|First||Name: Maximilian Joseph|
|Fourth||Allegiance: National Socialist Party of Germany|
Maximilian Joseph won the German Federal Elections of 2224, leading the National Socialist Party of Germany into gaining 260 of the total 400 seats in the Parliament. Maximilian Joseph was elected Chancellor with 52% of the vote and vowed to expand the German economy, remilitarize Germany and gain living space for the German economy.
His enemies accused Maximilian Joseph of advocating a crazed fascist ideology that many considered mass hysteria due to its many overlapping qualities with Nazism.
Maximilian Joseph began an aggressive campaign to expand and modernize the German army. Maximilian Joseph also oversaw one of the largest infrastructure improvement campaigns in German history, leading to the construction of dams, railroads, and other civil works, but wages were slightly lower than before.
In 2226, 400,000 German troops invaded Austria. 163,000 Austrian professional troops and 492,000 conscripts opposed Germany. Germany took 1 province and killed 78,000 Austrians. The Austrians killed 180,000 Germans and captured 23,000. 3.5 million Austrian civilians passed under German control; 500,000 of them died due to Nazi brutality.
1,492,000 German troops invaded Poland. The Polish military was alerted early on about a German invasion, and prepared itself for the worst. It fielded 199,000 professional troops and 799,000 conscripts.
373,000 Polish soldiers were slain, while 250,000 Germans are killed. No prisoners were taken by the Germans, who pushed across four of the seven Polish provinces and killed the bulk of their inhabitants. 3.6 million Poles inhabited the occupied regions, and 1.8 million of them died as a result of the genocide while others managed to flee to Free Poland.
In a twist of irony, due to the devastation, Germany’s economy actually went from 9.7 trillion to 6.7 trillion.
Germany ran amok in Europe. What was more, they stood unopposed: Britain remained firmly isolationist, even if it did strengthen its navy somewhat and also fortified the French and Rhenish borders.
Bosnia had been crushed by Antioch and was in no mood to fight another war, and Arstotzka stood alone. Reluctant as European powers were, however, they saw the plight of the Austrian and Polish peoples and knew Germany had to be reined in. As Poland rapidly depopulated as its people fled eastward to safer territories, Arstotzka and Bosnia decided the best way to defeat Germany was not to fight it all. The governments of both nations were firmly humanitarian, and figured the best way to defeat Germany was from within.
The opportunity to do so came from growing discontent within Germany’s borders. While the economy had initially expanded in the wake of new resources, Germany was soon burdened with other problems. In its orgy of victory, much of Poland’s infrastructure had been destroyed, and the state had to expend considerable resources to rebuild it; this was hampered by the closure of most foreign banks to Germany. Domestic capital rapidly faced the threat of crowding out when embargoes began to roll in as if off a conveyor belt, and while states like Britain did not embargo Germany outright, many citizens boycotted German goods or at least preferred to pay for goods from other places.
Germany’s economy dried up, and while the autarky promised by the NSDAP seemed to be the best idea after all, it was quickly apparent it was infeasible; tanks became stranded as they ran out of fuel, while soldiers grew increasingly irate as their stomachs remained rumbling. The Fourth Reich collapsed even quicker than the Third thanks to the efforts of Arstotzkans and Bosnians in inciting riots that culminated with the fall of Berlin to protestors in a bizarre hybrid of the First and Second World Wars’ results. While a unified Germany remained at war’s end, considerable industrial and military resources were seized, many of them “coincidentally” flowing into the hands of Bosnia and Arstotzka.