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The War for European Union
Introduction
Because I chose to control one of the minor powers (France), I set the AI difficulty to normal. After all, I was going up against alliances 3-6 times more powerful than my nation.

In this AAR, I am going to use a different method. Most of my report will be "extracts" from "An Illustrated History of the War for European Union" by P. Homme, an "article" for a historical magazine/journal. Obviously, my "history" will be different from our real world history.

Because war in the 1969-1975 time frame is much faster moving than war in the early 1900s, I am going to compress a Diplomacy year (spring orders, spring retreat, fall orders, fall retreat, build, and the various resolution phases) into a report "month". I have other reasons for speeding up the action; I'll let you figure out what they are. I'll tell you what my reasons were at the end of the report or when someone posts a reason and it matches one of mine.

P.S. As you might expect, this is going to be a long AAR -- so long I discarded screen shots of my plans. There will be one screen shot showing projected moves a bit over halfway through the report.
 

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Events Leading to War

France withdrew from the NATO unified military command in 1966 when French President Charles DeGaulle refused to destroy France's independent nuclear missile force as demanded by American President Lyndon B. Johnson. At this point, the French forces in Germany returned to France and non-French military forces withdrew from France. France was still a member of NATO's policy and diplomatic groups.

USSR-led forces invaded Czechoslovakia in February 1969 to put an end to the Dubcek reforms, reforms the USSR Politburo called "unsocialistic". The Czech military resisted the invasion and NATO began to discuss possible military intervention in Eastern Europe. President DeGaulle was opposed to this action and promised to leave NATO if the other nations chose it.

When Czech resistance, extremely bad weather, and supply challenges kept Soviet forces from ending the Czechoslovakian revolt quickly, other Warsaw Pact countries considered their options.

The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) revolted against Soviet control in March 1969. Soviet attacks on the revolting German military units caused damage and deaths (both civilian and military) in West Germany and West Berlin as Soviet artillery fire supposedly missed its intended targets. When NATO forces returned the Soviet fire, the European crisis intensified. Most NATO members voted in favor of intervention; France withdrew from the alliance.
 

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April 1969

Because of the war scare, French voters supported President DeGaulle in a nationwide referendum on presidential powers. If he had lost this vote, President DeGaulle would have resigned, a promise French voters respected.

In the first month of war, NATO did nothing right except in Germany. Other nations were able to expand: Soviet forces occupied Norway in the face of light resistance; Sweden occupied Denmark; Yugoslavia occupied Venice. Particularly bad news for NATO was the Italian army's inability to defend Venice due to sabotage and unrest among the troops. More bad news was the rampant confusion in NATO's British-stationed forces.

NATO naval reinforcements arrived in Belgium and Liverpool; Soviet naval forces were organized in Livonia and Sevastopol. France organized a new army in Marseilles; Sweden organized its fleet at home; Spain organized its army in Madrid.
 

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Beat those capi...I mean communist dogs! :D

I can't wait to see how this one turns out.
 

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Fapu, I can understand you being a little irate after the Soviets captured your home in the war's first month.

Early May 1969
The Soviet offensive in Germany captured Kiel and Munich, a severe loss to NATO. NATO forces in Britain again focused on defending the island instead of the alliance.

When Spanish dictator Franco refused French ultimatums to join in a mutual assistance pact, French forces drove the Spanish army into Portugal in the battle of Spain.

Yugoslavian forces continued to occupy NATO territory as they invaded Greece.

NATO's attempted invasion of Tunisia failed in the drawn battle of First Tunis; the Soviet invasion of Turkey met with much more success.
 
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Things aren't looking too good. You are going to need to expand very quickly if NATO doesn't shape up.
 

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Mid-May 1969
NATO forces liberated Denmark from Swedish control, NATO's first success in the war.

NATO unsuccessfully attacked Brest and lost Belgium to a French invasion.

In Italy, NATO forces gathered around the invading Yugoslavian army. Soviet forces completely occupied Yugoslavia.

Unable to gain control of Greece, the Yugoslavian army moved into Bulgaria.

P.S. Comagoosie, is this fast enough?
 

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Haha Nato has to pick on weaker nations to gain something, and it fails versus communism and you :p

And your pace is fine. An update a day is more than enough :D
 

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I was asking about my rate of expansion, not about the update rate.
:rofl:

Well you got my opinion on your update rate too :D

But to answer your original question, yes you are expanding fast enough, though the SU gained 4 supply centers, which isn't too good. :)
 

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Late May 1969

The Soviets organized three new fleets (Leningrad, Livonia, Sevastopol) and a new army in Moscow. France organized a new fleet in Brest and a new army in Marseilles. NATO's Turkish army disintegrated due to a lack of supplies. Sweden had to disband its fleet for the same reason. NATO and Tunisia did not have the resources to organize another military force. Spain and Yugoslavia could not organize new forces because they had lost their homelands and did not have any surplus resources.
 

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Sweden, cooperating with NATO, won the battle of First Norway, driving the Soviet fleet in Norway to the Skagerrak.

NATO forces returned to Kiel; Soviet forces advanced to the Ruhr.

France prepared to defeat the Spanish army in Portugal. Like this, comagoosie? ;)


NATO advanced towards Marseilles instead of concentrating on the Yugoslavians.

Harassed by Soviet submarines, the NATO fleets in the Med were unable to conduct offensive operations against the Yugoslavians or Tunisians.

Soviet forces occupied Greece and returned to Bulgaria. Yugoslavians occupied Constantinople.
 

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paul_man: ...NATO advanced towards Marseilles instead of concentrating on the Yugoslavians.

hmmm. perhaps NATO has a misdirected idea of what is best ? ? :rolleyes:

excellent start ! ! :)

i'm in ! !
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Ah yes, I like it very much! The next turn, Spain shall be wiped from the map and your rear will be safe :cool:
 

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NATO and Soviet forces demonstrated their ability to cooperate in two surprising offensives against minor powers. The Swedes were shocked when NATO forces, assisted by a Soviet fleet, drove them from Norway to Finland in the battle of Second Norway. Soviet forces also helped NATO drive the French from Belgium to Picardy in the battle of First Belgium.

NATO's attempt to occupy Marseilles was blocked by the French in the battle of First Marseilles. The French took control of Portugal, destroying the Spanish army led by General Franco in the battle of Portugal. With Franco out of power, Prince John Carlos became Spain's head of state.


Instead of defending its capital, the Italian army invaded Trieste. Yugoslavian forces occupied Rome while NATO fleets liberated Naples.

The Soviets lost the opportunity to destroy a Yugoslavian army and gain control of Turkey when they left Ankara unoccupied and captured Constantinople from Symrna. The defeated Yugoslavian army in Constantinople retreated to Ankara.

I found the travels of the Yugoslavian armies rather interesting to watch. Where do you think they will end up? How long will they last?
 

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Late June 1969

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A new NATO army arrived in Liverpool; other possible reinforcements were not able to arrive due to congestion at the ports and airfields able to handle the incoming traffic.


The Soviet army in Albania lost its effectiveness and cohesion when its supply vehicles broke down on the poor Albanian roads.

The remaining minor powers (France, Yugoslavia, Sweden, and Tunisia) did not have the supplies needed to equip new units.
 

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I suppose the Yugoslavians are being Yugoslavians. Wondering...looking for home for which they can continue the fighting!
 

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Well, you've started another! And with the French none the less. Although I'm not fully caught up with this, it will certainly be on the top of my list to catch.

Good luck, especially with France (I have some doubt about you holding off the Red Tide with only a handful of supply areas though).