Global War 1928
Global War 1928 is based on an alternative history – one possible, but never realized. This alternative history gives war gamers a new map and a new scenario for World War II that we know will be different than anything you have experienced before. One great advantage alternative history brings to the game is balance. In Global War 1928, there are no juggernaut nations like the USA or USSR to unbalance the game with their military and economic might. All nations are well balanced and playable. You may find yourself playing Spain, China, or France in ways you could never do in your traditional World War II game. There are no alliances in Global War 1928 – so in many ways you are forced to evaluate the situations and do what is best for your nation. You may have different allies and different enemies in every game, creating a new and unique experience each time you play.
A Brief History of the World
1863: The Union blockade of Confederate ports resulted in an intolerable disruption of cotton supplies to Britain and France. The impact on French & British textile mills moved French industrialists to support action against the Union. Napoleon III’s expansionist plans in Central America, and his involvement in the Franco-Mexican war made this plan doubly appealing. Britain, unwilling to be cut out of the textile profit went along.
1868: After a long and bloody civil war the USA and CSA fought to a standstill. The British and French fleets were able to free southern ports allowing the South to trade cotton for arms. The war divides the United States, which lacking the money does not purchase Alaska from Russia in 1867. Texas succeeds from the CSA to form its own republic in 1870. The French install a puppet emperor, Maximillian I in Mexico. Slavery persists in the Confederate States until 1903.
1884: The CSA expands into Central America, securing Nicaragua and completing by 1890 the Nicaraguan Grand Canal to challenge the USA’s Panama canal, giving them easy access to the Pacific.
1898: The CSA, reluctant to challenge the powerful Spanish in the Carribean do nothing when the CSS Texas mysteriously explodes in Havana harbor. Spain never loses control of the Spanish East Indies, Philippines, Cuba, Hawaii or her other possessions.
1905: The Russo-Japanese war ends in defeat for the Russians. The Japanese claim most of Alaska and the Aleutian chain as a war prize, leaving the Russians in control of S.E. Alaska. Japan continues to expand its influence in the Pacific.
1911: The Qing Dynasty does not fall, in part due to Japanese expansion in the region. Bolstered by Western powers, China stays unified, and 2,000 years of Imperial rule continue. Competition is fierce among Japan, Britain and France for their share of China. The West continues to have unequal trade agreements that weaken China and anti-foreign sentiment is high.
1914: World War I goes differently for the Central Powers. Without the help of the United States, a bloody four-year conflict results in Germany keeping control of its African colonies and Pacific possessions, even expanding its influence in China. The Ottoman Empire stays alive, although it is ailing and sick.
1917: The Bolshevik revolution fails to take shape. Western powers are able to mount considerable pressure to support Imperial Russia.
1928: Global tensions are rising as nations seek to expand their influence. The instability of many nations, and internal strife and conflict stir age-old tensions. Powers vie for resources and colonies.
Global tensions are rising as nations seek to expand their influence, quell internal instability and clamber for raw materials to fuel their factories and economies. The coming war is about resources, and age-old grudges to be settled….
The British Empire – The British are the most powerful naval power in the game. With an empire that spans the globe, the British player must form alliances that help him maintain his hegemony. The British face intense competition for their overseas colonies from all quarters. Every nation would like to take a slice of Britain’s vast empire.
France – The French, like the British, control vast wealth around the globe and will need to defend it against threats from other power hungry nations. They are in competition with the CSA and USA to hold on to their American possessions.
USA – The United States, still divided is powerful, faces competition for overseas colonies and markets. Powerful European nations continue to colonize the Americas and usurp America’s influence in China and the Pacific.
CSA – The Confederate States of America, still ideologically divided from the North, seeks to expand its reach and influence in the Caribbean and abroad. The CSA, backwards and agrarian and racially stratified did not abolish slavery until 1903. The CSA is always leery of the US’s objective to unify the two countries…something the land owning elite will never allow.
Spain – Having retained many of its overseas possessions and preserved its empire, the Spanish are a viable power. Their navy is good and they own rich territories including the Philippines, Hawaii and Cuba. The Spanish have an age old score to settle with the French and British for snatching up the Colonies in Africa and with the USA and CSA who have long excluded them from using their canals to access their Pacific holdings.
Ottoman Empire – The Ottomans have survived the First World War and solidified their grasp on their states. They threaten the Suez and British possessions in the Mediterranean. Ottoman forces can cut the Suez and cause a major blow to the British economy. Their control over the Turkish Straits puts them in competition with Russia, who yearns for an outlet to the Mediteranian.
Imperial Russia – The defeat of the Bolsheviks by the combined armies of the West empowered Russia to expand her power but delayed significant land and industrial reforms. Russia is backwards and behind the west but emerging with a taste for western style expansion. Lacking an industrial base, and a modern army, Imperial Russia is set to grow. She faces competition from Japan in the East, the Ottomans to the South and the European powers to the West.
China – The Qing Dynasty is alive but ailing plagued with a crisis of confidence from the people. Qing China provides a check on Japanese and Russian power. The unequal trade agreements are a sore spot and they have a score to settle with the West.
Japan – Japan has expanded its dominance over the Asia, winning the Russo Japanese war and acquiring Russian territories and Alaska it is poised to threaten German, Spanish, Chinese, British, Dutch and American possessions.