may break out between these Asian giants.
-A revolt breaks out in southern Africa, as locals attempt to overthrow their British overlords. British and South African troops attempt to suppress the rebellion, but are unable to find a leader or organizer, and believe that it is a flat out ethnic uprising.
-The People’s Pashtun Army (PPA) [represented with verticle lines on the map] is formed. This secular, socialist, Pashtun nationalist militant group rises up against their British oppressors, doing regular combat with the Hindu nationalists. The British are caught completely unaware, and a brutal guerilla campaign begins in northern India.

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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-Speaking to the European Treaty Organization, the Republic of China purchases blueprints to various wartime equipment from the Republic of France and the Republic of Germany. These purchases include designs of German mortars and machine guns and French vehicles and rifles.
-Outside of the ETO, the Republic looks to purchasing the SM. 79 medium bomber from Italy, as the Republic’s military officials are disappointed with China’s lack of heavy air power. The Czechoslovaks sell anti-tank weapon designs to the Chinese as well, and the Chinese quickly add them to the production list.
-Chengdu and Chonqing armament factories begin creating large numbers of the Year 17 and SM. 79 aircraft respectively. This comes as the Chinese begin preparing for a more fluid military style, and more adept “combined arms” focus like that of their European counterparts.
-Domestically, China continues to grow with its massive infrastructure programs. Now, however, these programs move into the rural countryside. Small farming/fishing villages are slowly being linked to major cities as large highways and railroads begin to slither through the centers of town.
-Republican government buildings pop up in these small villages, though most of them tend to be squatter “regional administration” centers, and not the massive, imposing city halls of large cities like Harbin or Beijing.
-Chinese divisions on the Sino-Soviet border are demobilized for the most part. Troops return home, and others are refitted to be moved elsewhere. However, the armor and artillery divisions on the Soviet-Manchu border are moved south, and now the Korean border bristles with Chinese and Japanese guns warily staring at one another.
-Chinese troops move towards the outskirts of Hong Kong, Weihaiwei and Shanghai, and demand entrance to the cities under the banner of “relieving” the local administration. The Japanese refuse, and the Chinese then set up camps on the borders of these cities. Regularly, Japanese and Chinese officers meet early in the morning to discuss possible exchanges of territory, and usually both parties return to their respective encampments infuriated.
-The Chinese take up the European way of going about their reasearch, and begin what is known as the “Xia Plan”. Those that read between the lines know what the Chinese are up to.
-The relations between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China are soured severely, and many foreigners in the Japanese-administered cities believe that this may lead to war, while others hope the non-aggression pact stays in place.

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-Hoping to grow relations between the two countries, the Republic of France and Republic of China sign a deal. The French will export blueprints of their armored tanks/transport vehicles and the outdated R-31 Rifle in return for large monetary benefits. This money is immediately put into the rebuilding programs throughout Europe.
-A mutual aid pact is signed with Germany, Poland and the Free Republic of Danzig. French troops are demobilized for the most part, but those that volunteer are able to assist in the rebuilding of the aforementioned nations. The process is slow, and will take years to make things better again, but is appreciated by everyone.
-Most of France’s troops are withdrawn from the east, with a small handful of troops staying in Warsaw to keep the peace. Some Soviet troops are also left behind, though the latter are expelled by the Fascist government. The French are requested to keep their troops in Warsaw however.
-Gaston Doumergue, the “Iron Giant of France” is reelected as the Prime Minister. Though very advanced in his age, and unable to move as quick as his colleagues, Doumergue has seen France through another war, and the French public sees him as the best possible leader in such trying times.
-The French continue their major economic reforms, such as infrastructure projects in Aquitaine and along the border with Belgium and Luxembourg, in hopes of making economic transfer easier and faster. Public works programs and farm subsidies are a commonplace thing throughout France, and much of the government’s money is spent on repairing Germany and Poland, much to the chagrin of French nationalists.
-The French work hard to dismantle colonial monopolies and mercantilism, instead pushing for a stronger series of independent colonies that do not rely on the support of French capitalists. In Guangzhouwan, the French continue to support their far Asian colony, hoping to make it more powerful than the now Japanese occupied Hong Kong.
-The French, learning from the mistakes made in the last war, begin producing the R-36 semi-automatic carbine. Chambered in the same round as the R-31, the R-36 is instead magazine fed as opposed to stripper-clip dependent. This makes it easier for troops to cycle out when they are empty, and allows them to leave more lead downrange.
-The French purchase blueprints of the German MG-34, and begin producing their own knockoffs known as the MG-36. These are chambered in the 8x51mm Lebel rifle cartridge, making these MGs significantly more destructive downrange, while also forcing producers to lower the RPM to 750 from 950. Nonetheless, the ETO begins seeing a standardized set of weapons amongst its members.
-Following in the footsteps of Europe’s various powers, the French begin their own small-scale, secretive program, known as the “Montpelier Project”. Again, only a few smart people know its intentions.

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-With the German war machine more or less allowed to be turned on, the Germans quickly jump at the opportunity to make quick cash. Thousands of mortars and machine guns are sent to the Republic of China in return for large lump sums of money. Most of this money is used to repair damaged German towns, especially Konigsberg.
-The French also receive a large number of MGs, the newest design as well. In return for this, the Germans work with the French on the Mutual Aid Pact, where the French will dedicate some of their yearly budget to assisting in the repairing of Germany and Poland.
-Though relations are still somewhat tense, the Germans and Poles come to agreement and begin moving demobilized, unarmed troops into the Free Republic of Danzig in order to rebuild the fractured city.
-The Germans request that the US send some aid as well, though very little arrives. Most of it comes in the form of free food and the occasional volunteer regiment coming to help fix things up here and there, but the Germans are largely disappointed with the lack of assistance.
-Finally let off the leash of the punitive Treaty of Versailles, the German government begins funding weapons manufacturers such as Krupp, Mauser and Messerschmitt to begin producing large quantities of weapons/vehicles for military or export purposes.
-A propaganda campaign is launched to ensure German unity and keep the possibility of “internal fracturing” at a minimum. Much of this propaganda focuses on building strong families and having a powerful community as opposed to a nationalist/political stance.
-The German economy is slapped upside the head once more as the German government introduces the Deutschemark to replace the Reichsmark. This bill has more value than the Reichsmark, but the German government is careful to begin printing it, hoping to wait out Reichsmark deflation before introducing it in full.
-The German army is demobilized, but troops are immediately sent to the various damaged regions to begin rebuilding. Most of these troops stay on German soil, though a few are sent to western Poland to assist here and there.
-Manufacturers at Mauser unveil the “Carbine” version of a great war weapon. The K98k is a shorter barreled version of the Gewehr 98, a firearm used by the German Empire during the 1st Great War. The K98k is smaller, and is thus easier to transport and is less heavy. Another breakthrough is the MG-34. This machine gun can spit upwards of 950 rounds per minute, and uses a full-length rifle cartridge. Terrifying as it is deadly, the MG-34 is made in gigantic quantities, for both export and military usage.
-Germany, though rocked time and time again through the past half-century, is finally standing on its own two feet.

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-Having forced through the Treaty of Cetinje, the divisive peace deal that shatters the former UKY, the former Yugoslav territories of Vojvodian Bačka and Slovenian Prekmurje are seceded to the Empire, officially given makeovers as proper Hungarian territories under the names of Bácska and Muravidék. Many nationalists smile as they see the treaty as revenge for the Treaty of Trianon, signed just 16 years earlier. Some also enjoy the ascension of King Juraj I Feštetić in Croatia, as they consider the dynasty more Hungarian than Croatian.
-After reclaiming their territories in the Balkans, the Hungarians then request that the southern Slovak provinces be returned to their “rightful home”. Appealing to the League of Nations, the Czechoslovaks immediately pull their presence in the ETO, and more or less force the Hungarians to back down.
-Much of the Arpad Line is dismantled, mainly due to the lack of immediate threat. However, emplacements facing the Soviets and Czechoslovaks stay more or less in place, ensuring that nothing devious tries to make its way through the mountains.
-In an attempt to appease various powers, the Hungarians purchase machineguns from the Czechoslovaks as well as compact submachine guns from the Finns. These two firearms are rebranded with Hungarian titles and are set to replace the current Hungarian stock by the end of the coming year.

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-With the war finally over, the Iberians are present at the peace talks with the USSR and Yugoslavia. The Iberians happily go forward with the peace deals, and remove their troops from Central Europe with haste. However, a large number of divisions move slowly through the newly independent Croatia and Slovenia, giving children candy and helping repair the occasional crushed home.
-These actions come as Iberia moves towards creating a far more friendly Balkans, and hopes to ensure strong relations between the ECA and the small Balkan states.
-Meanwhile, the Iberian and Polish governments sign the Arms Treaty of Krakow/Toledo. Iberian arms manufactures are to be the main suppliers to the newly minted Polish republic. Many are unsurprised at the deal, as the two staunchly Catholic nations had been growing close since the seizure of power by Alfonso years before.
-The Iberians once again return to Saudi Arabia. This time, the Iberians demand the exclusivity of their red-sea ports to Iberian merchant marine. Also, the Saudis are to capitulate and allow the construction of Iberian military bases in and around said ports. The Saudi family, furious with the act as they may be, have little option but to back down and let the Iberians in. The occasional upset Bedouin may try to charge the construction crews, but they are usually put down with impunity. -Many of the troops returning home are given a massive parade in Madrid as the Iberians celebrate an “Ideological victory”. The King and the parliament are seen regularly shaking hands and taking publicity photos. A couple communists hold a picket protest. They are never seen again.
-Thousands of troops return to their families and loved ones, and are given a note when they arrive at home The Iberian government gives soldiers who have shown “outstanding performance and patriotic gratitude” a small patch of land in the Moroccan colonies to their name. These soldiers are given a tax-free 5 years on these territories, hoping to encourage emigration to the African holdings.
-The Iberian ruling party, Partido Iberico, takes a shift to the right. With the sheer lack of other parties, the restrictive press practices, the seizure of power and the staunch militarization, Partido Iberico is more ideologically right, thus causing it to fall in the “fascist” bracket by many observers.
-The Iberian government continues to fund its nuclear research program. This time, the workers produce fairly complex-yet-reliable designs for large scale nuclear reactors. These reactors will allow for the production of “purified” nuclear materials that can be easier researched and handled.
-The world returns to normal in Iberia. Blackouts are no longer scheduled, schools re-open, some factories return to civilian goods production, and life seems to slowly ease back into easiness and bliss for the Iberian populace.

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-The Empire of Japan begins to cozy up to faraway Italy, hoping to grow ties between the European and Asian fascist states. The Italians are happy to see these steps taken, and many diplomatic handshakes take place.
-Japan sends a large sum of money to Poland alongside shipments of food and free tractors. This benefits the Polish reconstruction, and helps strengthen the bond between Warsaw and Tokyo.
-Elections formally take place in Japan, with a large turnout. However, due to the fact that the nation’s wealth and quality of life continues to skyrocket, the ruling party remains in power, with the presence of the Emperor officially unquestioned.
-Ports are opened up in Japan for exportation of goods. Most of these ports are state owned, but some are put up for sale for various Japanese companies. Mitsubishi-Ford happily takes up stock in Hokkaido, making it easier for a two-way export trip to Alaska.
-Infrastructure projects in Chosen go full bore. Railways that link Pyongyang to Busan begin construction, as well as the production of flat, asphalt roads that mimic the Chinese design. The Japanese hope to turn Chosen into an industrial hub for Japan, alleviating some of the stress of forcing so many factories onto the mainland island.
-Ports are also opened up in Chosen, Shanghai and Hong-Kong. However, these ports are mainly for IJN repairs-and-construction. These ports are also under close watch now that the Chinese have made what is believed to be a fairly foolish move.
-Chinese troops move towards the outskirts of Hong Kong, Weihaiwei and Shanghai, and demand entrance to the cities under the banner of “relieving” the local administration. The Japanese refuse, and the Chinese then set up camps on the borders of these cities. Regularly, Japanese and Chinese officers meet early in the morning to discuss possible exchanges of territory, and usually both parties return to their respective encampments infuriated.
-The Japanese military, for the most part, stands down. However, the IJN patrols the South China Sea regularly, and the divisions in Chosen are ready to crack skulls if the chance should arise.
-At home, the Japanese air force unveils a newly modified design for their previous rocket engines. These large engines, built with a propellor inside, spin at such a fantastic rate that they allow breathtaking speeds at high altitude and rapid maneuverability. The biggest issue is its fuel consumption, and the fact that Japan always runs on reserves is a major concern.
-The Japanese/Chinese tensions are growing, and the whole world wonders if it may come to a catastrophic snap.

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-With victory declared, the Soviet Union begins demobilizing its troops in bulk. Millions of conscripts are given a small severance package, and most return home to their factory jobs, helping to support the nation’s economy.
-In Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev, huge military parades are held, celebrating the “Strength and Beauty of our Glorious Nation”. The populace is relieved, happy to see their brothers, fathers and sons finally home from the front.
-Leading the parade in Moscow is the newly declared Commander in Chief of the Red Army and Head of Military Affairs for the Soviet Union, Georgy Zhukov. Zhukov rides upon a horse wearing a rifleman’s uniform and no cap. A powerful message, showing that he is as human as the men around him. Somewhere, somehow, the propaganda artist for Stalin cringes.
-Some Red Army divisions stay in the western states. They work either on repairing buildings and infrastructure, or act as military police. The latter is more or less their only purpose in the newly acquired Baltic SSRs.
-The national reconstruction program begins. It focuses largely on public service amenities, such as roads, power lines and hospitals. As much as many of the Baltic peoples and newly acquired Poles wish to protest the occupation, they cannot get too upset when the state is footing the bill for reconstruction.
-Mikhail Kalinin and Georgy Zhukov both begin touring the countryside, asking people what they feel should be done to help alleviate their pains. Whilst touring, the two leaders are regularly seen handing out bundles of food, flags, portraits and even a couple autographs here and there. Propaganda wise, it is a beautiful moment.
-The Soviet Union revokes the laws restricting the creation of small businesses. These businesses are still heavily restricted otherwise, and the taxes raised significantly on the business owner's income. Nonetheless, family shops and pubs crop up throughout the major cities within the country.
-Public land that used to belong to farm collectives is now opened to the public for purchase. Hundreds of acres are purchased within hours of the decision being announced. Religious and political centers are banned from purchasing them, though businesses are able to buy at a reasonable price and added tax.
-Mining operations begin in the Urals and Siberia, as oil expeditions and mining probes come back with fairly satisfying results. The operations will take a year or more to get going in full swing, but is nonetheless a good start.
-The Soviet government continues to fund its nuclear research program. This time, the workers produce fairly complex-yet-reliable designs for large scale nuclear reactors. These reactors will allow for the production of “purified” nuclear materials that can be easier researched and handled.

Turn 15: January to June 1937

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-World Tensions are high.
-The economies of the world continue to stabilize as nations attempt to pick themselves up and get back to work.
-Tensions cool diplomatically, even as the Japanese withdraw from the Chinese coastline. Most armies are demobilized, and ties are slowly built up again.
-Alliances throughout the world continue to grow, as the ETO adds the United States, and the ECA accepts both Poland and Ireland.
-Japanese companies begin to pop up in Europe and the United States to fill in the gaps where domestic companies aren’t. Automobiles, appliances, foodstuffs and metalworks bearing Japanese names are increasingly common in nations like Germany and Belgium.
-A revolt breaks out in Poland. A coup attempt against the Fascist government takes place by Polish democrats, though it fails. Meanwhile, in the southeast, Silesian and Polish hypernationalists attempt to push forward a “Pan-Slavic Union” that is “Blind to ideology and sees only Slavic superiority”, and rise up against the Polish national government.
-The Polish Civil War has begun in a vicious 3-Way fight between the Polish Government, Polish Democrats and Pan-Slavic Hypernationalists.
-All eyes turn to Poland as a new powder keg ready for a flashpoint sits smack dab in the middle of the tiny eastern country.

Treaties/Alliances:

European Treaty Organization (ETO):
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

European Catholic Alliance (ECA):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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-The Republic of China purchases huge numbers of military vehicles, materials and weapons from European countries, this time across the board. Finnish, German, Swedish and Norwegian weapon/armor blueprints are purchased and ready to be produced at a moment’s notice.
-After tense weeks of debate in both the Chinese and Japanese parliaments, and constant exchanging of diplomats, a deal is struck in Nanjing. The cities of Shanghai, Weihaiwei and Hong Kong are returned to the Republic of China, and all expatriate Japanese troops sent immediately to Korea. The Japanese and Chinese both lay down their arms, but the relations between the two nations are more or less permanently soured.
-Internally, the Republic of China surprises nobody by continuing their large economic/infrastructure programs. Now, with the major industrial cities on and around the coast, the government begins looking to the interior, mainly to Yunnan and Shanxi. These rural areas are given the same treatment.
-The Republic of China celebrates opening its 100th national hospital in the city of Qamdo. The hospital is really a glorified clinic with only a handful of medical personnel on call, but the tiny Tibetan city is nonetheless happy to see the arrival of much appreciated help.
-Militarily, the Republic continues to bolster the ranks of its massive air force. Hundreds of Year 17 fighters and SM.79 bombers are built and shipped to airfields throughout the nation, allowing China to more or less project itself inland to all of its neighbors. And then some. The SM.79 sees itself adapted to a “Naval Strike” aircraft, with its bombs being replaced with experimental air-launched torpedoes or depth charges. These planes now give the Chinese the ability to crack smaller ships in two.
-Large facilities are born at newly created military testing grounds in Yibin. Here, aircraft, armor, artillery and infantry are put to the test in experimental trials. Thousands of acres are warped and shaped to mimic everything from rocky mountains to swampy lowlands, giving the Chinese a whole battery of tests to work with instead of just hoping their equipment works in the field.
-At the city of Changsha, a new government conglomerate is founded. Here, newly purchased blueprints that are given the greenlight for production are made in token quantities for either government or rapid-response use. However, observers see that Changsha could follow in the footsteps of Chengdu/Chonqing, and be a major power-playing city for China’s military industry.
-In Wuhan, blueprints of French armor are produced in huge quantities. These “Sino-Carbon Copies” as the world begins to call lend-lease/blueprint Chinese products, are given fairly simple titles. “French Model ‘37” for the S35, and the “French Carrier Model ‘37” for the transport vehicle.
-The not-so-easily-hidden “Qin” project continues, as large numbers of architects and physicists regularly meet in closed off, guarded government buildings usually surrounded by gun toting secret policemen.
-China, relatively unharmed by the events of this recent war, continues to develop and grow as the world’s economy hinges on the industrial might of China.

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-The United States and France come to a deal to begin the “Union Plan”, or a hundreds of million dollar deal to begin repairing damaged infrastructure throughout Europe. The plan is costly for all nations involved, but will alleviate the most damaged areas in Germany and Poland.
-However, the French refuse to assist the Polish, and instead demand that the new Fascist government “release democratic hostages” and enforce a “domestically sound political policy”. The Polish refuse. In response, the French discontinue all economic help to the Polish, and all troops assisting in rebuilding are pulled back.
-In an attempt to bolster the size and strength of the European Treaty Organization, the French request that the Finnish join. However, sticking to stubborn conservative ways, the Finns stay to themselves and refuse to join the ETO, disappointing French ambassadors.
-The staunch conservative economic plans continue throughout France, helping to grow the nation’s private sector while keeping a wide open public sector for government investment. Mercantalism is more or less broken up in the African colonies as French company’s interests move elsewhere, either into Europe or Guangzhouwan, which continues to grow massively as the only European port in China.
-A huge portion of French Africa is formed into a semi-autonomous conglomerate known as the French African Union (FAU). Several substates are governed by local ethnicities and given further autonomy. Critics cite the various tensions between ethnic groups, describing it as a “powderkeg being dipped in lamp oil”.
-The territories of Syria and Lebanon are released as a semi-independent United Arab Republic (UAR). The government is more or less French in design, and has 8 year elections as opposed to the French 4. French troops and bases still remain in the territories to keep French influence strong.
-The United Arab Republic is founded more or less on the ideas of Arab nationalism and exceptionalism. These ideologies combined with a French withdrawal warm Arab/French relations significantly, though it sparks dissent amongst Maghrebi and Berber populations in French Algeria.
-As French troops arrive from eastern Europe and return home to France, they are more or less demobilized and sent home. The nation returns to peacetime operations, and the nation’s economy is able to steady itself as it focuses on domestic growth and consumer goods.
-The French military begins to produce and adopt the R36 rifle en-masse, exporting huge numbers of the older models to their newly “independent” African/Arabian dependencies.
-Mimicking other European powers, the French begin to draw up more powerful and worthwhile designs for Nuclear Reactors, focusing mainly on the possibility of containing and harnessing energy for various uses, be they nefarious or helpful.

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-The Germans, ever willing to finally be broken free from the restrictive dealings of the Treaty of Versailles, begin rearming in huge quantities. The Rhineland is considered to be in a state of “Remilitarization”, as German weapons manufacturers and troops move in with large numbers, startling Germany’s allies and neighbors. Factories for Mauser, Krupp and Messerschmitt pop up like weeds in a garden, all of said factories being given government benefits for employing young German workers.
-Railways begin construction as well to link cities like Cologne to Munich and to Berlin. Though railways exist, they became largely outdated and fell into disuse after the Great War, and were then used primarily for military transportation during the most recent conflict. This time, the Germans look to turning these railways into dual rail/road lines, mimicking the Chinese and their rapid industrialization techniques.
-To help alleviate stress in the common German household, the government pumps huge amounts of Union Plan money into conscripting hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers and former soldiers, putting them to use in creating the railways. Historians studying how the Americans built their railroads are uneasy about the development, but then know they don’t have any of the so-called “redskins” to worry about.
-The German Army begins to ‘modernize’, focusing on more mobile ways to fight and easier ways to transport troops. Mobile carriers, compact rifles, lighter equipment and separation of branches are just some of the things sitting on the desks of researchers at military academies throughout Germany.
-Soldiers begin to move towards the border with Danzig as the Polish Fascists cry out and demand the cessation of the free Republic. The dual-government of Danzig is fractured as the German Left and Polish Right play tug of war over the tiny city state’s interest.
-The German army unveils their new toy, a tiny, compact and fast-moving tank known as the ‘Panzer I’. The Panzer I is adept at mobility and boasts an impressive gun. Though inferior to the medium tanks of the Soviets and French, the Panzer I chassis is quickly tinkered and experimented with, producing dozens of bizarre designs, from mobile Anti-Air platforms to more or less giant flamethrowers with tank treads.

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-Knowing the money spent by Brussels has thrown the nation into debt yet again, and that the economic situation in western Europe teeters dangerously, the Iberians see this as the perfect opportunity to gain some much desired land. At a crazily high sum in the millions of francs, the Iberian government purchases the entire Congo territory. The various Belgian communities within the territory are authorized to stay, and European businesses are free to come and go as they please, though they are now subject to Iberian tax laws as opposed to the more loose Belgian ones.
-With the war over and the nation demobilized, the Iberians invite two of their closest friends to the bargaining table. The Irish and the Polish. Both states, ideologically and religiously similar to Iberia, join the European Catholic Alliance.
-With the alignment in place, the Iberians send three of their (somewhat outdated) submarines to ports in Dublin as a sign of gratitude and friendship. The puny Irish navy nearly triples its effectiveness with the arrivals of these submersible dealers of death, and British security officials are often seen biting their nails.
-In Saudi Arabia, Iberian officials more or less seize major assets of the Saudi Arabia as Iberian military governors are considered “Assistant Officials” in Riyadh, overpowering many decisions made by the Saudi family.
-The Salazar government is expanded in Iberian Portugal. More autonomy and authority is given to Salazar, and immediately major changes take place. Three divisions of Portuguese-only soldiers are raised in Lisbon, and march through Madrid with Castilian and Catalan troops on a military parade. Salazar is more than satisfied with his position, and the “Ethnic Diversity and Unity” of Iberia is more or less unquestioned with Salazar acting like a father for Portugal.
-With the assistance of the Catalan sub-government, the city-state of Andorra is officially annexed by Iberia. Though not a major territorial gain, Justi Guitart i Vilardebo, the Crown Prince of Andorra, retains his position, though he swears an oath to the Emperor of Iberia.
-Officers are sent in droves to Ireland in order to coordinate military exercises and share technological advancements. However, when officers are sent to Warsaw, three of them are killed in the attempted coup against the Polish parliament.
-Iberian troops stationed in Poland take up arms against the Republicans and Pan-Slavs, dealing serious damage to the former and very little to the latter. Arms exports from Iberia to Poland go straight to the hands of Polish soldiers as they give it their all to crush any resistance to the new national government.
-At home, said arms exports continue to grow. The government subsidizes various arms companies to continue their exports to Poland, and now Ireland. Gun factories work overtime, and thousands of rifles and machine guns more or less fly out the doors.
-Researchers at Iberian universities unveil more “advanced” nuclear theories, such as the purification of waste products or the ability to harness the atom for an unimaginable amount of energy. Most of these are theories, but the realm of serial science fictions aren’t too far away in these labs.

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-After tense weeks of debate in both the Chinese and Japanese parliaments, and constant exchanging of diplomats, a deal is struck in Nanjing. The cities of Shanghai, Weihaiwei and Hong Kong are returned to the Republic of China, and all expatriate Japanese troops sent immediately to Korea. The Japanese and Chinese both lay down their arms, but the relations between the two nations are more or less permanently soured.
-Though not entirely unhinged by the cessation of the Chinese ports, the Japanese military is set on high alert in the case of possible overextension by the Chinese.
-To help boost the nation’s military prowess, the Japanese purchase large numbers of excess weapons from Germany, namely the automatic weapons such as machine guns or anti-aircraft guns. Much of the older Japanese designs such as the Arisaka and Type 99 HMG are slowly being phased out for European ingenuity.
-Japan continues to warm its relations with Italy, as Fiat and Mitsubishi-Ford expand factories in one-another’s countries. Mussolini himself makes a diplomatic visit to Tokyo and spends three days with the Emperor touring the Japanese countryside. Ideologically similar, the two leaders become the best of friends.
-Japanese companies begin to pop up in Europe and the United States to fill in the gaps where domestic companies aren’t. Automobiles, appliances, foodstuffs and metalworks bearing Japanese names are increasingly common in nations like Germany and Belgium.
-The Japanese test their first “Jet Propelled Aircraft” design. Using a single engine on the top, the aircraft roars to life and takes command of the air, darting left and right with ease. However, the pilot turns too hard and the wings are unable to handle the stress, snapping away, and it turns from a plane into a missile for about three whole seconds before careening headfirst into the earth.

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-With the massive, extremely expensive “Union Plan” in place, the United States of America joins the European Treaty Organization as a fulltime member. Sections of the population are unnerved at America’s sudden decision to end its neutrality, but Washington refuses to let “freedom and prosperity be out of reach for the European people”.
-A massive portion of the US government’s budget is solely dedicated to the funding of the Union Plan. Taxes are raised slightly, and citizens are encouraged to purchase “Union Bonds” that help fund the project.
-The United States demobilizes a huge portion of its forces, returning most of its boys home and getting them back to work at factories or farms. Some troops stay behind and assist in the rebuilding as “Union Volunteers”.
-At home, the US government initiates the Governmental Military Policy Initiative (GMPI). The GMPI is a taxpayer funded series of subsidies that give benefits and pensions to active duty and former US military personnel across all branches. Those that are dishonorably discharged are unable to apply for these grants, but nobody complains as soldiers who gave it their all in Europe can come home to a small check in the mail, and for those that didn’t their families know that the government cares.
-American companies are encouraged to show up in Germany. Mitsubishi-Ford, though a Japanese/American conglomerate, is the first to arrive. Automobile factories are America’s biggest export to Europe at this point, with many jobless Europeans flocking to get their hands dirty on building cars for their fellow countrymen.
-Universities in the United States catch wind of European projects, and the US government races to fund the possibilities of civilian led nuclear research. Many of the theories are mimicked from the European academies, but are nonetheless extremely important in progressing American nuclear knowledge.

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-The Soviet government condemns the rise of the Fascists in Poland, and refuses to continue business until the regime is “dethroned and the Polish people freed”. The calls fall on deaf ears, and many Poles now living in the USSR are more than smug about the outcome of the elections.
-The remaining troops stationed in the west are moved towards the Soviet-Polish border, hoping to deter any would be rebellions, insurgencies or invasions coming from the neighbor country.
-“Heroes Day”, a holiday publicly celebrating the end of the 2nd Great War and honoring the fighters of the Soviet Union is officially put into place. Government workers are either given the day off or at the very least reduced hours. Parades are to be held and public donations organized around the events. Balts and Poles living in the USSR, however, are infuriated at the demonstrations, and will outright refuse to attend.
-Publically funded universities begin to grow like weeds throughout the Soviet Union. Most of these universities are specialized in single fields, usually biology, physics, mathematics or engineering. Two new universities begin construction in Riga alone, and the doors are opened to anyone willing to learn.
-Other universities are opened that focus on the arts and public expression to some extent. Students attending these schools are encouraged to further progress a more ‘Soviet’ style of art, dubbed “Russo-Modernism” by some onlookers. Though restrictive in nature, some tours are held at the newly minted People’s Arts Academy in southern Tallinn, where onlookers from around the world are greeted with artistic interpretations of everyday life.
-A nationwide infrastructure program begins, connecting highways, railways, roads and canals from the newly acquired Western SSRs to the Central and Eastern SSRs. Though not as gigantic as say the Chinese programs, it is nonetheless a major initiative that the Soviets are taking and worthwhile for the most part. Unemployed Soviet citizens are conscripted into work crews, where they get 3 square meals a day, a decent wage, and something to get their minds off of the post-war blues.
-The economy reverts to a consumer focus, with weapons factories being returned to their original purposes. Coal, steel, lumber and other raw material processing plants are humming back to life as the Soviet economy slowly pulls itself up by the bootstraps and tries to get moving again.
-Geological expeditions into the Urals and Siberia, largely a success, continue. Oil wells and coal mines are peppered along the frozen wastes in the far north, and these places are regularly probed by more geologists looking to acquire and harness the power of gasses let off beneath the earth’s crust, such as methane.
-The Soviet fleets, ever present, continue to build themselves up. Taking pages from what they’ve learned in the previous conflict, the Soviets focus on creating smaller, more agile ships rather than hulking giants. The Pacific fleet now more or less exists as an actual fighting force, but is in no way ready to handle an outside threat.
-The Baltic fleet continues its patrols as it did during the 2nd Great War, though in a passive state and with much fewer ships. This is meant mainly to keep the Soviets present in the west, and show that just because the war is over, the Soviets haven’t ceased existing.
-Researchers at Soviet universities unveil more “advanced” nuclear theories, such as the purification of waste products or the ability to harness the atom for an unimaginable amount of energy. Most of these are still just theories, but military and civilian minds nationwide chomp at the bit to see them put to use.

Turn 16: July to December 1937

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-World Tensions are high.
-The European Treaty Organization is retitled and reformed as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Alongside this major change, the European Catholic Alliance is retitled and reformed as the United Liberal Entente. People question the new names of both.
-The Polish civil war continues as the Democrats are funded heavily with both arms and weapons by outside forces. A large contingent of ethnic Germans in western Poland rise up, but join the ranks of the Democrats, feeling that there will be a “better and more diplomatic deal” for them once the conflict is over.
-Pan-Slavic nationalists make gains in the south as the Fascist government focuses on defending Warsaw and other key cities. The Polish is reported to have deported Jews through to Danzig for “insubordination and recklessness against Poland”.
-As the British scramble about to find a way to deal with the Polish Civil War themselves, while also juggling the Jungle War and Indian Uprising, they find that the Pashtun People’s Army is more than just some underground force. Lead by a strong coalition of tribal and settled armies, the PPA seizes major cities along the Indus valley, and controls parts of Baluchistan.
-PPA troops enter Afghanistan and Iran, demanding that they too relinquish their “imperial and autocratic” hold off of the Pashtun people. In Iran, they dig in and fight a brutal guerrilla campaign, whilst in Afghanistan they are more or less stuck in the mountains.
-Furious with the autocratic government and unwilling to back down anymore, a group of students known as the Mexican People’s Liberation Union (Unión Liberación de la Gente Mexicana) [ULGM] break into the Mexican parliament and kill dozens in the name of “revolution” before being put down themselves. This breaks out into a full scale conflict between Mexican Communists and the Mexican Government.
-The Winter Coup takes place in Austria. On the morning of December 21st, a group of soldiers sympathising with the Fatherland Front (VF), now led by Adolf Hitler, quietly enter the Austrian parliament and declare the nation in a state of coup d’etat. The soldiers quietly lead non-VF sympathising members of parliament out the door and onto the streets, where they are let free as a sign of goodwill. The VF seizes power officially on Christmas Day, 1937, and declares Austria “forever free of communist and democratic tyranny”.
-Peace wise, the world again teeters on the brink of conflict between the great powers. It is not uncommon to hear whispers and concerns when at pubs or eateries of some giant nation just lurking around the corner.
-In the US, comedic called “The Red and the Spaniard” is a satirical, slapstick film showing a stereotypical Soviet and Spanish (Iberian) citizen going around snatching up things from people dressed as other countries. Every time one takes something from another, they accuse their opponent of “imperialism”, and then turn about to do the same. It is a huge hit.
-The world’s economy takes a massive shift east, as Japan and China slowly become economic powerhouses. Some believe this may lead to tensions as the Japanese and Chinese have had some serious border friction in the past couple years, but observers hope for the best.
-In other news, Newfoundland is given to Canada and is accepted into the republic as a province.

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Paris, France
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Japan

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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-The Republic of China finally begins to look outwards rather than inwards. Advisors are sent to Bangkok in order to warm relations between Thailand and China. The two nations, historically rivals, are more than happy to cooperate.
-The Thai government is somewhat suspicious of the Chinese and their intentions, but allow the creation of the ‘Thai Development Corp.’. The TDC works on infrastructure programs, mimicking the major infrastructure programs at home, though to a much smaller scale for obvious reasons.
-In the realm of industry, the Chinese continue their massive industrialization and infrastructure building program. The first roads into Tibet begin construction, and are planned to be hilariously complex as they weave and curl through the mountains onto the plateau. In Yunnan, a huge number of hospitals have epidemiology centers attached to them as Chinese schools continue to do research on viral and bacterial diseases.
-The Internal Development Corp. is created as a child organization of the Ministry of Finance. The IDC acts independently of the ministry, and focuses on production and industrial capacity as opposed to taxation, subsidies and budget balancing.
-A massive celebration of the Republic is held, marking the 25th Anniversary. The festival is planned to last three days, but instead explodes into a week long celebration. Some business take a hit as workers spill out the doors and onto the streets with fireworks, drinking, food and general happiness. The government has no other option but to celebrate as well, and Chiang Kai-Shek himself is seen partaking in the festivals dressed as a common man, and not in his usual military attache.
-The military factories in Chengdu and Chongqing begin the production of the Bofors and Flak cannons. These guns are powerful European anti-air weapons, and when combined with the massed force tactics of the Chinese will blanket the sky with shells as enemy aircraft attempt to pass through to Chinese territory.
-Wuhan continues the production of the French ‘37 and French Carrier ‘37, pushing the vehicles out the door until the armed forces are “satisfied” by the number of toys that they have to play with. The carriers are given specialized hitches to tow the large artillery and anti-air guns, rather than depending on horse crews.
-A series of soldiers are hand picked and brought to the Yibin testing grounds. These troops are put through rigorous training, exhaustive competitions and general mayhem in order to see how much the average soldier can put themselves through. However, inadvertently, these soldiers begin to outshine regular soldiers and show a powerful comradery. These troops are dubbed “Dragon Soldiers”, and are held off to the side as military high command is unsure what to do with them.
-The Yibin testing grounds begin “exhaustive” examinations of small arms and vehicles, pushing them to their absolute limit to see how much stress they can be put through. Most of the weapons are of European origin, and the Chinese are trying to see which model will be the best to mimic.
-Changsha is handed over to the control of Yibin as tests continue. Changsha will produce various models of small arms and vehicles are sent back to Yibin to continue investigation, and eventually set the factories up to produce the “best of the best weapons for our armies”.
-Chinese nuclear researchers convene in a far-out town in the middle of Yunnan and begin construction of a large, oddly shaped building. The word “reactor” slips out from the various meetings, and it is not uncommon to see the building knocked down and rebuilt in various areas.

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-In a small vote, the European Treaty Organization (ETO) is renamed the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as to include the member states of Canada and the United States. France assumes direct control of NATO as the leading nation, and reorganizes command and structure within the organization.
-NATO, with the guiding hand of France, unveils a new “phonetic alphabet” (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc.) for use within the various militaries of NATO to organize military maneuvers and make it easier for language barriers to be broken.
-The French continue their “new plan” for the nation’s economy. As it continues to stabilize, the French create special economic centers in coastal cities like Caen and Marseilles, drawing up designs for huge ports to allow shipping vessels to arrive from both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, strengthening France’s import/export capabilities.
-Mercantilism is slowly reaching its end in the African colonies as the French introduce the Athenian system of “Mixed Member Proportional Representation” amongst the democratically aligned African Union, which slowly acts as its own independent entity beneath the French government.
-Guangzhouwan is divided from the Hanoi administration in Indochina, and made into its own city-state administrative center. Elections take place, and a majority of the tiny Guangzhouwan Colonial Parliament is made up of French-speaking Chinese locals.
-Militarily, the heaviest industry for the production of arms and vehicles is kept alive, regularly churning out surplus for storage or export, the latter usually heading to NATO members or others willing to cough up the cash “in the name of democracy”.
-Nuclear reactors and their designs are a hot topic at universities throughout France. Blueprints are put to the back table as an official design, the ‘Charlemagne I’ is put to use in an unknown location in Algeria.

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-With ethnic Germans rising up alongside the NATO-aligned democratic rebels, the German government votes unanimously to not only recognize the rebels as legitimate, but to also send money and arms to the democrats in the fight against the Fascists and the Pan-Slavic nationalists.
-In Silesia, the German government subsidises huge amounts of local industry in hopes of creating a strong, Rhineland-like center of industrial power in the east. Fortifications crop up along the border, and the German army keeps a close eye on the Pan-Slavic nationalists that are close to German soil.
-The German government unleashes a vicious propaganda campaign against the Polish Fascists. Steering clear of possible racial tensions, much of the propaganda displays a brutish tyrant in military garb lynching three small children, labeled “Demokratie”, “Juden” and “Polen”. This campaign drums up support against fascism, while also strengthening the bond between the Germans in Poland and vice versa.
-A huge domestic infrastructure campaign goes underway. The German government begins funding the creation of the ‘Autobahn’, or massive highway system that links major cities in the east to the west, and makes it easier for heavy materials to be sent by car, while also allowing regular citizens to travel across the country in only a few days. The project is small in comparison to the gigantic Chinese infrastructure projects, but the Germans being the industrialists that they are begin the groundwork throughout the company, and expect to link the roads within two years, tops.
-There is a strengthening of the German presence in Bavaria, facing outwards towards Austria and Italy. The Germans regularly declare that it is peacetime maneuvering and nothing to be alarmed about, but it proves hard to convince the common Austrian, Italian or Swiss of that fact.
-The German surface fleet sees a bolstering of power, mainly facing towards the east in the Baltic. Small cruisers and destroyers begin production, as well as a couple key battleships that will put the German Baltic fleet on some sort of solid ground.
-Seeing its effectiveness in French and Soviet tanks, researchers at Krupp steel unveil “sloped” armor. When tested, shells tend to glance off of the armor rather than get stuck, or worse, penetrate. Sloped armor does not hold up well to the shaped shells of armor piercing rounds, but is able to take a beating from even large-scale anti-tank weapons seen in the hands of Germany’s possible enemies.

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-Japan is officially made a member of the United Liberal Entente. With this, the Iberians begin to put their oil wells into overdrive to begin exporting the precious black gold to the ports of the Japanese.
-A sub-parliament is created for the United Liberal Entente, where all member nations send delegates to make decisions based on the alliance’s best interests. An ‘economic wing’ is formed by the Iberians, and focuses on the creation of large trade causeways in Africa for the benefit of Italy, Iberia and Ireland (the “Triple I” plan).
-In Sub-Saharan Africa, the Iberians begin a massive construction program focused on the collection and exportation of consumer goods such as sugar and spices through nationalized plantations run by Iberians. Though considered “playthings” by Iberian parliament members, the fact that Iberian goods will soon be sitting on the shelves of markets worldwide quickly shuts them up.
-Huge ports begin construction in the Congo, Mozambique and Angola. Much of the labor is paid natives, though it is overseen and instructed by Iberians. These ports are nationalized as well, but will focus primarily on the collection of Sub-Saharan goods and their transport to Moroccan ports up north.
-Morocco itself sees a huge industrialization process for its ports. Again, the work is done by natives, and overseen by Iberians, but is nonetheless a sight to behold for Iberian engineering students. The smell of smoke, the sight flying sparks and the constant sound of pounding machinery smothers the senses of onlookers who will no doubt see thousands of tons of goods come in and out of those ports in the coming years.
-Mining operations throughout Iberia’s colonies are nationalized, though there were few businesses to begin with. The various Belgian venture companies are booted from the Congo and their assets seized. The Belgians decry this as a form of “economic bullying”, and the Iberians cite it as “just business”.
-The Iberian military and Royal Security Service unveil a new wing of the army, known as the Protección Escuadrón. The PE is sometimes referred to as “the” Security Service, and is made up of crack squads of veterans and military personnel. The PE is built to be “protective of Iberia’s government, people and interests, at home and abroad”.
-The Iberian Government unveils the “Incapability Act”. Citizens of Iberia that are genetically disabled (mentally or physically), homosexual or just “generally unable to progress the nation’s interests” are brought to government health centers and sterilized by government officials. Those that refuse to comply with the process are imprisoned and sentenced to the process anyways, as are those who refuse to declare “Incapable Persons”. The act is more or less supported by a huge majority of the Iberian population.
-The ULE invokes a new article, which creates unilateral aid to a threatened member state. The ULE goes, more or less, to war with the Pan-Slavic rebels in Poland. Troops are hauled by helicopter or plane through the Danzig corridor and dropped in and around Warsaw, and head east in order to quell possible entrance of Soviets in to assist the Pan-Slavic rebels. Some aircraft are shot down by Democratic forces, but the Iberians refuse to return fire, as they are focusing on “ideologically threatening forces” in Poland.
-The theory of “isotope separation”, or the division of unstable atoms from a stable substance for observation, is put to the test at a testing facility not exactly put on the map. Iberian scientists declare it a success, though their methods and results are kept secret from the public.

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-The Japanese government begins purchasing large amounts of Soviet excess equipment that is being put on the market at dirt-cheap prices. Their reasoning is unknown, but it is not believed to be for anything nefarious.
-With help from their newfound allies, the Iberians, the Japanese begin purchasing the blueprints for nuclear reactors. All other news regarding the trade of nuclear materials is covered up under the title “Ni-Go Project”.
-With the Japanese being the 6th nation undergoing nuclear research, many observers believe the world will enter an “Atomic Age” within the next decade.

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-The United States continues the gigantic Union Plan, now beginning to focus on repairing the infrastructure of the former Yugoslav republics. However, the money and equipment that was destined for Poland is returned to the United States, and further support for Poland is altogether dropped.
-Half of the money destined for Poland is instead sent to support American industry subsidies, and the other half is simply sent to add on to the American budget for the coming year.
-Those who benefitted from the GMPI are given incentives to attend colleges or create their own businesses. Many of the GMPI recipients are already working in factories or oddjobs throughout the nation, but some still take up the government’s call and head out to get degrees.
-The US government begins to offer scholarships for attendance of school for STEM degrees, and the cream of the crop are offered jobs at US government institutions to assist in the creation of a more “scientifically minded” generation of the future.
-American submarines are sent out to patrol the eastern coast and out into the Atlantic as tensions begin to grow between NATO and the ULE in Poland. Though both sides are not outright at war, it is quite obvious to see who’s pulling strings for different people behind the scenes, and the US is not willing to take any chances at this point.
-Troops are pulled out of the Philippines in small numbers for the creation of the ‘Philippine National Army’. This small, Filipino-majority “army” is given a special exemption from future conflicts, and will only take part in American conflicts if they see fit.
-American nuclear researchers begin unveiling blueprints for the creation of a “nuclear reactor”, or center for the accumulation and isolation of radioactive materials. A couple designs manage to wriggle onto the desks of higher ups and are decided upon.

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-The Soviet Union declares a state of non-aggression with Germany, and “hopes for the warming of relations” between the two nations. This makes some NATO officials question the motives of the Soviet Union, especially regarding the crisis in Poland.
-Schools continue construction throughout the Soviet Union, with a school focusing on space studies being opened in Novosibirsk, utilizing the sheer darkness of nighttime for beautiful stargazing experiences. High quality photos of Mars are taken and put on display at the Moscow museum of science and industry.
-The port city of Sevastopol is made a Special Economic Zone, and is officially the first (and only) city of the Soviet Union to be accessed by foreign companies, more or less creating a “capitalist stronghold” in the black sea city. Most companies, nonetheless, are eager, and a few metalworks open up near Soviet military ports, regularly eating up scrap and turning it into useful consumer goods.
-Weightlifting, boxing and wrestling are encouraged for able-bodied men throughout the country. The Soviets wish to create an “intellectually and physically strong” population, and it shows when gigantic men from Siberia arrive in Moscow, asking to box. Their opponents, usually men from Novgorod and Muscovy, are absolutely outmatched.
-The Soviet government also encourages the growth of families, and prepares to hand out monetary benefits to families with more than 3 children in the form of tax cuts and scholarships if their children show competence down the line. Some feel that this may cause a “spike in degeneracy”, but many of the large families in urban centers are more than happy to take the help that they can from the government.
-Soviet government offices begin construction in the west in order to assist the administration of the recently reorganized western SSRs. These are put up in tandem with large military outposts and militarized roads in order to project Moscow’s power over the western SSRs.
-With a shift away from the brutal totalitarian ideals of Stalin, and an acceptance of nationalities and ideas of free will, the Soviet government moves to a more liberal mindset, and is considered “Leninist” by many observers.
-The theory of “isotope separation”, or the division of unstable atoms from a stable substance for observation, is put to the test at a testing facility not exactly put on the map. Soviet scientists declare it a success, though their methods and results are kept secret from the public.

Turn 17: January to June 1938

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-World Tensions are high.
-The Treaty of Delhi is signed, ultimately ending the insurgency of the Pashtuns. Two independent nations, the People’s National Pashtun Republic and the Democratic Republic of Balochistan are released from the hold of Britain, and territories are seized from Afghanistan and Iran.
-A major change takes place in the Polish crisis. Not only do the Pan-Slavic rebels continue to receive arms and support from unknown outside sources, the Republic of Germany moves in to annex both Danzig and the territory of Posen from Poland.
-The Pan-Slavic rebels manage to set up a vicious defense in the south, sparking fears amongst the Czechoslovakian government that there may be a spillover of rebels, which forces the country into mobilization, keeping a close watch at their borders.
-Germany, furious with the rise of a “violent pseudo-fascist” in Austria, declares war on its southern neighbor. However, the Austrians and the ULE have been in talks for alliance, and the war itself will sever ties between the ULE and NATO for good.
-The rebellion in Mexico reaches an interesting heat, as American and Iberian troops head to Mexico to quell communist uprisings and sympathisers both.
-Vicious ethnic reprisals take place in Hungary and Iberia as hardcore rightwing movements seize power. Ethnic tensions begin to grow in British Egypt as the Arabic population demand that the British “Leave Egypt to Egyptians”.

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Paris, France
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Japan (Observer)

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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-The Republic of China continues to develop the economy of Thailand. The friendship between the two nations grows to such a point that the two nations propose an alliance. The Nanjing Association is formed, drawing the two nations closely together.
-The Republic continues to purchase blueprints of armored vehicles, this time from the Czechoslovaks. Three small models of ‘tankettes’ are produced in token amounts to begin testing at the Yibin training facilities for exhaustive tests.
-Major infrastructure projects continue, but most of it begins to focus on linking major Chinese and Thai ports, connecting Hainan to Bangkok with ease and fluidity. Railways begin to grow out of Hainan island and onto the mainland, with huge bridge projects crisscrossing from the port cities to Chengdu and Chongqing or other major industrial centers.
-Some progress runs into issues as ties are broken, or power lines are found snipped. Nothing serious, but overseers tear their hair out weekly to hear about some new issue that befuddles the expansion of Chinese industrial might.
-Chengdu and Chongqing military factories begin cranking out Bofors and Flak cannons in huge quantities to be distributed amongst the armies of the Republic. Hundreds of guns are produced a week, to the point of many wondering if there is a large-scale military buildup.
-Wuhan military facilities begins regularly switching out its production values and designs in order to “smooth out” the armed forces (I.E more winter gear for those in inner Mongolia, more climbing gear for those in Tibet, etc.).
-Yibin’s facility undergoes major transitions and changes. 6 month periods of small arms testing begins, alongside hardcore reconnaissance training from Xi’an’s recon academy. The Dragon Soldiers are regularly seen wandering out into the forest for week or even month long, grueling map-making or recon training sessions.
-Nuclear researchers in China continue to put forward more “advanced” theories, mainly taking pages from European researchers. These theories include identifying isotopes and the collecting of nuclear materials.

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-The honorable Gaston Doumergue, on tour in central Africa, has fallen in battle against eleven lions that he fought off with his bare hands whilst rescuing children from a burning orphanage. Gaston succumbed to his wounds after using the skull of a lioness to decapitate a rogue male. He will be given a state funeral as the entire nation is in mourning.
-The French republic continues to format how NATO is constructed and run. The first step they take with these adjustments is to completely scrap the treaty of Versailles, citing it as “unfair” and a “cause for violence or disruption between nations”. With this, the monetary and military restrictions are officially lifted, though the latter was more or less broken at this point.
-France unveils ‘14 Articles’ of NATO, which dictates how the alliance will respond to attacks or support one another in a time of conflict. These articles also flesh out standardization of equipment, though everyone appears to want to keep their own toys.
-The French economy continues to reform itself into a stable system, with government subsidies to farms seeing limitations, and tariffs on foreign goods lowered to encourage the arrival of outside companies, alongside breaking up the final mercantilist holdouts in Africa.
-As of 1938, it is officially illegal for political parties to receive funding that would not automatically be disclosed to the public, as well as a harsh limitations set on the maximum amount of money put towards parties. This is to “prevent the possibility of a poland-like scenario in the Republic of France”.
-The French military begins digging about and exploring how to modify the R36 to improve it. An experimental model known as the Fusil D'assaut 38 (FD38). The rifle is “select fire” on paper, with the choice of full-or-semi automatic. The rifle, when tested, is extremely bulky as it fires the same rifle cartridge. With a 15 round magazine, fully-automatic fire makes soldiers point the barrel at the clouds by the time they’re done. More tweaking needs to be done.
-Looking at the cuirasses of the Napoleonic era, and the bizarre attempts at making body armor during the 1st Great War, the French military pokes about at small steel plates to put on a soldier’s chest to absorb impacts. The first designs work against handguns, but a few unfortunate sheep are lost when rifle rounds are tested on “viable subjects”.
-Nuclear researchers in France continue to put forward more “advanced” theories, mainly taking pages from neighboring/friendly researchers. These theories include identifying isotopes and the collecting of nuclear materials.

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-With support to the democrats in the east going relatively well, and Germany seeing itself as a “force for democracy”, the German parliament votes unanimously to attack their southern neighbor, Austria, in order to “remove fascism” from Europe. There has yet to be an official statement from Rome or Madrid.
-The initial fighting is hard and difficult, as the German troops attempt to cross through the alpine regions of southern Bavaria, and are faced with a brutal guerrilla campaign of both militia and army regulars. Outmanned and outgunned, the fervorous Austrians prepare to stretch this war out for as long as possible.
-The few towns that come under German occupation are immediately met with NATO-appropriate occupation rules. Looters and other criminals are brought to swift and merciless justice, be they civilian or soldier. Austrian PoWs are sent to Germany for “de-fascification”.
-The German air force begins ramping up production, mimicking the bomber-focus of the Chinese. These bombers are immediately put to use in the Alps, making their bombs brutally effective, much like dropping a hand grenade in a fish-tank when Austrians are caught in the open at mountain peaks.
-The Free City of Danzig and the region of Posen are officially annexed by the Germans as they move troops into the territory. Shocked and horrified at the development, many Polish residents flee east towards Poland proper, willing to deal with a fascist government rather than be under the boot of Germany once again.
-Huge military construction begins in Posen, creating the ‘Barbarossa Line’. A series of large forts with long-range artillery guns and criss-crossing “tank traps” are proposed and begin construction. The Barbarossa Line is built to force attackers in the east into a bottleneck with little to no escape route.
-However, the Germans immediately grant all non-government entities in Posen and Danzig German citizenship, hoping to let them feel “at home” and equal with their fellow man. The German propaganda machine also helps with this, spewing poster after poster detailing a ‘happy and free Poland’ once the war is over.
-The cessation of Posen also brings up a new form of German foreign policy, as the Germans ultimately promise that, post-war, the Polish nation will have special access to the ports in Posen and Konigsberg.
-Imports of Soviet Oil, what little there is, begins to be stockpiled and rationed. Civilians not in transport jobs receive “gas tickets” that limit their daily purchase of gasoline for vehicles or home use. Though this upsets many, few are angry enough to ignore the tickets and simply just roll with the government’s ideas.
-The Autobahn system is met with serious government funding as the Germans can now link Konigsberg to Danzig to Berlin to Cologne with a single, massive highway system. Austrian PoWs that are willing to work are sent alongside German nationals, though overseers keep a close eye on them. However, most of these Austrians are given pay, and say nothing of the war and have little need to run away, as they are given a steady job and don’t have bullets passing by their heads.
-Though not perfect for the current hilly and mountainous terrain in Austria, the German military academies unveil the “Maultier” halftrack. This front-truck, rear-tracked vehicle can hold up to 10 soldiers safely, alongside having a mounted machinegun on the front end. Soldiers have access to firing ports, and the thick armor will prevent most small-arms from entering it. The new age of “combined arms” has begun, as tests with Maultiers alongside specialized Panzer Is show brilliant results.

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-As elections are held in Hungary, the two powerful right wing parties form a coalition and take hold, the Party of National Unity (Nemzeti Egység Pártja) and Party of National Will (Party of National Will). This development knocks much of the democratic aspect of Hungary out of the government.
-The nation is officially retitled as the Union of Hungary, with Otto more or less stripped of his title and set to be ‘phased out’ in due time. Otto will keep his position for a short period of time, but by the end of the year he is expected to be removed from political positions entirely.
-With the seizure of power in place, the Hungarian government openly declares its support for the Polish fascists in Warsaw. Romanian soldiers hitch rides on Iberian helicopter flights or are given other ways to arrive in Poland, to combat both the democrats and the pan-slavic rebels.
-The newly organized United Hungarian Congress officially bans all leftist/democratic parties, and viciously harasses known leftist politicians.
-The Hungarian government returns large portions of Romanian territories in order to “sow the seeds of brotherhood in the Balkans”. With pressure from Budapest, the Bulgarians cede some of Northern Dobruja to the Romanians, this re-opening the black sea. The Romanians, though hesitant to deal with the Hungarians, are more than happy to receive territory.
-The Romani are scapegoated for the “success of the communists in Europe” and the “failure of the Austro-Hungarian state in the great war”. Thousands of Romani are stripped of their citizenship and brought to internment camps. Romani children under 6 are seized from their parents and given to Hungarian families far away from their homes, while families are forcefully separated. Romani who do not surrender their arms and come peacefully are shot in the streets, their bodies buried in unmarked graves.
-Romani businesses are outright banned and their property seized by the Hungarian government, or more insultingly, given to competition. Romani who aren’t immediately imprisoned/killed try to flee, and are given the opportunity to “poison other nations who will hopefully follow our ways”.
-Hungarians are given the properties of the Romani for free, and they are exempt of taxes for an entire year if they move into Romani homes. Hungarians are encouraged to identify and inform authorities of Romani who are hiding or attempting to “subvert the nation’s unity”.

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-The Iberian military opens itself up to foreign volunteers to join the Protección Escuadrón. Foreign volunteers are usually divided and organized into small divisions that are made up of their other countrymen (I.E an Italian PE division, Irish PE division, Canadian PE division, etc.).
-A battalion of battle-hardened 2nd Great War veterans in the Protección Escuadrón, dubbed the “Los Escorpiones” arrive in Mexico to assist in the suppression of the Communist rebels. Most of their operations remain in Mexico City, but their presence is nonetheless daunting compared to the largely disorganized Mexicans.
-A form of Iberian volunteers, not conscripts, known as the Falcon Legion are sent to Poland to help crush the Pan-Slavic rebellion. However, their getting there is difficult as the Iberian government accepts the acquisition of Posen and Danzig by Germany. The Germans are willing to let Iberian troops pass through to fight the Pan-Slavs.
-In Africa, a series of sporadic attacks from rebels in the Jungle War forces Iberia’s hand. Intense meetings take place in London, and the British begrudgingly allow the Iberians to begin a counter-attack against the rebels, entering British African territories.
-A pseudo-coup takes place in Iberia. A non-violent shuffling of the cabinet comes as a surprise as the far right and conservative parties form a giant coalition, known as Partido de Nacionalista Falange (National Phalanx Party). With the Falange party in power, all other parties are officially banned, including the (largely defunct) Partido Iberico. The Iberian media manages to spin this in a positive light, calling it the “best possible option for the strength of the Iberian people”.
-Much of the Falange party’s propaganda describes the “transcendence of class”, showing a poor worker standing alongside Alfonso I, the bright lights of the future shining down on them. It declares “Visigoths and Romans alike, Unite!”.
-New propaganda also shows hairy, greasy Andalusians shoveling paper money into the furnace, or preying upon proper Iberian women. Andalusians are regularly harassed by state police, as the Falange party declares that the Andalusians are the reason behind the “lack of unity in Iberia since the dawn of the Mohammedan invasions”. Those of Andalusian or Arabic descent are banned from hundreds of businesses throughout Iberia, and are forced to accept higher taxes and must educate their children themselves.
-Youth groups that were once tied to worshipping Alfonso are now officially tied to the Falange party. Children that excel in physical programs or tests are regularly given awards, and those old enough are more or less secured a “prestigious government position” (though most of it is desk work).
-Women who bear 6 or more children in their household are given the “National Motherhood Award”, alongside a very benefitting tax cut. Women are encouraged to give birth to “the next bright generation of pure Iberians”. Andalusians are not eligible for the award, and if an Andalusian family has more than 4 children, they are given the tax burdens that the Iberian families are exempt from.
-At a university in Madrid, various nuclear researchers discover that there is the ability to totally separate an isotope and break it down into smaller portions of highly radioactive atomic substances. Its immediate purpose and use is unknown, but the small chunks of (largely unstable) materials have the potential of expelling huge amounts of energy.

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-The Japanese begin cranking out workers to start on a massive nationwide highway project, much like the Autobahn. Most of the highway will have arteries that plug into major port cities to further strengthen Japanese prosperity.
-Japan’s ports are continuing to expand, allowing the hulking American and British shipping vessels to finally crawl into Hamamatsu and Kobe, strengthening Japan’s export industry. The Japanese have the advantage over the Chinese of largely “being in the way” of exports to the Americas, and ship captains will gladly save the extra liter of fuel to stop at Japan rather than China.
-With the lack of military expansionism, and the focus on domestic development rather than international fistfights, the Japanese ruling party begins to lean to a liberal stance, and is considered to be autocratic rather than fascist in nature.
-Nuclear researchers in Japan begin tinkering with the recently purchased Iberian blueprints and begin laying the groundworks for a reactor somewhere far from a major city. The Japanese, of course, try to add their own touches to it as much as they can, and this new reactor/research center becomes HQ for further Japanese nuclear research.

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-The United States continues the massive Union Plan for Europe. The money that was being used for American production, seized from Poland, now ends up more or less in Poland as the Germans annex Posen and Danzig. American interests in Danzig are clear, now that an ally owns the city and the Soviets are considered a constant threat to NATO assets in Europe.
-The United States unleashes its military fury south with the 1st Mexican Expeditionary Brigade. The MEB is a group of 2nd Great War veterans ready to “halt Communism in our southern ally”. The Mexican government happily accepts the support, and MEB officers are regularly seen having to meet with Iberians over coffee to discuss the day’s operations.
-The MEB sees major gains in the north, though most of the rebels flee south to try and establish a base near Baja California.
-American submarines continue to patrol the Pacific. However, when Iberian troopships head down to assist in Mexico, both vessels halt each other and scramble about wildly before recognizing each other’s intentions, and both are embarrassingly sent on their way.
-The American government continues to fund its nuclear research program. This time, the workers produce fairly complex-yet-reliable designs for large scale nuclear reactors. These reactors will allow for the production of “purified” nuclear materials that can be easier researched and handled.

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-The Soviets begin a strange new deal with the Germans. In return for recognizing the acquisition of Danzig, the Germans are treated to the arrival of a Soviet oil pipeline that goes straight into Eastern Prussia. Though hardcore Soviet communists and German nationalists go into a hissy fit, economists on both sides agree that this is the best first step to warming up ties between NATO and the Comintern.
-The industry of the Soviet Union enters a new ‘5 Year Plan’. This plan focuses on the massive production of heavy industrial products, such as steel, automobiles and heavy machinery/vehicles. Thousands of cars are cranked out of Soviet factories and end up in the hands of workers and civilians alike.
-The SSRs begin a “greater unification”. The governments of the SSRs are consolidated to the largest cities within them, and a total of 6 larger states are formed. The 6 are the Caucasian, Central Asian, Ruthenian, Baltic, Russian, and Mongolian. This is mayhem for the central government for a few weeks, but once all is said and done, it not only helps industrial and economic movements, but the movements of troops as well.
-The centralization of the USSR also breaks down nationalist tensions, as Latvian/Lithuanian/Estonian peoples must work with one another to progress their SSR as a whole, rather than focus on themselves and sow the seeds of possible independence movements.
-Soviet universities continue to expand. The larger science universities are funded to expand wings into astronomy and aeronautics, as the Soviet people “look to the stars”. Rocketry, jet engines and other foreign designs are poked at in theoretical designs, as well as beautiful photos of Mars are published in Soviet newspapers throughout the country.
-Drydocks sprout out of the Baltic and Pacific, keeping close to Soviet military bases. However, most of these drydocks bear commercial equipment, such as loading cranes and depth prepped for housing cargo ships. Though the old regime would have hated this idea, the liberalizing shift is more than welcoming to open up the Soviets (somewhat) to trade with the rest of the world.
-Ships begin production in the far east as the Soviets continue to expand their pacific fleet. Knowing that the Baltic and Black seas are a bottleneck that is difficult to gun through, the Soviets are willing to focus on the east, as it is crucial to ensure that the "Shores of the Soviet Union are never set foot upon by the Imperialists".
-Wargames begin in the northwest of the country, as the Soviets test out redesigned tanks and newly produced equipment. Most of these exercises involve newer, less “human wave” tactics, focusing heavily on combined arms warfare with a fluid addition of the creeping barrage.
-The Soviets, ever paranoid of their western borders, openly declare the presence of Soviet warships in the Baltic. The declaration is the opposite of threatening, and is instead a simple warning to ensure that nobody makes a crucial mistake that leads to terrible, terrible consequences.
-Most of these ships shadow ULE/NATO troop movements, but keep their distance. At one point, a Soviet submarine nearly collides with an Iberian sub, and both captains surface their vessels to shout obscenities that neither side can understand.
-Submarines, those vicious weapons of the 2nd Great War, begin production in major naval facilities in the USSR. The Soviets don’t want to risk having a totally surface dependent fleet, and know the usefulness of submarines in pocket regions like the Baltic or Black seas.
-Soviet researchers begin toying with the idea of a “contained” Isotope. The idea is to identify, secure and begin the division of highly radioactive materials without major leftover waste. The idea works at the hidden reactor/research site, and it is discovered that isolated nuclear materials have intense energy reserves, though they are dangerously unstable at times.

Turn 18: July to December 1938

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-World Tensions are very high.
-The United Kingdom continues to buckle to nationalist movements, as the republics of Egypt and Palestine are declared independent. The King of Transjordan takes control of the Palestinian territories in return for opening his nation as a constitutional monarchy, becoming Jordan.
-Much to the chagrin of hyper-nationalists in the various Arab states, Jordan and Egypt are immediately brought under the protection of NATO, and the Suez canal remains in British hands, and will do so for the time being.
-Hindu rebels grow ever closer to forcing their demands on the British as they are pushed to the southwest coastline of India. The British put up a desperate defense, and their only time to breath comes from the fact that the various Indian militias begin squabbling with one another over territory.
-African rebels in British territory are met with the wrath of the highly trained, vicious and not-too-merciful Iberian African Expeditionary Corp. Villages are razed, prisoners are executed, hostages are taken. The British, however, appreciate the effort, and the rebellion is slowly pressed beneath the boot of Empire once again.
-The Chinese economy slowly begins to engulf the world’s consumer goods exports. Pots, pans and other general home stuffs regularly bear the label “Made in China”. In nations like Canada and France, Chinese businesses that are run out of cities like Shanghai or Harbin open up shop, hiring locals and tying the world economy into a large web centered on China.

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Paris, France
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--Slovenia
--Alsace
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)
--Egypt (Dependent)
--Jordan (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Croatia
--Serbia
--Greece
--Japan (Observer)

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand

Type: Defensive Pact

Comintern (C):
Headquarters: Moscow, Soviet Union
Head Nation: Soviet Union
-Members:
--Soviet Union
--Balochistan
--Pashtunistan

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

OnTheBacksofBrokenMenTurn18InfoBoardChina

-The Chinese and Soviets, though ideologically different and their goals even more so, decide to strike up a mutual deal. The Soviets begin construction of the Sino-Soviet Oil Line, or a large oil pipeline leading from oil fields in Siberia to Inner Mongolia in China.
-In return for the oil, the Chinese purchase huge numbers of naval blueprints from the Soviets, as well as outright purchasing a few outdated/ill-repaired cruisers. This will help the Chinese in the projection of their power overseas (no pun intended), and give the Chinese the opportunity to defend themselves along their relatively thin shoreline.
-Massive industrial projects begin to link the Chinese and Thai economies ever closer. Small villages in Yunnan begin to bear signs with the Thai language as Thai businessmen and government officials regularly meet in southern China to prepare further linkage between the economies of the two Asian nations.
-The National Police Service begins to investigate the sabotage, as the saboteurs actions begin to become more bold, setting equipment ablaze at night or destroying equipment via sabotaging coal supplies. So far, no one has been arrested, but the NPS has ruled out internal issues/communist sabotage, and looks to foreign sources instead.
-The Chinese military center at Yibin begins to standardize training for all troops in the Republican armies. Troops are now held to a more vigorous standard, and will regularly be sent back for reassessment every couple of years to ensure they are in peak physical condition.
-At Yibin, raw recruits that perform exceedingly well in certain tasks will be assigned to various parts of the army. For example, a recruit has come out top of his class on the climbing wall, including breaking a record whilst carrying a weight pack on a climbing exercise. This soldier will be sent to a mountain division upon his graduation.
-The specialization of the Chinese military is unique as the sheer amount of different terrain that China must move its armies across in order to defend its home soil.
-Nuclear researchers in China continue to keep pace with their European competitors, looking at ways to “separate” isotopes for study, cleaving away “waste products” and identifying sources of intense energy from radioactive compounds.

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-The French recognize the state of Balochistan, though only somewhat. Minor monetary assistance is given to Balochistan in order to expand the newly founded nation's ports, which were razed as the British troops were forced to flee the area months before.
-The Opiate industry in Indochina is officially privatized by a government-subsidized company known as Flandriam Incorporated. FLA is independent and autonomous of the government, though regularly receives monetary benefits from Paris and Saigon.
-FLA begins to quickly envelope the smaller opiate companies and trade organizations in Indochina and even sets up shop in parts of Dutch Indonesia. FLA is regularly compared to the United Fruit Company by French socialists, though FLA lacks gunboats and cavalry.
-Slovenia, made uneasy by the expansion of the ULE into the Balkans, chooses to cozy up to France and is inducted as an official member of NATO. Many NATO military advisors continue Slovenia to be a “convenient buffer”, though the French vehemently stand by Slovenia and its independence.
-The French economy continues to expand, mostly in part to the growth of Guangzhouwan and its proximity to China, which pumps France’s coffers with a stable flow of consumer goods from the ever-growing economic titan.
-Alsace-Lorraine is declared an independent nation with its capital centered in Strasbourg. This comes as the ethnic divisions in the region force through a referendum. The tiny rump state is heavily influenced by both France and Germany, and is entirely dependent on their imports/exports. Alsace is more or less on life support as most of the government is made up by foreign supported Frenchmen or Germans, who regularly bicker in the Alsace parliament.
-The French military continues to fiddle with its select fire rifle. Most of the research focuses on cutting its size and weight down, though the progress is slow. Military advisors begin to go back on the design, and request that the R36 remain the rifle of the French army.
-Body armor is a hot topic for pilots, as a bulky, ill-fitting and largely uncomfortable “jacket” is made to protect them from oncoming shrapnel that may enter the cockpit if the outside of the plane is punctured. This jacket is effective in tests, but fighter pilots find the design a “mockery of the sleek and speedy attitude of a fighter/interceptor” and refuse to wear it.
-A token force of the French Marine is sent to India to defend the last holdouts of British troops from the oncoming flood of Hindu rebels. They prove to be effective, and dig in deep on the southwest of the subcontinent, regularly forcing the Hindu rebels back, delivering shocking casualties as the rebels are stuck in the mindset of overwhelming numbers.
-Nuclear researchers in France continue to experiment with nuclear energy, looking at ways to “separate” isotopes for study, cleaving away “waste products” and identifying sources of intense energy from radioactive compounds.

OnTheBacksofBrokenMenTurn16InfoBoardGermany

-The German push into Austria is met with major success as the Germans finally break through the Alps and begin regular bombing runs on enemy territory. With their mountain defenses more or less gone, the Austrian army is forced to fight conventionally, where they are regularly overwhelmed by the German invaders.
-However, the German government grants amnesty and a chance at German citizenship for those who surrender peacefully. Most of those who surrender are Austrian conscripts not willing to fight or officers hoping to escape the bizarre military bureaucracy of the ‘Hitlerite’ Austrian government.
-The Anti-Insurgent campaign is still a slugfest however, as German supply lines are thin and forced to snake through the Alps, making them naked and easy targets for guerrillas to sabotage.
-The Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine are expanded with the results of the fighting in Austria. With Germany unleashed from the brutal Versailles treaty, she can now begin to grow her navy and air force with little resistance, as surface ships and bombers are cranked out of factories on a regular basis.
-The German government tries desperately to influence the Swedes, Germany’s strong economic partner, into joining NATO. However, the Swedish refuse, and instead attempt to make themselves a mediator in future NATO/ULE/Comintern disagreements.
-Like the French, Germany recognizes Balochistan, and sends small subsidies to the Balochi government in order to strengthen the nation’s export ability. The Germans take a strong stance against the Pashtuns, and declare Pashtunistan a “false state under the fist of the Soviet Union”.
-Germany also recognizes the newly created Alsace, and immediately lay tracks towards Strasbourg to link Germany and Alsace yet again. Survivors of the first Great War feel some sort of relief at the larger German influence over Alsace.
-Public transportation, such as trolley lines and bus routes, are expanded and heavily subsidised by the German government. This comes as Germany continues to ration oil, and requests that families have a “1 Car Per Household” policy in order to cut down on excessive fuel consumption.
-With the acquisition of Posen and Danzig in place, the economy of Silesia is officially linked with eastern Germany. Most of this is heavy industry, such as metal production and machinery building, which gives the Germans the upper hand of having a “centralized industry” in Europe.
-Polish becomes a secondary language in Germany, and schools east of the Elbe are required to have a Polish language class. This soothes tensions between ethnic Germans and Poles, and opens up the opportunity for Polish members of the German parliament.
-Krupp steel does it again, and unveils the “Panzerkampfwagen Model II”, or simply, Panzer II. Slightly bulkier than the Panzer I, the II is not as speedy, but is able to take more hits and can deliver its own with its autoloading cannon. The Panzer I is made for specialized purposes now that the Panzer II slowly replaces it as the main tank of the German army.
-European pacifists begin to grow more and more nervous, feeling that Germany is “unchecked” and “a growing danger to European interests”. Most of this comes as the rest of Europe, excluding the Iberians, is busy doing non-military things, and most Germans brush it off.

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-The Hungarians, now completely reformed, remove Otto II from power. The government is reorganized with the National Unity Party taking official hold and Gyula Gombos made president of Hungary. The flag is changed in order to “do away with the old, outdated ways”. Otto II is reported to be seen boarding a boat in Bulgaria to head to the United States, where he is expected to live the rest of his days in peaceful exile.
-The Hungarian government increases taxes slightly to begin subsidizing housing projects for the poor. Large industrial projects begin as well, most of them focusing on railways or road building, and most of those hired are homeless/jobless Hungarians who are more than happy to take up the job.
-Departments for Jewish and Veterans affairs opened at various government centers in Hungary. The former focuses on the expansion and protection of Jews in Hungary, seeing them as a “crucial aspect of Hungarian national unity”. The latter gives monetary and medical benefits to veterans, including those who served in the Austro-Hungarian military those decades ago, as the 20th anniversary of the treaty arrives in somber remembrance in Hungary.
-Burgenland is given a small referendum, as the majority Germans are given the choice to return to Germany or stay in Hungary. Seeing how much the German government has “changed for the worst”, these Germans vote in a large number to stay under Hungarian control. The Government declares Burgenland as semi-autonomous, but keeps a close eye to ensure that separatist views do not return.
-The remaining, non-arrested Roma are given the opportunity to flee. In fact, they are encouraged, as Government-approved militias drive Roma out of their homes and over the border into Soviet Ukraine.
-Hungary organizes its military into National sections. The Hungarian National Army and Air Force are given various insignias and specializations as the Hungarians mimic the Iberians in terms of having an organized military, rather than just a conglomerate of troops that could fit different specializations.
-The Hungarian military continues to give support to the Polish government, regularly using aircraft to strike Pan-Slavic positions in the south. Iberian troops are welcomed to stay in Hungary, and Iberian planes almost outnumber Hungarian aircraft in their airfields.
-In order to continue supporting same-minded governments, members of the Austrian government are welcomed into Hungary and can be given refuge in Budapest, as well as protection. Only a handful enter Hungary, most of them being secretaries or otherwise non-influential members of the Austrian government.

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-The troops in Mexico are all but removed from Mexico City in order to fight against the democrats and pan-slavs in Poland. Iberian fighting against the democrats is largely defensive, as the Pan-Slavs are considered the bigger danger towards Iberian interests in Poland.
-Airstrikes combined with shock attacks from the Falcon Legion devastates the Pan-Slavs in southwest Poland, forcing them eastwards and dislodging them from the key city of Krakow.
-With the green light given, the Iberians begin a vicious, devastating campaign against the rebels in central Africa in the British territories. Villages are raided and burned by Iberian soldiers, and hostages are regularly taken and executed as the rebels are unable to keep up with Iberian demands. The lack of mercy is to show that the Iberians mean business when it comes to cracking down on rebellion and insurrection.
-Drydocks begin construction throughout Portugal as the Iberians prepare to expand their naval capabilities into the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The drydocks allow for faster construction and repair of Iberian surface vessels as well as U-Boats. Iberian submariners undergo training to ensure that they don’t careen into the concrete siding of the newly constructed drydocks.
-Croatia is invited to join the United Liberal Entente. Unbeknownst to the Iberians, the Italians manage to tug the Serbs and Greeks into the alliance as well, more or less under the nose of Madrid. Nonetheless, the new friends are welcome, and the ULE sees a strong array of allies in the Balkans.
-Iberian oil projects continue in Saudi Arabia, though the practices are more violent and disrespectful of the locals. The Saudi government is unable to react, however, as they are more or less staring down the barrel of one of the largest militaries in the world.
-The Polish begin to train their own secret police with the help of the Iberians, who hope to dedicate their military to more important tasks such as securing the eastern border in Poland, and leave the policing to the locals.
-Iberian and Iranian diplomats meet in Athens to discuss further grow ties between the nations. The Shah, friendly towards nationalist ideologies and happy to see the suppression of Saudi Influence, begins to warm Iran’s relations with the ULE.
-The project known as Liberdade Comida, or Food Freedom, begins in Morocco. Huge desalination and irrigation projects take place, with massive railway lines bringing in gigantic, bulky equipment that tears the earth apart. The project will take decades, but researchers and engineers expect that Morocco will “mimic the American states of Illinois and Iowa” by the time the agricultural expansion is completed.
-Iberian engineers prepare one of the “greatest industrial projects of all time”, simply known as the Gibraltar Link. This massive, hulking string of steel and iron will link northern Morocco and the southernmost point of Gibraltar. This suspension bridge will dwarf any standing bridge, and will be tall enough to allow most trade and military ships to pass underneath it. Construction has already begun on both sides, but the bridge itself will not lay groundwork for at least a year to come.
-The Iberian Government reorganizes the Royal Security Service, undergoing the name “State Security Service”. The SSS will expand its authority over regular folks and colonial citizens as well as opposed to focusing entirely on state employees/the Royal family. Many call the SSS the “Inquisition”, and quickly learn to respect it as such.
-Researchers at the University of Madrid begin to toy with the idea of “splitting the atom”. The theory of atomic fission would be perfect in creating a large scale expulsion of energy, though its immediate properties and uses are yet unknown.

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-Seeing the growing expansionism of the Chinese military, the Japanese begin construction of the “Dragon Line”. The Dragon Line is an extensive military fortification along the Korean/Manchu border. Deep trenches, tank traps and artillery emplacements show that the Japanese mean business if things get hot between the two Asian powers.
-After the blueprints are put to use, the Japanese begin looking to theories that are more “complex” and propose the idea of harnessing the untapped energy in nuclear materials that are found throughout the world.

OnTheBacksofBrokenMenTurn16InfoBoardUSA

-The United States continues its large scale “Union Plan”, assisting what little needs to be done in the Balkans and Germany. The Germans have picked up the slack and have worked hard on repairing what was broken, whilst the small Balkan nations receive assistance from Italy.
-The United States prepare, like other NATO members, to recognize Balochistan. However, the United State’s parameters for recognition are broken as Balochistan is brought into the all-too-friendly fold of the Soviet Union.
-The United States begin probing exercises for oil in Alaska and off the coast, attempting to alleviate the pressure on oil states like Texas. Some of the probing is met with success, and many believe this is the beginning of an “oil race” between the United States and the Soviet Union.
-American troops begin to wrap up the fighting in Mexico, as many of the communist cells in the north begin to lose hope and organization, eventually seeing their allies forced south into Yucatan. However, the Mexican government is far too dependent on foreign assistance and awaits the Americans to finish the job as the Iberians return to Europe.
-American aircraft stationed in Europe begin slamming bombs onto Austrian positions as the United States enters the war on the side of their NATO ally. The Austrian government decries this as a breach of “the sanctity of war”, but their screaming is drowned out by the sounds of bombs.
-Researchers at universities like MIT and Yale begin toying with “advanced theories” involving nuclear materials, mainly how to harness the high-energy capacity of minerals such as uranium.

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-The Chinese and Soviets, though ideologically different and their goals even more so, decide to strike up a mutual deal. The Soviets begin construction of the Sino-Soviet Oil Line, or a large oil pipeline leading from oil fields in Siberia to Inner Mongolia in China.
-In return for the oil, the Chinese purchase huge numbers of naval blueprints from the Soviets, as well as outright purchasing a few outdated/ill-repaired cruisers as well as a half-built Aircraft carrier.
-The nations of Balochistan and Pashtunistan are given entrance into the Comintern as Moscow welcomes her new left-leaning Allies. The Soviet Union now has a much stronger presence outside of its immediate borders, facing outwards into the Indian Ocean, staring down the British troops that hold desperately against the Hindu nationalists.
-The Soviet Union, in an attempt to soothe the tensions between NATO and the Comintern, the USSR offers a large number of nuclear theories that were considered “secret” in the USSR to Germany, who happily takes up the offer.
-Infrastructure building campaigns take place in the massive Central Asian SSR in order to link the slowly growing factorial districts with the rest of the nation. Most of this comes in the form long, twisting railways that crisscross over the steppe, touching towards major cities that can finally spew out their products without issue.
-With these, large forts are created to ensure the Soviet military has a strong presence throughout the central portion of their nation, as to quell any concerns of uprising. To pair with this, government municipalities (something the USSR lacked severely in this region) are built to collect complaints and centralize the region further.
-The National Observatory is opened in the Urals, clutched in a small valley that would let the gigantic telescope get a full view of the beautiful night sky. Though construction is slow due to its location, astronomers from as far as the United States itch to get the chance to look to the stars yet again.
-The Soviet Union begins a huge construction of military hardware on all three fronts. The navies continue construction, with the Pacific fleet being given the most attention. Huge numbers of tanks begin being built as well, most of them a mix of either light or heavy tanks that mix well with the Soviet “raw force exertion” technique. Aircraft are put to runways and immediately tested in order to keep the Soviets at the same pace of their would-be-enemies.
-In Saaremaa, the Soviets begin construction of large-scale Marine training bases. Amphibious landing training, emergency ship bailing and other aquatic/near-aquatic techniques are drilled into recruits heads as the Soviets seem to prepare for exerting their force outside of their borders.
-Researchers at the University of Moscow begin to toy with the idea of “splitting the atom”. The theory of atomic fission would be perfect in creating a large scale expulsion of energy, though its immediate properties and uses are yet unknown.

Turn 19: January to June 1939

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-World Tensions are very high.
-The sun has finally set on the British Empire. The United Kingdom officially exits from all outward territories. Africa is divided amongst the French and Iberians, whilst India collapses into multiple democratic states. In South America, the islands of the Malvinas and South Georgia have been given to Argentina, whilst British Guyana is given to the hungry Venezuelans. A referendum takes place in Belfast, and hands Northern Ireland back to the small republic.
-The government of the United Kingdom is in absolute disarray, and the nation is thrown into deep mourning and depression, the allure of a British Empire destroyed in less than a decade. All, in the eyes of the average Brit, has been lost.
-The war in Europe ends with a resounding German victory. The fascist Austrian government attempts to flee, but the leader Adolf Hitler is dragged out into the streets by a mob of Austrian Jews and socialists. When German troops enter Vienna, Hitler’s body, alongside those of his cabinet, are found displayed as gruesome fruit from oak trees. The NSDAP and the VF are officially dead.
-With the civil war in Mexico over, emergency elections are finally held. The Mexican National Unity Party, organized after the uprising of the socialists and communists, takes power. Though democratic conduct is still possible, the centrist-and-left parties fear for the country’s future.
-A coup takes place in Chile with the Chilean National Phalanx party seizing power. Bloodless, the Iberian-friendly Chilean government seizes the government with a rapid show of force.
-In Argentina, emergency elections are held, and the far-right Argentinian Greater People’s Power Party forces the centrists out and institutes a nationalist pseudo-dictatorship with limited national powers.
-The Soviet Union, furious with the growing friendship between Iran and the ULE, officially forces a referendum to Tehran, “Neutrality or War”. The Iranians refuse. As the Soviets invade, with help of the Balochis and Pashtuns, the rump state of Afghanistan joins in solidarity against the USSR, hoping desperately to secure their independence from Soviet influence.

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Paris, France
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Great Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--Slovenia
--Alsace
--Romania
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)
--Egypt (Dependent)
--Jordan (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Croatia
--Serbia
--Greece
--Japan

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand
--Burma

Type: Defensive Pact

Comintern (C):
Headquarters: Moscow, Soviet Union
Head Nation: Soviet Union
-Members:
--Soviet Union
--Balochistan
--Pashtunistan

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

OnTheBacksofBrokenMenTurn18InfoBoardChina

-With the newly independent Burma accepted quickly into the Nanjing Association, the Chinese government creates the Burmese Development Corp. in order to improve infrastructure, industry and general development in the fledgling country.
-The nations of Assam and Malaya are poked at, as the former is a direct path to India, and the latter has the “jewel of the east”, Singapore. The Assamese and Malayan governments are hesitant, however, and further favors are required.
-The Thai Development Corp. begins laying the groundworks of rail systems to link Burma and Thailand, most importantly creating a web of rail-lines and highways stretching out of Bangkok.
-As the Chinese infrastructure campaign continues, a train’s engine erupts in flames one chilly March morning in Qinghai. A body is discovered, bearing a false identification inscribed with Japanese lettering. The Chinese immediately find that a huge web of saboteurs, connected to the Japanese Government, have been wreaking havoc on China’s infrastructure programs. The Japanese declare it a lie.
-The Chinese navy continues to expand, this time with a massive budget growth. Coastal areas like Shangdong, Guangdong, Fujian and Zhejiang begin housing gigantic naval compounds in order to further build or repair ships for the Chinese navy.
-The large aircraft carrier, the Red Dragon, docks at the Guangdong Naval District, and its arrival marks the groundwork of the first newly organized National Naval Technology Institute. The Chinese navy expands rapidly, though its number of operating ships stays somewhat small in comparison to the number of operating personnel.
-The idea of “containing” an isotope, or holding it in place for observation and experimentation, arrives in Chinese nuclear research facilities. This theory is “old” in the eyes of their European counterparts, though the Chinese appreciate any step forward that they can get.

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-The French attempt to strengthen relations with the independent Balochistan, however, with the nation’s refusal to exit the Comintern and further assistance in the Soviet-Iranian war, the French withdraw all support to the Balochis.
-French troops arrive just in time to see the end of the war between Germany and Austria, and begin helping repair the now German infrastructure as the Greater German Republic is formed.
-In Bucharest, the French and Romanians work on including one of the last Balkan holdouts to join NATO. With the growing influence of the ULE, and the revamping of Soviet expansionism, the Romanians happily accept the offer.
-With the acquisition of the British territories in Africa, the French begin to break down the various foreign companies acting as a drain on local economies. However, many militia groups form, hoping to join the French Foreign Legion for “blood and glory”, or at the very least, some cash to help these people move to the richer territories in the newly organized African Union.
-Pharmaceutical companies and their foundations are given special grants from the French government to begin producing medicines such as morphine and codeine, most of the opiate ingredients coming from Flandrium. The French government increases the maximum limit for doctors to prescribe opiates, though it quickly opens up conveniently “sick” people to begin selling the medications on the streets.
-With the growth of the ULE and the Iberian nuclear industry, the French military is outright mobilized. The French Foreign Legion scoops up thousands of fresh recruits from the newly acquired African territories, and move troops to the Alps and Pyrenees in preparation.
-The French military attempts to mass produce the R38 SLR in hopes of modernizing their army, though only specialized units receive the weapon. Its production is slow as factories must prioritize the creation of backup parts to ensure consistency in the field.
-French researchers begin toying with the idea of “splitting” the atom, or the theory of fission. Separating the atom would expel a tremendous amount of energy, and the French hope to find a way to harness it. Safely.

OnTheBacksofBrokenMenTurn19InfoBoardGermany

-The forces of Germany finally surround Vienna, putting it to a brief and relatively bloodless siege. After taking the city, the Germans find that many of the officials of the Austrofascist government have been found hanged, shot or otherwise killed by furious citizens.
-Finding the last remaining members of the Austrian government, a peace treaty and new constitution is signed. The nations of Germany and Austria are defunct, and officially the Republic of Greater Germany is formed. Supporters of pan-German nationalism rejoice in the streets of Berlin, Vienna and Munich.
-With the Glasgow Peace taking place, the Germans attempt to purchase Tanzania and Togo, hoping to reclaim their “rightful African claims seized during the Great War”. However, German diplomats slip up on their choice of words, and the British are still paranoid of a hyper-expansionist Germany, and refuse. However, the Maldives are granted as a German colony in India. Tens celebrate.
-The German Youth Party is formed, focusing on the protection of German ideals and the furthering of Democratic traditions. Love for a united Europe comes as well, with Youth classes having sessions involving the idea of a Europe united via economic ties.
-A propaganda campaign begins, glorifying the German armed forces and more or less revamping the revanchist/militarist attitude of the last German generation. This comes as a series of laws are passed more or less conscripting German youths/post-grads for “required military experience”, or a four week stay at a German military camp. These conscripts have a slim return rate to the army, but the military is pleased to see that some experience has been drilled into the minds of German adults.
-The German government officially nationalizes the various arms industries. Companies like Mauser are forced into massive, government-owned conglomerates. This infuriates many hardlining capitalists in Germany, who protest the “communization” of the German government.
-The armies of Germany begin mobilizing in the east, arriving in force in areas like Prussia, Posen and Silesia. Their intentions are unclear, but many expect it to be a counter-action against the Pan-Slav rebels possibly coming over the border.
-German naval forces see a huge growth, with more cruisers and destroyers rather than coastal/pocket battleships. The air force sees increased funding, and the Navy/Air Force prepare to work together on the creation of Carrier Air Groups, inspired by the Japanese.
-A tandem-rotor prototype, taken from Iberian helicopter designs, is tested in Posen. The two rotors held out to the side launch the aircraft into the air, but immediately show that it is unstable and difficult to control, and it is grounded from here on out until further developments can be made.
-German arms manufacturers, now under the government, produce the Sturmgewehr 39, a self-loading rifle in the style of the French R38. It can deal death at a fast rate, and its detachable magazine makes it extremely viable in the hands of even the most inexperienced rifleman. However, its complexity and fragility make it a weapon for specialized troops who know how to handle their arms.

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-With pressure from the huge acquisition of British territories, the Iberians turn to the South Africans and request more open mining rights in Namibia. After some discussion, the South African government allows them in, though keeps a close eye on their collecting and processing of ores.
-With the Glasgow Peace having been signed, and huge swathes of land in Africa now under Iberian administration, the Iberian government must rush to get the areas prepared for integration. Railway lines and other industrial programs begin to link older colonies to the new ones.
-Iberia begins massed quotas for colonies. Farms and mines must produce a certain amount of goods each month in order to keep up with the nation’s demands, as Iberia slowly closes inward economically. Most of the colonies can keep up with the demand, however, as persuasion from Security Service personnel keep them in line.
-Morocco takes the brunt of these quota reforms, with huge strip mines cleaving out chunks of the Atlas Mountains. There are reports of huge swathes of skinny Arabs working under the watchful eyes of armed Iberian guards, but the Iberian government writes this off as “just another protection against rebellion/sabotage”.
-Rationing takes place throughout Iberia, though not to the extent that it had during the second Great War. Most of the rations focus on material goods, such as metals or concrete. The Iberian economy slowly shifts into a pre-war status as the world’s tensions slowly grow to the breaking point.
-Members of the Catholic group Opus Dei are recruited to positions in Madrid to work as economic advisors, further centralizing the Iberian economy. Many are curious to see how they will affect the nation’s economic growth, but aren’t willing to question them either.
-The hulking battleships that began construction years ago are officially finished. Larger than any current ship on the ocean, the two ‘Augustus Class’ battleships are christened and head out on a congratulatory tour of the mediterranean, clearly showing off Iberia’s might. The ships are simply the Galicia and Asturias, named after the states that held their ground against the ever-expansive Umayyads and their successors, the Taifa states.
-Military attaches are sent to Iberian colonies to ensure that the various ethnic minorities in the area are kept in line. This comes as new tensions rise in Iberian colonies as various conflicting ethnic groups are squeezed into more or less the same neighborhood.
-The United Liberal Entente begins a series of standardization practices. Iberian rifles and small arms are exported to Italy and Iberia’s balkan allies. This is the first step in creating a NATO-style series of standardizations, while simultaneously keeping their arms different enough as not to be too similar to the NATO weaponry.
-As the Iberian navy continues to expand, new anti-air defenses are considered for Iberia’s small cruisers. These heavy guns are preferred to the smaller-caliber autocannons. Cruisers are willing to sacrifice raw firepower in return for defense against airborne enemies, as the world’s air power slowly overtakes that of naval vessels.
-Iberian scientists begin accumulating large amounts of “waste”, or radioactive materials found in the earth. Their motivations are unclear.

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-Seeing the growing tensions in eastern Europe and the constant power plays made by NATO and the ULE, Montenegro declares itself a state bound to “armed neutrality”. Its size and location makes it an easy target, but few are willing to go the distance to pick on a nation like Montenegro.
-A large series of movie theatres open up throughout Montenegro, though the massive (and somewhat garish) Royal Theatre is opened in Cetinje, the capital city. A ribbon cutting ceremony, lead by Danilo I, officially opens the theatre to the public.
-Inspired by the rumor that Danilo I had sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for libel for the false depiction of him in the first version of the film "The Merry Widow", the Montenegrin government got the idea of kickstarting the film industry in the country.
-Soon enough, 'Gorawood', as it was called by foreigners, is established and funded by the Montenegrin government. Locations for cheap shoots for films are established and equipment is made available for rent, hotels and restaurants are set up for movie stars and directors alike, and more.
-The European film industry is encouraged to visit Montenegro and begin making movies there, and many from France and Britain take up the offer.
-A spectacular breakthrough is made in a Montenegrin photo editing office. Using various chemical combinations and experimenting with existing reels, a cheaper, more compact and far more reliable form of color film is developed. Still expensive and somewhat flimsy compared to the existing black-and-white, this “Montenegro Movie Magic” (dubbed by American director Ernest Schoedsack) or MMM/Triple M is gobbled up in huge quantities by filmmakers the world over.
-As the world prepares to throw itself onto its own bayonet, the tiny nation of Montenegro stands at the sideline, ready to record it all.

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-The United States recognizes the menagerie of Indian states that have recently declared independence, though requesting that they stay democratic and do not lean too far left or right. Some nations clearly did not receive the memo, as military juntas take command of Ceylon and Gujarat, whilst Madhya elects a far-left, radical socialist party.
-The Union Plan continues, but more or less begins to die off as Europe has built itself to a point far beyond its pre-war strength. American troops return home from Europe, happy to be with their families, and happy to know that they won’t have to play as the Arsenal of Democracy any longer.
-Oil probing exercises continue throughout the western United States. Oil rigs pop up in Alaska, as well as in Canada as American companies breach through into the shale deposits, causing the job market in Canada to erupt into an oil frenzy.
-Naval forces of the United States begin to be bolstered. A dozen destroyers, three battleships and an aircraft-carrier, the USS Andrew Jackson, are prepared to hit the seas within the next couple years.
-War games begin with the newly organized Mexican government. With the communists defeated, the nationalist Mexican government is happy to have been assisted by the Americans, and helps work alongside the Americans in the Chihuahuan desert wargames.
-The United States begins a gigantic military buildup. Tanks are built in huge numbers in factories, as are planes and artillery pieces. This is a boon for America’s unemployed, who take any chance they get to make shells and guns for America’s military. However, many are scared to see what this brings in the future.
-Nuclear researchers in the United States continue to keep pace with their European competitors, looking at ways to “separate” isotopes for study, cleaving away “waste products” and identifying sources of intense energy from radioactive compounds.

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-Furious with the Shah’s treatment of socialists in Iran and their cozying to the Iberians, the Soviets issue an ultimatum: stay neutral, or be invaded. The Iranians refuse. The Soviets declare war on Iran at midnight of the new year, with Soviet troops passing over the caucasus mountains into Iranian territory.
-The Soviets also issue an ultimatum to the Afghan kingdom, demanding that more territory is released to their Comintern allies. The Afghans take up arms alongside the Iranians, and declare war on the Soviet Union. The two nations prepare to stare down the largest country in the world.
-The initial fighting is a chicken shoot for the Soviets, with many of the Iranian troops ill-prepared for the oncoming Soviet waves. However, it quickly bogs down as the Soviets underestimate the sheer amount of mountains, and the Iranians move to prolonged tactics of attrition and siege.
-Air dropped soldiers passing over the Caspian manage to seize the coastal regions, making it easier for Soviet troopers from the mobilized Caucasian and Central Asian SSRs to arrive in Iran. The movement is slow going, as winter snows block many of the mountain passes, and the terrain is hellish to move across.
-A “three front attack” is attempted by the Soviets, but is bogged down by the mountainous terrain and constant harassing attacks. The eastern prong is forced southward as they divert their attention to Afghanistan, hoping to seize Kabul before the mud makes the mountains a sluggish mess.
-In the west, a massive series of fortifications begin construction, stretching across the entire western border of the USSR. Broken up into multiple segments, like the ancient Chinese Great Wall, this line will force attackers into chokepoints once its construction is finished.
-Along the Baltic coastline, huge coastal defense systems begin construction as well. Huge guns, anti-air cannons and areas to station troops surround Soviet military ports, ensuring that the areas have some of the best defense possible.
-Propaganda campaigns try to recruit as many men to the armed forces, and as many women into the workplace, as possible. The campaign is effective, but many fear the results of a prolonged war, and wonder if the other military powers of the world are simply waiting to strike.
-The Central Asian SSR continues its industrialization, as Soviet factories begin to crank out everything from pots and pans to tanks and planes. The railways linking the CASSR to the west continue construction, with thousands of miles crisscrossing with each other, creating a complex web of transportation.
-The Ural Observatory continues construction, its massive 120” diameter telescope taking its first, high quality photos of the moon, mars and stars far beyond. -Soviet scientists begin accumulating large amounts of “waste”, or radioactive materials found in the earth. Their motivations are unclear.

Turn 20: July to December 1939

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-With the Soviet Union once again expanding, the combined forces of the ULE and NATO declare war to “contain” the USSR. An ultimatum is sent to Moscow, but the Soviets refuse all possible negotiations with “fascists and oppressors in the west”. The Third Great War has begun.
-A series of sporadic wars begin in the newly separated India. Madhya, a Left Wing Radical democracy fights to “cleanse” the authoritarian regime of Gujarat. Meanwhile, Tamil seeks to “unite the separated peoples” from Ceylon. Some observers from Britain expected this.
-A conflict along the borders between Andhra and Madhya flares into a full scale war. Andhran nationalists wish to expand their territory north, securing various holy sites and temples in the area, as well as expanding their influence over the subcontinent as a whole.
-The nationalist party in Argentina is tipped farther to the right, and the Argentinian Falangist party takes hold. Negotiations take place between Chile and Argentina, and the two nations come together in a “dual-administration”, simply retitled the Empire of Patagonia.
-The Brazilian government is finally threatened enough to open elections to the public. With the economy managing to pick itself up, and the people given a choice, the Brazilian Communist Party sees a sweeping victory. However, the fears of conservatives are unfounded, as the BCP vows to keep the nation a democracy, and instead institutes sweeping reforms involving taxation and nationalized industry.
-A pact between the Polish Government and the Pan-Slavic rebels sees the creation of the Republic of Podlachia. Podlachia and Poland are considered “rump buffers” of Europe, and the Democratic rebels refuse to give up the fight. However, with the outbreak of the war, Soviet troops cross into Podlachia and immediately annex the buffer, ignoring the breaking of treaties.
-The economy of the United Kingdom collapses rapidly, causing a huge vacuum to sweep across the newly mobilized Europe. This comes from the lack of a proper “decolonization” of Africa and India, and the removal of British industry from those areas. Unable to support themselves properly, the United Kingdom falls into a depression equal to that of the United States.
-Britain’s last overseas territories are handed out to the highest bidders. Bermuda to the United States, the Suez Canal to Egypt and the island of Cyprus to Greece. Britain, officially, has retreated from the world.
(Note: All NATO advances in Europe are represented as German occupation, ULE as Iberian)

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Paris, France
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Great Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--Slovenia
--Alsace
--Romania
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)
--Egypt (Dependent)
--Jordan (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Croatia
--Serbia
--Greece
--Japan
--Iran (Protectorate)
--Saudi Arabia (Protectorate)

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand
--Burma
--Malaya

Type: Defensive Pact

Comintern (C):
Headquarters: Moscow, Soviet Union
Head Nation: Soviet Union
-Members:
--Soviet Union
--Balochistan
--Pashtunistan

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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-Though war grips Europe and Central Asia, the Republic of China continues to expand its influence diplomatically and economically. Multiple development corporations are conglomerated and stationed in Beijing and Nanjing to create a series of “sustainable” economies in the divided India, simply titled the Development Corporation of the Subcontinent.
-The other various development corporations continue their work in Thailand and Burma. Assam and Malaya, finally swayed into China’s favor, join the Nanjing Association and work on improving their economies and industry.
-Chinese advisors in Singapore help with the construction of a huge series of docks and ports for the repairing of ships from around the world. This will not only benefit Malaya’s economy, but will further push the power of trade eastward.
-Military equipment is sold in droves to members of the Nanjing Association, as well as creating small “Associated Divisions”. These divisions are made up of volunteers from NA armies that are sent to the Yibin training grounds. The “Nanjing Association Defense Force” (NADF) is formed as a result. The NADF, though under the wing of the Chinese, is made up of Assamese, Burmese, Malayan and Thai troops.
-A rush of supplies and cash is sent to the United Kingdom in return for blueprints of weapons, industrial equipment and ships. The British accept the deal, though they can do little more than watch their precious inventions become “whores to the Chinese” says a member of parliament.
-Internally, the Chinese industrial programs continue to expand, now without issue as Japanese saboteurs are discovered and arrested. Three Japanese spies are sentenced to death, which causes a huge ripple of hatred and tensions along the Sino-Japanese border.
-The Chinese begin enlarging their already massive naval facilities in Shangdong, Fujian, Guangdong and Zhejiang, preparing to expand China’s navy. In smaller facilities, the newly retitled Guangdong carrier finishes construction and repair, and is now fully operational.
-A series of smaller cruisers, known as the Harbin Class, scoot out of Chinese ports. These vessels are extremely similar to the Soviet designs, but are shorter ranged and focus on a larger cargo hold for extended excursions along the Chinese coastline.
-A large number of troops are moved from the Chinese northern command and moved to Manchuria along the Sino-Soviet border. Though the Chinese are not mobilized, and their troops pose more of a danger to brothels in the area than the neighboring Soviet armies, this is still a cause for tensions between the two giants.
-Researchers at the University of Nanjing begin to toy with the idea of “splitting the atom”. The theory of atomic fission would be perfect in creating a large scale expulsion of energy, though its immediate properties and uses are yet unknown.
-The Chinese military prepare for the implementation of “Improved security procedures”. These procedures revolve mainly around troop movements and ensuring no “snares, internal or external” hang up the speed of their advances.

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-With the ULE declaring war on the Soviet Union, and feeling that NATO assets in the middle east are threatened, France leads the charge to the east. An official declaration of war is set between all NATO members and the USSR. However, the Arab states in NATO do not agree to the declaration of war.
-An embargo takes place between France and all Comintern members or comintern-friendly states.
-French troops in Indochina and Guangzhouwan are shipped to the island of Hokkaido, Japan, and begin aerial bombardments of Soviet Manchuria, hitting cities like Vladivostok with impunity. French supply ships are regularly harassed or sunk by Soviet submarines prowling the coast of Japan, and the massive Japanese aircraft carrier is struck amidships by a torpedo, crippling her, and forcing Japanese/French aircraft to strike from the mainland.
-Troops keeping watch on the ULE in the Alps and Pyrenees move eastward, linking up with Iberian and Italian soldiers. These troops quickly hitch a ride on German trains, and arrive in Posen, preparing to duke it out with the Soviets.
-The troops already stationed in Austria are brought to the mediterranean and skirt the black sea to arrive in Romania, hoping to stem the flow of Soviet soldiers careening over the Dniester river, the Romanians ill-prepared for the assault.
-Much of the initial fighting between French and Soviet soldiers is sluggish and relatively indecisive, as the Germans act as the spearpoint into the east. After action reports show the select fire rifles are effective in combat against the regular bolt rifles of the Soviet infantry, but intelligence officers fear that once the troops collide at the “Kalinin Line” that isn’t too far from the German/Soviet border may prove infantry to be ineffective.
-The French nation undergoes general mobilization. Able-bodied men are conscripted and brought into training, while the government begins pumping huge amounts of cash into industry and farms. Factories and farmlands are rewarded for having large outputs of goods, and are encouraged to overclock their workloads.
-War bonds are the word of the day in France, as the French government institutes the system in hopes of supporting the national industry and war effort.
-A huge propaganda campaign takes place, demonizing communism and most especially the expansionism of the USSR. The campaign is a success before it even goes out the door, as the French public is more than willing to answer the call. In fact, the motto of the campaign, and thus the motto of the French military becomes “Finir le Travail!” (Finish the Job!).
-The effectiveness of the Soviet ‘napalm’ is seen to have a devastating effect on buildings and entrenched infantry. French scientists manage to get their hands on a dud bomb, and immediately begin to fiddle with its internals. After discovering the compounds required, an accident takes place, and half a block of a Strasbourg suburb is burnt to the ground.
-French scientists begin accumulating large amounts of “waste”, or radioactive materials found in the earth. Their motivations are unclear.

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-With the chance being finally given for the Germans to show themselves as a military powerhouse once again, ‘Operation Ragnarok’ is commenced. Mobilization begins throughout Germany, mimicking the French standards. Conscripted troops are sent to training, even though some of them have already served their terms, the German military wants their men in tip-top shape.
-A massed invasion of the Soviet Union takes place, with an armored schwerpunkt cracking its way through Soviet defenses in Memel and other areas of southern Lithuania. The combat is difficult, but the sheer amount of German armor concentrated in such small areas proves to be devastating when set against infantry-based defenses. When engaging Soviet armor, however, it’s a coin-toss.
-Paratrooper operations are go, and support the front-line engagements. However, the sheer size of the Soviet defenses force many paradrop campaigns to attach themselves to advancing ground troops and surround pockets of Soviet resistance. In Belarus, nearly a division’s worth of paratroopers make an emergency jump, and are surrounded by Soviets, putting up a stalwart defense in the meantime.
-Soviet soldiers that are captured by the Germans are immediately sent to construction crews in Germany, or are at the front making fortifications. Prisoners are given a small paycheck for their efforts, and can be further rewarded with release and a German citizenship. The ‘Work Will Set You Free’ policy works somewhat, but most Soviet prisoners attempt escape.
-German STG-39 rifles are sent to Montenegro in return for the filming of a German propaganda movie. The movie is short, sweet, and straight to the point. A happy German family is seen walking through the streets of a liberated Lithuania, and ends with the flag of the old Russian flag waving and crossed with the Greater German ensign.
-Massive tank production begins, with tanks of all sizes being cranked out of factories in ridiculous numbers. The Panzerkorp is the most important aspect of the German ground effort, and the combination of specialized Panzer Is and medium tanks prove effective at battering down Soviet defensive lines.
-German troops pass through Poland, and regularly do combat with their formerly supported Democratic rebels that get in their way. Horrified at the betrayal, the Polish democrats are broken and are forced underground. The Germans inadvertently end the Polish civil war, keeping the Fascists in power.
-Coastal defenses begin construction, facing the Baltic sea, as the small German fleet hopes to barricade the Soviets along the Latvian/Estonian coastline. These defenses are the typical build, with large concrete fortifications armed with dismounted naval guns ready to blast enemy vessels out of the water.
-As the classic Russian winter begins to grip the territories occupied by the Germans, the soldiers dig in and prepare for the defense. German operational doctrine is very similar to that of the first Great War against France: Enter quickly, take territory, dig in. Many hope it doesn’t end with the same results.
-Joseph Goebbels, an inflammatory German nationalist running a newspaper out of Cologne, is hired to write a speech for Otto Wels. The German president’s speech touches on important points, such as the liberation of minorities from the fists of the Russians, as well as the “expansion of Germanic ideologies and Teutonic values”.
-The first German heavy tanks are produced, known as the Panzer IV ‘Eber’ (Hog). These tanks are hulking giants compared to the Panzer I-III series. Its sloped armor gives it its ‘pig like’ shape, thus the nickname. However, the Eber is not able to reach the frontline as quickly as the military wants it to, due to its new design and its sheer weight. The Eber guzzles fuel, and entirely new supply lines are dedicated to putting them into the field.
-The Germans attempt to mimic the Japanese jet designs. These engines, smaller and more efficient than the Japanese designs, still prove to be extremely difficult to maintain and deploy. An experimental jet fighter design’s wings are ripped off of the mainframe when the pilot attempts an emergency turn. The pilot survived, but was quickly reprimanded for the events.

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-With pressures coming from Madrid, the nations of Saudi Arabia and Iran become protectorates of the United Liberal Entente, and are officially inducted into the war against the Comintern. Saudi Arabia, though under the boot of the Iberians, welcome the chance to expand their influence in central Asia, and assist Iberians in making a beachhead in Balochistan, where the fighting is sluggish, brutal, and sees many Saudi soldiers thrown into the meatgrinder. The Iberian troops, however, enter the territory unharmed.
-Iberia and her ULE allies begin a full-scale invasion of the Soviet Union through Poland. Seeing the small buffer state of Podlachia being annexed gives Polish troops a kick in the pants to get them moving.
-The initial fighting between the Iberians and Soviet border troops are glorified skirmishes, as both sides are unsure where to focus their forces. However, as the Iberians push over into the former territories of Podlachia, the fighting quickly turns into a brawl. Iberian infantry, vicious and filled with religious fervor, go head to head with diehard, unflinching Soviet patriots.
-The Iberian atlantic navy heads to the Sjaelland-Malmo strait, sealing off the Baltic from westward-facing Soviet naval forces. Some Soviet submarines run the gap, but many times sporadic fights take place between Iberian cruisers and Soviet pocket battleships.
-The Iberian, Italian and Greek navies head to the Aegean seas, hoping to close the Dardanelles from the Soviet black sea fleet. The fighting shows the Iberians that relying on Greek and Italian sailors is a bad idea, as swathes of Greek and Italian destroyers fail to find the submarines watching their every move, only to spot the torpedo striking them amidships.
-Nonetheless, the Aegean blockade proves to be effective, more or less turning the Black Sea into a Soviet lake. Iberian military advisors see the Soviet’s position in the Black Sea as a positive and a negative; they are trapped in their home ports and cannot move far, but they can also corner and obliterate whatever will fall in their maw near Crimea.
-Iberian rocket battalions head into the Baltic Front alongside NATO troops and begin bombarding the large Soviet fortifications with the aid of bombing raids. It proves to be effective, but the sheer number of defensive lines makes it intensive work.
-Munitions and officers are sent in large numbers to Iran in hopes of assisting the Iranians against the Soviets. Due to the uprising of the tribal groups, paid off by Soviet spies, the Iranians begin working on adapting themselves to guerilla tactics. Asymmetric warfare becomes the word of the day in Iran.
-Aided by Saudi soldiers, Iberia begins a coastal invasion of Balochistan. Most of the fighting is absorbed by Saudi troops, which has horrific results. However, the coastal defenders are weakened by the hordes of Saudi infantry, and their positions are obliterated by Iberian naval and rocket strikes, making it easier for the Iberians to march ashore uncontested.
-Iberia undergoes major redistricting in its home territories and colonies. Under the control of military adjutants, the local civil administration is dissolved or outright removed. Military resource control begins, putting the entire country in a more “industrial” format of daily living, with everything ending up on a checklist of can/can’t have.
-The Barcelona Laws are put into effect. These harsh, restrictive laws refuse Arabs a huge variety of rights. Marriages, breeding, property, worship and political rights are heavily controlled our outright restricted. Arabs who break even the most minor laws are regularly given life sentences. A crowd of dissenters gathers in Cartagena, only to be massacred by military police.
-Iberian submarines still in port are given an experimental mechanical piece known as a “snorkel”. The more scientific term, “air independent propulsion”, allows Iberian submarines to operate their diesel-electric engines without wearing out the batteries, and helps the engines operate much more quietly. These “Tiburon” (shark) class submarines are expected to be sea-ready by the next spring.
-Iberian researchers prepare the first designs for a secret weapon capable of “destroying entire cities in a single blow”. Its purpose and properties are unknown, and it is not uncommon to see military police surrounding the research facilities 24/7.

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-German STG-39 rifles are sent to Montenegro in return for the filming of a German propaganda movie. A mostly Montenegrin crew runs the production of the film, though its stars are German or Lithuanian.
-The Montenegrin government hosts the Podgorica Conference, or a massed meeting between non-aligned nations. Most of the visitors come from India and South/Central America, and discuss colonialism, imperialism and foreign policies. Montenegrin observers (and film/recording crews) capture a heated debate between Patagonian and Brazilian representatives regarding regional cooperation that nearly ends in a fistfight.
-A large number of Slavicists from Central Europe arrive in Cetinje and set up shop in one of the large hotels. These men begin discussing the creation of a new language, or ‘Common Slavonic’. Using Latin, Cyrillic, Glagolitic and Greek for its writing systems, the researchers begin writing up ways to unite the various Slavic language to create a common tongue. Though not officially sponsored by the Montenegrin government, it is not uncommon to see education ministers sitting in on meetings.
-Gorawood institutes a new rule regarding propaganda or advertisement-based films. Any film that is sponsored by a government or politically-affiliated group must label the film as such in the credits. Iberian and Soviet filmmakers grumble about the rule, feeling that it is “unnecessary”. Liberals in Montenegro, on the other hand, celebrate quietly.
-In a move to imitate the American film industry, or Hollywood as it is called, a new town is set up alongside the Montenegrin coastline, specifically on the coast of Trašte Bay, and is given the name Tenija. One of the neighborhoods, Pelikolanica, is designated to essentially be the Montenegrin version of the American neighborhood of Hollywood. Entire streets and buildings are dedicated to film locations for Gorawood producers, the workers of Gorawood had a place to stay in and so forth. Eventually, colloquially, the Montenegrin film industry would get the name Pelikona.
-Colleges for the arts, especially visual/audio design, sprout like weeds throughout Montenegro. The government funds the production of these colleges, and their tuitions are set at a flat rate, encouraging the creative minds of Europe that haven’t been swept up in the war to take part in the studies and the “Furthering of Humanity”, according to Danilo.
-The Montenegrin army, seeing the insanity taking place throughout the world, continues to model itself as a rapid-response and mobilization-based military. Troops regularly undergo excruciating drills that keep them in top shape and their eyes peeled for any hungry visitors from elsewhere in Europe.
-Factories for televisions in Montenegro, the few that there are, hire hundreds of specially trained workers and begin massed productions of TVs. New equipment and production techniques allow for hundreds of televisions to be built a day, rather than the sluggish dozens. Most of this equipment comes from college students designs regarding the transfer of power to the tubes behind the screen
-In a garage somewhere in Cetinje, a Montenegrin couple fascinated wi.th television and film stumble upon the idea of using different frequencies and colored tubes to produce a “colored” image. When combined with Triple M film, the first color television is produced, given the simplistic “Cetinje” title. Large, bulky, expensive and fragile, it may take years for this sort of television to be commonly available on the market, but further research and fiddling may prove otherwise.

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-Mobilization takes place in the United States as the world once again descends into bloodshed. Unemployed or poor citizens are given benefits for joining the military, and the sweeping hatred of communism sees recruitment centers overwhelmed. For the first time ever, the US army has too many people trying to join at one time.
-The United States, joining the fight with her NATO allies, officially ends the Union Plan. Al troops still stationed in Europe are officially put on defensive duties and act as rear-line assistance for NATO/ULE troops heading in/out of eastern Germany. American triage centers and field hospitals fill the gaps where local armies need the help.
-The “American-British Commonwealth Bond Act” is created. This act officially creates a free-trade agreement with the United Kingdom and her dominions, reducing tariffs and fees, as well as allowing American investors to prop up the British economy. Political satirists call this “America’s Revenge”.
-Naval forces of America are officially split in two, a majority of America’s navy being sent to the Pacific to close off the Sea of Japan and South China Sea from the Soviets. The fighting is something to give admirals butterflies, as pitched, intense battles are held in the winter around the Kuril islands.
-Anti-Convoy raids are met with success, though the Soviets keep themselves on the defensive, forcing the Americans to chase Soviet convoys throughout the pacific.
-The other portion of America’s navy is sent to the Mediterranean to assist the ULE, as well as provide material assistance for the American troops heading through the Suez Canal on their way to assisting Iran. American troops in Iran fight alongside Iberian and Iranian defenders against the swarms of Soviet, Baloch, Pashtun and Tribal troops.
-Nuclear researchers in America continue to keep pace with their European competitors, looking at ways to “separate” isotopes for study, cleaving away “waste products” and identifying sources of intense energy from radioactive compounds.
-American scientists begin researching and building various experimental Jet Engines. Seeing the mistakes made by Japanese and German researchers, the Americans take steps to make the engines slowly. Only small scale tests take place, finally revealing the ‘Buffalo I’ design as the most effective. With the engine built, researchers hit a wall: how to make a plane strong enough to withstand the speeds and G-forces exerted upon it.

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-The Soviet Union, after forcing through a shaky peace deal between the Polish and Pan-Slavic rebels, ignore the treaty and officially annex the short-lived Podlachia as NATO and ULE troops flood over the Polish border to attack the USSR and her allies.
-As the Soviets put their troops on high alert, they are immediately met with resistance in the west as NATO/ULE troops enter Soviet territory. They put up a hasty and devastating defense, but are forced to retreat to the menagerie of fortifications that dot the western SSRs.
-The initial fighting sees the Soviets winning only the occasional victory, while simultaneously inflicting serious damages against the invaders. Fighting in the baltic is brutal and forces many Soviets to take shelter in the various fortified defensive lines.
-Fighting in Podlachia against the ULE is pitched, with the crusader-like fury of the Iberians head-to-head with the patriotic fervor of Soviet defenders. The west is desperate for reinforcements, and troops from the Caucus are pulled up to assist in Podlachia/the Baltics.
-Soviet defenders near the balkans push over the Dniester and force a foothold in Romania, hoping to detach any possible NATO influence from weaseling its way through the black sea into Bessarabia.
-Far out in the pacific, Soviet convoys do a dance of death with American, Japanese, French and Iberian destroyers, submarines, aircraft and battleships. Soviet submarines regularly duel with surface vessels of the ULE, but are regularly put on the run. Defensive naval fighting is made the only available doctrine as Soviet forces find themselves spread thin and separated on multiple occasions.
-In the Iranian Front, Comintern forces begin a process of peaceful occupation. Food and gifts are given to locals, as well as occupational administration trying to interfere with daily rituals as little as possible. This proves to be extremely effective in the territories that are near the tribal confederacies.
-After significant funding and discussion with local tribal authorities, a large number of nomadic peoples, Persian, Baloch and Pashtun alike, rise up against the Shah in support of the Soviet Union. Though not communist, or even socialist in nature, a weaker centralized government in the region is more than enough to satisfy tribal government leaders.
-Captured territories in Iran and Afghanistan are immediately put under fortification as the Soviets prepare for a prolonged war against Iran and her ULE supporters. American and Iberian troops force Soviets out of territories near the Caucasus and Caspian Sea, which pressures the Soviets into making a more centralized front in the region, slowing their advancement significantly.
-Bombing raids into the Baltics and Siberia damage industrial centers. Though not entirely destroyed, and not crippled in any way, advisors fear that prolonged combat may sever supply lines and cause fronts to collapse.
-Naval facilities continue to crank out ships, though most of them are pocket battleships and coastal destroyers that are easily replaced and repaired. Repeated air raids in the Baltic cause the Riga ports to go into lockdown, slowing the Baltic resistance of the USSR.
-Massive fortification projects begin in the major cities of the USSR, hoping to turn the cities into impenetrable fortresses. Cities like Leningrad, Kiev and Moscow start to bristle with anti-aircraft and artillery emplacements. Most of the concrete and steel required for the fortifications is diverted to the fighting however, as the Soviets go on the defensive in the western front.
-The Soviet Union undergoes massed mobilization. With conscription sweeping up thousands of young men, the Patriotic Women Act is officially put through. Women are given the option to join the Soviet military, though they are not on the lists for conscription. It is shocking to many old guard military members to see how many women take part in joining the Soviet military.
-Seeing how horrendous Iberian rocket attacks are on Soviet fortifications, the Soviets begin designing their own long-range rocket engines. Military scientists and astronomers regularly fight over their preferred purposes for rockets, but military administration takes control, and the Soviets begin to build their first mimics of Iberian rockets.
-Soviet researchers prepare the first designs for a secret weapon capable of “destroying entire cities in a single blow”. Its purpose and properties are unknown, and it is not uncommon to see military police surrounding the research facilities 24/7.

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-Throughout the world, elections take place in the increasingly few democratic nations. Canada elects a centralist party, many of its critics calling it “conservative in name only”. In South Africa, the liberals take hold. In Australia and New Zealand, the conservatives see a victory in the reelection
-However, in Britain, the British Union of National Pride, a far-right nationalist party spawned from the collapse of the British economy, is elected by a slim number. In second place comes the Scottish labor party, who are increasingly feeling threatened by the nationalists. A referendum may soon be held to separate Scotland from the union completely before “Britain is torn asunder entirely”. The King has yet to speak on the matter.
-In South America, the Empire of Patagonia seeks to spread its “proper and heroic” ideology through blood and iron. Invading its small neighbor, Paraguay, the Patagonians invoke the wrath of Bolivia. However, the two nations do not expect the Patagonian military to be so quick to organize itself and fight on two fronts, and the war quickly turns into a bloodbath as the Patagonians march closer to victory.
-The wars in India see the Madhyan republic able to squash resistance in Gujarat and turn the fight around against Andhra as well. Tamil continues to seize territory from Ceylon, who refuses to admit defeat, and begins a horrific war of ethnic cleansing and guerilla attacks.
-In Europe, NATO and ULE troops break through the first large line of Soviet defenses, and prepare to slug it out at the Kalinin Line. German advances into the Baltics see success, as the territory of Lithuania is outright occupied by the Germans/French/British.
-In Iran, the Comintern continues its advance on the exhausted Iranian military. Much of the resistance against the communists is lead by Iberian and American troops, who are forced to dig in and hold out against the seemingly unending tide of Altaic, Baloch and Pashtun soldiers.
-The world economy falters significantly as markets begin to nosedive throughout Europe. The pain is felt as far as China, whose export-based economy begins to see profits stagnating as their customers are unable to keep up with fluctuating prices.
-Tensions rise significantly in Asia as Japanese troops cross over the Korean-Manchu border to attack the Soviets. A small contingent of troops encounters Chinese security soldiers, and a firefight breaks out killing dozens on each side. The Emperor of Japan and Prime Minister of China have yet to come to a deal, though the Japanese want outright retribution.
-In Iberian-controlled Morocco there are reports of a bright white flash that “turned the night to day”. Photographs and video recordings of the first-ever nuclear weapons test are delivered to Moscow in hopes of stopping the war and shocking the Soviets into submission.
-Almost a week later, Madrid receives images of a Siberian forest turned into ashes, and aerial photographs of a huge mushroom cloud peeking out from behind mountains. “Et Sic Factum Est” (and so it is) is written on the pictures, a stab at Iberia’s fascination with Latin nationalism.
(Note: All NATO advances in Europe are represented as German occupation, ULE as Iberian)

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Paris, France
Head Nation: France
-Members:
--France
--United Kingdom
--Great Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--Slovenia
--Alsace
--Romania
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)
--Egypt (Dependent)
--Jordan (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Croatia
--Serbia
--Greece
--Japan
--Iran (Protectorate)
--Saudi Arabia (Protectorate)

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand
--Burma
--Malaya

Type: Defensive Pact

Comintern (C):
Headquarters: Moscow, Soviet Union
Head Nation: Soviet Union
-Members:
--Soviet Union
--Balochistan
--Pashtunistan

Type: Defensive Pact

Player Events:

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-The Republic of China begins to conglomerate the Thai, Burmese and Malayan development corporations into the larger, more organized South East Asian Development Corporation. The SEADC continues its projects in the various NA members, though its administration includes all ethnicities from NA states to create an “economic bond” amongst the countries involved.
-SEADC officials head to Rajastan and Haryana in hopes of developing the same economic bond between China and the newly divided India. Warfare in the area slows the process of constructing roads and railway systems, as the transportation of the materials required must snake its way through multiple countries at a time.
-The purchased blueprints from the United Kingdom are put to use in China’s unstoppable industrial programs. Large industrial cities like Nanjing and Shanghai see newer, more efficient steel and metalworks thanks to British engineering. In Harbin, entire districts of the city are given nicknames like “Iron Town” or “Kitchen Land” due to the massive clusters of factories.
-In China, economic advisors begin to feel the downturn of the global market. To help ease the pain, a small campaign begins to lower prices domestically on Chinese goods. Various consumer goods and even factorial materials are cycled back into the Chinese economy, beginning the process of “Internal Consumption” amongst the Chinese populace. In the future, these steps will slow the growth of the Chinese economy, but will also act as a buffer against a possible worldwide recession.
-Ministers of Education meet in Nanjing to discuss bringing Chinese education “up to date”. A plan is set up, with three school systems to be soon implemented. A public primary and secondary school system to prepare children to work in the world, and semi-public tertiary institutions where students can choose to sharpen their skills in almost every field, from agriculture to nuclear research to physical therapy and beyond.
-With the Chinese alphabet and language officially latinized, all students enrolling in the primary schools are required to learn the latinized alphabet. Conservative parents are outraged, and some attempt to shield their children from “inappropriate western ideals”, while others are pleased to see their children “on-par with the rest of the world”.
-Tensions rise rapidly in Asia as an incident takes place on the Manchu-Korean border. A detachment of Japanese troops cross over the border hoping to launch a surprise assault on the Soviet Union. However, as the Japanese soldiers advance through darkness, they come upon a Chinese encampment. Believing it to be a Soviet defensive position, the Japanese open fire. The Chinese return fire, and both sides quickly come to understand who they’re fighting. Eleven Chinese soldiers are killed, seven wounded. Twenty Japanese soldiers are killed, with only one wounded.
-The issue on the Korea-Manchu border quickly reaches Tokyo, and the Japanese military administration is clearly out for blood. Troops mobilize on the Korean border, and the Japanese demand both reparations and “indefinite, uncontested military access through Manchukuo”. The Japanese make a point of using their own name for Manchuria, as well as “refusing to see other options”.
-Chinese ship construction slows as the navy begins to “digest” the various cruiser and destroyer designs purchased from the United Kingdom. Bizarre, half-British half-Soviet cruisers are designed and begin construction. British armor and Soviet quick-firing guns make the “Shanghai Class” cruisers a force to be reckoned with, and all current under-construction cruisers are immediately refitted to meet these classifications.
-Weapons testing continues in Yibin, as designs for semi-automatic and select-fire rifles end up in the hands of Chinese researchers. No clear-cut rifle is chosen as of yet, and many military advisors feel satisfied with the proliferation of bolt rifles amongst stock-standard infantry and the Garand-style T1E2 for special troops.
-A massive, hulking, extremely complex machine is unveiled at a science expo in Shanghai. Known as the ‘Tianlong I’, this “computing machine” is able to go through complex mathematical equations in minutes, beating even some of the best Chinese mathematicians at Nanjing University.
-Chinese scientists begin accumulating large amounts of “waste”, or radioactive materials found in the earth. Their motivations are unclear.

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-With the winter of 1939-1940 being far more vicious than initially expected, the French military begins mass-production of winter-time equipment. Huge amounts of wool and fowl down is used to stuff thick, denim coats that shield French soldiers from the cold. Gloves and thick wool socks are a must. The equipment does not just stop at clothing however, as the French produce thousands of pounds of blankets, tarps, tents and other goods required to give their soldiers a “warm and comfortable stay” in the NATO trenches in the European theatre.
-Designs are purchased from the Germans, and the French begin producing their own models of the Panzer II, known as the “Charlemagne I”. These French models are modified to have even more extremes in their sloped armor, as well as replacing the quick-firing 20mm cannon with a more powerful-yet-slower 5cm gun. The armor requires more adept steel-making, and the tanks come out at a slower pace than the German “printing press”. Nonetheless, French armor is shipped to the front against the Soviet Union in droves.
-The French military rewrites its doctrine, and prepares for rapid spearhead attacks against the Soviets. As winter turns to muddy spring, the French forces leap from their trenches. Aided by rockets, air-strikes and tanks, the French and their German allies force the Soviets back from their lines and seize the entirety of Lithuania. French soldiers attempt to raid a Soviet naval base, but find that the communists have scuttled the base and escaped into the Baltic before their vessels could be overrun.
-French troops from Africa, most of them Foreign Legion, join the Iberians in a naval assault of Balochistan. The French form a beachhead quickly and with minimal losses, and prepare to advance north to cut off the Balochi troops headed towards Iran. The Baloch resistance once the French have landed is brutal, however, as they quickly dissolve their regulars into a vicious guerilla force.
-Firebombs and napalm-styled weaponry is produced in large amounts as the designs are finalized. They are put to use throughout eastern Europe as the French are quick to export their designs to the Germans and British. However, Iberian terror bombing raids are regularly mistaken for French assaults, and it stains the French reputation in the area.
-With that in mind, the French military introduces a doctrine of “Humanitarian occupation”. Areas under French military administration undergo policies of reconstruction and crime fighting. Any surplus food is immediately doled out to locals. Captured Soviet PoWs are sent to French camps far behind the line, or sent as far back to France itself. These soldiers are treated with both respect and suspicion, and are put to work in factories. Prisoners that show respect and a “lack of communism” are sent to reeducation centers, where if they pass various tests, can return to society and are given paying jobs at French factories.
-Seeing the importance of breaking into the Black Sea, the French attempt to sway Turkey into joining NATO. With a growing influence of European nations in the middle-east, the Turks feel more threatened by the French, Italians and Iberians more than the Soviets, and turn down the offer. Conservatives in France attempt to label the Turks as enemies, but the government shuts down the rhetoric before it gets out of control.
-The French government officially no longer recognizes the sovereignty of the independent Alsace-Lorraine. As the war rages on in the east, the French military mobilizes all Frenchmen in the rump state, and gives benefits to the men’s families to move into France proper. The Germans move in, officially re-annexing their “lost province”, and begin setting up huge industrial centers. Reactionaries and communists alike in France cry themselves to sleep.
-In France, the 1940 elections take place. Much to the pain of the administration, Parti Radical splits down the middle. The socialists feel that Gaston’s policies have “tainted the name of the party”, and many of them exit to form their own association. The remaining members, most of them conservative, form a new party simply titled Parti Patriote. To the dismay of the socialists, Parti Patriote sees even higher numbers than the previous Radical elections in ‘36.
-With the victory of Parti Patriote, the French nation sees a new campaign of both conservative economic ideals and anti-communist propaganda. Flandin regularly addresses the public with inflammatory, anti-soviet speeches that focus on the “Blatant ethnic destruction” and “Vicious political assassinations” that take place in the Soviet Union. Some demand he source his claims, and those that do are quickly escorted out of the press conferences and tossed onto the curb.
-A new design for long-range bombers rolls out onto the runway. The Dassault Modelle A-40, a quad-engine bomber with a huge cargo capacity, is the first of its kind to see any sort of use. The machine is a hulking giant compared to the twin or even single engine planes seen in other air forces, and must be escorted to be properly used. Nonetheless, one A-40 can do the work of two or three dual-engine bombers, and negates the use for dive bombers.
-French researchers prepare the first designs for a secret weapon capable of “destroying entire cities in a single blow”. Its purpose and properties are unknown, and it is not uncommon to see military police surrounding the research facilities 24/7.

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-German aircraft researchers at Messerschmidt continue work on the experimental jet engines, taking the best of both worlds from the Japanese and American designs. They find an airframe capable of carrying two large jet engines, while simultaneously having a massive tubular cargo space in the rear.
-The Me-J40, the first functioning jet aircraft of its kind, takes off a runway alongside the Dassault A-40 at an airfield in Prussia. Instead of a bomber, the J40 is a troop carrier, and the first Kometentrüppen take their jumps into Soviet territory at a stunningly high altitude and intense speed. The biggest issue that comes to light is that the aircraft is moving far too fast to drop soldiers in even groupings, which leads to Kometentrüppen being flung about Soviet territory, separated and behind enemy lines.
-The Germans and Iberians conduct intensive bombardment campaigns against Soviet defenses in the Baltics and the Belarusian SSRs. German artillery and aircraft grind down on the entrenched Soviet defenders, while the Iberians launch barrage after barrage of long range rockets onto Soviet supply lines and rear munitions dumps.
-In Lithuania, a strategic bombardment of key Soviet artillery positions from German-targeted rocket strikes allows a swift and merciless hook of German armor to sweep through and decimate a primarily infantry-held trenchwork, freeing up nearly a thousand German foot soldiers to punch through and head north.
-German radio engineers produce some of the first long-range capable radios for tanks. Commanders in models such as the Panzer II and III are given the ability to communicate with nearby friendly tanks as well as receive more accurate and up-to-date orders from home base. This allows for adept coordination between German Panzer battalions, and throws the Germans once again ahead of the game in military technology.
-Some of the Panzer III ‘Eber’ tanks are lent to the Iberians and French, and are quickly spray-painted with their respective roundels. This comes as NATO and ULE members grow closer together on the battlefield, as well as the Germans hoping to see if the Panzer III is adept enough to be used in the hands of other nations. This may further the cause for NATO standardization if/when the war in Europe comes to an end.
-The German military begins formalising the designations for various tanks in their arsenal. The multi-faceted Panzer Is are officially put under “Support” roles, be they engineering, rear-line defense or acting as a cavalry tank. The larger, bulkier Panzer IIIs are for larger and more dangerous roles that involve frontal assaults with combined air/artillery/infantry support. These designations reduce the need for huge checklists amongst Panzerkorp commanders, and also organizes the supply lines significantly.
-With help from the French, the German Luftwaffe begins deploying the NATO-styled Napalm at the front line. Certain adventurous types design a new artillery shell using the firebombs, nicknamed ‘HELB’ (High Explosive, Long Burn) by the British expeditionary forces. The HELB shells spread terror and fire throughout trenches, but is used sparingly when attacking cities in the Baltic/Belarus, as wooden houses tend to disappear after a short cannonade.
-German aircraft engineers, working alongside the Iberians, begin designing a large twin-rotor helicopter. Unlike previous designs with two rotors off to the side, these models have them on both ends of the aircraft’s mainframe. Using interruptor gears like those of WWI biplanes, the large rotors are able to rotate and give the aircraft much-needed lift and maneuverability without causing the blades to crash into each other. Many German advisors point out the aircraft’s sluggishness, as well as its large size making it a prime target for ground fire. The light mainframe combined with the oblong, obvious shape poses an issue that forces the helicopter back to the drawing board.
-At the front, the Germans end up being the main collectors of PoWs. The Germans have a very simple strategy to holding onto the PoWs. Cooperative soldiers that speak their names and relinquish their arms without fight are given to the French prisoner trains, giving the soldiers a fresh chance at life when the war ends. Uncooperative soldiers are given to Iberian officers, where they are never heard from again.
-The rump state of Alsace is officially handed over to the control of the Greater German Republic. As France mobilizes its able-bodied men out of the area and relinquishes control to the Germans, nationalists in the seemingly constantly-growing nation cheer and celebrate as they are reunited with their “lost countrymen”. Huge industrial centers are reignited, and the various mines are quickly filled with prisoners of war from the eastern front.
-To further grow relations between Germany and smaller European states around her, the German military officially signs a treaty with Montenegro, allowing the tiny nation to produce the fast-firing StG-39 at home under its own name and with Montenegrin markings. Like the Gewehr 98 of so many years ago, Germany exports its military arms once again to the Balkans.
-In return for the creation licenses of the StG-39, the Montenegrin government helps in the production of some of the first Anti-Nuclear propaganda films. These films are brutal, depressing and shocking, using collected data and leaked images of the Soviet/Iberian nuclear tests.
-The film created by the Montenegrins is titled “Eine Einzelne Blume” (A Single Flower), and depicts the crushing story of a family forced out of their home by a nuclear weapon and their young daughter’s nightmares of the bomb itself. Though live action, the nightmare sequences are full-color animations done in a variety of styles by multiple students. The initial reaction to the film in Berlin is sheer terror. Joseph Goebbels, the new head of public relations for Germany, describes the film as “a somber message that all red-blooded Germans should take to heart”.
-At home, the German republic goes into full domestic mobilization. Industries are subsidized with taxpayer money, taxes themselves are raised, and a rationing begins. Propaganda in Germany encourages the purchasing of war bonds and the donation of any foodstuffs to the war effort. Women, children and men unfit for duty are encouraged to grow their own food in gardens to reduce the impact on the nation’s farms, fearing a nationwide famine like that of 1916 and 1920.
-With the Panzer I once again dragged to the drawing board to be made the “Frankenstein of Armor”, engineers at Krupp manufacturing design a squat, open-topped Panzer with a 75mm cannon set on a rotating turret ring. This tank, though bizarre and ultimately defenseless if caught in the line of fire, is the first “self propelled artillery” (SPArty) to be successfully tested. Its biggest issue is the lack of defenses against any real foe, be it infantry or aircraft, but it is given the same treatment as wheeled/towed artillery in that it hides behind the lines and flings death at long range. Its largest benefit is the ability to fire, move, and fire again. Adept crews are able to reload on the move too, making it a boon to German infantry.

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-With pressure from the Soviet Union bearing down on seemingly all sides, Iberian soldiers begin fortifying Tehran with impunity. Buildings are commandeered, bulldozed and the rubble used to construct massive defensive lines. City squares bristle with anti-aircraft guns and artillery pieces, the streets are regularly filled with Iberian foot soldiers or armored cars. The Shah is evacuated from Iran and whisked away to Madrid with his family as Iberia puts the country under direct control, with all Iranian soldiers now answering to Iberian generals.
-Iberian weaponry and vehicles, from rockets to helicopters, arrive in droves bearing Iranian roundels and markings. As Iran’s population is mobilized to prepare for the “Great Patriotic War” against the Soviet Union, Iberian commanders and officers begin to train the Iranian army to use Iberian machinery. Some observers decry this as another form of Iberian imperialism, while others brush it off as wartime standardization.
-In the west, Iranian and Iberian troops make a hard push to the Caucasus mountains, where they run up against Soviet soldiers pulling back into the homeland. Though it is spring and warm throughout most of Iran and the middle east, the snow has yet to clear from the Caucasus, and the fighting is brutal and difficult. However, Iberian troops make a breakthrough at last, forcing themselves onto Soviet soil.
-On the east of the Iranian Plateau, the Iberian and Iranian soldiers put up a valiant defense against repeated raids from Baloch, Pashtun and Tribal attacks. Soviet aircraft pound their positions, nighttime attacks from Baloch artillery and morning assaults from mounted Tribal soldiers test their resolve, but the ULE soldiers keep their heads straight. Every inch that the Iberians give, the Comintern forces suffer significantly.
-Fighting in Iran is strangely polarized, as fighting in the Caucasus sees a huge spearhead of Iberian/American/Iranian soldiers forcing their way north to try and seize territory in the mountainous, cold and rocky territories, while in the east, the fighting resembles that of the Western Front of the first Great War, with deep trench fortifications and static, prolonged fighting.
-The Germans and Iberians conduct intensive bombardment campaigns against Soviet defenses in the Baltics and the Belarusian SSRs. German artillery and aircraft grind down on the entrenched Soviet defenders, while the Iberians launch barrage after barrage of long range rockets onto Soviet supply lines and rear munitions dumps. Iberian rocket engineers take notes, hoping to see if they can improve on the designs in any way they can.
-The United Liberal Entente officially opens a “War Center” in Budapest, Hungary, in hopes of conducting a more organized war effort against the communists. This large center is held in the former royal palace of Hungary, and is regularly filled with Iberian, Japanese, Italian and Balkan advisors and commanders. One one bizarre day, a Japanese diplomat and his wife are riding through Budapest in their car, where they are suddenly gunned down by what is presumed to be a Romanian guerilla. The ULE begins sniffing around Hungarian transylvania in hopes of rooting out a possible Romanian uprising.
-Land operations in Poland continue, with the Iberians taking somewhat of a backseat as Balkan, Polish and Italian soldiers force onwards through the muddied terrain of Belarus. Their goal is to seize the strategic city of Minsk, which would ultimately cut off the ‘Astrakhan Front’, giving the ULE/NATO soldiers breathing room to prepare for a larger assault. Iberian shock troopers are regularly seen spilling out of helicopters in support of Polish or Italian infantry raids, giving both a morale bonus and a well needed helping hand.
-Iberia continues to strengthen relations with former Spanish territories. In this case, Iberian diplomats meet in Buenos Aires with Patagonian government members to discuss a “valued political, ideological and national friendship”. The Patagonians are pleased with the visit, and sign the “Iberian-Patagonian Treaty of Respect and Cooperation”. The Iberians are keen on ensuring that the treaty be based entirely on Falangism and the racial similarities of white Iberians and Patagonians, instead of pledging friendship towards the whole of the ULE. The Iberians also send officers to observe and report on the war against Paraguay and Bolivia, regularly giving advice to the fledgling empire.
-After “convincing” the Saudi regime, Iberia creates a strong foothold in the middle east by outright annexing the province of Sharqiya and the eastern coastline of Saudi Arabia. The Iberians make a point of declaring the province under Iberian administration, refusing to declare it a colonial acquisition, while also repeatedly making sure that everyone knows that it will be returned “upon the war’s end”. The Saudis believe the Iberians are lying through their teeth, but are dwarfed by the far superior European nation and keep to themselves.
-Huge amounts of foodstuffs, such as wheat, sugar, meats and vegetables are sent in droves to support the Iranian effort. Most of this food is labelled “From Iberian Hands to Iranian Families” in Spanish, Farsi and most importantly, Latin. The food is quickly distributed amongst the populace in Iran, as well as Iranian soldiers at the front. Keeping an irreligious and purely political affiliation with the aid helps the Iberian and Iranian governments grow closer, as well as driving a wedge between the Iranians and other western nations.
-Embassies are quietly opened up in the indian nations of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil. The nationalist, anti-communist nations are considered “ideologically similar” to Iberia, and many diplomats overlook the racial and religious differences, hoping to sow the seeds of “proper western, Latin and national priorities” throughout the Indian subcontinent. Again, Iberian officers observe the fighting in Ceylon, hoping to learn about the intricacies of jungle and guerrilla warfare. Tamil fighters expect the Iberians to be shocked by the massacre of a Ceylonese village, but the officers are unfazed and simply scribble in their notebooks, both impressing and startling the Tamil military.
-The entire nation of Iberia undergoes mobilization. Any able-bodied man between the ages of 17-40 are sent to training facilities to fight in Europe or Iran. Those that volunteer are able to choose their profession, and a surprisingly large number of young men hope to join the Iberian navy, serving in the submarine corp. The large number of conscripts are given certain “classes”, and are organized to include a variety of ages, professions, backgrounds and ethnicities. Andalusians are barred from conscription, of course, and are regularly harassed for their detriment to Iberian society.
-The former colonial territory of Morocco is officially brought into the fold as an Iberian state. Much to the dismay of the local populace and Andalusians that fled the Iberian mainland, with the territory under proper military administration, the brutal and restrictive Barcelona Laws are enforced with impunity throughout Morocco and the Sahara. Many Arabs flee to French Algeria in hope of escaping the Iberian authorities. Those that are captured at the border are shot on sight, sending a clear example to Maghrebis and Andalusians alike that the Iberians are here to stay.
-Rocket scientists in Lisbon successfully test and produce the first models of the Retribución Arma-2 (R-2) rocket. This large, tubular rocket bears 4 fish-like fins that help keep its path stable as the huge engine propels it twice as far as previous Iberian rocket models. The first R-2s are deployed against Soviet defenses in the Caucasus, and prove to be viciously effective when filled with the NATO-styled napalm.
-In Morocco, the Iberians unveil their true and absolute power. Hundreds of Iberian officials, including Emperor Alfonso himself, watch with awe as Iberia tests her first nuclear weapon. The test takes place immediately after sundown, making the flash all the more brilliant and imposing. Many stand and cheer, while Alfonso stays in his seat and stares at the destruction that the weapon could wreak upon the world. The genie has been let out of the bottle, and can never be returned.

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-In a saddening turn of events, King Danilo I passes in his sleep a week after the nation greets the new decade. At the age of 69, King Danilo’s death marks the ascension of Michael Petrović-Njegoš, now crowned as King Michael I. Taking after his predecessor, Michael ensures that his rule will be soft, and much of the nation’s decisions will be left to the people.
-A state funeral is held for Danilo I, with hundreds of thousands of people arriving to the procession from all over the Balkans. He is entombed at the royal cemetery, and the nation enters a short period of mourning for their lost monarch.
-With war slowly creeping its way throughout the world, a followup to the Podgorica conference is held in Mexico City. As Montenegrin delegates arrive, they worry that many nations in South America are too far gone in being swayed to various alliances, as the Patagonian delegates brag about their excursions, causing a ripple effect through the smaller nations who look to find larger, tougher friends. Nonetheless, as it is Montenegro’s turn to discuss international neutrality, heads turn and listen to a speech no doubt crafted at one of the many actors schools in Montenegro. The conference ends with Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, Cuba and Norway discussing with Montenegro the creation of a “non-aligned movement”.
-This “non-aligned movement” would be an international call to peace, while also rejecting the creation of long-stretching, constricting alliances like that of NATO or the ULE. Nations with extremist parties in power laugh at the idea, but historically neutral/non-expansive countries appreciate the idea, and prepare for the Second Podgorica Conference that may officially create the Non-Aligned Movement worldwide.
-As the Slavicist conferences continue to meet in Montenegro, government observers report that the group has officially included the dialect of Belarusian and Ukrainian, first fearing that the languages are at risk of ‘Russification’, as well as creating a more unifying tongue that would include millions more speakers.
-Germany once again turns to Montenegro for assistance in the realm of films. Giving the small Balkan state the ability to produce the coveted StG-39, the Germans desire the creation of one of the first Anti-Nuclear propaganda films after words of Soviet and Iberian nuclear tests reach Berlin. The Montenegrin government recruits some animators from the independent community (or how they are called colloquially, the "Nezave") at universities to create the film. “Eine Einzelne Blume” (A Single Flower) is the name of the film, and uses the works of animation to paint a heartbreaking picture of the possibilities of nuclear war.
-A Single Flower depicts the crushing story of a family forced out of their home by a nuclear weapon and their young daughter’s nightmares of the bomb itself. Though live action, the nightmare sequences are full-color animations done in a variety of styles by multiple students. The initial reaction to the film in Berlin is sheer terror. Joseph Goebbels, the new head of public relations for Germany, describes the film as “a somber message that all red-blooded Germans should take to heart”.
-With the success of A Single Flower, independent animation crews begin to crawl out from the shadows and present themselves to filmmakers, hoping to use their talents for a variety of movies. Some comedy directors pick up animators to create films that lighten the mood of moviegoers, which is heartily appreciated in Europe as the whole world seems to be falling apart at the seams.
-The full-color film originally dubbed "Montenegrin Movie Magic" is officially retitled Farbstvo, making the name simpler and more straight to the point that it is made for color productions. The MMM/Triple M name has stuck in the United States, but Farbstvo slowly creeps into the dialect of directors in France and Germany who wish to distance themselves from the Americans.
-The Montenegrin Government continues to encourage the production of the arts, with students who graduate with honors from state-owned art colleges being given recommendations to go to various studios throughout Gorawood or even as far as studios in London or Paris, along with an all-expense paid apartment at wherever they may be working. Montenegrin film studios quickly fill up with new work, which is a boon to directors and producers who were originally short on hands.
-As color film is more commonly used in Europe and abroad, cameras adapting to the technology become more available and thus cheaper, allowing more and more films to be made. As a result, a new film genre, centered mainly in Gorawood, came to being, sweeping through Europe. The genre is titled "Knightlies" by American moviegoers, while in Montenegro, they are known as "Srednjaci" (the closest English translation being either Middies or Medievies), "Riterci"/"Vitežci" (a local variation on the American name) or "Kavaljeri" (the closest English translation being Equestrics or Chivalrics), depending on where the stories are set. Knightlies are films depicting the stories of European warriors, be they real or legendary. The 1940 film "Kosovski boj", or more commonly known by its American title, “The Battle of Kosovo”, describes the pinnacle battle between Serbia and the Ottoman Turks that dictated Balkan history for centuries to come. It is met with nearly worldwide success for its actors, score, script and production quality. The film is banned in Turkey nearly the instant it is distributed.
-Knightlies slowly begin to overtake the dramas and action films produced in the United States, as European citizens find it easier to connect with the stories of knights, squires and nobles rather than the cowboys of the American west. The movie studios in Hollywood are furious, whilst those in Gorawood reap the benefits, while simultaneously opening their doors wider and wider as the British and French flood the film studios to produce “the best depiction of their kings as possible”. The 'Wooden Wars', the 'Film Wars' or the 'Second Hundred Years War’, as jokingly described by Montenegrin newspapers, had begun. As a result of the 'war', one newspaper illustrator made a short comic strip series called "Holly i Pelikona", starring personifications of Hollywood and Gorawood as the main characters.
-The Montenegrin government forms an exclusive club known as the Royal Film Society. This club focuses on including writers, cameramen, foley artists, animators, and other less-appreciated members of film production crews. The society regularly meets and discusses the future of films, as well as closing the day with at least 30 new movie ideas that were pitched during meetups.
-The Montenegrin government also institutes nationwide conscription for all able-bodied men. All male citizens 16 and older are required to have, at minimum, 4 weeks of standard military training, as well as bi-yearly checkups ensuring that they are in peak physical shape and mental awareness. However, it is opt-out for citizens to stay in the military, as training goes into the 6 week duration. Those that stay in the military are given various benefits and tax breaks, as well as being given the opportunity to volunteer for the re-instituted Local Defense Forces, like those of the past Yugoslavia.
-The first national arms factory is opened Nikšić, called Onogošt Works. Here, the StG-39 is produced in large numbers under the name Juriša 1940, or J-40 for short. The J-40 is quickly distributed amongst the Local Self Defense Forces various armories, as well as being put in reserve for the possibility of national mobilization.
-Another breakthrough takes place at one of the Montenegrin arts colleges. A small, much more compact camera is created, able to “sit” atop one's shoulder without too much discomfort. Other cameras are far too bulky or simply too heavy to be handled in such a way, but this camera, the “Leptir” (Butterfly), is able to be hauled by a single person, creating a new and more variable way to capture images for movies.
-In a non-film related breakthrough, electronic engineers in Cetinje stumble upon the creation of smaller, more compact vacuum tubes. These tubes are leagues smaller than the previous ones, and a person can fit five of them in the palm of their hand. This is a boon to electronics companies worldwide, who rush in droves to purchase prototypes of the design.

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-As the war rages in Europe, the United States bides their time and uses their somewhat isolated position to their advantage. The Soviet Pacific Fleet is still considered a threat, and the United States skirts along the eastern coastline of Japan in hopes of drawing the Soviets out into a brawl. There is some success, as a handful of Soviet submarines are sunk before they can return the favor, but not much else happens as both navies seem to chase each other in circles.
-With the aid of the Canadians and Australians, a second invasion of Siberia takes place. This time, launched straight from the Aleutians, various winter-prepared troops storm the beaches far north of Kamchatka to do combat with: nothing. The lack of Soviet defenders is considered a boon, and the NATO soldiers quickly use this to their advantage, creating a strong beachhead, and begin constructing an airfield to land both supply aircraft and bombers that can strike deeper into the heart of the Soviet Union.
-Soldiers in Iran are moved northward alongside their Iberian allies to drive a hole into the Caucasus mountains. Whilst on their way, they are regularly harassed by red-allied Iranian guerrillas, but the favor is occasionally returned with impunity. As the Americans push into the mountainous Caucasus SSR, they soon discover that the training that took place in Alaska some time before begins to pay off. Americans lead the charge towards the city of Baku, though the going is tough and slow, as the snow in the mountains refuses to give way even as the early days of summer roll in. Nonetheless, the American push in the Caucasus is appreciated by the war department and Iberian soldiers alike.
-Americans in Europe, the small number that is there, continue to try and keep supply lines straight and safe as the Soviets step up their air raids. American medics are saviors to many NATO/ULE wounded, and a couple Americans are given honors by the Italian and Polish governments for “defending Christendom and the goodwill of nations”. However, Soviet POWs in the hands of Americans are tossed about to various nearby allies as the United States has no contingency plan on dealing with captured soldiers. Depending on the commander, PoWs are given to the French or Iberians, the latter more than happy to take prisoners away from the front.
-The United States attempts to prop up the seemingly collapsing United Kingdom by promoting investment into British industry and supporting the British economy by buying their goods. The “Never Let A Good Friend Down” campaign begins, with radio and poster advertisements depicting a Bald Eagle and Lion staring at a rising, new dawn. Americans do what they can, though the move is boycotted in cities like Boston as Irish-Americans feel that the British ‘must reap what they have sown’.
-The Democrats win the 1940 elections with a tidal wave victory as FDR takes office yet again as president of the United States. A propaganda campaign, headed by Roosevelt himself, focuses on the “weeding out of Soviet sympathisers” and the “destruction of the Red Menace”. The American populace is whipped up into a frenzy by the propaganda, and socialists in the United States once again slip into the shadows to protect themselves from brash attacks.
-Weapons and arms manufacturers are given huge benefits by the American government as the United States begins full-scale mobilization. Everything from handguns to bombers are produced within the United States, safe from air raids or sabotage from afar. Light supplies are shipped to the Iberians and British as the United States once again acts as the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’, much like they were during the first Great War.
-Taking designs from the Germans, the United States beings constructing their first designs for jet aircraft. Failed test after failed test finally reveals a workable, effective jet aircraft design created by Curtiss Wright. The P-40-A Firebird is a single-engined jet fighter armed with quad .50 caliber machine guns and an autocannon at the front of the plane. Able to outrun just about any plane, the P-40-A begins production as soon as the blueprints are accepted by the US government. It will take months, if not a couple of years, before the plane replaces the various fighter planes of the US air force, but is considered a huge leap forward for the American military.
-American researchers begin toying with the idea of “splitting” the atom, or the theory of fission. Separating the atom would expel a tremendous amount of energy, and the United States hopes to find a way to harness it. Safely.

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-Soviet Defenders in the far west begin to draw back to their deeper defenses towards the east. Repetitive bombing and rocket raids from the Germans and Iberians make defending the Balkans a dangerous and grueling task that sees Soviet soldiers forced out of Lithuania entirely. However, the Soviets do not fall into the trap of a counterattack at the peak of winter, and instead force the NATO/ULE invaders to go on the offensive come spring, bogging some of them down in the thick, muddy morass that is the Russian springtime.
-In the far, far east, the American and Canadian marine corps make a landing north of Kamchatka, catching Soviet eastern observers entirely off guard. Though their initial landings see minimal combat, and most of the territory seized is flat plains land or tundra, there are reports of a makeshift airfield under construction, and more troops landing on the beaches preparing to move into central Siberia.
-Soviet troops cornered in Lithuania make a daring final stand in Vilnius. Forcing the NATO soldiers to enter the city, the dwindling numbers of Soviet defenders wreak havoc on the occupiers through guerilla attacks and sabotage, leading to the destruction of many parts of the city. A counterinsurgency campaign lead by Iberians sees even more of the city outright razed, including some of the Orthodox churches and synagogues that had stood in the city for nearly two centuries.
-Soldiers retreating eastward do the only thing that seems viable. The brutal practice of scorched earth begins, as farms, defensive positions, villages and forests are razed, burned and filled to the brim with mines and other booby traps to refuse the western attackers passage. The Baltic and Belarusian populace is horrified by the tragedy, but posters made by Soviet propaganda artists declare the process necessary and “the only option”.
-The Soviet Union pulls out its attacking troops in northern Iran, leaving much of the fighting up to the revolting tribal groups and the Baloch/Pashtun armies. Much to the boon of the Soviet Union, many Baloch citizens under Iranian control rise up to assist their independent brethren, and march forward under a red banner. Many Central Asian troops from the Soviet Union request that they stay behind and “finish the job”. Zhukov, personally leading the entirety of the Soviet Union’s military, grants them this right.
-As Soviet soldiers begin to leave Iran, they leave behind red books, communist propaganda, and the air of the possibility of return. Socialists originally repressed by the Shah simply follow the Soviets out, creating the “Iranian Legion” of the Soviet army. Numbering in the low thousands, these newly recruited soldiers are sent back home to act as a guerilla force, making life painful for the Iranian government.
-In the Caucasus, Iberian and American troops break through the thinning lines of defense and arrive in the mountains themselves. Soviet defenders move quickly and with impunity to defend the key city of Baku from Iberian hands, ensuring that the oil-rich territory doesn’t come under the control of the Fascists. Defensive lines are set up, as well as making the city bristle with anti-air guns and artillery emplacements.
-The fortifications originally intended for Moscow are shipped to Leningrad and Riga, in hopes of making a “final stand for the heart of the Soviet Union”. The various naval facilities in the Baltic, constantly under threat of aerial or rocket bombardment, regularly send their vessels in and out of port at random times to avoid the oncoming explosives. Riga itself slowly begins to resemble a medieval fortress rather than a city, as huge concrete structures of varying shapes block the city’s natural entrances and create chokepoints along the many roads that lead towards the city center.
-The defensive line around Leningrad expands as well, but is far more complex than the hulking mass around Riga. With the cultural, strategic and monetary importance of Leningrad taken into account, the Soviet engineers work day and night making winding paths of concrete bunkers, artillery/anti-air emplacements, trenches and hidden groundworks that twist and turn at random, non-patterned intervals. The city itself sees areas razed and recollected to create fortifications within the city streets. Civilians are evacuated from the city, given a small monetary and foodstuffs benefit, and shipped to one of the larger cities at the heart of the country, such as Moscow or Volgograd.
-Rash bombing raids go out in absolute force against the invaders, with fighters being given makeshift bomb releases to launch daring attacks against supply lines and defensive positions. Heavy bombers escorted by “fighter-bombers” arrive at nighttime in occupied Lithuania to bring flaming death, trying desperately to strike the Iberian rocket positions, as well as grind German armored divisions into dust. Though the raids may not initially take out their targets, the fear of nighttime destruction stresses the attackers significantly, spreading paranoia of airstrikes throughout the NATO/ULE lines.
-Naval forces of the Soviet Union continue construction, though they are prioritized in the far east to prevent further beach invasions from the Americans/Canadians/ANZAC, as well as to duke it out with the ever present Imperial Japanese Navy. Raids from Soviet coastal defense ships along the Korean shoreline infuriate the Japanese, who retaliate with a horrific firebombing of Vladivostok. Much to the dismay of the Japanese, the firebombing simply hardens the Soviet resolve, who want a successful Round 2 against Japan after 1905.
-Soviet aircraft factories are switched into overdrive, creating the smaller fighters made during the last war, as well as producing the I-16 ‘Ishak’, the small monoplane made in the old interwar era. The Soviets also begin to prioritize the escorting of bombers in hopes of minimizing losses when going on bombing raids. The small, nimble Ishaks act as hounds on a fox hunt when escorting the cumbersome TB-3 heavy bombers.
-The Soviet Union experiments with small-party raiding tactics, hoping to probe and find holes in the attacker’s lines. These small parties are at a smaller risk of detection, and their losses minimized. Dubbed “Red Raiders” by the ULE/NATO forces, these small parties wreak havoc on forward observation posts, and occasionally reach as far back as supply lines, making things ever more difficult for the invader.
-Oil and natural gas deposits from the Soviet Union are torn open and exploited as quickly and efficiently as possible, though the latter falls to the back of many refinery operator’s minds. A large amount of oil is exported to Chinese farming companies in return for rice, wheat or pork, in hopes of reducing the stress put on Soviet farms. The remaining oil is sent to stockpiles, and the entirety of the Soviet Union undergoes emergency oil rationing to ensure that the military can operate as quickly and cleanly as possible.
-Industry and weapons production is slowly moved farther and farther towards the center of the Soviet Union, isolating it from the prying hands of aircraft or artillery. The winding rail lines that linked the Central Asian SSR to the west and east are expanded towards the center, and huge amounts of heavy industrial equipment is shipped hastily along these lines to be set up in the various factories that crop up in the icy tundra.
-Prisoners of war are some of the first to begin working in these factories, as their initial setups are dangerous and untrustworthy. This is considered revenge for the various Soviet prisoners whisked away by the Iberians, and many ULE soldiers pay the price of being worked in horrid conditions for their association with the fascists.
-A wounded soldier by the name of Mikhail Kalashnikov is seen scribbling on a chalkboard at a field hospital outside of Minsk. Medics quickly report his scribblings to Soviet high command. His drawings are that of a heavily redesigned StG-39, using a different, “intermediate” caliber, as well as a much more simple gas-operated bolt system. As soon as the news reaches Moscow, Kalashnikov is picked up and sent to the famous Tula arms manufactory to put his prototype rifle to the test. It works wonders, able to throw lead reliably and accurately without running into jams or other operating issues. The rifle will take some time to be perfected, and the Soviets cannot afford to change their production on weapons now, but the ‘Avtomat Kalashnikova 40’ (AK-40) is a phrase muttered by any Soviet soldier heading towards the front, wishing to replace their SVT-40 with something better.
-After receiving messages and photos from the Iberian government describing their nuclear test and their bombs abilities, Soviet nuclear researchers prepare their response. Out in the cold wilderness of Bjarmia, a huge crowd of Soviet reporters and observers gather in the seemingly endless snow to watch “an expression of Soviet power”. Mikhail Kalinin and Georgy Zhukov both sit in the front row, wearing the bulky black goggles that are meant to shield their eyes. Once the clock strikes noon, the cloudy day is lit with the blinding flash of the first Soviet nuclear weapon. Kalinin’s expression is reported to be that of shock, whilst Zhukov stands and cheers as the mushroom cloud slowly ripples its way up to the heavens. The Soviets, too, have rubbed the lamp.

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-World Tensions have led to WAR.
-War is a byword for the everyday as the Third Great War continues to rage in Eastern Europe and Iran. Many wonder if they should call it the 3rd War or just continue calling it the second, as the 3 year peace was meagre at best. The term Intrawar becomes increasingly popular to describe the entire period.
-Just like in 1936, the Summer Olympics for this year, planned to be held in Helsinki, are cancelled.
-In Britain, the votes go through that allow Scotland to sever itself from the United Kingdom. Dubbed the “Summertime Rebellion” by the English and “Independence Day” by the Scots, the two newly reformed nations of England and Scotland are radically different in economic, social and political scopes.
-The war in South America continues as Patagonia smashes the tiny Paraguay, and turns to roll over Bolivia with impunity. Unfortunately for the Patagonians, Paraguayan nationalists and remaining soldiers have fled over the border into Brazil, are re-armed, and take up the fight in Bolivia, forcing the Patagonians to fight a brutal and unrelenting counter-insurgency.
-In India, Tamil outright conquers the nation of Ceylon. There are words of massed attempts of ethnic cleansing, with thousands of bodies washing up on the western shores, many of them emaciated or badly beaten.
-In Croatia, a far-right nationalist parties is elected, while in Serbia, its ruling party, which has become more radical, is re-elected. Both parties are, to a certain degree, modeling themselves after the Partito Nazionale Fascista of Italy.
-Gujarat’s military dictatorship is deposed by the invading Madhya, who then unite the socialist-leaning Gujarati expats in the fight against Andhra, which proves to grind to a halt as both nations are rocked by economic setbacks caused by the sluggish world economy.
-The economy begins to stumble as import/export dependent nations feel the pain of commerce raiding, bombing runs and a workforce dedicated to fighting rather than producing. The nations hit the hardest are the small Indian substates and those in South/Central America. However, the domino effect is beginning to hit larger nations, such as those in NATO and the ULE.
-The French, in Algeria, test their first nuclear weapon. Now, a ‘Nuclear Tripartate’ has been born, as one of each major wartime alliance now has access to the most powerful weapon in history. However, the French explicitly state that the bomb will not be used in hostility.
-The first nuclear weapon used in hostility is dropped by the Soviet Union on December 30th, 1940. The weapon is used on her own territory, striking the city of Grodno. Thousands of people are killed, including many ULE troops and civilians alike. Thousands more are wounded and brought to field hospitals, their skin burnt, some blinded, others nothing more than a leathery crisp writhing on a stretcher.
(Note: All NATO advances in Europe are represented as German occupation, ULE as Iberian)

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Berlin, Great Germany
Head Nation: Great Germany
-Members:
--France
--England
--Great Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--United States of America
--Slovenia
--Alsace
--Romania
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)
--Egypt (Dependent)
--Jordan (Dependent)
--Scotland (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Croatia
--Serbia
--Greece
--Japan
--Iran (Protectorate)
--Saudi Arabia (Protectorate)

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand
--Burma
--Malaya

Type: Defensive Pact

Comintern (C):
Headquarters: Moscow, Soviet Union
Head Nation: Soviet Union
-Members:
--Soviet Union
--Balochistan
--Pashtunistan

Type: Defensive Pact

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM):
Headquarters: N/A
Head Nation: N/A
-Members:
--Montenegro
--Nicaragua
--Denmark
--Switzerland
--Finland
--Haiti
--Dominican Republic

Type: International Association

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-Ignoring the strife in eastern Europe and central Asia, the Republic of China continues to spread its influence throughout the subcontinent of India, introducing stronger development companies in Rajastan and Haryana. A large “Indian Superhighway” is considered and is set to the drawing table, hoping to link the Nanjing Association with its far western friends. Orissa and Uttar, the two states separating Rajastan/Haryana from Assam are brought into talks with the various development corporations, and allow the beginnings of the highway to be put through their lands.
-The Chinese embassy in Tokyo begins stall tactics to delay hostilities between China and Japan. Much to China’s luck, the Japanese accept the offer and postpone deals. Nonetheless, the Japanese take a hardline stance against China, boycotting the purchase of Chinese goods and refusing to sell to China. Japanese troops are massed in Korea, and observers fear a surprise assault if the Japanese are not contained quickly.
-As the Soviets begin to produce their own German-esque assault rifles, the Republic purchases the blueprints to the Soviet AK-40 after a short telegram deal between Nanjing and Moscow. Much to the chagrin of China’s European trade partners, the Chinese quickly see the usefulness of a select fire, compact, mobile rifle such as the AK-40.
-Throughout the country, the massive industrial projects that started nearly 9 years ago come to their first closing points. Thousands of hospitals, schools, government centers, roadways and factories dot the landscape from Harbin to Lhasa. A gigantic highway linking major cities throughout China finally ends its last loop into Nanjing, completing a multi-thousand kilometer course that criss-crosses throughout the nation.
-The Chinese, ever restless, continue their industrial expansion, with a massive campaign to standardize factories and hospitals throughout the nations. With the groundwork in place, a nationwide standard for healthcare/industry is a key instrument for leaping forward, as the Chinese continue to trump the various great powers in terms of economics, unity and military strength.
-With the Japanese unwilling to back down, the Chinese mobilize their divisions throughout the north and south-west. Thousands of reserves are called, and graduates from the various military colleges are immediately deployed on the Sino-Japanese fronts, especially facing Korea. Both sides prepare for a brawl that could last years on end, but foreign observers place their bets on the more organized, numerous and technologically advanced Chinese. This does not deter the fighting spirit of the Japanese, however, and instead ignites a rash series of Japanese nationalist rallies in Tokyo and Sapporo.
-Air assets are on high alert, and the Chinese regularly push their aircraft as far into Japanese airspace as legally possible. The more modernized Chinese models are able to scoot out of range of the Japanese who turn to respond, but are sometimes escorted out by surprise visits by Japanese CAGs.
-Luckily for the Chinese, some Japanese troops are peeled off the border and sent south in order to break up the communist insurgencies cropping up in northern Korea, clearly backed by the Soviet Union. Chinese advisors get hot in the collar, fearing that the insurgency-if successful-, will spawn another Communist uprising in the Republic.
-Naval production continues as the Chinese race to get their navy up to snuff, especially in comparison to the Japanese and Soviets. Though the navy may have more ships in sheer number, many of the reserve ships are nothing more than glorified river monitors, and the purchase of British/Soviet/American designs are a boon to the Chinese naval spirit.
-The Chonqing/Wuhan conglomerates begin mass producing military equipment to meet up with the demand of the mobilized troops. It is not uncommon for the roadways to be commandeered by trucks towing cannons, guns, tanks or other military equipment as the railways soon become bloated with huge numbers of Chinese military goods.
-The Soviet AK-40 undergoes tests at the Yibin weapons range, and proves to outperform most of the single-fire/bolt rifles imported from Europe. Immediately, starting with the next financial year, the Chinese military plans on producing their own “Type 40” rifles in order to finalize a national standard. The sheer variety of weapons in the hands of the Chinese makes them formidable to an extent, but hampers ease of production, and especially interferes with interchangeability in the field. The Type 40 will put a stop to this with due haste.
-Researchers continue to tamper with their large computing machine, the Tianlong I. With some minor adjustments, using small vacuum tubes purchased from Montenegro, the Tianlong II quickly replaces the original. However, the machine still fills a room and sounds like an aircraft taking off when calculating long strings of mathematical equations. Nonetheless, the Chinese know that this isn’t some technological fad, and will dominate the world from military to entertainment sometime soon in the future.
-Chinese researchers prepare the first designs for a secret weapon capable of “destroying entire cities in a single blow”. Its purpose and properties are unknown, and it is not uncommon to see military police surrounding the research facilities 24/7.

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-The German army, with assistance from their NATO allies, pushes farther east along the Baltic sea, seizing city after city. Many of the Soviet defenders put up a vicious defense, but are slowly beginning to crack under the pressure of so many men attacking at once. NATO forces, especially the Germans, grow ever closer to seizing the prized old-Russian capital of Leningrad.
-Seeing no other choice, German high command unleashes “Unternehmen Arnulph”, or a series of nighttime bombings on two major Soviet cities, Leningrad and Riga. What makes Arnulph different from other air campaigns is the usage of experimental biological weapons. These bombs are nothing more than shrapnel bombs, but instead of high-grade explosive, are packed to the brim with sewage, detritus and other disgusting sludge.
-The bombing raids in Riga and Leningrad prove to be disgustingly effective, as the bombs are dropped on rear lines and hospitals, spreading infection and causing hundreds of soldiers at a time to go septic from their wounds. Thousands of innocent civilians come down with a cacophony of diseases that begin to spread to the countryside as freshwater lakes are soon contaminated.
-After the vicious disease-ridden bombing runs of the German aircraft, the cities are then “purified” by napalm-rocket barrages by the Iberians. The once beautiful historic districts of Riga are scoured with burn marks and bloated corpses. As Soviet defenders are finally forced to retreat, many Germans recall the stench as something “closer to Hell than one could think”.
-Germany takes command of NATO forces in Europe, as a majority of the fighters in the east are already under the command of German officers. To cut down on confusion, Berlin soon becomes headquarters for NATO, and Germany is finally given the chance to unleash itself onto the Soviet Union.
-Using the experimental tandem rotor helicopters, artillery that was once towed by horse or truck is “airlifted” onto hills or craggy, rocky territory. This is a boon to German artillery crews unable to use the Self-Propelled Artillery pieces, as they can unleash shell after shell from once unreachable areas. However, it is not uncommon for one or more of the helicopters to be intercepted by daring rear-line attacks by Soviet fighter pilots.
-French and American forces are officially ordered to remain in Lithuania to begin “administering to the occupational authority”. German officials meet with Lithuanian collaborators, and in Vilnius, the 2nd Republic of Lithuania is declared, and the Lithuanian Social Democracy party is put in office. The more left-wing party is closer aligned to the Germans as opposed to the staunch conservatism of France or Britain, but is nonetheless much more free in comparison to the hulking Soviet Union that the nation has recently freed itself from. The Germans make a point of re-taking the city of Memel, however, which makes more nationalist-minded Lithuanians furious.
-NATO troops begin to fortify Lithuania as much as they can, as able-bodied Lithuanian men are quickly armed and shoved to the front in the creation of the “Lithuanian Legion”, under the command of the German Army. The Legion mainly acts as rear line logistics defense and prisoner train guards, but are nonetheless a boon to the Germans as they are able to free up more and more men to put them towards the front.
-German leaflets are dropped alongside packages of Russian-translated copies of “A Single Flower”. The leaflets and films are used in hopes of convincing the Soviets that the usage of nuclear weapons is a step too far, and that war is a “manly, honorable” deal. The Soviets clearly don’t get the message.
-After a nuclear weapon is used against the ULE in Grodno, the Germans come to rushing blows with the Soviet forces head to head. The Soviets, believing a counter-attack is what is required, attempt to force NATO and ULE soldiers back to the first series of defensive lines, or better yet, over the border. Unfortunately for both sides, as the NATO flood continues eastward, both armies suffer immense casualties, eventually seeing the Soviets giving up territory in the Baltics in order to regroup.
-The Germans up their game with their speedy Self-Propelled Artillery, using brash, rapid nighttime attacks with the HELB shells to scorch forward defensive positions and lay waste to communications centers unlucky enough to have been spotted by reconnaissance. These fast moving vehicles disappear into the night before anti-tank or counter batteries can respond.
-At home, the German government encourages the creation of a “Pen Pal” program, or having schools send letters to soldiers at the front in hopes of creating a national bond between children and the soldiers of their country. Morale wise, it is a well-needed boost for the average soldier to see handwritten letters from children of all ages. When soldiers send their letters back, most of them are black-and-white rainbows of military censures and restricted information.
-With the war going on, and growing ever intense, the German economy begins to feel the hunger pangs of worldwide recession. As her former trade partners in South America begin to bailout their banks, and Indian substates are unable to afford German industrial goods, many German factories are forced to form conglomerates or risk going under.
-Using a scaled-down design of the J40, German aircraft engineers at Messerschmidt are put to work in the creation of the Schnelllebigen Höhenbombenflugzeuge Modell 1940, or better known as the SHM-40 “Kuguar”. The Kuguar is a twin-engine aircraft much like the J40, but is much smaller in scale, and carries a small cargo bay of bombs. Though unable to deliver the payload of its larger brethren, the Kuguar is able to hold its own against oncoming fighters, and does not require escorts. It is the first “multirole” aircraft of its kind.
-Toying with the bizarre frankenstein designs of the Panzer I, Krupp steel unveils the PzKpfwKmz-I, under the nickname “Hurrikan”. The Hurrikan is a slow moving mobile anti-air platform, with the ability to carry a stunning eight rapid-firing machine guns, or two of the large Flak anti-air cannons. Some German satirists in the lines don’t call it the Hurrikan, but instead the “Blähung” for its sluggishness and noisy attitude.

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-Fighting in Europe reaches an interesting breaking point as Soviet soldiers are forced to retreat from their main lines of defense in the west. As the Soviets begin a campaign of scorched earth and prolonged engagements, the Iberians must begin a strange doctrine of counterinsurgency in tandem with the usual combined-arms warfare as the Soviets refuse to make anything easy.
-The Iberian military, with assistance from NATO and Iranian troops, finally smashes through the Caucasus mountains as the Soviets are forced to retreat. The Iberians grow ever closer to grabbing the key, oil-rich city of Baku in the Caucasian SSR, but the Soviet resistance is far too intense. Soviet bombers constantly rattle positions in the mountains, and drive many of the invading forces into steep ravines or craggy valleys in order to avoid being blown to pieces. So the Iberians begin Operation Caesar.
-Operation Caesar is a ferocious air campaign against the cities of Minsk and Baku in the USSR and the city of Khuzdar in Balochistan. The air raids, combined with long range rocket strikes, cause serious damage to the economic and industrial infrastructure in the Soviet Union. Baku burns brilliantly at night as oil refineries are ignited and the fuel goes up in flames.
-Khuzdar, the capital city of Balochistan, is not treated as “kindly” as the other major cities. Air raids scour the city for days on end, rockets come down like rain when aircraft aren’t filling the sky. The Iberians prioritize the use of napalm, and the operation calls for “acceptable civilian casualties” in order to send a message to those willing to resist the ULE. Thousands are killed, thousands more forced from their homes, and the economy of the tiny nation collapses seemingly overnight as its only major source of unity and infrastructure is razed from the sky.
-In the Baltic, the Iberians conduct a bizarre new form of naval warfare. Using the newly designed Arma-2 rockets, Iberian destroyers are given a leg up on the Soviet defenders, now having the ability to strike from considerable range. Many Soviet coastal and pocket destroyers are sunk as the fast moving rockets strike their hulls before captains can respond. Rockets, for now, are still beaten by torpedoes as courageous (or crazy) Soviet submariners take a couple Iberian Rocket Ships in response.
-Receiving orders from Iberia, the various ULE nations under the command of Madrid begin separating from a sole combined push east and attempt to lock the Soviets down on multiple fronts, especially along crucial sea routes in the Aegean and Okhotsk seas. Most notably, the Saudis discontinue exporting their oil to anyone but the Iberians, which draws ire from those unable to support themselves off of American oil alone.
-Iberia begins to slowly tug on the leash of Patagonia, encouraging that the massive South American state begin exporting its goods to Iberian ports. Most of these goods, free of tariffs, are precious metals and minerals from Chile and southern Argentina, which are used in the production of a variety of goods in Iberian factories in Morocco. The Patagonians gladly accept the offer, and the two Falangist nations grow ever closer together.
-Warming relations in India is next on the list, as the Iberians create a free trade deal with Kerala and Tamil. The latter nation, finished with their war and pleased with the tactical assistance given by the Iberians, takes up the offer to open their ports to Iberian military and transport ships. Though some are unsure what this development will lead to, it is further proof that European meddling in India has yet to come to an end.
-After intensive air raids, the Iberians push eastward with a combined spearhead of ULE infantry from all respective nations involved in the European conflict. During their fight east, however, a lonely Soviet bomber enters the airspace under control of the ULE. Brushed off as a bomber lagging behind and separated, the Iberian ground forces expect the air force to take care of it. Instead, a bright flash over the Iberian-occupied city of Grodno ignites the morning of December 30th with the heat of the sun, obliterating the city and frying thousands of ULE soldiers into a crisp.
-The city itself is demolished, and few caught in the nuclear crossfire live to tell the tale. Soviet leaflets dropped the following morning urge the end of the war, and request that the combined forces cease their invasion and come to tables for peace.
-After a nuclear weapon is used against Iberian forces in Grodno, the ULE is soon faced with the possibility of being overrun. Ignoring the casualties, Iberian commanders throw everything they’ve got into the massive Soviet counterattack, managing to throw them back at the expense of countless lives on both sides.
-At home, the Iberian Government attempts to alleviate panic by introducing a “Healthy Family” tax break. Up to 10% of each year’s taxes can be deducted from families for each newborn child. Though the government explicitly states the maximum deduction can be 45%, there is a host of new benefits for larger families in Iberia, especially those that bear a large multitude of children. Those of Andalusian descent are punished for having children, however, and newborns are regularly seized to be “Racially Re-Educated” in state orphanages.
-The public at large in Iberia, even though the controls on media are choking to the point of lunacy, are nonetheless alerted to the nuclear bombing of Iberian troops in Grodno. This immediately results in a bank rush and a short period of panic throughout most of the populace. However, with assistance from Goebbels in Germany, the Iberian government twists the nuclear bombing into a boon for propaganda. “Any socialist is a detriment to life itself. Out a socialist, be a hero for Iberia!” is plastered on posters throughout the country, encouraging the arrest or capture of any remaining socialists, who are quickly whisked away.
-Iberian rocket scientists, ever itching to make something new, begin using cluster-bombs from the Japanese in an attempt to create a “Rocket Delivered Multi-Munition System” (RDMMS). These smaller rockets would be carried by rocket artillery platforms or, possibly, mounted beneath the wings of aircraft. Set to a certain distance before being launched, these rockets would detach their cone and spread dozens of grenade-sized explosives that either detonate on impact or land on the ground, waiting to be stepped upon by unwary soldiers. This comes as a strange counter to the idea of “bigger is better”, as some scientists pledge allegiance to the school of miniaturization.
-Electronics scientists in Iberia conduct experiments with a sound-based detection system for naval vessels. In this case, a short pole dipped into the water emits a “ping”. This ping bounces off of solid objects near the ship, and the report is collected by a hulking electronic rig on the bottom of the keel, which is recorded by systems inside the ship itself, giving a rough estimate of depth and the possibility of nearby submarines. This “sonar” system is extremely expensive and fragile, and must be further experimented upon if better results are to be expected.

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-A second large conference, called the Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, is held at a large hotel in Ulcinj in Montenegro, as various countries from the previous meetings came together to discuss the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement. As the meeting goes on, some of the nations that attended previously are not warmed up to the idea, and back out on the NAM entirely. However, the Non-Aligned Movement officially gets off the ground in the autumn of 1940, and includes the nations of Nicaragua, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland and of course, Montenegro.
-Most interestingly during the conference, the representative from Brazil is joined by non other than Josef Stalin himself. Stalin, the short-time leader of the Soviet Union, looks nothing compared to his former self. His hair is wiry and graying, his signature moustache joined by a puffy beard. Wrinkles and signs of aging wrack his face, but his composure has changed little. The Brazilians, communists in their own right, bring Stalin to make a point to the Patagonian assembly, who quickly leave the conferences insulted. Behind closed doors, the Montenegrins are happy to see the two polar-opposites leave the talks.
-The Montenegrin government continues to monitor the creation of “Common Slavonic”. The researchers and scholars make significant breakthroughs with pronunciation and accenting of certain phrases, and the first few pages of a Common Slavonic dictionary are written in the wee hours of the morning at a coffee house in Cetinje. Scholars from around the world, even those unable to speak any Slavic language themselves, are intrigued by the developments, and it is a hot topic at many college linguistics classes the world over.
-Students entering the arts are still encouraged to further their crafts and become members of the ever growing Gorawood community. Many of the students compete with one another in hopes of joining the Royal Film Society. Much to the chagrin of those that make it into the society, those that don’t are still brought into jobs for filmwork.
-Movies in Montenegro are now given the opportunity to become “Certified Pieces” by the Royal Film Society. Certification entails that a film is to be considered a national work of art and thus archived in a deep, climate controlled vault. These films, including the famous Battle of Kosovo, are used as examples for moviemakers the world over. It is an honor to be certified, and directors and producers from around the world flood to Montenegro in hopes of being certified themselves.
-One of the biggest films released in this period, Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator", is released with help of Gorawood, as Hollywood was unsupportive of the film's political nature. The major worldwide success of the film has lead to United Artists entering a good relationship with Gorawood, becoming one of the first big American studios to work in the Montenegrin film industry.
-In the west, Montenegro begins to expand itself upon its coastlines. The first series of expansions are to attract sailors heading to/from the Suez canal before they meet the free-trade ports of southern Europe. Explicitly, the Government does not allow for the creation of gambling centers, but instead a variety of resorts and movie theatres throughout the coastline of Montenegro. Many of these resorts end up “theming” themselves, and a couple successful resorts attempt to mimic the homeland of visiting sailors, which spices things up for those at sea for a long, long time.
-Another large expansion of Montenegro begins, on both the coast and far inland, this time militarily. Token fortifications undergo construction in the crooks of mountains and at shallow waters in the north and southern coasts. These fortifications are not exactly defensive, but instead force would-be attackers into dangerous choke holds, especially in the mountains.
-The Montenegrin military begins standardizing the caches of the various national militias, as well as expanding the total number of arms and other wartime supplies. In larger cities, ration centers under the command of local militia leaders are set up in order to protect the populace from possible famines in the event of invasion.
-Taking pages from the United States, Montenegrin industrial engineers begin testing with specialized forms of asphalt, like that seen on American highways. Much of Montenegro’s roads are in desperate need of repair or upgrade, and the first people put to work on them are soldiers from the Montenegrin Army Corp of Engineers. These roads are given first military priority, and then civilian once their construction is over. Though the former is considered the “owners” of the road, the latter are usually the only ones seen on them.
-A Montenegrin Merchant-Marine of sorts is created, using hired hands from various nations to control lightly armed vessels that will protected Montenegrin cargo ships from would-be attackers. These ships, mostly Pre-First-Great-War vessels or chop-job junkers carrying machine guns, are not to be laughed at in the event of combat, as many of their crewmembers are either veterans or expats from various European nations.
-After hearing of the performance of large-caliber guns against even some of the heaviest armored tanks, the Montenegrin military experiments with the creation of armored “Tank Destroyers” as opposed to a dedicated armored corp. As the nation’s military is entirely defensive, fighting tanks are a waste of resources, and instead the army focuses on the creation of a squat, crab-like tank destroyer called the Model 1940 protivtenkovsko oklopno vozilo [Anti-Tank Armored Vehicle], or the PTOV-40 [ATAV-40], otherwise known as the Bulldog (Buldog). The Bulldog lives up to its name, as its gigantic 85mm cannon can pierce thick armor, and its sloped, thick front can withstand heavy punishment. It's only detraction is that its speed leaves much to be desired, and its rear is almost paper-thin. Nonetheless, the Bulldog is a much desired tool for the Montenegrin armed forces.

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-In the west, the situation grows dire for the Soviet Union. A rash series of German bombing campaigns leave hundreds dead every day, and thousands more infected with a menagerie of horrid diseases as Riga and Leningrad are slowly smothered with disease-riddled bombs from the Germans.
-The Germans are not the only ones carrying out intensive bombing raids either. The Iberians begin bombing cities like Minsk and Baku with impunity, slaughtering countless innocents as they attempt to grind the Soviet industrial capacity into the dirt. With Minsk, the city is horrifically scarred, and the Iberians grow ever closer to capturing the key western city.
-All options are off the table, and the Soviets undergo a secret operation simply titled “The December Plan”. On the crisp, cold morning of December 30th, 1940, a lone Soviet bomber carrying a low-yield nuclear weapon drops its payload on the city of Grodno at 9:15 AM. Thousands are killed, citizens and soldiers alike, as the Soviets insist on making a point that this is a war that will not end without both sides left bleeding.
-Immediately after the weapon is dropped, the Soviets prepare a massive counterattack. Proper soldiers, conscripts and militiamen all join in a huge wave that sees the largest combined armed force the world has ever seen. It is thrown straight west in a gigantic cascading line, hoping to engulf the ULE and NATO invaders in a net and crush their advance. The fighting is brutal, casualty-ridden for both sides, and ultimately sees the enemy continuing to advance. However, the enemy’s advance is slowed significantly, and the resolve of the smaller states like Poland and Italy are tested as division after division of their forces are shattered in the wake of the Soviet counterattack.
-A bombing campaign is used in order to force the attacking troops in the Caucasus into a panic. It is largely effective, and protects the crucial city of Baku from being outright captured. Though it is unable to entirely stem their tide, the Iberian and Iranian troops in the Caucasus are confused and unsure how to advance through the tricky terrain of the mountains.
-The Soviet army unveils the massed production of the simplistic-yet-effective Katyusha rocket system. Seen in limited use during the Second Great War, the Katyusha is extremely useful in the Caucasus front, regularly sending cascades of rockets into the mountains. In the west, the Katyusha is good at breaking up enemy advances and covering counterattacks, especially in Belarus as the ULE attempts to force a spearhead towards Minsk.
-The Soviet air force turns east as American and Japanese troops make gains in Siberia and the Yakut peninsula. These air raids are tasked with breaking up the construction of any possible fortifications, as well as driving the Americans/Canadians back into the sea. Though not entirely able to break up their advances, the Americans quickly find out the ferocity of a Siberian winter, and the program of building an airfield is postponed indefinitely, forcing the Americans to regroup south with the Japanese.
-In northern Korea, with assistance of Red Army troops heading out of Vladivostok, a communist insurgency breaks out in Korea in hopes of relinquishing the chokehold of the Japanese imperial influence over the once free peninsula. The Soviets do not claim responsibility for the uprising, but few listen.
-Anti-air begins being deployed in major cities in the center of the Soviet Union in order to defend them from the continued air raids. Cities like Minsk and Leningrad feel that the Anti-Air emplacements are coming too late, even though the latter was bristling with it just months before.The anti-air emplacements in the Central Asian and Siberian cities that produce much of the Soviet’s military goods constantly scan the skies, on the highest possible alert to ensure nothing gets too close.
-The remaining bombers in the west begin a vicious campaign against the Hungarians, hoping to grind them into submission as the Soviets are forced to withdraw from their northern gains in Romania. The Hungarians, largely disorganized and focusing on defending the homefront, cling to the Carpathians in order to defend themselves from the Soviet bombers. Many of them are regretting the decision of dismantling the Arpad Line.
-In Romania, as the Soviets attempt to force a peace, they soon find themselves being forced to cut losses and pull eastward and secure their gains in the east of the nation. The Romanian fighting spirit is dwindling quickly by the day, and much of the fighting in the Balkans is conducted between other NATO members as opposed to Romania itself, who was smashed three times in less than a century at this point. The Romanians refuse to admit defeat however, and vow revenge for the loss of Bessarabia.
-The Soviets begin a campaign of fortifications in Siberia and Soviet Manchuria in hopes of driving any eastern invaders into chokeholds out in the steppe or frozen tundra. These construction projects are sluggish, however, as many of the army’s assets are spent in the west for defensive purposes against the ULE and NATO in Europe.
-As the Soviets begin to produce their own German-esque assault rifles, the Republic purchases the blueprints to the Soviet AK-40 after a short telegram deal between Nanjing and Moscow. Much to the chagrin of China’s European trade partners, the Chinese quickly see the usefulness of a select fire, compact, mobile rifle such as the AK-40.
-Mikhail Kalinin’s health continues to falter, his breaths slow and wheezing. At a state meeting in the Kremlin, Kalinin officially resigns his position as head of the Soviet Union, and names Georgy Zhukov, hero of the Second Great War, as his successor. Some criticize Zhukov’s more conservative mindset and “staunch militarist mind”, but few could find a better person to lead the Soviet Union at this time.
-One of Zhukov’s first orders is to begin the massed construction of underground fortifications in the event of a retaliatory nuclear strike. More or less giant bomb shelters, the fortification construction above ground for cities like Leningrad, Moscow and Smolensk is cancelled and immediately put to use underground.
-The Soviets unleash a vicious propaganda campaign against the western invaders, depicting them as brutal tyrants and maniacal killers. Many posters use full color photos of Iberian retaliatory actions to civilians and publications of the treatment of prisoners when in the hands of the ULE. Images of dead children and the rotted husks of once great cities cover lamp posts in order to stir the public into a rage. They succeed.
-However, much of the public is extremely unsettled by Operation Augustus, Arnulph and most especially, the use of a Soviet nuclear weapon on one of her own cities. The Soviet public, though enraged by the actions of the invaders, furious with the treachery of the “imperialist devils”, are nonetheless made uneasy by the events of nuclear bombardment. The Soviet government manages to quell the fear, ensuring that the weapon was used as “the ultimate push for peace”.
-Infrastructure and industrial capacity in the Soviet Union begins to take a hit, as repetitive bombing raids continue to ruin railways and important factories in major cities. As the Soviet military scrambles to nail down the ever widening fronts, factories are unable to keep up with demand, and older, less adept models of equipment must be sent to the front in order to keep some semblance of order amongst the troops. The complete and utter cessation of trade between the Soviets and the rest of the world sans Finland and China begins to hurt badly.
-Upset with the constant harassment from the Germans and Americans, engineers at the fledgeling company Mikoyan (better known as MiG) roll out the first Soviet jet fighter. Modelled loosely on the J40 and P-40, the MiG “Sokol I” is put to the test in prolonged dogfights over the Caucasus. Its swept wing design gives it turning a dime-small turning radius and the ability to pull out of a dive at blinding speeds, seemingly ignoring G-Forces. The only issue with the Sokol is its expensive means of production, and the fact that the Soviets are unwilling to sacrifice able pilots to retrain them on the new machines.
-A breakthrough is made in the realm of chemical protection. At Uralkali, researchers unveil the first “Hazardous Waste Protection Suit”. Using rubbery materials in a full-body suit, and a diver-like helmet with a built in gas mask, a man is able to don the gear and be more or less protected from gas, chemicals and even low levels of radiation. The first soldiers to wear them in field tests are laughed at by colleagues, and nicknamed “Gingerbread Men” for the deep tan coloration and bizarre shape the soldiers take. They stop laughing once they find out the Gingerbread Men have guns.

Turn 23: January to June 1941

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-World Tensions are very high.
-The Treaty of Riga is signed within the wreckage of the once beautiful city. NATO, ULE and Comintern officials meet to see the end of the Third Great War. The Soviet Union is officially forced out of Europe, as the National State of Poland expands into territories lost nearly a decade ago, the Baltic states are officially independent, Azerbaijan is seized by Iran, an independent state known as Somkhiti is formed in Armenia/Georgia, and the once proud state of Balochistan is absorbed into the ever-growing Iranian empire, among other things.
-Economies around the world are rattled dangerously. Even with peace, the small nations in South/Central America and India struggle to keep themselves afloat, unable to meet the demands of debtors and investors in Europe/Asia. Major nations keep themselves steady, but risk financial collapse if the wrong choices are made at the wrong time.
-A series of major political shifts take place throughout the Balkans. As the democratic Montenegro elects a pacifist, centrist party focused on maintaining order and peace, her neighbors choose differently. In Croatia and Serbia, their respective ruling parties, supported by Italian military personnel, instate their rule with an iron fist. In Greece, a bloodless coup sees the evacuation of the King, and the instatement of the Greek nationalist party, the Freethinkers' Party. Though undergoing political change, these three fascist nations continue to pledge their allegiance to the ULE, considering them to be the “best possible option for them”.
-War breaks out in the Middle East as border troops skirmish along the Iran-Iraq border. Iran, furious with the attacks, declares war on the no-longer-supported Iraq, and is joined by a handful of ULE members. Few expect this war to last for long, as the Iraqis are not only outnumbered but outright surrounded by ULE members or supporters.
-A revolt breaks out in Pashtunistan with the contractions of the Soviet Union. A group known as the United Afghan Coalition declares war upon the Pashtun government, hoping to create a communist-free and independent state in Central Asia.
-The Soviet Union undergoes the death throes of revolution once again as Georgy Zhukov seizes absolute power in the country and begins to dismantle everything that made the nation communist. In this move, the Comintern is officially disbanded, and the Soviet Union begins its transition into a new and frightening era, heralded by a new form of leadership.
-Though war is officially out of the papers, not a single person believes that the world is ready for peace. Pessimists believe that this is simply the next part of a short period that will lead to the fourth, fifth, sixth or even one hundredth Great War that will finally engulf the war and tear it apart at the seams.

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Berlin, Great Germany
Head Nation: Great Germany
-Members:
--France
--England
--Great Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--Slovenia
--Alsace
--Romania
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)
--Egypt (Dependent)
--Jordan (Dependent)
--Scotland (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Croatia
--Serbia
--Greece
--Japan
--Iran
--Patagonia
--Saudi Arabia (Protectorate)

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand
--Burma
--Malaya

Type: Defensive Pact | Economic Association

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM):
Headquarters: N/A
Head Nation: N/A
-Members:
--Montenegro
--Nicaragua
--Denmark
--Switzerland
--Finland
--Haiti
--Dominican Republic
--Sweden
--Ethiopia
--Liberia

Type: International Association

Player Events:

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-With the war over in Europe, and the many nations of NATO and the ULE reeling from the shock of prolonged combat, the hulking giant of China remains unfazed by the world’s collapsing economy. Though weakened, the Chinese economy continues to overpower its far weaker neighbors.
-Using the South East Asian Development Corporation, the Republic strengthens its ties with nations throughout India, butting out European influence and insuring a peaceful, economic transition to be brought under the yoke of China. Socialists consider the SEADC the “Modern tributary system to the Emperor of China”. The phrase backfires as it encourages Chinese entrepreneurship.
-As the war in Andhra against Madhya continues to drag on, both sides resort to vicious reprisals and guerilla tactics. This is not what the Chinese desire, and instead Nanjing bites the bullet and finally exerts its influence deeper into Asia. Weapons and trained officers alike are airdropped into Andhra at the request of the conservative, anti-socialist country. The Madhyans are furious, and request aid from the Soviet Union, but are ultimately ignored. The fight quickly goes into the hands of Andhra as they are able to utilize the aid given to them by China.
-At home, China begins a new industrial campaign. As infrastructure, mines and industrial capacity are expanded significantly, the Chinese begin carving their way into the Earth itself. Huge pit mines, cleaving into the sides of mountains, tunnels twisting for nearly miles on end, and thousands of tons of precious metals and other useful raw materials are hauled out of the ground and sent to processing centers. Coal is as plentiful as raindrops in a monsoon as the Chinese exploit the territories of Inner Mongolia to the fullest extent.
-Huge processing plants in major cities rumble to life as huge amounts of all sorts of resources come flooding through the doors. China begins to refine its own oil, process its own metals, and form its own steel. Gas and oil fields supply the gigantic Chinese military machine, whilst coal pushes the Chinese industrial capacity into a totally new age.
-A “New Industrial Revolution” has taken place in China, overstepping the boundaries placed in the 19th century. The sheer number of factories and employed peoples in China puts industrial nations like Germany and England to shame.
-The Ministry of Education performs immense reforms throughout the nation, imposing new laws requiring the attendance of some form of primary/secondary education. All primary schools are officially required to teach the latinized Chinese alphabet, including private schools. This is a major step forward for China, and many hope to see a new generation of Chinese citizens on-par with the elitist populations of Europe, who can no longer turn up their noses at “uncivilized chinamen”, as everything they do, China does better.
-Militarily, China begins to step up their game now that militaries are slowly beginning demobilization throughout Europe. Using their warm relationship with their giant (and recently defeated) neighbor, the Soviet Union, the Republic of China purchases the blueprints and two working models of the Sokol I fighter aircraft. With some minor tweaks, new blueprints are created for the “Feilong Rapid Assault Aircraft System” (simply Feilong).
-At Yibin, the Feilong is tested in performance against existing Chinese aircraft, and outperforms all of them with flying colors. The Chinese air force commanders are stubborn, and hope to see their propellor planes kept at the very least as reserves, sad to see the sleek designs be replaced with the garish jet aircraft.
-The Type-40 rifle undergoes intensive testing at Yibin, as the Chinese try as much as they can to stamp out any of its issues. Multiple designations for the Type-40 are created, with shorter barrels, “folding” stocks, a rifle firing pistol cartridges and other sorts of different designs in hopes of specializing the Type-40. Most results are what they were expected: fantastic.
-Changsha continues to expand its weapons facilities, creating larger specialized factories for the production of weaponry, from small arms to artillery pieces. These larger facilities seem to work at a nonstop pace, usually being engulfed with raw materials taken from the north and west, keeping these factories working with a surplus.
-More dockyards begin expansion in the four major naval cities. These expansions are mainly large drydocks in order to settle carriers or cruisers, useful for rapid reconstruction or rearmament if the need arises.
-A simplistic design from an entrepreneurial farmer makes its way into the hands of engineers at the Yibin testing grounds. Using a large, track-bearing tractor with a hatched back, the Type 1 Tractor is born. Larger than the average truck, the Type 1 is able to haul heavy equipment, carry huge amounts of goods, or even transport weapons/troops. The Type 1 is also able to ignore the issues of mud, snow, salt, water and sand, putting other trucks in the dust. The huge amounts of refined oil and natural gas allows the Type 1 to skitter about China like swarms of ants.
-In Inner Mongolia, the Chinese unveil their true and absolute power. Hundreds of Chinese officials, including Chiang Kai Shek himself, watch with awe as China tests her first nuclear weapon. The test takes place immediately after sundown, making the flash all the more brilliant and imposing. Many stand and cheer, while Chiang stays in his seat and stares at the destruction that the weapon could wreak upon the world, finally showing everyone that the Chinese are a superpower, and that they’re here to stay.

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-The treaty is signed with the Soviet Union, and the world officially falls into the uneasy sleep of post-war doctrines and diplomacy. Germany begins to demobilize her armies, and sends a majority of the new recruits home, leaving some veterans and volunteer groups to stay in the recently freed Lithuania and Latvia to begin reconstruction.
-With massive influence in the east, the Germans continue to exert themselves over the Baltic sea, now hooking the Latvian and Lithuanian republics into a “Baltic Confederation”, or a trade group focused on the Baltic sea. There is a catch for it, however, as any ships destined to or coming from the Soviet union are tolled heavily at the various ports that face into the cold Baltic sea.
-As much as they try to hide the incidents, the word of using biological weapons gets out, and is plastered over newspapers the world over. Luckily for the Germans (and unluckily for those caught in the blast), the nuclear scorched-earth overshadows it in many regards. Nonetheless, Brazil and Colombia officially cease all trade with Germany until the nation “responds and apologizes for her treaty-breaking actions”.
-Also in response to the bombings, the United States officially leaves NATO as it begins to draw back on its military forces. Seeing that the world is more or less made “safe”, and unwilling to participate alongside the Germans, NATO sees a key ally in the far west leaving on its own volition.
-Various extra bolt rifles and etcetera surplus supplies are sold to Montenegro in return for the rights to produce the color television models domestically for two years. German electronics manufacturers like Neumann are excited to get their hands on the various television sets, and the German government encourages the competition between the producers.
-An election takes place in Germany, now that the war is over. Wels expects an easy victory, but instead, the "Deutschnationale Arbeiterpartei" (German National Workers' Party), lead by the farther left-leaning Joseph Goebbels is victorious, though by a small margin. Some consider this a shock, as Goebbels's policies butt heads with those of the more conservative Germans, and many of his critics accuse him of “communist sympathy”. Nonetheless, the DNAP takes power, and begins instituting sweeping reforms economically and legally throughout the country.
-National standards for work hours and policies on working environments are put in place, and are enforced heavily. These standards include 8 hour work days and a 5 day work week, with factories allowing for a half-day on Saturdays. A long, 3 month total period of non-Federal holidays are allowed, giving workers far more freedom. This infuriates some of the larger companies, who had more control over their employees, but many of them don’t wish to risk federal indictments and begrudgingly accept the legislation.
-The Value-Added-Tax (VAT) is raised significantly on luxury items, including televisions, radio sets, record players and non-consumables of the like. This is to encourage domestic production and slowly wean Germany off of dependence on foreign imports.
-The German military begins to streamline itself by slowly cutting down on redundant units and divisions. Smaller divisions are reorganized into larger sets, and the German military cuts itself into the Reichswehr, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe, as opposed to have dozens of units that weaseled their way in between. Naval infantry and paratroopers are dragged into their respective parental transports, which further incites the friendly rivalry between branches.
-SHM-40 pilots on their way back to Germany’s central airfields are greeted with an interesting message from German high command on their arrival. All SHM-40 pilots are to begin large, nationwide training exercises to not only teach new pilots how it's done, but to also to encourage newcomers to the Luftwaffe.
-The SHM-40 is now officially considered the backbone of the Luftwaffe as the Germans continue to streamline their armed forces. The many prop planes of the German Luftwaffe begin their phasing out, though it will take ages before Jets become the “big thing” of the German air troops.
-Captured AK-40 models are brought back to the arms manufacturer Mauser and taken apart, studied, and dissected as the German military tries to keep itself ahead of the game with standard infantry weapons. Breakthroughs are made, but models ready for the production line have yet to be decided upon.
-After seeing the devastation wrought by the nuclear weapon dropped on Grodno, and knowing that Germany is swiftly falling behind in the world’s leading powers when it comes to nuclear capabilities. German nuclear researchers look to the tech shared with them, and undergo the process of coming up with “advanced” nuclear theories.
-Hearing how effective Iberian “sonar” was at detecting enemy submarines, the Germans, of course, must have it themselves. German researchers at Neumann experiment with their first “advanced hydrophone” in the Kiel canal, and pick up a detailed map of the canal’s bottom, simply by using sound and it’s returns. The Germans cannot wait to put it on their own ships.

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-Peace is achieved with the Soviet Union and her former allies, as the Iberians and Iranians make major gains in Central Asia. The ULE declares victory, and Iberia begins to demobilize its forces present in Eastern Europe, though some remain in Poland to begin reconstruction of various cities and villages scoured by combat over the past few years.
-Iberian troops in Iran stay mobilized, and move to the caucasus and Indus valley in order to preserve peace and exert ULE influence over these newly acquired areas. In Baku, the Iberians take control of the city and begin military administration, expecting the transfer to the Iranians to take some time.
-The Saudis, seeing that the Third Great War is over, request that their territories in the east be returned to their legal owners. The Iberians, however, cite the instability of Central Asia, and instead continue to occupy eastern Arabia. Unable to deny their overlords their prize, the Saudis buckle and let them keep the oil-rich east for themselves.
-With the war continuing in South America, and the Patagonians making major advances against Bolivia, the Iberians finally put their foot down in the continent. Bringing delegates from Brazil and Patagonia to Lisbon, the two sides officially declare a non-aggression pact, in which both Brazil and Patagonia will not attempt to “violently subvert one-another’s legal international rights”. This infuriates the Brazilians, while simultaneously giving the Patagonians serious breathing room. With the treaty signed, the Patagonians are met with an invitation to the United Liberal Entente. It takes the Foreign Minister all of 3 seconds before signing the agreement, bringing the nation into the fold and extending the ULE’s influence officially into the far-western hemisphere.
-After intense negotiations in Tehran and Madrid, the Shah of Iran officially institutes the “Declaration of Hormuz”, or an Anti-Arab doctrine that goes out of its way to suppress the small Arabic minorities in areas such as Khuzestan. In return for instituting the doctrine based loosely on the Barcelona Laws, the Iranians are officially welcomed into the fold of the United Liberal Entente.
-An intense gunfight breaks out between rogue Iraqi soldiers and Iranian border guards after news of the Declaration of Hormuz reaches Baghdad. Though only a handful of Iranians and Iraqis both are wounded, and only two Iranian soldiers are killed, it is an international incident that sparks intensely hostile relations between Iraq and Iran. Now lacking the goliath-like support of the United Kingdom, Iraq is unable to keep up its image, and instead forces Iran to the battlefield as Tehran officially declares the nation in a state of war against Iraq. This declaration draws Iberia into the fight, as well as Italy and Greece. Other ULE members have yet to answer the call, considering this to be a “limited” conflict.
-Land deals are once again given to returning soldiers in Morocco and the Central African territories. Some more entrepreneurial Iberian soldiers head to the occupied territories in eastern Arabia hoping to strike it rich with the oil that seems to bubble out of the ground like nobody’s business. Much of these land grants are accepted happily, and Iberia sees a large number of families moving to Morocco and Sahara, some setting up “resort” communities along the beautiful, bright-white beaches in the west of Africa. Some Iberians choose to stay behind in Poland, refusing the land grant and instead settling in the “Home of an Ally”. Ibero-Polish communities begin to spring up in cities like Krakow and Plock.
-Iberia begins to subsidize its industries, especially those involving the processing of precious materials and raw resources. This comes as deals between Iberia and Patagonia become commonplace with the latter nation brought into Iberia’s United Liberal Entente. These subsidies also encourage what little competition there is left in the non-nationalized businesses throughout Iberia.
-The first Turbojet design is considered at a rocket testing facility in northern Morocco. A large engine able to “inhale” outside oxygen, catalysing the fuel and allowing for immense energy to be released, propelling the experimental MGM-1 “Matador” rocket to extreme ranges at unbelievable speeds. The engines are somewhat costly, however, and many wonder if it is worth it to slap it onto something meant to explode.
-Using designs of simple farmer’s tractors, Iberian engineers create the Model-A Transporter Erector. This hilariously named device is almost crudely simplistic. It has two large, tube-like pads sitting on a squat, wheeled chassis, and can hold two of the MGM-1 rockets in its slots. Though laughable in shape, it stuns observers when it is able to deploy two of the large, high-speed, low-drag explosives at blinding speed: and then be able to pack up and move away. With the Iberians and Germans neck-and-neck in terms of artillery technology, the new ground-based arms race has begun.

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-Various extra bolt rifles and etcetera surplus supplies are sold to Montenegro in return for the rights to produce the color television models domestically for two years. These weapons are distributed amongst the various militia groups. It soon becomes apparent that all volunteer guards are so well armed that the magazines are known to stock two rifles to every man. Few can find a problem with it, however, and subscribe to “the more the merrier”.
-The Soviet AK-40 and Federov Avtomat arrive in small crates at Montenegrin ports as the Soviets begin to sell off excess materials. In return, lands are leased to Soviet production companies in Gorawood alongside selling the Bulldog TD to the Soviets. Within the deal, Gorawood is assigned the task of making various tourism-based movies for the Russians, in hopes of keep the relations warm between Montenegro and the USSR. This led to the production of two types of tourist films - films from the Montenegrin tourism industry focused on attracting the people of the Soviet Union to the Montenegrin coastline, and films to attract foreigners to come to the Soviet Union as tourists.
-After small negotiations, the various members of the Karađorđević family are officially invited to live in Montenegro, and are given a small estate tucked away from the rest of the larger cities. Nicknamed Karahutor, the estate houses not only the entire royal family but a small army of servants and retainers that will see to the whim of the Karađorđevićs. King Michael is regularly seen touring the countryside with his 1st cousin once removed, young Peter, son of the late Alexander I.
-The Montenegrin Linguists' Association is formed, a government-sponsored association that is publically monitored, with a focus on including the Common Slavonic movement. However, the Association also encourages the study and preservation of “Extinct/Endangered” languages, such as Cornish, Dalmatian, Coptic, Sabir, Kurdish, Sanskrit, Assyrian, Greek of all forms and Latin of all forms (including various forms of Vulgar Latin) plus dozens of other languages. Major steps are made, as linguists from around the world find a place to share their studies in the very heart of Montenegro.
-Gymnasiums, parks, college grounds and even some churches open their doors to government officials as polling places crop up around the country. Finally, the Montenegrin people are given the vote for premier. A variety of far left and far right parties attempt to vie for power, especially considering the various changes in Montenegro’s increasingly belligerent neighbors. However, their attempts manage to divide the public’s view, and the centralist Narodna Sloga (People’s Concord) takes power with more than 58% of the vote, smashing the 9 other parties into the dirt. However, a strong minority comes from the Demokratski front (Democratic Front), led by former PM Milovan Đilas, and the Montenegrin Parliament begins its first series of what will become many debates over domestic and foreign policy.
-Montenegro officially forms an official, government subsidized television and radio broadcasting network, aptly titled Montenegro Broadcasting (Radiodifuzija Crna Gora, or RCG for short). This comes as the nation begins to clean up its oversaturation of television stations that are usually privately run and only reach a handful of viewers, and instead consolidate them into roughly 14 stations. No jobs are lost, luckily, as the move instead creates a deficit of workers, enabling recent graduates from the various Montenegrin art schools to get a job.
-The government continues to encourage the arts, and with the victory of the centrists, dozens of smaller “academies” are created to give children an after-school or weekend relief from everyday life, letting them express themselves through both visual and audible art. A new generation of artists is gently nurtured as both liberals and conservatives feel that they can express their feelings without being judged or threatened. A new movement pops up, based on the idea of helping the people "catch up to all the art it had missed/passed by", such as during the times of occupation or practical isolation, called Neo-umetnost. Locally, the movement is known as the "Kotorski pokret" and those who join in are called "Cattaristi".
-The Trašte Film Festival (known locally as the Traštni festival), an international film festival, is held in Tenije. Many European film makers arrive in the coastal city for a chance to showcase their films. The decision to make a film festival came after the city absorbed some of Ljesevici, leading to sights like Fort Trašte becoming part of the city and subsequently being protected. The city's nickname, Filmska Palanka, is displaced by the new nickname Trašte, leading to the old one only referring to Pelikolanica.
-In the tiny mountainside village of Ubli, the Montenegrin government buys up a plot of land to begin the construction of the Aerodrom Drum (Drum Airport), or a small, comfortable airport with criss-crossing, winding access to major cities throughout Montenegro. Focusing on ease of access and fluidity of travel, the airport sacrifices what many would consider “luxury” items (cocktail bars, lounges, etc.), but few can complain. The airport’s location makes it a central point for those traveling across the mediterranean or heading from east to west, leading to the village renaming itself after the airport, Drum. As fledgeling airline companies believe that jets are the future of commercial travel, Montenegro hopes to be the first to house intercontinental (and international) customers.
-The Montenegrin government officially places a state patent on the small vacuum tubes and Leptir-model camera. Though some criticize the move as “nationalizing” and thus infuriating to any would-be fascist, the government assures that it is done in the best interests of Montenegrin intellectual property and will cut down on thievery/mimicry overseas.
-The AK-40, Fedorov Avtomat and StG-39 continue production in Montenegro as weapons designers attempt to create the “best of the three”. Firstly, the Juriša 1940 is renamed the Šaržer 1940, or S-40, or its nickname “Shorty”, as an American military analyst calls it during an interview. The AK-40 is renamed Onogošt M41, and the Federov Avtomat as the Automat 1941, as the Montenegrins begin to modernize their army. Other than uniform, the average Montenegrin militiaman is indistinguishable from a NATO/ULE soldier in his armaments.
-A new anti-air gun is designed at a Montenegrin weapons testing facility. Using designs from the Swedish Bofors 40mm Anti-Air cannon, a crew of Montenegrin engineers tamper with it and attempt to miniaturize it. Their miniaturization brings the gun down to a much smaller 20mm cartridge, but also increases the cyclic rate. The Model 1941 višecevni protivavionski top [Multi-Barrel Anti-Air Cannon], or the VCPAT-41 [MBAAC-41], is born, using 4 barrels firing one after the other to fill the sky with lead. However, to the general public, it is given the name "Harmonika" (Accordion) for its speed and bizarre sound when fired from a distance.
-Car companies from around the world, funded by the Montenegrin military and government both, compete for the creation of an “off-road” capable vehicle. A design is decided upon halfway through the competition, as the Model 9 All-Terrain Truck is created. The most shocking aspect of the ATT is its origin: Mitsubishi-Ford. The ATT, a fairly squat truck, boasts thick shock absorbers and specially designed tires that are able to grip muddy or rocky surfaces and haul the truck on extreme angles. Though it sucks fuel like nobody’s business, it is the first of its kind, and is dubbed the “Montenegrin Moto” by Mitsubishi-Ford marketers who attempt to sell the truck to consumers in the west. However, the first 1200 cars are to be produced for the Montenegrin government, warranty and all, and the Montenegrins get a small cut of every truck sold afterwards.

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-After the war is over, civilians who are furious with the introduction of Communism into the region begin gathering in Peshawar to form a political entity focused on driving communism out.The idea of an Afghan national identity is formed as the Hizb Majana (Free Party) attempts to wipe away nationalist sentiments that keep “freedom and tranquility divided”.
-The Free Party sees scores of angry, anti-communists joining its ranks. A small scale propaganda campaign begins throughout major cities, with posters demanding that the people stand up and speak out against communism and the influence of the Soviet Union. This slowly begins to get on the nerves of the state police, and it is not uncommon for Free Party members to be whisked away in the middle of the night never to be heard from again.
-After a while, the Free Party grows bolder and begins to stage protests in major cities like Peshawar, which they consider their home and base of operations. Clashes between protesters and police is common, though most of it is the exchanges of fists or stones with one group being run out by another, with minimal injuries on either side.
-However, on a day forever titled “Bloody Friday”, the Free Party stages a protest outside of a major government center on a cool Friday morning in mid April. The officials, frightened by the sudden arrival of so many angry protesters, call out the Pashtun National Revolutionary Guard to suppress the crowd. A shot is fired, nobody knows from where it came from or where it landed, but it sparks a massed rush to storm the building. Eleven protesters are shot down, while two policemen are killed in subsequent fighting.
-With Bloody Friday fresh in the people’s minds, the Free Party and some of its neighboring constituents believe that they have had enough. Forming a small, loosely-unified group and heading into the mountains, the United Afghan Coalition is born. Lead by the charismatic Afghan national, Abdulla El-Sayed, the UAC begins a vicious guerilla campaign against the Pashtun government.
-The initial fighting sees significant victories in the northwest of the country, as Communist influence is minimal. The UAC is able to keep a firm grip on the various criss-crossing mountain territories while also making repetitive raids into the east. Lacking proper aerial reconnaissance, the Pashtun government is forced to give the rebels their gains in the west as they recuperate to begin a counter-campaign in the crossroads between Afghanistan and Pashtunistan.
-However, their successes are short lived as the UAC makes an attempt on assaulting Kabul, the heart of what was once an independent Afghanistan. Though the Pashtun military is a glorified militia force itself, it is able to repel the many attacks on the city’s center, which ends in the deaths of hundreds of rebels, forcing them to rethink their strategies.
-In the far east, the heartland of Pashtunistan, the UAC continues its campaign in the streets. Government officials are shot by passerby, buildings and cars are rigged to blow, and letters containing scandalous photos are slid beneath doors at hotels. However, this instead allows the Pashtun government to wreak a reign of terror on any they deem to be “threatening to the public establishment”, and forces the nation into lockdown.
-Necessity is the mother of invention. Fighters in the UAC prepare various improvised weapons to keep themselves safe while also inflicting damage against the Pashtun government without using precious firearms or their munitions. Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are created en masse to wreak havoc on troop movements. Usually made of fertilizer in pressurized containers hidden on the side of the road, these weapons can tear men apart just as much as a grenade or rocket.
-Improvisation doesn’t stop at explosives either, as UAC members attempt to create their own weapons while hiding out in the mountains. Pipe rifles, crossbows, and even a grenade-launching ballista are created in compounds hidden deep within ravines. Some firearms are also created, most of them being crude mockups of existing bolt-action weapons, dubbed “Pamir Pass” copies.
-The United Afghan Coalition will be forced to continue its campaign for some time as the government goes into overdrive militarily, willing to crush any form of resistance from the UAC or its supporters.

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-The United States, after sitting at the peace tables, officially withdraws itself from Europe and Iran. Thousands of able-bodied American troops hop on planes and boats, say goodbye to any mistresses or friends they may be leaving behind, and happily begin their journey home across the Atlantic.
-Of course, some soldiers remain in Iran as the United States introduces an international aid project that focuses on the rebuilding of any/all territories affected by the last war. Politically neutral, the International Solidarity Program (ISP) takes in volunteers from around the United States, and even Western Europe, and head into war torn areas to help the populace (quite literally) pick up the pieces.
-The ISP works in tandem as the United States unveils a large-scale plan to continue propping up the economies of those affected by the most recent war, including Iran, Japan, France and most shockingly: The Soviet Union. The few Russian companies that are not entirely under the yoke of nationalization are given minor investments from American business owners in hopes of keeping some semblance of sanity in the Soviet economy.
-In a shocking turn of events, after receiving leaked information involving the German’s use of biological weapons, the United States officially leaves NATO. Keeping with their original isolationist attitude, the United States finds itself “done with war” and wishes to focus on itself and regional issues, instead of acting like some sort of “Policeman for the world” alongside their former European counterparts.
-As American troops continue to return home, the United States institutes a second bill regarding veterans. Small land grants in the southwest and tax benefits are handed out to those who served their time in Europe or Iran. Really, most troops are happy to be home to see their friends and family, and to remember those who don’t get the chance to come home. And never will.
-American factories begin to switch from wartime production back to civilian goods in hopes of stimulating the market in some form. Luckily for the United States, this next market fluctuation is not as debilitating as the last, and enough people are able to keep their jobs, letting money flow somewhat smoothly throughout the country.
-Imports from other countries begin to dwindle as the United States focuses on domestic production. Luxury items from Montenegro and industrial goods from China are increasingly uncommon as most companies cannot afford to buy large quantities of such materials, and are instead looking to find a way to produce their own before demand skyrockets.
-As the United States leaves NATO, they aren’t willing to leave behind the advancements made by their allies. Taking the early designs of a four-engine aircraft, and using upgraded P-40A engines, the United States begins the creation of a massive, hulking, jet powered bomber. The XHB-1 (Experimental Heavy Bomber Model 1) is unveiled at a military contracting competition in Arizona. Reaching speeds that put some of the quickest fighters to shame, the XHB-1 makes up for a lack in capacity with speed, able to keep out of the range of oncoming attackers with ease. So long as the fuel stays at reasonable levels, of course.
-A nuclear scientist from Harvard proposes the idea of using radioactive materials in a peaceful format. Using a large container filled with water, and injecting it with rods of highly-reactive substances and harnessing the steam that is put out. The biggest issue is containing the water, ensuring that it does not leak or spread contaminants into civilian populations. The solution is simple, but kept behind closed doors as the United States enters the beginning of a Nuclear Energy program.

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-The Treaty of Riga is signed within the wreckage of the once-great city. With that, the Soviet Union is forced back into Eurasia, and its territories in the Baltic and Poland seized by newly formed governments. Her armies are beaten, her reputation shattered, and the will of the people nearly broken.
-Zhukov, acting as supreme minister for the Soviet Union, takes the opportunity to completely “throw off the chains of the old government”. Using a vicious propaganda campaign, Zhukov turns the people against members of the old Soviet government, blaming them for the loss of the war and the “creation of what would soon be a failed state”. Pamphlets, posters, and public demonstrations flood the streets of major Soviet cities, demanding the breakdown of the various parliaments and government cliques in the Soviet Union.
-Zhukov wins over the Soviet Military by giving them specialized tax breaks and the ability to keep their weapons, so long as they register them to local armories. These soldiers, furious with the loss and the failures of the old government, pledge allegiance to Zhukov. Few loyalists remain in the Soviet army, as many of them were either killed or fled at the first sight of political upheaval in the country.
-Full military control is achieved under Zhukov, who declares himself National Guardsman of the Rights of the Republic, Autocrat of All Slavs, Protector of Christendom, Leader of the Disenfranchised, Great General of the Military and Father of Revolution. His massive title is criticized by many hardline communists for being “Imperator-like”. These critics soon find out that they have little room, and little time, left to speak.
-In early March, the Kremlin is stormed by a horde of well-armed Soviet soldiers. Members of the Supreme Soviet are arrested in huge amounts. Those that surrender peacefully are given pardons or lessened jail sentences, depending on their position. Those that resist are dragged into the street and executed. This process happens hundreds of times throughout the Soviet Union over the course of a week as Zhukov launches his official coup of the USSR, seizing control of the nation militarily.
-Martial law is declared throughout the Soviet Union as more and more communist and old-government buildings are seized. The Central Asian and Belarusian SSRs are given the simplistic offer: Join or Die. They choose to join, unwilling to deal with the massive cascade of Zhukovist soldiers that are sweeping through the USSR like a tidal wave.
-The “May Purge” is launched, seeing hundreds of former Soviet officials executed, and hundreds more either imprisoned or exiled. Zhukov declares that it is a “much needed and required act for the sanctity of the Russian People”, and institutes a law officially outlawing the old government. The Zhukovists, a pseudo-political party, are instituted as the main party of the state for the time being as the Soviet Union undergoes the chaotic transition into a new era.
-The First Confederate Congress takes place on June 4th, 1941. A collection of Zhukovist officials, military leaders, businessmen and Orthodox priests are brought together in order to create a “Confederation” rather than a “Union” of the various states within the Soviet Union. They meet in Moscow, which is still considered the home of anything Russian, though a constitution is yet to be drawn up due to disagreements between members.
-In the meantime, Zhukov formally disbands all laws regarding free trade and external economic cooperation. Soviet factories once owned by the government are sold off in huge quantities to any entrepreneurs willing to take up the offer. Discounts, of course, are given to those ethnically Russian.
-The International Solidarity Project works in tandem as the United States unveils a large-scale plan to continue propping up the economies of those affected by the most recent war, including Iran, Japan, France and most shockingly: The Soviet Union. The few Russian companies that are not entirely under the yoke of nationalization and functioning are given minor investments from American business owners in hopes of keeping some semblance of sanity in the Soviet economy.
-The Soviet AK-40 and Federov Avtomat arrive in small crates at Montenegrin ports as the Soviets begin to sell off excess materials. In return, lands are leased to Soviet production companies in Gorawood alongside selling the Bulldog TD to the Soviets. Within the deal, Gorawood is assigned the task of making various tourism-based movies for the Russians, in hopes of keep the relations warm between Montenegro and the USSR. This led to the production of two types of tourist films - films from the Montenegrin tourism industry focused on attracting the people of the Soviet Union to the Montenegrin coastline, and films to attract foreigners to come to the Soviet Union as tourists.
-Small coastal boats operated by Soviet naval troops begin the grueling, dangerous campaign of de-mining the Baltic and Black sea. If the nation is in any way hoping to regain control and be able to export its goods, incoming vessels should not have to snake their way into the warm water harbours of the Black Sea or the vital bottleneck of the Baltic.
-A military engineer from Tula, fiddling with designs on paper, accidentally designs a new weapons system for aircraft, made to compliment the Soviet jet. Using a large, tubular shape, the “Гадюка” (Viper) Rocket System is able to spew up to a dozen 40mm rockets in one wild blast. This cuts down on the need for dive bombers or bizarre, single-bomb carrying attack aircraft, and instead could lead to Soviet multipurpose attackers, somewhat like those of the Germans.
-A nuclear scientist from Iowa, no less, proposes the idea of using radioactive materials in a peaceful format. Using a large container filled with water, and injecting it with rods of highly-reactive substances and harnessing the steam that is put out. The biggest issue is containing the water, ensuring that it does not leak or spread contaminants into civilian populations. The solution is simple, but kept behind closed doors as the Soviet Union enters the beginning of a Nuclear Energy program.

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-World Tensions are very high.
-Some believe that the world world has begun to transition into a period of uneasy peace. Though some spats continue in the Middle East, observers believe the war may soon be over. In South America, the Patagonian Empire officially annexes Bolivia, and reports of massed executions of government administrators leak into European media. Tensions rise once again in Asia as Japan believes that the Chinese are behind the rise of the Korean Republican Army, and mobilize for a possible conflict with the hulking Republic.
-Economically, the world is still stumbling. Many economies in South America and India default, causing massed migrations to the more rich countries in southern Europe or north America. This sees an influx of unskilled migrant workers into countries already struggling to get their armed forces demobilized into the workforce.
-Another rebellion takes place, this time in Bulgarian-occupied Macedonia. Local Macedonians refuse to live underneath the power of the Bulgarians any longer, and their protests were met with gunfire. Push came to shove, and the war for freedom begins.
-Major transitions take place in the former Soviet Union, as Zhukov now has absolute power in the newly formed Greater Russian Confederation. In Europe, as parliamentary elections are prepared, there is a rise in far left and far right parties as the people begin to look elsewhere for answers.
-An extremely debilitating strain of bacteria begins to spread through communities in Korea. Unknown in origin, it appears to attack the lungs and destroy the pulmonary artery. Dubbed Staphylococcus asiaticus, scientists keep an eye on this, fearing that there could be a Spanish Flu-like outbreak were it to spread outside of these rare cases.
-A new alliance is formed, this time in the middle east. A large cooperative effort, made by the United Arab Republic, Egypt and Jordan, the Arab Economic League is formed.
-The Iberians test a small-scale warhead in the deserts of Morocco. A rocket carrying a nuclear weapon is launched from the north of the territory and lands harmlessly in the Sahara desert, though the explosion it sets off is enormous.
-The Russians, though at peace, detonate a massive nuclear weapon in the far north of their country. Considered to be a prototype to a hypothesized “Hydrogen Bomb”, this weapon is roughly five times more powerful than the one dropped on Grodno, though the hypothesized designs could make it even larger.

Treaties/Alliances:

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Headquarters: Berlin, Great Germany
Head Nation: Great Germany
-Members:
--France
--England
--Great Germany
--Belgium
--Netherlands
--Luxembourg
--Slovenia
--Romania
--South Africa (Dependent)
--Canada (Dependent)
--Australia (Dependent)
--New Zealand (Dependent)
--United Arab Republic (Dependent)
--Egypt (Dependent)
--Jordan (Dependent)
--Scotland (Dependent)

Type: Defensive Pact

United Liberal Entente (ULE):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Hungary
--Iberia
--Italy
--Poland
--Ireland
--Croatia
--Serbia
--Greece
--Japan
--Iran
--Patagonia
--Saudi Arabia (Protectorate)

Type: Defensive Pact

Nanjing Association (NA):
Headquarters: Nanjing, China
Head Nation: China
-Members:
--China
--Thailand
--Burma
--Malaya
--Andhra
--Russia

Type: Defensive Pact | Economic Association

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM):
Headquarters: N/A
Head Nation: N/A
-Members:
--Montenegro
--Nicaragua
--Denmark
--Switzerland
--Finland
--Haiti
--Dominican Republic
--Sweden
--Ethiopia
--Liberia
--Cuba
--Venezuela

Type: International Association

Arab Economic League (AEL):
Headquarters: Damascus, United Arab Republic
Head Nation: United Arab Republic
-Members:
--United Arab Republic
--Jordan
--Egypt

Type: Economic Association

Hispanic Trade Organization (HTO):
Headquarters: Madrid, Iberia
Head Nation: Iberia
-Members:
--Iberia
--Patagonia
--Mexico
--Ecuador

Type: Economic Association

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