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Diminished Kingdom – 1936 Axis BulgAARia
Airspace over the Balkans, 3rd January 1936, 3 o’clock AM
An old aircraft was flying over the dark shadow of the Macedonian mountains. Inside, there was a man sitting on the seat, drinking a glass of the best Italian red wine.
His name was Bogdan Filov – the prime minister of Bulgaria.
As he was looking from the window at the land below, gloomy ideas were passing through his head.
“This is Bulgarian land. Inhabited by Bulgarians. Those were the sons of our nation who liberated it from the violent rule of the Ottomans. They shed their blood and sacrificed their lives for the liberty of our brothers. Then we were betrayed by all. By the Serbs, by the Romanians, by the Greeks. All of those nations had to fight the barbaric Turks; they suffered under their rule the same way as we did.
How could they betray us as they did?
If you are interested, you can watch my attempts to change the Status Quo on the Balkans. Now, we have the power to act... ”
Airport of Sofia, January 1936
As the sun was rising over the small and poor country, the aircraft was just landing. On the runway, there was a car awaiting me. Tsar Boris III. needed to be informed about the results of the negotiations held in Rome with the Italian government.
The programme was important for both sides. Formally, we were discussing the “economical cooperation”, but the real programme was much more concrete – the military alliance between our glorious nation and the Axis – Germans and Italians. Also, one of the Hungarian diplomats was present. Our nations have one thing in common – their lands and dignity were stolen in the last thirty years. Further cooperation might help us to change it.
Tsar seemed to be satisfied with the results and ordered me to guide our state to the Axis.
Residence of the Prime Minister Filov, Sofia, January 1936
The internal situation here is not as good as it should be.
According to Tsar’s order, I made some inevitable changes in the government. This is how it looks like now:
Here is the current map of Bulgaria, soon to be changed.
Note our neighbours – Greeks, Serbs, Romanians, Turks. All of them attacked us in 1913. The only neighbour we can consider our friend is the Black Sea.
But we won’t let our country be destroyed. We will strike our opponents, and show them what is the taste of revenge.
And those damn trade unions, together with communists and other leftists are meanwhile attacking Bulgaria from the inside. I ordered our security minister to crush them.
Not to mention those spies.
Italians have just finished their Ethiopian adventure, while the Germans are reoccupying the Rhineland. Western Powers are sitting on their asses and do nothing with it. They are just weak. Better for Bulgarians.
Meanwhile, our arsenals are producing new artillery to reequip our army. Weak army, indeed. No cars, no navy, no airplanes, everything goes in the WWI-style. But our new allies have promised some assistance in modernisation of our forces, which are now consisting of 12 000 cavalry units and approx. 30 000 infantry units. Nothing else.
September 1936, Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sofia.
In Spain, Generals Mola and Franco started their fight against the left-wing government in Madrid. Our partners are sending troops and airplanes to their aid; Bulgaria is limited only to “moral support” of these generals.
Armament minister reports that the new artillery units are ready to be deployed.
Budapest, Capital of Hungary, Early September 1936
A secret meeting is taking place here. In four-day-lasting negotiations, delegations of Bulgaria (Me), Hungary (Admiral Horthy) and Soviet Union (V. Molotov) agreed on a first part of the Bulgarian revenge. Between those nations is a state, which is occupying their lands – the Romanian Kingdom.
According to the treaty, combined operation will be held on 23rd of September. While the Soviet and the Hungarian troops are supposed to decoy their troops, Bulgaria will attack and secure their capital. The territory should be then partitioned between our countries – Transylvania to Hungary, Bessarabia and northern Romania to SU, the rest – to us.
All the country is preparing for the 3rd Balkan war, which should start – tomorrow in the morning. God be with us in our just cause.