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World War 1 Simulation Student Journals: Greece, Montenegro, Serbia

World War I Simulation

Period 4  Serbia 1913:

I want to mobilize my troops so each year I will get more new troops and they will get stronger. I thought that was a good idea because what isn’t good about getting new and improved troops? Once I am mobilize I will keep my alliance with Russia and make sure they will do the same.

Period 4  Greece 1913:

It sucks because I can’t mobilize my troops. I have a feeling that staying neutral is going to be hard. If I get attacked, I am going to want people to defend me. I am a smaller country so countries will probably want to attack me, and I can’t make allies witch stinks because they could help defend me. I want to stay neutral and thats what I plan to do.

Period 4  Montenegro 1913:

I have made a little plan that may work if my allies will work with me. I plan to have Great Britain and France send over some sea troops for me. That will make me stronger, also, I could send them over to Serbia, if I wanted to. Going to try my best to retain my territory so no one can can take me over!!

Period 4  Serbia 1914:

The start of this was bizarre. Austria Hungary wants to declare war! I thought it was a good idea to mobilize my troops so we were ready for war. My plan is to side with and honor Russia, they have many troops and they can supply a large army with little industrialization. I want to become allies with as many countries as I can so we can take down Austria Hungary! I want to destroy Austria Hungary, may the best country win!!

Period 4  Greece 1914:

I can’t really do anything at this point because I need to stay neutral and not join anyone; when I could be helping them. I really think that I am going to get attacked and I am gong to have to go un neutral so other people can try and defend me. I really don’t like that idea but I am scared that that is going to happen… What I plan to do is try my very best to stay neutral until 1917 and then put on an attack on Bulgaria.

Period 4  Montenegro 1914:

Being a small country is a disadvantage because everyone can attack you. Easily. All I need to do is keep my alliances with my allies and have them defend me. If I can have them do that, I should be fine. I can use Great Britain’s navy to help me, also. I won’t be much help towards my allies since I only have 50 troops, but as long as I can convince them to defend me I won’t get taken over.

Period 4  Serbia 1915:

I am working my best on taking over A2 of Austria-Hungary. My allies and I have sort of made a mini plan that may work. We were planning on moving in a ton of troops in to take over A3 and if we win that it will be a breeze to take over A2. Then, we can takeover A2 and there will be no way for them to win that.

Period 4  Greece 1915:

I only have 1 more day that I have to stay neutral! One more day and I can side with the allied powers and retain my part of Bulgaria! We are waiting patiently for this to happen. Once we takeover Bulgaria, We can take over the rest of Ottoman Empire!! As long as no one sets an attack on me, I am set and ready to attack.

Period 4  Montenegro 1915:

I feel like everyone forgets about me, because I am so small. It’s a good thing that I have Great Britain’s and France’s navy to defend me. I also have Serbia and Italy and h=everyone else surrounding me to help defend me so I can retain my territory. I will try and help out Serbia has much as I can with the 50 troops I have.

Period 4  Serbia 1916: 

So our plan worked really good at first. Some of our troops just aren’t strong enough. Russia hasn’t been a big help for me since his troops are weak. I have gotten attacked twice and won both times since my troops are strong. I am still waiting on the perfect time to attack part A2 of Austria-Hungary.

Period 4  Greece 1916:

Tomorrow I can finally join the allied powers! Serbia, Romania, and I will takeover Bulgaria, then I can take my part of Bulgaria. I have made it this far, I can end this and be victorious and get what I want!!

Period 4  Montenegro 1916:

I seriously think it was a good idea just to keep my mouth shut, because no one has even thought about taking me over. I have done everything in my objectives so far, so I am on a pretty good track right now. If Serbia gets attacked, I plan on sending my troops over into there to help them out. Even Greece could help out too, And Romania! We all need to stay together so we can all be just one little mini country.

Period 4  Serbia 1917:

I have finally taken over A2 of Austria-Hungary! I knew our team could work together and get what we wanted! We better be prepared for tomorrow because Germany is going to attack right away and try to attain that territory back. If they are smart they will just start trying to follow their objectives and do whatever they need to do. But since I have taken over A2 I can unite all the Slavs in the Balkans into one nation. Since Greece has joined the allied powers I can use their country to secure an outlet to the Aegean Sea.

Period 4  Greece 1917:

I have joined the allied powers! It’s becoming to the end and I am ready to win this war. I am ready to take down Bulgaria. It really stinks that I can’t mobilize my troops so I can get more, but I’m confident that I will be able to get what I want and be just fine. As long as Serbia and Romania can help me out.

Period 4  Montenegro 1917:

I lost all my 50 troops to help Serbia. I helped weaken the Austrians so Serbia could get a better attack. If I get attacked I am surrounded by all my alliances so they can all help me out. Since Serbia took over that small part of Austria I am part of one small nation.

Period 4  Serbia 1918:

I saw this coming… But I am so proud that I made it this far. I got part of Austria-Hungary, I did everything that I needed to do. Then on the very last day, I got taken over. There was absolutely nothing I could do about it.. None of my allies could help me and I didn’t have enough troops to fight. If I would have had a little more troops I could possibly made it out.. I am very proud how well I and the rest of my team did though.

Period 4  Greece 1917:

I did everything I possibly can. It sucked that I couldn’t mobilize my troops and that I had to stay neutral for so long. There was nothing I could do to save my country and my allies couldn’t help me either. I made it all the way tim the very last day where I couldn’t do anything to save my country Because they moved 1 troop into every country around me.

Period 4  Montenegro 1918:

Well, I don’t know what to say about this battle. We did so well, and then at the very end there just wasn’t anything we could do. I gave up all my troops to help Serbia out, and then that left me with no troops which wasn’t a very good plan. Just like the other countries I couldn’t do anything, no one could help me. But, I made it so long just like the other countries with getting taken over until the very last minute.

World War I Simulation Student Journal: France 3

World War I Simulation

France 1913

Today is our first day as a country. We have just gotten word that Serbia has just killed the Austrian Arch duke. Our objectives are to regain G2 from Germany, and also regain the Alsace & lorraine from Germany. We are supposed to honor our alliances with Russia and Great Britain. Carolyn and I think that an Alliance with Montenegro would be the best thing for France. The only bad thing about our objectives is that we have to be neutral with Belgium. Which is kind of hard because they are all by themselves and don’t have anyone to help them in battle.


Rose Warrington

France 1914

Day 1

Today we started the simulations, and we immediately made alliances with tons of countries. First even before class started we had Italy approach us and ask if we wanted to have a secret alliance. We thought about it and we deiced that it was a good idea if we were going to get the Dardanelles strait back from the ottoman empire. So we decided to think about making an alliance with Bulgaria and Romania and Greece to gain the territory back. In our booklet it also said that we need to make an alliance with Montenegro, we asked the President and she said yes but in secret. We also discussed inviting his other country Serbia in the alliance and we decided to. Now in today’s world Austria Hungary’s Archduke was killed by a Serbian nationalist group. Serbia is denying everything that has happened and France is very grateful. At the end of class, I was thinking about how we also have to take back a piece of land in the Germany territory.

Day 2

Today we found out that Germany is going to try and take over the Andantes forest. Great Britain gave us 200 troops and we Belgium 82 troops to move into Germany faster. Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia and lost, then they declared war on Russia and lost horrifically. The ottoman empire took over Bulgaria and now its going to be tougher to gain the Dardanelles strait.


Rose Warrington

France 1915

Today we are thinking about moving into Germany and hopefully taking over the Ardennes forest, there are less troops in Germany G2 than there was in 1914. We declared war on Germany and lost greatly. The other central powers are declaring war on Germany and Austrian empire.

Italy attacked A1 in the Austrian empire and lost epically but made most of Austrians troops disappear. Germany declared war on us, and great Britain helped us but  we ended up losing F1. After we lost F1 Russia tried to take over O1 but lost drastically.  Now we are scrambling to make a good move to not wipe out our country. Japan made their first move also, we asked them if they wanted an alliance and they said no, because they want to stay neutral.


Rose Warrington

France 1916

The ottoman empire took back O2 with 1 troop and no fighting, seth didn’t really care if they took it back. Serbia attacked A2 and was victorious and now Russia and Romania are thinking about attacking A3.  Austria Hungary has a very good army so I don’t know what will happen with Romania. After the battle the Allied powers lost. We are now moving our navy to the Atlantic ocean.

So after all of the war Japan decided to take the german colonies in China. So after Russia took A1 Germany tried to take back A1 but failed, epically. Then Russia moved 400 troops to Romania and that’s going help with I think what’s going to happen next year


Rose Warrington

France 1917

In 1917 Germany has looked to Mexico for help, which I don’t know how that would help them when they are halfway across the Glob. Today the ottoman empire and Germany decided to attack Romania, after the battle the Central powers were victorious. This year the United states can finally help us! Great Britain tried to take our F1 back from Germany and failed and lost around 2000 troops. Now our allied power Italy just got attacked by Germany and Austria Hungary, they lost greatly they are now in the same boat as us. Ottoman Empire took over Greece for more resources. And we just got done helping  move 753 troops from great Britain into F3.  Hopefully that will help us next year.


Rose Warrington

France 1918

Today is the last year in the war and I’m very nervous that we will not get F1 back from Germany. The one objective we are hoping to gain back F1 this year, if that’s the last thing we do. The Austrian empire declared war on Serbia and in the A2 territory, Serbia and A2 were lost to the allied powers.

Our first attempt to try and take back F1. The US, Great Britain and 50 of our troops were used. Surprisingly we lost, we though we would have won because we did all of the math dealing with troops and winning chances. Germany attacked F2 and we lost without a fight we deiced to not fight back because we only have a limited amount of troops. The battle Germany tried to take over R3 and lost all 200 troops that he brought with him. After that battle Russia Used all of his troops and tried to take over G3 will all of his troops and lost all of them to Germany. We helped, with our 10 troops in North Africa, take back Greece because he needed to keep his country. The US helped us get back F1 in a battle that wiped out most of Germany’s troops! And that ended the war. We are grateful to at least have the Capital back.


World War I Simulation Student Journal: Russia 3

World War I Simulation

Russia 3 1913

Our first goal is to mobilize our troops and move on the Ottomans. We have to capture the Dardanelles Strait for resupplying our troops. Hopefully the Ottomans haven’t been talking to Germany. I’ve made an unofficial alliance with Germany, with us both having agreed to not attack each other directly unless we are called in by an alliance. Austria-Hungary is the wild card though.

I think once we have conquered the Ottomans, the next step is to contain Austria-Hungary. I’ve been asking other Allied countries if they’d be willing to help me by sending troops. If they attack Serbia, which they are likely to do, it will drag both Russia and Germany into war. I know Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece are all afraid of the Central Powers, so I’m planning on making an alliance with them. Hopefully I can unite them to fight against the inevitable Austro-Hungarian invasion. One of my objectives is to keep Bessarabia from Romania, so I’m assuming that capturing it is one of Romania’s objectives. I’ll have to keep a close eye on them. They don’t have many troops though, so I’m not too afraid of them.

I’ve told France to push in against Germany, as this will force Germany to focus on the western front. Just because I can’t attack them directly doesn’t mean I can’t hinder their efforts. I’ll probably send a few hundred troops to help France, as it is imperative that I maintain my alliance with them.

Russia 3 1914

It was a good year. Austria-Hungary made a costly mistake. For some reason they attacked me at my strongest point. I think they were trying to bait me into an attack, but I’m not dumb enough to do that. Tensions were high between Austria-Hungary and Germany after that mistake. Unfortunately, Bulgaria has been conquered by the Ottomans. This delays my plan to wipe out the Ottomans completely.

While the Central Powers were meeting to discuss their plans, I called a meeting of the Allied forces and neutral powers. I’m fairly sure that we have united the rest of the world against the Central Powers. The only country I’m not entirely sure about is the US. They are maintaining a strict isolationist policy. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be winning and they’ll opt to join the victors.

The plan is for France to push as hard as they can on the Western front, with Britain contributing troops to help. Britain will also send troops my way in order to help me conquer the Ottomans as quickly as possible. Once the neutral countries can officially join the war, they will help to close in on Austria-Hungary and Germany.

Russia 3 1915

Absolute catastrophe for the Allied Forces. France was taken, which puts a big barrier in plans. This will effectively eliminate a large portion of the western front. I tried to make my move on the Ottoman capital, but it was a disaster. We lost by a small amount. This is awful. My troop rating has finally gone down to a 1. My army is basically worthless. I can’t move against the Ottomans again, so I’m basically forced to play a more passive role in the war, sending my troops to reinforce when needed. It’s going to be super hard to take France back if I can’t distract the German troops. If I try to move in at all, my army will be crushed.

Russia 3 1916

This was a very passive year for Russia. We’re basically just amassing troops near our borders in order to deter attackers. They don’t know that our rating is a 1, so hopefully they will be scared of us. I’ve basically just been serving in an advisory war. We’re going to try to use the British and French navies to ferry troops in from Britain. Next year America will be in the war, so we will ferry their troops over.

Russia 3 1917

America officially joined the war this year. The Central Powers also started closing in on the Balkans. I’ve sent some of my troops to help defend, but with my low rating it’s almost impossible to contribute anything meaningful. Once again, I’m just trying to help the other Allied countries develop plans for how we’ll move forward. Our first attempt to liberate France didn’t work out, but it led to severe casualties on all sides. Britain also moved to destroy the German navy. Austria-Hungary took Italy, but I’m not too concerned with them.

Russia 3 1918

The final year was bittersweet. Using the combined forces of the US, Britain, and France, we liberated France after two hard fought battles. Serbia was finally taken over by the Austrians. I tried to take some troops away from the German capital, but since my army was so undersupplied, it was a suicide mission. All 5000 of my troops perished. Seeing this weakness, the Ottomans invaded me. Knowing that it was the end of the war, I decided to throw all I could into defending, even though I knew that it was impossible to win. This is one decin I regret, as it led to the collapse of Russia at the last possible moment. If I had kept some troops behind, I would have remained.

World War 1 Simulation Student Journal: Italy 3

World War One Simulation

Italy 3 1913

Today is orientation day. I, as President of Italy have to try my hardest to follow my duties as one. Today I have made a secret alliance with France and also with the Ottoman Empire. The objectives I have to complete, so far, are on schedule. My feelings for the coming years are mixed. My foreign minister and I will continue to make the necessary arrangements to fulfill our objectives. Next year may not be so promising, things may get tricky. But as for now, France and Italy (I) have come up with a plan to get what the both of us want, without harming each other.

Italy 3 1914

News has come that Archduke has been killed.  This is causing an uproar for may places. There are reports that Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Germany, and Russia has mass mobilization of troops. Is there really going to be a war? As President of Italy I plan to stay neutral.  Serbia has said they are not taking the blame for the Archduke’s death. Austria-Hungary has stated “anyone with sour feelings to join the winning side.” No one is quite sure what is going to happen now, since there is so many alliances. But as for now, we are staying out of this conflict.

– Side note – I have made a Public alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary. I still have not figured out if that was the smartest move for Italy. But since I have to gain land from places now ruled by Austria-Hungary, I may have good back up, since I have France, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire. Although, Germany seems to be on the side of Austria-Hungary. My foreign minister, France’s foreign minister, and I have conducted a meeting and we have discussed plans for how they will open back up the canal from the Aegean Sea zone to the Black Sea zone. We may need to hold that off until we have gotten our land back from Austria-Hungary. Because then we will still have trust with other people we allied with. Then once we have gotten our land back, France, (possibly) Germany, and the Ottoman Empire will still have our backs.

– Side note #2 – I have made an alliance with Russia and Great Britain. Russia and the smaller countries, also including Italy, have made a plan to condense Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary just tried to take Russia and Serbia,  and lost. Austria-Hungary although did take Bulgaria, and Bulgaria joined them. This year Germany is very angry with Austria-Hungary, because their army is very down, because of their loss in battles. Russia has a strong plan for Austria-Hungary. This year Russia also took over parts of the Ottoman Empire. As President still, it is my duty to try and take back parts of Italy, even if that means going against an alliance.

Italy 3 1915

We just joined the Allied Powers. Even though we had/have an alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary. Today we are moving in on our parts of Austria-Hungary.

– Italy moved into Tyrol of Austria-Hungaryand took a decent loss. We were planing on a good win, because I moved 1500 troops to that zone. When they had 1024, but they must have a slightly better rating then we do. But I give it to us, we tried. That was my attempt to get back that part of Austria-Hungary. Now thinking back, it was not very smart idea on my part. Italy cannot relay on France anymore, because Germany took over Belgium and in the process of that, Germany also took over France. Leaving them with very low supplies and not many options. I’m not sure what is the better idea, leave France behind or help them take back control. Conflict is rising with Russia and the  Central Powers, as Russia tried to take the rest over the Ottoman Empire and failed. Now Germany is really out for them. Italy has future plans with Serbia to move into to lower part of Austria-Hungary and take that over, or at least attempt to. This may be difficult to pull off since they have a large surrounding force, but hopefully they move some of those troops out with the next coming year, then it will be more likely to work in my favor.

– Side note – News has come that the Lusitania has been sunk. Not sure how this will effect the the next few years.

Italy 3 1916

This is the perfect time to try and take over Austria-Hungary’s parts for Italy. Austria just tried to attack the northern part of Italy, we maintained our land, but not by much. I as president have been able to maintain the original Italy. This will go towards one of my many objectives I have to maintain. There are only a few things left to do. Things are starting to get tricky with Germany and Austria-Hungary.

– Italy and Serbia just took Trieste form Austria, not by much however. We may lose it again, since we don’t have the troops there to back the land up. Germany tried to take back Trieste and lost, again not by much.  This means that Italy just gained back some of their land, now we just need Tyrol. Italy has already made a good attempt to try and get this back already. But if we are able, we will try again.

Italy 3 1917

Russia and Great Britain just tried to help France get their lands back. Russia and Great Britain took out a number of Germany’s forces, however not enough to win. So France still hasn’t got their land back. Unfortunately Germany and Austria just moved in a total of around 2000 troops into Italy to my 1400 and some. My mistake as president, I should have thought this through more, was moving my 22 troops I had left in Trieste, back into the capital of Italy. That was definitely a wrong move, because now Italy has zero troops. If I would have left them, then maybe someone would have come and taken Italy back, I could have troops left to put back in there and then I would have gotten more back to defend with.

– Clearly there was no way for me to win this war, especially since Germany brought in their troops. I was a sitting duck. I figured that this would happen sooner or later. Just wish it hadn’t. I can definitely say I tried to maintain a our original Italy, it even cost me all my troops. So this definitely wasn’t a lack of trying. I at least tried to complete all of the tasks assigned to me. Italy doesn’t have a lot more that they can do. 

Italy 3 1918

Italy is not fully out of the game, but still not in the game by much. Although, I don’t think that anyone is going to bring us back. Well the United States just helped take back the capital of France for them. This is the last day of the war and no one is willing to help bring back Italy. No one is really able to bring it back either. Germany/Austria-Hungary (Central powers) just barely won the WWI. Italy still has a tiny army and all the navy that they started with. Italy was able to maintain its original territory up until 1917. We were also able to at least attempt to get all of their objectives. The thing that I would have done differently though, to maybe have still been in the fight. I would have not tried to get Tyrol right away in the game, so my troops would have been built up.  Then, when Germany/Austria’s troops were  low, because of all their battles, I could have really gotten Tyrol. Still having a decent amount of troops left to defend with. That is what I should have done.

World War One Simulation Student Journal: Great Britain 3

World War I Simulation

Great Britain 3 1913

Although the simulation has not truly begun, strategies are already under way and actions are being taken to get a head start in the game. As Great Britain, we are already allied with the nations of France, Portugal, and Belgium. To strengthen the force of the Allies and accomplish our main objectives, we believed it was in our best interest to also secure alliances with Russia, Serbia, and Montenegro. With the widespread fear of a great and unavoidable conflict in the near future, we have currently begun to mobilize our troops. We have made contact with the United States as well about an alliance, but their final decision has yet to be determined. There is great concern that the Central Powers are planning world domination, but all we know for now is that Europe is under a lot of pressure at the moment, and who knows how it’s about to go down.

Great Britain 3 1914

It’s 1914, and the “great war” has begun! Surprisingly, us Allies are off to a great start. The Central Powers came out this year with aggressive attacks toward Belgium and Russia, however, both attempts to take Allied territory failed! Unbelievable! Plus, on the even brighter side, we have now enforced a secret alliance with Italy. Although the United States has still not responded to our suggested alliance, we’re starting to believe that they simply want to remain neutral, and have no desire to assist the Central Powers. Our strategy now is to move enough troops with our navy down to French North Africa and across the second Mediterranean Sea zone to aid Russia in defeating the Ottoman Empire. By conquering the Dardanelles Strait, we would be able supply Russia with more foreign resources, as states one of our main objectives, and increase the power of the Allies. Ready or not Ottoman Empire, here we come!

Great Britain 3 1915

1915 was certainly a devastating year for us Allied powers. Seriously, it’s as if the Central Powers completely turned their luck of around and handed us the worst of it! Not once could us Allies successfully gain or defend territory at war. Germany overtook Belgium and part of France, while the Ottoman Empire shocked the world by holding off a massive Allied invasion in attempt to secure the Dardanelles Strait for Russia. All in all, we lost a lot of troops, but the Allies have to reorganize and stop the German advances on France. With Portugal and Italy now officially on our side, I believe we can do it! However, until we can restore order in France and Belgium, this will be our number one priority!

Great Britain 3 1916

For the Allied Powers (now consisting of Great Britain, France, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Portugal, Italy, French North Africa, Libya, Egypt, and Romania), 1916 was not a particularly successful year, but compared to 1915, we’d certainly say it was acceptable. Overall there wasn’t much gained from either side, although just because Great Britain didn’t play a big role in combat this year doesn’t mean we don’t have something huge planned. That’s right, HUGE. Whether Germany can see it coming or not, all of Great Britain’s navy now sits in the Atlantic Ocean zone, as all we did was unite our navy groups into one. This is perfect, because not only are there no German subs around us, but Great Britain is loaded with troops. Now, with the help of our new partner in alliance- the United States!- and the French navies, we plan to throw everything we can into liberating France and Belgium from German control. We know there are only two ways this can end, great victory or devastating defeat. When 1917 comes, I guess there’ll only be one way to find out!

Great Britain 3 1917

Disaster… complete disaster! Yes, unfortunately, our invasion force of +2000 troops in attempt to take back the French capital was unsuccessful. The Allies certainly outnumbered them, however, it’s no secret that Germany has the most advanced army in the world, and we just simply could not overpower them. Luckily for us we kept the US out the conflict, otherwise we would have just lost more troops. As of now, the Central Powers have seized both the French and Italian capitals, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece. With 1918 bringing an end to the simulation, we basically have one last shot at redemption. There’s no way we’ll be able to defeat the Central Powers, but the nation of Great Britain is going to give it everything we have one last time to liberate France and Belgium. Since we destroyed the German navy and will receive reinforcement from both the United States and Russia, all the Allied Powers can say is that we’re not going down without a fight!

Great Britain 3 1918

1918, the final year of the war. Although the simulation was to come to an end this year, all nations across the continent of Europe fought to the very end! The Central Powers were relentless with their continental invasions, ending the war having conquered Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Italy. However, the greatest news was that, thanks to American and French support, we were able to liberate the French capital from German control! That, at least to us, was a major accomplishment! Unfortunately, Russia paid the price for us by going all out and losing their entire army to the German and Austria-Hungarian forces  As sorry as we are for them, we hope that they know we couldn’t finished the war the way we did without them. So… who really won the war? That’s a tough question, and while both sides would debate it was them over the other, in the end, it truly took its toll on all of Europe and left a lasting impact across the world.

World War I Simulation Student Journal: Ottoman Empire 3

World War I Simulation

Ottoman Empire 3 1913

It is the year of 1913, we have lost a lot of territory due to Russia and other countries. We hope to regain Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania throughout this war. Great Britain’s Egypt has taking our interest as well. the navy of Japan and great Britain might also be an issue down the road. Maybe we can get an alliance going with the U.S. in their powerful navy. My biggest concern is Russia. They took something very important from me, and I want it back. I might take a lot more from them in the process. I don’t think they have the guts to strike first, since they might be focusing on bigger issues. Only time will tell.

Ottoman Empire 3 1914

Turns out I was completely mistaken. After we successfully took Bulgaria, Russia did go on the offensive and manage to take some of my territory. Egypt is most likely out of the picture for the time being. Our main focus now is getting back what we lost.

Ottoman Empire 3 1915

It’s a miracle, perhaps one of the happiest years in Ottoman Empire history! We held off the Russian invasion on our capital, and took out a lot of Russian troops in the process. We even held off a smaller British invasion on our capital. It will be a day that we will cherish forever. But now it time to take the offensive. First the opportunity to take back our lost land is wide open, and will also see if we can get an alliance going with Greece.

Ottoman Empire 3 1916

Not a lot happened in the year of 1916,  just a lot of replenishing and strategizing. Were still working on a Alliance with Greece, we might have to be more forceful with them eventually. Romania is in our future as well. We will soon look to try an advance on Russia as well.

Ottoman Empire 3 1917

So it turns out Greece was working with the enemy the whole time. We took our first opportunity to strike and succeeded. Then we figured why stop now and manage to take Romania with the help of German allies. It’s all turning around for the Ottoman Empire and the Central Powers as a whole. Germany seems to be holding things down in the west, and Russia is getting weaker by the minute. Our next move, Russia.

Ottoman Empire 3 1918

With taking the Crimson back from Russia the main plain, we decided to help our allies take Serbia. With a easily accomplished victory on Serbia, We were ready to attack Russia. They ended up helping us out tremendously by attacking Germany weakening their army badly. We attacked and with the help of our allies Germany and Austria-Hungary, we succeeded. A glorious day for the Ottoman Empire and the Central Powers. Sadly with suffered losing Greece because of  a small invasion of French soldiers with no men defending it. With just too little of time left we were no able to rush back and retake it, the war had ended. But overall, this was a time period of tremendous success for the Ottoman Empire. They nearly doubled their previous territory, and managed to take back everything they lost during previous wars. Major success for the Central Powers.

World War 1 Simulation Student Journal Austria-Hungary 3

World War I Simulation

Day 1 (Austria-Hungary, 3, 1913/1914)

We are thinking about taking over Romania, Serbia, and Italy. We have already made an alliance with Romania and Germany. We are thinking about making an alliance with the US, Italy, and Bulgaria. Today we had to give a speech because troops are mobilizing and we gave an explanation that we had strong alliances and justice allowing more representatives. We decided to mobilize our troops.

Day 2 (Austria-Hungary, 3, 1914)

Today we are planing on starting out to take over (attack) Bulgaria and Italy with the help of Germany, but hitting Russia first. We haven’t made any new allies but are waiting on a response from the US still. We are helping the Ottoman Empire defend so they can take over Egypt and Libya.

We have attacked Serbia and Russia and used all of our troops from A2 and A3. When my partner was filing out the slip of attack, I didn’t agree with sending all of our troops but one. It was going to be a lose, and like I thought, we lost. Germany is now angry with us and I can’t help but agree with them.

After the attack, the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria, Germany, and us had a meeting. It was for the most part yelling at my partner about his bad move. After that, we talked a little about our next moves. Germany has lost trust now in our president and his decisions.

Day 3 (Austria-Hungary, 3, 1915)

I am running the show by myself today. The first step I did was even out our troops in our territories. This was the most important to me because if we didn’t have a good defense, we could lose our territory. Later on, I helped protect Germany’s G2 by sending troops over when they were getting attacked. This was honoring our alliance with them and hope to have the same in return some day.

Today we were also attacked by Italy. I sent some more troops over to help protect and won the battle and kept my territory. I will not be in battle tomorrow due to me being gone but was panning on taking over Italy after we got more troops. I am leaving a note for the president. I also talked to the US again today to see what they are thinking about on an alliance, and they are still undecided.

Day 4 (Austria-Hungary, 3, 1916)

Today we lost our A2 territory and had to regroup at A1 to help protect the rest of the country. We united with Germany to attack Italy and destroy their reinforcements, but were unsuccessful.

The US finally came to a decision, and partnered with the allies which was bad mistake because we  are conquering territory fast and will eventually wipe them out. We also attacked Serbia today because Germany told us we had to eliminate them and were yet again unsuccessful.

Day 5 (Austria-Hungary, 3, 1917)

My partner and I today plan on taking back our territory (A2) since it is one of our objectives to keep our original territory, once Italy is taken over. Other than this, we have nothing else really planned beside defend.

When we attacked Italy, we won and took out all their troops. We ended short today but plan on taking over the rest of Italy and our territory tomorrow. Germany will be gone, so we have to play it by hear.

Day 6 (Austria-Hungary, 3, 1918)

Today is the lat day of war and we plan on taking back A2 and attacking F2. Other than this, our day is going to be pretty settle since we don’t have the most troops.

We ended up taking back A2. We also attacked F1 and got the territory but was later taken back by the US. We helped defend G3 for Germany and won. We also attacked F2 but lost the battle. Later on, we plan on taking over Greece.

In the end, we ended up getting the territory of R3. We ran out of time so we didn’t get to attack F2, but we would have won since there were only 10 British troops there. In all, we won World War I!

World War One Simulation Student Journal: United States 3

World War One Simulation

Period 3

United States 3 1913

The industrialization of Europe has led to competitive conflicts to arise. Who is better than who? To think that Europe has been at peace for nearly 100 years, and is now prospering! Of course, no peace lasts. The world has been growing in everything: population, economy, tension, etc. Some country’s egos have been getting too big for their country (i.e. Britain and France), and have spread. The countries of Europe want what everyone else has, and don’t seem to agree.

This is a war waiting to happen. Tempers have been going through the roof. People being intimidated by other countries. Europe’s conflicts resembles a bomb: the pieces of C4 and wiring are being added, and we are one step away from bloodshed and calamity.

Period 3

United States 3 1914

The period of peace in Europe was too good to be true. The Archduke of Austria-Hungary was shot and killed on June 28th, 1914. A Serbian nationalist decided that he could spark a war between the countries of Europe by firing a shot at a politician and his wife. Due to the fact that we trade with Europe quite a bit, the United States is worried that this conflict will leak over into our government and people.

There have been rumors that the United States is already a target in this war. Germany and the Central Powers are the ones that we have heard are aiming for our country. As we are hoping to stay away from a war, and Europe has it’s own issues, we want to stay in the background. That is, unless we are attacked. This is our home, and you protect your home. The problem with this rumor? Austria-Hungary has proposed a secret alliance for us to back them at the end of the war when their military is stretched thin.

We have been warned by many different countries that Austria-Hungary a slippery country, and that they are not to be trusted. They think that we are, in fact, considering an alliance with Austria-Hungary. What they don’t know is that our aim is to let everyone else wear themselves out to the minimum. When the Central Powers’ numbers are down, we would come into France and back the French and British armies. Through that, we should be able to overpower the Central Powers.

The problem with that is that it is wishful thinking. If we were to turn down Austria-Hungary’s alliance, we could be setting ourselves up for war. We have mobilized which was required. With the Central Powers and Allies (Great Britain asked for one as well) asking for an alliance between them and the U.S., we are one bad move away from joining this war. If so, we would be very conservative with our forces. For a few countries that are at war, we could be the final deciding factor for whether they hold our or fail.

Then again, we have been offered alliances by Russia and Britain within the first steps of the war. If the U.S. were to join now, then we would be going against the objective of staying out and neutral until 1917. We cannot risk our forces this early in the war, but they are within our sights in the future. The problem with this is whether we turn them away or not. If we turn them away now, we could dig ourselves a hole. They won’t forget that we turned them down. Pretty words may be enough to turn them away, but that mask would only last so long. They won’t declare war on us, assuming that they would think better of it.

If we were to accept, we could possibly stress our military so early on that we couldn’t get back on our feet later on. Joining now would mean that other countries rely on us or use us as a crutch (depending on the size of the country’s military). Due to the fact that no one can be trusted at this point or any point farther, I think that pretty words and self defense is what is keeping us out of this war.

If we accept no alliances, then hopefully we can soon approach France, Britain, or Russia about an alliance. 1914 is too early to hop in the war train, but they will eventually need our help. This strategy is not a new one, and I’m sure that the Central Powers are in the same mindset: wait until everyone is too tired to continue.

The United States has come up with the final strategy for 1914-15: Turn down alliances in 1914, but create secret alliances with France and Great Britain in 1915. This allows for us to negotiate our terms of an alliance, while helping them defend themselves. This helps us achieve two of our objectives: remain neutral until 1917, and work secretly with the Allies. Come in strong, and through France.

Another strategy that come into the U.S.’s sights today is sparking a fire between Germany and Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary was acting extremely reckless today, and Germany was getting angry realizing that they would have to use more troops to gain land back. How does this lead to a new strategy? Austria-Hungary offered an alliance, but has yet to ask whether we have made a decision. When he asks, the United States explains that unless Germany can make amends with the Austria-Hungarian Empire, we cannot join without Germany backing us. This would cause Austria-Hungary to blame Germany’s outburst for our loss of interest in an alliance. Germany would fire back that it was their reckless behavior that made Germany lose their cool, causing a back-and-forth between 2/3 of the Central Powers. Whether it will work or not depends on how Germany cools down, and how Austria-Hungary plays the rest of the war.

Period 3

United States 3 1915

Since we cannot join the war until 1917, we decided not to have any kind of alliance in 1915 or 1916. The thought of people dragging us into the war makes us a bit uneasy, and would defeat our objective. Our best bet is to be subtle, but show no opinion. The second part of that bet is making alliances with France and Great Britain in late 1916, early 1917. After 1916, the U.S. has a feeling that they will be worn down and in dire need of help.

On the other hand, Germany’s bold move against France just took 3,000 out of their military. While it’s easier for Germany to throw soldiers at the war, that is a pretty big chunk of the military gone in one day. A certain source has let me know their official ranking for their military, and it’s two points higher than the United States. The United States has smaller numbers, but we are just as capable of going behind backs and working with the others to help them strategize.

The United States has been talking with a few of the Allies this year, due to the fact that Germany is becoming bold. They all have things to even out the playing field, they just need to play their cards right. Germany took out the part of Russia’s navy positioned in the Baltic Sea, leaving zone R2 unprotected and vulnerable. That zone went overlooked for a few moments while the U.S. refreshed the browser, but a double take had us sending a subtle message to Russia letting them to defend themselves. While small, the U.S. believes that it will help in the long run.

If Russia was to use all that they had left in 1916, then that could leave a door for the United States to come in and work with everyone to sweep Germany. The only way that this will work is if Russia leaves the war entirely in 1917, like they did in the real World War I, due to the civil war in their country. When they leave, the United States comes in. We will be coming in on the side of the Allies. We will essentially have to fill he hole that Russia left. If Russia were to leave that small crack for the U.S. to come in, then Germany would be trapped back.

The only problem with that strategy is that part of France (F1) has already been taken over. France can no longer mobilize troops. If Germany were to take over the rest of France, then we would have a problem getting into Europe. Without anyone to back us up right there in Europe, we could already be in a bad position in Europe. Great Britain would be a secondary sort, but that would leave parts of Europe completely open to an attack from the Central Powers. A little bird told me the rankings of Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, so I can use those against them somehow, too.

Period 3

United States 3 1916

The United States has been coming under more pressure from France due to the fact that France is stuck. They cannot move, mobilize, or conduct war because they are trapped. They’re becoming desperate, and need help. We cannot help them until 1917. They’re a lost cause as of right now.

Russia is holding back, waiting to see whether civil war will affect them. There is an upside and a downside, and it’s 50/50. The upside is that civil war possibly will not break out in Russia, which means that they are free to help us when 1917 rolls around. They can help us to close in on Germany (who is our biggest opponent) by coming in from the East. The downside is that possibly civil unrest does happen, and the three thousand troops will have gone to waste. It’s not Russia’s fault, and we all should have strategized to figure out a better alternative.

These past few days have been rather… slow. It’s almost as if the countries are waiting for something big to happen, like something to turn the tides of the war in their favor. The other classes all seem to have clear winners, but period three is still stuck at a stalemate. There are people with brilliant minds on both sides, and they have been butting heads. There hasn’t been any backstabbing, not yet anyways. There is no drama. It’s a bit concerning to say the least.

Finally, the United States enters the war tomorrow. We hope to enter through France, but that seems like a terrible strategy at this point. Germany has complete control of F1, with 1888 troops ranking at a 9 or 10. If the United States were to enter with a small number of troops into F3, then Germany could easily wipe us off the map, and then take F3. G2 is unoccupied, so they wouldn’t have any back up. Still, their ranking and numbers are higher than what the U.S. can handle, even with the help of Britain and what is left of France. Essentially, entering through France is not as good as an idea as it seemed.

With the U.S. entering tomorrow, we have begun working with other countries to find the best way to halt Germany’s reign. The U.S. has already been helping other countries strategize, and this is no different. We aren’t even in the war, and Germany is angering us. The way that they treat their allies is more cruel and overpowering than what the U.S. can take. Over the past fews days, the U.S. is only growing more and more agitated. Over the whole war, Germany has made every single country in Europe hate them more than we do. By working together, we can overthrow the Germans and finish this once and for all (hopefully)

Period 3

United States 3 1917

Russia will not be cast into civil war, and the Allies are more than thankful for that. There is still a day after this, so anything can happen really. They may not have the ranking, but they have the numbers that are needed to take out a few of the Central Powers’ troops. Many people have been relying on Russia, including the United States, to clear a path for them to work on taking out a few of the soldiers.

A few big things that happened were that Germany attacked Greece, Austria-Hungary attacked Italy, and Germany attacked Great Britain. Germany attacking Greece didn’t do too much, but it blocked one more route into Europe. It also allowed Germany a clear shot to Northern Africa, where France and Italy have territories. It wasn’t as big a deal as most people thought that it would be, but it still took Allied land.

When Austria-Hungary attacked Italy, it also was an expected victory for the Central Powers. Italy had around 1400 troops to fight, but Austria-Hungary and Germany had I believe about 2000 added together. The victory took out all of Italy’s forces, as in there was no more Italian troops left in Europe. There were ten troops in Northern Africa. For the Central powers, they lost about 550 each, so it was a valiant effort.

Finally, Germany attacked Great Britain. A bold move, and they hope to take out one of the big forces in World War One. Unfortunately, they were not able to get help in Europe. The United States of America came across the seas with about 700 troops, and helped to push Great Britain to victory. This did not allow us to enter through France, but that wasn’t necessarily a terrible thing.

France’s capital zone, F1, has been under Germany’s rule for the past few days. Germany has 1888 troops stationed in F1, making it nearly impossible to take. One of the main objectives of the United States was for them to enter the war through France, but it did not work out like that. At this point, it would be a horrible strategy. Germany could easily crush anything that the United States put in France, and the U.S. wouldn’t have had anyone to come back us up. We would have been alone against the Germans. We would have lost about a thousand troops in one move. So, entering through France was a pretty bad idea.

Period 3

United States 3 1918

Since this is the final day of the simulation, everybody on both sides is throwing troops into the meat grinder. The United States, Russia, Germany, etc. The United States is going to use as many as we can ship across the Atlantic. Not the best plan, but it’s the last day and we have 3,000+ troops available to us. We have a pretty okay ranking, so taking on a few German troops would take out a lot of them, too.

Right off the bat, Romania and Serbia are taken by the Central Powers. That wasn’t really a big deal, but that closed off the route between Russia and Western Europe.  The only way for them to come and aid us was for them to travel by sea, or take over the rest of the Ottoman Empire. With the United States on the Western Coast, France and Britain were covered.

While it may have been too late to mobilize, One of the United States goals from 1917 to 1918 was to take back all of France. There were two attempts, both very different from each other. The first attempt used France, United States, and Great Britain as the deciding factor. We would ferry all of the United States troops over to F1 using every navy available. Russia did the math, and we were set up to sin. This was not as successful as planned: only so many troops were able to ferry over to Europe. In the end of the first battle, Germany had about 600-700 troops left in F1.

Since this was the final day of battle, the United States decided that there wasn’t much to lose at that point. This battle used as much the Allies navies available to get United States troops to F1 again. This time, Germany couldn’t back themselves up. It was a small victory, but useful.

Finally, the Ottoman Empire finally stepped up and did something. They sent a large number of troops into R3, hoping to take it over. Obviously, it was successful; Russia fell, and they took R3. This wasn’t unexpected, since they have a moderate ranking, and Russia had a 1.

World War I Simulation Student Journal France 3

World War I Simulation

France 3 1913

It is the year 1913.  We have started making alliances with many countries.  We have spent a lot of time thinking about alliances.  Neutral Italy has approached us to make an alliance.  We were unsure, but thought it would be the best idea to help us out in a time of trouble.  This will also help us get to the Dardanelles Strait to get resources to our ally, Russia.  We are keeping this alliance secret.  We started another secret alliance with Montenegro and Serbia, and we have every single intention to honor this alliance.

France 3 1914

It is the year 1914.  Tensions are rising among the countries.  Rumors have been floating around that Austria-Hungary and Germany are planning to attack France.  We are incredibly nervous, but we have strong alliances.  We brought more of our troops close to where Germany and Austria-Hungary are quickly approaching.  They have plans of taking the Ardennes Forest, we hear.  They are outnumbering us, but we can’t show fear.  We have a powerful alliance with Great Britain that we are honoring fiercely.  They have strength and numbers, and we are hoping they will keep us strong.  We moved some of our troops to Belgium to try to get closer to Germany.

It appears as if there is rising tension between Austria-Hungary and Germany, which is good for us.  Many of Germany’s troops have retreated away from where we thought they might attack us.  We plan on pushing on this land to gain Alsace and Lorraine.

As far as the world is going, the Archduke of Austria-Hungary was killed.  People on the Balkan Peninsula are preparing for war.  The alliances around Europe are seeming to lead directly toward war.  The Serbian Nationalist group known as “The Black Hand” is saying that they killed the archduke, and I’m sure Austria-Hungary will try to get them back.  The alliances are strong on both sides, so it will be interesting to see how everything goes down.

France 3 1915

We decided to take a chance and attack Germany to regain Alsace and Lorraine.  We moved 1,000 troops through the Ardennes Forest into Germany, and unfortunately, we lost the war.  We are still trying our best to regain this land.  We won’t give up yet.  We were hoping to help Italy, but we didn’t have a chance to do so.  Italy lost many troops.

Germany just attacked us.  We lost our capital.  We fought hard, using the majority of our troops to defend, but we could not win.  Britain even sent a lot of their troops to help defend us, but even that did not help.  THIS WAR IS INSANE.  We worked for such a long time to keep our territory and try to regain German territory, but we simply couldn’t.  We lost the majority of our troops defending our capital and trying to regain that territory.

In world news, the Lusitania has been sunk by torpedoes.  Many people were lost, the Americans and British mostly, and the Germans are to blame.  Americans are now feeling very strongly against the Germans, and who can blame them?  They are planning on declaring war on Germany.  I’d like to help them if I could, but we are doing so so poorly.  I fear we, as France, won’t see another day.

France 3 1916

The Ottoman Empire regained some of the territory that the Allied Powers had taken over.  As France, we are trying to get one of our allies to regain our capital.  This way we can continue getting more troops, which would be helpful considering we have very very few troops left.  Our Navy is still strong, so we might have to plan a way to put our navy to good use.  We are at a bit of a loss of what to do, but we are continuing to plan and try our hardest to be optimistic.

We just decided to move our entire navy from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean.  This way we can help transport troops from the United States when they can start moving.  They are currently neutral, but they already have plans to join the Allied Forces.  We hope they help us with regaining our capital.

In other news, Japan took over the German colonies in China. It doesn’t have a lot to do to change anything for anyone but for Japan.  Germany tried to regain part of Austria-Hungary, but the Allied Powers reigned supreme.  Of all the war that was done today, the Allied Powers did not lose land that was originally ours.  It was a good day to be an Ally.

France 3 1917

United States joined the Allies officially today!  We have been planning to use our Navy and the British Navy to bring United States troops over to get the capital of France back.  In other news, Germany is looking to Mexico for help.  Germany has proposed an alliance with Mexico.

The Central Powers just took over Romania.  Great Britain attacked Germany where our capital was, but they lost.  We hope that we can still use the United States to regain this territory.   The Central Powers are absolutely ruthless.  They took the capital Italy and Greece today, and it seems as if they will not be stopping anytime soon.

At the end of the day, our biggest goal is to regain our territory.  We are planning to do this by bringing troops over from America and Great Britain.  We won’t give up yet.

France 3 1918

It is the beginning of the end.  It is all or nothing today.  Great Britain and the United States have been in conversation with us about getting our capital back, and we are very much hoping that this will work well for us and that is how we can do the game as well as possible.

America and Great Britain are working together with us to fight to regain our capital.  We did all that we possibly could in our first attempt at doing this, and we lost.  Fortunately, we did take out the majority of his troops and the surrounding troops.  If all goes well, we will get our capital back at our next chance.

Our troops are nearly all gone.  Austria-Hungary and Germany attacked and took another part of our territory.  We went down easily, but we could not have any help.  We could have used the rest of our troops, but we’re hoping to survive a little longer.

We just decided to help get Greece back.  This was helping part of the Allied Powers, Greece, immensely.  We used our troops in French North Africa.

America just helped us immensely.  They helped us to get our capital back!  We are officially a country once again, and we could not be any happier.

The war is over.  Unfortunately, the Central Powers were victorious.  We did not go down without a fight.  We didn’t regain Alsace and Lorraine and we lost some land over time, but we are still a country.  I am proud of that much.

WWI Simulation Student Journal: Ottoman Empire 2

World War I Simulation

Ottoman Empire, period 2, 1913

Our alliances with Germany and Austria-Hungary has gone good so far. We already have taken Bulgaria. As long as we are allied, our chance of finishing everyone’s objectives at once is strong. Let us see how this plays out.

Ottoman Empire, period 2, 1914

We declared war on a piece of Russia and have lost it, with Germany’s help. We did gain back Crimea. We haven’t done a lot yet, but we are planning on taking Romania. We need to talk to Germany about it, but we are hoping to get there and take it back. Troops have been moved in and we are now waiting to see how this plays out. Luck is needed on our side. We hope to gain what we can, if at all possible. The bad news is that Russia, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, and Romania, are threaten me to go and not to mobilize my armies with Germany and Austria-Hungary to defeat them, if I keep a secret alliance with them, they wouldn’t attack. I talked to Germany about it. I have shown them that they can trust me. We came up with a few ideas, but the main idea is that we would keep alliances and I would help them to make those other countries weaker. I need to start thinking about getting Romania and Greece back. I feel like the bad guy now, but, I would do anything to keep my empire safe.

Ottoman Empire, period 2, 1915

This year was really difficult to not mobilize my troops against Russia, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, and Romania. I know I can do this to keep myself “neutral” most of the time. I’ve been passing around information from Russia to Germany: Russia is sending in 4000 troops to R1. They are getting weaker, just how we wanted this to end up. Today we, the Central Powers, got Serbia and Romania and attempted to take Montenegro. Montenegro is getting weak, next year will be the perfect time to attack them and take them over. Greece is the next checkpoint. I’m  getting ready to break secret alliances with Greece and Russia.

Ottoman Empire, period 2, 1916

Russia has attacked me, of course that is what I have been waiting for. I won, though. Their army is weaker now. Montenegro and Greece? We have them back. All objectives are completed in my area, but to keep these alliances with Germany strong, I’ll help them when they need it. This help will mostly be for attacking and completing their objectives.

Ottoman Empire, period 2, 1917

This battle has gotten personal. I have attacked Italy to help Germany and protect my land. They ended up mad. Italy is smart, sarcastic, and a good planner. I need to tried carefully with her. We are planning on attacking Italy tomorrow, she said she would surrender, I don’t trust her in any kind of way. The U.S wants me to ally with the,, they want the Dardanelles Straight. I don’t know what to do. Even though I’ve been helping Germany, they’ve been thinking I’m going to betray them. I need to get their trust back. Let us hope that this war ends soon. I have nothing else to fight for. The end of the day will be worth it. The Ottoman Empire would end as strong as I hope. The Central Powers will be Victorious.

Ottoman Empire, period 2, 1918

The war is over. Even though Germany lost a part of France and Belgium, we have kept our territory and we have completed our objectives. I knew that Italy and the United States wanted to attack me. I followed Austria’s and Germany’s advice of sending my troops over. It was a hard war, but the Central Powers were as victorious as we planned to be.