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    Allez les bleus! (A Kaiserreich AAR with France)

    Bonjour,

    I have only recently got to know the true promise of Hoi2, so I am pretty new on this board (just asked a few technical/stastical questions).

    A quick introduction: My name is Andreas, I live in Cologne, Germany, and I've been into strategy games for 15 years (pirates!, civilization, sim city, several football managers etc.). I had given up on computer games completely around 2001, before I finally discovered the diamond that HOI actually is.

    This will be my first AAR and I hope you are going to enjoy it.

    The settings used are:

    Hoi2: Doomsday
    Mod: Kaiserreich
    Nation: Commune of France
    Difficulty: Normal
    Aggressiveness: Normal
    Cheats: I play AS France, and not the Tour de France, so this is a definite "no"


    Now this is the situation, 18 years after our defeat in WWI against the German/Austria-Hungarian Alliance:



    As you can see, La Grande Nation is surrounded by evil right-winged nations, who want to annihilate France from the map (the pink numbers are our relations with them). Our only true friends are the Brits, the Sicilians (we are allied) and possibly Russia.
    Please bear in mind, that even though Austria looks very small, she has alliances and puppets on the balkan/eastern Europe. With Germany being the biggest power in the world, the situation does not look good for France.

    Anyway, France has recovered from her defeat in the Great War. We are a prosperous nation at 148/114 IC output and have decent tech teams. Of course, we lack several resources due to the loss of our colonies. Still, we are in a comfortable situation and could just lay back, enjoy our red wine and eat our frogs' legs...

    ...or can't we? No! The Germans control Lorraine Alsace including the world-famous areas of la Moselle, that we need for the vineyards as well as our industrial power.



    This cannot be tolerated. One day we will fly the tricolore above Strasburg, Metz and Mulhouse again.



    But first, there will be different goals to be achieved...

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    After our ministers have changed towards a more imperialist approach (one minister makes our foreign 'friends' work 10% more efficiently) and our politic's change towards a standing army, the production had to be taken care of.



    At first, we will not build anything. Our soldiers will be reinforced and our obsolete units are upgraded. They are going south...to fight Spain. France starts with a decently sized army and we will immediately attack Spain and try to take control of Gibraltar.

    But before we can begin our operation, we first need to research a new infantry model and upgrade our old units.



    In the following months, we are planning to hold the Syndicalists' congress in France and discuss how to unify all communist nations.





    Yea, no immediate effect...exactly. After the congress had ended, our national dissent was reduced by -3 and everyone was happy.

    At 08:00 on 21 May we started our invasion towards Spain. We attack with 1 tank division, 1 marine division and 3 infantry divisions. They are supported by 2 squadrons à 4 of tactical bombers, who are supported by 2 squadrons of interceptors. We expect a quick conquest...



    At first, we are making quick progression and our ally from South Italy supports us with a new blueprint.



    It's the second blueprint we received from our friends. Our main goals to research will be air power, naval units and industrial power.



    Only a few weeks in the war, we are making good progress and Spain offers us peace. The conditions cannot saturate our appetite, though. We decline.



    We have a stable economy, however, not too many resources to increase our industrial power as you can see.

    France prepares for a German invasion and is going to build the necessary forts close to the German and Flandern (they're puppets of Germany) borders.



    During our campaign, a lot of action happened across the big ocean. On the other side of the world, several nations have declared independance from the United States. A war will be fought for the domination on the other continent. Also, Germany's very own puppet Mittelafrika declared war on Libera (an US' puppet).




    We are making slow, but steady progress. As you can see by the date, we have been at war for almost a year with Spain. Often, our troops had to reinforce and retreat. But, we finally are in a good position to finish the Spaniards off. They are encircled both in the South and North.



    It took us another month before we finally could finish them off. So, in May 1937, after approximately 1 year of war against Spain, we finally control all of their important provinces and can make them part of our glorious socialist empire.



    Here's Europe after the war:



    And this is what America looks like:



    In all events regarding North or South America, we remained neutral. We do not want to get involved in their business yet (or rather do not want to annoy Germany...). But silently, we support the syndicalist movement, of course...

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    Very nice. Good luck in bringing the worldwide revolution to the people, and give the insane Kaiser and his capitalistic Schweinehunde what they deserve!

    One question, did Germany in any way react to your invasion of the Kingdom of Spain?

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    Hi Andromedos,

    Spain was my only neighbour (now it is Portugal) who is not either directly allied with Germany or guaranteed independance by them. So, no, they did not actively react to my invasion, but the relationship really suffered.

    Here's the situation after my invasion (first number is my relation with them, second is the nation's IC):


    What scares me a little is that Russia didn't really like my way to "peacefully spread socialism"

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    A great wealth of Kaiser Reich AAR's lately, I will follow this one too.

    I really think you took action a little too quick though, I would have waited till about 1939 before my attack. It's best to build up.

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    I loved your joke about the tour de france...

    Anyway, great start, this KR AAR should be really interesting, i wish you good luck.

    Btw, are you french or something ?

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    It seem like everyone wanna meke a Kaiserreich AAR.
    intersting, i will follow.
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    Starting to look like Napoleon is back in town...
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    Anyone else notice that Kaiserreich AARs' come in bunches? Usually three at a time.

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    Yes, it's true. Now we are in the Kaiserreich season...

    As I see, Austria couldn't help eating the Sudenten, nor Hungary doing some waltzing in the Adriatic...
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    Hehe, I shall join the masses of readers also here.

    Looks promising, conquer Alemannia!

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    Update 3

    Hi guys,

    sorry, I didn't want to bore you with another Kaiserreich AAR Maybe some of you are interested nonetheless.

    @Maj. von Mauser: I agree with you here, and normally I tend to build up my industry/military first. I decided to attack Spain immeditely because in my first Kaiserreich game (I played as Britain), Spain backstabbed France from behind and that's when Germany ran over France. I try to avoid this at all costs.

    @Fernando Torres: Thank you I'm German, just always wanted to play a game as France. In most scenarios I do not really like their starting situation (lots of colonies, bordering to the hungry aggressor).

    Now for the game (update 3):

    After the invasion of Spain, France now has to focus on improving her industry as well as her defensive capabilities. Most of the war veterans are going north, close to the borders of Belgium, Germany and Italy. France has to be prepared for a sudden attack.

    Meanwhile, let's take a look at our navy:



    I don't like the composition of our fighting Flotte but as you can see we already start with a few expensive ships (1 carrier, 4 BBs and 1 BC). My long term goal will be to create both 1 good CTF and one smaller SAG using our BBs. Furthermore, we have 3 transports and 3 subs.

    Here's a general overview of our military:



    After our defensive wall is improved and our factories work more efficiently, France will develop her Air Force and Army. The navy will not be majorly restructured, we hope instead that our friends on the other side of the channel will take care of naval superiority.

    On 9 June 1937, 7 factories have finished. We build another queue of factories in those provinces. We research Advanced Construction Engineering to speed up our creation of land forts.


    Well, this is a nice event, of course. We can demand the French speaking part of Switzerland for ourselves.




    They accept - woohoo! We increased in size without fighting a war.



    Obviously, our neighbours didn't like our decision. We are at -200 relationship with Germany and North Italy.
    By August 1937, most troops have been reinforced and/or upgraded. We already have 199 IC output, which is wonderful. As you can see on the production queue, we are building another air base in Geneva as well as 12 infantry units. Also, our workers begin with the construction of our new showpiece, the Joffre. She will be finished in about 2 years.



    This will be my long term military navy/air force plan to realise within the next 2 or 3 years:

    Navy:

    CTF: 2 CVs, 2 CLVs, 4 CAs, 5 CLs, 5 DDs
    SAG: 4 BBS, 1 BC, 3 CAs, 3 CLs, 5 DDs, 2 Subs

    Air Force:
    18 Ftr
    14 Int
    8 Nav
    12 Tac
    8 Cas

    I am not sure if this can be realised or is the best way to approach Germany. Suggestions are welcome, of course.
    Short term goals are:

    - Secure German-French border with new troops
    - Improve Relationship with Russia
    - Trade blueprints and resources with Sicillies and help her become a capable partner

    Next update tomorrow, then including some action
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    You're not boring us. Actually, we are delighted.

    So, go ahead!
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    Agrees with kurt.

    I love most of the aars I am reading, and there can never be too many Kaiserreich aars around on these forums.

    yayz for geneve!

    Now do the same with Italy and Belgium.

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    Yeah man, Kaiser Reich AAR's are always interesting, there is so much that can happen!


    Nice update too, Glad to see you have your rightful Swiss territories back.

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    Update 4

    On Sep 11, 1937 our friends in South Italy declared war on the evil North. It came as a real surprise to us, because we had not expected this, nor have we been informed of our ally's plans. Hopefully, they know what they are doing. We have to strengten our borders with Italy and give air support.



    When our support from the north arrived, the Italians already had marched on French grounds. Sicillies are making no progress at all. It seems the declaration of war came way too early (for both us).



    Our troops send the Italians back to where they came from.


    It is not looking good for our pizza-loving friends to the South-East, though. Instead of making progress as one would expect by the aggressor, they already lost 2 provinces.


    Us attacking in the north enables Sicillies to recapture Pescara. With the Italian troops turning north into my direction, our ally should now make progress and together we hopefully can encircle them.


    Then we had our first naval battle against the Italian fleet in the Gulf of Genoa. Our ships are more up-to-date and stronger. Our Flotte drove them back several times, without a single ship being sunk on either side. A successful Italian landing behind the lines, for example in Marseille, was avoided, though.





    By the way, the United States just annexed the Union state. This is what North America looks like at the moment. Mexico is doing very well.


    The situation is under control now. We can advance slowly, but steadily towards Rome.


    It took a lot of support by our bombers as well reinforcements, but when the units in Ferrara finally fell, it was just a matter of time before our troops would reach Rome.




    Northern Italy is finished, and can be annexed.

    The conquered provinces are given to the Sicilians as per event. Hopefully, they will use them wisely and make for a better partner in potential future conflicts.

    Western Europe after the French/Sicilian - Italy war. Fighting for these provinces was expensive, to manpower as well as to supplies and other resources. Our benefits are slim and can now only hope that Sicily improves her industry/research after annexing the powerful northern part and turns into a real power. Together we should be able to control both the Mediterranean on European side as well as progress forward deeper into central Europe...



    IC Output/Base IC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andydach
    Hi guys,

    sorry, I didn't want to bore you with another Kaiserreich AAR Maybe some of you are interested nonetheless.
    You kidding? I love this already. I think a lot of us have seen enough of regular, unmodded HoI2 and you are playing Kaiserreich to boot. A very good mod.

    Please continue. Ive never seen a French KReich AAR.
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    Thanks, for the kind words, it is a nice motivation

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    Nice update.

    Why did you give Italy your two provences though?

    They are yours, you should have them back.

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    Looks like a good AAR. France is very fun to play, I had a great campaign as them (and I did a lot of the same things you're doing).

    You really should get grenoble and nice though.

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