World War II Simulation Student Journal: Japan

Japan 8, 1938

As the foreign minister of Japan, I am very eager for the start of World War Two. While talking with my president and the other axis powers, I believe our plans are strong enough to pull off this fight. Looking at our ratings, our natural resources seem to be our big focus for Japan to be able to succeed in this war. Looking at our summary, gaining more resources will make us much more aggressive and powerful in battle. We will start off the war by attacking as many countries as we can, in order for us to achieve our objectives, as well as gain more resources. We plan on this to bring fear among the people of the countries. This will put them in a hard spot for decisions to be made.We will then plan on moving troops to help defend our axis powers. We believe that this will help give our axis the backup if they need it. While talking to my president, we have come to the conclusion that we will need to be very cautious with our decisions, in order to stay alive. We plan on staying very close to our axises in hope of achieving more, as well as gaining more. Looking at the United States, we are fearful of the amount of natural resources they hold at this time especially because they could backfire on us. Looking at the time right now, it is going to be a tough couple of years, but we believe that we hold the strength to succeed in this war. 

Japan 8, 1939

It is no secret, the start of the war brought upon a lot of tense and rush between the axis powers. While meeting at the beginning of class we have come up with good battle plans that will hopefully lead to success in this war. Talking with my president, we believe our biggest goal right now is to work on conquering China. This will help lead us to achieve our objectives which we are working towards. Japan was victorious in all of our battles today, which helped us tremendously. Our strengths from being victorious lead to Japan gaining more coal and iron which was very much needed. We are fearing tensions arising from the United States because they are threatening to cut off their supply with us. We are beginning to think that this could eventually ruin us because that is our main go to source for resources. We are trying to come up with a plan to maneuver around this, so it doesn’t destroy us. Hearing the allied powers today, it seems to be that they are coming up with some good strategies. This puts us axis power in a tough situation, because we have to always have backup plans ready in order to win over them. In fact we lost the war to the allied power, which we were not expecting. My president and myself have been brainstorming some plans and actions that will hopefully get us back up again. We plan on attacking more of China to gain our objective, and we also plan on moving troops. This will hopefully allow us to take all of China over. It is not going to be an easy ride, but I have faith that my President and I will make the best possible choices for our country. We will see you tomorrow!

Japan 8, 1940

Hello, the forign minister of Japan is speaking. Wow things are really starting to feel and get real here. Countries are beginning to get very intense, and we are all scrambling to make the best decisions for our countries. As of right now, Japan is standing at a good spot, and we are making great progress. We are gaining more natural resources which is a necessity. Our plan is to continue our journey of expanding west, and we will keep doing this until we have conquered all of China, and most importantly Asia. Today we were able to conquer South China and we were planning on going for Northwest China, but that plan didn’t succeed. With the fear of the United States still, they got in the way of this plan. We have come to the conclusion that they are becoming very powerful to us and threatening us to not give us oil anymore. Listening to my President, this can not happen to us because we need all the oil we can get. Meeting with the rest of the axis powers, we have made sure to come up with a strong plan for what to do to stop them from controlling us. We will continue our plans as the years go on, but for now we plan on keeping Japan out of conflict. As the foriegn minister of Japan, I will continue to keep working with my president and axis powers to make sure we get the best overall outcome. I have nothing but faith in all of us to make the right decisions and pull off this win. We will see what tomorrow brings for us!

Japan 1941

1941 started off with a powerful rush of stress between the allied power and axis powers. As the Foriegn minister I am trying my best to keep Japan under complete control with the help from my President. Today our main focus was to complete some of our objectives, so we tried to attack as much as we could. One of our significant attacks was with the United States. Our strategy that came with this battle was to only send 100 troops. This allowed for us to meet our objective without risking a great amount of our troops. With this great strategy, we were able to come out with a victorious axis power. Talking with Germany, they gave us the idea of attacking Burma. My president and I put this into action and we attacked Burma. Our plan of this is that it will help keep the allies from attaining it because it is an important source of oil, which Japan needs. I can feel the tension rising between the two powers, and it is really beginning to feel like war is really here. We are fearing that the United States may want revenge since we bombed them in the beginning of this year. My president and I took a wrong turn on a decision which led to Russia taking Korea from us. This is not good for Japan as Korea leaves them a gateway to get in Japan, which means they can start coming after us and taking it away. We decided to move our troops into Manchucko to battle the USSR, but this became very unfortunate to Japan as we lost the battle, as well as Manchucko. Our plans are to continue to move our troops from Bruma into India as this will help us move Westward to the Urals, as well as move down to work towards gaining more resources. Things are looking not too good for the axis power, but I have hope that we will work together and figure out some plans to get us back up on our feet. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next year. 

Japan 8 1942

Well as the foreign minister, I believe that things are really starting to get real. Countries are starting to get more competitive with each other, more tension is rising, and I can just feel emotion in the room. I know that my president and I are starting to feel stressed and rushed on what we should be doing for Japan to succeed. With the suggestions from other countries, I believe we are on the right track, and hopefully it will stay this way. However, we are fearing the plans that the allied powers have in store, because it seems to be that they are coming up with good strengths. We can not let this get to our heads, and we need to just focus. Our plans to move our troops from Bruma to India was a success, as we were victorious. We will continue to keep moving our troops down where we can find the resources. We got some very bad news, as we saw the allies quickly taking over the opportunity of no timer. They were able to complete battles and movements that significantly hurt Japan. The significant event that occurred today was that  The allies stunned India, SE China, and our navy to prevent us from reinforcing in Burma. They are gonna get the advantage of this because they are going to take control of it, and also gain our resources we were holding. Talking with my President, this puts us in a bad position of what we should do next, as we needed to make sure that never happened. We are dreading what may happen to us next, as well as the other axis countries. We are quickly realizing that they are using stunting as their strategy, which means we quickly need to come up with a new gameplan. This puts all of us in danger, and I can feel the rush and stress creeping upon us. I have high hopes that we will be able to come out of this situation better than ever. It may be hard, but with the amount of knowledge we hold within our group I have no doubt that we will work our way around this. I am hoping for a better day tomorrow, and I will soon let you know what goes on. 

Japan 8 1943

The allied powers are really starting to get on our nerves, and it is quickly raising our nerves. Us axis powers have come to the conclusion that we are starting to struggle, and we are having a hard time getting away from that. My president and I are trying to achieve our objectives, but we are starting to get ripped apart from them. The allied powers are still using powerful strategies to come after us and tension is still rising. Our main focus this year was to attack and move troops, so that we could get back to the allied powers. We decided to attack the Philippines, and we were victorious. This was an advantage to Japan because this allowed for us to gain one of our objectives. We took the opportunity and put an attack on Tibia China and we came out with the victory, as well as Burma. We experienced trouble on the way when we lost our navy, as well as Hawaii. Although it was a very close battle in Hawaii for the reason being there were only 6 troops at the end, we still weren’t able to pull it off. Overhearing the Allies, we are fearing Russia as they are starting to move troops to NW China, and trying to take us over. As of right now, all we can do is move our troops back to help defend and make it difficult to proceed with their plan. Things are starting to feel boring, as we are running out of plans and strengths to move forward. We feel as if we are struggling to get around the allies, but we are still trying to be as successful as we can. This is not the time to give up, especially when things are starting to get even more serious, and all we have to do is have the right mindset. I know that my President is trying her best to make the best possible decisions, and while talking to her, I know that it is not easy. Our plans for the future are to focus on the movement of our troops. This is really our only option right now, as we are coming down towards the end of the war. We will try to move them back to Japan to help defend, because we don’t want to get wiped out. Our overall goal right now is to try and achieve our objectives, and even if we don’t get them all, as the foreign minister I know that we tried our best. As the forign minister, I am pretty bummed by what is happening to the axis powers. I am very interested to see what will happen in these next final two years. I am not giving up yet, and I know that no one else is. We will continue to fight through this war the best that we can. I will let you all know what tomorrow brings. 

Japan 8, 1944

The foreign minister speaking, well it’s 1944, which means we have one final year left until World War II is over. This has been a long, hard fought battle and to say the least, I am ready for it to be over. I am ready for all the stress, worries, battlecries, and horror to come to an end. Speaking with my President at the beginning of class, every move we seem to make, the allied power somehow destroys it. As this has been a boring year, we thought this would be the best time to focus on defending rather than attacking. We decided that if we would try to conquer land this year, we would not be able to compete with the powerful Sierians  around us. We have been taking good advice from other presidents and foreign ministers in the axis powers, but the allied powers must have something up their sleeve. Our plans for this year were to focus on moving our troops back towards our mainland. To do this, we moved our military around to be able to protect it. If we ended up losing Japan, it would hurt us terribly, and leave a hole in our heart. My president and I are now worried about Japan staying alive and in the war, as this would be heart wrenching if we got wiped out. We are startled with the increase in industrialization with the Soviet Union, because this will raise their military forces and make them more powerful. We aren’t looking forward to this happening, but we are unsure if we will be able to hold off their troops. As shameful as this sounds, we feel there’s no other way around this conflict. We will continue the hard fight for the final day in battle, and I am anxious to see what the result will be. 

Japan 8, 1945

Wow, one last journal of World War II. This doesn’t quite seem real to me yet, that the time has come to an end. We found that as time does come to an end, we are finding that there is little left for Japan to do. My President and I made the decision that we will just wait to be attacked, and then play defense. With everything that has already happened, we believed that this was our best decision right now. We had planned to try and take Korea, but we fear that they would send troops from Manuchuko, resulting in Japan being opened and exposed. Although everything is coming to an end, we are all still fighting and I still can feel the emotion in the air. This has been one of the toughest wars to go through, being in it in real life, I could never imagine. We also came to the realization that we no longer could take Eastern USSR because we would have to use all of our troops, which meant that it would leave Japan open for others to grab. At this point, we are trying to limit our decisions based on factors of our own country. This late in war, we don’t want Japan to be taken away from us, especially if we have gotten this far. It was very calm in Asia, meanwhile our allies in Europe were working hard to take more land. I am very impressed with the axis powers and my president. This has been such a hard fought battle, and even when things got extra hard, no one gave up which shows a lot. It has been very interesting to see each person use different strategies to move forward, and somehow we still manage to get this far. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my president, or the rest of the axis powers. We have been noticing that the allied powers are getting very cocky, which helps nothing. This makes us just want to get more defensive and powerful against them. Ever since 1939, they have believed that they have enough strength and good plays to win this war. Although we didn’t finish some of our objectives, I know that we most certainly tried our best to succeed in them all. However, I have learned that when in war, you can’t always achieve what you were planning on. Everything always changes, constantly and sometimes you can’t control that. It has been my pleasure to be the foreign minister of Japan, and i’ve learned so much on the way. The axis powers have been hoping for a win this whole time, while the allied powers have been as well. I am pleased to say that the axis powers have come back and redeemed themselves from some of the mistakes we have made on the way. Japan was alive this whole time, and for my president and I, that is a huge accomplishment. I am still in shock that the axis powers won the war of World War II. This foreign minister is signing off.  World War II Simulation

WWI Simulation Student Journal: Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Empire 8 1913

The end is nigh for the people of the Ottoman Empire. The rising tension is so thick, you could cut it with a saber. I can see clearly war is on the horizon, and with a heavy heart I know I must do everything in my power to make sure my people are safe. Only time will tell. With this written down, I can finally reflect on the possible good that might have been given to us. As of this moment a successful defensive treaty has been made with Bulgaria, with hopefully more to come from Greece and Romania. It does worry me that Romania is slow on their responses, possibly because they’re trying to make a pact with Russia. I wish them the best of luck, for those peasants hold nothing but empty promises for any who try and help them. Even so, reports have reached my ears that they are trying to eradicate our Austro-Hungarian allies, along with the possibility of an attack on the strait. They are children playing a warriors game. They cannot hope to take that they deem important if they cannot see what is behind it. No matter what events may occur, the people of the Ottoman Empire will stand steadfast for we have no other choice.

Ottoman Empire 8 1914

The year has come and gone in the blink of an eye. While the Ottoman Empire has not personally made any offensive maneuvers against either the Russian peasants or our resilient neighbors of Greece or Romania, there has been success non the less. Our allies, the German Empire, have made astounding progress in the east against Russia while at the same time holding stalwarts against the French in the west. The information that worries me is that not only is Russia in full retreat, they are diverting more forces to the caucasus, mostly likely in preparation of a full bore assault to take the Dardanelles. If need be, it might be necessary to move Austro-Hungarian forces to reinforce the border. All I know is that the empire cannot fall if we hope fulfil our goals.

Ottoman Empire 8 1915

The year of 1915 shall be known as the year of complete failure for the Ottoman Empire and our allies. The year itself looked promising as the Germans pushed farther into Russia, arriving upon their capital before midyear. Along with this, the Bulgarians also joined on my behalf and would have served as worthy partners if it weren’t for their decimation at the hands of the Entente. They were willing to die for a people that weren’t even their own and it cost them dearly. The great capital of the empire was also lost in a storm of blood and steel to those devil French and British. We committed too many divisions to protect the Russian border, thus leaving our homeland open to invasion. For now our forces will have to hide in the far waste of the desert with our Austro-Hungarian allies. Reports have also reached my ears of the Italian dogs siding with the invaders. They were also soft bellied, waiting for the precise opportunity to join once they knew who the victor was. Along with this, there are also whispers of a failed assault by German and Austro-Hungarian legions on the region of Serbia. It is simply unfathomable that such a small nation and people could withstand the might of the Germany army. I think that it might be time to consider an armistice with the United Kingdom. Better to survive with our lives than taking our dignity to our graves. 

Ottoman Empire 8 1916

Let it be known in the history books that fortune favors the bold. After the failed coup by the German leadership, I concluded that there is no honor in surrendering ourselves to pretentious outsiders like the British or French. I tasked my remaining generals with their last order: an all out assault to recapture our homeland. It hurts my heart to say that it was a failed plan knowing so many great men died fighting for what they believed in. I now write these entries from my estate behind allied lines in Germany, and will also be serving as a military advisor to the Kaiser and Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Recent days have brought a slew of reports to my desk stating that not only have the traitorous nations of Greece and Romania joined our enemies, but also the western outsiders, these “dough boys’ ‘ from the United States of America. They are putting too much stock in their effectiveness against true armies like the Germans and Austro-Hungarian legions. After much debate, the Kaiser has assumed supreme authority of both armies and is now employing defense in depth tactics to slow their assaults. The Russians themselves have been dealt serious blows by the German raids and their usage of chemical weapons. The western front, however, is a different story. Multiple accounts are flooding in, stating that the enemy has amassed hundreds of thousands of troops on the Belgium border. I dare them to violate Belgium’s neutrality, only to see them earn themselves another enemy to fight

Ottoman Empire 8 1917

Time is a slow and steady march that cannot be interrupted. The year itself has felt like an eternity of planning, complemented with small skirmishes. The western front remains unchanged except for a few hundred extra American troops in France and their ships in the North Sea. The east has also grown quite in anticipation of what is to come. The Russian army has been stalled in their advance for weeks due to the German gas raids and ambushes. What worries me is that there are sightings and reports of mass troop movements from Romania, Greece, Serbia, and Italy. It seems as if the demon’s plan to encircle us before the killing blows from all sides. I may not have been born, raised, and lived in central europe, but I dare those fools to try in storm the great mountains of the Austro-Hungarian empire, I dare those fools to even try and sack the German Empire, I DARE THEM to even make a move against a hardened army the likes the world has ever seen.

Ottoman Empire 8 1918

The year of 1918 is one for the history books. Though I write this when peace has been made between the nations of Europe, I cannot help but to reflect on what has occured. The year started with literal bang by the Kriegsmarnie when they tried to surprise the allied fleet in the Atlantic Ocean. God bless the souls who died upon the high seas fighting for the nation. Surprisingly the year escalated in terms of excitement with a full assault by the Italian and French armies. Oh how they fell to the storm of German lead and steel upon the high mountains of southern europe. From that point forward, there was none to stop the German conquering of Serbia and Romania. Serves those traitorous fiends for refusing to join in the glory of the Ottoman Empire. Oh how it would have been wonderful for the empire to be retaken by our allies, but alas an armistice was signed between the Kaiser, Emperor of Austria-Hungary and the Entente. We were that close with reuniting our people under the sign of strength in our empire. I know not what the future holds for those of us still alive, but there is talk of a rising politician in the homeland. I believe his name was Ataturk. If a man wishes to try and reform an age old system, tha I wish all the luck in the world.

Student Journal: Cold War, United States

United States 2 Orientation Day: 

Initial Thoughts: A full on nuclear war would mean the death and destruction of both sides of the war. There would be no winner and everyone would be dead, it would be a catastrophe. I want to avoid escalation as much as possible. I will only escalate if they make an aggressive move against NATO. I fear that this war could end in disaster. My objectives are to not let them gain any territory. I will defend West Germany because I feel they will attack them first. 

Strategy: I am going to stay at defcon 5 and avoid any battles unless provoked by the enemy. I am going to defend any territory that does not already belong to them. I will avoid escalating this war and only react to what they are doing. I don’t want to fall behind while they escalate and attack us. However, I don’t want to be the one increasing the intensity of our defcon levels. This could lead to a nuclear strike from both sides. I am going to work with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to ensure that the Warsaw Pact doesn’t gain any more power or territory. 

United States 2 Day 1:

Thoughts: The USSR is moving tanks towards West Germany. I fear that an attack on West Germany is imminent. This is what I predicted because that is where the dividing line is between the Warsaw Pact and NATO. I need to prevent them from gaining territory that they don’t possess. The goal of NATO is to prevent the spread of communism, this means not letting them gain territory. We need to take action to prevent their attack on West Germany. 

Strategy: I am sending tanks into West Germany to help defend against the Warsaw Pact. Canada is joining me in placing artillery in that area, I believe this will help deter the enemy from attacking. My hope is that we do not have to take further action against the USSR. However, we will do so if that is necessary for the greater good. If escalation does take place, that could lead to a nuclear war that will change the whole world. We will remain peaceful to prevent the escalation of war. 

United States 2 Day 2:

Thoughts: The Warsaw Pact used their tactical nuclear weapons to take out all of our armour in West Germany. They have also sent forces into West Germany to take control of that territory. Both sides are increasing the intensities of their defcon levels very quickly. This war is escalating at a very terrifying pace. I am trying to slow down the aggressive movements of the Warsaw Pact by trying to stay defensive. They are escalating very quickly and this is forcing us to escalate… We have imputed our nuclear launch codes in order to launch our nuclear warheads at the enemy. The opposing forces will send their nuclear weapons at us within a matter of minutes. It is a truly sad day for the world. It will take years for humanity to recover from this day… Strategy: We are using our tactical nuclear weapons against their tanks in the countries that can be reached from Italy. We are only doing this in response to their attacks on our tanks in West Germany. We are going to continue to increase our defcon so that we’re prepared for war. The Warsaw Pact is gaining control of most of the European countries, our ground forces are no match for theirs. They continue to use their tactical nuclear weapons against us and we are suffering numerous casualties. There is only one thing we can do in order to stop the spread of communism throughout the entire globe. We are going to activate our nuclear missiles and launch them at the enemy. A full on nuclear strike is going to happen, humanity will suffer massive casualties…

World War 2 Simulation Student Journal: Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary and Italy

Small Class: Students had to do multiple parts

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1938

This is the start of it all. I think that Great Britain and France are going to try and start a war with Germany. My first thoughts are that Japan will remain neutral. Being part of the axis I do know that we will attempt to somehow get them to ally with the axis. Even though Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania all lie very close within the axis powers but will most likely remain neutral for as long as possible just to see if siding with one alliance will actually be beneficial. I will do my best to help my allies with resources and try to take new land for better resources and gain a surplus of resources to help my axis friends. Also being neutral countries as well  I will really try to be patient with allying with a side because I need to see how everything plays out.

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1939

A year went by and not a lot has been accomplished by the Axis like I was hoping. It helps me because it would help me do better in the long run. Bulgaria, Hungary, and Italy couldn’t do anything during this year at all so all I had was Rumania. Rumania didn’t need to do anything because we didn’t need to at first. But next year will be different. The Axis took over Japan and Norway. Next year I will ally with Germany as Rumania. I can also begin to use Italy’s military in 1940. I understand that this year was not the greatest year but trust me when I say that this is only the beginning and it’s not even close to being over. 

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1940

With lots of retaliation from the allies my current plan for Italy is to utilize my navy to the south and take Egypt and push as far east as possible to gain lots of resources. As for Hungary, and Rumania, I need to wait until 1941 or later to see if it would be beneficial to side with the axis and let them use my troops to turn the tides. However I fear that if I do not help them they will just eliminate me. I can see that at the moment if I don’t make a move soon great britain and France will conquer the counties I have. So far they have taken Libya and if I don’t act fast Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria will be taken out right under me. Next year will be my year. I can use troops that I haven’t gotten the chance to and get what I need. I didn’t get to taking Egypt this year like my plan was but I will next year, plus so much more like Iran, Ariba and hopefully everything around it. Next year will be my time to shine and really show everyone what I can do.

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1941

This is not what I was expecting. A lot of my Italian troops have been lost. There were a lot of battles that were happening that I had to defend and with my army rating being low I had to put a lot of troops up to defend in order to make sure I kept my land. I had a lot of dreams and wishes for this year thinking that I could do it, but it was very difficult to get anything accomplished and the Axis don’t want to help me. I felt all alone and was fighting by myself so I started thinking about having Italy and Hungary switch to the allied side but I am not for sure yet. This year was not great for any of my countries and really all I did was lose a lot of my troops. I tried to attack France to make sure that they wouldn’t come for Italy for Germany but unfortunately I didn’t win the battle and lost pretty close to all of my troops. It is going to be a struggle next year but I am trying my hardest to hold on with the little troops that I have. 

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1942

I thought last year was tough, well this one was even worse. I lost Italy. The allied powers invaded and won. I am very close to losing Bulgaria, Hungary, and Rumania. Thankfully I had just enough troops to win back Italy but this is a time where I really need to side with the allied powers if I want any chance of winning. Next year will be it, Italy and Hungary will side the allied powers and now I just have to hope that they won’t attack Rumania or Bulgaria. I need to try and keep my counties for as long as possible but if it does come down to me losing Rumania and Bulgaria I won’t go down without a fight. Those are my counties and I will be right for them until the end. On the other hand with Italy and Hungary, people may say that I am taking the easy way out, but it not only helps me it also helps France and the other countries take over and conquer Germany. The Axis will be mad at me for switching but if I am not getting any help then I will move in order to get the help I need. Next year once I ally with the Allied Powers will be so much easier for Italy and Hungary. I will get what I need done and get the helped that I want! For Rumania and Bulgaria, well lets just say who knows what will happen. We just have to wait and find out!

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1943

This year I switched and joined the allies. Everything that I needed was now finished because of me switching. One thing that I was hoping for was that they would not take over Bulgaria and Rumania, but they did right away. They took over and I could do anything about it. All of my troops were too far away to help and I didnt even have that many. So Rumania and Bulgaria were no longer mine. All I had left was Italy and Hungary. Everything looked great this year until the end when the Axis started pushing their way into our land and took all of our resources so our military rating went down. They started taking over our countries one by one. At this point I really thought that no matter what side that I am on I was just going to cause bad luck. 

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1944

This year I lost Italy and Hungary. I used everything of my own to try and stop them but nothing worked. I was a goner. Axis were just too strong for us and there was no stopping them. After they took Italy and Hungary they started going for more of the USSR. At this point we saw that there was pretty much nothing we could do. We just had to try our hardest and hope for the best. This all came out of nowhere and I did not see it coming at all. When I switched with them last year I was not planning to lose everything that was mine. Nobody ever plans that but that is exactly what happened. At this point I was way past hope. I knew what they were going to do and that was to take over everything, and because of them being so strong that is exactly what happened. We were done for..

Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, and Italy 3, 1945

This is it, it is the end of the war. The Axis had officially won, even though we already knew that. In the end the only thing that the Allies had left was 19 counties, the rest were all of the Axises. It was sad to see how the war ended and I really thought that once I switched sides that we were going to win. That was not what happened at all obviously. It was a hard loss but the one good thing I can say about it was that we tried our hardest. We fought as hard as we could and used everything that we had to try and win and keep what was ours. This war was a big eye opener for me because it showed me that just because things look good for you doesn’t mean that they would stay that way. World War 2 Simulation

WWI Simulation Student Journals: Romania and Japan

Romania Journal

Romania, Period 8, 1913

I fear for the events to come as countries are beginning to turn their backs on one another. Divided in two, the Allies are determined to overtake the Central Powers and vise versa. However, I side with neither. My small size army is no match for those such as Russia and the Ottoman Empire who bear great numbers of troops. With the location of my country as a barrier between Russia and it’s remaining allies, I worry they will try to either invade or negotiate for our sacred land. Although, due to the lack of numbers, it is safest for my country to avoid conflict with either side and will choose to remain neutral. The last thing we need is to be stripped of even more land after already having Bessarabia taken from our hands…this war might be the perfect distraction for us to claim what was once ours. 

Romania, Period 8, 1914

Tensions are beginning to fume all across Europe, making it difficult for me to remain neutral. Just in case, I’ve mobilized troops in the scenario anyone challenges our peace. Several negotiations with great benefits have been proposed, however I must respectfully decline for now. Germany has thrown a curveball, messing up my plans to retain land that was once mine. This calls for a new plan of action. When the time is right, Russia’s large numbers in troops combined with mine will be extremely vital. They help me to recapture land, as I provide them with new blood and territory. 

Romania, Period 8, 1915

Another year of avoiding conflict down. My ultimate goal of retracting old land is slipping further and further away from our fingertips as the Central Powers are moving too close to comfort. Their large numbers paired with their outrageous ability is intimidating as they could easily conquer Romania, leaving us with nothing. I can’t do this war alone. I predict my time of peace is coming to an end. I will need the help and protection of the Allies to remain in this war. 

Romania, Period 8, 1916

New year, and a new stance in this war. I have strategically become one with the Allies for the greater good of my country. Talk of our country back-stabbing peace with the Central Powers lingers. I fear this anger may result in war between Romania. In defense, we have called for reinforcements. Our good ally, Great Britain, has agreed to station troops within Romania, creating a fear factor. This must’ve worked as the Central Powers backed down. Romania stands tall and even more powerful than before with additional help from Great Britain, as well as  the mobilization of our army. Even though we bear numbers, we lack strength which will prevent us from establishing A3 from the all mighty German forces. Hopefully with a little convincing and planning, the rest of the allies will back me up to retain this land. 

Romania, Period 8, 1917

As the war has continued on, our outlook as a country has evolved. Suddenly, it’s about more than just Romania; it is about working together to defeat the Central powers and restore order in the world. Our initial goal of using the neighboring countries to achieve what we want, land, has become more. As we’ve gotten closer to our allies, we’ve formed a bond. Therefore we are willing to provide assistance in any way for the good of the group. In addition, we’ve distributed troops to territories as needed or requested, and have been active in the planning process. We’ve captured the coast so our next move as allies is to work our way inward. We have them surrounded. 

Romania, Period 8, 1918

Game over. Let this be a learning experience for those of the future: The only person you can truly trust is yourself. I had an uneasy feeling from the start about Russia…and I should’ve trusted my gut. “Just wait,” they said. “We’ll succeed together,” they said. Waiting is a fool’s game. I should’ve shoot my shot for R3 when I had the chance, but instead I was too loyal to my alliance. Although my military may lack in power, we had them taken in numbers. I would have rather died trying rather than die from a back-stabbing. Good luck to the remaining allies, and rest in peace to those troops that gave their lives. Romania forever. 

Japan Journal

Japan, Period 8, 1913

After defeating Russia already, I feel we have gained their respect. Therefore, while still keeping a watchful eye on them, I feel it should be safe enough to side with them for the common goal: Germany. While we may lack in numbers of military aid, I feel our naval support will be of great assistance. With joined Navy forces, the Central Powers are no match for our fleet. They’ll never see it coming. 

Japan, Period 8, 1914

The stakes are high as the Germans overthrew the Russian Navy. This makes my alliance with the allies even greater as they are now down Navy troops. However, we are able to make up for their loss. Although small in numbers, our navy will be a force to be reckoned with. Often overlooked and forgotten, it is the perfect opportunity for a sneak attack if it comes down to it…

Japan, Period 8, 1915

Victory is ours! Just as I suspected, our naval forces played a powerful role in defeating Austria-Hungary’s fleet. We couldn’t have done it alone: Combined forces with Great Britain, we annihilated the Central Powers Navy. Now, with complete control over Zone 2 of the Mediterranen Sea, it sets us up for success in the future. Germany and the remaining Central Powers can enjoy it now, but they won’t suspect us coming from the coasts. 

Japan, Period 8, 1916

Although our part this year was slow, it doesn’t mean the rest of the action of the war has slowed down too. If anything, it’s picked up dramatically. After our victorious win over the Mediterranen, the waters have been at peace with no more naval battles. With no marmy to provide help on land, our country has been busy guarding the seas. I feel our great performance during battle has scared the Central Powers away from our navy indefinitely. However, we will still keep a watchful eye from the water, and are prepared for anything. 

Japan, Period 8, 1917

The power in this war has taken a drastic turn. The once dominant Central Powers appear to be losing their drive as the Allies are beginning to occupy more land, due to their successes in battle. It appears that us Allies have the coast locked in. Our next plan of action will be to begin moving inward. Unless they call in reinforcements of the navy, I feel our role in this war is winding down as we have no army service to provide help on land. But we are still armed and ready for duty calls to help in any way to win this war. 

Japan, Period 8, 1918

At last! This drawn-out war has finally come to an end! It’s tough to say who’s coming out of this with a victory under their belt as it appears the Allies and Central Powers are neck and neck. It’s safe to call this a draw. While we were obviously hoping to come out victorious, at least it’s better than coming out with a loss. I see this new balance of power as both a good and bad situation. Good in which hopefully our nations can come together on agreements for a more peaceful world. However I fear this balance will turn into an even worse scenario as nations seek it as an opportunity to prove dominance and break the balance. Whichever way this goes, Japan is optimistic for the future and will be prepared. Meanwhile, we shall celebrate these long-waited times of peace!

Student Journal: Cold War Simulation, France

France 2 Orientation Day

Initial Thoughts: The thought of a full out nuclear war just brings goosebumps to me. If the world and countries ever got into a full out nuclear war, the whole country could and would be destroyed. Having nukes is just like militarism and having a big army. Every country is going to want nukes and they want to show that they have the better nukes. When one country does something, the opposite side of the war would also want to do something. This would be how it is with nukes. One country fires at another country and they want to show off their nukes so they fire back. This would lead to a full out nuclear war and destruction to many and almost all of other countries. 

Strategy: I needed to keep peace with everyone because France couldn’t take another war. They had just been in two wars and they couldn’t lose anymore troops or land. Thankfully they had the United States in the simulation because the United States always helps win the war. My initial strategy was to not try and get into war. I didn’t want to lose any troops and didn’t want to give up land around me because then I would end up getting hit with a tactical nuke. I also needed to keep France because if I had lost that, the Warsaw Pact would have gotten France’s nuke which would have affected NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). 

France 2 Day 1

Thoughts: You wouldn’t think on the first day of war, there would be any attacks on other countries. But I mean, you never know with Joseph Stalin on the other side. Even if Stalin would think about going to war, he was theoretically surrounded by NATO. He may have had more troops, but we both had nuclear missiles. If we were to ever feel the discomfort that we were going to lose the war, we could just launch our missiles at the enemies. Never would I have thought to say this, but I honestly hope we don’t get into war and have the idea of nuclear missiles on our mind. Stalin doesn’t know what a full out nuclear war would do, and that is what scares me. 

Strategy: As France, NATO had been surrounding us. With us being part of NATO but also “independent,” we were in no need to be prepared to get attacked. We didn’t need to withstand any attacks, but we were able to take back what used to be part of NATO as well as East Germany. Taking back Berlin had been a huge part in this war because we were able to take back our people that the USSR had split in half. We needed as many nukes as we possibly could, and maybe even try and take the USSR. If we were able to do that, the Warsaw Pact would have no nukes and they would be destroyed. 

France 2 Day 2

Thoughts: There had been multiple attacks on both Eastern and Western Germany of who had control on it. All of these attacks had included nuclear warfare which wiped out the whole army of the opposite side. The only bad thing about this nuclear war is that if you ever had an all out attack, you would eventually lose all of your troops because everyone theoretically had nuclear nukes. But then if you ever tried to escalate the war too much, there would be a nuclear missile launch. If you fired at someone, they had the missiles that they would fire theirs right back at you. The whole world would be destroyed with the click of a button. 

Strategy: With the fact that the war between Eastern and Western Germany, there had been a clear path to what we had to do. If we kept wasting our troops, we were going to get taken over by the Warsaw Pact and lose nukes that would “help” NATO. Everyone saw what the nuclear missiles would do to the war but it was the only thing that we could do if we were the target of the enemy’s nukes. We saw that if we didn’t launch our nuclear missiles, the armies of the Warsaw Pact would take back Turkey and the nukes that NATO had acquired in the borders of Turkey. So we pressed the button and the whole world was gone. Forever. 

World War 2 Simulation Journal: Great Britain & France

This Journal is from a small class where multiple countries had to be controlled by one person

Britain + France 3 1938

France is in the Munich pact with Germany and does not want to get into another World War with Germany. Mussolini and Hotler have become very powerful in their government systems and it scares both Britain and France. Both countries watched and let Hitler take the Sudetenland and promised he was done then took all of czek. This was the last straw. War looks to be declared in the coming months. Hitler is moving forces to the border of Poland and if it’s touched the Allied powers will declare war on Germany and put an end to their games. The USA doesn’t want to enter this war but winning will be very difficult if not brought in. The allies will keep poking at them to get them to join us and defeat Hitler. 

Britain + France 3 1939 

1939 was a year full of movement for the allies. We have so many less troops and they aren’t as strong or as advanced as the Germans. So we need to be conservative. The USA and USSR don’t want to join us. The USA wants to stay neutral and the USSR just signed a nonaggression pact with Germany. This is scary to think about. The allies moved forces to help China reinforce their borders with Japan. Their troops are weak and I sent them resources to help improve this. With our help China will be stronger than ever. The allies helped defend Norway and had control for a small period of time but it was soon taken over by Germany who controls both Norway and Denmark. I’m trying to get them to move as many troops as possible out of Mainland Germany so when I attack they can’t do anything about it. As we wait we are stacking up troops on the Maginot Line and waiting for the right time to attack. 

Britain + France 3 1940 

The allies went a little on the offensive end in 1940. We took control over Libya which was in Italian control. While Germany fought hard to take over Denmark and Norway, we kept advancing troops into France to prevent an all out invasion from Italy and to be ready to attack Germany. The japanese took over the western part of the USA. This was a big mistake on their part because the USA mobilized and joined the allied powers. Since the USA’s army is becoming bigger and bigger the allies are working as hard as we can to send their troops into Europe. The japanese are expanding their rule throughout China and what it looks like towards Burma. Japan’s troops are stronger than anticipated and just keep coming. It looks like they are going to attack Australia with a big navy. This is only them wasting troops for pointless land. In the coming years with the USA mobilizing an attack on Germany is imminent and we will win this war and put an end to these totalitarian governments. 

Britain + France 3 1941 

1941 was a successful year for the Allies. The Germans expanded their rule to the northern hemisphere and into the USSR. The axis teamed up and took yugoslavia as well. They attacked from all sides and there was nothing we could do to help. The axis made their first attack in France and they were unsuccessful thanks to the help of the British army. Italy’s troops seem to be weak. Next year we will attack Italy and take them over. This could catch the axis off guard. Germany is really spreading out their troops to take over other countries, this is making mainland Germany less powerful. Within the next few years we will attack the country of Germany and end this war. 

Britain + France 3 1942

Since Germany attacked the USSR in 1941 the USSR has joined the allied powers. This is a huge gain for us because they have so many troops to fight. This means we will make Germany fight a two front war. They can’t hold this up. The Italians attacked F-2 of France with over 3,000 troops. Our defenses held up and we attacked them right back and took Italy. We used the USSR to attack the few thousand troops in Romania and we depleted the whole army. The Axis are starting to tire in Europe. Soon they will go belly up once we take all countries surrounding Germany. The USA keeps mobilizing every year and they are well trained troops. We need to work as fast as we can to get their troops down in F-1 of France and attack through the Maginot Line to overpower the Germans. Meanwhile Japan in the east is expanding. We are countering this with the eastern USSR and giving them problems. 

Britain + France 3 1943 

The axis powers started to expand in 1943. Japan took all of China and almost all of the eastern USSR. The United States is still mobilizing so need to work swiftly to get their troops ready to attack Germany. German troops are stronger than anticipated. We sent our first wave to attack them in 1943. This killed maybe 300 Germans. Their troops get the defense bonus and are already stronger than ours. We need to find a way to attack them, with everything we got to take Germany. Italy and Hungary joined the allies and are eager to help us beat the axis powers. Within the next year we will deplete the German army to the breaking point. 

Britain + France 1944

The Germans are advancing upon the USSR and there is nothing we can do about it. The Japanese have also started to take over the middle eastern countries. The japanese empire is expanding rapidly and so are the Germans. We need to in 1945 attack the German mainland over and over again. This will eventually make them give in. There are more than enough troops ready to fight in the USA and In Britain. If we can use the navys to get to Germany we can win this war. The Germans tried to take Italy but that backfired on them. Next year will be all battles. I’m not sure if Germany will back their troops from the east but it won’t matter we will fight and win at any cost. 

Britain + France 1945 

The German troops are strong. There is nothing more to say. We used over 4,000 troops to attack the German mainland on two different attacks. The German troops held off both our attacks. If we had one more year we would’ve attacked with 2,000 more troops. But I’m not quite sure if that would even have won. The German troops in Germany are just too strong. They killed all of the USSR and took over the entire map of Asia. We held France and Britain but as I’ve said before troops were just no match for Germany. They took all our resources and depleted our troops ratings. There was nothing we could do about that because we needed to keep using the navys to send US troops to Europe. 

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WWI Simulation Journal: Serbia, Montenegro and Greece-Letters to home.

Serbia 8 1913.

*A letter to the family of Nedeljko Čabrinović, the man who threw a grenade at Franz Ferdinands car and was captured by authorities after a failed suicide attempted.*

Our plan is complete. After months of planning and a good amount of luck, the Black Hand has killed Franz Ferdinand. We were astonished that the assassination was complete, and that once again Serbia and all of the slavs will finally become united again. I tried throwing a bomb in his vehicle, but was unsuccessful. I tried taking the cyanide to end my life, but for some reason that failed. I then jumped off of a bridge to escape, but was apprehended after I jumped into the water which  was only a few feet deep. The president now has to give a speech about how “shocked” our country is that he died even though we were the ones who killed him. Good riddance in my opinion. If Austria-Hungary is gullible enough to see through our deception it would be astounding. Though their president is prone to violence we’re hoping that he buys this and doesn’t try to attack us for I fear it may be the end of this great nation. Though we cannot rely too much on our allies in this we will probably end up needing their help to recapture our territory needed from Austria Hungary to unite the people that yearn to be Slavs once again. My sentence, as you probably know, is 20 years. It could have been much shorter given if my cyanide tablet had worked. Though it gives me the opportunity to see what me and my comrades have started and will allow the seed of our actions to blossom. Though my sentence is long I do not care because I know this Tuberculosis will take me instead of the Austro-Hungarians. This is why we did this in the first place, we had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I wish to see you all again someday and I miss you all very much.

With love, Nedeljko Čabrinović

Montenegro. 8. 1913.

*A 15 year old boy with a father who died in the Balkan Wars writes in his journal*

Hello Journal. It’s been 87 days since the passing of my father. I feel that every day the number moves up by, it seems smaller and the days start to form into one solid period of suffering and grief. Yet, at the same time, I have become accustomed to it, and it seems like it is all becoming normal, but worse than before my fathers passing. Today, I heard a man from the factory say that there may be another conflict happening soon. We have just ended the Balkan Wars a few months prior, so it seems so rushed that we may again be in another conflict. I discussed the news of this to some boys I work with, and they all told me that they would die to protect their countries, just like many of their fathers did before them. We may be a small country, many here have a sense of pride that large countries might not have. We are also very happy to have stayed allied to Serbia, as they have a great army that could help us. I fantasy the day I could be out helping my country and for the right people, just like my father before me.

Greece. 8. 1913. 

*A Greek wife writing to her husband who moved to America to start a new life for them New York*

Rumors of a potential war are going on. We have just finished the Balkan War, and we came away well. We were lucky to gain a little land in the end, and are now a free country. But with this new war potentially happening, we are concerned that Bulgaria may want some of the land we, in a way, took from them during the Balkan War. If the war happens, it may give them the excuse to try to invade, which is not in our best interest. The president has tried offering peace in case of a war, but the offer is still pending. We have to remain neutral for now even though we have offers from both sides to join. I fear if we choose too early it will be the end for our country because the Serbs could come in from the North, or the Ottomans could come in from the East. Whatever happens though, we cannot let Bulgaria have the land our brave men fought for. It would mean they gave their lives in vain. My only wish is to reunite our family and move onto the next chapter of our lives in America. Our beloved 3 year old son Estevan asks when you’re coming home everyday. It takes all my strength to hold back tears and to tell him day after day that we’ll see him soon. We both miss you and love you very much.

Love, your beloved wife, Evangeline

Serbia 8 1914.

*A letter to a Serbian soldiers fiance about the events that happened while he was in battle*

Hello dearest Anastasia,

The horrors I have seen since our great country mobilized are unimaginable. Poison gas, artillery, and the carnage are just some of the things I wish to get away from just to see your face. Austria-hungary decided not to attack us even though we assassinated their ruler. It was strange to be quite frank but i’m sure they have a higher goal in mind. Our allies are trying to push up to the German border in hopes of defending themselves. The British Navy is even moving down to fight the Ottoman navy in hopes of eventually taking the Eastern part of their territory. I just hope they can get to us quickly before Austria-Hungary decides to attack us. We hope to employ Italy to help with our naval and ground assaults for the extra man power. It would also allow us to move troops easier through them. Our army is very small so we’re going to take all the help we can get. Our plan so far is to sit tight and await for the support of the allies before we go on the offensive. I will write back as soon as I can if I am not killed in a skirmish.

With love, Willhelm

Montenegro. 8. 1914.

*A letter from a general to his wife*

Dear Maria,

The war is starting to ramp up. We are getting reports that many countries are starting to mobilize troops, we even heard reports of a Austrian-Hungarian attack into Russia. Unfortunately, we are not able to train more troops, as we have very few able men to take from the population. Other generals are concerned about our positioning and whether or not we will get support from larger nations if we are to be involved in the war. We hope the allied nations will help us, but other than sending troops by sea, we will not be helped as we seem very isolated from the rest of our company. There will most definitely be action going on between Austria-Hungary and Serbia soon, so I fear it will be inevitable that something will happen to us. Maria, I may not have time to come home for Christmas, as this situation is starting to ramp up into the New Year. I hope the best for you and our daughter. Also please tell my mother to make my favorite dish for christmas, just in case I am able to make it home. 

Sincerely, Stevan

Greece. 8. 1914.

*A telegraph from a greek soldier to his family*

Hello dearest family, it’s been about 6 months since I left for bootcamp and it is infinitely worse than anything I could ever imagine. I was continuously sore for the first 3 weeks but after that I got used to our workouts. The word around here is we’re preparing an army in case anyone tries to attack us, but we won’t be attacking any countries anytime soon. Our orders are to stay put and await further instruction. I hope this war either ends, or we get to see some action because it’s very boring around here. There isn’t much to do other than train or relax in our barracks, even that gets boring after a while. All in all I hope to get home soon to see you all again and don’t forget to feed my fish twice a day! 

With love, Adrian

Serbia. 8. 1915.

*Serbian Soldier sends a letter back to his parents after coming back from Bulgaria*

Dear Mother and Father,

We are victorious! Since the last I’ve seen you, we were attacked from the North by Austria-Hungary. Even Montenegro sent in some of their troops to aid us, I could only imagine the outcome of this battle if they had not supported us. I made friends with some of the Montenegrin soldiers, a man named Advan and I have agreed to open a bar together once this conflict ends and we both survive. Although this could be the drinks talking I think we could do it. After a long, brutal battle, we were successfully defended the home land and were able to spend that night celebrating. Sadly, many sacrificed their lives to be able to still have the freedoms we still have today. A few days later, the Allies sent an attack on the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria sent every single one of their troops to defend the Ottoman Empire. It was a huge mistake on their end because it allowed us to move in and take control of their country. We plan to leave a small army to keep it under our control. 

See you soon, Hanz

Montenegro. 8. 1915.

* Montenegrin commander filling in his battalion about helping Serbia when they were attacked by Austria-Hungary*

“Listen up! You men are some of the best men I have had the privilege to command. This is why I have chosen you all for this arduous task. I know we don’t have the best budget, gear, or man power compared to our allies, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. I truly believe in my heart that with our help, Serbia will prosper another day and we go home knowing that we have saved countless lives. Not only the lives of the Serbian’s, but the lives of our families at home as well. The only thing I ask of you all is to fight as if these people were your own. Now, suit up and say your goodbyes, you may not see the person to your left or to your right once this battle is over. I thank you all, and God bless, may you live to fight another day.”

Greece. 8. 1915.

*A conversation between the foreign minister and the president of Greece about their stance in the war*

Foreign Minister (FM): “Mr President may I have a word with you?”

President (P): “Yes come in, to what do I owe the pleasure of this visit?”

(FM): “What exactly do you plan to do with us sir? Our people are worried about Germany and Austria-Hungary sweeping all of the Allied countries to the North and then conquering us next. I just want to know what you’re thinking. We can’t stay neutral forever.  Either the Allies are going to get to us first or the Central Powers will. We need to do something.”

P: “ I understand your concern, truly, I do. You have to stop looking at it from a strategic standpoint, and look at it from our point of view. As you know, our country is small and our army isn’t as good as it was thousands of years ago. We cannot afford to pick a side too early because if we pick the losing side, we are all doomed. 

FM:  “Sir, we need to decide soon, The allies have already taken part of the Ottoman empire and are moving up to support Serbia. They need all the help they can get. Ultimately it’s up to you but we don’t know how much time there is for us.

P: “I know, I just need more time to think, weigh in all the options. Will that be all?

Fm: “Yes sir, that is all.”

 Serbia. 8. 1916.

* A Serbian soldier writes in his journal*

I don’t believe it, the Germans tried to strike a deal with Great Britain to turn neutral so the Allies could take out Austria-Hungary. By doing this however, it must have upset a higher power and Germany’s troops suddenly overthrew their leaders and joined Austria-Hungary’s ranks. Now Austria-Hungary controls the remaining Central Powers. This could be bad for the Allies because now they are all under one command. Some good news is that we have exterminated the Ottoman empire entirely and can no longer contest against us. We also gained Romania as an ally, we can use their manpower but I dont think their army is as good compared to the other Allied forces but we need everything we can get to even give Germany a fight. Germany also decided to move out of Russia after a deal they struck with Russia’s president. I’d be weary of their intentions, it seems like a trap. More to come soon, I just hope I stay alive to tell the tale.

Montenegro. 8. 1916.

*The president of Montenegro comments on the events of the war to the press*

“We don’t know why, but something or someone convinced the German army to overthrow their leaders and serve the Austro-Hungarians. This may have been because their leaders wanted to go neutral and establish a democratic monarchy. This isn’t good for the Allies, now that those armies are under one command it will be easier for them to coordinate attacks during this time. We don’t know anything else about this and were trying to get more information. In other news we have successfully taken the Ottoman empire over and have gained control of their land. This is huge for the Allies because it’s one less Central Power to worry about. We have also gained Romania as an ally in this war which is good because they have lots of troops to spare. Russia also struck a deal with the Central Powers to give them their land back but it would be wise not to trust them since they still are our enemy. That’s all in terms of news I will take no questions at this time thankyou.”

Greece. 8. 1916 

* Greek president comments on the events in a press conference*

“The German army was merged under the Austro-Hungarian army after the leaders were overthrown when they accepted a deal with Great Britain which would let them pull out of the war if they established a democratic monarchy. This isn’t good for us because they are both really powerful armies and they have lots of troops that could easily sweep the Balkans if they wanted. In other good news the Ottoman Empire has been defeated for good after the Allies pushed them back to their last bit of territory. That’s one less country to worry about now. Romania has also joined the Allied forces, they have lots of troops to provide and they will accept their help with open arms as well as defend them in return. German forces have also moved out of Russia for some reason, not that it’s any of our business but I think it’s a trap for Russia and taking their advantage of eagerness to recapture lost land. More news to come and I will let you all know if the tide changes, thankyou and have a good night.”

Serbia. 8. 1917.

* A platoon leader briefing his men about the new allies they’ve gained*

“Gentlemen, the Greeks have finally decided to join us in defending us against the unstoppable force at our border. I want you all to get to know each other as soon as possible so you can be coordinated in the event of an attack. They may not have the best army but it will take everything we have to stop the enemy from taking over our beloved country. However, do not be afraid. We will solve the age old mystery about what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. We gentlemen, are immovable objects. Company dismissed.

Montenegro. 8. 1917

*A telegram to the Allies about Montenegro’s strategy for the remainder of the war from the president of Montenegro*

As you all know, we are a small country with limited manpower. The battle we helped fight in Serbia has left our forces very weak and depleted. We feel that it’s in our best interest to not aid in any other engagements to ensure that we have all the help we can get in case of attack on our homeland. However, we are willing to help the allies in any other ways possible like allowing them to send troops through our country to attack. Let it be known that we still have the allies best interests at heart and will fight if truly needed, but for now we must regroup so we have at least some defense. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.

Signed, President of Montenegro 

Greece. 8. 1917

*The President of Greece addressing his people about his decision on their position in the war*

My people. I know that some of us may have different views about our stance in this great war, but there comes a time where we need to pick a side. We can no longer stand by and watch as the Allies, who supported our independence, fight on our behalf and sacrifice their people for the greater good of everyone. We no longer have to worry about attacks from Bulgaria, for the Serbians have taken control of it in Bulgaria’s defeat in their failed attempt to support the Ottoman Empire. I know some of you may be scared, you wouldn’t be human if you weren’t. We must remember our roots and fight like our lives, and the lives of our loved ones depend on it. Because they do. Just like the 300 Spartans did against the colossal Persian army so long ago. That being said, I have dispatched our entire army to Serbia in hopes of aiding them along with the Allied armies to hold the line against a possible attack from Austria-Hungary. This may sound like a bad decision but with the coup in Germany it means that Austria-Hungary is in command of the entire German army as well as their own. It’s all or nothing at this point. If we lose, we go down with honor just like our ancestors. If we win, we celebrate like there is no tomorrow knowing we lived up to our reputation. As Alexander the Great once said “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” Not only do we intend to try, we intend to succeed. Thank you, and may the might of Zeus shine down and aid us through this troubling time.

Serbia. 8. 1918.

* The Serbian president is allowed to address his people one last time at gunpoint from a soldier of Austro-Hungarian army*

“My people, I want to first thank you all who put me into office. It has been a pleasure to lead you in before and during this time. My only regret is that our men and Greeces men were not enough to hold down our precious homeland. I want you all to hold on longer, i’m sure in time there will be a day where we will gain our freedom once again and be free from the control of these Austro-Hungarian pigs!”

*He gets hit on the back of the head with the soldiers rifle and is shot*

Montenegro. 8. 1918.

* The president of Montenegro addressing his people about what happened in the final days of the war*

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some terrible news to share with you. My friend, the leader of Serbia, was shot after Austro-Hungarian forces took over the capital and the whole country. He was the one who pioneered our goal of uniting all of or Slavic brothers and sisters that yearned to be whole again. However, his efforts will not go unnoticed, in these final years of the war he managed to unite Greece with us. He accomplished our goal partially, but it was up to us to finish it. We could not, we didn’t have the manpower, for that I am sad. But we must celebrate what we have achieved and be thankful that we have not suffered the same fate as Serbia.”

Greece. 8. 1918

*The Greek president addressing his people about the loss of their army in Serbia*

“I know what you’re all thinking. Why did we send our whole army to defend a neighboring country when we could defend ourselves now?” I have come to the conclusion that if we had not put our full efforts into the cause of uniting our Slavic people that we may have never done it at all. However, we tried. Like I said last year as we were joining the war, we would die with honor as or ancestors did long ago. Every single one of those soldiers died with honor and made their ancestors proud. We gave it our best effort but it simply was not meant to be. My condolences go out to the families of the soldiers who laid down their lives for our cause. I thank you all and for your time and God bless.

Student Journal: Cold War Simulation, Great Britain

Journal

Great Britain 2 Orientation Day,

Initial Thoughts: Initially I thought that this war would be a very scary and devastating one if it got to the point of DEFCON 1. DEFCON 1 was the point when an all out nuclear strike would occur, most likely from both sides. I can sense that there will definitely be a lot of escalation, and each side will probably do the same thing that the other side does. There will be a lot of back and forth for sure. It looks like the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact is going to be the stronger side in this situation, so that will probably not end well for the side of NATO. This makes me nervous because we have no idea what the Warsaw Pact is going to do. 

Strategy: The plan for now is to stick with NATO and honor that alliance. If I stick with them, we may be stronger than the Soviet Union but I’m not sure. I am also going to stay close with the United States, since they are very strong and have a lot more tanks than I do. I’m not sure if I want to be offensive in this war, because I don’t think that nuclear war is that way to do things. However, when escalation happens I know that NATO will have to fight back unless we want territory taken from us. 

Great Britain 2 Day 1,

Thoughts: This was a very short day (10 minutes) so not a lot happened. The Soviet Union gave a confusing speech, but the core of the speech was that they were cutting off supply in Berlin. So our people in Berlin were hopeless, they couldn’t get any supplies and would die out soon. Also, both sides initiated “Launch on Warning” which meant that whoever sent the missiles first would have some sent right back to them immediately. We turned this on because if the Warsaw Pact sent anything our way, they needed to pay and have our missiles launched to them. That way none of the Warsaw missiles would hit ours. Basically we wanted to be able to send everything we had if it got to that point. I still hope that none of us reach DEFCON 1, however it could very easily happen. 

Strategy: Our strategy this day was simple and short. All we did was turn on our “Launch on Warning” and told the Soviet Union we wanted to keep peace. The US and Canada sent troops to West Germany. This could end badly tho, because this would make West Germany a bigger target. My strategy is still the same: I’m going to sit still until NATO needs me, or until I have to be brought into the war. This is because I don’t want my country to suffer if it’s not even needed. Nuclear weapons are TERRIBLE and they cause terrible destruction anywhere they go. So yes, of course I want to prevent putting my country in the risk of being devastated by such missiles. 

Great Britain 2 Day 2,

Thoughts: This day was a little bit confusing and devastating all in one. Escalation increased dramatically when both sides increased their DEFCON every single turn. The Soviet Union was putting us in a trap of back and forth warfare, NATO could see that they would not be able to win in the end because the Warsaw Pact was too strong. The position they put us in forced us to go to DEFCON 1 and nuke the whole country. Since “Launch on Warning” was on for the Warsaw Pact, we knew that this would devastate our countries as well. Either way we knew that our side would suffer, so we made sure the other side suffered as well. This may not have been the right way to handle things

Strategy: Our strategy was to protect our countries in NATO. If that meant that we needed to increase the DEFCON, then that’s what we did. Our alliances stuck together through the end. Even though we initiated the complete destruction of the countries in the Warsaw pact, we did it because there was nothing else we could do. They did not want to make peace and they were not going to stop taking our territories and our large missiles. The Soviet Union started this conflict, and regretfully we had to end it. 

WWII Simulation Journal: Japan

Japan 3 1938

The war begins. The axis powers begin with a strong miitary which is an advantage, but to make this work our movement and battle plans need to happen at the right time. We cant lose our troops and or navy. Within the Axis powers we will be taking over the Western United States. Looking into the first year Japans hope is to have China on the Axis power side considering Japan will take over China either way. For the next few years another plan we want to have is the north sea zone so that people cant go through it without battling the Axis powers. Lets see what the next year brings. 

Japan 3 1939

One year went by the axis powers were able to understand the advantage the Allies have. Japans first plan to take over the western United states was successful. It turned out to be that China will not be aligning with the axis powers instead, China is now the Allies. As Japan looks through this, China will be taken over with or without being allied withing the axis powers. Looking into the next year Japan is looking into taking over China and its territory, its never too late for china to allie with the Axis powers, maybe after we take over Chinas territory China will have doubts about who thy decided to be alliances with. 

Japan 3 1940

The allied powers had many new alliances this year, where we were still looking for China. China is at a disadvantage not becoming an alliance with the Axis Powers with that being said, Japan will take over China without a doubt. This year French indo China became part of Japan. Japan gained Natural reosufces such as iron ore and coal, from that territory. Japan is agresseivie because of the short supply of natural resources so gaining some was pleasing. Japan wants to be powerful, and a strong country and to do that Japan needs the natural resources. 

Japan 3 1941

It turns out that the United States will and can not become an alliance with anyone from the Axis Powers, so The Untied States aligns with the Allied Powers. Japan will be conquering their way through china and land will be taken. Japan is in need of resources. As Japan conquers, they become victorious gaining Burma as theirs and with that Rubber was gained. Although Japan wants more resources and is very aggressive for them, this helps out their country. Going through the Dutch east indies Japan conques New Guenie and with that come more resources such as rubber! USSR is looking strong and attacking Japans land, but Japan will do anything and everything to keep it. USSR comes for Japan, Japan will be coming for USSR in years to come!!

Japan 3 1942

The Axis powers continue. Although USSR continues for Japan, Japan will be thinking deeply to come up with the best strategy to take them down. Not only will Japan look to take USSR, but also China. Within in Japans plans, it takes over India and become victorious. A struggling battle happened up in Manchuko between Japan and USSR and this territory was taking over and Japan did not keep it. Looking towards the years to come Japan has plans to conquer USSR and China, but it only takes time. Japan also will be planning to conquer Asia with the help of the Axis powers. Japan is strong and powerful and trying to have no doubts!!

Japan 3 1943

The new year starts and right off the bat, Japan takes Northwest China and Tibet China. ALL of China has now been taken over by Japan. Japan also takes over Austrailia from the Allies, the Allies did very little defending. The Allies are trying and planning to take over Germany, but Germnay is doing everything to block them off and destroy their troops. Germany had to defend along with Poland and Denmark. The United States has an adavantage becasue of their abiblty to moblize. Moving through the war, the coming plans are to take over USSR. It only takes time. The Axis Powers are hoping this next year will be a good one. The plan is to move into Arabia and Iran and move our way up. Lets see what 1944 brings!

Japan 3 1944

It is Japan and Germnays hope to have good outcomes in this war. We plan to start closing in and taking over USSR. Japan begins taking over Arabia and moving our Navy, following we will move into Iran. No territry that Japan has was lost in this war. Looking into closing into USSR we are hopeful we can take it over. We have to think smart fully knowing they want to come after Germnay and take it over. With only one year left, we have hope, but one thing is the USA and their ability to moblize and bring in more and more troops to help out the Allies. We are happy to say it was a good year for us as we were able to accomplish our plan and  move forward in the war, the last year is yet to come!

Japan 3 1945

The end of world war 2 is coming and the Axis powers are not doubtful. I think the Allies may be a bit worried. This year the Axis Powers are aiming to take as much land as possible. Japan is moving into take Eastern USSR and that was success along with taking the Philipines and the Allies did very little defending. Japans final moves were aking voer part of the middle East to help the Axis powers to vicotry. Germany and its high rating were successful in holding of the Allies from trying to take over Germany. This was a a long war and the Axis Powers have very few regrets in the plans they have made let led them to a victory!

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