Chapter 10, Vienna Burns
--- The private journals of Jero Nazor, King of the Croats and Prince of Montenegro---
Journal Entry 220, 31st January, 1890
Austria-Hungary once again asked for a white peace this month, and in response I expelled their envoy and captured Novi Sad.
Meanwhile, Russia has declared war on Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary is surely doomed.
Journal Entry 221, 28th February, 1890
This month we lost a battle in Novi Sad to rebels, Austria-Hungary pleaded for white peace once again, and I sent reinforcements to crush the said rebels.
Journal Entry 222, 31st March, 1890
Austria-Hungary continues to plead for mercy, even as Austrian rebels in Novi Sad and Sopron are crushed. Having capture Sopron, I ordered the troops to Szekesfehevar to occupy that province.
Journal Entry 223, 31st April, 1890
A brigade of Austrian-Hungarian troops were smashed in Bratislava, an unorganized rabble that stubbled straight into our army. Meanwhile, at long last the capitalists are shaping up and have built a luxury clothes factory in Croatia state.
Journal Entry 224, 31st May, 1890
A brigade of Austrian-Hungarian troops were routed in Sopron, a second Austrian-Hungarian brigade was forced to retreat in Eiesenstadt and third brigade of the same was annihilated in Gyor. I’ve also called up a newly trained brigade from Split to occupy Pecs province. Meanwhile, Austria-Hungary sent a pleading envoy to us, beginning for white peace. Refusal was swift.
Journal Entry 225, 31st June, 1890
A second brigade of Austrian-Hungarians, who suicidally attacked our position in Eiesenstadt, where smashed again.
I also ordered a brigade of our troops to attack 2,000 Austrian-Hungarians in Maribor, and was then forced to reinforce them when the Austrian-Hungarians began to win the fight, however we won in the end.
Journal Entry 226, 31st August, 1890
Another brigade of disorganized Austrian-Hungarian rabble was annihilated by our troops in Gyor. However, at the moment, back home, Yugoslavian Pan-Nationalists are rebelling in five provinces*. However, to counter this worry, we captured Szekesfehevar this month.
Journal Entry 227, 31st September, 1890
Having captured Zalaegerszeg, Bratislava and Gyor, I ordered troops moved to Ljubljana. In addition, Russia requested and was granted military access from us this month.
Journal Entry 228, 31st October, 1890
I was forced to send home 20,000 troops to combat rebels in Croatia this month. The rebels in Sisak crushed swiftly, and then the rest disbanded**, so I sent them to reinforce a besieged single brigade in Ljubljana; they defeated the Austrian rebels in that province too, before being sent to reinforce a brigade in Eiesenstadt.
Journal Entry 229, 31st November, 1890
Having defeated the rebels in Eiesenstadt, we ended up clashing with more rebels in Klagenfurt and winning there. Meanwhile, Switzerland has declared war on Austria-Hungary for Tirol. Austria is now besieged by Russia, Sweden, Croatia (ourselves), Montenegro, Switzerland and Krakow.
Sienbenburgen already won its war with Austria-Hungary a while back*** and has taken the territory it demanded.
Journal Entry 230, 31st December, 1890
Things have just got worse for Austria-Hungary and better for us. Bohemia-Moravia has declared war on Austria-Hungary for Slovakia, and Sienbenburgen has declared war on Austria-Hungary for Central Hungary.
Meanwhile, this month Austria-Hungary begged once again for white peace and was refused.
Journal Entry 231, 31st February, 1891
From now on, a list of battle, sieges and events is most prudent.
- Battle: February 26th, Croatia vs Rebels, Ljubljana, 8300 Croatians, 6,200 Rebels - Croatia wins and rebels are annihilated.
- Battle: 4th of March, Croatia vs Austria-Hungary, Mitrovica, 3000 Austrians, 3000 Croatians - Croatia wins, as brigade was nearly recruited and appeared under them.
- Peace Request: 10th of March, Austria-Hungary pleads for mercy and is rejected.
- Capture of Province: 4th of May, Maribor and Klagenfurt fall to Croatia.
- Battle: 13th of May, Croatia vs Rebels, Mitrovica, 3000 Croatians, 3000 Rebels - Croatia wins as rebels were newly spawned and disorganized.
- Misc: 15th of May, Nejd goes bankrupt and gives us a reason to go to war with them, however they are inaccessible to us so we cannot follow up on it.
- Battle: 1st of June, Croatia vs Austria-Hungary, Mitrovica, 3000 Croatians, 3000 Austrian-Hungarians - Croatia wins as enemy were new recruits and disorganized.
- Occupation: 11th of July, Croatian troops begin occupation of Kacskemet.
- Misc: 25th of July, Russia wins its war with Austria, gaining West Galicia.
- Misc: 1st of September, Croatian elections begin.
- Capture of Province: 5th of September Mitrovica is captured by Croatian forces, who then move to occupy Pancevo.
- Capture of Province: 5th of September, Ljubljana is captured by Croatian forces, who move to occupy Budapest.
- Occupation & Misc: 8th of October, Austria-Hungary pleads for white-peace and is refused, while troops move to occupy Szeged.
Journal Entry 232, 31st October, 1891
Austria-Hungary bowed to our demands near the end of this month, and gave us Slavonia. It is an event worthy of celebration and the bells toll throughout the realm as we demobilise the poor and move to consolidate control. Immediately we gained a liquor factory that is under construction in Slavonia, and I ordered the construction of forts in all newly captured provinces.
In the home provinces, I ordered upgraded railway tracks to be laid in all provinces except Karlovac, where capitalists have already done it for me. In addition, I order the construction of a new brigade of infantry.
Journal Entry 233, 31st November, 1891
Machine Guns were implemented this month, strategic mobility training will be taking place next. This includes drawing up plans for more advanced forts.
I also sent an envoy to the United Kingdom this month, raising relations.
Journal Entry 234, 31st December, 1891
I sent another envoy to increase relations with the United Kingdom this month.
Journal Entry 235, 28th February, 1892
A plentiful fish harvest in Split went noticed this month, when I redistributed some of the catch to the poor using royal prerogative.
Journal Entry 236, 31st May, 1892
Elections finished this month, the royal party in power once again. Meanwhile, yet another envoy has gone forth to coddle Croatia up to the United Kingdom.
Journal Entry 237, 31st October, 1892
A wave of industrialisation has taken place these past months, with an influx of new labour from our conquered territories. The factory in Slavonia has been completed, capitalists have begun constructing a liquor factory in Croatia state and I have commissioned a fabric factory in Slavonia state.
Journal Entry 238, 31st November, 1892
Capitalists began constructing a glass factory in Dalmatia this month.
Journal Entry 239, 31st December, 1892
A review of the budget was in order this month, and I find that money is plentiful, and pouring in.
Journal Entry 240, 31st March, 1893
I gave the go ahead on a plan to restrict the building rights of minorities in our new provinces this month. I know it will be an unpopular move, but I feel it is required in order to assimilate the new population gains.
Journal Entry 241, 31st April, 1893
The redrawing of the maps was finished this month, and now I look upon a map where Austria-Hungary is destroyed. Its lands have been divided between Croatia, Sienbenburgen, Russia, Lombardia and Bohemia-Moravia, and what remains of their nation is split in half.
Journal Entry 242, 31st May, 1893
Strategic mobility was completed this month, giving us new fort blueprints and a new set of policies for when retreat is most appropriate. A new form of art, classicalism and early romantism, is the next topic of research.
Journal Entry 243, 31st June, 1893
Yet more Yugoslavian Pan-Nationalists rebelled this month, but only in Pola this time. They are swiftly killed off.
Journal Entry 244, 31st July, 1893
I ordered the construction of a new brigade this month, a brigade of Guards in Pola.
Journal Entry 245, 31st August, 1893
Six brigades of infantry were recruited this month, in various parts of the newly conquered Slavonia. Although they are from minority groups, they can still fight.
Journal Entry 246, 31st October, 1893
I ordered the construction of a glass factory in Slavonia state this month, to provide jobs for the swiftly expanding craftsmen strata. Meanwhile, the new railroads have begun being finished this month and will most likely all be completed by the end of November.
Journal Entry 247, 31st December, 1893
With the completion of the railroads in most states, I’ve ordered the construction of upgraded forts in Zagreb, Pola, Karlovac, Senj, Fiume, Pozega, Varazdin and Sisak
Journal Entry 248, 31st January, 1894
Two of the new infantry brigades were completed this month, and are now stationed in Osijek.
Journal Entry 249, 31st February, 1894
Another brigade of infantry was recruited this month, and added to those stationed in Osijek. In addition, the first book of Croatian classicism poetry was published this month, earning our authors international acclaim.
Romantism poetry is our next grand objective.
Journal Entry 250, 31st April, 1894
Two new brigades were completed this month, and joined the others in Osijek.
Journal Entry 251, 31st May, 1894
Our envoy to the United Kingdom popped by this month to let me know things are going well, and we are half way there to perfect relations with the UK, as a result of a new present and some extra flattery sent their way this month.
Journal Entry 252, 31st June, 1894
I received news this month that Bohemia-Moravia has decided to rename itself Czechoslovakia. There is no fundamental difference between the two nations though.
Journal Entry 253, 31st August, 1894
In August yet another brigade was completed, while I merged my two fleets to ready for perhaps another lot of action.
Journal Entry 254, 31st September, 1894
Let more relations boosts with the United Kingdom took place this month, with the delivery of some priceless Genoese artwork to the King.
Journal Entry 255, 31st October, 1894
October, and I begin handing out money. $20 a day goes to Egypt to assist them in fighting Spain, to begin my new campaign. Having more money than I will ever have a use for, this is a good tactic.
Journal Entry 256, 31st December, 1894
This month I handed $100 a day to Czechoslovakia, who is in a war with Austria-Hungary once again and $3460 a day to the United Kingdom, to assist them in invading China. This give Croatia a major relations boost with the UK, even if it is draining around $3000 from the treasury every 24 hours; however, with a backup supply of a million dollars in the treasury, this is very inconsequential.
Journal Entry 257, 31st March, 1895
New factories (three in fact, being built by capitalists) and two new infantry brigades herald that is this is a promising year.
Journal Entry 258, 31st April, 1895
Although we are stilling bleeding money to the UK, and have spent 200,000 in the last few months, we are still in good economic shape, while the world around us is changing its shape.
The Kingdom of Italy has formed this month, encompassed the Italian peninsula and uniting those normally bickering states; however the Pope has managed to weasel his way out of the unification and is still independent. Such a pity, the Papacy is an annoyance. In addition, Italy has jumped in to try and get a chunk of Egypt now that Spain has been beaten back by Egypt and its ally, the USA.
Meanwhile, Czechoslovakia is slowly eroding away Austria-Hungary in its continuing war,
Journal Entry 259, 31st July, 1895
With the UK’s war having finally ended with the British gaining yet more of China, we have stopped losing money and begun gaining again. In addition, the envoy tells me that our founding of an embassy in London has greatly improved our relations with the United Kingdom.
Journal Entry 260, 31st August, 1895
August brings two events; Austria-Hungary requests military access from us and is denied, and our first works of romanticism poetry are published, giving Croatia yet more internationals acclaim in art circles.
In response, a government funded artists guild has been founded to work on a new grand work of gallery of realism art.
Journal Entry 261, 31st September, 1895
Romanticism has been adapted to music now, a famous melody by a Croatian composer in the style granting us yet more international acclaim this month. Meanwhile, gifting the original script of this piece to the British Museum has prompted a real boost to relations with the British Empire.
Journal Entry 262, 31st November, 1895
Romanticism literature, supposedly showing the great creativity of Croatian writers, hit the world stage this month. I find it a load of nonsense, but it has made our nation well known in literature circles.
The creation of signal detachments in our army has prompted an increased rating of efficiency too, according to the Minister of War.
Journal Entry 263, 31st December, 1895
Too much celebration in the Senate, Russia has offered us an alliance and assurance of their protection. I immediately agreed, and sent an Ambassador to set up a permanent embassy in Moscow.
As the last action of the month, in response to this, I have decided that further expansion of Croatian lands is required.
* My game is going weird, where some of the names of provinces are not included in the notification when rebellion breaks out. However, it’s only a small annoyance so I haven’t bothered looking into the problem.
** Not sure what happened here. The rebels just went poof and vanished.
*** Not sure when, wasn’t looking. However, it must have been a while ago because they declare war on Austria-Hungary again in December.