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 Post subject: Help with writing a background for VBCW for an article
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:24 pm 
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Can I have some feedback on this as it is for possibly an article about VBCW and I wanted to get the backguard right before going on to the factions and what and why VBCW games. So chaps what you think, is it a fair précis of what caused the VBCW? Is it too much or not enough? Have I missed anything? The next part will be the why play VBCW and then the various major factions.

In 1936, Britain's playboy King Edward VIII, thought by some to have far-right sympathies and a propensity for meddling in politics, abdicated in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. But in the '1938 A Very British Civil War' (aka AVBCW/VBCW/BCW/ECW3) history line, King Edward VIII refuses to abdicate triggering a constitutional crisis which divides the nation and results in Civil war. As a result instead of going to war in Europe, the nation is facing a very British crisis.

Stanley Baldwin the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom at the time of the abdication crisis in 1936 stated that if the King married “That Women” he would resign and being truth to his one resign as Prime Minister. King Edward VIII took this opportunity to put a likeminded person to led his Government and invited Sir Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists party to form a government, cause many MPs especially from various Socialist and left wing parties to leave the government and set up a People’s Government in opposition to Mosley and his Blackshirts.

Before long the positions of power in the land were filled with King Edward’s or Mosley’s supporter, friend and hanger-on’s and the Government brought in new unpopular bills to increase the power of the police and bring in police auxiliaries to stop the civil unrest that was breaking out across Britain. The Church of England led by the Archbishop of Canterbury became a voice of reason in these dark times advocating that King Edward VIII do the right and proper thing and step down, but this led to the Archbishop became more and more a thorn in the side of the King and Mosley’s Government.

By 1938 events had come to ahead after a couple of years where various people and organisations had planned, plotted and generally objected to King Edward VIII not doing the proper thing and abdicating, oh the cad, but instead married a divorcee and a American, both of which offended one side or another. But the King went ahead with his Coronation and the war of words and politically posturing ended and the civil war start after shots being fired allegedly at the King by the Welsh Guardsmen that lined the street.

Civil unrest and government reprisals led to various factions forming to tackle both the King and Mosley’s Government for the Church with its Anglican League to various Left Wing political parties and trade unionists forming the People’s Militias to other parts of the United Kingdom taking advantage of the situation to push for independence with Scotland forming a Republic and itself own independence. The only problem with these various factions with that they all had different agendas and distrusted each other as must as the King and Mosley.

With Scotland closes its border and declares itself independent, nationalists take up arms in Wales and Cornwall while other parts of the UK such as Liverpool declare themselves 'free states' and the British Empire begins to crumble. The one thing that holds true in these dark times is that the British people still carry on as best they can, forming Local Defence Militias to guard they village, area, patch or whatever and live carries on, stiff upper lip old chap, etc, that is until the war comes to their doorstep.

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Looks okay, but I thought the Coronation was 1937?

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Yes it was in 1937 oops, thanks for spotting that.

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I'll send you a suggested draft via FB, Pete. Good stuff though.

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Do you want to add a bit about it mirroring what was going on at the time - with the possible King'S party being formed during the abdication crisis, the broad conservative / right wing support for Eddie etc, his popularity with the people as well - it's a bit BUF orientated in my opinion and his support would probably been a bit more broader based than just that faction???? Just a thought - atb Tim


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The ABC leaving his London house on the South Bank & moving to the country cottage next door to the Cathedral in Canterbury & the 'who will rid me of this troublesome priest' rant


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I'm seem to remember that in the original 3 soure books it didn't state who took a pot shot at the king, or is this some background fluff I've missed. Also didn't it say the opposition parties refused to form a government and most MP's walked out, and thats when he asked Mosley to form a government.

Must admit it's been a while since I've read the first few soure books.

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the King claimed it was the Guards, so disbanded the lot, sending them away in disgrace. But could have been the BUF giving an excuse to remove a powerful armed force.


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Thanks chaps for all your help and pointing out things, Im going back to my first, second, third and concise edition of the source books and re-reading that again. I will look at the strong BUF influence Tim as well.

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Right chaps here is the second draft for the article and have gone over it again with the source books and help for PaulC. What do you think this time, views and amendments please. How does this sound for anyone work has no idea what VBCW is? Does this give the right amount background to VBCW?

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In 1936, Britain's playboy King Edward VIII, thought by some to have far-right sympathies and a propensity for meddling in politics, abdicated in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. But in the '1938 A Very British Civil War' (aka AVBCW/VBCW/BCW/ECW3) history line, King Edward VIII refuses to abdicate triggering a constitutional crisis which divides the nation and results in Civil war. As a result instead of going to war in Europe, the nation is facing a very British crisis.

Stanley Baldwin the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom at the time of the abdication crisis in 1936 was invited to the Palace on the sixteenth of November, where King Edward VIII stated his intentions to marry Mrs Wallace Simpson and Baldwin said that if the King married “That Women” the King should abdicate or Baldwin and the Government would resign. Baldwin had the agreement from the other parties that they would refuse to form a Government if the King didn’t abdicate and a constitutional crisis loomed.

By the end of November the King, buoyed up with the support of the “King’s Party”, a group of politicians and aristocrats, decided to call Baldwin’s buff and on the seventh of December, Baldwin being true to his word resigned as Prime Minister. Over the next few days, and despite The King’s best efforts, King Edward VIII was unable to persuade the leaders of the Labour and Liberal Parties to form a Government. Even Winton Churchill, a long-time friend and Supporter of the King and the most prominent member of the King’s Party refused the post.

The King took this opportunity to put a likeminded person to lead his Government and invited Sir Oswald Mosley to form a government, causing outrage from many members of the Houses of Lords and Commons, because of his unelected status and extremist politics. Many of the members from both Houses and all political parties walked all leaving Mosley with a Rump Parliament of pro-monarchists and members who felt they might be able to influence the Government. This caused many MPs especially from various Socialist and left wing parties to leave the government and set up a People’s Government in opposition to Mosley and his Blackshirts

Before long the positions of power in the land were filled with King Edward’s or Mosley’s supporters, friends and hanger-on’s and the Government brought in new unpopular laws to increase the power of the police. A new organisation of Police Auxiliaries was created to counter the civil unrest that was breaking out across Britain. The Church of England, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, became a voice of reason in these dark times, advocating that King Edward VIII should do the right and proper thing and step down, but this led to the Archbishop becoming more and more a thorn in the side of the King and Mosley’s Government.

By 1938 events had come to a head after a couple of years during which diverse people and organisations had planned, plotted and generally objected to King Edward VIII remaining on the throne, oh the cad instead married a divorcee and a American, both of which offended one side or another. But the King had gone ahead with his Coronation in 1937 and the war of words and political posturing ended on that day as civil war started after shots were fired, allegedly at the King, all sides blamed each other, was it someone from the crowd, a Policeman or Guardsman that lined the street, no one knew but the King ordered Mosley to declare martial law and the King withdrew to Madresfield Court near Worcester.

Civil unrest and government reprisals led to various factions forming to tackle both the King and Mosley’s Government; from the Church with its Anglican League, to various Left Wing political parties and trade unionists forming the People’s Militias, to other parts of the United Kingdom taking advantage of the situation to push for independence. Scotland declared itself a Republic and achieved independence from the Crown. The main problem with these various factions was that they all had different agendas and distrusted each other as much as the King and Mosley.

With Scotland closing its border and declaring itself independent, nationalists take up arms in Wales and Cornwall while other parts of the UK, such as Liverpool, declare themselves 'free states' and the British Empire begins to crumble. The one thing that holds true in these dark times is that the British people still carry on as best they can, forming Local Defence Militias to guard their village, area, estate or parish and life carries on, stiff upper lip old chap/old mate; that is until the war comes to their doorstep.


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