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"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."



Introduction:

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?

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.

Anti-Alternative Mod?

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.

Mod Status:
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!

I'm honest.

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.

Download:

Il Risorgimento Alpha 04: French Civil War DLC (NEW!)
Il Risorgimento Alpha 03: Paradox Forum Announcement DLC

Credits:

*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
 
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From 1917 to 1932: how did Risorgimento world originated?


The Great War:

Now, that's where I placed major point of divergence or whatever that thing's called. In 1917 America finally joins the conflict and slowly pours its soldiers into France. However, disastrous course of events in Northern France and Flandres leads to a massive disaster: from a million of recruits who joined war only half was left after three months of extemely intensive last offensive of Reich. Germans arrived to the outskirts of Paris again; U.S, horrified by gigantic casualties and pressure in Homeland decides to return its soldiers back to America and support Entente's effort as it used to - with loads of dollars. United States suffered massive humilliation and loss of prestige, thou 1918's offensive costed Germany even more. November's protests in Kiel and communist revolution in Berlin quickly overtook Eastern parts of Reich and bloody conflict between Freikorps groups and revolutionaries started. German Army's offensive abilities were lost and France launched its final counteroffensive.

In meantime, our main star, Italy, is struggling against slowly crippling Austria-Hungary. New Italian PM, Vittorio Orlando calls for final all-out offensive inspired by German example. Massive Italian fleet led by Paolo Thaon di Revel finally enters Adriatic Sea and moves towards enemy. With sort of trickery Revel finally makes Kaiserliche Marine leave its ports, lured out by a small decoy fleet led by Constanzo Ciano. Soon whole of K.u.K Marine falls into deadly trap near Krk Island and is almost entirely sunk by victorious Ragazzi. Destruction of Imperial Navy outrages folks in Austria-Hungary, making it vulnerable to final strike. Instead of pushing through Alps in Tirol, Pietro Badoglio and Admiral Revel launch a crazy plan of amphibious invasion in Dalmatia. Plan worked flawlessly due to meager amount of Austrian troops there. Offensive moves swiftly and Empire finally falls. On 11th November of 1918 Italian Army reaches outskirts of Vienna and forces Austrians to surrender; next day communist revolution explodes in Hungary under Bela Kun's command. Provisional Government of Austrian Republic accepts humiliating peace with Italian Kingdom, agreeing to pay harsh war reparations, remove Habsburg monarchy and renounce all Austria-Hungary's claims. At the same time provisional governments are formed in Czechoslovakia and Poland. Italian Army moves south to support its allies, Serbia and Greece. Together Balkan Three quickly devastate Bulgarian Army and ensures victory in Balkans.

Now, Ottoman Empire remains. Due to United Kingdom's fully commiting its forces in France, Thomas Edward Lawrence and Faisal ibn Hussein of Hejaz are struggling almost alone against Ottoman forces. Once Bulgaria signed truce in February of 1919, Thaon di Revel and Badoglio came up with extended version of their Dalmatian invasion plan. Approved by Orlando, Balkan Three conducts final offensive against Ottomans. While Greek-Serbian joint forces are quickly moving towards Aegaen Isles and Constantinople, Thaon approaches Levant and covers Badoglio's landing in Beirut. United Kingdom's government which was much more worried about possibility of communist revolution in England and unable to spare any more resources to continue war in Middle East agrees to give Lawrence full permission to lead negotiations with Italians and Arabs. Enlarged Coallition quickly proceeds and makes Sultan surrender on 13rd May of 1919. While Italians took entire Syria and Liban for themselves, Lawrence helped in establishing first modern Arabic state, becoming its Grand Marshall afterwards and effectively person number two in Arabian Kingdom, soon enlarged by conquest of crippling Saudi state.

In Russia, as usual, classic October Revolution erupts. Soon it overtakes whole Empire, what leads to formation of Communist governments all over the Russia, from Moscow to Vladivostok. Since Lenin's RFSRR had benn much stronger than other republics Moscow quickly forced other SSRs of Kazakhstan, Far East and Caucasia to submit. Japan and U.S, fearing of growing sympathies towards Communists in their countries decide to support Whites at any costs. Soon, all White generals agreed that their only chance is to accept foreign aid, which involved their cooperation. Around 1920 their forces gathered in Transbaikalia, with Irkutsk as its HQ. Thanks to foreign aid Transbaikalia was transformed into massive state-fortress in no time. Bolshevik offensives of 1921 and 1922 failed. Soon Lenin, seeing no hope in defeating Whites at this point, feared by growing authority of other republics and still suffering from assasination attempt, signes 15-years cease-fire with Whites. Last anti-communist stronghold in Siberia is constantly supplied and extended thanks to Japanese aid, in exchange for raw resources.

Finally, spring of 1919 came to Western Front. French were slowly breaking German lines, suffering enormous casualties. Imperial government and army were in complete disarray. Second communist revolution in Europe seemed to be most successful. With Kaiser Wilhelm weak enough to not being able to react, two main German commanders - Erich von Ludendorff and Manfred von Richthofen launched their military coup and imposed military government. To save Empire at any cost, they decided to evacuate army from West to Prussia and defeat underestimated revolutionaries first. German forces slowly were leaving western border and French ones slowly reclaiming their land. With casualties reaching almost two millions people, French Army was almost broken too. During last days of war French units were only reclaimig towns and bunkers left by Germans. The only lands they were able to "conquer" were Alsace-Lorraine and Eupen-Malmedy. New German border was tighly defended by Revolutionary Army of Germany. Being powerless to move against bunch of revolters, Edouard Daladier signed treaty with German Revolutionary Comitee, which agreed to cede mentioned territories. Five years of a nightmare were finally over for French. Germans however were still struggling in a civil war, which - thanks to foreign aid again - ended with a mere cease-fire. Temporary border between two German states has been set on Elbe, soon filled with fortifications and artillery. This way Bruderkrieg entered Cold War stage, with both sides preparing for another clash...

Aftermath of a World War One was tragic. With final number of around 25 million killed during five years and drastic political changes all over Europe. Entente's heads - France and England - merely avoided communist revolutions and entered period of massive stagnation, without reparations from Germany and with enormous debts in American banks. Reich was broken into two states - Communist German Union and Reich's succesor - Prussian Confederation. Russia turned from unstable Tsardom to unstable alliance of socialist republics. Communists were also ruling in Hungary. American Spirit was somewhat broken and Japan had its usual problems as well.

Only one state could call itself victorious.

Post Great War Treaties:

1.) 11th November of 1918 - Treaty of Trieste:

*Empire of Austria-Hungary is formally disbanded and Austrian Provisional Government is permitted to allow Habsburgs to reclaim the throne.
*Kingdom of Italy will be given Austrian part of Tirol and most of Dalmatian ports.
*New Croatian Kingdom will be created, consisting of Croatia and northern Bosnia. New kingdom will be ruled by Italian king.
*Kingdom of Serbia will be given Vojvodina and southern Bosnia.
*Austria will pay war reparations to Italy, Croatia and Serbia.
*Formation of Trieste League by Italy, Croatia, Serbia and (later) by Romania.

Once Italy finally broken its archenemy, Prime Minister Orlando imposed very harsh peace conditions on Austria. Most of factories and industrial complexes in Austrian Tirol and Styria were dismantled and moved to Italy. Gigantic war reparations were to be paid succesively for next 15 years. By ensuring good relations with post-Imperial states Italy attempted to encircle revolutionist Hungary. Italian mastery over Balkans became a fact.

2.) 13th May of 1919 - Treaty of Smyrna

*Ottoman Empire will be dismantled.
*Greek Kingdom will be given Thrace and Western Anatolia.
*Syria and Liban will be turned into one, Italian protectorate.
*Palestine and Jordan will be turned into British protectorate.
*Saudi dynasty will rule new Arabic kingdom, which will encompass all remaining territories except of Kuwait, Aden and Abu Dhabi, which will remain British.

Again, Italians decided to have no mercy and squeeze everything what they could out of Ottomans. By promising to Saudi King that one day Italian protectorate might be returned to Arabs, Italians ensured their local alliance with new Arabic state. Officials in London, truly desiring to end this mad conflict happily accepted new order in Arabian Peninsula, especially that Lawrence became Marshall of Saudi army, effectively becoming person #2 in whole Saudi Kingdom. Italian presence wasn't really welcomed by them however...

3.) 24th October of 1919 - Armistice of Colmar

*Official recognition of German Communist Union as new German state by England and France.
*Cessation of Alsace-Lorraine to France and Eupen-Malmedy to Belgium.
*Final end of The Great War.

In the very end, instead of glorious Versailles Peace, France had to get away with mere armistice signed in the middle of the night in railway carriage near Colmar. Prestigeous victory, ain't it? Recovery of Alsace-Lorraine is all what France achieved - no prestige, no fame, no war reparations. Fate of the West, decided in a railway carriage...that's not how Daladier wanted to end this war. However, society pressed hard to finally end this madness, at any cost.

All three treaties, except of enforcing new political order in Europe, finally broke short-lived Entente alliance. While England and France together barely gained anything, Italians won flawless victory on their own and imposed their conditions in Balkans and Middle East. Probably the last Entente bastion was...Asia, where White generals were still lively cooperating with Japanese Empire.

1918-1926: New World Order

Great War finally ended Belle Epoque, an age of seven major powers ruling all over the Europe. Only three of them: England, France and Italy survived as one, thou first two were extremely close to internal collapse in first years after war. When war ended for Entente and Central Powers, it started for all new countries, which regained independence after decades or even centuries.

Independence struggle in former Russia

Once Tsardom has fallen it became obvious that most of occupied nations will break away from Russian overlords and seek their chance to become free again. On 11th November Regency Council in Poland first proclaimed formation of Polish state in the area. Soon Finland, Ukraine and Baltic states followed. As months were passing, German soldiers were leaving occupied territories and heading to West, to save falling Empire. Soon these units got involved in fierce fights against Revolutionary Army, firmly holding on Elbe and pushing Reds out of Berlin. However, since Ludendorff-Richthofen duet lost any hope in saving West Germany, an order to return a few brigades to Latvia and Estonia was issued. However, new Finnish state already went on rampage: Mannerheim's expedition to Tallin - to save Estonia from Communism - went much better than expected and Estonian officials seeked to unite with their Ugric brothers from north under one banner. Finnish-Estonian army pushed even more south and reached Riga, with just a few German brigades left there. At first both armies cooperated in order to save Latvia, thou soon Mannerheim eliminated German threat and claimed Livonia for Finland. Latvians weren't that welcoming towards Mannerheim...and besides, fresh German regiments landed in Kurland, thus splitting Latvia in two parts: Finnish Livonia and German Kurland. Even if on 1920's spring Federative Republic of Finland was officialy proclaimed, Livonia never really integrated into new Federation. German-Finnish stalemate continued for next ten years.

In meantime, resurected Poland was struggling to regain its position again. Józef Piłsudski returned to Poland from Magdeburg on 11th November and took control of new government assuming title of Chief of State. Poland, standing between three communist revolution - in Germany, Hungary and Russia - had to react quickly and cooperate with anyone who also stood against communism. Instead of going into conquest spree however, Piłsudski, pressed hard by younger commanders (including Józef Haller and Władysław Sikorski) and Polish diplomats, had to enforce federative concept of new Poland. First expedition led by Piłsudski moved towards Vilnius, since Lithuania was still struggling against Communism. Same as in Estonia, thou after much harder negotiations temporary military alliance between Poland and Lithuania was secured. While main Lithuanian forces and Haller's corps moved to secure Minsk from revolution, Piłsudski moved east to aid Petlura's effort to defend Ukraine with the same goal. In both cases victories were ensured just before Christmas of 1919 - free Byelorussia and Ukrainian Republic joined Polish-Lithuanian temporary alliance. Poland failed to claim Pomerelia and Danzig due to German army's consolidation in East and formation of Prussian State.

On 14th March of 1920 Lenin finally ordered Red Army to break through all bourgeoise states in Central Europe and rush to aid of revolution in Germany. Millions of Soviet soldiers, stretched from Peipus to Black Sea moved forth. Finland joined Polish coallition the same day. Piłsudski and Mannerheim were leading joint defensive campaign against Lenin and his Revolution. First weeks of Soviet offensive were incredibly tough, thou Vilnius-Minsk-Kiev line has been held by Coallition. Soon it appeared that Red Army can't continue its offensive due to absolute depletion of military supplies and food. Red Army's disaster was brought on it by Lenin himself. First to fall was Ukrainian Front led by Joseph Stalin, whose army was encircled and destroyed during siege of Kiev. Ultimate counter-offensive followed, and on 27th October of 1920 humilliating Peace of Riga was signed. Coallition achieved stunning victory against Soviet Union.

At this point Finnic Federation was already established and internal situation safe, however, temporary Polish alliance has formally ended with Peace of Riga. Lively talks about future of alliance continued. Ukraine turned Polish offer down relatively quickly, but remained welcoming towards Warsaw. Lithuania and Byelorussia however, encouraged by Finnish experiment, cautiously agreed to restore Commonwealth as light federation of three states, not necessarily led by Poland. On 11th November of 1920 Commonwealth of Three Nations was officialy formed in Lublin, where first Union was signed back in 1569. On 17th November formal military alliance with Finland was signed, to prevent spread of October Revolution. Two new federations entered long period of peace, marked by effective industrialization and consolidation of society. Soviet Union, composed of Russian SFSR and several regional SSRs entered period of decline, until Lenin's death in 1926.

Independence struggle in Austria-Hungary

On 11th November, just when Polish and Czechoslovak states were proclaimed, Austrian government surrendered to Pietro Badoglio's army near Vienna. Long-lived Habsburg Empire was smashed into pieces. The same day, knowing that Badoglio army is about to enter Vienna, Istvan Tisza's government proclaimed formation of Hungarian Republic in Budapest. Next day however Tisza's government was captured and executed by Communists. Third communist revolution in Europe started - this time in Hungary. Since Orlando and Italians weren't concerned by Bela Kun and his revolution, Italian army moved through Croatia to Serbia. According to this "silent" agreement Hungarian communist didn't move south, aware of being unable to break Italians and moved west and north to defend former Hungarian border. Temporary Romanian-Czech alliance fought Red Hungary, but was enable to purge the revolution. Communism in Hungary was safe, and just before Soviet invasion in the East occured, Hungarian Central Comitee signed truce with Romania and Czechoslovakia, keeping southern Slovakia, Carpathian Rus and Szekely's Land in his hands. Kun refused to join Lenin's offensive and avoided economical disaster unlike him. Instead Magyars focused on industrialization and consolidation of communism, achieving quite impressive results soon.

Romania and Czechoslovakia failed to stop revolution in former Austria-Hungary. Romania, fully encircled by enemy, allied with Italy and entered League of Trieste soon, helping in forcing Bulgaria to submit. It didn't join Ottoman expedition however, providing only military supplies and oil to Serbians and Greeks. Czechoslovakia's situation was probably even worse. Having two communist states, succesful Poland and Austria,de facto puppet state of Italy as neighbours, government in Prague choosed neutrality and despite propositions didn't side with neither Prussia nor Italy. Instead, a long-term plan of turning Czechoslovakia into country-fortress, Switzerland of the East was launched.

Since Serbian dreams of united Slavic state couldn't be realised, King Alexander had to accept only "Serbian" parts of Bosnia and minor gains in the East. Albania has been temporary turned into Italian satellite. Croatian throne has been granted to Vittorio III's son, Umberto, who became Dmitar Zvonimir II of Croatia. Despite large opposition, Croatia was prospering thanks to Italian investments and money from war reparations. Greece swiftly broke through Bosphorus and gained mastery over Aegean Sea, finally taking revenge for centuries of occupation and retaking Konstantinopoli.

Entente's Troubles

France and United Kingdom - Entente's leaders - welcomed end of Great War with mixed feelings. Disastrious conflict around the world finally ended, exhausted soldiers could return to their homes, and people could finally rest after five years of exhausting warfare. However, territorial and economical gains were...meager, to say the least. France barely seized Alsace-Lorraine and captured German colonies in West Africa. United Kingdom...wasn't able to even do that. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, legendary Lion of Africa fought the British to the very end of 1918. Since Italy has beaten Austria-Hungary on its own and Entente broke, a super secret plan to support Schutztruppe engaged. On spring of 1919 Lettow, according to the plan, moves towards coast and breaks into Lindi, theoretically putting his army to a great danger. The same time Italian submarine convoy from Mogadishu finally arrives to Lindi, which is soon turned into unbreakable fortress. Secret Italian supply line continues to work somehow, and Lettow holds Lindi until June of 1919, when South Africa decides to leave Eastern Africa, thus disobeying will of London. A chain reaction which led to fracture (but not fall) of British Empire started there. Also, along wih Artmistice of Colmar, peace in East Africa was signed too. As a aftermath, Tanzania remained unconquered, but there was no official German authority over it, since Empire has fallen. A first post-colonial state of Tanganiyka in Africa has been proclaimed, with Lion of Africa as its first head of state.

East African disaster, along with war weariness and meager gains led to major troubles in British Empire. South Africa's protest led to outrageous quarrels all over Empire. Several new autonomous colonies were created, including Kenya, Rhodesia, Burma or Ceylon. Some of the dominions accepted extended autonomy as parts of Empire. However, British Raj and Australia definitely defied London and broke away. India has been united under one government after fairly long civil war in 20s. Australia was one of the first country to be overtaken by fascism*, seeking revenge against Commonwealth. Egypt's position was uncertain from the beginning, and through 20s it gained de facto independence, leaving United Kingdom with Suez Channel only. London was powerless to stop decline of Empire, but British Isles were recovered and economy was growing again, thanks to wise decision made by liberal government and new PM, David Lloyd George in 20s. Military expenses were radically cut down to save the Empire (which also meant lack of investments for Royal Navy), but soon British society and economy recovered. Opposition's leader, Winston Churchill has been talking a lot about Empire's restoration before 1933 elections and it seems that he's getting more and more supporters.

France didn't have that much problems with colonies, instantly agreeing to extend their autonomy. Recovery of Alsace-Lorraine certainly helped French economy, but it wasn't nowhere near enough to return to pre-war state and repay all loans taken during war in America. French state was crippling. 1920s were perilious for French, with neverending political tensions between countless factions and economical decline. France remained one of most turbulent and unstable European states, constantly being shaken by corruption, affairs, political wars and deep crisis.

Asia

Since United Kingdom's decline led to formation of independent India and Australia, and autonomy of several colonies (Burma, Sarawak, Ceylon, Malaysia), colonial empires weren't really a problem for Japan. Easily capturing German isles on Pacific, Japanese focus their efforts on supporting White generals in Russia. Overall however, gains were way to small to consider war successful. Unstable Japanese democracy was in danger in 1920s, when military tried to seize the power again. Thanks to decisive stance of new emperor Hirohito however, officers have been defied and Japan were to enter new, strange period. A main goal of Japan, control of Asia remained dominant, but the ways to achieve it started to differenate. Hirohito's active involvement into politics vastly altered Japan's foreign policy. Instead of mindless conquest, a cooperation with smaller Asian states has been enforced. General fear of communism, which already has reached Asia was one of main factors. It's better to have more allies than enemies. Not to mention that they will be thankful after all...Japanese mission to save Asia started. At first Empire started to encourage independence of French and English dominions and colonies in Asia, actively supporting local governments while European overlords couldn't afford to do it. Soon Japanese economy got back to its pre-war level again, producing military and industrial resources and selling them across the Asia in exchange for all raw resources Japan didn't have. Finally, Korea has been granted autonomy. Art of Diplomacy served Hirohito and his ministers well, thus also securing democracy in Japan and forcing military factions to resign from their political ambitions. A new Japan protected all Asian states from growing radicalist and fascist threats, however, its relations with former European allies were deteriorating quite quickly...

Interwar Period: 1926 - 1932

Rise and Fall of Vittorio Orlando

Victorious Orlando and his government were praised all over Italy. After years of pointless bloodshed just a touch of magic turned Italy into major power in Mediterranean, leading to defeat of Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire. No one would even bother with questioning Orlando's government, victorious one, which soon won first post-war elections. Italy's situation certainly improved after war, but not as much as it was expected to. Some of the projects and plans, including 1924's invasion of Ethiopia had to be postponed due to "unexpected problems". No one really had a problem with that since Orlando was the one who won the war - and more frequent sights of problems were still ignored.

Soon, a March of 1925 came. Communist coup in Belgrade overthrows Serbian King and leads to creation of Serbian Communist Republic. Despite appeals for help and common support for intervention, Italy didn't make a move to prevent communism from spread. Orlando himself, during the coup in Belgrade, has been preoccupied with - as it soon appeared - mafia activities, since he was member of Cammora. Disastrous error vastly tarnished Italy and Orlando's reputation. Soon all other affairs were uncovered: money from Austrian reparations were constantly defrauded, some of the projects were put on hiatus because of mafia's and other groups influence. Corruption was also a common thing in the post-war Orlando government. All these shocking news turned Orlando from hero to zero, wave of protests and demonstrations overtook Italy. Serbian Crisis of 1925 has been finally solved on 24th April of 1925. Vittorio Emmanuelle fully dismissed Orlando and his government. New question arose - who should replace Orlando?

Since King wasn't content with all quarreling politicians in Italian parliament and felt like unity is what Italy needs most at the moment, choice could be only one. Paolo Thaon di Revel, Duca del Mare, assumed title of Head of National Government for Italian Unity on 26th April. Old Admiral and King instantly dealt with all troublemakers and proceeded with creation of new government. Mafia, thanks to Revel's fierce opposition has been almost entirely wiped out of Italy. Special government commission to deal with war reparations has been formed. Revel formed his National Unity Government out of other important military commanders and Italian authorities, to preserve said Unity. Serbian question remained undecided since Revel didn't want to engage Italy in conflict with Serbia and most likely Hungary. Soon a year passed, but changes were visible - Italy has been slowly recovering from wasted period of Orlando's government. After 360 days National Unity Government has been turned into "normal" government, commonly approved by Italians. Now being a Prime Minister, Revel could invite more and more younger and open-minded politicians and generals into his government. A new generation of Italian statesmen was rising under Duca del Mare's wings, who was Prime MInister from 1925 all the way to 1932, promising to leave once Italy will be ready to. For now, under Revel's leadership, Italy is more prosperous than it ever was.

Break-up of Internationale

After a long disease, Lenin dies on 21st January of 1924. His greatest fear of other Socialist Republics disobeying Moscow's will after his death became a fact. Central Comitee in Moscow retained only artificial authority in Kazakhstan, Caucasus and in Asia. Moreover, bloody struggle for power in Russia between all influential comrades starts. SR-Bolshevik Coallition, united under Lenin's authority quickly broke up. While dozens of Bolshevik groups were turning their factions into pieces during internal fights, Social-Revolutionary wing, fairly united comparing to Bolsheviks, slowly absorbed more and more power, encountering little to no problems on the way. Despite all that internal fighting, 14th Congress of All-Union Communist Party of Russia starts on 18th December of 1925. Its end, on 31st December is more than shocking. Thanks to wise SR's strategy Bolshevik factions were technically oblieterated and SR's leader - Viktor Chernov - has been elected as new Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Russian SFSR.

SR's victory started a wave of changes in Russia. Die-hard Bolsheviks, who were mindlessly following Communist propaganda were technically powerless now. Chernov and much more open-minded SR took control. Russia, still suffering after catastrophical war with Commonwealth and FInland and not keeping up with plainly impossible plans of rapid industrialization, looked even worse than Tsarist one. Chernov, sometimes called as "Comrade Reformer" instantly halts all irrelevant plans and significantly changes Russian SFSR in a few months. Thou it remained communist, Russia became much more liberal (in communist standards). First steps to eliminate incredibly inefficient administration, weaken power of almighty special forces and give more freedom to common folks were made. First successes were rather small, but noticeable. KGB-Bolshevik faction aware of what Chernov changes are meaning, moved out of Moscow just after SR victory. Ground in Khabarovsk, Far Eastern S.R has been already prepared for Bolshevik takeover. When Felix Dzerzhinsky assumed power in Far East, Chernov accepted it for the time being. While Dzerzyhinskiy and his faction was preparing to return to Moscow one day, Chernov continued with his reforms, hopefully one day modernizing Russian SFSR and eliminating Bolshevik remnants. Similar Bolshevik takeover happened in Caucasus, where Lavrentij Beria (temporarily allied with KGB Faction) became new Chairman. It was obvious that Soviet Union won't be united easily. Officialy all Socialist Republics were obeying Moscow, yet in fact they were semi-independent. Lenin was weak enough to prevent it from happen, Chernov wasn't concerned at all, trying to reform Russia first.

Soon, on 16th May of 1926 Sixth Internationale Congress has been held in Moscow. Except of countless communist parties from all over the world, delegations from all communist states (Germany, Hungary, Serbia and all parts of Soviet Union) arrived to discuss future of Revolution. Chernov, confident enough thanks to his first successes, decided to take decisive stance against all oppresive factions, including his own comrades from other republics. Fierce manifesto proclaimed on 19th May changed the communist world once and for all. For a first time Chernov openly criticised German and Hungarian Comitees for eliminating their political enemies and using their political influence same as their enemies used to. He also denied all forms of unneccesary violence to spread the revolution and highly inneffective central planning economy used to "create modern armies and appease party commissaires but not to help common workers in everyday life". By denouncing all forms of "revolutionary oppression" and calling all communist governments to join his "communist reformation" Chernov split Internationale for good: for the new head of KPD, Ernst Thaelmann, it was impossible to accept Chernov's reformation: it would mean the end of his Germany, enforcing massive militarization at any cost, controlled by powerful special forces, thus as head of German delegation Thaelmann denied Chernov's reformation and called all the delegates to leave Moscow and save true ideas of Revolution and Lenin. Some of parties left Moscow and headed with Thaelmann to Essen indeed, same as Hungarians. It was the end of Internationale. Two days after the breakup, on 21st May, Viktor Chernov, along with delegations from Serbia, Socialist Wuhan Government, Spanish Communist Party and dozens of other parties officialy disbanded Internationale and formed Socintern, brand new group of "reformed communist" parties. Next day, after receiving informations from Moscow, Thaelmann proclaimed Komintern in Essen - naturally, opposing Socintern and following "True Revolution and Ideas of Lenin" consisting of Germany, Hungary and lots of other parties (including Communist Party of China from Fujian). Through Bolshevik factions from Far East and Caucasia remained neutral, they also remained in close contant with Thaelmann, thus gaining strong ally against Chernov the Reformator.

Through next years, Chernov continued on reforming the Russia. Even if formally Soviet Union was one, Far Eastern Republic remained almost independent and was actively plotting against Moscow. Other republics weren't different, but formal status quo has been maintained all the way to 1930s. While SR Comitee in Russia was announcing success after success and continuous improvements in all fields, giant German war machine had been silently expanded to unimaginable size...

Secondary facts:

Victorious Peace of Riga and common interests finally led to restoration of Commonwealth (1569-1795). This time however it was including three independent states (Poland, Lithuania, Belarus), which formed a federation based on economical and military cooperation, which main goal was to defend against Soviet Union or Prussia. First years of new Commonwealth were not the easiest - economy still hasn't recovered after Great War and then Soviet aggression and all three countries weren't trusting each other enough. Relations between all three were developing slowly, but steadily. It was Poland which had to cool down all the quarrels in exchange for Commonwealth's safety first. Soon, first common projects engaged. A major port has been built in Palanga since Klaipeda (Memel) remained German in 1922. A common, free from toll Central Industrial Zone has been formed in Volhynia and Podlasia, being a backbone of growing Lithuanian and Belarussian industry. Export goods including grain and livestock from Belarus and coal from Poland were travelling through special Commonwealth Economical Railroad to Palanga, from where goods were sent to customers in Baltic Sea. Financial successes were somehow helpful in consolidating Commonwealth, yet surely it can't be called a stable federation in 1932. There's still considerably large number of groups opposing federation in Lithuania and Ukrainian nationalists in the Galicia are giving Poland a lots of troubles, not to mention outbreak of civil war in Ukraine. Since Stiepan Bandera's nationalists gained major advantage against Petlura and his government, eastern border might become even more unstable soon. Not to mention that Ukrainian successes are encouraging radical Lithuanian groups to attempt breakaway from Commonwealth...

Spain, once an Empire where Sun never sets, now was a mere weakling, torn apart by violent social conflicts. All the way until 1929 growing tensions were troublesome for Spain, as long as new Radical Socialist Republican Party hasn't been formed. Party's founder and leader - Álvaro de Albornoz y Liminiana - called for national debate on Spanish future to prevent catastrophical civil war. Since Carlist and fascist paramilitary groups were more and more active, dealing with its enemies on the streets, a possibility of civil war was all-time high. Soon all important delegations and authorities (including Church delegates) met in Barcelona to discuss future of Spain. Liminyana, aware of right-wing extremists plans remained in contact with loyal police and army units in Catalonia. When extremists attempted coup by surrounding meeting's place during debate, armed forces were ready to smash them. Attackers had fallen into trap and Liminyana gained upper hand. After a few days an uneasy compromise has been achieved: similar to Italy's national unity government has been formed. Soon Spain turned into federation, giving Euskadi, Catalunya, and all other regions high degree of autonomy. Extraordinary elections of 1930 were won by Liminyana of course, whose Radical Socialist Party weren't as radical as the name indicated. Liminyana assumed title of President while Spain became United Socialist Spanish Federation. Even if socialist, Church remained untouched by new government, and both groups learned to exist and cooperate together. Thou there are still a few enemies of new system around, Socialist Spain stabilized rather quickly and entered period of rapid growth. Compromise which saved Spain in crucial moment worked great also in economy, where except of state-runned companies high degree of liberalism has been maintained.

Former Entente leaders were desperately trying to get out of crisis. While in United Kingdom during decade of Lloyd George's economy of Empire has been saved, military suffered from drastic spending cuts in early 20s. Royal Navy still is strong enough to easily defend British Isles, but any kind of sea domination during another total war is impossible at this point. France didn't lost any of its colonies, however, deep political crisis makes it impossible to form any long-lasting government, which could save Third Republic from final disaster. In America, said to be undisputed number one in the world United States suffered badly from tragic failure in Europe. Through disastrous 1920s hundreds of scandals and affairs had been revealed across all the States, showing a true face of falling system. Some of the governors, notably in Texas and California were technically semi-independent, dealing with problems in their states with help of financial magnates or crime organizations. While another lies were being uncovered, Federal Government was suffering more and more, slowly losing control over some ambitious states...

In China, everything went as we know it, until the Northern Expedition (1929) led by Chiang-Kai Shek. This time KMT chief couldn't save unity of his group with bribes and concessions, thus leading to ultimate break-up of Guomindang into several factions. Feng Yuxiang's Guominjun in North seeked Japanese assistance and received it, enabling Japan to enter China without any battle. Three Ma of Ningxia were uncertain, thou with Ma Hongkui's ascension Ma Clique was leaning towards Guominjun and Japan. Beiyang government from North whitstood KMT's invasion and emerged stronger than ever, despite territorial losses during mentioned invasion. Chiang moved to Nanjing, former Imperial capital - one of the few territories taken from Beiyang. Chiang's main rival - Wang Jingwei - formed his leftist government in Wuhan, secretly cooperating with Zhang Guotao's Communist forces in Fujian. in Xinjiang, or Sinciang, Turkic rebels are close to victory over KMT's Sheng Shicai. Rest of China is composed of various, opportunistic cliques. China smashed into pieces, more pieces than ever! Can you put them back together?
 

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As you can guess lads, we ain't really satisfied with current state of Darkest Hour Full. It certainly moves forward, through painful tests and radical changes, but it's relatively slow process you see. I've been always wondering why DH devs, being modders themselves won't just leave DH Full to non-affilated modders while dem devs would focus on engine's improvements. I'd help certainly, but now...ah, too late. Soon you'll be selling Darkest Hour with Risorgimento mod with it, mark my words sire Fernando. Nah honestly, this will be the best mod ever. Anyway, apart from self-proclaiming ourselves kings of modding...

Additional Units

Yeah, we've been thinking about it for a long time. The final decision was: to add some fun stuff, but not go crazy. I ain't named Novapaddy to spent my entire life adding thousands of units (props bro). So in terms of new units, there's not much really for now and it may stay that way unless there's someone who's willing to expand this system. Anyway, current list is:

*Light Infantry - yeah, that's a common one. However, we wanted to use it slightly different than other guys. At first, as unit allowed to be built by minors only. By little guys here and there who can't afford much infantry divisions, especially not in Darkest Hour Full. It won't make their armies much bigger anyway, just help them a bit. Make just a tad more interesting. Playable. Second - as colonial forces for major powers. Italy for example will have its line of events to extend special Colonial Forces by adding some light infantry units outside of Italy. And not only Italy of course. Third - special mobilization systems. Switzerland has its "million people in twenty-four hours", obviously represented by countless light infantry divisions. A few more smaller countries will be given light infantries when entering world war - depending on pre-war investments. Poland (yes) will use Obrona Narodowa (National Defense) system. While OTL it was just a sort of militia in terms of DH, here we want to make it considerable Switz-like mobilization force. And last, but not least, majors in serious troubles will be given a lots of light infantry and militia. You won't be able to win war with two-three encirclements any longer. It's simply anti-climatic. So, that's light infantry.


Don't bother with icon, my graphic people want to make whole new set of classic SKIFFs so...just don't bother with it will you?

*Elite Units - oh, another obvious one. Every (or most of) countries will have their special unit(s), be it infantry, cavalry, motorized, mechanized or panzer division, unlocked by decisions. You know how it works, right? Don't have to explain that one, it's pretty common idea. However, we want as many countries as possible to have their unique units, activated via events of course. Surely very own unique units will give some depth not only to major players, but also to these smaller ones, aiming high. Very high.

Technologies

Basic DHF tech-tree ain't really bad, it could just use some polishing and spicy details ;) At first changes and additions there might be minor, but trust me guys, we have thousands of events to write and whole database to complete. Anyway I don't want Risorgimento to be just a funky mod with new scenario setup, two new units and bunch of events. I really want the game to feel different. My general idea for a perfect tech-tree varies somewhere between TRP and Mod34. While TRP could use just a little bit more details, Mod34 had all of them but was pretty complicated in fact. So my plan is to go somewhere between both and allow you to research new models of units but also customize them by researching additional minor branches concerning various details. AFAIK Mod34 had even technologies for various bombs. 50kg, 100kg, 200kg...daymn! Now, I surely don't want to overkill it (sadly M34 overkilled it a bit), but possibility of literally customizing your army is tempting, really really tempting.

Important thing I have to point out - neither me nor any of my companions are crazy military equipment fans. If you feel like you are good at it, understand how technological aspect of WW2 worked and wanted to help a bit with ideas, research and testing (I can code on my own). Now this mod is really where you can just spam us with ideas made into readable schemes, easily convertable to DH for us. As for mine ideas, being clearly a plans at this point:

*Industrial technologies needs serious overhaul. I mean, super-serious. I've been considering making economical technologies, improving several moddifiers. Industrial techs are the weakest point of DHF tech system IMHO.

*Reworking way of how you research airplanes and ships models. I wanted to say that inspiration came from both HoI1 and TRP, but since TRP is somewhat based in HoI1...I played good old HoI1 too, a lot. In general, event unlocking new tier of air/naval equipment and models. In TRP there are one and two-engine planes lines, which are leading to models. Now, I'd rather make specific Aircraft Design 19xx tech, a huge one, allowing you to research both new models and additions like said bombs, armament, etc attached to this Design tech. Ships...something similar.

Guess for now that's all what I have in mind. Please remember that there are simply thousands of other things, but I surely want to make technologies feel much better.

Numerous minor tweaks, including reworking domestic policy's sliders, minister traits, etc.

I'll surely add more on the way, when we consider some ideas worthy enough to share them with others and find out together if they're worth it. Those posted now are the things we really want to add or rework.
 
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In this post you can find all our current troublesome things to solve, things actually being worked on, and all other stuff like that. If you guys want to help us, just always come here and take a look, maybe there's something you can do for us. Without further ado, move on!

South America

Now...here goes a little story for y'all. Last year when Risorgimento's production started, one of our fellaz took Latin America and was like "yeah mate yeah cool". Now, soon our beloved compadre got bored with it and left us with a few .incs directly copied from DH Full and Brazil split into Socialist and Nationalist one. If I am to be honest with you guys, none of us have any idea about Latin America nor is even interested in it. I don't want to say that it's boring, it simply...eh, it's not our climate you see. If any of you guys have at least a slight idea what can be done here and knows a thing or two (presumably around fifty since I ain't want to waste my time on helping there, I have half of world to do on my own), or maybe if there's a team of you, Bolivare Latinoamericano Moderatoro, I really don't mind leaving that area to you. But then again, I want a cooperative pippolo who really, really, really can into serious modding-aktion. So just bear it in mind.

Do anything sensible with that crap! Make it fun! Unusual! Special!

Also, I have a special question to Brazillian and Portuguese guys around: would renewed union of Portugal and Brazil work in 20th Century for both nations? I really wanted to give Portugal a chance to restore old Empire, obviously a very small chance but still, to land in Brazil during turmoil and slowly reunite both domains. Now that would be something fun, but then again I ain't good at your complicated Iberian-American relations, so someone please tell me if it makes sense. Playing Portugal is always pointless, I really want it to be fun at once! :(


If it would work, then we can keep Brazil as it is, and simply give them Benfica and Sporting Portugalcao Magrancao Cristiano Ronaldo chance to rise. Oh, that sounds glorious!


General research people

I've said a bit about that in FAQ post below, so you might want to read it before going back there. There's always something to research, some informations and pictures to find, really there are! And we obviously can't be bothered with doing all the research since we have to mod it too! A lot of you are always complaining that OMG I CANT MOD! :( So now you can move your sorry butt at once and be of some use to me! Yeah! Want your own country to be fun and super detailed? Want to give us some ideas for new events? Point out some interesting characters and events that could alter the game's course? Yeah, we need those things and we'll happily accept all of researched stuff. You guys know the best how things looked like in your countries. I for one would love to just cruise thru Interwebz Francais and make my civil war in France million times better. Sadly, even if I know very basic French, it's nowhere near enough. And that's just one example. You know your countries the best - make sure to provide all interesting stuff to us ;) I also pointed that out in FAQ, but just in case: anjinmiura666@gmail.com - my mail. Send all the stuff here since PMs ain't really comfortable way to do it. But let me know there first, since I'm not checking my mailbox often.

And now, a very first task to see if you got it right. Since Italia is pearl in our crown (shining brighter than Kaiserreich ofc) we want it to be more than perfect. And we want it to have carriers this time. Now, Wikipedia ain't say much about that, but I managed to found that guy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Fioravanzo . Wiki provides some basic info of course, but I need some more details about that guy and his friends mentioned in article. Anything on topic of Italian aircraft carrier plans and people involved in them would be more than welcome.

I will be adding new tasks here from time to time, however if you can see that some countries are lacking stuff - it means that we need it and you are obliged to provide it NOW!

That's it for now. That post will grow bigger over time.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: You know that event X in your mod is impossible because Y couldn't happen and thus it's wro...
A: I couldn't care less, honestly.

Q: Do you really think that this mod is better that Kaiserreich?
A: Not now, but relatively soon, once we'll deal with all minor but needed stuff it is going to be the best mod ever made for Darkest Hour. Sorry to say that.

Q: Isn't it shame to post mod in current state?
A: Kinda. But then again, we need to get some attention (what), let people know what's up, see if they're interested and most of all gather new people to help us. With research mostly. I, the second greatest event machine in existence (there is #1 in Poland, he'd make mod like Kaiserreich in two hours) can output dozens of events daily when I have sources. Same with rest of the crew.

Q: Do you honestly consider changelogs useless?
A: Yeah. I'm always fixing bugs via savedebug reports and simply testing before uploading them. If I would be to waste my time on changelogs, modding progress will be almost unnoticeable. Don't worry - I'm trying to keep all files documented nicely so you won't get lost in them, really. Changelogs are useless to me, at least for now.

Q: Which countries would you recommend to play (once we can actually play this crap) ?
A: Me, as le Miura, je would advise trying ones made by me of course, the ones I really care about. Italy is so glorious and glamorous you can't resist that chick this time. I will make sure to make it feel like Germany does in all historical mods, with thousands of events and units to play with. Number two would be U.V.F.N, technocratic rebel state in France. Oh you gotta love that, you really do! As choice numero trois...surprisingly not Japan, but Ma Clique, which evolves into Xia Republic, which then effectively forms Chinese Federation with Guominjun. No more KMT and their dirty tricks!

Q: Why do you think May Picqueray is viable choice as best French commander ever?
A: Because of yes. Yes, she is. If you ever thought about questioning it, you surely cannot into Risorgimento sir. Please consider your life choices right now.

Q: Are you going to name all released versions as DLCs?
A: Yes, because it amuses me greatly. Besides, Johan and his crew is doing the same so I guess I can too, can't I?

Q: And which countries would other guys reccomend?
A: That's much easier. Lothar, the Libertarian Chap will probably always play as MAD CHURCHILL PERSON and restore British Empire, but don't mind him, he's freak...anyway Empire restoration will be very fun, I can tell. Punk (Sevgart), who's in long-term relationship with All the Ruskies and Soviet Union would say: "Go, reform Soviet Union! And kill everybody!", its all he cares about. John...well, if you like some minor e minor action (that's what she said), Croatia will be fairly detailed as Italy's first minion I can say. Yugoslavia led from Zagreb? Why not!

Q: Ah, you see Miuray Khan, I know you ain't following historical path, but I just want you to know that maybe you could use a guy X or event Y which suits better you know.
A: Well, that's a fair point. Really all the sources we have access to are English, I mean English WIkipedia or any other sites like that providing some useful historical records. Sadly, we can't access infos written in native languages and besides, you people might know better history of your own countries aye?

Now, here's an super important appeal to all gaisu~ around. Spam us, and by spam us I mean SPAM US LIKE MAD DUCKS with all translated sources/pics/data/infos about your country in mod's period and how such sources could be implemented/useful/helpful for us! I ain't no good at history of Romania or Netherlands for example, I know only what Wiki can tell me. Lots of people are always saying dat crap, that they can't really mod and thus they're useless...and such statetment is a true fallacy indeed! We have no time to do crazy research, we ain't no historians we just like this game you see. If you have some resources ALWAYS give them to us. If you want to help with some research, just ask and I'll surely find something for y'all. It will speed up progress a lot since we won't have to spend hours and hours cruisin' thru Internetz to make a short eventchain. ALL HELP IS GODDAMN APPRECIATED!

And since we're there, sending stuff via PM or what ain't really most comfortable way to do it. So, here's my mail - anjinmiura666@gmail.com - just send me stuff if you have it (let me know on forums first - I'm not checking mailbox often). If you have some Skype or just want to chat, help a tad - oh, I said it so many times. GO AHEAD GAISU PUT YA GUNS ON~!

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Just download the mod and look at it in game, then tell me what you think! However, from time to time, I'll be posting some random screenshots in forms of imgur galleries. So, there we go:

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26th May of 2013

Ah, so there we go. Maybe now when you read this its 27th already. Well, it took us some time to polish everything. Punk has been working hard on map which can be seen in first post despite various difficulties (he was drinking like crazy two days ago), so everyone please applaud his unbreakable will. He said he'll do it today and he indeed did. I personally went to atomic headache, my head was literally exploding for six hours and still hurts a bit. Anyway we said we'll bring it on today and there it is.

Yeah, it's not really THAT much for now, and that's why we require your assistance in terms of propositions and general research for secondary powers. I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH! There are so many folks on this forum being like "OMG I CANT MOD". So now you can! Go, find me some stuff!

Hopefully tomorrow I'll post appriopriate threads at Net Wargaming Italia and French RGS Forum, to ask local tribals about materials concerning Italia and France. And start coding French Civil War, but not only it. Groundwork for huge eventada is prepared, now it just takes a tough badass (someone like me) to Code Them All. Next week French Civil War DLC should be there, along with lots of other stuff.

Hopefully tomorrow my head won't be like Hiroshima again...

Oh, one more thing for 26th May. You might think I'm rude (and I am indeed), but please refrain yourselves from posting one-two words posts like "Interesting!" or "Can't wait to see this mod!" or anything like that. Honestly, we know that it's the best mod already (overconfidence 9000), but what we really need is reliable feedback and opinions and research aid, so let's focus on these things chaps shall we? ;)

Okay, gotta go to bed soon...I really feel like A-bomb exploded in my head...daaaamn...
 

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please give prussia a lot of love. make them able to colonize kurland, baltic state and poland. I want this Hydra-like prussian-fascist military-gouvernement ^^


i tested this mod. i looks very very interesting.

by the way, i'm prussian german and would provide help if you need some ideas, input or background infomration for german/prussian states.

In this timeline i could imagine that austria, prussia, Deutsch-Ostafrika and other remainments of the former german empire or conservative german areas, states etc would forme personal union or federation. For example:

Prussia and Austria seek conflict with czech over the Sudetendeutsche Question. Through social conflicts turning violent in czech, prussia and austria ally and seek war with czech and prussia occupies czech and hungary sizes slovakia like the soviets in OTL did with eastern poland.

Through these alliance between prussia and austria as a counter weight to GCU german east afrika enters that alliance as puppet of prussia, after facing internal conflict with black majorities.
When Prussia starts integrating czech it gets more IC and can became a middle-weight power again. When Italy threats austria some kind of anschluss between austria and prussia could happen.

Also some social conflicts between ugric and german-tavian minorities in kurland and livland, latvia could cause some minor conflict between finish federation and prussia/german alliance over riga and latvia. The major goal for prussia would definatly be to secure and colonize land in the east with german minorities because it seems to be unable to beat GCU before enlarging.

the german minorities in the east are a very interesting aspect of german-eastern-european history with the possibility to see many minor conflicts,
 
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Oh,Another thing,Soviet russia Without Ukraine,Belarus,Karelia,Georgia,etc ISN'T soviet Union,is russian Socialist Soviet republic
 

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Owww so you break up the nations as you wish without logical events to support it and in order to avoid criticism you called it Anti-Alternative scnerio bla bla bla look japanese boy this is Europe not main japan island so you cannot divide it like the times of shogunate wars(20 clans in an a small island peh).Every country in europe has its own history and culture you are free to create ugly stories and make maps but before calling it as a mod at least make it with decent story and logic.

Germany didnt lost a land but split in two parts ?

Soviet Union is sitting and doing nothing which has Ukraine and Belarussia as neighbors.

What is Arabic kingdom anyway Why did Uk gave away its precious Iraq it is full of oil gave it to a huge arab nation and expect to take its oil or rule it as puppet state well I dont know you but I know Brits and they are smart people they dont create strong puppets ?

Uk lost India why is Ghandi born 40 years early ?

More than %40 of the Slovakia is in the HSR territory so how can you put Czechoslovakia there ?

Megali idea and Kurdistan come on you gotta be joking !

Brazil divided in two ? The industrilazed part is still Brazil so the red part which has %80 of its lands covered with amazon forest foughts aganist it ? With what weapons rocks or amazon wood ?

Japanese goverment works hard to save people in Asia well we saw imperial Japans hard work at Nanjing !

Where the hell is USA breaking up ? What happened to its huge industry and navy but oh wait our japanese writer would probalby gave east cost to the japans I am sure...

All mighty nations of west falling apart and Japan rises as the savior wowww Asian type of Monroe Doc protector of the innocent people banzaaaaiii !

History is not something you can create with your FOLKS the map of the world could be diffrent of course like in the kaiserech of faterland but everyone of those mods had some logic in it yours DO NOT HAVE ANY...
 
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Owww so you break up the nations as you wish without logical events to support it and in order to avoid criticism you called it Anti-Alternative scnerio bla bla bla look japanese boy this is Europe not main japan island so you cannot divide it like the times of shogunate wars(20 clans in an a small island peh).Every country in europe has its own history and culture you are free to create ugly stories and make maps but before calling it as a mod at least make it with decent story and logic.

Germany didnt lost a land but split in two parts ?

Soviet Union is sitting and doing nothing which has Ukraine and Belarussia as neighbors.

What is Arabic kingdom anyway Why did Uk gave away its precious Iraq it is full of oil gave it to a huge arab nation and expect to take its oil or rule it as puppet state well I dont know you but I know Brits and they are smart people they dont create strong puppets ?

More than %40 of the Slovakia is in the HSR territory so how can it named as slovakia ?

Megali idea and Kurdistan come on you gotta be joking !

Brazil divided in two ? The industrilazed part is still Brazil so the red part which has %80 of its lands covered with amazon forest foughts aganist it ? With what weapons rocks or amazon wood ?

Where the hell is USA but oh wait our japanese writer would probalby gave east cost to the japans I am sure...

History is not something you can create with your FOLKS the map of the world could be diffrent of course like in the kaiserech of faterland but everyone of those mods had some logic in it yours DO NOT HAVE ANY...
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The part ruled by the HSR is Hungarian majority. The rest is the Slovak majority part, including Bratislava, so it's possible.
 

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The part ruled by the HSR is Hungarian majority. The rest is the Slovak majority part, including Bratislava, so it's possible.
At least one of the problems with story solved eh but still there are many actually I count 26 put gave up writing after 8 :D

Also please explain how Serbia has borders deep into the Hungarian Territory + Muslim Bosnias under the flag of Serbia nope aint that gonna happen too...
 
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i love alternative history mods, but somehow not many of them receive the attention they need to succeed... in the heart of players, there's already Kaiserreich...
 

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i love alternative history mods, but somehow not many of them receive the attention they need to succeed... in the heart of players, there's already Kaiserreich...
You are right but what is the true reason for that ?

Is it because that KSR is the first big ahistorical mod or it is because that it had a great represantion of the world after a German victory in ww1 with a decent logical story and great events to support it.

The creator of this mod has several mods as well and all he has done so far to smash the countries of Europe without proper logical story.Breaks up countries as he wishes and calls it as a story.He Divides the victorious countries into blocks makes new nations from nothing,favors some nations all time and gives them more land and above else puts Angel nation Japan as the protector of the world while all western counties are killing each other in civil wars.

I dont know the others but this mod is doomed to fail we europeans are not like the old clans of shogunate divided into small pieces losing everything in civil wars.

Events and stories of the WW1 and WW2 is real and deep plus the people of Europe,Middle East and Usa are proud and smart so if anybody puts them in a story which they act like mad dogs who keeps making civil wars it wont work this is European history not a cheap Anime series story with robots flying around there is room for diffrent out put but no room for fantasies like that...

Author needs to understand that...
 
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You are right but what is the true reason for that ?

Is it because that KSR is the first big ahistorical mod or it is because that it had a great represantion of the world after a German victory in ww1 with a decent logical story and great events to support it.

The creator of this mod has several mods as well and all he has done so far to smash the countries of Europe without proper logical story.Breaks up countries as he wishes and calls it as a story.He Divides the victorious countries into blocks makes new nations from nothing,favors some nations all time and gives them more land and above else puts Angel nation Japan as the protector of the world while all western counties are killing each other in civil wars.

I dont know the others but this mod is doomed to fail we europeans are not like the old clans of shogunate divided into small pieces losing everything in civil wars.

Events and stories of the WW1 and WW2 is real and deep plus the people of Europe,Middle East and Usa are proud and smart so if anybody puts them in a story which they act like mad dogs who keeps making civil wars it wont work this is European history not a cheap Anime series story with robots flying around there is room for diffrent out put but no room for fantasies like that...

Author needs to understand that...
having a story and real life possibility does make a mod more attractive, but inside the core it is still a mod. mods are designed to bring something different, creating a different play experience, as well as tell a different story. This mod maybe far out there and impossible, but we as players should support modders who bring about that new element. Maybe this one does have japan as the peacekeeper, but what does that matter? it would be interesting play in a divided europe wouldn't it? even KR divides spain and the austrian empire into civil war, and then the whole of europe divides between the germans and the international... in real life, europeans today are nothing like the old shogunate clans, but this mod is not the real world is it?
 

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It might be devoid of logical background but it looks like it could be fun. You have a good point fizy45, but it is afterall just a game. If he is able to make it playable then why not? I'm American and it doesn't upset me to see my country all torn up in a game lol. I really like the map. Good luck!
 

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I'm dumb and I cannot into english. Sorry for it.

I planned to present myself later but I have some time before work and I can reply to your post fizy45. But first, why are you so impolite?

Germany didnt lost a land but split in two parts ?
Yep. There was a communist revolution after IWW (link). France was so weak to attack commies so they didn't do this. Also old officers and units loyal to kaiser retreated behind Elbe and entrenched. Commies couldn't beat kaiser, kaiser couldn't beat commies. Voilà, cold war.

Soviet Union is sitting and doing nothing which has Ukraine and Belarussia as neighbors.
Soviet Union (with local "warlords" in Uralic Rep., Caucasian Rep., Khazak Rep. and Far Eastern Rep) is very unstable. They have a much of local conflicts with this autonomus republics. "Soviet Union cannot into military expansion". Also Petlura's Ukraine had collaborated with Poland-Lithuania-Belarus federation so they still have alliance aganist Soviets.

More than %40 of the Slovakia is in the HSR territory so how can you put Czechoslovakia there ?
In 30s there was a huge hungarian miniority (or maybe slovakian miniority :p). In Ruthenia there was a much of ukrainians and some hungarians. That we can put Czechoslovakia there.

Megali idea and Kurdistan come on you gotta be joking !
So you don't heard about treaty of Severs? And what relation does have big Greece with Kurdist

Brazil divided in two ? The industrilazed part is still Brazil so the red part which has %80 of its lands covered with amazon forest foughts aganist it ? With what weapons rocks or amazon wood ?
If i know that there is civil war in Brasil between communists and integralist. And you also don;t heard about partisan war?

Japanese goverment works hard to save people in Asia well we saw imperial Japans hard work at Nanjing !
I cannot into english, I don't understand.

Where the hell is USA breaking up ? What happened to its huge industry and navy but oh wait our japanese writer would probalby gave east cost to the japans I am sure...
I'm sure that not. But I see that you know better our plans.

All mighty nations of west falling apart and Japan rises as the savior wowww Asian type of Monroe Doc protector of the innocent people banzaaaaiii !
Again. Your english is to mighty for me. Sorry.

History is not something you can create with your FOLKS the map of the world could be diffrent of course like in the kaiserech of faterland but everyone of those mods had some logic in it yours DO NOT HAVE ANY...
No comments, just no comments.
 

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What software did you use to make that map at the start of the thread?
 

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That's a lot of posts and lots of fighting. At first I'd encourage reading everything. It would certainly be helpful to understand a thing or two. Sevgart kinda explained it right, so...yeah. Reading everything could be helpful you see.

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Made my day, honestly.

Yeah, Kaiserreich is #1 since a very long time, it'll take enormous amount of work but I don't mind it, someone gotta do it. Some might not like it, some might be opposed, some might not understand, but well. Machine starts now, you'll catch up quickly on the way I hope ;)

Why Italy?
Guess I answered it already several times in #1 and #2. ;)
 

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To Sevgart

Because that my english is not great I made some language mistakes but you are trying to use them to avoid my criticsm thats very sad also those sentences are notthat hard to understand and dont have too many wrong words.Lets see it...

1.Japanese goverment works hard to save people in Asia well we saw imperial Japans hard work at Nanjing !

This is very simple and plain sentence its a really unreal thing to put Japan as the protector of the Asian nations japan wishes to conqueer them all they do not care about the safety of Asians they dont even care about their lives remember Nanjing dude !

2.All mighty nations of west falling apart and Japan rises as the savior wowww Asian type of Monroe Doc protector of the innocent people banzaaaaiii !

Every western nation falling apart in civil wars while and Japan becomes the protector of the innocent people and decleares doctorines to protect Asia come on dude Japans have their doctorine in ww2 and that was simple invade take the reseources rape womens and kill anybody resists if you need any examples look at the invasion of China, a great example of Japanese behavior...

3.History is not something you can create with your FOLKS the map of the world could be diffrent of course like in the kaiserech of faterland but everyone of those mods had some logic in it yours DO NOT HAVE ANY.

It is very clear and understandable...

I can keep giving thousands of examples but you and your teammate know what I meant and although that you pretent you do not understand anything everything I say is very clear and you got my point...

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.
Look he knows how unlogical his mod his and tries to avoid it with these sentences.He says that he did these changes in order to make it playable but he misses one point this is not a fantasy world not a anime series etc this is EU so it has limits and yes some Mods who pushed those limits succdeed (kaiserrech fatherland etc) but they all have plain and simple logic in it this one does not have any.

Put a crappy map with a fantastical story call it anti-alternative and when you cannot find anything to say use people's English knowlage to avoid criticsm that wont work...
 
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