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Heh, way to spit in the face of the Austrians. Nice one!
 

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Haha, weaklings. Too easy. Well, maybe AH survive now better.
 

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I did indeed enjoy reading that. It's great to see Bismark being his old, stubborn self, and not backing down to those wimpy Austrians :p

We must see reform though! LIBERTY, EQUALITY, GERMANY! FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
 

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North Germans are best Germans! Just don't annex anything from Austria when you inevitably beat them, it will make your borders look ugly.
 

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North Germans are best Germans! Just don't annex anything from Austria when you inevitably beat them, it will make your borders look ugly.

Amen! Beat those silly Austrians into the ground and then leave their land in ruins :p.
 

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I disagree. Steal as much Austrian land as possible. If you're lucky, you can drop them out of GP status, and then sphere them while you form NGF/Germany. Then you can form the Uberdeustchland!

(Also, Luxembourg can be diplo-annexed if sphered while forming NGF/Germany)
 

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I disagree. Steal as much Austrian land as possible. If you're lucky, you can drop them out of GP status, and then sphere them while you form NGF/Germany. Then you can form the Uberdeustchland!

(Also, Luxembourg can be diplo-annexed if sphered while forming NGF/Germany)
I've always hated that (except for getting Luxembourg, it makes the western border with Alsace-Lorraine look much nicer), it makes the game to easy and it makes your borders look ugly. I'd prefer to keep Austria in GP status (and see if you can get them to become A-H), boost relations and ally them for central power bloc!
 

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I've always hated that (except for getting Luxembourg, it makes the western border with Alsace-Lorraine look much nicer), it makes the game to easy and it makes your borders look ugly. I'd prefer to keep Austria in GP status (and see if you can get them to become A-H), boost relations and ally them for central power bloc!

Ya, I've always thought that annexing anything that belonged to Austria at all made Germany look retarded, unless you release a bunch of nations. The only Austria-Germany merger I really like at all is when you release all of their Italian stuff and all of their Hungarian stuff (which basically gives you the German Confederation borders IRL) and then get the rest of Poland from Russia. Then Grossdeutchland looks pretty awesome.
 

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Part 5: The Italian Crisis

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Following the formation of the North German Federation, Prussia was now free to extend its influence to the southern states. While much less receptive than the northern states, Bismarck was nevertheless able to secure alliances and economic agreements with Bavaria and Württemberg, Baden was much more reluctant to cooperate. Sharing a border with France, they feared they would be hit hard by a war between the North German Federation and France. The kingdom was therefore reluctant to align itself with either power. Meanwhile, in Italy, revolts and unrest kept growing. Finally, a young Italian General by the name of Giuseppe Garibaldi, supported by Sardinia-Piedmont, set out with a force of a thousand volunteer soldiers from the north Italian kingdoms and in order to topple the government of the Two Sicilies and claim the land for King Victorio Emmanuel II. The force landed in Sicily and won their first battle at Calatafimi against around 2 000 Neapolitan troops on May 15th . The battle was inconclusive, but boosted the morale of the Mille and, at the same time, depressed the Neapolitans, who ill guided by their often corrupted higher officers, started to feel themselves abandoned. In the meantime the ranks of the Mille enlarged to 1 200 with local men joining. With the help of a popular insurrection, on May 27th they laid siege to Palermo, the island's capital. Following this victory, Garibaldi’s troops disembarked in Calabria and met with limited resistance. They pushed on towards Naples, taking the city on June 26th 1865. King Francis II was then forced to abdicate. Once Naples was under his control, Garibaldi officially declared the Two Sicilies were to be annexed into Sardinia-Piedmont. The next day, at the Palazzo Reale, Vittorio Emmanuel II crowned himself King of Italy. While the rulers of Modena and Parma refused to recognise Sardinia’s claims to their throne, they were overthrown by massive revolutionary uprisings in both capitals, with the revolutionaries demanding annexation into the new Italian Kingdom over the following days. The last state that seemed to hold out against the tide of nationalism was the Papal States. Indeed, the Pope refused to cede Rome or any of his territories to the new Italian kingdom, claiming that his domain belonged only to God, and no to men. Nevertheless, revolts across the Papal State made it apparent that the people living under the Pope didn’t share his vision. While Vittorio Emmanuel II was very reluctant to defy the Pope (and his Bourbon allies), Garibaldi realized that if the Pope could not be convinced quickly to support the revolution, it would lose steam and the entire kingdom would be threatened. Therefore, Garibaldi gathered his forces and, along with an additional force of nearly 2 600 Neapolitan troops left Naples and marched into the Papal States and seized the town of Velletri, just south of Rome, on July 4th 1865. These events forced the King’s hand: they were at war.

Bismarck had been following the developing news in Italy for a month now. The sudden unification of the Italian states and the new kingdom’s violation of the Papal realms had put the North German Federation in an extremely delicate situation: the Federation had been allied to the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont, and was therefore officially allied to the new Kingdom of Italy. However, the Papal States, with whom they were now at war, was supported by both the Bourbon French and the Habsburgs. While Bismarck was confident Austria-Hungary would stay out of the conflict for fear of war with the Federation, he knew that France could not be bullied.

Suddenly his assistant, Hans, rushed into Bismarck’s office bearing new:

“France has declared war on Italy!” he said

“Are you sure?” answered Bismarck

“Yes sir, the French have even begun to mobilize”

Bismarck pondered this news. It was has he had feared: war with France was now inevitable, for the Federation could not betray its ally without serious diplomatic consequences. At the same time, war in France could give the necessary jolt to German nationalism to finally unite the nation...

“The North German Federation will support its ally. Begin mobilizing the troops, we are going to war!” said Bismarck in a stern voice

“Very good sir!” answered Hans, just before leaving the office with haste.


Along with the NGF, Spain also honoured its alliance with Italy, seeing an opportunity to seize parts of French Algeria. North German offensives in Metz and Strasbourg met with stiff resistance, but were able to push back French forces, albeit with heavy casualties. German forces then pushed on to capture Metz and Strasbourg before being pushed back at Verdun. On the Italian front, French forces inflicted severe defeats on the Italian army in Piedmont, taking Turino after only a month.

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French forces desperately trying to stand their ground agaisnt German forces

Meanwhile, Spanish forces were pushed out of Algeria and into Morocco, while French troops grinded their way towards Barcelona. On September 27th 1865, feeling the North German Federation was vulnerable, Austria-Hungary declared war. A week later, in order to defend what was left of the balance of power in Europe, the United Kingdom declared war on France and Austria-Hungary.

The Great War had begun...


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A map of Europe along with the major belligerents of the Great War and the front lines on January 1st 1866


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There you go, Part 5. I'm now on Spring Break (yay ! :D) so the next update should be here within a more reasonable timeframe. :)
 
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WW1 fifty years early. And with proto-Germany a co-belligerent with the UK.


All we need is an Anglo-German fleet giving the Frogs what for. :D
 
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