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All Free or All Slaves! * An AH Irish AAR

The Great War, thought of as the War to End All Wars by the powers of the time, had begun in 1914. From this war would come tremendous upheaval and turmoil. Europe's map would change dramatically in the course of the next half-decade. While the War dragged on, bold men and women with dreams of liberty quietly planned for the right day to take action.

Of the combatants in Europe, one of the most powerful was the British Empire. However, the British would find that they required the use of more and more colonial and commonwealth forces as casualties mounted. Amongst them were a good many Irishmen, a growing number of whom were becoming disillusioned with the war effort.

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A Sinn Fein anti-recruitment postcard.

Back home, more and more of the Irish populace became frustrated with the British government. Long oppressed by England, they began to take to the streets in protest. Riots broke out. In response to the widespread chaos, the British parliament suspended the Home Rule act in 1915, and sent government forces to handle the rioters. Local law enforcement had been either unable or unwilling to stop their brothers and sisters.

This one act was the point of no return for British rule in Ireland. Popular support for the war effort, already wavering, plummeted. Increasing numbers of Irish were driven towards more extremist groups seeking hope for their beloved homeland. With the Home Rule act suspended, the consensus became that freedom would have to be siezed by force of arms.

Spearheaded by several groups, including Sinn Fein and a new band calling itself the Irish National Front, the plotters arranged for weapons to be smuggled into the country. Mainly they came from the enemies of Britain - largely from Germany. Some were from the black market via Spain. More than a few who'd left Eire for the United States returned with supplies of their own as well. Open revolution would come, on a larger scale than anything attempted before. An entire nation awaited the signal to rise.

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Two Irishwomen inspect weapons newly arrived from Germany.

The signal came during what is now known as the Easter Rising. In April of 1916, armed citizen-soldiers of the broad Coalition of Liberation made their move to sieze control of Dublin. Taken by surprise, the British occupiers were pushed back after a prolonged, bloody fight. Street by street, the Irish freedom fighters forced the Crown's forces out of the city. On the steps of the General Post Office, the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was read, and the tricolor banner raised after the Union Jack had been ripped down.

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Members of the Irish National Front - known later as 'Greenshirts' - help comrades climb atop a building during the Rising.

Similar scenes took place all across the island; the revolution had come. Though London sent more forces in to smash the rebellion, the Irish fighters proved to be tougher than expected. When pressed, the Irish turned to guerilla tactics, ambushing the British forces in small groups rather than open pitched battles. On the Western Front, Irish soldiers ignored orders from the British command, and some even dared raise the newborn Republic's flag above their piece of the line.

Faced with the prospect of a prolonged war with Irish guerillas and mutiny by those soldiers in the army, Britain was in a bad way. With the United States pressuring London as well, the British finally relented and recognized Ireland as a sovereign state. They even allowed those Irish soldiers who wished to to return home to their new nation. Six months of fighting had bought the Republic independence, but harder trials still lingered ahead.

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Irish soldiers return home from France, still wearing British uniforms.

While the war raged on in Europe, the Irish state staggered through difficulties in democracy. The provisional government was hardly stable, but it survived through 1918. However, the first elections that same year were marred by British agents influencing the northern counties. It was unclear how much the British played a role in the outcome, but the northern counties refused to ratify the Republic's constitution.

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A pro-British recruitment poster from the northern counties.

Claiming they wished to remain British subjects, the government in London sent troops to occupy the northern counties. A breif, undeclared war was waged from 1918-January 1919, between the British and Irish armies. However, the United States helped mediate a final peace. Reluctantly the Irish Republic agreed to leave the two disputed counties in British hands.

This was one more blow to the government's credibility amongst the Irish populace, especially the ultra-nationalists. As the lawmakers in Dublin struggled with the instability of the 1920s, voters turned increasingly to the extremist parties once more. Sinn Fein and the Irish National Party (formerly the Irish National Front) represented the foremost of those extremes; the former on the left and the latter on the right.

As both parties gew in influence, street clashes between their militias became more and more common. Mirroring the situation in Germany, Ireland's factions both claimed to be fighting for the soul of the nation. Sinn Fein had its portion of the Irish Republican Army, the INP had its Greenshirts - so named after the shirts they wore as uniforms. Things became even worse after the stock market crash of 1929. Already staggering economicallly, Ireland was hard-hit by the catastrophic event.

Sinn Fein and other socialist/communist elements took the opportunity to attempt a takeover. Seizing the GPO in Dublin as a symbolic gesture, they declared the government in Dublin dissolved and the formation of an Irish Socialist Republic in its place. In response, the Irish government's small army moved to take the GPO back. As the gunfight raged on, and casualties mounted, the army was reinforced by Greenshirts. With the INP's help, the coup was crushed - and the INP itself grew in power as the 'defenders of Irish sovereignty'.

Winning a landslide in 1934, the INP took the Presidency as well as the parliament. Announcing that the old, unstable democratic model had failed Ireland too many times, and betrayed the Irish people, they dissolved the old Republic in 1936. In its place was the Irish state, a one-party authoritarian nation headed by the charismatic leader of the INP.

Her name was Brigid O'Leary, a young woman whose father had been a ringleader of early INF efforts during the Rising. Born in Dublin to a working class family, she had a knack for firing up crowds and inspiring them. If anyone doubted her abilities as a leader then, they would be proven wrong in the years to come. A new chapter in the Irish nation's story had begun..

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The new Irish flag, incorporating the Republic's tricolor with Brian Brou's harp, the symbol of the INP.


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This is the AAR that supplants King of Spain. Obviously, it's a fascist Ireland story... what else is there to say? The INF/P and O'Leary are fictional, but the rest of the world will be pretty historical.

I've had a few inspirations for this, including an old one called Eire Under O'Duffy that never really got going. Hopefully this one will be more productive than that.
 

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Nice set up. I hope the Irish can remain true to themselves with what is coming in the future....
 

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YAY! an Ireland AAR! woot.

good luck, this looks good.

hope you continue this one though.
 

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Excellent start! I'll be watching this one. :)
 

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Chapter 1: Forging a New Path

"The old Irish Republic, corrupted by foreign influence, fighting within itself, has failed the Irish people. They failed to maintain our ancestral lands, and by that betrayed the dream of a united Ireland. They failed to navigate the great economic troubles that followed. They failed to detect or stop the illegal coup attempt by the traitorous Sinn Fein and other bolshevist elements of the decrepit democratic system. By betraying the people's faith and the Irish nation, the Republic condemned itself to death. Strong-willed, bold new leadership is needed to save Ireland; that leadership has arrived today..."
- Treorai Brigid O'Leary announcing the dissolution of the democratic government in Ireland, 01/01/36.

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The Emerald Isle was a troubled place in January 1936.

After siezing power with sweeping election success in 1934-35, the Irish National Party declared from Dublin that the Republic was abolished on New Year's Day 1936. Seeking to rebuild national pride and support of the government, Treorai (the Irish equivalent to Fuhrer or Duce) Brigid O'Leary announced minor adjustments to the Irish military. Both the Army and Navy would recieve new names that fit the new path of Ireland.

Firstly, the Irish Army's one existing unit was reformed from Rifle Brigades into an infantry division, albeit an undermanned one. No longer would they report to brigade names, they were now the Dublin Guards division.

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Rifle brigades reformed as the Dublin Guards.

The Navy at this point only consisted of a single transport flotilla. However, the Treorai deemed it necessary to change the title of the unit none the less. Any references to the treasonous Republic had to be eliminated from the great Irish nation.

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The Irish Republic Navy becomes the Irish State Navy.

After the transition to fascism, the Irish government realized that despite their industrial know-how, production capacity was very limited. Their knowledge allowed them to stretch the overall industrial capacity from 10 to 13, but it was still not much. In light of this, and with a lack of modern infantry technology in Ireland, the Treorai had her government put into production a new factory in Cork.

But even with the new factory in production, Ireland had the pressing issue of natural resources: they didn't have enough. The one thing Ireland did produce a large enough surplus of was metals. Utilizing that, the Treorai initiated negotations for new trade agreements with (mostly) the European community. At first, she sought to strengthen relations with other fascist nations through trade. Ireland first sought out new trade in the birthplace of fascism, Italy.

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Ireland takes its first step towards friendship with other fascists.

Not only was the Duce pleased to accept Ireland's offer, but he expressed solidarity with the Irish state in its new governmental style. In the days to come, several other nations would agree to trade treaties, some like-minded, others... not so much.

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Italy, Romania, Japan, Luxemburg, and New Zealand all enter trade agreements with Ireland.

Despite Eire's newfound self-confidence in foreign affairs, the Treorai's rise to power had not pleased the government in London. The British crown would watch Dublin very closely from now on, weary of a fascist state so close to their Empire's heart. Relations remained positive, but usually lukewarm.

The Treorai's remarks upon King George's death did not help improve matters:

"... That great war-monger and backstabber, an enemy of the Irish nation and people if there ever was one, is no longer on this Earth to work against our great movement. Good riddance, I say.."

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Anglo-Irish relations after the death of King George VI.

After a review of Ireland's technology level, the leadership decided that future research would center mainly on the military. In the years to come, they reasoned, Ireland would need enough of an armed force to repel any foreign attack, or aide any ally. They elected to begin with the Army, setting up research into Early Infantry Division, in order to catch up with the rest of Europe.

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Lennox Chemicals, of all firms, is chosen to develop Early Infantry Division.

On the eve of the day decreed by the Party to be a national holiday - April 24, marking the anniversary of the Easter Rising - Irish intelligence was instructed from the highest level to root out foreign agents known to be undermining Irish progress. A thorough search turned up one such agent, whose nationality only served to put more fuel on the fire of Irish nationalism...

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A British agent discovered spying on Eire is quickly disposed of by Irish intelligence.

With evidence of British meddling in Irish affairs once again, the Treorai readied what she calculated would be a rousing speech to inspire her countrymen. The 20th anniversary of the Rising would be the beginning of Ireland's march towards a much different future than any could've imagined. With the successful negotiation with Germany to obtain new 'equipment' for the Irish Army timed to arrive with the national holiday, that future looked bright for the Emerald Isle indeed...
 
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Easter Rising Day 1936

Padraig Collins was about as simple as a young man could get; by trade, he was a humble shop's clerk in Dublin. His wages weren't anything to tout, but he had a job and counted himself fortunate for it. Even with the economic recovery over the past couple years, finding a job with decent hours was troublesome. Just sixteen, he'd already been working there a year and a half, hoping to attend university in a couple of years. If he was lucky, anyhow. Yes, it was his uncle's shop, but it was still a job.

Normally he would have worked today as well but for the fact it was a national holiday. Only street peddlers, high government officials, and keepers of the peace were required to report for a day's labor. Being a Friday, he'd have a three-day weekend coming up. That alone was enough to bring a youthful grin to the lad's face. The cause for the nationwide celebration was another, yet it was far from his mind as he made his way through the increasingly congested streets of the capital's downtown area.

Even with all the green, white and orange (but plenty of green) bunting and accesorization the city's buildings boasted now, he was of a single mind when he saw her. There, standing amidst jovial citizens preparing or engaging in festivities stood the girl. The girl he'd had eyes for since... well, since Padraig had begun to take interest in such creatures.

"Moira!" he called out, in normal tones at first. The din from the crowd between them made it difficult to her any one person speaking in such a way, though.

Seeing she hadn't noticed him - she continued to peddle some home-made flags and other wares for the holiday - Padraig began to shove his way closer to her. A few older men grumbled, though some chuckled when they saw where young Padraig was headed. One or two even recognized him - probably comrades of his father's from 'the old days' - and said hello, but he paid them no heed. Not now. Much like a soldier on a special mission, he was determined to reach Moira come Hell or high water.

"Moira!" he called out, louder this time.

And this time, he was rewarded by the girl's head jerking to look in his direction. For a moment he was stunned, watching her long brunette locks flow (to him) flawlessly in an imaginary breeze. Padraig was so distracted that he didn't notice a larger man heading right for him. The man nearly bowled him over, and cursed when he felt the impact of the hapless boy turning too late towards him.

"What the hell do you think you're-" the man, whom Padraig could see was wearing a green button-up shirt with military style trousers and what looked like riding boots, growled, "Oh, wait, you're ol' Bill's son, aren't you?"

"Yes, sir, that's right," Padraig nodded, noticing the armband bearing Brian Brou's harp on the man's left arm - he was an IRP man, no doubt of it, "You know my father?"

"Know him? My boy, we fought for independence together! Both members of the Irish Citizens Army in '16! How is the old man?" the man responded jovially, all hostility forgotten, "Still as lively as ever, I imagine?"

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The Irish Citizens Army outside Liberty Hall during the 1916 Rising.

"That he is," Padraig nodded, any other thoughts forgotten for the moment, "He got himself named Party chief for our section of Dublin last month."

"Really? Excellent to hear," the Greenshirt grinned, "So, come to hear the Treorai speak then?"

"Yes sir," the teen repeated his earlier answer, then recalled his important mission. Straining to see past the broad-shouldered Greenshirt, he could barely make out the sun glinting off of Moira's locks.. as she moved away!

"Good man. I'm sure she's got something really rousing to share with us this time," the Greenshirt went on unabashed.

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The Irish state's government, with the Treorai at its head.

"Excuse me, sir, but I just.. remembered an errand I have to run," Padraig excused himself, then started pushing through the crowd again.

"On Easter Rising Day?!" the man raised an eyebrow, then shrugged, "Fair enough."

Padraig's pursuit of Moira only got a few feet before it faltered and died. She was nowhere within his line of sight, and he was trapped in a crush of other Dubliners who'd turned out for the festivies. Only then did he realize where he was. Before him stood the structure so prominently part of modern Irish history: the GPO. In front of the impressive building stood a raised platform, upon which rested a podium, the INP's banner draped in front of it. Greenshirts stood guard in front of the stage - Padraig was actually close to it when he stooped to take stock of the area - to keep the crowd in order. Army soldiers formed the honor guard at the stage's wings.

On the stage at the moment, a motley group of musicians was playing its way through one of several handpicked nationalist tunes. It was one of the older ones, and a favorite across the broad spectrum of the Irish population. Padraig smiled when he heard the introduction, as his father had taught him the song nearly as soon as he'd learned to talk.

"When boyhood's fire was in my blood,
I read of ancient freeman,
Of Greece and Rome who bravely stood,
Three hundred men and three men,
And then I prayed I yet might see
Our fetters rent in twain!
And Ireland long a province be
A nation once again!
"

Padraig joined the crowd jubilantly in the chorus,
"A nation once again!
A nation once again!
And Ireland long a province be
A nation once again!
"

By the time the song ended with that chorus again, the crowd had worked itself into a pretty good frenzy. They cheered the final line as if the Treorai herself had just arrived. Actually, that's what happened next; the Treorai, Brigid O'Leary, stepped up onto the stage followed by her closest comrades. Many people around Padraig offered up the Party salute that had been introduced earlier in the year. For now, Padraig refrained from it. Part of that was due to the fact that he had a hard time moving his arms around at all at the moment.

When the Treorai began to speak, though, all the crowd went silent, "My dear countrymen, it is indeed a singular honor to address you from these hallowed steps today. These steps of the General Post Office, from which our forbearers proclaimed Ireland's long-postponed and denied freedom from foreign rule. These steps on which we stand and gather around as free Irish men and women all!"

Moderate cheers and applause followed that, including from Padraig. O'Leary waited it out before going on, "Our beloved Eire became a nation once again twenty years ago on this day. The fighters who gave their lives that Ireland might live will never be forgotten. We honor them as well as their surviving comrades today. More importantly, we honor Irish courage and independence! Those who seized Dublin two decades ago made it clear to the world that Erin would no longer be 'West Britain'! West Britain, never again!"

Following more cheers, the Treorai added, "In the time since, we have fought many struggles for our nation's identity. Monarchists, supported by the British crown, forced weaker men to abandon the northern counties to our ancient enemy. Bolshevists sought to overthrow our legitimate government. Great Britain has taken any and every opportunity to stab Ireland in the back or impede her progress. But despite all of these things, the Irish people have persevered! Through all trials, Irish will and Irish determination saw us through!"

"But greater trials loom ahead. Just last night, our brave law enforcement officials caught a British agent attempting to sabotage our means of production!" she added, waiting for boos and hisses that came from the crowd before going on, "And once more, the evil of Britain was stopped by the vigilance of the Irish people. We must remain vigilant at all times, my brothers and sisters, as enemies surround us. Many nations - even the United States - would betray us if we should not remain so. But if we approach our world with an iron will and Irish courage, we shall triumph!"

"The Irish Army, our first line of defense against tyranny, has grown. Thanks to our truest friends in Europe, the German Reich, we have negotiated the purchase of Ireland's newest weapons of war," the Treorai declared, waving behind the crowd.

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One of the new Irish weapons of war


The ground rumbled beneath Padraig's feet, and at hearing what sounded like a powerful engine, turned to see what it was coming from. As one, the crowd turned to see as well. What they beheld were a pair of amored contraptions with treads and cannons. Padraig instantly recognized what they were.

"Tanks!" he exclaimed, then looked to the Treorai.

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Official deployment of Ireland's small armored contingent.

"Ireland now has a small armored contigent reinforcing its brave Army! These weapons will better enable Ireland to defend its sovereignty in the years to come. They are a sign of our irresistable progress," she went on, "So, my countrymen, despite our enemies' best efforts, we continue to move forward. Forward towards a brighter future for the Irish people and nation. And just as we did twenty years ago, we raise the Irish banner above the GPO to declare our intention to, having gained freedom, to maintain it at all costs! Long live our land! Erin go brách!"

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A round of cheers went up, accompanied by the stiff-armed salute and shouts of 'Hail O'Leary!'. Padraig joined in as well, feeling proud at that moment, though he'd done nothing himself. When the cheers died down a few minutes later, the national flag was raised slowly above the GPO while a single floutist played the Soldier's Song (the national anthem). Once that rendition had been concluded, an Army band played its version, to which the crowd sung along.

"Sinne Fianna Fáil
Atá faoi gheall ag Éirinn
Buíon dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn
Faoi mhóid bheith saor
Seantír ár sinsear feasta
Ní fhágfar faoin tiorán ná faoin tráill
Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar..
"


As they pushed into the last line, some men had tears in their eyes - veterans of the Rising, likely. But Padraig heard a certain female voice to his right. Looking there, he saw Moira, holding her coffee cup full of handmade holidy goods. Padraig grinned at her, she grinned at him. Together, they joined in the final line...

"...Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann!"


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Translation of the Soldier's Song:
Soldiers are we

Whose lives are pledged to Ireland

Some have come

From a land beyond the wave

Sworn to be free

No more our ancient sire land

Shall shelter the despot or the slave

Tonight we man the bearna baol

In Erin’s cause, come woe or weal

’Mid cannon’s roar and rifles’ peal

We’ll chant a soldier’s song!
 
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Damn! Tanks in Ireland... :eek:

That looks interesting!

good luck!


PS: Maybe we have to prepare for an Irish Blitzkrieg :D
 

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What means Treorai? A celtic version of Führer? Or Duce?

Not speaking Irish Gaelic myself, I picked it up from an old AAR in the LibrAARy that used the term. Therfore, I'm assuming it's the Gaelic form of Fuhrer or Duce.

Damn! Tanks in Ireland...

That looks interesting!

good luck!


PS: Maybe we have to prepare for an Irish Blitzkrieg

At the moment the Irish armor's strength is around 11/100, so I wouldn't worry too much about that yet. Yet being the operative word.
 

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Sorry for the inactivity in this AAR the past few days. It just takes a long time to do anything production wise with Ireland. At least until the one factory is finished. And the research takes forever as well - eight months for Early Infantry Division! I'd join the Axis to get blueprints from Germany, but I'm afraid of being quickly invaded and annexed by the English when the war breaks out. At least not until, say, 1940.


But never fear, the Irish will muddle through as always.
 

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inactivity, its been just 2 days since the last update! but i know where youre coming from, i'm a fast updater too, but dont sweat it, other aars have only 1 update a week or sometimes more!

keep it up!

my God! a woman dictator, whats next? universal suffrage HA! keep dreaming :rofl:
 

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As a gaeilgeoir (Irish speaker) I should point out to you that the Irish equivlant of Duce or Fuhrer is Taoiseach.

Taoiseach translates as leader or chieften. (Of course we have that corrupt amadán Bertie using that title these days.)

Sorry to nitpick an otherwise great AAR (yes I'm an Irish pedant!).

If there are any other Irish translations you need just let me know :cool:
 

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inactivity, its been just 2 days since the last update! but i know where youre coming from, i'm a fast updater too, but dont sweat it, other aars have only 1 update a week or sometimes more!

keep it up!

my God! a woman dictator, whats next? universal suffrage HA! keep dreaming :rofl:

Well, this isn't other AARs. THIS. IS. IRELAAAAND!!

Sorry, couldn't resist. :D

And bah! In fascist Ireland, there's no need for universal sufferage! They've got the opposite - universal disenfranchisement? No need to vote when you've got a Treorai/Duce/Fuhrer giving you orders!

And thanks for following this!
 

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Is an-trua na focail sin. :(

*blinks* Was that dissapointing? Apologies. It just popped into my head and I felt compelled to put it down here.

But thanks for the clarification on the Leader term. From now on, O'Leary will be the Taoiseach - good to have an Irish speaker around! I've been trying to learn Amhrán na bhFiann in Irish with limited success - too many different pronounciations out there!

Oh, and I've considered changing the country information so that the game displays a proper Irish name for the Emerald Isle. Instead of Ireland, per se. But I'm not sure whether it should be 'Eire' or 'Erin'. I think it's the first one, but can't be 100% sure.
 

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*blinks* Was that dissapointing? Apologies. It just popped into my head and I felt compelled to put it down here.

But thanks for the clarification on the Leader term. From now on, O'Leary will be the Taoiseach - good to have an Irish speaker around! I've been trying to learn Amhrán na bhFiann in Irish with limited success - too many different pronounciations out there!

Oh, and I've considered changing the country information so that the game displays a proper Irish name for the Emerald Isle. Instead of Ireland, per se. But I'm not sure whether it should be 'Eire' or 'Erin'. I think it's the first one, but can't be 100% sure.

I was saying that that joke was rather poor (Irish is a bizzare language to try to translate literally from English).

Eire or rather Éireann would be the most apropriate name for Ireland.
Erin is actually a brand of soup over here :D

Also a few Irish translations of the provinces in HOI2:
Dublin - Baile Áth Cliath
Cork - Corcaigh
Galway - Galaimh
Sligo - Sligeach
Letterkenny - Litear Ceannach
Belfast - Beal Feraiste
Portadown - :confused:
 

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Chapter 2: Playing a Dangerous Game

"Though we live in troubled times, we must look to our heritage to guide our future actions. We must, as our forebearers did, place our homeland above all else. Sacrifices must be made by us all, but our beloved land will be all the stronger for it... Our prioroties must be Ireland first, Ireland last, Ireland always!"
- Brigid O'Leary announcing a new buildup of the Irish military.

On Easter Rising Day, with much anti-British sentiment being promoted around the country, the Taoiseach decided to make a diplomatic move to regain Ireland's lost territory. She knew it was a doomed effort from the start, but British refusal of her demands would only fuel her support at home. So on O'Leary's instructions, the Irish government demanded the northern provinces back from Britain.

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The Irish government demands Portadown and Belfast back from Britain.

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As expected, the British refused.

In response to the British refusal, a new wave of anti-British sentiment (supported and promoted by the Dublin government) swept the Emerald Isle. Rather than put her in her place, the United Kingdom had given the Taoiseach a surge in domestic support. For its response the Irish intelligence agencies ran another cull of foreign agents, routing out two this time.

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More British agents are rooted out and eliminated in May.

With Irish intelligence's increasingly talented efforts, the Taoiseach began to feel more bold. In June she instituted a secret 'solidarity with the North' campaign. Dublin began to periodically send funds to anti-British militants in the northern counties. Chief amongst these groups were the last vestiges of the Irish Republican Army and the Northern Greenshirts.

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Ireland's first funding of militias in the north on June 18.

Just days later, one of Ireland's new friends in Europe concluded its war. On June 23, Italy annexed Ethiopia. Ireland's Taoiseach sent a message of congratulations to Il Duce in Rome.

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Italy annexes Ethiopia.
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Research progress through about the same period.

Elsewhere in Europe, all hell broke loose as the Spanish Civil war began in July. Toaiseach O'Leary expressed solidarity with the Nationalists, though no martial support could be sent from Ireland.

"The Nationalists are fighting for the freedom of the Spanish people. They fight to eradicate Bolshevism and to uphold the Holy Catholic Church. It is only fitting that Ireland stand behind them in this hour.."
-O'Leary speaking on Irish national radio on July 19.

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SCW begins.

On August 16, more funds are sent north as part of the Taoiseach's program to aid the pro-Free State groups there. On the same day, the National Army reports that the First Armoured Division is at 100% manpower thanks to a spike in recruiting since Easter Rising Day.

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Full-powered Irish armour at last on August 16.