Even as everyone seemingly paused to take a breath, Arixo, hiring some of the same mercenaries that Texas had employed, struck without warning, taking most of the Mexican state of Sonora and parts of Chihuahua. Arixo now controled the regions from Juarez south to the western outskirts of the city (Ciudad) of Chihuahua and west to the Gulf of California and the Colorado river. Many speculate that Texas secretly footed the bill for Arixo expansion as insurance, adding a larger buffer between Texas proper and Mexican Govt troops.
In Jan of 1938, when the dust had settled, The Republic announced the annexation of the new Protectorate State of Laredo, and that all current residents would be given fair opportunity to become citizens of the Republic or leave as they choose. ARG 5 was created and commissioned with the protection of Laredo. They are based in Monterry and Chihuahua and their ranks are supplemented by contracted mercenaries. They will likely be there until such a time as The Republic can afford to replace them which is not likely to be soon.
At the same time Arixo announced the full expansion of their border into their captured territories. They have offered to create a reservation for those who do not wish to become citizens of their nation, offering amnesty
to anyone who chooses to enter the reservation.
Pirates and bandits, fleeing the invading forces have flocked to Baja, but now live in fear that Hollywood may be eyeing them for their own expansion.
Mexico has responded by strengthening her ties with Germany, trading oil and foodstuffs for German war machinery and technological assistance. The Texas Air Rangers control the skies near the border for now so Mexico is unable to manuever troops closer for now.
All is not rosey for the occupiers though, bandits, the White River Apache Band and their Mexican Resistance allies remain a constant (though minor) danger to the invaders. . .
Thom. . .
(Unknown to anyone at that time, these actions would be the opening shots of WWII.)
A good plot-line. If/when I ever move into a WW2 campaign, I think this would be a good thing to use.
Texas invades Mexico, Germany assists, minor clash with Lousiana incites German<>French, slowly furballs its way to the big-time.
Hmmm... Wonder which side the British would come down on: France, Germany, or their own.
If it's either of the latter two, things could get dicey for Texas with Dixie so close.
Would Germany ally with Texas? I thought that Texas was strongly non-foreign nation assistance.
That is true, but from what I got from the Texas Sourcebook, it sounded like ties with the ISA were at least civil, due to the fact that Whittly and Douglas were in both area's, however they weren't endangering their ties with the Empire State.
Likewise many Texans were somewhat sympathetic to the Germans, due to a large number of them with German backgrounds.
My take is that Texas would mainly go against Dixie, Lousiana, and the PC....Of which are supported by France, Britain, and Russia.....All of Texas close enemies, are supported by what would be the Allies, and the nations it's ties are civil with, are close to the Axis.....
While the Texans were sympathetic with the Germans, Germany is firmly an ally of Mexico as shown in the Airmans Gazetteer.
France and Britain are officaly allies, however, Quebec and Ontario are enemies. They also butt heads in the south where Britain supports Dixie and France supports Louisiana. As I see it, good will cannot long remain between France and Britian if hostilities flare in their protectorates. They are both enemies of Germany though and might find common cause if working against the Germans.
Actually, the Airman's Gazetteer states that Britain and Germany are allies.
Possible allies. The question is how Germany proceeds..There is not the antagonism there was in real-life. However Germany has not proceeded into Czechoslovakia or Poland yet......Before those things happend in real-life relations were civil(Although not friendly as in CrimsonSkies).
Although not a deal-clincher either, their North American allies are pretty well divided, with little common interest.
In actuallity, it appears to be just Alabama and Louisiana that are involved in their own individual conflict- should Mississippi and/or Arkansas have been involved as well, the war would have been a short one for Louisiana. Remember, Dixie is unique among the North American political entities in that it is not a NATION but a CONFEDERATION- it is a collection of free and independant States, even up to the point of each State having it's own diplomatic relations with allies (as indicated by the 'seperate embassies comment in the fluff) and individual enemies (as with the ongoing Alabama-Louisiana 'skirmish').
Going even deeper than that, it appears that the Alabama-Louisiana 'skirmish' is the result of a situation where an English ex-pat and a hotheaded collection of Bayoumen have decided to undertake a private war which has endangered the stability of the area, and the national governments are preparing for possible escalation, fearing that the militias involved might stop going after each other and begins to cause actual infrastructure damage.
I think the Ontario/Quebec feud is a bit more of a local issue than a 'colonial war.' Here you have two cultures that have been in opposition for domination of Canada for over 200 years; both of them are now free of being reigned in by London... the only logical conclusion is for them to attempt to stamp each other out of existence in order to dominate the area. It doesn't seem that Britain and France are IN FAVOR of the conflict... I think they both see it as a 'safety valve,' preventing the other nation from amassing the necessary resources to make a bid for other colonial areas that could be taken more easily- like Britain taking S.E. Asia via Burma and Siam or France moving into Egypt from their African holdings.
Very interesting story line and nicely written too! The campaign I wrote and am currently playing with my PBEM group is about the start of a Mexico-Germany alliance. Ironically, its nicknamed "THOM" - short for "The Hellhounds of Mexico".