1910- Start of Second Atlantic War. France and Germany go to war over Morocco. French aggression wins Germany British neutrality. Russia declares war in favor of France, which expands the war to a new level, unseen in Europe seen Napoleon. Traditional ally of Germany and enemy of Russia, Austria-Hungry then declares war, eager to 'set aright' the Balkans. Germany newest ally., the Netherlands surprisingly declares war also, seduced by promises of trade and new colonies. Belgium strives for neutrality but is soon the main battleground, as French troops rush across the border. Italy also announces it hopes for peace, and it merely stands and waits. The Ottomans sit quietly, despite being pressured from all parties to join in the fighting. (The war is covered in greater detail elsewhere). America is neutral due to Byran's strong personal pacifist belief. The populace however greatly favors war to protect France. Byran holds to peace while he underestimates the forces who are in favor of war.
1911- The was starts off in measured bursts. The French secure some gains but soon get bogged down in heavy fighting in Belgium and the Arrdenns. Due to the nature of defensive combat, massive amounts of German troops are sent east to combat the slowly awakening Russian army. Results here are good for the first year of campaigning as nearly every battle has favored the Germans. Russian leaders prepare for a massive counter-offensive but nationalistic revolts and dissent have already begun to stir. Eager to exploit this, German troops start circulating rumors of new 'nation-states' in Eastern Europe. While this worries the Austrians, they are forced to follow the German lead. In the Balkans, the Austrian troops are show to be wildly incapable of crushing Serbia and the war drags on with little movement. At sea, the combined German-Dutch fleet have numbers on their side but both sides has bee cautious in going to battle. No side had the preponderance to attempt a blockade but no French aid could travel the Baltic, which greatly hurt the Russian war effort. English trade increases as it becomes middle-man for the war. Still, unpopular at home, the peace movement in Britain manages to stay in control. Germany begins to look at Finland as a field of operations. America still totters on the brink but Byran has now bowed tot he pressure of the American people and he begins to draft a deceleration of war on Christmas.
1912- America joins the war, just as the tide starts to turn against France and her Entente. French offenses in Germany stall with heavy losses, as Russia starts to crumble as German troops penetrated farther into the Tsar's Empire. Setting up states like Poland and Ukraine, Moscow begins to feel the tide of nationalistic revolts. On the northern front, Germany lands troops in Finland with the great support of the locals. Promising them a full independent nation,t hey rally to the German cause. Austria-Hungry has had a quiet war so far. The Russian are far too concerned with the Germans and Serbia and other Balkan nations are finally running out of men. Sarajevo is still under siege. Belgium is a battered battle ground and the Netherlands is suffering the same fate. American arms start pouring into France while American men and his are slowly trained and prepared. German skippers start preying on all Entente shipping, benefiting from the British “zone of neutrality”. With seeming benign indifference, in reality English politics is a brutal faction led battle between war and peace. Still, the peace faction still holds power, while steadily building up the navy and army. Byran is re-elected in a landslide as the popularity of action in Europe reaches a rising crest.
1913- German victories in the East are dramatic as they surge past Minsk, deep into Russia. German columns seem to be everywhere, destroying Russian field armies faster then they can be raised. Belarus and Crimea are both set up as nations as the German surge eastwards. Nationalist rebellions flares up all over Russia as The Tsar find he is incapable of holding back the German horde. In Finland the fight is slowly but still going against the Russians. The Tsar begins to ponder peace, if only to quiet the rebellions. Austria finally settles the Balkans and prepares to assist Germany heavily in other theaters. While partisan fighting in Serbia is common, warfare has ceased. Suddenly in mid-13, Italy declares war on Austria and invades from the Venetian region. The war is limited but brutal in the high mountains. Little ground is gained but it removes Austria from helping Germany. France is still stalled in Belgium and Netherlands but its navy slowly gains power as American aid pours into the nation. American troops start to arrive, greatly helping the war weary French. Britain stays neutral, although starting to worry about the integrity of Russia. Ireland rumbles with discontent, furthering any thoughts of war. A joint Franco-American naval force into the Baltic is planned and slowly carried out.
1914- The Tsar's realm crumbles due to nationalistic revolts and general incompetence of the army. Vast states arise from tis ashes as Germany struggles to control them. This great victory in the East is tempered by German losses in the West and at sea. American numbers begin to tell as the Front is pushed out of Belgium and into Germany. The Netherlands slowly begin to be occupied by the Entente and pay the price. Its navy, what is left in harbor is scuttled with some ships running to Germany. But safety isn't found there. The massive battle of the Sound is a resounding German defeat and shows the tide is swiftly turning again. While battles in the Alps are inconclusive, Italy is sure they picked the winning side. Britain is secretly worried about the crumbling of Russia and sends a naval squadron to the Black Sea, but they do little then record the damage. As the Tsar begins to make plans to flee, the Kasier brashly declares the war in the East won and recalls massive amount of troops to defeat the French and Americans. Gas is used for the first time, as the Dutch get thrown back in confusion across man-made ponds and dikes. Despite angry responses Germany begins to build its own stock-pile. Still, the German Empire is stretch, and the Russian campaign cost far more men then is realized. Still, prospects look bright as 1914 comes to a close.
1915- The war is a complete disaster for Germany. American men and tanks can crushed into Germany despite their best efforts. The new states carved out of Russia have proven to be fractious, all the way to war. As proved by Finland, as they 'remove' German advisors. Overseas, French troops storm Cameroon and descivly defeat German troops. The High Seas Fleet is helpless to help the colonies and it is only by luck and plucky defense that no other colony falls for the length of the war. At home, the populace is tired of the war footing and begins to demand peace. Led my the Socialist the peace movement has gained great strength. At sea, the High Seas Fleet is totally bottled up and a blockade is finally introduced and Britain stands by, and watches its erstwhile ally slowly crumble. The Kaiser is outraged but it slowly dawns that their will be no reprieve. By November Entente troops stand all over the border to Germany and the Ruhr is shelled in many places. Austria has managed to fight Russia and Balkan armies quite well but are soon willing to make peace. With fresh rivers of American men and tanks pouring in German morale plummets and most see the writing on the wall. Gas attack are common on both sides but German production slowly grinds down as Entente speeds up.
1916- The war ends as Germany collapses under pressure from the Entente and the home front. The Treaty of London is not as harsh as many French officials would have wanted it, but Byran is adamant that the peace be lighter. Still, for a proud nation, the terms are hard. Alsace and Lorraine lost to France with some light indemnity. Any control over the states carved out of Russia is lost and a shrap reduction in naval size but this is temporary) Over seas, its empire remains untouched, even thought hey are in financial disarray. With its internal foundations weakened, Germany seemed ready for an uprising. The Kaiser had lost all creditability, and his failure to rally the people in 1916 set the stage for bloodshed. American withdrew back to North America and concerned itself with Byran's new domestic plan and France was merely concerned with getting its pound of flesh. Talk of a new international body soon died as Russia, Germany, Spain, and the UK refused to join. With the UK concerned with empire, Europe slipped into a unguided melange. The Treaty of London proved to be hard to enforce as Germany was gripped by chaos and France proved too exhausted to do much. Russia's Tsar proved to be more then a hollow voice, as he was forced to abdicate and flee the nation. Moscow rotated from one faction to another as the rest of the world watched. Worldwide, the economy began to slowly crumble as devastated European economies sagged under pressure. Despite this America announces a “Panama Canal” is going to be built, and construction started a few months later. Meanwhile the British Nicaraguan canal (well underway since 1908) is beset with numerous problems, but progress has been made and is over half way completed. In England the infamous 'Sanderson Report' is released. The result of a massive audit of Imperial spending, it reveals the massive costs that the colony of Ireland costs yearly. The outcry against such waste of cash is large is some sections of the population and London (already leaning this way) starts to seriously talk about a 'free Ireland”.
1917- The world economy pllumets swiftly in Feb. as the general stress of war combined with the swift descent of the American dollar (due to the Silver Bill passed by Byran) led to disaster. Already edgy nations were pushed over the edge. American itself was realistically political untouched as ???-???}]}. Britain pulled within even more as trouble with Ireland loomed, along with perrinal revolts in India. France was hit hard, as the war-damaged nation struggled to meet its debts. The French Action-Francaise party gains popularity as it taps into French unrest at the government. The Kaiser fell in a Reichstag bombings, setting the stage for a full-blown civil war. Factions swirled as full-blown fighting broke out. Russia continued down the same confused road as wars broke out among the ex-German satellite states. Spain proved especially incapable as Madrid found rising unemployment hard to deal with. Austria-Hungry, due to a twist of finance found itself relatively unharmed as the depression started. Buoyed by this, Vienna started a new phase of liberalization of minorities, despite Hungarian protests. Across the globe, reductions in finance led even small nations to run into hard times and various political movements surged to life. One of these was the Pro-Union movement in Northern Ireland. Frightened that Ireland was on the path to independence, or at least autonomy, many Northern protestants were beginning to organize against it. While most concerned themselves with protests and petitions, a few looked to violence as an answer.
1918- Construction on both canal projects stop as funds dry up in both America and Britain. All the nations in Europe slip farther down as established governments find it hard to keep reigns on unruly populations. Paris has nearly daily protests as Parisians are tired of the remaining rationing on items. While non-violent, the protest bode ill for the government, while Charles Marruas (of the Action) demands more radical changes of policy. In Russia the four year internal turbulence slowly ends as Moscow achieves a semblance of control, but in reality a combination of thugs and crime-lords control the streets, and an interim dictator is put in place and purges all socialistic and communistic Russians in a desperate bid to end the fighting. Many of the purged Russian end up in Northern Germany where they form a faction the in the new German Civil War. The civil war had flared up last year and degenerated into organized large scale fighting, not seen since the Second Atlantic war. On one side was the right-wing Austrian backed parties who wanted to place a dictatorial system of government in place. These factions were based in the south east. In the west, a democratic, federalist faction formed, backed by the exhausted French. With less support, they found the war very hard so far. And in the north, centered on Kiel and Hamburg formed the radical Communist fighting force, which soon established a reputation for clever and bold tactics, particularly in armor (when they could get it). The German Diaspora began, first as a trickle but growing as the war went on. Germans fled their county looking for peace and stability from a war torn nation. Indeed, the factions themselves pushed out 'useless' mouths, as food became more scarce. Many of these Germans, mostly middle class, but some quite rich, were forced to flee. Also, among the 'rootless' Germans were the ethnic Germans who were pushed out of Poland, as the fledging government established itself, hoping to take advantage of German weakness. Many of the rich intellectuals fled to either Vienna or The Hauge, depending on there political leanings, and both groups became the backbone tot he local scientific and academic community. But these privileged emigres were few. Most were forced to look further afield for land and opportunity. Europe was mostly discounted, as too crowded and war-torn, not to mention the strong anti-German sentiment in many nations. Britain was considered, but also was too crowded. America, the traditional place was forbidden by the feelings left by two wars, despite the strong German lobby in the USA. For once in history, rich, liberal white Protestants were hard pressed to find a home. Still, many fled to the colonies, but Tanzania and Namibia were small, dirty, and poor. But Africa offered other options. In the search for land and friendly populace South Africa soon became the premier arrival point. They arrived by the thousands over the next few years. They became the backbone of the new liberal, pro-science, pro-Europe and slightly pro-black movement that swept S. Africa, as Britain encouraged it, under the “New Empire' scheme. Italy and Spain lurch from one government to another, with Spain being in slightly worse shape. Still, it seems that the nation as a whole will stick together. America continues with fitful, small attempts to relive the pressure on the economy but has little luck. Interventions in the Caribbean continue as US banks and companies try to collect loans from depressed nations. In Northern Ireland several gangs, obsteianbly 'patriots', had taken to robbing Irish or British banks. While the real reason was pure greed, many Protestants saw them as hero's as it seemed legal means would not be enough, as Irish Catholic's began to take control. As the violence escalated, British police and troops were sent it, to stop the robberies. After a few gangs were broken up, the British were surprised to see the depth of support and the inceriably anti-Britishness of the criminals. Also disturbing was the amount of Protestants forming new gangs as old ones were swept up. The problem escalated, as English back home began to tire of Ireland all together.
1919- The German civil war reaches new heights as airplanes are used for the first time as bombing platforms. Germany becomes a theater for the new panoply of war. Armor, Airplanes, new types of gas, all are experimented with, but in small scales. So far, the Nationalists have the upper hand, as the far right but organized factions rally support. Russia stabilizes somewhat as Moscow negotiates over the loss of territory to the new states. France finally manages to reduce rationing despite still being in grips of economic crisis. Britain attempts to intercede in oth Spain and Italy with loans but the populace reacts strongly against such actions. The Ottoman Empire, in a crisis of its own, deals with Arab nationalists, but manages to keep the peace, and as oil is found, a few nations begin to see a way out of economic downturn... Japan also is hit hard by the recession and its reduction in growth encourages the government to look to war as an option. Austria is surprisingly successful as it carefully treads the waters of nationalism, and small gains are made in industry. Without Russia or Germany to dictate policy, the Empire is strangely free to act as it wishes/needs. Northern Ireland burst into wide-spread conflict as what was later called the 'Speirling' began. As more and more North Irish began to resist and conflict with British troops, London finally decided to cut down on costs and bring in Catholic troops. This caused what was nothing more then a police action to turn to civil conflict as thousands of Protestants joined the movement. London was shocked at the ferocity of the Northern Irish and were stunned as the resisters made strides in 'cleaning out' Catholics or Catholic symptahizers.
1920- America elects a Populist to change the nation and bring about growth. His election is a inspiration to many elected nations. In Britain, the government successfully staves off another collapse, despite brewing trouble in Ireland. The Empire restarts work in Nicaragua, determined to 'dig their way out' of the crisis. France manages to successfully promote growth and the protests dwindle and taper off as the far right and far left are stifled. Marrus himself gets more violent and attempts to guide a radical faction of the Action to power. Caught and imporsioned, he is sent to prison in deep Algeria. In repose, French aid to the German Federalists increase leading to a direct increase in their fortunes. With this rise of Federalist power, Bavaria attempts to 'break off' and become neutral in the war. The secession is a joke and troops and material cont through “Bavaria's” borders. Italy and Spain also both show signs of improving as both governments tried to deal with loans and finance by lowering interest rates and tariffs. Japan begins to plan for war over Indonesia, hoping that the Netherlands weak state might led to victory. The Netherlands, going under Britain's wing, has managed to survive trial and tribulation somewhat easily, although as markets stayed constricted they began to feel the pinch. In South Africa, the new German immigrants provide a useful counter force to the Boers as the British push through pro-black legislation. Despite out-cry from this sharp change of policy, Britain holds fast, detrimed to 'keep South Africa civil' was on British minister put it. A sharp but short spike of immigrants from Germany occur as “Bavaria” tries to 'simplify' its populace. Also, as Germany remains in chaos, its colonial holding remain in limbo. In many cases Britain steps in to 'supervise' the colonies. Tanzania, while still under nominal German control becomes a playground for British Imperialists and Japanese ships/sailors swamp many German islands. Late in the year, in a bold move, the Japanese 'protect' the German Chinese holdings, after supposed Chinese threats of violence. While few nations believe it, no one wants/can take action, least of all Germany. Violence in Northern Ireland continues, as Protestants manage to succeed, despite heavy crackdowns by British troops. Talk in Ulster starts to discuss a independent state alongside Britain and Ireland.
1921- The successes of last year turn to ash as the global economy doesn't recover. In addition more war clouds form over the Pacific. Japan threatens war over Indonesia but Britain flexes its muscles and adverts it. Russia seems to merely stagger as the local oligarchies refuse to give up power and local landlords seem to run the nation, despite rhetoric from Moscow about 're-uniting Russia'. Civil riots range from Finland to the Caucasus over borders and tariffs. Eastern Europe is nearly in flames but Germany is far worse. The war continues on, with casualties rising by the day. The Communists have surprisingly lasted and turned into a powerful group, demanding international respect. Bavaria in contrast is not recognized by any nation, let alone the rest of Germany. Italy shows sign of stress as North and South issues rage loudly, based around Socialist leanings in the North. In Spain, Madrid seemed to have regained control over the various anarchist and right wing parties. Denmark, close to Germany and often nervous of the war there was swamped with Communists from the South and emigrates from Russia. Under this influence, Denmark makes a shift to the first openly Socialist nation despite international pressure. Still, many hoped a return of prosperity would change the tide of war and conflict.