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So welcome all to my new AAR (seeing as my old one died halfway through). I'm going to be taking the Union of Britain down the path less travelled (if you've already guessed what that path is, keep it quiet for now). Hopefully this new AAR is going to take a format slightly different to my last one, so we'll see how it goes.
 

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Prologue I - The State of the Union: Martial and Industrial

The Union of Britain's army is divided into two main forces, the first of which is the British Army. These are the regulars, the professionals, the Union's standing army. All told, they compose 56,000 men in six divisions of infantry, supported by artillery. The British Army is commanded by General Richard O'Connor.

The second part of the Union's army is the Territorial Army, the reservists. Drawn from the mines, the factories, the farms and the shipyards, these units are the militia of the people, charged with the defence of their homeland. The TA comprises 72,000 men organised into 12 county militias, commanded overall by General Alan Brooke.


The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, shown here in their capacity as Divisional Band of the Yorkshire Territorials
The Union Air Force totals 225 fighters (both land- and carrier-based), 120 carrier torpedo bombers, 50 medium bombers and 75 heavy bombers. The Union's fighter aircraft is Hawker's excellent Fury, a biplane fighter with a powerful engine that makes it one of the fastest in Europe; 75 of this type are in service. The Nimrod is a navalised variant of the Fury, of which 150 are in service. The standard medium bomber is Boulton Paul's Overstrand, and the heavy bomber used is the Whitley, produced by Armstrong-Whitworth. All 120 of the torpedo bomber force are of the Blackburn Baffin type. (Ignore the fact it says RAF in the picture, this air force is definitely not Royal).


The greatest, and best-funded, asset of the Union is the Republican Navy. While mostly outmoded and aging, the Navy does operate six aircraft carriers, making it one of the most modern and flexible in the world. Alongside these ships are sixteen battleships (four of which are the very modern Revenge-class), eight battlecruisers and a heavy cruiser. The fleet is protected by almost a hundred screen ships of various sizes and classes. 36 submarines give the Union a strategic strike capability.


The Republican Navy's four Revenge-class battleships; they are, front to back, RNS Peterloo, Leveller, Naseby and Tolpuddle

The industry of the Union includes a total of twenty armaments factories available for production, a respectable capacity. Half of this capacity is used in the production of small arms, artillery and lorries. The standard issue rifle of the Union is the Rifle, No.1, Mk. IV. The old 18 Pounder gun is still in service and production.


The other half of the Union's capacity for armaments is used to produce aircraft. The Union prides itself on building an advanced air force, and operates ten aircraft factories, five for the production of the Hawker Fury biplane fighter, and five for the Boulton Paul Overstrand, the Union's tactical bomber.

The Union of Britain possesses a substantial shipbuilding capability, although it struggles to compare with the pre-revolution capacity; a large part of Britain's shipyards were destroyed in the fighting. Three of these yards produce merchant shipping, and eleven are contracted to build the new G/H/I-class destroyers.


"Progress!": The London, the Union's first ocean liner, is launched on the Clyde, ca. 1934
Controlled by Britain are thirty civilian factories, twenty nine through nationalised industries and one through foreign investment. Twenty of these are used to produce consumer goods; everything needed to keep the modern worker both content and efficient.


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For now, updates are going to be limited to prologues and won't include any actual gameplay. This is because I'm waiting for the new update to Kaiserreich before I actually begin playing, since it includes new features for Britain, plus I don't want the save to get buggered up between updates like it did with my last AAR.
 

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Prologue II - The State of the Union: Political

The Chairman of the Trade Unions Congress, and thus Britain's head of state, is Philip Snowden, an old member of the Labour Party and leading figure of the 1925 Revolution. Snowden is of the traditional syndicalist belief, and struggles with the several splinter groups in the TUC that grapple for power. Rumours of Snowden's retirement are fueled by his ill health and diminishing public role. Should Snowden retire, his departure will be followed by a power struggle between the three other branches of socialism in the country.

The Union's government is headed up by the General Secretary, Arthur Horner. Even before the revolution Horner was a communist leader, and he stands with Snowden in the "Federationist" part of syndicalism.

The Secretary of the Interior is a role fulfilled by Thomas Evan Nicholas, or, as he likes to be known, Niclas y Glais (his Welsh name). Before the revolution Nicholas was a minister, radical poet and general champion of the poor. Today he stands on the "Autonomist" wing of syndicalism, advocating devolution for the Union's three constitute countries. Characterised by his distinctive flat cap and bowtie, Nicholas is seen as senile and out of touch by some of his colleagues.

Oswald Mosley, a leader of "Maximism", a form of totalist syndicalism, is the Chancellor of the Union. Mosley cuts a dashing figure, and can often be found giving fiery speeches to audiences around the country. Something of a loose cannon, most of the government regard Mosley as far too authoritarian even for their liking, and see him as a dangerous figure for Britain. Some have joked that, had he been born in Romania, he would have been just as at home with Romania's Iron Guard as he is with British syndicalism.

A leading figure in the early period of the revolution known as "Red Clydeside", and an old suffragette, Helen Crawfurd sits in the cabinet as Secretary of Security. A stern and imposing woman, she sits with Niclas y Glais in the Autonomist camp. Crawfurd refers to herself as a "crime fighter", and her way of organising policing (and, less publicly, espionage) absorbs disproportionate amounts of funds and manpower. This, and her association with the Autonomists, may find her shuffled out of the cabinet in the near future.

Just over fifty percent of the TUC support Federationism and traditional syndicalism. However, the branches of Autonomism and Maximism maintain substantial support, with fifteen and twenty two percent of the Congress respectively. The old Labour Party, once the beacon of socialism in Britain, is now the liberal and moderate branch of socialism, holding the support of only ten percent of the Congress. Although parties like the Conservatives were banned following the Revolution, one old party that was allowed to remain were the Liberals. With their support crushed by the failure of the war, and most of their leading figures having fled to Canada, the Liberals hold a meagre two percent of the Congress.

The Union's capabilities are hampered by two pervading feelings among both government and people. Ingrained into Britain's system, these ideas will take a long time to weed out. The fact that Britain relies on the Territorials for its defence means that the professional army no longer takes precedence. The small, professional army that was once the pride of Britain no longer exists, replaced by a loose coalition of local militias and reservists, who, while high in morale and fighting spirit, lack the training, experience and leadership of the regulars. Any officers who have tried to train the TA have usually given it up as a bad job, describing them as a "rabble" and "a bunch of useless riff-raff". Britain's foreign policy also requires a major rework. Following the Revolution Britain adopted an isolationist policy, preferring to focus on the revolution at home, rather than the World Revolution. This leaves British diplomats slow to get involved, and there is little support for greater involvement in world affairs. Britain is no longer the ever-present power over the Continent that it once was.
 

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I wonder, there is precedent with Cromwell to hang the dead. Will any of these find death does not put them beyond restitution?
 

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I wonder, there is precedent with Cromwell to hang the dead. Will any of these find death does not put them beyond restitution?
I've got an update planned for exactly that kind of thing, so we shall see in a couple of weeks. I don't think the events I'm planning to put Britain through have any actual in-game details, so I'm just going to embellish it with lots of interesting photographs and made up stuff, and maybe a few trials here and there. Here's a bit of a teaser as to who's going to make an appearance, although in what capacity remains to be seen.
 
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You are not being very subtle about your plans are you for a possible counterrevolution? Time to put on the syndicalist cap on and bring out the black cats. I hear royalist counterrevolutionary traitors talking here! Traitors to the revolution! It is you who will be hanged for your crimes against the people! Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, We'll keep the Red Flag flying here! Okay that's done. I look forward to the AAR although the next Kaiserreich update is some time away and it's usually to wait a few days after the update for the inevitable hot fixes.
 

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You are not being very subtle about your plans are you for a possible counterrevolution? Time to put on the syndicalist cap on and bring out the black cats. I hear royalist counterrevolutionary traitors talking here! Traitors to the revolution! It is you who will be hanged for your crimes against the people! Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, We'll keep the Red Flag flying here! Okay that's done. I look forward to the AAR although the next Kaiserreich update is some time away and it's usually to wait a few days after the update for the inevitable hot fixes.
Yeah, I was thinking about trying to play the whole thing this week, before the update. I expect that's what I will end up doing, since I'm eager to start on this AAR and I'm away all next week.
 

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Tony Benn? He is only ten to eleven in 1936! He is a strong leftist, a Christian, anti-imperialist, possible would-be resistance fighter, and strong supporter of democracy. Which side will he be on? I tried what I think you are going to do. The focus tree is largely functional and the events will fire eventually but the foreign policy events are lacking and you are not in the alliance you should be. You will need be creative and use the console a little. Also, in the highly unlikely event the Union of Britain is overthrown in a Second Glorious Revolution by the British army and people, the new government should treat the people with a soft and fair hand unless the King and government wants to prove syndicalist propaganda about royalist tyranny.
 
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Tony Benn? He is only ten to eleven in 1936! He is a strong leftist, a Christian, anti-imperialist, possible would-be resistance fighter, and strong supporter of democracy. Which side will he be on? I tried what I think you are going to do. The focus tree is largely functional and the events will fire eventually but the foreign policy events are lacking and you are not in the alliance you should be. You will need be creative and use the console a little.
That's a good point, looks like Tony Benn won't be making an appearance then. I never noticed that he'd only be eleven years old, for some reason the Kaiserreich mod has him available as a minister. Just, erm, ignore that then... Here's a different teaser picture which should add up a bit better. :D
 

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Mosely is goiing to be a bad shape by the end of this AAR. In dealing with Kaiserreich, always check the ages of your ministers and generals if you are role playing and do not wish to embarrass yourself. There are men and women who are children in 1936 and their careers started on the end of WW2 and the early Cold War but are still available in 1936 at the start. For example, Audie Murphy, the famous American war hero, is in Long's AUS is available as a general despite also being eleven in 1936. There are also men far above their real rank in 1936. Eisenhower is available as a field marshal or general of the army as the Americans call that rank in 1936. In 1936 in real life, he was just a lieutenant colonel who command a battalion but that may be just game mechanics.
 

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Prologue III: Revolution to Evolution

The Union of Britain was proclaimed in 1925 following a syndicalist revolution, which resulted from a rapidly-escalating situation following a General Strike. What started out as a miners' strike in Wales quickly turned into a full-blown uprising when the government deployed troops onto the streets, in many instances supported by tanks. From the Clyde to the Avon, shipbuilders downed tools and took to the streets, as did every other profession, from miners to, in some cases, soldiers and policemen. Only a very small section of society actually took up arms, however, and the bloody revolution did not always have the most vocal support of the traditionally deferential English working classes. As a result, while most people didn't support the revolution, they usually didn't oppose it either.

"Red Clydeside": Shipyard workers take to the streets under the Red Flag


Members of the Holborn Communist Party protesting on the Embankment


A housing block in Hull is blown up by improvised explosives as a Rolls Royce armoured car attempts to keep order

Philip Snowden delivering a speech to crowds at Honley Labour Club, ca. June 1925
The Union of Britain that came out of the revolution was at first plagued by shortages and the damage that remained from the fighting. Queuing for bread was the norm in the late 20s, and it took many years for the country to get back on its feet.

Bread rations are distributed in Sheffield, ca.1927
In 1931 Philip Snowden and Arthur Horner launched their "New Economic Plan", that focused Britain's economy on skilled labour and technological professions. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed men and women were brought into the construction, aviation and heavy industry sectors to provide a much-needed boost to the British economy. In just five years Britain's industry leapt ahead, with new bridges, ships, aircraft and roads being produced by the willing hands of the British workforce.

The Humber Bridge was completed in 1932; it provided the first road link between Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The Handley-Page Hardie was the Union's first airliner; here it flies the inaugural London-Naples route

RNS Vindex was the Union's first aircraft carrier, launched at the Clyde in 1932; five similar ships would be launched across the country between 1932 and 1935
The early 30s saw a substantial change in the British Army. New equipment was brought in to try to modernise the regulars, whilst a rapid expansion of the Territorials was encouraged. The aim was to build a new "People's Army" that would provide a way to instill the values of syndicalism in the populace. One thing the new government found impossible to change was Britain's officer cadre. It was found that the British officers were too integral a part of the Army to be purged fully; the men and NCOs respected their officers and would respect their orders too, and the new Union had to settle for just removing those who had actively fought against the revolution. Those who had merely stayed quiet in those turbulent times of 1925 found that they could get away with it. However, most of the symbols of the old officer culture were banned, including the use of riding breeches, swagger sticks and gold braid. Officers' uniform was replaced with a more spartan look, confined to a tunic similar to the other ranks', with a simple rank insignia on the collar.

A soldier of the 1st Manchester Volunteers aims a new .55 anti-tank rifle on a training exercise, ca. 1935

Territorial soldiers of 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Territorial on parade at Broughton Hall; many stately homes across Britain were appropriated by the Army, and converted into barracks for the new Territorials


A Vickers Medium Mk. II tank on manoeuvres in Dorset, ca. 1931; despite attempts to modernise the British Army, the Republican Armoured Corps remained small and undeveloped

Major-General Bernard Montgomery, seen here dressed in the new-style officers' uniform, ca. 1929; despite a run-in with Special Branch in 1927, Montgomery managed to stay in place as commander of the 3rd Infantry Division solely by his expertise and lack of other trained officers

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In my reading of the lore of the Union of Britain, I feel that unlike in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the 1919 Communard uprising in France, the 1925 British syndicalist revolution was not caused by professional revolutionaries or a total breakdown of society and more caused by poorly handled events spinning out of control. The fundamentals of the British government had been weakened by the peace with honor but still it was very strong compared to 1919 France or Kerensky's Russia. Britain had lost wars badly and signed bitter peaces before without causing the collapse of the whole Empire. The British Empire survived losing the American colonies in 1783 and the peace of Amiens with Napoleon. The syndicalists simply rode the events better than the loyalist government. I recall from the old wikia that the real collapse of the United Kingdom was caused by the premature evacuation of the Royal family and high ranking members of the government to Canada which caused the collapse of loyalist morale and organization. Had the British government in Kaiserreich never send in the troops, and waited out the strikes like its real timeline counterpart, the revolution would have never likely even started. Had the British government stood firm in the face of the uprising and rallied the loyalists to the flag and King, the uprising would have been likely crushed.
The lack of revolutionary purges of the British military has kept a degree of order and organization in the Union's military and prevented the militias from becoming mere armed mobs. However, there is the danger of counterrevolution and disloyalty in the ranks. Some officers are former aristocrats. John Vereker was Lord Gort. Where are their socialist credentials?
I see you spent no time glorifying the virtues of socialism, syndicalism and the Union. You show in a critical, and some dare say royalist sounding, view of the leaders of the Union. Who is the enemy within?