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World War I, or The Great War, was a global war in which the "educated, sophisticated, and fancy" Europeans started a mortal armed conflict which also included clashes in other parts of the world, which lasted from 1914-1918. It was the sixth most deadly conflict in the history of mankind and later paved the way for a number of geopolitical changes, such as revolutions and new borders in many of the nations involved.

The immediate cause of WW I was Kingdom of Serbia-icon Serbiaball. It pitted the Central Powers of German Empire-icon German Empireball and Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball and their allies against UK-icon UKball and France-icon Franceball, and their allies and adoptive children. It resulted in the signing of the Treaties of Versailles and Trianon, and the creation of a League of Nations-icon League of Nations, to ensure such a war would never happen again. However, despite such attempts, and even more destructive World War followed a mere 20 years later.

History

Buildup to War (1871-1914) Events War

Ever since the birth of German Empireball in 1871, upon the defeat of Franceball in the Franco-Prussian War by his father, Kingdom of Prussia-icon Kingdom of Prussiaball, a tension had been building up amongst the European countryballs towards war. This included an arms race between UKball, who had traditionally dominated the seas, and German Empireball, who was also forcefully adopting children in Africa and Oceania to play catchup to UKball and his sister, Franceball, who desperately wanted to regain her clay lost to German Empireball in 1871, Alcase-Lorraine.

In midst of this tension, relationships were built up, and in 1877, German Empire-icon German Empireball became friends with Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball and Russian-Empire-icon Russian Empireball. However, the Alliance of the Three Emperors did not last, as Russiaball disapproved of Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball's interests in the Balkans, especially towards his distant relative Kingdom of Serbia-icon Kingdom of Serbiaball, who hated Austria-Hungaryball and Ottoman-icon Ottoman Empireball (REMOVE KEBAB!). German Empireball also built up warm relations towards Italian-Empire-icon Kingdom of Italyball in 1884, when he hosted the Berlin Conference.

Meanwhile, UK-icon UKball was reconciled with his sister France-icon Franceball in 1904 to form the Entente Cordiale, which was extended to include Russian-Empire-icon Russian Empireball in 1907, due to their mutual dislike of German Empire-icon German Empireball's interests. Kingdom of Serbia-icon Kingdom of Serbiaball was also unofficially included in this alliance, as were UKball and France-icon Franceball's many adoptive and biological children from overseas. German Empireball's rapid militarization was cause for worry for UKball, who was forced into the aforementioned arms race by 1900.

War to End All Wars (1914-1916)

In 1914, Kingdom of Serbia-icon Kingdom of Serbiaball kicked Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball right in the Archduke (?), which was Austria-Hungaryball's casus belli for an invasion of Serbiaball's clay. Serbiaball, however was supported by his distant relative and fellow Slav Russian-Empire-icon Russian Empireball, who demanded Austria-Hungaryball leave Serbiaball alone. However, German Empire-icon German Empireball's attention arrived at the scene, and he told Russiaball to leave his ally alone. In response, Russiaball declared war against German Empireball, who reasoned that France-icon Franceball would come to Russiaball's aid, and therefore should attack France-icon Franceball first, before Russiaball could sober up to fight him. However, the clay between Franceball and German Empireball's was too heavily defended, so German Empireball anschlussed and raped Belgium-icon Belgiumball's and his clay to get to Franceball.

However, Belgium-icon Belgiumball slowed German Empire-icon German Empireball's advance down enough for France-icon Franceball to get ready, and also got his guardian UK-icon UKball into the war, for German Empireball's violation of his neutrality. As a result, Franceball was able to defend his clay before German Empireball could anschluss it properly, and UKball beat him in a race to the sea, and Russian-Empire-icon Russian Empireball got ready faster than expected, causing German Empireball to face a two-front war.

Meanwhile, Italian-Empire-icon Kingdom of Italyball switched sides, and attacked Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball, who had recently attacked Kingdom of Serbia-icon Kingdom of Serbiaball and his clay, with Russian-Empire-icon Russian Empireball, under the pretext of liberating his Slav brother from dirty Habsburgs. German Empire-icon German Empireball was forced to come to his aid, since Austria-Hungaryball was virtually blind, and therefore unable to effectively defend himself. Romania-icon Kingdom of Romaniaball, Bulgaria-icon Bulgariaball, and Ottoman-icon Ottoman Empireball came to help them, and since this threatened the communications between UK-icon UKball and Russiaball, UKball sent his sons Australia-icon Australiaball and New Zealand-icon New Zealandball to teach Ottoman Empireball a lesson. In 1915, Australiaball and New Zealandball landed in Gallipoli and Sulva Bay, but failed to defeat Ottoman Empireball, and ended up helping UKball on France-icon Franceball's clay, where the stalemate between the Allies and German Empireball had lasted for over a year. Famously, UKball and German Empireball sang Christmas carols together on Christmas 1914.

In UK-icon UKball's son Falklands-icon Falklandsball's clay, German Empire-icon German Empireball was defeated by UKball, and also by his son Union of South Africa-icon Union of South Africaball on German Empireball's adoptive son German South-West Africa-icon German South-West Africaball's clay. Japanese-Empire-icon Empire of Japanball, who had joined the war on the Allies' side, defeated German Empireball and adopted Qingdao-icon Qingdaoball in 1914, then taking his Micronesian adoptive son Marshall Islands-icon Marshall Islandsball's clay. UKball took German Empireball's neglected adoptive son German Cameroon-icon German Cameroonball and some of his clay on New Guinea, and gave them to France-icon Franceball, and his son British New Guinea-icon British New Guineaball respectively.

By 1916, the war that 'would be over by Christmas' had dragged on for two years now, but this time with a renewed spirit on UK-icon UKball's side to make a big push, going over the top with France-icon Franceball, but they ultimately suffered heavy wounds, especially at the Somme, Mons, Ypres, Verdun, and Paschendale, but UKball defeated German Empire-icon German Empireball at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Ireland-icon Irelandball, UKball's slave, also took this opportunity to rebel against his subjugation, and ultimately left UKball's home a few years later. Greece-icon Greeceball and Montenegro-icon Montenegroball also entered the war on the Balkan front against Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball, and Romania-icon Kingdom of Romaniaball switched sides, like his distant relative Italyball had done so in 1915. UKball then helped the oppressed Bedouinballs rebel against their master Ottoman-icon Ottoman Empireball, with the objective of protecting his adoptive son Sultanate of Egypt-icon Sultanate of Egyptball's strategically important clay.

The Tide turns, and Victory (1917- 1918)

As the war progressed, it seemed as if the war was less about taking land, and more about wearing each other down. It wasn't obvious as to who was going to drop first, but the country that did was tired of not eating and had a large insurgence inside his clay.

Hint: It was Russian-Empire-icon Russia.

German Empire-icon German Empireball was having more trouble with Russian-Empire-icon Russian Empireball, so he secretly infected Russiaball with communism in 1917, turning him into Russian Republicball, then into Russian SFSR-icon Russian SFSRball in October 1917. He left the war at that point, giving German Empireball lots of his land in Eastern Europe (which would later be taken away), and hope of winning the war in the Treaty of Brest-Litvosk. However, his secret message to Mexico-icon Mexicoball in 1917, offering to help him regain his son Texas-icon Texasball from USA-icon USAball, was intercepted by UK-icon UKball and sent to USA-icon USAball instead, causing him to declare war on German Empireball, giving the Allies renewed hope.

USA-icon USAball, in that time considered just an emergent nation of North America (he was seen just like a newbie by the European countryballs fighting in the war), arrived in Europe in January 1918, and at the same time, the war was going badly for German Empire-icon German Empireball and his allies. Ottoman-icon Ottoman Empireball and Bulgaria-icon Bulgariaball had surrendered to UK-icon UKball, and Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball had also surrendered after Kingdom of Serbia-icon Kingdom of Serbiaball was rescued by UKball in 1918. By now, German Empireball had gone mad, and made a last desperate push across into France-icon Franceball's clay. He was ultimately defeated by USAball, UKball, and Franceball, who helped rescue France-icon Belgiumball and Luxembourg-icon Luxembourgball from German Empireball, who was killed in October 1918. His son, Germany-icon Germanyball, agreed to an armistice, which was signed at 11:11 am, on the 11th of November 1918, to end the war at last.

After the war, UK-icon UKball and France-icon Franceball forced Germany-icon Germanyball to sign the Treaty of Versailles at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, in which he accepted responsibility for his father's violent actions, and also forced him to pay reparations, ultimately leading to his personality change, to become Nazi Germanyball, and start another world war 20 years later. Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball was executed, and his children all given new names by the Treaty of Trianon, giving Romania-icon Kingdom of Romaniaball some clay, and Ottoman-icon Ottoman Empireball was also executed, with his son Turkey-icon Turkeyball given a new identity. His other children Kingdom of Iraq-icon British Iraqball, French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon-icon French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanonball, British Palestine-icon British Palestinecube and Kuwait-icon British Kuwaitball were all adopter by either UKball or Franceball. USAball, now recognized by European countries and Japanese-Empire-icon Empire of Japanball like an Great Power, helped create a League of Nations-icon League of Nations, Nazi-icon which ultimately failed in it's main goal of preventing another world war.

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