The European Report
On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assasinated by the radical Serbian terrorist group the Black Hand. This was the final straw. The tension in the Balkan Penninsula has finally exploded into full out war. Right after Austria declared war on Serbia, Germany declared war on Serbia. Lock your doors and hide your wives and kids because war is coming!
ALLIENCES HAVE FORMED
With war breaking out nations have formed alliences! The assassination of Austria-Hungary's Archduke Franz Ferdinand has started a war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia. That caused the declaration of war from Germany against Serbia due to them being militaristic and being allied with Austria-Hungary. As the war keeps expanding, it seems that the militaristic central powers, Germany, Austria-Hungry, and Italy, need to be calmed down. This led to the creation of the Triple Entente, which includes Britain, France, and Russia. This was officiated by the signing of Anglo-Russian Entente making them allies. Britain has signed many agreements with France, along with events such as the Tangier Crisis bonding the UK and France together against Germany. France also had tension with Germany due to the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Russia felt tension with Germany due to them organizing troops in Turkey which contained a vital trade routes for Russia's exported called the Dardanelles. With the strength of the royal navy, and the sheer man power of Russia, the triple Entente will be a force that can take down the central powers.
Timeline of Events
June 28, 1914 - Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz Ferdinand.
July 28, 1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
August 2, 1914 - Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and Germany sign a secret treaty of alliance.
August 3, 1914 - Germany declares war on France.
August 4, 1914 - Germany invades Belgium, leading Britain to declare war on Germany.
August 10, 1914 - Austria-Hungary invades Russia.
Nationalism On The Rise
With the level of Nationalism high many extremist think their country is the best, tensions are high and a small spark is needed ignite the fire. For centuries these countries have been fighting one another, to make a better point for themselves. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand by the extreme Serbian group, The Black Hand, was the major cause of the world war because all the countries are on edge to attack each other. This assassination breaks apart Europe's fragile peace. For the assassination, Austria-Hungary forces Serbia to stop newspaper propaganda about Austria-Hungary and to fire many top ranking officals. When Serbia does not abide, Austria-Hungary decides declare war on Serbia. Russia, France, and Britain. These Countries have created their own alliance to fight against the central powers. This big network and connections of treaties that Europe is tied in is changing the world. We can change it right now by helping with the war.
News from the West
New tensions rise on the North American continent with the intercepted Zimmerman note. This was a German telegram sent to the Mexican goverment, which was intercept by the US where Germany was trying to get Mexico to join them to attack the US because of proximity of the two countries. In return if victory was achieved, Germany would have return the territory the US took from Mexico. Will Mexico accept the offer from Germany and fight the war? Will america see Germany as a threat and join the war on the allies side?