In here I present you my submod for Heart of Iron 4 'Luxembourgfun'. You can download it in here http://www.moddb.com/mods/luxembourg-fun My idea for this submod is based on my alternate history series called 'What if Beligum failed'. Feel free to watch it. If you have ideas and suggestions, feel free to comment them.
I present you my schedule for this wonderful year 2017. Firstly, I am happy to announce you that ALL my map series WILL CONTINUE! After so long, I will continue them yes, as there was a huge demand and also because you as my subscribers deserve to see my main series to be done in a propper way. Secondly, Map Monday will now only be every second week, but Scenario Saturday will always appear every Saturday. As such I decided to focus my attention to something new, which brings me to the THIRD POINT, I will introduce Wank Wednesday. Once per month I will take any random country and discuss the biggest possible expansion in my pov.
Moreover I will sometimes make spontanous videos, but that's it for now and I hope you guys will enjoy it.
experienced for several decades, peace. The continents hadn’t been quiet for so
long as for now. It was an unexpected record though, as there were two
governments, who were opposed to each other. Complots happened, but very
subtle. Nobody knew for real what was going on. There were these crazy stories
about spies from Carthage, disguised as traders or economists or secret agents
from Moche. The world where the Moche Empire and the Carthaginian League
existed was a world of contradiction.
ago the last war happened. The industrial superpower Song China, the maritime
Alba Confederation and the Plains dominions (mostly lead by Iroquois, Cree and
Navajo peoples) founded with their satellite states an alliance. Socioeconomic
changes brought also political changes and these three powers sought aggressive
expansion. Moche and Carthage with their smaller partners had to cooperate
during the war. The Moche Empire was a classic land power, with the biggest
land army in the world since 100s of years, whereas Carthage always had the
biggest fleet. The Moche Empire had a complicated political system, but it can
summarize it as following, the military and the ‘priests’ have the power. It is
true that firstly they worshipped Ai Apaec mostly, however when they
incorporated Mayan and Teothiuacanian philosophy and gods, they changed his
attributes very often. At the end however, when Carthage and Alba traded with
Moche the priests analysed the new technology. Contrary to our timeline, they
praised technology and saw it as divine manifestation and it became part of
their warrior cult. As such, the Moche Empire caught up pretty fast and became
the most advanced country on Earth.
Carthage; they were interested in trade and economy. During their battles with
Rome and other emerging empires of the Near East, they also developed their
land policies. Their main point however was the sea…that was their strength. It
is true Carthage has a high culture, high technology and a very advanced
society, yet still Carthage is very self-sufficient and most ‘leaders’ are
corrupt. People in Carthage never learn to care for their country or their
roots. Their state ideology is to make good money and have great knowledge of
trade and economy. Science in there is just a tool for the economy. The marine
as well, as are the land forces. You are not seen as great compatriot when you
protect and fight for your land, but rather when you have business contacts
with Carthage City and allow some people from the colonies to establish contact
with these people from the capital.
were temporarily allies… the war was heavy, long, sucked all the resources that
were needed. Carthage won with Moche, but they did it for a heavy price. Yes,
they preferred to spend their resources on economic activities and as such just
send more manpower, with ill-equipped material. Many men and women died for
these ill-thought war policies. Moche on the other hand, motivated their
population and called on their Manifest destiny to own all of the Americas and
Pacific. In some months all of Alba’s presence was gone in the Americas. The
Plain Dominion were retreating, retreating until they were caught by the mighty
and fierce warriors of Moche. They spend more resources, were better prepared,
conquered more and as such had the better cards at the end. They were never
self-sufficient, wished for more, pushed harder and taught ambition as core
value. The huge differences after the war, created the current situation; a
self-sufficient Carthage against an ambitious and hungry Moche Empire.
known for a longer time, that the Moche administration planned on creating a
vast empire from North to South America. There are even declarations
guarantees, that explicitly state that Moche won’t take any Brazilian cities of
Carthage. Whether these documents have a value or not…is to be determined
really soon… Heshmunkitz a diplomat and high representative of Carthdarik
(means literally from Punic; city and travel). Carthdarik is the oldest
settlement of Carthage in Brazil. There are also other ones such as Carthmien,
Malhamitanim, Hemyetmekir etc. The cities in Brazil are since the end of the
World War heavily fortified, as the Cold War between Moche and Carthage
started. The city walls became higher and higher. Behind the walls commerce
activities and trade increased, as it was promoted and part of Carthage’s
identity. Each centre of each city within the Carthaginian League has a
Hannibal-Square with a huge Hannibal statue. Hannibal complexes are also very
frequent. Headquarters of trade are also to be found in the centre. Signs with
most quotes of Hannibal or other important people are spread restlessly
throughout the League. Publicity was to be seen everywhere and people traded
and networked their trade contacts frequently through it.
went out of his villa in a rush, he had to take a taxi and go to the city walls
of Carthdarik. He was requested to be present within 2 days in the Moche
Empire’s capital. He took his documents with him and headed forward. When he
was in the street, poor traders tried to sell their connections to him, which
he hectically refused. Heshmunkitz was a very busy person and his motto was ‘I
will either find a way, or make one’. This very same sentence was used by
Hannibal and it became almost the golden rule of Carthage. However, ironically
enough, the word ‘way’ became also exploited commercially, so that the
militaristic meaning became somewhat forgotten. Heshmunkitz was very profound
in historical knowledge, but also political, as well as cultural. He spoke
Punic, Celtic, Mochica, Chinese and his own dialect, which was Darikian. His
rhetoric skills are unmatched and he always had good results at it when he was
younger. Economy, finances, trade studies were not his strength, but he respected
it very much as part of Carthage’s culture.
of the request of his presence was very untraditional. Usually he would never
be requested to go to any place by a deadline, less likely be asked by a
foreign government. As diplomat he would have missions from his government to
follow. As there were however some old-fashioned rules, that gave diplomats the
possibility to go to foreign countries, when invited by foreign powers,
Heshmunkitz was in this grey zone, where he could actually just go, without any
fear, which he did. Heshmunkitz apparently had a good name within government
circles, as the simple person in the Carthaginian League doesn’t care about
hours he came to the city border…the enormous city walls were astonishing, they
were big, but also quiet intimidating and grey. They ranked almost up to the
sky and covered a good amount of the sky. They are even part of the top10
highest buildings in the world, including the other city walls of the
Carthaginian cities in Brazil! The border control never has a lot of work and
the controllers were mumbling between themselves, why someone had to pass the
Mister Heshmunkitz, under the Hannibalian legislation code, I must ask you to
swear to, that you will respect your duty and not commit acts against the
Carthaginian League’, said the border controller.
Heshmunkitz, swear, under Hannibal’s name, to be loyal to my cause, to work for
the Carthaginian League and that I won’t commit hostile actions’, pleaded Heshmunkitz.
world, signatures don’t exist per se, they are replaced by recorded oath. It
was very unusual for Carthaginians to go to other countries, except if it was
for trade or in that case for diplomacy, which was still needed. Carthage saw
itself as pinnacle of human civilization and that only trade and richness could
make a country great. Carthage underwent several political reformations that
made them firm for the last centuries. The first one to introduce a complete
change was Hannibal, later the Barca family and their descendants continued
these policies. Hannibal after defeating Rome, tried to centralize Carthage and
switch priorities. This was good for some moments. Whenever there was no
concurrent country to Carthaginian trade routes, they would turn inward. When a
new big player arrived, chances were really bad for the Carthaginian League,
but out of nowhere another Hannibalesque figure arrived and changed everything
again. They were this little stitches that revived Carthage from time to time.
Heshmunkitz had long debates with himself about it and always wondered if
Carthage wasn’t already long overdue and how long they could keep their social
order. He respected trade and all, but didn’t see the long promised focus on
other parts. Education was very superficial and only interested people would
get more knowledge, if they wanted to and had the resources for it. It is true
that the economy boomed in Carthage and everyone somehow had jobs, but the
money accumulated by the society wasn’t spend on almost anything.
wall will protect us when Moche will raise their arms against us and what are
we going to do? Buy them? Bribe them? People with such a different systems of
value…they will crush us,’ Heshmunkitz was frustrated about this. The military
was nearly non-present, except for the strong marine, but they would protect
the holdings of the Old World. The Brazilian cities were on the worst spots and
got higher walls only.
passed several passages through the wall and came to the Moche border. The
officials highly suspicious of the Carthaginian people saw him with distrust.
Once he showed his diplomatic papers and repeated his oath, they let him pass.
In the Eastern parts the cities were very sparse and most bigger agglomerations
existed on the Western part of South America. Heshmunkitz rushed out of the
border station and read through all the signs of Moche. He then continued his
walk to take the train to the capital. Within 20 years it changed a lot here.
He remembered how the Moche used old locomotives they captured from their
enemies during the war and now they use the most advanced ones. Their fast
development and technological advancement was due to their state ideology.
Technology and progress was blessed as divine and god given. This new
understanding of technology and religion, completely foreign to us, made it
possible for religion and technology to interact and to be inclusive in many
since childhood in the Moche Empire was taught knowledge, technological as well
as social one. People were pushed by the state to know as much as possible. In
fact, with the discovery of genetics, the Moche since some years created huge
sperm banks of the strongest, smartest and most talented citizens. The mothers
were also selected carefully. Everything in there was based on strength,
intelligence and your own merits. It could be regarded in our world as
theocratic meritocracy. Babies with defects or weak people were considered
unworthy and impure and therefore eliminated. The state involvement was huge in
Moche and also in a very disgusting sense. In Carthage one could hardly speak
about a state… Heshmunkitz was of course against by these foreign customs of
Moche, however he acknowledged that Moche was moving soon beyond his
he passes through Moche, something new is being built and every time it becomes
more and more advanced. In the train he noticed that everything was new, clean
and optimized. The seats adjusted themselves to his size and the speed was
incredibly huge. 300km/h as the publicity in the seat says. The Mochica people
managed to build completely new cities out of nowhere. The newest city was
Chonkikcharku (proud star) built in order to honour the brightest star in the
sky and the victory after the World War. It was placed on the middle of Moche
and Carthdarik. In Chonkikcharku he had to change the train and with his
diplomatic papers he got of course special treatment by the Moche officials.
There was a very new restaurant in the main city area of Chonkikcharku
especially for high guests from foreign places. People in there were
multilingual and this wasn’t an exception. It was usus, whereas Heshmunkitz was
the exception of Carthage. While watching the screen box of there, he saw how
pictures and films were shown of a flying iron bottle? He couldn’t recognize it
but he could translate it from the Moche language. It stated that: ‘By the will
power of the supreme gods, the Moche people are now able to dominate the sky
and reach closer to the stars and their Gods. A glorious day of for the master
engineers of the marvellous Moche nation.’
neighbours talked between themselves and were proud of Moche. People started to
sing their traditional song, which they only sing after a very important
victory. The foreigners, including Heshmunkitz, just sat there and felt
awkward. He didn’t get them what was so special about this flying iron bottle?
What about the trains they have? Or was it some kind of plane? However, planes
never reached spectacular speed maximum 200km/h and were fast forgotten by the
world or not? There was something up there and he was sure it was nothing good…
security guards took Heshmunkitz after some more time out of the restaurant and
took him to the second train station of Chonkikcharku. In there he would have
another train that would bring him to Moche capital. While going out,
everywhere there was a patriotic sounding music to hear and people put out
their banners and flags. He asked the security guards what happened or if there
was a new national holiday.
glorious researchers managed it to outclass the world finally and put us above
everyone…’ the guard wanted to continue and the other interrupted him.
instructions from our priests and scientist government doesn’t allow foreigners
to get more details, including diplomats or traders.’
say it like this, but I don’t see why, I just want to know what happened, why
people are so much celebrating? I should respect your customs and traditions
and I must be aware of it…and this is new to me’, said Heshmunkitz.
guards discussed, while Heshmunkitz watched how the TV chains and radio turned
all loud, with people screaming and singing. They continued their walk, until
one guard decided to break the silence, by saying that the Moche Empire
continuously tried to outtech their enemies. With this invention, they’d be
even able to go to the moon and not to mention (and this is what Heshmunkitz
though) attack and destroy Carthage’s Brazilian cities.
officially declared as technology, that launches a new period of prosperity and
our government declared sharing this prosperity with the world.’
didn’t know how to react, if it was true or if the government used euphemism
after euphemism. As diplomat he had to keep his cold, otherwise it could be bad
for Carthage. The Moche Empire right now was not playing anymore games. He
feared this since long and now is the day, where they are actually able to wipe
off the Carthaginian League AND he was requested to BY the Moche Empire. When
the guards left him in the train station and he moved forward to the train, he
put one and one together; the Moche Empire would make DEMANDS and ask for
CONCESSIONS. Why did they however choose him, Heshmunkitz? Was it just because
of his excellent Mochica command or did they consider him weak or are they for
real interested in something constructive. These questions, while looking
outside at the jungle, kept his mind busy. The train moved really fast and he
couldn’t enjoy every detail of the Amazonas. He enjoyed it however more than he
thought. The train was also playing all the time strong patriotic music, but
the tune was quiet enjoyable and the lyrics really motivating. Heshmunkitz
found himself sometimes even humming the songs. The songs were for the most
part about how ‘glorious’ the Moche Empire was built, how the divine advices
were accepted by the government, how technological progress is praised and the
perfect society is sought. One more recent song was about how Moche always was
an outsider and finally managed to grow as biggest world power. The locals and
Moche nationals sang quiet often and really loud the songs that were played.
They showed great pride and the Carthaginian diplomat appreciated it, they had
different values and even so he liked them. He was having an inner monologue if
their values at the end were not better than the Carthaginian values?
food arrived and it tasted really delicious. It was a fusion of jungle fruits
and sea fruits with some additional things from the Pacific islands. The Moche
dishes were healthier than the Carthaginian ones and tasted better. For Moche
it was important to be healthy, whereas Carthage’s society just thought one
could buy health with money… Heshmunkitz asked later for a second plate, it was
a Quinua soup, with sugar and coconut milk added in it and some vanilla and
natural sweeteners from the jungle. The Quinua soup, even considered by our
standards as dessert, was for real a dish designed for the soldiers of Moche.
As more people were drafted in the military and became older, the Quinua soup
started to become popular, even beyond Moche’s border. Heshmunkitz left a big
tip but the waitress said he shouldn’t tip her. When he asked why, she replied
to him, that too much money can corrupt her values. However, she didn’t become
angry, as she understood that he was a foreigner. Although he knew about Moche
culture it came to him as a surprise…Perhaps he never was aware of it or she
truly believed in this value?
good while he finally arrived in Moche, a city of almost 30 million people,
counting the metropolitan area as well. Moche City underwent since the last 100
year enormous transformations. As Heshmunkitz already noticed before, he also
noticed in here many changes and was impressed how fast and efficient they
improved. He was actually surprised so far. When he went outside the train
station district he saw how almost all building were renovated. All streets
were freshly done. The places were clean, even for such a busy area it was
spotless. Everything was so much in order that he was even frightened for a
moment. He called a taxi, who brought him for a good price to the building of
the Foreign Ministry. He used the bell and gave his name and was immediately
let in. The building was huge, of about 50 levels and he had to take the elevator.
People came in and out…until he reached the top floor. Usually the top floor is
used for huge diplomatic talks in Moche. The inside building was decorated with
their main god Ai Apaec, but also in red as well as blue, the dominant colours
of the Mochican people.
was received by the Foreign Minister of the Moche Empire and few high
officials. They greeted him and gave him presents from all parts of the Moche
Empire, from a simple coconut to old pottery from the first years of the Moche culture.
He had actually nothing, as he was surprised to be so well received, wasn’t he
just a diplomat and not the Foreign Minister?
Empire delegation started to talk and said:
Mister Heshmunkitz. We are happy to receive you in our proud and glorious
country. We are happy you came in such an important day as this one here, where
we finally could claim the heavens for ourselves and even reach the moon within
the next years. We as Moche Empire want to always share our prosperity with the
world, as we did just after the World War, with your country, honourable
diplomat Heshmunkitz,’ said the minister.
minister, why was I requested by you and not the League’s Foreign Minister? Why
is not your counterpart here?’
lastly having difficulties…concerning the communication between our two great
countries…but we know, you are an equally talented person as the Foreign
Minister. I’d even go so far and claim, that your presence is well received
among the Moche people. You know that our relations froze over time or as some
experts say; we are in a Cold War.’
really unfortunate, but we have all rules we should respect and I am afraid I
don’t have the same power as the League’s Foreign Minister.’
‘You have a
remarkable power, trust me. We paid carefully attention to you over the last
years and we saw…that you were the only one, who considered to make
compromises. At the end, as we know, we must take compromises to ensure the
survival of humanity, right? And well…your government is busier about economics
and trade, so that sometimes we feel like talking to a wall. There is no
cooperation in international issues, even if we try to press them. To make it
short. You prevented countless times direct wars between our two countries and
at the end you acted truly on behalf for all of humanity…’
a lot honourable minister, I just did my part of the work. I sincerely always
opt for peace. The last World War was too tragic and I hope it never repeat
is exactly why we like you…We have a common founding for our negotiations.
we should all care for peace, but I am not in any ministry nothing. What is my
voice going to change?’
basically what we want is fleet basing rights in your cities on the coast and
access to your Brazilian markets. We want to connect with you, so that in one
way or another, war would be a loss for the two of us…Right now we are still
really independent from each other…So a war would hurt less in economic terms
and especially for us.’
‘But how am
I going to help you?’
sign a paper…and our military will make sure that you will have the upper
hand…if anyone, including you, refuses…we see ourselves forced to use stronger
weapons… Remember we are driven by the Manifest Destination and actually this
land here including Brazil, belongs to us, people who are native here…
Diplomat I offer you this…sign the papers we ask you or else we use our rockets
to attack your cities from the sky…It is in your hands…Peace or War?’
was prepared to this kind of talk. Even so, he was afraid to say something
wrong. Will he regret it or not?
Sandra Malheiro woke up quiet early at 6:30 am. She was still tired but
had a lot of thoughts that woke her up. She moved two months ago from Cidade
Mars de Salazar to the new city of Conglomerado de Ricardo Almeira. She is in
her early 30’s and spent a good amount of her life in the Portuguese military.
The sun on the moon of Europa is like a tiny dot, but Jupiter appears really
astonishing. It was one of few pros of why she liked to live on Europa. For the
rest she didn’t like it. In general, she hated her life.
Yes, she had a good career in the military, she was even member of the
interplanetary body of the Partido Regenerador Portugues, but she saw that she
was never enough. She was a unique exception among all these men who were part
of the military and the party. Usually women didn’t make a career in the
military as this was despised by men and women equally. In the doctrine of the
Portuguese Empire, it was stated that each sex had their own role to fulfil, ‘in
order to guarantee prosperity and equal opportunity for the Portuguese
citizen’. In the military, she was schooled in detail for a year about ‘state
loyalty’ and ‘History of Portuguese doctrines and principles’ as well as
‘Functioning of the Estado Novo’. Many of the things that were said there were
almost against her own self…as woman. It was suggested that women go and take
‘social jobs’ and that men take ‘responsibility jobs’. Men couldn’t take
‘social jobs’ and women were mostly not allowed to take ‘responsibility jobs’
and yet she was part of the military and the PRP. She swallowed all her life
things that were said about women being like this and men like that and had
enough of it. However, she was unsure how to address it.
When she walked out in the main avenue of the Conglomerado de Ricardo Almeira,
she saw how the construction workers erected a huge 200m statue of Salazar and
Sidonio Pais next to each other. This were preparations for the celebration of
1500 year Portugal. The hologram TV and ads talked about how magnificent and
glorious the Portuguese cities were. Lisbon with 20 million people, Rio de
Janeiro with 15 million, São Paulo da Assunção de Loanda with 13 million, Macau
with 13 million as well and the moon city Vila Nova de Lua with 12 million. The
TV talked about Portuguese master engineering and how the Portuguese Empire’s
doctrine promoted human progress. Free drinks were also given on the street while
‘Here lady, take a free Sagres to our heroes, Portuguese Empire and
doctrines’, said the advertiser.
‘Obrigado’, nodded Sandra politely.
‘Oh, you are in the army?’, the man looked at her with sceptical eyes
and Sandra just gave a short ‘Sim’ as answer. Unfortunately, she was used at
these questions and stares. She didn’t feel respected for what she was and her
personality. Nevertheless, she promised to herself, that no matter what she
would fight to keep her dream job. She
didn’t like beer much, but thought since it’s free she will just drink it. On
the corner she came across ticket sellers. They sold tickets for the solar
football match between Benfica and Sporting, the two biggest sports clubs in
the Portuguese Empire. They had billions of members, in particular in football.
‘Oiiiiila, here are tickets for you too lady! It was sponsored by our great
Empire and is a match also in honour of Ricardo Almeira. Take it and let the
Empire make you happy with bola!’, said the guy enthusiastically. Football was
a big deal in the Portuguese Empire and the main sports. Even on the moon, Mars
and Europa (moon), football knew no boundaries. She sometimes went there, but
mostly for representative matches, where high officials had to be present. If
you were not present in the match, you’d be seen as traitor to Portuguese
values and then again sports were predominantly male… such an irony she always
thought to herself.
Sandra continued her walk and enjoyed looking up at the sky seeing
Jupiter. Jupiter maybe will make her life one day better? Nah, these thoughts
are now nonsense. She was having many inner monologues, as not many people
could relate to her. She was very introvert too, but not shy. She could stand
her own ground, but within the conditions of the doctrines. She wished for
controversial debates about these doctrines and she surely disagreed on the
continuous improvement and progress in the Portuguese Empire. Social progress
was stuck and even split men and women more than ever apart. Men who took
social jobs, did they exist? She wasn’t sure, but hoped to meet one of these
men maybe here in the Conglomerado? Before she could continue her thoughts
general da Silva came across and greeted her.
‘General Malheiro, I greet you!’, he looked at her with respect and gave her a
‘I greet you back honourable General da Silva, may our glorious day as
Portuguese Empire continue’, she said and then she moved in the military
When she came there, the receptionist Manuel Ferreira da Cruz informed
her that Marshal-Salazarissimo Peixoto ordered the whole division of the city
to take part of a drill tomorrow. It was one of a spontaneous nature and
ensured that his division was in permanent red alert. She took note of it on
‘Be sure that nothing goes wrong, as it’s part of the celebration of our
Empire. You have my full servitude in case of questions. Have a very prosperous
day!’, said the receptionist.
A cold obrigado slipped from her lips and she headed towards the instant
transmission machine. She gave her coordinates and went there in one second. Everything
seemed very hectic today, because of the celebration. And since the doctrine
teaches them to be foremost loyal to Portugal, it was a very logic consequence.
Her face went from enthusiastic to even more enthusiastic…not at all. She took
a huge breath and thought to herself ‘stay calm’. The more she thought about
what the state taught them, the more she found it artificial and constructed
from above. She was merely a soldier, because she wanted to protect her loved
ones and not because she liked the doctrine. Despite her being a woman and
where it was said that she can’t protect people, her uncle helped her to get a
position. He was in the second-highest rank within the military and a very
important party member as well. He never had kids himself, so treated Sandra as
his own daughter instead. When Sandra told him since a little girl, that she
wanted to be in the military, contrary to the doctrine, under which he worked
for, he made the contrary. After she finished an all-female school, she didn’t
go to study social sciences, but she gave her application to become a soldier.
Her uncle managed to convince the staff about her abilities and argued that she
was the exception and the exception confirms the rule. A minority disagreed and
argued with the doctrine, but most generals, marshals etc were actually very
satisfied with Sandra. Sandra presented herself as uttermost loyal to the
Portuguese cause and had great knowledge of Portuguese history as well as the
space expansion program. She wished to be stationed outside the Earth, where
she had more opportunities. At that time the army was happy to receive people
for posts outside Earth, as there was a general shortage. Immigration was
therefore also encouraged by the Portuguese Empire as well, with many financial
benefits. Sandra came first to Vila Nova de Lua, twelve years ago and was
absolving her formation there. She did exceptionally well and instead of 4
years, was already taken after 3 with an honorary degree. She enjoyed certain
privileges, like living in her own place, 8-hours-day and could come and go
without much administrative work. People never questioned her and saw her as
her uncle’s successor. But this and also the doctrine and mostly the doctrine
made her resent her life. She didn’t want to be an exception, she wanted to be
normal and treated like everyone else and neither have privileges or be treated
less. She didn’t understand these contrary behaviours she experienced. On one
hand, she was not enough, she was just a woman, on the other hand, she was
treated better than most other soldiers. 'This doctrine...why does it even
exist?...Salazar and Pais...did you intent this? Was this your vision of
Portugal', she thought to herself.
She then revised the plans of how everything should be followed during
the drill, which people are assigned to her and mostly other technical details.
She was getting tired of that. She was a soldier to protect her loved ones and
not to maintain and propagate the doctrine. Salazarismo-Marshal Peixoto came unannounced
at her place.
'Well, well how are we doing General Malheiro?', he asked.
She was caught with intern surprise. Her face stayed normally neutral.
'Honourable Salazarismo-Marshal Peixoto, which pleasure to see you
personally in my department. I'm doing well and analysing with greatest
attention the plans for tomorrow. Moreover, I am greatly thankful to always
serve the imperial Portuguese forces!', she said in almost shouting voice.
She looked petite but she certainly wasn't weak. She was skilled and
fast, most importantly very courageous.
'That's fantastic dear general. I hear that you are as good as your
uncle. He made himself an eternal name within our forces. Many of my comrades
are saying only good things about you and how skilled you are... well I was
thinking, we should consider your achievements, your loyalty and your brave
attitude dear general. In fact, the high military commission ordered to see you
tomorrow! We all think that it's time that you will be declared a
Salazarismo-General!,' said Salazarismo-Marshal Peixoto.
Sandra was certainly surprised and was even feeling proud... But then
she thought to herself for what? Proud to follow the doctrine by every step? To
swallow every letter of it against her own dissatisfaction?
'So?' evoked Salazarismo-General Peixoto.
'Sorry I was just taken apart for a moment as I couldn’t believe my own
ears', she replied.
'Hahaha it is okay General! Or should I say Salazarismo-General
Malheiro. In fact, though I’m a bit longer then you in service I always stand
with great pleasure in front of you. I’m proud of Portugal and proud of the
Portuguese people and you contribute to this pride. Billions of Portuguese are
proud of you!'
She faked her smile and tried to convince herself just for that moment
to be happy. Deep within she felt some pride, but it faded quickly away and was
blown like the sand in the Sahara. She shakes hands with Peixoto. She always
noticed his moustache and his old-fashioned general hat. She didn’t blame him
for the doctrine. He was just filling his role and convinced by all sides to
fulfil a role. Who knows maybe he was a man who wanted to do social jobs, but
never had the opportunity?
'Oh and by the way...before I forget you are a candidate for a new
position within the party. This will allow you to have more mobile hours so you
can dedicate as much time needed for your positions. I know I say candidate but
it is almost clear you'll be elected. I bet my moustache to that hehe', and the
general started to laugh foolishly. 'Really and which position exactly?', asked
'To be honest I forgot it now or wait... it was to become member of the
upper committee of ALL the party', said Peixoto with a fierce voice. 'In any
case be prepared, but I think you know that as you are one of the best
Portuguese. The Portuguese Empire can be proud to have you as their citizen!
'Thanks Salazarismo-Marshal Peixoto. I take all your compliments with
great pleasure, especially from someone as important and with such a remarkable
and gifted leadership as you. The message is equally received with great
happiness and pride. Thank you!' said Sandra.
She hates it how artificial these speeches were, but somehow this was
usus within the Portuguese Empire.
Peixoto gave his farewells and left the office through the teleporter.
Sandra thought whether she should accept the positions or not. She thought of
it all day long. She went back home after finishing work several hours later,
still thinking on that one issue. Whether to take the positions or not. All
this thinking made her feel heavy. On her way back home she sat on a bench
thinking and was noticed by a stranger. Without much nervousness this stranger
approached her and was certainly surprised by Sandra's military decoration. He
first sat next to her and watched her for few seconds. Sandra was too much
self-absorbed in her own thoughts, however she could never ever refuse this
offer...nobody did so and she would just cause attention towards her. So
without further ado she thought she is going to accept the positions but very
self-critical of course. It wasn't until then when she finished to worry about
that, that the stranger asked her something.
'Are you a member of the Portuguese forces?', he asked.
'Yes a very proud and confident member. My rank is that of a general!'
'Oh wow I'm surprised and sorry I didn’t talk to you with respect.'
'It is okay; I think for today to be honest I have enough of respectful
'Oh I see, why? If I may ask?'
'Now I want to be myself. I'm Sandra Malheiro. Not just a general or
member of the army, I am a person as everyone else.'
'My manners where are they? I am Nuno Delgado and well I work in a
social job as you can see on my sign here in my chest.'
Sandra was literally surprised to meet under such circumstances someone
as random and almost as her but on the opposite side. How come he made a social
‘I see, I am sorry but I am unused to see a man working in a social job? How
come?’, she asked.
‘That’s a typical question, but I won’t take it badly, as I was also
surprised to see a woman in the army, though our superior and almost godly
doctrine says the contrary’, he mocked in front of her.
She was surprised he mocked about the doctrine in front of her. Was he a
spy or an agent in disguise? Was he testing waters to see if Sandra was as
loyal as her façade always portrayed it? Her gut feeling told her otherwise and
she opened up a little more.
‘There are exceptions to the doctrine I suppose, I guess I am one of
them somehow. However, I was lucky as my family was involved in the military
and I was one of the few children. I always wanted to be part of the military,
since I was young, you know. How did you come to take a social job?’, Sandra demanded.
‘Well, my family was one of the first to come to the Conglomerado of
Ricardo Almeira, like 100 years ago. My grandfather and father worked on the
construction and all, but once it became finalized and less people were needed
in construction, they were left with their family. And of course there are
children who need to go to school. So about 20 years ago the shortage of
teaching staff was countered by ‘special measures’. Yes, I am one of the few
men employed as teacher and I am lucky, because I wished for that, since I was
small. I just never understood, why as men we must do the other jobs and not
social jobs as well,’ he said.
Both talked more and started to appreciate each other in some way and
stayed in touch.
A year passed, after Sandra accepted the newly acquired positions and
meeting Nuno Delgado. Nuno and her became friends. They regularly talked about
what was wrong according to them and consequently formed an underground group
of 100 people. They became quickly dynamic and had ambitious plans. The first
one was to deactivate or change the doctrine for good. The doctrine was seen as
‘burden to all Portuguese’ and as ‘lie for-shadowing Portuguese master
engineering’. The Portuguese society had, according to them finally, to be
emancipated from an old doctrine and changes had to be adapted. Otherwise the
Portuguese Empire would utterly fail. There was no true head in this group and
there was even not really a name, as they just wanted to force a change in the
doctrine. They didn’t fight for revolution or saw themselves as such, they were
opposed to the doctrine and that kept them together.
Today, for the annual imperial celebration, Sandra and Nuno planned on
paralyzing the military and the government as well and force a change in the
doctrine or at least a solar referendum. Their plan was straight forward and
Sandra would exploit all her knowledge and powers she had. In fact, she had
military and political power and could act without much restriction.
Usually, the Portuguese law is like that, that when all high officials
leave, the highest one who remains is in charge. Without much suspicion, she
asked to be part of the latest division, who would show up in the parade. The
parade, on Sandra’s demand, was planned to be held on the exosphere of Europa,
so the celebrations on Mars, Lua and Earth could be spotted as well, who were
on the exosphere as well. Now, she would remain as the last one Europa, with
the highest position. Nuno Delgado, would take with him about 10 men and women,
different ships and initiate attacks on Ganymede. Sandra gave them the needed
papers, so they could pass the guards. Ganymede, as other moons were strictly
restricted to enter and an attack would cause furious reactions from the
Portuguese Empire. While, the parade starts, Sandra would then give the orders
to her military staff to fly out to Ganymede and take Nuno and his companions,
but not kill them. They would entrench themselves for some time and then
surrender and destroy every evidence of these papers handed by Sandra.
Sandra on the mean time would take herself control of Europa and ask the
other forces to cut communication media and activate Europa’s self-defence
program. This would buy them a lot of time, as every ship or person closer than
50km to Europa, would be shot. A forced retreat of the military would be sure.
She would then transmit messages to the HQ of the police department of Europa
and the ministries, where she declared that she was now in charge, how the
self-defence program became manipulated by some intern military staff and that
there was a fifth column inside the Portuguese Empire. She would instantly make
transmissions to the people of Europa and try to raise as many people as
possible as soldiers. An encoded message, which would appear on the HQ of the
Portuguese Empire, on Earth, would demand the change of the doctrine or
possibly a referendum.
‘Sandra, I hope we can do that…we need to do that for our future, for
the children. I am great and thankful of knowing you and in case we will never
see us again… I’d like to say it was a great time knowing you and that I love
you and trust you…bye Sandra.’ Nuno left with some tears, but also with a smile
of trust. Sandra looked down on the floor, where her long hair would hide her
face. She couldn’t handle emotions very well, but deep down, she knew Nuno was
a good man and that she wanted to be with him. She had now more courage, as she
didn’t want to upset Nuno… In the following hours the plan was finally
proceeded. Nuno’s message came that he passed the guards and they accepted the
documents. Sandra was glad and now hoped, that all the military staff would
leave for space. After she came to the headquarters, she confirmed to the
highest military ranks her arrival and watched them leave. She saluted them as
it was usual for a soldier to do. After waiting half an hour, she received the
message of Nuno, who together with his companions launched their fake attack on
‘Soldiers…I have bad news…Ganymede our outpost of space interest is
attacked. I order you to go now and take them down. I order you to take them
and imprison them and question their motifs. Don’t kill, I repeat, don’t kill
them…we need to find out who is behind that! For our Portuguese Empire! Força
Portugal!’, she shouted and a força Portugal echoed back from the ranks. The
soldiers did as they were told. She also persuaded the generals who were left
with her to go with them.
Sandra now prepared the other steps and communicated them to her fellow
companions, without much suspicion. They cut the communication with the other
planets and moons within seconds and the self-defence program was activated
within a matter of minutes. ‘She got a last message before from
Salazarismo-Marshal Peixoto’ who told her in the transmission that she was in
charge of Europa temporarily. That was unexpected, but strengthened her
position now. So far there was no suspicion against her, which delighted her. Sirens
were to be heard all over Europa and the streets in the Conglomerado de Ricardo
Almeira became full of people, who left their working places or houses. Sandra
used all hologram TV and other planetary communication devices and transmitted
her speech in there. She asked people to go home, gave the police the command
to bring those people safe to their houses and explained that she was now in
charge of Europa. She said that a fifth column attacked important military
facilities on Ganymede and that she activated the defence system, so that no
terrorists could enter Europa:
‘Rest assured, dear Portuguese. We had difficult times and each time we came
stronger out of it, but also changed, what we had to change. I declare now
myself as the provisional ruler of Europa and I will form a commissioner
government. The duration will be unlimited, until we are freed by the Imperial
Portuguese forces. Any laws that will be changed, will affect Europa from this
day on; for the sake of your own safety and Europa’s stability. Restructuration
within the jobs will happen, as we now need to create a good provisional
military force, until the Portuguese Empire frees us. This will be my first
decree, which will allow also women to join the military forces. Sick men and
men with good excuses are to exempt of the military draft. They are, under
specific revisions, allowed to join social jobs, for the benefit of our
children. The second decree which will be passed, will be the temporary abolishment
of the Partido Regenerador Portugues de Europa, until we find out more about
the fifth column. Honourable Portuguese citizens, show your courage, I reach my
hand to you and together we can dismantle all the dangers. Força Portugal!’
That’s how her speech ended.
She was sure not everyone would respond positively to her proposals and
the changes. She would especially have to get rid of loyalists to the doctrine
and reactionaries within the ranks. Nuno was in great danger and she had no
communication with him. His fate was now uncertain. She walked around her
office in circles and ordered the receptionist to come to her.
‘Dear Salazarismo-Gene… I mean, dear provisional ruler Malheiro, how can I
‘Manuel, I want you to address this what I am going to dictate to you, to all
police buildings of Europa’
She took a breath and Manuel listened.
‘Dear Imperial Police, as provisional ruler and referring myself to the
constitutional right of safety as well as rule 144 paragraph B of the police
rules, I ask you to close, all offices of the the Partido Regenerador Portugues
and to put the highest remaining members under protective custody. This will
remain for an unlimited period of time until Europa is freed by the Imperial
forces. Search all offices of the Partido Regenerador Portugues for hints of
the fifth column and for hints of treason. With best regards, provisional ruler
Manuel Ferreira de Cruz checked everything on his device and edited a few words
or replaced some words.
‘Okay I will send it by now, your order will be received in any moment.’
She gave a nice obrigado to Manuel and ordered him to go back to his place. She
hoped, that her companions placed the fake hints of terrorism, within the party
offices. Like this, the whole committee of a section could already be
imprisoned for a short amount of time and buy her more time internally, to push
for her reforms. She had no time to lose and fabricate other fake proofs. Her
next plan was to play each party member off against each other and then she
also needed to solidify her provisional army. Will she succeed?
The bright days turned black, when the news spread from one corner to
the other throughout the Eternal Gothic Empire. Alaric the Supreme Emperor was
frowning and in the most miserable state since long. He thought of his
Empire…being strong united and never expected terrorist complots in one of his
farthest planets. These terrorists tried to make a coup on the planet. They
were able to paralyze the military over there and cut most of the communication
with the central planet of the Eternal Gothic Empire. The Far Beyond Telling
Horizon, the place where that happened, was never considered as important
region to Alaric. The further the place, the less he actually cared for it. But
he thought of himself as good, kind and strong emperor. He subconsciously used
these far regions to let his prestige skyrocket. Commoners never had the
glimpse of a chance to go so far…or well they’d spend a huge amount of time
Alaric was in his black clothes and his imperial cape waiting for the
generals Siegfried and Winfried. They’d probably already be in his gigantic
palace. The palace was a huge place. It was grey outside and had a very Roman,
yet modern look. It encompassed the size of 100km2. It was a megalomaniac
building and it took more than 100 years to build it. Inside the palace there
are almost 200’000 people living inside. Only a minority is the imperial staff
per se. Others who live there are family members from nearby and far away.
Other people are employed by staff or needed by them. It’s like a self-sustaining
small economy. The top administration resides in there. You need to get driven
through the palace structure. There were gardens, polar, tropical, beach,
wooden, hill and mountainous areas. There was EVERYTHING… The palace marked the
most prestigious era of the Gothic time and was the peak moment of it. As usual
all visitors get impressed by the monstrous sight and the generals had few
opportunities to spend time in there. But when they had to spend time, it was
for important orders.
When Alaric got the news he had to contact his best generals. They were
the two highest generals in the ranks of the Gothic Army. The Emperor Alaric
prided himself with their prestige. Obviously he could do so as it was since
eternity where the Emperor pf the Goths could do so. It was a tradition dating
further back than even the birth of Theodoric the Great. Every emperor could
take credit from others, but in return these people were compensated. This
system eventually became accepted, spread globally and later was introduced to
new planets. And nobody complained so far.
The Supreme Emperor went in circles with his hands behind his back and
thought of this situation quiet thoroughly. He looked at one of many portraits
of his dynasty; the Amal dynasty which ruled for a legendary and long time.
They were true rulers and in times of need he looked up at them.
The generals came and Alaric gave them his order and discussed in detail
about the situation. He was a very independent ruler; he tried to make his own
picture of the situation, which made him quiet popular. Many people could
identify with that, since they never liked emperors who used too many advisors
or never showed off at any place. After the discussion was almost over, Alaric
made some things very clear.
'Sigh Generals, you have my utter trust.' He smiled at them,' I put my
confidence in your hands and if it wasn't for you, the word 'Eternal' would be
removed from the Eternal Gothic Empire. So you can assume I have high
expectations. Meet them and I’ll reward you and you'll be the prime example of
deepest loyalty within my realm. Fail and you will disappoint billions of
'Yes Supreme Emperor, we won't let you down.'
'Show them what it means to insult the empire and show them that the
word eternal has its rightful place within my realm'.
The Emperor truly believed in everything he said. For him, his reign was
equal to prosperity. The continuous struggle for global dominance since long was
the motor that drove Gothic expansion. After the colonization of the Alpha Centauri
system by his ancestor Wilgiric the Glorious, the Gothic Empire saw a new age
of prosperity never seen and never recorded before! They never suffered from
rebellions and the most serious rebellions dates back long ago when the Gothic
Empire was divided. Then Alaric got taken back the reality after general
'Supreme Emperor! May I allow myself to ask you about the provision,
supply and how many divisions and ships will be assigned under our order?',
'You will order a big fleet of about 5'000 interplanetary ships, about 2'000
interstellar chasers and I will personally hand over to you about one fourth of
the imperial elite fortresses. Manpower? I'd say one billion including 10% of
our elite warriors.'
'Thanks for your great planning supreme emperor. We won't let you down
and destroy the enemy without mercy,' announced Siegfried with fake enthusiasm.
'No, listen...first I want you to infiltrate with some of our men...I
already have some spies in the place and once you are on your way you will get
further instructions from them...However if you think of them as not good or
even as stupid I allow you to act against them. You will be excused for all
losses as I prepared a temporary imperial decree.
Oftrehn!,' ordered Alaric.
A fierce yes supreme emperor was shouted and both generals marched off.
They were immediately brought to the Imperial Head Quarters where some parts of
the forces and ships were prepared.
'Generals, our brothers and sisters from the other systems will meet you
halfway to The Far Beyond Telling Horizon. Please notice that there are about
10-12 stony clouds and one nebula also notice that our knowledge from the far
beyond telling horizon is not concluded to 100% be cautious.', informed the military
'Hmmm I see we can choose the faster risky way or the other longer less
risky way...too bad we don't have teleportation yet...arghhh.' Complained
'Listen Winfried if my estimation from previous experiences may be right
we are there in like one week. Every ship has now the faster than imaginary
matter speed module.', argued Siegfried.
'I am aware of it... but remember one day, two days can be quiet long
and if the loyalists lose ground over there I don't want to know what could
happen. We must save our Gothic brothers and sisters from these terrorists,
they already paralyzed parts of the military there and we can’t let them down!'
Winfried became quiet angry and saw his job actually more in a way of taking
responsibility of the people. He saw the role as a warrior and general to
protect the innocent and weak. It was in tradition to the old legends that the
Goths teach at school and still talk about until these days.
After preparations were done Winfried, Siegfried and a big number of Earth
forces flew out. After they reached Pluto, which acted as sector station, they
took more equipment and made last checks until some minutes later the green
light was given and they could maximize their speed. During this travel their
boarding computer calculated all possible ways in order to avoid objects or
just destroyed them. The magnetic field could also just push or destroy any
obstacle. The forces from the Theodoric, Alpha Centauri, New Gothia and
Amalsuntha stellar system all met them during their way. So far everything went
as planned and both generals had nothing to worry about. However, their concern
was, why would the Supreme Emperor send such a huge fleet and so many warriors?
'Hmmmpf I guess he wants to make a show again... God he really likes to
show off doesn't he?', asked Winfried.
Siegfried replied that he agreed and he couldn’t understand it but at
the end he is the emperor and these terrorists were not to underestimate. Indeed,
they have the advantage to be so far away, to have less infrastructure then
other planets. The terrorists have their advantage. Communication was very thin
This question was something that kept him awake all these nights. He
also went to the simulator room to check where and how the terrorists advanced.
Based on several outcomes and discussions with the military staff they agreed
on a first plan. The emperor’s ideas, though questioned, were included in the
first plan. This first plan saw the split of the forces, first there would be
an infiltration attempt for several hours, the other ships would use
anti-sensor technology to suppress any trace of them. Later on loyalists would
be regrouped, people in need temporarily deported to a safer spot and the rest
of the forces would then come in several waves.
However, some parts had to be changed. As stated by supreme Emperor Alaric
they got messages from his spies. The imperial spies explained how the faction
was very sovereigntist and seeking independence by all means from the Eternal
Gothic Empire. The loyalist forces were not only paralyzed but almost
completely wiped out. Some deserted, out of opportunism or because they
actually believed in these ideas. The
spies gave them some coordination over time, which were still largely
controlled by loyalist forces. Nonetheless supply was cut as was communication
‘Warriors! Listen up. As I see it…it will be worthless to send such a
huge army. I propose that only the elite as well as some of our staff will go
first and then try to annex key points and try to dismantle or block sensors
from the planet. Unfortunately, our brothers and sisters report that there are
only few places…that are hold by the loyalists. The rest is totally conquered
and the forces were wiped out or deserted. Dear warriors…we have a very unique
situation here and we can’t just send all our army without knowing for real
what’s going on. The spies can’t do more, because they might get caught if they
communicate extensively and they are right now in their first stage of
undercover process. ANY communication right now with them is STRICTLY
The words of Siegfried were tough to swallow.
‘Warriors! I require half of the elite troops going with me. Moreover, I
order their staff to come with us. We will take the undercover ship and try to
land on loyalist ground. For the rest I announce that you will listen to what
our brother Fritighern. He will lead you in case we all die, understood?’,
A storm of yes sir shouts echoed on all the ship and through the
communication devices. Siegfried and Winfried asked all the ships to stay
behind two stellar systems, that were covered by the nebula. They took a small
percentage of the fleet and the fiercest and strongest warriors with them. As
they were more flexible now they reached a last (surprising) message of a spy.
‘Coordination 49 45 N, 6 10 E is safe, land on there…the rest is a disaster…
brothers and sisters are…ped or t…rtured or even mu…ered. We have even traitors
in our OWN ranks. A fifth column be careful my brave brothers.
Though, the elite was the best army of the known universe so far, they learned
what the word fear means. They never were truly confronted with such a moment
and never thought of having 5th column in their own ranks. It was
highly demotivating and building distrust, as well as anger.
The main forces were now two star systems behind and slowly but surely
tried to encircle the Far Beyond Telling Horizon. They could be detected or
not…at this point nobody really knew what they had to await. After a signal the
main forces would then advance. When communication fails for 1 week, they would
be required to go on their offensive mode and bomb, ravage and attack
ruthlessly as Alaric legalised that for this specific situation.
The ships could land after some time undetected on the location which was given
by the spy. The ships had a specific option build which allowed them to be
undetected. They became way slower than imaginary matter speed as a
consequence, but could land very safely without losses. Remaining planetary
loyalist forces gathered around. The spy, who goes by the name Ricimar, was
‘Golein! Golein! Great you are here. I’m so glad our Supreme Emperor gave the
command for you to come here. Such a relief to see you here brothers. Our
brothers and sisters beyond some hundred kilometres… they are totally overrun
by these filthy terrorists! Our enemy was even within our own group…within our
own group…it is horrible!’, explained Ricimar.
‘Golein, brother Ricimar. We must stop from being too emotional, it will
just weaken us within right now. Please give our elite troops all information
you have. Where is the simulation room over here? We absolutely have to
neutralize key points…the terrorists spread too fast and we must take them
extremely serious’, said Winfried.
‘Alright… this situation is even for me, with all my experiences and my
current rank too difficult to understand. I can just say…it took everyone by
surprise. Funnily enough, a big amount of the civil population supports it as
well, which I never saw before. Many of our planetary elite soldiers joined
their cause…I can’t understand.’
‘Right, right, we are not here to understand anything now. We must now
neutralize key points and advance as fast as possible with our plans. People
are dying there in this chaos caused by these anarchists. We have to save them
and never forget the Supreme Emperor and billions of people are putting all
their hopes in our hands.’
Everyone went straight to the point to the simulation room. High ranking
military leaders were discussing the issue and under constant time pressure.
Many messages passed about frontlines falling down, ships being stolen, not
working, lack of ammunition etc.
Thereupon a soldier arrived, all devastated and totally exhausted. He
was without any permission and screamed he had an important message and had to
deliver it fast. When he came he fell with his head on the table, leaving a
blood mark on it. The warriors took him and asked him if he was okay.
‘Brothers we have a serious problem. I’m afraid that…this was just the
turning point for Gothia was the battle of Vouillé in 507. The Visigoths fought
against the Franks. With the help of Burgundy and the Ostrogoth, the war turned
into white peace. Alaric II and his son survived. The Ostrogoth launched a
surprise attack through the Alps, which forced the Franks to retreat. After the
death of Theodoric a regency was formed for his grandson. The mother
Amalasuntha and the king of the Visigoths Alaric II were part of the regency.
Sine Alaric II was respected and since Theodoric wished Amalasuntha to be part
of the regency, there was little to no opposition leaving both Gothic kingdoms
stable. First step for the unification was done. The Byzantines, only retook
Exarchatus Africa, continued their endless wars with the Sassanid Empire and
left Italy alone.
The 530s brought
many changes. The pope, as well as the Senate, feared Justinian the Great and saw him
as threat. Alaric II understood this and tried to use the pope and the Senate
in his favour. Alaric tried to adopt Catholicism step by step to win the pope
and the Latin majority in both kingdoms for himself. It was met with opposition
by many Arian Gothic nobles. The Goths lost wars and were in intern trouble for
some years. Eventually in the 540s they united and the plague was less
devastating for the Italian peninsula, as there never was a war with Byzantium
to begin with.
the unified kingdom of Gothia conquered almost all of Iberia. The new Gothic king
would be officially proclaimed Emperor; thus the Gothia/Amalingian Empire (Amal
= his dynasty) was born. In the 590s Gothia participated in a war against
Byzantium, which made them a dominant power in the Western Mediterranean. Years
later they allied themselves with Breton kingdoms and took on the Franks.
Through extensive fights and an alliance with Heraclius (who ruled separated
from Constantinople’s authority), the Amalingian Empire made considerable
improvements in warfare technology. During the Arab invasions (much smaller
than in our timeline), they were able to repel them by the use of Greek fire.
From the 680’s onwards to 700’s they took more or less indirect control of
North Africa. They promised to protect the Exarchate of Africa from the Arabs.
in the North didn’t bother the Amalingian Empire too much. The Gothic marine
could handle them with ease, as they continuously improved Greek fire methods
on sea. But the power grip on the Frankish/Celtic/Slavic borderlands weakened,
resulting in powerful local dukes and a feudalism-like system for these
regions. The rest stayed very centralized, much as Byzantium. Despite their
stable situation, their army was never neglected, as it was the duty of almost
every subject to be a good soldier. Cavalry was largely used, which helped them
to fend off the Hungarians, Pechengs, spontaneous Arab mercenaries or the
Mongols from their Empire. Their core land could evolve continuously and technology
advanced in many areas. Intern trade was never interrupted and there were
continuous international routes from the British Isles to Sahara.
constant wars between Byzantium and New Persia, trade from Asia was very
limited. This lead the Gothia in 1200s and 1300s to expand on the seas. Hearing
from ‘Vinland’ and retaining many maps from antiquity, they established a trade
system similar to the one of OTL Portugal. They competed with Great Brittany,
Jutiea and Norse kingdom for colonies. In the Old World, they were in a
permanent Cold War with Byzantium and the Franks, who solidified in the 1500’s,
became a strong rival.
allies were mostly found eastwards, like New Persia or Polska-Rus. The Americas
were never totally conquered, comparable to today’s India, but the Goths
established Fidusism in there (similar to feudalism). Native countries promised
to pay the Goths, while getting protection in return.
less wars, then in our world but more devastating ones. The worst wars, were
World War 1 and World War 2 mostly initiated by the Franks, who lost. The
Amalingian Empire expanded steadily. A multipolar Cold War followed, where
Byzantium, Polsko-Rus, New Persia and the Amalingian Empire lead loose
alliances. In the 2000’s Gothia saw violent political tensions, between
Loyalists, Christian Fanatics, Democrats, Fascists, Imperialists, Republicans,
Latin/Germanic/Celtic separatists and technocrats. Afterwards, it became clear
that the Fascists, Imperialists and technocrats ‘won’ the tensions, which lead
the Amalingian Empire to an unknown path. People predict, that the Amalingian
Empire will conquer the world and become an interstellar empire in the far
world as we know isn’t necessarily the only one that exists. We have theories
propagated by numerous serious scientists that suggest that our world,
universe, is one of many others. So how about a world where the Central Powers
won World War One? For the matter of fact, we call this war the First World
War, though there is a high chance that in another timeline people could call
it the Great War. There are also other consequences, possibly some which I
won’t cover or even can’t cover, however the best will be done to ensure an
authentic ‘kaiserliche’ timeline.
Eisenmann was invited to give a lecture about a very important topic. It was
mainly about the construction of the KMGMB. The lecture would be given in the
auditorium of the Kaiserliche Universität der Hauptstadt Berlin (KUHB) which
was founded 1918 under a different name. He woke up as usually and read the
news on the Weltnetz; the still young Kaiser Wilhelm VII was determined to
support further exploration in space, in order to ensure the economic dominance
of the KMGMB. Ceremonies about Axis atrocities on civilians during the Second
Great War were to be held this time in Paris, with speeches of all monarchs of
Europe, especially of the French king. Furthermore the United Kingdom of
Yugoslavia prepared huge festivities in order to celebrate 50 years of
reunification between their Western and Eastern part, formerly known as
was of course interested in all these events. As historian, politics and
history weren’t exclusive. Philosophy as well was not exclusive to
philosophers, according to him. He however objected these great terms or
Epochen as the world for him wasn’t black and white; in fact grey was the
predominant colour. After the Second Great War, philosophers talked about the
Zweite Wilheminische Welle (second Wilhelmian wave) and after the fall of
Communism of Postwilheminismus. Nowadays people refer to the Neuwilhelminismus.
These are usual
thoughts that flow through his mind in the morning. He normally takes the bus
and sometimes drives with his car to work. The bus price is only 2 Mark
although it may increase in the next months. The Kaiserliche Reichsinstitut für
Preiskontrolle und Verbraucherschutz (KRPV) published a paper were they asked
for popular support in order to collect enough signatures for an
Antragsschrift. Professor Eisenmann also signed this paper. The inflation is
quiet moderate and the Germans enjoy a good life compared to other peoples. The
KMGMB an economic as well as political space in most of Europe contributed to
it, that’s the wide-spread opinion of many authorities.
The bus was full
as always and many people with imperial and handlebar moustaches and with new
Pickelhauben. They were not anymore of iron but consisted now mainly of cotton
and found their way in fashion. Anyone could get them for cheap prices. Long
coats were also in use. Dark blue and grey were the predominant colours. The
women used nowadays pants as well; however hats and skirts were had their place.
Red and black were the newest trend. Professor Eisenmann didn’t like the
Pickelhauben so much and during summer he preferred to use a Kappe, which could
cover his face from sun rays. It was slim, quiet long and black. His coat was
grey and he used male boots, which were reused very often again and again. The
fashion of male boots never died. After some 30 minutes he came now in the
campus of the university, which was newly built in the part of Berlin-Wilhelmstadt.
It used to be an outskirt of Berlin but through careful planning it slowly
became one of few other city centres of Berlin. Berlin is one of the world
metropolises to be found. Moreover Berlin was planning to expand their city
borders as with 10 Million people they reached a high amount of population and
became inflexible in urban planning. Wilhelm VII guaranteed the Stadtverwaltung
an imperial decree where in the next months the neighbouring municipalities
were to find an agreement; otherwise the Emperor himself would interfere in the
non-students and various academics came from all the Reichsländer. The ones who
came from the West such as Elsass-Lothringen, Baden, Württemberg and so on took
the Kemperbahn, which we know as Maglev Train. Germany didn’t only advance as
economic powerhouse, but most of all as principle leader in science and
technology. The Kemperbahn was first only using magnetic technology until it
also switched to the Hyperloop system. Travels in this timeline were mostly
made by train as they were faster, cheaper and more advanced than planes for
instance. Zeppelins were also still spotted, though not as efficient as trains.
hurried to not miss any minute and also to avoid the mass of students and
teachers blocking his way. Though the halls were huge, the university was still
too small according to him. The university’s administration fought to have the
authorization to build huger halls or annexes, but was refused by the imperial
government. Eisenmann couldn’t get their decision, wasn’t it this university
who brought up the new imperial elite that made Germany so great. He hoped that
Wilhelm VII would sooner or later change his focus from extern policies to
intern policies. After the lecture he would prepare a letter that would be
addressed to ‘Eure Kaiserliche und Königliche Majestät.
The sounds of
students echoed in the halls. Professor Eisenmann ran for few meters until he
stopped before the doors. When he opened them the bright lights almost made him
blind. He didn’t like the lights used at university. The students still
continued to talk, whereas the academics prepared some sheets and took them
from their folders. Some were also using their technological devices. Professor
Eisenmann as well would use his devices while presenting his ideas and
illustrating them by key examples on the huge board. There must have been at
least 1000 people and most likely the best of the best from the history
faculty. The history faculty was heavily supported and could grow in number as
well as in research progress. It grew so much, that even parts of economy,
politics and law became closely related to the history faculty. Mister
Eisenmann opened his suitcase and prepared his material for the lecture. Slowly
but surely the hall became more silent, though some voices were still to be
After he packed
out all of his things and made everything ready, he started with his most
beloved topic, the European construction and the initiators behind it. In this
world the European idea has nothing to do with our European Union. An EU was
unheard of in that timeline and most likely despised due to the differences.
‘Hello first let
me introduce myself I am Professor Eisenmann and I work for this university
since many years. I am always proud to ensure that our future generation will
have the best knowledge and I will try to give my contribution to it. Now let's
see, many things in our world are difficult to understand and even specialists
like me struggle to understand them. It becomes even more difficult to explain
them. Now this lecture should give you some background information on how
Europe works today mainly the GMKMB. We all hear and read about it and it is a
reality in our routine life however the simple citizen doesn’t mainly know
about it. So let’s get started.
We all know what
the First Great War is and if not I beg you to leave’. The class started to laugh
as they got the irony of the very motivated scholar.
‘Well it isn’t
that easy but I mean it is a fixed term that every one of us came across. And
if you want to debate about it; please take the liberty to visit the classes of
my esteemed and highly-respected colleague Doctor Otto von Spiegelfeld!
Good most of the
time it is around the First Great War where traditional historians say that the
construction of the GMKMB started. Some say it was already starting with
Bismarck others say it started only before the Second Great War. To be honest
the only term, that allows us to make the assumption that the construction
started around the First Great War, is the term of Middle Power (Mittelmächte).
The Middle Powers were mainly the Second Reich and Austria-Hungary, in numbers,
in economic strength, influence, to name only a few areas. The Ottomans and
Bulgaria were also part. Portugal was also for a short time yes, but later they
sided with the Axis powers. Anyways, the nucleus of the GMKMB was during that time
to SOME extent every historian agrees on this point. Now don't think that the
Middle Powers were actually an institution.'
Eisenmann!', a student of the public raised his hand and had a question.
microphone to the student please', the assistant went up to the student who sit
in the tenth row, which was somewhere in the middle.
After some tumult
the micro found its way and the student’s voice was echoing throughout the
'I had a comment
to make. Weren't the Middle Powers actually rather a tool of The Reich's
supremacy as well as an alliance of convenience during that moment? The Ottomans
were on one front against Russia and some British belongings, whereas Bulgaria
was more like a mere puffer state? Wasn't it to the mere interest of the
'Yes you made a
good point, however it is more complicated than that. Historians still debate
if Bulgaria was actually a mere puffer state in this war or if they made a
clever step. By percentages Bulgaria won a lot for what they contributed, first
in 1918 and later in 1925 with the Austrian-Hungarian reform. If it wasn't for
Bulgaria being part of the Middle Powers, the United Kingdom of Yugoslavia
might have ended up 1) totally Austrian 2) partially Austrian/Ottoman or 3)
there would be a Pakistanisation process with smaller states gaining eventually
their independence like Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria even Montenegro. We don't
During the First
Great War we had the 4-5 powers. Later on when the war ended the situation changed
and it did to the favour of Germans but also in particular for oppressed people
such as the Irish, Bretons, Corsicans, Baltic peoples and so on. Many Russians
could escape thanks to this outcome the atrocities of early Bolshevism, while
the Germans spread their understanding of law and order in Eastern Europe.
Moreover our relations with Poland could be revised and there was the famous
Empire and Kingdom of Germany-Poland. With the coronation of Wilhelm II as king
of Poland and the right to self-determination, this union could live without
greater disturbances up until 1939. And the interwar period is now the second
part of our analysis.
It is during this
time where real treaties came to life. It was however merely of economic
nature. There were smaller military treaties shortly after the First Great
fellow academic wanted to comment something.
'Let me rapidly
introduce myself, I am professor Elsässer and as my name indicated it from
Reichsland Elsass-Lothringen. I wanted to add some facts to our discussion.
Actually for the Middle Powers as we now call them, having a Union or some sort
of commonwealth wasn’t important at all. Only with the rise of London, Paris,
Rome, Lisbon and Athens it was seen as necessity. The Union itself was firstly
a reaction to the Axis powers, that's what my colleagues and I found out in
absolutely right that the military aspect became more important later on.
However one example in history shows us that the Middle Powers already acted
several times as union.
1) The reform of
Austria-Hungary, Austria and Bohemia united with Germany-Poland, Hungary was
declared as Empire, with Croatia being declared as kingdom. Bulgaria assumed
power over Bosnia, Serbia BECAUSE of their participation in 1.Great War.
2) When the
Ottoman faced intern struggle the Middle Powers intervened. Germany-Poland sent
a contingent of 100.000 soldiers, Hungary some 30.000 Bulgaria 15'000. Moreover
there is data available of some 10'000 Baltic soldiers, some 10'000 Belarusian
soldiers, 20'000 Ukrainian soldiers and so on.
Now speaking about
them, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine... They had important
economic treaties with Germany-Poland, military ones and also political.
Finland and Ireland had some economic treaties with Germany-Poland and were
guaranteed independence, as Corsica and Brittany too! Belgium and the Netherlands
later on changed their policies and became also closer to the Middle Powers.
With Luxembourg, Austria and Bohemia, Germany was united and the Großdeutsche
Lösung was finally achieved. With that in mind absorbing Poland wasn’t a
Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan were not closely related by indirectly, through
the alliance system which after Bismarck and after the First Great War was
revised. Portugal jumped off the boat.
So the main members were Germany-Poland, Hungary, United Kingdom of
Yugoslavia, Ottoman Empire, secondly came the closely aligned countries like
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan,
Albania, Romania and then came the countries in development like Corsica,
Ireland, Finland and Brittany. Belgium and Netherlands to some extent could
also be counted but that would be too much. Crimea at that moment became
independent but co-ruled by Germany-Poland and the local population. In order
to prevent destabilization of Ukraine it was preferred to give Crimea this
unique and special status, which for that time was actually advanced as I must
add. But it is true that Germany-Poland had economic advantages in there, but
also other countries, not only Germany-Poland.
Well and when the
Axis formed, the Middle Powers gave themselves the name we know today GMKMB.
Germany-Poland, Hungary, United Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Ottoman Empire, Belgium,
Netherlands, Romania, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Baltic States, Belarus and
Ukraine all became members in there. Ireland was nominated protégé; Spain later
joined them thanks to the support that was given by the GMKMB.
Now Spain is a
very interesting country. Do you remember some details of the Spanish Civil
War? There were the republicans, the militarists and monarchists who fought for
power. We can count Spain as first proxy war between the GMKMB, Komintern and
the Axis. As we know Spain was in a Civil War and the Axis supported Franco,
whereas GMKMB supported the monarchists and intervened with free battalions.
Often forgotten is the role that the Soviets played and they also intervened
aiding the republicans. For the Axis it was a good test, as under the French
leadership they could test their new military strength, new tactics, new
technology and logistic warfare. France wasn’t interested to win Spain over for
the Axis, in fact France didn’t care. The Axis didn’t care for Spain. They knew
that Spain was in one way or another already doomed, as they had no money and
the reconstruction of their country would take years. The Axis powers were not
able to finance Spain and had no interest in wining Spain for themselves.’
Eisenmann, I must contradict you unfortunately. I think the Axis had very much
a reason to win Spain for them. They even called themselves the new Roman
alliance, as reference to the member states, as well their relatively closeness
to the Roman Empire,’ commented a student from the first rows.
‘Yes the Axis had
of course reasons to win Spain as potential ally. It is true that there was
this reference of the old Roman Empire, but the money came mostly from
Germany-Poland, the main assistance was done by Germany-Poland and the rest of
the GMKMB. The Axis used Spain as test field, yes we could even say as
laboratory. They actually wanted the other powers to intervene. In a secret
meeting between Italy, Portugal, France and the UK it was concluded that one should
intervene to a certain extent in the Spanish Civil war, true. BUT the aim was
to provoke the former Middle Powers to spend money, to spread popular unrest
and so on.’
‘I see, but the
Axis had as we were always taught the main aim to get Spain in their camp, at
least we were always told so,’ replied the student, who was standing up for his
point, but had no argument anymore to underline his position.
‘I am afraid to
say that you were taught wrong or well the old position of academia. Nowadays
the tendency goes more to my point. However you are very right to claim your
position as the right one, under the conditions that you bring valid proves and
sources. So I will be glad to read your next work about it;’ the professor had
a little smile in his face and some students were laughing about his remark.
Professor Eisenmann was serious in his job, but always had some kind of humour.
He loved irony and it was the irony that made him more different than other
teachers. However he wasn’t now the typical popular teacher nor considered as
in our timeline it was once said ‘cool’. He was just a good teacher, with a
sense of irony following his job.
‘Oh and by the
way, sorry for my mistake, but it was at that time called the Greater Middle
Powers. It was only after the Second Great War, where they were called GMKMB.
You see even I get confused about it, I can be glad I came with my head today,’
exclaimed the teacher.
‘Where was I?’
‘You talked about
the Spanish Civil War, Professor,’ said a fellow colleague in the audience.
thank you a lot!
Now about Spain we
must recognize as historians that it was in there were the Greater Middle
Powers reacted as union. That’s why I also said in the beginning, that some
colleagues, especially young ones, trace the construction of the GMKMB back to
the Spanish Civil War and not further. They have a good point, but there are as
we said before, documents and proofs that show otherwise. Anyways, the former
Middle Powers had Ireland as protégé, Germany-Poland signed specific contracts
with them stating that if the Irish independence was violated, Germany-Poland
would see themselves (and their allies as well!) in the position to intervene
by all means, to secure Irish independence and freedom. Now this is crucial.
There is a misconception about Corsica, Brittany on one hand and Ireland on the
other one. The difference was, Ireland had treaties and Corsica and Brittany
didn’t at all. So when France annexed them, there was no possibility for the
Greater Middle Power to intervene.
Any mission or any
contact was despised by Corsica and Brittany, due to
1) Pro-French elements in society
2) Due to the fear
of annexation by the ones who supported the independence
They wanted to go
a Swiss way, Switzerland itself failed, as it was proven 1year before when the
treaty of Marseille was signed. Switzerland was split according to its
linguistic lines. Romandie became French; the Italian communes were to be
incorporated by Italy. This was an incredible win for Italy. Not only did Italy
acquire Venice region in 1925 but also now in 1938 parts of Switzerland. The
hardly defensive country was broken and there was now no way a direct
confrontation between the Axis and the former Middle Powers could be stopped.
‘…I have a
question…, why did Germany-Poland and her allies allow Switzerland to be split,
I mean wasn’t it obvious that the fascist powers would demand more afterward?’
asked a student from some of the last row. She was hesitating a bit, but
probably she was afraid that the microphone would be too loud.
question! That’s where I wanted to continue. You may remember that our highly
appreciated majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II reigned during the First Great War until
1938? Yes that’s a significant date. Wilhelm III took power and he was quiet
inexperienced and labelled as someone who would sell Europe to the Axis without
thinking twice. He however had his own personal convictions which were his
so-called Friedenspolitik, which utterly failed. This marks us still today, in
many aspects. Anyways, he wanted to negotiate with the Axis, but they misused
it for their own short-term goals and when Ireland was finally attacked by 1939
Wilhelm III was forced by his generals to declare war! Imagine, you have a
treaty with a country promising you protect their sovereignty, but the first
moment they get attacked you don’t want to fulfil the conditions and ditch
them. This could have bad side effects to Germany-Poland, her allies would turn
their backs and the construction of Europe would never have taken place,
because the word, the paper of Germany-Poland had the value of emptiness. Senior
counsellors really pushed the new emperor to declare war; in fact the generals
started mobilizing the army without his permission. After the declaration, all
the allies followed and that’s how we know the Second Great War broke out.
Now I won’t
explain the Second Great War as well, as this is again off-topic and a field
which requires more specialized individuals than me. Nevertheless I will enter
into the very end of the Second Great War. This phase was a fourth step and the
most decisive one in the construction of Europe. Now in there we have finally
the GMKMB, Groß-,Mittel-und Kleinmächtbund; Great, Middle, Small power
confederation. What happened in there smaller, middle and great powers were
part in there. Luxembourg and Austria became independent, Corsica, Brittany and
Ireland were now part, Belgium and the Netherlands became part, but also
France, Italy, the UK, Portugal, Czech Kingdom, Spain as well as Westernyugoslavia.
As we know French fascist
policies tended to divide and conquer, German regionalisms were enforced and
endured for some years and it is also no secret that the US who is still great
allies of us, didn’t support a huge German Empire dominating everyone. So
that’s why many smaller states just stayed and others weren’t totally unified.
It was also not possible in another point, as the Great Line of ideologies
divided the former German-Polish Empire-kingdom in the Oder-Neisse. On the East
monarchies were abolished and on the West monarchies all had to gather around
and join forces in order to survive the next fight. Wilhelm III was also
quickly replaced by a more diplomatic and capable emperor, mainly Wilhelm IV.
Thanks to his capacities, as well of the influence of monarchism and the
abolishment of fascism, the GMKMB could become step by step a military union,
political union as well as imperial union. As you know the Emperor of the GMKMB
is elected every 5 years by 7 member states that after 5 years change as well?
That’s all happening just after the Second Great War.
The Soviet Union
somehow was the key for the European construction, that’s what I wrote in my
last publication, ‘That’s why Bolshevism saved Europe!’. Without the threat of
communism, perhaps we would still have Germany-Poland existing, but there
wouldn’t be any union such as the GMKMB. Remember that almost every state is
now member in here, that it encompassed the non-communist European states and
now all of Europe, except for Switzerland.’
didn’t you say that the GMKMB actually formed because of the Axis?’ the student
paused and took a breath. ‘And you also stated points about them forming as
early as during the First Great War?’
‘Look every evolution has a starting point and
then there comes a process where different paths are rejected or don’t evolve
further. That would be the case without the Soviet Union, but since the First
Great War happened, since there were troubles in the camp of the former Middle
Power, since the Second Great War happened and the Cold War especially with the
Soviet Union, that’s how we came to the GMKMB. The Cold War, remember took
almost 50 years, 50 years that shaped, sharpened but also changed the monarchies
and the construction of Europe. Economically the GMKMB was more successful and
communism left the countries in a bad shape, which lead to popular anger and
frustration. Monarchies were seen as more prosperous and are still indeed a
very attractive model for most people on planet Earth.’
‘Dear Professor, I
have a more speculative question,’ a student stood up. ’You said without the
First Great Warm Second Great War and so on there wouldn’t be this process of
the European construction, but what could happen if the Middle Powers lost the
First Great War and let’s say the USA would intervene for some economic
‘That’s now really
speculative, it is hard to say, but I read once a serious analysis which
claimed that there would probably be more states in Europe and also the economy
would be much weaker as more of Europe would be devastated. Would there be a
European process? Eventually? Which one? I can’t tell that’s too far for a
historian, maybe a novel writer can give interesting answers’ he smiled and
then pointed out at the class with both hands and continued,’ who knows one of
you might give an answer to that, please I encourage you! Even you don’t find
an answer, but you can get across documents that will lead to other analysis or
subjects that you can pursue. We are historians and should always analyse every
document and take everything in all its seriousness and not just put it away,
that’s unscientific to do!’
The room applauded
to that and shared his statements about scientific approach. People were fed up
that some documents or some papers were never seen as serious, while they could
serve science. This was still due to the conservatism of the post-war time.
‘Anyways let me
conclude with the following sentences. The European construction came into
place, because the Middle Powers won, because Germany-Poland made contracts
with their allies, which in turn tightened the economy, because the Axis rose,
because the Greater Middle Powers gathered together, because the Second Great
War was won and ultimately because of the Cold War with Bolshevism which was
ultimately won as well. Economy was first, military secondly and finally the
political aspect came too. Thank you for your attention.’
Applause came like
a storm and the professor himself was surprised by it, how loud it was! He
thought to himself. The applause echoed most likely to the other rooms of the
university. He felt honoured to have spoken to so many students, but also to
guests from far, as well as to colleagues from his domain. It was always
relieving to have this days, where something different happened. Normally his
classes are much smaller and there isn’t everyday a guest from
Elsass-Lothringen, expect for exchange students. After the classes Professor
Eisenmann likes to sit on his chair in his office and make further researches
or just to read up upon new topics that crossed his mind. He remembered an old
work of one of his colleagues. His work was about the soldiers of the Greater
Middle Powers, who went to the Ottoman Empire and who stayed and founded
families in there. Many of them were Germans, Polish or even Estonian. The
Turkish communist leader was called Cemil Urbanczyk, which was a surprising yet
interesting fact. There are still so many things that have to be analysed and
covered, thought Professor Eisenmann to himself. It will never finish and
people will never cease to be amazed of how history can turn out to be.