- Jun 17, 2001
Oh Göhring, you fool.
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At least he's not a drug addict in this timelineOh Göhring, you fool.
Dutch allegiances are clear, neutrality is not a option anymore.Rather interesting devellopement in France I must say, the victory of Maurras. It puts the Netherlands in a delicate position. It is a German ally, but in Verdinaso it has a potentially strong integralist movement. I guess it will depend om the fact whether Van Severen is as much a Germanophone as OTL, since there isn't a WWI he fought in to really cause it. With the End of Belgium beginning with the rise of the Flemish Movement, I could also see him being more of a Francophobe and refusing a Nieuwe Marsrichting and keeping his anti-wallonian stance. Speaking of the Wallonians, I can't really place Degrelle, mostly because I know less about him. But perhaps he can become a agitator for the French government in the name of Rattachisme. Once the German Order starts to really show its cracks in the 30'ies, I'm certain a level of appeasement will follow, so Wallonia might find itself split from the Dutch state and annexed by France
Some Germans know that, some are starting to have dumb pacifist ideas, as always in time between two wars.The problem with being on the very top of the world is that there is a long long way to fall
However, if someone helped to put them into that situation, during which something had to happen, thats different question...Granted, but it's fun to speculate
It should be always clarified, that conflict known today as '1926 Russia Expedition', wasn't based on any formal declaration of war. The entire action was sanctioned as a legal proceeding, fully supported by the only recognized Russian government-in-exile. Located in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, and headed by the hero of Civil War, General Sergei N. Voytsekhovsky. It took years of careful political manoeuvring between Reich's interests and multiple different views of major White Russian emigré groups on how Russia should continue as a state. At last, after almost eight years long negotiations between various surviving factions, the added cooperation of the Japanese proved critical, - many White Russians remained in Manchuria and China, creating virtual emigré strongholds throughout China, be it Harbin or Beijing. Some of their leaders refused to negotiate with Germans at all, so they were prepared to only accept most basic cooperation in principle of united Russia after fall of Bolshevik regime. It was exactly the true reason behind the delayed reaction to revolutionary rampage. As ironically as it could sound to their own ears, the German Empire's best interests lied in continued existence of stable Russian state. Any thoughts of it's 'controlled shattering' ended nowhere, as it would mean added burden. Industrialists and bankers, as always, prefered more business opportunities, although they expected fierce competition with Americans once the new government will start to search for loans and trade treaties."Bolshevism is the form of organized crime and must be dealt with accordingly."
- Polizeiobersekretär Heinrich Müller, Bavaria, 1930
Despite the further constitutional changes to keep at bay dangers of extremism, federal elections after the Weltkrieg remained somewhat irregular, as some domestic affair or foreign crisis could easily tip the balance. Cooperation between DNVP and Centre Party ensured stability of the government alone, but all the postwar Chancellors generally preferred greater majority than 51% of seats to show strong public support for the government. Banker Helfferich therefore had to be replaced with Soldier Hindenburg, once rebuilding the country anew wasn't a primary concern anymore and questions over domestic and international stability couldn't be ignored anymore. After the Treaty of Westminster and dissolution of Austria-Hungary, Germany had to obviously keep the new order in place by whatever means necessary. Preemptive strikes against revolutionary activities in Italy, Belgium or Anatolia were just the first from many necessary improvements. Not much culturally or economically united, Italy couldn't be left alone with rampaging radicals in control of streets. Belgians proved to be untrustworthy in their neutral status already - and Turks decided to forget their allegiance as much as to forget who owns Berlin-Baghdad Railway and their oil wells. Combined with massive colonial development of newly acquired lands, the opposition couldn't leave it without criticism. They repeatedly questioned if 'Prussian militarism' is a good way to keep peace, without offering any other effective solution. Except, of course, useless debates about respecting sovereignty or abstract imagination of international relations at the cost of Reich's economic and military security. Standing army, logically, had to be enlarged by the mere fact that German Empire now had additional duties for it's new allies and protectorates and investments in Africa and Asia had to be followed by the continuing naval expansion, which was calmly explained by government's officials. How could any good German see any malice in obviously rational decisions, they often asked."The feats of our brave troops are wonderful, God gave them success. May He continue to help them to peace with honour, & the victory over Antichrist in Russian garb. — The hand of God is creating a new World & working miracles."
- Wilhelm II. to Reichskanzler Paul von Hindenburg, 13. August 1926
Well, already ahead of the Wehrmacht.Although far from being fully motorized, German divisions moved at much faster pace in 1920s, equipped with more trucks, cars and armored vehicles than all other armies in Europe, and possibly world, combined.
Delighted to see this back, and to see the general course of the Kaiserreich.
Well, you came back with a bang
Thanks guys. Stuff happened, then another stuff, then happened global stuff too, but now everything is in order. :3Great to see you back, I was missing your AARs!
That is affirmative.Whilst the goal might be a united and stable Russia, one cannot help but ignore Byelorussian, Ukrainian and Finnish claims on Russian lands, or support smaller, more easily influenced states in the Caucasus
This is not a war, this is police action
Who says it won't be? Then again, this is different timeline, some stuff may happen earlier or later.Well, already ahead of the Wehrmacht.
It's interesting that you're invading Russia so early- I expected it to be a major enemy in WWII.
They've got green light for stuff in rest of East Asia for supporting stuff in Russia.I'm interested to see what Japan will do about this.
Nah. Better to just keep Bear in an iron cage.Will Russia be balcanized?
Winter did not come soon enough, or so it seems.
That's why Germany is nice to former enemies now and giving stuff to new friends, so the quick success is guaranteed.The Soviets seem to be folding quite quickly. I know the prediction is a bit cliche, but it sounds like this war may actually be over by Christmas -- or at least any major operations short of the mopping-up, anyway.
Which is just as well, since it sounds like some of the other powers in the German sphere of influence are trying to slip the leash while Germany is distracted...