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Old 08-04-2014, 09:35 PM
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Exclamation Centenary of The Great War

In late July 1914 The Archduke of Austria Hungary was assassinated in what would later become Yugoslavia. The Balkans were a set of warring states, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia. The division was along ethnic, religious, and political lines.

The Archduke was shot in Serbia, and Bosnia accused this assassination of being state sponsored by Serbian Government officials. The main super powers of the day What was left of the Ottomon Empire, The Russian Monarchy, and The British Empire were all headed by members of the same genetic family, a Family that didnt get on at the best of times, a family who backed different members of Yugoslavia, out of spite to each other, and out of political and economic gain with a stable foothold in the balkans.

The Ottomons declared that, as they were allies of Bosnia, infact, since the split of the ottomon empire, Austria-Hungary had declared that Bosnia was one of its realms and territories. The decisions on which land belonged to which super-power had been a long and complicated affair that was chaired by Treaty of Berlin. In other words, the Germans acted to keep the peace on the matter.

As Austria Hungary moved to support Bosnia, in retaliation for the death of the Archduke, against Serbia, Russia declared that as per the treaty of Berlin, it felt that supporting the Serbs was its job..and as such if Austria Hungary moved to support Bosnia, Russia would move to support Serbia. This left everyone else who was involved with the Treaty of Berlin in an awkward position.

If war between the two nations (Austria Hungary and Russia) took place on behalf of two other nations (Bosnia and Serbia) it was a treaty obligation that the other nations take sides, and defend their sections of the balkans, against each others countries...and family members within the Royal House of Europe.

Germany warned the rest of Europe to keep out of the growing conflict, and took the first active measures of the war, it began to posture towards Russia, and Austria Hungary, physically speaking. It became clear that Germany would support Austria if push came to shove...it was also clear that Germany was actively expanding in order to cross bridges and create boarders...this meant, Germany began invading nearby, neutral european countries...why, is not really clear, was Germany trying to create a barrier twix Europe and Russia, in order to prevent Russia and the other members of the Treaty on Russias side from combining? Was it trying to provide troops to Austria, to the balkans, we may never know.

But when Germany took the action to begin to encrouch on the French Republic, France (on the same side of the treaty as Russia) had to defend itself

War broke out across Europe...and the British Empire had to decide whether to join in under its contractual obligations via treaty (to support France and Russia) or whether to watch Germany and Austria destroy Europe to keep the balkans pro Bosnia.

At 11pm on 4th August 1914, the British Government made its decision, to enter the war, (which then brough hostilities wherever a British colony boardered a German one) and brought England to the East of France.

It was all quite dramatic, the speech in The Houses of Parliament ended with

"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time"

Whereupon the powers that be signaled the following to the British Armed Forces "We Are At War : Commence Hostilities against Germany"

Tonight at 11pm for the first time since the second world war, the British people are expecting a black out. The lights across the whole nation will be turned off, The street lights, the monuments in London, this process has already started in some places across the coast. Blackpool "went dark" about half an hour ago.

Shortly there will be a service of candles at Westminster Abbey, which will be the last place to go dark on the stroke of Big Ben at 11pm, exactly 100 years from the start of the Great War

There is speculation...no one knows whether the Abbey will go completely and utterly dark...or whether they will keep a solitary candle a blaze to symbolize hope

An Entire Generation of Men, mostly from the Commonwealth, (British Empire) died during the conflict that followed....and half of those bodies were never recovered

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:09 PM
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as all the lights went out, in Westminster Abbey they lit the paschal candle... The Great Easter Candle, that traditionally is left burning between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday

They pledge to leave this candle burning for the duration of the period of the war (until the centenary of Armistice day) as a symbol that the hope of Christ can never be extinguished
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