Red Alert

Timeline of Red Alert

A time of peace-1918 to 1935 AD

Although the time of divergence in Red Alert is the Aztec repulsion of the Spanish conquerors, history does not change much until after WWI. The devastation was nearly total and it would take the European nations involved nearly two decades to recover fully. Meanwhile, in the new world, the United States was growing as a major power having suffered few casualties in the war compared to the Europeans.

However, elsewhere in the world, tensions were rising. The Aztec Empire had flourished in the 19th and early 20th century, while its southern neighbour, the Inca Empire, was weakening. Its empire had always been less stable than the USA and the Aztec Empire, but by the start of the 20th century it had lost 40% of its territory and its economy was in shambles. The post-war years brought little in the way of relief, and it began to see the United States and the Aztec Empire as the root of its problems. In 1935, it signed an alliance with Cuba and Spain. Tensions nf the North American continent coutinued to build and by 1940, the sides were on the brink of war.

In Europe, Soviet aggression was also becoming a problem by 1940, and the European Alliance and the Soviet bloc were both preparing for war. In 1943, the Soviet Union invaded China, and seized the Empire’s northern provinces, while Poland attacked and annexed Hungary.

Rising tensions and war in the New World-1935 to 1947 AD

On the 30th March 1935, European delegates met in Munich to sign the European Alliance treaty, with intent to improve the economy. However, the real reason for the creation of the Alliance, and one few failed to see, was Soviet military build-up. Only Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway refused to sign the treaty.

Sweden and Norway had been at war for two years since 1933, and both sides were exhausted. Then, on April 15th 1935, hundreds of Soviet transports and attack ships were seen leaving Leningrad. Expecting the worst, the European Alliance prepared to stop them in the straits of Denmark. However, instead of heading for Denmark and the open sea, the transports unloaded their troops into Sweden. Then, the Swedish parliament declared it had officially joined the Soviet Union, and that all Sweden’s enemies should tremble. They lived up to their pledge literally, and within a week, Norway had been overrun by Soviet troops. The shock was horrifying, and war for the first time seemed unstoppable in its slide. It would. however, take much longer for the war to begin than anyone thought.

In the New World, tensions and passions were still running high, and finally on September 3rd, 1941, the sky above Tenochtitlan was blackened by thousands of planes and parachutes. The Inca war had begun; it was to prove to be one of the dirtiest and violent human conflicts ever. It did not go gaseous or nuclear as many expected, but the bloodshed was still awful.

Inca War (1941 to 1945 AD)

The war, from its opening attack on Tenochtitlan, was extremely bloody, and resulted in over at least a million civilians being killed. The Yee-Lon Monks were slaughtered as they attempted to hold a vital pass against overwhelming Incan numbers. Yet, despite this, with US help, the Aztec Alliance slowly gained the upper hand.

One of the most important battles was in 1942, with the Gulf of Mexico American fleet struggling to protect the Florida Keys from the Incan and Cuban navy. The Americans had an extreme disadvantage in that they lacked the polarized armour of the Incan fleet, and with normal shells it took three direct hits to puncture the Inca’s armour. However, the Americans had developed powerful land based anti-ship cannons, which used magnets to throw their projectiles at over twice the speed of sound. The defence was huge; however, the Incas overran the fleet and began to pour onto the Florida Keys, capturing all but the northern island in little over a week. At the barracks, the Incas swarmed over the defenders, throwing grenades into rooms and firing indiscramately into them. By the time they reached the island’s mayor’s house, the troops rallied and dug in fortifications halting the Incan wave. Mortars and artillery rained down from the skies on the marines, and slowly they were forced closer to the house and then into it. Rather than risk storming it, the Incans surrounded it and tried to starve the inhabitants out.

On 12th March, 1942, a huge Incan fleet was seen approaching the Florida mainland. However, rather than head for Florida, the Incans turned around ,and headed for the northern key island. General Pizzaro’s reputation had been deeply stained by the stubborn American resistance, and he was determined to stamp it out. Artillery rained down the Americans, but still they refused to surrender, and held off wave upon wave of Inca attacks. Finally, on May 10th, 1942, the American army was able to relieve the exhausted marines in the mayor’s house, all of whom were honoured massively for their bravery and courage. The effect could not have been overestimated; if they had not held out, the Incas would have reached Florida and overrun the defenders. Their final destination would probably have been nothing short of Washington. It was a miracle that helped win the war in the Aztec’s and American’s favour.

The Second World War-1947 to 1953 AD

The war begins

Finally, on the 23rd of December, 1947, the Soviet bloc began its long awaited invasion of Europe. Within three months, all of Europe, except the few remaining netural countries, had been conquered. Great Britain appeared safe, due to the English Channel; however, in a stunning move, the Soviets burrowed under the channel and invaded Britain in June 1948, and an abortive attempt to invade South Ireland, the European Alliance's last stronghold failed due to the hard granite under Ireland.

Initially wary of the war, South Ireland finally declared war on the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Poland in September 1948. With its main ally against its aggressive northern neighbour, Ulster, gone, it decided to aid the Alliance and reamined a key ally throughout the war.

Operation Return-March 1949

In March 1949, Free English and Irish forces prepared for a counterattack to retake Liverpool and the Midlands from Soviet control. The attack caught the Soviets off guard, and the Allies were able to retake most of the city. The harbour, however, and Soviet HQ were still intac,t and the Soviets counterattacked, driving Allied forces back. A rapid defensive dig in blunted the Soviet assault, reducing the 20 units in the city to just 2 in three hours. However, rather than allow the Allies to just walk away with Liverpool, General Vladmir ordered the detonation of the Soviet Unions new weapon, the atomic bomb. Liverpool was flattened, and the Allied troops in the city were destroyed, along with their enemies.

Following this devastating defeat, despair swept through the European Alliance command. The Soviets would rather destroy Europe than lose it, with the only major counterattack reversed completely, and Ireland unable to commit more troops, the Allies situation was dire.

American and international intervention turns the tide-December 1949 to December 1953

However, the Allies were saved when, in December 1949, United Nations security forces discovered a telegram stating what Moscow was going to do after defeating the ever troublesome Ireland. Stalin was not satisified with just Europe; he wanted the entire world under his command. The telegram outraged the United States, Aztec Alliance, and the entire United Nations. Then on December 25th, 1949, the United Nations passed resolution #678, with orders to stop the Soviet Union and liberate Europe by any means necessary.

Almost immediately, Soviet troops swarmed into Alaska, and the Incan Empire launched a full scale attack on the Aztecs. However, the American NAVY SEALs launched managed to land in Iceland and liberate the country in a lighting campaign. China which had been under Soviet control, except in the southwest, rallied and pushed the invaders back to Shanghai and Hong Kong. For the first time, the outstretched Soviets were buckling. The point was made when Finland declared war on the Soviet bloc; it did not have the forces to defeat the tiny nation.

Operation: Liberty-March 1951

By the end of 1950, the Soviet Union, which had seemed unbeatable at the end of the previous year, was in tatters. Chinese forces were pushing the Soviets out of China, and Japan had swept into southeast Asia and Korea, areas the Soviets had controlled for years. Then, in March 1951, came the day Europe had been waiting for: Allied landings in Scotland, Wales, southwest England, and France smashed the tottering Soviets. Exhausted and terrified Soviet troops fled from the advancing Allies. In Britain, Soviet forces fell apart; the fact deserters would be shot did not worry anybody, and many simply refused to fight.

In France, however, Soviet resistance was stronger. The Allies liberated Paris on July 15th, 1950, after months of heavy fighting. Then, however, the Soviets counterattacked furiously, resulting in terrifying street to street fighting in the middle of Paris. The Soviets bombarded the Allied troops constantly; however, this time, they were in no mood to be routed. The furious Soviet attacks were repulsed again and again, and then finally all was silent over the ruins of the French capital. The last Soviet forces melted away in the chaos, and many were slaughtered by the French partisans.

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