EDIT: I won't be able to edit this for a while since I'm not gonna be home much for a period of time. Sorry. Consider this done until further notice please. Thanks.
Writing this from memory. First scenario, default settings, 1.01 patch. As of this writing I'm actually in 1865 but I'm writing everything down before I forget everything. I only remember most of the major conflicts so all the micromanagement things, I really don't remember much. Enjoy.
Denmark first set its eyes on the imperialistic world in 1836, as the king directed the first overseas military conquest expedition. Britain, Russia, France, and Portugal were grabbing up large parcels of land in Africa. The continent looks ripe for the taking.
An expeditionary force of 15000 was set up, with one infantry and one Calvary division. With the aid of two hastily constructed transport clippers, in 1840, the 1st Danish Expeditionary Army set off from København. The destination, Madagascar. Colonial War was declared a month later when the army arrived, led by a graduate of the war college, General de Meza, the army landed full force, taking over the island in one month, suffering 2000 casualties. To avoid international heat, a compromise was made, and Denmark took over most of the island as a colony, excluding Boina. The first Danish African colony was established.
Before General de Meza departed home, the king had one more mission for him. Across the Mozambique channel, Oman, a yet uncivilized nation, is making its way down the African coast. The military might of the nation is severely underwhelming, and General de Meza was ordered to conquer, at all costs, Omani colonies.
The First Danish-Omani War (1841-1843)
Denmark’s military might is growing. Its manpower is also increasing steadily. The advent of muzzle-loading firearms was also a big advantage over the primitive Omani flintlocks. Furthermore, the Danish Royal Navy blockaded the Omani home ports, under the command of the calm Admiral Anderson. De Meza’s forces landed on Lind on March 14th, 1841, numbering 12000. Omani resistance was minimal and soon, Omani East Africa was Danish. But before Oman sued for peace, the ever ballsy General de Meza, with the Admiral of the 1st Danish Transport Flotilla, Admiral Kjølsen, decided to go against the king’s orders and attack the Omani home province of Schedjer. It was conquered November 24th, 1841. But before operations could commence, small bands of irregulars sprang up amongst the colonies of Danish East Africa. Unwilling to let Schedjer fall to the Omani Forces, De Meza’s forces were split in two. General Thiele took up the 2nd Danish Expeditionary Army, consisting of the Calvary, and headed back to Danish East Africa.
Attrition took a heavy toll. By the time all irregulars were quelled in February of 1842, and Soccotra was taken, De Meza’s infantry numbered 5200, and Thiele’s Calvary numbered 3500. A consolidation of forces and an additional 10000 infantry troops from Denmark created a somewhat formidable force from what remained, and Masqat was taken in late 1842. Denmark, once again, unwilling to risk international criticism, settled for all of Omani East Africa, and the valuable Opium-producing province of Schedjer. As 1843 dawned, most of the Danish troops were shipped home, missions were being built, economy and technology flourished. Three ships from the Royal Navy sailed into the Pacific, and missions and fortresses were planned on Bonin, Okinawa, Midway, and the Mikronesian islands.
Peace and Progress (1843-1845)
The next three years passed in relative peace. Madagascar was traded to England for vital naval technologies and Danish Virgin Islands as well as Schedjer went to Austria for the experimental railroad. The small nation of Mecklenburg was attacked and annexed in 1844 without much international objection. The population grew steadily and soon, the armed forces numbered 62000. Four divisions of infantry and artillery in two armies, the 1st Expeditionary Army led by General Thiele and the Royal Home Guard led by General Andersen. General De Meza led the 2nd Expeditionary Army consisting of two Calvary divisions. The navy was boosted with three Man-o-wars, christened Oman, Thule Ultima, and Pacific. An additional clipper transport was also built. In 1845, amidst rapid industrialization, Europe began to pay attention to the little country in the north.
Although peace was maintained in Europe, imperialistic intentions remained active within the Danish Royal House. Mid 1845, the Asian nation of Makran and Karlat were quickly annexed, then Hyderabad. This sudden intrusion into a traditionally British zone worsened relations between the two nations, and after war ended in late 1845, Denmark signed defensive alliances with Sweden and Russia, but not England, who flatly rejected the proposal. The next target for Denmark was either Punjab or Afghanistan, both offering access to the rich Central Asia/Turkestan, yet to be exploited by Europeans.
In early 1846, it was decided. Afghanistan.
To be continued.