YouTube Playlist (Releasing daily starting September 11th, 6am US Eastern)https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0S8dkG6ausA2fKFl7pUr4tr1xEa9d6MqAAR based on a multiplayer game that Ben Magnus (Poland), MordredViking (Netherlands), Commissar Roach (Romania), and myself (Germany) are currently recording. YouTube release will be on September 11th, with recording taking place on Sundays at 7am Eastern that can be watched on Twitch.
----------------------------------------------The Accords - January 2017
With the decline of NATO's strength, and the European Union's economic ties having become all but dissolved, Europe finds itself without a sense of common purpose for the first time since the Second World War. The Schengen Area has become defunct, resulting in a renewed era of nationalism that has dawned upon the citizens of the various European countries.
Of the nations that desired to keep some sense of united European defense, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Romania signed a mutual defense and economic pact called, perhaps in a sense of irony, the Warsaw Accords. While it wasn't explicitly mentioned as a defining feature of the shared treaty, concern over Russian expansion was on the minds of Eastern Europe.
Specific to country interests, both Poland and Germany were concerned over territorial grabs by Russia. Russia historically liked to anchor itself in particular geographic regions to ensure it's own defense. Poland was sitting in the midst of one of these defense anchors, and Germany was not interested in having a close border with the Russians. Poland of course had self-preservation to consider.
The Netherlands had recently signed several smaller economic treaties with other Baltic countries, Poland and Germany most prominent among them. With their economy on a knife's edge, the Dutch considered it in their own best interest to assist in defense plans should Russia engage in hostilities within the Baltic.
Romania, perhaps the odd one of the bunch having been a prior Soviet Satellite. Romania had become independent after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, and has been attempting to push itself into a more productive direction for the past twenty-five years. The country did join NATO in 2004, with it becoming a full member of the European Union in 2007. Boasting robust oil reserves, Romania looked to export to other countries that were hungry for energy. Poland and Germany were top consumers of Romanian oil, giving the country an influx of capital for which to develop other industries. It was in Romania's best interest to ensure that the top two importers of Romanian oil were well supplied in the event Russia decided to flex it's military muscles. A mutual defense bid was also not out of the question, though Romanian diplomats reinforced that any military aid that could be rendered would be extremely limited as most of the armed forces were out of date.Fostering Relations - February, 2017
In what was one of the first, and largest, arms deals between Germany and Poland, Germany supplied Poland with several U-31 Class Submarines, Gepard Class Patrol Boats, Attack Helicopters, and a mixed bag of towed artillery and anti-aircraft weaponry. In exchange, Poland handed over a majority of their uranium reserve to Germany to power nuclear reactors.
Germany had been expanding it's own mining operations throughout the country, but needed a stop gap in the meantime to ensure that the country's power grid is stable until more power production facilities were brought online. In addition to it's mining operations, Germany had also engaged in a massive investment campaign across several broad industries that included agriculture, mining (including but not limited to iron, coal, and uranium), and industrial machine and construction goods. Some small subsidies were given to corporate entities, allowing them to expand their respective consumer goods markets.
The monthly balance sheet for the Netherlands looked poor, as financial forecasts painted a rather dire picture. Despite this, the Netherlands continued their course, believing that the country's finances would move in a positive direction if they stuck with the financial plans. A large part of their money drain came from a large oil drilling project just off the coast, importing industrial goods to ensure construction stayed on track. Suprise attack on Gdansk - February 7th, 2017
At approximately 3am EET, Russia initiated a surprise attack on Gdansk, Poland. A barrage of ship and aircraft based missiles struck the army and navy bases located around Gdansk. The attack caught the Polish off guard, but defense plans were put into action immediately by commanders nearby. Polish F-16's were deployed immediately to respond to attacking Russian military units. Several air sorties were launched, shooting down Russian aircraft in addition to damaging several Russian naval vessels.
Once confirmation was made, Poland formally requested assistance from Germany. Anticipating potential hostilities from Russia, the Deutsche Marine had a group of U-13D Class Attack Submarines ready to prevent further Russian reinforcement for the attack against Gdansk. The Luftwaffe also dispatched fighters and bombers to assist the Polish Air Forces in their air campaign over the waters between Gdansk and Kaliningrad. The Netherlands also sent a squadron of fighter aircraft to assist.
Ground fighting commenced a day later, with Polish Wojska Lądowe (Land Forces) forming a defensive line against Russian armor and artillery pushing directly out of Kaliningrad. At the same time, the Land Forces also made a flanking move on the Russian forces at Gusev and Sovietsk, keeping the Russians being able to potentially make their own flanking move.
While the Polish Navy had it's own surface and submerged fleets deployed, it was the Deutsche Marine that came in with several of it's more modern missile frigates and destroyers. Perhaps caught unaware of this fact, the Russian navy in Kaliningrad was promptly foundered, including an aircraft carrier.Siege of Kaliningrad - February 17th, 2017
Seeing that their surprise attack had failed, Russian Commanders issued an evacuation order, but they did not get far as German and Polish surface ships destroyed fleeing targets. In what was an apparent lack of communication between commanders on the ground, and the central Russian military command, reinforcements were en route to reinforce what had become the defense of Kaliningrad. They were intercepted by Polish and German submarines.
Without a proper supply chain, and a quickly approaching enemy, the Russians prepared themselves for the Polish Land Forces.
The outskirts fell quickly, as Russian forces fell back. The Wojska Lądowe, backed up by German and Polish air forces, pushed easily up into the city. Street to street fighting ensued for two days before the garrison fell. Fleeing Russian forces were intercepted by the Deutsche Marine.
For the following ten days, Dutch, German, and Polish air and naval forces continued to battle against Russia in the Baltic. Ships based in the White Sea attempted to make entry into the Baltic through Skagerrak, but were promptly intercepted by Dutch and German forces.Russia marches on Finland - March 4th, 2017
Despite being pushed out of Kaliningrad, and having their naval power greatly diminished in the Baltic Sea, Russia moved on to what is likely the second phase of their offensive against the states in the region by attacking Finland. Relations between the two countries have never really been amiable. The most recent incident involved alleged spying on Finnish IT infrastructure, uncovered in 2013. Finland's Intelligence Services were still in the process of investigating the incident, but that effort was put on hold when war was declared on March 4th, 2017.
Finland hoped it could weather the Russian forces by putting down fortifications through the passes in and around the E18, but Russian air and ground forces proved to be too tenacious. Forces from the Warsaw Accords attempted to intervene, but Finland refused to give access to more military forces. Germany did manage to gain basing rights with Estonia, using air bases located in Hiiumaa of the West Coast of Estonia to launch air strikes. Though most of the sorties flown consisted of intercepting Russian surface ships on their way out of St. Petersburg, rather than directly assisting Finland.
Finland officially surrendered on April 25th, 2017 to Russia.Operation Teutonic Fury - April 30th, 2017
Whether precipitated by their relations with Germany, or just another part of Russia's plans for further expansion, Estonia found itself in the crosshairs. While an official declaration of war was issued, Russia did not immediately invade Estonia. Perhaps the German Luftwaffe's operations was keeping the Russian forces at bay, but Germany decided to seize the initiative and prepare an offensive, Operation Teutonic Fury.
The German surface fleet set itself up near Narva, allowing land forces to land in Estonia and make a push for St. Petersburg, the last remaining major Russian port in the Baltic. German forces, while opposed, did not have a difficult time seizing land and territory all the way up to, and including St. Petersburg. The Germans began to dig in to prepare for the eventual Russian counter-attack.
While the counter-attack was expected, the sheer amount of Russian military coming down on the German defenders was too great. Germany executed a retreat in late May, sabotaging portions of the Russian power grid along the way. Forces managed to retreat to Narva, where a last ditch defense was attempted to hold back the Russian army. The effort proved to be futile. German forces began a fighting retreat as Russia started their proper incursion into Estonia. Early June, Estonia was fully occupied by the Russian forces.Poland Prepares, and the Dutch Bailout - June 8th, 2017
Fearing that Russia may invade Lithuania or move through Belarus, Poland began construction of a major fortification line along it's Eastern border. Another arms deal was made between Germany and Poland to provide enough equipment to stock the new fortification line. Some criticisms regarding the antiquated nature of the line were of course mentioned. In an age where long-range strike weapons are available, building a series of concrete bunkers seemed like little comfort to the citizens on the European side of that line. Were there to be a clash of forces on land, it would likely be there.
Most major offensive operations at this point had ceased by both sides. Dutch and Polish naval ships began to conduct hit and run raids on targets of opportunity along the now occupied Finnish and Estonian coasts.
The Dutch economy at this point had massively slowed down, causing the national debt to skyrocket, and was putting the Netherlands in a position where it would need to pull out of military operations in the Baltic. Germany intervened by offering what amounted to a loan, but was termed "an economic stimulus program." Germany was in the middle of constructing a series of new naval cruisers and rebuilding it's air force, but was still cash rich enough to provide assistance to keep the Dutch forces in the fight for time being. German air and naval forces were stretched thin, and a Dutch withdrawal would potentially hand the initiative in the Baltic Sea back to the Russians.Retaking Hiiumaa - June 28th, 2017
Seeing an opportunity to get a foothold back on Estonian soil, Germany launched an amphibious invasion of Hiiumaa. The island turned out to be poorly defended, falling easily upon the arrival of German forces, backed up by elements of the surface fleet. Russia did respond with a series of air sorties across the island, but it did not prevent the landing forces from being able to set up a series of AA defenses to keep Russian air forces at bay. Some elements of the Luftwaffe did attempt to base out of the newly acquired airfield, but proved fruitless as the small wing was decimated by the Russians. Defenses however were put in place, and construction underway to provide a supply base for future offensive operations into occupied Estonia.
Romania at this point had become one of the largest oil exporters in the world, providing to just about anyone that was willing to buy. Since Romania had not joined in the conflict against Russia, they were free to invest heavily into their own industries at home. They managed to leverage this when they approached the Germans with a large oil shipment in exchange for a handful of patents on military equipment.
Things were not necessarily all quiet in Romania's neighborhood. ISIL had made huge strides in their conflicts. Syria had fallen months prior, and Turkey was on the cusp of capitulation. Whether Romania would play a role in defending the European continent was still in question. They were content in letting Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands fight the Russians, but they may find themselves yet involved in a conflict against the rising power of ISIL.Current State of affairs - October 27th, 2017
Russia has taken the initiative, having declared war on Poland, Estonia, and Finland. Estonia and Finland have fallen. The Netherlands and Germany declared war upon Russian in defense of Poland. Romania continues to build it's economy, while keeping an eye on the growing power of ISIL. No major battles or offensives have taken place since June of 2017. The Warsaw Accord partners are continuing to build arms in an effort to fight the Russians.UPDATE: 9/3/2017
----------------------------------------------Growing Concerns - November/December, 2017
An official state of war with Russia had existed for the past eight months for the Accord partners. Poland continued to construct it's defensive line, while Germany fortified Hiiumaa further to resist Russian counterattack, and act as a forward operating base for an eventual foray into Russian held Estonia. The Baltic remains firmly in the hands of the German and Polish navies.
ISIL's rather meteoric rise was cause for great concern among the nations of the Balkans, including Romania. Syria and Turkey no longer had organized civil governments, and the populaces were now subservient to their new ISIL masters. Plans by Romanian Generals were drawn up immediately, gaming out several scenarios. None of them were particularly good for Romania.
Not only did ISIL now have a much larger plot of land, they also now held control over the military hardware of the now defeated Syrian and Turkish military forces. With Turkey being a prior NATO member, that meant ISIL now had much more modern hardware, as well as a potential naval element that could contest nearby Romania and Greece in the Black Sea, as well as the Aegean. The Bosphorus was effectively closed with ISIL now in control of both sides.
At about this time, there were tensions between the Netherlands and France regarding several economic treaties that had been signed recently. Specifically ones that gave the Netherlands a distinct advantage in North Africa, a region that France has historically been close to with regards to oil reserves, especially from Algeria. Both France and the Netherlands went into negotiations to resolve the trade crisis that was brewing, with France being adamant that the Netherlands must withdraw from the region.
Germany at this time started to cultivate relations with several African countries in an effort to extend it's power projection abilities around the globe. With tensions on the rise around the world, it was becoming a priority for the Bundestag to ensure that the Bundeswehr can react to crisis as quickly as possible. Some suspected that there were other more nationalistic motivations from some parts of the government, instead of a concern for fellow citizens of the world, with regards to Germany's attempts at gaining military access from other parts of the world.The Sword - January 2nd, 2018
Of the plans that Romania came up with to deal with ISIL, the one that was put forth as "the best" was to invade Bulgaria, and fortify the Western side of the Bosphorus against ISIL. The Warsaw Accord partners, Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands, were all stunned initially by the very bold proposal of Romania invading Bulgaria in order to curb ISIL. Poland and the Netherlands were opposed to the idea, but Germany took a more pragmatic approach. Bulgaria had not been cooperative in overtures to stand as part of a bulwark.
Negotiations between the Netherlands and France had stalled out, and the course that had been plotted for both countries was not a good one. The French economy had been struggling for some time, and with the Dutch trade agreements permeating in what had been France's sphere of influence, the French had been quick to make an ultimatum to the Netherlands. Before a reply could be made, the French declared war upon the Netherlands, likely expecting an easy victory.
The Dutch military was not prepared for an attack by French forces, who had been stationed inside Germany at the time. France and Germany had signed a mutual defense agreement, and French troops had taken to garrisoning several German military sites to aid in the war against Russia. Germany was not expecting the French to suddenly use that same infrastructure to take action against the Netherlands. French air and land forces poured over the border and began capturing Dutch territory. Poland declined to take action, citing the need to protect themselves from Russian forces.
Germany was in a difficult position. It was already assisting Poland in the Baltic against Russia, and was tentatively positioning itself to assist in a potential conflict against ISIL. An attempt at diplomacy to resolve the situation was attempted, but the French cited differences that could not be reconciled. The Netherlands at this point formally asked Germany to honor it's obligations per the Warsaw Accords.Honor - January 5th, 2018"My fellow citizens, we face a time of extraordinary challenges. Not just for the country, but for the world. As you know, our efforts in the Baltic against Russia have been ongoing, and we are resolved to ensure that the Estonian and Finnish peoples are free once more. In the Middle East, we are confronted with the reality of what ISIL has become, having asserted themselves in the region in such a manner, so as to cause concern for the free countries of Europe.
Right now, we are faced with yet another crisis. Three days ago, France formally declared war on the Netherlands, one of our partners within the Warsaw Accords. They cite their reasons as just, and I do not doubt their sincerity when it comes to their conviction on what they believe to be right. But, that does not absolve us of our obligations.
As of 4 a.m., we have officially declared war on France, in defense of our ally, the Netherlands. Our Federal Forces have deployed at sea, in the air, and on land to counter French forces encroaching on the Netherlands. This will be a conflict the likes of which we haven't seen for almost seventy years on continental Europe. I don't anticipate this to be easy.
But, if we did not stand against this savage act, could we justly say that our republic had learned anything from it's own bloody past? I say no, and I need you to come with me to ensure that we can keep not only our republic safe, but all people's of Europe."
-German Chancellor Robert von Tyburne, address to the German people
Bundeswehr forces sprang into action immediately at the conclusion of the chancellor's speech, cutting off further French supply and reinforcement from making it to the Netherlands. There were still substantial French forces left within the Netherlands, but German land forces made their move to flank them. At the border between France and Germany, French forces were ordered to halt, and were fired upon when they did not obey the directive.
Fierce fighting for the next sixteen days rocked the Eastern half of the Netherlands, with heavy casualties being sustained by Dutch Defense Forces. The German flank however managed to surround and destroy French forces. A last ditch attempt by French forces to take Amsterdam was undertaken, but they were stopped by stalwart Dutch defenders, managing to keep them at bay until German armor came to finish the job.
Despite the success the Dutch and Germans had on land, the French navy was routing the German navy from the Western side of Jutland. It paved the way for amphibious landings by the French, but they met with limited success due to the Dutch managing to set up proper defenses before a foothold could be gained. With the Netherlands secured, Germany redirected the bulk of it's forces for a push into France. January 25th saw action at Metz in Germany's first offensive into France. The battle lasted for just over a week before the city fell, giving Germany a forward base for further offensive operations into France.Operation Carpathian Hope - January 29th, 2018
With the war against France now in full tilt, and the continued fortification construction happening in Poland, Romania decided that it was a perfect opportunity to invade Bulgaria. While the plan had not been necessarily approved by the other Warsaw Accord member states, there wouldn't be anyone to oppose it. And if successful, Romania would be in a position to fortify against ISIL. The bet was that if ISIL were to declare it's own aggression, Germany, and perhaps Poland, would come to the defense.
On January 29th, 2018, Romania began offensive operations against Bulgaria.
Neither country was especially modern with regard to it's military hardware, but Romania was by far more prepared for a conflict than Bulgaria was. Having concentrated a large amount of artillery and armor all across the border, Romania made quick work of the Bulgarian garrisons. Bulgaria hardly had time to put together a proper counterattack before ultimately being defeated on February 16th."Not with a drizzle, but a downpour." - February 20th, 2018
In an effort to bring the war to a speedy end, German forces arranged themselves into two spearheads. The first would make for Riems, then on to the English Channel Coast. The second would push for Strasbourg, surround it, then destroy and French forces within the pocket. The Dutch assisted in both spearheads with a variety of air and land forces.
Both spearheads were relatively unopposed, meeting their timetables and objectives in a rather orderly fashion. Casualties and damage were still sustained from French defenders as the German forces pushed forward. French air forces were still operating aggressively. The Luftwaffe hadn't fully been rearmed from the various sorties it had engaged in over the past year against the Russians in the Baltic. Air support was hard to come by as ground forces took their objectives.
Ten days after the defeat of the Bulgarians, the Romanians were taking inventory of what they had gained, and were making up plans for creating defenses along the new Romanian-ISIL border just West of the Bosphorus. Time was not on their side though, as ISIL came pouring over the border on February 26th. Romania put up a hasty defense, but was overcome very quickly by the modern equipment that ISIL was in possession of. Germany in response declared war on ISIL in defense of Romania due to treaty obligations. Netherlands and Poland both declined to be a part of the defense, citing their own problems. Fighting in France however would keep Germany from being an active participant in the conflict with ISIL.
Romania officially surrendered to ISIL on March 19th, 2018, where ISIL forces began culling the population.Administrative Change - March, 2018
ISIL's continued success had become very clear to the states of Europe with the fall of Romania. Portugal was immediately inducted into the Accords, citing in a private meeting with Germany their intent to expand their naval operations within the Mediterranean.
German armor began it's push toward Paris. Wishing to avoid bloodshed within the capital, France formally surrendered on March 28th. Several French colonies persisted a state of war for a few weeks after the French surrender, but a rather persuasive German Diplomatic Corps managed to convince them to come to terms, instead of face amphibious landings by German marines.
With France now pacified, Germany found itself in control of a rather large portion of the European mainland. The French economy had been blown apart, both literally and figuratively. The Dutch trade agreements had done damage prior to the war, and German armor rolling through the country had caused a significant amount of damage to the French industrial base. Now with the civil government unable to wield any real power within the country, it was now up to the Bundestag to put the now occupied French territory back together.
The first step was to incorporate the remnants of the French military into the Bundeswehr. Most of the French land forces and hardware had been damaged or destroyed, and most of the air force had been shot down. There was however a good share of French naval ships still in operational condition, which were immediately folded into the Deutsche Marine for refitting.
Next was putting the citizens of France back to work. A massive infrastructure and resource development package was put together and passed by the Bundestag in a few days, allowing for construction of rails, roads, mines, farms, and various other industrial sectors. So far, the reconstruction program has been highly successful.Current state of affairs - May 14th, 2018
Romania has fallen to ISIL, giving ISIL a substantial foothold to push further into Europe. The stalemate with Russia persists. Germany now controls France, having fought a war to defend the Netherlands from France. Portugal has joined the alliance, with Italy arming itself to stand alone.UPDATE: 9/11/2017
----------------------------------------------The eyes of the world - May/July 2018
While the former French state had not made friends by declaring war on the Netherlands, Germany was looked down on by the international community due to breaking all of it's treaty ties with France. France and Germany had both entered into numerous economic and defensive pacts in the year prior, though France had not taken part in the conflicts against ISIL or Russia as of yet. There had not been a defense plan in place in the event of French mainland aggression, and much of the counterattack was improvised by commanders on the ground. Many discussions across television and the internet sprang up regarding the ethics of the current situation, with some stating they should never have declared war in defense of the Dutch, and others citing more nationalistic claims of German superiority. The opinion of the world very much was on the minds of the Bundestag, and much of the Federal Foreign Office's task was now repairing what was now a damaged reputation.
Romania's defeat was of great concern to the remaining countries in the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. With ISIL now in control of the Bosphorus, movement between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean was highly restricted. Italy sought to firm up it's own military position by entering into a mutual defense pact with Germany, as well as a very large trade deal regarding numerous patents that included military technology. Additionally, Italy also offered aid in the ongoing conflict with Russia in the form of forward observation teams. This did not include a formal declaration of war, but extra eyes on Russian military movements would not be unwelcome.
Still in possession of a large number of former French naval assets, Germany entered into an arms deal with Portugal, one of the most recent additions to the Warsaw Accords. The Portuguese were happy to accept the mix of old and new ships, but weren't ready for the sudden increase in military spending.
June 6th, Russia declared war on Latvia, with Latvia capitulating a few days later in the face of overwhelming Russian superiority.Sabotage - July -> September, 2018
It was no secret that an arms race had been kick-started with Russia's aggressive moves in the Baltic. Russia had the advantage not only in the air, but also on the ground with the sheer number of personnel and hardware at their disposal. Naval superiority however, belonged to the Warsaw Accord partners.
Peace overtures had been unsuccessful, which prompted Germany to turn to it's elite KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command, KSK) to conduct covert operations within Russia. Codenamed "Operation Siberian Thaw", the special forces were tasked with sabotaging many different targets within Russia that included, but were not limited to, forward airbases, power grid infrastructure, resource development projects, and military factory production capabilities.
The success of the individual operations was mixed, but overall was being deemed a success due to the damage being inflicted on the Russians and their economic base. A further expansion of special operations is planned and currently pending approval by <REDACTED>The Damascus Convention - September, 2018
Early in September, ISIL reached out to Germany with a peace overture. This particular outreach was unexpected, given much of the propaganda that the caliphate had put forth over the past few years, and it's sudden success in both 2017 and 2018. There were whispers of widespread genocide throughout the former territories of Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania, but nothing had been confirmed.
Germany was already fighting a much larger conflict with Russia. ISIL's actions were of course outrageous, but ISIL had not made any other aggressive moves. If they were planning any, they hadn't telegraphed their intent to the rest of the world.
Invitations were sent out to several countries to come to Damascus for the signing of what was being described as a historic peace deal. ISIL had not been formally recognized as a country, but with the sheer geography under their command, not to mention all the captured military hardware, pushed the international community to reassess it's stance.
Many countries attended the peace conference. Aside from Germany and ISIL, Russia, Italy, Poland, Greece, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, and Austria were also in attendance. The United States was absent in it's attendance, denouncing the conference in it's entirety.
There was an incident involving the Russian and Polish delegations. A fistfight had broken out between a few members of each delegation in one of the conference cafeterias. What was further alarming was that one of the members of the Russian delegation that was involved in the fight turned up dead a few days later. An investigation was launched, but was not able to come up with any solid evidence of who was the culprit.
September 25th was the day of the peace signing. The overall bottom line of the agreement resulted in Germany giving a token reparation to ISIL. The loyal and faithful of the caliphate celebrated in the streets not just due to the peace, but that the conference had ended with the Islamic State being now recognized as a legal state. Germany, while not celebrating in the same manner, began to refocus it's attention once more to Russia and the Baltic.Baltic Shield - October, 2018 -> February 2019
With the need for any combat operations having subsided in the Mediterranean, attention was refocused on expanding the anti-air shield that had been forming in the Baltic. Saaremaa, the island South of Hiiumaa, was the next invasion target. The initial beach landing was unopposed, but was quickly pushed back by incoming Russian forces. Artillery, air forces, and some of Russia's own amphibious forces immediately pushed and took the construction sites that were set up by the Germans, and a battle ensued for a little over a month. Portugal at this time had also joined the war and had supplied it's own ships to patrol the Baltic. Polish submarine wolfpacks and Portuguese surface ships began to intercept further reinforcements to the island, and the already entrenched German AA on Hiiumaa managed to keep the Russian air force at bay. The battle in total lasted for three weeks, with Germany successfully retaking the new base site.
With Saaremaa secured, and facilities now under construction, the next target was Åland. Setting up defenses there would guarantee any Russian forces coming out of the Gulf of Bothnia would be intercepted, as well as give the Warsaw Accords another jumping off point to retake Finland. January 10th, German amphibious forces landed and took the island. Russian air force elements responded, but air patrol managed to run them off before doing any damage. Reinforcements to the island out of St. Petersburg were intercepted, and summarily sunk. Åland was secured.
All during this time, there had been some rumblings within the Polish Defense Ministry, that the military was being mishandled, and that a more firm hand was needed to ensure Poland's existence into the future. Forced military spending started to occur, with items appearing on the budget plan at the end of 2018 that weren't initially approved, including a rather large expansion of the navy. The internal political situation of Poland had become more tense, making some worried that a coup would be attempted at some point.Current state of affairs - February 6th, 2019
Germany has made peace with ISIL and moved to focusing it's attention entirely on Russia and repairing it's treaty rating. Italy has been technology trading with the United States and beefing up the Warsaw Accord's technology. Portugal continues to develop it's country and is in the fight against Russia with naval forces in the Baltic. Poland continues to fortify the line with Lithuania for the predicted invasion of Russia across it.UPDATE: 9/18/2017
----------------------------------------------Operation Bear Trap - February -> May 2019
Two years into the war with Russia, the Accord partners were preparing to make an offensive into Russian held territory. The Baltic was secure thanks to the efforts of Polish, Portuguese, and German naval and air actions. With the a shield across the Baltic created. Germany immediately started staging in Northern Sweden, preparing to make a push into Russian held Finland.
The intensity of the fighting was nowhere near as intense as it had been when Germany had attempted to hold St. Petersburg during Operation Teutonic Fury. Logistical concerns prevented large numbers of land or air forces on either side from operating for extended periods in the tundras and forests of the North. Thanks to Germany's transit rights through Sweden, and Russia's unwillingness to declare open war on Sweden, Germany was able to operate safely within the borders of Sweden, as well as launch artillery attacks on Russian columns as they moved up and down the Swedish border to engage German military that incurred. After a sufficient foothold had been gained inside of Russian occupied Finland, Germany began constructing military installations to better assist with the advance through Finland.
Poland had continued to garrison up the border with Lithuania, expecting the Russians to come through at that point. Italy, as part of a trade negotiation, sent naval forces and a few divisions of ground forces to act as observers and advisors for the Polish forces on the border. An offer had been made for Italy to join the war in the event of a Russian incursion over the Polish border, but Polish government officials were dubious of the Italian's promise. Rumors had started to permeate that Italy was working on it's own nuclear arsenal, which caused some discomfort for not just Accord partners, but other nations in the world.Steady Advance - June -> July 2019
Operation Bear Trap was proceeding at pace. German forces continued to advance out of Northern Finland, taking infrastructure and liberating towns along the way. The Russians had clearly not been prepared to counter a military action so far North. The success however was hampered by the limited forces available to Germany. Polish assistance was requested. A hasty plan was put together by the Polish, making a push into Torino, just inside Russian territory on the Baltic Sea. Russia however was staged in the area, and did make a counterattack. Polish casualties were heavy, but they managed to capture the town. This was one of the few hubs for Russian supply for Northern Finland, and allowed German forces to advance much more quickly from the North, liberating towns and seizing resources. Poland began to push South, towards Oulu.Battlefield Lithuania - July 9th, 2019
Seeing a dwindling chance of victory in Finland, Russia decided that it's best chance to win a quick and decisive victory against the Accord partners was to advance across Lithuania, and into Poland. Lithuania had for years been a neutral country to both the Accord and Russia, desiring not to get involved in the conflict that had erupted in the Baltic. Russia had demanded access across Lithuania, but were flatly refused. Three days later, Russia declared war on Lithuania. Lithuania was surprised, not expecting Russia to openly declare hostilities. The Accord responded with all due haste. Germany redeployed it's air and naval assets to assist in a counterattack into Lithuania, as well as deployed several tank and infantry divisions from Germany, dispatching them immediately to the border. Polish defense forces were also mustered in further strength, manning the border.
Russia's advance across the Lithuanian border was swift, but the Lithuanians managed to hold off the Russian advance in key areas. Seeing that the Russians were held up in Lithuania, Germany made a push for making an immediate counterattack into Lithuania, and into Russian held Estonia. Poland, still wary of leaving the line, declined to send more than a few tank divisions. What ensued was a massive tank battle across almost the whole border between Lithuania and Russia. Germany managed to concentrate it's armor in key areas, punching through and seizing several key installations and production facilities in Estonia, hampering Russian supply in the region. It took awhile, but the Russian Air Forces managed to respond once the advance made it to Tartu. German Luftwaffe had not been redeployed in sufficient enough number to interdict, and many German and Polish combat units were obliterated. The advance stalled in Estonia, but Lithuania had been spared from Russian invasion, and the forces in Northern Finland were still moving with little opposition. Expectations were to be in St. Petersburg once again.Current state of affairs - August 10th, 2019
VERY military heavy session. 2/3 of Finland is in friendly hands, the Estonian front is getting bogged down due to Russian Air Superiority, but most of Estonia is in the hands of the Accord.