Battle of Luanda: Fall of Africa
February 21, 2310
The Eastern alliance forces from the south and the Allied-Theocratic forces from the north both pushed the African armies back. Both divisions of the African army fell back, and, without realizing it, they both ended up in Luanda (which shows how disunited they were, they didn't even know that the other part of their own army was in the same city). Both opposing armies had surrounded the city, and, as fate would have it, they both attacked the city on the same day.
The fighting began in the southern part of the city when the Easterns attacked the African army. Upon hearing gunshots, the Allies, without realizing what had really happened, began their attack too. The invading armies pushed inwards at a rapid pace. The Africans fought valiantly. They, as expected, thought they were being attacked by both sides by the same army, and knew that a defeat today would be the end of Africa. The African army had been disorganized, and hadn't been able to defend their nation, but now, they fought their best. The civillians took part in protecting their land too. They attacked invading soliders with anything they could get their hands on. Rocks, sticks, and some even set their animals loose on the soliders.
Around mid-day, the two armies had neared the center of the city. When they heard gunshots that weren't being fired by the Africans, who were know completley encircled, each side thought that they had won. Soliders from each side ran over to greet the people they thought were their allies. And then they realized what had really happened. It was no ally, it was their biggest enemy.
The battle should have ended right there. There was no need for more bloodshed. The two sides should have agreed to take the surrender of the Africans and end the battle. But sadly, greed, hatred, and pride got in the way. The Battle of Luanda, which had seen 5,000 deaths at that point, quickly escalated. By the day's end, nearly 400,000 soliders, from all three sides, were dead. And all for nothing. The Easterns and the Allies both retreated, and for the next few days, there would be ambushes by both sides. The Africans surrendered, and both the Allies and Easterns claimed Africa. Otto's dream had come true. The Allies and Easterns were fighting each other for the control of Africa. More and more troops were being sent to Africa, and for a few weeks, the attention moved away from Europe and to Africa. Otto could know unleash the full strength of his German army at the same time both of his foes were more focused on something else. The fall of Europe was now immeninent.
Cairo, Islamic Caliphate-February 28, 2310
With the fall of Africa, the question of what to do with Africa was the world's main issue. Africa was at the mercy of it's captors, both of whom wanted Africa for themselves. With the exception of the Orient, the Allies wanted to rebuild Africa in their own manner, by implementing their own ideologies in the nation. The Theocrats did not speak up too much on this matter, except for the Islamic Caliphate, who, along with the Orient, feared this would lead to imperialism again, and wanted to let Africa be free. The Easterns felt that Africa had been politically unstable and corrupt because of the old government, and wanted to implement their ideologies, which, they felt, would give the people more help. And since neither side was willing to divide Africa, a new war for Africa was now looming over the world.
"Listen, why should we even hesitate. We know that we are better than them We know we could deefeat them in war. I don't really understand why this is such a big debate. We can take them." Cunnigham had finished his speech at sat down. The leaders of the 10 Ally and Theocratic nations had met in Cairo to make a final decision on Africa and how to deal with the Eastern alliance. Chiellini now stood up and said, "We've already got one war on our hands-one, mind, we were supposed to win rather easily. But if it's taken this long to get rid of one enemy in Germany, how long will it take to get rid of an even larger one? How many more men are you willing to send in?" "It's not like we are trying to take over their land," LaRoche responded, "I just think that we should contest them in Africa. If we allow them to spread their own ideology, we will have yet another enemy in Africa. That is why, we need to take over Africa, and if needed, fight the Easterns for that right." "Well, yes, we should help Africa," it was now Duff who was speaking, "But there's got to be better ways of doing it. We don't have to colonize them, we could just help them. And besides, if we go to war with the Eastern Alliance in Africa, what makes you think it will stop there? It's bound to then reach Europe as well, and then we'll have a whole new mess on our hands." "Well, I think we should..." Boyd was about to say when he was interrupted by Cunnigham. "So help me God, Boyd, if you say anything indecisive, I will grab that sword out of Ahmed's belt, and chop your head off. I am getting tired of listening to you." Boyd stared at Cunnigham for a moment before deciding to not say anything. Almost immediately, Fujiwara began to speak, "Usually..." He was cut off by Cunnigham too, who quickly added, "Same goes for you." Fujiwara ignored this and said, "Usually, I try to not flat out disagree with someone. Usually, I'm open to listening to every side. But I have to disagree with you here. My people were colonized, hundreds of years ago by you Europeans, and it took ages for us to heal. Until we were united as the Orient, the chaos that was created by the Cold War nearly 400 years ago, disrupted our daily lives. Ask Ahmed, he knows what I'm talking about. This constant struggle of who should spread their influence over disorganized countries causes more problems for us than it does for you. Africa was already destroyed by colonialism once, and it hasn't fully recovered from that yet. Don't, please, I beg you, don't do this again."
" Yeah, yeah, and, we're sorry for all that. But you are proving my point. Back then, we had to actively compete with the Communists. Just because they've changed their name, doesn't mean they're no the same threat. We know very well that if they get their hands on Africa, we'll have the same issue on our hands. A constant fight over who gets control over what. We settle it, once and for all, in Africa. It may not get rid of them, but it drives them back, weakens them, and eventually, defeats them." "So we don't even wait for the first war to end? We just dive right on in?" Ahmed asked. "Is that seriously what you want to do?" "I don't care what the rest of you do. I'm declaring war. And anybody who wants to stand up for what is right will do the same," was Caine's response.
Suddenly, there was an interruption from the other side of the room. "Well, he is German. And we're a smart bunch," the Pope remarked. The religious leaders of the Theocratic nations had not wanted to take part in the argument, and had retreated to a quiter part of the room. But now, they felt that they had to pitch in. "This, this right here, this is exactly what he wanted," the Pope said. "I don't know why we've figured this out, and you haven't," Russia's Patriarch, Kerzhakov said. "Well, actually, maybe, it's just because we are not supposed to be the political leaders, so we can actually have the time to think about this." "Well, seeing as how we've already figured this out, maybe we should have a larger political voice in our country," Spain's Father Martinez said. The five religious leaders chuckled at the proposition, and then Mustafa of the Islamic Caliphate finally said, "This is exactly what Otto wanted. Maybe you've been to stubborn or power hungry, or maybe just filled with too much hatred, and that's why you probably haven't figured it out yet. Think about it, why would Otto join with two weak nations like Africa and Australia. He knew they'd fall easily. He knew that this is exactly how you would react. He expected you and the Easterns to go to war so that he could take advantage of the distraction." "We were hoping, that you would see this beforehand," Ireland's Father O'Reily added, "But instead, now, you're fighting within yourselves too. This is like a dream for Otto."
From that point, the conversation became about how to contact the Eastern allies. They realized that the religious leaders had been right, and actually found it quite foolish that they hadn't seen it before. They knew they would have to know meet with the leaders of the Eastern Alliance. They knew that they had a difficult job ahead of them.
Krakw, Poland-Ukraine-March 4, 2310
In an effort to please the Eastern Alliance, the Allies agreed to meet in an Eastern country. They also agreed to send just three world leaders, instead of all ten. After a few days of negotiations to determine a peaceful way to meet, President Caine, Ahmed, and Boyd went to Krakow, which had just seen the Germans pushed back from it's walls, to meet with Ralinkov, Radmonovich, and Bursca.
"Thank you gentlemen, for meeting with us today. I hope that our two sides can find a deal that we can all agree upon so that we can do this as peacefully as possible," Caine said, hoping to start off warmly with his counterparts. "We've already explained the theory to you, about how Otto is trying to play us against each other. This is why we had to come in secret, and this is why no one in the media must know about this. He can't know that we've met," Boyd added. "It was a smart idea, his one. We've both been known to spread our ideologies over fallen nations. We..." "And why haven't your men defeated Australia yet?" Radmonovich interrupted Ahmed. "Well, two reasons. One, don't want their to be more temptation out there. Two, we've had to be more active in Africa, Turkey, and...Kosovo," he added with a slight chuckle." "How's Macedonia been?" Radmonovich asked sarcastically and Ahmed opened his mouth, beofe shutting it and not saying anything else.
"Yes, well, are all of the nations willing to do this?" Bursca asked. "Yes, yes, we will sign the treaty tomorrow, if we get it done by then," Caine answered. "And you are sure that your Cunningham, he will stay true to his word, even after his divorce-I mean I know he's got a short temper and..." Ralinkov was saying before being cut off by Boyd who asked, "Wait, Cunningham's what?" Ralinkov laughed and then said to his two allies, "Svolochʹ ne govoril im (The ba---rd didn't tell them)" and then he and Radmonovich began laughing again. "Your ally, Cunningham, his wife is leaving him. Something about him never being home and always being around women," Bursca quickly explained. "Which makes no sense, really, he's such an ugly ba---rd," Radmonovich added. The three allied leaders couldn't help but chuckle. "But wait, how do you know? We don't even know. The media doesn't know," Caine wondered. "We have our resources," Radmonovich replied.
The mood lightened. And, even though none of them, except Bursca would later admit it, the six got along very well. Joking and smiling as they discussed the very grave matter. One would have thought these were old friends who had happened upon each other after many years. They negotiated their treaty; they wouldn't attack each other while Otto was still a threat. Africa, and later Australia, would be given full independence, and both sides would aid, not intervene. The six signed the "Secret Treaty of Krakow," which would guarantee one thing: Otto was to recieve no help.