The Beginnings Of Empire (Chapter One) Edit
January, 3, 2001 - GBS NEWS - POLLS FOR ELECTION CLOSE - GREECE FIRST PARTY WINS ACCORDING TO EXIT POLLS.
He had done it. He had done it! Victory, he savoured it well. In his mind, there was plenty more to come, but for now he celebrated. Who is this man I speak of? Why none other than Alexander Arkos, leader of the ultra-nationalist, Greece First party. After 6 weeks of a grueling election campaign, he had pulled off the impossible. Unseating the traditional centrist parties, AND securing a safe majority of well over 150 seats. His party was only 7 years old, but it now holds power over the parliament!
Alexander was ecstatic. This was the first time an ultra-nationalist party had seized power in the Hellenic Republic. With the youthful and energetic vigour that parties like "Golden Dawn" lacked, Greece First was now the governing party, and it was here to stay. In some ways, Arkos' rise to power could remind one of certain Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Both had taken advantage of a battered and bruised nation to rise to power.
But Alexander was no fascist. He despised radicals as much as he did centrists. In fact he wished he could do away with politicians and their kind forever. Alexander was a royalist, or more accurately an imperialist. He dreamed of a day when the great Greek Empire stood once again. He dreamed of an empire stretching further than even Alexander The Great's one. He believed in the rights of the citizen, liberty, justice and happiness, but he also believed in a strong leadership structure. One which was not corrupt nor flimsy. He wanted a new empire and he wanted to be Emperor.
Many had told Arkos that his dreams were impossible in the modern day. People told him that he couldn't buck the system, that the established nations would crush anyone who thought they could defy the world. People told him that in the modern world you could never build such an empire, at least one would last. Doubters, all of them! People told Alexander The Great that he could never be as great as his father. People told Julius Ceaser that he could never create an empire out of the republic. People told Napoleon that he could never be a great leader. People say a lot of things, but were those people recorded in the annals of history? NO! A thousand times NO! Arkos knew he would be great, he never listened to those commoners who spoke down to him. He never doubted his own ability for a second, even as others teased and mocked. History shall remember the name Alexander Arkos. He never feared death nor disaster. For when great men do great things, they become immortal.
He would become a new Alexander.
The Opening Moves (Chapter 2) Edit
Greece, an ancient land, the birthplace of Western Civilization. Its armies, its people, its industry at his command. This was nation with much potential. After all it was the heart of many empires! But that was the ancient era. It would take much work to ressurect this nation to its former glory. Alexander Arkos started off by passing the "New Horizons" economic omnibus bill, greatly rearranging the budget, increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy, as well as implementing further economic and political reform. Within the bill however, it gave authorization to secretly move funds towards militarization, allowing major military spending increases without the knowledge of the general public and the Parliament.
(The new Budget approved on January 11, 2001.)After the approval of the omnibus bill, PM Arkos passed a second law, enacting mandatory military service. His goal out of all this was to greatly increase the size of the armed forces. At the same time he authorized purchases of military equipment from the US, Russia, China, several rogue states like North Korea as well as the black market. By the middle of the year the Greek Military was much larger and much more powerful than it was at the start of 2001. This was of course, just in time for the first target of the new Greek Empire...
(Greek was ranked #7 by the Global Firepower Index for the year of 2002)
The first crisis which started in 2001 was the "Macedonian Civil War". As the Yugoslav wars seemingly were coming to an end, a new war flared up in Macedonia in February. Albanian separatists had launched an open revolt after a nationalist anti-Albanian government was elected in the FYROM. The civil war continued for 3 straight months until reports surfaced of atrocities commited by a "Slavic People's Militia" against ethnic Albanians in the north. This scandal worsened when on the 1st of June the Greek intelligence services discovered the Macedonian government was funding the rebels.
This crisis, in Alexander's mind, was the perfect opportunity for expansion...
(The UNSC voting on military intervention in the Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia.)
PM Arkos went to the United Nations on June 11 to address the UNSC on the Macedonian Crisis and to propose military intervention. With no permanent member objecting, the UNSC voting overwhelmingly to allow Greece to intervene in Macedonia to end the genocide.
Arkos was even more overwhelmed that the UN would endorse his invasion! With UN support he would be able to easily annex Macedonia into his rapidly growing empire.
On June 16, the Greek Army went on the move.
(Overview Of Operation Hellenic Serpent.)
(Greek Troops driving across the Greek-Macedonian Border.)
(Greek Armored Column In Skopje.)
(Greek Bomber taking off for a sortie against Macedonian ground forces.)
(Casualties in Operation Hellenic Serpent.)
The war was over within 24 hours. Greek troops drove straight for Skopje, causing the Macedonian government to capitulate to Greece by the morning of June 17. It was an absolutely stunning victory, but after winning a war, one must win the peace. The Albanians were given an autonomous region in the north of the country, while the Greek army conducted a counter insurgency operation against terrorists and criminals across Macedonia.
By August the situation had stabilized and the Macedonian people grateful of Greece for helping repair their country. It was now that PM Arkos decided it was time to hold a referendum on whether Macedonia would like to become part of Greece or not. The referendum had a 85% turnout, and 81% voted in favour. And so, Macedonia was reunited with Greece.
(The map of Greece, January 1, 2002.)
The annexation date was set for December 31 of that year. While this certainly shocked many, NATO, the UN and the EU let it go, for now. On New Year's Eve, Macedonia became a part of greater Greece.
Unfortunately for Alexander, not everyone was happy with this. Turkey now saw Greece as grave threat, fearing that their militarization was a preparation for war against Turkey. This was true of course, Alexander had always aspired to reclaim Constantinople (Istanbul) from the Turks.
On September 3, 2001, Turkey left the NATO, for good. The official reason was that they wanted a more independent future for themselves. The real reason was that the US refused to remove Greece from NATO, causing Turkey to leave in anger. Now Turkey was open for conquest. No alliances or treaties to stand in the way of further expansion...