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In response to the recent Westboro Baptist Church’s declaration that they would picket the vigil of the Sandy Hook victims, and the subsequent hacking of their personal computers and twitter accounts, I have this to say:
No, people, Anonymous is not in the right here. They are, in fact, and in the most disgusting way, destroying the privacy of citizens. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the Westboro Baptist Church. Disliking a group does not revoke from them their rights; this is exactly the sort of thinking that fuels the WBC, yet at no point do they actively destroy the rights of those they, with such vitriol, detest. They would if they could, but they can’t because their lunacy ensures a deaf response to their words.
For the record, the only appropriate response to loud, angry people like the WBC is this, which comes with an uplifting little mantra (I guess an ‘Aggie’ is a member of the school?):
It is proposed that we respond with true Aggie spirit.
In response to their yelling, we will be silent. Like silver taps, like Bonfire Memorial.
In response to their signs of hate, we will wear maroon.
In response to their mob anger, we will form a line, arm in arm.
This is a silent vigil. A manifestation of our solidarity.
Now that is how you beat the Westboro Baptist Church. Not by diving into the shit and vomit that is the low end of the human spectrum. By showing that, no matter how hard they yell, we’ll ignore harder. We are better than they. We can’t do that by revoking the rights of any citizen. Ever. We’re not simply wallowing in the filth, we are bathing in it and calling ourselves clean. Worse than pigs.
Anonymous has simply proven that even a society based on enlightenment values can descend into tyranny. This is the mindset that breeds totalitarianism. We are willing to suspend the rights of the citizen – provided only that we hate.
UPDATE: What do you know? It still works.
Fascism in France
The truce between Germany and France means Germany cannot fight the now-legitimized Fascist rebellion that grips its western neighbour. Ethnic Germans are hunted in the streets of Paris and Orleans, arrested or executed. German shops are closed and burned. Revenge and revanchism reign supreme.
Fascism in America
I take my eyes off of North America for one decade and shit goes sideways!
Then things get… interesting.
Oh dear. America, once the worlds greatest beacon of liberty and freedom, has fallen to Fascism. Another Great War looms, this time initiated by Germany. The United States declares war against the Fascist Dictatorship in Mexico – a war between these two nations is good for Germany, distracting as it does our enemies in America and the Fascist regime in Mexico.
Fascist Mexico falls to American military might, leaving my ally in Rio Grande exposed. Armies are diverted from the Northern to the Southern Front, slowing the war effort, which includes two different Wargoals: Great War (to dismantle the American Empire) and Install Democracy – I will not make the same mistake as I did in France.
A simultaneous Fascist rebellion in Canada creates a three-way Civil War – Jacobin Anarcho-liberals, Fascists, and Loyalists – bringing Canada to its knees. Jacobin rebels in America aid the cause of freedom.
This puts Mexico in a disturbingly powerful position. Should they start warmongering, they will face the infinite might of Liberal Germany!
A few short interventions in Fascist CSA and Mexico turns North America into… Well, into a patchwork mess:
That said, a First World War is right around the corner, as the Fascist Republic of Britannia annexes Venezuela and bites off a chunk of both Brazil and Qing China. It may not be long before Greater Germany and Britannia face off.
World War I
Germany declares war on Fascist France, which is attempting to reunite its lost Occitanian provinces in the south. Britannia, ally of France, declares war against Greater Germany. Germany turns this conflict into a Great War, and suddenly the whole world is at war. From China to Brittany, the Ottoman Empire to South Africa, Canada to Argentina, the nations of the world gear for war. German troops board their transports, ready to invade the British mainland through Wales and across the Straights of Dover.
Germany is surrounded. Russia joins on the side of Fascism, pitting Germany against Britannia, France and Russia – three Great Powers and their Puppets, Satellites and Spherelings.
How will WWI play out? Will Germany defeat the vile forces of Fascism and totalitarianism in Europe?
Yes, Victoria II ends in the Year of Our Lord, 1936. Let’s see the impact an early, true unification of Greater Germany had on the world (I’ll bet it’s negligible):
So, dear reader; how was the war won? Was the war won? And by whom?
That’s for you to decide (and maybe leave your ideas in the comments)
Fascism in America
The Fascist Party of America takes control of the United States. It’s a showdown between Communism and Fascism, North and South!
This cannot be left alone. Democracy must be defended, liberty upheld. Germany gears for war. But first, Fascism and Communism must be rooted out of my allies.
At the same time, Polish Nationalists rise up in Russian Warsaw, securing the region’s inclusion in the growing Polish Fascist dictatorship. I put a quick end to such silliness – though Poland retains Warsaw, they are not allowed their dictatorial rule.
The United States continues its aggressive wars against the CSA, even takes land from Canada and Mexico. This has to stop, before such violent extremism becomes intercontinental – as it has already begun to do in places like Poland, Denmark and Spain.
The German-American War is declared, with the intent of reducing American military might – the Cut Down to Size Wargoal. Next will be the CSA, but for now the United States are a far bigger threat. They have even intervened in Hawaii and the Philippines, annexing the island nations.
With a Mexican intervention in Texas, the US-CS War, and now the German-American War, Fascist America falls. An emergency election is forced upon them, and the Liberal Party wins by a landslide. Freedom wins the day in the North.
Now to do the same in the Communist South. It goes just as smoothly as the war in the North.
Well that was… That was anticlimactic.
I was really hoping this War of Ideologies would play out more… tight. Close to the knuckle. But no, Germany just curb-stomped both States of America with ease. This makes every Great Power at least Democratic, though not necessarily liberal; the United Kingdom jumps between Communist and Socialist, France keeps dipping into Fascism (though remains mostly Reactionary). Spain, despite its recent disintegration, remains an agitator in colonial politics, and is in fact a Communist Proletarian Dictatorship. Still, they aren’t threatening anyone – they are just annoying.
Great War on the Horizon
Meanwhile, the Great Powers of Europe have expanded their colonial efforts into the Balkans – Bulgaria has been split between the Ottoman, British and Dutch Empires. It seems a Great War is inevitable as the forces of freedom face down the armies of extremism and dictatorship.
After so many revolutions and counter-revolutions in Poland, I’ve given up on keeping Poland in my Sphere. Still, Polish freedom has come at so great a cost. I’d hate to see the country divided and subsumed back into the Russian Empire.
While Germany prepares to face down the Russian Empire, potential allies in the fight for democracy fall into brutal warfare all along the Swiss Alps and African colonies:
I could press my (empty) claim to the land, but the people have spoken. ‘Tis a shame the revolution turned violent.
Italy slowly gains the upper hand in its war against France, but a sudden Jacobin rebellion on the home front might turn the tides in France’s favour. Germany remains isolated from this Great War.
Great War Comes to Germany
And it’s not the Russians! It’s those pesky French; their alliance of France-Canada-Ottoman Empire has declared war against Germany in a Great War – likely to retake Elsaß-Lothringen and dismantle Greater Germany. This would put France in an easy first place among the Great Powers. Far ahead of even the United Kingdom, which still sits in a distant third. Germany would be reduced to a pathetic shadow of its current greatness – all Cores go to their original owners, so I would lose Friesland, Heligoland, huge swathes of eastern and southern Germany, and almost every colony in Africa.
Then again, I can do the same to France when I win.
The Great War ends with a French defeat.
French colonies around the world are split off, many becoming independent sovereignties, some going into German hands for safekeeping – no more Fascist rule in Africa! Russia, the UK and the USA, who were all a minor part of the Great War, gain their own holdings. As do Brazil and Italy, for some reason.
With the end of the Franco-German War, an election is called.
Revanchism hits France hard, leading to a massive upsurge of Fascist support in the newly-democratic country. An utterly massive Fascist rebellion spreads across that nation.
Wave after wave of Fascist rebellion rises again and again in France. The combined might of German and French armies cannot hold them at bay. Over one million troops are committed to the Battle of Paris. Even if liberty is victorious against this vile rebellion, France will have been nearly depopulated, it’s young men dead in the streets of its battle-wracked capital. In the end, 1.1 million Fascists died in Paris alone, another 750,000 across France. On the other side, ‘only’ 100,000 Germans died protecting French freedom. When another wave of thousands-strong Fascist armies spread across France, Germany withdraws. France falls.
Wait, what’s this?
The Russian-German War (and the Franco-German War)
War between Germany and Russia has long been inevitable, and finally it comes. Russia invades Germany. Germany responds with overwhelming force. After only six months of fighting (and not a single German military loss), Germany has Denmark as a puppet and Poland acquires a small tract of land. I would have pushed for more Russian disintegration, but France declared war again. Luckily, my reserves have already mobilized and are standing guard in Elsaß-Lothringen. They will hold long enough for my proper military to counter-attack.
This is also an excellent opportunity to take Friesland from the Netherlands, as they have joined in war against me. I’ll see what I can do about picking France apart as well.
In the Colonies, German troops push back against Algerian Colonial armies in North Africa, and against Congolese Colonials farther south. The Netherlands falls swiftly to a concerted German effort, freeing up two more armies for the war in France.
A year passes.
This is taking entirely too long.
Portugal falls to Carlist Spain, and the Spanish military moves into France. This taxes my already overextended military, which has pushed deep into France. Canada (now a Great Power) offers Germany an Alliance and joins the war. Their navy puts pressure on that of France and Spain, while my new Hungarian allies relieve my armies in France. It turns into a clusterfuck of epic proportions when the UK, eager to regain its long-lost glory (they’ve been in third place for a few decades now) declares war on France. Their navy is still nothing to scoff at, nor is their military. They may not be my allies in this war, but they are my friends.
A short while later, Western Europe looks like this:
Taking Heligoland is easy since I have a core there – the Warscore required to take it is low.
Forcing the freedom of Wales, not so much.
What to do Now?
The year is 1889, and Germany has unified all ethnic Germans under one rule. All German Cores belong to me; all German-majority provinces, the same. I have little desire to turn all of Europe grey – not that I couldn’t do that, mind. I have a military more powerful than any two lesser Great Powers combined – though this is not the same thing as the ability to defeat two combined GP’s. I’ve angered Russia, France and the UK recently, and my only GP ally is across the pacific. Canada seems to be making nice headway in North America; a divided and weakened USA has made Canada into a powerful North American state. The CSA is dying; rebellions and constant wars against their northern cousins have worn them down. Though they still control much of the land they ended the Civil War with, their armies are tired and weak. Africa is almost half colonized by Germany, with the other half between France and the UK.
I enact Woman’s Suffrage. In response:
Speaking of rebellion, all across the United and Confederate States, massive Socialist movements have taken up arms, attempting to overthrow the governments of North America. Though they are unsuccessful in the United States, the Confederacy becomes Red in a year.
A year later, and the CSA and USA are at war. From this bitter conflict arises a new ideology; the Third Way.
The States are split between the Communist Confederacy and the growing Fascist North. Germany, paragon of liberalism that it is (no, really), may be called upon to intervene in North America. For the freedom of the oppressed and the safety of sovereign states. I begin to build influence among the only remaining democratic nations of North America: Newfoundland, New England and Rio Grande. Canada, while democratic, is a Great Power, and therefore cannot be influenced. Still, an alliance with this bastion of freedom in the America’s would be good.
This is what North America looks like, by the way:
Fascist ideologies spread to Germany, but they remain far underground, represented among a vast minority of the German people.
Mexican expansionism into the United States does not sit well with Canada, which declares a War of American Freedom against the Mexican government. The United Kingdom joins on the side of Mexico, and I again find myself dragged into a war against the UK. My navy is no match for the British Royal Navy, but a quick amphibious raid through Wales (who offered me military access) sees over a fifty thousand German Rifle Guards deep in England. A month later, another army, then another, lands on the shores of England.
One would think the United States would eagerly join a war to gain its own territory back, but this is not the case.
The war ends in a White Peace, and Germany moves into the new century with a glitter in its eye, Paragon of Liberty and Freedom.