And now I finish off this round of Hearts of Iron II with a handful of thoughts and an aggregation of the game years so that I can maybe find it again if I ever need to. (Also, I'm shocked to find that I started playing this game in September 2009!)
The game keeps track of enormously many statistics, mostly related to things like supply consumption or the number of ships sunk or such. It has a weakness in assembling these into the impressive yet dubious tables of data that fill out the appendices of a History Of The War tome. It also doesn't try to keep any track of how many people die in the wars, possibly because that might be too much to even start to calculate (think of how populations move around in wars, even before aerial bombardment begins), possibly because the game designers had a fit of worrying about the sorts of players who'd like to see who can kill the most people.
I tend to think in these games of winning and losing by different terms: if I can complete the war faster than happened in real life, that's a win. Here, I spent more time at war, but many more people live free. Both that increase in time and increase in free people come from the Soviet War. The German war was an eyeblink, and even the Japanese war surprisingly swift considering I had to occupy nearly all of China. I admit I'd like to know if more of the world survived that decade the way I went through it. I'm pretty sure I'd find that to be a rather better winning.
Here for my convenience and nearly sole interest, then, this war:
|1936-37||3 September 2009||Republican victory in the Spanish Civil War. Italy invades Ethiopia.|
|1937-38||22 September 2009||Japan invades China. 30 September: Czechoslovakia and then Poland go to war with Germany over the Sudetenland; the Soviet Union then attacks Germany.|
|1939||29 October 2009||Stalemate in German-Soviet War. 7 May: Portugal joins the Axis. 24 May: United States joins the Allies, albeit at peace. 27 September: Bulgaria joins the Axis. 2 December: Conquest of most of China by Japan. 29 December: Yugoslavia joins the Axis.|
|1940||19 November 2009||Stalemate in German-Soviet War. 16 July: Numerous coups in Latin America and Asia. 14 August: Japan attacks neutral Communist China. 5 November: Roosevelt re-elected.|
|1941-42||26 January 2010||Stalemate in German-Soviet War. 9 April: Belgium joins the Allies at peace.|
|1942||8 May 2010||Positioning of United States forces for an anticipated German or Japanese war. United States development of V-1 flying bombs.|
|1943||17 May 2010||France invades Germany, 14 May. Allied blitzkrieg occupies Berlin by 1 July. Germany surrenders, 10 July (!); independent yet Stalinist Poland and Czechoslovakia restored. Hungary conquered 26 July; Italy by the 16th; last Portuguese holdouts the 21st of November.|
|1944||30 May 2010||Japan attacks Allies, 1 November. Roosevelt re-elected. Soviet Union annexes Tannu Tuva, 20 November.|
|1945||7 June 2010||1 February, reestablishment of Guangdong Chinese clique. 23 April, regular bombing of Tokyo. 4 July, reestablishment of Nationalist China. 1 August, Netherlands and Japan sign ``white peace''. Roosevelt dies, 9 November. Manchuria annexed, 27 November. Strong Canadian action.|
|1946||12 August 2010||2 March 1946, independence of India and Pakistan. 2 April, Xiben San Ma China; 3 April, Shanxi reestablished. 6 April, Soviet Union declares war on Japan. 12 April, Korean government organized. Manchuria established as puppet regime, 14 July. Invasion of Japan at Fukuoka, 7 August. 24 November, Japan surrenders unconditionally to the United States; a republic is established. Soviet Union (unjustly) annexes Manchukuo and establishes a People's Republic of Korea around Wonsan.|
|1947||2 September 2010||2 March: Autonomy of Egypt within the Commonwealth, and creation of Jordan as independent kingdom. Independence granted Lebanon and Syria, and Cambodia granted autonomy within the French Union. 2 September: North Korea attacks the South. 4 September: Allies occupy and annex North Korea. Invasion of Soviet Union through far eastern territories begins.|
|1947||4 September 2010||Strategic assessment: why not invade Russia from the north?|
|Start 1948||20 September 2010||8 February: Allied invasion of Murmansk, followed 24 February by landings at Archangelsk. Allies somehow fail to die of frostbite. Allies occupy Moscow the 5th of July. Jan Masaryk murdered, somehow, 13 March.|
|End 1948||11 October 2010||23 July, Mongolia annexed by Allies. 7 September, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates. 26 October, Tannu Tuva re-created as Ally. Truman elected in his own right. Beginning of transfer of expeditionary forces from the stalemated Chinese-Russian front to Russia-In-Europe.|
|1949||12 December 2010||21 February: Byelorussia established as Ally. 23 May: Rumania, Bulgaria join Soviet Union in war against Yugoslavia. 24 June: Poland declares war on Soviet Union. 4 July: Ukraine established. 14 July: Stalingrad occupied; Russian Republic proclaimed. 23 August: Yugoslavia annexes Bulgaria; splits Balkans with United States and Poland. 16 October: Turkmenistan proclaimed. 1 December: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia liberated. Soviet Union still carrying on.|
|1950||20 February 2011||1 January, Transural Republic declared. 19 January, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan liberated. 19 April, Kyrgyzstan created. 4 July, Singkiang and Siberia created. 22 August, Kazakhstan created. 2 October, occupation of final Soviet-held territory of Turukhansk, and annexation of the Soviet Union. 2 November, independence granted Burma and Indonesia, but denied to Palestine. 14 December, development of hydrogen bombs.|
|1951||9 March 2011||Peace breaks out. Foreign expeditionary units returned to local control. Territories assigned to whatever nation seems most puckishly amusing to have them.|
|1952-53||22 March 2010||7 February 1952, death of King George VI. 3 November 1952, election of Eisenhower. General demobilizations. Further assignment of conquered territories to the local powers best able to make mischief controlling them.|
Trivia: The first news report received by Reuters over the (1866) trans-Atlantic telegraph cable was datelined 29 July, from New York: ``The representative of Tennessee has been admitted to Congress. Congress adjourned yesterday.'' Source: The Power Of News: The History Of Reuters, Donald Read.
Currently Reading: Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed The World, Jack Weatherford.