I must admit something, the game I will tell you about on this thread was not supposed to be an AAR. I just wanted to try once again something I often tried but never succeeded in : in a France game, being able to rebuild the French Empire without having in the mid/end - game several coalitions against me destroying everything I built in 50/60 years.
Eventually, against my own belief that I could not do it, I did it ! And probably lots of people in here did it too but I am proud of what I did
In the same time, I thought dozens of time about writing an AAR. As I tried to play this game as historically plausible (in the idea of a successfull second French Empire of course !), I think what I have to say about it could be interesting.
So let's stop talking, you're not interested in those thoughts so let's talk history and game
A Victoria Revolution game, France, 1836 - 1936
France's Glory ?
Start : 1836
Difficulty : Very hard
AI : Agressive
Objectives : To recreate the French Empire Napoléon Ist built, while being as much as possible in respect of historical facts.
Important : English is not my first language. When you see some mistakes that I made in the Shakespeare's language, please tell me. I will make the corrections.
Important : the menu is updated regularly. You can find informations on happened or will happen with menu. If you already read all the AAR, you will not be spoiled even if those part are not published for the moment. Things I publish in the menu are only there if the characters spoke about it in the AAR already wrote or are used as a hint to make people come back here to read the AAR later ! If you did not already read the AAR, just begin with the first part and don't read other parts of the menu !
I) The last French King
1) The Benelux War of 1836
2) Louis-Philippe comes back in Benelux - 1837
3) The European situation in 1838
4) Louis-Philippe, a French "bower" in Chief in European Diplomacy
5) France in Magreb
6) France in the middle of the European liberal Revolutions
II) The early second Republic's elections
1) The Congressional election of 1848
2) The Presidential election of 1848 (Never written)
III) The conclusion (the AAR as never been finished)
During the late night of december 31st 1935, the former French Emperor is having a good new year's eve. His family and his closest friends are here with him.
After diner and a lot of wine, the huge family stays "alone". After that kind of day so much asked on by the medias, they wish to have some quiet time together.
However, the grand-son of the former Emperor is not on the same page. The seven years old boy decides to jump on his grand-father's kneels and ask him : "Coucou papy ! Hey why don't you tell me about when you were Emperor ? You always told me you would do it when I'll be a grown up. Hey I'm a big boy now !"
The former Emperor, Napoléon Bonaparte V, smiles and answer :
"Ho yeah ! You're a big boy. And you're right. I shall tell you about when I was Emperor".
"Great papy ! Were you a grand general ? Did you fought Prussians ?" said the boy with a big smile.
"Hey wow kid, don't you prefer me to begin when I actually became emperor ?"
"Yeah ! that must have been great ! A great palace ? Important people papy ? "
"Well, yes, but you know, for me it wasn't that great. It was december 1891. We just finished the 1891 war against Netherlands, and there were real sadness around..."
"A war ? what war are you talking about papy ? tell me please !!!"
Then the grand father began to realise he had to tell way more about France's history for the boy to understand everything.
"Hey, how about we talk not only about me, but also about my parents and grand parents ?
Actually it begins a hundred and fifty years ago. It was the civil war in France. The revolution, you know about the French revolution right ? Good. was very hard, and some began to think that our country could not survive all we had to go through. The year was 1796. Napoleon Bonaparte was a young French officer leading one of our armies in northern Italy. There, he became famous after winning several victories against Italians and Austrians.
A few years later, after lots of similar victories, he saved La France. The French decided through a "referendum" to have him as its Emperor.
Because of Napoléon I, France had some of it's most glorious days ! Unfortunately, the other European countries did not liked the creations France made at that time. And they were angry against Napoléon I.
So they decided to attack France in 1813. Napoleon had built a huge Empire by that time, but he ended defeated in 1814.
What he built and the prestige that France had with Napoléon, lots of French people wanted it back at that time. Our country suffered my boy. It was not good being a little kid during those years. And lots of people wanted a new Emperor to come back to lead France. Even if some of them didn't knew it at that time.
Then we arrive where we want to be. It was the beginning of the years 1836, a century ago ! The whole Europe was worried. There was a war going on between Belgium and the Netherlands. The Prussian Kingdom was interested by those countries, and England and the last king of France were worried of what could happen if the Prussian king decided to be interested in this war.