Selvetrica: I tried to take a world map, but pressing F12 crashed the game. If anyone know why, could they tell me?
Dewirix: Sadly Bavaria isn’t my only competitor any more, as the last image of this update shows.
Selzro: Thanks for the tip about influence; as things are looking tenuous again I’ll make sure to remember it.
morningSIDEr: I think all the conquest is helping. I haven’t really focused on my economy (besides industrialisation) as my economy hasn’t had any problems. Apart from times of mass-construction, I’ve stayed in the green constantly.
Sorry for the time it took to get this update up. I've had a very busy week.
Across Oceans: Brazil’s Ongoing Struggle
Chapter Five: Power to the (Rich) People
As the majority of the colonial armies were already stationed in Asia it was obvious that the next target should be in the region. Brunei and Atjeh were the most obvious targets, continuing Brazil’s expansion into the islands of the region. However, France had been making serious efforts to befriend Brunei and would be likely to come to their aid in a war. A war with France would be a risk at the current time, so Atjeh was chosen as the target.
As the 1850’s dawned, the Liberals continued to make gains in the Upper House. As a coalition of some of the less traditionalist aristocrats and capitalists seeking greater influence they sought the opening of elections so they could place a party more open to free capitalism in power.
War was declared on Atjeh, and the armies moved apparently unopposed onto the southern end of their island.
Meanwhile, the Bohemian Emperor had for some reason decreed that the nation would be known as Czechoslovakia. It seemed that he was aiming to move away from the symbols of the old feudal kingdom and replace them with ones for a more modern, cosmopolitan, empire.
The dawn of the new decade was opening up many new fields of art, the foremost of these being the Impressionists. Carlo I began to fund them to continue his long-standing patronage of the arts.
The sole battle of the Atjehan war was fought on Java of all places. A small contingent had landed there, but they were easily brushed aside by the Asia Station when it was shipped in to deal with them. The rest of their army was nowhere to be seen.
In South America, Colombia had been busy. In a short series of wars they had utterly crushed Venezuela and now they were in negotiations with France to come under their protection. Carlo silently seethed that he had lost the chance to rein them in and remove French influence entirely earlier.
To make matters worse for him, in 1851 the Liberals had finally assembled enough support to force him to open up elections to the landed classes. His forcing of the Partido Caramuru onto the government had finally caught up and now to prevent the government from being shut down by angry capitalists he had to agree to hold election.
The occupation of Atjeh was entirely unopposed. No Atjehan troops could be found anywhere.
By putting down the rights of the upper class to vote in writing, Carlo I had to admit that the nation was slipping into a more constitutional government. Brazil’s first election, held shortly afterwards, was a quiet affair dominated mostly by religious debates. The parties had already hammered out their economic policies in the Upper House, but now they were speaking to the country at large and were trying to justify their stances to non-political elites and keep the commoners placated.
The war in the East Indies ended predictably. The entire southern half of the island fell to Brazil.
As predicted, the elections resulted in the Partido Liberal returning to power. Carlo and many of the state capitalist supporters hoped that the build up they had conducted would be enough to get the capitalists to begin starting factories of their own accord.
Worrying news came from the Orient. China, having won a great victory against the warlords in the south, had begun a major program of modernisation to catch up to the rest of the world. The sheer size of their military already thrust them close to Great Power status. Another competitor for Brazil’s ambitions.
In the first reshuffling since the election, the Upper House saw major gains for both the Liberals and Reactionaries, as their election victory had increased the polarisation between the side looking for change and the side wanting to go back to the old ways.
Shortly thereafter Europe was in flames once again. Britain and France were at war after Britain had fought the United States to a standstill, Southern Germany was in chaos as Switzerland and Austria fought Bavaria and Sicily who in turn fought Nassau, and Russia was under heavy pressure from Czechoslovakia to concede some of their eastern territory.
China finally became a Great Power after annexing the remnants of Mongolia. Now they prepared to finish off the remaining warlords and began exerting their influence in Asia.
Brazil’s rapid patronage of Impressionist art was already having a major impact on its prestige. This might well have been the boost needed. In the meantime research had returned to improving the railways further.
In the north, French designs on the Americas became highly overt as they seized large regions of Canada. (This is partially my fault for not properly cleaning up European cores before converting.)
However, Brazil was now in place to do something about that. Finally returning to the Great Powers (throwing out Prussia in the process), Carlo had no intention of letting it slip away from him again. His first aim: throw the French out of Colombia, then repeat that until all of South America was free of European influence and filled with his own.
The question was, could he hold onto it with the industrial development slipping out of his control and Prussia and the USA nipping at his heels and eager to steal his place.
To be continued…