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posted 12-22-11 04:44 AM EDT (US)
In the beginning, the Dutch possessed little. They had a small band of nomadic citizens and just enough resources to build a village. The Dutch finally settled down near a small inlet on the edge of the Great Sea, which was forever after called "Dutch Bay." The first few centuries passed in peace, with the Dutch building several new cities and expanding their economy. At the dawn of the Medieval Age, however, events took a violent turn.
At the same time the Dutch were researching the Medieval Age and diligently collecting rare resources, relations were worsening between the two largest nations on the map: Germany and Persia. Finally, the built up tension between the two superpowers caused the thread of peace to snap, and for the next few centuries the world was torn apart by constant warfare.
In the first phase of the war, the Germans and Persians concentrated on killing each other. Before long, the Persians had taken the upper hand, capturing two German cities and razing one of their precious castles. The Germans, understandably shaken by this turn of events, made a quick allegiance with neighboring England, dragging another nation into the war. Persia responded by calling in a few favors with the Incans, who sent their fleet to bombard the Anglo-German coast. These dubious allies, however, would soon loose interest in assisting other nations and began to seek conquest of their own.
The second phase of the war opened with England's surprise invasion of previously uninvolved Japan. The greedy Despot who ruled England at the time drooled over Japan's wealth of rare resources and treasuries filled with gold. Japan, in turn, called in its ally, Spain, for help, and the process continued until every nation in the world was involved, even the peaceful Dutch, whose growing economic supremacy had caught the eye of power-hungry Russia.
Both phases of the First War left the cities of the world as smoking ruins and eliminated the humble Japanese and the backwards Turks from the face of the Earth. However, at the end, the world entered a period of peace that lasted until the late Enlightenment Age. Germany and Persia's borders were in much the same place as they were before the war, and the whole conflict seemed to have been pointless. It did, however, provide the Dutch with a few priceless cards. They had gained possession of Obsidian Isle, which was located in the middle of the Great Sea, and also held on to a scrap of what had been Japan. These new territories gave the Dutch both access to new resources and to world trade.
By the late Enlightenment Age, tensions had built up again, though not between the Germans and the Persians. This time, it was between the Russians and the Dutch. The two nations had glared at each other from their opposite positions on the coast of the Great Sea ever since Russia's failed invasion of Dutch territory during the First War. Eventually, Russia proposed an ultimatum: the Dutch were required to pay a huge tribute to the Russians, and were threatened with war if they refused. The Dutch wasted no time playing political games; they declared war on Russia at that moment, and called the English, who had broken their allegiance with the Germans, to help them in the conflict. A huge force of musketeers, fusilers, and cannons, guided by the small, but powerful, Dutch fleet, sailed out of Dutch Bay and towards Russian coastline not long after the war began. On a dark night in December, the forces landed on the coast just south of St. Petersburg and opened fire on the small town. Within minutes, the town was flying the Dutch flag and the army marched northward at breakneck speed, gunning down every Russian they saw. The Russians, who had been expecting an attack but not one of this magnitude, took ages to rally the army, and by the time they did, the Dutch were outside the gates of Moscow.
A huge battle began. Cannonballs roared through the air, and the calls issued by the charging Russian cossacks echoed into the clouds. For three whole days the fighting continued, and thousands upon thousands of lives were lost. When the gun smoke finally settled, the outcome of the conflict was unclear. The surviving Russian troops consisted of a handful of half-dead men, but the entire Dutch army had been destroyed. However, the Russians had lost half their territory to the Dutch, and the new owners had occupied themselves by fortifying their new lands. At a sour conference in Istanbul, the Russians and the Dutch finally made peace. They went away, however, planning their next strike at each other's throats.
The world passed into the Industrial, and then into the modern age, in a state of general peace. The only conflict was a short-lived territorial dispute between the Incans and their former allies, the Persians. However, trouble was brewing again between the nations of the world, and they were now armed with much more advanced, much more deadly, weapons.
The final war of any note began during the early Modern Age. The Russians, who were still sore over the Dutch blitzkrieg a few centuries earlier, began building up their forces and strengthening their defenses. Paranoid of Dutch spies, the aging and illness-crazed capitalist leader of Russia had a missile silo built far away from prying eyes, deep in a forest near the edge of their territory. A few months later, the silo was built and a nuclear missile, a brilliant piece of engineering, stood inside. Thus armed, the Russians issued a preemptive strike at the Dutch, leveling Amsterdam with their missile and storming "New Holland," the territory taken from them during the Dutch blitzkrieg. At the same time, Russian ships began bombarding Obsidian Isle, and it seemed like curtains for the Dutch.
By a miracle of sorts, the Dutch senate had been spared destruction, residing far from the city center and the epicenter of the nuclear attack. Almost immediately, the Dutch government began making sanctions for a counterattack. All the caravans and merchants in Holland were called up and armed, along with most of the country's citizens. This force, combined with existing Dutch troops, created a massive army with which to strike back at the Russians. Nearly half the world separated the two archenemies, but the Dutch would not be stopped. Knowing that the Great Sea was crawling with Russian ships, the Dutch opted to go the long route: around the coast. This, of course, would mean passing through two peaceful nations. The attrition the army would sustain would be devastating, and they would have no strength left with which to face the harsh Russian winter. The Dutch solution: conquer the two nations that blocked their progress. Within weeks, the Incans and the Persians were wiped from the map, and the Dutch marched on. They stopped for a brief respite in what remained of New Holland, then marched northward and fought bloody, house to house battles for supremacy in the cities reclaimed by the Russians. All the while, reinforcements were pumped from the new Dutch territories along the southwest coast of the Great Sea. The Dutch then pushed on into the heartland of Russia, razing fortresses and capturing towns large and small. They smashed aside the cobbled-together Russian militias that sought to stop them, and twice defeated an organized Russian army. Within a month, the Russians had only their capital of Moscow left. In a joint British and Dutch assault on the heavily fortified city, the Russians joined the Japanese, Turks, Incans, and Persians in the sleep of the ancients. Now nothing stood in the way of the Dutch empire! The Next Stop: world domination!
[This message has been edited by Alfheim (edited 12-22-2011 @ 04:33 PM).]
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