Sonderweg oder Anderweg? -- An interactive AAR in the Hohenzollerns megacampaign

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I suppose it is the best thing that can be cobbled together in these manners. I do hope that our navy and army are prepared for a war against Perfidious Albion.
 

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As Chief of the General Staff, I wish to make my objection to wasting German lives on a French war known. It is my opinion that we would do better to let the Scots and the French bleed themselves dry, rather than entangling ourselves in a war in which we gain nothing.

~ F.H. von Hohenzollern
 

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I am oh so pleased that, after having witnessed the death and destruction visited upon the world by the most recent conflict we managed to weasel our way into, we're still more than willing to send the sons of Germany to the killing fields for a few parcels of land. What a wonderful time to be alive.
 

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Dear Chancellor Meningen,

The committee has been quite clear on its decision and it is with great regret that I supported such a decision. My resolution to at least prevent Germans from directly raping the Korean people was an attempt at compromise, but it seems it is a compromise which many, including yourself, do not accept.

I understand this fully. The French wish to violate the territorial sovereignty of an independent people, which is one of the most oppressive and disgusting actions known to man. My fellow committee members do not share this viewpoint of humanity and instead think solely in tactical terms. They suffer from a sever lack of morality, and are sometimes more akin to machine than men in their empathy. It is quite clear Chancellor, what the problem here is.

The Crisis Committee is inherently undemocratic in nature. A small group of unelected men, wholly unrepresentative of the people, can decide the fate of sovereign nation. Chancellor these men play God! They posses more power than your and the President do and you were both elected unlike them! The only solution is to abolish these Crisis Committees and let either the Legislaature or the President decide the course the nation shall take on Crisis, for they have been elected and entrusted by the people with power.

I have served you faithfully Chancellor for many years, and I only wish that you would simply consider my proposal.

Your Obedient Servant,
Otto Kant
 

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This plan has my full support. It keeps in mind the unwillingness to commit ourselves to a war that is little of our concern, while also allowing for the chance for us to use it to strike against one of our enemies when the odds are with us. I also wish to state that as Reichspräsident I will not dissolve the government or call for a new election, as is my power and not the Chancellor's, simply because Herr Meningen does not feel that he is getting his way. This Reichstag these days seems to be filled with spoiled children who cry and complain when they don't get what they want. We must keep the interests of Germany at heart, not China or Korea. This plan does just that.

- Reichspräsident Eva von Vandenburg
 

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The Supreme Court reminds the Reichstag that crisis team decisions may neither be approved or rejected, as per our current constitution, except in a legally binding sense. The President is quite correct as well; the Chancellor could resign, even encourage his party mates to resign, but in that scenario, the Interior Minister would become interim Chancellor for the remainder of the previous Chancellor's term. Only the President could dissolve the Reichstag.

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((I will play and update sometime today.

I'd like everyone to take a moment and look over the rules as they are presently stated. Does anything look unclear? I've a mind to do some serious revision in the next few days, and areas which need clarification or further explanation will be a target.))
 

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I'd like everyone to take a moment and look over the rules as they are presently stated. Does anything look unclear? I've a mind to do some serious revision in the next few days, and areas which need clarification or further explanation will be a target.))

((Well if you really want to do a bunch of minor changes, you could always change all references of "he" to "he/she" or "they". Someone who is true stickler for the rules might try to kick certain influential female figures from government using that as an excuse. :D

If you want to make things easier for new players, you could include a sample character sketch so new players can just copy and paste it to fill in the relevant information. I have noticed several times where new players forget to state whether they're in the Assembly or Conclave. Perhaps also consider stating under Commander of the Gendarmerie that they are appointed by the Minister of the Interior since people still keep asking for that position in coalitions. Those are the things that stand out for me.))
 

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((It's quite bizarre that the country can go to war against the wishes of it's head of government))

Dear Chancellor Meningen,

The committee has been quite clear on its decision and it is with great regret that I supported such a decision. My resolution to at least prevent Germans from directly raping the Korean people was an attempt at compromise, but it seems it is a compromise which many, including yourself, do not accept.

I understand this fully. The French wish to violate the territorial sovereignty of an independent people, which is one of the most oppressive and disgusting actions known to man. My fellow committee members do not share this viewpoint of humanity and instead think solely in tactical terms. They suffer from a sever lack of morality, and are sometimes more akin to machine than men in their empathy. It is quite clear Chancellor, what the problem here is.

The Crisis Committee is inherently undemocratic in nature. A small group of unelected men, wholly unrepresentative of the people, can decide the fate of sovereign nation. Chancellor these men play God! They posses more power than your and the President do and you were both elected unlike them! The only solution is to abolish these Crisis Committees and let either the Legislaature or the President decide the course the nation shall take on Crisis, for they have been elected and entrusted by the people with power.

I have served you faithfully Chancellor for many years, and I only wish that you would simply consider my proposal.

Your Obedient Servant,
Otto Kant

Herr Kant,

Thank you for your keen insight.

On the surface I have no issues with the idea of the Crisis Committee but the fact that the government can enter into a war against the desires of its elected head of government is rather repulsive. We should ensure that this situation never occurs again.

This crisis is indeed difficult for our nation and their are legitimate arguments to be made for all three options. I am certainly no friend of the British and wish to see the Irish people freed and Plymouth returned to our influence, but I will not condone a course of action that will lead us into a brutal and long-lasting war for the sake of Chinese interests and the oppression of the Korean peoples. We should not make perpetual war with Britain over the issue of Plymouth but should take a broader view of the situation at all times. Our course of action should always be determined by two factors: what is most helpful to the interests of Germany and what is most beneficial to the liberty of mankind? War with Britain at this time satisfies neither of these factors.

Sincerely,

Chancellor Meninen
 

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((Can't you theoretically veto declarations of war?))
 

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I agree with the decision to send a strong army/navy force to the Philippines but I would like to suggest the creation of a permanent naval force for the defense of the Philippines as well as a permanent garrison not just for the crisis
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I am highly concerned about the result of the crisis team. The Korean people are clearly oppressed by the Chinese and deserve their own state. While I could understand neutrality, I am shocked that the crisis team would choose to support the Chinese! Moreover, that the crisis team could push Germany into war without the assent of the Conclave and Assembly, or even the Chancellor, is a mockery of the will of the people! I hope that we can fix this sorry state of affairs with new legislation next time the Houses meet.

Gottfried Verwalter
 

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I am highly concerned about the result of the crisis team. The Korean people are clearly oppressed by the Chinese and deserve their own state. While I could understand neutrality, I am shocked that the crisis team would choose to support the Chinese! Moreover, that the crisis team could push Germany into war without the assent of the Conclave and Assembly, or even the Chancellor, is a mockery of the will of the people! I hope that we can fix this sorry state of affairs with new legislation next time the Houses meet.

Gottfried Verwalter

Herr Verwalter, the Koreans may be clearly oppressed, but the expense of an overseas war fighting a large nation like China will be long, dragged out, and most importantly expensive.

A Korean life may be priceless, but so is a German life. We shall not have the young men of our great nation die overseas for another nation's sovereignty.

But rather if they die, they'll be doing so defending our country from the British menace and taking back the territory that is rightfully ours; Plymouth.

((technically we could still end up joining Korea/England, if a couple powers decides to side with them))
 
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Finally, after years out of power, Franz Meningen found himself Chancellor of the Republic of Germany. He had sacrificed much, both personally and professionally, to attain the office he so desperately sought. Once the most hated man in all of Germany, Meningen had either mellowed with age or the people of Germany finally accepted his message. In either case, he had he wanted, and he didn't intend to lose power this time. One of his most persistent domestic policies was the decision to be kinder to Socialists and Communists. More than any of his predecessors, Meningen tried to find a common ground with the German left wing. He did much good work to that end, including permitting Communist demonstrations in some regions, allowing a new socialist newspaper to appear in Denmark, and working to promote the 14 hour working day. His Finance Minister, Albrecht von Wurttemberg, cut taxes on the poorest Germans by three percent, an all-time low tax rate for that class of Germans. The Minister of Education, Walter Herwig, encouraged the development of art and sound business practices rather than guns or heavy industry. ((@Warlord Skorr -- Expressionism, Impression finished; Market Regulations are being researched.)) The government was united as one in their quest to maintain domestic peace. Minister of War Konrad von Schwaben announced a moratorium on all warship construction and army recruitment, requesting only modest sums to modernize Germany's shipbuilding capacity. The Minister of the Interior, Johannes Carile, announced programs to increase employment in Germany's densest regions and to stimulate job creation in those heavily populated regions without sufficient development.









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Only in foreign affairs was Germany especially active. Former allies France and the United Kingdom found themselves opposed in the Far East, as the UK spent untold sums to foment revolution in what was formerly Korea. Germany at first took a neutral stance, although quietly increasing the readiness of all of her forces. A small fleet and several German brigades also went to Manila for a "training exercise." Foreign Minister Hubert Schaumburg struggled with the Chancellor's normal preference for bringing liberty to underprivileged peoples, as his hatred of the British was legendary. After consulting with his handpicked team of area experts, the Foreign Minister elected to slowly raise the pressure on both parties. When war seemed inevitable, Germany announced her support for France. The British, unwilling to face China, France, and Germany, conceded any claims Korea might have. Instead of responding with gratitude, the Chinese Empire, furious at the imposition of foreigners in her internal affairs, systematically persecuted and butchered hundreds, if not thousands of Christians in China. East Asia might have been the domain of primitives and savages in the past, but China, for one, loudly announced her defiance and entry into global politics as a force to be reckoned with.

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The final act of 1899, as the calendar moved to 1900, was a systematic geographical, political, and military survey of the world and Germany. This "Centennial Census" was published and distributed, free of charge, to every member of the Reichstag and many global universities. Scholars and politicians alike raved about its accessibility, although some questioned the "unnecessary focus" on German affairs.


The internal politics of the Republic of Germany


A population survey of Germany


The global commodities market


Those countries owing political and economic allegiance to Germany. Not pictured: Syria and Yemen.


The German economy


The powers of the world and up-and-coming nations of consequence


The German army and navy


The largest armies and navies of the world


The largest countries of the world, by population


The largest German provinces


The nations of the world, sorted by the sophistication of their militaries


The most profitable agricultural or mining enterprises in Germany


The most profitable factories in Germany


Europe


Germany's armies in Europe


Central Asia


East Asia


Oceania


Southeast Asia


North America


North and Central America


South America



North Africa

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South Africa

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Gentlemen and ladies of the Reichstag,

Legislation may now be proposed, and ministry plans may be altered. This period will last for 48 hours.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

((Admin hat on))

I have given considerable thought to the future of this AAR over the past few weeks. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for contributing in your own ways, whether you be Chancellor or mere legislator. As I have said and will continue to say, there is no AAR without you. I'm just the guy writing stuff down.

As most of you know, Vicky 2 ends in 1936, which could mean that the AAR ends then as well. 36 in-game years could take us quite a while -- possibly well into 2017 -- or it could be over very quickly, depending on how things shake out. However, this is a good time to decide what happens to this AAR in the future, and for that, we shall have a metavote (one person, one vote). You may choose from the following options:

End in 1936, no continuation -- We call it an iAAR, move on to something else, in general get on with our lives.
End in 1936, continue on to HOI IV -- As I fully expect HOI IV will be released before we finish this iAAR, we could work to convert this to HOI IV.
Continue on in Vicky 2, no HOI -- We let the iAAR continue until I get bored, you get bored, everybody leaves, or we transcend to higher planes of existence.

You may vote for one and only one option. Note that, if we do continue to HOI IV, I cannot guarantee it would be interactive. I have no idea what sort of AAR-ing capabilities the game will have, so I'd have to see what options we might have.

By all means, work on 1900's business, but please make sure you vote in the meta-poll too!
 

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((Thank you for the clarification.

I would prefer a continuation in HOI IV. While I appreciate that a lot of the people in this iAAR might be disappointed with the story continuing on while they lose the chance to be a part of it, I followed the mega-campaign from its CKII days, and I would like to see it through to the end. I'm fine with any delays in getting a proper mod set up.

I want more time to think on the most important techs in 1900, so I'll just leave the updated tech list here for now.
Current techs: Mil: 4-4-4-4-4 Nav: 5-4-4-4-4 Com: 4-5-5-4-5 Cul: 5-5-5-5-5 Ind: 5-5-5-5-5))
 

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((End in 1936, continue to HOI IV))

The Foreign Ministry should be ashamed for its role in the recent crisis. We have given free reign to China to butcher and oppress their minorities.

I demand that we cease any efforts to cooperate with China until they apologize for their butchery of Christians and Koreans.

-Chancellor Meningen
 

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((End in 1936, continue on to HOI IV

Germany is so strong at this point that going any further than 1936 in Vicky 2 would be like beating a dead horse. HOI, however, opens the way for an epic world war scenario that would be quite exciting. Warlord Skorr also raises an excellent point. I also followed this from the beginning so seeing it transition into HOI IV, even if no longer interactive, would be awesome.))
 
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((End in 1936, continue on to HOI IV

Germany is so strong at this point that going any further than 1936 in Vicky 2 would be like beating a dead horse. HOI, however, opens the way for an epic world war scenario that would be quite exciting. Warlord Skorr also raises an excellent point. I also followed this from the beginning so seeing it transition into HOI IV, even if no longer interactive, would be awesome.))

((With the right set-up Germany could be very vulnerable in HOI))
 

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