Part 21: Unification
Sorry for the brevity of the last update and no update yesterday, I have been consistently either working or drunk off my ass since Friday night.
Chapter 11: Unification
The first post-Radical election looks similar to previous elections: overwhelming support for the Nationalists. There is little the Democrats could do to sway the vote in their favor. The Radicals are only polling at about 3%.
Mexico sends a diplomat our way, the first since the end of the war.
France is in Indochina, beating up some uncivilized native countries.
Research into Weapon Platforms begins; more research into subjects we don't care for but must do anyway.
The United Kingdom has annexed Burma, firmly establishing their reputation in east Asia as huge jerks.
Prussia has decided to assert its leadership in Germany. France has decided to stay out of it, but Austria had decided it will not accept it. Prussia isn't going to stand by and let Austria tell it what it can and can't do, so it declares war.
Austria has called upon its South German allies, and Prussia has brought along the North Germans.
Austria has a bigger army than Prussia, but we are betting on Prussia to pull through and win it, with their technological and industrial superiority over the Austrians.
The revolt risk in the Republic is nearly gone. Return to true democracy has mollified our population, as expected.
The Nationalist Party wins the election, and the US seems to approve. The new President is Charles Goodnight. A former cowboy, Texas Ranger, and veteran of this last war, Goodnight seems too young to be thirty-five, but no one can prove it.
The war in central Europe is continuing. Austria tried to push into eastern Prussia but failed, and now Prussia is pushing back into northern Austria and starting to eat up some of Austria's smaller allies. Bavaria has made a somewhat successful incursion into western Prussia from Kaiserlautern, but they will probably not be able to defend Bavaria proper from Prussian armies when they arrive.
We send a diplomat to Mexico, and another diplomat from the United States arrives. Good relations with Mexico, despite our recent war, may be useful for trading, since Mexico is behind us in industry and economic areas but ahead in the realm of military technologies.
Prussia annexes the minor of Saxe-Meiningen. They are now into Bavaria and pushing further into the culturally Czech and Slovak areas of northern Austria.
More boring, almost worthless navy research.
We send out more diplomats. Progress is being made in Mexico, but the Russians are still giving us a cold shoulder.
We send an envoy to Mexico City to propose a deal for the exchange of research, but the Mexicans refuse the offer. Despite the good relations (+85), tensions are still high between our two nations.
Bavaria signs a seperate peace with Prussia and quietly removes itself from the war. Now Prussia can focus on dismantling Austria.
Our trading post in Viedma is completed. This is an announcement we have been waiting for since 3 years ago.
Now we can claim the area of Santa Cruz as sovereign Texan territory, and we immediately do so.
Santa Cruz's population is low, and entirely made up of native farmers. Hopefully we will receive immigrants there in the future; an industrialized base of operations in South America could be useful.
Austria settles for peace with Prussia, ceding the province of Karlsbad.
The Prussian victory over Austria solidifies their position of leadership in Germany. The north German minors decide to consolidate and form the North German Federation and align themselves with Prussia. In response, the remaining south German minors join to form the South German Federation, and align themselves with Austria. Central Europe is now split in half, and if a war were to break out it would surely be one of the largest wars in some time.
The new map of central Europe. The asterisk is the Free City of Bremen, which decided not to join the North German Federation but stay independent. It does remain allied with Prussia though.
We offer the deal to Mexico again, this time with a smaller monetary cost for Mexico, and they accept the offer. They are eager for industrial technology, and the sooner we catch up in army and navy technology the sooner we can continue further into economic and industrial research.
Here is a list of the current states in the Republic of Texas, with the territory of Santa Cruz in grey. The number of pops, provinces and factories in each state can also be seen.
After our successful conolization of Viedma, we are eager to colonize and expand the Republic elsewhere. Hawaii gives us a good base from which we can colonize the Pacific, so lets observe the situation in Oceania.
Goddamn. Britain has beat everybody to the Pacific and has colonized or is current colonizing every island that can be colonized at current technology levels. Japan was able to get a few islands, but Britain rules the southwest Pacific. Hopefully we can beat the British to the Midway islands, or maybe even Papua New Guinea, if we are able to get the proper technology before they do.
The UK releases Canada as a Dominion in the British Commonwealth. We welcome another independent nation in North America; the less we see of European governments in America the better. Canada has claims over most of Russian North America, and we are eager to see if they are going to be willing to go to war over them in the future.
Britain still owns Labrador and Newfoundland, and we wonder if perhaps they will cede those to Canada later.
Navy research continues.
The population of the Republic has grown significantly since we instituted a mobilization reserve (census estimates currently 2.65 million), so we buy canned food and small arms and increase our reserves by 4 divisions. We will be better prepared for war next time around.
We decide that it is about time we harness the industrial potential of the large Hawaiian population, and educate nearly eleven thousand Yankee capitalists. New England Yankee capitalists are what drive the United States' industry, hopefully their Hawaiian brethren will be similarly industrious.
The Two Sicilies has decided that the time is ripe to begin its plan for the unification of Italy and declared war on all the other Italian countries. France, forced to choose sides, has decided to back its longtime ally Sardinia.
On the same day, Parma, Modena, Lucca, and the Papacy announce that they are not willing to fight the Sicilians and surrendered to them. (I have no clue why)
Two Sicilies now controls the entire peninsula, and now only Sardinia-Piedmont, with the backing of France, stands in their way. The Sardinians must hope that France will help them fend off the Sicilians or launch a counter-invasion, but it will be tough to defend against a unified Italian peninsula.