Not sure why it took the paper so long to report on the Gonder victory, but it did finally make the paper.
Foreign Office end of year world report:
The United States has quickly finished off their civil war and in the process annexed Texas into the nation, their manifest destiny was completed quickly:
Europe looks much as it did at the beginning of the year. We doubt Austria-Hungary is happy about Banat being a sphere of Germany.
And last but not least, current outline of Ottoman Empire including spheres (the green is Ottoman or sphere of Ottoman):
Update from Foreign Office: Austria-Hungary had an uprising and are now the Denubian Confederation! Looks like Austria-Hungary did not make it thru to the new year.
Elections resulted in liberals formed a coalition government that supported a free trade stance which annoyed the monarchy enough they mandated the upper house be returned to the conservatives who are protectionist and therefore pro tariff. Besides it’s hardly like this is even anti-democractic, they’re a 59% majority.
This is no doubt kicking the bear, but we indulged the foreign office request to pursue pulling Romania into the Ottoman sphere of influence which was completed this month. To prepare for possible repercussions as the map of the region shows Ottoman armies have been raised recently and are consolidating near the Russian border:
Ottoman secret police informants are passing along the nascent nationalist groups in the “European” portions of the empire currently under an Ottoman sphere of influence. We’ll need to keep an eye out for rebellion in these areas:
And also in April, and to no one’s surprise, the Romanians are calling us to join a war against the Danubian Confederation over a border territory. It was decided to roll the dice and join hoping others don’t join in, probably a mistake. At least they didn’t decide to attack Russia, yet.
As expected a Danubian force has begun annexing regions on our border, the army being built for a response to Russian incursions will first get field tested repulsing the Danubian army and hopefully the Romanians get on with their campaign and finish it up before this turns into a wider war.
-end of dispatch