- Sep 5, 2007
The story is based on the Kaiserreich Mod, although from time to time, you may very well see things, which deviate from the events of the mod in lesser or greater ways.
The reason for this is simple: I am trying to tell a story and I’ve decided that although the story will naturally depend on both the game and the mod, it is the story itself that is important. Thus, I’ve devised a set of rules, which I will give you the courtesy of knowing before the story even begins.
First and foremost, this is a story, not a gameplay AAR.
Thus, if for the betterment of the story, I need to deviate from what has actually happened in the game, I will do so with no second thought.
Secondly, I will do whatever I need to do, in order to advance the story in a way, which for me seems the best and hopefully, most enjoyable.
Therefore, if I need to cheat, moderate or edit, to advance the story in an enjoyable, credibly and believable way, I will do so, again without any regrets.
This, however, does not mean that I intend to cheat so that I may create a world-spanning empire, nor will I automatically win every battle or indeed every war.
This is in no way the point. As has often been pointed out, defeats both minor and major may indeed be very enjoyable and fun to read. And enjoyment is my goal.
I wish to enjoy myself, while writing this tale and I hope you will be entertained by what I have to tell.
Among the first major deviations, I have decided not to start the story in 1936, as is most commonly the case, at least when using the Kaiserreich Mod, which has this as the fixed starting date, but rather in 1938, when the Republic of Russia ceases to be and instead becomes the Empire of Russia about which this story will be written.
This is not to say that I will completely ignore anything which happened before this date, nor will I cheat you of knowing the major events from January ’36 to October ’38.
Instead, I have compiled what I considered the most important events of this period into an extended “introduction”, which I will present to you in the first couple of updates.
And after that, the story will begin in truth and I hope you will enjoy it as much or perhaps even more, than I do.
But before I begin, I will add a quick introduction to the Kaiserreich mod, for those of you, who may not know of it and what it entails. It is a complete conversion mod for HOI-Doomsday, which asks the simple question: What if Germany had won the Great War?
In Kaiserreich, there is no National Socialism, although National populism (much the same thing), has taken its root in many countries across the world.
Since Germany won the Great War, there is no foundation for its rise in Germany itself and thus, it is not considered the threat to democracy as was the case in OTL.
Likewise, Germany supported the White armies in the Russian revolution and thus, Communism as we know it, does not exist either.
Still, in some countries, outside of Russia, Bolshevism does indeed flourish, although in a different way than we know it and with a different impact on the world. However, that is not to say that there are no countries with aggressive ideologies. Far from it.
In France, Britain and the southern part of Italy, namely the part not occupied by German forces during the war, Radical Socialism and Syndicalism,
the Stalinism of the Kaiserreich timeline, has flourished.
In France, leader of the Internationals, the “evil” axis in this story, Syndicalism has taken its grip and they are slowly preparing the inevitable socialist uprising across the world,
as well as, of course, preparing their troops for the day they shall retake what is rightfully theirs, from the vaunted Kaiser of the German Empire.
In Canada, the rightful heir to the throne of the United Kingdom wait for the day that the royalist troops may enter London victoriously once more.
Thus, the lines are drawn for the future of Europe and indeed the world. The Entente, lead by Canada in one corner, Mitteleuropa, lead by Germany in the second
and the Third International lead by the Commune of France in the third.
And outside all of this lies the broken empire of Russia, ignored by the world and its major powers, awaiting the future, which may either bring complete destruction or maybe,
just maybe, a bright new hope.
And thus, without further ado, let me present to you: Imperial Russia – The Golden Age.