Part 30: We All Hate France
Chapter 20: We All Hate France
We plead to the United States for help against France and Italy, but this is a war they want to have no part in. We cannot blame them. Our territory of Rio de Oro is falling quickly to massive French armies.
Our research is returning to Industry, our favorite area of study. The Combustion Engine will be extremely beneficial to our factories and economy.
We claim a new territory to the east of Rio de Oro. It will likely fall to the French soon, but the claim buildings would have been captured anyway so we may as well get the credit (ie prestige) for civilizing the area.
Japan declares war on Korea, launching an immediate and successful invasion of the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Japan has recently modernized and become civilized; Korea is still very backward.
We notice that only two divisions have invaded Texan Cameroon (one Italian and one French), so we decide to risk sending General Ellis and his men there so that we may hold on to at least a few of our African possessions.
He arrives safely, and moves to engage the besieging French division.
The transports are sent to scout the northern French coast, arriving in the English channel by going to the US eastern seaboard, north to Greenland, then east around Scotland. The plan is cut very short when the French Navy intercepts the ships in the mid-Atlantic and destroys them.
The Battle of Duala in Cameroon reveals just how militarily backwards we are. Ellis is soundly defeated by French General De Lorme's outnumbered troops. Still, we should be able to hold on to Cameroon. De Lorme technological advantage would not be enough to defeat a larger enemy if he wasn't dug-in, so Cameroon will be a stalemate for now.
Our worst fears come to fruition when France begins an invasion of California. A division with an artillery brigade has landed in Monterey.
Thanks to our advance railway system, three Texan divisions move from the Mexican border to confront the French very quickly.
French General Ames has the technological advantage, but we have greater numbers.
French troops are storming through Texan Africa. At this point we've already written off the entire area.
We lose half of our men in Monterey, but we destroy the French division. There is no time to celebrate the victory however.
A French fleet engages our Pacific transports, which were out to sea keeping an eye on the surrounding waters. They are able to get to safe port before France can destroy them.
France then begins their serious invasion attempt.
32000 men under General Merle land and attack our three reinforced divisions.
52000 more Frenchmen join the battle a day later. The French are taking heavy losses since we have better position, but our troops aren't doing much better.
Four more of our Mexican board guard divisions are sent to Monterey to fend off the French.
They arrive and the battle turns back to our favor. France was dumb to invade Monterey; we would have had much more trouble if they had invaded Los Angeles the second time around.
One of our divisions in Monterey defects mid-battle to take up the rebel banner and sit out of the fight, evening the odds a bit in the battle and forcing it to go on longer than it should have.
French divisions have landed in the South Leeward Islands and raised their flag. We fear the Bahamas and our provinces on the Coast of the Gulf of Mexico could be next.
More revolts are popping up, in Texan Argentina and Madagascar. We need to end this war soon; we cannot fight France and an angry population at the same time.
The 2nd Battle of Monterey comes to a close with a French defeat. We lose most of our troops in the battle, but the victory brings spirits back up.
Four more divisions are sent to California, to be ready for a third French invasion of our west coast.
They will not be needed now.We have settled a peace with a French, but we are almost too embarrassed to reveal the details of our defeat. All of our colonial territories in Africa (including Madagascar) except Cameroon are ceded to the French. We were able to keep most of our claims built and being built. We are glad that war is over, and President Goodnight, after signing the peace, publicly swears that one day France will regret their actions.
The US agrees to an alliance offer shortly after the Franco-Texan War ends. We thank the Americans for accepting the offer while cursing them under our breath for not helping us against France.
Losing most of our colonies, especially Madagascar, has put us back quite a bit. Our population, which had been 11.5 million when the war began, is now back down to 8 million. We also lost all of our manpower reserves (-86 manpower currently. I miss Madagascar already).
This is what remains of Texan Africa. The French invaders are on their way out, but the Italian troops are just loitering around one of our provinces.
The artillery factory in California is completed, and immigrants rush to fill the jobs created by it. We are proud that the artillery we use in future conflicts is Texan-produced.
Britain has been on an asskicking spree while we were attempting to defend against the French. After annexing Sokoto they attacked and annexed Brunei in the Indies, then they declared war on Egypt and here is their current progress in that war.
Japan settles with Korea for their 4 southernmost provinces, establishing a small presence on the continent for themselves. Winning this war pushed them from 9th rank to 8th, meaning they are now a Great Power.
Not long afterwards Britain signs a peace with Egypt, acquiring a large portion of Egypt's Mediterranean coast. We are surprised the British did not take the Holy Land, but it is apparent their interest lies in securing an area to build a canal between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
We claim a new territory south of the land we lost to France, but we go ahead and sell it for a mediocre sum to the British to establish a political barrier between our remaining possessions in that area and French territory.
We return to Army technology research after finishing Electricity
The South Leeward Islands have proven less valuable than we hoped, and the Bahamas produces enough cotton for the Fabric factory, so we offered the United States the islands in exchange for Nombre de Dios, which we have been trying to convince them to give up for some time now. They gladly accept the offer.
The map of the Republic looks much better without a small blue province sticking off the bottom.
We may have lost the war with France, but at least we kept them from taking any non-colonial territory. We now know that our current military is still not enough, but also that we cannot win every battle through superior numbers.