The Central European War was a major war in the European continent that spanned from March 4, 2023, until September 27 of that same year. The war was originally called the Austro-German War until it evolved and spread to the Balkans when Austria-Hungary declared war on Yugoslavia.
The war happened right after the German Civil War had concluded with an armistice whereby a coalition of ruling governments would rule Germany as a compromise not to continue further bloodshed. With the fall of the GDR, the pro-Kaiser coalition and the fascists agreed to establish a joint-governing body where political powers are shared. This was not welcomed by Austria-Hungary, who, still sees the fascists in power, as a threat despite the return of the Kaiser and speculation of the fascists' defeat in the upcoming elections.
Things escalated further when Austria-Hungary deployed troops along the German border, the German Empire responded the same; a heated exchange of insults was thrown, and finally, on March 4, 2023, Austria-Hungary declared war.
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The origins of the war had its roots in the aftermath of the German Civil War, a civil conflict in Germany with various political groups like the pro-Kaiser coalitions, fascists, and communists as well as international volunteers that fought on which side they chose.
The signing of the armistice halted the bloodshed and resulted in Germany being ruled by the shared powers of each faction. However, after a car bomb incident that resulted in the death of the Kaiser, the fascist and GDR leader, all hell broke loose once more as the already critical state of the relationship between the three factions was growing in distrust, which perhaps did not exist.
The civil conflict in Germany continued henceforth and was speculated to even resume after the armistice. The pro-Kaiser militia groups, including the remaining Yugoslav volunteer army in coalition with the Kaiser loyalist Wehrmacht, resurfaced and continued fighting the warring factions. News of violence broke out in Germany nationwide and violence erupted in major cities.
Later, it was revealed that Frau Ilse Hirsch, the leader of the fascist faction, is peacefully residing at Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Many claimed it was the fascists who revived the conflict, but it was later revealed to be, quite shockingly, false as there was no evidence for that part of the matter. However, it was later revealed it was planned by the Wehrmacht to usurp power and eradicate the reds. The fascists were ordered not to fire at the Wehrmacht, Landwehr, reconnaissance units, as well as the international volunteer army to avoid further bloodshed.
Much sooner, news broke out that the conflict in Germany resumed and international aid has returned to Germany. In Yugoslavia, Gen. Malešević once again sent a telegram to the new German Kaiser for full military intervention which was soon granted via access through Austria and airdrop. Three days later, the Yugoslav Federal Air Force entered the German airbase and began deploying troops airborne in notable cities. The YFA en route from Austria arrived two days later.
American and Canadian navy bombings in the north secured Allied control from the communists while the French secured Saarland and the Western portion of Germany and the Yugoslav Federal Army mainly shook GDR troops in Bavaria and the Yugoslav Volunteer Army largely contributing to the Wehrmacht's victory in the north. The YFA also began pushing northwards to secure the border near the fascist-controlled Brandenburg border in case the fascists openly attacked.
As international troops began returning to their homes, as well as creating a treaty to dissolve the GDR, the people of Germany celebrated the end of the civil war which tore the country apart. However, the new Kaiser of Germany Otto von Bismarck had a heated debate with Frau Ilse Hirsch over the course of Germany's future political landscape. Eventually, the two factions had successfully agreed to a compromise; the fascists would be allowed to govern only if they agree to a multi-party system in which they should be voted legally and at the expense of the return of the German Monarchy, which sought to rule under a constitutional type of Monarchy.
This, however, was not taken seriously and favorably by other nations such as Austria-Hungary who wanted the total removal of the fascists from power.
The result of the treaty regarding a joint government headed by Frau Ilse Hirsch and Kaiser Bismarck came as a surprise to some nations after the German Civil War as they were expecting a total eradication of all the extreme factions. Among those nations were Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia. Austrian Kaiser Francis expressed his anger and resentment that the fascists had remained in power and actually called for the resume of hostilities to eradicate the remaining opposition. In Yugoslavia, however, Gen. Malešević condemned Frau Ilse Hirsch but congratulated the new Kaiser after the hostilities ceased. Despite the official condemnation, Yugoslavia returned to establish trade agreements with Germany while Austria-Hungary did not.
By late February 2023, Kaiser Francis of Austria demanded the expulsion of fascists from power and called the government of Germany fascist. Despite the fascists' still having somewhat control over the government, Germany has since now a Constitutional Monarchy with political parties allowed to participate. Kaiser Bismarck condemned the threat portrayed by Austria-Hungary which has since evolved into tense war threats.
In one private call between the Kaisers of the two nations, Kaiser Francis threatened to invade Germany while Kaiser Otto Bismarck further insulted him and his nation as incompetent. Within twelve hours after their last call, Austria-Hungary mobilized troops near their border with Germany. Kaiser Bismarck further condemned Austria, while the latter only added more troops and demanded the extradition of the fascists from power. In total, 14 Austrian divisions coming home from Bavaria and another 10 divisions stationed in Czechia have been redeployed from their garrisons near the German border.
The German Kaiser rejected his government as being fascist and as such prepared for a military showdown with Austria-Hungary. On March 4, 2023, after days of mobilization threats, Austria-Hungary declared war on the German Empire. Austrian troops began crossing Bavaria and began bombardment of some cities. However, the Wehrmacht came prepared and brought fierce resistance to the Austrians. Later, news broke out internationally about the sudden Austrian declaration of war; nations from all over the world condemned the actions perpetrated by Austria-Hungary.
The Austro-German War, as everyone called it, was the war that will determine the outcome and geopolitics of Central Europe.
A week since the Austrian invasion of Germany, Yugoslavia has expressed condemnation to Kaiser Francis of Austria for the unjustified invasion of the German Empire. Gen. Malešević almost immediately cut ties with Austria-Hungary as well as suspending the Good Neighbor Policy initiated by him years prior. All trade agreements would also be halted and an economic sanction was put into place. All relations with Austria-Hungary would be suspended until the end of the war
Moreover, Gen. Malešević previously revealed he had grudges against Kaiser Francis even before the war as the latter was known to openly oppress the Slavic minority cultures of the Czech and Slovak populations. The oppressed Slavs in Austria-Hungary now living in Yugoslavia expressed discontent and negative attitudes toward Kaiser Francis and his discriminatory policies.
Gen. Malešević decided to pursue a neutral and non-intervention policy during the war but has slightly shown support for Germany. Things escalated further when Germany ordered an ICBM from Yugoslavia, to which the latter agreed and was shipped via France; Vianna was struck by an ICBM a few weeks later. Kaiser Francis assumed Yugoslavia and Germany were working together, after Yugoslavia stationed troops near Austria-Hungary's border, the Kaiser became more deluded and paranoid. Kaiser Francis then laid claims to Slovenia and Croatia, both of whom were former territories of Austria-Hungary, this came to intense bickering between the leaders of Yugoslavia and Austria-Hungary, to which Yugoslavia's President, Gen. Malešević, sent a telegram personally to Kaiser Francis that wrote "Go to hell, Alpine scum" after the Austrian Kaiser threatened to exterminate the Southern Slavs.
On early April 2023, Austria-Hungary declared war on Yugoslavia. Kaiser Francis was adamant about annexing Slovenia and Croatia as well as the reasoning that the Serbs were to blame for the former Kaiser Franz Ferdinand. Almost immediately, Gen. Malešević was awoken from his slumber and responded to the declaration of war as a "treachery at its finest". Yugoslavia's National Salvation Front, the ruling junta in government, rallied the people and expressed anger toward Austrian aggression.
Many Yugoslavians feared an Austrian victory would mean the extermination of the Slavic culture and identity of Yugoslavia, and as such vowed to fight against the warmongering Austrians. After the declaration of war, a Yugoslav ICBM was ordered to hit Győr, Kaiser Francis' 2nd and temporary capital after Vienna was hit by an ICBM. The Austro-German War has now evolved as the Central European War.
While Austria opened a new front to the south, many resources and troops in Czechia were redeployed southwards to face the Yugoslav Federal Army with the combination of several united Yugoslav nationalist groups like the Bosniaks and Serbs as well as the Slovene and Croat militias.
The Wehrmacht began threading to Czechia with the assistance of the Czech Legion, a secessionist group, to liberate Czechia from Austria's oppression; fierce battles in Western Austria proper led to German victory, cutting Austria's supply lines in those territories. Meanwhile, the YFA stationed in Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia bordering Austria-Hungary advanced. Troops from Croatia entered Southern Hungary and troops from Serbia marched towards Transylvania.
German Gebirgsjäger stationed in Switzerland pushed through Tyrol with the assistance of the French, and Austrian troops withdrew from Voralberg and Tyrol to Trentino Alto Adige. More Austro-Hungarian troops from the German Front were redeployed in Prague to suppress the Czech revolts, further reducing Austria's defense on their west front as the Wehrmacht smashed through their front lines.
In the South, the YFA, with the assistance of the superior Yugoslav Federal Air Force, made their way through Southern Austria and achieved many strides in Southern Hungary. However, an unsuspecting Austrian division managed to cut past the YFA and advanced through Slovenia, where they were met with Slovene militias as well as a few YFA troops who remained in the area. Yugoslavia also funded the Czech Legion as well as several Hungarian and Romanian secessionist movements just to further destabilize Austria-Hungary. With heavy support from the Yugoslav Federal Air Force, YFA troops besieged a stripline of Western Romania which cut off any supply lines from Hungary. The Adriatic Sea was blockaded to prevent goods to come to Austria.
Austrian troops had withdrawn from South Tyrol and Transylvania in the face of intense opposition from the Yugoslav Federal Army, giving way for the German and French troops to secure the remaining parts of Austria's west front. Retreating Austrian troops were reinforced in Slovenia, where the YFR Slovenia was decisively occupied. However, they were met with opposition from the five Yugoslav tank divisions but were forced to retreat to YFR Croatia. The Landwehr was resupplied to prepare for the occupation of Croatia.
The Yugoslav Federal Army combined with several nationalist Bosniak and Serb groups, seized control of Transylvania after Austrian troops abandoned the region; all YFA troops in Transylvania were redeployed in Eastern Hungary, where they will link up with the troops in Hungary's south.
Meanwhile, in Slovenia, Austrian troops advancing to YFR Croatia were met with fierce bombardment from the Yugoslav Federal Air Force as well as guerilla warfare from the Slovene militias. After the combined German, French, and Yugoslav armies occupied much of Austria, Austrian troops in Slovenia were isolated and cut off. three divisions of the YFA were sent back to Slovenia for recapturing. Austrian troops in Slovenia finally capitulated after an intense attack from the Slovene militias, YFA, and the Yugoslav Federal Air Force.
As German troops sieged Vienna, the French Republic, Polanas, and Canada made an official declaration of war to Austria-Hungary. The Yugoslav Federal Army with assistance from the Bosniak and Serb nationalists, as well as the Hungarian guerillas, encroached on Hungary's north bringing the downfall of Hungary. The Wehrmacht continued to push the Austrians out of Czechia, with heavy reliance on tank divisions, the Wehrmacht occupied Czechia.
Facing a multiple-front war, Austria-Hungary unconditionally surrendered.
After the surrender of Austria-Hungary, the geopolitical situation in Europe drastically changed. The German Empire and the French Republic re-emerged as a Great Power while Yugoslavia was further legitimized as being Europe's regional power that has shocked everyone that it managed to defeat another power. After the Central European War, Germany, France, and Yugoslavia emerged as one of the world's most influential nations.
Germany wrote a series of treaties that Austria-Hungary should and must abide by, failing the latter to follow the demands would result in the total obliteration of the Austro-Hungarian state. In that treaty, Austria-Hungary would have 20% of its territory partitioned, giving war reparations to 3rd party participants, as well as abdicating Kaiser Francis and establishing a Republic, as well as having Kaiser Francis put to trial in Yugoslavia.
During the brief military occupation of Austria-Hungary, each occupational zone was treated differently depending on which occupier they were subjected to. In the German zone, Austrians were treated better because they were still considered as Germanic, and the Czechs were given more freedom under the orders of Kaiser Otto Bismarck. In the Yugoslav zone, the Hungarians were treated way more so than the Austrians because the Hungarians also had a grudge against the Austrians. The same can be said in the Polanas zone where Slovaks were prioritized.
The German Empire acquired Czechia and Northern Austria, Polanas will get Slovakia, and Yugoslavia is set to annex Transylvania. Germany integrated Czechia and Northern Austria as part of its core territory, as well as Polanas to Slovakia, while Yugoslavia federalized Transylvania into several more provinces and established the Yugoslav Federal Republic of Romania.
When the military occupation of Austria-Hungary is due to end, many ethnic Hungarians and the minority Slavic populations of Austria-Hungary escaped and immigrated to neighboring Yugoslavia for a better life due to war and also better treatment since Austria has oppressed its minority ethnic groups. Most Hungarians immigrated to the newly established YFR Romania, where there exist a large minority of Hungarians; Slavs like the Czechs and Slovaks that chose to escape to Yugoslavia went to places that were largely untouched by the war: YFR Bosnia and Herzegovina, YFR Serbia, YFR Montenegro. However, problems soon rose as those places mentioned are Eastern Orthodox majorities while the incoming new Slavic immigrants are Catholics, tensions rose as the Orthodox-dominated lower regions of Yugoslavia are being undermined by the new Catholic Slavic immigrants.
During Kaiser Francis' trial, his trial was to be set in Belgrade. However, Gen. Malešević demanded he is trialed in Ljubljana, YFR Slovenia to face the Slovenians he harassed and oppressed during the brief occupation of the territory. In Gen. Malešević's own words, the "Great Trial" as he calls it, would not only punish Austria-Hungary but also set an example for countries threatening Yugoslavia. During Kaiser Francis' time in Ljublana, his appearance there was disdained and shunned by the Slovenes, who saw him as a genocidal maniac and a murderer of all Slavs. He was treated poorly while in prison and in one visit made by Gen. Malešević, he personally walked up to his cell and said "Looks like I got the last laugh, I better hope God sends you to hell" before laughing at him and leaving. Three days after that, Kaiser Francis' trial was televised around the world. People constantly gave him insults and derogatory words throughout the trial, even the President, Gen. Malešević, and the Vice President, Gen. Bulatović, both of whom were present during the trial, shouted at him and further threw vulgar words at him.
The victory of the German Empire and Yugoslavia changed the geopolitics of Europe, the German Empire reclaimed its status as a major power, ultimately joining the ranks of the French Republic and Eire, while Yugoslavia was further legitimized as Europe's regional power that could exert its influence with legitimacy over the next coming decades to come.
Date created: 9/23/2022