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-et37-

#Germany AAR Rule 5: [Wilhelm III](https://i.imgur.com/HmjNwDP.png) looks like he has just been told indescribably cursed information and is struggling to come to grips with it. He looks like he just realized he left the bathroom light on at home while he’s currently on vacation. My man’s visage is that of someone who’s about to peacefully drift into sleep before remembering something embarrassing they did while in Grade School. And so, I present to you all the [single most significant poll](https://www.reddit.com/user/-et37-/comments/xnpy3h/the_kaisers_new_groove/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) of the entire AAR. I seriously can’t stress enough just how monumental the ramifications of this will be. #PART ONE Anyway, [yesterday’s poll](https://www.reddit.com/user/-et37-/comments/xmvfds/the_treaty_of_tirana/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) has concluded and it has been decided that the Russian Empire will be allowed to partially rearm. This has [slightly lessened](https://i.imgur.com/Zrcuuk0.png) the effects of the treaty, and has given the Tsar a [legitimacy boost](https://i.imgur.com/FdPeGir.png). Elsewhere, I’ve slightly edited the [Departing Syndicalists](https://i.imgur.com/HOjcxTz.png) spirit to include a gradual decrease in [Totalist support](https://i.imgur.com/YvRlBfC.png). Internationally, the [Second-Sino Japanese War](https://i.imgur.com/R2dA110.png) now has one of the [Warlords fielding Tanks](https://i.imgur.com/aoCvixA.png), courtesy of my Lend-Lease. In South America, the Anarchists are gradually pushing and have [executed a few encirclements](https://i.imgur.com/A02XB7p.png). Before I get into the primary addition of this entry, I need to backtrack slightly to show something that I added at the start of the year. With [Boris Pasternak](https://i.imgur.com/7BDlNsM.png) having won the Crimean Presidential Election, I have gone ahead and added a bit more to their [Focus Tree](https://i.imgur.com/jdiVKlG.png). It will progress from [further settlement](https://i.imgur.com/5Pc1zil.png), branching into an [Academy of the Arts](https://i.imgur.com/RzXtnLC.png) and [State Secularism](https://i.imgur.com/F10bqpt.png), before ending (for now) with [Crimea’s Place In The Black Sea](https://i.imgur.com/jJc6JED.png). The Germans are rather upset that their preferred candidate lost the election. Privately, the Kaiser even demanded military intervention over said development, but was quickly shut down by Chancellor Lettow-Vorbeck. This has noticeably contributed to causing a rift between both men, **something that has now been taken to a new level**.


-et37-

#PART TWO “Wilhelm III, an ardent autocrat, has taken issue with the state of the country ever since the implementation of the [Easter Promises](https://i.imgur.com/q8pIfb4.png). This saw the abolishment of the [three-class voting system](https://i.imgur.com/ByPhVgY.png) and the ushering in of true Democracy into the Kaiserreich. Most notably of all however, was the stipulation that the Kaiser could no longer appoint a Chancellor of his choosing. Wilhelm II may have been uncaring towards these changes, but they made the future Wilhelm III outright furious. The harbinger of this reform was none other than The Lion of Africa, Chancellor Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. Having been Chancellor of the Kaiserreich for 4 years before Wilhelm III’s ascension to the throne, Lettow-Vorbeck had plenty of time to cement these changes into the German Constitution and reinforce the public’s adherence to Democracy. Beyond frustrated by his many new limitations and with the Russo-German War raging, Wilhelm III decided to throw his all into said conflict. It was here that the Kaiser surprisingly found decent success. Contrary to his rather lackluster showing in the Weltkrieg, Wilhelm III performed admirably in the war with Russia, culminating in his personal [capture of Moscow](https://www.reddit.com/r/Kaiserreich/comments/w8mdmp/moscow_has_fallen_on_christmas_to_an_army_led_by/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf). This caused Wilhelm III’s popularity to skyrocket, with many looking upon him as a sort of “Warrior King”, akin to Monarchs of Old. Lettow-Vorbeck’s government on the other hand had to deal with a [stinging defeat](https://www.reddit.com/r/Kaiserreich/comments/w7rj8h/it_is_with_great_sadness_to_inform_you_that_i/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) to the Japanese, a loss that has rather unjustly been pinned on the Chancellor by some. The next year and a half had seen both men hard at work in different areas. Wilhelm III greatly capitalized on his surge of popularity, using it to have a say in the Postwar Discussion. Much of the new borders, as well as the bits of the Treaty of Tirana pertaining to Russia, were of the Kaiser’s design. On the other hand, Lettow-Vorbeck has tirelessly strived to hammer out long-term stability for the new European situation, something that has become increasingly difficult with the bombastic Kaiser’s many disagreements. Unlike many of the Kaiser’s previous grievances, his latest one was [made public](https://i.imgur.com/cGtZjON.png), much to the chagrin of the Lettow-Vorbeck government. It is clear to many now that a [Great Game](https://i.imgur.com/5b96CO8.png) of sorts is being played out between the two titans of the German nation. To Wilhelm, this is equal parts about the state of the government, as it is about his personal vendetta against Lettow-Vorbeck. The Kaiser may be unable to reclaim supreme power over the nation, but he’ll do his damndest to drag down the one who stripped much of his power away. To Chancellor Lettow-Vorbeck, he is perhaps the only man in the Kaiserreich who is both aware of the extent of the Kaiser’s unscrupulous authoritarian desires and who has the power & popularity to keep them in check. A lesser Chancellor would’ve caved in long ago, but Paul Emil Von Lettow-Vorbeck is by no means a political weakling. He sees this as a sick repeat of the many disagreements between Wilhelm II and Chancellor Bismarck some 55 years ago, something he remembers all too well. **Only this time it won’t end in the Chancellor’s resignation, he’ll be damn sure of that.**”


Cynikus

I wholeheartedly appreciate the work you put in custom GFX for your AARs, but [this image of Paulie and Willy](https://i.imgur.com/5b96CO8.png) *really* looks like the Lion is about to just **BONK** the Kaiser


-et37-

No ~~Horni~~ Dictatorship #BONK


Cynikus

when Die grosse Bonkung superevent


revolutionary112

German infighting, didn't see that coming. Seems not all is well on the Kaiserreich. So we have an Europe partially falling apart under a facade of order, the scarlet wall over North America, the black tide engulfing South America and the slogfest that is the war on Asia. Is there a place in this timeline not fucked up?


-et37-

Bhutan If anything were to happen to them then this would truly be cursed


revolutionary112

As if something would happen to the land with [the man that breaks rifles for breakfast](https://www.reddit.com/r/Kaiserreich/comments/r5qrl1/the_most_powerful_individual_in_kaiserreich/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share)


Global_Box_7935

You're in von lettow vorbeck gang or you ain't gamin at all. Willy 3 is a pansy


Thraximinus

With the understanding that I know you can't roll your save forward without bricking it, the Great Game would be fun to play out with BBA's Balance of Power mechanic. It will be very interesting to see how you play this clash out.


-et37-

Indeed, I am 4 updates behind at this point so there’s a lot to see when I finally do update.


JJIlg

I look forward to willy doing something supremely stupid resulting in a republic being declared.


TiberiumExitium

Considering that he personally captured Moscow and the monarchy has overseen countless foreign victories in the last 30 years or so I doubt it’d ever get to that - probably the most extreme it’d reform itself peacefully would be just to the point where the Kaiser is a full blown figurehead who isn’t even allowed to comment on politics, like Japan.


Cynikus

\>communal settlements *SYNDIE DETECTED ON WELTPAKT SOIL* *LETHAL FORCE ENGAGED*


Cynikus

I shall never not post [this portrait](https://i.imgflip.com/18wk44.jpg) when the topic of Wilhelm III is discussed


ATWAtoxic

I get the feeling that foster is going to start this Cold War in a nice spot. After all, he's getting syndicalists from Europe practically hand-delivered to him by Germany, and his power is Absolute. While there may still be entities like the UNASSA and Newfoundland, their positions are still rocky and untenable. He is also rebuilding the country, and though that will certainly will take time, the Sheer power of American Industry will be quite a match for the Weltpakt when fully awakened. The Kaiserreich, however, is having an Identity crisis, and it's all based on the question of who Wilhelm III really is. The chancellor and the Kaiser have decided to fight at the worst possible time, and though they might have the advantage of Territory, does that really mean much when most of your allies are fake, unstable puppets, grafted together by Berlin's will? Germany's certainly going to have a rough few years, whichever way it goes. And Foster will probably start in the lead.


Beat_Saber_Music

This is no longer a Kaiserreich playthrough, this is a submod made along with the game


-et37-

I am quite flattered, this is definitely the most effort I have ever put into a Playthrough.


25jack08

Maybe the German government may consider lessening the lend-lease to the Chinese Warlords. Surely it must be very expensive and the funds could be used elsewhere. (I am very interested to see post-war Asian content )


-et37-

I have stopped sending them material on account of my stockpile being dried up. Now it’ll just be a matter of when that war ends.


25jack08

Chinese Warlords? With tanks? Truly this is a cursed timeline


TiberiumExitium

**INCREASE THE FUNDING, WE REMEMBER 1940 VENGEANCE FOR EAST ASIA 50,000 DEAD GERMANS**


pssdas

Love what you did with the Crimea focus tree! Definitely a cool little addition you made, and a highlight of the run for me. Thanks for incorporating my ideas!


-et37-

Thank you for giving the the ideas! It was fun to implement.


RaviolioPenguini

Yoooo my Crimean party names used let's go Hopefully this means more candidates for future elections


-et37-

They’re good names tbf, and there definitely will be more candidates in the future.


Lord_Talthiel

Devs did Willy III dirty by making him look like a dead ass ghoul, his portrait on his KR wiki page makes him at least look like a human being and not a souless chicken-man.


Bigchubbs86

Wilhelm III taking a poop.