The Sword of the Vozhd

Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by Tiburon, Sep 9, 2019.

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  1. Threadmarks: Intro

    Tiburon Well-Known Member

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    Don’t know if this is the right section to post this, but I was inspired and so decided to at least do an intro, see if anyone likes it.


    The year is 1952, but a very different 1952 from the one that we know. The universe is that of Kaiserreich, were Germany won the First World War and things developed from there. It’s a world scarred by atomic fire and divided into three mutually hostile factions.

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    Eastern Europe and much of the Far East are dominated by the Russian State. It’s been fifteen years since Boris Savinkov rose to power in Russia, and the hulking titan he has transformed the country into would be unrecognizable to anyone back in 1936. The Russian Army stands at six million strong, with another half a million men in the navy and air force. The Russians possess a massive fleet with four heavy carriers and fifteen “regular” carriers scattered amongst four fleets, plus over a hundred and fifty submarines. Savinkov invested extremely heavily into the Air Force as well, and Russia is the world’s first and most enthusiastic user of jet aircraft, with the new MiG-15 fighter being a point of particular pride.

    In Eastern Europe Russia’s sphere extends from Vienna to Helsinki, from Sofia to Venice, from Belgrade to Oslo. Russian allies in the Middle East include a rump Turkish State, Syria, Armenia, Persia, Kurdistan and Iraq; African allies include Tripolitania, Somalia, and a rump South African state which amounts to a heavily armed camp. Japan has been subdued after a half a dozen nuclear strikes and an extensive naval campaign which saw three carriers sunk at sea and the Japanese merchant fleet destroyed; Korea, Manchuria and the renewed Republic of China face off against the German AOG corporate state.

    Russia, in addition to being the only power to use nuclear weapons in warfare thus far, possesses at least two dozen nuclear bombs stored at airbases across Poland(a fervent Russian ally after they were liberated from the Dzerzhinsky government, imposed on Poland by the syndicalists in the Ukraine) and the Mediterranean.

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    One of the last bastions of any variety of syndicalism anywhere in the world, the totalist USSA straddles the New World as a titan. With puppet states in Canada, Quebec, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the USSA has managed to restore the red tide somewhat after the destruction of the Internationale in the Second Weltkrieg. Currently sponsoring insurrections throughout the former Brazilian states and in Peru. The USSA is a totalist state—- just as the Mosley and Valois governments were—- and drew condemnation from Berlin for providing a safe haven for fleeing Totalist leaders after the war. USSA- Russian relations are complex, to say the least—- many American volunteers fighting for the Valois government were declared “terrorists” and summarily shot by Combat Squad officers, particularly in the final desperate months of the Battle of Paris; on the other hand, Russian troops worked closely with the USSA during the Third Weltkrieg, helping smash the Cascadian Revolt(which, it should be noted, they did with incredibly brutally—- even some eight years later Portland is still largely ruins) and participating in the bloody Ottawa campaign.

    The Americans have a large army and vast fleet, but they are increasingly overstretched; guerrilla warfare in Mexico is taking its toll, and Longite and Federalist insurgent remain a growing concern in areas outside the large cities. The USSA does not have a nuclear bomb as of yet, but work is ongoing in secret “science cities” on the West Coast. The Americans do have jet fighters—- the F-84 Thunderjet, whose first major appearance was to help crush a revolt in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo in 1950.


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    Europe’s former predominant hegemon, Germany has emerged vindicated yet more in peril than ever before following the Second and Third Weltkriegs. The Schulenberg-Odinets Pact of 1939, also known as the “Deal with the Devil” in German liberal circles, brought the massive armies of the Russian State to bear against the Internationale. This ensured a coalition victory—- Russia’s massive armies could have ripped through the lightly defended eastern lands like a knife through butter with the bulk of the German army struggling to hold the Rhine defensive line—-but victory has only brought more troubles. Mittleafrika is holding together by a thread, with the promised 1953 autonomy referendums looming large across the continent, buoyed by former Premier Goering’s idiotic decision to absorb the entirety of Angola and Mozambique into his already overstretched realm and the gain of the former South African northern lands and Ethiopia after the Third Weltkrieg. Already the Russians are probing for cracks; SVT-40 rifles are found in the hands of Kikuyu rebels operating from safe havens in Somalia, and Islamist rebels are increasingly active just across the border from Russian-allied Mauritania. The AOG is in a similar state with Chinese Republican and Manchurian agitators active throughout the countryside; whispers of freedom travel to the Dutch East Indies, already having narrowly survived one uprising during the Second Weltkrieg, from the Russian-aligned Philippines; Finnish and Norwegian raiders clash with Swedish border guards; the Syrians, Turks and Persians rattle their sabers at the unsteady German allied regimes in Egypt and Arabia. Victory, it seems, only brings its own problems.

    And that’s not even getting into the total hell Italy has descended into.
     
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  2. freivolk Well-Known Member

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    How does Western Europe looks like?
     
  3. Tiburon Well-Known Member

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    France and Spain are in the Reichspakt; Germany set up the North French Republic after the Second Weltkrieg and they took over National France after the Third. Spain avoided the civil war and has Portugal as a puppet. Flanders-Wallonia and the Netherlands are German allies, as is Ireland. England, Scotland and Wales are German puppets and, quite frankly, the backwaters of the Reichspakt; unlike France which has enthusiastically its new role, the English are sullen over the defeat and the loss of what they see as integral parts of their country.

    Sweden is likewise in the Reichspakt, while Norway is a Russian puppet. Switzerland is a peaceful republic which narrowly avoided an ultranationalist coup years earlier and since then has embraced its role as a neutral trading ground.

    The Venetian Confederation is another Russian ally, and the Duchy of Lombardia is one of the most heavily armed states of earth.....due to the situation to the south, which I am going to fully cover next.
     
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  4. Thoresby Well-Known Member

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    Well this sounds fun, is this an AAR or just a tl?
     
  5. Tiburon Well-Known Member

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    It’s like a bit of both; I’m going to be like reporting on what happened in my game previously as well at what happens as it continues to progress, but I’m going to be doing it in the style of a timeline

    So like making wiki boxes about major battles which happened, stuff like that
     
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  6. freivolk Well-Known Member

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    What happend to the Austrian Sphere? Did they go syndie?
     
  7. Tiburon Well-Known Member

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    Austria got pulled into a meat grinder of a war with the Belgrade Pact; in the spirit of realpolitik they were running guns to Hungarian nationalist forces fighting against the Austrian government. There were a couple border incidents between Illyria and Serbia, Austrian troops were fired upon and the government, overconfident given that the Hungarian rebellion was on the verge of collapsing, declared war.

    Big mistake.

    Serbia put up a good fight but got overrun, but it was a different story in Greece and Romania; the Greeks turned the northern mountain passes into a re-run of the Isonzo with Austria playing the part of the Italians, and the Romanians held their ground in Transylvania. Things went on like that for months until Russia, spying an opportunity, delivered an ultimatum demanding that Galicia be returned to their Polish allies. Vienna refused and the Russian armies invaded. Austria, already war-weary and exhausted, was unable to stop Russian troops from taking Vienna and dividing the Austrian sphere into a variety of puppets, but guerrilla warfare has raged for a number of years now.
     
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  8. Threadmarks: The Southwest Frontier and the Italian Nightmare

    Tiburon Well-Known Member

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    Russia had always been hyper-sensitive to the idea of their southern frontier being destabilized. This had been the reasoning behind the 'Great Game'; the idea had only seem to be further born out by the chaotic years of the 1920s and 1930s, when the Emirate of Turkmenistan had sponsored insurgent activity across Central Asia. Turkmen "advisors" had fought alongside the Afghan government during their ill-fated 1936 invasion of the Dominion of India, for instance. Even after the Wars of Pacification, which had seen the Emirate's forces scattered to the four winds and Central Asia fully subdued, insurgent activity continued from over the border in Afghanistan, where the Emir had taken refuge. For years the situation remained at a low simmer.

    Then came the Chardzhuy raid.

    With India being in the German camp after the Third Weltkreig(a Russian invasion of Baluchistan had only gained some miles of desert before bogging down within sight of Quetta and Karachi, where the frontline had remained for the rest of the war) the decision had been made in the summer of 1952 to move some additional strike assets into central Asia. These, as it turned out, included a wing of the new Tu-16 jet strategic bombers....and three nuclear weapons.

    Its unclear if the sixty or seventy Afghan raiders who slipped over the border and headed for the Chardzhuy air force base knew what was being held there; even if they had nuclear technology at the time was still in its infancy, and the Afghan government had no way to really deploy such a weapon. The troops on guard duty were largely Persian auxiliary troops, whose guard had been ket down after several months without any sign of trouble. The commanding officer had grown lax in sending out patrols and the troops were complacent. The first sign they got of the impending danger was when, in the words of one of the survivors, "half the damn population of Afghanistan came roaring down from the hills, whooping and firing leftover British Autocarbines at anything that moved".

    The Persians, to their credit, didn't panic even as their comrades began falling all around them. The Russian ground crews hastily armed themselves and joined the fight as Afghan raiders made it over the base's outer fence and into the compound proper. What followed was a hectic twenty five minutes of hand-to hand combat before the surviving Afghans broke contact and withdrew back into the desert.

    When Savinkov heard that the Chardzhuy base had been attacked, he reportedly "went through the roof and quite possibly into his own personal orbit". He demanded that the Afghans seal the border, or the Russian Army would do it for them. The Afghans' response was a mixture of an attempt to placate the bear and an effort to do absolutely nothing; the government in Kabul was still heavily influenced by the former Emir of Turkmenistan, and conflict with the Russians had solidified their support amongst the more hardline factions of the Afghan populace, many of whom had fled over the border as the Russians had conquered Central Asia. In Moscow, the orders were drafted up to prepare to launch Operation ALEXANDER......

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    The Kingdom of Two Sicilies had not been a particularly stable place even before the Black Monday Crash of 1936. The largely agrarian country had serious issues with a syndicalist insurgency sponsored by the northern Social Republic of Italy, one which had been fed into by the fact that much of the population still lived at the mercy of large landlords who were notorious for abusing those they considered "beneath them" socially. The government's inability to properly respond to the Black Monday crisis and a struggling attempt at industrializing and urbanizing had led to the country teetering on the edge, and in the summer of 1937 the syndicalists made their move.

    Arming and equipped by bases in the Roman Marches, long a home for bandits and insurgents, a column of agiators slipped over the border into the Kingdom and began, well, agitating. They found a receptive audience and soon massive protests began to rock the kingdom. A march on Naples was planned; the army, unwilling to fire on their own people for an increasingly unpopular government, seemed helpless; it seemed the Red Tide would sweep over the south of Italy after all.

    Then came the Martius Bridge.

    The Bridge dated back to Roman times; it was a sturdily constructed route over a small river on the outskirts of Palermo. The marchers approached it at evening one August day, full of pride and conviction in their cause. The only thing in their way seemed to be a handful of men in odd black uniforms standing on the bridge, seemingly totally unconcerned about the approaching crowd. A what seemed to be their officer stepped forward a lull fell over the crowd. They'd encountered paramilitary officers like this before; usually after giving a speech about how vile and treacherous the rally was they more or less turned tail and let the crowd on through. The officer adjusted his spectacles, fiddling with them as he gazed at the crowd. He raised his arm high in the air, and then, suddenly.....swung it down.

    "FIRE!"

    And the three machine guns, which several days ago had "disappeared" from a Sicilian Army warehouse in Naples and had been carefully concealed in the woods, began their work.

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    Members of the Legione del Risveglio stand at attention, Palermo, October 1937

    This was the first of the "Red Summer Massacres"; but it would not be the last. Across southern Italy similar incidents took place, as the protests were brutally crushed. Firefights erupted as members of the crowds shot back at several locations, but this merely gave the "Legion" an excuse to crack down even harder, declaring the protestors to all be syndicalist terrorists. Under Legion "encouragement" the government of the Two Sicilies became increasingly intertwined with their own leadership, personified by Baron Julius Evola.

    The stage was set for Italy's nightmare to begin.
     
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