Siege of the Baltic
August 1, 2309-August 6, 2309
The Baltic knew very well that the Germans would attack them first, it was the most logical country to atack first, especially since the Serbian, Russian, and Pole-Ukranian troops had been moved in rather discretly. They had stepped up their air defense, fully expecting the Germans to attack in the same way they attacked Vienna-through an air assault where German troops rained down upon the cities. They had not expected the Germans to attack in the fashion that they did.
The Baltic navy had been instructed to not allow any German ships in, but other than that, any other vessel coming from any other nation was okay to enter the nation, as long as it passed security measures. On August 1, nearly one hundred ships from Wilhelmia, Brazil, Australia, and Africa sailed into the port of Kalingrad-except they did not contain travelers or merchants, but rather, German soliders.
As it turned out, the Germans had attacked these ships as they sailed past Germany, had taken them over, and, since these boats already had permission to enter the Baltic, the Germans were able to get past the Baltic checkpoints. The German troops landed in Kaliningrad, and the hundred or so ships unloaded German soliders. The Baltic navy, of course, had already let them pass and did not think to turn around and help their land army. Not until they heard gunfire on land. At that point it was too late. German battleships had been following the merchant ships, and began to destroy the Baltic navy.
The Baltic navy was no match for the Germans, and the fact that this attack was so unexpected did not help matters. Meanwhile, back on land, the German troops contined their onslaught, attacking civillians and soliders alike. Houses and buildings were burned to the ground. There was no where to run for the civillians, and everyone was taken priosner by the Germans. The men and women were put into prisons, and the children were taken to be re-taught by the German invaders.
Kaliningrad was the first city to be attacked, and was sacked in a matter of hours. Communication with the rest of the Baltic was cut off before the warning could be given, and the cities of Riga and Talinn were attacked in a similar manner, and they too fell in a matter of hours. The German troops who came in from the three cities marched through the country, and bit by bit, took over the entire nation.
The Battle of Villinus, the last battle of the invasion, proved to be a valiant effort by the Eastern alliance. The remaining Baltic soliders, along with the Pole-Ukranian, Serbian, and West Russian soliders who came to the Baltic's aid, had the Germans on their heels. The Battle of Vilinus saw the death of more German soliders than any other battle throughout all of World War III. Lasting about 24 hours, German leaders were considering a retreat from the city-the only time before they faced American or Islamic armies they actually considered this. But the Baltic army faltered, and they surrendered in the early hours of the 6th. A deal was made, and the Baltic was ceded into Germany in exchange for millions of civillians lives being spared.
Fallout from capture of the Baltic
The Eastern allies kept a force in the Baltic until the fall of Vilinus. Poland-Ukraine declared war on the 2nd of August, and the Serb and Western Russians were expected to do the same. This raised an issue with the Allies. Would they side with the Eastern Alliance, or would they risk a three sided war? But as the weeks passed, this threat passed. Neither Serbia nor West Russia declared war on Germany, despite the fact that they there supposed to have by now. This meant that Poland-Ukraine was fighting by itself, though they had been lucky enough to not have been invaded by the Germans...yet.
West Moscow, West Russia-August 15, 2309
Bursca was known as an extremely soft spoken and scholarly man. He had graduated from Harvard with is doctorate at the age of 21. Many thought that he would stay in ths US, where he could have an extremly promising carrer. But he decided to go back to his native Poland-Ukraine. There, he lived a humble life, working as a teacher at a small college. When he was 32, he entered into politics, and by the age of 40, he became the leader of Poland-Ukraine. He was always looked at favorably by the the Allies. He was willing to compromise, he was always soft spoken and considered to be the one hope for future peace between the Allies and Easterns. But on August 14th, Bursca very uncharacteristically berated Radmonovich and Ralinkov. They had a duty, they had to fulfill it. They were all supposed to be brothers, a united force, but they had both ignored their duty. He reminded them that Gregorovitch's last words had been of Eastern unity, and that the two should have had the decency to respect their dead brothers last words.
The next day, both Radmonovich and Ralinkov met in Russia to decided whether or not they should actually go to war. They were supposed to, but they had not. They had their reasons. The two brothers had wanted to disassociate themselves with their allies. But for some reason, that day in Moscow, they changed their minds. Maybe they felt badly for not helping their old ally. Maybe they just felt that Germany would attack them eventually, so they might as well get involved now. Whatever the reason the words from Bursca should not have been enough to change their minds, and they probably weren't. The two had their own reasons for deciding to declare war. Later, on the 16th, the two sent a joint press release, which announced their decision:
"We begin with an apology. We made a mistake in not declaring war on the villanious Germans before, and ask for forgiveness from our fallen friends in the Baltic and our brave friends in the Poland-Ukraine. To Germany, we tell you this. You will leave the Baltic in no less than three days, or we will send an army that you will not be able to defeat. We will not stop, we will accept no surrender. We will only stop when your nation has experienced a fate similar to that of our friends in the Baltic. This is your only warning."
Serbia and West Russia both had now entered the war. This meant that, with th exception of Wilhelmia, every free nation in Europe, as well as the US and the Islamic Caliphate was at war (though, of course the Theocrats hadn't sent millitaires) with Otto.