Never Ending War Part 2
By Matt Mitrovich
The War gets worst…
1928- British and American troops begin arriving in Norway. German airships and naval transports begin ferrying German and allied troops into southern Sweden. France launches a new offensive on the Western Front to help the Scandinavians out.
Japanese forces occupy Indochina and begin their invasion of Thailand. American forces in the Philippines are ordered to retreat. New American troops begin arriving in Australia in case of invasion. New divisions raised from the Commonwealth of Mexico join them.
Fighting in South America continues without much of the world noticing, but both sides continue to send aides to their respective allies.
1929- A major famine begins for the Entente after a drought on the Great Plains destroys most of the crop. The US for years has been the breadbasket for the Entente, since most of their farms were not in use with most of their men fighting in the war. Ration riots begin in many major Entente nations, especially in UK and France.
Germany is not effected by the famine in the US since most of their food is coming from the Ukraine and the Kingdom of Russia. Still Germany begins hammering along the Western Front in an effort to weaken the resolve of the French. Sweden falls to Germany, but American and British troops help the Norwegians keep the Germans at bay
Out in the Pacific, the Japanese have overrun Thailand. Two Japanese armies are now on the march with one heading toward Singapore and the other ready to drive into India. British and colonial troops rush to build up their defenses.
In Omsk, the city is thrown into violence when the Chinese mercenaries under their leader, who believes himself to be the reincarnated form of Genghis Khan, orders them to turn on the Russians. The city quickly falls and other cities with strong Chinese presence are captured. The remaining free Russian forces fight on, but things are not looking good. What is left of Russia is once again thrown into chaos and the Entente can do nothing about it.
1930- Khan orders an invasion of Mongolia, which is carried out by his army of Chinese soldiers armed with Entente weapons. Khan also signs a formal peace treaty with Germany and Japan, allowing both nations to free up more troops for their offensives in other theaters. Both nations recognize the newest nation to come into existence, the New Mongolian Empire.
The resolve of the Entente is beginning to weaken. The Germans are hammering the western front, diverting troops from Norway, which is slowly being overrun by German forces. To the south a huge offensive has begun in Italy as German troops hope to knock out Italy from the war. Out east Japanese troops slowly make there way through Burma and Malaysia, however the American Pacific fleet has ended any threat of a possible Japanese invasion of Australia.
In the United States itself, there is a growing anti-war movement that has been spurred on by the current famine in the Great Plains. Entente leaders worry that they will lose one of their most powerful allies.
1931- In an effort to be better organized to fight the Germans, the European members of the Entente unite and form into the loose confederation known as the European Community. With its capitol located in Seville, Spain, the first President is Jean Monnet, who begins the integration of the European economy.
Even with the war still raging on several fronts, Wilhelm II approves a massive plan to reconstruct portions of Berlin with monuments commemorating German victories in the war. Some critics feel that this plan is highly arrogant of the Kaiser, especially since the resources necessary to complete these projects could hurt the war effort.
German advances continue slowly in Norway and Italy, with no movement on the Western Front. Out east the New Mongols have complete their occupation of Mongolia, plans soon are set in motion for further territory grabs. In India, the first American troops arrive in India in an effort to halt the Japanese advance onto that sub-continent. The Middle East has pretty much been ignored by the major powers, but problems are growing as Zion Division soldiers begin killing Arabian prisoners, while inside the borders of the Caliphate Sunni and Shiites have begun attacking each other.
1932- The New Mongolians go on the offensive again, this time into neutral China. The Chinese military tries to put up a fight, but they are disorganized and badly trained. Large amount of land quickly falls to the New Mongolians.
The European Community is ceded the power by its member states to temporarily administer the colonies and raise colonial conscripts so that all members of the Community can benefit from the colonies.
The Sultan of Turkey is unable to keep order in his country, hurting the war effort in the Middle East. The Central Powers agree that they could do a better job keeping a lid on the situation. So the Sultan is deposed and the remaining territory of the Ottoman Empire is divided between Germany, Bulgaria and Greece. Greece will get the west coast area of Asia Minor, Bulgaria would get the rest of Asia Minor, Germany would claim Syria, and the city of Constantinople (renamed from Istanbul) would be a free city administered by a government chosen by those three nations.
1933- New Mongolian advances into China continue. By now they control Manchuria and are beginning to drive down the coast. Japan is beginning to worry about this growing power on the mainland, even with assurances from the Khan that they would not invade Korea. Sadly Japan can’t do anything with most of their troops tied up in India and Indonesia.
Norway collapses as the EC evacuates its armies and the Norwegian government. In Italy Rome is being bombed from the new Goliath artillery, which can fire huge shells at targets far from the front.
Many colonies of the EC want equal representation in the organization, arguing that if their sons can die in a European war, than they should be able to participate in the European government. While the EC is not ready to yet to grant such abilities to all of their colonies, nations like Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand are given Associate membership.
The anti-war movement in the United States gains ground as many influential politicians begin to sign onto the ideology of the movement to further their own careers. There are many worries among the EC if they can stop Germany without the United States.
1934- The Ganges Crisis leads to the complete destruction of an American battalion after bad British intelligence leads them into an ambush by the Japanese. Anti-war politicians and members of the media milk the tragedy for all it is worth and the Congress and the President agrees to end the war. American diplomats meet with German, Japanese, and other belligerent nations to request a cease-fire. They are more than happy to agree.
As American troops begin to be removed from their respective fronts plans are already being planned for new offensives. Germany hopes to breakthrough the Western Front and has already pulled soldiers from Italy to accomplish it. Japan, denied a chance to invade Australia by the American fleet, no is preparing for the eventual invasion of the continent.
The EC high command has an emergency meeting and comes to the conclusion that without American help, they might not be able to hold off German or Japanese advances. It is suggested that the EC government be moved to Britain since the island nation would be easier to defend then mainland Europe. Eventually it is agreed to relocate the government to London.
In Asia, China’s government surrenders to the New Mongolians. The Khan now looks for new land to conquer, eyeing his neighbors for signs of weakness.