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CoTF: Chapter One
Hello everyone!
The following is what can be described as a 'recount' of a historical role-play game which I ran some months ago, with some adjustments. Therefore, this work is in no way an absolutely serious work of historical scrutiny, but a fun alternate timeline of the 1910s, beginning in 1912 with the following 'starting' changes to history:
*Despite losing the First Balkan War, the Ottoman Empire successfully retained control over Bulgaria. In this timeline the First Balkan War occurs in 1911 and ends by 1912
*Italo-Turkish War slightly shorter, ends on Jan. 1st 1912
*British protectorate over Egypt is declared on December 18th 1911

Any and all feedback is welcome!
The majority of the timeline that follows is my work, however, some minor parts of it are directly from the RP's article and are penned by others, to whom I give full credits. I hope you enjoy reading this timeline as much as I am enjoying writing it!

Cries of the Fallen: 1912

Chapter One: The Balkans Afire

January 12th, 1912-
The 1912 Federal German Elections are held, with the Social Democratic Party retaining its majority in the Reichstag. However, they are unable to secure a House majority and Theobald von Bethmann becomes the new Chancellor of the German Reich.

January 14th, 1912- Following the brutal Balkan Wars which greatly degraded Ottoman power (even though the Turks managed to somehow hold on to Bulgaria) unrest has stirred in Turkish Albania. With a Turkish defeat by the Italians in the recent Italian-Turkish War, first Italian minorities then the greater Albanian people began to protest. Violence was quick to follow, and with rebels now taking up arms and open warfare launched across the nation, it is officially recognized that the Albanian Revolution has begun.

As the Balkans are inflamed, Italy and Russia in particular watch on like vultures, with the Italians almost immediately beginning a covert arming of the rebel factions which control much of Albania. However, the arms are scant as of yet with the Italians not wishing to be discovered. Furthermore, the arms are specifically for the minority fiercely pro-Italian militants, and so the wider rebel movement benefits little from these shipments.

The Albanian rebels are as of now still split along multiple ideological lines and beliefs despite being nominally united against the Ottoman threat. The majority of the rebels, however, hold left-leaning and sometimes outright Communist values which is the cause of great friction between them and the similarly numerous far-right Albanian factions. Some are concerned that if and when the Turkish threat is defeated Albania will further devolve into civil war, which can only benefit outside players such as Russia and Italy who seek to use Albania as nothing more than a pawn.

Meanwhile, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declares its neutrality in the affair, worried about the increasing tensions in the Balkans and the stability of its own possessions. However, the Austrians do send observers to the Turkish side to file a report on the war to help the Austrian civil and military leaders improve the increasingly out-dated Austro-Hungarian military.

January 16th, 1912- In Japan, Emperor Taisho makes a highly-publicised and choreographed meeting with the heads of the Japanese Armed Forces and declares an end to inter-service rivalry, although this holds little truth in reality. He also announces his blessing of new plans for the Imperial Japanese Navy, plans ‘Asahi’ and ‘Karyoku’, focusing on the expansion of shipyards and modernisation of ships respectively. The two plans represent the heralding of the Pacific Doctrine, with Japanese funds diverted from the army to go to its naval forces. Further down the track of history, many will look back at this moment with great fascination, seeing it as a precursor to events that would one day in the far future plague the Pacific…

Later on in the same day, Imperial Russia announces its own plans for army modernisation. However, these projects will be riddled with over-ambition, corruption, mishandling of funds, and other issues which will see them move at a slow crawl. Regardless, world leaders across the globe, especially those in Berlin, glance eastward deep in thought and some concern.

The Russians also increase funding of the Okhrana, the Russian secret police, but this action is kept both an international and a domestic secret. The Russian Empire does not want a repeat of the events of 1905, which saw the power of Autocracy, Nationality and Orthodoxy almost come to a grizzly end.

January 20th, 1912- Russian leaders announce plans for an Entente military exposition based in the port city of Murmansk, although its exact opening date is unclear. Japan, anxious to not only get a good look at Western weaponry but also promote its status as a rising Power petitions Russia to be included in the exposition and its request is quickly accepted. The news again sends many world leaders deep in thought as they look at Russia with increasing concern, noting its sudden spat of military-political activity.

Meanwhile Italy announces a variety of social reforms centred on various labour laws, most notably Sunday becoming a work-free day. The response to the new reforms is generally positive, although core sections of the country’s conservative population vehemently oppose the reforms as ‘radical socialism’.

In Albania, after nearly a week of chaos, battlelines are drawn on the map with the Ottomans almost entirely pushed out of the nation. Ottoman forces only maintain solid control over Eastern and Southern slivers as well as a Western coastal chunk of Albania. Contested territory is still sizable and combat is turning increasingly bloody.

Blue indicates areas of Ottoman control, Red indicates areas of Rebel control and Black indicates contested areas.

January 22nd, 1912- The latest in a series of Russian-related news begins to circulate around the globe. ‘The Great Game’ in Afghanistan is seemingly heating up again, with unverified claims of Afghan-initiated violence against Russian border guards, amplified by Russian propaganda. The news is initially insignificant, until the Russian response the next day.

The Russians also launch a new campaign, albeit a secret one- significant stockpiles of Russian weaponry find their way through a compliant Serbia to the hands of Albanian revolutionaries. In the coming weeks and months, the Russian and Italian weapons will be vital to the rebels’ cause, but also make the two nations’ involvement more and more obvious.

January 23rd, 1912- Russian civilians on the Afghan border are evacuated ‘out of precaution’ and ten infantry divisions reinforce the Russo-Afghan border. The two moves send alarm bells ringing across the world as the evacuation of the civilian population can be seen as a sign of war-readiness and the ten infantry divisions are considered a significant, disproportionate and sudden escalation. In a news briefing, the Russian Minister of War states that "the Khan and his entourage should fear the Russian Army, if needed we can make it to his palace within a week." This aggressive rhetoric is condemned by the Afghans and a number of other nations, with Russia upping global tensions by many of its recent moves. Many analysists also ridicule the statement, pointing out the unlikeliness of Russia’s backward army moving through the logistical nightmare of Afghanistan with any considerable speed or ease.

January 26th, 1912- Private Raoul Kerman, Kurbnesh, Albania:

He sighed and grunted for the umpteenth time as he fiddled with his army-issued rifle. It was an old weapon, perhaps older than Raoul himself, a fact which only fuelled his frustration. He didn’t even belong to this platoon, all of whom were strangers to him and he suspected to each other also. In fact, he didn’t belong to the frontline trenches at all- he was an artillery specialist. But the Ottoman Army was low on manpower and with most of their munitions and heavy weapons either captured or destroyed in the early stages of this damned Albanian Revolution he, like many others, had to be forced into ad hoc Frankenstein units to try to hold the frontline.

He used to consider himself a staunch patriot, but his faith had steadily eroded when he served in the First, and then the Second Balkan Wars. He had also served in the Italian-Turkish War, where once again he’d been forced into a role that was not within his area of expertise, and now he was here in Albania serving in another war. He didn’t know how he’d survived all those bloodbaths with the deplorable military leadership and technology his country had. How could a nation which had once terrorized Europe and made it to the gates of Vienna now be so utterly humiliated? He didn’t know, but he was starting to feel less and less proud about being an Ottoman Turk.

Soon the thunderous sound of artillery fire derailed his train of gloomy thoughts. At first he paid it no heed, Kurbnesh was in contested territory and there were often bursts of skirmishes. But instead of dying away, the sound only intensified, and before he had the time to realise what was happening, the officer present was shouting orders to brace for enemy attack. Gripping his hated rifle, Raoul threw himself against the wall of their tiny trench, and cautiously peeked out. He could see the Albanians, screaming and charging, releasing bursts of gunfire. The few machine-guns the Ottoman forces had set up began firing their deadly rounds into the advancing enemy, but to Raoul’s disgust the unreliable Ottoman weaponry stayed true to its notoriety and after a few minutes of cutting down the rebels almost all the machine guns jammed.

A whistle pierced all the other sounds of the battlefield, and Raoul, alongside the rest of his company jumped up from the trenches and charged forward, yelling various battle cries. Soon an Albanian was directly ahead of him, armed with what looked like a Turk rifle (likely seized from weapon caches during the early days of the Revolution). The Albanian made the mistake of trying to shoot, the unreliable weapon missed by a long shot and the more experienced Raoul simply focussed on stabbing his opponent with his bayonet, not bothering to even try and shoot. Unfortunately, he also missed, instead driving the blade through the man’s cheeks, which elicited a scream but was not a fatal wound. Feeling sick, Raoul pulled back his rifle and drove the bayonet again and again at his enemy, animalistic senses overtaking his actions for a moment. Within seconds the man was dead and the duel which had felt as though it lasted for a lifetime, but couldn’t really have lasted for more than a minute, was over. But another would begin, and another, and Raoul Kerman would once more find himself drowning in a bloodbath of carnage and violence.

In Albania, rebel forces launch a coordinated and major offensive toward Kurbnesh. They hope to link their central pocket of control to their northern one to ensure a united front against Turkey.

Albanian forward elements are primarily armed with older Turkish weaponry, however, there are a couple of reserve rebel divisions armed entirely with Russian arms. The Albanians are also able to deploy significant numbers of artillery, a few Russian but most Turkish; although ammunition for these is low and so they have to be used conservatively.

Within a few hours the Turkish forces, comprised of ‘Frankenstein’ divisions are forced to fall back unto secondary defensive lines as the Albanians were very determined and despite lack of experience fought bravely. Following this development, the Albanian commanders deploy their well-armed reserves to break the backs of the Turks. The Russian arms are indeed a turning point and the Turks are forced to fully withdraw from Kurbnesh, giving the Rebels a much sought-after victory (although rebel forces took very heavy casualties) but also making obvious the presence of Russian arms in Albania and heightening hatred of the Russians by the Istanbul regime.

Morale across the entire Ottoman army is plummeting as their weapons are old and unreliable and the Revolution is coming off the back of the First and Second Balkan Wars as well as the Italian-Turkish War, all of which saw Turkey deeply humiliated and the soldiers’ faith in their commanders shaken. A minor offensive is launched toward Korce to try to recover morale, but once again imported weaponry gave the Albanians the upper hand and both the Battle of Kurbnesh and of Korce were won by Albanian revolutionaries.

Blue indicates areas of Ottoman control, Red indicates areas of Rebel control and Black indicates contested areas.

February 3rd, 1912- French officials announce plans for some French army modernisation efforts, most notably changing the colour of the uniform to a more practical green colour and extending fortifications and infrastructure across France.

The British, in lockstep with their Entente French allies, also announce some new military strides, namely the Mark 1 Lee Enfield rifles, which are put into mass production and are planned to be shipped out to all British military forces across the globe.

February 7th, 1912- Russian officials put into mass production a new version of the Mosin Nagat, with the older versions now exclusively used either on obsolete fronts and of course in the hands of Albanian revolutionaries. Tensions on the Afghan border have remained somewhat stagnant for now, which is a relief for the world.

In Albania, the Western pocket controlled by Ottoman forces is beginning to run low on everything, munitions, food, water, etc. However, Albanian revolutionaries are focussing on their Eastern front and do not spare the manpower for a major drive to the coast- yet.

February 12th, 1912- In the Albanian capital, the Tirana Purge begins, with the decidedly far-left rebel faction in full control of the city ordering the execution of any and all dissidents and ‘reactionaries’. Other rebel factions, notably the right-leaning ones, are dismayed and disgusted at the events, but are generally either silent or reluctantly supportive. The Purge does focus mostly on Turkish citizens or Albanians deemed too loyal to their former masters, however many rightists are also sent to the executioner under the orders of the rebel leaders. Just in its opening day, the Purge murders over sixteen hundred civilians with worse to follow, in most cases those shot were not even offered a mock trial and were merely shot on the spot. Much of the civilian population does actually support the measures, aiding the local rebels in identifying Turks or those with pro-Turk views, although support will slowly but surely diminish the more repressive the Purge becomes.

February 20th, 1912- The Empire of Japan announces a major industrialisation effort across the flourishing island of Hokkaido. ‘The Wall Street of the East’ will see significant development, as will all the rest of Hokkaido. Despite being thought of as a sound plan which will in the long term benefit Japan, its costs worry some who think that Japan may be sliding toward higher and higher inflation. Japanese officials meet with Russian ones and the Russians agree to invest considerable funds in this Industrialisation of Hokkaido.

February 27th, 1912- An attack on a Russian civilian train near Afghanistan, claimed by the Russian government to be an action of the Afghan government kills fifty-six and injures hundreds. Tensions on the Russo-Afghan border flare up drastically once more after weeks of relative silence and inaction. Accusation and counter-accusation is flown, but most realise that the attack was likely a false-flag action by Russian forces themselves. However, the domestic Russian public fully believes government propaganda and calls for an outright attack on Afghanistan are growing. This worries many statesmen across the globe, who fear what Russia’s ultimate intentions are.

March 6th, 1912- The United States officially intervenes in Nicaragua after the nation’s descent into political and military turmoil. American forces stabilise the country and soon most leave, with Washington claiming Nicaragua’s “independence” had been secured. However, few are blind enough to believe that the Nicaraguan government is not merely a puppet of America.

March 13th, 1912- The Russian Empire begins wide-ranging agricultural reforms in the hopes of reducing chances of famines. Food output is indeed improved, in some places by up to 17%, however the danger of famines does not necessarily disappear.

March 22nd, 1912- Romania orders the construction of major railroad networks to interconnect the nation and capitalize on its oil-based economy and oil-provided wealth and further enhance the Romanian economic boom.

April 14th-15th, 1912- Titanic the Unsinkable sinks. The RMS Titanic sank in the early morning hours of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest ocean liner in service, the Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when the vessel struck an iceberg at around 23:40 (ship's time) on Sunday, 14 April 1912. The event resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

The ship was considered unbreakable and the designer decided to put only half of the necessary number of safety boats on it. The British Government considers that the designer made the decisive mistakes and is guilty for deaths of 1500 people.

April 21st, 1912-
The Ottoman Navy is rapidly deployed to the Adriatic to blockade the coast of Albania after rumours of arms shipments from Italy, though it remains unclear whether this is true and if so, if it is sponsored by the Italian Government. Regardless, the blockade should be able to protect the entire coast of Albania and prevent any arms from getting in that way.

On land, the Ottomans send a large number of regular army troops to move north and cut off Albania from Serbia from where the rebels are sure to be receiving Russian arms. However, due to infrastructure support and other logistical difficulties as well as the difficult terrain, this campaign has bogged down and not all troops can be used to their maximum potential. As such, the results of the campaign so far are failed, with ambushes of Ottoman forces and heavy casualties reported among the demoralized forces. There is a silver lining, however, in the fact that no major battle has been fought and the rebels are mainly restricting themselves to hit-and-run tactics, which could indicate ammunition issues.

The front has not moved in any significant way so far.

April 26th, 1912- Extremist elements of the Japanese Foreign Ministry go rogue and send a short diplomatic note of condemnation against the American intervention in Nicaragua a month prior. The note reads:
“The Empire of Japan officially extends condemnation of American intervention in the internal affairs of another nation, and therefore the infringement of said nation's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The United States has no right to intervene in the independent nation of Nicaragua and its actions amount to an illegal invasion. The Empire of Japan urges the United States to withdraw all military units as soon as possible to ensure peace and stability across the Americas.”

Before the Imperial Government can reign in the rogue officials, America replies with the following proclamation:
“The United States of America rejects all suggestions of the Empire of Japan and the president of America, William Howard Taft has said that - "Japan knows nothing about this topic, of the Monroe doctrine, of how important stability of the countries within America is, we believe that as a major power among the Americas it is our responsibility to maintain stability among the countries present in the Americas. If we had not intervened, what would have happened? The state of Nicaragua would have descended into anarchy and civil war, with the country being split in two or more. The civil population of the country would have suffered far worse than it has right now, and we demand that these statements shall be withdrawn, especially as it is done right after the signature of the American Japanese Trade. For if not, it would be viewed as a betrayal and that America will be tempted to make more drastic measures in the region.”

The diplomatic spat is an utter humiliation for Japan, which finally resolves the issue by summoning the American ambassador and explaining the incident, as well as publishing a public apology. The perpetrators are sentenced to life in prison for ‘actions against the Emperor and Empire’, however, they will only serve 3 years of their sentences before being released.

May 1st, 1912- A number of German labour and social reforms take effect after some heated debate in the Reichstag. In the end, the original proposals made by the German Social Democratic Party are watered down to less ambitious reforms, however, these are nonetheless a step in the right direction.

May 4th, 1912- The Albanian revolutionaries launch a large-scale attack on the Ottoman pocket in their rear, for fear of it possibly being used to land troops from the sea and catch them in a pincer movement. They deem it vital to take this pocket, which has been besieged for some time and is running low on supplies and morale.

The results of the attack show astonishing success on the rebel side, as many Ottoman police forces and third-tier units which were starving simply fled their positions once they saw the attacking armies. Little resistance was faced as the Albanians quickly swooped in from all sides and eliminated the pocket from existence, capturing some 2,300 troops and 2 machine guns as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition and scores of guns.

Following the battle, it seems that at least 600 of the Ottoman POWs were shot by orders of rebel leaders, marking the first- but not last- mass execution of the Albanian Revolution.

Meanwhile, the Tirana Purge begins to hit its peak, spreading to most of rebel-controlled Albanian territory. Thousands are arrested and hundreds are shot, in some of the most gruesome scenes of the Revolution.

May 6th, 1912- In response to the recent Albanian victory, as well as reports of Albanian war crimes, Ottoman forces renew their northern offensive with vigour. Despite heavy casualties and persistent logistical difficulties, the Ottomans successfully begin to move northward, leaving contested territory and beginning to engage rebel strongholds.

May 13th, 1912- In what can be described as the greatest political achievement yet for Egyptian democracy, His Highness Sultan Kamal has agreed to the formation of a "National Assembly," a popular-elected legislative body that will serve as the lower house to the Royal Council. Flanked by high-level government ministers, politicians, and public figureheads, Sultan Kamal, along with members of varying political parties, signed the Damietta Agreement, ending a 3-year period of political tension between the Egyptian Sultanate and the growing pro-democratic movements that have taken over Egyptian politics.

Signed in front of a relatively unknown mosque, the new agreement lays the foundation for a legislative body that will contain ministers who will be duly elected by Egyptian land-owning males. This National Assembly will serve as the lower-house counterpart to the Sultan's Royal Council, who the Sultan still reserves the right to appoint and dismiss its members at will. However, the agreement will also allow the National Assembly to elect a person to serve as an "advisor" to the Royal Council. Addressing a group of wealthy Egyptian landowners, Aly Shaded of the Royal Ministry of Communication defended the Sultan's action, stating that the agreement will allow the Egyptian Sultanate to shift its focus from domestic affairs to more pressing international matters.

Despite the many concessions made by the Sultan, there are those who still feel that the agreement does not suffice the growing need for a democratic Egyptian state. Hanzal Asfour, leader of a growing nationalist movement, has called the agreement as nothing more than "an empty paper, carrying emptier promises." Despite being involved in the political agreement, Asfour maintains that the only agreement that matters is the one where the Sultan abdicates. The agreement will be presented to High Commissioner Reginald Wingate for British approval.

May 16th, 1912- After weeks of secret negotiations, the Treaty of Resistance is signed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Romania. The Treaty stipulates that if one of the two nations find themselves in a war in the Balkans in which Russia is involved, the other will enter the war against Russia. The Treaty hopes to prevent any Russian inroads into the Balkans, especially in light of the Russian-backed Albanian Revolution.
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I had no idea 1912 was such a busy year. I'm impressed your managing to cover so much ground. Look forward to seeing how your changes impact ww1.
I had no idea 1912 was such a busy year. I'm impressed your managing to cover so much ground. Look forward to seeing how your changes impact ww1.
It's not particularly historical, as mentioned in the beginning it is based on the role-players and what they did. However, it does indeed stick to a fair extent to real history and/or realism and yes, people do often overlook the early 1910s like they do with 1920s, but in reality these periods were jam-packed with events!
Thank you, World War One will be quite interesting. I'm hoping to have Chapter Two out in a week or two at most.
Very detailed, I’m impressed on how in depth you are going with this. Keep up the good work. Look forward to seeing how the War to End all Wars is affected.
CoTF: Chapter Two
Chapter Two: Fuel for the Fire

May 18th, 1912- In Siberia, miners begin a general strike due to exceptionally harsh working conditions, with large crowds marching in protest.

The demands of the workers are as follows: an 8-hour workday, a 30% raise in wages, the elimination of fines, and the improvement of food delivery. Over 6,000 workers are participating on the strike with the numbers only expected to grow, mainly concentrated on the Russian goldmines. An intense debate ensues amongst the Russian government, with a response following in two days.

May 19th, 1912- Austrian observers of the Albanian Revolution send the following report back to Vienna:
“In the early stages of the rebellion, the Ottoman troops showcased incredibly poor cohesion among their units which played a key factor in the early rebel success. Despite the poor cohesion the Ottoman Infantry while still far better equipped than the rebel Infantry and using modern tactics faced severe difficulties taking and holding land that was taken by the rebel forces. Additionally, while rebel forces could live off the land and sympathizers the Turkish army faced supply issues due to poor military infrastructure and saboteurs.

The militia was armed with mostly modern weapons and only a few antiquated ones, with the majority of Albanian Weapons being composed of the Russian-type M1891 or Mossin Nagat proving beyond a reasonable doubt Russian involvement and renewed interest in the Balkans. These developments are most concerning especially with the sheer volume of Russian arms present in Albania. The Rebels used mostly simple trench positions and some mixed modern weapons were able to repel larger Turkish armies far better equipped than them as waves and waves of infantry assaulted the trenches to no avail the few Turkish breakthroughs occurred only with the aid of massed artillery fire, which was notably lacking due to a combination of different factors.

Summary and Reflection on the Imperial Army

If any revolution of this scale were to happen our armed forces would be wildly unprepared to overcome it and the revolt would result in major casualties for the Imperial Army. The near impossibility for infantry and cavalry tactics to breach the most basic of earthwork obstacles and dugouts let alone highly fortified concrete bunkers warrants a radical re-evaluation of our current tactics, particularly in how to conduct offensive operations against entrenched enemies. The large diversity of the Imperial Army would likely prove its greatest crutch as there would be large language barriers and limited cohesion hence a compulsory second language in the army should be instituted so that soldiers can correctly receive and relay orders.

While these reforms would certainly push the Army further in the right direction they may take time to accomplish for now it would be most prudent to make the best efforts to stabilize the Imperial possessions in the Balkans as any revolt could potentially gain enough momentum and foreign support to succeed on breaking off a seditious nation. For this reason, it is also vital to tighten the security of our border provinces.

Signed Generaloberst Arthur Arz von Straußenburg

As per the observations, major Austrian reforms do begin, however, they are riddled with corruption and other issues faced also by the Russian reforms. As such, the reforms move at a snail’s pace.

May 20th, 1912- Reluctant about escalating the situation in Siberia, Tsar Nicholas the II responds to the strikes by revising the Russian constitution to allow for greater freedom- at least in theory.

The Duma is granted more powers to be “enacted within the next ten years” and freedom of speech, the press and assembly is guaranteed unless they “undermine the State”. Whilst this vague language is obviously meaningless, what does successfully quieten the population (For now) is compromised wage rises and some improvement to working conditions. Discontent with the Tsarist regime, however, continues to brew under the surface.

May 24th, 1912- Italy and Germany sign the ‘German-Italian Memorandum of Understanding on the Status of the African Continent’, or the Italo-German Africa Pact for short. The Memorandum further enforces recognition of the other’s African territories, and more importantly, Berlin officially recognizes Italian claims on Ethiopia.

For weeks, Germany and Britain have both been fighting a diplomatic war in Rome, the opposing factions each trying to court Italy for the benefits such an alliance could bring: potentially tipping the delicate balance of power in the Mediterranean.

May 30th, 1912- Just days after the announcement of the Italo-German Africa Pact, Britain signs her own treaty with Italy, although in secret. Negotiations for the treaty, titled the Rome-London Pact set out the following six major points:

1. Italy receives discounts regarding the Suez Tax, the details of which will be decided at a later date.
2. Italy is granted unhindered passage through all British African territories.
3. Britain will undertake some investments- the details of which shall be discussed at a later date- in Italy.
4. Britain will join a war in which Italy is the victim of aggression on Italy’s side.
5. Britain will not oppose Italian claims on Ethiopia.
6. Italy agrees to join the Entente Powers publicly within the next five years.

The last point is the most important, however, London is sceptical about whether Italy will keep her word, considering the very signing of the Rome-London Pact was essentially a breakage of Italy’s word to Germany and Austria, with regards to the Triple Alliance.

June 2nd, 1912- Tensions continue to rise across the world, as Italy ramps up its rhetoric against Ethiopia and begins to mobilise multiple divisions toward the border. With the public treaty with Germany essentially granting it impunity from the Germans and Austrians, and the secret treaty with London granting it impunity from the Entente, the Italians are secretly beginning to prepare for a Second Ital0-Ethiopian War.

June 4th, 1912- Heads are turned across the globe as Britain announces the discovery of German U-Boats near the port of Murmansk, where preparations for the Russian-led Entente military exposition are ongoing. Britain also reveals, to the further surprise of many, that it has been aware of some communications between Berlin and Stockholm which consist of “ridiculous and utterly outlandish” claims of an “imminent” Russian invasion by the Germans. London officially requests the withdrawal of German submarines from the seas near Murmansk.

In Berlin, Kaiser Wilhelm and his government are utterly furious. Their response is extremely and disproportionately drastic- the German government threatens to block the Baltic Sea against Entente shipping to “protect the neutral nations of Europe which will stand no chance against uncontrollable Russian expansionism.”

The sudden eruption of such extreme tensions between the two fast-forming European blocs is an eerie indication of how quickly and easily escalation can get out of control. However, the British and Germans host a number of meetings across the remainder of the month of June and the German threats are dropped after all details of the Murmansk Exposition are made transparent and both nations issue apologies, diffusing the dangerous situation.

June 12th, 1912- Major Stefano Marco, Italian Somaliland, East Africa:

Stefano silently crept forward. He could barely see in the pitch dark of the African night, and the ‘barely’ was thanks to the weak light of the moon, which towered overhead: a glorious full moon, glowing as if with anticipation. It was very cold, but Stefano was used to that. His division had been deployed to Somaliland back in May, and he had had plenty of time to get used to the strange East African climate. Plenty of time to prepare for the action his nation was undertaking now.

An invasion of Ethiopia.

Fermare!”, the commanding officer hissed, his hand shooting up in the air in a ‘halt’ gesture. Stefano and the rest of his company complied. Cricket chirps could be heard as each man held his breath, waiting for the command to continue. It never came.

Instead, gunfire suddenly began to ring across the dry grassland. Stefano was unsure where it was coming from, but he knew it was the Italians who were under fire. Tensing, he finally noticed the Ethiopians, just a handful of them- possibly patrols- screaming like banshees and emptying their magazines. He adjusted his own rifle, and fired back, and so did the rest of his comrades. The Ethiopians were quickly silenced.

It was barely ten minutes before the Italians ran into another Ethiopian convoy, but this one was a proper division of men, equipped with artillery and even an armoured vehicle. The Italian forces attempted to rush the Ethiopians, but the enemy was prepared this time, and the waves of attacks simply caused atrocious casualties among the Italian ranks. As the commanding officer gave the order to fall back, Stefano noticed a few cowardly men surrendering to the uncivilized East Africans- with a scowl of disgust, he made sure he got bullets into every single traitor.

As he turned around to follow his retreating company, he heard screams and shouts ahead. With surprise, he realised the Ethiopians had managed to ambush them from the rear. The Italian unit Stefano had been so confident in simply disintegrated- barely an hour since its attack into this backward nation. Dizzy, Stefano looked at the rifles pointed at him from all sides and decided that he could do nothing except that which he hated most: surrender.

In East Africa, the Empire of Italy launches a surprise attack on Ethiopia from Italian Eritrea (but not Somaliland, which retains a defensive posture), initiating the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. Lacklustre and speedy preparation ensures that the invasion comes as a massive shock to most, however, it also means the Italians are not well-prepared either. Within just hours of the attack, thousands of Italian infantrymen surrender and tens of thousands more are killed or injured. Through their knowledge of local terrain, Ethiopian forces make advancing hell for their Italian opponents. By the first day’s end the Italians will have advanced barely 7km, and bled dry for their minimal gains.

June 16th, 1912- In Albania, Turkish forces continue to grind northward, slugging through thick but sparse Albanian resistance. Just over half the year of 1912 has passed and already two major wars have broken out in the Balkans and in Africa, whilst the Entente and Germany came close to all-out war. The world is still boiling over, hotter than hot, with a steady stream of fuel awaiting a spark to set it all aflame.
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I am aware the Second Chapter was quite short and- certainly in my opinion- of rather lacklustre quality. I apologise, however, I promise that the Third Chapter will be about the same size as the first (perhaps slightly smaller) and of higher quality. I will generally try to prioritize getting something out, and once the TL is completed I will revise and expand it, split up its chapters so they are all roughly even and then repost the Remastered version. You might almost say this is a 'draft' attempt. I'm doing this because it's the first time I've made a TL and I think this notion will help me in the long run... Anyway, thanks for reading and please provide any feedback you see fit!
CoTF: Chapter Three
Chapter Three: The Resolve of Rome

June 23rd, 1912-
Italian forces slog through the East African savannahs and deserts, taking incredible casualties but nonetheless beginning to slowly get closer to the capital, around which Ethiopian forces have begun major fortification efforts. The Italian military has been performing even worse than expected. Entire Italian cavalry divisions have been destroyed after outpacing their comrades (many Italian officers are pursuing overly aggressive action not part of the Italian grand plan to establish ‘glory’ for themselves) and being surrounded, whilst thousands of unwilling Italian men are surrendering. Such embarrassing failures are contributing to major morale issues, and having lost the initial element of surprise, the Italian offensive is losing steam.

July 1st, 1912- Austria-Hungary’s military and government officials are presented with very early drafts for a strange metal monster that might well dominate the battlefield. While some walk out of the presentation impressed, most are sceptical and no one willing to invest in the futuristic project much. Nevertheless, a small- but steady- trickle of funds go toward the research project for a machine codenamed: Panzer.

July 7th, 1912- The Australian government takes further action to protect the Tasmanian tiger, with only 100 tigers left in the wild. New laws stipulate that whoever is found guilty of killing or owning the skin of the animal will be fined with £100-£200 or face 5-15 years in prison. The species is also granted protected status and conservation attempts will be undertaken. Five Tasmanian tigers are captured and planned to be bred in captivity to send them off to zoos and inform the public about the animal. Environmentalists react positively to the news but argue it is not enough.

July 12th, 1912- Private Raoul Kerman, North-Eastern Albania:

It wouldn’t stop.

The screams, the shells, the gunfire, the death and the destruction would simply not cease. This was his fourth war, and his faith in the Ottoman nation, his nationalism and his pride were all thoroughly shattered. For months, his dreams- during what little sleep he managed to get- had been haunted by the very real horror that faced him in his waking hours. Hell, he thought to himself as another thunderous boom rang out, is heaven compared to the eternal damnation of war.

It didn’t matter that they had been advancing. There was no point- even if Albania was returned to Ottoman control, it wouldn’t bring back the hundreds, no; the thousands of deaths suffered by both sides. It wouldn’t save the survivors from lifelong mental trauma or physical disabilities. Raoul himself had turned many women into widows and many children into orphans, he’d witnessed the rage and agony of his fellow compatriots turned against the local populaces, and in turn the fury of the Albanians and their determination for vengeance. How stupid, how stupid it all was.

Plus, their progress had grinded to a halt- trench warfare had returned after a small but blissful respite from its terrible horrors. Casualties had climbed sharply, and even Raoul could tell something was shifting in the dynamic of the front, he could sense the danger his commanders were seemingly blind to; ordering their men to go forward, forward, always forward no matter the cost.

And there it was again, the whistle, the whistle which asked every man to go over the top, to his grave most likely. Raoul bitterly spat into the ground, but obeyed the order nonetheless, and charged forward. Gunfire and yells erupted around him as he shot at the first Albanian he saw, before moving to stab another. But the first man, whom he had assumed dead, had only fallen down. Hatred burning in his eyes, the Albanian struggled to stand, his stomach a gaping wound of shredded flesh and crimson blood. The impossibility of him being alive while his guts were on display made Raoul hesitate only for a second- but that second was more than enough.

With his final ounce of strength, the dying Albanian threw himself and his bayonet onto Raoul. The blade sliced through Raoul’s shoulder, but worse was the weight of what was now a corpse, not a man. Raoul was dragged down, and struggled to get back on his feet. The wound on his shoulder was bleeding profusely, filling up the ear pressed against it. Raoul felt weak. He could not lift the corpse, and after one last vain attempt gave up trying to do so.

Slowly, ever so slowly, the sounds of battle died out and then everything went black.

July 15th, 1912- France announces a national programme titled the ‘Improvement of the Agriculture and Food Production Complex’, which promises to grant farmers better equipment paid for by the French government as well as the expansion of farming-related railroads and infrastructure.

Inflation in France is steadily rising as the government expenditure soars to new highs, with money being poured into social and military reforms almost as if it grew on trees. Such expenditure is not only fuelling inflation, however, it is also igniting social tensions and political violence- hallmarks of France as a nation. Small riots have already been weathered in Paris and Bordeaux, protesting against the worsening economic situation and an ineffective government. However, the pit of snakes coiling in the political underbelly of the French nation remains sealed securely- for now.

July 20th, 1912- International analysts announce the first assessment of the casualties suffered in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. The figures stand at over 16,000 killed or wounded for Italy with a further 3,700 taken prisoner, whilst Ethiopian losses stand at a much lower 7,000 killed or wounded and hundreds taken prisoner.

Progress on the frontline has grinded to virtually nothing for the Italian aggressors, and constant Ethiopian reconnaissance-in-force operations suggest counteroffensives may soon be launched. Italian forces in Somaliland maintain their defensive posture nonetheless and the war does not extend to the Somaliland front- yet.

July 26th, 1912- The Reichstag has voted: The new Labour Law Book will be implemented!

During February 1912 the faction leader of the Social Democratic Party, Ferdinand August Bebel, suggested the creation of a new Labour Law Book to the Reichstag. Today, on July 26th, 67% of representatives have accepted Bebel’s proposal.

The question of the Labour reforms is a contradictory one in the German society. Although the reforms are wildly popular amongst the working class it is criticized by the middle class and the upper class as well. The most-read newspapers of Germany write that this law is going to not only decrease factory output, but the production of the same goods is going to cost much more for the employers. Some of the representatives of the middle class expressed their concerns that the reform is going to result an increase in the price of common goods.

However, 10 days before the vote in the Reichstag the Social Democratic Party managed to change the narrative and put the reform in a different light.

The University of Frankfurt published an impact study, which did not show any sign of recession, but it showed that the state’s expenses on healthcare would drastically decrease, and it showed a massive growth in the banking sector as well. This is all because the reform will obligate every employee to make insurance, which is going to make a lot of profit for the banks.

Georg von Hurtling, the leader of the Centre Party, called the result of the votes a crying shame, and the victory of the populist politics of the ‘socialist’ party. According to his opinion, German industry is the backbone of this society, and now the ‘socialists’ have fatally damaged it.

August 1st, 1912- The French Government establishes a quality check system for goods produced by French factories in an attempt to stop their falling quality. However, corruption has begun to take root as officials view the new system as a fantastic opportunity to gain money through bribes. Quality of goods continues to fall, and inflation is simply getting worse due to rampant corruption and extreme Government spending.

August 5th, 1912- Italy and Russia secretly sign a pact laying out their future vision for Albania for if and when the Albanian Revolution ends in defeat for the Turks. The delegates of the two nations are extremely cocksure about their influence on Albania, agreeing to ‘share’ control over a would-be puppet state by splitting the would-be ‘democratic Parliament’ of said nation among Italian-held, Russian-held and Albanian-held seats. In reality, their treaty and plans are utterly meaningless. Very few Albanian factions are aligned toward Rome, and though the vast majority of the rebels are more than friendly toward Moscow, none are willing to compromise on Albanian security.

Even more worrying for the Italian and Russian nations which seem drunk on their power (real or imagined), the Albanian rebel factions are increasingly becoming dominated by the far-left. The vast majority of casualties sustained by the rebel factions have been sustained by the nationalist side, while the Communists have mostly been conducting ‘rear-guard action’- namely, securing their power in the cities and settlements behind the frontlines. Politically, the Albanian far-right has made tremendous miscalculations and the Reds look set to capitalize on the nationalists’ failure to create a political apparatus instead of a purely military one.

August 10th, 1912- The Tirana Purge finally comes to a gruesome end, after months of terrorisation. The capital city of Albania has had Turks, pro-Turks and dissident numbers thin to virtually nothing, although the leadership of the Purge declares it to be ‘fully cleansed’. Tirana has now been securely cemented as a rebel- specifically Communist rebel- stronghold. Across the rest of Albania, similar events take place everywhere- Communist revolutionaries are escalating their campaign of terror and extending their political control over the Albanian population and rebel paramilitaries.

Tens of thousands of ethnic Turks have been murdered thus far, with hundreds of thousands of dissidents or potential dissidents imprisoned. To this day, Turkey demands these events to be officially recognized as crimes against humanity and a genocide against the Turkic race, despite the reluctance of the international community.

August 17th, 1912- Major Stefano Marco, POW Camp ‘A-7’, Addis-Ababa:

He’d managed to make it to the Ethiopian capital- but not the way he’d envisioned it.

Before the invasion, he firmly believed he’d be marching in Addis-Ababa’s streets, an Italian flag waving behind him and the Ethiopian savages cowering before him. What a foolish, foolish dream; he thought now.

He’d spent the past month or so in misery: in hunger, and loneliness, and backbreaking work, and illness and pain. The Ethiopian POW camp had been hastily set up- Stefano had actually learnt that it used to be a school. That had surprised him, but not because a school was being used as a POW camp. It surprised him that the Ethiopian savages had schools at all.

“Stefano!” The call derailed his thoughts.

“Ah, Luigi,” he remarked; turning around. Luigi was one of seventeen others in his platoon who’d been captured. He was the only one to be sent to the same POW camp as Stefano- but whilst an observer might see them as friends, they were far from so. They were simply… associates.

“Stefano, the plan… we’re doing it tonight.”

Stefano’s eyes widened in shock, but his face quickly turned into a steely demeanour of determination.

It was finally time.

August 21st, 1912- Over two thousand Italian troops surrender to Ethiopian forces following an ambush, in the biggest mass surrender of the war so far. The event sparks action from the Italian government, which purchases guns from the Germans and machine-guns from the British to enhance its forces’ fighting capabilities. This transfer of armaments marks another clear line crossed in the diplomatic scuffle between Berlin and London over which side Rome will be on in the inevitable war that is approaching.

August 27th, 1912- The French government launches drastic action to combat ever-rising corruption. Investigations are launched against anyone suspected of taking bribes, and depending on the severity of the offence the guilty may face anything from a jail sentence to an outright death sentence. To ensure the investigation process itself doesn’t drown in corruption, any investigators found engaging in such activities will be sentenced to death.

The measures rise eyebrows across France and the globe, with most regarding them as too extreme. However, the majority of the population does recognize the severity of the situation and shows lukewarm support for the new measures. Only time will tell if these drastic developments will be able to put a stop to French corruption.

August 31st, 1912- On the 31st of August, Cairo's government district was brought to a near standstill, as hundreds gathered along the district's main highway in an attempt to witness the inaugural session of the National Assembly. The gathered masses have disrupted traffic, forcing the city to mobilize a company of its garrison to help supplement local enforcement in maintaining order and highway traffic.

The inaugural session saw its 57 members being sworn in by Sultan Kamil himself. In attendance were also members of the Royal Council, High Commissioner Reginald Wingate, and Prince Faud. In a surprising move, the session was also opened to the public, leading to the traffic chaos that descended on the government district.

Surrounded by government officials and the public, all 57 members wasted no time in discussing legislative manners. Legislation ranging from public investment to an expansion of women rights were immediately discussed and proposed. In 2 hours’ time, the National Assembly were able to pass its first legislation, calling for an increase in public investment towards the Kingdom's industries and infrastructure. The legislation will be discussed with the Royal Council for final approval.

The session drew to a close 6 hours later, marking the day as an enormous step towards a democratic future in Egypt.

September 6th, 1912- The Italian government doubles down on its struggling invasion of Ethiopia, dispatching reserve divisions and sending new divisions from mainland Italy toward East Africa. Dissent among the public is steadily rising, with protests and strikes slowly spreading. Thousands of casualties are beginning to sicken the already unwilling public, and yet Rome remains resolved to finish what it started.

The situation in Ethiopia is the exact reverse- the Ethiopian people are determined to maintain their independence and are fighting with determination and fierceness against the Italian invaders. It is this fierceness, coupled with the Italian morale problems, logistics and the unforgiving terrain that has thus far delivered a battlefield result which has shocked many.

In fact, the Ethiopian army is beginning to assemble offensive groups in the South- for a surprise strike into the still-only-defensive Italian Somaliland.

September 13th, 1912- Following reinforcement and resupply, the Italian Army launches a major front-wide offensive in Ethiopia. After hours of combat, the Ethiopian lines are pierced in multiple locations due to the sheer disparity in firepower. The Italians have finally broken through in Ethiopia, and they begin to conduct a speedy advance toward Addis Ababa.

However, the Ethiopians managed to successfully conduct an elastic defence which maintained their core strength rather than see it whittle away to Italian firepower. By contrast, the Italians have paid dearly for their breakthrough in blood, and their current rate of advance is untenable because their supply lines are being stretched heavily. In the coming days, the Ethiopian forces plan to capitalise on the Italian weaknesses.

September 14th, 1912- Private Raoul Kerman, somewhere in Albania:

“Comrades! It is time for the next Ottoman scum to stand trial for his heinous crimes against the very conscience of the human being!”

Raoul was violently shoved forward, and made to kneel before an imperious tribunal of six officiously-clothed men, excepting the eye-catching red armband worn by every one. They were not in a proper court-room, rather, they were on a stage- hundreds if not thousands of hateful looking men, women and even a few children were gathered on the street to watch the show. Indeed, blood was certain to be spilt that afternoon, for the noose and the hangman were both already out and ready to receive their next victim.

It had been two months since Raoul was captured by the Albanians. He knew he was lucky not to have been shot on the spot, but what came next made him wish he had been. For two months Raoul Kerman had been utterly disintegrated down to the very bone. He’d been led on days-long marches with no respite and little water and food, he’d been beaten and starved and overworked, things had been done to him which he never wanted to recall again. He could no longer be considered human- the skeletal monster with sunken eyes and rotting teeth was not human.

Presently he was sucked back into the present as who he assumed to be the head judged boomed out, “Raoul Kerman, do you plead guilty or not guilty before your conscience, and before the sacred People of Albania?”

“Not… guilty.” He struggled to get the words out, and knew them to be meaningless regardless. This was a show trial, to entertain and inflame the masses, not to deliver justice.

“Seventy counts of murder, fifteen counts of looting, attempting to overthrow the State, waging war against the people, and of course sixteen years of service in the Ottoman military can only mean this list will never be complete.” The Head Judge declared, his voice filled with superiority and wrath.

“Private Kerman, there are at least two hundred witnesses against you. This Court has already reviewed a multitude of evidence, also. Your plea rings hollow.” Another member of the Tribunal called out- this man’s voice was sly and less animated than that of the Head Judge. “Can you defend yourself in any way?”

Raoul remained silent as the crowd jeered, with a few shouts of “shame on you!” and similar statements, though made in far cruder language.

“Very well, then. The People’s Tribunal shall present its vote.” Once more, the voice of the Head Judge drilled into Raoul’s head.

One by one, each of the six officials declared their verdict- it was a unanimous declaration of guilt on all charges.

“Raoul Kerman, you have been charged and convicted of Crimes Against the People and the State, and by the unanimous will of the People’s Tribunal you are hereby sentenced to death by hanging!” The thunderous statement of the Head Judge was clearly heard despite the roar of the bloodthirsty crowd. Raoul’s head rang hollow, but he felt little. In fact, he felt happiness- happiness at finally being rid of the world which had torn him apart so mercilessly.

As the noose tightened around his neck, Raoul smiled and thought one final thought: a memory, of himself waking from an evil nightmare and finding peace in the loving embrace of his mother.
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Alright, I will start writing again; sorry guys there had just been no comments so I felt like no one was reading the TL.
Thanks for the interest! :)
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CoTF: Chapter Four
Chapter Four: Lust for Power

September 21st, 1912-
The Murmansk Entente Exposition finally begins after months of delays and postponements. The military exercises displease Berlin and inflame previous tensions about the presence of Entente and German vessels in the North Sea. However, neither side escalates the situation, with the Germans hoping for a speedy and uneventful wrapping up of what they deem to be an aggressive Entente show of force, and the Entente hoping for a successful, cooperative military demonstration to strengthen the alliance against what they deem to be an assertive and power-hungry Germany.

September 29th, 1912- The Italian advance on Addis Abba is once more halted by a determined Ethiopian force and basic, yet effective, fortifications. Meanwhile, both Britain and Germany begin to sell arms in secret to Rome, with the diplomatic battle over whose camp Rome will join continuing fiercely.

October 2nd, 1912- After months of behind-the-doors negotiations, Germany strikes a deal with Austria, Italy and Romania regarding its ‘Middle European Trade Agreement’ plan, or META. The treaty calls for the elimination of customs taxes, encouragement of inter-member trade and an agreement to keep inflation under 5%. The Entente sees this economic alliance as a threat and a German attempt to expand its influence; however, META largely fails in implementing almost any of its terms before the outbreak of war.

October 12th, 1912- Japanese and British diplomats end a long meeting that began in late September, and the conclusion is a tremendous success for Japan. The Anglo-Japanese Alliance is strengthened significantly, with the addition of the following terms:

Article I- The Anglo-Japanese Alliance will override any other alliance or treaty, be it a non-aggression pact or military pact, for both the United Kingdom and the Empire of Japan.

Article II- Both the United Kingdom and the Empire of Japan promise to resolutely and fully respect and back each other’s claims and international positions, should interests between the two nations clash they must promise to work out some sort of compromise benefiting both parties.

Article III- Japan will come to the aid of Great Britain in all wars, including offensive ones, and Great Britain will do the same for Japan, if one party asks the other for help.

Shortly after the signing of the treaty, Japan demands China lease it the Port of Chachow and ‘military infrastructure of the island of Hainan’. The Chinese, ignored by their Western allies and under pressure from Tokyo, buckle to the Japanese demands.

The Japanese imperialist adventure on the Chinese coast has begun, enabled by the British who deem the Japanese too weak and backward to ever pose a real threat and yet a valuable countermeasure to other rival powers and a useful ally.

October 21st, 1912- Ottoman forces begin a speedy retreat across the entire northern frontier. Yesterday they were moving just as fast- but in the opposite direction.

It had all been a trap. The rebels while low on ammunition were not yet critically low, and it seems their hit-and-run tactics and measured retreats were part of a wider tactic to make the Turks complacent and draw them deeper into better fortified and prepared rebel territory. Using their entire arsenal of weaponry, the rebels launched a surprise ambush on Ottoman forces today, annihilating the advance guard and quickly dismantling the army which devolved into a fleeing rabble. Tens of artillery guns were abandoned, to be captured by the rebels, however without many shells to use as ammunition it is unlikely they will be of any consequence. This successful attack, having blunted the Ottoman advance and pushed it back, (although failing in truly destroying the Turk core strength) has had some eyebrows raised. Many are questioning whether the Albanians could have been so smart on their own- or if a third party is providing military advisors.

November 7th, 1912- With the front grinding down into a stalemate favouring the Albanians, and most of the country in rebel hands, the leaders of the Revolution have gone ahead and declared the independence of Albania, officially proclaiming the creation of the Albanian People's Republic.

The newborn nation has its own Constitution, and has been declared a democracy by the rebel leaders. A national currency is beginning to enter circulation, unnamed as of yet, and according to the rebel leaders the APR will be fully independent in all sectors and functionalities by the end of 1913.

The first President as elected in a very small-scale election will be Isa Boletini. He will begin his first term of 6 years in 1913. Meanwhile, his right-hand man Idriz Seferi has been chosen to head the Albanian People's Army, and he has vowed to liberate what little of Albania remains under Ottoman control.

A People's Parliament has been speedily created, consisting of 73 seats mainly from rebel leadership, and though there has been no representation or acknowledgement of the Italians or Russians, there have been some rumours about a potential referendum on joining Serbia or Italy sometime soon.

Hours after the declaration of the APR, Greece is the first nation to recognize it as the legitimate government of an independent Albania. It is expected few nations will follow suit, due to the ideology of the Albanian government and the negative effects a recognition would have on Istanbul’s opinion toward the recognizer.

November 19th, 1912- The Imperial German Navy orders its first Zeppelin, an enlarged version of the airships operated by the German Airship Travel Corporation, which has received the naval designation Z1 and will enter Navy service in late December.

Before the order, the Zeppelin model had to pass various tests, which determined whether it would be suitable for military service. Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz found the results convincing.

Zeppelins operate very well between favourable weather conditions, and unless they are caught in a storm, they can fulfil their objectives. The Z1 airship is the first Zeppelin which contains an advanced navigation system, which helps the crew steer the ship towards its destination.

Furthermore, the balance of the Z1 was upgraded as well, therefore this model is able to carry more bombs than the previous models, and it is possible that it can reach even oversea cities in bombing missions.

December 16th, 1912- Turkey, despite the proclamation of the APR and huge battlefield losses, refuses to surrender and digs in. With Turkish reinforcements all along the frontline and Turkish spies beginning operations within Albania, the conflict looks set to become a frozen one. Neither side has the strength to break the other, with both fortifying their respective fronts and fighting a battle of the wits. The outcome of the war will be dependent on which state will cave in first to internal pressures and unrest.

December 25th, 1912- On Christmas Day, as the Italian Prime Minister addresses the nation and claims ‘Ethiopia has practically already fallen’, the front in Ethiopia which had remained an unchanging stalemate since September suddenly sees kinetic activity as the Ethiopians, after months of preparations, finally launch their offensive toward Italian Somaliland. The area has not been reinforced and never hosted much of a military force, as the Italians saw Eritrea as a better springboard for an invasion and subsequently expected that invasion to end within weeks.

Ethiopian forces push forward, but lack any real speed or firepower and so despite a relatively steady and successful advance, they are unable to exploit the weakness of their enemy to the maximum. There are some 10,000 poorly armed Italians in Somaliland, and they continuously retreat, refusing to give battle to the vengeful Ethiopians.

December 29th, 1912- Four days after the Ethiopian Christmas Offensive, a Christmas miracle occurs… for the Italians. The Mogadishu Miracle is one which will go down in history as 7,000 poorly equipped and prepared Italian forces successfully fend off an assault from over 50,000 Ethiopian forces on the hilly outskirts of Mogadishu. This success, however, is not enough to save Somaliland which has already fallen in all but name to the Ethiopian armies in what is yet another humiliation for Rome and its self-destructive lust for power.
Quick question to my shockingly few readers, would you prefer quicker updates with less words and polish or slower updates with more words and polish?
I am working on a lot of projects right now including the sequel RP to the one this thread is based on, so I'm quite busy sadly.

RIP I can't figure out how to add a poll so you guys will have to comment to give your opinion.
Quick question to my shockingly few readers, would you prefer quicker updates with less words and polish or slower updates with more words and polish?
I am working on a lot of projects right now including the sequel RP to the one this thread is based on, so I'm quite busy sadly.

RIP I can't figure out how to add a poll so you guys will have to comment to give your opinion.
Option 2. Do what you need to do our entertainment ultimately is not the responsibility of you so much as you care about making this timeline, will read it if you post stuff otherwise loyalty doesn't fade at least in my case :D
Quick question to my shockingly few readers, would you prefer quicker updates with less words and polish or slower updates with more words and polish?
I am working on a lot of projects right now including the sequel RP to the one this thread is based on, so I'm quite busy sadly.

RIP I can't figure out how to add a poll so you guys will have to comment to give your opinion.
I don't mind waiting as long as the chapter is good.