Given that I do a lot on this blog about VBCW, okay thats all I manly do I thought that it would be good to explain what this crazy little period is all about so here it is.
VBCW or Very British Civil War is an alternative history created by Messers Jones, Mortimore and Douglas and published by Solway Crafts and Miniatures.
In this scenario 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 Britain is facing a very British crisis.
The main players or factions are
The Edwardian Royalists- supporting King Edward
The Reactionaries-Mainly far right organisations who are supporting Edward to further their own agenda
The Anglican League- 'Middle England' at war, traditional liberals or Conservatives who find themselves unable to support the King and his Prime Minister
The Liverpool Free State- Faced with troops trying to break strikes in the City, the Mayor declares Liverpool an Independent Free State
The Yorkist Front- The City of York declares its support not for the King but his brother Prince Albert
The Peoples' Armies- socialist groups seeking revolution rather than just reform of the monarchy and government
The Scottish Republic- angered by the imposition of paramilitaries and the activities of the King's Prime Minister, Scotland succeeds from the union and declares a republic
Nationalist Independence Groups- In Wales and Cornwall groups are fighting for independence of the King's government
The Albertines- The democratic parliament in exile, elect Prince Albert Lord protector and invite him to return from self imposed exile in Canada and take all necessary means to restore order
The Red Clydesiders- Radical socialist groups in Glasgow aiming to bring about a socialist revolutionary government
The Jacobites- Angered by the failures of the Scottish Republic this group of mainly conservative highland landlords have invited Prince Ruprecht of Bavaria, last claimant to the Stuart line to raise a revolt
The League of St Andrew- the pro unionist party in Scotland seeking an alliance with Prince Albert
The Lord of the Isles- A Scandinavian aristocrat distantly related to the English Royal family revives an ancient claim on the Western Isles
One of the best things about VBCW is its creativity, its your civil war, you can create a history in your back yard or somewhere you know well. VBCW blends local history and your imagination. Be warned its adddictive. Most people start with this thinking its a nice idea for a skirmish game, which it is, but soon enough you are not only creating the odd unit but forming companies and battalions- just because its fun!
If you want to know more about this delightfully quirky, and fun period head on over to the http://vbcf.freeforums.org/ where a group of friendly chaps are always ready to answer any questions you may have