I'm a longtime lurker on this forum. I'm finally going to contribute in a meaningful way.
So, I've started a scenario for testing both the software my computers limit. IE, a 14 player Unplayably large map. Settings are 1 city start, raw materials off, and stone age. Raw materials are off because I wanted to be able to spam factories and not worry about sending engineers off to the corners of the world.
Also, I played through a year before writing this. Whoops
Currently, it is August 1st, 1938. The New Union of Germanic People has run a brief offensive into the Imperial Hiroshima State. This was in reaction to a declaration of war by several nations, including Burgundy, the Middle Kingdom, and so on and so forth. Most of them have an ocean in between us, so no worries. This might come back to haunt me latter.
Well anyways, a program of industrial mobilization is in place. The plan is to have at least three factory complexes up and running by the end of September, two producing armored cars, and one for miscellaneous guns. We already have one, and the next will come shortly. This is barring a redirection of assets to production of experimental anti-tank weapons, the bazooka. We a certain a specialized artillery piece would work better for this purpose, defense against armored cars, but bazookas are cheaper.
After the great war ended, many nations collapsed. Several colonies broke free, including the New Union of German People. The old nations agreed to heavy arms reduction treaties. They thought this would lessen the scope of a new war. Now, those leaders are dead, and new, populist leaders take their place. It should have been an age of progression. It is an age of war.
Arms limitation treaties do not stop military innovation though.
During the Interwar period, there was a newfound emphasis on mobility, leading to armored cars. The idea was that the tanks used in the great war were not very good. One of the reasons why they weren't good was that they used tracks. Certainly, the tracks had an advantage in rough terrain. Another advantage was armament. Treads allowed for more guns of larger caliber to be added. The thought was that this trade of mobility for firepower was not worth it. There was a consensus that great war tanks were produced out of necessity to deal with the horrors of trench warfare. There was the general idea that masses of armored cars would be able to end the war more quickly, and with less loss of life.
And so was born the modern armored car that lead to the success in the opening Otsuki offensive. It was armored well enough that infantry weapons could not penetrate it. Some historians think that the offensive succeeded not because of the armored cars, but because of the lack of Japanese troops in the area.
The effect of this was that the Japanese would assemble an armored force of cars of its own. The rapidity of this surprised the German generals. 2 Japanese armored cars captured the supply wagon of the first armored car division.
In the western forest around Sonkovo, more enemy armored cars appeared. The plan for the 4th and 5th submachine gun divisions to cut off the 203rd Division failed, as the 203rth division simply went over the mountains to threaten the general staff of the area, waiting near Otsuki.
Another note is the development of motorized forces to go with the armored cars. Trucks were designed to transport infantry alongside the armored cars, so as to be able to follow up an offensive with "assimilation" into the Union.
In the east, some Slavic towns Kotovo and Elista have joined the Union. This will likely not last very long, as the Japanese are advancing upon them.
Erich Albrecht, the commander of this force, is a new officer in the NUGP. As so, his leadership has come to be... questionable. Still, with no war happening since the Great War, along with the development of new technology, there are few leaders who are very knowledgeable in these new forms of war. In the northern front, the NUGP are occupying the nearby German states in the name of unification. Not a bullet has dropped in these territories.
The Anglican Empire nearby has taken the cities of Prebitz and Gera, cutting German forces from the road to Trier and Pskov. Their position is one of neutrality. If the war with Hiroshima was not ongoing, there would likely be an offensive into their poorly guarded oversea territory. That might happen anyways, as the President does not want the Anglicans occupying rightful German land.
Elsewhere on the map, nations are going to war. Most are wars that will require a naval invasion, but one other war has been declared, between the neighboring Arab Kaliphate and Independent Philadelphia. Not much information is known about this war. Normally, advisers would be sent to each nation, but with the ongoing war in Hiroshima, none have been dispatched.
Anyways 2/3 factories are completed in the economic mobilization plan for war with Hiroshima. That means 16 armored cars per turn.
Pics of the front in the next post.