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Nice start Terraferma, haven't had time to read it all but when I get home tomorrow I'll read it all.

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Well, as you expand territorialy you will need to do so militarily as well. 2-3 divisions should not break the manpower bank, though it might run it pretty close.
 

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Chapter 7: Decisions, Decisions

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Rio De Janerio, Brazil- With our scientists on the verge of discovering Associationism, an issue emerged from the highest corridors of government. What will be the next endeavor for our scientists? The government as a whole was divided between all possible options. The Brazilian Army was in need of some new techniques and modernization as if pitted with a European army our forces would be hopelessly defeated in more cases than not. The navy meanwhile is beginning to look like a relic despite Tamandare’s excellent leadership and tactics. With the emergence of ironclads in the outbreak of the American Civil War this placed older fleets at a disadvantage. Then came the question of commerce and industry as Brazil has vowed to improve the tanking economy and an empire of our stature cannot stand on farmland any longer. Then there was the culture that has brought many unseen benefits such as a slow but steady increase in prestige and decreased revolt activity. After weeks of deadlock on what to research next the Commission of the Armed Forces, Culture, Industry and Commerce, the C.A.F.C.I.C (Caf-kick), was formed. It consisted of seven members (all men) three of which represented the population at large and the remaining four from the highest positions of the government with one additional member named the head of the committee. He would be charged with the task of organizing the committee, appointing who serves on the committee with the approval of government and voting in the event of a tie. The seven members would vote on which aspect of the country should be worked on next and if there is a tie for the top priority the head would vote to break the tie. The seven members and head would serve on the committee until they resigned, are removed, or died while in the committee. The government can remove any who serve on the committee at will.
The seven members of C.A.F.C.I.C and Head

On October 15th Associationism was finally researched. The choices were as follows:
  • Army: Strategic Mobility
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Initially it appeared as if the Commerce aspect of the country would win out receiving two votes while only one vote went to culture and the army. But the three representatives from the population at large all voted for Industry so the dark horse Mechanized Mining was chosen to be researched next. On October 18th more than 25,000 farmers from the recently acquired Potosi province were conscripted for the military. In early March 1873 the rebel scum was finally engaged by the Southern Army in Concordia.


On April 24th the two frigates were completed and immediately added to the 1st squadron. Elsewhere in the second war against Mexico it was all France with Spain apparently not able to mobilize across the Atlantic.
May 10th 1873​

In July the rebels are easily mopped up in the former Uruguayan lands as the North Army reaches the capital of Paraguay, the city of Asuncion, relatively unopposed since there wasn't an opposing army to begin with. The 100 men who rose up against the Bolivians in Xolotas decided at the last minute not to march with the main forces. The political activities in Brazil have increased in recent years as now the country had a total of five parties. Surprisingly there are no longer any socialists in the country where they once populated at least 10% of the state at their peak.

Along with the three original parties the Liberal, Conservative and Reactionary party there was the Paulista Party, a spin-off of the Conservatives, and then there was the Carioca Party, a Liberal spin-off. The two parties from the right differ in Economy (Interventionism vs. State Capitalism), Minority (Limited vs. Full Citizenship) and War (Jingoism vs. Pro-Military) respectively. As for the Liberals their differences lie in Economy (Interventionism vs. Laissez Faire), Trade (Protectionism vs. Free Trade) and Minority (Residence vs. Full Citizenship) issues. Finally on September 9th Paraguay was annexed with no resistance whatsoever and Brazil now had 329 prestige. The country was ranked 8th in the world in prestige. It was now one of the elite... at least in that category.



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Just a side note, but the picture shows 8 men (plus the women). :D

France is really steamrolling in Mexico, it'll be interesting to see the eventual peace there
 

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Quirinus308 said:
Just a side note, but the picture shows 8 men (plus the women). :D

France is really steamrolling in Mexico, it'll be interesting to see the eventual peace there

Yep, the 7 members plus the head as described. And those women are their wives and...associates.
 

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All ticking along fairly well. The problem of a navy will just take time.
 

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Chapter 8: Two if by sea

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Rio De Janerio, Brazil- From October to early November there wouldn't be any significant events to report due to the country enjoying its peace time and a lack of events. But on November 4th the recently acquired province of Chuquisaca revolted. It would take weeks before the 1st, 4th and 5th Corps would arrive to engage the rebels. But nonetheless on Jan. 16th the rebels were engaged and General Barros swiftly defeated them in three short days. On January 22nd Germany declared a colonial war on Zanzibar. Normally Zanzibar's ally Omen would support the resistance to the Germans but they dishonored the military alliance. On April 4th the French succeeded in cutting off and encircling the Mexican capital.

On April 6th the peace treaty with Venezuela expired as tensions rise along the border. In late 1874 BHC had drawn up plans for the revenge of Venezuela from over 4 years earlier. The final plans had been set a week before the treaty would expire. The plan would call for the entire Brazilian Army to be ferried to northern Venezuela for a swift capture of the capital. Brazil would lose 100 prestige so they will need to come away with nearly all of Venezuela's land to make up for it. Another objective was to end the war before the treaty with Colombia expired but that was over a year away. The declaration of war was to be in May. On April 17th great news arrived to greet our beloved Brazil as our second library in the country opened giving us an increase in literacy. Soon Brazil's literacy would be just over 27%.

On May 1st Brazil declared war on Venezuela beginning the anticipated invasion by sea. The 2nd Corps was ferried over to capture the capital Caracas under the care of Admiral Tamandare while en route by sea. On June 15th the 2nd Corps under the command of General Melo made landfall and took Barcelona to begin his march to the capital. The enemy foolhardily left the capital defenseless. Meanwhile Tamandare returned to port to pick up the rest of the Brazilian forces.

On July 22nd Reinforcements land at Caracas to link up with the occupation troops that had arrived prior. Once again the 2nd Corps fulfilled the role of Capital Conquerors. On July 28th the Venezuelans send one frigate to fight Tamandare's 1st squadron.

On July 30th Venezuela offers a lukewarm peace deal, the first of the war.

On August 1st the battle off shore ends in victory and the lone frigate sank to the bottom of the sea. On August 25th the Venezuelan cavalry foolishly attack Barcelona. The battle is won three days later and the Brazilian Army gives chase.

On September 1st research into mechanized mining was complete prompting the second meeting of C.A.F.C.I.C. In terms of members nothing had changed but the two favored aspects were Commerce and the Army. Clipper construction and clean coal from the Navy and industry respectively was deemed unpopular. And then there was culture which offered empiricism but in the end Commerce won out with the ad hoc money bill printing. This would increases the tax efficiency by 3 percent and tariff efficiency by 5 percent while lowering loan interest by 2 percent and changing the cost of crime fighting and education by 4 percent. On September 17th the Brazilian forces won at Angostura. As for the war in Mexico, the Mexican government was able to obtain peace with Spain. This still left France, Mexico’s primary threat. As if they weren't already. On November 19th Caracas was attacked again after the cavalry was able to race back to the capital recapturing it. Sadly for the cavalry, they could not stand up to the entire might of the Brazilian army and they were completely destroyed. Caracas was back in Brazilian hands on January 13th 1875. On February 1st the last remaining division of the Venezuelan army captured Angostura, it was a minor victory. On top of that Brazil suffered another political assassination. But now the looming event of the peace treaty with Colombia expiring was creeping ever closer as Brazil might be unable to finish the war before any hostilities with the country begin. There was some hope that since Colombia had no allies, they would not cause us any trouble.

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The domination of Latin America continues I see.
 

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And now for the second round of feedback!

stnylan said:
Nice gains. Do you intend to continue snipping off Argentine territory - or do you intend to satellite them at some point?
Brazilian foreign policy calls for…expanding the homeland to free the oppressed people of South America from their tyrannical governments.

Quirinus308 said:
Terraferma,

I can't believe I hadn't noticed that you started this, oh well I must be working too much.

You have some nice gains so far, hopefully your badboy doesn't get too high. :D
Quirinus! Glad to see you’re watching this. Hope to hear more of your feedback as we progress.

stnylan said:
Good fiery speech.
Thanks! I was motivated and inspired at the time.

Freddan said:
Nice start Terraferma, haven't had time to read it all but when I get home tomorrow I'll read it all.

Keep up the good work!
Freddan! Welcome to my first AAR. I hope you will find it very interesting and entertaining.

stnylan said:
Well, as you expand territorialy you will need to do so militarily as well. 2-3 divisions should not break the manpower bank, though it might run it pretty close.
Yeah. Manpower will be a reoccurring issue for me. Like they say, you’ve got to work with what you got.


I will post another update tomorrow. Until then stay frosty!
 

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Chapter 9: Expansion in the North​

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Rio De Janerio, Brazil- At this point in the war, for organizational purposes our armies were divided up into two army groups. Army Group A consisted of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Corps while Army Group B consisted of the 2nd Corps. On February 28th the 2nd Corps marched to Barcelona while Army Group A marched to Angostura.

On March 16th Angostura fell to our glorious forces. BHC's plan was to out maneuver the last remaining enemy division to completely take Venezuela. In some interesting worldly news Germany annexed Zanzibar on the same day our election campaigns began. The Liberal Party, one of the founding parties of the country, has lost a staggering amount of strength to its liberal spin off the Paulista Party with less than 10% popularity and membership. The Conservative Party still maintains a strong majority. On April 10th Army Group A arrives at Barrancas after capturing Angostura. In the next two months a revolt would occur in Caracas handing back control to Venezuela. On June 10th Army Group A began its march to Barcelona with intel that the Venezuelans were marching to the area to recapture it. Meanwhile Army Group B has been given the order to march to the capital to flank the enemy. So far General Melo has captured two capitals in his military career and will attempt to recapture the capital held by a weak cavalry force.

On July 10th the battle for the capital began once again and on July 22nd the 1st Corps is sent to attack Barrancas to deal with a very small revolt. The rest of the army marches towards the capital to support the 2nd Corps.

On July 27th the war in Mexico finally ended with France acquiring several provinces.

On August 10th the retreating Venezuelan forces from Barcelona and the defending cavalry were destroyed by the combined might of our forces. Unfortunately, six days later Colombia has declared war on Brazil for revenge of the previous war. On October 2nd Venezuela offers seven of its thirteen provinces and over 70 prestige, normally BHC wouldn't accept but with the escalating war against Colombia and the partisan problem in the south we accepted their treaty. Both Army Group A and B are regrouping in Barcelona to begin the long journey to Colombia via the high seas.
Brazil October 2nd 1875

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Chapter 10: Into the enemy's backyard

The PM Times
January 1, 1877​


Rio De Janerio, Brazil- From early October to February, BHC enacted a large draft to prepare the nation for the coming conflict with Colombia. So many men were recruited that there was a temporary shortage of clothing for the new troops. After a short meeting in late January, BHC confirmed that they will use the same strategy as before. An unknown advantage would come to light as the war progressed. On March 12th Tamandare transports the 2nd Corps to Colombia's so called "back door" at the province of Quibdo. The province was quickly captured. Tamandare would ferry the rest of the Brazilian forces to the beach head virtually unopposed. While all this was going on, Colombia paid no heed to the enemy in their backyard. On June 16th the 1st and 2nd Corps was ordered to Cartago while the 4th and the 5th were to attack Buenaventura. On June 28th we completed Ad-Hoc Money Bill Printing as C.A.F.C.I.C decided to concentrate on the industry sector starting with clean coal.
Offensive begins in earnest​

On July 9th and 10th the battle in Cartago and Buenaventura began respectively as Intel reported the capital was completely defenseless.



What soon became apparent was the fact that Colombia, depleting its population from forming up so many divisions, was unable to reinforce their armies. The attrition over the years had depleted the overall strength of the army by over 60%. More than three divisions of the 14 division strong army had less than 1,000 men. On July 11th Cartago was won following the liberation of the province later that month. The 1st and 2nd Corps began to march to Buenaventura to assist in the battle still raging there. On September 9th after the reinforcements arrived at Buenaventura that resulted in the eviction of enemy forces, three more Colombian divisions joined the fray while we were in the process of capturing the province. Two of the three divisions had less than 600 men and were destroyed in less than two hours of fierce fighting. A day later the Colombian forces were repelled.

On October 11th Pasto is attacked.


On October 21st our forces managed to get an easy victory in Pasto with one enemy division destroyed. On November 28th was the battle of Bogota as all ten of our divisions led by General Barros began to take a heavy toll on the extremely weakened Colombian defense.

On December 12th the battle of Bogota was won as both defending divisions were destroyed. Two days later another ill-fated attack, though with a stronger manned division, was launched on Bogota but to no avail as they were completely destroyed as well. A revolt in Quibo has begun with Bogota liberated on the 1st of January 1877. The 2nd Corps would go to Pasto to defend the area from enemy forces while the 4th and 5th Corps marched to Cartago to attack a less than 700 man force attempting to capture the area. The 1st Corps was ordered to stay in the capital.



Three things have gone right for Brazil in the past year, first of all the war against Colombia is proceeding without a hitch followed by Argentina choosing not to attack our country months after the treaty had expired. On a minor note, BHC is considering training three cavalry divisions to quell the growing plague of partisans in the south. But the biggest news of the New Year is Brazil obtaining twenty machine parts; we can now build our first factory.

Written by Terraferma​
 

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i like the newspaper style, original and interesting



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Sorry for the lack of updates but I bring you a new entry to Brazil's saga. Enjoy!

Chapter 11: Doubt

The PM Times
July 1, 1879​


Rio De Janerio, Brazil- On January 10th BHC ordered the deployment of three cavalry divisions as the war in Colombia raged on. Meanwhile, the partisans are growing in the south becoming a substantial threat. On January 24th 1877 Brazilian forces launch a simultaneous attack on Pasto and Cartago resulting in victory in both provinces within days. On February 20th the Colombians offered the first peace proposal, it was declined. The eight provinces they offered were well below what our government sought in this war. On February 24th after the victory at Pasto our forces capture Neiva. On May 14th out of the gates of a local military camp in Rio De Janerio, the three cavalry divisions rode to Porto Alegre where Admiral Tamandare awaited them. However, their orders were changed at the last second from partisan put down to mobile capture and suppression in Colombia.

In early June the 2nd Corps attacked Tabatinga. Tabatinga, so far, has proven difficult to capture in most of the overall conflict including all the wars with Colombia. Within days the 2nd Corps ordered the retreat as the 1st Corps marched out of Bogota to cover the retreating forces’ flank and for the eventual defense of Neiva. Then on July 12th, alarming news had arrived from the south...Paraguay had fully restored itself to pre-war levels. The public upon hearing this expressed anger and distress at BHC's negligence. Was changing the orders for the 1st Cavalry a mistake?

On August 18th the 1st Cavalry came ashore and quickly took Santiago de Veragua beginning their march eastward towards what would be the present day Panama Canal. Soon the strip of land that Colombia held that served as their gateway to Central America was in our hands. On November 7th the battle for Quibo began, little did we know it would become a very bloody affair. We would be losing twice as many troops as our enemy for many weeks. The attack involved the 1st Cavalry and the 4th and 5th Corps. For the next five months Brazil would receive over half a dozen peace treaties as slowly Colombia lost more ground. Despite this, our main forces' momentum began to break as attrition, partisans, and Colombian forces steadily wore our army away.

On April 17th, 1878 clean coal was completed, C.A.F.C.I.C continued its industrial craze with experimental railroads to improve the country's infrastructure. For the rest of 1878 Brazil's forces would experience running back and forth to protect their flanks, only to begin the offensives with the battles lasting longer and being ever more costly. The cavalry had done its job well in its mobile capture role, but in combat, under two incompetent generals, their performance is below expectations. They had suffered horrendous losses with one division losing over 85% of its forces. On March 20th to BHC’s surprise, a Colombian diplomat arrived at the capital submitting another peace offer; it had been weeks since the opposing countries performed any diplomatic maneuvers.


The offer was quickly accepted and the war ended on March 20th 1879. The war had exhausted the Brazilian forces; one division was destroyed as we now had 14 divisions. (11 inf 3 cal)Brazil's economy worsened but the country gained prestige and land.

Bogota was now encircled as the next war against Colombia should prove much easier than the last. With the end of the war, the troops begin their march to the nearest, newly acquired ports for transport. Their new orders were to settle the matter with a revitalized Paraguay and the partisans. On June 1st 1879, Brazil was proud to announce to the populace that the first factory in the history of the country was being built. It is a steel factory located in our capital region. On July 1st, the 1st Cavalry began to move to Sao Borja as the 4th and 5th Corps went to Desterro in an effort to cut off a Paraguayan division.

In worldly news, France declared war on Morocco taking some of the land and afterwards entered a defensive alliance with Spain. Britain, meanwhile, declared war on Egypt obtaining almost half of the country in the peace treaty. Now both France (without Spain) and the UK (and its allies) are now at war with each other with the French making the first move. From one war to another Brazil fights on, the populace is war weary since Brazil allowed the Colombian forces to invade deep into the country. This was done in order to attack their flanks, taking their capital for a swift end to the war. It is hotly debated whether or not the cavalry would have prevented the re-emergence of Paraguay.

Written by Terraferma​
 

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The Columbian war ended not before time.
 

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Excellent work against Venezuela, and then Colombia!

That's a pretty weird peace deal between France and Mexico. Interesting.

Keep up the good work!

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Sorry for the long hiatus, it took a lot longer than I expected. Well school is over now so I can resume this AAR. So without further ado...

Chapter 12: Out with the old, In with the new​

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May 1, 1880​


Rio De Janerio, Brazil- On July 1st 1879, an order was filled out for seventy pieces of clothing and paper. This was to convert the population in preparation upon the completion of the steel factory. Meanwhile on the same day, Chief of Staff Sanchez had announced his retirement. Born in 1820, at the age of 25 he was selected to be the successor of the Chief of Staff Hildalgo. Hildalgo’s dismal leadership and intelligence led to disastrous defeats in the first two wars of the early and mid 1830's against then Venezuela and Uruguay. Hildalgo was replaced by Sanchez and since then Brazil has experienced a "Golden Era" of generals such as Pinto and the famous General Caxias along with the instrumental Admiral Tamandare. He ushered in a period of military and prestigious dominance in the continent that would soon in time after the 1860's draw a silent nod of respect from most European nations. Now almost 60, he has decided to tend to a life of family and farmland as he was awarded multiple awards and medals for his leadership and charisma. He retired confident that BHC would be able to defeat the Paraguayans and the partisans without him. His replacement is yet to be announced and won’t be for some time.

The 1st Cavalry Corps under General Mota approached Sao Borja while the 4th and 5th Corps land at Desterro to cut off an enemy division trying to capture Porto Alegre.

On July 30th Desterro is captured and on August 19th the 4th and 5th Corps under Diaz attack Porto Alegre, the battle ends two days later.

On August 25th Sao Borja is taken cutting off the retreating enemy forces. They will arrive on September 12th where the 4th and 5th Corps along with the cavalry await to annihilate them.

On September 15th an interesting event occurred that has since amused the Brazilian government. Venezuela and Colombia entered themselves in another alliance. On September 16th the 1st Corps under General Pinto (No relation although coincidentally the late Pinto did actually command the 1st Corps) began its march to Sao Fernando Porto to cut off partisans marching from Olivenca.

On September 25th the enemy division cut off from aid was destroyed. The cavalry then rode north to Vila do Principe while the 4th Corps went west to Corrientes and the 5th to Jesus in the north. The cav is to go north from Vila to Miranda then on to Colonia Militar while the 4th are to march north to Encarnacion from Corrientes to attempt to encircle the next division.

On December 2nd a disturbing event occurred, a province had defected.

On January 1st a man by the name of Johnathan Allende was chosen to become the Chief of Staff. He has almost no combat experience and is a recent grad from a local military institution at the capital. On January 25th the rebels revolt in Mempos but the Colombians are caught in the crossfire.

On April 22nd the experimental railroad is completed as Commerce got the nod to begin organized factories. A week later construction began on an experimental railroad at the capital much to the government’s excitement as the steel factory is now less than three months away from completion.

Now with Paraguay offering peace giving back more and more of the provinces that are of Brazil's birthright, the partisans are being quelled by the 1st cavalry. However, their commanding officer general Mota has unfortunately died during combat operations. The corps has been led by three leaders in less than five years. Things are certainly looking up for Brazil in the economic front with a railroad and factory soon to come into operation.



Written by Terraferma​