This factbook tells the tale of the Great Yugoslav war that ravaged parts of the Balkans and Eastern Europe in 1951.
Before the war started, Serbia was trying to intimidate Croatia and Bosnia into staying in Yugoslavia. Austro-Bavaria saw Yugoslavia as a threat, and thus supported Croatia and Bosnia. Meanwhile, Slovakia and Hungary saw an opportunity to weaken Austro-Bavaria. They were hoping that Austro-Bavaria would be so distracted by Serbia that they could swoop in and easily annex all of Austro-Bavaria.
However, the war wouldn’t start how Slovakia and Hungary had planned. They were hoping that the first shots would be fired in Yugoslavia, but one Slovakian nationalist dashed their hopes. Said nationalist shot and killed an Austro-Bavarian officer, and in retaliation, Austro-Bavaria immediately declared war on Slovakia. This declaration had a ripple effect, as nations declared war on each other left and right. Two clear sides eventually emerged. Austro-Bavaria, Croatia, and Bosnia on one side, and Slovakia, Hungary, and Serbia on the other.
In the beginning, Austro-Bavaria focused on Slovakia and Hungary, using their advanced weaponry to easily outgun their Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts. Slovakia was easily defeated and annexed, but Hungary wouldn’t fall so easily. Budapest was encircled for months, and many began thinking that it wasn’t worth keeping up the siege. However, continued artillery strikes and lack of food eventually forced Hungary into surrendering.
Meanwhile in the Balkans, the Croatians and Bosnians were effectively using guerilla warfare against Serbia. However, it wouldn’t stay that way for long. Once Austro-Bavaria was finished with Slovakia and Hungary, they immediately started a march on Belgrade. Croatians and Bosnians quickly changed from guerilla tactics to a more support-oriented role, focusing on assisting Austro-Bavaria. Serbia quickly crumbled, and Belgrade was taken.
The Treaty of Belgrade as signed shortly after. The treaty gave Croatia and Bosnia independence, officially annexed Slovakia and Hungary into the Austro-Bavarian kingdom, and installed a democracy in Serbia.
Slovaks and Hungarians rejoiced after finally being liberated after years of struggle, and welcomed Austro-Bavaria with open arms. One month later, the Croatian parliament officially voted to be joined into the kingdom of Austro-Bavaria. Bosnia decided to retain independence, but still became a key Austro-Bavarian ally.