- Mar 10, 2001
Sick Man of Europe: The Balkan Wars
It was the first war fought in Europe in the 20th century - and it set the trend for all the others: horrific, violent and bloody. During the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, vast armies of conscripts fought each other with artillery, machine guns and bayonets - and over 200,000 soldiers would be killed in just ten weeks of fighting. It was a total war, with whole societies mobilised for the conflict and atrocities against civilians commonplace on all sides. But how did it begin?
For over three centuries the Ottoman Empire had ruled South-Eastern Europe. However, this once-mighty state was now in terminal decline. Many of her former subject peoples in the Balkans had gained independence during the 19th century, including Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria. However, the Ottomans still governed millions of Christian subjects in their remaining European provinces. Although the Serbs, Greeks and Bulgarians were all highly suspicious and jealous of each other, they could at least agree on one common interest: the liberation of these people from the Turks. While the Great Powers of Europe were content to watch complacently as the Ottoman Empire declined, the young, upstart nations of the Balkan League laid secret plans to take matters into their own hands...
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This is a battlescenario for HoI2. It's quite a quick scenario (short timescale, only a few units per side), and my playtesting currently suggests that Greece is the favourite to win. The scenario is fully playable now, although I'll be grateful for any suggestions or comments for improvements.
In particular, please note that the sides currently only use the default AI - if somebody wants to try their hand at coding scenario-specific AI I'll be very grateful. Also, some of the unit names, etc are currently in English - so input from Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian and Serbian-speakers will be welcome.
1. You must first apply the No Time Limit patch to HoI2.exe
2. Unzip all files into the Hearts of Iron 2 folder. (z-balkanwars.csv goes into db\leaders, balkanwars.eug goes into \scenarios, the two picture files into \scenarios\data and all other files into a new \scenarios\balkanwars folder.)
3. When you next start the game, the new scenario will be listed withthe others.