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NOV 1913 – BIZANTINE REVOLUTION IN TURKEY
To the people of Europe,

After many centuries of control by the Ottomans, who brought war and destruction to all who dared oppose the belligerant Sultans, the people of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire rose against their rulers.

Willing to fight for their freedom, they took up arms and attacked the Sultan's palace in Nicaea. The Sultan's personal guard proved insufficient to repel the invaders, and the former ruler, Abdülhamit II, was captured.

In the wake of these events, the The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Joaquin III took upon himself the duty of rebuilding the Empire. Many compare him to Constantine the Great, who became the first Christian emperor and set the foundations for our Empire.

With the fall of the Ottomans, our Empire is to be renamed as the Turkish-Byzantine Christian Empire. His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Joaquin III sees himself as a guide to men's faith, a man of religion, and so has expressed his desire that his archbishops take upon their hands the burden of international politics.

That said, we position ourselves as leaders of the Turkish-Byzantine Christian Empire and declare the Turkish embassies on Europe open to contact under the new government.

In the name of God and His all Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Joaquin III,

Aderus Alkhayyat
Archbishop of Antioch

Andreas Chalom
Archbishop of Jerusalem

Raphaelios Havenoi
Archbishop of Damascus

DEC 1913 - YOUR SUNDAY MORNING NOTES AND NEWS FROM EUROPE
By Demian G. - The Times, London.

Euro-Notes

Vienna, Dec 14.
Francis Joseph I, Emperor of the great Austro-Hungary Empire is relentless to the modernization of it's army and states that "Horse powered army have brought great success to all other great empires and why change now".
The generals of the Emperor do not agree and are sending engineers all over Europe to find answers of their own and then apply them to their armies.
Tactic that now it is blossoming a modernization of the Austro-Hungary Army.

Kiel, Dec 15.
Wilhelm I, "The Kaiser", is pushing his "militarism" full speed for what the Germans call the Tripitz Plan (named after the Secretary of State for the Navy, Alfred Von Tripitz),  and it is simply to build a navy worth to compete with the UK Royal Navy.
From 1897 this plan have been implemented and now in 1900 with further action this plan is gaining strenght with new boats in the sea.
This is a change from what Otto Von Bismark envisioned with his cordial relations with the UK.

Istanbul, Dec 12.
Joaquin III, The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Turkish-Byzantine Christian Empire recently ascended the ranks afther the internal revolution that put away the Turkish-Ottoman empire and sent to one of the darkest corners of the world their former Sultan and ruler Abdülhamit II.
The Sultan is imprisoned into one of the oldest and creepiest jails of the world in Istanbul. Only God knows the terrible conditions in there.
Joaquin III been advised by the 3 Archbishops of Jerusalem, Damascus and Antioch all from a small area south of Istanbul and some foreign fellow reporters say that between them will rule the faiths of the Turkish-Byzantine Empire.

Sunday Chronicles.

Luxemburg, Dec 16.
The new century... the new Europe?
It`s been 2 weeks after the turn on to the next century, but the center of the world is in turmoil if we Europeans can not see it, then we will deserve what can be upon us.
I will lay for you some examples and then you can see my conclusion at the end, intelligent readers will take precautions (if there is any) and the more naive and occasional reader will do nothing.
Nationalism extended over borders and regions. All through Europe we can see the signs all over the place, we can see that in the Balkans where is so much tension that you can cut it with a knife, make slices and wrap it and take it later when you are more relaxed, you can see it over mother Russia where the people struggles over a slice of bread while it's aristocracy don`t bother over anything, you can see it in the just recent quick fix revolution at the "non European" Turkish Empire.
It is building and provides all regions within and over nations with a dangerous fuel that can ignite with the heat over a discussion.
But, leave this fervent nationalism for the moment at one side.
Take the nations long overdue arrangement on old rivaleries and unresolved disputes over land, past battles and conflicts, recent points of view or simply their foreign and internal affairs, let's be honest all European nations mingle with everybody's affairs.
2nd ingredient on our New Century Europe recepy.
Alliances and polirized governments.
All Europeans have our friends and foes, internal and external. Governments that have the alter ego driving their duties and there you have our 3rd ingredient.
And the last of the ingredients, Communication, misunderstandings. This, my fellow readers, is the most volatile of all ingredients, but my question is... is
it really misunderstandings? or is the will of not listen and understand each other.
We live in Europe, we have lived for centuries and we all have our little town to care of and we don't want anybody to tell us what to do or think (even our fellow nearby towns).
Now the mix of the ingredients.
In an intolerance bowl mix some of the old disputes and rivaleries, add some Exacerbated Nationalism in liquid form, mix it with some local liquor (the one of your preference and delight, make this mix on a local pub, brewery or on a dance bowl on the palace).
Mix in a different room the following: Take this friendships and tone them up one or two notches and you have an alliance that will go all the way. If you want some silly and dumb promises and a unconditional all or nothing attitude add some liquor into the mix.
Now have this mixed ingredients brought into a conference table and just spill that lack of communication, have the misunderstandings float on each mix and then just spell all into the center of the table.
Then we have it, the new Europe will be formed over conflict.
You have been warned, take your precautions and plan for your future with this in mind.

Your Reporter
Demian G.

 

DIC 1913 - LA GAZZETTA TICINESE
Lugano 20 dicembre

Sembra in Europa si possa respirare un vento di libertà. E’ tempo di elezioni in tutti i Paesi e ci auguriamo che menti illuminate vengano scelte per guidare le sorti dei popoli di Europa affinché la pace prosperi.

E’ con gaudio e sollievo che vediamo la scomparsa del regime autoritario e anti-democratico del Sultano, ma è con altrettanta mestizia che notiamo l’Imperialismo e il Clericalismo avanzare. Speravamo tanto in un governo laico e democratico e non in una nuova teocrazia!

Ma così non vanno le cose nel XX secolo e  siamo costretti alle angherie dei potenti.

Le elezioni sembrano avere ancora esito incerto, nonostante già la metà dei privilegiati votanti abbia espresso la propria preferenza. Solo il Primo Ministro a Vienna sembra essere certo e pertanto un nostro collaboratore si è recato in Austria a raccogliere le sue dichiarazioni. Ci è sembrata una persona illuminata ed è stata eletta con un plebiscito dal suo popolo grazie alle capacità accumulate in campo politico. Tuttavia non si approfitterà della sua popolarità ma guiderà un governo di unità nazionale, anche se francamente dubitiamo lo farà. Crediamo che sia il tipico lupo travestito da pecora anche se speriamo vivamente che gli anni a venire ci diano torto. La sua idea di imporre una “pax” austro-ungarica veramente ci piace poco. Ci chiediamo perché tema le coste italiane tanto da nominare un Ammiraglio esperto se ha idee così pacifiste. Attente genti d’Italia!

Ed anche i popoli di Serbia non stiano a guardare ma difendano la propria indipendenza. Sembra che Vienna sia la grande protettrice dei popoli slavi! Sebbene il cancelliere dica di portare pace e stabilità nella regione, ci viene il sospetto, o al limite la fantasia, che questa non sia che una premessa per la conquista della Romania e magari della Grecia. L’invasione di quest’ultima giustificherebbe una flotta potente di cui si parlava, per mettere al salvo i propri possedimenti dalle mire turche e italiane.

La situazione a Londra invece sembra meno stabile. Speriamo da questa instabilità nasca qualcosa di democratico e pacifico. Dopo uno scambio epistolare con un leader di un partito in corsa alla poltrona di Primo Ministro ci è sembrato che per trovare quel fatidico nome si necessiti di un ballottaggio in quanto non si è formata nessuna coalizione elettorale. Tuttavia l’accordo fra le parti: ci sarà un Primo Ministro, un Ammiraglio dell’Atlantico e un Ministro degli Esteri. Sembra che Mr.Waldir e il suo elettorato sia l’ago della bilancia. Per questo motivo dal Regno Unito trapelano ancora poche notizie, sebbene noi crediamo un’alleanza Vienna-Londra in funzione anti-francese non appena i giochi saranno fatti. E’ possibile anche che se le voci di corridoio sono vere, Vienna annetta i Balcani, impegnandosi così militarmente con l’Italia nel Tirolo e cerchi aiuto nella Francia che nel frattempo potrebbe vedere nella Spagna un ottimo Stato vassallo dove reclutare truppe fresche.

Tutto può essere in questa Europa dove soffiano venti di guerra e noi vi aggiorneremo, affezionati lettori, di tutti gli sviluppi dalla nostra redazione.

Il vostro M.

 

DEC 1913 - Antioch - Joaquin III died
To the nations of Europe,

God has called His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Joaquin III to his side. Although not fully unexpected, as His All Holiness was almost 90 years old, these news came in a moment where the Ecumenical Patriarch would be most needed by his people. 

Fortunately, the Archbishops were already gathering for a conclave, following His All Holiness' announcement that three of his Archbishops take control of our Empire's political aspects.

The Archbishops met in Nicaea after the funeral services of the late Patriarch. The First Conclave of Nicaea was to elect Joaquin III's sucessor and appoint one of the Archbishops the title of Governor of Arms of the Turkish-Byzantine Empire. 

It took the Archbishops thirteen days to agree on a name to ascend to the title of Ecumenical Patriarch. Germanus V, after his acceptance, claimed he wishes to follow Joaquin III's policy of attending to our Empire's religious issues, and leave international politics for a group of elected Archbishops, so the conclave continued.

After five more days of argumentation, discussion and negotiation, it has been decided by a significant majority that His Beatitude the Archbishop of Jerusalem, Andreas Chalom, is to receive the grace and honor of representing the Turkish-Byzantine Christian Empire among the other great nations of Europe. Along with the title of Governor of Arms, His Beatitude has become the first in command on the Turkish-Byzantine Imperial Army. 

In a brief note to the press, His Beatitude the Archbishop of Jerusalem has manifested his wish of cooperation between the different social sectors of Turkey to the greater good of our Empire.

It is expected that His Beatitude the Archbishop of Jerusalem will make a statement nominating two other Archbishops to the titles of Great Admiral and General Consul within the week.

In the name of God and His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Germanus V,
Aderus Alkhayyat
Archbishop of Antioch

 

DEC 1913 - ELECTIONS RESULTS

COUNTRY VOTERS WIINNER % OTHERS
France - Presidential elections 96%  Diego 89%  
Russia - Duma elections 55% Stefano 70%  
Austria-Hungary - Parlamentar elections 94% Enrico 73%  
Italy - Political elections 71% Daniel 74%  
Turkey - Council of Nicaea 73% André 90%  
Germany - Reichstag elections 72% Alex 43% Llibert 9%
United Kingdom - Parliament elections 72%  Luiz Victor - Bruno to be repeated null 12%

 

DEC 1913 - BRITISH ELECTORAL CENTRAL COMMISSION ISSUES FINAL RESULTS

COUNTRY VOTERS WIINNER % OTHERS
United Kingdom - Parliament elections 100% Bruno 56% Luiz Victor 27%

 

DEZ 1913 - PRIMEIRO MINISTRO INGLÊS ISOLADO FORA DE LONDRES
Fontes autorizadas inglesas informaram que o Primeiro Ministro británico ficou isolado fora de Londres, onde tinha ido descansar depois do successo eleitoral numa casa de campo, no interior da Inglaterra, devido a uma tempestade que o deixou sem comunicação. A onda de frio que saudiu a Europa também deixou isolada a Suiça por dois dias.

 

DEC 1913 - FREEZING WINTER FOR EUROPE
The freezing winter is isolating many European cities and Countries. The British Government announced that the Prime Minister was isolated buy snow storms while resting in a Central England mansion after the electoral success. Consequently, the formation of the Cabinet has been delayed. Same delay has been registered in Saint Petersburg, as the frozen Baltic Sea made it impossible to assign the charge of Minister of the Navy. Snow also bit the Editorial Minister of Austria-Hungary, who will remain isolated in his village in Tyrol at least until the end of the week. The international press could not enter in telegraphic contact with Germany as cable communications with Berlin have been cut by snow storms. Finally, Switzerland has been completely isolated for two weeks; only today some Red Cross primary help arrived to Bern, but it is impossible to say how much time it will take to have news from Switzerland out to the world.

 

JAN 1914 - LONDON - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
After the recent misunderstood in the British parliament elections that provoked small delay in the electoral process, finally the result was officially confirmed.
In consequence, His Majesty King George V of Great Britain and Ireland invited the leader of the major party, Baron Bruno de Queiroz, to form his cabinet.
Considering the internal and international situation, and after a long process of consultation, a government of national unity was made.
The British Cabinet is:
Prime-Minister: Baron Bruno de Queiroz.
Minister of War: Mr. Waldir Reccanello
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Mr. Luis Victor

Downing Street,  #10
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 

FEB 1914 - LA GAZZETTA TICINESE - ANALISI DI M.
Lugano, 20 febbraio.
Sembra che tutti i governi siano stati eletti. Volevamo, gentili lettori, portavi notizie dalla lontana e gelida Russia, ma il nostro inviato a San Pietroburgo non ha ricevuto udienza dal nuovo Premier.
Tuttavia non vogliamo pensare ad un atto di scortesia del Primo Ministro, bensì all’ennesimo disagio causato da questo freddo polare che ha invaso il continente.
Più fortunati siamo stati nell’intervistare il Ministro degli Esteri britannico, in una delle sue poche pause tra un'udienza e l’altra.
La parola che più abbonda nella bocca di sir Victor è pace, ma non ha ingannato il nostro corrispondente. In effetti sembra che la Flotta Reale si stia armando e preparando ad una spedizione in “difesa dei popoli liberi” i quali “If they need our protection, they have all our support.”
Tradotto in parole che anche il popolo minuto può capire, significa che ogni abitante del Belgio e della Norvegia dovrebbe armarsi e barricarsi in casa.
Tuttavia abbiamo provato a chiedere se è loro convinzione che Parigi stia a vedere tutto ciò. Il ministro non ha fatto altro che glissare,anche se noi pensiamo più probabile un’occupazione francese del Belgio mentre l’Olanda cadrà in mani britanniche. Questa ipotesi, a nostro avviso più realistica, sarà presa in considerazione dopo che sir Victor avrà incontrato un delegato tedesco.
Ci aspettiamo che l’Olanda venga barattata per la rinuncia inglese di pretese sulla Danimarca.
Tuttavia è opinione comune che i lupi non si sbraneranno finché ci saranno pecorelle per tutti.

Il vostro M.

FEB 1914 – AUSTRIAN PRESS RELEASE (written Dec 1913)
Vienna, December 24, 1900, Imperial Palace (EDItorial Press)Goblin Diplomat
The guards outside of the Schonbrunn Palace have been trained from the moment of their assignment to salute and recognize the title, status, nobility of the Habsburgs and their ministers without portrayal of personal acknowledgment. This Christmas Eve High Ball was to be a severe test to them all. Just before midnight appearing as if out of a wavering shadow in mid air stepped the diminutive figure dressed in the most resplendent red coat with gold buttons, the bright blue sash of a Minister with the undeniable one of a kind Star of Power upon its center with the soul shaking sigil of The EDItor: a pen dropping writing hand with a knife piercing through it. His black top hat with gold trim and the double-headed eagle emblem gave the guards an eerie feeling as if the eyes watched them as the figure walked past, its unusually long feet making no sound on the marble floor despite its matt leather boot and squared golden buckle slipping left and right reflecting ! the gaslights from the high entrance hall. If that was not enough to test them then there was the bony green skinned fellow within the uniform, a snarl on his face under a long hooked nose. His hands more claw and talon like with yellow bronzed burnished nails that could only belong to a Goblin. Taken to the edge of control by such an appearance the guards turned their salute and yielded protocols to the Captain of the Guard who directed the Minister up the great stairs to the Master Ballroom. As the towering Captain viewed the minister moving away he caught a glance at the seal on the scroll parchment grasped behind the Minister and he passed beyond the edge of control. Stuttering and shaking he stepped backwards against the stair column knocking his helmet down the entrance steps as he muttered….it comes from…it awakes again; Bir, Bir….BirSauron.

 

MAY 1914 – ZIMSKIJ DVOREC ANNOUNCES MURDER OF THE RUSSIAN CHIEF OF GOVERNMENT
The Tsar would like to inform the Governments of the Nations of Good Will that the Russian Prime Minister was shot yesterday in his office by a gunman who managed to flee. The Prime Minister  died soon after in the Central Hospital of Moscow. A conspirancy of foreign powers is believed to be behind this murder. The Tsar would like to make the above mentioned Governments know that it would not be realistic to expect Russia to step back from its strategic interests by killing the Russian leadership.

The Cabinet of the Tsar

 

MAY 1914 - MURDERER OF RUSSIAN PM PURSUED IN RUMANIAClip
Vienna (Free Press… slightly EDIted)
The assassin of the Russian leadership was seen in the outskirts of Bucharest… actually she was seen with out a skirt period.  Police on the border are circulating the sketch depicted in hope of drawing local attention to the need for cooperation with the European authorities in the East. For some reason the wanted posters are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Resemblances to the Byzantine Low Priestess of the Bosporus Rouge D’avenue have been commented on but is yet to be confirmed.

 

MAY 1914 - RUSSIAN ELECTORAL RESULTS

COUNTRY VOTERS VOTES %
Russia - Elections for Premier 62% Matteo 40%, Andrew 48%

Elections will be repeated to ensure one winner.

 

MAY 1914 - SPTA - RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER DESIGNATED
Russian elections have been repeated: 54% of voters indicated Andrew as the new Prime Minister, while 36% preferred Matteo.

 

JUN 1914 - BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES TREATY WITH BELGIUM
TREATY OF BRUSSELS
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Belgium by your legal representatives sign:
Art. 1º Observing the recent growth of war’s feeling in our continent, the government of both countries decided to act together to prevent war.
Art. 2º If peace can not be obtained, both countries will work together for their interests can not be violated.
Art. 3º Both countries will work to stop any foreign action that is prejudice to the  progress of our nations and our colonies.
Art. 4º In order to guarantee the progress and the sovereignty of our countries, and to prevent any harmful action against both governments, the United Kingdom will send troops to Belgium territory.
§º All the Belgium’s territory is open for any British military force.
Art. 5º Any attack to Belgium will be considered one attack to United Kingdom, and in this way, these countries will be free to act against who begin the conflict.
In Brussels, Belgium, Spring 1914

King Albert I,
Kingdom of Belgium

King George V,
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 

JUN 1914 - BREAKING NEWS - RUMORS OF REVOLUTION IN RUSSIA
ST. PETERSBURG - Rumors say that the Russian elections (in which Andrëw was elected) have been annulled by a coup d'état led by Matteo. We're expecting more news to be published. The elected premier Andrëw never showed in public after his elections and rumors say he could have died.

 

JUN 1914 – REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA SPEAKS TO EUROPE
To all people of all Russia,
as
you know, our prime Minister was shot down by unknown hired killer.
An inquiry carried out from an imperial committee lays the blame for the incident on Foreign Power’s conspiracy.
However my party and I don’t share the committee’s opinion and we think a reactionary hand hides itself behind this murder.
Our Premier was studying revolutionary bills to improve life quality of Russian people, giving more democracy and freedom at our country.
Obviously this project was hostile to aristocracy and the imperial family, therefore we think they schemed this crime.

For these reasons a national committee declared:

1. The Czar is relieved from his role and he has been confined with his family in a small Siberian town.
2. All aristocratic titles are avoid and every noblemen will be stood trial by the Revolutionary Tribunal.
3. The Duma is deprived of authority and all powers belong to the people that exercises them by the Revolutionary Committee.
4. All banking system, heavy industry and activities that have national importance are nationalized.
5. The Russian Empire is now called “Union of Revolutionary Russian Republics” URRR

6. Country government is entrust at “National Revolutionary Committee” and the triumvirate is its expression.

The Committee is going to work for Russian people welfare and it works to rid every European Countries of own dictatorial regimes.

Mr. Matteo is the “First Triumvir for life of National Revolutionary Committee”, as well as “Marshal of the Revolutionary Army”;
Mr. Fabrizio is nominated “First Admiral of the URR and vice PM”;
Mr. Andrews is nominated “Supreme Spokesman of the Revolutionary Committee and Secretary of the URRR”

Long Life at the Permanent Revolution!
Long Life at the Revolutionary Committee!
Long Life at the Union!

Matteo
First Triumvir of the National Revolutionary Committee

 

JUN 1914 – NAVAL BATTLE IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
- British and French warships engaged in a battle in the English Channel
- Clashes between Muslims and Armenians in the Eastern Turkish empire
- Austria attacks Serbia and Albania, while Germany occupies Holland

 

JUL 1914 - FORCES CIRCLE BELGIUM OPERATION TO FOLLOW?
Brussels, (EDItorial Free Press) September 1914;Doctor
From the shoreline at Zeebruggee the sounds of the crashing waves remain as steady a drumbeat as the thunderous pronouncements out of Berlin, London and Paris. To the south of the city there are reports of the French First Army marching north with this city reported unofficially as the first objective in their attempt to sweep the coastline and then head inwards to Brussels. Meanwhile the British fleet in the North Sea is reported as feinting towards Norway in expectation of a plunge into the mouth of the Schelt towards Antwerp. The German High Seas fleet already off shore at Rotterdam is gathering maps and reconnoitering the borderlands for possible German marine incursions. Reports of a clash in the English Channel between British and French squadrons, has been widely reported but with no casualty reports and no formal declaration of war the air of uncertainty in this lowlands area is only heightened.
Lacking an official voice in the power struggles ranging between the top seven European countries, and its own armed forces hardly able to slow down let along stop one of the major power's industrialized armies, the Belgians are expected to hope that the various forces arraigned against their independence will cancel each other out in threatening moves that will spare them of a direct invasion and battle on their soil. The Belgians, often divided between the pro French Walloons and the Flemish independents have not been able to put aside their language and culture divisions in the present crisis and already the accusations of 'Treason' is being tossed about casually in conversation at market stalls and train station conversations throughout the small country. It may take another century, or two, before Europeans will discover that they have to put more of an emphasis on what they have in common rather than what divides them to bring peace and stability to what has otherwise been the most war wracked continent in human history.
Meanwhile in the Namur region there has been an odd report of either the relocation of the Walloon blood supply surplus or its emptying overnight. The local Austrian EDItorial reported has been unable to be reached for further comment in the region.

 

JAN 1915 - RESHUFFLE IN THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT
Austro-Jungarian Prime Minister, Enrico Von Agamemnon, appointed Edi to be the new Minister of Navy om addtion to his previous charge of EDItorial Minister of the Empire. Former Minister of Navy, Joschka, has been appointed Minister of Law and Justice.

 

JAN 1915 - THE TREATY OF OSLO (PUBLISHED BY THE FOREIGN OFFICE)
TREATY OF OSLO - Treaty of Security and Protection
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and The Kingdom of Norway, by your legal representatives sign:
Art. 1 - In order to keep the Kingdom of Norway in peace and security, the Norway’s King, Haakon VII, ask the British Empire to protect its borders from any attack.
Art. 2 - The United Kingdom will be responsible by the integrity of Norway, and in this way, will be in the control of its military forces.
§. The sovereignty of the Kingdom of Norway will be respected, but the military defense of the country will be under British control.
Art. 3 - All the Norway’s territory is open for any British military force.
Art. 4 - Any attack to Norway will be considered an attack to the United Kingdom, and in this way, this country will be free to act against who begins the conflict.

In Oslo, Norway, Spring 1914
King Haakon VII
Kingdom of Norway
King George V
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 

JAN 1915 - TURKISH FLEET SPOTTED IN THE AEGEAN, CHANGE OF COMMAND AT AUSTRIAN NAVAL BASE
January 22, 1915, Piraeus, Greece (EDItorial Ministry Press)Turkish Fleet
In a brief ceremony on the docks of Piraeus, the EDItorial Minister was given command of the Austrian fleet. Orders have been issued for a new uniform for the fleet that describes an outfit in red with a 'half shirt' and low-rider bell bottoms. Hungarian sailors are allowed to substitute light blue bottoms trimmed in red as a concession to the ethnic diversity in the Austrian forces.
Latter that day the new Admiral was seen in the Parthenon apparently talking to shadows there: 'I thought that they said navel commander...' his right hand going reflexively to the inside of his shirt in a near Napoleonic pose.
Rumors that large numbers of sailors were hanging out in Pizza Palaces have been confirmed when the admiral went on a ship inspection and slipped on a pepperoni slice as he was whistled aboard.
Meanwhile the admiralty had collected a new photograph of the Turkish fleet as it entered the Aegean from Constantinople. 'Rather cute little fellows, and I most heartly approve of the red covering on their beak guns. But what are they doing here?' the Admiral was reported as saying.
The engineering staff was in the meantime trying to collect large amounts of marble in case there was to be a marble contest as well as a rubber ducky race in the upcoming campaign season.

 

MAR 1915 - OFFICIAL MILITARY GAZETTE OF THE REVOLUTION
First published in Minsk, 14th December 1914
European friends,
Europe is shaken up by war and despotism. Innocent people are sent to dead for the usually group’s greed.
But we are today to celebrate many Russian heroes, fallen not for those false ideals.
These thousands of people are dead to bring revolution and the freedom to the near countries, defending the Total Revolution.
Therefore, the Republican Swedish Party, asked our assistance month ago and we helped they just cause. The 1st Artic Fleet bombarded Stockholm while local revolutionary unit was storming the Royal Palace.
King Gustav V is in custody now and a little convoy escort him to Murmansk’s port and he will be transferred  in a secret locality. Furthermore any male of the Royal family is exiled from Sweden together with aristocratic families that will not swear eternal allegiance at new Democratic Republic of Sweden. President of the Republic will be a member of the Russian National Revolutionary Committee ad interim.
Today we pay homage to our heroes that fell in Romania in trench and guerrilla warfare too. They died, with many sailors, to get ride the country from King Ferdinando, reactionary tyrant.
A revolutionary task force captured him and they took him to an armored train bound for Novosibirsk.
The N.R. Committee took similar safety precautions like in Sweden and the local committee proclaimed the new Republic of People of Romania and the people elected a coalition government, supported by 4.000 Revolutionary Russian advisors.
We hope hostilities will end up quickly in all Europe and every people can be free.
In the meantime we express gratitude for the Revolutionaries and remember: although it can seem an absurd fight, you cannot ignore that Absurd challenge us to drive so that we are able to be proud of ourselves.
Long Life the Revolution!
Long Life the Revolutionary Committee!
Long Life the Triumvirs!
Hurrah!

 

MAY 1915 - ITALIAN DECLARATION: "CARTHAGO DELENDA EST"
As the roman senator Cato used to say: "delenda est Carthago", that is, Carthage must be destroyed. Scipìo accomplished this sentence in the name of the Roman Republic. Now, more than 2000 years later, the government of the Kingdom of Italy thanks our fleet for returning the might of Rome once again to the African shores. So Italy has recovered the other half of the Mare Nostrum and will annex the Province of Tunis to our Kingdom.

But our glory does not rely only on our mighty fleet. The powerful Italian army has just stopped an unjustified and coward aggression on the north of our country, led by the German army and supported by our supposedly good neighbours from Austria. Our defenses stood still and repelled this aggression. Our government will not retaliate, because this will only generate a spiral of violence that might led to a general war in Europe. However, the government of Italy demands the withdrawal of the German troops of Tyrol and a public apology from the government of Germany and Austria.

Expecting the apology of the apology of the aggressors,
Long live the Italian Kingdom,

Sebastian Tapia
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Spokesman of the Italian Government

 

JUN 1915 - SERIOUS COMMUNICATION FAILURES IN THE WEST
Trieste (Sort-a-Free Austrian Press) - In a revelation from the halls of the EDItorial policy for the Austrian government a notice of retraction was issued on the Fall 1914 EDItion of the General Orders to the Western Field Forces. Apparently the proper line was suppose to be Army Trieste Supports Army Venice from the Tyrolians... however a rather robust Halloween Party caused a few too many bleary eyes in the Slovenian staff at the printing office that morning the words were reset as Army Trieste Supports Army Tyrolia to Venice. The EDItorial policy sincerely regrets any inconvenience as well disruption of noise levels along the Adriatic Coast.
Clearly the intentions of the German army was just to be passing through the area without any hostile intent and that the Austrians were standing shoulder to shoulder with their long standing Italian neighbors in regard to incursions from the north.

 

JUN 1915 - WAR NEWS
Zürich - War news summarized and published by the Swiss Presidency News Service.
- War in trenches between Germans and French
- Armenia welcomes Russian troops as liberators
- German troops blocked by the Italian Royal Army

 

SEP 1915 - COUP-D'ETAT IN TURKEY
After rocambolesque fightings, the Archbishop of Antioch, Aderus Alkhayyat, and the Archbishop of Damascus, Raphaelios Havenoi, got power in Turkey in an unexpected coup-d'état. The fate of the former Chief of Government and Archbishop of Jerusalem, Andreas Chalom, is still unknown. Rumors garantee that the new Chief og Government will be Aderus Alkhayat, but there's no indication on the formation of the Cabinet.

 

SEP 1915 - RASPUTIN MOLESTED TURKISH FLEETRasputin molesting Turkish Fleet
(Austrian Free Press)
Historians doing research on the odd death of Rasputin last decade discovered photographic evidence of Rasputin's crazed obsession with the Turkish fleet. It is now believed that the wild rumors of his dalliance with the fleet may have had a substantial basis in fact. There is no doubt that the Russian fleet forces have a particularly intense dislike for the Ottoman fleets around the Black Sea. Now it is believed that it could be a historic echo of the jilted lower naval officers who have now reached an advanced rank in the Black Sea Fleet. The deranged mind of Rasputin and his equally bizarre death sequence according to autopsy reports may have originated in Sevastapol. The researchers claim that the reports were remarked as being from Saint Petersburg for the record to throw off the identity of the perpetrators which may have been a joint Russian/Turkish effort by orthodox elite officers to put an end to the molestation of the lower ranks by the mystic leech.

 

SEP 1915 - ADERUS ANNOUNCES TURKISH CABINET
Archbishop Aderus announces his Cabinet days after the Coup d'état which took him to power in Bizantine Turkey:
Chief of Government: Governor of Arms Archbishop Aderus;
Commander in chief of the Navy: Great Admiral Archbishop Raphaélios
Archbishop Adréas has been named Nuncio to Alamut.

 

SEP 1915 – RESHUFFLE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY TRIUMVIRATE
Saint Petersburg – The Russian First Triumvir for life and Marshal of the Revolutionary Army, Matteo, reshuffled his cabinet. Fabrizio has been named Second Triumvir and Governour of the Siberian region and Chief of the Intelligence as well as Advisor and Minister of the Foreign Affairs, while Andrëw remains Third triumvir, but assumes the responsibility of the Admiralty and the Secretariat of the URRR.

 

DEC 1915 - WAR NEWS - THE FALL OF COSTANTINOPLE
Zürich - War news summarized and published by the Swiss Presidency News Service.
- Costantinople falls under Austro-Bulgarian attacks
- Turkish Government moves to Ankara
- German troops enter the Po valley and pass the Marna river

 

JAN 1916 – THE REMOVAL OF THE ADMIRALWizardress
'Seance In Constaninople results in removal of Admiral night before attack.'
Oct. 7 1915 (Freer Austrian Press) The rather easy Russian-Austro victory that caught the Turkish fleet tied up to the docks and unprepared for the Battle of the Dardenelles was the result of a mystic intervention arranged they say by the Austrian Shadow Hand. It would seem that the wife of the Admiral had died the week before and at the request of her brother a seance was called for with the renown mystic Madame Nasrib of Ide recently from Eastern Transylvania along the Birsa River valley.
During the seance the ghost of the wife was brought forth and told the following story:
Upon arriving beyond the shadowlands of this world she caught up with a women who directly in front of her on the line to go through to the 'other side'. They spoke and she asked how she had died? The woman told her that she had frozen to death. The wife asked how that felt and the woman said 'well, at first I was fairly shaky but then as the cold set in I fell asleep and that was that.'
'What about you?' asked the woman.
'Well I came home unexpected early and saw my husband Admiral Hassan, on the sofa with a newspaper upside down and the radio on a strange station. I was convinced there was another women in the house and I ran upstairs to go through the bedrooms and searched in the closets and then ran downstairs to the basement and through the cellar and finally ran back to the mainfloor where I had a massive heart attack and died.'
'Hmmmm' said the women, 'so if you had started by checking the freezer we would both be alive!'
When the brother of the wife heard this he was furious, dragging the Admiral out of the house; and neither he nor the admiral were seen thereafter.

 

JAN 1916 – 1ST TRIUMVIR’S ORATION AT THE 1ST CONGRESS OF THE NRC
Moscow, 27th October (published on January 1916)
Dear friends,
I’m happy to find you here, at the 1st Congress of the National Revolutionary Committee.
And I’m happy to inform you about the our progress concerning the diffusion of the democratic ideals.
I know… many men and women died for this project, but everybody will remember them like heroes and we will able to narrate their deeds to our sons and nieces.
The end of the war is not so far and many people will be able to live in freedom, thanks to our struggle and sacrifice.
Like you can see, the Turkish government is inexistent and our Revolutionary troops are going to free that population from their tyrannical theocracy.
Hence I can affirm we will proclaim a Republic in Turkey as soon as possible, like we did in Sweden and Romania some months ago.[…]
Swedish people must thank for your freedom also us and especially our 2nd triumvir, Citizen Fabrizio. He was able to lead our fleet during these months, concluding his mission that I assigned.
Whereas he completed his work brilliantly, this Congress expresses good wishes to him and I am assigning another duty: he will have to coordinate the foreign Revolutionary unions to help them by money and logistic support. On a parallel plane he will monitor that none betray the Revolutionary ideal in our Country, perhaps some mutinous misled by some despotic countries’ agent.
Hence he will be the governor of the Siberian region, where we built many work-camps.

The Fleet Command will be entrusted at Mr. Andrew, 3rd triumvir and Supreme Spokesman.
Though his actions often are not so in prominence, he is working very hard for the Revolution and he is the aptest for that rule in this sever moment.

Concerning to me, I will have the rule that people gave me and I am going to defend the Revolution with honour.[…]

Extract from 1st triumvir’s oration at the
1st Congress of the National Revolutionary Committee.

 

JAN 1916 – MOSCOW DENIES USAGE OF UNCONVENTIONAL WEAPONSTurkish prisoners of war
To the President of Switzerland:
The Russian Government assures that no poison gas are used by Revolutionary forces in Constantinople and no treaty concerning forbidden arming was violated by Russia.
The freedom army is respecting local civil population and Turkish prisoners of war will be treated in respect of international war law.

Sincerely,
Matteo
1st triumvir of the National Revolutionary Committee

 

JAN 1916 – RESHUFFLE IN THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT
Mr Joschka has been officially appointed to the charge of Minister of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, while Mr Edi reassumes the EDItorial Ministry and also takes the charge of Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to London.

 

MAR 1916 – TURKISH STATE IN DISBAND
Archbishop Raphaélios Havénoi fled to Cyprus with the remainder of his fleet. There he was received by the Knights Hospitallers of Saint John and sent to Jerusalem, where he has been claimed to its Grand Mastership. Together with other Christian Orders, formed a Resistance Partisan Army and can still hold control of Armenia, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Hejaz and Yemen, the now called Eastern Byzantine Ottoman Empire.

Athens, Iraklion, Nicosia, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Aleppo, Mosul, Jerusalem, Gaza, Acre, Damascus, Amman and advanced post of Trabizon shelter the Hospitallers’ Partisan Army (HPA), who assures England that military exercises on Cyprus will protect civil population and its English administration.

Grand Master Raphaélios is monetarily supporting the Greek forces and tactically and ideologically sided with Italy against the tyranny of Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires over Turkey and the Balkans.

He has called Archbishop Andréas Chalom to Jerusalem to take head of the Eastern Christian Church, still under Germanus V sovereignty. And call on God to give forces to Governor of Arms Aderus Al-Khayyat to keep the Greek stronghold from where to expel Turkey’s enemies from Europe!

Russia and Austro-Hungary are acting against God’s will and oppressing Turkish Christians and general population, so Alamut Assassins have been granted free pass through the Eastern Byzantine Ottoman Empire to reach and act over its borders in Turkey, the Balkans,  Austria, Hungary and Russia. Terrorism is now a legitimate weapon of HPA.

In the name of God and His Beatitude Germanus V,
HPA Speaker, in Jerusalem.

 

JUN 1916 - WAR NEWS BY THE SWISS INTERNATIONAL PRESS AGENCY
Zürich - War news summarized and published by the Swiss International Press Agency.
- Last Turkish defenders surrender in Khalkidiki; it's the end of the State of the Archbishops
- Scandinavia becomes the ground of the Russian-British War
- Incredible: the German special observer Daniele takes control of the Army and enters Berlin fighting the very German Navy

 

JUL 1916 - GERMAN PRESS RELEASE BY DANIELE
"Dear Sirs,
The German Minister of Cabaret (Daniele), temporary Minister of the Navy, in compliance with PM Llibert's suggestion officially transfers his duties to Alex, in order to come back to his previous tasks (sandwiches, brioches, PR, et coetera).
Always ready to oblige.

Kindest regards,
Daniele - Minister of Cabaret"

 

AUG 1916 - DEMIÁN JOINS THE FRENCH CABINET
Monsieur Demián is the new member of the French Cabinet after the resignation of Monsieur Diego.

 

AUG 1916 - WORLD CONGRESS ON JOURNALISM
St. Moritz - A World Congress on Journalism has been organized in St. Moritz.

 

AUG 1916 - MINISTER MONSIEUR MARTÍN NOT FOUND
Brest - French Minister of the Navy Monsieur Martín has been officially declared as "disappeared". Last seen in Normandy, he has been missing since the defeat of the French Army by German occupiers, on last June.

 

SEP 1916 - FABIO JOINS THE FRENCH CABINET
Monsieur Fabio, a French citizen from Strasbourg is the new member of the French Cabinet after the dissapearance of Monsieur Martín.

 

SEP 1916 - ATTENTATI DINAMITARDI MINANO I COLLEGAMENTI TELEGRAFICI RUSSI
Un gruppo di ribelli medio orientali, nato dalle ceneri del governo degli Arcivescovi, ha sabotato la nuova linea telegrafica e postale dell' Unione delle Repubbliche Rivoluzionarie Russe (URRR).
I collegamenti adesso sono molto più difficili e il primo triumviro Matteo si è dovuto spostare in una località segreta per la sua sicurezza.
Tuttavia il governo è stabile e la sicurezza della popolazione non è in dubbio.

 

SEP 1916 - LUCA B. JOINS THE FRENCH CABINET
Monsieur Luca B., from Brest, is the new member of the French Cabinet after the resignation of Monsieur Ezequiel. In only one month the entire French cabinet has changed. The French President has called for new elections.

 

SEP 1916 - FRENCH ELECTIONS: RESULTS
Monsieur Fabio, from Strasbourg, has been appointed to the charge of Prime Minister by the French President of the Republic, after winning the elections, which were held only over the free parts of the territory. The results: voters 25%; votes in favour of Fabio's: 5%; votes in favour of other candidates, invalidated, balnk: 95%.

 

OCT 1916 - THE NEW FRENCH CABINET
Paris - The recently elected new French Prime Minister, Fabio, defined his Cabinet. Major responsibilities has been given to himself (Prime Minster and Minister of War), to Luca (First Admiral of the French fleet) and to Demián (Foreign Minister).

 

OTT 1916 - INTERVISTA AL PRIMO TRIUMVIRO DI RUSSIA
San Pietroburgo – ottobre 1916 - Intervista al Primo Triumviro a vita di Russia, Maresciallo Matteo.

1) Come giudica la Russia i recenti avvenimenti francesi ed il nuovo assetto del Paese?
Spero vivamente che la Francia trovi quell'equilibrio e quella stabilità digoverno che il suo popolo si merita.L'incompetenza della precedente classe politica, per non parlare della superficialità, ha permesso all'imperialismo straniero di farsi largo in quel Paese sconvolgendo i fragili equilibri europei.Ciò è intollerabile

2) Ci può dare una panoramica sui rapporti di potere interni al Palazzo? Quale ruolo ha assunto il Ministro Andrëw e perché è stato tolto il controllo della flotta al Ministro Fabrits?
Andrew assolve ai medesimi compiti che Fabrizio assolveva in precedenza.La realtà è che la missione affidata a Fabrizio è stata concluso con un brillante successo (cfr. con il discorso fatto all'Assemblea) e pertanto ha raggiunto gli scopi che si era prefissato.Dopo ciò mi mostrò il desiderio di passare ad un altro ufficio, di egual prestigio, se non più delicato.
Sono stato ben lieto di affidargli la carica che ora ricopre in quanto necessitavamo proprio di un uomo di tale spessore e così rispettoso della Res Publica.

3) Quale assetto territoriale vede per la Turchia in questo secolo?
La Turchia si trova in una fase di transizione. Certamente né il califfato né l'ultimo governo teocratico hanno giovato al progresso e al benessere di tale regione e del popolo che vi abita.
Quando tutte le controversie saranno finite e i ribelli consegnati alla giustizia, l'intero Medio Oriente diventerà una federazione di repubbliche laiche sul modello dell'URRR.
Nei primi anni di vita questa grande federazione potrà contare sull'appoggio economico, politico e militare di quelli che sono stati i loro liberatori.
Ovviamente questo è il nostro punto di vista: accetteremo proposte dall'alleato austriaco per quanto riguarda Smirne e la Palestina, ma prevedo siano d'accordo con noi per un processo di democratizzazione della regione.

4) Quali sono le possibili evoluzioni dei rapporti russo-britannici?
Nei mesi scorsi ci sono stati degli scontri militari, è vero...noi non abbiamo intenzioni ostili, semplicemente la macchina diplomatica si è inceppata creando dei disguidi.
Reciproche paure e incomprensioni hanno portato a qualche incidente di frontiera.
Membri del comitato stanno lavorando sinergicamente coi vari ambasciatori al fine di prevenire altri errori e controversie in futuro.

5) La riforma delle telecomunicazioni in Russia ha destato stupore, sia per le grandi innovazioni, ma anche per l'incomprensibile obsolescenza dei sistemi tradizionali, cosí esposti al terrorismo. Se continua così la Russia sarà il primo Paese a mandare un satellite nello spazio, ma senza nessun avanzamento nei consumi della popolazione. Come commenta?
Chi si stupisce di ciò è un patetico individualista ed egoista. Ci si accusa di essere dei dittatori.Falsità vi dico.Le vere dittature sono le plutocrazie occidentali dove la maggior parte della popolazione è costretta al silenzio.
Da quando il Comitato ha preso il potere nessuno muore più né di fame né di freddo nelle nostre Repubbliche. Il popolo ha capito che è giusto fare delle rinunce personali se queste possono essere di vantaggio al prossimo. La rinucia al superfluo fa sì che tutti abbiano il necessario. In realtà i nostri cittadini hanno tutto ciò che gli occorre; è la società occidentale che induce falsi bisogni alla popolazione per far girare la ruota del capitalismo oliata col sangue dei lavoratori. Nessuno deve rimanere indietro, tutti devono accedere a tutti i servizi e risorse. La costruzione di grande opere pubbliche e imprese quali lei pronosticava sono la conferma e il successo delle nostre teorie.

 

NOV 1916 - VATICAN REPORTS POPE'S DREAMPope's dream
(BudaPEST, Austrian EDItorial Press)
In a stunning revelation the Transylvanian minister returned from a trip to Rome to report on a conversation with the Pope's secretary.
It appears that the Pope, after reviewing the world diplomatic situation had a vision in his dream: God was walking away from the latest crushing of the devils in the football match when Satan ran after him and issued a new challenge: "football is a game for weak willed sissy's, however a real game is Diplomacy, we will destroy you in it." God laughed, "still haven't learned, you'll lose again...as always." To which the Devil replied, "Got Ya, I will have all the best players since they are the greatest liars, back stabbers, cheaters, not to mention lawyers." To which God replied with a smile: "But the GamesMasters are all my people."

 

 

DEC 1916 - RUSSIANS ENTER BUDAPEST, SOFIJA, SMYRNA AND TESCHEN
Bern - War news summarized and published by the Swiss International Press Agency.
- The Bulgars receive the Russian troops as "liberators" in Sofia, while hungarians organize the resistance in Budapest and Transylvania
- In the biggest naval battle of Scandinavia, the German fleet join the British one against the URRR's, but battleship remain on a stalemated line
- Vigo and Bilbao occupied by British desembarkment troops, while German Army engages the French at Lyon, Oloron-Saint-Marie and Lourdes

 

JAN 1917 - EXCERPTS FROM A PUBLIC SPEECH OF THE FIRST TRIUMVIR MATTEO
"Citiziens,
[..]
I am proud to declare the newest Revolutionary Army's success.
The National Revolutionary Committee met in August to solve some troubles.
A vote determined that the the Austrian occupation in Bulgaria and Hungary was illegitimate and therefore the NRC ordered the triumvirate to free the people from oppression.
The triumvirate respected the people's will and it can affirm now that Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary are united in the "Federation of the Democratic Slavic Republics" and the new capital city is set in Bucarest.

The Revolutionary Army freed also Smyrna and now the NRC proclaimed "the Arab Protectorate" and I have just sent a colonel to organize the region and he is already in Damas.
Mr. Fabrizio is taking care of  to crush riotous organizations and it will be built new working-camps in Siberia [...]"

the 1st triumvir Matteo,
(extract by an oration to Muscovites on the occasion of the Arab Museum' opening ceremony)

 

JAN 1917 - THE UNITED KINGDOM DECLARES WAR ON FRANCE
“The government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has always worked to prevent war and maintain the peace in our continent, but unfortunately, all our effort was in vain.
Since the beginning of 1914, the British forces are suffering various attacks from a foreign power, resulting in a defensive campaign of our navy in a way to protect our country.
The French action is hard and continuous. Even under a difficult attack, our government worked in a way to solve this problem in a diplomatic manner, but once more time, all our effort was in vain. The French government did not give up to attack our navy in the English Channel.
Besides this action, United Kingdom and Belgium had signed a defensive agreement, The Treaty of Brussels, that established a British defense of Belgium’s borders, and in which its art. 5th established that any attack to Belgium would be considered an attack to the UK, and in this way, our country would be free to begin a war campaign against who begins the conflict.
After the election of the new French government, once more time, we tried to achieve peace, but we did not get success.
So under that instrument of international law, we do not have another alternative, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland must declare war on France.
May god protect us!

King George V
by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas King,
Defender of the Faith,
Emperor of India."

 

FEB 1917 - VIENNA CHANGES ITS AMBASSADOR TO ROME
"Considering that typical Hapsburg Diplomacy has seemed to have failed in Rome, the Transylvania branch has been called up to provide a new Ambassador to the Italian Government. Mr Edi is happy to accept the appointment. The Austro-Hungarian Government thanks and wishes him any possible success."

Enrico

 

 

MAR 1917 - CALLS FROM THE TRANSYLVANIAN HILLSSkull Cave
(Vienna) - EDItorial Press - The crypt's at the edge of the forests leading east from Vienna are draped in black with a white trim with the exception of one. A little off the main road up a slight slope behind some White Ash trees. There rests a single stone doorway in a rocky knoll hardly noticed until you nearly fall onto it. The grounds about it are disturbed by the narrow long footprints that could only come from the Eastern Goblins that have been seen often enough around the service entrances of the Ambassador to London and various Pizza shops on the right bank of the Danube. If one could penetrate the monolith that stood for a doorway and was visible only to enchanted eyes or thoughts, you would come to a mirrored hall that held no reflections like a kaleidoscope gone color blind. Beyond the distance stealing perspective was a floating coffin surrounded by a swirling mist. Inside the coffin was emptiness, not just of space, but of the very essence of this world. On the side a small set of steps rose up through the mist leaning against the coffin lid which was slightly ajar. On the top step was the front page of the last issue of the Budapest Record: 'Godless Soviets Enter City, Churches burned'.
The echo of laughter trains off to the east amidst thunder and lightning from a cloudless night.
Meanwhile in the headquarters of London and Berlin a distinguished set of letters was presented to those countries' Chief Military Advisors from the 'Imperial War College' of Transylvania. The ancient script on the letters recognized by those whose position is only obtained by the most extensive combination of field experiences and studies of the Great Captains of the Golden Age. The call for the Grand Alliance will not be denied.

 

APR 1917 – WINTER PALACE DENIES BURNING CHURCHES IN BUDAPEST
"The URRR have nothing to do with Soviet. The Revolutionary Army in Budapest is distributing foodstuffs and medicines to the population.
The Army is respecting any religious institutions, according to URRR's custom.
We invite any Swiss president's delegate to come to Budapest to make certain all civil right are inviolate.
The Reactionary governments have just lied again."

Matteo

 

APR 1917 – HUNGARIANS REVOLTED BY SLAVIC INSULTS BY RUSSIANS
Vienna - EDItorial Free Press - Reports smuggled in from the Hungarian front down the Danube indicate a massive wave of counter reaction against the unfounded and illegal occupation of the Hungarian people by the Russian hordes. 'This is just like 1849 when the barbarian heretic Russians came to squash our freedom.' was a comment from one of the Roman Catholic priests leading a 'Liberty Mass' in the forests. 'These Russians have called us Slavs or Slobs, we are Hungarians. It is us who died rather than accept the Mongol hordes that the Russians licked the boots of. It is us who saved all of Europe by stopping the Tartars by our refusal to bow to their treachery, while the Russians raised their hind quarters to Tara Bulba and his ilk. We will have nothing to do with their Slavic Slobbering Empire, we are Hungarians free and true. It took us hundreds of years to work out an equal accord with the Austrians to form this great Dual Crown Empire of Austro-Hungary and we shall not allow the spreaders of chaos and deceit to occupy our holy Catholic Lands. Freedom we pray, Freedom we live, Freedom we will fight for!!!" as cheers from the forest gathering sprang up the people broke out into the opening lines of the Hungarian national anthem.

 

APR 1917 – AUSTRIAN NOBLES CALL FOR RESIGNATION OF AUSTRIAN LEADERSHIP
Rick, New York Post - April 28, 1917
In the wake of a year of disaster for the Hapsburgs, a group of nobles, including almost all of the now-dispossessed Hungarian contingent, have called for a change of leadership in the government of Austria-Hungary.

“Our Prime Minister is the greatest of fools”, said Duke Brankovic, one of the leaders of the opposition. “With the Ottoman Collapse last year, and the concentration of Russian units on our eastern frontier, it was obvious to nearly everyone that we would be next to feel the Russian’s swords. But instead of guarding our hard-won gains, the only thing our Prime Minister was interested in, was redeploying against Italy, a nation who we had no business fighting in the first place. When Russia marched into our Galician provinces last spring, when they invaded our nation with no other destination possible than our home centers, again our Prime Minister did worse than nothing, he moved to liberate Tyrolia from the skeleton garrison that Deutschland left behind a year ago!”

Backed by twenty other nobles, the Duke continued. “Now, here in the spring, we find that the Russians have built still more armies, to move against us. We have Italy to our back, and Russia to our front. Germany is distracted and France is all but taken. The only hope we have is to push for an immediate change in leadership, one more interested in retaking what is rightly ours, than in doing whatever its Russian masters decree. We make this public appeal in the hope that the leader of the opposition, Third Minister Edi, take over our beleaguered nation and save it from the Russian onslaught before the Italians and Russians destroy us all.”

When contacted about this appeal, the Prime Minister’s office made a statement that they are fully in control of the war effort and that negotiations with other powers to assist Austria are ongoing. Third Minister Edi, currently in transit from London to Vienna, was not available for comment.

 

MAY 1917 – FRENCH ADMIRALTY AGAINST BRITAIN
The notice of the English war declaration didn't surprise the French government and our Prime Minister Fabio. They invaded our territory last year, and we weren't ready to strike back. Only cowards attack a nation under a right new government. Because of the great danger that the English fleets and armies represent, the French government decided to move anywhere else. The destination is top secret, so each traitor will die under the blade of our guillotine. To the English Prime Minister, we say only one thing: We will strike back, anywhere, where you will not expect the attack of our troops. I can surely say, that each nation that will support the English government and/or their troops, will have the whole French population as enemy.
Keep your powder dry, in future...

Luca B. - First Admiral of the French Fleet

 

JUN 1917 - THE FINAL ITALIAN OFFENSIVE - BRITISH TROOPS IN PARIS
Delemont International Press Resource - War news from Europe, Delemont speaking to the world.
- Italian offensive over the Empire: troops enter Bozen, Fiume, Zara, Spalato, Ragusa, Tirana and Athens
- The British flag flaps over the Tour Eiffel; the French Government flees to an unknown destination (rumors say Algiers)
- Porto's population welcomes HMS "De Queiroz" as liberators

 

JUN 1917 – PARTISANS DESTROY MAIN RUSSIAN SUPPLY DUMP, ENSURE FREEDOM OF HUNGARY — BUT FOR HOW LONG?
Rick, New York Post - Late June, 1917 – Vienna
The mood in the capital is grim. The Russian-Italian Alliance has all but encircled the Austria-Hungary Empire. One entire army has been destroyed in an attempted breakout from Greece, and the Italians have advanced all along the entire front, from Tyrolia through Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, and Greece. Only in Hungary has the Empire seen success.
Stories have reached Vienna that the key to Austria’s sole victory was a band of partisans who infiltrated the main Russian supply dump northeast of Budapest and set off a “Titanic” explosion one hour before the main artillery barrage was launched across the Croatian front. The partisans were reportedly killed by the series of explosions, which went far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.
Action continues in Northern Hungary, as the supply-depleted Russian army attempts to fall back towards Galicia, where stockpiles of food and ammunition await. Rail lines between the front and these supplies are being disrupted intermittently by other bands of partisans, leaving the fate of the Russian army in doubt. It is still possible, says the Austrian High Command, that the URRR army may still be encircled, should the bad weather of the last week hold. If not, and the Russian army escapes to Galicia, then the encirclement of Austria-Hungary will be complete.
Although the Austrian government is still optimistic, the people are not. With the front lines on all sides now, the people have nowhere to flee, so there are surprisingly few refugees. Independent experts agree that although it is unlikely that all of the remainingforces of Austria-Hungary can be destroyed this summer and fall, it is certainly possible. By this time next summer, the experts feel, Austria-Hungary will no longer exist.

 

JUL 1917 – IN A SPEECH TO VETERANS MATTEO SENDS MESSAGES TO EUROPEAN POWERS
Dear friends,
some bands of outlaws, supported by the reactionary Austrian government, attack our barracks in Budapest and they sabotaged many facilities.
Our Army could withstand to the enemy, but we preferred to take a more prudent attitude.
Taking an urban guerrilla warfare was too risk for the civil population.
Hence our army was retreating in Galizia, waiting orders from the Triumvirate.[...]
[...]The Austrian enemy is ringed and it refuses any arms negotiations.
We are in close contact with the Italian Prime Minister and we are going to solve this trouble together with 6 months.
An alliance between our countries is at hand [...]
[...]Our government is contacting the British PM to find an agreement in Scandinavia in order to avoid further bloodshed.[...]

Matteo
1st triumvir of the URRR,
extract from a speech to veterans in Warsaw

 

DEC 1917 - BERLIN FALLS; AUSTRIA RESISTS; ITALY HOLDS
BSW (Buochs Speaking to the World) press service - War news from Switzerland.
- Russians take Berlin; Germans resist in Munich and occupy Belgium
- France takes Tunisia and reconquer the Midi; the French Government is still hiding
- Britain wins the battle of Scandinavia: Morflot still controls the Baltic Sea

 

DEC 1917 – THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
Rick, New York Post – Vienna
As the snow falls over the capital, there is a holiday spirit among the people. Supplies are tight as the embargo to outside goods holds over Austria-Hungary, but shoppers try to make do. Though there remains a shortage of meat, the crops from Hungary this past autumn were surprisingly good, the more so since the war left most of Austria-Hungary’s breadbasket alone this fall.

The surprisingly good fortunes of the Austrian-Hungarian fortunes can be largely explained by three factors. First and foremost, Italy decided to consolidate her gains from the spring, and did not assault Vienna even though she certainly had the resources to do so. Whether this is because Vienna was promised to the URRR, or because Italy decided that holding Trieste was a bigger priority, is not known at this time. Partisan activity in Trieste and Tyrol, unlike in Hungary last summer, failed to achieve any major gains, so the counteroffensive from the Austrian army south of Vienna stalled under the heavy guns of Italy in the Croatian highlands. The successful attack of the French Foreign Legion on Tunis in late August doubtless influenced Italy to focus more attention on her Mediterranean holdings, as her fleet based in Durres, Albania immediately sailed for the Ionian Sea, backed by elements of the Italian Greek fleet. In a show of force but no shots fired in anger, the URRR Eastern Mediterranean Fleet came within range of the Italian fleet. The two fleets reportedly engaged in joint maneuvers for three days before the Greek and Eastern Mediterranean forces returned to their deployment areas.

In the capital, the people are encourage, as they feel that this new threat from southeast and west, Italy may now have an incentive to make peace with Austria, at least until France is defeated, and any breathing room Austria can get, they are willing to take.

The second factor which helped Austria-Hungary was the redeployment of additional URRR resources to the battle against Germany. In what turned out to be an unnecessary move, the URRR army based in Prague moved her forces west into Bavaria, scuttling an attempted move into Berlin by the army there but otherwise taking no ground. The November 1st Battle of Pommersche Bucte, in which the Germany Kiel Navy was unable to break through the Russian Baltic Battle Fleet (which also contained the cruiser squadrons of the Swedish URRR Fleet) to the vulnerable transports, allowed the amphibious landing of the URRR Livonian army. This army, having bypassed Germany’s fixed defenses on the west bank of the Oder River, swept into Brandenburg and occupied Berlin before the German army, which had deployed to Silesia to stop an expected assault from Bohemia or Galicia, could return. However, both the Kiel fleet and the Russian battle fleet were severely damaged in the engagement, forcing the URRR force back to port in Stettin for repairs. England took advantage of the damage to the Baltic fleet to move her naval elements along the coast, making an early December attack on Sweden possible. Facing impossible odds, the URRR Swedish fleet nevertheless sailed and met the British in the Battle of Gotland Bank on December 6th, 1917. Lacking her cruisers, her main battle line fell victim to the torpedo boat squadrons of the English navy and she was forced to retreat in the failing light towards her base in Stettin. Behind her were the sinking wrecks of four of her finest battleships, which had only taken one British battleship in return. Lacking major opposition, the English navy occupied Stockholm the next day, to the great relief of her people, according to reports from Stockholm.

The implications of Russia’s deployment of so much force to the north, is a matter of speculation to many people. It appears that even with Germany’s forced occupation of Belgium, which is a violation of England’s treaty with Belgium and theoretically is a casus belli for England against Germany, that Germany will still be too short on supplies to maintain all of her present forces in the field. Given the Russian assault and the fact that next spring Warsaw is potentially open to a move from the German army in Silesia, most people think that England and Germany will remain allied and the German army in western France will be the one to go, thus relieving some of the pressure from Russia on Austria-Hungary’s northern front.

The final factor which likely saved Austria-Hungary was her series of battlefield victories against the URRR in September and October of 1917, particularly her two-pronged assault on Russia’s supply lines in Rumania. During the late weeks of September and the early weeks of October, the Austrian army based in Hungary surprisingly defeated the URRR in a surprise attack on the border city of Brasov in the Transylvanian Alps on September 17-18, 1917. The army followed up the northern Rumanian force and penetrated to the outskirts of Ploesti by September 30, disabling its critical refineries. As the northern Rumanian army was reinforced with troops from western Walachia and Bucharest, by October 5 it became clear to the Hungarian command that they could not hold, so they fell back across the Transylvanian Alps just in time to man their defense lines in northern Hungary. The Serbian army, whose objective was reportedly Bucharest, made little ground, being held on the Jis river line west of Craiova. However, this was a mixed blessing, both because it tied up key components of the Rumanian army, and because then they were in place to maneuver southwest back into Serbia, and defeat the URRR Bulgarian army at the Battle of Nis in southeastern Serbia on October 14. The heavily-mauled URRR Galician army, which might have been able to penetrate to Budapest and beyond had she attacked in September, didn’t launch its main offensive until October 15, by which time the dug-in Hungarian army held the URRR force at a line north of the cities of Salgotarjan-Miscolk-Nyiregyhaza through mid-November, when the URRR army fell back on all fronts to their staging areas in Bulgarian and Galicia.

Given the uncertainties among the other nations at war, none of whom seem to have solid alliances with one another, the mood in Austria is hopeful. Hopeful that Italy will see the threat from Russia and France and make peace, hopeful that Russia will continue to have failures in battle in the south and north alike, and hopeful that Germany, who is now fully engaged with Russia, will find a way to coordinate with Austria to help defend her from the URRR. The people here know that their hopes hang upon a brittle thread, that they remain encircled and besieged. But they endure, they say, and that itself is their Christmas miracle. So it may indeed be.

 

DEC 1917 - ELECTIONS RESULTS

COUNTRY VOTERS WIINNER % OTHERS
Austria-Hungary - Parlamentar elections 69% Joschka 49% 51% invalid
Italy - Political elections 95% Sebastián 63% 24% Daniel
Germany - Reichstag elections 35% Llibert 82%  
United Kingdom - Parliament elections 91% Bruno 59% 29% Luiz Victor

 

JAN 1918 - GERMAN ARMY LOSES WAY IN BURGUNDY WINDS UP IN BELGIUMWW I
(Brussels, Austrian Press Service)
The appearance of the German army in Brussels was more than a surprise to the British Counsel here and the entire diplomatic community, it was also an apparent shock to the German troops themselves! Early contacts by the British border guards revealed that the Germans had maps of the Paris subways and various lists of house address and rather obscene French 'Verb Cards'. The initial comment by the first squad encountered was a rather beer induced drinking song something about "Would You Desire to go and throw a Couch with me."

The German embassy here was equally stunned by the troops and had no idea how to explain it. The ambassador's dispatches from the telegraph station was intercepted by the New York Times reporters after the exchange of a few francs and pommes frits and published in a local railroad magazine by mistake: "What is the Third Army doing in Brussels? Stop. They have no orders idea where they are. Stop. They are all drunk. Stop. They will not share their beer. Stop. Which is how we know they were German soldiers. Stop. The English are very mad as they do not like real beer. Stop. Stella Artois has lodged a protest over the demands of the soldiers for Becks. Stop. All prior messages to Berlin have not been answered. Stop. In fact rather than stop can you START. The world is watching.

 

FEB 1918 - GOVERNMENTS FALL IN AUSTRIA, ITALY
Rick, New York Post - Late February, 1917 - Rome

Of all the conflicts going on in Europe, it could be argued that none are being fought more fiercely than that between Austria-Hungary and Italy. Under the leadership of Enrico A. and Daniel P., the two nations have fought indecisively for several years. In the elections of 1917-1918, the voters of both nations expressed their discontent for the state of the war by throwing out both of their incumbent Prime Ministers.

In Austria, the Hungarian faction made all the difference. The Hungarian Army, under the leadership of General Duke Brankovic since May, successfully engaged and defeated two separate URRR armies and freed Hungary. Unwilling to leave command of his armies personally, polls of the people of Hungary indicate that they will vote as a block for Duke Brankovic’s choice for Prime Minister, former Second Minister Joshka. Last April he came out in public support of Third Minister Edi, but in a negotiated deal, command of the then-Trieste Army was transferred to Duke Brankovic in return for dropping his support of Third Minister Edi, who reportedly was unhappy with the performance of then Prime-Minister Heinrich von Agamemnon, but who didn’t want the PM job either with the nation on the brink of destruction. Second Minister Joshka, whose appointment as Minister of the Navy had become rather pointless as Austria-Hungary no longer has a coastline, became the effective leader of the opposition, funneling naval artillery ammunition and stockpiles towards General Duke Brankovic’s Hungarian army as the autumn campaign season progressed. That he made the most of it, in contrast with Minister of War Heinrich von Agamennon’s Austrian army, only served to unite the Hungarian people’s opposition to anything involving the intractable, ineffective War Minister. This block of votes was too great for the divided Austrian voter block to overcome and as 1918 dawned, it was clear that Austria-Hungary was to have a new leader. Whether this leader can continue to reign in the face of two hostile nations encircling him remains to be seen, but even Prime Minister Joska’s opponents have little choice that he could do better diplomatically than Heinrich von Agamemnon. It is hard to believe that he could do any worse.

Given the fortunes of the war in Austria-Hungary, it was not surprising that the government fell in the elections of 1917-1918. The same cannot be said of Italy. Had the election been held only six months before, there is no doubt that former Prime Minister Daniel P. would have won in a landslide victory. As time went on, however, jubilation at Italy’s magnificent offensive in June 1917 slowly turned to dismay that Prime Minister Daniel P. squandered his opportunities and in fact issued no orders at all to his armies in the field for the remainder of the year. Army commanders, with no orders, stood their ground and destroyed hundreds of partisans, when Vienna could have been theirs. As the fall turned into winter, thousands of protesters descended upon Rome in favor of Second Minister Israel, whose navies stopped a URRR incursion into the Ionian Sea and stopped any further advance of France past the African coast. The debacle in Tunis was also revealed to be due to the Prime Minister’s refusal to send adequate supplies from Sicily to the Tunisian garrison, even though the navy was prepared to transport them. As a result, even the lightly-armed French Foreign Legion was able to overrun the skeleton force he had left. The Vatican City, patrolled by the Swiss Guard, has managed to keep the protestors away, but the rest of the city came to a standstill, as the election cycle reached its peak.

The election appeared to to be Second Minister Israel’s to lose. Third Minister Sebastian, who led the opposition, was running second in the polls behind Israel. The turning point came when the now very unpopular Prime Minister publicly asked the Naval Minister for his endorsement—and instead got a rejection, as Second Minister Israel declined the opportunity to be Prime Minister and instead endorsed the opposition leader, Sebastian. This calmed the crowds, which went home almost anticlimactically and voted by almost a two to one margin to elect Prime Minister Sebastian.

With new leaders in both Rome and Vienna, the rest of the world waits to see how they will interact. The URRR has made no public statement but sources who wish to remain anonymous are highly alarmed at the prospect that Italy may change sides and go to war with Russia over the former Ottoman provinces of Turkey. This would align all four remaining powers against her, so diplomatic traffic between Moscow and Rome has reportedly been heavy in the days since the election results were announced.
In contrast, the election season in England was relatively sedate. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Bruno, Britain’s fortunes have been universally good, such that she neither has nor needs a single army or navy on her shores. “If we fight them overseas”, said the Prime Minister in a campaign rally, “We need never fight them here!” Opposition to Bruno was light, scattered, and ineffective. Similarly, elections in Germany resulted in an easy win for Prime Minister Llibert, whose third minister resigned rather than face him and whose second minister has made it clear he is not interested in the job. Although third party candidates dominated the elections in overall numbers, their failure to form a coalition government left Prime Minister Llibert the ruler of Germany for another term. Since much of the opposition party’s election base was in and around Berlin, this was not entirely surprising—the few remaining members of that party privately question whether it was by incompetence or intent that Berlin fell last fall. However, no one will go on the record, at the Prime Minister’s request holding a show of unity in a time of national crisis.

 

FEB 1918 – BRITISH PRESS RELEASE
After the last general elections, the National Party achieved the major part of seats of the Parliament.
In consequence, H. R. H. King George V of Great Britain and Ireland invited the leader of major party, Baron Bruno de Queiroz, to form his cabinet.
Considering the internal and international situation, it is consensus that the government of national unity must continue its job.
The British cabinet is:
Prime Minister: Baron Bruno de Queiroz.
Minister of War: Mr. Waldir Reccanello.
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Mr. Luiz Victor.

Downing Street, #10
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 

APR 1918 – PRESS RELEASE – WOLF TELEGRAFIKA
Hamelin, State of Hesse. April 1918.

The war seldom touches the rich and famous. Factory workers and peasants in German gray take up arms and fight the Kaiser's war while the mothers and sweethearts bear the hard news. But today it seems that the aristocracy too may have been struck by the war of Russian Aggression.

Loyal readers remember that our lead correspondent Wolf Blitzer was on his way to cover the annual royal wild boar hunt in East Prussia. The obvious risk involved in such an event not 20 miles from the battle lines was outweighed by the possibility that this bravery would lift the spirits of the nation.
Instead, the nation is in shock over rumors that virtually the entire government may have become casualties of the war that many say it brought upon itself in the first place.

Unconfirmed rumors from the east suggest that the hunting party may in the thrill of the chase have found itself behind enemy lines; or perhaps that a major Russian cavalry in search of German food to replace the miserable ration of beetroots ended up rounding up the hunting party and a large pile of boar and deer instead. One way or another, nothing has been heard from the council of ministers or from Wolf Blitzer himself since last month.

Baron von Brown, a junior minister without portfolio and leader of the 5-seat delegation of the Wurtemburg Free Party, intends to visit the royal palace to seek the Kaiser's permission to form a temporary working group to organize the search for the missing politicians and to run the essential organs of government until the former ministers can be recovered. Why "intends"? In this emergency, why not today? Another casualty of the hunting trip: the Royal Appointments Secretary.

 

APR 1918 – WEATHER IN SWITZERLAND: COMMUNICATIONS CUT OFF
The World Reknown Swiss Monitor - Bern - April 1918 - The worst spring storm of the last 120 years is reported to be going on in Central Switzerland. All communications have been cut and the Capital, as long as other northern cities, will remain isolated from the rest of the world for at least 48 hours, say weather officials from Lugano station. Reportedly, the Swiss President and the Government are trying to cross the Alps.

 

MAY 1918 – BRITISH DECLARATION ON PORTUGAL
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Portugal have a historical and strong alliance since the XII century, when the Treaty of Windsor was signed.
During the Napoleonic Wars, the United Kingdom protected Portugal and its royal family in the time that they were in Brazil.
In 1904, Portugal and United Kingdom has signed the second Treaty of Windsor that reaffirmed the alliance between both countries, and that is still working until today.
So, under the rule of this Treaty, the longest alliance of the world, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has to defend Portugal.
As, since 1914, Portugal was suffering with foreign troops inside its territory, causing a loss in its sovereignty, we were forced to send troops there in a way to bring Portugal back to normality, and to reconstruct its sovereignty.

Cabinet of the British Government,
#10, Downing Street.

MAY 1918 - RUSSIAN ELECTORAL RESULTS
St. Petersburg - The Russians confirmed Matteo as their chief; the First Triumvir will soon form the new Cabinet.

COUNTRY VOTERS VOTES %
Russia - Elections for Premier 73% Matteo 84%, others 16%

 

JUL 1918 - BERLIN - NEWS FROM THE FRONT - SMASHING GERMAN VICTORY IN BATTLE OF POTSDAM
Little remains of the market and industral city of Potsdam, center of fierce fighting this summer as the German reclaimed its capital. Frederick the Great's own Potsdam Grenadiers, famous for their 2 meter-plus height, would have stood tall to see the gallant German boys in thunderous artillery duels and house-to-house combat as they evicted the murderers and looters of the oppressionist so-called Workers Paradise. An entire Russian army scuttled like rats back to the border as German troops liberated their families and houses - what was left of them.

Tales of atrocities linger. Russian soldiers stole all the women's fur coats and used the bathtubs for ashtrays. The nekkulturny comrades were even seen to put tomato ketchup on genuine white veal sausage. Prime Minister General Llibert, himself a Berliner by adoption after his many years of public service, wept to hear of the desecration of his sausage dog, which the clueless Commies cooked and ate before they found out that it was not some sort of chicken that laid little sausages. Fortunately several of them found and served several of the little sausages that the dog had laid to Field Marshal Matteo and his staff, which may explain the army's lack of leadership during the battle.

Foreign Minister Admiral von Braun praised the co-operation of the army and navy in defending Kiel from further aggression. "We offered the Russians peace and friendship if they returned quietly to their country. Insolently they invited us to a peace conference in Prague last spring and their diplomats failed to show up. Perhaps they were over-confident after their sneak attack across undefended borders into Germany in 1915. So, this year they have launched major attacks against Italy and Germany, and are still contesting the self-determination of the Nordic peoples in Scandinavia. They got their noses bloody this year because they had to stand up and fight the brave allies instead of being able to stab them in the back as they have done already to Turkey, Austria, Germany and Italy".

Ambassador Alex returned from conferences in England to report that the English defense of Sweden was also successful. The English, with their American cousins, are looking into precedents for war crimes trials if the Russian government is captured. "This continent has not seen aggressive warfare since the Europeans worked together to throw out the Mussulmans in the 1500's, and we must not tolerate it now", Prime Minister Bruno commented.

Prime Minister Llibert says his recent gratitude to the Russian Army for returning him from the hunting accident has diminished since Army communnications experts discovered that the pieces of auto wreckage in his head were in fact tiny radio crystals, apparently implanted by the Russians while the PM was unconscious. PM Llibert, in an address in the newly-restored Reichstag building, urged the minor powers to drop their petty squabbles and band together to prevent further aggression by the Trotskyite despots. "Russia is strong", he said, "but together we can stand up to them. Look at little Germany, with only 5 armies, fighting for its life against the 10 armies of Russia. So now there are only 9. If each of us do this, we can put the Communists where they belong - not just within their borders, but into jail cells or insane asylums, and return the power to the peace-loving Russian people. Now that Austria has recovered her seaport of Trieste, perhaps she will forget Italy's attacks, perhaps Italy will leave Austria alone and consider acquisring new lands in Turkey instead, and perhaps France will work with the rest of us to destroy Russia's southern fleets. What we need is a coalition of the willng to enforce a regime change in an unstable country to rid the world of dangerous despots."

Now that Germany has successfully defended itself, the newly-formed League of Nations debated sending a strongly-worded communique to Moscow, but could not agree on the wording, and decided instead to censure Germany for taking up arms against communist aggression instead of negotiating the surrender of the rest of its cities.

Kaiser Wilhelm plans a visit to his cousin George, King of England, in the immediate future to discuss co-operation in the northern theater.

Wolf Blitzer
Chief Reporter
Wolf Telegrafika

 

JUL 1918 – EDI PRESENTS THE NEW AUSTRIAN CABINET
The government of the Austro-Hungarian Empire shall be as follows:
dully reported as:
Prime Minister: Edi Commander of the Armies/War Department
2nd Minister: Enric: Fleet Commander
3rd Minister: Joschka: ---

Public notice in the Austro-Hungarian Empire they will be known by their Hungarian names and titles:

Prime Minister: BirSauron, Lord of Darkness, Bane of Elves (eater of chickens… fried and baked)
2nd Minister and Minister of Ghost Fleet, ambassador to Moscow: Enrico Von Hapsburger (with and without cheese)
3rd Minister: Shadow Minister, ambassador to the Cossack Circus and Exotic Women (as well as Equine Creatures of a Certain defective life style).

BirSauron/EDI

 

AUG 1918 – POPOV AIRFIELD INAUGURATED IN MOSCOW
“Citizens, I’m very proud and very honoured to be re-elected as 1st triumvir.
Our nation got many successes during these years, but we have to work still very hard.
The revolution must go. Our boys are fighting far-off in order that many people are free and it is an honour dieing for the other people’s live […]

During these years, the National Revolutionary Committee tried to avoid conflicts.
Unfortunately the imperialistic nations preferred to shed innocent blood rather than sharing their own privileges.
For this reason we had to punish the Italian government and now our fleet docks in the Ulysses’ harbour.
The Greeks found freedom again.
Anyway after some incidents it seems we found the way for the peace with the Germany and our ambassadors are working to find an agreement with the British government.
I hope it will be more sincere than in the past, although I don’t understand the reason of its army in Norway. Hence we have no option but to build a fleet in the Artic region in order to defend our homes.[…]

I hope to see the end of the war during this tenure.
That day not the URRR will have won, but the freedom. […]

I would seize the opportunity to do the best wishes for a speedy recovery at my revolutionary friend, supporter of our cause, that lives beyond the Atlantic Ocean ”

Extract from the 1st triumvir’s oration
at the “Popov Airfield” in Moscow

 

AUG 1918 – PUBLIC PRESS FROM KIEV
"[…] Citizens, it's a national mourning day. Many valorous soldiers died in Berlin in order that local inhabitants save their own freedom.
We didn't want to happen this tragedy and we tried in the past a diplomatic solution during a meeting in Prague.
Anyway the reactionary and dictatorial German regime preferred the war than the peace.
So, many citizens, Russian and German, died.

What can we tell about the British behaviour? We tried a diplomatic solution also with them.
As matter as fact we met with a British delegation in Reykjavik but they fell short of expectations.
We learned to know the liars and , fortunately, we safeguarded ourselves.[…]
[…]. The war of the people goes on, citizens. We have to bring hope to the European people, although the reactionary Press accuse them of crimes that we didn't commit.
They named us thieves…defilers…Let's not listen to them!
We will fight in order that every European people have the same opportunities that we have today.
We can only hope that the Peace conference will be convened as soon as possible.
Our reasons will predominate in that venue."

Extract from the 1st triumvir's oration
at "The Harvest Festival" in Kiev

 

AUG 1918 – WASHINGTON COMPOST - BELGIANS WAFFLE!! - BOND WITH BRITISH BOGUS??
Hank Honker, staff writer
Washington Compost staffers have obtained evidence that our European friends, always in love with the stuffy, pointless and unproductive kibuki dance of French-inspired international diplomacy, are in fact the dupes of a massive fraud. If not for all the thousands of dead European outhes that have given up their lives for this misunderstanding, it would be almost funny, a true case study as to why we Americans think our European friends are just a little too wrapped up in their traditions and a little too divorced for reality.

In an exclusive interview with Hank Honker, young Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium, honored today as the top graduating student at prestigious Slippery Rock State University, revealed astonishment that the military operations in his home country have been attributed to the so-called Treaty of Brussels published in June of 1914.

As we discussed the state of European affairs the prince was saddened that his homeland has been subjected to the claims of various countries. "This Treaty of Brussels", he said, "I never heard of. I know my family and friends were very pleased when the Germans came to visit and made it possible for us to restore our Flemish traditions after so long domination by the French minority. Anyway it is impossible that my father King Albert signed this treaty in June of 1914 because he was here helping me get established in as a student and the rest of the family moved to the US to avoid the war that he saw shaping up. All summer long the family was here together".

The Belgian embassy was reluctant to confirm this until the US Immigration and Naturalization Service confirmed that King Albert and family had entered the US in 1914 and in fact none have yet departed, although nobody would provide a contact for the King himself. However, the Belgian embassy did more or less conced the truth of the story. Hans Breugel, a senior embassy official, observed, "With the new Flemish administration in Belgium running smoothly, there is perhaps no reason for the Royal family to subject the country to the terrible morale crisis if they were to be injured or lost in an accident of war".

On further investigation Hank Honker has determined that the "Treaty" has only been published once: in a news article in the London Times. Looks to the Compost that our cousin John Bull has been feeding his fellow Europeans - well, a bit of the old Bull.

Be sure to follow the remaining articles in this investigative series by Hank Honker as he travels to Scandinavia to determine the whereabouts of King Haakon, purported signator of the Oslo Treaty.

 

DEC 1918 – THE WORLD LOOKS AT LONDON FOR PEACE
ZIPS - Zollikon International Press Service.
Mutiny on the Italian Army helps Austria recovering Vienna.
Britain desembarks in Norway and Belgium and occupies Marseille.
France takes Verona, Vicenza and Venice and controls the entire Po Valley; the Alpini isolated in Tyrol.

 

JUN 1919 – IS WAR OVER?
DIPS - Dietikon International Press Service.
Holidays in the trenches: only fleets displace, while armies wait

 

JUL 1919 – VIENNA CALLS FOR PEACE
”Considering the last season as a sign that there is a lack of interest in continuing, the Austrian PM calls for an immediate 'Peace Conference' so that this history can be concluded.”

 

JUL 1919 – DAWNING STREET AGREES TO THE PEACE CONFERENCE
”The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland agrees with the Austrian call, and thinks that this is the best option for the continent now.
It is time for peace.
May the other European powers agree with us!

We would like that the President of Switzerland can help us in this way.

Sincerely,

Baron de Queiroz,
Prime Minister,
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland."

 

JUL 1919 – VON BRAUN’S OPEN LETTER TO THE BALLPLATZ
”In my first interview with the Kaiser while discussing the formation of a new government, he has indicated that he strongly desires to end the pointless bloodshed that has gripped our continent, and he hopes that those who launched these aggressive wars will decide to think better. Germany supports the call for a peace conference.

Our armies are newly energized after taking the spring off for retraining, and are ready to defend Germany against all who wish us harm, but after the years of pointless warfare, we would prefer to get our crops in the field over the summer and settle down to a peaceful Christmas (which at least we can all enjoy now that our good neighbor Russia has erased the Ottoman imams from Europe).

Baron von Braun
PM pro tempore”

 

JUL 1919 – ITALY WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY PEACE WITHOUT WITHDRAWAL FROM ITS TERRITORY
The government of Italy formally refuses any arrangement of the international borders that denies the full integrity of the Italian territory.

Until the French occupation of Venice ends, Italy shall continue to struggle for its freedom.

Sebastian Tapia
Prime Minister of Italy”

 

JUL 1919 – ST. PETERSBURG WRITES TO BERN; IS THE URRR AGAINST PEACE?
”Dear President of Switzerland,
I know about the Austrian purpose.
Anyway I am only the people's emissary and I can only suggest this >solution at the annual NRC's convention.
Hence I will be ready to discuss the peace only during the new year.

Matteo
1st triumvir of the URRR”

 

JUL 1919 – THE 1ST TRIUMVIR SPEAKS AGAINST THE PEACE CONFERENCE NOW
"Citizens, as you know many governments purposed a peace conference.
I think behalf of all people telling it'd be a good news.
Anyway, what peace do these gentlemen want?
We cannot speak about peace until the civil rights are denied in many countries!
Hence, I will accept the cease of fire only when some liberties will be granted.
The revolution don't stop to compromise and the NRC cannot, and don't want, betray millions of people believing in the social fairness.[…]

[…] Hence we must reject this convocation at the moment, but it's obviously the first point at NRC Congress' agenda in next December"

- Extract from the 1st triumvir's oration at the "P.O.Sukhoi Airfield" in Brest

 

JUL 1919 – THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR’S CABINET - WOLF TELEGRAFIKA
Berlin, July 1919 - Lead Correspondent Blitzer Wolf

Since the collapse of the generally hoped-for peace conference, the Kaiser fears that Germany cannot prosecute the war effectively without a functioning government. The Kaiser has demanded the immediate re-organization of the government and restoration of morale among the armed forces.

As it happened, Baron von Braun was the only member of the government in Berlin when the phone call came and so he has been appointed by the Kaiser as the Prime Minister to lead this restoration of order. The Baron is stunned by this tremendous responsibility but promises to do his best at this time of Germany's need. In view of the heavy casualties among the Prussian Junker class as a result of the 5 long years of senseless warfare, the Kaiser has authorized the PM to consider seeking political and administrative leadership from among the most talented members of the burgher class. In the meantime, PM Von Braun will depend on the existing group of exhausted but dedicated public servants to lend their expertise so that the new government can prepare the nation to continue the defense of the homeland.

The Kaiser has reminded us of Frederick the Great's observation that war is an extension of politics by other means. The first reorganization will be to temporarily combine the War Office and Foreign Office into one department to provide an integrated view to the rest of the world. The new PM is taking as his top and personal priority the founding and administration of the Department of Public Policy until a suitably experienced German patriot can be located to take on this massive responsibility. The length of this combined department will depend on how quickly it takes the diplomatic corps and the generals to figure out how to work together for general peace and prosperity while ensuring public safety.

The Prime Minister has called on veteran politician Llibert to serve as Second Minister and to take command of the fleet. To familiarize him with his new nautical career (and let him escape the pressures of new children at home) he has elected to serve his duties at his post aboard his flagship, presently at sea in the Helgoland Gulf.

The Prime Minister has also called on the long and distinguished career of Alex, until recently Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London.
Ambassador Alex has been requested to serve the nation as the Third Minister, National Security Advisor, and Deputy Director of the Department of Public Policy to provide his long knowledge to the new government. As such he will also serve in the national command center in a secret bunker from which, should misfortune befall the primary command center, he will be able to maintain control of the forces in the field and/or communicate with foreign powers as needed.

 

JUL 1919 – ITALY ACCEPTS THE PEACE CONFERENCE!
After the last ministerial meeting, the government of Italy has decided to accept the Peace Conference and discuss the return of Venice after the French occupation at this forum.

Sebastian Tapia
Prime Minister of Italy

 

JUL 1919 – OUI FROM PARIS!
”France will attend the peace conference in Switzerland.”

 

AUG 1919 – ADMIRAL LLIBERT FEARED LOST AT SEA
WOLF TELEGRAFIKA
Berlin, August 1919
Carrying out the Kaiser's wishes to restore the German forces to an effective level of readiness, former Prime Minister Llibert has been exercising his leadership of the German navy with an intensive series of maneuvers in the Helgoland Gulf. In an unexpected storm the new admiral was swept overboard. The flagship (after all Germany only has one ship), under the command of Captain Christian, has been searching for the former PM but after 3 days all hope is considered lost.

With foreign armies and fleets operating in all directions around Germany, the Prime Minister decided to leave the situation under Captain Christian's control rather than seek to install another political appointee. At a press conference in the Reichstag the Prime Minister announced the appointment of Captain Christian as Second Minister and Admiral of the Fleet.
The PM was most proud of the brand-new telephone with which he called the Captain to inform him of the appointment; the line to the fleet base in Kiel has just been reconnected after replacing all the copper that the occupying Russian troops stole in 1916-1917.

Your reporter, Blitzer Wolf, asked whether the new minister was actually a member of the PM's Minor Aristocrats and Tradesmen Party. "He is not here to vote", the PM replied, "I need him out with our fleet, defending our sea coast and helping our allies". Wolf wanted to know who exactly Germany's allies are, since Russian troops remain in Germany, English troops now occupy our military base in Flanders, and Austrian troops are massed along the Alpine border. "It is pretty simple", said von Braun. "Everybody is our friend and ally except those people who are attacking us". Not much to argue with there.

 

SEP 1919 – OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FO
This is an Official Press Release from United Kingdom.

London, September 1st, 1919.

His Majesty congrats the effort of German people and specially to the new member of the German Cabinet.

We hope the new government may be possible to establish his power together with the people and seek solutions for particular German problems.
Nonetheless will be possible without German support to brand new things to Europe. The German people importance at this time is vital to major concern to resolve the war questions.

As soon as possible the United Kingdom embassy in Berlin looks for contact.
The main objective now is to stay in contact with Berlin. The communication is believed to grow as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

Lord Luiz Victor
Foreign Minister
United Kingdom

 

DEC 1919 - RUMORS OF WAR CRUSHING THE EDELWEISS SPIRIT
By: Blitzer Wolf - Wolf Telgrafika
Berchtesgaden - December 1919
The sound of music in the Austrian Alps is being drowned out by the sound of the war machine. Tyrolian Jagers parade daily in smart red uniforms. In Bohemia we hear reports of strange contraptions like overgrown tractors only with chains for wheels and terrifically noisy, all painted white.

At the Gasthof Zum Hirsch, grizzled Gerhard Shumaker, a veteran of the 1870 war, proclaims that after 1870 even the French figured out not to go off to war in red fancy-dress uniforms, and surely the Austrians, being mostly Germans, are as smart as the French.
Meanwhile anonymous officials in the National Department of Public Policy seem confident that the Russians continue to honor the surrender terms after their defeat at the Battle of Potsdam in 1918 and have actively been trying to depart the Fatherland while concentrating on fighting off the continuing English attacks.

This corner of the Germanic people's neighborhood has known no conflict since the time of Napoleon. For that reason the German armies are far away, guarding our Baltic coasts and the turbulent French borders. A nervous city Council has petitioned the Kaiser for actual weapons to replace the militia's wooden training rifles. Like many here, nutcracker-carver Helmut Weissholz is hoping for a peaceful Kristkindlmarkt in Nuremburg with families and invited guests from both Bohemia and the Tyrol. The winter of 1917 he spent in the reserves helping to rid the Fatherland of its uninvited guests, and he hopes not to have to do that again.

 

DEC 1919 – RESOLUTION OF THE SWEDISH PARLIAMENT
Stockholm, December 1919 – Reported by WOLF Telegrafika - In Parliament, passed, a resolution

WHEREAS The Swedish people dearly love their King Gustav V and celebrate the 10th anniversary of his reign

WHEREAS the recent fiasco with the British impoundment of Swedish ships and their effective control of the national affairs are inappropriate for a neutral nation

WHEREAS the war may not be over any time soon based on the failure of the proposed Stockhom conference

WHEREAS the beloved King is now over the age of 60 and maybe needs to think about retirement plans, AND

WHEREAS the also beloved sons of the King and his lovely Queen Victoria of Baden, being both the granddaughter of the great Queen Sofia of Sweden and a German princess, and being the sister of Chancellor Prince Maximilian of Baden, are in refuge in the Black Forest in Germany where they were sent to avoid the perils of the war,

THIS PARLIAMENT NOW RESOLVES that the heir to the throne, 36-year-old Prince Adolf, and perhaps his brothers Wilhelm and Erik, should return to this country to prepare for their turn as rulers of the Swedes

AND RESOLVES that as a neutral power, English and Russian fores must depart this land and cease their fighting over it, since it is not theirs by any right,

AND RESOLVES because of that state of warfare that a small number of German troops should accompany the princes to this place and shall be permitted to remain to ensure Sweden's freedom from the warring powers, which since the royal family is from Germany anyway these German troops shall not be considered foreign soldiery

AND LASTLY PLEADS with the rulers of all of Europe to punish as aggressors any power who may attempt to prevent the return of our princes or to continue to occupy or attack our lands.

PASSED this day in Parliament, September 1919

 

JAN 1920 – BERLIN FALLS, SWEDEN IN WAR, FRANCE IN TRIESTE
Vaduz, January 1920 – The Liechtenstein Press Service
Berlin occupied by the Russians
The battle of Sweden: Russians, Britons and Germans send their men
The French Army enters Trieste

 

JAN 1920 – VIENNA CALLS FOR A PEACE CONFERENCE
The Austrian government would again like to call for the convergence of a Peace Conference as for what all the reasons that existed last time, plus the additional reasons of this last season making it even more important for all of our sanity to terminate this era of history.

 

JAN 1920 – DOWNING STREET SUPPORTS THE PEACE CONFERENCE
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland supports the call of a Peace Conference.

Baron de Queiroz
Prime Minister, UK

 

GEN 1920 – DICHIARAZIONE ALLA STAMPA DEL PRIMO TRIUMVIRO
”Ora sono pronto a convocare una conferenza di Pace ad Atene per discutere il nuovo assetto europeo.
Pubblicatelo pure.”

Matteo

 

JAN 1920 – THE KAISER SUPPORTS THE PEACE CONFERENCE
The Kaiser and his government also support the call for a peace conference.
We also wish to express our concern for the peaceful people of Sweden and the failure of English and Russian forces to respect the wishes of a democratically elected government and its rulers.

Baron von Braun
Germany PM

 

JAN 1920 – RUSSIAN ADMIRAL ALSO SPEAKS IN FAVOUR OF PEACE
The Great Nation of Russia also supports this peace conference.

- Admiral Andrei Pavlovich Durnov, Minister of the Navy

 

FEB 1920 – GLORIOUS ENTRANCE IN PARIS BY THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
BROADCAST, BROADCAST - Paris, France
France's Prime Minister, Admiral of the French Navy and France's Foreign Minister have a day long parade through Paris streets that peaked when marching through Champs Elysees towards the Arch du Triomphe where again the eternal flame was lit honoring the Heroes of this war.
After this ceremony the celebration begun with party all over the streets, ranging from Mont Martre, the Eiffel Tower, Petit & Grand Palais, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame and even in Versailles.

After the absence of French army and officials from Paris for at least 2 years on this war the people turn out to the streets of Paris.

The people is celebrating this entrance and also the news running through Paris streets and alleys that:

France will join the Peace Conference in Switzerland.

The tables and streets are red... red wine is running wild all over for this celebration.

Vive la France... Vive la France... Peace, Peace... are the chants in Paris.

Even ZiZou was present in this joyful celebration.

Vive la France!

Pathe!

 

FEB 1920 – MATTEO SPEAKS IN THE ROSA LUXEMBURG HOSPITAL IN BERLIN
“Citizens,

war is over. The enemies of people aren’t able to bad for the democracy. Berlin, city where the Kaiser refused many times his support to free Sweden, is under the URRR’s control now.
You, that were subjects until lately, are been elevated to the status of citizens.
Hence our army is putting an end to the iniquities that the reactionary government caused and it’s looking a new democratic model.

In the meantime our ultimatum is on the British Premier’s desk. We will not permit that the British Empire rules Sweden and the end of this war will put an end to British colonialism.

In this moment each European Chief of State has got an invitation to the Peace Conference in Athens.

Democracy won a battle, but the revolution must go on. “

The 1st triumvir Matteo
- extract from an oration in the new “Rosa Luxemburg Hospital”,
Berlin

 

FEB 1920 – ROME ACCEPTS THE PEACE CONFERENCE
The government of Italy will enter the Peace Conference.

Sebastian Tapia
Prime Minister of Italy

 

MAR 1920 – THE BRITISH DELEGATION AT THE PEACE CONFERENCE
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is going to be represented by its Prime Minister, Baron de Queiroz.

Downing Street, #10.

 

APR 1920 – ADMIRAL CHRISTIAN WILL REPRESENT GERMANY
Admiral Christian shall represent the German interests at the peace conference.

We are OK with any city not under foreign occupation.
Casablanca is a good idea. Perhaps this will set the tone for productive discussions.

Baron von Braun
PM Germany

 

APR 1920 – THE TIMES – EDITORIAL
LONDON. Finally, the conflicts in our continent have ceased.
The great powers of Europe have decided to cease-fire, and changed the means to continue the “war”. The weapons left the scene for the politicians.
Despite the initial controversy about the place of the PC, somehow in consequence of the Russian inexperience in international matters, we can be confident that this Conference can effectively put an end to this war.
After 6 years of conflicts, our countries and people are exhausted! The military campaign was developing in a slow way, with few advances, demonstrating that this kind of artifice had not been effective. So, to change the manner of proceed was quite imperious, and it was in this way that we believe that peace can be achieve for sure.
Despite the United Kingdom did not have get the supremacy of the continent, we do not have why to fear the PC, and its possible result. We have one of the biggest armed forces of the continent, and a self-guarded territory.
If we consider the size of our military contingent and the small size of our territory, compared with our principal counter-point, we can affirm that UK enters in the Conference in a good position, do not allowing that British positions about Europe cannot be ignored.
Besides the military aspect, we must point out that UK enters in the PC with a great popular support, and it is not only by British people.
As our history can demonstrate, the UK was always compromised with democracy and freedom, and was because of it, that everywhere the British soldiers arrived, they were received as friends and liberators.
The first countries that asked for help, were Belgium and Norway. With the imminence of a war, they have looked for British help in a way to preserve them from any king of aggression.
Similar to this, was the liberalization of Portugal, the oldest ally of UK, who was invaded by a foreign power in a way to subjugate them.
This same claim for freedom was sent by Spanish people to UK, that as well as Portugal, was invaded and occupied by the same foreign State.
In Sweden, despite the initial change of organization by a revolution, when the Swedish people realized that they were only part of domination plan, where they could not do and choose anything, inclusive its proper leader, being ruled by a foreigner, the Swedish people claimed for freedom too.
It is in this way that until today, UK is welcome in Sweden to help them avoid another invasion, and to maintain its freedom and sovereignty.
Now, in the PC, all the aspects must be respected and discussed in a way to find the best solution to end this war, and brig the continent back to normality and peace. This peace must be achieved for a long term, and all leaders must work hard on it, in a way to allow that our continent be reconstructed, and prepared by a continuous development.
Being asked if UK is going to the PC to win the war, Baron de Queiroz answered that UK works with only one possibility: to bring peace to all our continent.
May God help our diplomats!

 

APR 1920 - THE GENEVA PEACE CONFERENCE

PARTICIPANTS REPRESENTATIVES

CHAIRMAN - CH

Presidente Giuseppe Motta

TURKEY - TR

absent

UNITED KINGDOM - UK

Prime Minister Baron de Queiroz

AUSTRIA-HUNGARY - AT

Fleet Commander Heinrich von Agamemnon da Haplessburger

FRANCE - FR

Admiral of the French navy Luca Burlando

GERMANY - DE

Kanzler Baron von Braun
(before, Admiral of the Fleet Christian)

ITALY - IT

Prime Minister, Minister of War Sebastián Tapia

RUSSIA - RU

First Triumvir for life, Marshal of the Revolutionary Army Matteo

Giuseppe Motta, Chairman (CH): Dear delegates, I hereby officially open the Geneva Peace Conference, hoping to end this war and to bring a lasting peace to the Continent. I must underline that the free seat at my left is not a result of a choice of our: the Turkish delegates will be welcome to this Conference if they show up.
I ask you all to explain what would be your objectives at this Conference. Mister Matteo, as the representative of the most powerful Country, I think it’s up to you to start. You have the floor.

Bruno de Queiroz, United Kingdom (UK): Question of order Mr. President,
First of all, it is necessary to know if it was permitted that the Turkish delegation could come to the PC.
It is a long way from Istanbul to Geneva.

Heinrich von Agamemnon da Haplessburger, Austria-Hunagry (AT): Dear President, dear Delegates,
I am happy to meet you in such a nice Town, moreover in such a circumstance, considering that we are working for Peace at last. Our People claim now for our responsibility: all of us have been at first confident in a better future, for each one of our Nations, through the use of weapons; but after a long war period, our People for first directly experienced that nothing is worst but the war.
So, today I am ready to accept a stable European rearrangement, in order to satisfy any possible honest instance, really wishing Peace. We can see in facts various good auguryes; as examples, the good behaviour of the Italian Navy (they unilaterally suspended any war action, last year), the paceful presence of the French Army in Dalmatia (our People reports no blood neither violence), ... and many other positive episodes all over Europe, as you for first can attest.
Please consider our availability in looking for the right solution to any problem. I look forward to host all of you in Vienna for a peaceful relaxation period at the end of the Conference, as soon as possibly, maybe within next Summer.
Good work!

Matteo, URRR (RU): Sorry...
I can answer only on sunday
Bye

CH: Dear Delegates,
I come back to De Queiroz's question just to assure you all that the Turkish delegation will be welcome at this Conference whenever they will show up. If this is not a problem, it may appear a serious problem the answer of the Russian Delegation, which I don't know wether it is a joke or they seriously don't want to engage their word in this initial part of the Conference. This may become a problem, because there won't be any peace without Russia. Is there any comments on that, before I ask again the Russian position?

Well, it seems that our Russian friend will not attend this Conference since the beginning. Is there anybody willing to explain his thought on which principles should be at the basis of the Peace?

AT: Gentlemen, kind Mr Giuseppe,
many things have happened since the beginning of this hard war, as we told People is tired, now we have the possibility to think up.
From our point of view, we can well explain facts in which we are directly engaged, so I prefer to begin with certain considerations on some of these facts.
The Bizantine Revolution in Turkey has been a catastrophe. The Turkish People was confused, the Russian and the Austro-Hungarian Governments received a lot of informations speaking about the failure of this political event, and the militar movements of the Turkish Forces spoke about aggressive intentions. A very important accord between the two Governments obtained the early defeat of the Bizantine Revolution, freeing Turkey by their tyrants (religion was only a pretext, today we know it). The Italian Government had been the very victim of the foreign policy of the Bishops. They considered true all their good words, and hoping in a better future in which Cristianity would be more accepted and diffused, they tryed to help Turkey from a militar point of view, but with no success. In a short time the right informations began to run, and the public opinion in Italy was not concordant. The result today is in front of us: Italy is in great difficulty, and we must understand, and help them, appreciating their desire to stop the war (remember that Italy did not fight in the last months).
Well, these can be considered only some points to start our discussion. For sure you all have a lot of things to relate on, so please ask, and possibly be ready to admit, in the name of Peace. Thank you.

Luca Burlando, France (FR): Dear delegates of the European states,
Every nation is tired of this war, and want to finish it. Anyone will  try to benefit the most from this PC. Nations are hoping to get their  territories back and finish the oppression created by the invaders in  the native populations.
We encourage the liberation of Italy, although we were forced to  invade this beautiful country to assure the survival of our country.  Surely we'll need any other SC in exchange of Venice. We welcome the  Turkish delegates too and invite them to collaborate to find a  solution that will satisfy every need of a nation.
This conference should bring peace in Europe, wasted by years of war,  who killed millios of people, and not a prosecution of this plague.

RU: Dear European Premier,
I'm sorry but I can take the word only now.
I can see you said many words and I think it's time to find a down-to-earth solution.
Hence the only solution possible is to divide the Europe in two zones: the Eastern one under the Russian-Austrian control and the western one under the London' system.
In the Eastern Area Romania, Bulgaria and the Southern Serbia will join in the Slavic Federation, and Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus will join in the Arabian Republic.
The Sweden will be a republic as the Greece too.
It's our intention establishing favoured trade relations among these republics and free people circulation. Furthermore these nations will have not to pay any indemnity to the URRR.
A military alliance is also thought among these countries.
We are happy to include the Austria in this plan and it can choose to be a monarchy or to be a republic.
Anyway we think that UK and URRR could have harbours outside its own influence sphere in order that they can mutually control. In this way the European stability would be better guaranteed.
The real question, particularly between the British Empire and the URRR, will be in Germany and in Italy. We are ready to accept these countries like non-aligned , but they should accept military restriction.
Solved this trouble, we can speak about the indemnities.

CH: Thank you Mr. Matteo. Is there any reaction from the British Delegation?

Dear delegates, this Conference is not really working. There is only one proposal and no reactions. If no detailed proposals or no reaction to the Russian proposal will be publicly given, I will close this Conference and send you all back to your Generals! If any detailed proposal will be presented, but no reaction arise, I will take the given proposal as the solution to the European problems...

AT: Dear President, dear Delegates,
it comes up, of course, that the war has been, up today, resolutive in regard on various problems. Many other problems appear to be behind the corner, but we are so tired and impoverished that we prefer anyway the peace to a continuation of the war. Well, this is exactly what our Government thinks. So, even if we understand that there are some relevant points to be discussed again, we suggest to sign a Peace Treaty, leaving to a Permanent European Commission the discussion and the proposals' identification, in order to let our Governments evaluate and possibly approve. This should be a good start point for a European Union, I hope, please don't think I am looking too much forward ...
Anyway our Government consider that the Russian proposal, under these perspectives, can be considered a good proposal, and that it must be signed.
I hope to meet your approval.

UK: Dear Delegates,
As everybody, we are here to achieve peace, and we cannot lose this opportunity!
The Russian propose is a good start, but I think that we can work better on it.
I do not know if the term “zones of influences” is correct, but I think that the intention contained inside this idea, would be good to our continent.
We have a great variety of people, culture and tradition in our continent, and is not so difficult that a small controversy can be transformed into a real war, similar with what happened recently among us.
To preserve peace, and allow that our continent can run the way of development, firm positions must be adopted, and I think that Austria, Russia and the United Kingdom are prepared to assume this great responsibility.
Concerning the Russian proposals, we think that lots of contributions can be done.
In relation to the Slavic Federation, I do not think that will work as you expect, Mr. Matteo.
Despite the people from Bulgaria can be considered in some point, a kind of Slavic people, this link is not so strong to bring them in a unique country.
In a linkage less strong than that, we find the people from Rumania, that has little relation with the Slavic people.
To joint all of them in only one country can be dangerous, specially with we consider the last Balkan wars in the first years of this decade.
I think that the best solution for that region, is to bring them to the status quo ante, leaving Rumania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Albania as free and independent countries.
In relation to the Arab Republic, another observations must be done.
First, Cyprus is under British control since 1878, and we think that any change in this status must be done.
Another thing that we must remark is that Turkish are not Arab! To put the numerous Turkish people under the rule of Arabs is not a good idea either.
We think that the best solution is to create the Turkish and the Arab countries.
We propose:
The Turkish country with the provinces of Costantinople, Ankara and Smyrna.
The Arab country with Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan, turning the Holy Land an international place allowing to all Christians of the world a free passage to there.
The independency of Armenia.
In relation to Sweden, this country is a monarchy that is trying to return to normality, and Greece was a monarchy too before the war, so I think that this kind of state can be restored.
In relation to Austria, I think that none doubt exist. They are a monarchy and as Mr. Matteo suggested, this magnificent Empire can help us to pacify our continent, having a fundamental rule in Central and east Europe.
So, based on it I think that Russia and Austria will not have any difficulty to find a solution for Bohemia.
I agree with the Russian delegate about the guarantee of European stability, and the idea to build harbors in strategic points is welcome.
It seems that everybody here wants peace, but the speech must be transformed in real actions. Mr. Matteo did its contribution, and we hope that the French delegate can do the same.
We are not in a moment to demand, but in a moment to find the best solution for our countries and people. One personal interest cannot be appreciated leaving the common interest away.
We must remark too that all the French territory is occupied, and to change one SC for another is not a solution. France is bigger than that.
In a way to do not permit that this conference can fail, I think that we must begin to agree with the consensus points:
1. Independency of UK, Russia and Switzerland with its actual territories.
2. Independency of Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Turkey with territories that we will be decide in this conference later.
3. Independency of Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland and Denmark.
4. The establishment of the Kingdom of Iceland in Personal Union with the Danish King.
Besides this consensus points, I think that we can put the Russian propose with the British considerations on the floor:
5. Independency of Rumania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Albania.
6. Creation of Arab State including Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, with an international area in Holy Land.
7. Independency of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan (including the former Turkish province of Armenia)
8. Creation the new Turkey country (including the former Turkish provinces of CON, ANK and SMY).
I would like that other delegates here vote about this points, in a YES or NO position in a way to organize and facilitate the debate.
UK position:
1. YES
2. YES
3. YES
4. YES
5. YES
6. YES
7. YES
8. YES.
Thanks, Mr. President.

FR: Dear Delegates,
The Republic of France agrees with the Austrian delegate, that we are so impoverished that the best thing would be to find a way to the final and agonized peace. We agree to the Russian (and British) propose to divide europe like they said...
We only want Brest, the honorful harbour of our fleet, and Marseille, principal commercial harbour of our nation. We also want give back Venice to the Italians, so that this beautiful city could rest under the Italian regime.
We would consider a good offer:
1. The French republic gives Venice back to the italians
2. UK would return us our harbour in Marseille, permitting us to survive independently.
3. The guarantee, that our great capital will rest under our control
What do you think, Baron Bruno de Queiroz and Sebastian?

IT: Dear Delegates,
The government of Italy supports the french proposal, since it is fair to all powers involved. Once again the government of Italy recognizes the need of France for the temporary ocupation of Venice, but we will not rest until it is back in our hands.
As the result of this war, we recognize France as the prominent power in nothern Africa and the Western Mediterranean, while the URRR is the power of the Eastern Mediterranean. However, we would like to add a protocol of free navigation across the Mediterranean with both powers, in order to increase future commerce across the Mare Nostrum.
Hoping peace is at our hands.

CH: Dear Delegates,
thank you for your positions; I will now set some points:
1) the British proposal is very clear and form a good working paper, that we will transform in a draft treaty;
2) it is important that all Delegation answer "yes" or "no" or to the eight points of De Queiroz; please note that if you say yes to one point you will always be allowed to withdraw your support in case that you be not satisfied in your "no" points;
3) it seems that the Austrian, French and Italian positions are compatible with the British proposal;
4) we are worried for the German absence in this Conference; Mr. Christian, are you in conditions of giving your opinion about the British plan?
5)we are not worried for the Turkish delegation being totally absent from the debate; we can make peace without Turkey and part of their territories may eventually compensate Russia for some of its desiderata that were not taken into account by De Queiroz.
Please, delegations, give us your point of view on the Eight points of De Queiroz.

UK: Dear Delegates,
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is open to discuss all that is necessary to achieve peace, but respecting the decision of the Presidency of this conference, we must act step by step.
In a way to do not confuse our debate, UK will answer other delegates after the decision of the 8 initial points.

Christian, Germany (DE): Sirs,
Germany will answer tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.

AT: Dear Mr De Queiroz,
we are very happy to listen from you the British availability to overcome any present militar position in order to reach a new political status in Europe, in consideration to the People customs and origins. We agree on this, absolutely.
However the status you paint is much close to the previous one that threw Europe in war, so some considerations must be done:
- The Bizantine revolution was certainly due to the political strength of an oligarchy, but not only. A religious conflict is present there, and the immediate restitution of Armenia and annexes to independency seems not to be a good idea. We think that various aspects (the people origins, the physical position of that Country and the correctness of the Russian Government showed in these years of militar control), suggest to ask Russia to be directly responsible, and to drive Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to the independence through their direct control and administration of the whole Country since public Elections, maybe within twenty/thirty years.
- We agree on your considerations about the Holy Land, and we wish this idea would be very good to help the whole Mankind to find his Only God, let's hope!
- We agree on Cyprus's issue.
- Finally we agree on the basic recognition of independency to Italy and France, and to discuss later about the territorial definition of the Area. Good the wish of Mr Burlando to leave the Venice Country and recognize the Italian Sovereignty there, please don't forget Trieste.
So, our reply to your eight points is the following:
1 - YES
2 - YES - please don't forget Trieste
3 - YES
4 - YES
5 - YES - Some consideration should be done about Serbia - there are many reasons leading to a direct Austrian control there, but today it is more important to find accords instead of "distinguo".
6 - YES
7 - NO
8 - YES
Thank you all.

APR 1920 - WHY ICELAND?
Vienna, (EDItorial Press release)
The Austrian War College is not directly involved in the Peace Conference, all such authority being given to its official delegate, however we find one aspect of the proposals rather curious from strictly an independent observer: the status of Iceland.
Next to San Marino, Iceland has the longest standing representative body to rule a country.
Iceland has never been conquered since its settlement by Eric the Red. It features highly in the legends of central Europe including the tales of Siegfried and the Dragon's gold.
Iceland is not a combatant in the recent war, it is not even a battle site, nor is it recognized as a possible location for the deployment of any army or fleet.
So why should Iceland suddenly become a subject of a peace conference in a War that it was not part of, further why should it be given to Denmark, a country clearly not able to keep various groups of English, Russians and Germans from its harbors?
A curious public awaits.

RU: In my opinion these points are too simplistic.
We should see many other appurtenances.
Anyway
1. Independency of UK, Russia and Switzerland with its actual territories. YES
2. Independency of Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Turkey with territories that we will be decide in this conference later. YES
3. Independency of Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland and Denmark. YES
4. The establishment of the Kingdom of Iceland in Personal Union with the Danish King. YES
5. Independency of Rumania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Albania. YES but see my report
6. Creation of Arab State including Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, with an international area in Holy Land. YES but see my report
7. Independency of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan (including the former Turkish province of ARM) NO
8. Creation the new Turkey country (including the former Turkish provinces of CON, ANK and SMY). YES

FR: Dear Delegates,
The PC is going on well, so I send the French position to the British proposal:
1. No (Our government insists on the restitution of the harbour of Marseille [If this problem will be solved, will agree to that point])
2. Yes - see above
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. Yes
6. Yes
7. Yes
8. Yes
Our governement also requests the permission to pass, in case that we'll feel threatened, through the Eastern Mediterranean sea. Is it right for you, Matteo, First Triumvir?

Dear Delegates,
I, I'm speaking for the Republic of France, we will accept the  Italian proposal, so we grant them the free pass through our waters, at the condition, that they won't attack us in a sneaking ambush.

APR 1920 - VON BRAUN SPEAKS IN BONN
Wolf Telegrafika, Bonn, Western Germany
In the temporary German capital, Prime Minister Baron von Braun interrupted visits to war widows for a simple holiday message. He applauded Ambassador Christian's efforts at the peace conference. The PM hears that the peace conference is going well and he is most excited by England's emphasis on general economic reconstruction.

Germany will need a lot of reconstruction if the departing Russian troops take with them all the copper wire from the telephones in Berlin and Prussia just as they did in 1916. But he reminded the German people that, just as in 1917, there is more copper in the Kaiser's overseas colonies administered through our Deutch colleagues in the State of Nederlande.

"Really, we need peace", he said. "Despite the dishonor to our national dignity from being attacked first by France and now by Russia, we must end this war as soon as possible. We can get more copper, but we are running out of sons".

Asked about English and Russian proposals to establish military bases on the continent, the PM said he understood the super-powers' need for forward positioning. The PM thought that, in line with the goals of reconstruction, the smaller independent countries might welcome such bases to achieve the economic boost to assist in war recovery.

"One of the important things will be territorial integrity. Without it, we may have peace today, but I would predict that within a generation in one of these occupied or broken countries there will arise a nationalist demagogue who can convince his people to rise up against real or imaginary injustices, and one by one we will be drawn into another cycle of bloodshed that none of us can afford."

"We wish a peaceful holiday to all of the millions of soldiers and sailors on duty to day, and we wish them all a speedy return to their home countries", the PM concluded.

CH: Dear Delegates,
it seems that there is a general consensus in considering the British plan as a good floor for discussion. I ask Germany and Italy to give their points of view; I ask Russia and Austria to clarify what would be the future of Transcaucasia in their views. I ask Baron De Queiroz to clarify which would be, by his plan, the future of Marseille. Please do that in the following 40 hours, in a way that I can prepare a comprehensive solution right after.

UK: Dear President and delegates,
After lots of events that have forced the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declare war on France, the British armed forces have occupied almost all the French territory, a status that continue until today.
As France asks that others leave its territory, we think that they must adopt what they demand. So, it would be an excellent idea if France showed us your intention to leave Venice and TRIESTE too.
To show the good intentions of Great Britain, we suggest to change SC with France. So we offer MAR to France in change of TUN.
In relation to the stability of our continent proposed by Russia, UK is in touch with the governments of the countries that we have relations, and we have a draft about the British harbors in Europe.
Azores, Portugal
Gibraltar, Spain
Ostend, Belgium
Fredrikstad (south) and Vadso (north), Norway
Nykoping, Sweden
Brest will be discussed next.

FR: Dear Delegates,
I apologize, that I didn't mention Trieste. The map prepared by my geographical service wasn’t updated and there, Trieste wasn't occupied by our troops.
The British proposal is unacceptable. If you see, we control Paris, Tunis, Trieste and Venice. We are willing to give back Trieste and Venice, but at this time, we have 4 important cities. If we would give back Trieste and Venice and give the city of Tunis to the UK, we would only have 2 important cities. That would be a sentence of death for our country.
As the Italians said, we would be the power in the West mediterranean sea, and the Russians in the east mediterranean sea. In this proposal, the British fleet isn't mentioned. To keep the power, we must have at least, 2 important ports in the Mediterranean sea. So is the British proposal undreamt for us. We ask the other powers, especially Russia, to consider, if this suggestion isn't a trial of oppression of the British government.
If the British will be open for new proceedings, we will consider each proposal.

DE: Dear Sirs,
Germany votes as following:
1. YES
2. Independency of Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Turkey with territories that we will be decide in this conference later. NO with regard to Turkey. NO with regard to later resolution of home territories, all surviving countries should have their own national territories back.
3. Independency of Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland and Denmark. NO pending resolution of other issues.
4. YES
5. ABSTAIN
6. ABSTAIN
7. ABSTAIN
8. NO
peace for all of us.

APR 1920 - GREAT WAR TO END WITH EUROPE UNCHANGED?
Let’s call the whole thing off - By Rick, New York Post
Geneva
The Geneva Peace Conference has to date produced two major consensuses.  First among these is that the war is essentially over. Though troops remain in the field throughout Europe, there is a feeling among the soldiers that they have made it, they have survived the Great War, and that this spring of unparalleled fair weather may herald a summer without war.

The second consensus is one of exhaustion. This conflict of so many years now has produced a sense of futility. Only the Asian Ottoman Empire was actually defeated in the war. Among the European major powers, the war wound down in a whimper. Though some nations, particularly Great Britain and the URRR, had better fortunes than others such as Austria-Hungary and France, the opinion of the general public is that no one has won the war, nor can anyone.

Through my journeys through the capitals of Europe in the past four months, it has become clear that with the possible exception of the URRR, every European power had become eager for some sort of armistice and permanent peace. France’s tattered Parisian Home Guard were able to hold off much stronger forces around Paris, not through force of arms, but just by still being there as the other powers despaired of ever being able to win. Austria-Hungary had her entire territory occupied by one power or another through different parts of the conflict, but again no one could follow up and ensure her defeat. Central Europe had become a scarred wasteland in places such as the area in and around Berlin, or in Burgundy or Silesia and even Italy was not spared the invader’s torch, though admittedly the French Foreign Legion was less brutal than others during this long and bloody war.

It now appears that the Peace Conference is heading for what is essentially a return to the antebellum status of Europe, with the exception of a few colony transfers and some shuffling of nation states in the Middle East. The causes behind the war, and the millions of deaths that came with it, remain essentially untouched and ignored in the rush to make peace for its own sake. Every nation will return to its original borders, to rest and rearm for another generation, or until one or more of the powers that started this unfinished conflict feel sufficiently recovered to begin the war again, as Napoleon did a century ago after a short period of status quo peace.

It is to be hoped that this peace without honor is in fact a harbinger of a better Europe, one that renounces war permanently. Or that, like the War of 1812, which ended with the prewar status quo between the United States and Great Britain, that other circumstances change that render the old reasons for war obsolete. But given the history of this long and bloody continent, there are many millions of people who have had their families destroyed by war, who have had their loved ones killed or maimed or otherwise damaged inside by the horrors of this conflict, with no permanent resolution. No defeat, perhaps. But also no victory. Few will have any love for the governments that brought them into unwinable war, whatever their relief that it will soon be over.

It is no secret that most people feel that peace is almost always preferable to war. But in this peace that now appears inevitable, the fruits of this war are not victory, or pride, or a new world order for any nation. Just exhaustion, bitterness, and hatreds sharpened by years of tooth-and-nail conflicts on land, sea, and even in the air. A stalemated peace, produced not on the battlefield but in the political offices of the warring powers, may well bring on a second world war as the sons of the dead become old enough to fight themselves, perhaps by the late 1930’s. Only time will tell.

UK: French delegate,
As I said before, France is bigger than its cities!
It is necessary to know that Picardie, Gascoigne and Burgundy are not cities, and are under British and German control.
If you focus only in “important cities”, so we will understand that France is not preoccupied with these provinces, renouncing any claim over them.
I must clarify my last speech for you can understand better.
My offer was: Change Marseille for Tunez. Only this.
I see it as a first step to negotiations
With that, France can maintain for the moment, its actual number of cities and harbours, despite I believe that this number is unreal if we consider the fact that only Paris in France is under French control.
Besides this, I ask France to show us your intention to leave Venice and Trieste too, because when we demand homeland back, we cannot rule over a foreign land.
Now, that we know that France has the intention to leave Venice and also Trieste, the negotiations about French home land can march faster.
Another point that we must clarify is: France does not have conditions to be a power in the Western Mediterranean Sea, at moment.
How France can be a naval power with only one navy there, and without any harbor at the moment?
The French territory was under a hard and difficult battle, and the priority now is to reconstruct it, and it is not a good idea to waste money building a big navy.
France must think on it!
I repeat my offer: Change Marseille for Tunis.
Thanks.

FR: Dear British Delegate,
I'm gonna speak with my PM about the proposal of Marseille in exchange of Tunez. A question: if France would give back Trieste and Venice, where would be then the 3. important cities that we need? Would it be in Belgium? We try to do our possible to give Trieste back to the Austrians, but we also have to save our interests.

Dear delegates,
As you know, the French nation is occupied by the German and British Forces. We don't only want more cities or something like that, we only want the best for the population of the invaded zones. The people in Marseille are shocked by the sudden change of the language in their region. The same things come from the people in Bourgogne and in Brest.
We would like, that the British troops would go away from our militar harbour in Brest, and give it back to us, so that we could bring together our nations territory.
We also ask the Germans to let Bourgogne under our control. It would be very important, because our wine stocks are dwindling.
For me, the exchange of Marseille for Tunis would be fine, but I've to ask my PM for any confirmation. I'll let you know at least in 48 hours.
What is the German position to this statement? We can't offer nothing for Bourgogne, and in any case, it hasn't any militar importance.
Hoping that the French folk will be free soon.

APR 1920 - VON BRAUN FEARS AN UNSATISFACTORY PEACE
Wolf Telegrafika, Munchen
Anger spilled out on the streets of this usually beer-sozzled city today as citizens learned through foreign family members that the Geneva delegates have proposed essentially to consign the sacrifices of over 500,000 German families to the ash-heap of history. An exclusive leak to the New York Post revealed that the intent is to have all countries return to their pre-war borders. Other sources have revealed some demands for Russian occupation forces to remain in Prussia, and a rumor that the diplomats have discussed recognizing France -the same France whose forces have been on the run everywhere- as the leading power in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, the same Germany that received unprovoked attacks from both France and Russia is to abandon the cultural and economic advances it has its provided to its formerly-disadvantaged territories in Denmark and Nederland government and may even be asked to pay war reparations.

Naturally the citizens are worried about the Russian forces that appear poised to continue attacks into Germany, and the possibility that Munchen itself is soon to be a battle-ground again, and they hope beyond all things to avoid further bloodshed. Even so the news of this disrespectful peace solution brought hundreds of thousands of tired and ragged citizens into the streets to demand that the European powers not reward France and Russia for launching aggressive war against Germany while punishing Germany for defending itself.

Prime Minister Baron von Braun, joining the marchers in a ceremony to honor the war dead, repeated his call for territorial integrity of the European powers. "Without an equitable peace, the same issues that pertained in 1913 have not been resolved, even after millions of young men lie beneath the earth today. Germany has asked for many sacrifices of its men, its families, its widows and its orphan. The one sacrifice we will not ask of them is to have to explain to the children of the 1920s that they do not know why their father died."

The PM went on to assure the grieving crowds that the German delegate, Admiral Christian, has received firm instructions to follow the PM's demand for territorial integrity of Germany. "In addition, we believe that the war has been caused by the instability of the religiously divided countries of the Balkans and the total ineffectiveness of the Ottoman regime, a medieval anachronism in the 20th century. A firm hand is needed to restore order in those parts. Germany believes that the Russian Comrades' government promises to be exactly the kind of repressive regime that the Eastern countries will need".

The PM also explained that Germany welcomed a English Royal Navy presence on the corners of the continent -Norway and Iberia- to protect the rest of Europe against the continuation of Russian aggression.

Finally, the PM declared: "Without a sensible peace, I predict that within one generation some war veteran, unhappy at the pointless sacrifice and injustice placed on his country, will be the core of a violent demand for correction. It could come from anywhere - this war, after all, began with nothing more than a small group of students in Sarajevo. Perhaps next time it will be something just as improbable: a half-crazed house-painter disgruntled war veteran from Austria, who knows? But once the violence begins, all the countries of Europe will get dragged in whether they want to or not. We do not need Deutschland uber alles, but we must have peace with justice." Then he and the crowds retired to various gasthofe in search of what might remain of the city's once-endless supply of beer and sausages, now in short supply - just another casualty of this endless, and now apparently pointless, war.

RU: Dear colleagues,
----- The Federalism question: the Arab Federation and Slavic Federation
I restrain myself with difficulty to comment on the British purpose.
I do the only possible polite statements.
The PM Bruno would break up the Europe in order that the British Empire and its imperialistic friend are the only superpowers. Well done!
Sending the East Europe in the Middle Ages, separated by disputes, London would have trade and military rule. It's unacceptable, unless the British government gives up its colonies. The URRR sees the future into the federalism: small regional world with unite efforts.
Hence the Bulgaria and Romania united in an only federation is a good solution.
This line of reasoning is good for the Arab Federation too. This league will gather together the Kurdish Republic, the Turkish Republic, Syria, Lebanon and many other regional autonomies with wide powers. The same Union of the Revolutionary Russian Republics will guarantee free and safe access to the Palestine, in case if it's necessary.
Differently Greece will be a non-federal Republic, like the Swedish Republic.
Furthermore the NRC will give the order to release the King of Sweden, the King of Romania and the King of Bulgaria, when the peace treaty will be signed.
They are in working camps in Siberia now.
They enjoy excellent health.
----- The German question
We are happy that Germany intends to be a republic. If the German Emperor will be exiled, we are ready to guarantee its national integrity.
Silesia and Prussia will be de-militarized territories and Prussia will pass under Russian administration.
Anyway Denmark has to be an independent State with the government system that the Danes will prefer. Germany will be able to draw up privileged relations with the Denmark government. It will have the same possibility with the free Dutch and Belgian State.
The German spokesman seems to have no intention to pay compensations.
He accuses the Revolutionary Army invaded German territories.
Well, we were forced. The facts and Intelligence reports were proving that the German government was supporting the British Army in Scandinavia.
We occupied Berlin in advance.
In a meeting Mr. Douglas assured us of German pacific intentions. I don't waste your time: the German government never changes its behavior. We were waiting support from Denmark for months.
We were obliged to occupy Berlin again.
I don't bear Mr.Douglas a grudge: I understand his power in that government were limited.
Hence the compensations will be not heavy.
Furthermore the German government will be able to pay them by different ways.
Perhaps it can pay the compensations by the transfer of industrial contingent to the URRR's government. The same solution was purposed to the Arab Federation. This can be the first step for free trade between our countries.
----- Toward Free Trade
The Austrian purpose is very good.
An Europe Union, even if embryonic, is the best solution. Our purpose is the first step, as I said.
When the peace treaty will be signed the NRC wants to summon a meeting in Warsaw in order that an European Economic Union will be formalized.
Moreover it's a recent news that the NRC promulgated a decree.
In the Democratic Relief order the URRR pledges itself to lend money and means to the new Republics.

APR 1920 - KØBNHAVN PRESS RELEASE
In Parliament, Købnhavn
WHEREAS
The Russian Revolutionary Committee has announced its intent to establish competing zones of influence in Europe, and
The English Royal Navy will from history since 1812 act to prevent the free passage from the Baltic Sea, and
The situation appears certain to create conflict in the State of Denmark, and
The State of Denmark is and wishes to remain neutral of such a conflict, and
That as a neutral the Danish armed forces are inadequate to fight with major powers, and
The Danish people are a Nordic people and wish to remain bonded to the other Nordics, and
The Danish people have enjoyed many years of satisfying relationships with the German co-nordics

It is therefore in this Parliament
RESOLVED
That Denmark shall be non-aligned between the Russian and English Empires, and shall afford freedom of passage but shall not permit overnight presence within its territorial waters of any ships or troops of the contending forces, and
That Denmark shall enforce its neutrality with the assistance of Germany and shall continue to offer basing facilities to the German Navy to ensure the protection of Denmark as a non-aligned nation in any future conflict, providing that Germany itself remains non-aligned, and
That as a condition of the basing rights, Germany shall continue to support the Danish economy by limiting all construction and service contracts and all other spending for non-military items in Denmark to Danish suppliers.

 

APR 1920 - STOCKHOLM PRESS RELEASE
In Parliament, Stockholm, January 1920
WHEREAS

The delegates to Geneva have entertained proposals for restoring sovereignty to the various countries of Europe, and
The occupying power, England, and the aggressor power, Russia, did not regard our earlier resolution of neutrality, although there is apparently an agreement (without consultation with Sweden) to recognize our neutrality now after 4 years of war, and
The German Kaiser being of advanced age and desirous of retiring to a land of peace and convinced that in the 20th century countries must choose between democracy and despotism, and
The heirs to the royal house remain under the protection of their mother-country, Germany, which is itself under aggression,

It is therefore in this Parliament
RESOLVED
That Sweden shall be freed of foreign occupation, and
That Sweden shall not be aligned with any international political movement, and
That Sweden renews its call for safe passage of the Swedish heir (and, if desired, the German Kaiser) from Germany, such safe passage and the neutrality of Sweden to be secured by appropriate numbers of German forces who may remain in Sweden for such time as is needed until all Scandinavian countries and bodies of water are freed from English and Russian occupation, and
That the Nobel Committee shall not be permitted to present the 1920 Peace Prize to the Swiss President Motta, as is its present intention, until the purposes of this resolution are fulfilled.

IT: Dear Delegates,
This is the italian positon on the british proposal:
1.----- Independency of UK, Russia and Switzerland with its actual territories. - No, because it collides with proposal 2.
2.----- Independency of Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Turkey with territories that we will be decide in this conference later. - Yes
3.----- Independency of Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland and Denmark. - Yes
4.----- The establishment of the Kingdom of Iceland in Personal Union with the Danish King. - No. Icelanders should govern themselves independently.
5.----- Independency of Rumania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Albania. - Yes
6.----- Creation of Arab State including Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, with an international area in Holy Land. - Yes. I propose we consult with the Pope of the Catholic Church regarding the international area.
7.----- Independency of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan (including the former Turkish province of ARM) - Yes.
8.----- Creation the newTurkey country (including the former Turkish provinces of CON, ANK and SMY). - Yes

CH: Dear Delegates,
I will try now to resume the positions in a first draft of the content of the treaty. Here it is:
1. United Kingdom, the URRR, Switzerland will remain independent within the territories they owned in 1913 (United Kingdom would annex Tunisia, the URRR would annex the former French and Spanish territories in Northern Africa).
2.  Rumania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Austria-Hungary, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Iceland, Germany and Denmark will be independent within the same borders of 1913, with no annexions. The only exception is for African territories: Spain and France would loose their Northern Africa Colonies or possessions.
3. Independency of a new Arab State including former territories known as Syria (Damas, Aleppo, Beirut), Palestine, the Jordan, with the exception of Jerusalem, which should have an international status.
4. Independency of Armenia (that would be settled only on the former Turkish territories).
5. Creation of a new Turkey in the Anatolian peninsula, disarmed and controlled by an international commission. Turkey would loose Armenia.
6. Free status of the straits of Gibraltar and the two Turkish straits.
I now ask you all to briefly express your comments on these six points.

APR 1920 - HOLLAND WILL PROTECT DENMARK (!?!?)
In Parliament, Rotterdam
WHEREAS
The delegates to Geneva have entertained proposals for restoring sovereignty to the various countries of Europe, and
The English Royal Navy will remain the paramount force in the west, and
The free state of Nederland has as its coastline the English Channel and North Sea which are subject to English interdiction, and also the Helgoland Bight in which German patrols have largely limited the worry of the Neder-Deutch people of a possible landing by the English, and
The State of Nederland is and wishes to remain neutral and independent, and
That as a neutral the Neder-Deutch armed forces are inadequate to fight with major powers, and
The Deutch people of Nederland have enjoyed many years of satisfying relationships with the German brothers and have been largely spared the horrors of this Great War that has touched almost every other country, and that
The German Kaiser is said to be considering abdication of his throne due to his advancing years and allowing Germany to adopt a democratic form of government 

It is therefore in this Parliament
RESOLVED
That Nederland hereby declares the Helgoland Bight to be within the territorial waters of Nederland and Germany, as defined by the international law, and no other powers should enter those waters without the consent of the two countries Nederland and Germany, and
That Nederland shall retain its fraternal affiliation with Germany, and
That Nederland shall retain its Deutch democratic form of government, and
That Nederland rejoices in the German people joining it in democratic reform and offers its own Deutch government form as a model for Germany, and
That Nederland shall join with Germany in declaring itself to be non-aligned between the Russian and English Empires, or any other empire, and shall afford freedom of passage but shall not permit overnight presence within its territorial waters of any ships or troops of the contending forces, and
That Nederland shall enforce its neutrality with the assistance of Germany and shall continue to offer basing facilities to the German Navy to ensure the protection of Denmark as a non-aligned nation in any future conflict, providing that Germany itself remains non-aligned, and
That as a condition of the basing rights, Germany shall continue to support the Neder-Deutch economy by limiting all construction and service contracts and all other spending for non-military items in Nederland to Neder-Deutch suppliers.

FR: Dear President Motta, dear delegates,
I'm very grateful that Motta resumed the positions. The French Position is that:
-----1. Yes - Only if the British won't destroy what our glorious army built in Tunisia. They need the technical progress we brought.
-----2. Yes - It is important, that Serbia and Albania would be two different nations, because of the cultural differences.
-----3. Yes - Good idea with Jerusalem, so that any pilgrim can go to the native city of our Lords Son, without being afraid of the native populations.
-----4. Yes
-----5. Yes
-----6. Yes - I hope that the new Spanish governement will accept this proposal.
-----I want to add a seventh and an eigthpoint to the list. What will we do with the Islands?
-----7. Independency of the isle of Cyprus, and Crete (if the population wants, they could also be annected to Greece)
-----8. Annection of the isles of Sardinia to Italy, of Corsica to France and of the isle group of the Balerian Isles to the new founded Kingdom of Spain.
What are the comments from the other delegates to this suggestion?

CH: Thank you, Mister Burlando.
About your point 8, it is included in my point 2: Corse and Palma would return to their respective owners in 1913: France and Spain.
Anybody else willing to intervene?

AT : Austro-Hungary accepts the 6 points' platform you proposed, Mr Motta.
Thank you very much for your effort.

UK: Dear President,
We consider that does not have any sense to change the rule of the French and Spanish colonies.
During the last century, Russia renounced any intention to build a colonial empire, does not have any tradition in colonial matters and did not claim for any possession in North Africa!
Never the Russian armed forces or any Russian representative went to North Africa, to justify this offer that nobody asked for!
France and Spain have a traditional rule order in that area, and this change only will give instability to region and to colonial international system.
I think that French delegate will agree with me!
In relation to clause 2, we think that we can divide it in two.
The first part in relation to consensus: Bulgaria, Rumania, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Iceland and Denmark.
The second part in relation to countries that we do not have yet a solution: Austria-Hungary, Germany, France, Italy.
For France, we began to offer a change between Tunis and Marseille, but no answer until now. We are open to progress this debate with the French delegate.
For Italy, we offer to give Toscana back to their control if they change of Sardinia.
For Austria, we think they will achieve a kind of agreement with Russia about Bohemia.
For other two countries, we are waiting a Russian position about it.
Clauses 3, 4 and 5 are consensus.
In relation to Gibraltar, this is under British rule since 1713 without any problem until today. So we think that any change must be done about it. Out of question, but we support the free status for the Turkish straights.
About Cyprus, as said before, it is under British rule, and any change will be done!
Following what was discussed before, UK will construct naval basis in Azores, Portugal; Minorca, Spain; Ostend, Belgium; Fredrikstad (south) and Vadso (north), Norway; Nykoping, Sweden.
Thanks

FR: Dear delegates,
The French government accepted the British offer to exchange Marseille with Tunis. As Baron de Queiroz said, Russia never had a colonial tradition, so why should we give our colonies to them?
We are ready to leave Venice and Triest, so that our glorious armies, who fought a long time in other countries, could march through the Arc du Triomphe.
We are open for any other suggestions.

APR 1920 - PM SETS GERMANY ON PATH TO NEUTRALITY, DEMOCRACY
Press Release - Wolf Telgrafika, Bonn
In the traditional address to the Reichstag at the start of each new legislative year, Kanzler von Braun presented the State of the Empire assessment. The cornerstone of the address were far-reaching proposals to restructure Germany as a non-aligned constitutional democracy within a Germanic economic federation. These ideas are sure to be much debated in German gasthofe over the next few weeks; however, these proposals depend on the Geneva meetings reaching a satisfactory conclusion.

The PM confirmed the rumors that the Kaiser has been seriously considering a retirement, perhaps to the home of his niece in Sweden if it is liberated from occupation. The PM's proposals are at the direction of the Kaiser and result from the Kaiser's horror at the casualties of this Great War, which he as supreme ruler had not been able to do anything to prevent. "While Germany itself was attacked repeatedly in this War", von Braun said, "we did nothing to provoke this except having a number of treaties and understandings with those who were part of the War. Half of them conflicted with the other half. Even the attacks by Russia were basically the result of German failure to help them attack a neutral sister country, Sweden, which was itself under unprovoked occupation by England. What an absurd and horrifying situation. Of course we had to defend ourselves, so we could not have avoided the bloodshed by installing a deeper democracy, but perhaps a non-aligned but armed neutrality will in the future convince others that we have no intention of assisting anyone with any aggression against anyone".

Kanzler von Braun agrees with England's PM Bruno that the focus in Europe must be an economic effort to support the rebuilding of war damages. For Germany's part, he proposed a free trade zone and other economic ties within the group of countries with clearly German roots, specifically in addition to Germany itself the states of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and of course the already unified Nederland. Germany also hopes to build special economic links with its neighboring powers -France, Italy and Austria- through the heavy German populations in the border provinces of Tyrolia, Austria, Bohemia, Flanders and Alsace. The PM emphasized that this is an economic effort only and in no way infringes on the sovereignty of those countries.

The PM also rolled out his plan for a constitutional prohibition on the deployment or use of German armed forces outside the Germanic countries, unless they and Germany should be forced to enter a war with some other power as a result of an attack on one of the Germanic states. With regard to recent calls for German troop presences in some of the other Germanic non-aligned states, the PM re-iterated that the German people desired only to restore their earlier borders and resume their peaceful activities. "Since we are over-burdened right now with weapons as a result of this terrible war, and we have few jobs for veterans to return to,", the PM said, "we will agree to secure our smaller Germanic sisters against a possible resumption of the war by leaving German forces in their territories. But we must have firm status of forces agreements and we intend to depart those areas within a short period of time, perhaps not more than 5 or 10 years, whatever they insist on for safety. By that time it should be clear whether that the rest of Europe is indeed committed to the peace that we are all talking about".
As a final note the Kanzler pointed out that these dramatic shifts in authority and economy could not be undertaken in the middle of a hot war, and any voting action of the Reichstag should be provisional on the conclusion of a general peace agreement. "We must all pray for wisdom on the part of the Geneva delegates", he said.

Blitzer Wolf asked about German strategy in the event that the war resumed. "We pray also that this will not be the case", the PM responded. But he added that Germany's policy is clear - Germany is first on the side of whichever of the super-powers was willing to restore German territorial integrity and permit it to go about its economic recovery in peace. If both England and Russia make such an agreement, he added, "then for us the war is over. If they want to keep killing off their sons over Algeria or Murmansk, then that is up to them. We hope that this spring our boys will be driving tractors, not army trucks".

In the minority Nationalist Party response to the Chancellor's speech, General Hindenburg thundered that Germany's honor must be avenged. He said that the present peace proposals were all a disgrace to German honor and the deaths of our sons, and PM von Braun's proposals were dangerous radicalism. "Next he will be wanting to be in the footsteps of the Bolsheviks", he ranted. PM von Braun was concise in summing up the official reply: "Hindenburg is a gas-bag".

CH: Mister Queiroz,
my feeling, which also arises from contacts collateral to this conference, is that nobody of the small Countries is willing to accept to loose part of its national territory. Let's do a test: you tell to all us, Mister Queiroz, whether in your plan all metropolitan France would be French or not. In other words: would Brest and Calais and Marseille and Bordeaux given back to the French State and people? And what about Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Stettin and Koenigsberg? And Florence, Pisa, Venice? And Prague and Trieste and Zagreb?
My point is simple: there are two countries that conquered a half of Europe and they should have a special weight in this Conference. Nevrteheless, the other four Countries have together enough forces to fight against the UK or the URRR. They are then willing to get -AT LEAST- their original borders. Therefore, the only way to satisfy English and Russian powers is to find territories anywhere else: Turkey, the colonies, North Africa are not less valid solutions than the dozen of "naval basis" you suggested to have in your control.
Mister Queiroz, would you please explain to every "little" country what will thay loose with your plan?
Thank you!

AT: Dear Mr Burlando,
we want to thank you and your great France for maintaining promises made long time ago, when your militar situation was not so good. Thank you for your decision to give back the full control of Trieste to our Government. As I told at the beginning of this Conference, the behaviour of your Army has been absolutely kind and respecful with our people. If you need for some pleasure back, please ask; we are happy to help France in this Conference, as per our possibilities; in the meanwhile we want to underline that the Peace obtainment is -and must be- the principal target for all of us, even if some of us must accept restrictions due to some militar defeat, and someone else to forswear advantages obtained with the militar strength. We consider your declaration in accord with this one today, and we hope that all other Countries here can agree, and accept, for the welfare of the whole European People.
Thank you again, Mr Burlando.

 

UK: Dear President,
I do not understand your last speech!
As I said in the beginning of this conference, our continent does not tolerate more war. We want and need peace!
And it was in this way that all European Powers decided to joint a Peace Conference in a way to pacify all Europe and bring it to the way of development as soon as possible.
The Russian delegate have proposed, and it was agreed, that the less harmful countries, would have a fundamental role to secure peace, do not allowing that war could return, and UK is ready to assume its responsibility in this process.
I do not know if you were absent from this room, Mr. Motta, but UK does not want to annex any country to the United Kingdom. In the other way around, it is UK who is leading the work to guarantee the independency of most nations in Europe.
We were the first nation to guarantee the independency of ALL countries under our military control, and we beg for the independency of 5 nations in the Balkans, 3 in the Caucasus, 1 Turkish and 1 Arab country!
We believe that only democracy will permit that normality can be restored leaving a strong base to put our continent in the way of development.
Unfortunately, Mr. Motta, some countries decided to act in one manner, and now they must shoulder its consequences!
UK is talking directly with countries that have areas under British control, and as the documents of this conference can prove, we do not want to annex them, but to give them back.
But, unfortunately Mr. Motta, we cannot force Russia act in the same manner, and it is in this way that every time, we encourage Russia and other countries occupied by Russian forces to solve this in the best way.
UK cannot answer by areas where our troops are not there!
With British plan, the “little” countries will not lose anything! They will gain!
See the French example, they gained Marseille back, and with the progress of this negotiation, I am sure, that we will find a good solution for the rest.
Thanks

CH: First of all, Mister Queiroz, you should show respect to this Chairman and to your colleagues. You'll kindly avoid ironic expressions like "I do not know if you were absent from this room".
Coming back to our point, I thank you for clarifying that Marseille will be French, but it would be interesting whether you could answer to the complete question: in your peace plan, who would own the following cities and the surrounding territories: Brest, Calais, Bordeaux, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Stettin, Koenigsberg, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Prague, Trieste, Zagreb?

DE: Dear collegues,
as navy commander i would like to draw your attention to an old iron navy command rule saying 'don't get lost in details!
Shouldn't we agree only on main positions?

APR 1920 - PRESS RELEASE - WORLD PEACE RESULTS OVER GERMAN BREW??
Scoop!! Elusive Admiral Gives Geneva Cocktail Parties the Slip!!
Wolf Telegrafika - Blitzer Wolf
Geneva delegates have remarked on Admiral Christian's absence over the last day or so. Yesterday your ever-vigilant reporter reveals to his loyal readers that the Ambassador was seen slipping into an inconspicuous suburban brewery complex. Once your reporter confronted them with the photos of the Admiral, highly-placed sources within the German foreign ministry confirmed that the Admiral was in Germany for the past two days in secretive meetings to debrief the German Cabinet on the events in Geneva. We understand that the Admiral is now back in Geneva to prepare the delegations for the general outlines of a new peace proposal that Germany is preparing to offer to the Conference in a move to achieve consensus and a permanent end to the war.

Reportedly, German leaders are urging ReichKanzler von Braun to offer a compromise that ends the war and defends the territorial integrity that the Baron has been insisting on, but they are insisting that the treaty must give the politicians something they can take to the people as at least something of a positive result (to the extent that millions of casualties can have a positive spin).

The results of those deliberations, whatever they may be, will presumably be revealed to the world soon. A reliable source inside the National Security police detail indicates that the Cabinet is even now on a train heading south towards the Swiss border as the last details of the German plan are being negotiated, and the Kanzler intends to offer his peace plan to the Conference as soon as coordination with President Motta can be arranged.
Meanwhile, your reporter's assessment of the mood in the street is that the German people will welcome a peace under any reasonable terms, but the millions of citizens who have lost sons and fathers in the war must be satisfied if we are not to replace the horrors of the world war with the even more horrific prospect of a civil revolution. But if the German plan wins favor with the European delegates -and our sources indicate that it has something for everyone to like- maybe it would not be the first time that good things happen after a bunch of guys sit down over a few fine German beers.

 

APR 1920 - PROSPECTS FOR PEACE DIM
By Rick, New York Post
Geneva
The Geneva Peace Conference has taken a surprising turn in the last seventy-two hours, moving from what had looked like a peace deal, to a stalemate which will likely result in conflicts resuming. Following large protests in Munich and London and smaller gatherings in other major European cities, world leaders appear to be rethinking the earlier initiative to return to what would essentially be the antebellum status quo. Both the nations winning and losing the war have suffered civil unrest. In London, crowds estimated at over a hundred thousand women gathered to protest giving up almost all of the territories won over the course of nearly six years of war. Sarah Clemens, one of the leaders of the protest, stated, “We didn’t start this war. France did. And after years of war, France, our enemy through innumerable wars during the last two hundred years, is at our mercy. For over a year Paris lay open to our forces, and we did nothing to finish her off. We relied on Germany to do it, and they did nothing, nothing to help defeat our common foe. Instead we have to hear from France about how they want everything back, they want Brittany back, they want Normandy back, they want all the places they’ve built invasion fleets from, back? We say, no! Final security for Britain is at hand! With or without Germany’s cooperation!”

In Munich, the protesters were equally indignant, protecting their territorial gains in Denmark and Holland while also demanding all of their sovereign territory back. In Rome, both pro-war and anti-war protesters turned out in relatively smaller numbers, some wanting revenge against England for occupying northern Italy, others against France even though their forces have already left the country, and some just wanted the war to end. All of them were upset that their government no longer had any armies in the field to retake their homeland. “Our government has already lost this war” said one angry peace activist. “If it goes on any longer we could lose everything”.

In the hours and days following the protests, both of the leading powers in Europe, Great Britain and the URRR, hardened their positions both against the minor powers and against each other. The URRR appears unwilling to pull out of Prussia or Berlin and with the weakening of the Austria-Hungary Empire by France, appears poised to overrun what is left of the German homeland unless Germany agrees to her terms, including ceding Silesia to Russia. Germany, following the lead of the Munich protesters, is silent in public but privately has taken a hard line of her own, demanding total pullout by the numerically superior URRR forces. In the west, though the UK has tentatively agreed to cede Marseilles back to France in exchange for Tunis, she is unwilling to cede back the Atlantic coastline. France appears unwilling to accept this result and given that the UK has an insufficient force to take Paris at this time, seems to be gambling that the British people have tired of this war more than the French people have.

The power most at risk in the Peace Conference is Italy. With no home army, Britain has asked for serious territorial concessions for peace, including ceding Sardinia. As Italy has effectively no means to take Tuscany back, and indeed may not be able to hold Rome were the war to resume, she may have no choice but to comply. More importantly, The UK has backed away from prior initiatives that were relatively friendly to the URRR’s possession by arms of the major territories of the eastern Mediterranean, to a flat rejection of any rights by the URRR to any Mediterranean presence in the postwar world. The URRR has not directly responded to this change in tone, but privately the URRR delegation is discouraged that peace at this time is still possible.

For Prime Minister Bruno’s government to survive in the postwar era, she needs to demonstrate that she has won something significant in the war. As it appears that neither the URRR nor France is likely to agree to her initiatives, war between the URRR and the UK appears likely to resume in the near future. For the URRR, reliable sources indicate that she only attended in the first place to avoid being the power perceived as avoiding peace, it was going to take a large number of concessions to get her agreement to end the war. Concessions that are manifestly not going to be made. As the only thing the other powers have in common is that they are all partially occupied by other powers and are therefore very weak, it seems likely now that the best any of the minor powers can do is choose one side, UK, or URRR, and hope to ride their victory in war to a superior position in the next peace conference, perhaps two or three years from now. Given their jumbled troop deployments, however, even this appears to be unlikely.

 

APR 1920 - VIENNA UNVEALS REASONS FOR TURKISH SILENCEShip praying for rain
Vienna (EDItorial Free Press)
The reasons for Turkish relative silence during the peace process has now been discovered >>

AT: Dear Delegates, dear President.
We are very worried about this Conference, because Europe is loosing the very occasion for taking an important role all over the world. Please listen to me:
1) We started this terrible war for various reasons, each of which primarily due to egoistic targets. During the war each of our Countries discovered that our People was tired: tired to fight, tired to become poor, tired to die for ... let me say ... stupid reasons. Once solved the important issue of the Bizantine Revolution, we can't realistically see any other important one. We have to agree on this.
2) Contemporaneously the other Powers in the world are growing. They become stronger and stronger, looking at our squabbles, considering that Europe is not a respectful Unit Country, but many little countries quarreling for nothing. Did you read the New York Post article by Rick? Can't you read between the lines what is the real target of that article? Rick expresses the American advantages as well as their public opinion. The truth is that U.S.A. want we fight again! They need we become weaker, they have advantages selling us weapons, increasing their economic power. And what about China? China is not sleeping. We do not know much about them, but be sure that they are silently growing, much more than we can imagine. Let me put this question: "Who shall win, if we retake weapons? Russia? Great Britain? Or maybe U.S.A.?"
3) Gentlemen, we must obtain Peace; doesn't matter is we shall loose something, we must anyway. Today I want to publicly declare that if we shall close this Conference with a signed Peace Treaty, the most exellence must be ascribed to Great Britain and to its far-sighted Government as well as His Majesty King George V, able to renounce to a very large part of advantages conquered through the blood of their Soldiers. We must consider very much this, and remember. On the contrary, if we shall not reach a peaceful accord, ... well, we shall know who will be the most responsible Country in Europe for this, ... we shall not forget.
Thank you all.

FR: Dear Mr. Agamemnon, dear delegates,
I thank Mr. Agamemnon for the illustration of the momentan situation. He remembered us to don't forget the objective we set weeks ago for this peace conference.
I see, that Mr. Agamemnon is right, on the question with the brave soldiers of Great Britain. Our country already started a dialogue between the two countries, and we got Marseille back in exchange of Tunisia. I hope they will leave Brest and the other areas occupied by them. We also want to remember, that we are ready to give all the territories back we invaded during this horrific war.
So I hope, this peace conference will end soon, with the best effects for Europe, so that we'll be for long time in future the biggest power on the globe.

UK: Dear President,
(I am answering in few words. Later, I will say more).
Pardon me if you think that I did not respect you. You are an honorable man, and you have all my respect.
In relation to your questions, I would like to say that, for the moment, Brest, Calais and Bordeaux are under British control, but we would like to give it back to France if they can cooperate with us.
In relation to Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Stettin and Koenisberg, we have a problem, because Germany wants it back and Russia do not want to restore it to Germany, but I am in negotiations with the Russian delegate, and we think that in few hours, we can present a plan that would be good both to Russia and Germany.
In relation to Venice, it seens that France left this region, and it is open to Italy restore your sovereignty there. To Florence and Pisa, UK is waiting the Italian answer about my offer to change Tuscany for Sardinia.
In relation to Trieste and Zagreb, it seems that France left this region, and it is open to Austria restore your sovereignty there. To Prague, as Russia in its first speech declared that UK, Russia and AH must develop a key role in a way to keep peace in the continent, I think that Russia will left this region to Austria without any problem.
Thanks.

FR: Dear Mr Queiroz,
You said, that Brest, Calais and Bordeauy are still under British control, and you would give it back if we would cooperate. I ask, what is that a big and powerful nation like the UK wants from a nation, who hasn't any armies or any other territories except the own nation? You already took Tunisia in exchange for Marseille and we accepted.
Like you can see, we are ready to cooperate, but if you don't want to make any suggestions, we can't even cooperate. What do you want in exchange for this regions in France? I've seen, that in London are rumours, that the people want, that England keeps the regions in France. At the moment, the same thing is happening in Paris, but our people ask, why the British invader doesn't move from our national territories.
So, what is, that the UK wants in exchange of Brest, Calais and Bordeaux? Do you want Corse, the home of our glorious general Napoleon?
What says Russia about the British oppression?

RU: I see with regret that the British Premier is very incongruous.
Some days ago he suggest us to free our osculated lands and he browbeat us into leave Georgia , Armenia, Azerbaijan, etc…
Very  well.
Now, he would have military basis all over the place and he would have new colonies…in Europe!
Does he like joking?
We don't.
Overall when we are talking about the future of million of people.
No.
We are serious. We don't accept this feudal policy.
How We told, we are ready to retreat our armies from Prussia, Armenia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Middle East.
But the same behaviour London must have in the territories that it occupies now.

But the Country, that we freed, must have a new democratic life.
Hence we ask they have a socialist government and the URRR will help their development.
Anyway we are forced to ask compensations from Austria, Germany and Turkey.
We are ready to give up these amends if these countries will choose a policy similar to the Russian one.
We conclude… If the British Empire will have new colonies in the Europe, the URRR will be forced to take counter-measures in order that there is not an unbalance in the European stability.
Hence we free the occupied territories only if the British will drop territorial claims in France.
We believe strongly into the Influence Sphere policy.

Kanzler Baron von Braun, Germany (DE): President Motta, distinguished delegates:
Thank you for permitting me to join you in the work of bringing peace to our countries.
Germany hopes to advance the cause in offering a compromise tha we believe will be aceptable to all parties.
There is no press in this chamber, am I correct?
Gentleman, let us face the facts.  We must find a solution that will allow all of us to take the treaty home to our various countries for ratification and find a victory in it for each of us.  We believe that the German solution, or something like it, will achieve that goal.
As we see it, the primary issue for four of the countries here is restoration of national boundaries for all.  The second issue is the simple fact that England and Russia have succeeded militarily and cannot be expected to return to simple equality with the rest.  Such are the fortunes of victory.
Our solution is quite simple:
a.  All countries represented here to recover their pre-war boundaries
b.  All countries here to retain up to 4 of any territories they presently control, providing that they are not within another power's borders
c. This leaving Italy without an external territory to claim as a victory prize for its citizens to accept the treaty, we recommend that Italy be be permitted to hold Albania and Greece as protectorates.  Alternatively, should Russia find this objectionable, Italy as the home already of the center of one of the world's great religions, could perhaps be designated as the adminstrative power in Jerusalem and Constantinople.
d.  This leaves us with no losers (except for the Ottomans), a couple of true winners and the ability for all of us to declare victory to our citizens.
With regard to the points as listed by the Chairman's working draft, which we think is the document of record at present, we offer the following amendments:
Points 1 and 2 are amended to read:
1. United Kingdom, the URRR, France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland will remain independent within the territories they owned in 1913.  Ireland shall be recognized by all powers as a neutral country in conformity with the independence that was conferred by England in 1916 conditional on the end of the war.
2.  Bulgaria and Rumania shall be included within the URRR.  Portugal, Spain, Belgium, and Norway shall exist as independent countries within the British Commonwealth, with right of independency by the year 1950; England shall have the right to maintain military bases in these countries.  Northern Africa and Tunisia shall be protectorates of France for 20 years.   Albania and Greece shall be protectorates of Italy for 20 years. Serbia shall resume her place as an independent state within the Austro-Hungarian empire.  Holland shall remain as a part of the Germanic state; Denmark shall be an independent state with free passage of shipping (to include naval forces) of all nations; with German naval forces to assist Denmark in enforcing its independence in the face of being the point of contact of the two great powers.  Sweden shall be a neutral independent country but shall be permitted to retain a token force of German troops as a Royal lifeguard, as they have previously requested. 
Point 3 is replaced as follows:
3. Independency of all Middle Eastern States within their pre-war borders, or such other borders as they may agree among themselves, except that no power shall encourage or permit the formation of any powerful  unified state.  All of this being with the exception of Jerusalem, which should have an international status, controlled by an international commission, open to all the great religions.
Point 4 is amended to read: Armenia shall be an independent state within its pre-war border.
Point 5 is amended to read:
5. Except for Constantinople, the Turkish provinces in the Anatolian peninsula shall be disarmed and brought under the control of a civilian administration of Russian with not more than one division or fleet of occupation forces for a period of not less than 30 years and thereafter until a non-religious form of democratic government can be sustained.  Constantinople shall be established as an international city, open to all the great religions, with free passage of the Bosphorus, controlled by an international commission.
Point 6 is amended to read:
6. England and France holding the lands on either side of the straits of Gibraltar shall continue as in the past to ensure the free passage of all shipping, including military shipping, through the strait.
We are more than willing to discuss the particulars with our colleagues in good faith.  We urge the delegates to consider this formula and adopt it, or something like it, as quickly as possible so that all of us may return home and start the process of rebuilding.
Some of you, interested in civic progress beyond the arthritic Continental empires that existed in the minds of their rulers only, will be interested to learn that the Kaiser has expressed a desire to retire from his Imperial duties and join his family in the soon-to-be-neutral country of Sweden.  I have the Kaiser's approval to execute a peace treaty that conforms in general to these provisions.  I hope that I may be able to return from here to greet him with a signed treaty that allows all of our young men to leave the battlefield to return to the potato fields, driving trucks instead of tanks, and raising families instead of burying comrades in foreign fields.
The simple question is: Are the delegates prepared to move forward with us to a lasting European peace?
Thank you so much for your attention. If we are agreed on the principles of territorial integrity and the ability for all of us to declare victory in some manner then I am confident that we will be able to conclude this matter promptly. 
I will be happy to answer any immediate discussion or questions, or, Mr. Chairman, the delegates are invited at your pleasure to adjourn to the German Residenz where Ambassador Admiral Christian is supervising the unloading of the trainload of beer we have brought from Germany.

CH: Dear delegates,
I welcome Baron von Braun to his Conference and thanks him for presenting his views, that can be considered as a new plan. It is very important that you all express yourself immediately on this plan. Among my preoccupations there is the rumour of a Turkish delegation on the way to Geneva. Allegedly, they would now be on the Orient Express. We would hear with immense interest the opinions of the Triumvir and of the British Prime Minister.

UK: Dear President,
First of all, I propose to suspend the German proposition, until we finalize first these negotiations.
I am not telling that German proposition is not good, I only want try to do not confuse the work of this conference. Let’s try to end this debate first. If it fails, we can discuss what the new German delegate suggested.
In a way to clarify the British position to Russia, UK does not want to have any colony in Europe, but as you have proposed before for UK, AH and Russia works as peace holders of the continent, we thinks that if we have some naval bases in some strategic points, lots of conflicts can be avoided.
In relation to France, British people wants Britanny back, and it is extremely difficult to us leave France without anything in change. We were in declared war.
So, the condition to leave the province of Brest to France, is that UK can take the Brest harbour. We leave all the province in change of one port.
In relation to Picardie and Gascoigne, we think that France can leave Madagascar Island, Martinique and Cote d’Ivoire for the British.
To show our generosity, we are change French soil to colonies.
So, we are waiting answer from Italy about Sardinia and France about was proposed now.
In relation to Germany, as Germany wants Prussia and Berlin back, and Russia does not want to leave it to Germany, I propose the following:
Russia leaves Berlin, the former German capital to Russia in a way to show that wants to cooperate, and taking in mind the Russian and German claim about Prussia, and the Polish movement of Independency, we think that Prussia can be under a international rule (the same that will rule the Holy Land) until that the citizens of that region can decide by vote what they want: To be part of Germany, part of Russia, or an independenty country.
Waiting answer.

IT: Dear delegates,
The government of Italy fully supports the german proposition as it offers the best balance for a stable future in Europe. Peace is at hand.
However, I don't know how our sovereignty over Sardinia is questioned. The island has been perfectly ruled by our country and was not part on any actions on this war. The people of Sardinia know they belong to Italy, since our first king Vittorio Emanuele II was king of Sardinia before he was crowned King of Italy.
In other words, Sardinia is not a bargainable issue.
Once again, I give my support to the german proposition.

DE: Thanks to the English delegate for recognizing our alternative.
I must say that we offered it because the discussions seemed to have moved away from the Chairman's proposal and have become somewhat confusing as to what exactly is on the table.
For the purposes of speeding the discussion, Germany proposes that we discuss only the countries that are recognized by this body as potentially viable economic entities, as reflected in the Chairman's map of Europe. Germany therefore withdraws the specification of Ireland from its proposed amendment for Point 1. Perhaps all the delegates are willing to accept this approach?
Since England only wants basing rights within the non-URRR sphere of influence, perhaps we can bring this conference to a close quite quickly and we can all get back to rebuilding our countries.
We need to resolve two questions, in this order:
a. whether all powers represented here shall regain territorial integrity of their pre-war boundaries, and then
b. who shall have what other territories, if any, under their direct control.
After that the controlling powers can resolve for themselves what the form of this control will be, and the greater powers (UK and URRR) can come to whatever basing agreements they want with the existing powers or any neutral countries (if any) in their sphere of influence; this conference need not address those details.
Our comrades in the URRR have already spoken for themselves on the matter of whether other territories are being claimed by Russia or not; the most recent communication from Russia is quite clear that they intend to withdraw from all German territories, and we take them at their word.
With regard to compensation for the URRR, we absolutely sympathize with the families of the millions of war dead that the URRR has sustained as a result of its campaigns into other territories. In the hope that the war will indeed be ended soon, the Kanzler has already appointed a commission to investigate and process war-related reimbursements as prescribed by Rule 34.001.A.983.B(2)(a)(ii) of the manual of administrative procedure. In general this rule requires the government of Germany to provide financial assistance for reconstruction of property in territories that have been attacked militarily, and to pay up to 100,000 marks to the widows or families of those soldiers who died in the defense of their homeland. As you would expect, this rule does specify that this applies to German citizens and property. The procedure to change that administrative rule is also very clear but as you can imagine might take some 12-13 years.
So the Kaiser himself has authorized a special exception for our Russian comrades to also extend this compensation to participate in the repair of any facilities within the borders of the country formerly known as Russia that have been damaged by German military action, and to provide the same 100,000 marks to each of the families of any Russian soldier killed within the borders of Russia as a result of German military actions within Russia. Naturally we cannot "compensate" Russia for the unfortunate consequences of any aggressive action that might have been directed against Germany itself within its own borders.
We also stand ready to assist Russia in its transition to the collectivist economy dreamed up by our former citizen Herr Marx and his disciples so that they may implement the workers' paradise and be less likely to return to aggressivist warfare. As we understand their pronouncements, Herr Lenin's 5-year plan will see the worker's paradise through to completion, so Germany agrees to provide up to 5 years' assistance with loan guarantees, trade concessions and assistance in developing natural resources, providing of course that this assistance comes through German banks and companies in partnership with Russian entities only. We cannot provide any more specifics until we see the 5-year plan and work with the URRR Finance Ministry to see how to best apply this assistance.

AT: Dear President Mr Motta,
we are happy to hear many good ideas all over Europe, at last! And the authoritative presence here of various Prime Ministers gives to their own proposals a certain importance, indeed. And, let me say, it is quite difficult for each one of us to make an impartial proposal able to collect all legal requests without offending, almost for a little bit, someone else of us. Your experience is out of dubt as well as your very high workmanship; so, please, can you syntetize a new plan for European Pacification in order to reduce these difficulties? This new effort would be very appreciate.
Thank you.

RU: Dear collegues,
like we told we follow the British line.
As matter as fact Mr. Bruno ask for French colonies.
Very well…Hence we ask for German colonies in Africa: Cameron , Togo and Namibia.

We intend to establish Socialist government in these countries.
So…I heard London will drop Britannia when France will concede it Brest.
Very well…hence we ask for the harbours in Lubeck and Gdansk in order that we drop Prussia.
Independent Prussia? Yes, but socialist…
There will be the same conduct in Turkey, where we ask for the harbour in Istanbul.
Actually our navy controls the Southeastern Mediterranean Sea: we are going to retreat our units in exchange of Syracuse's port.
We want to underline we don't like this policy, but the British government seems to not accept any other solutions.
Hence we are forced to ask for the previous requests.
Furthermore we believe it's anachronistic that the British Empire rules in Sardinia and Corse.
Sardinia is an Italian region from centuries.
In Corse, the end of the war could be the boost to declare the independent State.

If British Empire will rule these regions, we are forced ask for new requests in the Middle East and in the Eastern Europe, perhaps in Romania and Bulgaria.
Last of all the hypothesized "Independent Polish Movement" really doesn't exist: we ask the British government to refrain from further remarks on it.

APR 1920 - EASTERN ORTHODOX LEADERS MEET IN CONSTANTINOPLE
By Rick, New York Post
April 1920
Athens
In the first major meeting of Eastern Orthodox leaders in many decades, the heads of the Russian, Greek and Syrian Orthodox churches met in newly-renamed Constantinople to discuss their differences with each other and with the Catholic church in Rome. With the eastern Mediterranean and western Middle East under the control of the URRR, the leaders met with the intention of discussing common positions with which to negotiate with the URRR on the prospect of a Christian nation-state being founded in the middle east.

The leaders agreed that under no conditions did any of their followers wish to fall under the dominion of the Pope or his Italian followers, either in Greece nor in the Holy Land. Though the meetings ended without a firm commitment by any party, they tentatively agreed to request that the URRR begin work on a government over Turkey, Syria, and the Holy Land that could be Christian, not Muslim. They disagreed on whether that government should be socialist, but agreed that a socialist Christian state in the Middle East was preferable to a nonsocialist Muslim state in any event.

The conference ended with diplomatic ties established between the Orthodox churches and a promise to continue to work both with each other and with the ruling URRR over the fate of the long-disputed region.

CH: Dear delegates,
I owe an answer to Mr. Queiroz. I believe that there is a difficult by all delegations in accepting the English plan. My feeling is that England is acting as if it won the war. So, agreeing to von Agamemnon’s invitation, I will freely summarize the Kanzler’s plan, and this is what I got:
the “summarized Kanzler’s plan”:
1) Independence: the United Kingdom, the URRR, France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Bulgaria, Rumania, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Albania, Greece, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden will remain independent within the territories they owned in 1913.
2) Spheres of influence: the other territories presently occupied by the Russians shall be socialist countries; the other territories presently occupied by the UK shall exist as independent countries within the British Commonwealth;
3) Turkey, Northern Africa and the Middle East to be divided in independent countries, with internationalized zones and naval basis for the UK and the URRR.
4) Free passage of the Turkish straits, of the Skagerrak and Kattegat, of Gibraltar.
Now, I kindly ask you all to express yourself on these points. We can freely discuss them, though if we get to a completely different plan, my fear is that there won’t be any other solution that come back to the weapons. On the other hand, if we come to an agreement, then I will present a detailed map.
The word is to you all.

DE: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for summarizing the issues into a clearer package.
However the summary misses the key aspect of the Kanzler's plan.
In order for the delegates here to take home a settlement that will not result in them getting lynched by mobs of angry war widows, the Kanzler's plan provides for ALL powers represented at the conference to gain at least one territory that they did not have at the beginning of the war, more or less proportionate to what they hold now.
Russia and England would each have 4 new territories, Germany would have 2, and Austria, France and Italy would each have 1. In this way, there would be two substantial winners and no losers. We believe that this provides all of us with the solution needed to bring a speedy end to the conference.

AT: Good morning Sirs.
Thank you very much, Mr Motta, for your summarized Kanzler's plan. I think we can shortly discuss over it, if someone needs it, and then to come to a vote.
I make some consideration about the punctualization on the original Kanzler's plan, if I can.
When Europe fault in war, seven Countries began to fight, only seven. And they fought for their own reasons. Some other Countries asked for help to some of us, basically to react to the invasion of their lands, and to save their Sovereignty. Now, let me say, what is their guilt, today? Why must they loose their Sovereignty? Different is to speak about "spheres of influence", or about a Commonwealth, these concepts guarantee the freedom to Peoples, leaving to them the possibility to modificate the kind of Government, but anyway in respect of their freedom.
Anyway I speak for my Country, and for my People. We shall not accept to embed Serbia, or any other Country, within our borders, if Serbia itself will not ask for this after a free popular referendum. We prefer to establish tightened relationships with free friendly Countries instead of ruling them, if they don't like it.
Different is the Turkish situation, and the North Africa's condition. Turkey had a Government born from a militar revolution, and the Turkish People was forced to get it. Today that Government has been cracked, and their lands are controlled by a Foreign Power. North Africa has been controlled by various Foreing Powers, but the People has not accepted to be ruled by Laws and Orders so different from their own. Here comes the brightened meaning of the third point of the summarized Kanzler's plan: a temporary control made by an international Government guarantee, as well as the Militar presence of at least two Great Powers, a slow but sure growth of the people towards their right independence.
Well, our agreement on your synthesis is complete, Mr Motta.
We sincerely hope to be able, in a few days, to come back to Vienna with good news for our People.
Thank you.

UK: Dear Mr. President,
Pardon me, but UK is not acting as the winner. We are following the Russian policy, said by Mr. Matteo in its first speech.
It was him who said that UK, Russia and AH would have a fundamental role to stablish the continent and preserve peace where their armed forces are (he used influence’s area, one expression that I did not use).
In relation to your sumarized plan, I did not see anything new there. Almost all of that was decided in the begining of the Conference as consensus points.
In relation to point 1, I did not understand why you withdraw Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Arab State as independent countries.
It was decided before that will be independent countries: UK, Russia, Switzerland, France (with territory that will be decided here), Germany (with territory that will be decided here), Italy (with territory that will be decided here), Austria (with territory that will be decided here).
It was also decided that Turkey would be independent (with Ankara, Smyrna and Constantinople) with free passage to the straights.
It was decided here that will be independent countries: Portugal, Spain, Belgium Norway, Sweeden, Holland, Denmark, Serbia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania.
It was decided that will be created an Arab State (Syria)
It was decided that the Holy Land will be controled by an International authority.
It was decided that UK is going to change Morocco for Tunez. (We never asked for Corse)
What are under discussion:
The territory of Italy. (If Italy does not want to give Sardinia to UK, so we have two options, UK will keep the control of Tuscany or Italy can offer another thing to us in exchange)
In relation to Syracusa, I think that it was impossible to Russia get this harbour, because Russia does not occupy Sicily and does not any force in Italy to bargain it. But if Italy can authorize it, it is up to Italy.
The territory of France: We are waiting the French answer about our last proposition, to change the French territory for a secondary colonies in Africa (Magdagascar, Cote d’Ivoire) and Martinique and one harbour. In relation to north Africa we recognize the French sovereignty over there and we think that any independency must occur there.
The territory of Austria: We think that Austria and Russia must decide it in a bilateral manner, but based on Russian words, I think that Russia will leave that area without any problem.
The German territory: Based on the Russian-German controversy, I suggested a plan, but if Russia and Germany do not want them, ok, they can discuss in a bilateral way. Russia copy Uk and asks for 3 colonies and 2 harbours, so it is up to Germany decide if he will accept or not.
The status of the former Turkish province of Armenia.
About German plan, as Mr. Agamenonne said, it is very diffcult to accept that free people in Europe, that were independent before the war, can be under foreign rule now.
Each country must support the consequences to enter in a war. If they decided that the war was the best solution, now they must accept the real size of their countries now.
It is simple. We have few questions to decide now, and was in this way that I suggested you to suspend the German proposition for a while, in a way to not confuse the debate.
Thanks.

DE: I agree that there are too many plans and too many proposals. Germany therefore withdraws the Kanzler's plan until we have a simple yes-or-no vote from England and URRR (only) on the 6-point plan of Chairman Motta, which is in essence that these two powers are willing to give up all of the territories that they have gained in this war except for one. If this is in fact the case, then I have no doubt that the remaining powers would agree to let them return their forces to their home countries. Will the delegates from the other powers (Austria, Italy, France) confirm this?
If these two powers are unwilling to adopt the Chairman's plan, or something similar, then we really need a different basis for discussion and in that case we request that the delegates then consider and discuss the Kanzler's plan as a different viewpoint.
The Motta plan is repeated below for anyone who might have lost it.
1. United Kingdom, the URRR, Switzerland will remain independent within the territories they owned in 1913 (United Kingdom would annex Tunisia, the URRR would annex the former French and Spanish territories in Northern Africa).
2. Rumania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Austria-Hungary, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Iceland, Germany and Denmark will be independent within the same borders of 1913, with no annexions. The only exception is for African territories: Spain and France would loose their Northern Africa Colonies or possessions.
3. Independency of a new Arab State including former territories known as Syria (Damas, Aleppo, Beirut), Palestine, the Jordan, with the exception of Jerusalem, which should have an international status.
4. Independency of Armenia (that would be settled only on the former Turkish territories).
5. Creation of a new Turkey in the Anatolian peninsula, disarmed and controlled by an international commission. Turkey would loose Armenia.
6. Free status of the straits of Gibraltar and the two Turkish straits.

AT: Dear President Mr Motta,
it seems to me that the German Prime Minister touched the well point. I think that England and URRR should vote for a general consensus on your 6 points plan. I too think that the remaining Powers will appreciate, as we immediately do. In this case it seems to me that a real first step in the Peace direction is done.
If there is not a general consensus ... well, I think we should discuss about the original Kanzler's plan, ... may be some other plan should be defined, ... but really it would seem to me a very bad result, indeed.
So, it's up to you, now. May God help first of all you, then our People and us.
If it is not clear enough, the Austrian Government officially accepts the Chairman's plan revised in 6 points attached at the end of this letter. Thank you.

CH: Dear Delegates,
what I see is a group of Countries trying to find a solution and the two important Countries, Russia and England, trying to oppose it: Russia by simply not presenting any proposal, and England by mixing the cards in order to oppose any solution. See the last point of Queiroz, where he says that a lot of things "have been decided"... where? when? did any of you see a single decision taken here? Frankly speaking I'm beginning to think that these two powers are trying to gain time in order to re-organize their forces for when the war will start again. So I will undertake a hard line: if by Sunday we don't have a consensus on a text of treaty, I will end this Conference.

RU: Dear Delegates,
we think Motta's proposal is sensible.
Anyway we reserve the right to ask for war indemnities.

AT: Very, very well!
Thank you.

APR 1920 - URRR FORCES REACH PERSIAN GULF
Rick, New York Post
Venice – According to neutral observers in the Middle East, the campaign against what was the Ottoman Empire is nearly over. Following advances into Egypt and the eastern shores of the Red Sea last fall, the Russians redeployed along the Syrian frontier over the winter of 1919-1920. While the peace conference temporarily ended the fighting in Europe, the URRR forces pushed down the Tigris and Euphrates Valley following the initiation of hostilities in mid-March. The last remaining large army of the Muslim state was crushed at the Battle of Ramallah from March 31st to April 2. The URRR forces proceeded to capture Bagdad and pushed south to the last stronghold of the former Ottoman state, Basra. Its fortifications turned out to be undefended as the Russian army pushed past its defenses and the advance forces of the URRR reached the mouth of the Shatt-al-Arab River, which drains the Tigris and Euphrates, three days ago. They captured the port of Al Faw and reportedly stopped to rebuild their supply lines and secure their eastern border with neutral Persia.

With all of the old Ottoman Empire conquered except for the sparsely inhabited eastern and southern coast of Arabia, the URRR has achieved a dream of Russian Emperors for centuries. It has gained both access and control of the regions that not only give access to the Mediterranean Sea, but they have achieved military control of the access to the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, ensuring total control of the land trade routes from eastern Asia and India to Europe. The URRR is reportedly uninterested in pursuing the now-shadow government that only six years ago had engaged them along the shores of the Black Sea, maintaining that it was very unlikely that there would be anything of value in the sands of Arabia that would be worth the cost in men and equipment that further desert wars would require.

UK: Dear all,
I do not know if the sound or translate systems are broken, but I ask the Chairman to verify.
Before to point the British position about the ultimatum, I would like to understand what represented the consensus points presented by me, and voted by every delegate here. I want to understand why we voted that, if we did not decide anything. It was just a joke?
Personally, I am not here to play, but to work hard to achieve peace to us, conducting Europe back to development.
I would like to clarify too that UK really wants peace! UK supported all enforcements to convoke a Peace Conference, and to show that we are compromised with that, in the first moment of this conference, UK renounced the intention to annex any country and people. So, its extremely unpleasant to put the British position in this conference under doubt.
In a way to help the good work of this conference, I say that UK agrees with the plan summarized by Mr. Motta, but there are some specific points that we want to understand better.
The plan that I received was:
1) Independence: the United Kingdom, the URRR, France, Italy, Austria, Germany and
Switzerland, Bulgaria, Rumania, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Albania, Greece, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden will remain independent within the territories they owned in 1913.
As I said before, UK recognizes the independency of all of them plus Norway and Serbia. But we can only agree that France and Italy can remain with its territories they owned in 1913, if they want to accept what we demand to leave its territories or if they propose another thing that we accept.
2) Spheres of influence: the other territories presently occupied by the Russians shall be socialist countries; the other territories presently occupied by the UK shall exist as independent countries within the British Commonwealth
OK.
3) Turkey, Northern Africa and the Middle East to be divided in independent countries, with internationalized zones and naval basis for the UK and the URRR.
I do not know if France will turn its colonies in the North Africa independent countries, but if France agrees with that, OK, I support.
4) Free passage of the Turkish straits, of the Skagerrak and Kattegat, of Gibraltar.
OK .
Thanks.

CH: Don't take it personally, Mr. Queiroz... your only reservation, made on point two, means exactly what I thought it meant: you are not accepting the focal point of the emended plan. Moreover, you waited until the last hour of the deadline. As far as Switzerland is concerned, the Conference ends here. I thank all delegates for their presence. Good evening everybody and may God assist your Countries.

 

MAY 1920 - PEACE CONFERENCE ENDS WITHOUT A SETTLEMENT: GREAT BRITAIN BLAMED
Rick, New York Post
Geneva – The Peace Conference of 1920 is over. The delegates are returning to their home countries and the winds of war are blowing once again. And yet neutral observers from the United States and Asia agree that the conference was not a total failure. The three sides—the British Empire, the Union of Revolutionary Russian Republics, and the ad hoc Alliance of Central Powers, led by Deutschland—were too even in size for any one bloc to claim victory. At first, this seemed sufficient to the delegates, and a peace agreement primarily based on the status quo of 1913 appeared close to passage. Word leaked to the peoples of Europe, however, and in general they responded with outrage. Major protests, particularly those of London, Munich, and Rome, swayed their governments into action. Only in Moscow was there a notable lack of public dismay, which observers noted was at least partially due to their being heavily invested in the most successful middle eastern offensive their nation had ever fought.

The success of the URRR in the Middle East did not go unchallenged at the Peace Conference. Both Great Britain and the Central Powers proposed peace agreements that would have rolled back some of the URRR’s gains in the eastern Mediterranean. To her credit, once the Ottomans had been wiped out as a nation, the URRR agreed to do so. On the other thorny issue for the URRR, her continuing problems with Germany, the two nations hammered out an agreement in which Germany conceded her responsibility for harming Russians in the war and conceded reparations were in order. In return for accepting this concept in principle, Russia agreed to pull out of German territory including the area around Berlin and East Prussia. This agreement may survive the peace conference. If so, it can only be interpreted as a major blow to Great Britain.

Other gains involving the conference’s minor powers were also reached. As part of their efforts to remove the French Foreign Legion from their territories, the ad hoc Central Power alliance formed, at least during this conference. As a block it rallied around France’s desire to reclaim her 1913 territories. As public sentiment against the British Government conceding the Atlantic coast of France hardened Parliament’s resolve, both sides quickly ran out of other territories to trade as bargaining points. In an effort to show that his government had won its territorial campaign, it demanded territory from Italy and refused to negotiate over Brest. In the end, this proved too much for the Central Powers to concede and Mr. Motta of Switzerland called the conference off.

Was the Peace Conference of 1920 a failure? In the strictest sense, yes, because peace was not achieved throughout Europe. However, the open forum for many powers to step back from the primary focus on military campaigns and examine their positions politically has certainly borne fruit. Of all the nations in the Conference, the URRR came out best. She had a reputation for diplomatic incompetence. She was among the last to agree to attend. She made no proposals. She continued a winning military campaign on a front no one else was involved in. Finally, as the conference hit its most crucial hour, she made concessions and agreed to peace. Given that heretofore the URRR’s diplomatic corps was derided as the worst in Europe, this was a major victory in the political theatre.

The other major winner politically was Germany. Faced with being between two larger powers that were about to square off, she presented plans for peace that bore fruit with the URRR and all of her neighbors except Great Britain, her seemingly now-former ally. Again, considering the ineptness of her predecessors in the German government, as judged by their conduct of the war until the last six months, this represented a major advance as well. With a separate peace deal apparently struck with the URRR, if this holds it represents a MAJOR shift in alliances for the Deutsch people—and for the war in Europe. Her newfound unity with Austria, Italy, and France also cannot help but be of use to her with the guns of August in action once gain.

On the surface it would appear that the major loser in the peace conference was Great Britain. With military control of all of the territories and seas of the Eastern Atlantic outside the Barents Sea and the Low Countries, she appeared primed to be able to force territorial concessions from the nations she has laid low. That she could not was due to her inability to finish the job. Had she taken Paris last fall instead of Marseilles, there is little doubt that her strategy to keep the Atlantic coast of France would have succeeded. The new French army in Paris, however, gave her representatives the basis to demand everything back. In the end, the British Government was forced to choose to continue the war, as she did not yet have the capacity to impose victory and her people would accept nothing less. The URRR, knowing this, may have accepted peace at the last minute to throw blame to Great Britain for the failure of this peace conference.

So what really was the result of this peace conference? History will tell us of course. But from this perspective it would appear that real change has come over Europe, and the world. Heretofore Great Britain was perceived by many, particularly in the United States, as a defender of freedoms, the “good guy” as it were, and the URRR had been painted as the large totalitarian state with designs on control of Europe. With the velvet glove removed from Britain’s iron fist, and an olive branch extended from Russia’s steel glove, the temporarily-unified governments trapped between these behemoths now have a better perspective on what they must now do. They know that with a third of Europe still under their control, that they as warring powers are as strong as either force, and as capable of being allied on the battlefield as they were in the conference room. Whether this will happen remains to be seen. Great Britain has made the gamble that it will not, and that she can force a better peace, with more territory and more concessions, a year or three down the road. Should she do so, this conference will be forgotten. However, should Great Britain eventually lose this war, this conference will likely be remembered as the turning point in her fortunes.

 

MAY 1920 - THIRD TRIUMVIR RESIGNS AFTER THE PEACE CONFERENCE FAILED
Sankt Petersburg - It is always difficult to say what's really going on in the Republics, but it seems that the Government of Sankt Petersburg blamed the Second man of the regime for the failure of the Peace Conference. Andrei Durnov,  Third Triumvir, Supreme Admiral and Secretary of the URRR resigned today from all his positions and returned to his universitary life without any further official explanation.

 

MAY 1920 - LETTER TO THE NEW YORK POST
Dear Editor:
We read with interest your reporter's assessment of the European war situation.
Our assessment of the outcome of the failed peace conference is somewhat different.

Naturally Germany, as an injured party who has only been attacked in this war, is very disappointed that we will not have peace immediately. Our diplomatic corps is upset that the Chairman did not place our Kanzler's Plan in front of the delegates for a vote. The fact that the two major powers are not willing to stand up for even the highly generous peace formula of that plan can only mean that both major powers are determined to establish Continental dominance through force of arms.  So we must again prepare to defend ourselves as best we can and try to restore our territorial integrity through our own means. In that process we will no doubt find out whether either of the major powers are really sincere about wishing for general peace and for allowing us to return to our original borders.

We find your paper's assessment of the diplomatic situation rather interesting. We do not see how you conclude that this was a positive experience for the Russian diplomats. Russia entered the conference as the strongest power and clearly had gained a general acceptance of her conquest of Turkey. However, as a result of the powers being unable to agree on a formula for peace, Russia must fight on to establish an even stronger negotiating position (i.e. even more conquests) in order to put an and to this war. Meanwhile England has the opportunity to assert itself as the premier power, and with its huge navy and no comparable forces anywhere, England can do this at basically no risk to itself. We would suggest that England definitely came out the winner of the non-peace conference. [Oddly, England also shares this view].

Meanwhile, although our diplomatic staff appreciates your praise for Germany's efforts, we see that situation quite differently too. We were shocked to hear both sides accepting some form of partition of Germany and its colonies and expecting us to pay war reparations.  This must be the first time in history that an attacked innocent nation is treated as the cause of the war.
So now our troops face a hard year or more in yet another effort to dislodge a numerically superior foe from our homeland. The best we can hope for is to occupy and defend Munich before our enemies get to it, and perhaps over the next year or so we may succed in recovering our capital. We foresee see nothing but blood and hardship for the German people in the short term. I can assure you that the mobs even now being stirred up by Mr. Schickelgruber and his kind in the streets of our cities are having a hard time seeing this "diplomatic success".

Perhaps in the future people will give up entirely on the diplomatic process and rely entirely on their own military forces; if so, the pathetic peace conference of 1919 will have a great deal to do with those unfortunate perceptions.

Respectfully,
Baron von Braun
Bonn, Germany

 

JUN 1920 - DURNOV IS IN THE U.S.
It was with deep regret that Russian Minister of the Navy Andrei Pavlovich Durnov stepped down from his position following the failure of the Peace Conference. The former Minister is taking a position in the Russian Ecological Research Corps Satellite Office in Georgia, United States, to head a research council. As a true son of Mother Russia, the former Minister wishes his country the best in all future endeavors and wishes it to be known that it was an honor to serve her for so long and in such an influential capacity. He also extends his warm wishes to the other great nations of Europe, in hopes that there will soon be peace. “Let it be known that I will always be Russia's son and soldier, and will be keeping abreast of developments in my home country. Woe betide any who cross her.”
Durnov's alleged family connections with the Russian mafia are unsubstantiated.

 

JUN 1920 - AUSTRIA BACK TO TRIESTE, ITALY INVADED, BATTLE IN SCANDINAVIA
Enge Telegrafika International:
Austria back to Trieste: Austrian Army recovers the Adriatic shores, while the Russians enter Galitzia.
Italy invaded: British Army conquers Rome, while the Russian Fleet occupies Bari and Taranto.
Battle in Scandinavia: the furious Russian-British battle leaves the situation unmodified.

 

JUL 1920 - MATTEO SPEAKS TO THE COMRADES
Comrades,
unfortunately our loved homeland needs again her sons’ sacrifice.
And she will find us ready!
We didn’t want the war resumes, but the Western Imperialism doesn’t give any choices, hence let’s fight, with our usual stoutness, beside our ally.

While I’m speaking, our inspired soldiers are fighting in our steppe in order that our enemy come in his own lands.
At the same time, the Artic fleet, Navy’s pride, foils the British warships off Svalbard.
Enduring is imperative!

Before long the 3rd triumvir is meeting the German ambassador in order that the relationship between Germany and the URRR are clearer than in the past.
We hope strongly that a cooperative relations will be possible.
We don’t want to embark on a gory and useless war in Germany.

[…]

In an article published in “Pravda”

 

AUG 1920 - MODERN TANKS SHOOT ANTS IN TRIESTE
Trieste (EDItorial Free Press)
The departure of the French forces from Trieste under pressure from the Austro-Hungarian armies was quite a surprise to the French troops in the area.
They had received orders to take up a position expecting an attack from below to the south. The French thus redeployed to face attacks as directed and were unable to readjust their position to meet the returning Homeland forces.

 

AUG 1920 - FRENCH ELECTIONS RESULTSShoot that ant!

VOTERS BALLOTS RESULTS
43% Fabio G. 17%, Demián 14%, Luca B. 12% Fabio G. and Demián to run off

 

AUG 1920 - FRENCH GOVERNMENT DELAYS ELECTIONS RESULTS
BRITTANY, BURGUNDY SLOW RETURNING BALLOTS
Rick, New York Post
Paris—The French Elections Commission has delayed declaring a winner in the French Legislative Elections. Results from recently-vacated Burgundy and Brittany have been slow to arrive as there was less than a month between the restoration of French sovereignty and elections.

In Paris, which represents most of the votes that have been counted to date, feelings among the people are mixed. Many people are supportive of Demian, the current Prime Minister, who has been given credit for liberating Brittany, at least for the summer, but others are in favor of the Foreign Minister Fabian G, who has been given credit for a credible effort at the Peace Conference, and who represents the opposition to the way the war has been handled to date.

The Election Commission expects to issue a decision by late today. The candidates for the Prime Minister’s office have thus far made no public statements despite heavy media requests for them to do so. In the meantime, the main priority for the civilian authorities is securing the remaining ballots and making sure that they are all counted and that the final tally will represent the fairest possible election they could undertake under these trying circumstances.

 

AUG 1920 - DEMOCRATS NOMINATE COX-ROOSEVELT TICKET!
New York Gazette (August 28, 1920)
News Summary: Republicans denounce recent decision by the U.S. Post Office that children may not be sent by parcel post. (p.2)
Chicago mayor blames last week’s race riots on “foreign agitators.” (p.4)
Feature Article (summary):
The situation in Europe continues to be clouded by the clash of ambitions between the grey men who pull the strings in London, and the blood soaked revolutionaries of the ominous URRR.
Rumours continue to circulate that talks between the URRR and the German Empire have reached an impasse due to the outrageous demands of the Triumvirate. Berlin is said to be seeking whatever aid is available in Vienna and is willing to make major concessions to obtain it. In the meantime German consular officials are barnstorming the American Midwest seeking volunteers to come to the Fatherland’s aid.
The results of the recent French elections have been met with some hilarity in Washington. Senator Ledbetter of Mississippi was overheard recently musing that the truth of the matter was that the elections were fought over who would be forced to captain the ship of state and which rats would escape the onus and the responsibility of overseeing the demise of the Third Republic.

John Percell Jones

 

SEP 1920 - FRENCH GOVERNMENT FALLS
Rick, New York Post
Paris — The French Electoral Commission made its final ruling today, in favor of former Foreign Minister Fabio G. Though former Prime Minister Demian carried Paris and its suburbs 53% - 47%, the electorate in Burgundy and Brittany voted overwhelmingly for representatives loyal to the opposition. The former opposition party finished with a solid majority of the national vote and enough individual seats to carry a 55 to 45% legislative majority for Fabio G.’s party.

Election analysts maintained that given France’s virtual abandonment of its homeland for much of the last 24 months, it was surprising that the incumbent performed as well as he did. The French Foreign Legion’s surprisingly successful Alpine and North African campaigns put the French government into much stronger position at the recent Peace Conference than would otherwise have been the case. Enough resources were garnered and delivered through the British blockade to resupply and equip the French Home Army that recently liberated Brest. This put France in a position to survive at least another whole year, and was a major factor in drawing votes for the incumbent in and around Paris.

However, the Peace Conference did not turn out as well as it might have. France succeeded in winning support for its survival as an intact nation from all of the nations present except for Great Britain. Her Foreign Minister, through the office of conference delegate Admiral Luca B., made many concessions on France’s behalf, including abandoning her foreign gains for homeland security, with Austria, Italy, and Britain all gaining from her sacrifice. However, the conference ultimately failed because one of the primary stumbling blocks, the status of the Atlantic coast of France, was not brought up for debate. That Britain did not come up with any proposals was unsurprising, given that she had military dominance in the region. However, reports surfaced shortly before the election that officials within the French foreign ministry had reportedly created a compromise proposal involving French civilian control over a long-term demilitarized Atlantic Coast, and that the Prime Minister reportedly turned down the chance to advance this proposal at the Peace conference. As no other proposals surfaced to break the deadlock in Geneva, the war therefore resumed in earnest.

The Foreign Ministry’s efforts at the Peace Conference’s did not seem to be totally in vain. The goodwill garnered with Germany, Italy and Austria at the conference seemed to yield a real chance for unity between the French, Austrian, and Italian forces, which still had nine major resource areas split between them going into the summer of 1920. However, in the military campaigns of May-July 1920, Highest Officer in the Army Demian squandered these opportunities. Instead of following through on the Peace Conference offer to withdraw from Trieste and Venice, the French Foreign Legion attacked Serbia and, when crushed in battle by the Austrian Army, withdrew to reoccupy Venice. Thus in one quick campaign the Prime Minister both invalidated the efforts of the peace conference and alienated two nations that had supported France there. Her liberation of Brittany does not appear to be sustainable as her sole army remains outnumbered and outgunned by the British army and fleets. Gascony is again firmly under British control and for the third year in a row, Paris and its environs are threatened with virtually no defenses.

The referendum on Prime Minister Demian’s retention was therefore widely perceived as a mandate on his leadership. The region in and around Paris has long been the political center of his ruling party’s power base. Ironically, it appears that abandonment of Burgundy by a voluntary withdrawal of hard-pressed Germany and the liberation of Brittany by the French Home Army provided the opposition with a large voting base with plenty of incentive to find out if the opposition could do better than the ruling party. As the Foreign Ministry, right or wrong, is perceived as taking the leadership position in the Peace Conference, and the former Prime Minister is perceived as a reason the war is still going, there is some hope that things can turn around at last.

The challenge facing incoming Prime Minister Fabio G. is formidable. He has to maintain a military force at home against superior numbers and no allies nearby to help, while simultaneously following through on alliance-strengthening commitments promised in theory during the peace conference, in the face of a British hard-line government that needs to show more success in battle than she has so far, to stay in power past the end of the war. Fabio G. has the advantage of being a fresh face, with the power to make new deals and no history of betrayals and unfulfilled promises to hinder negotiations, in a world weary of war. History will tell whether he makes the most of his opportunities, or whether his arrival was simply too little too late to save his beleaguered nation.

 

SEP 1920 - FRENCH RUN-OFF RESULTS

VOTERS BALLOTS RESULTS
43% Fabio G. 55%, Demián 45% Fabio G. is the new Prime Minister

 

SEP 1920 - OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW YORK POST AND ALL EUROPEAN CITZENS
Once more time, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland wants to clarify its position in the Peace Conference.
IT IS A LIE TO TELL THAT UK WAS AGAINST TO GIVE BACK FRANCE ITS TERRITORY!!!

In his 7th speech in the conference, Baron de Queiroz said:
“UK does not want to annex any country to the United Kingdom. In the other way around, it is UK who is leading the work to guarantee the independency of most nations in Europe.
We were the first nation to guarantee the independency of ALL countries under our military control
(…)
UK is talking directly with countries that have areas under British control, and as the documents of this conference can prove, we do not want to annex them, but to give them back.”
Later, in his 8th speech, he said:
“I would like to say that, for the moment, Brest, Calais and Bordeaux are under British control, but we would like to give it back to France if they can cooperate with us.”
Following this speech, France offered us Corse, but in a way to respect the integrity of French territory, we refused. We preferred to take secondary colonies.
In his 9th speech, he said that UK would like to give the province of Brest back to France:
“So, the condition to leave the province of Brest to France, is that the UK can take the Brest harbour. We leave all the province in change of one port.
In relation to Picardie and Gascoigne, we think that France can leave Madagascar Island, Martinique and Cote d’Ivoire for the British.
To show our generosity, we are change French soil to colonies.”
So, it was not by British fault that the Conference ended, despite Mr. Motta’s action in a way to show to everybody that the UK was the responsible of the end of the war.
Baron de Queiroz sent an open letter to him asking the real motives that caused the end of the Conference, but unfortunately, he continues with its policy to blame the UK, and did not answered, (despite he had answered to him in a private manner that the UK was the only country who had answered his appeal), leaving the sensation that UK was the responsible.

 

SEP 1920 - GERMANS PRACTICE NEW NATURAL MILITARY GOOSESTEPNew German Goosestep
Koningratz (Austrian Free EDIted press).
The Germans have updated their military manual for officer training to bring back the goose-step and iron discipline found in nature according to their observations. The following pictures were taken from the manual to emphasize the importance of following orders and walking exactly as they were led.

 

NOV 1920 - BOMB EXPLODES OUTSIDE THE “HOUSE OF MORGAN” ON WALL STREET!
New York Gazette (October 17, 1920)
News Summary: Italian Anarchists suspected by Police in New York attack. (p.2)
Newly inaugurated New York-to-San Francisco air mail service slowed by sabotage fears. (p.3)
Feature Article (summary):
The imminent renewal of hostilities in Europe seems inevitable. The German government, wracked by the traumatic losses in German lives and territories seems unable to weld the nation’s resources to stem the floodtide of Slavic aggression and create a coherent policy to stave off national destruction. While the government cowers in Bonn, a bucolic agrarian backwater, a variety of political factions contend for influence on the national stage.

Conservative elements in southern Germany and the Rhenish Palatinate have united to form “Peace with Honor” a movement resolved to fight on both diplomatically and militarily until Germany’s frontiers have been restored. PWH is said to be dominated by the most reactionary Prussian nobility and the Krupps family. It efforts to organize the German populace seems on paper to have made considerable progress but many observers report that middle class and peasant support is tinged rather more with resignation than enthusiasm and is already ebbing in many areas near the fronts. In Hamburg and Munich the city centers have been the scene of ongoing street fighting between rival socialist militias. While pressing radically different political programs, the contending fighters seem in agreement that Germany has been “stabbed in the back” by the Internationale and call on the world's workers, and America’s large Germanic population in particular, to unite to bring an end to an imperialist war whether fought on the behalf of World Capital or Messianic Slav Imperialism.

Our reporters on the scene report that the German army while still defiant is suffering from widespread shortages and declining morale. Calls for “Germanic solidarity” seem to have had more of a negative impact on Austro-Hungarian cohesion than anticipated in Berlin and Vienna. Observers report a nightly stream of deserters slipping over the Swabian border into Switzerland. Only the renowned German High Seas Fleet seems prepared to exert a significant influence in Germany’s desperate efforts to regain lost ground.

John Percell Jones

 

NOV 1920 - GERMANY DENIES ALLIANCE WITH FRANCE, “ANGRY” AT RUSSIA
Takes strong positions at press conference
Rick, New York Post
Bonn— German Chancellor Baron Von Brown gave a press conference yesterday in the temporary capital of Germany, Bonn. He expressed confidence in his government’s ability to stop the URRR forces from further encroachment on German territory and in the German economy. He denied being allied to France and expressed confidence that the UK would not use their reserve forces to move in on his vulnerable rear areas including German-held Holland and Denmark. However, he did acknowledge that if they did so, his nation would have a difficult time but even in occupation his people would fight on.

The Chancellor refused to comment on troop readiness nor on strategies for the fall campaign season, in the interest of protecting the troops. He remains outraged at the conduct of the URRR forces and declared that “…we can be sure that the occupiers would find a difficult time administering their criminally-obtained territories.” The Chancellor also addressed the spring peace conference, correcting reports that German sovereignty over her entire prewar territory was not agreed to during this conference. Von Brown went on to criticize the Swiss leadership for ending the Peace Conference sooner than the negotiating powers might have wanted. "We could have had peace in our time", von Braun said. "But it seems that we cannot have peace in over-time."
The summary of the whole conference is presented below.

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From the press conference held today in Bonn by German Chancellor Baron von Braun:

a. The conference is held in Bonn, a small farming town in western Germany, because the capital of Germany is under occupation by Russian troops.
b. German citizens are angry at the subsequent return of the Russian forces. Civil defense preparations continue and local leaders vow to fight house-to-house in defense of the German homeland. Formation of local food and arms caches appears to be widespread.
c. German war widows and families have formed a new political force, "Peace with Honor". It already numbers over 1 million registered supporters and is expected to do well in local elections. Its platform is a return to peace by any diplomatic means necessary except that the German war dead must not be dishonored by giving up German territories as long as Germany has able-bodied men and women to fight for the Fatherland.
d. Food appears not to be much of an issue. In part this is because there are as many as 2 million less people to consume it. Also, the Germanic partner countries -Denmark and Holland- have been able to supply a good portion of the crop shortfall caused by the loss of the Prussian and Silesian agricultural areas.
e. Recent street riots in Munich under the leadership of Austrian emigre Adolf Schicklgruber, protesting the criminal incompetence of the aristocracy-led German government in the early years of the war, demanding social solidarity, and insisting on an unending war against godless Communist occupiers. Authorities have suppressed these incidents but the crowds are growing.

Remarks by von Braun include:

1. In prepared remarks, von Braun urged his fellow Germans to prepare for yet another year of defending their homes from foreign invaders.

2. Von Braun apologized for the outcome of the peace conference, which was disbanded before the Chancellor's plan could be considered. He believes that the Swiss government's sudden disbanding of the conference may have been due to the Swiss holiday schedules. "We could have had peace in our time", von Braun said. "But it seems that we cannot have peace in over-time."

3. Von Braun refused to reveal specific military strategies for the coming year but says he is in tune with the voice of the people to do whatever is necessary to recover the German home territories. "We must do whatever we can do get foreign forces out of Germany", he said. "We ask only that the Germanic peoples be left in peace to grow potatoes and drink beer. What happens between Russia and England after that is none of our affair, unless one or the other refuses to let us live in peace, in which case we will ally ourselves with the other to drive them out of the Germanic countries".

4. Von Braun refused to provide details of the readiness of the armed forces for the coming campaign but indicated that the government was doing all it could to support the troops and appreciated the citizens' sacrifices in doing the same. He did report that the German fleet may be in the best shape of all military forces because the citizens welcome the Germans and are providing the food support that as a non-combatant neutral they have not had to expend on armed forces. The Danes are very concerned over being the friction point between the two great empires and the Danish government continues to seek a continuing German presence to support Denmark's claims to free trade, free passage of shipping and neutrality.

Questions for press conference from Rick.

Rick: Is it true that Germany withdrew from Burgundy in a negotiated deal with France that they would keep the French Foreign Legion from returning home via Munich with Russian assistance?
V.B. This is not true at all. First, no such proposal was ever discussed. Second, Germany was present in France only after France mobilized against us in 1914 and never agreed to restore normal relations until the time of the peace conference in 1919. At the peace conference, Germany declared its intention for all European powers to regain sovereignty of their own homelands and we evacuated France in the spirit of that entente.

Rick: An examination of the campaigns of 1917 and 1918 indicate that during your nations's time of good faith, the British government pulled out of Paris after you helped them occupy it, then reoccupied Belgium after your government had taken it in an apparent trade for helping them into Paris, and took Marseilles to boot while blocking you from taking Paris. Even after the Peace Conference in which the URRR accepted your offer to achieve peace with your prewar borders intact, you still apparently remain allied with the British government even though they have never apparently supported you anywhere.
Given the British government's need to build more armies and her unlikelihood of gaining centers this fall to do this, are you at all worried that the British might use her reserve units in Belgium and the North sea to "liberate" Holland and Denmark from you, as a perceived new ally of France?

V.B. Well, in fact the British maneuvers in 1920 indicate no hostile intent towards Germany. With the Russians have launched her unprovoked attacks on Germany even after the peace conference, in which we supported Russia's expansion into Turkey, we have lost considerable military strength in fighting off this attack and we do what we can to protect our borders. The truth is that if the two superpowers decide to attack Germany at the same time then we do have a serious problem. As for the actions of the prior administration, we cannot speak to this, partly because they shredded much of it to conceal their incompetence before the great hunting trip fiasco, and partly because the Russians have been occupying our capital city for a considerable period.
With regard to the peace conference, the reason Germany did not sign on completely for the Russian plan or for chairman Motta's plan is precisely that they did NOT guarantee German independence within its pre-war borders but instead left this for "future negotiations". This, as the only party in the proceedings that was invaded itself rather than attacking anyone, was unacceptable for us to be the ones singled out for possible partition and reparations.

Rick: The URRR is in a position to take Munich if she is willing to sacrifice Berlin to do it. Given that this would result in the Revolutionary forces pocketing your remaining force along the coast, how concerned are you at this point for your survival as a nation?

V.B.: As noted earlier, if both superpowers are attacking Germany then we will have a very difficult time indeed. If that were to occur, or even if one power were to occupy our Fatherland, we can be sure that the occupiers would find a difficult time administering their criminally-obtained territories. Observe that even the mighty Roman empire and the armies of Napoleon came to the same conclusions, that the German armies might be defeated in battle through some combination of leadership failures or international scheming, but the heroic German people will resist day by day, night by night, in large and small ways such that the best thing to do is to leave us to our own business which is all we wanted in the first place.

 

DEC 1920 - AUSTRIA INVADES ITALY, WHILE RUSSIANS TAKE VIENNA, BRITAIN DEFEATED IN ROME
Rapperswil Telegrafika:
Austria enters Italian territory and takes Venice, Verona, Bologna and Ancona; San Marino circled by Edi's troops
Italy invaded finds energy to free the Capital: troops desembark in Anzio and repeatedly defeat the British Army
The Russian Army takes Vienna, leaves Berlin undefended, invades Albania.

 

JAN 1921 - RUSSIA ASKS FOR A NEW PEACE CONFERENCE
"The URRR's government officially asks for the Conference of Peace convening"

 

JAN 1921 - INSULTING THE ORGANIZERS: THE NEW DEAL OF BRITISH DIPLOMACY!
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland supports the Peace Conference, but vetoes the Presidency of Mr. Motta.

Baron de Queiroz

 

JAN 1921 - GERMANY SUPPORTS THE CONFERENCE
Since the two great powers are in favor of a conference, and the rest of us small countries have been hoping for an end to the war for some time, Germany is of course all in favor.

Baron von Braun
PM Germany

 

JAN 1921 - VON BRAUN’S LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK POST
Dear Editor:
Thank you for taking the time to cover our press conference.
While the PM's remarks were accurately reported in the detail, we need to correct your reporter's summary which in some cases conveys quite the wrong impression.
a. The PM did not say that Germany had no understandings with France. He said that there was no deal to evacuate Burgundy or face a French-Russian attack on Munich. As the PM went on to state, Germany evacuated Burgundy in the spirit of returning all lands to self-rule as announced by all countries the peace conference. [We should also note our appreciation of the departure of Russian forces from Berlin, which we shall not have to rebuild yet again].
b. The PM absolutely did not address his remarks about "criminally-obtained territories" to the URRR in particular. He said that Germany's intention was to recover its homeland and the German people would fight on against ANY country that decided to occupy German territory. And again we note the departure of the Russian fleet from Germany, although we would of course have been even more pleased had Russian forces not prevented our German troops from re-entering Berlin so that we could start rebuilding the mess that the war has brought on.

 

FEB 1921 - BRITISH NAVY SURRENDER AT ANZIO, FRANCE PLANS THE DEFENCE OF PARIS
Rapperswil Telegrafika:
the British Thyrrenian Fleet surrenders at Anzio; France troops' retreat from Italy passes through snowy Piedmont; French Army concentrates in Paris to organize the final defence of the Capital.

 

FEB 1921 - PRESIDENT-ELECT HARDING OFFERS TO HOST PEACE CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
Rick, New York Post
New York— Republican President-Elect Warren Harding has offered to host a Peace Conference for the European Powers in New York upon assuming office in March, the New York Post has learned.

Speaking from his transition office in Washington, D.C., the former Senator announced that among his first actions upon taking office was to issue a formal invitation to the warring powers of Europe to meet in New York City in April.

“Peace in Europe is important to the stability not only of the desperate peoples there, but of the entire world. The United States has kept out of this war and wishes to resume trade relations that are currently restricted by the many limitations imposed on trade by the many warring powers. The United States is committed to peace in our time and I intend to offer the resources of this nation to mediate at a neutral site, the issues that underlay this conflict. It is my hope that the American people will support this effort to unite those who are divided, to bring peace to the weary, and prosperity and rebuilding for all the peoples of the world.”

When asked why New York, the President-elect explained that as the financial capital of the western world, all of the warring powers already have a diplomatic presence in New York. Washington itself was ruled out as being too imperialistic, he did not want to leave even the slightest impression that the United States was imposing peace on Europe. Thus New York seemed to be the ideal location.

When asked about the possibility of hosting a peace conference, New York Mayor John F. Hylan was enthusiastic. The Democrat pointed out that his city offered all the ideal requirements and that as a member of a political party other than the President-elect, that he would ensure that the peace conference, if held there, would be strictly bipartisan in its nature.

As of yet none of the nations that have requested a peace conference have responded to this request of President-Elect Harding. However, reports from Europe have indicated that the matter is under serious consideration by several powers.

 

FEB 1921 - COLBY'S LETTER TO THE EUROPEAN POWERS
From: Mr. Bainbridge Colby
Secretary of State
United States of America

To: Heads of State, European Powers
Ministers, European Powers
Interested Observers and Journalists

As the outgoing Secretary of State, in accordance with the wishes of President-Elect Warren Harding, I would like to extend a formal invitation to the governments of the warring powers in the Great War to meet in a Peace Conference in the City of New York during this coming spring. I would also like to invite representatives of the other non warring European governments to join this conference, including but not limited to Switzerland, Iceland, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and the Vatican.

My office will be in direct contact with President-Elect Harding and his transition team, so you may address correspondence to him and the State Department will process it.

Thank you.

BC

 

FEB 1921 - SWITZERLAND’S ANSWER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The Embassy of the Helvetic Confederation to Washington presents its compliments to the State Secretary of the United States of America and has the honor to refer to the invitation made by the Secretary of State, Bainbridge Colby. The Helvetic Confederation fully support the American initiative to bring Europe to a durable peace, though will decline the invitation to take part to the proposed Conference; Switzerland is not part to the war and believes that it would be better not to openly play a political role in this part of the war.
The Embassy of the Helvetic Confederation to Washington wishes a full success of the called Peace Conference and avails itself of the occasion to present to the State Secretary of the United States of America the sentiments of its higher consideration.

ES

 

FEB 1921 - VIENNA ANSWERS TO MR. COLBY
Secretary Colby;
We would like to thank you for your invitation a Peace Conference in New York City. We would like to recommend that hotel that hosted the Tea Pot Dome Shareholders meeting that you invited us to attend.
Further we look forward to meeting the young assistant of the President that he 'closeted' the last time our Ambassador was given an introduction to the then Senator.
It should be pointed out that as a matter of international law the formal declaration of the open conference cannot occur until after the winter announcement of adjustment of forces in Europe. While it is anticipated that the 5th Orc Panzer Grenadier Army will be raised in the Hungarian Transylvanian mountains east of Budapest, the remaining adjustments in London, Tunis and Lyon-Piedmont region as well as the Cossack bound eastern steppes has not been finalized and remains quite a field for speculation.
We will attend to the invitation upon an examination of the positions as presented by the adjustments and the intentions of the powers as demonstrated by their actual actions.

BirSauron,
Prime Minister and EDItorial Minister of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and related shadow lands.

 

FEB 1921 - BERLIN AGREES
It's fine with Germany.

 

FEB 1921 - MOSCOW REFUSES THE US PROPOSAL
The NRC officialy refuses the U.S.A. like host of the Conference of Peace.
It is now clear that the U.S.A. is supporting the UK during the war.

 

FEB 1921 - THE FIRST TRIUNVIR IS AGAINST
Dear citizens,

The world is crazy, I have the evidences.
After the Western Imperialism caused the failure of the Peace Conference in Switzerland, what are they purposing?
Another Conference of Peace… well… but where? In the U.S.A.!
I thought it was a bad joke, but not.
How can we speak on the peace in the country that is financing the U.K since many years?
Weapons killing our sons are made in the U.S.A.
Furthermore the U.S.A. will want to put pressure on the Conference surely.
Hence we ash for the Conference is called in another, more democratic, country. […]

article on Pravda

 

 

FEB 1921 - PRESS RELEASE FROM PRESIDENT-ELECT HARDING
I regret that the URRR has declined the invitation to attend a Peace Conference in New York, and ask its government to reconsider.

The Union of Revolutionary Russian Republics has declined to attend a spring Peace Conference based on its belief that the United States favors the United Kingdom in this war. As a member of the Senate, I was involved in working with the Wilson Administration regarding the neutrality of the United States in the Great War, so I would like to respectfully respond to this assertion, both on behalf of the Wilson administration and on behalf of my incoming administration.

First and foremost, the United States of America has not set out to either assist or hinder Great Britain in her war effort. It has taken no position on the actions of the powers in this war and did not send a representative even as a witness to the Peace Conference of 1920. Strict neutrality in matters outside the Western Hemisphere, particularly militarily, has been a keystone principle of the United States since the Monroe Doctrine was published over a hundred years ago, and the incoming administration intends to maintain that policy. As Great Britain failed to intervene during our Civil War less than three generations ago, so we have refused to intervene in their war.

It is true that Great Britain has remained the main European trading partner with the United States during the Great War. We understand that as two economies devoted to capitalism, this may appear to others to be a preference for that nation. However, we in the United States take another view. The trade imbalance between the US and UK, and the US and other European nation is not only due to the proximity of the UK relative to the US, but also to the fact that with the exception of Germany and occupied Holland and Denmark, the United Kingdom controls all the ports of the Atlantic coast of Europe, and with it mercantile access to the Baltic and White seaports as well. All shipments into and out of ports in Spain and Portugal are inspected by British port authorities, and many nonmilitary cargos intended for destinations outside of Great Britain have been confiscated by British authorities as having potential military applications. Cargo vessels passing through the English Channel bound for northern Europe are similarly required to first land in a British port for inspection and cargo clearance. Although the United States understands the British necessity to secure their war zone, and the United States has complied rather than risk hostilities, the net effect of these actions has been to harm the American economy.

It is precisely this limitation on free trade which has created economic pressures on the United States to request peace of the warring powers. Our economic interests are not well served when consumers in central and eastern Europe have no access to American goods. American crops cannot be sold to people cut off from transatlantic trade, nor can she trade her manufactured goods in many cases. Trade in goods to and from Switzerland, for example, requires passing through British ports in Spain, then Marseilles, or through ports in Cornwall or England, then Antwerp, prior to transshipment of goods to or from Zurich. In the interest of strict neutrality, the Wilson administration has banned international arms sales to any combatant in the war so it cannot be said that the United Kingdom is being aided militarily by the United States.

We draw upon the precedent of President Theodore Roosevelt who helped to negotiate a diplomatic solution to the Russo-Japanese war of 1905. In that war as in this war, the United States was not involved militarily, making it possible to mediate a way out of what had become a very bloody conflict. The incoming administration would like to carry out its business in a world without war, so we urge the URRR to reconsider its position and agree to send representatives to a peace conference in which every courtesy will be extended to its positions, as well as those of other nations. We respect the right of the URRR to differ with our views on governmental structure and on economic policy and those will not influence our mediation efforts, if such should come to pass.

I thank you all for your consideration.

Warren Harding
President-Elect of the United States

 

APR 1921 - PEACE CONFERENCE... AGAIN???
The URRR asks for the Conference of Peace is called in Mexico City.

 

APR 1921 - ...YES, AGAIN!!! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?
The Republic of France will support in any case any Peace Conference in any country it will be called, even in England or in Russia.

Sincerely
Luca B.

 

APR 1921 - HE’S THE PRESIDENT NOW, BUT NO NEWS AT ALL...
To the leaders of all the Warring Powers in the Great War:
In the event that a peace conference is called in Mexico City or some other location, the United States would like to have a representative there. We are prepared to use some of our economic resources to provide short-term food and other relief in the immediate aftermath of the war. We also wish to pledge long-term economic assistance to help rebuild the ravaged regions of both western and eastern Europe when the war is over. We would therefore be grateful to be an active member at the next peace conference in order to spell this out in more detail, and to help mediate disputes where we are welcome to do so. However, should any warring nation object to an American presence there, the United States does not insist upon this. As dedicated neutrals, we shall not be a party in extending the war, and any peace conference is far better than none at all. We shall not be offended by any refusal from any party.

I thank you all for your consideration.

Warren Harding
President of the United States

 

APR 1921 - IS ÁLVARO OBREGÓN AWARE?
Germany will be pleased to attend a peace conference in Mexico City or anywhere else.

 

APR 1921 - ITALY ACCEPTS THE CONFERENCE
The Kingdom of Italy will gladly assist to the Conference.

Sebastian Tapia.
Prime Minister of Italy

 

MAY 1921 - THE US PRESIDENT WRITES TO THE EUROPEAN WARRING POWERS
To: The Warring Powers of the Great War
From: The United States of America

Greetings to all.

On behalf of the United States, an interested neutral party, I thank the government of Germany for advancing the cause of peace once again through its Kanzler plan. I regret that it will not be implemented. As the fighting between Austria-Hungary and the Union of Revolutionary Russian Republics is likely to escalate in the coming months, it appears that a peace conference is most unlikely, at least this year.

If and when the time is right to hold a peace conference, the United States stands ready to assist both in the conference and in building the subsequent peace. Until then my government will continue to enforce its strict neutrality and mind its domestic affairs.

I remind the world that with the launches last month of the Colorado and the Maryland, that we have 21 battleships in our two fleets, not counting the seven of the most modern type which are under construction. My administration is committed to a similar upgrade in our land and air strength as well. It is necessary that the United States remains secure in this time of war, on both our Atlantic and Pacific coasts. In comparison with these costs of upgrading our military to levels commensurate with those of the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, paying our share of rebuilding a Europe at peace would have been a better value, but that does not matter now. In conjunction with the Monroe Doctrine, we do not intervene in Europe's wars but do not make the mistake of underestimating us, or in trying to extend your wars to the western hemisphere.

Should any representative of the warring powers wish for non-military assistance from the United States in securing peace, I and my administration stand ready to help. Please contact me. Until then, please consider this my last public stand on this issue.

Thank you very much.

Warren Harding
President of the United States.

 

MAY 1921 - AUSTRO-HUNGRY DECLARES WAR ON RUSSIAN REPUBLICS
(Budapest, The Dark Tower East of the Winter Palace of the Empire) Official declaration by the Government of the very angry and free people's and associated life forms of the Empire:
BirSauron stated to a crowded courtyard ringed with the spearheads adorned with heads of Russian raiders from the lower Galician foothills. "The government and people's of the Austro Hungarian Empire were at peace with their neighbors after having sponsored the call for a peace conference and reuniting their country from foreign neighbors. The Russian Republics have suddenly and without provocation seized the historic Capital Vienna as well as duplicitously striking at the Serbian provinces of the Empire after speaking openly of their high regard for the friendship of the Austro-Hungarian peoples. Further to this outrageous display of military treachery the Russians then delivered an explanation to the Ambassador that this was only done at the request of the German government and that they would of course remove themselves from our capital. Clear indications were given to the Russians that such pronouncements are meaningless as the Russian republics have soiled the very papers that they write their communications with by their vile behavior of the past. However, if they were at all serious about re-establishing any sort of relationship with the Austro-Hungarian leadership they should decline to arm Sevastapol. However, the Russians could not resist the further aggressive demonstrations of disregard for proper protocols and formed an Army of Cossack hordes from the Don Steppes in the Crimenia. This shall not be tolerated and as such a state of war now exists between the Austro Hungarian Empire and the minions of the Revolting Russian Republic.
The newly formed Hungarian 5th Orc Panzer Grenadier Army has answered to the call of WAR in Budapest to expel all Russians from the Eastern Lands and to bring about a Righteous Balance to the European region.

 

Wolf Telegrafika, Bonn, May 1921.
Blitzer Wolf reporting.
MAY 1921 - WEARY WEHRMACHT BACK TO WAR
In a national radio address in Bonn today, Chancellor von Braun announced that Austria's declaration of war on the URRR puts the final stab to Germany's last-ditch effort to achieve peace. England had provided no response to the proposed Mexico City peace plan; Russia's demands for a demilitarized Galician border security combined with the raising of a new Soviet army in the Crimea appear to have to set off the Austrian decision to engage in its desperate gamble. "Once again we have no choice but to ask our women to support their men and boys as they go once more into the gates of hell to protect our homes and families from the aggression of the Bolshevik hordes".

The Chancellor announced the cancellation of all leaves and immediate resumption of rationing, internal passport requirements and evening blackouts. "Austria will not be facing Russia alone", he said. "England is still contesting the ownership of Scandinavia, and Germany is determined to recover its territories that Russia remains in occupation - not to mention, of course, the recovery of our national capital of Berlin. So we welcome Austria to this battle in the hope that it will reduce some of the pressure that the German armies have been facing alone since 1916".

The Chancellor appreciated the contribution of the British fleets in keeping the northern borders stable, but added that when the history of the Great War is written, a special place will be reserved for the one million German foot soldiers who have so far given their lives in a muddy, bloody struggle to block Russian advances into Western Europe.

In a statement clearly aimed at the Socialist members of the Reichstag, who have been urging an immediate capitulation to the Russians in the hope that they would end their occupation, von Braun was undiplomatic. "This is insane", argued von Braun. "These people are simple defeatists. They seem to think the Russians invaded us by accident - twice. We must fight them in Prussia and Silesia so that we are not occupied by them in Munich and Bonn and Frankfurt. We cannot tolerate the occupation of our national capital".

National riot police surrounded the temporary assembly hall where the government has been conducting business in Bonn. As a result, there were few disruptions in Bonn, which is in any case hardly big enough to have a decent street-meeting. But in many major German cities the Chancellor's speech appeared to set off demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, with Communist mobs demanding peace at any price and ultra-nationalists demanding German unity and death to the Bolsheviks.

 

JUN 1921 - TOTAL INSURRECTION OPERATION ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ST. PETERSBURGRussian cavalry crosses the Danube
The NRC charged me with to notify this assembly’s resolution.
A secret congress was in Budapest and there were the representatives of every European revolutionary organizations.
Straight after the Austrian chancellor’s announcement, the revolutionary meeting was forced to adopt extreme countermeasures: the general insurrection in the whole Europe is now official. The clandestine brigades will get weapons, money and food from the URRR as well as Russian officials to drill new partisans. The fights will be suspended only in those countries that will accept a republican government and they will deprive of authority their emperor or monarch.
In those country the URRR collaborates with local government, supplying them with resources and staff up to the end of the European hostilities.

In particular the URRR doesn’t recognize the Edi’s authority and it relieves him of every responsibilities. A new government is constituted in Wien for the new Austrian Revolutionary Federation. The Viennese and Tyrolese area, the Trieste’s district and Serb region are federal territories, like it’s written in the provisional constitution.
The Hungarian region is considered a rebellious country until Edi lays down arms.
The jurisdiction of Venice’s district is temporally under the direct Russian control until the end of the war.
Free elections will be called after the end of the war. A provisional government is headed by a Russian and an Austrian consul.

It’s scheduled a new meeting in July. The council could take same safety precautions for other countries in the course of that conference.
The NRC exhorts every freedom fighters to resist the enemy until the victory.

 

JUN 1921 - NRC 'COSSACK HEROIC BOAST'
Budapest (EDItorial Free Press) - As the round up of NRC vagabonds and street drunks (alias insurgents and agents of Russia) continues throughout the Austro Hungarian Empire it was reported that one of those caught had this story to tell. It seems that he was finishing off his liquid diner when he says he saw a female cossack tied to the tracks. "Just like in a Mary Pickford movie I rushed over and untied her and carried her back to my hut by the train shed. There we had great sex on the floor, against the walls and throughout the night." His captives said he sounded like he had gotten lucky and if she was pretty? "I don't know, I never found her head." "That sounds about right for everything coming out of Saint Petersburg these days." was the last comment he heard from the captain of the firing squad.

 

JUN 1921 - GREAT BRITAIN OCCUPIES CALAIS
Swiss Press Service - No changes in European war scene: Britain occupeis Calais and closes French Mediterranean ports, while Russian Fleet sails into the Adriatic Sea.

 

JUL 1921 - HAPLESSBURGER VON AGAMEMNON REASSIGNED
Budapest (EDItorial Free Press)
In an official announcement from the mobile shadows of the Dark Tower, BirSauron has announced that Enrico Von Haplessburger has been reassigned as the Third Minister and Shadow Minister while the 2nd Minister and leader of the Ghost Fleet has been assigned to Joschka Joschka Joschka etc. It is believed that Joschka has taken the fleet to the head waters of the Kosov Underground River Aquafir in Serbia and will be out of communication range for a few seasons whereas the Haplessburger has increased his communications to the west and south.
It is expected that there will be a Face to Face meeting in Milan in a few weeks with the Prime and Third Ministers to establish a diplomatic plan to bring the European warriors to the front against the Eastern Hordes.

 

JUL 1921 - WOLF TELEGRAFIKA FROM BLITZER FRANKFURT TO GERMAN EMBASSY LONDON
DATELINE 1 AUG 1921 Riots between Bolshevik gangs and Brownshirt militia disrupting streets and services in several major cities STOP Situation very confused STOP Limited government control because soldiers all away at the war with Russians STOP Printing presses smashed by Brownshirt hooligans no papers in Germany this week STOP More reports when we can assess situation END

 

JUL 1921 - GERMAN MINISTER ALEX VISITS KOBNHAVN
Wolf Telegrafika
Lars Larsson, Kobnhavn
The shadowy Deputy Minister Alex was reported to have been in Kobnhavn this week awaiting the return of the German High Seas fleet for resupply. After the fleet had arrived the Minister is said to have met with Admiral Christian and subsequently departed to the airport in a highly-secured motorcade. Admiral Christian's staff has refused to provide any comment nor any appointments with the normally publicity-seeking Admiral. Sources suggest that the Admiral may have departed with Deputy Minister Alex for consultations with the German general staff regarding the upcoming military operations. These sources also reported that the Minister's delegation has included communications technicians to repair or replace the fleet's equipment to avoid further repetitions of the reported communications interruptions with the central government.

 

JUL 1921 - RUMORS ABOUT ALEX
Wolf Telegrafika
Blitzer Wolf, Bonn
Rumors that the shadowy Deputy Minister Alex has been captured by the URRR are being replaced by new rumors that he has been seen secretly entering the Department of Public Policy, which controls both War and Foreign Policy. The uber-hawkish National Socialist German Party has taken to the streets to demand that if Deputy Minister Alex is no longer hidden in his secret bunker to ensure the continuity of the government, then he must take a leading role in the defense of the country from the Bolshevik occupation.

 

NOV 1921 - NEW RESHUFFLE IN GERMAN GOVERNMENT
Wolf Telegrafika, Bonn, November
Rumors of Minister Alex's whereabouts were at last dispelled yesterday. The Chancellor's press secretary revealed today that the dangers of wartime travel had left Deputy Prime Minister Alex stranded in Denmark following a trip there to "consult" with Admiral Christian. Minister Alex will accompany the German fleet for security of passage and to make sure that the fleet does follow orders this year.

The press secretary also denied rumors that Christian was fired and characterized Christian's re-assigned to an army combat position on the front lines somewhere near Wurzburg as "re-education opportunity" to re-acquaint himself with the primary threat with is the Russian aggression.

Since Minister Alex is stuck in Denmark with limited communications, the PM has had to transfer the War Department's staff and communications to now-Brigadier Christian's trench-lines to ensure that the armies do receive and act on their orders. It is assumed that the generals, who have spent the last few years fighting the occupation, have been tasked to mentor the new Brigadier in his duties, but he sure is a survivor.

Internally this is seen as a concession by the PM to the increasing power of the uber-nationalist faction, which is increasingly solidifying itself as a viable political forces under the now-retired General Hindenburg and the real power figure in the party, Adolf Schicklgruber. This report would be incomplete without acknowledging our appreciation to the communications director of the National Socialist Party, Herr Goebbels, who has permitted this edition of the Bonn news to be published without disruption.

 

DEC 1921 - BUDAPEST FALLS TO THE RUSSIANS, PARIS TO THE BRITISH, TURIN AND GENOA OCCUPIED
Austrians retreat their armies in Bosnia, after Russian Army occupies Budapest and attacks Serbia and Montenegro
The final attack on French metropolitan territory: British troops invade Paris, Germany breaks the Maginot line, partisans resist in Bordeaux, while the Prime Minister disappears
The British Army occupies Turin and Genoa and strenghtens its Mediterranean fleet.

 

DEC 1921 - GERMANY’S CHOICE
Rick, New York Post
Munich--  The war remains ongoing, yet strangely distant. For the first time in years, Bavaria is neither occupied by a defending army nor under serious threat of conquest. Only the Russian army in Berlin remains close enough to threaten Bavaria, but she seems to be content in finding winter quarters for her troops, and settling into what might be a long, comfortable garrison duty. Ruhr, Tyrolia, Bohemia, and Silesia are free of troops, Burgundy is secured once more, and Kiel, Holland, and Denmark remain German despite the British amphibious invasion of the Netherlands.

All told, it appears that after a year of fits and starts, that a weak alliance has formed between the URRR and the German state, one built upon a fear of Britain and her potential power. No one has any illusions about philosophical agreements between the two continental powers but neutral observers agree that they need each other, at least in the short term. Austria is reeling under the power of four Russian armies and two Russian fleets and has little chance to survive, neither Trieste nor Serbia can hold even through the coming summer if the Russians are determined enough. France is beaten and Italy is looking east at the unoccupied territories of Greece and Turkey, rather than west at the three British armies and fleets on her doorstep. And with France now wholly removed from the continent, Britain has every reason to look to the low countries and Germany as future gains for her war machine. Simply put, neither Germany nor the URRR had anyone else left with whom they could ally.

The German reoccupation of Burgundy appears to support such an alliance. The weakest part of the Russian front is its center, the side facing Germany. By pushing forward into Burgundy, Germany has gained an offensive position facing unoccupied Belgium and putting the British army in Paris into a defensive, rather than offensive mode. It’s a rogue army’s advantage, the same as the Italian fleet in the Ionian Sea enjoys, but it’s the first time Germany has had any strategic advantage in her two-front chess match in some time.

Other experts however are quick to point out that had the German navy cut the English support in the Skagerrak, that Sweden would be Russian now and England would have either had to scrap its fleet as it did in Rome last year, or have no ability to build the army that is even now being assembled in London for use in the lowlands. The attempted return to Kiel, however, was a safe move, so it is not certain whether the entire German government is speaking with one voice, or are the naval and land commanders at odds with one another?

Germany’s options have been between bad and worse for some time. By making the choice to move west with her armies, she has left herself with no remaining leverage diplomatically. She must gain at least one center and rebuild an army in Munich next year, or she will certainly be crushed between the UK and the URRR. As she has to do this against the two powers who continue to increase in size and strength every year, her chances appears to be quite slim. Still, Germany’s choice appears to have been made at last, and now she must live with it.

 

DEC 1921 - NEWS FROM GERMANY
Wolf Telegrafika
Bonn, December 1921

German Bolshevik revolutionaries have enlisted the co-operation of the German General Staff in seizing control of the armed forces, which have openly declared that the speediest possible end to the war will be achieved by supporting the security concerns of the URRR. The military's actions indicate that the generals have lost their enthusiasm for the defensive war and have gambled the entire sovereignty of the country on the idea that the URRR needs assistance in quelling the English defenses enough to establish a Continental peace with or without England.

With the clear shift in direction in German military strategy from one of clearing Germany of all foreign forces of whatever nationality to a policy of open military and political co-operation with the URRR, the Bolshevik gangs, who have re-styled themselves as the Communist Party, and their military co-conspirators have moved swiftly to consolidate the political control in Germany also.

Reportedly the Kaiser has already executed an abdication agreement providing for his retirement in neutral Sweden when peace returns. This is believed to be a voluntary abdication; the Kaiser is reported to have said "My people, be careful what you ask for, in case you get it. Now you shall have it and now you must enjoy it, however it may taste, as there is no place for an Emperor in this workman's paradise you desire". One way or the other, the Kaiser and his family are in protective custody in the family's ancestral home, an authentic thousand-year old combat fortress in the Black Forest region.

In the meantime, Baron von Braun has been transported to an undisclosed combat unit to serve his country directly and to re-educate himself on the need to defend international socialism from the English imperialists.

The close military-civil co-operation is also enabling the new government to raise forces where the German nation was thought to be depleted. Military police formations are sweeping through towns across the country and press-ganging every man who can walk unassisted and, it is said, many of the able-bodied women, and as a result of this effort the German military expects to field an entire new Army Corps to begin training over the winter in Bavaria.

 

DEC 1921 - MATTEO INTRODUCES RUSSIAN COLLABORATION WITH GERMANY
[…]Dear citizens,
although the definition of “communist” is not so apt, we are happy about the democratic swing in Germany.
Hence we are going to support the new government by resources and training.
Our good intentions materialize by this training camp.
New army will be trained up by Russian officials.
The URRR will furnish Mosin-Nagant, tanks T-26 and aircrafts D-VII purchased from Fokker.
A cargo from Kiev with many
Pulemyot Maxima Gun will come too.
In the meanwhile a factory is getting going in Austrian in order to turn out Skoda machine gun. […]

- Matteo at the new base in Dresda

 

DEC 1921 - ELECTORAL RESULTS IN EUROPE, VOTERS STRIKE IN ITALY

COUNTRY VOTERS WIINNER % OTHERS
Austria-Hungary - Parlamentar elections 72% Edi 76% Enrico 23%, Joschka 1%
Italy - Political elections 1% none to be repeated Sebastián 1%, Daniel P. 0%, Israel 0%
Germany - Reichstag elections 75% Christian 93% Douglas 7%, Alex 0%
United Kingdom - Parliament elections 33% Bruno 75% Luiz Victor 17%, Waldir 8%

 

JAN 1922 - ELECTORAL RESULTS IN ITALY

COUNTRY VOTERS WIINNER % OTHERS
Italy - Political elections 72% Israel 57% Daniel P. 37%, Sebastián 6%

 

JAN 1922 - FRANCE PRESS - SOMEWHERE IN THE TUNIS DESERT
The Dessert Rat tribune reported:

Newly appointed PM for the not so long glorious powerhouse France Pathe DuChampiñon appointed his members of the cabinet:

Loyal to France trough his carrer and life Mr. Luca was appointed again as French Admiral and his mission is to persevere until the end of days.

Later on this gloom ceremony and with so little time to spare Pathe appointed Mr. Fabio as French Foreign Minister and his colony, Tunis.

President Pathe! looked grim and exhausted, some rumors has been raised that Pathe health is deteriorating rapidly.

Those close to Pathe leaked information that his health is linked France faith in this war.

Anyhow Pathe in a concise and quick speech told to those gathered that "France days are far very far to be numbered and France will prevail" Pathe's blind confidence and conviction on his navy and newly appointed admiral were cause of admiration among the presents. The night ended with a Vive la France! chant that lasted for several minutes and only languishing when La Marseillaise started and was the last of the highlights of the evening.

Rattler Micer, reporter.

 

FEB 1922 - AGREEMENT OF PEACE: THE RUSSIAN CONDITIONS
The URRR lays down the following conditions:

  1. Suspension of every military actions;

  2. The URRR will have the same territories like before the war, except other indications in this treaty;

  3. The URRR annexes the Armenian Republic;

  4. The URRR annexes Galizia;

  5. Austrian and German Emperors must abdicate;

  6. Spain will be a Monarchy;

  7. Portugal will be a Monarchy;

  8. Greece will be a Socialist Republic;

  9. Bulgaria will be a Socialist Republic;

  10. Romania will be a Socialist Republic;

  11. Turkey will be a Federal Socialist Republic;

  12. Syria will be a Russian protectorate;

  13. Hungary and Serbia will be "The Jugoslavian Socialist Republic";

  14. Norway will be a Monarchy;

  15. Sweden will be a Republic;

  16. Italy will have the same territories like before the war;

  17. Italy will be a Monarchy;

  18. France will have the same territories like before the war;

  19. France will be a Republic;

  20. Tunisia will be a Republic;

  21. The UK will have the same territories like before the war;

  22. Berlin, Prussia, Bohemia and Silesia will establish the "The Socialist Federation of Dresda";

  23. Kiel, Munich and Ruhr will establish the Federal German Republic;

  24. Denmark will be a Republic;

  25. Holland will be an independent Monarchy;

  26. Belgium will be an independent Monarchy;

  27. The defeated States (Austria, Italy, Germany and the UK) are due 120 billion Gold Marks in 60 years to the URRR;

  28. The URRR will set up military harbours in Scandinavia, in the Moroccan and Algerian coast.

  29. Every Socialist Republics are joint by economical and military alliances.

 

JUN 1922 - PRAVDA LAUNCHED AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION
Fellow leaders,

In an effort to improve the communication from our country to the rest of the word, the URRR foreign office had decided to make available to you press briefings directly from our office.

So, we are officially announcing the launch of Pravda, the official URRR International Newspaper.

I hope you enjoy it.

Fabio
URRR 2nd Triumvir

P.D.: It is fair to say that, while we sponsor the newspaper, and entries are posted by URRR top officers, we in no way participate in the selection of the content. Our journalists are free to write whatever they want, so unless something is signed by either PM Matteo or me, we don't necessarily stand by the opinions expressed in such articles.

 

JUN 1922 - VON BRAUN IN VACATIONS WHILE GERMANY BURNS
Baron von Braun has successfully returned from his sea cruise in the Virgin Islands where he was nearly drowned only twice. Now that he has completed Navy boot camp he has been reassigned to basic training with the newly formed Bavarian Army Corps. The official spokesman for PM Christian's newly elected Socialist government insists that this prolonged period of training is not a political revenge and is purely for the minister's further education in proper Socialist values and will well prepare him for either a naval or military assignment as the collective need may require.

The spokesman also noted an error in published reports in the election, in which actually the new government received 95.7% of the votes that were counted.

 

JUN 1922 - THE PRAVDA: PEACE TALKS, A NEW ZEPELLIN, LEONE CLASS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
See the Pravda here.

 

JUN 1922 - VON BRAUN WRITES TO BRITAIN AND RUSSIA
I believe there is a solution to this impasse if we truly want peace now.

As part of my recent stay in Denmark I have become more familiar with the Scandinavian peoples. There is an active struggle for independece by the Latt people in Lapland, which would be that part of pre-1913 Sweden due north of the Finland borders, where the Barents and Norwegian Seas come together. The collective powers could recognize the independence of Lapland, and URRR could guarantee that independence from claims by Sweden, Norway or England with a military base there.  This would reinforce the Russian Northern fleet and prevent any British entrance to STP while providing England with significant response time from their bases in Norway.

The Danish people have already requested assistance from a non-aligned force (i.e.Germany) to maintain the neutrality of the Baltic Straits.  This fleet, supported by the German army in Kiel, would be able to provide the first line of defense against any potential invasion of the Baltic.

If the great powers are able to accept those two concepts then we can satisfy the security concerns fo both URRR and England and we can have peace now.
If not, then it seems that the war must continue.
From Germany's perspective it is a heavy burden to continue fighting when the world is in 97% agreement to stop and we have suffered from years of aggression; however, our armies are determined to recover our home territory yet.

Admiral Baron von Braun

 

JUN 1922 - UNITED STATES LOSES PRESIDENT
Warren Harding Dies from Heart Attack
Rick, New York Post
Washington, D.C. – The nation is in mourning for its 29th President, Warren Harding. The late president collapsed during a cabinet meeting. White House physicians were on the scene immediately and he was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The new President, Calvin Coolidge, was sworn in at 11:11 a.m. yesterday. Arrangements were immediately made to have the fallen president lie in state at the Capitol. In spite of a pouring rain, thousands stand in line to see the president who they think died too soon.

Warren Harding lived and died in difficult times. An economic populist, he ran on a platform of keeping out of the Great War and the lives of American businessmen. He continued the military buildup begun by President Wilson and maintained the prohibition of sales of military supplies to any participants in the Great War. A fierce devotee of peace, he worked tirelessly towards peace because he believed that it was the only route to true economic prosperity for all. In the latest series of peace talks, he proposed a European Economic Community, to join the economies of western Europe into a single entity, the better to compete on the world market and with the socialist bloc that is forming in Eastern Europe. He did not live to see whether the Harding Plan would ever be adopted even in part, so history will be the judge of whether he will be remembered as a great president, or merely average.

The new President, Calvin Coolidge, indicated in a written statement that he will not participate in European peace negotiations in any way. When questioned by reporters outside the White House, President Coolidge remained silent. The State Department has thanked the delegations from France and the United Kingdom for their participation and invites them to continue their discussions on their own.

 

JUN 1922 - THE PRAVDA: ONGOING NEGOTIATIONS
See the Pravda here.

 

JUN 1922 - ELECTORAL RESULTS IN ITALY - DANIEL P. TRIUMPHS IN POLLS REPETITION

COUNTRY VOTERS WIINNER % OTHERS
Italy - Political elections (repetition) 77% Daniel P. 97% Daniel P. 97%, David 3%, Sebastián 0%

 

JUN 1922 - URRR-UK AGREEMENT ANNOUNCED BY RUSSIAN CABINET
I'm glad to announce that the URRR and the UK had agreed on the following treaty to end the war:

  1. Suspension of every military actions;

  2. An International Organization for the Peace will be created;

  3. The URRR will have the same territories like before the war, except other indications in this treaty;

  4. The URRR annexes the Armenian Republic;

  5. The URRR annexes Galizia;

  6. Austrian and German Emperors must abdicate;

  7. Spain will be a Monarchy;

  8. Portugal will be a Monarchy;

  9. Greece will be a Socialist Republic;

  10. Bulgaria will be a Socialist Republic;

  11. Romania will be a Socialist Republic;

  12. Albania will be a Socialist Republic;

  13. Turkey will be a Federal Socialist Republic;

  14. Syria will form an Arab State being the Holy Land an international place, controlled by an International Organization (i.e. IOP);

  15. The URRR will have the monopoly on mineral wealth and oil in the Middle East by the "Fair Trade Oil Company (FTOC)";

  16. The Austrian province of Trieste and Serbia will be "The Jugoslavian Socialist Republic";

  17. Norway will be a Monarchy;

  18. Sweden will be a Monarchy;

  19. Italy will have the same territories like before the war;

  20. Italy will be a Monarchy;

  21. France will have the same territories like before the war;

  22. France will be a Republic;

  23. Tunisia will be British;

  24. The UK will have the same territories like before the war;

  25. Berlin, Prussia, Bohemia and Silesia will establish "The Socialist Federation of Dresda";

  26. Kiel, Munich and Ruhr will join the "The Socialist federation of Dresda", because German people decided that;

  27. Denmark will be a Socialist Republic in "The Socialist federation of Dresda";

  28. Holland will be an independent Monarchy;

  29. Belgium will be an independent Monarchy;

  30. The defeated States (Austria, Turkey, Germany) are due 120 billion Gold Marks in 60 years to the URRR;

  31. Italy is due to pay 20 billion Gold Marks in 60 years to the URRR because it betrayed the URRR in the past against the Austrian enemy;

  32. Every Socialist Republics are joint by economical and military alliances.

  33. Austria will be an independent state (Vienna + Tyrol) and the IOP calls a referendum to decide their system (capitalist o socialist)

  34. Hungary will be an independent state (Budapest) and the IOP calls a referendum to decide their system (capitalist o socialist)

  35. The capitalist countries are joint by economical and military alliances

  36. The socialist countries are joint by economical and military alliances

  37. The URRR renounce all intention to bring Sweden back to socialism, and in return UK forces will leave Sweden and Sweden will have to be neutral

So, could the remaining powers review this treaty and either accept it or present any objections they may have? Thanks. By the way, if someone from the UK could publicly confirm their agreement to this treaty, such confirmation would be welcomed.

 

JUN 1922 - FRANCE AGREES TO THE PEACE TREATY
I can say, that the Republic on France agrees following treaty. We are thankful to the UK, that they left us the harbours of Marseille and Brest.

May the peace last long

Luca B. - 2nd Minister of France

 

JUN 1922 - ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER COMPLETELY AGREES
Italy agrees the URRS and UK agree.

 

JUN 1922 - MATTEO OFFICIALLY ENDORSES THE CONFERENCE
"Yes to the peace conference on the basis of the Russian-English agreement".

Matteo

 

JUN 1922 - QUEIROZ OFFICIALLY ENDORSES THE CONFERENCE
"Yes to the peace conference on the basis of the Russian-English agreement".

Bruno

 

JUN 1922 - GERMANY ACCEPTS TO JOIN THE PEACE CONFERENCE
Dear peace-makers,
as the result of our discussions Germany is willing to attend the peace conference on the basis that was set up by England und Russia. There are some topics to be negotiated, i.e. paragraphes 25 to 32. In total Germany agrees with the list from sir Fabio.

For Germany
PM Christian

 

JUN 1922 - THE LAUSANNE PEACE CONFERENCE

PARTICIPANTS

REPRESENTATIVES

CHAIRMAN - CH

President Robert Haab

RUSSIA - RU

Third Triumvir, Supreme Admiral, Secretary of the URRR, Mr. Fabio D.

FRANCE - FR

Admiral Luca B.
then President Demián Pathe, Prime Minister, Minister of War

TURKEY - TR

none

GERMANY - DE

Christian, Prime Minister, Minister of War

AUSTRIA-HUNGARY - AT

Enrico von Agamemnon von Happlesburger, Shadow Minister
then Edi BirSauron, Prime Minister

ITALY - IT

Minister of Army, David

UNITED KINGDOM - UK

Prime Minister, Baron Bruno de Queiroz

 

CH - Chairman President Robert Haab
Dear delegates, I welcome you all to Lausanne hoping that we will leave this hall with our final treaty signed in order to announce peace to Europe and the world. I regret the absence of the Turkish Delegate; if anyone from Turkey shows up before the end of the Conference, he will gladly accepted. As you all know, we have a consistent basis on which to work, which is a previous agreement among the two great powers, the URRR and Britain, which has been agreed by all present Countries. I ask you all to intervene or to answer to my questions promptly and shortly. I’ll start reading the basis of our treaty.

1.                   Suspension of every military actions;

2.                   An International Organization for the Peace will be created;

3.                   The URRR will have the same territories like before the war, except other indications in this treaty;

4.                   The URRR annexes the Armenian Republic;

5.                   The URRR annexes Galizia;

6.                   Austrian and German Emperors must abdicate;

7.                   Spain will be a Monarchy;

8.                   Portugal will be a Monarchy;

9.                   Greece will be a Socialist Republic;

10.               Bulgaria will be a Socialist Republic;

11.               Romania will be a Socialist Republic;

12.               Albania will be a Socialist Republic;

13.               Turkey will be a Federal Socialist Republic;

14.               Syria will form an Arab State being the Holy Land an international place, controlled by an International Organization (i.e. IOP);

15.               The URRR will have the monopoly on mineral wealth and oil in the Middle East by the "Fair Trade Oil Company (FTOC)";

16.               The Austrian province of Trieste and Serbia will be "The Jugoslavian Socialist Republic";

17.               Norway will be a Monarchy;

18.               Sweden will be a Monarchy;

19.               Italy will have the same territories like before the war;

20.               Italy will be a Monarchy;

21.               France will have the same territories like before the war;

22.               France will be a Republic;

23.               Tunisia will be British;

24.               The UK will have the same territories like before the war;

25.               Berlin, Prussia, Bohemia and Silesia will establish the "The Socialist Federation of Dresda";

26.               Kiel, Munich and Ruhr will join the "The Socialist federation of Dresda", because German people decided that;

27.               Denmark will be a Socialist Republic in "The Socialist federation of Dresda";

28.               Holland will be an independent Monarchy;

29.               Belgium will be an independent Monarchy;

30.               The defeated States (Austria, Turkey, Germany) are due 120 billion Gold Marks in 60 years to the URRR;

31.               Italy is due to pay 20 billion Gold Marks in 60 years to the URRR because it betrayed the URRR in the past against the Austrian enemy;

32.               Every Socialist Republics are joint by economical and military alliances.

33.               Austria will be an independent state (VIE+TYR) and the IOP calls a referendum to decide their system (capitalist o socialist)

34.               Hungary will be an independent state (BUD) and the IOP calls a referendum to decide their system (capitalist o socialist)

35.               The capitalist countries are joint by economical and military alliances

36.               The socialist countries are joint by economical and military alliances

37.               The URRR renounce all intention to bring Sweden back to socialism, and in return UK forces will leave Sweden and Sweden will have to be neutral

Now, you are supposed to have accepted this program; I ask you all whether there is any detail you’d like to delete, to change or to add; after that our juridical department will be drafting the treaty. The British and the Russian representatives are allowed to present their point of view, also.

CH - ...

As there were no comments, our office for juridical affairs drafted a treaty, which can be immediately signed or discussed in its details. We are now distributing the text. In your remarks, please refer precisely to the articles.

Treaty of Peace with Turkey Signed at Lausanne, June 30, 1922
The Union of the Revolutionary Russian Republics, the British Empire, the German Reich, the Empire of Austria and Hungary, Italy, and France;
Being united in the desire to bring to a final close the state of war which has existed in Europe since 1914;
Being anxious to re-establish the relations of friendship and commerce which are essential to the mutual well-being of their respective peoples;
Considering that these relations must be based on respect for the independence and sovereignty of States;
Have decided to conclude a Treaty for this purpose, and have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries:

THE FIRST TRIUNVIR OF THE UNION OF THE REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIAN REPUBLICS:
The Third Triumvir, Supreme Admiral, Secretary of the Union of the Revolutionary Russian Republics, Gospodin Fabio D.
HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND AND OF THE BRITISH DOMINIONS BEYOND THE SEAS, EMPEROR OF INDIA:
The Right Honourable Sir Bruno de Queiroz, Prime Minister, Baronet;
THE GERMAN EMPEROR AND KING OF PRUSSIA:
Christian, Chancellor, Minister of War;
THE EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA, APOSTOLIC KING OF HUNGARY, KING OF BOHEMIA, OF DALMATIA, OF CROATIA, OF SLAVONIA, OF GALICIA, OF LODOMERIA, AND OF ILLYRIA, KING OF JERUSALEM, AND SO FORTH, ARCHDUKE OF AUSTRIA, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY AND OF CRACOW, DUKE OF LORRAINE, OF SALZBURG, OF STYRIA, OF CARINTHIA, OF CARNIOLA AND OF THE BUKOVINA, GRAND PRINCE OF TRANSYLVANIA, MARGRAVE OF MORAVIA, DUKE OF UPPER SILESIA, OF LOWER SILESIA, OF MODENA, PARMA, PIACENZA AND GUASTALLA, OF AUSCHWITZ AND ZATOR, OF TESCHEN, FRIULI, RAGUSA AND ZARA, PRINCELY COUNT OF HABSBURG AND TYROL, OF KYBURG, GORITZ AND GRANDISCA, PRINCE OF TRIENT AND BRIXEN,
MARGRAVE OF UPPER AND LOWER LUSATIA AND IN ISTRIA, COUNT OF HOHENEMS, FELDKIRCH, BREGENZ, SONNENBERG, AND SO FORTH, LORD OF TRIESTE, OF CATTARO AND OF THE WENDISH MARK, GRAND VOYVODE OF THE VOYVODIE OF SERBIA, AND SO FORTH, SOVEREIGN OF THE ORDER OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE:
Enrico von Agamemnon von Happlesburger, Shadow Minister;
HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF ITALY:
The Honourable Minister of Army, David;
THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC:
Admiral Luca B., Grand Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour;
Who, having produced their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed as follows:

PART I.
GENERAL POLITICAL CLAUSES.

ARTICLE 1.
From the coming into force of the present Treaty, the state of peace will be definitely re-established between the URRR, the British Empire, the German Reich, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Italy, France and Turkey, as well as between their respective nationals. Official relations will be resumed on both sides and, in the respective territories, diplomatic and consular representatives will receive, without prejudice to such agreements as may be concluded in the future, treatment in accordance with the general principles of international law.

ARTICLE 2.
THE HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES, In order to promote international co- operation and to achieve international peace and security by the acceptance of obligations not to resort to war by the prescription of open, just and honourable relations between nations by the firm establishment of the understandings of international law as the actual rule of conduct among Governments, and by the maintenance of justice and a scrupulous respect for all treaty obligations in the dealings of organized peoples with one another Agree to a Covenant of the League of Nations.
The original Members of the League of Nations shall be the Signatories of this Treaty and also such of those other States as shall accede without reservation to this Covenant; any fully self- governing State, Dominion, or Colony may become a Member of the League if its admission is agreed to by two- thirds of the Assembly provided that it shall give effective guarantees of its sincere intention to observe its international obligations, and shall accept such regulations as may be prescribed by the League in regard to its military, naval, and air forces and armaments. Any Member of the League may, after two years' notice of its intention so to do, withdraw from the League, provided that all its international obligations and all its obligations under this Covenant shall have been fulfilled at the time of its withdrawal.

PART II.
TERRITORIAL CLAUSES.

ARTICLE 3.
The URRR will maintain all territories being part of the former Russian Empire. Moreover, the URRR will extend its domain to:
(1) all territories north to the watershed line of the Carpatians, including the region of Bucovina and the city of Krakow;
(2) all former Turkish lands east to the 40th meridian and north to the 36th parallel.

ARTICLE 4.
All former Turkish territories west to the 40th meridian and south to the 36th parallel, with the outlined exception, will form a Syrian Arab State.
The cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Mount Sinai, the Sea of Galilee (Lake of Kinneret), the Judean Desert and the Jordan River will be controlled by an international organization controlled by the League of Nations.

ARTICLE 5.
A Southern Slavic Country will be founded by joining Montenegro to all territories of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire inhabited by Slavic populations; this Yugoslavian State will include all coast from Trieste to Dubrovnik and the regions of Kosovo and Vojvodina.

ARTICLE 6.
The British Empire will extend its domination to the former French protectorate of Tunisia.

ARTICLE 7.
Germany will survive under the name of “The Socialist Federation of Dresda” in its pre-war territories. The Federation will be joined by Denmark and Iceland.

ARTICLE 8.
All territories of the former Austro-Hunagarian Empire that have not being assigned by this treaty to other Countries, in force of articles 3 and 5, will remain to the States of Austria and Hungary, that will be different and independent each from the other.

ARTICLE 9.
Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Persia, Portugal, Rumenia, San Marino, Spain, Sweden will maintain their pre-war territories.

ARTICLE 10.
The frontiers described by the present Treaty are traced on the map attached to the present Treaty.

ARTICLE 11.
All territories not included in the previous articles will maintain their pre-war status, with the exception of former Turkish and Ottoman territories in which referendums will be organized in order to give the inhabitants the right to choose whether they would like to join a Country or to be independent.

PART III.
SPECIAL POLITICAL PROVISIONS.

ARTICLE 12.
The Emperors of Austria and Hungary, Karl I, and of Germany and Prussia, William II, must abdicate.

ARTICLE 13.
Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden should organize or maintain the respective States in Monarchies.

ARTICLE 14.
Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Rumania will be Socialist Republics.

ARTICLE 15.
Turkey will organize the State in a Federal Socialist Republic.

ARTICLE 16.
France should maintain its State organized in a Republic.

ARTICLE 17.
The League of Nations will organize two referendums, one in Austria, one in Hungary, in order to give the respective peoples the possibility to choose whether they want to organize their Countries in a capitalist or in a socialist system.

ARTICLE 18.
Sweden has the obligation to keep itself neutral.

ARTICLE 19.
All Socialist Republics (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Rumania and the URRR, and possibly Austria and Hungary) will gather in an economical and military alliance.

ARTICLE 20.
All capitalist countries (Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and the UK, and possibly Austria and Hungary) will gather in an economical and military alliance.

PART IV.
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CLAUSES.

ARTICLE 21.
The High Contracting Parties are agreed to recognize and declare the principle of freedom of transit and of navigation, by sea and by air, in time of peace as in time of war, in the strait of the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmora and the Bosphorus, as prescribed in the separate Convention signed this day, regarding the regime of the Straits. This Convention will have the same force and effect in so far as the present High Contracting Parties are concerned as if it formed part of the present Treaty.

ARTICLE 22.
The URRR obtains the monopoly on mineral wealth and oil in the Middle East (i. e. Syria, Turkey and the Holy Land; the Russian "Fair Trade Oil Company (FTOC)" will exercise the monopoly in name of the Russian Government.

ARTICLE 23.
The defeated States (Austria, Turkey, Germany) are due to the URRR 120 billion Gold Marks to be paid within 60 years.

ARTICLE 24.
Punishing Italian betrayal of the URRR during the war against the common Austrian-Hungarian enemy, Italy is due 20 billion Gold Marks to the URRR to be paid in 60 years.

ARTICLE 25.
The Contracting Powers and all Countries in Europe reciprocally renounce all pecuniary claims for the loss and damage suffered respectively by Turkey and the said Powers and by their nationals (including juridical persons) between the 1st January, 1914, and the coming into force of the present Treaty, as the result of acts of war or measures of requisition, sequestration, disposal or confiscation. Nevertheless, the above provisions are without prejudice to the provisions of Part IV (Economic and Financial Clauses) of the present Treaty.

PART V.
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

ARTICLE 26.
From the coming into force of the present Treaty and subject to the provisions thereof, all the multilateral and bilateral treaties, conventions and agreements of an economic or technical character, that are contrary to the provisions of the present treaty are abolished.

ARTICLE 27.
The High Contracting Parties agree to repatriate at once the prisoners of war and interned civilians who are still in their hands.
Prisoners of war and interned civilians awaiting disposal or undergoing sentence for offences against discipline shall be repatriated irrespective of the completion of their sentence or of the proceedings pending against them.
Prisoners of war and interned civilians who are awaiting trial or undergoing sentence for offences other than those against discipline may be detained.
The High Contracting Parties undertake to restore on the coming into force of the present Treaty all articles, money, securities, documents and personal effects of every description which have belonged to prisoners of war or interned civilians and which have been retained.
The High Contracting Parties waive reciprocally all repayments of sums due for the maintenance of prisoners of war captured by their armies.

ARTICLE 28.
The High Contracting Parties agree to give every facility in their respective territories for the search for the missing and the identification of prisoners of war and interned civilians who have expressed their desire not to be repatriated.

PART V.
MIXED ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL.

ARTICLE 29.
Within three months from the date of the coming into force of the present Treaty, a Mixed Arbitral Tribunal shall be established between each of the Contracting Powers and Turkey.
Each of these Tribunals shall be composed of three members, two being appointed respectively by each of the Governments concerned, who shall be entitled to designate several persons from whom, according to the case in question, they will choose one to sit as a member of the Tribunal. The president shall be chosen by agreement between the two Governments concerned.
In case of failure to reach agreement within two months from the coming into force of the present Treaty, the president shall be appointed, upon the request of one of the Governments concerned, from among nationals of Powers which remained neutral during the war, by the President of the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague.
If within the said period of two months one of the Governments concerned does not appoint a member to represent it on the Tribunal, the Council of the League of Nations will have power to proceed to the appointment of such member upon the request of the other Government concerned.
If a member of the Tribunal should die or resign or for any reason become unable to perform his duties, he shall be replaced by the method laid down for his appointment, the above period of two months running from the date of death, resignation or inability as duly verified.
These Mixed Arbitral Tribunals shall decide all questions within their competence under the present Treaty.
Decisions shall be taken by a majority.
The High Contracting Parties agree to regard the decisions of the Mixed Arbitral Tribunals as final and conclusive, and to render them binding upon their nationals, and to ensure their enforcement in their respective territories as soon as the decisions of the Tribunals are notified to them, without it being necessary to have them declared executory.
The High Contracting Parties further undertake that their Tribunals and authorities shall directly assist the fixed Arbitral Tribunals in every way that is in their power, particularly as regards the transmission of notices and the collection of evidence.
The Mixed Arbitral Tribunals shall be guided by justice, equity and good faith.

ARTICLE 30.
The present Treaty shall be ratified as soon as possible.
The ratifications shall be deposited at Lausanne.
Each of the Signatory Powers will ratify by one single instrument the present Treaty and the other instruments signed by it and mentioned in the Final Act of the Conference of Lausanne, in so far as these require ratification.
The Treaty will come into force between the High Contracting Parties who have ratified it.
The Swiss Government will transmit to all the Signatory Powers a certified copy of the procès-verbaux of the deposit of ratifications.

In faith whereof the above-named Plenipotentiaries have slgned the present Treaty.
Done at Lausanne, the 30th June, 1922, in a single copy, which will be deposited in the archives of the Government of the Swiss Confederation, which will transmit a certified copy to each of the Contracting Powers.

(L.S.) FABIO D.
(L.S.) BRUNO DE QUEIROZ.
(L.S.) CHRISTIAN.
(L.S.) ENRICO VON AGAMEMNON VON HAPPLESBURGER.
(L.S.) DAVID.
(L.S.) LUCA B
.

CH - ...

And here goes the map.

 

UK - United Kingdom - Prime Minister, Baron Bruno de Queiroz
UK aceita a proposta de tratado.

 

RU - The Union of the Russian Revolutionary Republics - Third Triumvir, Supreme Admiral, Secretary of the URRR, Mr. Fabio D.
In the name of the URRR I would like to thanks the Switzerland's government for receiving all of us here and for the hospitality they have shown. In times of war, it is always nice to know there is a country willing to open his doors to all and allow peaceful negotiations.
I sincerely apologize for not taking the word sooner, I just thought that since the URRR has been the first proposal of the treaty and the one to make it public our support to it was sufficiently clear. I now see I was wrong.
So, just to be clear: I, in the name of the URRR, fully endorse and accept the treaty drafted by the legal office of Switzerland.
To be honest, the reason that I didn't take the word sooner is that I believe it was PM Christian the one that should do that first. Germany was the only nation that didn't officially accepted the treaty the UK and the URRR proposed before starting this conference. They technically only agreed to attending to the PC, while anticipating that they may have some objection to some of the clauses regarding them. No clue was given regarding whether the objections were minor, like "we would like to be called "The socialist Federation of Prussia" because we don't like how Dresda sounds" or something more important.
It would certainly be regrettable if war restarts only because nations that agree with the treaty fail to make their support public in time, so I urge all nations to take a few minutes and agree to this treaty as soon as possible.
It is my sincere desire that we can finally achieve a lasting peace in Europe as short as possible. I believe we all want the some thing. Let's not lose this chance for waiting too long.

In the hope that someone else will soon take the word, and thanking once again our Swiss hosts in the name of the URRR,

Fabio
URRR's delegate

 

AT - The Empire of Austria and Hungary - Shadow Minister Enrico von Agamemnon von Happlesburger
Dear President, dear Delegates,

I was hardly thinking, not in vacation!

Well, this is the official position of the Austrian Government: we accept fully the proposals of UK and URRR.

Best regards.

 

DE - The German Reich -  Prime Minister and Minister of War, Christian
We accept the UK-URRR plan with one reservation.  Since the two halves of Germany are, under this plan, united as one, there is no need for the new Dresda name and we believe that the German people would prefer to remain known as Germany.  However, if it is a major sticking point in the negotiations then we are certainly not going to hold up the cause of world peace over this issue.

 

CH -
Dear delegates,
the situation is very deceptive. I thank the UK and the URRR for clearly supporting the draft I presented. It is a pity that Austrian and German delegations repeat that they support "the British and Russian proposals"; because this point was the basis for calling the Conference and has been ALREADY accepted by ALL present Delegations. NOW, you are requested to say YES or NO to the draft treaty that has been distributed to you all. In order to save time, I ask to the British and the Russians whether they would have anything against calling the German country GERMANY instead of Dresda, in the Treaty.
Second point. Other delegations didn't speak, BUT I received private messages from the Chiefs of States saying that THEY accept the terms. Now, I believe that if they don't trust their delegations, they should change their plenipotentiaries instead of sending messages directly to me: it would also be a sign of respect in relation to the other Delegations who assist the Conference.
That is why I thank the French Prime Minister for having taken his delegate's place and I welcome here at the Peace table.
Finally, my friends: the situation is that we do have a full agreement on the text by the two majors powers, and a possible point to discuss regarding the name of Germany/Dresda. May I have the point of view of ALL the delegations on the Treaty?
Mr. Pathe, would you like to speak first?

JUN 1922 - FRANCE CHANGES CHIEF OF DELEGATION AT LAUSANNE
French press release:

Versailles:

It's been noticeable the absence of a French delegate in the Peace Conference and it's due various reasons

Crowded trains and transports, heavy snow and snow blocked railways therefore French delegate is MIA.

Now, French President Pathe Will attend the conference and will be the French delegate for this proceedings from now on.

France stands for the following:

First and foremost France is aware of the Peace Conference and agrees that peace should prevail, France stands for peace and from now on Stop all Belic actions over Europe.

Second the principles of the peace treaty (UK and URSS) are fully accepted by France, no addendums from the French side.

Third. Due the holidays I pledge to the GM to increase the ultimatum until at least the 8th of January (many of the representatives are on travel).

Regards.

PATHE!

 

JUN 1922 - PEACE AT LAST??
Wolf Telgrafika, Bonn, June 1922.

News from Lausanne brought the German people into the streets by the millions to celebrate the apparent consensus of the warring parties and what appears to be in general a fair and reasonable conclusion to the war - if that is indeed what the peace plan published in Lausanne actually is. Of course, there is still considerable concern because the German people have seen peace slip away from them before now, twice at the conference table and three times as military alliances dissolved and ended up with the failed French attack on Germany in 1915, the defeated Russian invasion of 1916 and the second Russian invasion of 1918 which sees the Russian Army still occupying the national capital.

Citizens are somewhat surprised that Russia, as the invader, now demands reparations. However, with the Russians engaged in military modernization to support its new global role and unlikely to get advanced support from the UK or the USA, Russia will need Germany technology; but there is almost no hard currency in the URRR (until it can make its new Middle Eastern colonies pay off). German politicians are already portraying the "reparations" accounts as more or less an economic assistance effort that may pump jobs into the German economy while helping the URRR get a fair start on seeing whether its collectivist theory is workable or not.

Another surprise for Germany is the demand of Iceland, apparently provided directly to the peace council's Swiss moderators by the government of Iceland itself, to be incorporated into the post-war German federation. This may be in line with the Danish demand for German naval forces to bolster its claims to independence as it sits wedged between the superpowers in a chokepoint that will certainly be the first point of contention in any renewed Anglo-Russian conflict. These two new additions to the German family, along with the assignment by the URRR of Germany as the administrator of the Bohemian state, may force Germany quickly toward a democratic federal system with strong autonomy for the member states, a major departure from the prior autocratic monarchy that is to be ended with the conclusion of the war. Kaiser Wilhelm has long stated his desire to retire from public life to join his family in neutral Sweden and the UK-URRR formula will require him to do exactly that.

The German government, meanwhile, is considering how to rebuild the national economy both to serve the needs of the new communist-based economy to the east as well as the transitional ties with the capitalist systems of Old Europe. The emergence of demands by Bohemia, Iceland and Denmark to be included in the solidarity of a Germanic-speaking bloc makes the government optimistic that economic order can be restored in central Europe; overtures are already being made to Austria to extend the sharing of the common linguistic roots to form a common market that will link the east and the west. The current German state of Nederland, which in 1914 requested and received German incorporation, would be required to restore its monarchy under the current treaty; but since its economy has been completely integrated with the German economy in the past 8 years, Nederland would doubtless remain closely linked with the German economy regardless of the form of government its citizens eventually choose in the post-war democratic process. In short, former Prime Minister von Braun's vision of a Germanic economic union is edging closer to a reality that may permit the ravaged continent to recover from this ferocious war in better shape than anybody might have expected a year or so ago.

The mood in Germany today is optimistic. Those mothers who still have surviving sons look forward to the possibility that they will be mustered out as soon as possible and begin the rebuilding process. But, with their fingers burned so many times before, the people are holding one hand out with the olive branch to all countries, but with the other, the citizens continue to fill sandbags against the continuing air raids and the military forces continue to prepare for another season of fighting. Since Germany's aim has never been anything more than to restore its original borders, the present UK-USSR agreement offers all that Germany needs and more. Mothers, fathers, and fighters all pray that the world's leaders will have the good sense to give peace a chance.

 

RU -
Dear delegates,

I'm sorry for not waiting for Mr. Pathe to take the word, as requested by the Swiss President, but I felt it was better to clarify this as soon as possible and get it out of the way: I have no problem in the ex-Germany calling itself as they best want, as long as the socialist nature of the new regime is perfectly clear. So, the "Socialist Federation of Germany" instead of "Socialist Federation of Dresda" would be perfectly acceptable.

 

CH -
Thank you.
Mr. Pathe? Or anybody else?

 

UK -
Please, no changes in the text!
We cannot change the focus now. Iceland was included in the federation without previous agreement, but I will not discuss anything else. If we open the discussion again, many aspects can be ajusted as well.
So, I ask to do not change anything else.
Let's sign it and finish the war!

 

FR - French Republic - Prime Minister and Minister of War, President Pathe
Gentleman:

Like a good old friend said some time when I meet him:

Well I call you Gentleman because I still do not know you all to well yet, after some time I may drop the title for some or all of you!

Obviously he stopped calling me Gentleman after some good 'ol times together on the African desert while doing some army time in the foreign legion!

But I will not longer bother you with old friend stories and jokes!

I think that we all want peace, we are all tired of this nonsense.
Let's get to the meat and get over with it.

Delegates get your act together and just send a brief and concise opinion (yes or No) and move on!

It is so hard for all of us to drag this too long and go over small details over and over again.

So, please, lets vote and be ready for enjoy the rest of the days on the slopes of the beautiful alps and then we all depart to a beautiful spring with peace in our countries.

JUN 1922 - VIENNA RECALLS HAPPLESBURGER AND SENDS BIRSAURON
The Austrian Government's position:

As Enrico Haplessburger is unavailable he is replaced with the Prime Minister: BirSauron
The Austrian Government accepts the UK and the URRR proposals
The Austrian Government accepts President Haab's Draft Treaty
The Austrian Government accepts any treaty that brings this to an end.

 

JUN 1922 - NOW HE SPEAKS!

The French position:

France accepts every treaty and proposal by the UK and the URRR. We won't add any new point.

Sincerely

Luca B.

 

DE -
once again, if Dresda then no
if Germany then yes.
Who the hell found 'Dresda'?

 

IT - Kingdom of Itay - David, Minister of Army
Italy says that this is a wonderful treaty and accepts.

 

CH -
Dear delegates,
we have many news at this table. I'll try to resume them in order.

1. Sir Queiroz, Iceland has been included by the legal service in the new German territory, together with Greenland and all Danish lands because your first proposal -British and Russian, I mean- practically annexed Denmark to Germany. The other possible solution is to give Iceland indipendence; would you prefere this solution?

2. Monsieur Pathe, I support your call to take position on the treaty. Would you please clearly express French position on the draft treaty?

3. I thank Austria for upgrading its representation at this table and invite Herr BirSauron to expose officially at this table the position he already took on the press.

4. The situation is: the Russian and British proposal has been translated in a draft Treaty, which has been accepted with no further emendment by the UK, the URRR, and Italy. Germany accepts the treaty only in the case the Country be called "Germany", not "Dresda"; this proposition seems to be accepted by the URRR, rejeceted by the UK. The other two Delegations, the Austrian and the French probably agree to the treaty, but we prefere to hear it clearly by their own voices at this table.

I give the floor to Herr BirSauron.

 

FR -
Gentleman:

France agrees with the treaty, draft or whatever it is called.
France screams for peace.

That is France and my position.
Accept all clausules of the draft treaty.

 

IT -
The Italian press has several reports of fleeing Frenchmen across the border. Apparently France has surrendered.

Again Italy calls for peace at any cost. End the bloodshed!

 

DE -
Germany ("Dresda") totally agrees with the proposals. Let's finish for peace.

 

CH -
Dear delegates,
we thank Germany for breaking the impasse. Now we all look to Mr. Sauron: if we hear a "yes", then we go to the signing ceremony. Bin Sauron?

 

AT - The Empire of Austria and Hungary - Prime Minister, Edi BirSauron
It is OK
it is ok
let's end it.
Consider this formal OK
consider this informal OK
Let's us stand on formalities
let us sit on our formalities
whatever...end it
horray it is over

 

CH -
Great!
Now, all obstacles to peace have been lifted. Chiefs of Delegations are invited to sign the treaty as soon as possible.

 

THE CEREMONY OF SIGNATURES
Fabio D., chief of Russian Delegations, signs the Treaty of Lausanne
Christian, chief of German Delegation, signs the Treaty of Lausanne
Bruno de Queiroz, chief of British Delegation, signs the Treaty of Lausanne
Edi BirSauron, chief of the Austro-Hungarian Delegation, signs the Treaty of Lausanne
Demián Pathe, chief of the French Delegation, signs the Treaty of Lausanne
David, chief of the Italian Delegation, signs theTreaty of Lausanne

 

CH -
Dear delegates,
all of you signed the treaty which puts an end to this war. Copy of the treaty is distributed, along with the official maps, to all you. Thank you.

 

TEXT OF THE TREATY OF LAUSANNE

Treaty of Peace with Turkey Signed at Lausanne, June 30, 1922
The Union of the Revolutionary Russian Republics, the British Empire, the German Reich, the Empire of Austria and Hungary, Italy, and France;
Being united in the desire to bring to a final close the state of war which has existed in Europe since 1914;
Being anxious to re-establish the relations of friendship and commerce which are essential to the mutual well-being of their respective peoples;
Considering that these relations must be based on respect for the independence and sovereignty of States;
Have decided to conclude a Treaty for this purpose, and have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries:

THE FIRST TRIUNVIR OF THE UNION OF THE REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIAN REPUBLICS:
The Third Triumvir, Supreme Admiral, Secretary of the Union of the Revolutionary Russian Republics, Gospodin Fabio D.
HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND AND OF THE BRITISH DOMINIONS BEYOND THE SEAS, EMPEROR OF INDIA:
The Right Honourable Sir Bruno de Queiroz, Prime Minister, Baronet;
THE GERMAN EMPEROR AND KING OF PRUSSIA:
Christian, Chancellor, Minister of War;
THE EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA, APOSTOLIC KING OF HUNGARY, KING OF BOHEMIA, OF DALMATIA, OF CROATIA, OF SLAVONIA, OF GALICIA, OF LODOMERIA, AND OF ILLYRIA, KING OF JERUSALEM, AND SO FORTH, ARCHDUKE OF AUSTRIA, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY AND OF CRACOW, DUKE OF LORRAINE, OF SALZBURG, OF STYRIA, OF CARINTHIA, OF CARNIOLA AND OF THE BUKOVINA, GRAND PRINCE OF TRANSYLVANIA, MARGRAVE OF MORAVIA, DUKE OF UPPER SILESIA, OF LOWER SILESIA, OF MODENA, PARMA, PIACENZA AND GUASTALLA, OF AUSCHWITZ AND ZATOR, OF TESCHEN, FRIULI, RAGUSA AND ZARA, PRINCELY COUNT OF HABSBURG AND TYROL, OF KYBURG, GORITZ AND GRANDISCA, PRINCE OF TRIENT AND BRIXEN,
MARGRAVE OF UPPER AND LOWER LUSATIA AND IN ISTRIA, COUNT OF HOHENEMS, FELDKIRCH, BREGENZ, SONNENBERG, AND SO FORTH, LORD OF TRIESTE, OF CATTARO AND OF THE WENDISH MARK, GRAND VOYVODE OF THE VOYVODIE OF SERBIA, AND SO FORTH, SOVEREIGN OF THE ORDER OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE:
Edi BinSauron, Prime Minister;
HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF ITALY:
The Honourable Minister of Army, David;
THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC:
Demián Pathe, himself;
Who, having produced their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed as follows:

PART I.
GENERAL POLITICAL CLAUSES.

ARTICLE 1.
From the coming into force of the present Treaty, the state of peace will be definitely re-established between the URRR, the British Empire, the German Reich, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Italy, France and Turkey, as well as between their respective nationals. Official relations will be resumed on both sides and, in the respective territories, diplomatic and consular representatives will receive, without prejudice to such agreements as may be concluded in the future, treatment in accordance with the general principles of international law.

ARTICLE 2.
THE HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES, In order to promote international co- operation and to achieve international peace and security by the acceptance of obligations not to resort to war by the prescription of open, just and honourable relations between nations by the firm establishment of the understandings of international law as the actual rule of conduct among Governments, and by the maintenance of justice and a scrupulous respect for all treaty obligations in the dealings of organized peoples with one another Agree to a Covenant of the League of Nations.
The original Members of the League of Nations shall be the Signatories of this Treaty and also such of those other States as shall accede without reservation to this Covenant; any fully self- governing State, Dominion, or Colony may become a Member of the League if its admission is agreed to by two- thirds of the Assembly provided that it shall give effective guarantees of its sincere intention to observe its international obligations, and shall accept such regulations as may be prescribed by the League in regard to its military, naval, and air forces and armaments. Any Member of the League may, after two years' notice of its intention so to do, withdraw from the League, provided that all its international obligations and all its obligations under this Covenant shall have been fulfilled at the time of its withdrawal.

PART II.
TERRITORIAL CLAUSES.

ARTICLE 3.
The URRR will maintain all territories being part of the former Russian Empire. Moreover, the URRR will extend its domain to:
(1) all territories north to the watershed line of the Carpatians, including the region of Bucovina and the city of Krakow;
(2) all former Turkish lands east to the 40th meridian and north to the 36th parallel.

ARTICLE 4.
All former Turkish territories west to the 40th meridian and south to the 36th parallel, with the outlined exception, will form a Syrian Arab State.
The cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Mount Sinai, the Sea of Galilee (Lake of Kinneret), the Judean Desert and the Jordan River will be controlled by an international organization controlled by the League of Nations.

ARTICLE 5.
A Southern Slavic Country will be founded by joining Montenegro to all territories of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire inhabited by Slavic populations; this Yugoslavian State will include all coast from Trieste to Dubrovnik and the regions of Kosovo and Vojvodina.

ARTICLE 6.
The British Empire will extend its domination to the former French protectorate of Tunisia.

ARTICLE 7.
Germany will survive under the name of “The Socialist Federation of Dresda” in its pre-war territories. The Federation will be joined by Denmark and Iceland.

ARTICLE 8.
All territories of the former Austro-Hunagarian Empire that have not being assigned by this treaty to other Countries, in force of articles 3 and 5, will remain to the States of Austria and Hungary, that will be different and independent each from the other.

ARTICLE 9.
Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Persia, Portugal, Rumenia, San Marino, Spain, Sweden will maintain their pre-war territories.

ARTICLE 10.
The frontiers described by the present Treaty are traced on the map attached to the present Treaty.

ARTICLE 11.
All territories not included in the previous articles will maintain their pre-war status, with the exception of former Turkish and Ottoman territories in which referendums will be organized in order to give the inhabitants the right to choose whether they would like to join a Country or to be independent.

PART III.
SPECIAL POLITICAL PROVISIONS.

ARTICLE 12.
The Emperors of Austria and Hungary, Karl I, and of Germany and Prussia, William II, must abdicate.

ARTICLE 13.
Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden should organize or maintain the respective States in Monarchies.

ARTICLE 14.
Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Rumania will be Socialist Republics.

ARTICLE 15.
Turkey will organize the State in a Federal Socialist Republic.

ARTICLE 16.
France should maintain its State organized in a Republic.

ARTICLE 17.
The League of Nations will organize two referendums, one in Austria, one in Hungary, in order to give the respective peoples the possibility to choose whether they want to organize their Countries in a capitalist or in a socialist system.

ARTICLE 18.
Sweden has the obligation to keep itself neutral.

ARTICLE 19.
All Socialist Republics (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Rumania and the URRR, and possibly Austria and Hungary) will gather in an economical and military alliance.

ARTICLE 20.
All capitalist countries (Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and the UK, and possibly Austria and Hungary) will gather in an economical and military alliance.

PART IV.
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CLAUSES.

ARTICLE 21.
The High Contracting Parties are agreed to recognize and declare the principle of freedom of transit and of navigation, by sea and by air, in time of peace as in time of war, in the strait of the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmora and the Bosphorus, as prescribed in the separate Convention signed this day, regarding the regime of the Straits. This Convention will have the same force and effect in so far as the present High Contracting Parties are concerned as if it formed part of the present Treaty.

ARTICLE 22.
The URRR obtains the monopoly on mineral wealth and oil in the Middle East (i. e. Syria, Turkey and the Holy Land; the Russian "Fair Trade Oil Company (FTOC)" will exercise the monopoly in name of the Russian Government.

ARTICLE 23.
The defeated States (Austria, Turkey, Germany) are due to the URRR 120 billion Gold Marks to be paid within 60 years.

ARTICLE 24.
Punishing Italian betrayal of the URRR during the war against the common Austrian-Hungarian enemy, Italy is due 20 billion Gold Marks to the URRR to be paid in 60 years.

ARTICLE 25.
The Contracting Powers and all Countries in Europe reciprocally renounce all pecuniary claims for the loss and damage suffered respectively by Turkey and the said Powers and by their nationals (including juridical persons) between the 1st January, 1914, and the coming into force of the present Treaty, as the result of acts of war or measures of requisition, sequestration, disposal or confiscation. Nevertheless, the above provisions are without prejudice to the provisions of Part IV (Economic and Financial Clauses) of the present Treaty.

PART V.
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

ARTICLE 26.
From the coming into force of the present Treaty and subject to the provisions thereof, all the multilateral and bilateral treaties, conventions and agreements of an economic or technical character, that are contrary to the provisions of the present treaty are abolished.

ARTICLE 27.
The High Contracting Parties agree to repatriate at once the prisoners of war and interned civilians who are still in their hands.
Prisoners of war and interned civilians awaiting disposal or undergoing sentence for offences against discipline shall be repatriated irrespective of the completion of their sentence or of the proceedings pending against them.
Prisoners of war and interned civilians who are awaiting trial or undergoing sentence for offences other than those against discipline may be detained.
The High Contracting Parties undertake to restore on the coming into force of the present Treaty all articles, money, securities, documents and personal effects of every description which have belonged to prisoners of war or interned civilians and which have been retained.
The High Contracting Parties waive reciprocally all repayments of sums due for the maintenance of prisoners of war captured by their armies.

ARTICLE 28.
The High Contracting Parties agree to give every facility in their respective territories for the search for the missing and the identification of prisoners of war and interned civilians who have expressed their desire not to be repatriated.

PART V.
MIXED ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL.

ARTICLE 29.
Within three months from the date of the coming into force of the present Treaty, a Mixed Arbitral Tribunal shall be established between each of the Contracting Powers and Turkey.
Each of these Tribunals shall be composed of three members, two being appointed respectively by each of the Governments concerned, who shall be entitled to designate several persons from whom, according to the case in question, they will choose one to sit as a member of the Tribunal. The president shall be chosen by agreement between the two Governments concerned.
In case of failure to reach agreement within two months from the coming into force of the present Treaty, the president shall be appointed, upon the request of one of the Governments concerned, from among nationals of Powers which remained neutral during the war, by the President of the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague.
If within the said period of two months one of the Governments concerned does not appoint a member to represent it on the Tribunal, the Council of the League of Nations will have power to proceed to the appointment of such member upon the request of the other Government concerned.
If a member of the Tribunal should die or resign or for any reason become unable to perform his duties, he shall be replaced by the method laid down for his appointment, the above period of two months running from the date of death, resignation or inability as duly verified.
These Mixed Arbitral Tribunals shall decide all questions within their competence under the present Treaty.
Decisions shall be taken by a majority.
The High Contracting Parties agree to regard the decisions of the Mixed Arbitral Tribunals as final and conclusive, and to render them binding upon their nationals, and to ensure their enforcement in their respective territories as soon as the decisions of the Tribunals are notified to them, without it being necessary to have them declared executory.
The High Contracting Parties further undertake that their Tribunals and authorities shall directly assist the fixed Arbitral Tribunals in every way that is in their power, particularly as regards the transmission of notices and the collection of evidence.
The Mixed Arbitral Tribunals shall be guided by justice, equity and good faith.

ARTICLE 30.
The present Treaty shall be ratified as soon as possible.
The ratifications shall be deposited at Lausanne.
Each of the Signatory Powers will ratify by one single instrument the present Treaty and the other instruments signed by it and mentioned in the Final Act of the Conference of Lausanne, in so far as these require ratification.
The Treaty will come into force between the High Contracting Parties who have ratified it.
The Swiss Government will transmit to all the Signatory Powers a certified copy of the procès-verbaux of the deposit of ratifications.

In faith whereof the above-named Plenipotentiaries have slgned the present Treaty.
Done at Lausanne, the 30th June, 1922, in a single copy, which will be deposited in the archives of the Government of the Swiss Confederation, which will transmit a certified copy to each of the Contracting Powers.

(L.S.) FABIO D.
(L.S.) BRUNO DE QUEIROZ.
(L.S.) CHRISTIAN.
(L.S.) EDI BINSAURON.
(L.S.) DAVID.
(L.S.) DEMIÁN PATHE
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MAR 1923 - SOCIALISM TRIUMPHANT
Rick, New York Post

March, 1923— it is hard to believe that the Great War, as the conflagration that embroiled Europe came to be known, has been over for over 8 months. The events of the past year have defied the experts and created a world which many throughout the world loathe and fear. Under the leadership of First Triumvir Matteo, the URRR progressed from a backward feudal monarchy to a first-line world power. Along the way it changed its name, its economic structure, and its military prowess. Socialist armies pressed south all the way to the Persian Gulf, southwest to Libya, and west into the heart of Germany. It crushed the Byzantine-Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and brought down the ambitions of Great Britain, Germany, and Italy. It reigns supreme over a coalition of Socialist states that spreads from the Pacific Ocean to the Bay of Biscay.

The rise of Socialist Europe caught almost all observers by surprise. Most observers had expected that with the end of the war at the end of last June, that the Great War had truly come to an end. But the defeat of the West to Socialist Russia had a far stronger impact than anyone had thought possible. Germany, secure in her allegiance to the URRR, and having been rewarded for supporting her larger ally, actively supported “spontaneous” revolutionary movements in the demoralized capitals of Hungary, Austria, and Italy. With the arrest and execution of most of Hungary’s former leaders, many other nations saw the light and declared socialist republics. By the end of September the Balkans were unified in Socialism from Athens to Trieste, and by October’s end Italy too had come under the control of a Pro-Socialist government. As the juggernaut of political fortunes moved west, France could not hold. A massive rally of over two million Socialists stormed the government offices in Paris in early December and deposed the weak, ineffective leaders of their defeated nation. Enclaves in Marseilles and Brittany, where the British military presence was still relatively strong, held out for another two weeks before the civilian authorities submitted to the demands of the French people. The military alliance pushed by the UK to stop the tide could not be mustered as recruitment sites were instead occupied by troops loyal to the Socialist cause, and the remainder of the population generally stayed home.

With the heart of the winter blowing across all of Europe, the British moved to prop up what governments remained. Both Belgium and Holland remained outside of the URRR sphere, as did Spain and Portugal. Switzerland, however, is now an island of free enterprise in a Socialist continent, and though no one has a taste for any more wars at this time, no one knows whether or for how long she will remain so.

At this time, the borders of the new Socialist Europe are still largely open and porous, but there are already indications that with the spring this will change. Fortifications along the Atlantic coast of France are being restored and everywhere security is being established at close to mid-war levels. Americans and others from capitalist countries are feeling more pressure weekly to leave, and it may be that this will be the last report ever filed from Paris for this reporter. Supporters of the prior government, as well as businessmen and “entrepreneurs”, have been persecuted and what was a free press is no more, as the nations become increasingly nationalized and Socialized.

Within the United States, the former administration of Woodrow Wilson has been blamed for much of this collapse of the West. Its critics charge that its failure to intervene on the behalf of France or Britain or any other western power left it impotent and ultimately at the mercy of world events. Bruno’s government has cracked down on socialist activity in the UK and those nations with whom a strong British presence still exists, and it would appear that a wall of iron is settling from their side as well. To many western observers, Socialist Europe is said to be the harbinger of a longer, colder type of war, a war of economies and politics, not of ships and guns. The West appears to have started this new Cold War from a decidedly inferior position. History shall record whether she will prevail, or whether the Revolutionary Republics shall one day rule all of Europe and beyond. Only time will tell.

 

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