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    The Danish Empire - An AAR

    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.


    Beginnings (1836-1841)

    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.
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    Welcome to the Paradox forums!

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    Cool... First post is an AAR...!!!

    And great with another danish AAR...!!!

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    Thanks. Leaving town tomorrow for 10 days so will get this bit in before I come back.

    The Afghani Campaign (1846-1847)

    The Royal Home Guard was also deployed and in February 1846, the three armies crossed into Afghanistan. Dalbandin and Quetta were quickly subdued without incident. Then, Ghazni and Kandahar. By August, there has been sparse resistance, and all three armies merged in Mazar-i-Sharif, still numbering 50000 or so. The planned next step is to quickly conquer Kabul with two armies, then either negotiate for territorial gains and quickly move onto Turkestan to the north, or sweep out and annex the rest of Afghanistan. Andersen’s Home Guard was left in Mazar, while the two Expeditionary Armies moved for Kabul.

    But their plan was quickly proven to be premature.

    November, the two armies marched into Kabul, numbering 40000 now. However, the initial 20000 defenders were quickly reinforced, to 40000 as well, then 60000, then 70000. The Home Guard was sent to reinforce, but the Afghani reinforcements, mostly irregulars, kept piling up in Kabul. Fighting was fierce, but the Danish forces had no advantage with their muzzle-loading rifles. The 50000 dwindled to 40000, then 30000, while Afghani forces kept on increasing to 120000. A retreat was planned back to Mazar where they’ll receive reinforcements and then perhaps attack again. However, Afghani irregulars were popping up everywhere. Kandahar, Ghazni, and finally Mazar all were under siege by Afghanis. By Christmas, the remaining 20000 Danish troops were ordered to retreat, back to Mazar where they barely defeated the Afghan insurrection. New Years day, 1847, the remains of the armies – one third in strength – was again attacked from Herat. The offensive was beaten back, but not before the Slesvig problem came up. The Danish government, ever adamant, insisted that Slesvig was an integral part of Denmark.

    Prussia backed down. Austria declared war. Russia and Sweden promptly declared war on Austria, and Bavaria declared war on Denmark, Russia, and Sweden.

    A hasty full retreat was ordered, but the remaining soldiers were forced to fight its way out. Kandahar had already fallen, so did Dalbandin and Quetta. A proposal for white peace was rejected by Afghanistan. A fighting retreat ensued, and Karlat as well as Makran were granted as independent satellite states to block Afghan forces from interfering with the journey home and to deprive from it a seaport. The remaining 14000 Danish soldiers were shipped home, arriving in March, only 1/5th of the original force that sailed out 2 years ago.


    Into the Fray – Austro-Russian War – Part one (1847-1856)

    Russia invaded full force into Austria. Posing no direct danger to Denmark, Denmark spent three years beefing up the army

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    Shame on you. Letting Russia do all the fighting for you!

    Can't you send troops to the Baltics and march them to Austria from there? How does the peace system work? Would everything turn green then, since you conquered it from bases on Russian soil?

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    I love it! Afghanistan is really hard to conquere. Perfect, good job Paradox.

    Also, interesting start. Are you going to go the other direction now?
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    Welcome to the board

    Always nice to see another fellow dane try his hands at the storytelling

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    Nice to see an Danish AAR, what's your final goal(s)?
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    How close were you to subjugating Austria? I mean - perhaps backing out was a bit premature, if Austria can't get to you.

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    Interesting AAR. Seems that the cold men from the North are again in the move. These Afghanis are a hard nut to crack. Better try not to mix yourself in the path of the British Lion, you will have hands full of with these Germans to the South. What about Sweden, is she friendly?

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    The Pimp advice: Tunis, go for tunis

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    Good AAR, I haven't seen a Danish AAR so it is good to see one. Also I would go for Tunis aswell but also build your colonies up The Pacific and also you could declare a Colonial War on Spain and try to take The Philippines. Spain has very little forces, probably numbering 1,000 troops at max. Very easy to take.

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    Yes, another Dane.

    Hvordan går det?

    A great AAR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krisz
    Yes, another Dane.

    Hvordan går det?

    A great AAR.
    Well from the looks of it it doesn't go at all Last update was a month ago

    Perhaps he realized the oddity of having Denmark and Empire in the same sentence?

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    Hey, sorry about the absence. I've been doing a bit of traveling on both sides of the Atlantic and the holiday season kills with the traffic and the stupid terror alerts and all that. Hope you understand.

    Into the Fray – Austro-Russian War – Part one (1847-1856)

    Russia invaded full force into Austria. Posing no direct danger to Denmark, Denmark spent three years beefing up the army to around 100000 men, including native regiments from Danish East Africa. The first incursion came from the Russian front. With the Russians constantly pushing into Austria, by 1852, the Joint Danish-Russian Force have occupied all of present day Poland and northern Hungary. The last real desperation attack came on September 19th of 1852, with 125000 Austrian infantry and calvary attacking the lightly held garrison at Spiff. The 12000 strong Russian force stationed there were almost cut down to a man when the Danish reinforcements arrived, numbering 95000 or so, including three regiments of Calvary and the rest, infantry. A four month siege ensued with the Russians choosing to stand off. The Austrians at last, retreated in February, having incurred over 60% casualties. The Danish lost 40%.

    However, by this surprising turn of events, when Austria looked to be dead, in February of 1853, when the Great Russian Revolt of 1853 started, full force, within Russia. Rebels suddenly popped up everywhere, razing buildings, occupying provinces, and attacking Russian troops. The Russians began gradually withdrawing their troops back to their homeland to fight this new threat. The remnants of the Danish army, now numbering around 60000, starts to retreat back towards the Russian homeland. By May, the insurrection in Russia is exploding. Danish forces engaged in numerous battles with the rebels, as well as an Austrian force, beginning to reorganize. General De Meza's Cavalry was the first to reach the transports on the Baltic. The rest of the troops were bogged down with attrition and their numbered declined, constantly.

    De Meza's forces were resupplied and reinforced, and even though Russia was on the verge of withdrawing alltogether, they had one last move. The Austrians have practically left the Balkan coast of their territory unguarded. De Meza's forces are to attack from there to cause trouble, a diversion, so that Russia may gain another chance to attack.

    However, this facilitated one of the worst strategic blunders in the war. When the Danish Forces arrived at the coast, there were no transports to pick them up. This is already August, and all of the Danish transports - as well as the navies - are in the Adriatic or the Mediterranean. Instead of calling off De Meza's incursion, high command decides to have the Danish infantry march home, via Russia and Sweden, both allies in the war.

    Late August, with their numbers down to 30000, the Danish infantry started marching. Russia was still under revolt, and Austria is recovering their territories. The Russian war machine have been eaten out from within.

    De Meza landed in Venice, the least guarded of all Austrian Adriatic ports, in early September. It seems that September is where the action is.

    He successfully conquered Venezia, and soon Padua and Verona fell, but the Russians still cannot pull themselves from the Quagmire that is the rebellion. Austria, now recovered their territories, turned their eye towards De Meza's forces, causing trouble in the far corner of their empire.

    The Danish infantry was further bogged in Southern Finland with Russian insurgents. They finally reached home between Christmas and early February, their numbers dwindling to a mere 17000, all that was left from the 45000 that survived the Battle of Spiff. (15000 out of 30000 Cavalry made it out) Almost another Napoleon, except the battle is not over yet, on the sunny Italian coast.

    De Meza's expertise in war kept his troops one step ahead of Austria, constantly defeating their infantry. It is now January of 1854 and he has marginal control over the area. A White Peace was offered to Austria but declined. Russia's rebellion went on, with provinces as far as Alaska under periodic Rebel control. De Meza found his troops in the landlocked province of Verona, when Austrian forces moved in to occupy Venezia and Padua. With 60000 infantry against his now 24000 Cavalry. He tried to break though to the sea, knowing that holding this piece of real estate was almost impossible.

    But the Battle of Padua went to Austria, and De Meza and his remaining Cavalry are trapped in Verona. A relief force was called from Denmark. The transports left in late January. But De Meza was not to be. AFter defeating an initial onslaught of 60000 Austrian Infantry, his Cavalry was attacked by 100000 Austrian troops in early February. There were no survivors, and nowhere to run.

    This is February of 1854, and the Austro-Russian War was essentially over. All parties went home licking their wounds, and a white peace was reached two years later, although aggression never actively resumed.

    Now recognizing their inability to fight a head on war with a European foe, Denmark turns elsewhere. Mikronesia officially became a colony in 1858, and the next year, Okinawa. Africa, the New World, and even some in the old, are still ripe for the picking.

    To be continued (sooner this time, I promise )

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    "A scrimmage in a Border Station
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    Ok, let's recap a little bit. The year is now 1859. Denmark has lost two wars (although officially White Peaces) in a row within the last ten years. Industry is booming and profits are steadily rising. The army is largely demobilized with only two expeditionary armies and small Native Divisions on guard in the colonies. Currently, the Danish colonies/overseas provinces are: Danish East Africa, Danish Pacific Islands (the provinces of Okinawa, Bonin, Midway, Mikronesia), Greenland, and Iceland. The military alliance with Russia and Sweden have expired but relations among most of the major powers remain decent. The Danish Navy, although pale in numbers compared to Britain and France, is still a formidable foe on the high seas, numbering 24 ships in the Royal Fleet and 4 in the Pacific Squadron stationed at Midway. Although the land army only numbered 60000, including 30000 Cavalry commanded by the ever flamboyant General de Meza, rescued from an Austrian prison after the way. The other 30000 include 15000 Infantry of the Second Expeditionary, 5000 of the Home Guard, and 10000 Native troops posted in the colonies.

    The year 1860 brought upon the advent of the Machine Gun, following the Breech-loading firearms invented during the last war. With this invention, Denmark now has one of the more advanced armed forces in the world.


    To the Orient, and Beyond! (1860-1862)

    Africa is overcrowded with European colonies. Denmark managed to make small claims along the coast and even control much of Namibia with claims, it's still a small player nestled between England and France. Even Russia, Portugal, the United States, and Spain control more land in Africa than Denmark, and Mexico claims to a solitary piece of real estate called Yebuti at the mouth of the Red Sea.

    The Suez Canal has been viewed as a vital link to Asia. Egypt currently controls it but the Ottomans and Great Britain have significant forces nearby so that it can easily be blockaded by any of these nations in times of war, disrupting military and commerce. With a growing number of colonies, such a place must warrant a Danish presence. In early 1860, General de Meza's Cavalry landed at Meccah. Local resistance is minimal and dispatched swiftly by the Dragoons and Cavalry, armed with the latest Machine Guns which devestated the local populace, armed with flintlocks and matchlocks. A strong southward push ensured the annexation of the entire West Arabia down to the entirety of Aden.

    Having secured the area and created a native force to guard it, de Meza is quick to lead his troops to war once again. This time, the small nation of Tranvacore, on the south tip of India. Britain has currently no involvement with it so its two provinces were taken within 2 months in early 1861 with virtually no casualties. Then, further east, Johore was subdued as well, near the Strait of Malacca. Denmark has almost overnight became an empire on which the sun never set. Almost.

    By mid 1861, Denmark was ready for more and better. The United States have been almost unabashedly claiming islands in the South Pacific. Although the two nations are not at war, the Danish Pacific was again, threatened by US Imperalism. Before the U.S. can involve, as the Civil War starts. Hawaii was quickly annexed. The Danish Pacific Fleet, far outnumbering anything the U.S. Navy has, is now nary days of sailing from the Pacific shores of the U.S, streching from the Greenwich Meridian to the Date Line. The Royal Danish Navy can almost sail from Denmark to Hawaii without having to sail for more than two weeks between Danish colonies.

    A Protestant Pope in Vatican (1862-1864)

    The only weak point of course, is the Mediterranean. There is practically no Danish presence there. The artery of Europe is largely an unimpregnable fortress, but one of the crossroads of the world is still weak, and ripe for exploitation: Italy.

    To be Continued

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    A Protestant Pope in Vatican (1862-1864)

    The Italian Peninsula is still quite disorganized, consisting of a large section of small city-states and the Papal States, with the Kingdom of Two Sicilies in the south. De Meza landed in Rome, full force, and Toscano, Parma, all the way to Lombardia, who are allied, started to raise their armies. Their effort, of course, was easily crushed by the highly advanced Danish Infantry, recently called from Home Guard duty. War was declared on May 2 and all but the Papal States were annexed by January 6, 1863. The Papal States were not to be annex - the control of the Holiest city in the world to Catholics by a Protestant nation would be unceasing hatred and hostilities, especially from the Two Sicillies and Spain, effectively cutting them off from their homeland by blocking the seas. Rome and Bologna were to remain in the Pope's direct control, and all other territories are to be given to Denmark. Within half a year, Denmark suddenly control half of Italy.

    Industrialization almost begin immediately with the construction of paper and glass factories. An Italian native division was raised. An interesting little interlude during this period, or more precisely, on May 8th, is the end of the US Civil War. The South seceeds after all, but much of the original states were recaptured by the US.

    De Meza pulled off Italy in early 1864. The treasury boomed with the sudden increase of natural resources and factories in Italy. The finest Italian wines, now fly the Danish flag.

    TBC

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    LOL very funny sneak preview, I found it very funny! Btw, good update, glad to see you now have some Danish Power in Italy, go Denmark! Also if you can afford it, you might want to build some Regular Troops, also if you have the manpower. Then if you wanted some more Africa, you could challenge GB and France in a Colonial War and snag some provinces.

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