Peshawar Lancers Redux: Europe

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    The Governments of Germany and the Austrian Empire were having a serious talk regarding Russia. The Austrians and the Germans were also having discussions regarding issues that had not been dealt with when the Germans from what had been Germany wanted to return north and go there own way. The German Nation had risen from the ruins of the German state and had rebuilt itself. Still there had been some hurt feelings and Kaiser Wilhelm II knew that for Germany to make progress it ,the relationship would have to be repaired. The Austrian Empire had vast resources , including a rich oil field. The Austrians had pushed into the middle East gaining even more access to oil. Germany had limited oil so it would have to seek it from the Middle East or Elsewhere.
     
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    Kaiser Karl I of Austria had been the ruler of the Empire for nearly three plus years he had been made heir to the Empire when both Crown Prince Rudolf and Archduke Franz F. had died. The Crown Prince had died in an accident that was in part set in motion by The Fall. It seemed that he had been in an area that was overdue for an avalanche . The next person chosen was an Archduke that the Emperor really did not care for. He was Killed in a visit to the Holy Lands and was struck by an assasin's bullet. The result had been the Conquest of Palestine,Lebanon and part of Syria. Thus Karl had been chosen . He was his Uncle's favorite nephew and they got along quite well.. When his Uncle died he was left to run the Empire. He got along with Wilhelm but really felt that he had a chip on his shoulder. He was glad that the Austrian Empire was the stronger of the two because he felt that Willie was looking for a war to fight.
    For Karl had to worry about the Bear to the East (Russia) which wanted to gobble up everything that wasn't held by someone capable of defending it. Karl's Cousins were involved with the Poles and the Ukrainians. Poland had been recognized as a country by his late Uncle as a means to check the Russians and there was now a struggle over the Ukraine. Russian had taken a bite out of the eastern sector but had been checked by the Poles ,who had aided the Ukrainians. This had drawn in Austria and Germany resulting in a short but bitter war. Now there was a cold war between the sides with both sides pushing things to the brink of another conflict.
     
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    A Russian Envoy met with the Austrian Empire, Germany, Kingdom of Poland and Kingdom of the Ukraine in Lithuania . The Russian Envoy clearly said that Russia considered the Ukraine part of the Russian Empire. He stated that the Czar would rather reach a diplomatic settlement with the European powers. Russia was looking for a reasonable settlement of the issue and was willing to reach some form of compromise. In that spirit the Imperial Russian Government was prepared to accept the existence of the Kingdom of Poland provided that the question of borders could be agreed to.
     
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    Prime Minister Kamehameha arrived at the Austrian Emperor's summer residence. A crack unit of the Austrian Imperial Army maintained security of the Airship and of the Emperor's residence. The Emperor was there to great the Hawaiian leader and they went into the residence for a through briefing by George of the Russian position on the issues.
     
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    George and Karl discussed the Issues of the Ukraine,the Crimea and the borders. George wanted to make sure that he was not coming up with something that Austria, Germany, Poland and the Ukraine could not live with.. He was also trying to get both sides to a point that they could both agree to live by.
    Karl agreed to discuss the Matter with the Poles and the Ukrainians and once he had an agreement he would tackle Kaiser Wilhelm. He would keep the special communication line open to his Hawaiian Friend viva the Austrian Embassy in Hawaii.
     
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    George arrived in Ireland and spoke with the Irish Prime Minister and King. Ireland would support the Hawaiian initiative . From there George Flew to the US to discuss things with the Americans.
     
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    The Hawaiian-Brazilian-American team arrived in the Ukraine and began there job of assembling information on the border and its inhabitants. Photos were taken and interviews held. The team sent in a report that the time it would take was now put at 6 plus months. Service was taking a series of photo recon missions to speed things along. There were some problems with both Russian and Ukrainian military border personnel but both government moved quickly to resolve the problems.
     
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    Nearly 100 people from the HBA team were working long hours to get the job done. Colonel La Pietra of the Brazilian Army Engineers was in charge of one of the teams. He spoke English, German, and Russian in addition to his native tongue and had been chosen by the Brazilians because he was a can do guy.
     
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    Prime Minister George W Kamehameha arrived in Helsinki for a meeting the the Russians. among his group was the Hawaiian Secretary of State. Brigadier James La Pietra Imperial Brazilian Army for the Special working group and American envoy Burton Root.
     
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    The meeting in Helsinki proved to be a major disappointment to the Russians. The Bright spot was that a deal had been reached regarding the border between the Kingdom of Poland and the Russian Empire but from there things appeared to reach an impasse the Ukrainians disagreed with every proposal and their counter offers were off the mark with the Russians. The Crimea appeared to be a big point of contention between the Austrians and the Russians. Austria moved troops into the region to prevent a Russian invasion.
    Russian anger turned to joy when there was a settlement over the Manchurian- Mongolian border and agreement on 2/3rds od the Manchurian-Siberian border.. The Russians approved all of the border positions that both sides agreed to and asked for the Hawaiians to come back with alternatives to resolve the rest.
     
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    Prime Minister George Kamehameha arrived in Helsinki. He managed to get an hours worth of rest. The look on his face was grim. Fighting in the Ukraine had begun and Austrian and German troops were arriving. This would be the last chance to avert a war and everyone on the Hawaiian team knew the chances of success were slim at best. The Russians trusted the Hawaiian but they were in no mood to make a deal. The talks went on for three days and then broke down entirely as fighting in the Ukraine began.
     
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    War had come to the Ukraine. Russian artillery open fire on the Ukrainian positions and the Ukrainians returned the fire with their Austrian made artillery. Airplane made its first appearance in the war.
     
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    The Kingdom of Poland was now facing internal opposition to joining any war with Russia as the new agreement had resolved a lot of issues between the powers. The Russians pledge to honor the agreement if Poland remained neutral> Both Austria and Germany were disappointed with the Poles. German troops moved into Lithuania. Fighting Expanded to the Mediterranean Sea as a Russian Submarine sank an Austrian tanker
     
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    The Austrian Imperial Navy was now ordered to convoy ships to the Empire's ports. Russian Submarines were to be sunk. The Imperial German Navy began to hunt down any Russian ship or submarine in the Baltic.
     
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