Part 16: Update 13 (Nov 1926 - Jan 1936): Brazil Waxes
As soon as our forces disarmament expires, I begin construction of new ships and armies. Transports are the first to be built, so we can transport our forces back from the shores of France. They've been vacationing for long enough.
There are a few things to consider when rebuilding armies at this late date. I'm currently using hussars as my recon unit, but it's clear that airplanes are much better now. Not only do they have higher reconnaissance, but they have a whopping 600% support, making their statistics while fighting from the back row incredibly high. Tanks are, on the other hand, not as impressive. Engineers have higher siege than tanks, so they don't serve as a direct replacement in that area. They are, however, better than engineers in the sense that engineers are possibly the weakest combat unit in your army in the late game. They do have a slightly higher attack than infantry and guards, but not by a huge margin. If I have the money and the resources, I'll include a token tank or two regiment in all of our armies just for a little extra military score, but I don't consider them to be an exceptional unit.
My armies will all be sized at 72,000 soldiers (24 regiments). Something like 10 infantry, 2 guards, 3 airplanes, 3 engineers, 6 artillery. If tanks become easily available, I would rearrange it to be 8 infantry, 2 tanks, 2 guards, 3 airplanes, 1 engineer, 8 artillery. That way, the army would get the benefit of the engineer's higher siege ability while reducing the total of engineers that we need. They're by far the worst support unit in terms of combat ability.
Work begins on the construction of a new main battle fleet as well. We'll start with around 10 dreadnoughts and 20 cruisers. I'll add more once I see where our naval support limits stand.
With our armies back home, we can help return some stability to our neighbors. Paraguay is in danger of being toppled by rebel forces, but our main army helps to restore order.
Venezuela is suffering from a large uprising as well, but we aid them in quelling the rebel forces.
Our new main battle fleet begins coming together within the year. Our dreadnoughts are fast, deadly, and durable. They do wonders for our military score, as well.
The United Kingdom begins having major trouble in India. The people of India have risen in revolt, but rather than fight for independence, most arise as communist, anarcho-liberal, reactionary, and fascist rebels. Only a few set out with a nationalistic goal. The circled state of Jaisalmer is the only one to break away. The rest are content to endlessly occupy the subcontinent and cut the UK off from a major source of their trade.
The communist proletarian dictatorship of Liberia is added to our sphere. That's one revolution that went under my radar.
Oh no, not again. The UK simply can't stop wandering into our territory! It's been a while since Operation Brazilian Fury, but it looks like it's time for a second act.
Our liberal party is defeated and our socialists take control of the upper house once more. I immediately set about putting our people back to work by opening failed factories, bolstering our treasury with some low tariffs, and taxing the pants off of our capitalists.
British Gambia is a small stretch of territory controlled by the UK inside our colonial state of Gambia. These riverlands are nothing but a staging ground for the UK to accidentally wander into our territory, so they must be taken by force.
The construction of new armies and navies have brought our military score up for a respectable level. We're actually higher on military score than Russia and Germany, but it should be noted that the majority of their scores come from land armies while ours is boosted by our powerful navy.
In order to have some assistance in taking that British colony, I decide to call in our allies to aid us. Not all will come in, but those that do will provide some much appreciated assistance.
Many of our allies opt to stay out of this conflict, but the USA throws their support in. This pits us Brazil, the USA, and some of our South American friends against The UK and their allies, which include - woops - The Russian Empire and Germany.
It appears that the question of ownership over British Gambia will be answered by World War 3.
The USA immediately launches its forces into Spanish Africa. With Italy and Spain in this war against us, we'll need to keep an eye on the African theater.
Our main battle fleet travels between West Africa and South America, engaging enemy vessels. Off the coast of Africa, we destroy a small Italian squadron, and near Venezuela a large, antiquated Ottoman navy is destroyed.
Even before occupying the small province in Gambia, our warscore is padded significantly by naval victories. The occupation of British colonies along with continued battlefield success should put us well on the way to winning this conflict.
The U.S. launches a massive offensive against British Canada. This occupation removes the majority of British forces from the Americas.
The war is going to well, in fact, that we expand the scope of our war to demand several more concessions. The first is for Italian Africa to be ceded to our control.
Second, we require that Germany release Poland as a free nation under our protection. The Polish region has been a hotbed for crisis activity throughout the game, but the Poles simply haven't been able to gain any traction.
Finally, we demand that British Guyana be handed over to us. This would eliminate all shared borders between Brazil and The UK.
Our navy heads to the English Channel to seek out the British navy. We find it, but I wish we hadn't. Our admiral dies in battle and the numerically superior British navy gives our battle fleet a pounding. A handful of dreadnoughts and cruisers successfully retreat to a friendly port in France, and I begin construction of replacements to reconstruct our main fleet.
Colombia suffers from a partial occupation by enemy forces including a small force from Australia and a large Ottoman army. Our local forces are dispatched to Colombia to break this enemy occupation.
Some of our new armies are still under construction at this point, and those which we already have in the field are turning back the few enemy incursions in South America before they can be sent abroad. In the mean time, the USA continues to handle the fight in Africa.
Once the Colombian operation is complete, we can finally turn the attention of our main armies overseas.
A single army is sent to Africa in order to occupy the British territory in Gambia, complete occupation of Italian Africa, and wipe out any opposition remaining in the area. This brings our warscore up well into the positive, but not quite enough to enforce all of our goals. France has decided to take advantage of the situation by launching a separate war for their lost territory in Germany. This may provide a good place for us to begin our operations in Europe. Our armies can coordinate with the French, even if we aren't in the same war.
However, by the time we arrive in France their cause is already lost. Rather than getting suck in Southern France, we move back out to attempt something different.
But not before defeating a large German advance during our escape.
Colombia initiates their own offensive by landing a small force in Ireland. Maybe they are on to something?
Our newly constructed warships join the remnants of our old battle fleet and once again patrol the British Isles for hostile forces. We have even more ships this time, and we manage to catch a few isolated British fleets of smaller size, winning significant victories.
With the threat of British naval response dampened, we ship our main forces to the British Isles to begin an occupation of their massive, industrialized homeland cores. One such army lands in Southern Ireland to aid in Colombia's advance.
Two more land in southern Britain. London has already fallen to Brazilian occupation, and our armies are moving rapidly through the English countryside.
Meanwhile, the 126,000 man strong British garrison in Gibraltar is lamenting its lack of transports.
Our landing forces continue the occupation of the undefended British Isles...
And by the end of 1933, nearly the entirety of the Isles are under our occupation. Yet, even with this crippling defeat hanging over them, the British-lead coalition is unwilling to surrender to all of our demands.
We haven't touched Poland, so the thought of surrendering such a large portion of an untouched Germany is difficult for them to swallow. In order to see total victory, we will need to at least attempt an occupation of the Polish provinces in Germany.
General Adonso de Oliveira, hero of the 2nd Great War, is sent with our first army to land in Danzig.
While the Germans hang back and wait to engage, furious British troops trapped in mainland Europe charge straight into his dug in position.
A small German force joins the British attack, but Oliveira's defense utterly destroys the forces involved in their combined assault.
Once a second army arrives on German soil, we push out from Danzig to its bordering provinces. This is when the Germans launch their counterattack. Germany's million-man army descends on our first and second armies, and while the battles are going our way at first, they are slowly cutting through our dig-in bonuses and the disproportionate losses are slowly becoming more equal. Luckily, a third army is on the way to Danzig.
Our battered first and second armies retreat to Danzig, where our third army has already dug in to prepared for another defense. The combined presence of our three armies in Danzig causes the German advance to halt, and they opt to rather recapture the areas surrounding Danzig.
This gives us a chance to recover, and this scene plays itself out a few times, advancing and retreating from the safety of our third army in Danzig.
Eventually, I attempt pushing further south into Poland to take the more largely Polish populated provinces in Germany, but I can't seem to gain any ground against Germany's superior manpower. By now, it is late in the year 1935, and I'd rather achieve some sort of victory in this conflict before the end of the game. Rather than continue fighting for victory in Germany, I accept the best peace I can get - every concession but the release of Poland.
The third great war ends with The United Kingdom suffering a humiliating defeat and Brazil reveling in the spoils of a great victory.
This victory catapults Brazil up in total standing to just below the USA and The UK, which is still the 2nd highest rated power even after a great war capitulation and humiliating defeat. Still, this is by far the highest our score has been and we're well above many other significant powers. Unfortunately, we don't really have the time to try for any higher. The game ends on January 1st, 1936, and that is only a few months away. All that's really left to do is to look over what we've accomplished and how we compare to other nations.
Maps of Brazilian Territories
Game End Statistics
Country Standing Overview
Nations Scores Sorted by Total Score
Assorted National Statistics Sorted by Total Population
Global End-Game Political Map (click for bigger)