by Max Barry

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Region: The Vincence Empire

Ethics Committee of the SCPF wrote:Grapeshot in Croatia | 8th, December 1875
A Austrian Riflemen sits in his trench at 1:36 PM to the sound of artillery and battling guns, the 21 year old has been in this position on and off since the war started 4 years ago forever changing his life due to the draft. Now who used to be a motherís boy is fatigued along the front until a notice arrives for the divisions general to pull back to allow General Herken to switch in by tomorrow, as he grabs what he has which isnít much a artillery shell smashes a few feet next him. The power of the blast sends him against the wood, in the next 20 seconds Croatians charge at the fortifications in a unorganized bid to route the Austrians only to have the leading men be cut down from volleys. When he regains focus two soldiers pull him up to a artillery placement to unleash the terrifying sound of grapeshot upon the enemy, that day will be the day the snow will be covered by blood and the will of the 2nd Croatian army broken in the game of who will succumb to fatigue first. In the following days General Herken will lead his Calvary to victory in the Battle of Rijeka allowing for the Croat capitol to be put under siege, the winter offensive has begun.

The capital city would hold out for another year before falling to the Austrians but there would be no time to celebrate when seeing them distracted Hungarian Calvary made a breakthrough on their front taking Bratislava in a Phyyric Victory. A capture of Vienna seemed inevitable until a reinforcement army of 150K arrived managing to bravely put a stop to the Hungarians, with Vienna safe the offensive against the Croats continued. Once it was joined by a Hungarian offensive in the Rebelís south resistance gradually fell apart before the last stronghold fell in April of 1877. Now the remaining two factions turned their attention against eachother. Battles along the frontline intensified with no gains until July 1878 when Slovak Soldiers tired of being sent into death fields by their Hungarian commanders mutinied allowing the Austrians to break through, panic spread along the Hungarian men causing the frontline to rapidly disintegrate. In 5 days Budapest was under siege but progress slowed, the siege became a slog and remaining Hungarian forces in Transylvania were able to reorganize. Eager to end the destructive war the two sides met in Vienna for peace talks, ultimately in the Treaty of Budapest the Austrians would remain the sole rulers of the empire meaning the official end of Austria-Hungary but the Hungarians would retain their rights given to them under Austria-Hungary. By the end 1879 the empire was reunited, the Emperor launched Project Metternich which not only intends to rebuild but industrialize the country within 20 years, as part of this Austria would stay out of foreign affairs but recently they have started to open up by proposing a trade deal with Germany.