Peshawar Lancers Redux: Europe

By 1925 Ireland was seeing a lot of the construction projects completed in the 1st stage. Dublin had seen a lot of older buildings that had been damaged torn down and replaced. Dublin Castle had been overhauled and modernized. A massive amount of telephone and telegraph lines had been put up. Five water treatment plants had been consttucted as well as the same number of waste treatment plants. Five regional hospitals were built thus improving healthcare.
Ireland signed a Mutual Security Agreement with Hawaii in 1925. The agreement allowed the Kingdom of Hawaii to set up two bases in the Kingdom and in return Hawaii would assit with the training and equipping of the Royal Irish Military.
The Royal Hawaiian Army Engineers were quite busy overseeing projects in Ireland, Portugal and Spain as well as in the Kingdom and at Fort Louisburg.., HawConsEng became one of the largest companies in the world. It had been founded to build the Military Academies in Hawaii and work on the America Canal. It s experts went to Portugal to work on the rebuilding of the port of Lisbon. Meanwhile another part of the company handled projects in Ireland alond with its Irish Partners.
In the early 20th Century massive reconstruction was being undertaken in Great Britain. Military engineer troops and civilian contractors were slowly rebuilding the country. Buildings that had been heavily damaged were removed and new water and sewer lines installed. Progress was made but things began to slowly come back to life. Rail lines were worked on and a modern highway system began to emerge.
Nearly fifty years had passed since The Fall had left its impact on the Earth. The Destruction had been incredible and it combined with weather changes which were only now starting to return to normal had resulted in Millions of death. The amount of loses continued for years as the population fled south. Plague and starvation killed more people
But as the 18th Century came to an end it became clear that the arctic winters were coming to an end and the warmer weather returning. As the 20th Century began the weather in Britain and Ireland had returned to a much more livable and the rebuilding began at a more rapid pace.
In 1931 President Alfred E Smith of the United States arrived in Ireland for the start of his European tour. He received a warm welcome from the Irish People and the Irish Government. He and his wife attended a state dinner at Dublin Castle. And the next day he began a tour of the country. He was allowed to visit the Giant Irish-Hawaiian Military base. Latter in the week he addressed the Irish Parliament. Then he held talks with the Irish Prime Minister regarding trade and aid.
Al Smith got a very warm reception from the Irish Public. He spoke with the Irish people and it was clear that they felt he was one of them. The President signed a trade agreement and also some other agreements regarding security and legal matter. After a 5 day stay he left for the start of a visit to Britain.
President Smith and the British Prime Minister had frank discussions over the Naval Arms limitation Treaty that had gone into effect. Both agreed that it saved the world from an arms race that no one wanted. The British Prime Minister also pointed to a growing problem in the east the emergence of Russia, which was considered the great enemy. For nearly 50 plus years Britain had engaged in an unofficial war with the country.
The President and Mrs Smith next arrived in Germany where they were greeted by both the Kaiser and the German Chancellor. The German Chancellor had only recently come to power. He was the Crown Prince of Bavaria and had been made the head of a Conservative Alliance that dominated the new German Parliament. He had agreed with the Naval Treaty while the Kaiser was against it. The American President found that the Germans were quite concern with the aggressive moves by the Russians.
From Germany the President traveled by train to Vienna. There he was greeted by Kaiser Karl I ,Crown Prince Otto and the Imperial Chancellor.
While the Austrians shared the concern of the British and the Germans with regard to Imperial Russia it was not the only problem the Empire was facing. The Empire had granted the Greeks self rule but the Empire retain Constantinople and the lands in Asia Minor that it had taken from the Turks.. The Austrian Empire also controlled the region referred to as Israel-Palestine-Lebanon.
Crown Prince Otto was the President's Host and guide through Constantinople. He also took the President and Mrs Smith into Austrian Controlled Asian Minor. The Americans were given a high security detachment of elite Austrian Special Security troops. The President saw a security outpost and from it he was able to look into the border regions of the Republic of Turkey. The President and First Lady were taken to a port where they boarded an American Ship and it was escorted by several Austrian Warships until they met up with a US Naval Task Force.
President made a brief stop in Italy where they were escorted to the Vatican and and meeting with the Pope. From Italy they Sailed to Toulon where they left the ship and met with Napoleon V, the French Emperor.
The French Emperor was eager to show the American leader what France had accomplished in the herculean effort to repair the Damage od The Fall. France had regained some of the land that had been lost but Paris still was a port city as well as the capital of France. The French Emperor was able to converse with his American Guest without having to use a translator. He had learned English, Spanish, Dutch and German.
The President and the First Lady were impressed with the progress that the French had mad in recovering from The Fall. The Emperor also gave his opinion of Russia and the threat that it might be. He pointed out that France had cooperated with Spain,Portugal and Austria in rebuilding the rail connections between the nations.
The President was next to visit Spain and Portugal
With the replacement of President Smith by President Theodore Roosevelt IIi the British government was beginning to look at the modernization of the fleet. This would mean the scrapping of older Battleships so as to not breech the Naval Limitation Treaty. Consideration was given to scrapping the members of the Royal Sovereign Class.
Britain's Prime Minister needed to limit spending as the country was still paying off the cost of rebuilding after the resettlement of Britain from The Fall.
Germany currently had the 4- 15 inch gun armed battleships that would be modernized and was about to start construction on the Bismarck.
Austria had- 4 Battleships but in view of a resurgent Russia was considering increasing the size of its fleet.
The Admiralty was looking at chosing either a battleship with 16 inch guns(Lion class) or the giant 18" guns of the proposed St Andrews design
A decision was made that the entire Royal Soverign Class of Battleships would be scrapped. Two were sold for scrap and work began on the HMS Lion and the HMS St Andrews. Each ship was at a different class and built in a different yard..
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Austria was looking at limiting he naval expenditure with regarding to battleships to no more than 4.. It had decided to build a vessel similar to the German capital ship.