- Sep 15, 2009
"Twelve years after The Great War's end no one seems to be content with new world order which emerged after war. Even if first world conflict took away millions of lives and most of its winners gained little to nothing, everyone is preparing to settle differences with their mortal enemies again. Some of them are driven by ambition and desire of conquest. Others are fighting to reunite their nations which collapsed due to disastrous course of Great War. Be it ambition or greed, nationality or ideology, no one can consider himself safe in this world where hostilitiy and aggression amongst all the nations are more common than cordiality and understanding. None is willing to give up, and thus world is moving towards another world conflict. Once mighty United States are desperately trying to preserve unity after its horribly executed intervention in Europe. Despite being formally victorious Third Republic of France remains severly broken. Garrisons and artillery positions at both sides of Elbe are mobilized all the time, ready to roll when second Bruderkrieg will start. Communist reformation engages in internally weak Soviet Union. Tension between Komintern and Socintern is growing. Japanese diplomacy works hard to save other Asian states from rising communist and radical influence in Asia. Finally, despite a few crucial blows British Empire is coming back from the edge, desperatly chasing its main enemy, only true victor of The Great War - Kingdom of Italy, which successfully spreads its influence around Mediterranean Sea...
The year is 1932. Welcome to Il Risorgimento."
Yeah, you know me. No need to say same crap again yo. Now, the time has come. Let me tell a thing or two about what me got here for ya. It is, well a quite long story to say the least. Last summer I was trying to gather my folks and finally create something. As you can guess at this point, it didn't went well. We barely made a world map and...that was it. Then again, last winter mein best compadre asked me "What happened back then yo?". Well, crap happened. Two of us tried to continue it, soon joined by a third man. As a Polnische Trio (TM) we pushed Risorgimento a bit further - corrected world map, decided on final setup and most of main story and...haha, again I've been left alone, fun times But well, they promised to return once they're done with their exams. Now they're back (stronger than ever!) and fourth guy joined us on the way...and there we are! Now that we could use from other people's help (feedback and research) we decided to go official and announce it and our own thread and become famous and stuff!
Il Risorgimento indeed. I know that it feels somewhat strange, maybe surprising, some of you might be like "oh, but Italy couldn't..." and trust me I don't care about it that much. Despite being "Italian" mod, same as Kaiserreich is..."Kaiserreich" mod, all other guys around are really worth playing too. In fact Italy isn't even the richest (in terms of IC) country. Countless possibilites and pre-war story (as you can guess by looking at the map Italy suceeded indeed) are what makes Italy #1. Contrary to other major powers it has little to none internal problems, which surely gives Italy an upper hand. However, other major powers will join Italy sooner or later to start another party here or there, either with or against Italy. So just please keep in mind that Italia is "featured" country, not unrealistically insta-OTL Reich with magical powers out of nowhere. Obviously our Italy is much stronger than historical one, but not strong enough to smash everyone. It takes some build-up to do it. All other countries are (will be) certainly worth playing. So no worries everyone.
And now we are finally at the point - what does that "Anti-Alternative" mean? Well, that's my word again. An intriguing one. Poetique. Anyway, by Anti-Alternative I mean that it's neither perfectly plausible nor even have detailed timeline. A large number of mods died like that, because of fighting over some bullcrap (that's what happened last summer as well). You see, as far as I'm concerned, we are playing MODS not TIMELINES. If ya want SHINY NICE DETAILED HISTORY BOOK go to Zokan's thread and read TBL's timeline or write an AAR. After all we all want to play the game, right? To sum up: things are not terribly plausible, yet somewhat-somewhat realistic-acceptable-barely-but-still. I want game to be fun, not timeline to be exact history book. There are some main events in past of course, but not THAT much...you get my drift, aye? I will go through all aspects in-depth in next posts, notably #2.
In future, once considerable amount of stuff will be done, we'll most likely cover whole history and characteristics of important countries via dev diary-type thing. It is simply that now there are dozens of other things much more important than nice descriptions.
So, in general, could you shortly describe what's all that mod about?
As you might see below a mod's startdate is 19...32. Oou, why so early? No modern units for you? But you wanted nukes you say? Oh Don't worry, it's a part of our plan. Some of the countries (France, Soviets) are having hard time dealing with internal madness, and might join the kriegsparty later on to achieve their own goals or take revenge or both. In other words: we hope that Risorgimento will feature both WW2 and potential WW3, depending on the outcomes. While WW2 might have a classy feeling of 20s-30s (we'll try to make sure you'll have enough units to play with thou), WW3 is intented to be usual hi-tech clash with rockets, a-bombs and all the crazy madness Darkest Hour offers!
Anyway, speaking of 1932 in general (you could guess most of it from the intro)...
*In France, general elections of 1932 are a few months ahead. New monarchist and technocratic groups are on rise, ready to win at all cost. May Picqueray and Henri Astier d'Vigier are fighting each other all over the France with their paramilitary groups.
*Elections are also ahead in United Kingdom, in 1933. Lloyd George's liberal reforms saved Empire, but now it's time to take all misguided parts of it back - Winston Churchill's Conservatives are gaining more and more support by supporting remilitarization and restoration of Empire.
*New United Socialist Spanish Federation has been formed just three years ago. Despite being "socialist", federation is not that oppressive and somewhat succesful, preventing fall of Spain and even leading to economical growth.
*Duca del Mare's government finally brought Italy back on track, making it dangerous yet again. First two carriers had been commisioned last year and are being developed in Venezia and Napoli. Refreshed Italian military HQ develops brand new tactics using fair amounts of light tanks and cavalry. No one in Mediterranean Sea can consider himself safe enough from Italian threat.
*Tensions along the Elbe between German Communist Union and Prussian State are rising higher and higher, slowly leading to unevitable clash.
*Fierce rivalry of Komintern and Socintern reaches the zenith. While German and Hungarian communists are developing plan of their World Revolution, Comrade Chernov unites new, prosperous Soviet Union.
*Commonwealth of Three Nations and Finnic Federative Republic are continuously modernizing and industrializing their nations, becoming (along with Spain) new Tigers of Europe.
*Victorious Greek Kingdom with all "Megali's" lands under its control is preparing to face its fierce enemies, including radical Turkish state and Bulgarians.
*Chiang-Kai Shek slowly regains his influence in southern China after disastrous course of Northern Expedition. All the other Chinese cliques and governments are preparing to final fight for united China too.
*Japanese version of "Monroe Doctrine" designated for Asia shapes itself, preventing potential aggressors from threatening former and autonomous states in Asia.
*Recent fascist outbreaks in Australia and India are most dangerous for Japanese policy of balance.
*Crisis in broken United States devastated during WW I approaches its final climax.
Aand what after that? Well, we will make detailed descriptions of lore/plot a tad later, but you might expect major powers clashing here and there. We don't really want to have one "major" conflict between country A and country B, rather a few bigger ones around the world corresponding and somewhat merging with each other, thus giving you that "World War" feeling. And also, a follow-up to it a few years later. Remember, we want to cover various paths leading to WW2 and later on various version of WW3, depending on WW2 outcome.
Obviously mod is not only about funky map and some new flags, we also really want to include numerous gameplay changes. You can read about them in post #3.
Current version: Il Risorgimento Alpha 04: French Civil War DLC
So, things are moving, ain't they? As for Alpha 04, major addition is very first version of eventchain leading France to unevitable Civil War! For now you can, well...watch only you know, it's Alpha after all (should have really named it DevBuild damn). Also signiore John Miller added ministers and orders of battle around Balkans and Middle East. And a few starting events there even! And some Commonwealth events from Sevgart. Also a few fixes here and there.
Gotta speed up really if I want to be done in two months, there's so much cool stuff to do! Thankfully lots of people around are willing to help, that's what I've been counting on. Let's keep it up and make best mod ever! It'll be soo good Johan will want to sell it as DLC one day!
Next version: Il Risorgimento Alpha 05: Duca del Mare DLC
Oh you ragazzi, you have provided a lot of Italian stuff, I'll make sure to add as many Italian events as possible! So mostly Italian stuff from me but not only! Hopefully next Sunday.
Il Risorgimento Alpha 04: French Civil War DLC (NEW!)
Il Risorgimento Alpha 03: Paradox Forum Announcement DLC
*Well, my teammates obviously, hopefully they'll introduce themselves here later! And that is mighty Polnische Quattro di Moderatori: me of course, Sevgart the Punk, Lothar the Chap and John Miller the Balkanman.
*Fenando Alejandro, Martin and all folks developing this game like MAD FLYING DUCKS. Also for DH Full which surely is useful as database's core.
*Unknown to me guy from Kaiserreich who added May Picqueray as military commander in France. Dunno who is he, but I am forever grateful as it gave me inspiration for second most awesome country in the mod. Please accept my gratitude.
*Faulty for allowing to use his Rotte-Deutsche M...Communist Germany Mod's files. Now that was useful, I'd kill myself if I'd have to research all the Deutsche Commies on my own.
*Ticket Cookie for miraclously saving my pre-civil war France's event list from the depths of his PM Box...oh now if that'd get lost I'll be dead already T_T.
*Limith and (according to his words) Kaiser Franz for providing valuable stuff about Chinese politics.
*Another unknown guy who made that awesome Italian eagle picture which I have found on Google Images and then I've been like "woah dat picture kool guys make loading screen quick".
*More to come on the way. And by more I mean....MUCH MOAR. If I'll ever forget anyone tell me please.
Table of Contents:
Post #1 - Il Risorgimento: Introduction and Download
Post #2 - From 1917 to 1932: how did Risorgimento world originated?
Post #3 - Gameplay Changes: Ideas, plans and overall summary
Post #4 - Modcentre Plus: Have some spare time to do research for us?
Post #5 - FAQ, Screenshot Galleries and Press Lounge