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The AARsenal of Democracy –
Legacy of the Freedom War


Prologue
The full moon stares down from the sky, pitiless and serene. The gust of wind blasting through the city street is terribly cold. You shiver uncontrollably for a moment and then pull your cloak tighter about yourself. You carefully sidestep a pile of snow on the sidewalk, looking at the sky and wondering if more is on the way. But snow is not your purpose tonight. You turn with the street, heading towards the only building that shows any light. The structure rises high into the heavens; a bastion of the rich if you have ever seen one. It seems to be a hotel, but there are also elements of many other designs in it, including Turkish mosques and catholic cathedrals. The large dome around the tower provides a distinct Arabian feel, and the bright streetlights on the road add gay colors to the chilly night.

You notice that no cars seem to be driving tonight. That is not altogether unexpected. When you approach the door to the building, you see the majordomo greeting a bald man in a suit. You faintly hear an exchange in German, concluding with "Im dritten stock - mein präsident"

The man goes in, and the majordomo turns to you, a fake smile plastered on his face. "Guten abend. Ihre reservierung. . ." his eyes widen in disbelief. You raise a finger to your lips, a joke springing unbidden into your eyes. The man stiffens and nods. You walk past him into the building.

Inside, you see men and women from all corners of the globe laughing and sharing drinks. They are not hear to socialize, however. They are here to hear a story. And you are one of them. Every one of the global leaders of 2011 wishes to hear this tale. You are no president, no king, but you are a figure of great importance in this world, yet in your simple cloak no one recognizes you. You laugh silently at the blindness of the wealthy and powerful, for just a change of clothes and you would be in the center of the crowd, being offered drinks and meaningless praise hand over fist.

Then a man takes to a podium in the back of the room. "Good evening." he announces in English, German, French and Japanese. Then he returns to English to say: "I think we can all get along in this language, don't you?" after a general assent is heard, he begins in earnest:

"Most of you have heard of events that shaped our modern world, how such small things had major consequences. However, the story of the Freedom War and its subsequent successor, the Great War, is one that must be told in all particulars to the leaders of the world. As they say: he who knows the past, knows the future. So many of us simply know the basics of the war that showed us all the danger lurking in our own hearts, in the hearts of all mankind, but we must know more. The Great War was an event that changed the history of the globe for the better. But before the glory came out the other side, the days there were dark indeed. I feel an obligation, as a man who knows this tale down to the fiber of my being, to share it with you."

He pauses to shuffle the papers on the podium. He pulls a chair up behind him. He then looks up.

"This tale is one that shows us all that the human race is capable of, from the most glorious lightness to the darkest blackness in our hearts. Some here doubt that some men are born evil. I do not. Not after hearing this story. This is the story of America. This is the story of the Confederacy. This is the story of England. This is the story of the world. This is the story of the Great War, the War to End All Wars. This is the story of . . . THE WORLD!"

And then he begins to speak, weaving a tale that captivates all who hear it, yourself included.


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The AARsenal of Democracy - starts now.:cool:
 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS - VICKY HALF

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Chapter One: The American Eagle



Chapter Two: Brother Against Brother



Chapter Three: Sunset of America



Chapter Four: The Dominion War



Chapter Five: The Lowest Light


Chapter Six: The Freedom War:

Part One: American Phoenix - 1914


Part Two: The Second Dominion War - 1915



Part Three: The American Front - 1916



Part Four: The Phony War - 1917



Part Five - Our Flag Was Still There - 1918



Epilogue, Victoria - Glory Days Ahead

 
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The AARsenal of Democracy - Table of Contents:

Prologue - The AARsenal of Democracy:

Part One - The World Today - Opening Update



Part Two - The Red War



Chapter One: The Red War

Part One - The Eagle Awakens



Part Two - The Richmond Offensive

 
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Following. Curious to see what happens.
 

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looks good. but by any chance are you going to continue LMCP for the sake of it even though you are starting this one?
 

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looks good. but by any chance are you going to continue LMCP for the sake of it even though you are starting this one?
Of course I will.

I pledged to finish it and I will. Gameplay updates here won't start for a while anyway:D
 

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Chapter One - The American Eagle



The year 1836 dawned dark for America. In the south Texas was in revolt against the Empire of Mexico, which battered the Texans mercilessly. Texas began to beseech the United States for aid, but the USA turned a blind ear. When the Texan War ended in 1838 in a Mexican victory, the US knew the time was coming to act. Quickly almost 40,000 more men were put in uniform, in the territories of Oklahoma and Wyoming and Idaho. When the Texans and the US signed an alliance in 1839 the Mexicans, too realized a storm was brewing. But until Texas and their Colorado Territory demanded admittance into the US as states the continent was quiet.

In 1840 North America exploded in the Mexican-American War. The Mexicans invaded Texas and Wyoming, but slammed into unyielding US resistance and rapidly the fight shifted to the plains of Utah and northern Mexico. After two years of bloody war the Mexicans finally signed the Treaty of Houston, which returned all of Texas and some of Utah to flying the Stars and Stripes. Then President Jackson stepped in and offered to purchase Mexican territory all the way to the Pacific. The Mexicans, whose economy was in shambles after the war, really had no choice but to accept. However, they declined the Gadsen Purchase, and southern Arizona remained in Mexican hands.

This lead to America's time in the sun, where she was unchallenged in North America. Plans were even drawn up to invade British Canada, though nothing much ever came of them. However, the USA was taking a firmer and firmer anti-slavery line, and that would lead to a rending of the Union. For as the 1840's drew to a close, there were some in the US who were mighty displeased at the way things were going.

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Csa?
 

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confederates in the civil war scenario of victoria that will be converted to HOI2 for the aar. dead on right?
 

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The year 1850 brought both good tidings and bad for the United States of America. With Mexico sullenly licking its wounds in the south, the government felt that it was secure in the belief that America was safe from all danger. The government was wrong. After the abolitionists began to get their way in the USA, the southern states began to take issue with the government in Washington. In the north, they ignored this. After all, back-country southern rubes were not their concern. That was before the South Carolinian National Guard began shelling Fort Sumter.

President Millard Fillmore was completely caught off-guard by this action. He quickly decreed that the secession was unconstitutional and ordered the eight divisions of the US Army to descend upon South Carolina. However, he did not count on the determination of the other southern states to keep their slaves. First Texas joined the Confederate movement, then Alabama. Afterward came Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Massive amounts of Southern men came to the colors, and the US troops were, to use southern lingo "damn straight whipped".

With the US Army withdrawal to New England, the Confederates began to assert their control over the Western United States. Quickly the Mormon leaders in Utah declared their sovereignty, but were so closely affiliated with the Confederate government as to be nearly indistinguishable.

The CSA came to the US in late 1853 with an offer. They demanded the US allow all the states that seceded from the Union be allowed to maintain their sovereignty from the Northern government and also claimed New Mexico for their own. Missouri had seceded from the US only a year previously, so it galled Washington to just send them on, but what could they do?

And so the American Civil War ended. The glory days of America seemed to be over. However, even darker days were coming over the horizon.
 

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So the Mormon State is basically a puppet of the CSA?
 

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Ok I see, thanks for the explanation.
 

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so did you purposly not mobilize an army to fight the confeds or was this a case of hopelessly not knowing what to do while you figured out vicky?
 

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so did you purposly not mobilize an army to fight the confeds or was this a case of hopelessly not knowing what to do while you figured out vicky?
The latter:D

That actually comes up later too, but I figure it out by 1914, as you'll see;)
 

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when did you find out about mobilizing? Thats your biggest fault there. that and accepting peace at all with them. you should have held out until you could muster an army. Even in real life, the union was just managing to take the offensive in 43 i beleive. im not thast great with the civil war. im better with the world wars.

looking forward to it though