Part 26: The End of That War and Beginning of New Texas
Chapter 16: The End of That War and Beginning of New Texas
Now that the Americans have begun to take action in this war, things should progress predictably. We are going to let the war go on in the background, bringing it up should something important happen.
As of now the Americans are sending many (but not all) of their troops into the eastern part of the Republic, and the Mexicans are being pushed south.
We are not going to let this war distract us from other plans we may have had. Though we are losing money to supply our men in the field, we still have much to spare. Construction is ordered to begin in the Bahamas on expansion of the old, small naval base there.
What will likely be the largest battle of the war takes place in San Antonio. Fifteen American division assault eleven Mexican divisions, and the Americans are victorious.
Mexico has begun sending envoys asking for a white peace. We decline, believing that this war is likely to end similarly as the last one.
Impressionism is completed and research into Cheap Steel begins. Cheap Steel is a valuable technology, largely due to it opening up the way for research into Steel Steamers and Steel Railroad.
The ammunition factory in Texas is completed, but it will remain empty for now. We may be able to spare the money and men to staff it once the war is over.
In October, General Bee and his army were caught off guard in San Antonio while the Americans pushed south and suffered a horrible defeat at the hands of the Mexicans, losing 25000 men.
A few days after the disastrous battle General Bee died of wounds he suffered in the battle. Bee's death serves us as a reminder that the war is not yet over, despite America's intervention.
October has proven a terrible month for Texas. The Irish-Texan army had been patrolling El Paso and Caliente when they were ambushed by a large Mexican force. The Mexicans caught them sober and killed every last one of them.
The Steamer Shipyard in Hawaii is completed, and we are eager to start production there, for steamers fetch a very high price on the market.
Mexico has triumphed over the American forces apparently, which is no good for us at all. There are still many more Americans on our mutual border, but they did not advance to help in the south. Now the Mexicans are on the move north again.
Our spirits are still up though. The Mexican populace is already fed up with this war, and Mexico likely cannot afford to let it continue very long.
Our own populace grows weary of the war too, but we still have some fight left in us.
The United States is what Mexico must worry about still. They could fight this war for at least another four years.
Mexico is moving divisions north from their southern provinces in a large surge against the Republic. Our army is ordered take positions in and around Austin as at least 15 Mexican divisions are coming north from the Mexican interior and 10 are already in the Republic's borders.
France, who had declared war on Morocco nearly a year ago, settles a peace treaty with them.
Morocco was forced to cede all but a handful of provinces and their capital, which is now surrounded by French territory.
We start a new officer training program in California and much money is spent training almost 30000 men. This should supply us with a new general immediately and increase the rate at which we gain more leadership.
General Maxey's condition was similar to that of the Republic's right now: unfit and scared. But he will have to do. He is given Bee's old command, and he is given a single task. Defend Austin.
The naval base in the Bahamas is completed. Our desire with this new naval base is to use it as a launching point for African colonization, and we choose the location where our African adventures will begin.
A province south of the Canary Islands by the name of Rio de Oro. This province was chosen for a few reasons. It is in the area also called Rio de Oro, and there is only one other province in that area with it: Seguia el Hamra, which is claimed by Morocco. We could easily take Seguia from Morocco by force, as they are in no condition to fight any wars nor would anyone care due to their low prestige. Also, the only European nation in this area of Africa is France, whom we have been maintaining decent relations with (roughly +100). Not that we aren't friends with Britain, but Britain has be expanding much faster than France has, so we run less of a risk getting into any sort of disputes over areas in this area.
Cheap Steel is completed, and now we begin studying Biologism, which could be an important tech for a colonizing nation.
Back in Africa, we notice that someone has begun construction of a claim in Nouakchott, a province on the coast and bordering Rio de Oro on the south.
After Texas took the area of Santa Cruz, the Argentinians stepped up their colonization efforts (which had beforehand been nonexistant) so that they could claim the rest of their colonies in southern Argentina. They acquired a taste for colonization apparently and now are trying their luck in Africa. They've already colonized and claimed the province of Rooktown too, between Liberia and a few French possessions.
The Nationalists in Austin do not think it is merely a coincidence that the Argentinians started colonizing Africa around the same time we have, and announce their position that the Republic should not tolerate Argentinian expansion in Africa. When Texas is in a position to be fighting overseas battles, we will declare colonial war and take their African provinces by force.
We look to our population in South America. Santa Cruz has received a number of immigrants, and we decided that it is ready to become a state. Statehood will protect Santa Cruz from any future colonial wars; Argentina will have to declare a regular war and risk northern Argentina should they wish to attempt to regain Santa Cruz.
A new election campaign begins. Wartime elections are often different than peacetime ones.
Ideological affiliation polls show an increase in the number of socialists, likely due to the progressing industrialization of the Republic.
The Socialist Party has also made gains, polling over 5% for the first time. The Nationalists poll at 58%, roughly 20% lower than this time four years ago. How long this war continues will be the deciding factor in this election.
In an effort to increase their poll numbers (and appease a populace growing increasingly restless), the Nationalists announce a return to free press in the Republic. The post-Radical Constitution had only allowed for a censored press, and the population was glad to have the free press back.
This is the breakdown of our population, as of January 1 1875. Note that our population is now 5% officers due to our officer training programs, and that there are now more people that identify as Texans than any other culture or nationality, due to large numbers of immigrants to the southwest.
A short update on the war: Maxey was able to hold the line in Austin, and when the Mexicans pushed toward America and took Houston and Lubbockt the Americans went on the offensive again, this time with three times as many troops as the last push. The Mexicans are beginning to give up hope, and our spirits are returning now that America seems to be pushing Mexico out for the last time this war.
One thing of note about this newest push is the presence of an American General by the name of William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman first appeared on the scene in the US Civil War, but that war was too short for him to prove himself. Since then he has remained as a General in the Army. During the first Great Southwestern War he was forced to sit on the sidelines in Louisiana, again unable to prove himself. Now he is in charge of the American forces during this second push into Mexico, and his eyes are on Mexico City, which he has publically state should be burned to the ground.
Ever since the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the unification of Germany tensions had been building between France and Germany. On January 2, 1875 France declared war on Germany, intent on defeating the German Empire and restoring the old balance of power in Europe. We fear for France that they have underestimated the German industry and its military capabilities.
General Sherman will not have a chance to burn Mexico City, for the United States has signed a peace treaty with Mexico. In the treaty Mexico is forced to cede the rest of Baja California (Loreto) and Monterrey to Texas and the provinces of Nombre de Dios and Santiago to the United States.
We are not thrilled at the notion of America stealing Mexico out from under us.
Not a month passes after the end of the war before we sign a new alliance treaty with the United States and we negotiate the transfer of the province of Santiago to our possession. The United States is more reluctant to give up Nombre de Dios currently, we will have to try to convince them to trade it later.
We decide to begin construction of a mission in Dakar, on the African coast just south of the French possession of Podor.
The Republic of Texas, as of May 1st, 1875. The state of California has grown territorially and has the fastest growing state population, being very popular with immigrants. It is very likely that Mexico will attempt another war in five years, especially if we do not manage to improve ourselves militarily. The United States is as friendly as they have ever been. Things are looking good for the Republic, and the next five years will hopefully be smooth sailing.