From the Book "The Oxford Historical Atlas: Second Edition" - Oxford University Press, ©1991
June 30th – The "St. Petersburg Event." "Tunguska" comet impacts just south of St. Petersburg, destroying most of the city (primarily through the fires that rage on after impact). Most of the Czarist Royal Family is killed. The people in the Russian Empire take this as a sign, and revolt. The Empire breaks into dozens of different sections, half of them claiming to be the "true" Russian Government.
July 17th – Russian held Poland declares its independence.
August 6th – The Austrian Empire moves troops to its eastern borders as fears the violence may spill over into their territory. They begin negotiations with Germany over the problem.
October 23rd – Leonid Petrov declares the "Moscow Republic".
October 29th – "Imperial Russia", to the west, declares war on the "Moscow Republic", while simultaneously trying to quell rebellion in its territory and expand southward. They put forth a "Crown Prince Alexei" as their figurehead – though the likelyhood that it is the Crown Prince is considered low-ish, if for no other reason than at least four other "Crown Prince Alexei's" will show up over the next couple of decades.
November 3rd – Imperial German troops cross from Prussia south into Poland. Its meager defenses are crushed in less than two months. They then turn east into White Russia, but winter closes in and their advance grinds to a halt for the season.
Germany creates the first airwar by using dirigible bombers to take out strong points in Poland. This will be an unusually successful tactic for the next three years, primarily because they are alone in the air, and Polish – and later Russian – forces have nothing resembling anti-aircraft guns. Three years later, however, they run into the British forces who do have ack-ack, and 75% of the German bomber-airship fleet goes down in a single night.
April 15th – Austrian troops move from Gallacia into Bessarabia. The tiny country is declared a protectorate one week later. More troops begin massing along the Ukrainian border.
April 18th – German troops resume their march east, taking over western Lithuania and butting up against the pathetic "Minsk state" defenses – which quickly begin to crumble.
May 23rd – Grand Duke Kiril, one of the pretenders for Czar, sends the "Minsk Letter", desperately pleading for aid from Britain – which has both treaty and dynastic ties with Russia – and France. Two days later, the Austrians move into the Ukraine declaring they will "restore order" to the territory.
June 1st – Parliament begins debate on just what sort of help to send. France sends notice to Germany that they are "not pleased" with Germany's actions in Russia. Germany quietly ignores this – which alarms the French no end.
July 5th – France nervously moves troops up to its border with Germany, but the expected invasion never arrives.
November 1st – Britain officially declares war on Germany – though the only outward sign of this is stepped up troop movements and the RN moving in to blockade the German coast.
November 27th – German troops chasing a Russian column east of Poland find themselves eyeing Austrian troops, headed into the Ukraine. Communiques begin flying between Berlin and Vienna.
December 24th – British War and Troopships pass through the Bosporus, headed for a landing at Sevastopol, in the Crimea. The "Christmas War" has begun.
– Nominally allies, the Ottomans are more than a little miffed that Britain seemed to feel no need to consult them before sending warships right past Constantinople, bar the straits against the British. In a burst of wild stupidity, the British ships shell the Ottoman fortifications and force their way through – the "Battle of the Straits." To say British/Ottoman relations suffer is to be way too tactful.
December 31st – Berlin and Vienna sign the "Prussia Treaty", setting a dividing line between present and future German and Austrian "acquisitions" in Russia at 50o – north. The "Prussian Line" greatly diminishes tensions between the two.
January – The British discover why no one fights in Russia during the winter, as their landing does little more than try not to freeze. Plans are made to move Indian forces up through Iran to link up with the landing, but this won't even begin for some months, and no one quite explains how they will "link up" when they're both on opposite sides of the Black Sea.
April – While British troops are bogged down in the Crimea, Austria finishes its conquest of the Ukraine (helped by the fact that most of the natives are on their side) and moves further east into Russia. The march is fairly bloodless as most of the Russian troops are either a) In the Moscow area, fighting the Germans, b) To the south, trying to both link up with the British and watch the Turks at the same time, or, c) Fighting other Russian troops.
April 27th – The last "Minsk" army surrenders to the Germans with their backs against "Imperial Russia" and the "Moscow Republic" – and the Grand Duke two-weeks dead from an infected wound. This will cause severe political problems for the British, as the government they've sent troops to help now no longer exists.
In the east, Japan grabs a large section of Siberia and adds it to its Manchuko and Korean territories. Both France and Britain lodge formal complaints, but don't really do much else. Later treaties after war's end will in fact enlarge Japanese holdings in Siberia.
May 3rd – Austria reaches its greatest expansion in the east. It pulls back some of its troops to consolidate, and sends others south to surround the British position. Finland, at this time, chooses to move into former Russian territory to its east and south.
April-July – Massive negotiations are on between Britain and Austria. Austria is not really interested in acquiring further Russian territory and in fact would like to pull back as far as the Ukrainian border. Their reasons for invasion were to protect the fractured territories against Turkish intrusion (Austria has always remembered its position as "Defender of Central Europe"), to quell the troubles and keep them from spilling over into their territories, to try and consolidate some of its ethnic groups wholly within the Empire, and to insure that Germany did not grab too much territory in the area (Austria was worried about German ambitions for Empire territory, maintaining Austria's lead of the German speaking lands, and wished to "keep Germany in its place" even while they were negotiating mutual-assistance pacts in the late 1890s). Austria sees that by allowing Britain in, it can achieve all these goals without actually having to do any more fighting. And what the negotiations achieved was an odd sort of withdrawal/turnover of territory from Austrian forces to British ones. By the end of the year, Austria was back behind the Ukraine's eastern border, and was able to send almost half of its troops to Bosnia and the south of Hungary.
– Germany has both "Imperial Russian" and "Moscow Republic" surrounded and down to relatively small pockets, and begins to drive further east and north. This will prove to be a major tactical error. First French troops join Britain in Russia (though most of their armies remain on the French/German border. As this lack of assistance continues through the war, it will severely sour French/British relations). Then their increasingly strung-out supply-lines begin to breakdown.
British use of specially designed "anti-diri" artillery first decimates the German airship fleet, and then forces it to change tactics, now bombing from very high altitudes. This saves their diris, but the effectiveness of bombing plummets to negligible levels.
October 5th – German and Finish advances meet, and fighting breaks out between the two invading armies. This, in effect, opens a second front for Germany in the war.
December 1st – Austria finishes it's turnover of territory to Britain, and British and German troops meet for the first time at the "Prussian Line". Fighting ensues (or what limited fighting can go on in the dead of a Russian winter) and now Germany has a three front war.
August 3rd – All those lovely freed-up Austrian troops march south into Serbia, Rumania, and Albania while Austria firms up its alliances with Bulgaria and Greece.
– Maximum German expansion into Russia. Holding all this territory is putting tremendous strains on Germany, and Britain is straining as well due to its long supply line which nearly circles Europe. Finland, on the other hand, is doing quite well, and is beginning to put its efforts into simply holding the territories and border that it currently has.
(more of the same)
May 5th – The Ottomans, still angry over the British forcing of the strait, declare their own war on Britain.
Or, at least, that's the reason they give. In fact, while they were mad about it, they had basically waited until it looked like the British were so overstretched and involved in Russia (which they were), that they couldn't really afford to put up much of an effort against the Turks (which they couldn't).
They were also hoping Britain would pay some sort of reparations (which after a couple of years it became obvious they wouldn't)
Basically, the "Battle of the Straits" was more a stated excuse to attack Britain in what was really a much more calculated move.
By anger or calculation, however, the British forces suddenly find themselves being attacked from the "rear" by Turkish troops. The supply line to India narrows and Britain is forced to move troops back from the German front to protect it.
October/November – Austria begins massing troops on the Ottoman European border while its fleet leaves the Adriatic for the Aegean.
November 2nd – Austrian armies, backed by Bulgarian and Greek forces, punch into Ottoman territory and rapidly begin rolling the Turks back towards Constantinople. The Ottomans panic, and pull much of their Russian expeditionary force back in an effort to reinforce the city and surrounding territory. Unfortunately, the Austrian navy (while the British one looks the other way) has virtually cut off all contact between the city and Asia Minor. Some troops and supplies get through, but the last of the Ottoman's European lands are basically under siege.
First use of aerodynes by Britain as scouts. Germany will follow four months later.
– The French finally do
something (from a British viewpoint, anyway) and cross the border into Germany. Germany's been maintaining forces along the border the entire war, of course, but the actual invasion comes as something of a surprise and the French move nearly fifty kims into Germany before their advance can be slowed, then stopped. Germany hurriedly orders troops back from the east to shore up their western defenses, but these will not arrive for months and all eastern offenses stall as a result.
July 6th – A British aerodyne tailing a German diri fleet finds itself being shot at by a German aerodyne with a newly mounted machine gun. The world's first "dogfight" ends poorly for the British, as their craft is unarmed. Armed aerodynes on both sides will be introduced in small numbers for the rest of the war, but only a few further dogfights happen, due to the vast size of the fronts being fought over and the limited number of armed craft.
July/August – British forces – with the Ottomans now far more worried about the attack on Constantinople and the Germans far more worried about the French invasion – push the Germans far north of the "Prussia line." German strategy now concentrates on maintaining the two narrow corridors that run to the north and south of Imperial Russia and the Moscow Republic in the face of continued Finnish attacks, the British push, and the badly managed, but continuous stabs by the Imperials and Republicans. The Germans are slowly losing the war – but in doing so, they are also slowly bleeding the other combatants white.
Meanwhile, the Austrian ring around Constantinople draws tighter as the besieged Turks are running out of anything even vaguely like supplies, while disease runs rampant, and desertion only remains low because there is no place to desert to.
October 8th – Austrian, Bulgarian, and Greek troops take Constantinople as the Turks are forced back across the straits for the first time in six-hundred years. Celebrations in Vienna, Sofia and Athens will go on for weeks.
November 9th – Peace negotiations in Vienna manage to call a cease-fire (helped by the Russian winter's own "cease-fire pronouncement").
– "Treaty of Minsk" officially ends the Eurowar, and draws up a new set of borders in Eastern Europe. Germany is unhappy about the lack of direct access between most of its territory and "Little Prussia" – a block of German held Russia to the southeast of the "Moscow Republic" – the Balkans are unhappy about Austria remaining in possession of most of the area, and the various Russian states are unhappy with just about everything – especially the other Russian states – but the major powers involved are tired from a full decade of war, most are stretched to their limits, and the treaty is signed.