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Hail To Thee In Victor's Crown
The German Century
(A HOI - Darkest Hour Kaiserreich German Empire AAR)


Hello people of Paradox once again, this time I am making another German Empire Kaiserreich AAR because of how the last one turned out (just don't visit that thread anymore, let it die), if you wish to read my not so bad AAR about the American Union State, then click on the link in my signature below. I would like to clarify something before we get this started...No, this will not be the same as 'The Madmen of Berlin' I won't be silly and say stuff like 'und zis was not good', I'm not going to be childish (there is probably a better word). This Germany will still be pretty belligerent, but things will be a little different, and hopefully nothing bad happens like a corrupted save game happens. Oh, and thanks for anyone who is reading this AAR, makes me feel accomplished. Okay, now let the story of Germany begin.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Weltkrieg

Chapter I: Ein Platz an der Sonne (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter II: Wenn das Unglück Streiks (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter III: Der Osten In Brand (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter IV: Krise auf alle Kontinenten (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter V: Krieg, Krieg Bliebt Immer Gleich (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter VI: Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter VII: Am Rande (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter VIII: Nicht Noch Einmal (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

Interlude: Auferstanden Aus Ruinen

Chapter IX: Ein Vertrautes Krieg (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Chapter X: Drehen Norden (Part 1)

Anthem of the Deutsches Reich:
 
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Interesting, hope this one goes well.
And yeah the gratuitous use of German accents in the narration of the old one was starting to get annoying (excessive accents are better for one-off jokes and the like rather than long narrations). Though what will happen regarding the German empire based in Vienna AAR? Are you still planning on doing that after this one?
 
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Interesting, hope this one goes well.
And yeah the gratuitous use of German accents in the narration of the old one was starting to get annoying (excessive accents are better for one-off jokes and the like rather than long narrations). Though what will happen regarding the German empire based in Vienna AAR? Are you still planning on doing that after this one?
No, not anymore, I'm looking into NWO but a Princely AAR might come first, I haven't decided yet still, I want to just focus on this for now.
 
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Well, don't worry about it, it happens to all of us when we start out in AARland. I didn't really get half-decent until my third one.
Also, unless you're playing everything before hand, back up your save files. It will save you a lot of headaches.
 
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Prologue: The Weltkrieg

"Never has so much been owed by so many to so few." -Kaiser Wilhelm the Great, after the Peace with Honor had been signed




Paris 1919, when it fell to the superiority of the Kaiserliche Armee, the last days of the French Third Republic followed suit.

Europa, Days before the Weltkrieg, June 1914

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June 28th, 1914, the hammer fell on Österreich-Ungarn (Austria-Hungary) when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was murdered along with his wife in Sarajevo, Bosnia, by a Serbian Terrorist organization known as the 'Black Hand' angered by the annexation of Bosnia. Europe had already been on stiff legs, it was divided into two alliances, the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance. The Deutsches Reich had formed after the defeat of the French Empire in 1871, and quickly became the most powerful nation alone on earth. Many realized this, their reactions would be crucial to the Reich's future relations. The most severe were those of the British Empire, the French, and the barbaric land of the Tsars, Russia. Germany had beaten Britain's Industrial Power and was the studying capital of the world, the French wanted their precious Alsace Lorraine back, and Russia did not want to loose influence in Poland, nor did it want more Bolsheviks coming to Germany to study, come back, and take over the country. And the thought of a German Europe was a scary one to the Reich's enemies, a Europe strong and spearheaded by Berlin is an invincible one. This was nothing short of alarming to the great powers, powers who were slowly losing their once great empires. The dominoes were falling one by one and no one had any feelings for each other anymore. The more better reactions however came from down south, Österreich-Ungarn, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, and Bulgaria, with some sympathies from the Netherlands. Serbia by opposing Austria-Hungary was in turn opposing Germany, Bulgaria hated Serbia for stealing Macedonia from them in the Second Balkan War, The Ottomans were crumbling faster and faster, first with Libya, then with the Balkans, the once three continent empire was reduced to ashes, and needed an ally in Berlin, and finally you had Italy. Italy hated Austria-Hungary and the Ottomans but had good relations with Germany, afterall Preußen (Prussia) and Italy fought the Habsburg Empire multiple times together, but Österreich-Ungarn was considered a more valuable ally. Italy noticed this, and when the Weltkrieg broke out, it would not be Germany who she would fight along side with. Nevertheless, angered by the death of the Archduke of Austria, and rightfully so, the Austro-Hungarian Empire sent an ultimatum to the Serbs. Many demands in the ultimatum were just, and some, despite Germany being allied with Austria-Hungary there were some who thought the demands were ludicrous. There was even one demand about how the Serbian Police Force would have to come under the control of Österreich-Ungarn...as if the empire had enough troubles to deal with. Unsurprisingly, the Serbians rejected the ultimatum and cried for their fellow Slav Nation, Russia, to aid them in a possible war with Vienna. What was going to be simple Balkan Conflict soon turned into something greater when Russia started mobilizing their army, followed by both Serbia and Österreich-Ungarn. As if it was destined to happened, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and on July 28th, the Weltkrieg had begun, and in doing so, the Rise of Germany began.




Men of the Kaiserliche Armee fighting in a trench against attacking Russian Forces on the Eastern Front of the Weltkrieg.
By the end of 1914, war had broken out in all corners of Europe, from Dublin to Moscow, battles were being fought. The Kaiserreich entered the war shortly after Russia declared war on Austria-Hungary, immediately following this, the French declared non neutrality, and so the Schlieffen Plan was implemented. The Schlieffen Plan was the contingency plan for a two front war against the Triple Entente, the plan was to take a defensive position in the East and to take an offensive one in France via an invasion of Belgium and Luxembourg. Armies of the Kaiserliche Armee poured through Mons, Liege, Brussels and soon into France proper, securing Dunkirk. But, however the Kaiserbund (the alliance between the Kaiserreich, Austria-Hungary, and soon the Ottomans and Bulgarians) were stopped at the River Marne after a disastrous attack. Both sides then dug in, to begin what would become known as Trench Warfare, where neither side can truly make a breakthrough unless something big happens. When Belgium was invaded however, the British Empire formally entered the war on France's side along with their allies in the Far East, the treacherous Japanese Empire of the Rising Sun, bent on taking the Reich's Asian Colonies in China and the Pacific. The Ottomans and Bulgarians joined the war on our side by 1915, and both Montenegro and Serbia were overrun while Russia was being pushed all the way back to Latvia and Ukraine. When Romania entered the war on the Entente's side, a swift invasion launched by Bulgaria was a success and the Bucharest Treaty was signed between the Romanians and the Kaiserbund, in the treaty, Romania could not militarily occupy Oltenia, and a large portion of it's oil would go to Bulgaria, Germany, and Austria-Hungary. This caused a revolution in Romania, a dictatorship following the ideals of National Populism was installed immediately, but they promised to keep the Treaty of Bucharest intact. In 1917, the Russian Empire fractured and fell to a Communist Revolution initiated ironically by the Kaiser after sending the Bolshevik Lenin to agitate in Moscow. The October Revolution toppled Russia and a peace treaty was signed, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. In the treaty, Germany would gain Ukraine and Belarus as client states, while Lithuania and the Baltics would become Germanized and hopefully added to the Reich, much like how Prussia was Germanized by the early Teutonics. Along with this, Poland and Finland were to become independent but would grant military access to the German Reich. The Bolsheviks had no way of not saying no, and if they didn't, Russia would have been overran and be subject to the German Empire. With peace in the East, Deutschland looked west to France and Italy who had joined the war to grab Austrian land. The tides of the Weltkrieg were turning in Berlin's favor for the better.



Vladimir Lenin and fellow Bolsheviks inspire the workers of Moscow to rise up against the Provisional Russian Republic and the Tsar. Revolution came with bloodshed in Russia, and the conflict would not end until the early 1920s.
The Weltkrieg had shifted in favor from the Entente to the Kaiserbund, and in the spring of 1919, the Great Offensive began at St. Mihel just south from Verdun. Infiltration acts proved successful and a breakthrough from Alsace Lorraine was imminent. The French were too paralyzed to respond, and so both Nancy and Verdun fell. Just weeks later, Paris fell along with Normandy, and by the autumn of 1919, the French surrendered once again to the might of German Arms. With France falling, Italy was jointly invaded by Austro-Hungarian Troops from the east and a mix of German and Bulgarian Armies from the lightly defended west. At the same time, the Asienkorps (German Military Mission in the Ottoman Empire) managed to retake the whole of the Levant and Iraq from the British Imperialists, Kuwait soon fell as well. When Italy fell after Austrian troops marched victoriously throughout Rome in 1920, Japan and Britain were the only members of the Entente left. A Peace with Honor was signed in Denmark between the Kaiserbund and the Entente, ending the Weltkrieg, but this was not the end of the story of the Weltkrieg. After German Forces brought an end to France in the war, a revolution against the French Third Republic occurred, much inspired by the October Revolution in Russia, Radical Socialists believing the in the ideology of Syndicalism plunged the French into civil war, something the French were not prepared for. The Kaiser chose not to intervene, and the newly declared 'Commune of France' took over the country, however they submitted to a less harsher peace treaty with Germany. The Italian Peninsula was divided once more, the Kingdom of Two-Sicilies was reinstated with a German King as the head of state, but the nation soon fell to Syndicalism much like France did. In the north, the Italian Federation was created as a Theocracy and buffer for Austria-Hungary, but maybe it was not the best idea to put a religious conservative country right next an atheist dictatorship. But the days of war for Reich were not over, as Civil War raged in Russia, Germany was compelled to do something. Which is better? To be encircled once again by vengeful enemies or to just have one front? That was the mindset of the Kaiserreich before Russia was invaded once again.



British Soldiers begin to retreat to Brittany during the Fall of France, led by Winston Churchill, the British evacuated Mainland France to continue on the fight in the battlefields in Italy and the Middle East. This was in vain as Italy fell and German Forces pushed the British out of the Middle East and even took Suez.
The 'War to End all Wars' was now over, and Europe was made anew. The Second Reich stood tall and mighty, and with new allies. Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, the Ottomans, and Germany all decided to go their own way while maintaining a non-aggression pact between the nations, but Germany had new allies of her own. The MittelEuropa plan was put into affect, and the Deutsches Reich now controlled Flanders-Wallonia (what used to be Belgium), the United Baltic Duchy (German Colonization was heavy there), Lithuania, White Ruthenia, and Ukraine. MittelEuropa became a military and economical alliance between the listed nations, and MIttelEuropa's sphere of influence included all nations in the former Kaiserbund. The first test of MittelEuropa was handling the crisis on it's eastern border, the Russian Civil War. White and Red Soldiers continued to kill each other over the October Revolution which brought Communism to the former land of the Tsars. MittelEuropa decided to intervene in the war on behalf of the White Movement in order to contain all forms of Communism, and the Kaiser felt morally complied to do so especially after not doing so in France. The combined forces of the German Expeditionary Force to Russia and the White Generals managed to defeat Trosky and Tukhachevsky (leaders of the Bolsheviks after Lenin was assassinated by White Snipers behind enemy lines) and White Order was restored to Russia with Kerensky at the helm, a non-agression pact was signed between White Russia and MittelEuropa shortly thereafter. Many states however broke off of Russia during the civil war, places like the Don-Kuban, Alash Orda, and Japanese Controlled Primorsk (Transamur) became independent and sovereign. To calm growing dissent, Kerensky promised to retake these lands but these promises fell on deaf ears, Russia had enough problems as it is. But the worst had yet to come for MittelEuropa.



Soviet Forces prepare to defend Moscow in one last battle for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics against the German Reich and the White Movement.
After the intervention in Russia, a relative peace settled upon the world, and Germany transitioned back into a civilian focused economy, but Weltpolitk was still afoot. Foreign Policy was still the same, and soldiers from across the Reich were settled into the new colonies the Deutsches Reich had gained from the Weltkrieg. Deutsche-Indochina in particular was heavily defended due to the ongoing civil war in China between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Warlords. The British Empire was the only country in Europa under tension as radical leftists were protesting all across the Isle (Ireland had been granted independence after a successful war against the British). In 1925 things took a turn for the worst for the monarchists in Britain as a small coalmine strike quickly escalated into a general strike across Wales, England and Scotland. The British Army was deployed to break up the forces but that never happened because the soldiers and the Royal Navy mutinied. The Government of the United Kingdom soon fell and the Royal Family along with all Monarchist Forces left Britain for the new senior country in the British Empire, Canada. Welsh, English, and Scottish Socialists all united Britain under a new Union of Britain, declaring a workers state in London. This was the day the German Empire grew in both size but in colonial power. Instructed by Chancellor Tirpitz, former naval commander of the Reich during the Weltkrieg, British Malta, Malaysia, Sarawak, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, Yantai, Suez, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Aden, and most of British Africa were all seized by German Forces, all becoming apart of the Kaiserreich. With this new found power, the German Navy was expanded beyond comprehension. A new German Federation was made in Africa as well, Freistaat MittelAfrika was created as the collection of all the Deutsche colonies in Africa except Morocco, Somalia, and Suez in order to better organize the colonies of Deuschland. Many other British territories were seized by other foreign powers looking to bank on Britain's problems. The newly declared Union of Britain did not care for these colonies however, and Canada was too weak to fight MittelEuropa. In one night, Germany became a world Superpower, the New Empire on Which the Sun Shall Never Set. New challenges will arise in the Reich, such as dealing with nationalism in the east, or the war raging in China, but for now,
Germany reigns supreme

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End of Prologue: The Weltkrieg
The end for now, I'll start working on the new actual chapter, and it will cover (as the preview stated) the story of the AOG, MittelAfrika, and then we'll reach up with 1936. Anyway, that is it, goodbye, and all criticism is welcome. Bye!
 
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Chapter I: Ein Platz an der Sonne (Part I)

"The Pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the Joy that is Coming." -Romans 8:18, A fitting quote to the Deutsches Kaiserreich during the Weltkrieg



Deutsche Soldaten overrun Yunnan Trenches during the German Intervention in China. Thanks to the Deutsches Reich, China did not collapse into anarchy like it almost did in those dark days of 1926.

Nanjing, German Occupied China, July 1926

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Squadrons of Deutsche Soldaten had secured the city in a fierce, drawn out, bloody fight that last several weeks. The Siege of Nanjing was a costly one, and far to many German Soldiers died for it. The main bulk of Heeresgruppe Nord moved on to help the Kuomintang battle what remained of the Warlords controlling China, but Soldat Detlef among many others were chosen to stay and occupy Nanjing. Detlef entered the city gates from the west, long after the bloody battle had been won. With rifle in hand, he walked down the destroyed streets of what he though could have been a beautiful place. He was alone, and that made it all the more worse for his mental state. Detlef looked ahead of himself and saw an old Chinese Temple, sitting idly by while the dead bodies of his friends and foes lay silent. The young Soldat, promised glory in war by his recruiter in his local town in Germany, Oranienburg, made a trek up the stairs to the Chinese Temple, to see the carnage. As he walked up however, Deltef saw the horrors of war.

Blood was everywhere on the steps, dropped flags of China laid torn apart, and the worst part of it all, he saw a white flag on a Guominjun Soldier with a bullet through his brain. At the sight, Detlef dropped his rifle onto the ground, followed by his legs. He started crying for the first time since his father had been taken from him by cancer in 1911, the mere fact that this was allowed to happen not only shocked him, but it tarnished Detlef's view on a world he was only beginning to understand. He eventually pulled himself together, but before he left to continue to the temple, he laid down a Chinese Necklace given to him by a Kuomintang Soldier on the verge of death on the dead Gouminjun Solder. The necklace had the Chinese Symbol of Peace on it, Detlef didn't know what he was doing but...it just seemed right to him. He picked up his rifle once more, and continued up the stairs of Nanjing.

More of the same followed, just death. All was silent. Was this the way things were in the Weltkrieg? Was this the war they endured? No. It couldn't have been. The stories Detlef heard where ones of great triumph and national pride. This was not it at all. Soldat Detlef finally made it to the place which got him to see the consequences of war, and it was beautiful. Not the war, the temple. Despite the minor damages, it remained intact along with all of what was inside. Detlef entered the temple through the front door, no one was home, or at least that is what he initially thought. He tried to walk silently into the temple, but the silence destroyed his attempt. The sun started to shine on the city from outside, it even temporarily almost blinded Detlef when he walked out of the temple. It was a majestic sight to see, picture perfect, minus the dead bodies laying motionless on the stairs. As Detlef finally reached the gates of the inner city of Nanjing, he heard horrifying screams coming from the other side.

Detlef quickly opened the gates and entered the destroyed city, racing toward whatever was happening. He passed other Deutsche Soldaten who were wondering the same thing as him: What was going on?
Detlef and other Germans made it to the sight of the screams, what he saw immediately made his hairs stick up. Captured POWs were lined up like...like they were going to be shot and killed, and civilians were in the same situation. German Troops had their rifle's aimed at every single one of them, waiting for the order to strike. A Commanding Officer came into sight from the left, his hands were at his back and he had that look on someone's face that just made you want to strangle them. He walked in front of Detlef's fellow German Soldiers and the Chinese. He then put a pistol to a woman's head, Detlef knew the officer had gone mad.

"Achtung! Men of Deutschland, these Chinese barbarians have taken far to many German lives, this city alone, more than one thousand of us perished, this slight shall not go unanswered to! Like we did Paris and Rome, let us make sure the enemies of all of us know our wrath. Instead of crying for our lost, we will make those who caused that loss pay, with blood. Loot this city, take the women as your prize, diminish their pride, and salt the earth! Any and all who get in our way will be shot on sight, any and all who tries to run will be detained, and those of us in our ranks who do not wish to take on this task, you do best to not interfere." The Officer announced to Nanjing

The woman who had a gun pointed to her head started crying, and so did most of the others being detained by German Soldiers. The Officer then lifted his pistol of her forehead and instead raised it in the air. He fired once, and in doing so, he green lit the Nanking Massacre. Detlef was beyond horrified, how could the famed Kaiserliche Armee sink so low to do this? Maybe it is Germany who is the biggest barbarian of them all Detlef thought. He ran into the deeper parts of the city to try and warn as many as he could but it was already too late. Deutsche Soldaten, angry with the amount of losses in China inflicted upon the German Expeditionary Force, started committing unspeakable acts. Chinese Women were raped in the open, jewelry and artifacts were stolen, the market was set ablaze, and some POWs were shot without reason nor mercy. Detlef hurried out of the city after seeing what had become of Nanjing, and he wanted nothing to do with it.

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End of Chapter I: Ein Platz an der Sonne (Part 1)

First part of Chapter 1, done and completed earlier. Once again, I hope you all enjoy, I certainly did writing it. I don't know why, but there is this certain peace feeling you get when writing, I don't how to describe any further. Anyway, this is it for now, see you later once again, and may the Second Reich last a thousand years like the first!​
 
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Chapter I: Ein Platz an der Sonne (Part II)

"The German Soldier has Impressed the World, but the Chinese Soldier has Impressed the German Soldier." -Hans von Seeckt, Hero of Unternehmen Eisenhammer


Qingdao, Deutsche-Qingdao, Early March 1926
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In the German Port City of Qingdao, the oldest port city in China acquired by the Deutsches Reich, plans of a operation were being presented to the German Großer Generalstab temporarily based in Qingdao. This Operation was known as Unternehmen Eisenhammer, the German Intervention in the Chinese Civil War. A few years from then, this idea of helping the Kuomintang was not only laughable, but nearly impossible. Why would the great Kaiserreich send German Soldiers to die for a country of no particular use to the Reich? That was the main thought spearheaded by Kaiser Wilhelm the Great when the Intervention in Russia had ended. The Chinese Civil War had been ever raging between the Republican Kuomintang, the Warlords, and the 'Tian Empire' based in central China. These were not the only combatants however, at first, there was a Communist Faction bent on bringing Socialism to China, but after the failed revolution in Russia, their leader, Mao Zedong, laid down his arms, and in addition, the Japanese Empire looked ever so greedily at Manchuria, wanting to exploit them to the fullest. This war only produced refugees for Deutsche-Indochina and this was no help for the then weak colonial government in Saigon. The German Empire's opinion on the war in the Far East however came to a quick turn around when the new leader of the Kuomintang, Xu Shichang, the Monarchist wanting to restore the Qing Dynasty to China, made his Great Call to the German Empire for military help and support. Many at home in Germany felt that the Deutsches Reich was honor bound to help the fellow monarchy as Germany was the world's newest superpower, and this was the pretext the Kaiser gave for the intervention. The real reasoning behind was to secure China in MittelEuropa's Sphere of Influence, and to extend the Reich's power in Asia. And so, the German Großer Generalstab was forced to plan the military intervention.

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Situation in China in March 1926. The Warlords had secured most of China, but German Reinforcements were beginning turning the tide.
The German Großer Generalstab's Unternehmen Eisenhammer was an ambitious one, and would likely span several months, but not as long as intervention in Russia had been. The first phase was a joint Kuomintang and Kaiserliche Armee advance all along to the East Coast, this was important as this where the Warlords kept their arms and industry. Next, the fortress city of Nanjing would be taken after their troops were bled dry in a more advanced Verdun style attack. While all of this was happening, A thrust into lower Yunnan from Deutsche-Indochina would occur and Kumming would hopefully be taken by the time Nanjing was won. Finally, the Kuomintang and Kaiserliche Armee would make one great advance across the Chinese Countryside, and peace terms could be signed after Beijing itself was taken. Air Superiorty was also to be taken into affect, the Warlords had no air force nor any AA Guns, their soldiers would be sitting ducks to German Pilots. Naval Superiorty was not an issue to be taken into consideration at all, as the navies of the Warlords was pathetic, especially considering how they were 19th Century Ships, not even Weltkrieg class. When the plans were presented to the appointed leader of Unternehmen Eisenhammer, Hans von Seekt, Colonial Governor of Deutsche-Indochina, he thought that they were splendid, but he had one question. What if Japan attacked? Should the Warlords become week after constantly loosing territory, supplies, men, and cities, would Japan invade Manchuria? And what if this triggered war between Germany and Japan? He ordered for a contingency plan to be made, the contingency plan came to be known as Unternehmen Siegfried, the German plan for war with Japan in 1926. When the plan was approved by all members of the German Großer Generalstab, the Kaiser declared that a state of war between Germany and the Warlords of China existed, and so, the Chinese Civil War escalated beyond expectation.



German Naval Marines of the new Kaiserliche Marine Branch made for Amphibious Warfare arrive in Deutsche-Hong Kong to prepare for an amphibious assault on Shanghai.

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German Battleships engage 19th Century Chinese Fleets, the best the Warlords could get. Often time during naval engagements however, Japanese Shipping got in the way.
Unternehmen Eisenhammer went into affect on March 13th, 1926, and with the new alliance between the Kaiserreich and the Kuomintang, a large push across the coast as planned followed. From Qingdao, German Marines pushed into the Chinese Interior and near to the far east of the Yellow River. The initial attacks were already proving to be a stunning success, but the bombing campaigns against enemy soldiers was just turning the intervention into a manslaughter. Casualties for the Warlords were rising tremendously, and in doing so, they had to remove valuable men from the front against the Kuomintang Royalists in order to stop the German advance toward Tianjin and Nanjing. In doing so, a large offensive across the battlefront between the Kuomintang and Northern Warlords ensued. All battles were proving to be success, but the Kuomintang were pushed out of the mountain border with Yunnan after a disastorous attack on the dug in Yunnan, the counterattack that followed devastated the Chinese Army in the region. To counter this, German Marines and Deutsche-Indochinese Soldiers invaded the Yunnan Warlords from the south, additional support was given by the Kuomintang. By May, German forces were on the gates of Nanjiang, but the city was putting up the fiercest fight, German deaths mounted exponentially.

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Air Superiority utterly destroyed the Warlords and their armies, it is amazing how they survived for so long.

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The Kuomintang Army was nothing to be sniffed at, they were only losing the war to begin with because they were outnumbered 10 to 1.

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The terrain of Southern Yunnan proved the worst for mounting military offensives in early 1926.

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The Battle of Nanjing was the first time German and Chinese Forces fought directly with each other, that did not help the outcome of the battle however.
Nanjing proved to be the Fortress of China, the Warlords fought tooth and nail for each street and shop. This level of ferocity caught the German Expeditionary Force to China off guard, and angry. Thousands of Germans had died defending Nantong from the attacks in Nanjing already, the losses there were astounding. More than three thousand alone died in first five days of the attack, it was only Bavarian Volunteers from Germany that saved them from total annihilation. Hans von Seeckt received numerous amounts of complaints from the officers at the front, how their men were dying by the hundreds every single time a assault was launched, and things weren't made better by the Kuomintang's assistance proving to be weak and ineffective. Von Seeckt decided that in order to take the city, an encirclement would have to be launched or at least attempted so that the Warlords could either be stuck in Nanjing or leave an inferior force to defend the city. Hans' personally lead the final assault on the Fortress of China, and on July 3rd, 1926, Nanjing fell to German Arms. While most of the Kaiserliche Armee and Marine continued the advance into China, the soldiers chosen to occupy the city, frustrated with the amount of losses suffered at Nanjing, decided to vent their anger on the populace. Internationally, it became known as the Nanjing Massacre, when the Chinese people living there had their houses burned down, treasured artifacts stolen, and their women being used as tools. In most of Asia however, it was known as the Rape of Nanking, when European Imperialists violated Asia to the fullest extent, this of course being used as propaganda by the Japanese to further their 'Asia for Asians' policy. When Hans von Seeckt found out, the officers in charge of the massacre were revoked of their command and thrown into jails in MittelAfrika to ease the international community. Despite this hiccup, German and Kuomintang still pushed further into Warlord Territory, liberating areas for the return of the Qing.

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German Medical Units transport a dead Chinese Civilian killed in the Nanjing Massacre.

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The Japanese have always fancied themselves the protectors of the Asian people and the true rulers of East Asia. Their diplomatic support for the Chinese people after the Nanjing Massacre was the greatest out of all nations, but this did not stop them from killing the Chinese for themselves. When the Warlords were completely driven into the countryside, the Japanese Empire risked loosing all influence in China to the Kaiser in Berlin, if Japan was to survive as an empire, it needed to not only expand, but it needed to strike fast. Ordered by the aging Emperor Taisho himself, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded the Fengtien Warlord Clique from their colony in Korea and Port Arthur, with aid from the Japanese Protectorate of Transamur. The Manchurians quickly turned to conscription after the first Japanese Troops stormed border towns and railroads, these poorly trained militias however proved no match for the Rising Sun. By December 7th, 1926, China was on the verge of collapsing to two opposing imperial forces, the Japanese Empire of the Rising Sun, and the Second Reich.

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The Situation in China in early December, Lower Manchuria and Yunnan had been captured, and both Kumming and Changchun were on the verge of collapse. It was now a race for Beijing.
On New Years Eve, the last bastion of Warlord China was taken, Beijing fell to German Arms much like how Kumming and Nanjing did. More assaults into Inner China occurred still, and both Yunnan and Manchuria were overrun by Germany and Japan. The Warlords called for peace, an armistice was declared on the twelfth of January, followed by the death of Japanese Emperor Taisho. He died in his bed peacefully and with pride, as he beat China, at least Manchuria anyway. His death was caused by a heart attack which killed him minutes after it struck, a new Emperor of Japan was crowned two days later, Japanese Emperor Hirohito. Hirohito promised a Greater Japanese Empire in the future, an empire that stretched from Siberia to Tasmania, from Nanjing to as far as Anchorage. His proclamations were a grave threat to the German Empire in Asia, as it was now directly challenged by a new power, not a European one, but strong Asian one which threatened to turn Asia into it's personal sphere of influence. This could be allowed to happen, for if it did, The Reich's interests and investments in the Asian world would have been for nothing. One thing is certain, both China and East Asia will never be the same. On January 28th, 1927, the war in China was over. In the treaty, the Qing Empire was to be restored in Northern China, the 'Tian Empire' would be allowed to coexist with the new Qing Dynasty as long as they stayed in their forts, Yunnan demilitarized their border with Deutsche-Indochina, and two new countries were set up in Southern China. These two countries were the Allgemeine Ostasiatische Gesellschaft and the Legation Cities. The AOG was to be a new German Federation much like MittelAfrika, but instead of it being a autonomous German Colony like MittelAfrika was, it was to be a country run like a company, if that makes any sense. Southern China was to be united under this new German Colony/Company, and with it's growing industrialization, it is very likely to be a regional power. The AOG however, to make sure the Chinese Majority didn't revolt, were given full assurances that their way of life would not go away, and German leadership would not treat the Chinese how they did in Nanjing. The governor was hand picked by the Chinese themselves as well, along with the AOG Board of Directors, Alexander von Falkenhausen was chosen to be Southern China's new leader. He had shown he was loyal to China, he took a bullet for his fellow Chinese during the German Intervention and was the first to stop the atrocities being committed in Nanjing after it's capitulation. The Legation Cities on the other hand, to appease the Japanese and Americans, was to be a nation of China's most wealthiest cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Fuzhou, and Ningbo that was jointly ruled by the United States, Japan, the Deutsches Reich, Canada, the Australasian Confederation, National France, the new AOG, and the restored Qing Empire. China had been remade in Germany's image, for the better or for the worst, while Manchuria lays in Japanese hands, Germany is the true victor of the fight. Dark times however lay ahead of China, the Japanese will not stop at Manchuria, nor will they ever surrender. The 'Tian Empire' still refuses the independence and legitimacy of the Qing, and they will strike one day. The Warlords in Yunnan look greedily at the border provinces of the AOG, and Mongolia lays untamed and wild. The Deutches Reich's problems are not over, but Kaiser Wilhelm II can find peace in the fact that the war has been won, and the Reich is victorious once again.

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The AOG, the new German order in China.

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German funded poster displaying the new bond between the German and Chinese Peoples, the new powers of Asia.

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End of Chapter I: Ein Platz an der Sonne (Part Two)
There we go, done an dusted, this Chapter was a fun one to make. I honestly had never played the Chinese Combat Scenario before this, I thought of it as an idea for an introduction to the AOG and wallah, here we go. Oh and yes, I've abandoned NATO Counters, not because I don't like them (I use them when I play serious campaigns only now, so if I'm playing regular Darkest Hour in other words), and I think sprites are just better for AARs. There will be a Part Three but that won't be about China like the previous ones, instead it will be about MittelAfrika, don't know how it's going play out though (but will definitely include that mastermind named Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck). That's it for now, hope you liked it, bye and have a nice Tuesday, next part will come out soon, no promises though. Bye again.​
 
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Chapter I: Ein Platz an der Sonne (Part III)

"We'll Keep the Kaiser's Flag Flying Here!" -Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, der Löwe von Afrika, during the Weltkrieg



Deutsche Schutztruppe march victoriously throughout a village in Deutsche-Ost Afrika after the Peace with Honor had been signed.

Deutsche-Ost Afrika, November 1921

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It had been just months since the end of the Weltkrieg, the war that put German Africa to the test. While the main theater in Europa had proved to be the most important, Lettow-Vorbeck's war in Africa was something not only unheard of, but a testament to German Resilience. During the first two years of the Weltkrieg (1914-1915) All of Deutschland's colonies had been taken and destroyed, only one remained standing, battered but not yielding, and that was Deutsche-Ost Afrika. Led by Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the Lion of Africa, his guerrilla army made up of noble Africans and Germans turned Deutsche-Ost Afrika into a deathtrap. Lettow-Vorbeck's dedication to the Reich filled him with a certain fire unseen before, and by Winter 1920, the Entente Dogs gave up attacking Deutsche-Ost Afrika. Now, in the early November of 1921, something was afoot in Africa once again. Deutschland began to consolidate her power in the continent, but she needed a stable and somewhat autonomous government int power, perhaps new Deutsche-Federation? The first of it's kind? Only the passing of time can answer this.

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Heinrich Schnee (left), Governor of Deutsche-Ost Afrika, alongside von Lettow-Vorbeck (right), the Founding Fathers of MittelAfrika.
Heinrich Schnee stood quietly on the docks of the Dar es Salaam Port, awaiting Kaiser Wilhelm II and Wilhelm Solf's arrival to Deutsche-Ost Afrika. It had been quiet day, and an even quieter month. Ever since the Peace with Honor had been signed, things just weren't the same for the colony. No more von Lettow-Vorbeck undermining his authority, no more British or Belgian Incursions, and the Askari Schutztruppe had finally stopped their scorched earth policy toward his colony, his crown jewel. The Weltkrieg had been disastrous for him, that was for certain, but at least Deutsche-Ost Afrika didn't meet the same fate as all the other German Colonies, occupied to the fullest. Heinrich however, welcomed his return to a peaceful life, even if would take some settling back into.

The morning soon came, and with it, the Kaiser and Solf were in sight from the docks, and Schnee ordered everyone to attention. Heinrich along with two African Schutztruppe reached a the small port where the SMS Brandenburg (the Kaiser's ship) had finally docked after several long minutes. Heinrich, a little nervous, took two baby steps back as Kaiser Wilhelm II followed by Wilhelm Solf walked down onto his colony.

"Greetings, my Kaiser. And erm, greetings to you too Mr. Solf, I've prepared Deutsche-Ost Afrika for your arrival, I hope you find it most beautiful." Heinrich greeted
"Well I can say certainly this is a exotic place. Heinrich, do you know where von Lettow-Vorbeck is? I'd like to have a word." The Kaiser asked
"Yes, he's at the Schutztruppe Headquarters just on the other side of the city." Heinrich answered with a bit of distain, he liked von Lettow-Vorbeck but jealousy got the better of him.
"Thank you, I'll see you in your colonial office later, in the meantime, show the other colonial governors around a bit, let them see the new capital of something great." The Kaiser said
"New Capital of Something Great? What...what's going on my Kaiser." Heinrich said confused, but the Kaiser ignored and went off
"Germany can no longer commit to direct rule over Africa, at least the main bulk of it in the middle. There were plans for this, but they never were considered until now." Wilhelm Solf said
"Plans for what?" Heinrich questioned
"A Federation, like that of Canada to Britain. MittelAfrika, a centralized nation apart of the Kaiser's Empire, but with autonomy. Your colony has been chosen to the capital for MittelAfrika, Dar es Salaam is Africa's new ruler. Today, the Freistaat MittelAfrika is born." Wilhelm Solf said as German Colonial Governors and German Marines began to unload onto Deutsche-Ost Afrika.
"This is madness, everything I fought for is now going to be turned over to someone else?" Heinrich said frustrated
"This is MittelAfrika, everything you fought for is not going to be ruined, rest assured. You are just going to be governor of the new province of Ost-Afrika." Wilhelm Solf reassured
"Who is going to be the governor of all of MittelAfrika though?" Heinrich asked, wanting conformation on who he thought it was to be
"Hopefully, if he takes the job, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, if not, you can take his position. Oh, I forgot to mention that I am staying here Dar es Salaam, I am to be Head of State, appointed by the Kaiser himself." Wilhelm Solf answered, and Heinrich said nothing back.

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Deutsche-Ost Afrika before the creation of MittelAfrika and before the Weltkrieg, when Heinrich Schnee had full control over his colony.

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MittelAfrika, the new German Order in Africa.

Wilhelm Solf left to his new home in what was his Deutsche-Ost Afrika., now a petty state of MittelAfrika. Heinrich Schnee however, would forever commit to this new free state, not because he wanted to stay in Africa but because he had a certain duty to Africa he could never explain in words.

Later that month, MittelAfrika was declared an independent free state of the German Empire much like how Australia was to the British Empire. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck accepted the offer of being governor over all of MittelAfrika, together with Wilhelm Solf, they built MittelAfrika to be something that was tolerate to it's people, Africans. In 1936, there is a sizable German Population, especially in Ost-Afrika, but everywhere else it dominated by Native Africans, and MittelAfrika had to get their support if it was to exist. In 1925, the British Empire collapsed into anarchy after Syndicalists revolted against the United Kingdom, which allowed for MittelAfrika to take more of what was an Entente dominated Africa. Central Africa was now united under the Kaiser's banner, and fiercely loyal to Berlin. A year later, the AOG was founded, giving MittelAfrika a sort of brother, the German Empire had peaked, that was for certain.

Now, in January of 1936, Heinrich Schnee is the Head of Government of MittelAfrika, a sort of partner in crime with the new governor of MittelAfrika, the right wing extremist of Herman Göring, an excellent pilot, but not a good leader, at least to Heinrich's eyes. He has expanded the military and has enforced harsher policies on the people of Africa. He now looks to the Portugal's Colonies, Angola and Mozambique. Doing this would certainly disrupt the power balance in Africa, and rebellions are already occurring against Göring's regime. Dark days are ahead for both Africa and MittelAfrika, but that is how it is everywhere. In Europa, the Commune of France is becoming more and more powerful each day, and the Union of Britain has expanded her navy to be direct threat to the Kaiserreich. Nationalism in the Eastern Clients of MittelEuropa do not make things better, and Russia has become too unstable to predict that she will remain friendly to Berlin. Austria-Hungary has been split into dualism, and Bulgaria is encircled by Greece, Serbia, and Romania. In America, the United States has been crumbling under the Great Depression which has fueled the rise of Communism in the North and Populism in the South. Canada is determined to retake the British Isles from the Syndicalists, but how can they do this while the USA is collapsing slowly? Asia is not much different either, the Kuomintang still exists, and are calling open revolt against the Qing and the AOG. German Order everywhere hangs in doubt, and Japan has noticed this. They look greedily to the Kaiserreich's colonies, and have pledged to destroy the German Goliath in Asia, Berlin is not prepared for such a war, not yet at least. Everywhere, from the New World to the Old, war is coming once again. Ferdinand Foch after the Peace with Honor said that it was not peace but an armistice for twenty years, and as the world draws closer to that date, his prediction is already becoming a reality.

The Deutsches Reich has found her place in the sun over the last decades, but can she hold it? Will her spot be eclipsed by Syndicalism and other enemies? Will the Sun Set on the German Empire like it did the British and Spanish? Or will the Second Reich last a thousand years, or forever like the First Reich did, the Heilige Römische Reich?

Nobody knows, but there is a reason why Deutschland has survived, it is because you cannot keep her down. Everyone tried and they failed, and MittelEuropa is stronger than ever.
Maybe, just maybe, 1936 will mark the year Germany became something greater.
Only time will tell.

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MittelAfrika in 1934, the largest country in Africa, it's power is only rivaled by the Military Junta in Algiers, the Fourth French 'Republic'.



Heil Dir Im Siegerkranz!
Herrscher des Vaterlands!
Heil Kaiser Dir!
Fühl in des Thrones Glanz!
Die Hohe Wonne Ganz!
Liebling des Volks zu Sein!
Heil Kaiser Dir!


Chapter I: Ein Platz an der Sonne (Part III)
Ah, what a great chapter to right, now we can finally move on to the actual Kaiserreich Scenario! And hopefully this time things don't go completely down the drain, again. Anyway that is it for now, and I'll get going for now. Also, have a nice day, goodbye now! Heil Kaiser Dir!​
 
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Congratz on the victory!
Thanks! I thought I was going to lose at first because the KMT Army was sucking in the Mountains to the west and I was pushed back to Vietnam for a little bit, thankfully, Beijing fell before that happened. Great scenario!

Ah, a nice world building chapter. Something tells me that this style of writing is definitely your best! I look forward to the rest of this!
Subbing to follow the new take on the story.:)
And this is why I restarted, I like it better and from the looks of it everyone else does too. Thanks! And I'll get working on the next chapter now, the German Goliath is waiting.
 

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This is frikking amazing!!
 
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Kaiser Chris

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So is everything going to be a repeat of the original Kaiserreich scenario in the beginning, or will the scenario be different with events like the Second American Civil War not happening? Or situations such as India still being unified or an effective Ausgleich of Austria-Hungary?
 

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So is everything going to be a repeat of the original Kaiserreich scenario in the beginning, or will the scenario be different with events like the Second American Civil War not happening? Or situations such as India still being unified or an effective Ausgleich of Austria-Hungary?
Everything will happen as the Kaiserreich Scenario makes happen, except for American Civil War because I want a Commie USA to fight, and I'm crossing my fingers Austria-Hungary go to war with each other because then I can get Austria on my side again. And India? I hope it goes Red, mainly because Delhi is boring and the Princely Federation sometimes allies with Japan. This is going to be entirely new.
 

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India should become the jewel of the German Empire!