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In case you can't hold ze Germanz at bay and preventing annexation.
Don't like cheating )
If I need VP abroad, I could conquer them or buy.

Also, Spanish Republica is not going to be annexed by Germany )

But thanks for advice.
 

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Let's see.

I was not going to show a lot of war. But it seems, you guys want to see the blood!

OK, I'll show the blood )
I'm fine, no need of blood yet. To see a Spain'36 without the typical SCW would be a welcomed change.
 

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I'm fine, no need of blood yet. To see a Spain'36 without the typical SCW would be a welcomed change.
What is typical SCW? ))
All SCW is typical.

Of course, I could surprise you by moving all my forces to reserve and waiting for allies help, but I doubt it is rational decision)


Good SCW example in Nat. Spain AAR. But I doubt, that such blitzkrieg is possible for SPR.
 

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Don't like cheating )
If I need VP abroad, I could conquer them or buy.

Also, Spanish Republica is not going to be annexed by Germany )

But thanks for advice.
No problem. It's your AAR of course. I would have done it just as an insurance.
 

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GEOPOLITICS

Why Allies? Techs, Resources, Bases, Borders Safety, Political Distance!

While Spanish Republic had many variants of alliance, the most probable are Allies, Comintern and Axis.

What could Spain get from alliance partners?

Resources. Here Allies and USSR are equal, and Axis has problems.

Techs. Axis and Allies are equal, USSR is backward.

Bases. Allies are unique here. Britain is the largest empire, add to this satellites, add to this France.

Spanish natural rivals are Italy and Portugal (as you could understand from political life description). War with Italy will be much easier with Allies, especially in Africa. War with Portugal is hard to finish without attacking Macao and African colonies. Only Allies could help here, with African ports and Hong Kong.

Another targets for Spain is Caribbean and Latin America. Allies bases also could help.​

Borders safety. Obviously, Allies could defend us from 3 sides. But if we join Axis, we could get enemies on the eastern border and in the seas. Joining Comintern more quiet, but in a case of emergency USSR will not help us a lot.

Also political distance has significance. It is quite easier to trade with close governments. While we are democracy, we always will be close to UK and France, and in the case of Leftist France, we could choose, who is closer to us.



It is possible to form some exotic alliances with Asian or American countries, or even with European minors, but really it has no much sense.


Strategic Targets? Portugal, Italy, Caribbean, Latin America.

The Main Theatres of War? Mediterranean and Caribbean.
 

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Territories for Technologies

Spain need blue-prints as soon, as possible, so we can't wait until giants make present for us. Spain have very low resources reserve, so, there is only one thing we could sell - land (Of course, we will not sell our flagships "Espana" and "Libertad").

African colonies have no sense for us, cause they have no resources, industries and manpower. Building bases there is also senseless. So, we could change African provinces for our future fast advancement.

So, 3 Jun 1936:


We also have lack of energy, so we asked for some.

and 18 Jun 1936:


It's interesting, that UK value our African lands less than France do. So, France is buyer.
 
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POLITICAL LIFE
3 Jun 1936 - 17 Jul 1936​

- Our allies send us resources. Mainly energy from South Africa and Metal from Canada. Spain is very appreciate such act of good will!


June 4, 1936 : Guangxi Clique declared war upon Nationalist China.
- Too far.

June 11, 1936:

- Spanish example leads European Nations! Excellent!

June 18, 1936 : Portugal has failed to steal blueprints from us. Relations between Portugal and us has been damaged due to a diplomatic incident.
- Expected.

June 20, 1936 : Sweden had The Summer Government.
- Exotic!

June 24, 1936 :

- Unstable World! Very unstable!

June 24, 1936 : Italy has failed to delay our production.
- Funny! Our production is already delayed )

July 11, 1936 : Portugal has failed to steal blueprints from us.
- Barefaced impudence!

July 14, 1936 :

- While he was fired from the last Cabinet, his skills of Laissez-Faires Capitalist could be useful. My regrets!

July 17, 1936 : Spanish Civil War begins!


Note, that current sliders are written not correctly. They are 7 and 6 in fact. So, sliders will not change.
- As you can see, Republican Government almost solved dissent problem. So, it's clearly Militarist Coup d'Etat! No Pasaran!
 
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THE THIRD CABINET


New Head of Government:


Foreign Minister



Our Ideological Crusader has kept his place. Good!

Is it worth to change? No!


Armaments Minister



Another useless minister. But we have nobody useful to change him.

Is it worth to change? No!


Security Minister



New one is not bad. Anyway, there is no sense to put Prince of Terror.

Is it worth to change? No!


Head of Intelligence



All our surface ships was captured by rebels. Our fleet consist of only one submarine. So, Naval Spec is not in need.

The choice is +5% Research or +30% Army Int.
Since, I don't expect very long war due to Allies help, I bet on Technical Spec.

Is it worth to change? Yes! Who? Hernandez Sarabia! When? Now!


Chief of Staff



The choice is defence or fast-recovering. Since I need move and attack more than defend, I choose Org Regain.

Is it worth to change? Yes! Who? Duran Martinez! When? Now!

Chief of Army


Note: there are another three candidates hidden, but it's not important.

Current Chief gives bonus for attacking infantry. This is the best in current situation.

Is it worth to change? No!

Chief of Navy



We could try to use Indirect Approach with our single submarine, but let's wait.

Is it worth to change? Maybe later!


Chief of Air Force




We have only 2-3 planes of each type and all of them need to repair, so it's not rational to change chief, due to very small bonus.

Is it worth to change? No!




THE THIRD CABINET AFTER RESHUFFLE


And we have dissent of 18%. (((
 

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Lets finish this war quickly, the Fascists shall not pass!
 

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!No Pasaran!
Bury the fascists under 2 meters of free spanish land! :mad:;)
 

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Well some battles would be nice, but politics are more interesting IMHO.
 

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Get ready. Now it's when the Panzers roll over you. :D
 

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SPANISH CIVIL WAR: BEGINING​


To sell to save

Since we have low resources again


and our African colonies are not core (and could be grab by France after Nat. Spain grab them) the best thing we can do is to sell.


Battle for Valencia



As you see, almost all our advanced units had became traitors. But General Miaja is very hard to do with!
Rebels had no centralized commanding and the enemy's attack got bogged down. In the evening of the same day the enemy was defeated.
They did not pass!

After victory our units prepares attack on Burgos



Loss of Colonies

18 July, 1936: All garrisons in our colonies had defected to the enemy. We acted wisely, when sold some of them. Now, we hope, that UK Navy will free our islands.




Battle for Seville

Surprisingly, we have obtained some new units.



We place them around Seville and try to capture this city. Fortunately we have enough Engineer Commanders.



1:00 18 July, 1936. Our forces engaged enemy on distant approaches to Seville. The powers nearly equal, but we had regular infantry versus militia units. Also, our generals were good and we had many advantages. The battle was finished in the morning and most troops were sended to the north.
 

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If someone from Ceuta or Melilla reads this AAR, s/he's going to go after your bones... ;)
 

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So 2 days into the war and the Nationalists have already had two major troop concentrations wiped out. It looks like the Allies won't be given a chance to help much.
 

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SPANISH CIVIL WAR: MID-GAME​

Fascist Intervention



So, we could expect that enemy has some modern units.



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Battle for Burgos

Second week of august was started with a storm of enemy capital.



We used russian tactics of wave offence and used our advantage in organization recovery. Also, we had lured some fascist units to Saragossa. After two week the victory was ours.

 

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If someone from Ceuta or Melilla reads this AAR, s/he's going to go after your bones... ;)
:rofl: Well said, but the decision was quite rational.
Furthermore Morocco is now entirely under French control, not a bad thing at all. :cool:
 

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If someone from Ceuta or Melilla reads this AAR, s/he's going to go after your bones... ;)
C'mon! Almost all Moroccan units defected to Franco. So, I have no regrets!


So 2 days into the war and the Nationalists have already had two major troop concentrations wiped out. It looks like the Allies won't be given a chance to help much.
Something with coordination on the rebels side. Historically, the main organizer of Coup d'Etat crashed in the airplane when he took flight from Portugal to Spain.

Hope, that our dissent lowering policy also helped. People of Spain love their Government!

Allies could give me back my islands. )
Another thing they do - bombing our beautiful Spanish cities. (

:rofl: Well said, but the decision was quite rational.
Furthermore Morocco is now entirely under French control, not a bad thing at all. :cool:
Thanks for supporting me )
Also, now berbers could gain independence if France let them go.
 

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SPANISH CIVIL WAR: FINISH​

Capturing Burgos revealed huge reserves of resources.


The origin of them is unknown. Whether it was help from Germany and Italy or rebel generals was storing them while all the Spain was suffering due to lack of resources.



Battle for La Coruna

La Coruna, the last stronghold of nazies, was defended very well. So, combats were hard to republic forces. Also, Republic High Commanding couldn't coordinate mutual actions with French Forces and we had to attack La Coruna head-on.


But the closeness of the end of the war inspired our soldiers and we defeated rebels very soon.



The end of Spanish Nazies

In the noon of 19 September, 1936 there were only couple of islands under rebels.

Please, note low dissent! All this time our Government took care about Spanish people.





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