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"[...]This old Britain was defeated in its conflict with the progressive ideas of socialism, for it had given the people nothing that could serve as a successful alternative to socialism. She had failed to keep her people safe; she had failed to keep her spirit alive; she had failed in the context of the household, the town, the city, the nation. She had failed in the battlefield, too, which was not a cause of her misfortune, but a symptom. That is no surprise, nor is the British populace fully at fault. A people that has experienced all that the British have been through, naturally offers fertile soil for socialist extremists.

Having been led by the ochlocratic ramblings of a despicable few to threaten not only the lives of German citizens and others, but also the very foundations of the international edifice that had been painstakingly built over the past few decades, it may seem sensible at first that retribution should be sought. And yet, voices were heard from the United States of America which made it clear that the New World wanted a peaceful and united Old World as a basis for mutual cooperation. And, while it is undoubtedly easier for the victor than for the vanquished to advocate peace, and this peace could only be achieved through victory in the battlefield, we do not seek to see Britain resigning herself to the position left to her. Dues must be paid - but it is for the benefit of all, victors and vanquished both, that the spirit of international cooperation supercedes that of retribution beyond personal accountability."


-Gustav Stresemann, Victory Speech, 12 October 1929.



With a massive chunk of the British Grand Fleet eliminated, the Moltke is safe to be relocated back to her permanent moorings. The old Valkyrie has served as a messenger of voctory one last time. Now, she gets to enjoy her rest once more.





And the good news do not stop there. The Oberste Heeresleitung reports a major success! Operation Blücher is a success. While the American forces are still laying siege to Hong Kong, the German army has finally broken through the defenses of Singapore. On the 16th of September, the commander of the British garrison formally surrenders the province to German occupation.

However, Germany fails to squash all resistance and to cleanly disengage her troops. With war still raging in the overall region, British guerilla detachments still harry the German divisions and continually sabotage the Singapore infrastructure. Germany must maintain a significant military presence in the area. Thankfully, the two old Schlachtkreuzer on-station are still more than a match than anything the Brits have, and any attempts to reinforce or resupply the guerillas by sea are doomed to fail.



...

Are you mad?!.

The proposal from Military Intelligence catches Stresemann completely off-guard, and the reaction of both himself and the Kaiser is thunderous. You wish to introduce a socialist revolutionary into the chaotic mess that is Bunsi Britain? You do realise that we'll be picking up the pieces of that society five decades from now?

We have them by the balls and by their stomachs. It is only a matter of time before they are starved into submission. Let's not set fire to their house on top of that, eh?

The project dies, stillborn.







It's a good choice. By the 5th of October, submarine reports are one again streaming in. Two British patrol vessels have been smashed to scrap by U-Boot 4-inchers; in addition, twenty-three freighters have been sunk with minimal losses. Far from the glorious early months of the war...



...but just enough...



...for the Brits to crack; completely and utterly.



The ensuing riots rage for days, with the Army first failing to suppress the violence and then joining in with wild abandon. Nearly thirty percent of London burns to the ground. Mosley escapes lynching by putting a bullet in his head; most of his cabinet and inner circle either follow him in suicide or are detained by the Army. Von Papen nearly manages to make his escape to neutral Spain; he is, however, identified by the local British militia as he tries to reach the ship waiting for him, and shot dead on the spot.

It takes two weeks for any semblence of order to be re-established; and that only thanks to the opening of the submarine blockade. Meanwhile, Stresemann is already discussing victory terms with his Allies. Said terms are presented to the interim British government on the 20th of October 1929, following the unconditional surrender of most British armed forces. Stresemann wants to complete Mecklenburg's work and nothing is going to stop him.





First, this time there is nothing the British can do to prevent the Germans from claiming a war-prize. The HMS Cressy, the pride of the Royal Navy and the current flagship of the fleet is ceded to Germany and renamed SMS Hela.

She is a good ship - not specialised enough to operate as German Schlachtkreuzer or Grosskreuzer doctrine dictates, and her guns are clearly inferior to current German 16-inchers, but she has the speed and displacement to be a terror wherever she's deployed.

Stresemann has just the place for her.



The Mediterranean.

Malta and Cyprus had been left to Britain by Mecklenburg, who had prioritised the more strategic bases of Gibraltar and Alexandria / Suez. Stresemann will no longer tolerate a British presence in the German mare nostrum. Both islands are ceded to the Reich. They are closely followed by the Falklands, the first German base in the Americas. Out of the way, for now, and of apparently limited strategic use, they will still serve as a valuable asset in the future. They also serve as a slap in the face for the British, who are ousted from yet another quarter of the globe.



Italy claims her own pound of flesh. Where Germany claims control of the Mediterranean, Italy plants her flags along the coasts of the Red Sea - and further south, in Africa.



And the USA are finally granted control of Hong Kong. You're welcome, 'Murica. Not like we carried your fat arses through a war, or anything.

Stresemann, however, will not enjoy the fruits of his victory. In what seems to be a chilling repeat of Mecklenburg's death, he suffers a stroke on the afternoon of 16 November 1929. He dies two days later, only 51 years old.



His funeral is a grand affair, and the nation, once again, mourns a capable Chancellor. The Kaiser, now entering his eighth decade of life is, once again, devastated. Stresemann had been a protege of Mecklenburg, and one of the few people Wilhelm could trust implicitly to act in the best interest of the Reich and the Crown.

"I curse the fates that seem to envy Germany," he bitterly remarks. "for they, like the Pharaohs of old, seek to deprive us of our greatest minds once their work is complete - so that it may never be repeated. Shall we pave the way to our final victory with the bodies of my Kanzlers?"





The Chancellorship goes to Julius Curtius, the Minister of Finances under Stresemann. The two men had become close friends during their collaboration, even though they were nothing alike. Whereas Stresemann was a friendly, diplomatic person, Curtius was much more reserved, a stickler for precision and rules, and a cold negotiator, with a penchant for legalese.

As a Minister of Finances, these traits had proven to be priceless. As a Chancellor...Curtius' career would prove to be distinctly average, punctuated by flashes of brilliance, but also several fiascos. After the brilliant stars of Mecklenburg and Stresemann and the black abyss that had been Von Papen's Chancellorship, most of the Reich welcomed a return to a more restrained normality; but Curtius would never succeed in capturing the German hearts like his predecessors had, or draw a bold line for Germany to follow.

He didn't make friends in the fleet, for sure.



It is worth noting, of course, that, with Britain at the brink of total economic collapse, even after the utter butchering of the Admiralität's budget, Germany spends the same as the Brits on her fleet.



It's still not enough to be spending it unwisely.



Especially when the Bismarcks are at the verge of obsolescence. With the end of the war, they are immediately placed in drydock, for a full refurbishment of their engines and a modernisation of their fire-control systems. Sadly, there are no resources to spare for the replacement of their 14-inchers with better models.



Nor can the Zähringens be upgunned to better 12-inchers. But they can be refurbished once again, and they receive the same fire directors as their Schlachtschiffe brethren.



And the same systems are integrated into the new Schlachtschiffe under construction. Now the German ships can fire more accurately than ever before.





LolBritsUmad?



Meanwhile, the Italians are building pocket battlecruisers with 14-inch guns and simple directors. Sure, Italy, whatever.



Goddammit, Russians. Lay off the bloody vodka.



R & D delivers once again!



Wait, what?



WAIT, WHAT!?

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STILL ATEN'T DEAD.

TIME TO SPANK NICKY, I GUESS.

Also, hello Pennsy, looking good there. But I have lewd pics of you. You can see everything but the propshafts...
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Russia occupying Ireland while the brits are busy tearing themselves apart. This is the best timeline  :lol:

Hotel chocolat though, what does it mean? What kind of encrypted messages is the german secret service passing to you?
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Tasty tidbits.
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"It is hereby communicated to the government of His Imperial Majesty, the Czar of Russia, that the government of His Imperial Majesty, the Kaiser of the German Reich will implement all measures to ensure and safeguard the independence of the sovereign nation of Ireland."

Excerpt from the Bonn Telegram; signatures of the German government follow
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The reaction of Germany was neither swift, but it was uncannily decisive. Germany had no defensive pact in action with Ireland, nor had she guaranteed the latter's independence. And yet, the Russian occupation of the Emerald Isle upset the European balance to an unacceptable degree.

Russian control of Ireland massively destabilised Great Britain, right after her disastrous defeat at the hands of Germany. In the aftermath of the war, the two countries had established a somewhat friendly relationship and their re-unification in a more balanced confederacy could not be ruled out. This, now, went right out the window, and the public support of the British government (the British government that the Germans had signed a treaty with) was nosediving.

Furthermore, Russia now possessed something that had been denied to her for centuries. A naval base in the Atlantic, a base that, unlike Archangel, was not frozen solid six months every year. This could not be tolerated.

And so, the German government, under the uninspiring, but near-autistically organised leadership of Julius Curtius, draws her plans for the future, in a prim and proper manner. The budget is brought to heel and the war preparations begin, like clockwork. Curtius submits to the Kaiser what he calls the Achtzehn-Monate-Plan: it is a four-hundred-page document, detailing the exact actions that must be taken, for Germany to engage in victorious war with Russia eighteen months from the day of its submission. The document remains perhaps the best example of long-term political planning in modern history; it is required reading in any higher-education class of politics and a pure crystallisation of Realpolitik.

It is also the equivalent of cold-blooded, premeditated murder on an international level.



First, Curtius declares his intentions to reduce naval spending; this establishes for the international community that Germany desires peace. Carefully controlled provocatory protests from the Navy League allows him to justify minimizing these budget cuts, while still presenting a convincing smokescreen. What little money is thus economised, is channeled into carefully selected logistics services.



Meanwhile, the Navy puts the finishing touches on their new heavy cruisers. The Blücher receives her state-of-the-art firing control systems and is almost ready to be commissioned.



Almost five months into the Plan, an unforeseen accident almost throws a spanner into the works. Curtius is not as diplomatic as his predecessors, and his handling of the scandal is by no means as skillful as Stresemann's would have been; but he knows how to seize an opportunity:



In November, an uprising in northern China spills over into Russian territories. Curtius has made allowance for such incidents (some even claim that the uprising was instigated by German agents) and he instructs the German forces in Korea to assist the Chinese government. Border skirmishes devolve into scrums between German, Chinese and Russian patrols; tensions skyrocket.





Clarification: tensions skyrocket during the time when Germany is drawing up her 1932 budget. This is all Curtius needs to channel an extra 24 million Reichsmark into the coffers of the Admiralität.



This amount is further complemented by the profits from the sale of armour technology to Japan...



...which, in turn, allows the Admiralität to accellerate the construction of the Gneisenau. She's less than a year away, outstripping the original estimates of the dockworkers by far. Everything else has been frozen, of course, but if Germany can get even one of her Grosskreuzer out in time, she will utterly dominate the Atlantic against anything the Russians have to throw at her.



Further revenues are secured thanks to the exporting of Krupp guns to Chile and Argentina...



...while the threat of impending war allows the government to justify the supporesion of 'anti-patriotic' socialist propaganda in the yards.



This gains Curtius the support of the steel magnates and secures more funding for the navy.

Meanwhile, Curtius sits in his office, regularly ticking off boxes in his four-hundred-page document and smiling the thinnest of smiles.



Eventually, he doesn't have to do a thing. Everything comes together, the dominoes fall in a neat and orderly row, and the German government drafts a telegram to their Russian counterparts. A list of demands, including the liberation of Ireland is presented to the Russians as an ultimatum, neat and orderly, like everything else has been so far.

Unsurprisingly, the Russians do not take it very well.





War is declared on the 15th of September, 1932. Curtius' plan has been accurate within six days of his original prediction.

The minute hostilities are declared, the Admiralität is ready. Ten modern subs are immediately laid down, followed by a small flotilla of coastal patrol ships.

And, of course, the Hochseeflotte is already at sea in force, blockading every Russian port in the Baltic. The Russians can choose to hide in their harbours or come out and fight.



Brave fools.
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**** you, I do what I want.

Obviously ATEN'T DEAD, just really, really busy with work. I got an extension for my grant for next year, and am trying to figure out what I'm going to be doing the year after that while also trying to juggle having to declare taxes in both Belgium and Greece (*bitter laughter*)

But you're not here to listen to my *****ing, so here're some news:



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Best thread revived again.
Silly russia, have you learned nothing from past conflicts?

Stoked for rtw2
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[02:42] <@Axem> im happy with these missions now
[02:44] <@Axem> well
[02:44] <@Axem> with 2 of them