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Hetalia - War by lmbrake Hetalia - War by lmbrake
The four main causes of World War One were:
Militarism – Where the term ‘arms race’ comes from. When countries build up their militaries.
Alliances – When two or more countries join in an agreement. When one goes to war, the other/s are expected to as well.
Imperialism – Control over other countries, and building empires. Ex: Britain and all its colonies.
Nationalism – A really strong sense of loyalty to one’s homeland and people. Pride in your country.
But the spark that triggered it was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of July 1914, when visiting Serbia. He was the heir to the Austria-Hungary throne. The Black Hand, a Serbian nationalist group, murdered Ferdinand to show how much they hated Austria-Hungary. This started a chain of events that quickly led to WWI.

Triple Alliance:
- Germany
- Austria-Hungary
-Italy (Sort of)
- Ottoman Empire

Triple Entente:
- Britain & Colonies
- France
-Italy (Later)
-US (Very later)

- Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28th, 1914.
- Russia was bound by a treaty to Serbia, and started sending over its army in her defense.
- Germany, who was allied to Austria-Hungary, declares War on Russia on August 1st
- France, who was allied to Russia, refused Germany’s demands to stay out of it. Germany declared War on France on August 3rd. Germany immediately invaded Belgium, (Who was neutral,) to attack Paris. (BTW, this plan was used again in WWII, and was a success the second time around.)
- Britain, who was allied to France by a more loosely worded treaty (Really more of a “moral obligation,”) declared war on Germany on August 4th. This was also because of a 75-year old treaty with Belgium. With Britain’s entry into the war, its colonies and dominions were dragged in as well, including Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.
- Japan, honoring a military agreement with Britain, declared war on Germany on August 23rd.
- The Ottoman Empire (Turkey,) joins the Triple Alliance on October 28th, 1914.
- Italy was initially allied with Germany, but later switched sides in May, 1915 via clause in the treaty, saying it would only assist the countries if they were attacked, but sense they were the aggressors, Italy was not required to participate. (BTW again, they did the same thing in WWII)
- The United States originally planned on remaining neutral, but when Germany started attacking US commercial ships, America declared war on Germany, April 6, 1917.

This is all straight from my Canadian History 11 Binder, so there’s most definitely stuff missing and/or incorrect. If anyone would like to correct me on anything, or has anything they feel is important and should be added, please comment below.

Also, when drawing this, I realized that Canada’s aviation goggles could possibly be homage to Canada’s air force during WWII (4th largest in the world.) 131 500 British Commonwealth pilots were trained at 200 sites across Canada. If so, that’d be pretty cool. If it was just a random fluke, eh, that’s still cool. :XD:

Before I get any comments on America, I did not add him because the US didn’t join the war until 3 years later.
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AnyMalfoy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
LOL, but yes, this is more or less how it happened.

* squeak * England with Canada and Australia ... Adorable.
DuskPlatinum Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Later on in WWII, the Canada liberated Belgium & Netherlands/Holland in 1944 I think. And in three days, they captured Germany for a certain amount of time before they were forced back, and then Russia came in (because Germany bombed Stalingrad and sh!t hit the fan) and finished of Germany in 1945.

DeathEggFan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the German invasion of Belgium was the British excuse. The real thing was that Britain was intent on gaining Germany's African colonies. They were waiting for an excuse to attack and defeat Germany. And they got one.
lmbrake Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I didn't know this. Thank you!
LarrySFX Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
then Italy kicked Austria's A** at Vittorio Veneto
B-A-D4EVR Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
And THIS is why America is stupid. No teaches us about this stuff! I didn't know British colonies and Japan were in WWI! No one told us that!! Son of a-!
DirtyPaws13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
.... You didn't learn that?  I live in America and have a crappy textbook but I was still taught that!
YesIamEccentric Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Seriously?! The British Empire lost 8 million men in WWI, London was bombed by Zeppelins (NOTHING in comparison to the Blitz in WWII though), the town of Scarborough was attacked by a German U-Boat and the 11th of November, the day the war ended, is Remembrance Day, and there's a two minute silence at 11 am and the Queen puts a wreath on the Cenotaph War Memorial, and most people wear Poppies as a sign of remembrance through most of November, that's why Britain and France tried to avoid war at all costs in the 30s and why there was Appeasement to try and calm Hitler down (it worked, obviously :/)
B-A-D4EVR Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
I didn't know about the zeppelins or Scarborough (I only know the song which probably has nothing to do with it... ^^'). Everything else I knew. We even did a two minute silence in our class this year. However that could also be because at 11 our teacher had had enough and told us to be silent for the last two minutes of class... :/

Yeah, appeasement does wonders. I wonder why we don't always use it. -_-*
YesIamEccentric Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Yah, Scarborough Fair has something to do with either -
A) The Plague
B) A Love Potion
(Because Love and the Plague are so easy to mix up! :iconderpplz:)

XD I think they use 11am silence as an excuse here too XD

Nothing says 'Don't start a war' more than giving in every time they want something! :iconhappyhitlerplz:
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