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Passing the Torch


Kaiser Martens
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Over the last five years, a number of changes were seen in Germanian Society.

Although the economy seemed to increase beyond anything seen before save for the first Martens Government, the prosperity and peace seemed to have had a deleterious effect upon the spirit of unity among the population. Now that there were no common enemies and no common problems, they were less inclined to stick together. Germania - the country, but not the nation - was being brought down by its own success. Combined with the Meritocratic-Democratic hybrid system, which for once (arguably) seemed to be doing well, the people were able to in time pursue other goals of theirs.

The result was a number of "divorces" among the different regions of Germania. When all was said and done, the European Map had changed irreversively. Some of these changes were highly predictable.

The Francophone Part of what was once Belgium - Wallonia minus the easternmost German section - alongside with the Francophone sector of Elsass-Lothringen, ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alsace-Lorraine_Dialects.png ), ended up requesting to be annexed by France.

What had once been known as Lithuania combined with East Prussia, ended up requesting Kurland's annexation, so Kurland would have a border with Danzig. At the same time, Danzig seemed to gain, by popular vote, all of Pomerania.

Nordheim decided to join Sweden, trusting that they would respect their culture and separate identity, in spite of not even speaking Swedish to begin with, due to a feel that their "partnership" with Germany was no longer viable.

What had once been Denmark, including Southern Schleswig and Holstein, requested that they would like to join Norway isntead, due to their perceived stability - with the exception of Northern Frisia.

Switzerland [u](I think, maybe I'm wrong)[/u] had turned out to be utterly inactive and requested to join Germania again, a wish which was granted immediately, while the Francophone and Italian sectors were ceeded to France and Athens respectively.

Of course, England was not going to waste this opportunity. Actually emerging stronger than before, and now with a 15% Germanic Pagan (The rest were mostly atheists anyway) population, they asked to join his neighbors there, in the Islands. Most of the Germanians that had moved there for one reason or another chose to stay.

[i]Among all this, there was a new country altogether.[/i] It still had no name, but it was operating under the "Northern Federation" alias for simplicity, until its people could make up its mind. Its territories would constitute the following: Iceland, Faroe Islands, Frisia as seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Frisians.png, Hamburg, Osterbotten (The chunk of finland), Asgaard City (A city in the geographic center of Nordheim), Manneligia (A city on the spot where Finland, Nordheim and the sea meet), Bornholm, Valkurheim, Martenshaven, Martensheim (Northern half of warsaw), Fort Adelheid (Center of Elsass-Lothringen), Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, that odd island northeast of iceland that is mine but I forgot the name, Laesö island (The little one to the right of northern denmark), Sealand, that one island I share west of Africa, Niflheim (antartica), and...that's it. The nation is known to have gotten a hold of the Germanian Nuclear Arsenal.

Lastly, the Viking Autonomous Territories (Unmarked in map) of Vinland and Van Diemen requested membership as well, but as they technically belonged to other countries, the status was unknown. Van Diemen consisted of the tiny island just northwest off of Tasmania (Granted by a grateful austrialian government after the Vikings aided them), while Vinland consisted of a small spot over in l'anse aux meadows, granted by the then-canadian government for viking assistance when the land had been invaded by neighbors. Until the Australian and North American authorities spoke, the Federation would not accept nor decline the viking request.

The rest of Germania requested to become a protectorate of Sweden and Dalmatia, as it found itself weakened and did not wish for non-germanians to be able to take this chance to seize territory.

For the time being, the capital city (And the largest city, although not by much) is Reykjavik.

The Germanian Armed Forces have changed allegiances in favor of the new Federation. However, until Dalmatia or Sweden step up to protect the remainder of Germania.

The Provisional Government at Reykjavik, led by Michael Haupt, has stated that they will remain in high-readiness mode until the situation is stabilized, to help Germanic Europe in this transition. Also for the time being, the flag chosen is the Raven Banner.

After much confusion, a map was provided.
[i]OOC: I bet this is the most complicated DoW you've ever seen.
Note that many of the places aren't big enough to deserve a pixel, but I asked that to keep track and for symbollism and ease of RP, the pixel is marked even though if the actual territory is smaller, if you please.
Also, I didn't mark Frisia on the map cause the one I put above is accurate, and, as for Luxemburg and Liechtenstein, they're fairly conventional places that don't necessarily need to be pointed out in a map, not to say i'd be innacurate if i tried. so yes, the stuff on this map, plus the frisian map, hamburg, northern warsaw, luxemburg, and Liechtenstein... and...well, I'll have to see if Newfoundland and Australia feel like recognizing them vikings or otherwise. Oh and I almost forgot, that I also want Heligoland, though I forgot to mark it, and that for fairness' sake Greenland ought to get something too...why not Rügen? Yeah, that's it.[/i]

Warning, large pic.
http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/6662/norfed.png

[u]Second warning:[/u]
This thread is not just for having the map fixed, but for RPing the actual changes. Even if I chose to give you land, if you don't join in to RP the stuff that's going on, you're not entitled to anything. Same goes for me, so I'll get on it.

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The Australian government had no problems continuing to acknowledge the previous government's agreement to the island of Van Diemen to the Vikings, and sent a letter wishing the Northern Federation to have as much stability as it's predecessor.

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The Continental Empire of Dalmatia accepts the responsibility of protecting the Germanic Union and will begin to move twelve divisions into the region. In the Imperial Capital, central planning authorities are already looking into the possibility of directly annexing the region into the Empire at the urging of Michael Visari. A dream has finally become a reality.

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The Irish Government announced it was ready and willing to defend the region of England. 50,000 troops moved into the region, focusing on London, Manchester, Truro and Birmingham. Irish government officials began setting up offices in the major cities of England.

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With the breakup of Germany, Sweden's Armed Forces began moving at feverish paces to adjust to the sudden collapse of Nordheim, with four brigades of infantry and the first brigade of armor to roll off the training fields, the Life Brigade Hussars, quickly deploying for a stabilization operation. Accompanying the military forces would be elements of the Swedish National Police, sent as liaisons to assist with constabulary operations and ensuring the basic rule of law. Military police detachments were also deployed as quickly as possible to support the troops, which were met with no resistance as they began crossing into Nordheim.

In the south, a similar situation developed with a Swedish mechanized brigade quickly crossing into Malmo, and finally reclaiming Sweden's third city for good. Within twenty-four hours of Germany's government collapsing, the Swedish flag would be flying all around Malmo, with celebrations erupting everywhere in the city. Swedish National Police forces would assume control over the bridge crossing the Oresund to Copenhagen, while a reinforced company of troops from the Norbotten Brigade, a mechanized infantry unit, would cross the bridge and assume control on the far side of the structure, to ensure the security of the infrastructure.

Simultaneously, a message was flashed to the Dalmatian Foreign Ministry, stating the intent that Sweden was willing to work out protectorate zones, or make a joint protectorate altogether. As the message was flashed, troops from the newest-raised three brigades, the Uppland, Kronoberg, and Skaraborg brigades, all of them light infantry units, along with attached military police field units, were readied in Karlskrona for immediate transfer to Central Europe to assist in stabilization and humanitarian operations.

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[i]Statement from the Ministry of International Affairs and Trade[/i]

"With the sudden collapse of the government of Germany, Sweden is hereby annexing Nordheim and its associated regions, along with Malmo. We will also be taking into control the Oresund crossing from Malmo to Copenhagen for security reasons until further notice, as well as annexing Malmo proper, itself.

In an effort to ensure that chaos does not reign in Central Europe, Sweden is prepared to commit military and civilian resources to ensure that the provinces of Germany do not end up in chaos."

Edited by TheShammySocialist
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OOC:

The New Portuguese government leaped into action, mobilizing 500,000 troops and magically transporting them to Germania without giving the European nations time to react. The troops arrived, moving out throughout the region, securing law and order. Immediately, the regions was annexed, with Germanian citizens granted New Portuguese citizenship.

IC:

"We wish the people of the now-former Germania well in their endeavors."
- Salvador d'Alberquerque, King of New Portugal

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The dissolution of Germany was sudden and rapid, and the government in Greenland had almost no forewarning before the news broke to the rest of the world. One second Germany was a prosperous regional power and the next it was being partitioned, with only a remnant of its former self still intact. Greenland would of course confer recognition of the Northern Federation as Germany's successor state, as well as its treaty and alliance.

Greenland's population was particularly hard hit after the news had become widespread. Germany was always considered a close ally and much of Greenlandic culture was related to that of the Germanic Union. Mass rallies were held in solidarity with the people of Germany and most were hopeful the Northern Federation and Greenland alliance would begin where the one with Germany had left off. All Greenland flags are being flown for the next month to honor the memory of the German state.

Perhaps even more surprising was the news that the people of Rügen had chosen to be administered by Greenland. Even the top government officials were surprised to hear the news, though there was not a moment's hesitation in deciding to accept the people's offer and allow Rügen to join the Greenlandic Republic. Some officials would be flown to the island to examine its operation and determine how it could be best incorporated into Greenland while maintaining a large amount of autonomy.

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Even though relations between the Athenian and German states had deteriorated the dissolvement of the old Germany still caused shock. In response to the wish of the Swiss in the Italian and Romansh zones to be integrated the forces responsible in the already annexed parts of Switzerland moved east to take the remaining regions speaking such languages. Following permission from Swedish and Dalmatian authorities another division of 10,000 soldiers moved into Switzerland and moved to the Germanophone regions which would be integrated with the rest to reunify the peoples.

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Newfoundland is rather startled that Germany decided to fall at this moment, for whatever reason. Tho, it seems this kinda thing keeps happening every so often. Anyways, tho we recognize this now Northern Federation, we request that something be done of the fact that there would now be two states with the same names. One being this one, the other being a part of the Canadian arctic. Anyways, a petition was put forward to President Dominic, who agreed to sign it. This petition requested the parts that is Vinland to be in this what is now the newly formed Northern Federation. As such, the people of Vinland will enjoy being apart of 'The Northern Federation', and will have the rights to duel citizenship with Newfoundland. They will also be allowed to take votes and have a say for any domestic voting concerning the Newfoundland island.

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"[i]The Kingdom of Norway is deeply saddend by the loss of Germany. A great nation and ally that will live on in the memories of the Norwegian people for ever. As requested by the Danes, we will accept them into Norway, were they will be established as an special autonomous region, with their own government and laws, responsible for all matters with the exception of foreign relations and national defence.[/i]" - King Haakon VIII Magnusson, King of Norway

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While Norway was officially declaring its sovereignty over Denmark, elements of the Swedish Armed Forces and Swedish National Police were on the move. A reinforcement convoy of a security platoon of Customs officers from the Swedish National Polices' Borders and Customs Agency (BCA), made their way over to the far side of the Oresund Bridge in Copenhagen. They would join the already reinforced company of troops from the Norbotten Brigade that was stationed at the far side of the bridge. It was well apparent that the Oresund, and its only land crossing, would be officially governed by Sweden.

Simultaneously, troops from Marine Expeditionary Unit 3, also known as the [i]Vattern[/i] Regiment, would be loaded into helicopters and small amphibious craft, and two of its six-hundred man battalions would begin the transfer from bivouacs around Malmo to the islands of Ven and Saltholm, which dominated the straits between the Danish Lolland and Malmo.

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The Germanians would appreciate the support...

But either way, the new Federation stated that it would shortly reveal its chosen Flag and Permanent name as soon as it finished with the organization and setup of its government.

Special thanks were sent to Newfoundland. The favor would not be forgotten.

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"I can only hope that the nations to come will live up to the great example of their predecessor." -Michael Atrevier, Councilor Superior of Avalon

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