The Great War was a devastating international conflict which took place from 1915-1920 in the 1920+. The war to end all wars, it saw previously unheard of levels of destruction and untold loss of human lives.

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The war was the culmination of national tensions and desire for expansion for the great powers. Little did their respective governments known, however, that they were being manipulated by an unseen force working in the background to spark conflict and seize power in the process.

In 1915, the assassination of a Saxony archduke finally lit the powder keg waiting to blow, and the nations went to war one after the other. Their armies of men and conventional weapons were bolstered by automachines, mechanical walkers of all shapes and sizes wielding weapons from machine guns and flamethrowers to earth-shatter cannons and missiles. These mechs wiped out men hundreds at a time, leading to many millions of casualties. Despite all the deaths, much of the war was a seemingly meaningless push and pull as the sides fought and paid dearly to take ground only to lose it shortly after, and the cycle would repeat itself as the terrain itself was rendered unrecognizable.

Finally, in 1920, the powers agreed to a ceasefire, bringing an end to the needless carnage. This had consequences of its own: many citizens of all statures in these countries were furious, seeing this as a blow to national pride and their honor. Members of the Saxony Empire in particular, seeing expansion and conquest as their birthright and certain that victory was near only to be thrown away, were dissatisfied with the unfavorable conditions of surrender. The nations were left economically devastated as well. Rumors of revolution are in the air and drastic change is likely on the horizon.

Now forces aim to take advantage of the hostile sentiments to once again push the nations to war, a war that would possibly make the Great War pale in comparison as all sides push to bolster their technological prowess and military strength.

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Events[edit | edit source]

  • 1915: Saxony and Rusviet invade Polania, trench warfare stalemate ensues
  • Prince Wilhelm's forces gas Rusviet fortifications, stalemate broken and Saxony gains ground
  • Battle of Castle Książ (Date and outcome unknown)
  • Battle of the Somme/The Somme Offensive (Date and outcome unknown: likely no clear victor and massive casualties)
  • Battle of Verdun (Date and outcome unknown: likely a Frankish victory)
  • 1919: Crown Prince Wilhelm massacres Rusviet POWs, Gunter von Duisburg resigns
  • 1920: Peace talks in St Petersburg begin, interrupted by a failed revolutionary coup
  • 1920: Talks succeed, Saxony and Rusviet agree to a ceasefire, part of Polania is occupied by Rusviet

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Iron Harvest, Fenris claims responsibility for the shooting of "that archduke" (likely Archduke Ferdinand), likely starting the Great War which suits their agenda. Given that the war started in 1915 it seems Ferdinand's assassination in 1914 either failed or was moved to a later date.
  • The war spanning 1915-1920 differs largely from the real first World War spanning 1914-1918, with noticeably different results in Iron Harvest. While the conditions of surrender are similar, neither Rusviet or Saxony cease being monarchies, while Russia and Germany both saw revolts that took them from being the Russian and German Empires to the Soviet Union and Weimar Republic, respectively.
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