(or "It's not the taking part, it's the winning that counts").
Romania is a small, peaceful country; its people are peaceful and freedom
loving, and we just want to be left alone.
In 1939, Romania's fraternal brothers to the north, the Poles, were the
victims of a vicious, unprovoked attack by the forces of Fascist Nazi
Germany and the evil Soviet Communists. Romania, as a peaceful and freedom
loving country, was appalled by this act of naked aggression by these
two diabolical regimes, but was powerless to intervene. We were confident,
however, that such a fate would not befall us, since we were allies with
our beloved brothers, the French. Unfortunately, in June 1940, France
surrendered to the evil, tyrannical Germans.
Being a small, peaceful and freedom loving country, we were forced to
accede to the tyrannical German demands that we hand over rightfully Romanian
territory (awarded to us in the Treaty of Versailles, for being on the
winning side in 1918), to Bulgaria (Southern Dobrudja), Hungary (Northern
Transylvania) and the Soviet Union (Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina).
We also had to permit the stationing of hated fascist troops within our
In June 1941, the evil Nazi tyranny realised its mistake in co-operating
with the despotic Soviet regime.
Romania was happy to assist our fraternal brothers, the Germans, in their
crusade to bring freedom and enlightenment to the benighted peoples living
under the Soviet yoke. We also took the opportunity to liberate Bessarabia
and Northern Bukovina. Due to a slight oversight, the Romanian army also
appears to have accidentally taken Odessa and driving somewhat further
The War (From January 1942)
January 1942 saw the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian army supporting
their gallant, fraternal brothers in the German army in their struggle
to free the world of the blight of communism. This action was broadly
popular with the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian people, though they
did express concern about the potential cost ("The people want the
army in action, only there mustn't be any casualties
I, as military commander, discussed the situation with the Romanian peoples'
glorious, peaceful and freedom loving leader, Marshal Antonescu. We determined
that further operations on the Eastern Front front line could easily result
in heavy casualties to the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian army.
As a result of these discussions, I informed my fraternal brothers in
the brave and noble German military command that it was politically unaccepted
to deploy Romanian troops further east than the Crimea (i.e., we had gone
as far east as we could), but that we would be happy to assist the heroic
German army in driving out the last of the despicable communists from
the city of Sevastopol. Having undertaken this necessary task with our
noble German comrades, we were a happy to accede to a German request to
undertake rear area security duties - as I said "Just ask us when
you want us to do so".
Having liberated Sevastopol from the communist grasp, the peaceful and
freedom loving Romanian army was now free to undertake other operations.
At this time, the German peoples' beloved fuhrer apparently issued an
order to the German East Front command that they should send assistance
to their forces in North Africa, bravely defending Italian territory against
the grasping attacks of the oppressive, imperialist British. Observing
that British forces in North Africa were somewhat small (compared to Soviets
on the Eastern Front), I was happy to suggest that the peaceful and freedom
loving Romanian army would be prepared to provide the requested assistance,
thus allowing our noble and heroic German comrades-in-arms to remain in
action against the hated Soviets.
Accordingly, with the help of our fraternal brothers in the Italian Navy
and merchant marine, the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian army dispatched
the Romanian Africa Corps to Libya, to assist our brave and beloved Italian
allies, and the forces of the German Africa Corps, to liberate Italian
territory from the Imperialist British.
Unfortunately, while the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian Africa Corps
succeeded in driving the Imperialist British back to the east, long before
we got within sight of the Egyptian border the Imperialists heavily reinforced
their troops, and proceeded to drive us, and our beloved allies back.
This coincided with a slight glitch in the operations of the beloved and
heroic Italian Navy that prevented any reinforcement of our forces in
Africa. Towards the end of summer, 1942, the peaceful and freedom loving
Romanian Africa Corps was destroyed.
While this news was not entirely welcomed by the people back home, at
about this time the Romanian peoples' glorious, peaceful and freedom loving
leader, Marshal Antonescu, with the assistance of our fraternal brothers
in the German foreign ministry, was able to conclude negotiations with
the Bulgarians for the return of Southern Dobrudja. During these negotiations,
German, Romanian and Bulgarian historians also discovered that the territory
then known as Macedonia, within the country of Yugoslavia, was actually
the lost Bulgarian province of Western Bulgaria. The frontier posts were
adjusted accordingly, and an instruction was given that all Romanian school
atlases be corrected.
Towards the end of 1942, the little local difficulty that the Italian
Navy had suffered appeared to be resolved. Our noble Italian allies expressed
an intention to reinforce their surviving forces in North Africa, and
so the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian army reformed the Romanian
Africa Corps, and dispatched it to Tripoli. The commander of the Romanian
Africa Corps was slight perturbed to see two German panzer units, the
last German troops in Africa, board the ships that the Romanian Africa
Corps had just disembarked from, and sail back to Europe.
Following heavy attacks from the evil British Imperialist aggressors,
the joint Romanian/Italian garrison of Tripoli was driven back, but refused
to cross the border into Tunisia, and infringe Vichy French territorial
integrity. However, an all Italian unit further south did retreat across
the border. Following this, the Vichy government gave permission for us
to enter their territory. While the Italian troops bravely formed a line
to hold back the despotic British, the Romanian Africa Corps pulled back
to secure the port of Tunis to permit further supply and reinforcement.
Unfortunately, the Italian Navy again seemed to be suffering a little
local difficulty, and no reinforcement was forthcoming. Nevertheless,
the peaceful and freedom loving Rumanian Africa Corps bravely defended
the port of Tunis to the last, and thus the brave soldiers of Rumania
were the last axis forces in Africa.
Following this slight military set-back, the peaceful and freedom loving
Romanian army undertook a period of re-building, during which no military
operations were carried out.
In July, 1943, following a specific request from our noble and gallant
German allies, an anti-bandit (some might say "anti-partisan")
operation was undertaken. Then, with the East Front front line almost
at the Crimea, our fraternal German brothers accepted our offer to deploy
Romanian forces into the front line, and in September 1943, the peaceful
and freedom loving Romanian army once more helped our gallant German allies
to defeat the scourge of communism. Unfortunately, at this time, news
was received that the Americans had landed in France.
(This was the end of day 1. John, my team mate, and Romania-political,
was unable to be at the game until about 2pm Sunday).
With the losses suffered in North Africa, an apparent resurgence of the
evil Soviet menace, and the America landing in France, there was a certain
amount of discontent at home. The Romanian peoples' glorious, peaceful
and freedom loving leader, Marshal Antonescu was at this time most unfortunately
detained, and I, as senior military commander, took charge of all aspects
of the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian state.
With the news of the American landing in France, the German Army on the
Eastern Front switched largely to the defensive. The Romanian army, being
peaceful and freedom loving, followed suit. Following a further request
from the German military command, Romanian commenced a second anti-bandit
operation; Romanian military command took this opportunity to reduce our
front-line strength, so ensuring our home-army forces remained strong.
This was partly due to rumours that SS troops were about to be ordered
into Hungary, and partly due to a report of Soviet political contact with
the Hungarian government.
Reviewing the current military situation in Europe, in became apparent
that a re-appraisal of Romania's world view may be in order. Thirty seconds
later, I discreetly sought out the American Secretary of state. I pointed
out to him that Romania was a small, peaceful and freedom loving country,
forced into the war by the actions of two despotic regimes (though I was
sure the Soviets were much better nowadays), that there would be an 'after
the war', and Romanian had a lot of oil which the Soviets would keep in
its entirety if they occupied my country, and would he please approach
the Soviet Government to establish free and fair negotiations.
Shortly after (and in plain view of the German East Front military commanders)
I received a message from the Soviet military staff requesting that I
communicate with Marshal Stalin.
There than followed a very amiable meeting, leading to a treaty (witnessed
by the US secretary of state) whereby Romania's fraternal brothers, the
Soviet Union, agree to formally recognise the old 1939 border, in return
for the peaceful and freedom loving Romanian army assisting in the noble
task of defeating the tyrannical forces of Nazi Germany. Accordingly,
in the summer of 1944, the peaceful and freedom loving Rumanian army liberated
Odessa from the evil, despotic, Nazi invader, and linked up with our good
friends in the Soviet Army. While we were eager to continue to drive back
the hated German monsters, the monsters unfortunately ran away from the
mighty, but peaceful and freedom loving, Rumanian army. Being peaceful
and freedom loving, and not willing to infringe on lawful Hungarian (which
obviously doesn't include Northern Transylvania) or Soviet territory,
the Rumanian army was unable to continue operations against the despised
Germans. Instead, it carried out a though inspection of Romania's borders,
and, finding that the state of the border markers was somewhat tatty,
undertook to remain on the borders as long as necessary to 'tidy things
This largely concluded the peaceful and freedom loving people of Rumania's
part in the war, and by coincidence, the Romanian peoples' glorious, peaceful
and freedom loving leader, Marshal Antonescu, returned to take back political
A few minor events occurred thereafter.
Due to an apparent failure in Allied communication, a senior member of
the brave and noble British military staff threatened Romanian with invasion
and occupation by British troops if we didn't unconditionally surrender,
despite the fact that we were now fraternal allies (a fact know to the
Soviets, the American government, and the British front commanders, but
evidently not by our good friend in the British government). Fortunately,
this communication failure was corrected without incident.
Slightly more regrettable was the appearance of two groups of bandits
within peaceful and freedom loving borders of Romania. A very strong rumour
went around that these were communist terrorists. However, this was clearly
not the case since (i) there are no communists in Rumania (ii) If they
were communist terrorists, that would imply our good and noble friends
in the Soviet Union was responsible for them, which obviously couldn't
possibly be the case. These terrorists were therefore identified as murderous,
Nazi extremist die-hards, and were hunted down and killed with no mercy.
Just to be clear, I reiterate: there are no communists in Rumania.
While the peaceful and freedom loving nation of Rumania is once more free
and at peace, we noted that disturbances were still occurring in neighbouring
Yugoslavia. When our good and trusted Soviet friends requested to overfly
our territory with transport aircraft, we readily gave our permission,
as long as everything was undertaken in accordance with normal civil aviation
rules. It appears, however, that the Soviet flight plan showing transport
aircraft was not strictly accurate, and the aircraft were actually military
combat planes. We were most upset about this apparent bureaucratic blunder.
However, we console ourselves that we shortly be taking delivery of some
shiny new British-made jet fighters, in a trade deal made by our glorious,
peaceful and freedom loving leader, Marshal Antonescu.
The logical and historical course of action for Romanian at the start
of the game is to fully commit to supporting the German army on the Eastern
Front. However, historical precedent suggests that this is likely to result
in the Romanian army being chopped into little pieces, a large Soviet
army arriving at Romania's borders, and Romania having to switch sides
from a position of weakness.
An additional problem with simply committing to the Eastern Front is that,
given the size of the Romanian army relative to the scale of the fighting,
we would never be more than a subordinate to the Germans. While the German
command may have observed the diplomatic niceties and 'asked' Romania
to cooperate with their plans, Romania would be incapable of carrying
out significant independent operations on the Eastern Front. It was also
clear that Romania's principle value to the Axis was the oil from Ploesti
(and therefore to keep any influence, keeping the oil fields secure was
Another fear we in the Romanian team had was of being 'bullied' by the
Germans, so we pursued a policy of being as helpful and friendly to the
other minor axis powers as possible, to try and establish some diplomatic
strength in numbers. This also led to the idea of the Romanian Africa
Corps to support the Italians.
The first military decision was therefore to get our units out of the
front line on the Eastern Front. Conveniently, the Germans starting discussing
sending reinforcements to North Africa, and readily agreed to the Romanian
army deploying to the Middle East.
Ideally, we had plans to drive with the Italians through Egypt and into
the Middle East, to secure the oil fields. If the Germans took the Middle
Eastern oil, our supplies would become less important, but if we took
it, we would still control most of the axis oil supplies, so retain our
influence. In practice, we figured the best we were likely to achieve
was to distract the British and force them to commit more troops to the
North Africa. Unfortunately, the British plan appears to have been to
swamp the Africa with troops anyway, so we achieved little, other than
to earn 'brownie points' with the other axis powers. However, the losses
we sustained gave us an excuse to hang back and rebuild the army.
By the first few moves of the second day, the axis situation looked increasingly
poor, and (noting our briefing objectives) it appeared to be time to start
negotiations to distance ourselves from the Germans. Conveniently, the
German East Front collapsed just after we attacked German troops, thus
allowing us to (i) claim 'Allied' status, (ii) avoid German retribution
(since they had just retreated) (iii) avoid further combat losses, since
we now were unable to reach German troops without leaving Romanian territory.
At the end of the war (game), the Romanian army was considerably stronger
than at the start, and we had a treaty with the Soviet Union (even though
we didn't trust them). We also retained all our advantage cards, which
we planned to use if necessary/possible in the 'any other use permitted
by control' mode to mobilise world public opinion to stop the Western
democracies from abandoning us to the Soviets.
1: Maintain Rumanian independence and territorial integrity, particularly
At game end, we had lost no territory, and there were no foreign troops
on Rumanian territory.
2: Defend Rumanian territory by political, military and diplomatic means
preferably along the Treaty of Versailles borders.
At game end, we had regained the territory lost to Bulgaria and the Soviet
Union (but not Hungary), while losing no other territory. Our long term
outlook relative to the Soviets probably isn't that good, but that's another
3: Be on the winning side at the end of the war (or at least safely detach
yourselves from the losing side).
At the end of the war, we are formally allied with the Soviets, and therefore
on the winning side. Again, we are probably about to be swallowed up by
the Soviet Union, but we haven't been yet
4: Obtain modern military equipment from the Germans.
Never happened, though we got aircraft from both Hungary and Finland,
and we are about to receive modern jet aircraft from the British.