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  1. #121

    "Dieu Et Mon Droit"

    "A Pink Letter"
    The First Lord of the Admiralty, The Right Honorable Sir Winston Churchill, announces to the German Empire that the Royal Navy has officially added Submarines and U-Boat vessels to the list of vessels capable and authorized to enforce and partake in the Great Blockade. Submarines and U-Boats may now enforce the same terms and conditions of the blockade alongside Surface Vessels.

    The Right Honorable Sir Winston Churchill also announces the rejection of the German offer, saying: "The matter did not require even a moment's deliberation." The blockade is a response to the war's escalation, and the ceasing of German U-boat activities is simply not equal to the ceasing of a blockade in any manner. Greater and more tangible concessions would have to be made in order to justify even the possibility of lifting the blockade. Furthermore, the blockade is designed to impact and impair the military capabilities of Germany and her allies. In the event of populations experiencing material shortages, it would be due to their governments' mismanagement of foodstuffs and resources, not a blockade on military goods and supplies. Having the resources necessary to support the population and conduct one's self during conflict is a basic tenant of warfare, and we take no responsibility for another country's miscalculation and error.

    God Save the Empire, and God Save King George!

    - Winston Churchill informs the German Empire that Submarines can now enforce the blockade

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    French capital comes to a standstill as protestors take to the streets.

    Tsar Nicholas denounces Grand Duke Nicholas causing a major blow to his attempted coup.

    Panic starts to set into the Nordic nations as prices begin to rise!

    King Ferdinand I of Romania is formally crowned.

    Pro-Tsarist Nobles and Generals are defeated in St. Petersburg

    A Stockholm Pact fleet successfully breaks the British blockade!

    Who Pays?

    The month came and went before many were aware it had begun. With many nations feeling that what had needed to be said to their enemies had been exhausted, they now turned inwards to their own populations and the issues that the war was starting to bring to the surface. Whilst many nations, like Austria-Hungary or Italy, looked to war bonds to solve the possible issue of a prolonged war, some nations chose a different approach. On the 9th May, Ministre de l'Intérieur Louis Malvy made a bold announcement to the French people. Two bold new plans had been pushed through to support the families of those who were now at the front fighting. Rent for those whose “primary breadwinner” was now at the front was to be frozen as well as the creation of an allowance to support them as well. Whilst this choice was supported by many, it was also met with instant disdain by those who stood the most to lose. Landlords across Paris took to the streets in an ever growing crowd to protest their loss of income. “If these people are to be supplied an allowance, why can’t they use that to pay their rents?” a spokesman for the protestors was quoted to have said to a local paper. With the capital's main infrastructure having been targets and brought to a halt by the protestors, the government was in a difficult spot to deal with the situation. In Sweden, a similar bill was passed to support those who had lost their loved ones or who had been badly wounded in the fighting. With things already looking to be precarious, the new announcement had somewhat expected results. With resources going down, and people’s incomes now somewhat saved, prices began to slowly rise in Sweden. This rise had an instant effect upon the population. Those with the means began to instantly buy more resources for fear of prices going higher. As the panic buying spread, prices began to rise to match the falling supply and increasing demand. If left unchecked, this spiral could become uncontrollable.

    In Russia, the situation in St. Petersberg has come to a bloody conclusion. Guard Cossack units loyal to the Tsar, as well as hastily rallied local regiments and the odd militia, put the Grand Duke and his small force under siege in the city. The Tsar, unwilling to needlessly shed blood and risk the Duma delegates, sent a message to the area commander permitting the use of any forces to arrest the traitors whilst also refusing to permit needless bloodshed. Hamstrung by this order initially the local commander delayed a week, permitting the besieged forces to build their defences. It wasn’t until a grizzled Yesaul from the Cossacks chose to take action that the deadlock was broken. Spurred on by the order of “No needless bloodshed”, he and his men launched a daring night attack on the rebel force’s positions around the city. Little room was given for quarters to the opposing rank and file, but officers were taken alive when possible. It took a week to rat out every one of the rebel positions, but in the end the bloody work was done. Grand Duke Nicolas was successfully arrested along with his senior conspirators, but no other prisoners were taken. When pressed on his actions, the Yesaul simply stated that the rebel soldiers needed to die for their treason and that as a result the bloodshed was not needless. The month was otherwise quite on global politics. With most nations having now picked sides, all that was left was for the Generals to do the talking.

    Iron Forts
    The Serbian front was again abuze with action this month. Following the raids put upon them by the Austro-Hungarian forces, the Serbians began their own raids. The month was spent with both sides raiding and counter-raiding one another, alongside creating inventive ways to counter the incursions. On the night of the 11th, one Austro-Hungarian raiding party struck an unexpected mine whilst approaching the Serbian positions. They were swifty lit up with a flair and cut to pieces. In retaliation, the Hungarian units positioned in the area blew the Serbian positions sky high with artillery. It was on the Serbian Bulgarian border though that an interesting twist occurred. The French VIIIe Armée, having been transported into the theater last month, launched an offensive against Bulgarian positions along the border at Pernik and Sofia. Closely coordinated and well executed probing attacks by lead elements and artillery saw a breakthrough on the 19th, that was swiftly exploited. However as the French advanced they found their ability to keep supplies rolling to their front units suffocated by tight mountain roads and the offensive was brought to a halt by determined Bulgaria positions. Though unable to deal a killing blow, the French were now within striking distances of the Bulgarian capital at Sofia. The brutal and often merciless combat in the north saw the loss of 950 Austro-Hungarians to 570 Serbians, whilst the east was soaked red with 3,400 French and 2,900 Bulgarians.

    Romania was once again the main battleground of the Balkans. Russia, carrying on from its offensives from last month, resumed their offensive in an effort to push the Central powers out of Romania. Though the 7-ya and 12-ya Armiya managed limited success, their offensive was broken by prepared Austro-Hungarian positions. Unable to carry on the momentum, the Russians halted their offensive on the 18th. In Southern Romania though, a new beast of war was being unleashed. Romanian forces, already hard pressed, never stood a stance. The Austrian 1. And 2. Armees, having been reinforced and resupplied, smashed into the Romanians on the 4th. Artillery pummeled the Romanians keeping them in their positions whilst infantry advanced upon them in good order. When the Artillery eased, the leading Divisions threw themselves upon the Romanians before they could fully man their posts. Alongside the close us of Arittery came the K.u.K. Luftfahrtruppen. Dropping experimental bombs by hand, they targeted known enemy strong points to cover the Infantry. This experimental use of airsupport did not always go as planned though. Luftfahrtruppen dropped bombs on friendly units, struggling to distinguish between the K.u.K’s blue and the Romanian blue uniforms. Flying low enough to target the positions also exposed them to Machine gun fire and 18 planes were shot down in their efforts to carry out orders. Day by day the Romanians were driven both Southwards and Eastwards. Giving ground in the face of a relentless aggression. It was not the air threat though that was the true breaking point for the Romanians. As dawn rose on the 14th, Romanian forces reported up the chain of command that the Austro-Hungarian forces had mobile bunkers heading towards defensive positions around Bucharest. Supported by the Russian 6-ya Armiya, the Romanians didn’t know what to do as the Austro-Hungarina Burstyn-Motorgeschütz rolled towards their lines. This iron beast armed with a 37 mm rapid fire cannon, blasted at the allied strong points as it came on, followed closely by Infantry. Machine gun positions that attempted to target the armoured vehicle or Infantry were blown away. The first line of defenses fell, then the second. With the capital now being threatened, plans started to be drawn up to withdraw, until luck turned. On the 16th, a Russian field gun, left in position due to damage to the wheels, found itself face to face with one of the iron forts. The crew readied themselves to sell themselves deerly, and fired upon the vehicle revealing themselves. Their 76-mm struck the lower skirts and detonated. The vehicle stopped. A lucky shot had blown off the wheels on the left of the vehicle. Parilised, the crew returned fire, killing the gun crew, but the damage was done. The loss of one of these key vehicles caused a stall in the offensive. The 6-ya ceased upon this without hesitation and launched a desperate counter offensive. For three days the Austro-Hungarians were slowly pushed back away from the city. Though little ground was gained, it was enough to end the threat to the city; for now. The month ended with 6,000 Romanina losses, 4,300 Austro-Hungarians, and 5,000 Russian casualties.

    Odd silence

    The Eastern Front was quiet this front. Russia still recuperating from the previous month, whilst Austria-Hungary focused south and Germany reorganised after this crushing victory over the 4-ya Armiya. All three sides took time to rest and refit themselves as unseasonal spring rains turned roads to mud along the front. Neither side was willing to make offensives into such madness. Skirmishes did occur along the front, but in all May was quite.

    Foiled Plans

    Norway kicked off this month with successful gains in Northern Finland. Norwegian Forces took to the offensive against what they expected to be stiff Russian resistances, and were met with less than 1/3rd of what they thought. Siberian troops in the region had withdrawn to clearly more important positions leaving a skeleton defense to harass the Norwegians. Though losses were sustained, they were negligible compared to the initial offensive in the theater. Though the Norwegian General’s reports back to Oslo over exaggerated the gained ground, it was still a success for the Nords. The Danish though suffered yet another set back this month. Efforts to pontoon bridge the Torne River were discovered by Russian elements of the 3ya Sibirskaya Strelkovaya Diviziya on the 17th. Russian Artillery was swifty brought into action as a skirmish broke out to deny this effort. By the end of the day the Danish pontoons were no more. The month closes with 400 Norwegians, 200 Danish and 300 Russians being made casualties.

    Pocket Breaking
    French Command was clearly set upon saving the cut of Divisions around Fort Wilhelm. No sooner had operations from the previous month ended, new efforts were launched to drive the Germans out. The Germans on the opposite end were determined to break the 3 Divisions before help could arrive and relieve the fort. The Germans had received reinforcements though. The Dutch had arrived at the front and now launched himself into the fray to support their German allies. As the French IVe, Ve, VIe and VIIe Armées launched themselves into the Germans before they could make any efforts to establish a true foothold in France. From the 1st through to the 5th the Germans held, but soon they were pushed back into Germany. As they were pushed back, fresh Dutch Divisions would regularly take up the line to rotate out the bloodied Bavarians facing the IVe Armée. As losses mounted, efforts to drive into Germany itself south of Metz were slowly ended, by the IVe and VIIe Armées carrying on their efforts to break the encirclement. Their efforts were rewarded when on the 11th, the III. Kgl. Bayerisches Armeekorps suffered breakthroughs in its lines. Unwilling to risk losing Divisions, Generaloberst v. Bayem ordered a fighting withdrawal. On the 15th, French forward elements made contact with their cut off Divisions. These men had been hammered for the second they had been cut off and had lost almost 50% of their fighting ability, but were now saved and withdrawn from the region. The Dutch though were having none of it. Attacking the French with savage aggression they drove the now worn Divisions before them and on the 19th managed to relieve Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II. By the month's end, and having taken major losses, both sides were back to square one. France has lost 8,000 men to Germany’s 4,000 and the Dutch 2,000.

    Di Qui Non Si Passa!
    The Italian entry into the war at the end of last month was swiftly followed by an instant offensive into Autrio-Hungarian held Trentino went as well as they had hoped. Italian Alpini advanced into the hostile held Italian region and swept the local Garrisons before them. By the 11th, the region was firmly in Italian hands. The Austro-Hungarians were not idle though. The local garrisons were quickly reinforced by fresh troops and soon both sides were trading shells and shot high in the alps. This kind of warfare did not permit for large offensives or maneuvers and instead, company took on company for key positions. Alpini fought Gebirgsjäger in a battle for mastery of the peaks and valleys. It was bitter fighting but the Italians were stopped by the 21st. Losses for both sides were comparably light with 1,200 Italians and 900 Autro-Hungarians being taken out of the fight. Though stopped, the Italian positions posed a possible threat to Austro-Hungarian stability. Any more Italian victories could inspire the Italians of the Empire.

    Blockade Runners

    The ships quietly slipped anchor and made their way out of port from Kiel on the evening of the 5th. Flying under false flags, the Dutch fleet of 125 merchanment and a large escort made its way North to Swedish coastal waters, before carefully following the coasts and entering the British blockade zone. Slowly and carefully the fleet entered and soon left British patrol zones unimpeded and arrived into Trondhelm by the 8th. On the 10th it set sail again bound for the West. As the massive convoy and escort fleet brewed a breath of relief thinking they had avoided the British their hopes were dashed when reports reached the commander of vessels spotted approaching them. The covey had run into the Portugese Navy, with Royal Navy support, blockading Iceland. Though a small force, they blocked the path of the convey and were now clearly relaying its position to the Royal Navy. The first shots were fired by the Portugese Evora scored a successful hit on one of the escorting Destroyers in its first savoy, crippling it. This lucky shot embolleded the Angolo-Portugese strike forces, who opened fire with every gun that could get into range of the fleet. Though fire was returned, positioning was held handlily by the Allied strike force who were not forced to screen a massive convoy of ships. The screens put up a valiant effort to permit the convey to scatter as they moved to engage, but soon two Destroyers were sunk, another badly damaged and a Protected Cruiser was sent to the bottom. The Angolo-Portugese force though, failed to score any decisive hits to the merchant men and as the hours dragged by, the SMS Seydlitz and Von der Tann finally got into position to fire upon their assailants. The allies were soon forced to attempt to break contact as more and more screens moved into position to fire back. One British Destroyer turned into a fireball as one of the heavy shells of the SMS Seydlitz pierced her magazine. As night fell on the 12th, the Angolo-Portugese broke contact completely and withdrew into the darkness leaving the convey disordered and confused. It was clear the Royal Navy knew where they were, a good idea of strength and what their goal might be. If the fleet could reorganise they stood a chance, but time was against them now.

    Who’s done what?

    Nothing has happened. Or had it? Who knows.

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  3. #123

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    "Dieu Et Mon Droit"

    "Stability and Cooperation"
    In a big win for British diplomacy, the governments of Portugal and Spain have successfully concluded and signed a lasting agreement starting a new age of "...stability and cooperation between our great nations." The "Treaty of Gibraltar", as it is now known, successfully secures both alliances and "friendship agreements" between the signatories.

    In response to the excellent performance by our most respected Portuguese allies, His Majesty, King George V officially congratulates the Portuguese Navy for its actions in the Icelandic Skirmish. Praises are specifically showed upon the NRP Evora, Portugal's new Dreadnought that His Majesty's government sold just recently to them. The Portuguese have proven that they too are capable sailors ready for any battle, and we shall stand with them as faithfully as they stand with us!

    God Save the Empire, and God Save King George!

    - The Kingdom of Spain, Portuguese Republic, and United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gibraltar

  4. #124

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    Battle of the Icelandic Coast

    Now scattered, the Dutch Fleet had a task ahead of them to reorganise and push Westwards once more. The night was spent with the two side's navies reorganising and preparing for what was likely going to be the battle of their life times the following day. Dutch Torpedo Boats spent the night searching through the darkness for the allied force, but to no avail. As first light broke on the 13th, Vice-Admiral Von Hipper was awoken to the news that the Angolo-Portugese task force had been located and were moving to engage them at all speed. Von Hipper initially was caught off guard by the level of aggression being shown by the weaker allied Task Force and spent precious time trying to work out his response to this. The battle opened with the NRP Evora's 7 massive turrets cutting through the cool sea air. As the shells fell alarmingly close the the SMS Von der Tann, Von Hipper realised with horror why the Porugese commander was being so aggressive. He has the Dutch out ranged. Without hesitation, the order was given for the Dutch task force to move into range and engage with Anoglo-Portugese fleet, but already the allied Task Force has begun to menovour away as the Evora's gun were reloaded. For hours this cat and mouse game was played, with the Evora firing and retreating whilst it's screens and the Vasco de Gama pushing away any attempts for lighter vessels to draw closer to the Task force. The first hit of the day was landed at 14:57 by the SMS Seydlitz though, knocking out on of the Vasco de Gama's main batteries. Though salvo after salvo was exchanged, little damage was actually caused as neither side could seem to land a crucial hit. At one point a shot from the Evora blew through a section of the superstructure, but the damage was minimal and few sailors were hurt or killed. As the light began to fade and both sides disengaged, Von Hipper received news that 5 British Cruisers had been sighted approached from the East. Von Hipper was furious, he had been out menovoused by a far smaller fleet commanded by a far smaller and less important nation. That evening he confirmed with his officers on the Bridge of the SMS Seydlitz, he was delivered news that sent a chill down his spine. Vice-Admiraal Wentholt's had managed to succeed in his part of the operation, but reported that his scouting mission had sighted the main British Fleet making for Von-Hipper with all speed from the South East. The actions of the Portugese now became clear, they had held him in place and tied him down with the threat of the now identified HMS Agincourt, clearly sold to the Portugese. Von-Hipper was now caught. To his West was the Portugese and the Evora, which outclassed him. To his South East steam the Home Fleet, likely under the command of the very able Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. He had few options before him that were good. Von Hipper made his choice and gave the order.

    Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian stood on the deck of HMS Minotaur, sipping a warm cup of tea. His 5 Cruisers of the 1st Raiding Squadron had arrived late, and now he had to wait out the night rather than commit to any actions. As the middle watch sounded four bells, he began to make his way off the deck toward his quarters. "SHIP OFF THE STARBOARD BOW!" cut through the darkness like a knife and sent a chill down Admiral Christian's spine. As he whipped around to squint through the darkness, search lights burst into life illuminating the Dutch ship. The Admiral dropped his tea and began running for the bridge bellowing orders as he ran. The Dutch ship never let him reach it. As the HNLMS Noordbrabant fired upon HMS Minotaur as it was discovered, a 5.9 in shell struk Rear-Admiral Christian directly. He never felt a thing. The Dutch had made their choice known, they were going to smash their way through the 1st Raiding Squadron to escape the approaching Home Fleet. The action was chaotic and brutal. The 5 Royal Navy Cruisers made a hell of an account for themselves in an attempt to prevent the Dutch escape, sinking three torpedo boats and badly damaging a number of other vessels, but it was no use. HMS Duke of Edinburgh was struck by a Torpedo and began to sink, soon followed by HMS Cochrane who was forced to abandon ship as fire engulfed her. HMS Minotaur, Shannon, and Achilles were forced to attempt to escape the killing field. Though they succeeded in this effort, all three vessels suffered major damage that would see them unable to follow the Dutch come dawn. As the Home Fleet arrived on scene, and Rear-Admiral Christian's death was worked out, the Dutch had managed to evade the Royal Navy in what had been a daring but well calculated break out.

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  5. #125

    Britain Declares War

    "Dieu Et Mon Droit"

    "Protecting the Empire"
    Prime Minister Balfour, with the support of the Cabinet, today solemnly proclaims:
    "Repeatedly, His Majesty's government has sent peaceful overtures to the Sultan in Constantinople. We have offered continued cooperation, free trade, and business between our two great empires. We offer them peace and friendship, and our overtures are ignored and rebuffed.

    We offered, repeatedly, multiple points of negotiation and agreement without pause. The Sultan in Constantinople refused to parlay with His Majesty's government. They've disbanded our naval cooperation, and even refused to accept the vessels they paid dearly for. When informed of our willingness to come to an agreement, to negotiate peace and non-aggression and cooperation between our empires, we were repeatedly flatly refused. And, when asked about agreements to be made to lay to bed fears of hostilities and aggression against our interests, we were rejected. All of this, and their open alignment with the Germanic Central Powers, amounts to absolutely conclusive evidence that the Sultan views His Majesty as a rival monarch, and His Empire as an enemy nation. With all of this overwhelming evidence, we too must view the Turk as a hostile enemy, and we must take measures to protect our interests in Arabia, Egypt, and Persia, and our protectorate states that border the Turk. We must take decisive action to protect ourselves, before it is too late. I ask His Majesty, with the backing of this Parliament, to declare a state of war against the Ottoman Empire."

    His Majesty, King George V, declared a state of war a few minutes later. The official declaration was delivered to the Turkish embassy in London, along with the order to leave the country for Belgium within 24 hours. The British embassy in Constantinople has been ordered to leave the country. We join the struggle against the aggressive Turk with our Russian ally, and vow to defend our interests and our empire to the end!

    God Save the Empire, and God Save King George!

    - The United Kingdom declares war on the Ottoman Empire

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