The Conseil of Workers' Systems has a much more recent affair with Vacuity Travel. Unlike the Coalition which has traveled to thirty-nine different vacuity pockets, and that is only the vacuity pockets that allow for human life to exist, the Conseil has only visited thirteen vacuity pockets of which eleven were 'liberated' from the 'bourgeoisie', one where the Conseil has been beaten back, and one where the Conseil is planning a liberation. A Liberation is an operation where a small to medium sized Conseil Fleet is sent into the Vacuity Pocket to annex the territory and 'preach the true path of the dialectic' to the proletariat, or so they claim.
First Liberation, dominant culture American, German, and Japanese. Local year 144 APM*. The Dialectic was known to the states of France, England, and the Soviet Union before their annihilation. Population of about five billion. Liberation took place in under a week. 13,423 casualties.
The First Liberation took place in Vacuity Pocket 7C009K1. With a divergance occurring during in the nineteenth century a great war over the division of Africa between Great Britain and many nations in Europe ended with the British taking less of their share on the African Continent. Portugal received the lands between their two chief african colonies of Angola and Mozambique. The war, fought over land so underdeveloped over little more than national pride, had cost the people hundreds of thousands of lives. In its wake only the American supported 'Republic of Africa' and the Moroccan Sultanate remained resolute against the storm of European colonization. The war had put an enormous strain on the treasuries and economies of many states in the region. In the decades following the division of Africa great internal strife plagued Europe. It became clear to the peoples of those nations that the way things were in the past could no longer sustain them. This lead to the radical left (marxists, socialists, and other less organized factions) and the radical right (pseudo-croixists, authoritarians, nationalists, and monarchists) to rise up and cause immense strain on the global economy. The French republic was quickly toppled first by authoritarians and monarchists on for them in turn to be overthrown by socialists.
For the British Empire the very fabric of society was shaken to its core. Sharp divisions amongst the colonies and the homeland caused the once powerful empire which controlled over a fourth of the world to fall. The Kingdom of Oceania, the Empire of India, the Greater Republic of South Africa, The People's Union of North Africa, The United Kingdom of Canada and Quebec, The Federation of the Caribbean, and the Free City of Hong Kong all rose to form their own nations in a semi-peaceful manor. Closer to home in the British Isles the separation was anything but. Ireland rapidly pursued its independence from Great Britain, no longer recognizing it as their rulers. Great Britain, after losing almost everything they once had, refused to let their last holding get away from them. During the conflict Scottish nationalism also rose, as did welsch to a lesser extent. The war for Ireland became the war for continued existence. It didn't help matters that the Russians and other significant powers were actively pushing for Great Britain to dissolve on itself. Ultimately it would be the English to overthrow the British government. The English, instead of focusing on reuniting the kingdoms of the united kingdom, focused on outright annexation. Scottland and Wales were conquered. The Directorate of Ireland, too far gone, was ignored. The English overthrew the monarchy which fled to Canada where they were warmly welcomed by the King of both Canada and Quebec who was also fourth in line to the British throne. England first surviving off of nationalist swiftly turned to Kraftism, a specific form of socialism unique to the first liberation. Director Nathon Kraft swiftly became autocrat over the British Isle. Enforced 'English-ness' was placed upon the Welsch and Scottish peoples. The more rebellious or outwardly 'un-English' were swiftly removed from their homes in the dead of the night. Kraft would form an alliance with the French and the two would turn towards toppling the rest of Europe.
The Franco-Kraft socialist pact would become famous among socialist circles and infamous against those that worked against them. They had focused on destablizing Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Austrian Empire, and the Kingdom of Italy (Naples + Papal State union). The Spanish Monarchy, long despised and weak, collapsed under the pressure. A civil war quickly ensued but the country shied away from becoming socialist. The Republic of Andalusia, the Kingdom of Galicia, and the Catalan Union State broke away from Spain leaving a shattered Kingdom desperately clinging to the center of the country. A brief civil war erupted between the powers trying to take control over Spain, but with the area already in ruins the factions made little significant gains on one another. The Catalan Union State was pressured by the French, but the Catalan's were vigilant in their desire not only for independence, but in rejection of all thing socialist. Many of the Spanish populous were bitter towards the socialists for their decidedly pro-Franco-Kraft position, which lead to the ideology being outlawed in all of the remnants. The Kingdom of Portugal, still in control of Brazil, swiftly took the remaining overseas possessions of Spain in order to protect their intergrity. They enjoyed something akin to dominion status within the Portuguese Empire, but they were now only de jure part of Spain. This included Porto Rico and the Philippines.
The German powers were hardly distrurbed by socialist interference. The Austrian Empire and the German Empire had in all their power hated both the French and the British, both for their actions during the so called 'Great War' of the mid-late 19th century. The very fact that the two states were socialist was all the majority of the German populous needed to know in order to reject it. The German Empire and the Austrian Empire were close allies and become far closer in the wake of the coming turmoil. The Germans and Austrians would make a network of unconnected treaties and alliances with other states in order to provide a strong anti-socialist network. Its disorganized nature made it uncertain whether or not the German Empires were truly allied with any of these nations. The Russian Empire, arrogant in its status as the greatest power left on the planet, began actively throwing its weight around all of Eurasia. With no British Empire keeping it contained The Russian Empire had conquered much of central Africa and actively annexed Middle-Eastern states. A decaying, but still powerful, Ottoman Empire found itself facing an enemy far too great for it to make a move alone. After the Shahdom of Persia found itself little more than another acquisition in the Russian Empire, the Empire sought allies in India, Japan, China, America, and in Europe. The Chinese, while outwardly appearing strong, were terrified of the Russian Empire and did little but give encouraging words to the Ottomans. The Empire of India, still consolodating itself, was hesistant to get involved but did agree to a defensive pact that would only occur in case of an unprovoked action of aggression. The United States, following its 'America for Americans' doctrine, did not wish to interfere with the affairs of the old world. The Franco-Krafts were eager to assist the Ottomans, but only if they adopted serious and immediate socialist reforms. The Ottomans refused outright. The Austrian Empire and the German Empire were eager to assist the Ottomans, particularly after hearing about their refusal to accept French and English aid. The three powers quickly formed the 'Central Powers.' The Kingdom of Italy swiftly joined their ranks. Japan would join the alliance after Russia tried to intimidate them into giving Sakhalin, Hokkaido, and Korea over to them.
Russia, standing alone in the face of many great powers, was unworried. They did not seriously believe that the powers would be able to pose a significant threat. Even in a war that had Russia lose, the Central Powers could not actually make them lose a significant portion of the empire. At worst the military tactitians predicted that Russia would be forced to recognize Japanese holdings in the east and possibly lose Poland. Having been spared from the 'Great War' entirely, the Russian economy and military remained in top form, even expanding rapidly over these past decades. The Russian Tsar Vladimir had diplomats move into China in order to make them an ally. The idea behind it was never to make China equal to Russia, but to sign over what little independence they had to the Russians. Part of the terms for the alliance was a rejection of German, Austrian, Ottoman, American, Portuguese, Japanese, and other power's companies, influence, and treaties. China, under a particularly weak Emperor, surrounded by sycophants with no real talent, quickly surrendered their independence to Russia for an 'alliance'. China continued to exist on paper, and even on in some government functions, but Russian businessmen quickly took over almost all of the industries in China. Even the government enforced salt monopoly and government owned silver mines were handed over to the Russians after the Tsar 'suggested' that they could do more with it. China erupted into a civil war after a decade of this treatment, with the various rebels desperately appealing to any nation willing to support them. The Japanese and the Central Powers quickly supported many chinese states. Russia delivered an ultimatum to the Austrian Empire to leave China after an Austrian supported Principality of Chu exerted complete independence in the southern central part of China. "Leave China or War."
Austria rejected both options, offering to negotiate with Russia. Russia still believing that no war could cause them serious harm, openly went to war with Austria without even reiterating their ultimatum. They believed it would be a quick war that would last three months at most. This would be nothing more than a delusion. Immediately the Kingdom of Italy, the German Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and Japan would declare war on Russia and launch a well prepared invasion. The Russians, complacent in their own capabilities, were vastly disorganized. Only a relatively small army on the Austrian Border was ready for battle. The Japanese swiftly established blockades along all of the Siberian Far East and began an invasion of Manchuria. The Chinese Government, pressured by Germany, declared war against Japan. Even as they did this many Chinese armies actively surrendered their arms, towns, districts, and armies to the advancing Japanese. The Principality of Chu swiftly took control of much of the southern part of the country, now declaring itself an Empire, it was universally recognized by the central powers as the rightful Chinese government. While things on the east went resoundingly well for the central powers, the nearly completely russianified peoples of eastern Europe gave stiff resistance to the marching German and Austrian Empires. Geurilla warfare would plague German supply lines. As summer began to turn to fall the lines began to stagnate not far into the Russian Empire. The Ottoman Empire had much more luck, to the persecuted muslim peoples of the middle east, the Ottoman Caliphate was as if Allah himself had sent forth an army to rescue them from the wayward dhimmi. They, however, were stalled at the Caucus and in Persia. The Russians did not want to lose their warwater ports, and the orthodox christians of the caucus thought the the Muslim Turks as the devil's spawn hell bent on the rape and plunder of their homes. Even the generous treatment on the part of the Ottomans did little to pursuade them from actively attacking Turkish soldirs in their sleep, or even when they are helping their neighbors.
Indeed as fall turned to winter the battle lines stalled all across the western front. The Russians were unprepared, but the Tsar and military advisors clearly believed that they would triumph in the end. A general draft occurred and during the winter an offensive began all along the western front. The offensive had mixed results. While it gathered great success, the success was scattered and disjointed. The Russians believed that the offensive would act as a massive wave pushing the entirety of the Central Powers back into Europe, attacking all positions around the same time with around the same amount of force. This failed because they did not focus their efforts into specific strategic points, but attacked everywhere at once. The Austrians and Germans found themselves losing vast amounts of territory, but nothing incredibly relevant to the war effort. Supply lines were strained but maintained as the Austrians and Germans camped out the winter in fortified towns, villages, and forests. Come spring the Austrians, launched another offensive, this one aimed at capturing the Ukraine. They had succeeded partially, but heavy rains and still weakened supply lines limited the effectiveness of the strike. The Germans pushed through the baltic coastline capturing territory up to around Riga where signficant and strong Russian resistance pushed back the Germans. The Ottomans found themselves able to form a strong border with the Russians in the isthmus separating the Caspian and the Black Sea. In Persia successes were coupled with failures so often that they seemed to balance at a net gain of zero. Further east the Chinese government collapsed under its own weight, the Chinese Emperor perished after being poisoned by the Russians themselves. The Chinese government was declared as defunct and the Russians formed a provisional government in Loyang while all but annexing everything else. The Japanese and Chu offenses became more and more successful as the war raged on. Before the year was through the Russians were forced out of most of China. The Russian army in unfamiliar and unfriendly terrain could do little to stem a revolution of the people.
As the third year of the war was setting to begin, the Russians were in a precarious position. They were strong in the west and tacticians were confident of victory. They were, however, weak in the east. Ruling over an uncontrollable populous was a losing battle. They decided to retreat to the Mongolian Steppe, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Siberia and would focus on the west before focusing on the east. In the worst case scenario Russia would recognize Chu as China and several Japanese acquisitions. It would be hard to get it back, but not impossible. Further they wouldn't abandon everything, but maintain control over the strategic points and fortified positions they would hold. For now the East needs tending to. The Ottomans could have the muslims of the Middle East so long as Persia remained theres and the Orthodox Christians of the Caucus remained united under the Third Rome. This mentality prompted a massive counter attack, this one focused in a few key points, in the west. A two pronged attack, one through Poland and the other through the Ukraine. This would have far more success than the previous winter offensive, deeply penetrating the German lines. They could, however, only advance so far. Land covered in feet of snow, like a curtain covering the earth, was immensely difficult for supplies to be brought to the front. In addition thousands of miles of rail were badly damaged so far in the war. Many Russian acquisitions were abandoned because they could not hold them without starving themselves. The Germans and Austrians would reorganize their lines entirely during the end of the winter and during the spring, bringing more troops the the front.
With the war causing all of the world to focus purely on the war with Russia, the French and English were busilly plotting their own moves. They invaded the Catalan Union State swiftly, annexing it and experiencing only weak protests from Central Powers. The Portuguese Empire, however, was deeply adament in maintaining the independence of the other states in Iberia. They had, however, proven the point that the Central Powers were too distracted. Kraft and the French would form an alliance with the various socialist states, including The Greater Republic of South Africa as well as the People's Union of North Africa in order to push forward the socialist cause. At the dawn of the third year this alliance would form known as the Entente. As the Central Powers were focused, the Entente invaded the central powers. Socialists would march up from North Africa while simultaneously attacking the relatively lightly defended colonies of Austria, Italy, and Germany. The Greater Republic of South Africa would provide materiel for the Entente and ready its own army. The Central Powers were caught unprepared as German territory fell to the socialists. Nothing less than the complete and utter pure hatred towards the French and English soldiers kept the army from making significant gains as every village became a den of horrors for soldiers travelling in groups too small to provide adequate protection for them and every city similar to Democracy World's Soviet Conquest of Berlin in the 'second world war'. This prompted the French and English to use severe and brutal tactics against the German peoples in order to prevent resistance. This included firebombing entirely civilian complexes and towns, which earned the ire from around the world. The German armies, far from home, quickly lost morale as they could do nothing to defend their homes. The war would indeed have been lost for the central powers if not for the actions of the Kingdom of Italy, which quickly mobilized its reserve military and main military unites to support and defend various cities and towns as well as assist newly crafted mostly civilian militia. News of the harrowing efforts of Italy and hasty, but organized, withdrawals from the eastern front allowed for the protection of the heartland of Germany and Austria, though much of the territory in western Germany and Austria were completely destroyed and much of the interior lay in ruins from continuous air assaults. The Central Powers' airforce was in its infancy and not fully modern, while the Entente's was the largest in the world with a very advanced structure.
To the Russian Empire this was a boon, and were quick to capitalize on the chaos in the Middle East advancing into the Caucus. The Anatolian mountains were death traps, but the fertile crescent and much of the middle east was ripe for the taking. Ottoman forces in Persia were quickly brought back to bare against the invading socialists. Judea and Medina were lost long before they could do anything. The Ottomans declared the war as a holy Jihad after hearing reports of descecration of several holy temples in the two cities. Mecca was under siege when a massive Ottoman force managed to repel them at great cost to their own forces, but it would be taken as a sign that Allah had not yet abandoned them. As for the Russians marching almost unimpeded to Iraq it was an act of God. The Eastern Front with the Germans and Austrians was more sturdy, which was very surprising to the Russians. While the war was at least 'civilized' between the Russians and the Central Powers, in war between the Entente and the Central Powers was anything but. The Kingdoms of Belgium and the Netherlands declared the actions in the war an abomination and crimes against God and Humanity. Kraft simply stated that God was dead and he killed him in response to this along with an ultimatum: Do not interfere or be destroyed. The Netherlands and the Belgiums almost immediately signed up for the central powers at this time and were hastily accepted. The French offensive quickly swept through the Belgians and Dutch territory, having already planned on conquering the territories after the main goals of the war were met. The Belgians and Dutch governments fled to their colonies and well as to Vienna, the only 'safe' capital among the central powers. Even Rome was threatened by French air bombings. The Pope, co-head of state in Italy, excommunicated Kraft and the entirety of the Entente's leadership. This did cause some problems in French colonies that had significant Catholic presence, such as in Guyana, which would declare independence from the French state a few weeks afterward. For the French colonies in Africa, they found themselves unable to do anything with powerful enemies on either side.
The immense brutality of the conflict had brought in the Anglo-sphere, a loose organization of former British Colonies and the United States, as well as the Portuguese Empire. The two factions were fervent in their desire to end the conflict. Much of their economies were import export, so while self sufficient they needed trade which caused the war to have a real and immediate impact on the people's livelihoods. In addition as every new headline shows greater and more profound tragedies and grotesque brutality by the Entente. Both entities would, nearing the end of the third year, put the full force of their support behind Central Powers. The Russians protested, but their protests were muted in comparison to the images of the ruins of central Europe. The Entente, encouraged by their success, issued yet another ultimatum. This one not to the Anglo-sphere which would have lead to complications as a war between English colonies would lead to torn allegiances. The Portuguese, however, were not much of a problem. Iberia was an area of concern, which should be swiftly dealt with, while the Pink Map and some other disjointed African territories would fall quickly. The Portuguese said they would take the ultimatum under advisement and would give an answer to it by the end of the month. The option of war weighed heavily on the Portuguese because of the consequences. They had a decent airforce, but nothing that could match the French. Right as they were about to agree to have peace, news of the South African sneak attack against African colonies reached the King of Portugal's ears. He condemned the attack as unprovoked and stated he had leaned for peace, but the Socialists want nothing but blood. War was immediately declared. Kraft, initially disappointed and furious at the South Africans, was thrilled after hearing about the success of the campaign. Iberia was swiftly bombed universally, the just being rebuilt Spanish states were soon drenched in blood and fire.
This action would swiftly bring in the United States which would swiftly declare Kraft and his ilk enemies of the world and soon the entirety of the Anglosphere would stand behind them. Even Hong Kong and India. With renewed support and support from most of the world the Entente was falling apart. Russia, unwilling to go to war with everyone, stated that they want peace. Status quo ante bellum. The Central powers, mostly, agreed with some exceptions. Japanese territorial acquisitions would be recognized and the Chu Empire would be recognized as the legitimate Chinese government. This was accepted, but not before the provisional government signed away most of China's holdings still in Russian hands. It was an underhanded trick but the central powers were too busy fighting the Entente to care. The Entente, in spite of its huge advantages, was fighting a losing battle of attrition. France would fall first. England would be completely blockaded into irrelevance as the war shifted to Africa. The two states there were strong and firmly entrenched in very hard to invade regions. The People's Union of North Africa without French and English support, began to crumble. The South Africans formed a land connection to the North Africans and immediately proposed merging the two states. North Africa refused. For one month the South Africans withheld all support. North Africa's war effort collapsed in the Middle East. Desperate the North Africans agreed to a merger that allowed them domestic autonomy. South Africa swiftly continued the advance into Africa, west Africa under the French government in exile found itself collapsing due to a rebellious colonization. It, facing a similar situation to North Africa with South Africa, also agreed to the merger. Most of the African Continent found itself under one country centered in South Africa. It was largely self sufficient as well, but ground was slowly lost. For the better part of a decade the Central Powers, Anglosphere, and the Portuguese would widdle away at the newly formed People's Collective of Africa.
The People's Collective of Africa was, however, highly unstable. It was English and French dominated, various ethnic groups were empowered by them in order to maintain their loyalty. This was, however, very fragile. As the great powers began to advance into Africa it swiftly collapsed. An unconditional surrender was given at Cape Town to a German Destroyer ending the most devastating war in the history of the planet until that point. With Portugal in Iberia in ruins they began to rely heavily on Brazil, even more so than before akin to the earlier Napoleonic conflict. Portugal descended from the ranks of the great powers after this. The Germans annexed all of France with Corsica being given to the Italians as a consolation prize of sorts. The French would be discriminated against and in a number of cases subject to acts of nothing less than genocidal retaliation. Eventually the Germans decided that the French had no right existing in Europe at all. Coupled with compliant neighboring powers such as Italy, the Dutch, and Belgians, they began shipping impossibly large numbers of French on ships to Madagascar.
The German populous stated that the transfer was too expensive and that it would be cheaper to simply shoot them in the street. Instead cooler heads would order them shipped to French Africa, where they would largely be vulnerable against the people they formerly oppressed under the guise of socialism. The Austrian Empire and the German Empire throughout the course of the conflict would merge together into a single state, becoming the German Union with the Austrian Emperor and the German Emperor as co-heads of state. Switzerland, being an island in Europe, would be pressured into joining the German Union as a domestically autonomous territory. They would accept. After the French were completely deported in two decades. The Kraft controlled English state would survive in a manor of speaking. If that manor of speaking is constant bombardment and blockade is called surviving. The shattered nation would surrender in the 1950s after the English people overthrew Kraft and executed him publicly on a televized broadcast. That, and the first ever nuclear explosion occuring in London. The Japanese would find themselves completely dominant inside the East. The Chinese Empire, while initially Austrian influenced, quickly became a Japanese client state. Much of southeastern Asia followed suit. The Ottomans and the Moroccans would have success in Africa. Most of Muslim Africa became part of the Ottoman Caliphate. While Morocco would openly support the Ottoman state, they would not join it. The Republic of Africa would establish control over most of Guinea. The rest of the continent would be divided amongst the other powers. Russia would shortly collapse under its own weight. A short lived Soviet Union formed, but would swiftly be destroyed in a mix of ambivalent nuclear strikes and by the Russian people rejecting the notion of another socialist state.
The Conseil would find the world a curiosity, in the local year 1962 the Conseil would begin orbital bombardments of the major cities earning the immediate surrender of most of the nations. The actual conquest only resulted in a single death, a coneil foot soldier named Peter Gaulle who was unlucky enough to die in the initial landing in Germany. The vast majority of the deaths after that would happen afterwards. Germany would offer the stiffest resistance, but after one thousand casualites the Conseil had enough and eradicated the entire country in nuclear hellfire. This prompted most of the other peoples to fall in line. Japan would resist and would be destroyed as well. The United States, long holding the ire of the Conseil, was the last to be destroyed. In all 3531 casulaties would be inflicted upon the Conseil by these states. An addition 4210 would be through friendly fire, and the last 5682 casualties would occur scattered throughout the planet. Much of the world, however, especially in South America, would become good followers of the dialectic. Troops from this Vacuity Pocket would be used in a number of wars with other Vacuity Pockets as well as see limited use inside wars with other powers, including the coalition.
*AVM/APM means Avant Marx and Après Marx. Year zero is 1818.
Second Liberation, dominant culture Russian. Local year 232 APM, a blasphemous form of the Dialectic was known in Russia’s socialist democracy. Population of about seven billion. Liberation took place in a month. 18,172 casualties.
Third Liberation, dominant culture Mongolian. Local year 541 AVM. The Dialectic’s enlightening truth did not yet grace this world, so in the General Secretary’s holy name it was introduced to the people. Population of less than one billion. Liberation took place in three days. 991 causalities.
Fourth Liberation, dominant culture Japanese and British. Local year 433 APM. The Dialectic was known, but no dominant power recognized its truth, as only minor powers embraced it. Population of eight billion. Liberation took place in three weeks. 230,003 casualties
Fifth Liberation, no dominant culture. Local year unknown, estimated at 40,000 AVM. Obviously, the Dialectic was not known. Population of approximately ten thousand. Liberation took place in two weeks, mostly because of the isolated nature of the primitives. Two casualties.
Sixth Liberation, dominant culture American and Chinese. Local year 193 APM. The Dialectic’s truth existed only in one dominant nation, China’s people’s republic, but many blasphemous forms of the dialectic existed as the entire world was once under the sway of the Dialectic before the poisonous taint of capitalism caused them to degrade to heretical ideologies. Population of over six billion. Liberation took place in six months. 512,668 casualties
Seventh Liberation, dominant culture closely resembles that of Oligarchal Technocracy. Local year 166 APM. The Dialectic was known to all factions but used only as a rhetorical justification for global enslavement. Only three superpower states existed each claiming a name based on geo-political location. Textbook example of the “Rule of Three.” Population of approximately eight billion. Liberation took place within one day. No casualties.
Eighth Liberation, dominant culture Japanese and Roman. Local year 623 APM. The Dialectic was known but its truth was wasted on the ignorance of the native population. Population of approximately 18 billion spread across three worlds. Liberation took place in one year. 723,244 casualties. Note: some remnant fanatics roam local space helplessly.
Ninth Liberation, dominant culture American, Spanish, and Japanese. Local year 137 APM. The Dialectic’s holy truth never graced the poor ignorant souls. Population of approximately five billion. Liberation took place in fifteen days. 4,213 casualties.
Tenth Liberation, dominant culture Italian and Persian. Local year 85 AVM. The Dialectic had not yet been penned by the great and holy Karl Marx. Population of less than two billion. Liberation occurred in two months. 219 casualties.
Eleventh Liberation, no dominant culture due to total thermonuclear warfare. Local year 148 APM. The Dialectic was known and followed by over half the world before the catastrophe. Population of less than a hundred billion. Liberation occurred within two days. 57 casualties.
Thirteenth Liberation, dominant culture Roman and Chinese.