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Kaiserreich: A worthless AAR/LP
« on: July 12, 2015, 10:58:15 PM »


Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg is a popular Hearts of Iron II/Darkest Hour Game Mod that is set in an alternate timeline where the Central Powers, lead by Germany, win World War One. Currently in 1.6 beta for Darkest Hour, Kaiserreich takes many of the same nations in a different direction, while introducing dozens of new nations, ministers and leaders, with countless chains of events and decisions that can alter the flow of (alternate)history in any direction you can imagine.  :sparkle:

I'm a worthless person, and today i'm announcing that I plan to start an AAR (After Action Report) of a Kaiserreich game, which, in essence, is a forum-posted, screenshot-based Letsplay.

I intend to do the best I can, and whenever there are important political, strategic, or diplomatic decisions to be made, i'll leave them up for a vote for you fellow princessii to make the decision for me, so that that you'll all enjoy the AAR more!  :yay:


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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2015, 10:58:47 PM »


At the end of the Weltkrieg, in 1921, The German Empire, along with her Central Power allies, were the victors of the largest, bloodiest war in history. Since then, Germany has been at the forefront of world politics and prestige. But now, in 1936, things are changing. Depression, Communist Syndicates and revolution abroad could mean a much different outcome in the years ahead.

The first vote for the Princessii...is what nation we should be!


First: The most powerful and interesting contenders:


    German Empire   
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In March 1919, after three and a half years of attritional warfare, the German offensive on the Western Front finally succeeded in overrunning the Entente defences. French morale collapsed along with her army against the onslaught as the Reichswehr exploited the breakthrough and marched towards Paris and the Loire valley. As the army collapsed the exhausted French surrendered and allowed the German army to occupy their proud nation. Following this stunning victory, German troops were rapidly sent to the existing Italian and Turkish fronts and forced entry into the lightly defended parts of northwestern Italy. With the arrival of these veteran troops, the Central Powers defeated both the British and Italian armies, restoring Ottoman power in the Middle East and occupying Northern Italy. The war with Britain and the remaining Entente forces overseas dragged on inconclusively until 1921 when a “peace with honour” was secured, ending the Weltkrieg. Not everything was well within Germany though - 7 years of war had pushed her population to the brink of starvation, German industry stagnated following the wars end as demand was slashed and the costs to the government mounted as they were forced to subsidise conversion back to domestic production, struggled to feed its population and fought the ever-present danger of inflation that had arisen from printing money to fund the war effort. In 1924, Admiral Tirpitz became Chancellor and his policies started a golden age of German Weltpolitik, bringing the economy under control through regulating the markets, subsidising food imports with money gained from reparations and the sale of technology to Germany’s allies and client-states. Tirpitz’s hugely successful regime culminated in the well-executed occupation of British colonial possessions following the outbreak of the British revolution and the establishment of Freistaat MittlelAfrika. However, since the Grand Admiral’s death in 1930 things have been going downhill for Germany. A general slowing of the world economy is decreasing industrial output and national income as other nations recover their manufacturing power, and growing nationalism in Germany’s eastern clients is starting to cause tensions as both populations and governments begin to drift away from the Reich. In 1936, Imperial Germany stands at a crossroads, the cracks that are beginning to appear in her mighty empire are slowly widening, and her ancestral enemies are getting stronger once more…
(Worthless Note: Germany is one of the most powerful nations on this list, and is obviously the main turning point of history in this mod. I don't have much experience playing Germany in Kaiserreich, but it shouldn't be too hard, and it will certainly have lots of events and flavor text.)

    Dai Nippon Teikoku   
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While the 'Peace with Honor' guaranteed Japan's rule of her overseas territories, most importantly Korea, the situation in Japan was already critical well before the end of Weltkrieg. Japan's once booming economy had turned to ashes immediately after the collapse of France and the gap between social classes continued to widen. Starting with the Rice Riot of 1918, the later period of the Taisho Era (1912-1926) witnessed severe economic crises and social conflict. Also one of the greatest natural disasters in human history happened, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, which was then followed by an anarchist rebellion influenced by France's syndicalist revolution. After a failed attempt on Regent Hirohito's life by a lone anarchist, martial law was declared for the first time in Japanese history. General Tanaka Giichi (1864-1936) formed a cabinet with support from the Genro and Seiyuhonto (splinter groups of the Seiyukai), and then introduced the Peace Preservation Law which symbolized the Draconian rule of Tanaka. However, with collapse of the British Empire and with the economic depression in America, Japan's export-led economy continued free fall with no end in sight. 1926 saw a series of massive bank closures at home and German military intervention in China. As Tanaka was incapable to protect Japan's interest in China or stabilise financial system, the weakness of his rule was exposed. By April of that year, the two main opposition parties, Seiyukai and Kenseikai, formed a coalition and and started so-called 'the 2nd Movement to Protect the Constitution'. With popular support for the opposition and Prince Regent's indirect intervention, Tanaka was forced to resign. The coalition cabinet was formed, marking the beginning of democratic governance, universal suffrage and party-based cabinet. The coalition however, collapsed over the issue of intervention in Manchuria. Prime minister Inukai Tsuyoshi, and his Seiyukai cabinet, was determined to support Zhang Zuelin, the Warlord of Manchuria in an attempt to alleviate or resolve a number of economic difficulties, and prevent a complete German domination of China. On June 4 Japanese troops crossed the Manchurian border and quickly occupied all of Manchuria. Further advances were halted however due to diplomatic pressure emanating from Berlin. Nevertheless the success of the campaign helped to solidify the strong position of the military, most of whom felt the way forwards was to seek further conquests elsewhere. The chaotic year of 1926 ended with the death of Emperor Taisho and his son Hirohito assumed the throne. The next nine years saw mild economic recovery and peaceful political developments. Japan in 1936 is poised to extend her empire, with Germany's dominance of the world appearing to be in decline the Japanese look greedily at both the remaining Qing Chinese territories and the German pacific possessions.
(Worthless Note: I've never played Japan in Kaiserreich, but everyone loves the Japanese, and their history of rapid growth and modernization is always fun. Plus, i'll be forced to mess with the naval aspects of the game, which i've never done much of!)

    Mongolia   
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Once the greatest empire in the world, the land of Genghis Khan has long had to struggle for it's independence. Though freed from Chinese rule following the collapse of the ruling Manchu dynasty in 1911, Mongolia's independence was not recognized by the new Republic of China, and therefore Mongolia increasingly turned to Russia for it's continued survival. Yet, the unexpected Russian Revolution of 1917 placed Mongolia in a vulnerable position, with the Russian Civil War soon spilling over the border into it's protectorate. After suffering from an invasion by a Chinese warlord army, a counter-invasion White Russian forces under Baron Roman Nicolaus von Ungern-Sternberg, who established himself as rule of Mongolia. Eager to maintain the security of their southern flank, the remaining White Generals recognized von Ungern-Sternberg's government, believing that he would pursue a pro-Russian foreign policy. However, the Baron had other ideas. While Civil War raged within European Russia, Mongolian forces with Japanese diplomatic support seized and announced their sovereignty over a significant section of the Transiberian Railroad. Kerensky had no choice but to accept this, to avoid the complete strangulation and isolation of Russian troops in Europe and the Far-East. Sternberg then set to work promoting his political authority in Mongolia, and developing a powerful military apparatus. He is now too powerful for a weak Russian government to dislodge, and any crisis in Russia or China may inspire him to make his claims to be Khan of All Mongols a reality...
(Worthless Note: Mongolia doesn't seem like the most obvious choice, and i'm not sure how long their event chains go, but it lets you play as Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg and become Genghis Khan II, so it's pretty great even if that's the end of the chain!)

    Union of Britain   
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After the defeat of France the United Kingdom’s war with Germany dragged on inconclusively for two years. In 1921 the stalemate was finally broken when Lloyd-George agreed to General Ludendorf's proposal for a ""Peace with Honour"". Under the terms of this treaty it was agreed that Britain would acknowledge Germany's gains from the war, whilst Germany would respect the Imperial possessions of the remaining Entente powers of Britain, Japan and Portugal. However, while Britain's overseas territories remained largely ordered and intact, the faith and support of the people in the Home Islands did not. In 1925, disaster struck: a minor labour dispute in the coalfields of South Wales quickly escalated after troops were sent in to restore order. Following the French example a General Strike was called by the TUC, and when the ‘government of national security’ sent orders for military action to quell the unrest many troops deserted to the side of the strikers, which was accompanied by a major naval mutiny. After six weeks of rioting, looting and pamphleteering on a massive scale the Royal Family were evacuated to Canada, followed by most of the country's leading politicians and large property owners. Following the ejection of the ‘Establishment’ a provisional government of revolutionary groups dissolved both Houses of Parliament, and declared that political authority in the new ‘Union of Britain’ would pass to a new Congress of Trade Unions. The British people are currently secure on their island, content to build socialism in political and economic isolation, protected by the strong Republican Air Force and Navy, and with each county protected by its own popular militia who act both as a reserve military and the new police constabularies. Yet, with the world seemingly ready to erupt into chaos, many are starting to wonder if Britain has a duty to spread the revolution to her former colonial territories. After all, the Monarchists in Canada cannot be allowed to plot against the Union indefinitely…
(Worthless Note: Syndicalists are amazing, love-to-hate-them Communists that I can barely stand. I would never advocate playing as the French commies, so this is my pick since i'm forced to have at least one commie nation in the suggestions.)

    United States of America   
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Throughout the 19th century the USA remained of limited importance to the Great Powers, despite her powerful position in the Americas, an attitude that was re-enforced by America's policy of isolationism and adherence to the Monroe Doctrine. The staunch isolationist position of the country was almost changed in the early 20th century thanks to the outbreak of the Weltkrieg, due to German ‘belligerence’, particularly with regards to its unrestricted U-boat campaign against Britain, which had the affect of pushing the US towards the Entente powers. However from mid-1915 (after the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat), Germany chose to change this policy in an attempt of reconciliation- the move succeeded and the USA remained out of the Weltkrieg as a combatant. Unfortunately for the United States, German victory in the war and the consequent revolution in France led to an over-reliance on Britain for trade, which collapsed when the Home Isles descended into the chaos of their own revolution. In the decade since these events the USA has struggled economically as Germany extended her domination around the world and sought to protect and expand her own economic power. The nation struggled diplomatically too as President after President chose to maintain isolationist policies, and this has led to the USA being regarded as a ‘nobody’ in international politics, making it even harder for her to get a foothold in foreign markets. On top of these troubles the regime now faces mounting internal dissent and a political polarisation in parts of the country- with the 1936 presidential elections drawing ever closer. The long established Republican-Democratic domination is now being challenged by two groups - the Combined Syndicates of America and the America First Union. With a mounting crisis at home and a complete lack of prestige overseas things are not looking good for the United States of America.
(Worthless Note: Gotta represent the greatest nation in the world! The massive civil war that rocks the USA can be a pain, but it would be fun, too.)

    Australasian Confederation   
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The Antipode Dominions saw a mixed performance in the Great War. Initial success occurred in 1914 with the capture of German New Guinea. While in 1915 – a humiliating defeat occurred in the Gallipoli Campaign and 11,000 ANZAC were consumed in the fiasco. Following Gallipoli, the Australasians saw success in the Sinai and Palestine campaign. Harry Chauvel, Commander of the ANZAC Mounted Corp, won subsequent victories at Beersheba and Jerusalem and the Ottoman’s loss of a dozen divisions resulted in irreplaceable losses. Chauvel’s gains were reversed – in 1918 – with the arrival of Ludendorff’s veterans from the Spring Offensive and Entente forces withdrew to entrenched positions in the Sinai, until a Peace with Honour was signed in 1921. To embarrassment, the Antipode Dominions were not recognized as distinct entities from Britain and the return of German New Guinea was met with outrage in the press. The Antipode Dominions proceeded unabated until the Victorian Police Strike of 1923 – which devolved into a Syndicalist revolt and the proclamation of a short-lived Melbourne Commune. Painstakingly - George VIII had enacted the Emergency Protocols, appointed Thomas Blamey as Minister of Security and the military – with assistance of demobilized paramilitaries, had violently put an end to the short lived revolt. In 1924 – the two Dominions were merged in the Consolidation of Resources Act. George VIII appointed Stanley Bruce as Governor General, elections and federal parliaments were suspended and a new Authoritarian-Democrat constitution was drafted to mitigate the occurrence of another revolt. In 1925 – the British Revolution led to a disruption in communication and a colonial seizure. David Murray Anderson, the commander of the China Station, had assumed control of the Oversea Fleet and enacted the ‘Anderson Protocol ‘ – mutinies were suppressed and colonial staff were evacuated to Australasia. Charles Vyner Brooke, the exiled White Rajah of Sarawak, is one notable evacuated colonial who has since resided in Sydney and is considered to be a popular socialite and humanitarian. The Australasian fleet and British oversea fleet were merged into a single Australasian station. A minor naval expansion was carried out in the 1920s and in 1932 a new Battleship and Fleet Carrier began construction and are expected to be commissioned during the 1936 Empire Day. While the military is in good shape, Stanley Bruce rules in stagnation and has done little to tackle the economic depression which has persisted in Australasia since the loss of Britain as an export market. Furthermore the influential Australasian Guard, formed in 1925, is increasingly becoming dissatisfied with Bruce and is calling for radical measures to tackle the depression and bring Revanchism to all who threaten the Antipodes.
(Worthless Note: Never played them, but I gotta represent the Entente and everyone loves the ANZACs.)


    ...And Everyone Else   
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Afghanistan, Alash Orda, Albania, Allgemaine Ostasiatische Gesellschaft, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bhartiya Commune, Bhutan, Bohemia, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Caribbean Federation, Centroamerica, Chile, Colombia, Commune of France, Cretan State, Croatia, Cuba, Delhi, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Don-Kuban Union, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fengtien Republic, Finland, Flanders-Wallonia, Galicia-Lodomeria, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Hashemite Arabia, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Iron Guard Romania, Italian Federation, Kingdom of Spain, La Plata, Legation Cities, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Madras Republic, Mexico, Mittelafrika, National France, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Ottoman Empire, Panama, Persia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Princely Federation, Qing Empire, Russia, Serbia, Shangqing Tianguo, Siam, S.R. of Italy, South Africa, Sweden, Swiss Confederation, Tibet, Transamur, Turkestan, Ukraine, United Baltic Duchy, United Provinces, Venezuela, White Ruthenia, Xibei Lianbang Yiyun, Yemen, and the Yunnan Clique.
(Worthless Note: Not all of these make great choices. Some of them are too weak to do anything important, are destined to be eaten, or will have no cool fluff events. But, if there is one lots of princesses want, I'll do my best. Anything that's bolded i'm fairly sure will work better than others, and has more cool events and chances of being entertaining.)


Now, give your thoughts, minna!
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Re: Kaiserreich: A worthless AAR/LP
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 11:07:58 PM »

I have no idea what this is, but I am observing with interest!
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 11:35:16 PM »

Should be fun.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2015, 12:58:32 AM »

Okay, go ahead. Bump so everyone sees the update!  :kyaa:
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2015, 01:04:47 AM »

AUSTRALASIAN CONFEDERATION
LET'S SMASH SOME GOOKS.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2015, 01:06:49 AM »

AUSTRALASIAN CONFEDERATION
LET'S SMASH SOME GOOKS.

Keep in mind that out of the spotlighted nations, they seem to have the least events, but vote noted!
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2015, 01:10:58 AM »

Then we'll just have to make our own events.
Because that's the nzac way!
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2015, 01:21:12 AM »

Perhaps I'm biased due to my severe contraction of the deadly disease known as "Otaku" but I say either Dai Nippon Teikoku or the German Empire.
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2015, 01:53:16 AM »

Well, Japan would be the obvious weeb choice, but USA! is the obvious USA! Choice.

What are each country's tactical attributes?
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2015, 01:57:04 AM »

Well, Japan would be the obvious weeb choice, but USA! is the obvious USA! Choice.

What are each country's tactical attributes?

Well, there's no like, bonuses for just being a certain nation. Some are just ahead technologically at the start. USA is very isolationist, so they're not on the cutting edge of military tech. USA's game is mostly inwardly focused. They didn't even help during WW1 in this world.

Japan on the other hand, I imagine, is a bit more technologically advanced, in a few wartime technologies, and unlike the USA, is /very/ interventionist and hawkish, ready to pounce on asia.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2015, 01:59:49 AM »

I'd much rather germany than USA.
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2015, 02:02:31 AM »

I'd much rather germany than USA.

Germany is probably the most conventionally powerful nation at the start, though some other nations (Union of Britain) beat them in terms of Navy, and others are probably more experimental and ready to push the boundaries of military strategy. (Germany probably won't be the guys coming up with Blitzkrieg tactics and such in this world.)
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2015, 02:02:57 AM »

Nipland's starting to sound pretty good.

Then again, USA's civil war sounds pretty cool, too.

Decisions, decisons...
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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2015, 02:04:54 AM »

Nipland's starting to sound pretty good.

Then again, USA's civil war sounds pretty cool, too.

Decisions, decisons...

I've played it a few times. The only problem is that there's not a lot to do after one wins it, other than kill Mexico or Canada or maybe give a token assist in some Europan war.
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