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(Continues from years 1914-1929)

1930s: The Path of No ReturnEdit

1930Edit

Events in EurasiaEdit

  • Salviatian War:
    • France is next. While the Italian campaign is successful and the Modenese Republic is dismantled, things take a turn for the worse in France. During a visit to southern France to aid cholera patients in spring, André Rémoire assasinated while in Toulon. The sniper is identified as a former Polish national, Otho Vormannsky, a deranged veteran of the Fourth Great Northern War who sought to punish Rémoire for what he saw was a betrayal of his nation for signing the Bratislava Treaty. Notwithstanding Vormannsky's sentencing, the damage is done as the Victoire party faces a split: one faction seeks to remain loyal to the pan-European community, while the French King sides with the secessionists. Spain is lost by March. Fortunately, the French garrison in Padania agrees to remain with the Salviatist faction.
    • Ghent Ultimatum. At a press conference on 27 December, the surviving members of the Vorwärts! movement, Delrouel, Quisling, Rys-Roszévac, de Kop and von Salviat himself, issue a stern warning to French separatists that the end is near and to turn themselves in. Rural areas in France still see a great deal of scuffling, pitting a Dano-Norwegian task force and Irish volunteers (aided by Moroccan cavalry freed up from the creation of the Granadine Protectorate, administered jointly by Spanish, German and Moroccan troops) against French royalists seeking a restoration of the old French Empire.
  • First Levantine War:
    • Jihadia falls back. Upon request by several powers, the Vidalian Black Fleet sails out of Sevastopol on 31 January and begins a campaign of terror against Jihadian interests throughout the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea (after some considerable concessions to Britain for use of the Suez canal), and take Aqaba.
    • Mecca is razed. Despite having won a crushing victory against inferior forces, Balcha's army occupies Mecca but is nearly destroyed when the city is razed by incendiary devices, destroying 20% of the occupying force. Balcha desecrates the only part of the Muslim pilgrimage complex left by hewing down the pillars of Mina. The balance of power would shift in Jihadia's favour as Jihadian guerillas harass Abyssinnian supply lines into Arabia.
    • Vidalian forces annex Egypt after tricking the British garrison into granting access to the Red Sea. A column of so-called "consultants" arrive in Suez on 6 February. They infiltrate the British Army and empower Vidalist elements to seize control. The all-new Workers' Republic of Egypt is thus born.
    • Morocco declares war on Abyssinnia and Vidalia. Fearful of Vidalist designs on Southern Europe, Quisling is dispatched as a representative of the European Community to Damascus (the provisional capital of Jihadia) and Marrakech convince the Moroccans and Jihadians to make peace and cooperate against the "Red atheist scum".
    • Caucasian Vidalist Republic. Aided by Armenian survivors of the 2nd Genocide and all-new LV-19 tanks, Vidalian forces seize Yerevan and Baku. Massive massacres of Muslims by Vidalists and Armenians alike occur as Vidalists plunder holy shrines and markets. A host of Armenian bandits/paramilitary forces, the Death League, form the government of the Caucasian Vidalist Republic. Although Vidalia controls Jordan and the Caucasus, it is finding it difficult to keep up with the tactics of constant harassment and sniping preferred by the Jihadian forces.
  • Ireland revolts. A revolt in Ireland is unable to be repressed by British forces, drafted into fighting for South Africa. The British Empire withdraws troops from Ireland, which descends into anarchy and chaos.
  • Ireland joins the CFNE. Throughout 1930, the Irish paramilitary, the Blueshirts, fight a chaotic civil war throughout Ireland and succeed on 1 November. A referendum held by the Blueshirts favours joining the Community of the Free Nations of Europe, which is ratified in both Hamburg and Munster, the capital of Ireland, on 26 December.

Events in AfricaEdit

  • Salviatian War:
    • Protectorate of Granada established. Desperate for aid, Rys-Roszévac is sent to Morocco at the behest of Von Salviat to put down the Spanish problem. West African jinetes cavalry are lent out to the Salviatist forces, on the grounds that responsibility for training and remuneration are borne by the Salviatist regime! nevertheless, Granada is brutually pacified, and launching sites for Messinger's missiles (now called "Veloci" or V-I rockets) are constructed throughout southern Spain and the Moroccan coastline, targeting one place: Paris.
  • Boer separatists start the Third Boer War on 8 January with a military coup, understanding this time that they cannot survive without the goodwill of aboriginal blacks in Africa. Great Britain attempts to mobilise forces, but South Africa and Rhodesia are lost in the first 2 weeks of the war as Boer and black alike throw off the British yoke. The newly formed republic of Free Orange is first recognised by the Community of Free Nations of Europe and the Bolivarian Republic, as well as India and Morocco. Many veterans of the Fourth Great Northern War, including Vidalians, flock to South Africa, much to the Alliance's dismay.
  • Kampala Mutiny:
    • African troops mutiny in the Liberty Street barracks in Kampala when it is known that indigenous black troops will be sent to kill black rebels assisting the Boers in South Africa on 18 April. The rebellion is led by 3 personalities: the charismatic Brigadier-General Adi-Sams Dengu, and the Bananius family, headed by Lawrence and Yolanda Wafa Bananius, head of the Mtenda Merchants' Guild of Kampala. With most of Central Africa gone and Egypt gone, the British Army is left with its possessions in Kenya, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean and the British Isles.
    • British Empire in Africa is shattered. As of now, British troops are forced to operate from bases lent out by the Reich in Namibia, Tanzania and Guinea, or from the fortress in Mombasa. While morale amongst British troops are extremely low, citizens and colonists of European descent on the wrong side of the line fear for their lives as muntinous African troops rape and kill their way from the Sahel all the way to the borders of Lesotho, while the numbers of refugees crossing in different directions results in confusion and massive collateral damage.

1931Edit

  • End of the Salviatian War. For 120 hours ending on 17 February, Royalist France (now comprising the Seine, Western Normandy and Brittany) comes under attack by a salvo of V-I missiles launched from sites throughout Spain and Morocco.
    • French monarchy abolished.Demoralised by the new weapon, Jean-Paul Marie de Stuart, the last king of France and by now de facto leader of the resistance, surrenders, and departs for the Bahamas in exile.
    • Reconstruction. With vital cities such as Caen, Paris, Milan and Turin damaged if not in ruins, viceroys are now appointed from other European nations to work with the survivors.
    • A New European Order. France and Padania are now under martial law - Irish forces occupy Brittany, while France is under Germano-Dutch administration, and Padania is immediately annexed to the Reich. The British Commonwealth swiftly recalls its ambassadors from Hamburg, the diplomatic capital of the Reich but this does nothing.
  • Free Republic of bUganda established. The Free Republic of bUganda, with its capital in Kampala, is created with approval from ESL forces. There is no president, only a General Staff of 9 people, including Resident-General Adi-sams Dengu chairing meetings. Lawrence Bananius is made Minister for Finance while his wife Yolanda becomes the Minister of Health.
  • Vidalists consolidate control in Middle East. The Armenian Death League is escorted to the newly build capital of Vidalopol to attend a summit. En route there, the aerostat they were using to travel there mysteriously explodes, killing all Armenian members of the summit. Vidalia imposes martial law throughout the Caucasian Vidalist Republic and suspends elections "until further notice".
  • Enrico Fermi, an Italian scientist and businessman based in Liverpool, England, hypothesises the theory of nuclear fission.
  • Vidalist activity increases throughout the British Empire. Because of the loss of manpower and material experienced during the fruitless and unceasing African theatre of war, Vidalist teachings spread like wildfire throughout British-held lands. Labour strikes and sit-ins are as common as American National Guard being called in to restore order throughout Quebec and Newfoundland.
  • First Levantine War:
    • Treaty of Meymand. Although Vidalia has managed to occupy Aqaba and the Caucasus, it offers a ceasefire with Jihadia, which willingly accepts. This leads to the Treaty of Meymand, signed on 18 October. The treaty stipulated that Aqaba be returned back to Jihadian custody; the Caucasus remain with Vidalia; and Vidalist aid to the Egyptian Workers' Republic and the Abyssinnian Empire was to cease. The treaty also stated that maritime access to waters under Jihadian or Vidalist control was to be shared by both signatories. At the signing of the treaty, the only belligerents in the Arab Wars are now Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Jihadian-Moroccan alliance brokered by the CFNE. Vidalia emerges stronger from the war with enlarged territory and a new ally, Egypt (although it cannot be said that both allies can fully support each other).
    • Sacred Empire of Tibet established. Under the influence of Jihadian agents, Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, declares the founding of the Sacred Empire of Tibet. The ploy is an attempt by Jihadian forces to bar all roads to keep any of India's sultanates from entering the war.
    • Morocco attempts an invasion of the republic of bUganda, but is repulsed at a heavy cost of life. As part of the armistice, Moroccan troops are allowed to return home safely under armed escort, but only if they surrender all weapons and vehicles to bUgandan forces.

1932Edit

Events in EurasiaEdit

  • Outbreak of French Insurgency:
    • Riots break out in Brittany. During the Levantine War, warships are dispatched by the Royal Moroccan Navy to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean as part of a joint exercise to thwart further Vidalian attempts at invasion of Europe, but the docking of some at ports in France creates tensions between the locals, Salviatian authorities and Moroccan seamen. A drunken orgy of fighting and violence breaks out at Brest when drunken sailors brawl at a tavern by the waterfront, sparking off an investigation by the Salviatian Viceroy to France. When five French seamen are put on trial by the authorities for manslaughter of two Moroccan naval officers, riots break out in the city.
    • Brittany in flames. The riots in Brest eventually reach the rest of Brittany, and by April the Salviatian garrison of Lorient is overwhelmed, with angry Bretons literally tearing the troops apart, causing a crisis in the CFNE leadership.

Events in EastasiaEdit

  • Foundation of Xinyuan dynasty. An adventurer, Yuan Keliang, claims to be the long-lost son of Emperor Yuan who died in 1924. Gaining a great many supporters throughout Southern China who are eager to see China restored, Yuan Keliang soundly defeats the warlords terrorising Shanghai with help by American Asian volunteers, and claims Hong Kong as the capital of the New Yuan, or Xinyuan, dynasty, and takes on the name of Xinyuan Zhudi

Events in AfricaEdit

  • bUgandan revolution continues. All throughout the year, British forces based in East Kenya continue to fight a losing battle to retake the British Empire's possessions in Africa, but are consistently outnumbered and undersupplied. Some help is given by sympathisers in Egypt and German volunteers, but the war is clearly a stalemate if not at an end.
  • First Levantine War
    • Balcha captures Hejaz. Throughout 1932, the whole of the Western Arab Peninsula falls to Balcha's forces, but generally most fighting has slowed to a near halt. The only fighting continues around the Horn of Africa and Southern Arabia as well as within Abyssinnian-held territory.
    • Haile Selassie II proclaims the creation of the Empire of Ethiopia. In response, the Caliph Al-Assad recites the Sura' l-Feel in person after Friday prayers each week throghout the duration of the war, in an effort to remind Jihadians that they can still win this war. His sermons are sufficiently popular that massive traffic jams all but bar the way to the Grand Mosque in Damascus.
    • CFNE signs JV contract with Jihadia. In an effort to develop each others' resources better, European firms sign joint ventures with Jihadia, which prove to be successful. Most of them are directed at increasing crop yields of the Fertile Crescent and exploration for oil in Iraq and minerals throughout Iran.
    • Beirut Incident. Crates with food and new weapons, particularly machine guns, are seized by a Padanian flotilla while en route to the Red Sea. As the ship carrying it is an American ship, this causes a diplomatic crisis as the European Community is worried that the Federal Alliance is aiding Balcha's army in the Middle East. The American president Jefferson Davis II simply dismisses it as the work of a few "rogue companies", and promises to investigate the arms smuggling.

1933Edit

Events in EastasiaEdit

  • The 13th Dalai Lama dies. His position is taken over by a Regency Committee to await the emergence of the 14th Dalai Lama.
  • Khyber Pass sabotaged. On the dawn of 20 January, a massive explosion rips apart several bridges leading from India into the Khyber Pass. The Confederacy of India is quick to blame it on the Jihadians, but the Jihadians instead deny responsibility, citing that it was the work of either Vidalian or Horde agents in India.
  • Treaty of Shenzhen. Signed partially in secret between Xinyuan loyalists and the American ambassador to China, the terms openly announced to the world was that:
    • America recognises the Zhudi Emperor as the "rightful leader of the Chinese people" in exchange for Macao being leased to the United States of America, and
    • China shall supply troops to British Africa on demand by the United States.

Until its being annexed by the ESL during the War of the Confederacy, Macao will become the most envied city throughout Asia, handling trade between the Empire, America, the Indian Confederacy and the British Commonwealth and amassing immense wealth from the trade of oil, merchandise, as well as being known for its brothels with locals "ransoming" abductees of the Horde. Covertly, Macao is however being used as a staging point where mercenaries (mostly French and Russian exiles) and military aid are to be supplied to Hong Kong, for use against the ESL and the Horde, which America fears might be subject to a Vidalist takeover.

  • First Levantine War:
    • Desperate and starving, renegade Anglo-German troops fall under the leadership of a rogue captain, Horst Zorndorf, who advises that in order to survive, it would be better to pillage Ethiopia rather than continue to die for the defence of the British Empire. Surprisingly, some of the local chieftains are willing to help them out of a need to help other Christians and they subsequently start a civil war, dooming Balcha Safo's expedition to the Middle East. The raid is a disaster for those factions within the GRO who stood to profit from drilling rights in the Hejaz. Haile Selassie II is killed and his family flees to the Egyptian Workers' Republic, and go their separate ways.
    • Jihadia defeats Abysinnia. Lord Balcha Safo, out of resources and in desperate need of supplies from Britain, decides on one last stand: attack Damascus. Following Lord Balcha's death during a failed cavalry raid into Hama in the springtime, Abysinnian forces are in full rout, intensifying further the conflict back home.
    • End of the First Levantine War. Although they lost territory to Vidalian encroachments, there is a mood of celebration and victory throughout the Middle East as forces liberate Mecca for the first time in almost 4 years. The Black Stone is brought out of its hiding place and reinstated at the Ka'aba after sufficient repairs and renovations are carried out at the end of the year at the Great Mosque of Mecca. Jihadia is at the height of its power, being the most "desirable place for the Faithful to live" as declared by the Istanbul-based publication The Golden Age. The economic strength of Jihadia is unrivalled elsewhere throughout the non-European world, save by the distant ESL in Japan, as it becomes the African terminus for the "New Silk Road", and its war economy continues running for trade with Africa and Asia, since many of its key industries were based in Turkey and Iran. Now, African commodities are traded in Jihadia in return for supplies and manufactured goods, which are becoming ever more increasingly important as the long fruitless war in Africa drags on.
    • Africagate: A Senate Committee in Washington studies rumours of Federal aid to Ethiopia, and eventually discovers that diverse business interests, particularly petrol companies, as well as members of the British Royal family were all involved in attempting to manipulate Ethiopia into invading Jihadia. In an attempt to save his family reputation, Edward VIII of the British Empire abdicates and leaves his post at GRO, while those petrol companies involved suffer on the bourse and are bankrupted, and Jefferson Davis II is impeached on charges of wilful neglect of duty!

Events in EurasiaEdit

  • French Insurgency:
    • Northern France at arms. By the end of April, anti-Salviatian riots in Brittany have gone nationwide, reaching as far as the Seine and there are also rumours of a secession by Wallonia, worrying the Belgian leadership. A new entity, the Free Gallic Republic, is declared by a charismatic Charles de Gaulle, the former Salviatian viceroy in charge of administering France but to no avail: while Brittany is now independent, the rest of northern France has lapsed into street fighting between Gallic Republicans, the Vorwärts Sturmbattaionen (VSBs) and pro-Salviatian factions in the cities of the north.
    • Von Salviat vows revenge. Stabbed in the back by de Gaulle's treachery, Von Salviat vows to crush the rebels; Switzerland and Belgium promise to restore order.

1934Edit

Events in EurasiaEdit

  • Belgian monarchy deposed. Albert Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, monarch of Belgium, dies suddenly on 17 February in what is thought to be a mountaineering accident in the Ardennes. Shocked at the sudden death of their monarch, the entire nation of Belgium is left in mourning.
    • Royal scandal catapults popularity of Delrouel. The next in line would be the late king's son Leopold, but when news of Leopold's extramarital affairs with Lilian Baels breaks out and different claimants to the throne step forward, the Belgian Senate and Parliament unanimously move to grant Prime Minister Delrouel sweeping powers, making him now the Lord Regent-General of the Kingdom until the 'royal mess' is sorted out.
    • Europe's monarchs fade away. As the years go by following the death of king Albert, Europe's monarchs will be diluted in power, deposed, persuaded to abdicate or give away their powers to "Regents-Generals", who ultimately are answerable to the Salviatian ur-government at Franz-Heinrichsstadt. the Belgian government procrastinate on the succession question, eventually hosting a plebiscite that will depose the royal house and ensure union of Belgium with the Greater Salviatian Staat.
    • Foundation of the European Brotherhood for Solidarity. While most Belgians do agree that a strong government in the face of the twin threats of Vidalism and (what is later known as) Jihadist Islam, there are many who are horrified by Delrouel's blatant seizure of power. Sporadic protests occur well into the 1950s, with each one being brutually repressed by the Staatspolizei. It is these people, joined up with the Forestiery in Vidalia and former Poland with other factions throughout Europe, who would eventually create the pan-Eurasian European Brotherhood for Solidarity.
  • French Insurgency:
    • Belgian forces routed; Swiss triumphant. As the war in France continues, the Salviatians' luck is mixed. Belgian forces are all but tied down in Normandy, unable to march any further than Evreux, while the Swiss are much luckier. In a bold move, Major Gerd Dumont's relief force marches into Central France, and seizes Dijon and Troyes, opening the southern gates to Paris with minimal casualties.
    • Irish pacify Brittany and West Normandy. A further bright spot for Hamburg arrives as a fresh new wave of Irish volunteers, the Fianna Síth, arrives in. By August, all of Brittany and western Normandy is in the hands of local VSB forces and Irish troops affiliated with the Salviatian authorities, who now round up rebels for execution and recruit loyalists into what is called "Sturmbattalion-Frankreich (SF).

Events in AfricaEdit

  • Resident General Adi-sams Dengu dies in mysterious circumstances. His body is found hanging from the ceiling of his room one morning by a military orderly, with a suicide note nearby. Fearful for the future of the Republic, the General Staff unanimously elect Lawrence Bananius as President, and he assumes dictatorial powers.
  • President Lawrence Bananius is crowned as the monarch of bUganda later in the year. In a glitzy ceremony held on Namirembe Hill, Bananius renews his vows with now Queen Yolanda, and is installed as King Lawrence. He declares the creation of the Great Trans-Sahelian Tribe, and proclaims himself as King of Africa. While most factions, especially the Sultan of Morocco, see Lawrence Bananius as a delusional crank, the Xinyuan dynasty in distant China immediately recognises the Great Trans-Sahelian Tribe.

Events in OceaniaEdit

  • Eden's Assets. The disgraced companies of the 1933 Africagate scandal are now dissolved. The Edens, a family of oil magnates, are the main beneficiary of trusteeship over the dissolved companies and become the talk of the town.
  • "The Summer of Discontent". Back in the British Isles, the monarchy is taking many hits to its reputation and street fights have broken out between the British Communist Party and Oswald Mosley's Silvershirts, who seek to break with tradition and unite with the rest of the European Community. A third faction are the monarchists, but with the army underpaid and poorly equipped, it is impossible to avoid the new civil war taking place across the channel. All Europe watches on with anxiety:
    • Street fights break out in January in Manchester, as leftist marches by the Goldstein Brigade, a Vidalist faction of the British Communist Party, run into Silvershirts and local police.
    • Armed uprisings in Western Australia, hit by poverty, are more common with militants claiming allegiance to the Goldstein Brigade burning down police stations and redistributing land. The British Army is ineffectual due to losses of manpower in Africa; the Royal Navy can only look on as Perth burns.
    • Back in Halifax, global trade is stymied and the Grocers' and Retailers' Organisation is suffering due to a loss in trade. There are now whispers of a conspiracy to merge the British Empire with the USA to form an Atlantic Federation.

1935Edit

Events in EurasiaEdit

  • End of the French Insurgency:
    • Paris falls. By spring 1935, rebels are now reduced to their presence in Caen and Paris, where resistance to the CFNE is strongest. Intent to give no quarter, bombers stationed in Southern France firebomb Paris and Caen into submission, followed by the VSB regiments raised in the winter of '34. Caen is virtually obliterated, and never rebuilt. In Paris the Eiffel Tower, clipped by bombs and destabilised by years of neglect, collapses on the last pocket of resistance centred around the Champs de Mars, with great civilian casualties. In time a new city named Siegstadt is built nearby, but the Eiffel Tower ruins are left, in the so-called Placo de Perfiduloj, with an ominious sign written in German and Esperanto: "This is how traitors die." France is now fully integrated into union with Iberia, Padania and the German Reich, which is now renamed Salviatia (to commemorate von Salviat's heroic effort to keep them together) and remains a core component of the CFNE.
    • Formation of the European Brotherhood for Solidarity. However, not all of the rebels were crushed. While there were many summary executions and mass "disappearances" that would well continue into the 1970s, many rebels escaped and fled to the more forgotten areas of Europe. They, along with other discontented Europeans and the Forestiery in Eastern Europe, would reappear as the Fraternité Européenne pour la Solidarité (FEpS), and would form redoubts in the mountainous wastes of Italy, Greece, Iberia and Poland to fight Salviatist and Vidalist forces.

Events in OceaniaEdit

  • Rise of the Republicans. Frustrated with the chaos going on in England and at the ineffectual Royal family, the American Republican Party creates a new wing to accept disgruntled British citizens into the fold.
    • ESL annexes Western Australia. Meanwhile across the seas, the freshly deployed American Task Force is now concentrated on rounding up the "bush rangers" who rule Western Australia, but given the inexperience of Governer Stanley Midden, in charge of rounding up the insurgents, the operation costs more in human lives than expected. The ineffectual governer, frustrated at his job, is greeted by an ESL military official who suggests something else: a joint operation to clear out the rebels who have been plaguing both the Federal Alliance and the Empire. Midden consents, but no sooner that the rebels are smoked out does the worst begin: the Japanese do help out in breaking down the Goldstein Brigade, but they do more: they take over towns throughout Western Australia, and begin raping, looting and killing whatever was left and eventually turn the communes into slave camps, with the pretext that any indigenous white in Australia was probably an outlaw regardless of gender. Outmanned and outgunned, and a de facto prisoner of ESL "hospitality", Midden commits suicide over his stupidity. The Senate, in briefings with the CIA are shocked and look for an answer to ESL aggression in the Pacific.
    • Race riots rock America and Oceania. Although the Empire apologises for the conduct of its troops in Australia, it is adamant about returning Australia back to America, and offers to hand over the men responsible to be tried in an American court and pay a large sum of money to keep Western Australia. Although this is unanimously decided upon by the British government, the American public is outranged that white people were sold into slavery to people considered as unhygenic yellow demons. The KKK, increasing in strength and targeting the Asian community, starts "No to Blood Money " rallies throughout North America. The rallies get out of control as white supremacists lynch thousands of Asian immigrants lynched and torch businesses throughout New York, California, Montana and Virginia.
    • Revolution in Southeast Asia. News of the riots reaches Subic, Manila and Zamboanga, which result in a fresh round of protests that sadly result in race riots targetting white people throughout the Philippines. Southeast Asia is lost to a grinding guerilla war which the Americans can never hope to win, led by Manuel Quezon in Luzon, while a jihad is declared against Christians in Mindanao, Borneo and Alliance-held Malaya. The result is the creation of the Republic of the Philippines, and the Federation of the Sultanates of Free Malaya.
    • Jiangnan revolution. News of revolutions in Southeast Asia in revolt also inspires anti-Western protests and demonstrations throughout the Yangtze delta, protesting the violence in America and repudiating the Xinyuan emperor for what they see as a betrayal of the Chinese race by ceding Macao to the Americans, but these are violently dealt with by the White Russian Guards, the paramilitary force guarding the Emperor's person.
  • Elections throughout the Commonwealth of the British Empire confirm the results: the Republicans are in control of the House of Commons, and commence discussions on dismantling the House of Lords. The move is a success as the Life Peers, already guaranteed a seat in the GRO, relent.
  • Republicans march on Washington. The resounding victory of their Britannic peers gives the Grand Old Party, hitherto downbeat, a brand new lustre, which builds its activities around fighting communism and totalitarianism in Northern America and Australia. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes on 8 November when a Republican march is disrupted by members of the KKK and the Goldstein Brigades. What happens is a massive, 3-way street battle that reveberates through Washington for days to the extent that the Army is forced to restore order, but the damage is done: 300 people are killed in the 9 days of the brawl.

Events in AfricaEdit

  • The Derg, a group of colonels, destroy all Anglo-German resistance throughout Ethiopia, and proclaim the creation of the People's Republic of Ethiopia on 25 October.
  • Emperor Mobutu of the Angolan Empire dies, and is succeeded by his son Mobutu II. Mobutu II is a hated man due to his links to his corrupt father and his tendency to favour the company of young men over women, casting a shadow over his reputation.

Events in EastasiaEdit

  • Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere. In the meantime, the ESL convinces Western Australia, India, the Federation of the Sultanates of Free Malaya and other states to "join an economic union" called the "Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere." The Philippines, worried of an invasion by the Atlantic Federation, accepts.
  • Ungern Khan sacks Pyongyang. Moving quickly and avoiding enemy patrols, the SAO scores a blow to the ESL by sacking Pyongyang.
  • Outbreak of the Sino-Tibetan War. Emperor Zhudi declares war on 13 January. His forces storm and take Xizang by 20 March.

1936Edit

Events in OceaniaEdit

  • Hallowe'en Night Horror. A bomb explodes during a Hallowe'en Mask'd Ball being held at the New York Opera House. Young Janus Eden and his wife, the Republican candidates for the 1936 election are killed. No parties claim responsibility, but all fingers point towards the Goldstein Brigade. The Oval Office suspends the electoral campaign, and declares a state of emergency until the Goldstein Brigade is finally brought to justice.

Events in EastasiaEdit

  • Sino-Tibetan War:
    • The Tibetan Regency abandon Lhasa to the Chinese, and take refuge up in the mountains in an attempt to escape to Central Asia. Chinese forces eventually reach Lhasa by 14 April, which is sacked thoroughly.
    • Conference of the Five Powers. A week later, in the palace of the Mir of Kashmir, delegates from the Caliphate, the ROV, ESL, USA and the Indian Confederacy discuss how to deal with the ongoing crisis, but the Vidalian delegate storms out and denounces the other powers as conniving "in an attempt to deny the Asians of any natural rights or liberties that they possess."
    • Vidalia and the USA reconcile. In secret talks in Kabul, staff from the all-new KGV meet their American counterparts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to discuss the ongoing war in Asia.
    • China invades India. In an unprecedented move, Chinese forces in Burma and Xizang, aflush with morale and led by experienced Russians, take Sikkim and Bengal by September, but are forced back due to heavy flooding.

Events in AfricaEdit

  • Outbreak of the War of the Angolan Succession:
    • Africa's largest war to date breaks out on 25 March, as a failed coup results in Angolan army commanders taking sides. The fighting is bloody and brutual, conducted using old Lebel rifles and machetes:
      • Royalist forces are initially successful in defending Luanda long enough for the young Emperor Mobutu II to be taken away to Cabinda to safety, but there is only so much they can do.
      • General bloodbath in Luanda as the Angolan Imperial Foot Guards slaughter Portuguese citizens suspected of aiding the enemy.
    • An emergency meeting in Geneva by the Western European powers convinces the CFNE to get the Reich to open up military access in Guinea to Morocco, and for the Ajamid Sultanate to take action on 9 April on behalf of the rebels.
    • Bolivarian interest in the war manifests in the Recife Declaration on 20 May, stating that the Bolivarian Republic would make the Republic of South Africa a protectorate and use military force in any event that South African soverignty was challenged.
    • The war escalates:
      • The Trans-Sahelian Tribe enters the war. Delivering a rambling speech from Kampala and declaring royalty "to be Gods' gift to mankind and the power of command the birthright of royalty", King Lawrence declares war on the CFNE and Morocco, and invades Western Africa to interdict the arrival of Moroccan troops in Luanda on 28 June.
      • Egypt enters the war. The Egyptian Workers' Republic pledges support to Vidalist generals in Angola and declares war on both Morocco and the Trans-Sahelian Tribe. Special Military Comissar Yunus Hamid Dertouzous denounces the Tribe as a "ramshackle feudalist tyranny that should have never seen the day" and its ruler as "an old feudal plutocrat as irrelevant as his gods."
      • Vidalia, irked at the initiative of the Egyptians in pledging to uphold sovereignty of the fledgling Ethiopian Republic, condemns the "reactionary bellicosity of the Egyptian hypocrites." In a press conference at Vidalgrad, Grand Leader Vidal calls upon the Vidalist workers to put in more working hours to "Free your brothers in Africa of the mummied navel-gazers who do not understand the benefits of Vidalist Communism!"
    • In Angola, the loyalists managed to hold the cities for a time, but were eventually beaten back by rebels who were now led by Boer veterans in service of the Bolivarian Republic. Although the rebels eventually took the cities, the fighting soon settled into a general insurgency, with the railways built by Mobutu I being destroyed or smelted into extra machetes by loyalist forces at the end of the year.
    • In North Africa, the main theatre of war was in Northern Sudan, as Egypt tried in vain to prise more of the Nile Valley away from Trans-Sahelian forces. Using antiquated British armour and tactics would have worked against a Vidalian force, but the hit-and-run tactics used by the Jihadian auxiliaries of the Trans-Sahelian Tribe slowly wore them down.
    • Fighting also broke out in Guinea as loyalist forces tried to fight their way across Reich-held Africa to reunite with Trans-Sahelian forces. Most of the time, many battles were simply attacks on poor, landless peasants with nary a gun or a knife to use as a weapon and the movement of soldiers did more harm to the land than any battle did. Some battles did break out between Germano-Moroccan garrisons and loyalist Angolans, but a great deal of the war was indecisive.

1937Edit

Events in AfricaEdit

  • War of the Angolan Succession:
    • Khartoum falls. Throughout the war, countless inconclusive battles were being fought throughout Northern and Western Africa, but with very little success. One bright spot (for the Egyptians) was that Khartoum fell, completely intact, into Egyptian hands in mid-March.
    • First use of aircraft by native Africans. In an attempt to stop repeated incursions into Reich-held Guinea by Angolan forces, the German-trained Royal Maghrebine Air Force, equipped with vintage biplanes, strafes Matala, Menongue and Luena. Against this neither the Vidalist nor loyalist factions have any proper equipment, and the long war soon results in disproportionate casualties and the destruction of the loyalist logistics system.
    • Fall of the Ethiopian Derg. By his sheer control of pecuniary resources gathered as a lawyer and then the owner of Africa's first multi-conglomerate, Lawrence Bananius convinces 2 Derg colonels to defect, letting in Jihadian-trained Somali and Eritrean auxiliaries to enter Ethiopia. By the end of the year, it is clear that the Derg is nothing if not an embarassment to aspirations for a Vidalist East Africa, as they are more interested in fighting than building up Vidalist Communism.
    • War economy. Due to the vast resources held, many local African soldiers (with Gallic exiles working as geological specialists) on all sides decide to stop fighting and instead enrich themselves, as the continent's economy slowly collapses. This results in untold wealth and power for many small colonels and majors, but untold suffering as locals are enslaved at gunpoint to mine minerals. Nevertheless, one power stands to gain the most, and it is the Jihadian Caliphate. For the first time in almost 700 years, the Arab Peninsula is at the heart of trade between East and West again. Goods (actually, rejects) are obtained from the empire via middle-women (men do not do commerce) in the Horde as loot or barter, which in turn is traded with Africa for gems, ore and lumber. But with great wealth comes great instability: Jihadia is often the point of destination for mercenaries in and out of Africa from the Horde, and this poses some problems.

Events in OceaniaEdit

  • More woes for America. Finally sobering up to the threat of an ESL invasion, the Alliance sends a joint Anglo-American naval force to take back the Philippines from Darwin, declaring war on the ESL. However, victory is too far away for the short-sighted politicians: the Philippines are impossible to take back via conventional means: guerillas and local defence forces make short work of riflemen and tanks in the mountains of Luzon, while ESL naval squadrons captained by Indians and Malays make resupply impossible, except by air. The battle reaches a stalemate by late summer, and is stuck. Worse, this sours relations between the Alliance and Jihadia further and deepens the rift caused by the Beirut Incident.
  • America goes "Bachwärts!" Further disgrace for America's ruling parties comes in the spring as newspapers reveal that the British Royal family and the American president, Archibald Harding and a substantial part of the Senate and the FBI's chiefs have all been adherents to the Vorwärts! movement, based on correspondence materials from von Salviat found amongst their personal effects. There are murmurs of a pan-European conspiracy, and a purge of the government. Lower-ranked officials are sentenced to prison, while the American President is impeached in Congress, and the British royal family is exiled to Mexico. Stoked by yellow journalism warning of a global conspiracy brokered by Europeans and Vidalians, there is a great mistrust of foreigners, especially towards Ashkenazim Jews because of their perceived links to the Salviatist movement, marginalised by its involvement with Mosley's Silvershirts.
  • Outbreak of the Second American Civil War:
    • Race riots in Southern US. Galvanised by the war in Africa, black activists begin to agitate for better conditions, demanding that Washington make good the promises made to them almost 78 years ago by Abraham Lincoln. The protests are the targets of violence by the KKK, who lynch and burn black neighbourhoods throughout the rural hinterlands of Missouri, Georgia and Texas in the late winter of 1937. Federal forces are slow to arrive, but by the time they arrive in spring, the whole Southern USA is a battlezone being fought over by white supremacists and Afro-American political activists.
    • Goldstein Rush. Because of extreme poverty and suffering, the Goldstein Brigade becomes sufficiently popular that uprisings occur throughout California, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, thus starting the Second American Civil War. At the same time, the Mormons revolt and create the Mormon League from the cities of Utah. Federal Forces are hard pressed, and in many cases, whole battalions in the Western USA desert to join them.
    • The Atlantic Federation. Elsewhere throughout America and the British Empire, there are political rallies in all major cities by local Republican party branches, all calling for the dissolution of the Federal Alliance and the creation of a new political body that would look after their lives and property. On 5 July, the interim President of the USA, Johnny Glover, declares the dissolution of the United States of America. It is his last act in office, but Senate and Congress remain along with the House of Commons and the GRO to discuss what to do next.

1938Edit

Events in EastasiaEdit

  • The Islamic Caliphate of Jihadia is now the world's dominant economic superpower. The lucrative trade (even if it is disguised as a "mutual aid pact" between Jihadia and Vidalia means that Jihadia is well on the way towards self-sufficiency with imports of Salviatian manpower and Vidalian advisors (although these are actually agents provocateurs), but disaster strikes. Almost simultaneously at the Feast of Muharram, clerics in Morocco and India issue fatwas deeming that:
    • The leader of Jihadia, Khaled al-Assad, is the prophesied Masih ad-Dajjal;
    • The introduction of a ruling clergy obliged to listen to the advice of their people is a gross violation of what Islam should actually be;
    • The Jihadians' continued hosting of "foreign" elements also violates the Qur'anic principle that Muslims must not rely on non-Muslims for political support; and
    • Lastly, any Moroccan or Indian discovered to harbour any pro-Jihadian sentiments are to be tried as religious apostates by a religious tribunal.
  • Sino-Tibetan War:
    • The Federal Navy under Admiral Charles Nimms patrol the Yangtze and Pearl Rivers in an attempt to mitigate the crisis.
    • Ungern Khan sacks Harbin. Many lives are lost as the local militia attempts to to fight off hardened Horde veterans during the early winter.
    • Tibet attacks. Not willing to be left out of the game, Tibetan forces hosted in Horde territory occupy hitherto Xinyuan-held Qinghai with assistance by Horde forces.
    • 1st Battle of Wuhan. A three-way battle for Central China between the SAO, ESL and the Xinyuan empire ends inconclusively, but it is clear that the ESL is in a stronger position than it was, and the Xinyuan empire is doomed.
    • ESL attacks. As a pretext of liberating Tibet, ESL forces annex Shanghai, clashing with Federal pickets placed in Zhejiang to fend off the ESL.

Events in OceaniaEdit

  • Tales of the Weird and Unexpected: Undead and loving it — fact or superstition?
    • Tales of the Living Dead. Possibly one of the more sensationalist if not bizarre chapters in American history, over the many years from 1938 there are reports of human corpses coming back to life again and feeding on the still-living. Although accounts of these tales are dismissed as drunken bar talk from Confederate redneck reservists, international interest picks up one day when contact with rural settlements deep in Louisiana are lost, and eyewitness reports of these undead creatures, or zombies are they are called, increase rapidly during the monsoon season in Haiti and Martinique. Sufficient curiosity is engendered that a ceasefire between Federal and Confederate forces is called, and scientists from Europe, the Atlantic Federation and the Bolivarian Republic arrive in the Caribbean and the former Southern United States. What those researchers discovered remains classified information locked away in the vaults of the Area 51 Federal Research Facility, but it may be interesting to note that on the delegation sent by the Reich was a young Obergefreiter named Klaus Saubermann...
    • Blockbuster movies. Nevertheless, credible or no, the story of reanimated corpses terrorising their loved ones who had to yet kick the bucket caught the public's imagination, particularly one Russ Meyer. Producing a gripping movie with state-of-the-art special effects and gore, he went on to produce "Night of the Living Dead", the first of many zombie-themed films that would earn him millions and even allow him a place at the GRO representing the Federal entertainment industry.
  • Outbreak of the 2nd American Civil War:
    • First years. Although battles are fought between the Federal navy and the so-called Christian Confederacy of America, also known as the Southern Confederacy, most of these encounters are normally naval or riparian battles fought over potential naval routes to each others' territory.

Events in AfricaEdit

  • Egyptian premier dies. Prince Hassan ibn Safar, the head of the Egyptian Workers' Republic, was killed when the aerostat he was taking to Norway crashed near Chios, while en route to discuss further arrangements for military and logistical aid with Oslo. Given his strong anti-Vidalian stance, it is not known if it was the result of a Vidalian plot.
  • Vidalia reconciles with Egypt. Upon Prince Hassan's death, the former British general John Gott is elected as the premier of Egypt, and brokers a deal with Vidalopol: Vidalia is eager to supply arms and food to Egypt, notwithstanding the Meymand Treaty, in return for accepting Vidalian advisors. Caliph Al-Assad is furious and swears that in 10 years' time, Vidalia will regret their treachery.
  • Formation of the Royal Army of Trans-Sahelia. Étienne Lefevray, a French-born mercenary, has been recruited as instructor and commander of the Royal Army of Trans-Sahelia, meant to replace the milita forces used by King Lawrence before.

1939Edit

Events in EastasiaEdit

  • Ungern Khan dies. At the ripe old age of 54, Roman Ungern von Sternberg,the Khan of the New Golden Horde, dies in mysterious circumstances during his bath on 25 July. The stage is now set for civil war and even bloodshed in Asia!
  • Jihadian legislature is gutted. In the early hours of dawn during Fajr prayers, bombs go off in the Deir-el Hiqmah Legislative Complex in Damascus, killing over 100 worshippers - almost the whole of the Jihadian legislature. Emergency laws are passed throughout Jihadia by the Caliphal Shura’ and a fatwa is issued the same night against those who coordinated the blasts.
  • Caliph al-Assad assumes dictatorial powers. Unable to rule with a democratic legislature of just 10 people for a supra-nation spanning from Palestine to Peshawar, and facing an uncertain future, the Caliph declares himself Supreme Ruler of all the Ummah, and he reforms the remnants of the Deir-el Hiqmah into the Muslim Directorate for Public Safety, or TILSA for short.
  • Outbreak of the Great Asian Plague:
    • Plague hits Lelang, Korea; in early March and kills 1,000 in a single day. Miraculously, many are spared.
    • Plague reaches Neo-Saray, Baikalia; in late April. Over 10,000 die in the following weeks and the plague continues to spread throughout the western half of Horde territory, travelling westwards in 6 years.

Events in AfricaEdit

  • War of the Angolan Succession:
    • Mobutu II executed. In a daring turn of events, Moroccan forces waylay a loyalist convoy passing through the Congo and bribe them into handing over Mobutu II, the deposed emperor of Angola. Brigadier Jose Laibongá, acting chief of all rebel forces tries Mobutu II in Luanda, the rebel capital. Mobutu II is subsequently found guilty of charges including incest, parricide, and corruption, and is hung from a banyan tree. His death doesn't end the war, however, as it changes from a war of restoration to a war of vengeance against rebels and Vidalists.
    • Tripoli falls. Egyptian forces overrun Fascist garrisons in Tripoli and Cyernaica, annexing Libya to the Egyptian Workers' Republic.
    • Vidalist guerillas seize the Congo. In an attempt to dislodge Moroccan and Rebel forces, Angolan Vidalist militia armed with heavy weapons and armour seize Brazzaville. In rolling battles from the nation's hilly northeast pitting Vidalian-smuggled tanks and mobile AA guns against ageing rifles and biplanes, casualties are disproportionate, with 100 rebels and Moroccans killed for every tank lost by Vidalist Angolan forces.
    • Trans-Sahelia occupies German East Africa. Zambia and Tanzania overrun by the Royal African Army of Trans-Sahelia. Following a popular insurrection, German forces are in full disarray and in retreat to South Africa, harried by lines and lines of fugitive white settlers seeking to leave.

Events in OceaniaEdit

  • Outbreak of the 2nd American Civil War:
    • GRO takes over the Atlantic Federation. Unable to come to a decision on whether to call for elections, the Federal Senate and House of Representatives agree that the role of President and Cabinet will be taken over by the GRO and its leadership. While the legislative and judicial capitals remain Washington DC in Virginia cantonment, the new executive branch, the GRO, remains in Ottawa. The Smithsonian collection is taken via armoured train to Ottawa and is merged with the Canadian Department for Antiquities, while the White House is converted into a 5-star hotel for visiting dignitaries.
    • Ethnic cleansing in the USA. In the south-eastern USA, different chapters of the KKK have taken over towns and cities throughout the region and form a military alliance aimed at "protecting white sovereign America from the encroachments of niggers and Jewish capitalism." This soon becomes the Southern Confederacy. A provisional government consisting of military officials and civilian mayors is created in Houston, designated as the Confederate capital.
      • Afro-Americans are now being hunted down or sold as slaves back to Africa, while others are rounded up in concentration camps. Lucky blacks who survive the ethnic cleansing convert to Islam to avoid being attacked by claiming to be Jihadian citizens, or move to Vidalist Egypt, where they are accepted with open arms.
      • Jews, on the other hand, suffer a worse fate, being based in many urban areas where they are more vulnerable. Young children and old men are killed while women are raped, as Jewish-owned businesses are looted and burned. At this time there is a mass exodus of Jewish Americans throughout Federal and Confederate territory alike to other nations, particularly continental Europe and Ireland, where they are settled down in Spain and France, which are now underpopulated. Of interest is that among the Jewish refugees to Salviatia is a certain physicist named Julius Robert Oppenheimer...

(continues at years 1940-1949)

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