The United Kingdom After WW2
Head of State: King George V
Leader: Clement Attlee
Category: Moderate Power
Victorious over the Central Powers in 1918, a new age of peace was to be ushered in under the League of Nations. However, this was not to be possible with the meddling Empires of the Axis. Forced to make concessions over the independence of China, Ethiopia, Austria and Czechoslovakia, the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth along with their loyal French allies had no alternative but to intervene on the German invasion of Poland in September 1939. The war was to prove catastrophic. Nation after nation fell to the Axis onslaught, France, Poland, Norway, Holland, Belgium, among others fell within months of the wars outbreak. The BEF (British Expeditionary Force) took its last stand at the French city of Dunkirk before having little choice but to make a desperate evacuation across the English Channel, leaving behind crucial equipment and supplies. Alone, Great Britain withstood the Blitz and even scored victories against the Axis in North Africa at El Alamein. In the East, the situation was heating up, Japan launched relentless assaults against the Allies in a gamble to secure vital resources fast enough to prevent a US counterattack, which never came. Singapore, Burma, Hong Kong and Indonesia, crucial to the UK's war effort, swiftly fell to the Japanese, and soon even the Jewel of the British Empire itself, India, came under direct assault. Fortunately, the Indians held firm and the Japanese offensive was ground to a halt, their supplies in chaos and their men exhausted.
As the Empire was slowly suffocated from all corners of the globe, new allies needed to be found to ensure victory. The United States of America was an obvious and powerful option, but there was one problem, the people of the USA refused to intervene in yet another so called "European Civil War". President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried constantly to aid the UK in what ever way possible but each bill was turned down by congress. Facing no luck with the Americans, the UK turned to which ever nations they could, but each hid behind their fragile neutrality. In 1941, the Germans attacked the Soviet Union, at last an ally was gained, but as the Soviets were subjected to one catastrophic defeat after another, the the British Empire realized the situation was becoming dire. The people of the Empire demanded peace, but Prime Minister Winston Churchill continued his policy of 'No Surrender'. Hitler himself offered the UK an honorable peace in which they could retain their Empire, but evem regardless to such generous promises Churchill and his supporters continued to remain adamant on their position.
In 1944, a crushing defeat at the hands of the Italians and the German Afrika Korps in Africa resulted in the loss of the North and East African portions of the crumbling British Empire. The Suez was cut off, now the UK had to rely on the long and hazardous route around the Southern Cape of Africa. To make matters worse, the Germans launched unrelenting attacks in the Atlantic and over the skies of England, the Second Battle of Britain was a fight the Germans couldn't loose. Backed by newly acquired Soviet industry and bountiful resource deposits, the Germans overran the starved Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. In pay back for England's devastating bombing campaign over Germany throughout the war, the Germans relentlessly decimated any structure that dare to stand in England. Battleships, emboldened by the defeat of the RAF and RAN, assaulted sea side cities, V2 and V1 rockets struck the heart of the UK's southern cities, and bombers rained death every day and night. With the Soviets falling back upon the Ural Mountains, the defeats in the Second Battle of Britain alongside the losses in Africa, a group of British fascists armed with weaponry supplied by the Italians as well as being trained in Italian camps, took matters into their own hands. In Mid 1945, they struck. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, visiting a friend in his country house, was assassinated. The assassins amateurishly dealt with his guards before attempting to assassinate Churchill himself. They dragged the Prime Minister from his room and attempted to hang him from the balcony, but they had tied the knot poorly and he slipped, breaking his legs. They then began to viciously stab him before barbarically unloading all their ammunition into his dying corpse. Attempting to flee, the assassins were caught and killed, but the damage had already been done.
With Churchill dead, it was up to Deputy Prime Minister Clement Attlee to steer the nation back to good fortune. He began by negotiating peace with the Axis in Brussels. Attempting to salvage what he could from the Empire's ashes. He managed to earn the independence of the UK's home states, with the Germans forbidding any war or further relations between the UK and the USA or their colonies. The Germans also put restrictions on the UK's capabilities to produce more ships, with the destruction of some of the nations largest dockyards.
Peace had been won at a great cost however. Most of the former Empire was carved up between the Axis or new fledgling states vying for independence in the war-torn world. Attlee now attempts to manage the disgruntled population through harsh totalitarian measures. Rumors talk of conspiracies within the British Army. British Fascist, Sir Oswald Mosley is said to be building an army, with rumors of unidentified ships leaving packages of weapons on the shores. What new trials await the United Kingdom in this new world? Are they to still cling on to their democracy, or shall a new order soon take hold?...