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Map Game 1935

Post by Huojin » 14:53:10 Thursday, 23 May, 2019


Master of Oblivion, Serenissima, and I are playing a small three-person map game, and it's going here. Just the three of us for now, but maybe if we make some headway or something we'll add some people in or whatever.

General rules, we're aiming to be plausible and steer clear from crazy shenanigans, but hopefully without being up each other's asses about stuff as long as it broadly makes sense, the vibe broadly being BOP-esque. Starting in 1935, we're each going to take a year in turn, post the events that happen, plus any map edits as required, and keep rolling on.

Lemme know if there's any problems with the starting map, I just lifted it from an old game. And if you want to do more precise borders or anything but can't, we can help each other out with map shenanigans.

By RNG and for simplicity, the rota for starters is: Master of Oblivion (1935), Huojin (1936), Serenissima (1937), etc., unless anyone doesn't have time or wants to switch or whatever.

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Re: Map Game 1935

Post by Master of Oblivion » 19:43:30 Sunday, 26 May, 2019


Italian Invasion of Ethiopia
On October 3rd, 1935 Italian forces invade Ethiopia. There are protests by several nations in the League of Nations, and the Ambassador of Canada unsuccessfully attempts to implement sanctions. The British and French governments issue vague statements urging a peaceful resolution to the conflict. By the years end, Italy has successfully occupied Ethiopia. Most governments of the World recognize this territorial shift, with only Spain, the USSR, Mexico, Japan, and the USA being the notable exceptions. An attempt to implement sanctions in the British Commons fails due in part to a speech by Winston Churchill emphasizing that Europe should unite against Germany and not be concerned about some minor affair in Africa.


Chaco War
Paraguay leaves the League of Nations due to its failure to resolve the Chaco War.
The Chaco War ends with a ceasefire. The war is considered a Paraguayan victory, though both sides have suffered heavy losses. Negotiations begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Huey Long
Huey Long is shot by an assassin in the arm. His bodyguards kill the assailants. He undergoes a successful surgery attempt to remove the bullet. Giving a fiery speech from right outside his hospital, Long claims that the assassination attempt was directed by the crocked establishment of Louisiana. In response to his claims, police arrest New Orleans Mayor Walmsley, and former Governors Parker and Sanders and declare that they are the ringleader of a terrorist organization called the Square Deal Association. In response, a riot breaks out in New Orleans and the national guard is required to put it down.

Bremen Incident
A German ship, the S.S. Bremen is docked in New York City. Communists storm the ship and throw the Nazi flag into the Hudson. The US government refuses to pay for damages as the German naval vessels are currently flying both the Imperial German Flag and the Nazi Party Flag, and thus they argue that no damages have been committed. Likewise a Judge releases five individuals who were arrested involved in the incident. The presiding Judge Brodsky, likened the Nazi swastika to "the black flag of piracy" and called the Nazi regime "a revolt against civilization”. The US government does not issue an apology for the judges statement, as the USA and Germany are currently in a trade dispute. The USA and Germany severe diplomatic relations.

In Southern China, the warlords of Guangxi (Li Zongren and Bai Chongzi), Guangdong (Chen Jitang) and Yunan ( Long Yu) announce the creation of the Southern Salvation Front. They demand the immediate resignation of the incompetent Chiang-Kai-Shek and demand his replacement to be a council of Govenors led by Yan Xishan, the Governor of Shanxi. Both the national government and the Communist party condemn this factionalism. The Communist party declares that a United front is needed to oppose the Japanese.


Stresa Front
In April at the town of Stresa, Italy the French prime minister Pierre-Etienne Landin, British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini stated that they would resist any additional German efforts to change the Treaty of Versailles and also ensure the independence of Austria. A secret clause in the Final Declaration of the Stresa Conference states that the French and British would not oppose an Italian invasion of Ethiopia through sanctions, words, or League of Nations votes.


Germany begins violating the Treaty of Versailles. The Luftwaffe is established on February 26 1935, and Germany beings rearmament and conscription in March. This greatly concerns the French government, and brings additional concerns from Germany’s other neighbors.

The Anglo-German Naval Agreement
Attempts by the Germans and British to reach an agreement over expanding Germany’s navy fall apart after French intelligence catches wind that such a conference is ongoing in London and they issue formal protest. Embarrassed, the British delegation halts the talk. Enraged by so called British deceit, Adolf Hitler gives a fiery speech, stating that the German navy will be reborn as the greatest the world has ever seen. Hitler orders his admirals to construct a navy that can contest British naval dominance in the quickest means possible.

1935 Greek Coup and Civil War

Pro democratic factions in the Greek military are weary that the monarchy could make a full return. In March 1935, they launch a coup attempt. The coup successfully takes control of the majority of the Greek Fleet, and also establishes control of Thessaloniki and surrounding territories after a bloody battle. The uprising in Southern Greece fails, however. The coup plotters set up a rival government led by Eleftherios Venizelos. The movement isn’t popular among the masses, who are weary about factional disputes in the military and the hypocracy of a “pro-democratic” coup against a democratic government.
The LoN and European powers adhere to neutrality at the onset of the conflict as both sides solidify their control. A majority of the army stays loyal to the government in Athens, but they make slow gains against the rebels. Another military coup is launched in October by General Georglos Kondylis. Citing corruption and ineptitude among the current government he removes them from power. A quick referendum is established setting up Kondylis as the Prime minister and George II as King. As the year ends, the Monarchist forces are advancing on Thessaloniki.

Mutual Assistance Treaties
The French and Soviets sign this treat.

The Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia sign a mutual assistance pact.

Czechoslovakia Elections

In the May 1935 Czechoslovak elections the Sudeten Germany Party wins the largest number of seats and largest number of votes. They find themselves politically isolated, however, as Rudolf Beran of the Republican Party of Farmers and Peasants becomes president.
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Post by Huojin » 16:00:07 Tuesday, 28 May, 2019


*King George V of the United Kingdom dies and is succeeded by his son, Edward VIII. The year is filled with concern over the King's relationship with Mrs Wallis Simpson. A married, American divorcee, the prospect of marriage between the two sparks a constitutional crisis across the British Commonwealth. At the urging of Churchill, the "abdication" option is put-off as the Baldwin government consents to a delay - ostensibly to further explore the viability of a morganatic marriage, but in reality in hoping that the King will fall out of love with Mrs Simpson.

*Denouncing firmly the Franco-Soviet Pact, Germany declares that France has violated the Locarno Pact and demands sanctions from the international community and the abrogation of the treaty. The treaty is poorly received by some in the United Kingdom, who despite the recent halting of talks with Germany over their naval agreement, continue to hope for good relations. Former Prime Minister David Lloyd George and the King himself are amongst those said to be supportive of Germany's position. [NOTE: The Rhineland has not yet been re-militarised.]

*In apparent response to the treaty, Germany announces that it and Japan are establishing an Anti-Cominern Pact, directed against the communist nations. Invitations are made to China, Britain, Italy, and Poland to join, and although none accept for the time being, there is plenty of interest in both Britain and Poland.

*Greek Prime Minister Kondylis dies of a sudden heart attack, just as his army is making progress in its campaign into Thessalonica. Ioannis Rallis succeeds him, but quickly it becomes apparent that King George II means to rule primarily in his own right. Remarkably, Venizelos, leader of the rival government, also dies in early 1936, suffering from a stroke. Nikolaos Plastiras, war hero and leader of the failed 1933 coup attempt, takes over the rebel movement.

*With both sides briefly leaderless and rudderless, the fighting protracts. The civil war quickly becomes a battle of monarchism against republicanism, of fascism and antivenizelism against democracy and venizelism - although both sides, of course, encompass multitudes. The Venizelists entrench their position and successfully hold out against monarchist assaults. However the future of their fight appears uncertain, as Italian volunteers and troops begin landing in the south of Greece to lend support to the monarchists, and the Italian Navy blockades the republican stronghold of Crete. Germany also declares its support for the Antivenizelists, and begins supplying them with arms.

*Following a divisive election, the Spanish Republican Armed Forces launch a coup d'etat against the Republic, triggering a civil war. The so-called Nationalists fail in their early efforts to seize major cities, but as the conflict unfolds the military's greater training and equipment makes itself apparent as a serious threat to the disorganised and divided Republicans. By the end of the year and after bloody months of urban fighting, Nationalist forces have manage to seize Madrid, with Republican forces relocating their capital to Valencia.

*With the capture of Madrid, many begin to hail the victory of Spanish caudillo Generalissimo Franco, and proclaim the end of the Republic - perhaps prematurely, but the future appears decidedly bleak.

*Foreign fighters play a crucial role in Spain as the fighting grinds on, with loosely organised volunteers from non-interventionist nations (primarily the USSR, USA, and France), and much more official and heavily armed contingents from Germany. The Condor Legion, composed of volunteers from the Luftwaffe and Heer, play a decisive role from the opening of the civil war in fighting alongside and training Nationalist forces. Italy also declares its support for the Nationalists, although their present involvement in Greece and the aftermath of pacifying Ethiopia prevents any "volunteers" making the trip in significant numbers.

*Italy announces the formation of Italian East Africa from the combination of their colonies in Somaliland, Eritrea, and the newly conquered Ethiopia.

*The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 is signed.

*Public opinion in the USA remains mixed towards Germany in the wake of the Bremen Incident, with some viewing the movement as appropriate for disentanglement in European affairs, while others raise concerns that this marks the spectre of increased engagement. Germany takes the opportunity to vehemently denounce the corruption of the "good and honest Aryan nation of America by the machinations of a malignant Jewish judiciary". Under some business pressure, trade and diplomatic relations are re-established, but remain decidedly frosty, with the US notably not issuing a formal apology.

*Following the scandal surrounding the attempted assassination of Huey P. Long, the Louisiana senator announces that his Share Our Wealth programme will run as a formal party in the upcoming 1936 elections, contesting for the presidency. The new party's nominee? Idaho Senator and popular Republican progressive, William Borah. The elections are a fraught affair, filled with accusations of fraud and concerns over split votes. As the dust settles in November, FDR has been re-elected to a second term, but with more than 6 million votes going to the third-placed Share Our Wealth Party. Although their electoral college tally remains low, the vote proves decisively the appeal of Long's platform, and the election marks both the largest vote share and electoral college share for a third party since 1912.

*Suspicions of a coup attempt by junior army officers are uncovered in Japan, prompting military police to arrest some leading conspirators belonging to the Kodoha faction. An echo of another failed plot in 1934, the Toseiha faction uses the move to further discredit Kodoha thinking and methodology. Although numerous leading Kodoha supporters remaining in the army's top positions, the shame of repeated failures and the caution engendered by a repeated crackdown weaken their standing considerably.

*Koki Hirota becomes Prime Minister of Japan.

*The death of Hu Hanmin, prominent political backer of Chen Jitang, weakens his standing, as well as that of the Southern Salvation Front. Seeking to enter into open revolt, Chen overplays his hand when the New Guangxi Clique refuses to back his move immediately towards civil war. Intense pressure nevertheless remains on Chiang Kai-shek to step aside, with the threat of a new civil war looming.

*Towards the end of the year, Chiang Kai-shek is unexpectedly betrayed and detained by Generals Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng (in concert with the Communist Party) in Xi'an in an attempt to force him to end the civil war with the communists, unite the nation, and handle the crisis with Japan. There are widespread conflicting reports and disarray in the government. General He Yingqin, an ally of Chiang, is appointed acting commander to lead a rescue mission. He recalls Wang Jingwei to lead the KMT, who further adds his support to the military solution. The National Revolutionary Army strikes quickly, inflicting a crushing defeat on Zhang's forces. However, Chiang is killed in the fighting - apparently on the orders of those holding him captive.

*Wang Jingwei is re-appointed Premier of the Republic of China, in effect taking on Chiang's former role as paramount leader. He opts to purge the leadership of over-zealous supporters of Chiang, and those supportive of Zhang Xueliang's plan. He re-affirms strong Sino-German relations and his commitment to "internal pacification". However Wang soon breaks with Chiang's record, and severs relations with the Soviet Union.

*Although stunned by the move, the Communist Party of China refrains from directly confronting the new Wang government, remembering well the late 1920s and Wang's close cooperation with the CPC prior to the White Terror. Whether relations will remain so hopeful remains to be seen...

*Following his return to power, Wang Jingwei announces that China has begun negotiations on membership in the Anti-Comintern Pact, with the intention of signing it early in 1937. This comes, reportedly, as part of an arrangement with Japan to avoid war at all costs. The move is controversial, but to the extent that it sees Japanese military posturing ease off almost immediately, it is received positively, if cautiously. Japanese troops continue their occupation of Chahar, but advance no further.

*In response to growing Jewish migration and seeing the success of similar movements in Syria and Egypt, Palestinian Arabs declare a general strike across the nation to compel Britain to change its policy towards the Mandate. Despite negotiations and pressure on Palestinian leaders from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Transjordan, popular support in Damascus, Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad sees the strike continue to intensify. Growing violence between armed groups and British forces prompts the deployment of British regulars to contain what many fear could quickly develop into an insurrection.

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