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I want to see the UK taken down by a revolution now :p
 

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Very well played, Britain has been dealt a devastating blow. Odd a Scandinavian Northeast England though! Good too that the Communist rebellion proved far less of a bother than initially feared. Still, hopefully the steps being taken will head off any future rebellions.
 

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I'm pretty sure Adam Smith wrote "Wealth of Nations", not "Wealth of Gold mines, and China". :D
 

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Hi everybody, thank you for reading and for the feedback

@Avindian: Thank you ! But regrettably, I won't be able to dismantle their colonial Empire, I am afraid.
@videonfan: Unlikely, since their Home Army is unscathed
@morningSIDEr: Thank you. UK has been dealt a heavy blow, but I think they are still in the picture. But we can beat them any time now. The Communist revolt was kind of disappointing
@Repaxan: Yeah .. and I wanted to be a country who is rich becuase of its factories...
 
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1910-1912 : The Liberation of South Tirol

It had been a long war. It had lasted 6 years and cost is 15m pounds. But luckily, the defeated powers were paying war reparations.
Germany would have now liked a long period of peace. Many factories had gone bankrupt while we were concentrating on the war, and the easy way out was chosen, letting the Liberals govern. The bankrupt factories would then disappear automatically.

In the year 1910, though, Germany was at war again. In April 1910, there were three major wars in the world : Russia's conquest of North England, The German-Austrian Brother's war and Italian Liberation of South Tirol.

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What had happened ? Russia had declared war on a weakened UK, but that wasn't our problem.

Italy had been fighting the Great War at our side, and had gotten three provinces from Austria : Lombardia, Veneto and Istria. But somehow, they weren't content and they wanted South Tirol as well. They declared war on their old enemy, Austria, who regrettably was allied with France. So our ally was at war with two Great Powers at the same time.

We like a fair fight, but we couldn't just join in this war, since Italy was the aggressor. But we could take out Austria using our Cultural Hegemony Casus Belli, which was always available. So in April 1910, Germany was at war again, with Austria, and sending war subsidies to Italy.

Italy obviously needed help, since it could not fight against Austria and France at the same time...

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Therefore it was a relief for them that we opened a second front. As history had already shown, Austria is not able to win a war against Germany.

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In June 1910, Italy was still struggling. We had sent relief troops there, to push back the Austrians.

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and we were confident that Austria would be soon out of the picture.

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In July 1910, there was a distraction - a communist revolt.

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To crush it, we mobilized, since our professional army was at the front. In August 1910, the revolt was defeated.

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That didn't distract us from our war against Austria. Now Italy could concentrate on the French front, and we were confident they would be able to equalize.

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At last, Italy made a white peace with France and Austria. They didn't achieve their goal, acquire Southern Tirol, but it could have gone much worse for them without our intervention. In January 1911, another distraction, a Reactionary Revolt.

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The war with Austria dragged on until October 1911, when we were able to occupy all of it and get a 100% score.

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There was another minor front, since Austria had a couple of colonies in Africa, which of course we occupied.

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Since we are a good ally, and we liked the way Italy fought at our side during the Great War, we made Austria cede South Tirol to Italy. Now hopefully Italy would be happy and we would not be dragged into another war. The Ottomans acquired Dalmatia, the Netherlands acquired Western Hungary (Transdanubia) and Krakow acquired Austrian West Galicia.

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Belgium acquired a colony too, which wasn't that helpful since they were in France's sphere.

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Meanwhile, the UK was struggling against communists in their overseas territories. But the revolt had been crushed in the British Isles.
Their war with Russia had ended in Status Quo.

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In June 1912, Germany was at peace. But two unpleasant things happened. First, Italy would not give us military access and it had even allied with Russia. Now that was mildly annoying, since we had built our long-term strategy on being able to move troops from Germany all the way to Persia. Now our troops in the Balkans and beyond would have to come back to Germany by ship.

The relationship with Italy had been getting tenser, as they were trying to get some of our spherelings into their sphere of influence. Of course we would not allow that and we would discredit them.

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As Austria had been weakened it had become a Secondary Power and at their place Scandinavia became a Great Power. They used to be our sphereling, now they were just our ally and they too, for some reason, refused to give us military access. That was bad news, since we were planning to use their province in England as a springboard to invade Britain.

The loss of Scandinavia was more than compensated by the acquisition of Spain in our sphere of influence.

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But at least we had a good balance sheet and our finances were again over 10M pounds. As we had Laissez Faire, the industry was running itself.

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We had a literacy rate of 95%, which was the fifth highest in the world, and we were technologically advanced. Only in navy technologies we were lagging behind, but that didn't worry us, since after defeating the UK hardly any navy could threathen us.

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those damned Italians always switch sides in the worst possible times :)

I wonder why the Dutch are interested in Western Hungary - and I do wonder even more if they could hold onto it. I would have been more satisfied with an independent Hungary...
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I wanted to weaken Austria so I enforced all of the spherelings' wargoals.

In hindsight, I should have probably released Hungary, who has a lot of cores on Austria - spending 3 infamy for giving a province to an ally who is not a sphereling is not a safe investment...
 

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1913-1915 : Italy...

In the year 1913, another bad news. While we hadn't been watching, Turkey wasn't in our sphere any longer. Italy was behind this, obviously... ´

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But Turkey was formally still our ally, therefore, when Italy declared war on Turkey over North Macedonia, we entered the war at Turkey's side. Italy had gone too far.

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Would Italy have a chance against might Germany ? I guess not. Their troops were not organized and we used our military access to attack Italy from several directions.

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By the end of April, Germany had defeated the Italian troops in the first big battle in Treviso.

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Meanwhile, German troops were advancing also in North-Western Italy.

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By May 1913, Italy had been blockaded...

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while Italian troops were being surrounded in Verona and Venice.

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By the end of June, almost all of the Italian troops had surrendered. A real Blitzkrieg, in German style.

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After that, it was just a matter of time. But it took Germany a year to fully occupy Italy.

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Regrettably, our infamy didn't allow us to get ANYTHING from Italy. And our stupid allies didn't add any wargoal. Therefore, by August 1914, we had peaced Italy. White Peace. We had won a war, but we had lost an ally and possibly a sphereling. We are doing it wrong, I am afraid.

But our troops came back in time to crush yet another communist uprising.

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Germany had lost another friend in Europe. But maybe we could get it back, if there was a regime change in Italy. In fact, in December 1915, we noticed with pleasure that the Communists were revolting in Italy, who hadn't any soldiers left after the war.

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Can godless Commies be trusted as allies, I wonder?
 

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Wonderful gratitude from Italy, attempting to nab your spherlings and then ending up at war with you after you secured South Tirol from them. The constant rebellions you are having to endure thankfully seem a nuisance (admittedly quite a nuisance I daresay) rather than anything more serious. Hopefully you aren't caught out by a rebellion when engaging a larger foe however.
 

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Thank you for your feedback Nikolai, vasziljevics, morningSIDEr.

We were hoping a regime chance in Italy would allow to bring us the country into our sphere of influence. Maybe the brave people of Italy had been misled by an incompetent government, who thought that provoking Germany was a good idea...
 

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1916-1918 : Third Great War

In 1916, France thought it was a good idea to create a Casus Belli against Italy, which had been weakened by the war against Germany. This provoked a knee-jerk reaction in the Weimar Republic, which could not tolerate that the hyenas would scavenge what the lions could not eat. France had to be humiliated, and therefore a casus belli was created. A war with France would have meant a war against Russia as well, but that wasn't worrying, since Germany had the money, the manpower and the military muscle to fight a two-fronts European war.

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The Third Great War began in August 1816. By October 1916, Germany had demobilized and was fighting on two fronts, against France, Russia and Belgium. Spherelings and allies had been called to arms. France could boast pretty big stacks, of 584k and 328k respectively. But they were fighting on two fronts, since Spain was in the war as well.

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On the Eastern front, Russia's troops were no match for Germany.

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By January 1817, Germany was advancing easily on both fronts.
There were also other minor fronts: in the Caucasus, in Turkmenistan and in Africa, who weren't very significant.

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But there were other fronts that required our attention - vicious fighting was occurring in Africa and the Middle East.

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In the Middle East, we had to help Turkey crush the reactionaries, while fighting the Russians into a stalemate in the Caucasus. The USA, who had a province in Arabia, were helping us too.

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While in Africa, France and Spain were sharing long borders, and Russia could not defend their holdings.

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By March 1817, it was obvious that Germany and allies would win the war.

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By April 1818, France, Russian and Belgium had been occupied and most of the troops had been taken prisoner.

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In December 1918, Germany dictated the peace terms. Russia, France and Belgium capitulated. Russia had to free a province for each of these newly created countries : Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania. The sphereling Netherlands recovered the province they had lost to Belgium and got back their natural borders in Europe.

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Germany had a pretty big sphere of influence which included now Austria-Hungary, the Netherlands and Switzerland among others. Regrettably the rubber-producing Spain had been lost as a sphereling, while Scandinavia and Turkey were now great powers. We regretted that we hadn't freed Hungary when we had the opportunity to do that, which would have given us the chance to form Greater Germany by now.

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There were bad news as well. Italy's communist revolt had not been successful, since the rebels for some reason despawned before occupying the capital. There hadn't been any regime change and therefore France successfully brought Italy into its sphere of influence. Great dissatisfaction spread in Germany, where it became obvious that this couldn't have happened if France had been allowed to attack Italy. The Weimar Republic had been short-sighted again.

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The war had cost Germany more than 10M pounds, it was now necessary to take care of the economy.
 
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Some seriously bad breakup decisions in the east, I'd say.:p
 

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1919-1923 : The New Deal

Bad border decisions ? Maybe...

The dust has settled after the third Great War. Germany looked at its economy and didn't like what it saw. So many unprofitable industries in the year 1919.

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Germany had two problems. The first problem was a chronical rubber shortage, that affected key industries like aeroplanes, barrels and electronic gear. That was a structural problem who was unlikely to ever be solved in the Victoria 2 timeframe.

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The second problem was a chronical oversupply of many goods, for instance ammunitions, cement, machine parts and fabric - and several others.

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The new Conservative government could have ignored the problem and let the market deal with it - but they chose not to. They closed several of the smaller industries who were either producing goods in oversupply or using rubber as a raw material, and subsidized the bigger ones, so that they would not bankrupt and fire their craftsmen. The last thing we needed was creating even more unemployment.

By the year 1920, the new economic policy, or New Deal, was being applied. But the government was struggling and could not keep a positive balance, though in the end managed it cutting on the national stockpile expenses.

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Industry subsidies were a policy which was hotly discussed in the Upper House.

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The problem was that, no matter how hard Germany tried, the UK's industrial score was unattainable. And there came other bad news - Austria-Hungary was a Great Power again and therefore outside of Germany's influence - and not even allied.

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Luckily, even if the unemployment rate was significant, because of the generous unemployment subsidies the worker class was not suffering too much.

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In fact, several social reforms had been approved. The Communist Revolutionary Party's influence had become negligible, while the unionized workers were now mostly supporting the Socialist Party. Politics was now being driven by consensus and not by conflict.

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The New Deal kept the German industry afloat. By the year 1923, several curious facts had happened. Vallachia had turned Communist, while a Communist Revolution in the Russian Empire had failed. But a second attempt was under way, as our spies reported.
Germany learnt the hard way the provinces separated from the mainland, like Poland in this case, don't defect in Victoria as easily as in Europa Universalis.

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Belgium had collapsed, Vallonia and Flanders had declared independence. Communists were marauding in the capital.

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The New Deal had born some fruits. There were now fewer unprofitable industries, only the Machine Parts sector was still overproducing.

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Germany was keeping the industry afloat without making debts. But another war would have brought severe financial problems.

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And another war came. We had gotten a free casus belli on the United Kingdom, and the ministry of war knew there was not going to be another opportunity. In September 1923, troops had gathered in North West England. Luckily, Scandinavia was again our satellite and had given us military access.

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and war on the United Kingdom was declared.

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You are going to war with England with little more than two million dollars in your bank and running a deficit even before any battles.
Bold to the point of madness. So you seem to be playing Germany right.;)

Up your taxes. Up them a lot.
 

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I will. Hey, what's a Germany supposed to do ?