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Three hurrahs for Bulgaria! :D Hopefully the Ottomans do not pose that much of a threat and you can easily overtake them. Extra wargoal mayhaps? ;)
 

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Three hurrahs for Bulgaria! :D Hopefully the Ottomans do not pose that much of a threat and you can easily overtake them. Extra wargoal mayhaps? ;)
Aye, indeed!

But I can't seem to add them, no matter how many war score I seem to get.
 

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I shall have the update out today, since I finally got the time! Today has just not been my day, so I was a bit slow in things. But as always, the shield of positivism shall prevail!
 

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Chapter 8 Part 1: Prelude to the fallen.
1927-1929

We start off the update with a rather sad but pointless defeat by the hands of the Ottomans.

The Arab Guard distracts the Turkish forces for a short time.

Meanwhile, the Russians, while advancing to invade Austria-Hungary, experiences a massive communist up-rising.

Why at this time?

We start the invasion of Spanish Africa. Its huge, yet over-ridden by rebels in most places. We finally catch up with the main African Army in Mwanza.

Even with gas attack...

Unforgettably, it is a disaster, with great losses, and the 2 armies are forced to rout.

Fallen fellows retreat in the jungles.

Luckily for us, a nearby army ends up defeating the victorious Spanish troops in Tabora!

Revenge.

Around this time, we decide that we need a new National Bank to fund the war effort.


We start research on Business Banks.

We finally get a decisive battle at Usumbura!

Hurrah!

This victory would end most real opposition to French-South African forces in Spanish Africa.

We start research on Investment Banks. Past techs wizz by fast.

Meanwhile, with little resistance in Arabia, the Ottomans almost over-run the Arab colonies. Thank goodness that our troops are now able to start the liberation of those territories!

Operation: Opium Liberation.

Meanwhile, France has over-runned Spain completely and are already taking over Austrian-Hungarian Switzerland. (At one point in the game, A-H annexed the Swiss in the course of 2 wars,). Russia finally dealt with the revolutionaries and were making a break-through in the Eastern Front.

Hurrah allies!

We get the ability to defend against Gas Attack. Finally, been waiting for a few years for that!

We catch up with the main Ottoman army in Arabia and decisively defeat them at Nizwa.

Avenged!

At this point, all Austrian-Hungarian resistance has collapsed, and we are on the edge of victory!

Now that looks good!

Research starts on Bank Inspection Board.

Finally, Spain gives up.

Bulgarian Freedom!

Europe is a radical new place now, due to all the wars, and establish blocs are set in place.

Yes, yes it is.

Finally, after our efforts, we get the Panama Canal!


I'll end the update here. What shall the remaining years of the AAR be like? Will Europe finally be at peace? Has the end come for the rivalries of the past? Find out this and more next time!
 

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Chapter 8 Part 2: The dreams of many.
1929-1934

We start off the update with a start to research Infiltration.

Colombia offers us a alliance. We accept.

Because why not?

During an election, communist rise all over South Africa.

Aye..uh...

Finally, the Labour Party comes back into power in the government!

Yeah, but from a really small percentage.

A Schleswig-Holstein crisis breaks out, it seems.

Yes, yes it is. I'm sorry.

It's expected for the Freedom Powers (or just TFB+B for Great Britain) to make it out of this crisis to provide freedom for the Danish folks there.

We start research on Aeronautics.

Red winds once more blow strong on our upper house, causing for a Socialist-majority Upper House to form.

Just what we needed.

Due to the militancy of our POPs, we gain the absolute last political reform for South Africa, Based on Population.

The crisis ends, making Denmark get all of Schleswig-Holstein.

Denmark re-gains lost land.

Libreville, Gabon is the 1st providence not directly connected to South Africa to be cored!

We start research on Modern Naval Doctrine.

A massive Anarcho-Liberal Rebellion breaks out!

We saw it coming.

We attend the Tenth Olympic Games.

We don't want these last few years to be anti-climatic, do we? We decide to justify war against communist New Zealand, whom had accepted POPs we can use.


Oman and Nejd all get accepted in the Union. The Arab colonies are slowly turning to Arab states!

The justification cost us 9.3 infamy. Eh.

Oh well.

Another crisis for Danish freedom occurs, this time in Jylland.

Danish folks be free!

Everyone supports the Russians, and the Germans have no choice but to surrender once more their land to the Danes.

Super Denmark!

Ethiopian nationalist enforce their demands in Rebel-stricken Spanish Africa.

Interesting, I am sure.

We decide to influence Ethiopia instead of annexing them. We really don't need any more colonies atm. We need states!

Research starts on Synthetic Polymers.

Southern New Guinea is granted statehood. Our Pacific colony thrives!

Good work guys!

We decide to strike against New Zealand!

Note: Germany is now a Democracy with the Monarch-like flag.

Ethiopia, now civilized, offers us a alliance after they have been sphere-ed. We accept.

Goody!

Finally, the New Zealanders give up, surrendering South Island.

Circled.

One would assume that the rest of the game would just be boring as ever, but it seems that the world does not want to sink into peace with out one last fight.

The 5th World War begins...

A split has created the Freedom Powers (or what remains of the original members) and the British-Austrian Hungarian Alliance. We'll end the update here guys! The next update will be the last update for this AAR. It has really been a pleasure writing this for you all and giving out my skills for the people of the Paradox forums, as I already did so in Steam. I shall be asking the people later whom should I play as next that no one has done before.

And finally, national statistics!
 

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All seems quite on the AARland front here...

Well, I'll post the final update today for you all!
 

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Same! Hope that the Great War turns out well for South Africa! Anyway, some rather random New Zealand invading, though I can see why.
Loved the Operation: Opium Liberation. :p
 

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Chapter 9: Unfinished business
1934-1936

We start the update with a British landing in Yemen.

D-DAY.

Research on Semi-Automation starts.

We defeat a small Spanish garrision at our Asia colony in Indonesia.

Hurrah!

Our ally Bulgaria gets steamrolled by Austrian-Hungarian forces.

Poor guy.

The British decide to add some war goals to get land in Africa.

Austria-Hungarian surrenders to France after a joint Russian-French invasion dispels them.


Research on Combustion Engine starts.

We core Mayumbe.

A Zulu rebellion breaks out in Zululand.

Trust in your nation.

The Arab Guard (of 6,000 men) get wiped by a Ottoman force.

Those brave men.

Chipata is cored.

We start occupying Spanish Africa, and we meet no resistance, but just rebels. Lots of them.

A few months later, having been occupied in Africa and in Spanish mainland, they Spaniards give in.


Research on Collectivist Theory starts.

On the Western front, it has been quite, but now a huge battle has occured, deciding the fate of the war.

Massive!

Nelson is cored.

We start research on Scientific Management.

Lusaka is cored.

Research commences on Social Alienation. These old techs wizz by past in these late years.

The Ottomans at this point have been beat by Russian and Persian armies.

Deal with it.

The end months are coming. Let's check on how the French are going.

They are still fighting...

A massive Anarcho-Liberal rebellion breaks out 3 days before the end. At the same time, troops start defecting over to the rebel cause slowly. A disaster!


Finally, we reach the end date!

And we discover tanks!

The thing is, though, the war never finished...it seems that we will have unfinished business if we decide to convert this game to HoI3 (if they update the converter there).

Well, that is the end of this AAR. It was been a pleasure writing this from the start for you all! From the humble starts of the South African nation, we have reached the cape to the Transvaal, but also as far as Liberia to the sands of Arabia! The British population has tripled tenfold, along with the Boers. Now the thing on my mind is whom to play as next (because I want to continue writing AARS, as it seems fun to get feed-back on playing for me.)

Final statistics:




The World in 1936
 

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Bravo!

Talk about a cliffhanger, though. If you were to convert this over, I'd be very happy to follow along from the beginning. :)
Aye, indeed! I shall wonder what would happened if I did convert the save file. (If I could, but I got a thing where my saves don't actually appear as files in my Victoria2 folders.)
 

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Bravo, Sigsmund! Bravo! I would love to see this in HOI3. About time for a SA AAR up there. And about the save files-ask Ihdrendur, he should tell you how.
 

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Bravo, Sigsmund! Bravo! I would love to see this in HOI3. About time for a SA AAR up there. And about the save files-ask Ihdrendur, he should tell you how.
Thanks! If only the converter were up-to-date and if I were not such a newb at HoI3 I would gladly do a South African AAR there as a continuation of this! (since HoI3 is still one of those games that gives me the "oh my gosh, what do I do?" feeling, much like when I 1st got into the Paradox games.)
 

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Great AAR! Maybe one day youll go and continure into HOI 3 don't count out ones ability to learn, young Padawan.
 

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Great AAR! Maybe one day youll go and continure into HOI 3 don't count out ones ability to learn, young Padawan.
Perhaps so. It's a learning processes for me.
 

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Awesome finish! Love your writing style, is probably the easiest to follow.

I would like to see you take one of the minor German states and roll with them, though difficult. I think Bavaria or Hanover would be the best bets?

Thanks again for a great AAR!
 

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Thanks for the congratulations messages guys!

I might consider starting a new AAR some time this week, so keep your eyes peeled in AARland for some...uh...well you get the idea. :)