3rd British Civil War

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3rd British Civil War
Part of British Civil Wars
Date1757 - Present
LocationGreat Britain, North America and the Netherlands
Status Ongoing
Belligerents

United Kingdom Berkeleys
Kingdom of FranceFrance
Kingdom of the NetherlandsThe Netherlands
(1759 - Present)
Spain Spain
Austria Austria
Vatican City The Papal States
(Since 1759)
Kingdom of PrussiaPrussia

Sweden Sweden
(Since 1758)
CromwellIcon.svg.pngCromwells
Kingdom of the NetherlandsThe Netherlands
(1758)
Commanders and leaders

United KingdomHarrison II

Kingdom of FranceLouis XV

  • Kingdom of FranceDuke of Flanders
  • Kingdom of FranceKingdom of the Netherlands William V Prince of Orange(1759 - Present)

SpainFerdinand VI
SpainCharles III
Vatican CityThe Pope
Kingdom of PrussiaKonrad

SwedenAdolf Frederick of Sweden

CromwellIcon.svg.pngOliver Cromwell

  • Duke of Argyll 
  • Earl of Warwick
  • Earl of Carlisle
  • Baron Anson
  • Henry Paget 
Kingdom of the Netherlands William V Prince of Orange(1758)
Strength

146,100 Berkeley
Royalists
95,000 French
Expeditionaries
(Mostly Irish and Scottish Jacobites)
27,000 Spanish Troops

1,200 Natives

140,700 Cromwell
Loyalists

10,000 Dutch Infantry
Casualties and losses
Approximately 33,000 Approximately 40,600
Over 145,000 Civilians

The 3rd British Civil War is a war being fought between the supporters of King Harrison II and King Oliver I.

Background

When Harrison I died, the believed missing Oliver Cromwell, rose up against Harrison II.

Loyalties at first in the 3rd British Civil War; Ireland (Green), Berkeley (Red), Cromwell (Blue), White (Undecided)

Cromwell started by giving a speech to his men. The applause he got was grand but the amount of the 40,000 men he spoke to that declared for him was only 10,700. Most of them liked Oliver but did not like the idea of rebellion. Great Britain had already seen the 1st and 2nd British Civil war 5 years prior in 1752 and the 1st and 2nd English Civil Wars in the 17th Century.

Afterwards, the Nothern and Central Colonies would declare for Cromwell, the Central wavered though later. While the south declared for Harrison II along with Spanish Florida.

Loyalties after the Siege of Argyll, Ireland (Green), Berkeley (Red), Blue (Cromwell), Orange (Undecided)
Loyalties after the Evacuation to the New World, Ireland (Green), Berkeley (Red), Orange (Undecided)

The Home Army

When the commander of the Home Army commander, The Earl of Carlisle, heard the revolt he decided to declare for Cromwell. But much like the Colonial Armies, not many wanted another Civil War.

Of the Home Army, 13,500 men declared for Harrison II, while 6,000 Elite Guardsmen declared for Cromwell.

The Home Fleet

As well as the Earl of Carlisle, the Baron Anson, First Sea Lord, also declared for Cromwell. Upon hearing of this a great mutiny started on board ships. The Admiralty itself declared for Cromwell.

Most of the First Rates and Second Rates formed the Cromwellian Navy while the more numerous 3rd, 4th, 5th, Brigs and Sloops formed the Berkeley Navy. 8% of the Navy burned during the mutiny.

Harrison calls his Allies

When Harrison II heard of this uprising he immediately set to sending letters to his international allies and loyal dukes.

Harrison wrote letters to his Grandfather the King of Prussia, his Brother-in-Law the Emperor of Spain, his friend the King of France, his friend the Holy Roman Emperor and Emperor of Austria.

The King of Prussia declared for Harrison but did not send troops.
The Emperor of Spain declared for Harrison and sent a fleet to the Home Isles.
The Emperor of Austria sent some troops to Hanover but could not really help as he was at war with Poland.
The King of France sent some 13,000 Normans and Bretons and later sent Jacobites to London.

First Battle of London

The First Battle of London was a conflict fought between Cromwell and Berkeley supporters in London straight after the initial uprising

Duke of Somerset

Upon hearing of the uprising the Duke of Somerset made a speech announcing he will be raising troops for the purpose of peace. This cause between 20,000 - 30,000 of the Home Army to march to Somerset.

After hearing some of the things Cromwell was promising they were leaning towards siding with Harrison but would only pick a side if one side made a major decision that the force deemed bad enough to take action.

Execution of the 1st Duke of Kent

After the Duke of Kent, Hunter Gronsky, had attempted to raise troops in the name of Harrison II, the people of Kent became outraged and arrested him and took him to London. Upon arrival at London, he was executed.

Upon the news of his execution being spread the 20-30,000 troops in Somerset decided that Cromwell was a "Tyrant". And in response marched to London.

Second Battle of London

The Second Battle of London was a battle fought just west of London between the Cromwellian Army made up of mostly Conscripts and the Peace Corps lead by General Hawkins.

Battle of the Straights

The Battle of the Straights was a battle fought in the strait between Ulster, Ireland and Galloway, Scotland. Here the Cromwellian Fleet made up of the ships who sided with the Cromwells when the First Sea Lord declared his loyalty, and the ships that stayed loyal to Harrison.

The Siege of Argyll

Main article: Siege of Argyll

Judicial Decision

The then Lord Chief Justice declared Harrison II illegitimate despite him being the son of Harrison I. The Cornwall governemnt immediately denounced this and claimed he was insane. The Lord Chief Justice described that Cromwell's claim was greater via a bastard female line of Joan Tudor. This breaks the laws of Agnatic-Cognatic Primogeniture but he still made this ruling.

The Conflagration of London

Following his receiving of a report of the riots in London, King Oliver Cromwell I, one of the two pretenders for the Throne of the Kingdom of Great Britain, sent word to his son to handle the matter with extreme brutality and strength. The details of such a plan incorporated the use of the entire Royal Artillery battery along with the Royal Guard Dragoons to viciously suppress the Riots currently spreading within the city. The Loyal child that the Prince of Wales was, regardless of his injuries, grimacing at the orders he was given, but gave the orders to act out the King's will.

Following such an order, the Loyalist forces, mostly the Surviving Guardsmen of the Cromwellian forces, several hundred cannons were gathered from the Royal armory and brought into the streets near the area of Rioting. From there, the the crisis began.

Cromwellian Troops firing on civilians.

At roughly two in the afternoon, the sounds of yelling and breaking of glass was deafened by the sounds of cannonry opening fire. Canister shot was unloaded into gatherings of crowds from the various barricades created by the Duke of Wales. The Resulting damage was so severe that mountains of bodies began to form around the cannonry.

The sight was simply too much for the Londoner Conscripts as they began to flee from the gun emplacements and barricades en mass. Many took to various back allies, while took up arms against the very men firing the cannons. Very few of the Cromwellian Conscripts attained from the city of London remained within the battle lines after a mere two hours after the campaign had begun. But even by then, entire streets were running with pools of blood, the smell of gunpowder and the screams of thousands more wailing in terror, pain, confusion, and anger carried across the winds. Just over 7 Percent of London's entire population perished in a mere matter of hours.

While the initial zones of the riots have been drastically reduced in civilian life and the rioters that were targeted have now been reduced to various forms of putty, the riots have spread to various other areas, either because the original rioters have fled from the guns into other regions, or riots simply breaking out at the outrage of being fired upon. Regardless of their reasoning, over 10,000 new rioters exploded within the area around the guns, attacking soldiers and civilians alike.

This eventually broke down into an all out clash in the streets against the Royal Artillery and the ever expanding mobs of London. In the end, after thousands more lay dead in the streets, a majority of the guns in London had been overrun, the baricades they used falling to the mob.

With Riots spreading across London, the city had more or less fallen into pure anarchy. The flames burning in the various city districts had burned so hot, and so great that reports state that some people in France claimed to see a tint of the orange glow from their shores! Tens upon tens of thousands flee the city in a mass panic, even more descend into mass murder, pillaging, rape, and worse. A thunderous explosion within the Royal Armory is said to have levelled an entire city block! In the building used for the Cromwellian Parliament, the defending guards have finally been overrun, with a series of lynchings and executions occurring.

The Cromwellian Prince of Wales, wounded was said to have attempted to gain a hold of the situation to the very end, with over a hundred royal guardsmen fighting to the last man trying to hold the palace where the Prince had taken refuge. Over a thousand members of the mob were said to have perished before finally breaking through, and setting the Palace alight. It is unknown whether or not the Prince burned alive, or was killed by the mob, but it is known that he perished that day.

The Cromwellian Duke of York, however, opted to make a valiant stand and push back the mob near the port. After hours of fighting, however, he too was overrun, and was said to have died fighting bravely after having been wounded several times previous. Fighting continues near the ports as Dutch soldiers and the survivors of the British guard fight zealously for the hopes of survival. Though they lose ground by the day as more and more anarchists flood to the ports, either seeking plunder, or simply revenge.

The Royal Dragoons had also been dispatched, cutting a bloody hole through the rioters in the streets, trampling and bringing their King's 'justice' upon the rioting civilians. Eventually, they too reached the port, and have joined in the desperate fight to hold the port until the Cromwellian fleet can arrive to evacuate them.

By this point, roughly 16.7% of the city's population had perished.

With the Home Secretary of the time giving order to evacuate the city, almost 14.48% of the population had also been evacuated, another 8.5% having fled the days before, signifying over an entire third of the city's population was either dead or had fled the city.

The Home Secretary had attempted to gain a hold of the city's turmoil, but eventually the city simply collapsed into violence, though the Home Secretary still maintains the only 'stable' district within the city through his Home Isle Stability force, comprised of a large amount of the Cromwellian's former conscripts who brought their families into what is now being referred to as the 'stability zone'

Home Secretary

The Home Secretary arrived to London to the sound of fanfare and cheers. The only man who truly focused soley on the true safety of the people. Many civilians, having been put through almost a month of pure chaos within London view the appearence of a government official akin to the divination of God. People in the streets seemed to part as the Home Secretary road into the broken streets of London, traces of fires showed, even in the so-called Stability District.

Immediately after arriving, the Various volunteer leadership positions were filled with true men capable of handling the sheer number of Officers that had been gained by the HS. While disorder had prevailed heavily due to lack of leadership, the Police Force has suddenly surged in functionality. Not only that, but four districts have been more or less subjugated within the city underneath the HS's zone of influence, signifying 5/35 districts falling under a state of peace.

In the various other districts, however, Maurauding bands of various clan-like groups have begun to clash with the Stability Force, resulting in nearly a thousand casualties. The clashes have thus far remained inconclusive as the two sizes continue to fight building to building.

In the "Fire Declaration of 1759" the Home Secretary called for able bodied men within the Stability Zone, not willing to fight for their homes, to serve in a "Firefighting Force" to put out various blazes still breaking out, and aiding in dealing with various destroyed structures for the sake of begining to rebuild the city. This also includes in building of fortifications for the sake of holding off maruader raids. This group was formed up of 1,700 able-bodied men who were highly organized under a council of 17 chiefs, each responsible for 100 men.

From his office, the Home Secretary Has established an entire body capable of overseeing the development of various areas of the city of London. There is over 100 officials, and even members of the Westminster parliament who have traveled to oversee the struggles of the city. London, being the very heart of the Empire, has required each of these influencial men to gather to see to various positions and rebuilding efforts. Funds are being gathered in various trusts and funds for the sake of bringing London back from the Brink. Individuals in charge of various grain reserves are preparing their stores for the sake of the refugees and nearly 4,000 new men have joined the Stability force.

After seeing the various humanitarian efforts of the Home Secretary, various factions and fractioned forces of the Cromwellian Home army have begun surrendering themselves directly to the Home Secretary to avoid the lynching by Irish or Berkeley forces.

The Entirety of England, while drastically hit by the shock of the Conflagration of London, the rest of the Home Islands will survive the food crisis.

Battle of North Carolina

Capitulation of the Netherlands

Not much is known about how the Netherlands capitulated by the message sent out was:
"Given the onslaught of the French invasion of the Dutch mainlands, the Netherlands have officially surrendered unconditionally to the French invasion force.

The following terms were as follows:


The Army of the Netherlands currently supporting the Cromwellians shall return to the Homeland of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands shall form an alliance with the Kingdom of France

The Netherlands shall adjoin the southern portion of their territory to be overseen by the Duc d'Flanderin for the sake of furthering Franco-Dutch relations

  • The King of the Netherlands shall rule from the Palace of the Duc d'Flanderin
  • The Netherlands shall send an expeditionary force of 10,000 to join with the French Expeditionary force under the Duc d'Flanderin
  • The Dutch colonial companies shall join with French Foreign companies to further the economic benefits internationally.
  • For the sake of handling the international affairs of such a mighty international cooperation, the Dutch and French armadas shall join in a single command structure.
  • With this, the international flow of powers has shifted once again."

France occupies London

Upon hearing about the chaos of London the French King Louis XV decided to send 90,000 men to London to occupy and stabilize London. A few engagements occured between misguided and uninformed members of the Home Secretaries force.

Invasion of America

In late 1760 the Duke of Lothian and Lord Protector ordered the invasion of North America to commence. 90,000 were ordered to board ships and start making their way to the Americas.