Kaiserreich Mod - 1936 Scenario - Norway
Very Hard / Furious
Democracy War = ON
IC / TT Take-Over = OFF
Winner of Weekly AAR Showcase January 29, 2012
Chapter I - King & Christianity
Chapter II - Radical Uprisings and Unexpected Help
Chapter III - One Day of War
Chapter IV - One long year ahead
Chapter V - Favor of the Gods
Chapter VI - Two Kings
Chapter VII - The Crescent War Part I
Chapter VIII - The Crescent War Part II
Chapter IX - Limit Breaker
Chapter X - Crescent Clean-up
Chapter XI - Rising Giants
Chapter XII - Goodbye to Peace
Chapter XIII - Terror of the Seas
Chapter XIV - Ambitions of Alexandros
Chapter XV - Risk, Reward, Result
Chapter XVI - Crescent Crusaders
Chapter XVII - Lone Star in the High Sky
Chapter XVIII - Infernal Arsenal of the Sun
Chapter XIX - Solar Eclipse
Chapter I - King & Christianity
The year of 1936 marked the beginning of a new era for the Kingdom of Norway. Worried by the political and economical instability of the European order, which has been established after World War I, King Haakon VII decided, that Norway could not stand by and watch as the world sinks deeper into the abyss of war anymore. It was time for the Scandinavian country to play a new role in the world politics. This, however would require some preparations.
First off, Norway would have to break free from it's secure and peaceful isolation it lived in. The North of Europe did not pose any danger to anyone - neither it's inhabitants nor anyone else, but many once peaceful regions of the world were drawn to death and destruction in the last global conflict. A functional intelligence service had to be created.
The rather weak Royal Army would never be able to withstand most other European Military Forces, and had no means to defend the large territory of Norway or counter any modern weapons like tanks and aircrafts. So the King ordered to create tank brigades in order to strengthen those two lone infantry divisions. New conscription laws were passed, which quickly brought the Royal Army to a full strength of 20.000 men. This doubled the military power of Norway within mere weeks.
The economy however did not allow for much greater expansions of the Norwegian Forces and the construction of new factories would take ages. The Kingdom had to expand and a victim was found rather quickly: Ireland. It was within range of the Royal fleet, it's military was much weaker than Norway's, it did not receive any political support from any Great Power and had internal struggles between Protestants and Catholics.
Offering itself as protective power of the Protestant Christians in the North, Norway layed down claims on the provinces around the city of Belfast. Unable to fight back on any political or military level, Ireland gave in to the demands and ceded to territory to King Haakon VII. This brought 5 additional IC units to the Kingdom, but also gave birth to a new enemy of the Kingdom. Ireland would have to be watched, but as the King said: "If we want to be the Third Counterweight in the Northern Sea, standing on equal ground with England and Germany, then we cannot allow ourselves to be afraid of Ireland!"
As time went by, a new alliance has been forget deep within the land masses of Asia. Tibet and Mongolia - both of them feeling betrayed by history - signed a pact, that would soon stir things up in the region. The King, for now, took note of the events, but didn't give them more attention.
An issue of much more concern though, was the Second Russian Civil War. The absolutist Russia found itself splintering into even more nations fighting each other, than before. Russia, Soviet-Russia and Siberia were suddenly all at war with each other. One thing was perfectly clear: Whoever wins this war, would emerge as a strong force to be reckoned with afterwards.
Witnessing the weakness of Ireland, the Union of Britain decided, that it also wanted a part of the cake and set sail for the green island. Germany quickly intervened, stating that Ireland would be under the protection of Mitteleuropa, but didn't guarantee it's independence, though. This actually brought Norway and Britan closer together and would result in the infamous 'Pact with the Devil', were Haakon VII would give the British Syndicalists Military Access in exchange for political support, even though he previously banned Syndicalist Parties in Norway.
The inevitable eventually happened: Tibet and Mongolia entered a war for supremacy in Easter China against their common neighbour Xibei Lianbang Yiyuan. The victor of this war would become a serious regional power and a possible interest for Norway, as the King stated on that day.
Similiar events took place in the Middle East, were the Arabian Union started to plan bringing down the Goliath of the Ottoman Empire. Was the whole world heading to war once again? Norway - for now - had no immense interest in those conflicts. Oil was of no concern until Norway had units actually needing oil.
Furthermore Germany sold Crete back to Greece in order to suppress the depression with more money and Panama joined the United Provinces. Many small countries were one the rise it seemed...
With the tank brigades finally finished in summer, the concern of Northern Ireland came back in peoples conciousness. More a more rebel activity was noticed in Belfast. Haakon VII decided, that Northern Ireland had to be colonized. Young Norwegian men were therefore trained as Militia and Police units, who would later be sent there. Intelligence Service also received more fundings in order to destroy those resistance groups more quickly.
This was further supported by Odd Hassel's project to create a basic computing machine. The Hassel I would become of the first of it's kind in the world, which brought Norway a big deal of international prestige.
The war in Asia meanwhile continued with Tibet falling and the Front of the Mongolians starting to cluster. Both forces seemed to be even, but who would eventually receive Haakon's support? It was decided to wait for further developments again.
By the end of the year the only two importants events were the start of a German-Portuguese Colonial War, which would clearly be decided by Mittelafrika and the release of Korea and Formosa by Japan, who became the 'Bastion of Freedom'. Portugal and Japan would soon be considered for deeper diplomatic interaction by Norway...