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The Austra-Asia Alliance or more commonly, The Alliance or simply Japan, is the largest power group in South East Asia and one of the world's primary superpowers. It is the worlds largest naval and space power and is considered by most political commentators to be the government of Asia.
The Sydney Pact
Following the Tokyo treaty of 1947 the Royal Navy withdrew from South East Asia leaving Japan the most powerful nation in Asia. Japan's dominance of the Pacific was not to last, however, and by 1948 the USSR was building up a naval force to rival Japan. The Australian government now realised how bad the situation it was in war. With the RN gone Australia was left with no defense to Japan or the USSR. To fix the problem now facing Australia the Australian government approached the Japanese Prime Minister Yamamoto with the Sydney Pact, Under the terms of this agreement Japan became responsible for organising and maintaining Australia's defense in exchange for money and resources. Later in the same year China and India signed an identical version of the Sydney Pact with regards to their own country.
The Alliance and The war with the USSR
Yamamoto organized all the signatories of the Sydney Pact into the Austra-Asia Alliance which formalized all of the countries under one banner. In early 1949 the USSR invaded Japanese Manchuria and the entire Alliance was mobilized to combat them. However, problems in the bureaucracy of the different countries meant that the only forces deployed to Manchuria by May were Japanese and Chinese. By July Manchuria had been overrun and frustrated at the failure of the governments to successfully work together, Yamamoto organized all the Alliance's military forces into one force. Despite Yamamoto's improved coordination most of mainland Asia fell to the USSR in part due to Communist revolutions. By mid 1950 the Alliance had been forced back to the southern Korean and Vietnamese peninsulas.
Frustrated at his commanders failures Yamamoto took control of the Alliance's fleet and led an attack on Vladivostok that cut off the USSR's forces. By the end of 1950 aid from the US meant that the Alliance had reconquered both peninsulas, By 1951 the USSR was encircled and its army was totally destroyed. At the end of the year the USSR gave control of Siberia to Japan, The unified command structure formed during the war remained in place and the members of the Alliance realised that whether they liked it or not Yamamoto was now in control of their country. To provide themselves with some measure of control over what happened in their country the signatures of the Sydney Pact proposed the Southern Pact which made the Alliance a nation with independent states. Each state elected a representative to the High Council which acted as a parliament and the whole populace would elect a Prime Minister. However as part of their terms in accepting the Southern Pact, Japan insisted that the Emperor remain head of state.
Consolidation and Rebuilding
The Alliance soon began to build up a massive technological and military lead over the USA. In 1952 the Alliance launched its first space satellite and its scientists started to develop ways in which space could be used for military purposes, In the same year the USA developed a H-Bomb and Alliance generals call for their own super weapon. Regardless of the tension between the two factions with regards to space the USA and the Alliance maintain a good relationship. Between 1952 and 1954 the Alliance began to build on its earlier success with a goal of making it to the Moon. The USA and USSR are both beginning to make gains on the Alliances progress by launching their own satellites.
Tensions between the US and the Alliance continued to grow from 1954 to 1961 due to a variety of reasons:
- Alliance scientist's research a super weapon the SHELS (Strategic High Energy Laser, Space).
- Both nations launch a class of super carriers.
- The US launched a Missile platform into space.
- The Alliance launched a series of missile defence platforms.
- The Alliance started to fund left wing governments in Mexico and other states.
- The US demanded that Vietnam and Korea be made independent.
- The SHELS is launched and tested.
- The Alliance wins the space race by making it to the Moon first.
This was despite the appointment of a non-Japanese prime minister in William McKell and a commitment from the Alliance to try and remove Communist insurgents.
The 2nd Pacific War
The tensions between the two factions came to the surface during the US led invasion of Mexico under the pretext of dealing with a Communist insurgency, However, the Alliance had been funding the Mexican government and moved in to protect their allies. The 3rd fleet of the Alliance moves of the cost of Mexico, this prompts the US to move more troops into Mexico and the Alliance increases its supplies to Mexico. In April of 1962 US troops captured an Alliance supply depot in northern Mexico and use it as an excuse to declare war on the Alliance, The US 7th fleet is moved to deal with the 3rd fleet but the Alliance is able to turn the battle around and the 7th fleet is nearly totally destroyed. In the following month a strike on the base at San Diego removes the US pacific fleet from action. The Alliance moved its own fleets to the west coast of the US so that it could deal with US navy forces and several thousand alliance army forces were shipped to Mexico to defend the countries borders.
In late 1964 a terrible tragedy befell the Alliance as its founder and war hero Yamamoto died of old age. Internal divisions within the alliance threatened to end its short period as a sovereign nation but the Australian William McKell (Prime Minister) and the Japanese emperor appeared together on Alliance TV to urge the people of the alliance to remain united. The public's faith in the alliance was soon restored when the 3rd task-force (Consisting of the Alliance's 1st army and most of the Mexican army) won a major victory over US Army and Marine forces in the San Diego region. National Guard forces in the southern US entrenched themselves though and the area soon resembled the trenches of WW-I, McKell decided to risk his popularity and ratings in the Alliance and ordered the first firing of the SHELS satellite on major US military bases. Barely a month later the USA surrendered and the Alliance took over the administration of the central US.
The Russian Civil War
William McKell was a strong supporter of maintaining national unity, having supported the Chinese Nationalists in the Chinese civil war and other national governments in civil wars. Thus when the USSR degenerated into civil war McKell made it obvious that he would support the USSR in their war against the European Federation backed Russian Federation. Alliance troops fought alongside USSR armed forces as they tried to retake their land from the Federation. This was unpopular in Pro-Western Australia, New Zealand and India and eventually the Alliance had to withdraw its support for the USSR, McKell's last act as PM was to negotiate a truce between the two parties which would stand the Alliance in good stead with the USSR in future.
A new Cold War
Jawaharlal Nehru was the Alliances PM between 1969 to 1977 and he led them into a period of cold war with the European Federation. The European Federation began to support all of its member states former colonies while the Alliance began to promote left wing governments in Africa resulting in the massive Ethiopian Empire. The cold war reached a new height, though, when the USA was reformed as a nation. Both the European Federation and the Alliance hoped that the new USA would be an ally of their power block but they both miscalculated as the USA emerged as a strong independent nation and soon reached an economic rate of production surpassing WW-II levels, Soon the USA began funding its own countries and the differences between the Federation and the Alliance began to decrease in number as they both co-operated to protect Israel from several middle eastern nations.
The USSR would soon reunite though and although it would never again regain its previous influence it soon started to fund its own governments in regions close to it heartland. Tensions between the four superpowers reached their height as the Middle Eastern War involved nations from all four spheres of influence.