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Prologue - Birth of a Nation



The Great War had seen great empires torn asunder, giving birth to many new states in Europe. Throughout the 1920s, as peace settled over the continent once more, things began to return to normalcy. Yet this peace was more than a little uneasy.

Things began to change more rapidly in 1929, with the crash of the stock market in the United States. In Europe, nations coped with the crisis in different ways, trying to save their states from ruin the best they could. This period would see the rise of extremist parties across Europe.

In Germany, the people found their salvation in the National Socialist German Workers Party and their mustachioed Bohemian ex-corporal. France saw the rise of left wing parties promising recovery through more socialistic programs. Others, such as Britain, Holland, and Belgium, simply weathered the storm as best they could.

Amongst the chaos, a short-lived experiment in self-government was held in parts of southern Belgium. With the federal government struggling to manage the high unemployment and rampant bankruptcy, the people began to try and manage things on a more local level. Already considering themselves to be a separate people, their experiment saw some limited sucess - just enough to encourage the pursuit further.

Inspired by increasingly nationalistic rhetoric coming from at home, and encouraged by an undisclosed foreign power, they began to firmly believe that self-government was the best course toward an economic recovery. If the Belgian government couldn't provide it for them, they'd simply have to do it for themselves. In France, their brothers also felt a need for a new nation - and self-determination.

Fearing a secession was only days away, the Belgian army was sent to quell what was seen as a brewing rebellion. The nationalists, seeking to maintain their newfound autonomy, exchanged fire with the federal army. After a chorus of foreign protests at the Belgian government's handling of the situation, only one route was open to ease the growing tensions - full independence for the small nation.

So it was that in February 1936, the Treaty of Antwerp gave brith to a new nation - the state of Wallonia. In the days to come, the new Wallonian state would find itself in the middle of a brewing storm. War would come again to Europe... what fate awaited Wallonia, with a hostile Belgium to the north, and an increasingly powerful Germany to the east?

Whatever the case, times would not be easy for this newly independent nation.

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First of all, yes, you did read that right - this is a Wallonia AAR. Or WalloniAAR?

So, yeah, this' my first AAR - sorry if the setup seems a little silly. Basically, this'll be a 1936 Grand Campaign as Wallonia. My objectives for the moment are to survive the war as a fully independent nation, and expand when possible. Updates to follow as soon as I can upload some screenshots.
 

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I'll be watching this, good luck! :D
 

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A Wallonia AAR? Awesome! :)
 

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Good speed ya!

And we'll see how do you manage
 

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You're actually pretty lucky. Germany is hardcoded to attack Belgium, so you'll probably be safe (unless you join the Allies).
 

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Wallonia has terrible manpower... Good luck!

Better I think to grant Congo independence and create Flanders as well?
 

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Flanders should be independent, the Flemish wouldn't want to see their long time rival independent and themselves not.
 

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Very true: there is no Belgium without Wallonia.
 

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A little Funny that the Walloons secede, since they were dominant way-back-then, right?

Anyway, good luck!
 

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First update

Chapter 1 - Making Plans (Feb-May 1936)

February 17, 1936 - Liege, Wallonia

It'd been only a month since independence from Belgium had been secured, and there was much to plan. A direction for the young Wallonian nation had to be determined, with recent developments being as they were. Only hours after the declaration of Wallonia as a free state, Flanders had declared its independence as well.

After the signing of a second treaty, the Flemish state replaced what had been Belgium. Grudgingly, the Netherlands had ceded territory to Flanders, including Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Wallonia now found itself sharing a border with their old rivals. While there had been no threatening talk from Brussels, the Walloons weren't about to take any chances.

The first to arrive for the meeting was Xavier de Grunne, Wallonia's Foreign Minister/Minister of Security, followed by Paul Ouwerx, Minister for Intelligence. Before they could exchange words, in strode the Wallonian military leadership - Air Force chief Lucien Lippert and Army chief/Chief of Staff Lambert Chardonne... followed by possibly the most useless man present - designated Navy chief Jean Vermeire. As a currently land-locked country, Wallonia wouldn't have a navy, so this was a mostly useless position. Armaments Minister Baron de Launoit arrived, looking more like he was attending a formal party than a governmental meeting. This brought a snicker from Lippert and Vermeire, the latter of whom got a dirty look of warning from Chardonne.

"Well gentlemen, I see everyone's here," came the voice of the nation's leader, Leon Degrelle, as he stepped into the room. Closing the door behind him, he took a seat at the head of the large table that had once been used for dinner parties for the high and mighty.

Once his cabinet had all taken their seats, Degrelle continued, "Now that we're all present and accounted for, we shall begin. Baron de Launoit, how fares our nation's economy?"

"Well, sir, as you know, our industry had some difficulties getting back on track after the Treaty was ratified. For the past month, this has led to small but growing dissent amongst the people," de Launoit responded smoothly as though he'd been rehearsing his words, "However, our factories recently returned to full production capacity. This allows us to allocate an appropriate amount to consumer production while still building a military to defend ourselves. We have now stabilized dissent, and it is slowly subsiding."

"As for trade, we have begun to sign agreements with several nations, which should only help our economic recovery. Nothing large yet, but our surplus of metal and energy have allowed us to pursue said agreements," de Launoit concluded.

"Excellent," the calculating Degrelle nodded, then looked to his Foreign/Security Minister, "And on the diplomatic front?"

"As we all know, our old rivals to the north have gained their own independence - effectively dissolving the state of Belgium. While we have been able to establish somewhat friendly relations with them, their choice of government is... troubling. It seems they've opted for the French sort of socialistic radicalism," de Grunne explained, his intonation showing disgust for the left-wing radical governmental style employed by two of Wallonia's neighbors.

After a moment, he went on, "In addition, relations with France remain good despite their foolish choice of government. We are beginning to seek friends with views more in line with our own, though. One likely choice may be Germany."

"Germany? You mean a friendship with the Nazis?" Ouwerx blurted out.

"Yes. They have weathered the economic crisis and are becoming stronger by the day. France is a power now, but in the years to come Germany may return to its place of prominence as well. We would be wise to play both hands to ensure our survival," de Grunne responded, "As such, I would like permission to engage in attempts to improve our relations with Berlin."

After considering it for a moment, Degrelle nodded, "Very well, you may do so. Now, what about the military situation?"

"Sir, it is my utmost privelege to inform you that our first infantry division is already under production. Baron de Launoit informs me that it shall be ready to deploy by April 5. In addition, we are researching Early Field Artillery in order to create some fire support for our boys," announced General Chardonne, clearly pleased that his was the only branch to have troops in production.

"Excellent," Degrelle nodded, then announced, "As you all know, our nation lacks the industrial capacity of any but the smallest of our neighbors. France and Germany can easily outproduce us, but so too can the Flemish. If we are to survive in the modern Europe, we must be able to produce at a greater level. One route is to begin building new factories to increase our capability domestically."

"The other is expansion. There are several provinces near Wallonia with substantial industry already in existance. If we were to sieze these lands, our own capabilities would grow quite substantially as a result. For now, Flanders is out of the question - it is too likely that France may intervene," Degrelle went on, then grinned, "But to our southeast lays a tiny nation I doubt anyone will miss. Their IC would increase Wallonia's production potential by nearly 50% of its current rate."

"Therefore, I am instructing you all to begin planning the necessary preparations for such an offensive. Not until we have an army can we implement it, but we must be ready to move when the time comes," Degrelle concluded.

"For now, it is also prudent to seek the return of our historical territory still held by France. Valenciennes must be Wallonian," Degrelle insisted further.

"I shall see what we can do. Presurring the French about it may be risky, though - they've already turned down similar Flemis requests for pieces of the coast line," de Grunne warned, hesitant to risk a conflict with France over one territory with no industry or natural resources.

"Do it," Degrelle answered with nothing but determination in his voice, "Do it, as with all things, for the glory of Wallonia."

His cabinet nodded in approval at that last statement, and went their separate ways once dismissed. There would be much to do, and an indefinite time in which to accomplish it.

Events in Brief from Jan-May 1936:

February 17 - Seeing the righteousness of Wallonia's claims, and pressured by a Britain eager to avoid another conflict involving the Walloons, France cedes Valenciennes to the state of Wallonia.



Valenciennes reclaimed for Wallonia!

February 27 - The United Kingdom ends its presence on the emerald isle by returning Belfast and Portadown to the Irish Republic. No shots were fired.

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The UK's odd diplomatic move.

March 7 - Italy annexes Ethiopia. Wallonia's Degrelle puts it simply, "Ethiopia annexed? Wallonia doesn't care, and I can't think of anyone who does."



March 28 - Wallonia's first techincal breakthrough; research on Early Field Artillery is completed. Research on Imroved Machine Tools commences.



April 4 - Despite the old rivalry, Flanders seeks to imrpove relations with Wallonia...



April 6 - The first infantry division is deployed; production on a field artillery brigade is begun immediately. Hours afterwards, it is discovered that bizzarely, the division came equipped with an anti-tank brigade straight from the factory. Since no order was ever placed for such an attachment, it is assumed the brigade is Belgian surplus. General Lippert refers to it as 'The Phantom Anti-Tank Brigade'.


Our Army is born! Note the bizzare 'phantom' anti-tank attachment.

May 22 - Production on the field artillery is completed, and it replaces the anti-tank brigade. Chief of Staff Chardonne decides that until the origin of the unit is discovered, it will not be attached to any Wallonian divisions.


The strategic situation as of April 1936. How dare Luxemburg be the same color as us!

Also on May 22, foreign minister de Grunne discovers a peculiar presence in the American government. While the government is officially a 'social liberal', it seems they had two fascist ministers...



By the end of May, Wallonia had a small and mostly modern army, and preparations were being made for Degrelle's suggested assault to the southeast. General Chardonne wanted to wait for manpower to reach such a point that a second division of infantry was possible, but Degrelle wanted plans ready. As spring gradually gave way to summer, Operation: Talon was being formulated by Chardonne's staff.

Its objective: the invasion of Luxemburg and seizure of its industry for Wallonia.

Note: Wallonian independence was moved up a month, as I restarted the game to make an independent Flanders as well.
 
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Well, its nice to see yet another underdog AAR, hope you can get a coastline set up. It will be fun to see what direction this AAR goes :)
 
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No airbases, better remedy that when you conquer luxembourg.
How are Wallonia`s techteams?
 

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Moderately humorous, but serious enough. Good update!
 

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@Quanto: Thanks! I think the only way to obtain a coastline is for Wallonia to take it from Flanders. Problem being that Flanders can outproduce Wallonia, so some tricky strategy may be needed to achieve that result.

@chefportnen: I was concerned about that, considering France guaranteed Luxemburg's independence, and Germany had its territorial claim on them. Things didn't exactly turn out that way, though, as you'll see in a forthcoming mini-update...

@Guangxi: Wallonia's racing to remedy the lack of airbases as we speak. Since I don't have the manpower at the moment to build any more divisions, I'm concentrating on things that don't require it. Wallonia's tech teams are.. decent, considering how bad its manpower and IC are. For now, they can only research one thing at a time.

@ likk9922: Thanks! Any comments/compliments are greatly appreciated, especially since this' my first AAR attempt. I'm trying to mix some humor into what's supposed to be a mostly serious storyline - mostly because I have a hard time staying 100% serious when writing!
 
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