Oct 262010

Some Notes on Czechoslovakia


Czechoslovakia became a country in 1918 when it was carved from the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, and, by 1933, was one of the most stable democracies in Europe.  The country was ruled by progressive, intelligent and fair politicians who could count on the support of a patriotic population (despite deep racial and cultural divides).  This wasn’t always the case for the sizable German minority.


The 3 million Germans–who opposed being separated from Germany in the first place–continued to pose problems for the Prague government.  In 1920, Germans were not allowed to participate in the forming of a constitution.  Afterwards, a series of small German rebellions shook the Sudetenland.  For several years of the mid-to-late 20’s, German agitation turned to a more constructive detente, but in 1933, when Hitler began to promise a Reich for all Germans, the German minority in Czechoslovakia began to grumble again. 


Beginning in the early-20’s, the Czech army began to patrol the German-Czech border with increased diligence as weapons, prostitutes, drugs and hostile political elements crossed back and forth.  By 1933, the Czech government was actively worried about a porous border and the clearly foreseeable threat from Nazi encroachment.


The Sudeten Mountains have long been home to packs of werewolves. There are though a number of small fortified keeps controlled by the Tzimisce and Tremere who have somehow made peace with their lupine neighbors.  Most vampires avoid the region if possible, knowing full well that the region is extremely dangerous.


Yes, umm, you may choose to take a little trip soon.

Oct 162010

In the year 1933 . . .

  • 30 Jan., Hitler becomes Chancellor
  • 3 Feb., Lebensraum defined as the true purpose of the Nazi Party
  • 27 Feb., Reichstag fire
  • 5 Mar., Nazi party claims 44% of general election vote
  • 20 Mar., Dachau concentration camp (KZ) created
  • 23 Mar., Enabling Act passes due to an alliance between the Catholic Centre Party and the Nazis
  • 31 Mar., Communists and other “enemies of the Fatherland” are excluded from government
  • 1 Apr., First boycott of Jewish shops
  • 7 Apr., Jews and non-Aryans are banned from practicing law and working in the civil services.
  • 26 Apr., Gestapo formed by Herman Goering; Nazi take over local governments
  • 1 May, Trade union offices are stormed by SA
  • 2 May, Trade unions are officially banned
  • 10 May, Book burnings begin
  • 14 Jul., All political parties, except the Nazi party, are banned
  • 20 Jul., Reichskonkordat signed with Rome. Violations begin immediately.
  • 21 Oct., Germany withdrawals from the League of Nations

The campaign will begin on the night of 21 Oct, 1933.   (The prelude combat exercise will happen ‘some time before’ this date.)