Prelude To WarEdit
1941, December 1-3rd: After acting on tips from several members of the public, the Kempentai captures several members of an American spy ring that is operating in Shikoku. After interrogating the captured spies, the Kempentai discovers that the rest of the American spy ring is operating in the city of Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu. The captured spies are sentenced to be used by Unit 731. The Kempentai raid the location of the other American spies in Nagasaki, and after a brief shoot-out which leaves one Kempentai and four Americans dead, the spies are captured. They are interrogated for information; wherein they reveal that the cargo ship U.S.S. Oregon will be arriving in Nagasaki. It will contain more spies as well as equipment to aid the spies. When it is decided that the spies have no relevant information, they are sentenced to be used by Unit 731. The Kempentai informs the Navy about the USS Oregon arriving in Nagasaki and the navy dispatches the I-400 submarine to sink the Oregon before it reaches Japan. One day after the interrogation of the spies, the I-400 spots the USS Oregon approaching Japanese waters. Captain Kodai orders two torpedoes be fired, they find their target with deadly accuracy, striking the USS Oregon amidships. The American cargo-ship sinks in just nine minutes with the loss of all hands.
1941, December 4th: With the sinking of the USS Oregon, the Kempentai scour the rest of Japan for any remaining American spies. They find several remaining American spies, all but one of them is captured with the rest being killed in a shootout in central Shikoku.
1941, December 5th: Prime Minister General Tojo and his cabinet begin planning for a possible war with the United States. The Japanese Ambassador to the United States reports back to Tokyo that President Roosevelt is unhappy with Japanese expansion in Asia. Prime Minister General Tojo does not trust Roosevelt not to attack Japan as he says Roosevelt is "The biggest Anti-Japanese person in the West". This distrust of America fuels the already strong Anti-American sentiment that is already prevalent throughout the Empire.
1941, December 6th: In a meeting with his cabinet and advisors, Prime Minister General Tojo lays out his plans for the attack on the United States. It is decided that Hawaii will be the primary target for the Japanese forces as well as the Aleutian islands and the West Coast of Alaska. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto suggests that Hawaii be taken first as once the US Pacific fleet has been disabled, the Aleutian Islands and the West Coast of Alaska will be easier to take. Prime Minister General Tojo agrees with Admiral Yamamoto and alters the plan to have Hawaii taken first.
1941, December 7th: Under the guidance of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Imperial Japanese Navy begins planning to attack the United States Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor. It is hotly debated as to whether the attack should include an invasion force. After much discussion, it is decided that ground troops will be included in the attack so that a full-scale ground invasion of the Hawaiian Archipelago can take place once the American Pacific Fleet has been destroyed.
1941, December 8th: In a meeting with the OSS, President Roosevelt decides against sending any more spies to Japan. Though they cannot prove it, the OSS inform the President that they believe that the USS Oregon was torpedoed by the Japanese. Roosevelt knows that he has to let this go because if he raises any questions about it with Tokyo, then he will all but have to admit that the ship was loaded with spies and equipment to help establish other spy-rings inside Japan.
1941, December 17th: At an audience with Emperor Hirohito, Admiral Yamamoto informs him that the IJN Yamato will lead the assault on Pearl Harbor. Admiral Yamamoto also presents the Emperor with a plan to use Hawaii to stage bombing raids on the West Coast of the United States. While the plan is approved, one modification is made; the bombing raids are to be limited to military targets only. Admiral Yamamoto agrees and makes the changes. Admiral Yamamoto also informs the Emperor of the plan to take the Aleutian Islands and the West Coast of Alaska; Emperor Hirohito agrees with the plans for Alaska and gives the revised plan his official seal of approval.
1941, December 21st: The Kempentai captures a Russian spy operating in Hokkaido. After interrogating him, the Kempentai discovers a Russian spy-ring operating in Northern Hokkaido. The captured spy is executed. The Kempentai raid the location of the other Russian spies in Northern Hokkaido, and after a brief shoot-out which leaves three Kempentai and two Russians dead, the spies are captured. They are interrogated for information, and when it is decided that they have no relevant information, they are sentenced to be used by Unit 731.
1941, December 23rd: The Imperial Palace releases the first official photo of Crown Prince Akihito, Emperor Hirohito's only son and heir to the Crysanthemum Throne.
1941, December 29th: There is an assassination attempt on the life of Prime Minister General Hideki Tojo by a Korean terrorist who planned to detonate a suicide bomb strapped to his chest in the hopes of killing the Prime Minister. The bomb fails to explode and the would-be suicide bomber is caught and interrogated by the Kempentai. The would-be suicide bomber reveals that there is a plot in Korea to assassinate the Governor General of the Japanese colony. He also reveals the location of the other would-be suicide bombers. He is then sentenced to be used by Unit 731.
1941, December 30-31st: In conjunction with the Kempentai, the Imperial Japanese Army raids various locations around Korea, either arresting or killing the would-be Korean suicide bombers. Those that are captured are interrogated, and those that survive the interrogation are sentenced to be used by Unit 731.
1942, January 4th: At the suggestion of his cabinet, Prime Minister General Tojo announces that all Korean men between the ages of 18 and 50 will be drafted into the Imperial Armed Forces in order to defend the Korean peninsula from attack. This goes down better than Prime Minister General Tojo thought it would as the average Korean citizen seems content to live under Japanese rule.
1942, January 9th-14th: There are a series of low-level naval skirmishes between the Japanese and Russian naval fleets off the Coast of Sakhalin Island. Though they are increasingly violent, they result in a stalemate. Imperial Naval command uses this as an opportunity to increase the Imperial Naval presence in South Sakhalin.
1942, January 21st: The IJN Musashi is attacked by two Russian gunboats near the border with Karafuto Prefecture. The Musashi returns fire, sinking both of the Russian gunboats. The Russian ambassador to Tokyo protests this and lodges a formal protest with Tokyo; it goes unanswered.
1942, February 5th: Japanese spies in Pearl Harbor report that the United States has begun moving warships and materiel to Pearl Harbor, a clear indication that the United States is preparing for war. The spies also report that the United States suspects that the Empire of Japan will attack its Pacific fleet but they do not know where the attack will be. Admiral Yamamoto believes this is good news, with the United States knowing an attack is coming but not knowing WHERE the attack will be, leaves the US unable to defend all their Pacific holdings as much as they would like. Prime Minister General Tojo tries to get Admiral Yamamoto to move the attack up to an earlier date, but Admiral Yamamoto resists, saying that if they attack now, the element of surprise will be lost. At an audience with Emperor Hirohito, Admiral Yamamoto informs the Emperor of Prime Minister General Tojo's insistence that the attack take place sooner and the Emperor gives Admiral Yamamoto's plan his official seal of approval. Prime Minister General Tojo obeys the order of his Emperor and says no more about moving the attacks to an earlier date.
1942, February 11th-13th: Knowing that war is on the horizon, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull tries to negotiate a peace between the United States and the Empire of Japan. Meeting with the Japanese Ambassador in Washington, Secretary Hull lays out the US position regarding Japanese expansionism in the Pacific. Ambassador Nomura says that Japan poses no threat to the United States; rather it is the United States that poses a threat to the Empire of Japan. He points to increased US military readiness in Hawaii and the Philippines. The talks end with no results or significant gains. Ambassador Nomura reports back to Tokyo that the United States is gearing up for war with the Empire. He reports that though the United States is gearing up for a war, he believes that the US will not fire the first shot.
1942, February 19th: Prime Minister General Tojo travels to Germany at the invitation of Hitler where he signs the Tripartite Agreement, thereby bringing the Empire of Japan into the Axis Powers. This does not go down well with other members of the government who want to fight against Hitler and Nazi Germany. The news that the Empire of Japan has joined the Axis Powers does not go down well in Washington either. President Roosevelt orders the United States military to go to its highest state of preparedness in anticipation of either a German or Japanese attack.
1942, February 24th: News that Japan has joined the Axis Powers increases tensions between the Empire and the Soviet Union. There are a number of small naval and land skirmishes in and around Sakhalin Island but nothing larger. Both Tokyo and Moscow know that war between them is on the horizon.
1942, March 3rd: Sir Kenneth R. Glendenning, the British Ambassador to Tokyo, tries to negotiate a peace with Japan before conflict can break out. He seeks assurances from Prime Minister General Tojo that British possessions in Asia such as Hong Kong will go unmolested by the Empire. He also pledges his government’s support to keep oil and steel shipments going to the Empire if they agree to break the Tripartite Agreement they signed with Germany. Prime Minister General Tojo says that the Empire of Japan is not yet at war with England and they cannot break the Tri-partite Agreement they signed with Germany without good cause. He also says that even though Germany is at war with England, the Empire has no interest in being involved in a European War. Sir Kenneth leaves Tokyo as he and all the English diplomatic staff in Japan are recalled to London.
1942, March 4th: The Kempentai arrest British Nurse Francesca Geddes and charge her with spying for the UK, a charge which she and the British Ambassador both deny. The evidence the Kempentai presents proves that she was spying for the British. She is sentenced to be executed by firing squad the next morning. Sir Kenneth tries his best to get the charges commuted to a life sentence, but he fails - as do his attempts to get her transferred to a British prison in Hong Kong. Winston Churchill calls Prime Minister General Tojo personally and appeals for clemency, but Tojo simply says that Japan has the right to execute foreign spies and that the verdict has been passed and the sentence will be carried out. Francesca continues to plead her innocence despite being caught with sensitive information.
1942, March 5th: At 8:21am, Francesca Geddes is executed by firing squad over the objections of Sir Kenneth. He lodges a formal protest with Prime Minister General Tojo, but since he is no longer the British ambassador to Japan, the protest is promptly ignored by Tojo. With the execution of Francesca Gedde, tensions between London and Tokyo take a turn for the worse.
A Pre-emptive MistakeEdit1942, March 6th: At 0121, an Australian cargo ship runs aground on Okinawa's Kume Island. While it appears to be just a genuine accident, it was far from a genuine accident as the ship had been run aground on purpose. Before authorities arrive, 500 crack Australian troops and 250 soldiers from India leave the ship and under cover of darkness, they make their way to a secret military camp six miles inland from where their ship ran aground. Acting on intelligence received from London, the Australian forces believe that the camp is being used to develop chemical weapons and also holds hundreds of POW's. This could not be farther from the truth. The secret military camp is, in fact, a military training facility that is designed to look like a POW camp. This is to train Japanese soldiers on how to escape from an enemy POW camp should they be captured. The Australian and Indian soldiers realise this too late when they try to escape. They are captured, though some chose to try to fight their way out. The leader of the Australian troops, Colonel Ramsay Mangle-Bishop and several Indian soldiers try to fight their way out but they are out-gunned and vastly outnumbered and after killing several Japanese soldiers, including Captain Kaijo, the commander of the training facility, they are captured.
1942, March 7th: The Australian and Indian POW's are housed in the training facility, which has been hastily converted into a real prison. Upon hearing about the incident, Prime Minister General Tojo informs the Australian Ambassador to Japan of the assault on the island and the fact that Australian soldiers attacked a Japanese facility and killed Japanese soldiers. The Ambassador contacts London, who authorised the raid. Ambassador Lewis reports back to Prime Minister General Tojo, telling him that “Neither London nor Canberra know anything about the raid”. Knowing that he is lying, Prime Minister General Tojo tells Ambassador Lewis that since neither London or Canberra know anything about the raid, then the soldiers captured are rogue soldiers and will be executed. Ambassador Lewis leaves to consult with Canberra and London.
1942, March 8th: The Kempentai charge Colonel Ramsay Mangle-Bishop with an act of aggression against the Empire of Japan and with seven counts of murder, including Captain Kaijo, the commander of the training facility. Colonel Mangle-Bishop and the British and Australian Ambassadors deny all the charges. The Australian and British Ambassadors are told that Colonel Mangle-Bishop is sentenced to be executed by firing squad.
1942, March 9-10th: Sir Kenneth R. Glendenning, the British Ambassador to Japan. tries his best to get the charges commuted to a life sentence, but Prime Minister General Tojo refuses to listen to his pleas. Sir Kenneth asks Prime Minister General Tojo what it would take to spare Colonel Mangle-Bishop, his men and the lives of the Indian soldiers, Tojo replies with “For Colonel Mangle-Bishop, his men and the lives of the Indian soldiers to be spared, the British Queen must come to Tokyo, and in front of His Most Imperial Majesty the Emperor and a full session of the Diet, apologise for this second act of aggression and ask for our forgiveness”. When Sir Kenneth says that will never happen, Tojo says that the execution will procede as planned. Sir Kenneth says that "This is a case of state-sanctioned murder and will not go unanswered". Sir Kenneth leaves Tojo's office in quite a rage when he is reminded that the attack on the Kume Island camp was an act of war and that Japan is only going to execute those involved and not declare war on the British Empire, which Japan has every right to do.1942, March 11th: As with Francesca Geddes, Winston Churchill calls Prime Minister General Tojo personally and appeals for clemency, but Tojo simply says that Japan has the right to execute foreign soldier who attack Japan. Desperate to avoid war with Japan, Churchill agrees to let Japan execute the leaders of the attack but in return, they have to spare the rest of the soldiers. After making Churchill plead for mercy, Prime Minister General Tojo agrees to spare the other soldiers. They are to be transferred to Hong Kong on a British troop ship to be sent to Japan. The HMS Dorset is dispatched immidiatly from Hong Kong to Japan.
1942, March 12th: The HMS Dorset arrives in Japan after going at full steam so as to get to Japan as quickly as possible. With the exception of the 13 senior leaders of the raid, the rest of the Australian and Indian prisoners board the HMS Dorset which departs Japan almost as quickly as she arrived.
1942, March 13th: Colonel Mangle-Bishop and the Indian officers are informed of their fate. Colonel Mangle-Bishop is to be beheaded while the Indian officers are to be executed by firing squad. Colonel Mangle-Bishop asks to be shot by the firing squad along with the Indian officers, but this is turned down. Coproral Yasuno Chikao is given the task of beheading Colonel Mangle-Bishop.1942, March 14th: At 0600, Colonel Mangle-Bishop is taken from his cell to a field where he sees the Indian officers being led out. He watches as they are forced to sit down with their hands tied behind their backs. They are held in place by stakes to which their hands are tied and are then blindfolded. Despite his pleas for them to be spared, Colonel Mangle-Bishop can only watch as the Japanese riflemen take their positions. Aside from some quiet sobbing when they were brought out and tied down, the Indian officers remain silent. Colonel Mangle-Bishop watches in horror as the blindfolded Indian prisoners are executed by the firing squad. Colonel Mangle-Bishop is then taken away and interrogated throughly for several hours before being returned to his cell.
1942, March 15th: At 0600, Colonel Mangle-Bishop is taken from his cell to the same field where the Indian officers were executed. He is shown Corporal Yasuno Chikao, his executioner, practising with his Shin Gunto sword. Colonel Mangle-Bishop watches as Japanese soldiers and citzens gather to watch. He is then interrogated once more, publicly this time, and when his answers are not what they want to hear, Coproral Chikao cuts off one of Mangle-Bishop's hands. Screaming in agony and protesting that his treatment is against the Geneva convention, Colonel Mangle-Bishop begs for mercy one last time before Corporal Yasuno Chikao raises the Shin Gunto sword above his head, then in one fluid movement, the sword swings down and slices through Colonel Mangle-Bishop's neck. Corporal Chikao picks up Colonel Mangle-Bishop's head and shows it to the assembled soldiers and civilians. He puts the head back with the rest of the body as a burial detail arrives to take the body away.
Japan Prepares For WarEdit
1942, April 1st: While England fights Nazi Germany; Japan stays out of the war. Though Japan is part of the Axis powers, they will not get involved until they are attacked directly by one of the Allies or if Japan declares war first, the other Axis Powers will support them. This makes the Soviet Union uneasy as they know that sooner or later, Nazi Germany will turn its attention toward them and that will leave their holdings in Asia weak and a ripe target for Japan.
1942, April 20th: A representative from the Vichy Government in France arrives in Tokyo to formally assume the position of the Vichy Ambassador to Tokyo. Jean-Luc Artois is the first Vichy Ambassador to be dispatched to another nation. Prime Minister General Tojo is not happy about the Vichy Ambassador, having heard from his intelligence operatives in France that the Vichy Ambassador is really a German intelligence operative assigned to gather any and all intelligence on the Empire.
1942, April 29th: Relations between the Empire of Japan and Nazi Germany take a turn for the worse as Prime Minister General Tojo refuses to send warships to help defend the Vichy Navy from the British, who are threatening to sink the Vichy Navy if they do not join the Allies or scuttle their ships. Vichy Ambassador Artois lodges a formal complaint with Tokyo but it does no good. Prime Minister General Tojo refuses to commit the Imperial Japanese Navy to fight in Europe as the Empire of Japan has no reason to fight the Allies so far from Japanese territory. Despite this refusal of help from a member of the Axis, Hitler does nothing as he needs the Empire of Japan to fight the Soviets in the Far East. He sends a message to Tokyo requesting that help be given to the Vichy Government; this is ignored by Prime Minister General Tojo. He states that his government will not commit Japanese forces to a conflict so far away from Japanese territory without good reason.
1942, April 30th: A bomb explodes outside the residence of the Governor-General of Korea, injuring the Governor General himself, Minami Jirō. The Kempeitai investigate the bombing and conclude it was the work of Korean rebels. Realising the need for the culprits for this to be brought to justice, the Kempeitai offer a large reward of half a million yen for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the bombing.
1942, May 1st-3rd: A loyal Korean citizen, a young man named Syngman Rhee approaches the Kempeitai with information regarding those responsible for the bombing. Under intense interview, he reveals that those responsible for the bombing are hiding in the town of Manpo near the old Korean-Chinese border. He informs them that a man called Kim Hyŏng-jik was behind the mastermind behind the bombing, along his wife Kang Pan-sŏk. While the Kempeitai launches an assault on the location provided to them, Syngman Rhee is kept at a secured Kempeitai building. The Kempeitai assault on the location given as the hideout for Kim Hyŏng-jik, his wife and other Korean rebels is successful with Kang Pan-sŏk and most of the rebels being killed and Kim Hyŏng-jik is badly wounded but captured alive; he is taken back to Tokyo under tight security.
1942, May 5-8th: During his interrogation, Kim Hyŏng-jik reveals that the rebels were supplied the materials for the bomb they used by Soviet agents; this is investigated immediately. He also tells the Kempeitai that the Soviet Union is planning to attack Japan and retake Karafuto Prefecture and the Northern Territories. Upon hearing this, Admiral Yamamoto orders that all Japanese forces in Karafuto Prefecture and the Northern Territories to go to a war footing and expect an imminent Russian attack. Though General Tojo and Admiral Yamamoto believe that the Russians will attack, they still do not want to get involved with the German war-effort as it will bring the Empire into America's firing line. Kim Hyŏng-jik is executed by beheading. At the same time, Imperial Army units raid various locations throughout Korea, arresting and detaining anyone thought or suspected of being a member of the rebel forces. Those that are arrested are either executed by beheading or spared and given life in poison in return for information on other Korean rebels. The brutality of the executions shocks President Roosevelt, who calls the executions “Inhuman and barbaric”.
1942, May 12th: US Ambassador to Japan Sam Travis delivers a message to Tokyo, stating that:
“The United States finds the way the Korean rebel fighters are treated by the Imperial Armed forces in Korea as Inhuman and barbaric. Japan must withdraw its armed forces from Korea if it is to avoid any future war or conflict brought about by the continued subhuman treatment of the Koreans and the occupation of their country”.
Upon receipt of the message, Ambassador Travis is asked to leave Tokyo by a furious Prime Minister General Tojo, who views the message as the United States attempting to extend their influence beyond the Pacific and into Asia.
America and the Day Of InfamyEdit
1942, May 13th-14th: In Washington, Japanese Ambassador to the US is told to shred any and all official documents, and that their coding machines are also to be destroyed. Unbeknownst to Ambassador Nomura, US Naval Intelligence has cracked the Japanese diplomatic codes and is aware that they are planning to evacuate their Embassy. A young naval intelligence officer by the name of Nick Quince S. Kevon makes an error in his translation; he mistakenly translates the phrase "Imminent safe evacuation of personnel" as "Safe personnel evacuation, attack imminent". And thinking that the United States is about to be hit by a Japanese sneak attack, the message is rushed to Roosevelt. With this ‘information’, the President and his cabinet believe that the target of the Japanese sneak attack is going to be the US Pacific fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt orders Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox to prepare the US Pacific Fleet for deployment as soon as possible. He informs them that he intends to launch a pre-emptive strike on Japan before they can attack Pearl Harbor. Vice-President Wallace disagrees with this, saying that if they attack Japan without a formal declaration of war, they will be no better off than the Japanese. He says they should re-inforce Pearl Harbor and increase patrols but not attack Japan first. Naturally, Roosevelt disagrees with him, saying that the United States has to attack Japan before they can be attacked. This causes a major rift between Roosevelt and the Vice President; as when Roosevelt briefs the War Cabinet on the plan to launch a pre-emptive strike on Japan, Vice President Wallace refuses to attend. He says that if the US attacks Japan, then everything that happens to the US as a result, they will have deserved. The target is the Japanese Island of Okinawa.
1942, May 15th: Vice President Wallace resigns when Roosevelt refuses to call off the pre-emptive strike on Japan. He is arrested by the FBI and held under house arrest. The Pacific Fleet is made ready for the attack on Okinawa. The Japanese Embassy in Washington is officially closed down as Ambassador Nomura leaves Washington, unaware of what is going on. Roosevelt is informed that the Pacific Fleet is almost ready and that the carriers USS Yorktown, Hornet, Gambier Bay and Bismarck Sea will be participating in attack alongside the battleships USS Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah and Missouri. Roosevelt also has plans for the Japanese and the Japanese Americans living on the West Coast.
1942, May 18th: As the fleet leaves Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issues United States Executive Order 9066; a presidential executive order signed and issued, authorizing the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones. More Controversially, EO 9066 also clears the way for the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps. Former Vice President Wallace, released from home arrest, decries the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps. At a Press Conference, he says that the United States is “Perilously heading down the path that mirrors what is going on in that vile dictatorship that is Nazi Germany”. His words resonate with isolationists and Anti-War activists, who begin protesting against US involvement in the war. The US Pacific Fleet nears its target of Okinawa.
1942, May 19th: At 7:01am on May 19th 1942, the United States launches a sneak attack on the Japanese island of Okinawa. During the assault, five Imperial Japanese Navy battleships were sunk, though two of them were beached before they could sink and were returned to service later in the war. And the five other battleships that were present were heavily damaged. The combined air attack and ocean bombardment sank five other cruisers, four minesweepers, two mine layers and one training ship. 150 Japanese aircraft were destroyed and 3423 personnel were killed and 1,282 were wounded. Fuel storage facilities were also destroyed as well as power stations, shipyards and maintenance bays. American losses were light, with 47 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. The US also shells several small coastal towns and the capitol of Okinawa Prefecture, killing a total of 2,998 civilians. One American pilot was captured when his fighter was shot down by the Japanese Navy. After devastating the Japanese fleet, the US Pacific Fleet leaves as the Japanese flagship Yamato and her sister ship Musashi arrive. The two mighty ships are able to sink a US carrier and one cruiser before the US fleet is out of range. The attack was a major engagement of World War II and came as a profound shock to the Japanese people and came as a bigger shock to the government who did not expect the United States to attack without a formal declaration of war. Upon hearing about the success of the attack, former Vice-President Wallace made his now-famous quote “I fear all we have done is to awaken the sleeping dragon and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
1942, May 20th: The day after the Okinawa attack, Prime Minister General Tojo makes his famous ‘No honour’ speech:
Yesterday, May 19th 1942, the island of Okinawa was attacked without warning or provocation by the United States of America. In return for this cowardly act that proved the United States of America is a nation with no honour, we hereby declare War on the United States of America and their allies in the British Empire. The men and officers of Our Army and Navy shall do their utmost in prosecuting the war. Our public servants of various departments shall perform faithfully and diligently their respective duties; the entire nation with a united will shall mobilize their total strength so that nothing will miscarry in the attainment of Our war aims.
Several hours later, Hitler issues a declaration of war against the United States on behalf of Germany with an Italian declaration of war following shortly after. The United States and the British Empire follow suit with declarations of war of their own against the Axis Powers.
1942, May 22-24th: With the news that the United States is now at war with the Axis Powers, the isolationists and Anti-War activists step up their protests but they are largely ineffective as the country gets behind the war effort to “Beat the Nazis” and “Smash the Japs”. Former Vice-President Wallace leads the Anti-War Coalition, the largest of the Anti-War movements. He continually protests against the war, saying it is an unjust war as Japan had not attacked the United States and by attacking Japan the way the US did, without a declaration of war, it proves that the United States feared Japan and its growing power. Washington releases a statement saying it is going to war against the Axis to “Defend freedom a liberate those who have been ground down under the jackboot of oppression”. The attack on Okinawa is hailed as a success, which causes the US to largely put away its Anti-War and Isolationist sentiment, though Former Vice-President Wallace remains a vocal opponent of Roosevelt and the war. As pursuant to U.S Executive Order 9066; all persons of Japanese ancestry and decent are to be moved to internment camps. This is welcomed by the US population, who view the Japanese as sneaky and not to be trusted despite the US attacking Japan with no formal declaration of war being issued. All those being moved are to hand over their business to Non Japanese thereby depriving many of their livelihoods.
1942, May 27th: Former Vice President Wallace is contacted by Nick Quince S. Kevon, the former US naval translator. He says he has proof that the Japanese were not planning to attack the US when they evacuated their embassy. He says that the war is his entire fault and those that die in it; their deaths are on his head. As he goes to meet the former Vice President, he is knocked down by a hit and run driver.
The Pacific WarEdit
1942, May 30th: An informal meeting with President Roosevelt and his staff is cut short when an aide runs into the office and reports to Roosevelt that the Philippines are under massive attack from the Japanese fleet. The Japanese fight-back has begun. In the Philippines, After sinking the aircraft carrier USS Essex, the Yamato pounds the American positions with its massive 18-inch guns. Within seventeen hours, the US forces have all been but obliterated and with the Imperial Japanese forces having launched a full scale ground assault, General McArthur communicates to the US his intention to surrender: “I feel that I am now compelled to surrender to preserve the lives of the remaining men under my command”. General McArthur issues the ceased-fire order to his troops and personally issues the surrender to the Japanese. It is accepted and McArthur and Philippine President Quezon are brought aboard the IJN Yamato where they the surrender of the US Forces and of the Philippines government respectively.
1942, May 31st: The news that the Philippines have surrendered and General McArthur reaches the US, where the US newspapers and radio shows all report the loss of the Philippines and McArthur’s surrender. Though this news is not good, it does little to affect the US war effort, rather the reverse, it spurs the US on to retake the Philippines and rescue McArthur.
1942, June 1st: With the capture of the Philippines come the bonus of captured US military equipment and the knowledge that US code breakers have cracked the Japanese military codes. It is decided to switch to a new code while issuing false and misleading orders on the old one, as to keep the US off guard and sure that they know what Japan is going to do next. The Japanese fleet led by Yamato heads away from the Philippines and into the Pacific. Admiral Yamamoto and his officers do not like issuing false and misleading orders on the code the US have cracked; they believe this is dishonourable and that they should not stoop to the level of the US. Imperial Military HQ says that if they can score a decisive victory over the US, then they will be able to force Roosevelt to sue for peace on their terms. Yamamoto and his officers still do not like it but they go along with it for the sake of the war.
1942, June 2nd: Admiral Yamamoto opens his classified orders which reveal the location of the fleet’s next target. He briefs his officers on their target and they draw up a plan to attack and take their target. Yamamoto is informed that Tokyo is considering breaking the tripartite agreement with Nazi Germany as to avoid a war with the Soviets, who are already causing trouble along the Manchurian border and near Karafuto Prefecture.
1942, June 3rd: Prime Minister General Tojo promises the release of American prisoners in the Philippines, but says that they will remain as POW’s until such time as the US ends the war that they started. This news does not go down well with some in the US Military who favour an all-out assault to free their fellow soldiers. President Roosevelt makes a speech where he vows to "Smash the expansionist Japanese war machine, liberate the conquered nations of Asia and kick the Imperial Military all the way back to Tokyo".
1942, June 4th: The Japanese fleet arrives at its target; Midway. The US Pacific fleet is caught off guard and is no match for the fleet. The Japanese fleet wins a stunning victory over the American fleet at what the Imperial Government in Tokyo calls "The Battle of Midway". Virtually the entire American carrier force is destroyed along most of their supporting vessels. Midway is then occupied and pronounced to be part of the Empire of Japan. The shocking defeat of their fleet and the loss of Midway send ripples of doubt through the US population, who fear that with the loss of Midway, Hawaii or the West Coast could be next.
1942, June 9th-14th: The American fleet regroups in the Coral Sea but is ambushed and destroyed by the Japanese in the "Battle of the Coral Sea". With almost all their carriers sunk in the Battle of Midway, the American fleet was ripped to shreds by repeated Japanese air attacks; the USS Yorktown was the first casualty. As the remains of the US fleet retreats, the Japanese seize their chance and the Santa Cruz Islands and Guadalcanal are occupied. Some in Roosevelt's cabinet begin suggesting that he attempt to negotiate a peace with the Empire, but he refuses, saying "If we negotiate, we are betraying not only our allies and those Asian nations ground down under the jackboot of Japanese expansionism, but we are betraying those brave American servicemen who have died fighting a ruthless and unforgiving enemy".
The Fall of New ZealandEdit
1942, June 15th-17th: A Japanese submarine spots three US Warships docked in a New Zealand port, and radios their position to the rest of the fleet. As the submarine tries to rejoin the fleet, it is attacked and sunk by a destroyer from New Zealand. In response, Prime Minister General Tojo says that "The New Zealand destroyer attacked our submarine without warning or provocation and New Zealand must be made to pay for its act of aggression against Our Empire". Though this is not stated outright, Washington, Wellington and London know this means an invasion. While the Yamato heads back to the Philippines to prepare for another mission, the Musashi and a mid-sized fleet head to New Zealand. They encounter a few British ships but they are easily dealt with by the Musashi.
1942, June 19th-21st: Japanese troops launch a massive ground assault on New Zealand, invading the North Island. They drive inland for the first day of the invasion but on the second they run into a New Zealand defensive line centred on Gisborme and several major attacks on it are repulsed. The Musashi and her escort ships prevent any New Zealand or American ships from getting close to the North Island, which causes trouble for their forces on the South Island. There are several attempts by US forces to shell the Japanese forces on their side of the defensive line, but these have little to no effect. A British bombing raid successfully destroys a Japanese mortar position and an emergency runway that was under construction, killing 127 Japanese soldiers. The British also launch a series of airstrikes at the Japanese positions farther inland. While these are all failures, they serve to distract the Japanese forces while the New Zealand government escapes to the South Island. The British pull their forces back and fortify their positions on the South Island. The government of New Zealand, having retreated to the relative safety of the South Island calls on the "Citizens of New Zealand to resist the brutality of the Japanese occupiers rise up and drive the murdering Jap bastards back into the ocean". To counter this, the Japanese set up a puppet government in the North Island with the intent of showing that the claims made by the government in the South Island are "Baseless lies designed to besmirch the honour of the Japanese military". The puppet government, based in Gisborme, shows that far from being brutal occupiers, are a stabilising force that is helping the people of New Zealand rebuild after being part of the British Empire. Much to the shock of the Allies, the Maori population on the North Island openly support the Japanese and their puppet government and begin collaborating with them.
1942, June 23-26th: A convoy of American transports loaded with troops and supplies for New Zealand is ambushed by three of the new Sen-Toku I-400 class Japanese submarines. In conjunction with Japanese dive bombers and torpedo bombers launched from the Hiryū, they easily sink nine transports and two of the escorting destroyers. That night, a squad of four Japanese torpedo boats sink another three transports, forcing the rest of the convoy to turn back. The Japanese rescue 122 American sailors from the sunken ships and a few soldiers who make it to shore. When they are captured, they are immediately taken as prisoners of war and held at scattered locations throughout the North Island.
1942, June 27th: There is a ceremony in Gisborme as the new President of the Imperial Republic of New Zealand ascends to office. As his first act in office, President Erana Martin asks the Japanese forces to “Reclaim our South Island from the American and British occupiers and reunite our nation, for the glory of The Emperor”
1942, June 28th: Anti-Japanese citizens rebel in Wellington and take over the city, but they are no match for the Japanese military and after a 4 hour battle, Wellington is recaptured by the Japanese and almost all of the Anti-Japanese citizens are killed in the fight, 63 are captured and taken prisoner. A squad of American, British and New Zealand troops lands on the North Island in an attempt to free the US POW's being held at one of the POW camps. They land easily on the island with little resistance and face minimal resistance as they approach the POW camp. As they approach, they are caught in an ambush and are attacked by the "prisoners" who are,in fact, Japanese soldiers waiting for them to arrive. They are forced to retreat to the south coast where the Japanese army besieges them there. After two days, with most of them killed, the American, British and New Zealand troops surrender and are taken as POWs.
1942, June 29th-30th: The Japanese forces stage a massive invasion of the South Island; they easily cross the Cook Straits and lands on New Zealand's South Island, quickly seizing Blenheim. The invasion shocks the allies and takes them by surprise; in conjunction with the shelling from the navy and airstrikes, they are easily able to overrun the defensive lines. They now have a foothold on the South Island, and with air support, they are able to fortify their positions against any counterattack. The Imperial Japanese Army advances inland from Blenheim but is halted by guerrilla and partisan activities; they fortify their positions and hold their ground.
1942, July 1st: With the Imperial navy keeping supplies and re-inforcements away, the Japanese forces stage a full-scale assault on the rest of the South Island. Japanese airborne troops capture Queenstown, which had been functioning as the Guerrillas support base. With the Guerrillas mostly neutralized, Japanese troops occupy most of the remainder of South Island. There are small pockets of resistance from British and American troops, but these are soon wiped out. The New Zealand government is captured trying to flee aboard a cannery ship. They are taken to Gisborme, where they sign the unconditional surrender of New Zealand and its armed forces. The puppet government in Gisborme, which is subordinate to Japan, now controls all of New Zealand.
1942, July 2nd: The world is in shock at the Japanese invasion and annexation of New Zealand, this causes the allies to re-inforce their own colonies and possessions within striking distance of Japan. With New Zealand now firmly in Japanese hands, Admiral Yamamoto now can concentrate on the next big target: Hawaii. The Us knows Hawaii will be the next target for the advancing Japanese Empire, but with their fleet having taken such heavy losses, they know there is a good chance that they will lose Hawaii.
TORA, TORA, TORAEdit
1942, July 3rd: There is “Calm before the storm" in the Pacific as Japan consolidates its holdings in Asia and the Pacific. The US knows an attack on Pearl Harbor is coming, but not knowing when puts them on edge. The US knows that an attack is coming but they do not know from where or what the size of the fleet is. There are renewed calls for Roosevelt to try to negotiate an end to the war before Hawaii could be lost, but Roosevelt refuses to even consider trying to negotiate. Naval intelligence reports to Roosevelt that they have intercepted a short Japanese message that simply states "Climb Mount Niitaka". This worries Roosevelt as naval intelligence thinks it is a coded signal to a hidden Japanese fleet on its way to Pearl Harbor.
1942, July 4th: The day Roosevelt and the US had feared finally arrives, with the radio-message of "TORA, TORA, TORA", which was broadcast on a secure frequency, the Imperial Japanese Navy begin their attack on Pearl Harbor. The IJN Yamato begins the assault by firing her massive 18-inch guns at Pearl Harbor. Launched from the carriers Sōryū, Hiryū, Akagi and Kaga, Japanese bombers pound Hawaii, hitting Honolulu, Hilo, Pearl Harbor and many other cities. While the US Navy scrambles to launch a counterattack, Japanese troops land on Hawaii and Oahu; the invasion has begun. Heavy fighting breaks out off the coast of Molokai when a US navy task force centered on the battleship USS Maryland, intercepts the Japanese fleet. Though the Americans do a lot of damage, sinking two destroyers and a transport, the Maryland is destroyed by the combined fire of Yamato and two other Japanese torpedo cruisers while the USS Arizona is hit by multiple airstrikes and capsizes and sinks. With the destruction of the battleship, the remnants of the taskforce are forced to flee. The American Navy attempts to resist the invasion in a number of other places too, but due to their heavy losses and the total surprise the attack received, they are unsuccessful.
1942, July 5th: Japanese troops, operating with heavy air support, secure control over most of the archipelago. While the Yamato leads the successful attack and invasion of Hawaii, the Yamato's sister-ship Musashi leads an assault force that quickly invades and subdues Tasmania. The small island nation is no match for the might of the Musashi and her assault fleet and the nation is overrun within 24 hours. The last few pockets of US resistance on Hawaii are mopped up by Imperial Marines. Roosevelt pulls all but the bare minimum of forces out of Europe to re-enforce the West Coast as he believes that California will be the next target for Japan.
1942, July 6th: Japan releases the “Kyoto Declaration” announcing the terms for America's surrender, with the warning, "We will not deviate from them. There are no alternatives. We shall brook no delay." For America, the terms of the declaration specified:
1: The elimination “for all time [of] the authority and influence of those who have deceived and misled the people of America into embarking on an unjust war of aggression against Japan”.
2: The occupation of “points in American territory to be designated by Japan”.
3: “American sovereignty shall be limited to Alaska, and such territory in the Contiguous United States and territorial possessions as we determine”
4: “The American military forces shall be completely disarmed”
5: Stern justice shall be meted out to all war criminals, including those who have visited cruelties upon Japanese and Japanese Americans currently living within the United States.
6: As soon as it is possible, the current American administraion shall step down and be replaced with a more Japan-friendly administration.
1942, July 7th: The United States rejects the “Kyoto Declaration”. President Roosevelt, who is now facing increasing calls from within his own cabinet to negotiate an end to the war, resolutely refuses to call for any negotiations with Japan. This causes a rift with some in his cabinet, particularly with the Secretary of War and Secretary of State Cordell Hull. They know that by refusing to negotiate, they risk bringing the war to the mainland US. Roosevelt went on the radio and made his famous “Kill it with Silent contempt” speech: “I consider the Kyoto Declaration an insult not only to the military of the United States, but to the citizens of this great nation. As for the Government, we do not attach any important value to it at all. The only thing to do is just kill it with silent contempt. We will do nothing but press on to the bitter end to bring about a successful completion of the war”. His message increases morale slightly but those within his own cabinet that call for mediation is not convinced. Prime Minister General Tojo, upon hearing about Roosevelt’s rejection of the Kyoto Declaration calls for the US to end the war before more life can be lost: “We call upon the government of the United States to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all American armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction”. Fearing an American counterattack on Hawaii, propaganda is produced encouraging people to join the Imperial armed forces and defend Hawaii from "American aggression". Propaganda is also produced lambasting and denoucning Roosvelt as a war-monger and butcher. This propaganda is produced in Hawaii and distributed to the civilian population and the US POW's that are captured. It is also produced and shipped to the Japanese forces heading towards Alaska.
1942, July 8th: While the US was concentrating on Hawaii and the West Coast, they did not re-inforce the Aleutian Islands. A Japanese task force hits the Aleutian Islands at several key points along the chain. The ill-prepared US forces are all but wiped out by the Japanese force, with just a handful of troops surviving. Under the command of Major Henry Walker, the surviving US forces continue to fight the Japanese, but their cause is lost. The Japanese forces on the Aleutian Islands are given a choice by the Japanese; Surrender or face certain death. Major Walker does not want to surrender, knowing what the Japanese do to those enemy soldiers who surrender instead of fighting to the last man. He is about to ignore when Colonel Matsubara, the commander the Japanese forces on the Aleutian Islands repeats the choice; surrender or dearth. Colonel Matsubara says if they ‘stand down’ rather than surrender, that would be acceptable and their honour would be preserved. Major Walker, after seeing the sorry state of the few men left under his command, accepts Colonel Matsubara’s offer and his troops stand down and are taken ‘into protective custody’. Much to Walker’s surprise, Colonel Matsubara’s troops treat them well and give them food and full medical attention on board their ship, the warship Midoriama. The Anti-Roosevelt propaganda is distributed to the captured American troops as well as the civilian population within the Japanese Control Zone. The news that the Aleutian Islands have fallen to the Japanese sends shockwaves through the White House. They had believed that Japan would strike at California next, but instead they have seized the Aleutian Islands. Once again, there are calls for Roosevelt to negotiate a peace with the Japanese before the United States looses any more territory. When Roosevelt is presented with a motion by Senator Crosby calling for peace with Japan, Roosevelt loses his temper: “I can't believe my ears! You all stand before me waving a piece of paper crying 'Negotiate, negotiate!' I WILL NOT! I WILL NOT, NOT, NOT!”
1942, July 9th: 5 days after losing Hawaii and one day after the loss of the Aleutian Islands, many in Los Angeles believe that their city will be the next to fall to the Japanese advance. Secretary of State Cordell Hull meets with Senator Crosby where they discuss ways of ending the war, but they all require Roosevelt to agree to it. It is then that Senator Crosby suggests that Roosevelt be removed either by impeachment or by ‘other means’. When Hull asks what Crosby means by ‘other means’, Crosby places a revolver on the table. Hull refuses the armed option, instead preferring to remove Roosevelt peacefully.
Operation West Coast Rising SunEdit
1942, July 10th: The day Roosevelt had thought would happen after Hawaii fell finally arrives; Japanese bombers fly over Los Angeles and the naval base in San Diego. The city of Los Angeles is suffers terrible damage but not as much as San Diego, which due to its importance as a naval city, suffers far worse damage. During the first seven hours of the raid on San Diego, the naval port and surrounding areas are totally destroyed. The US Navy flagship, the USS Enterprise, manages to escape the bombing but is heavily damaged and can only make half speed. Such is the damage to Enterprise that 32 minutes after leaving San Diego, the list causes her to capsize then sink beneath the waves. The bombers limit themselves to military targets only, leading people to think that the bombers are softening up the two cities for an invasion. For Former Vice-President Wallace, this is just ammunition to use against Roosevelt, with Wallace publicly stating “Plainly, President Franklin D. Roosevelt has brought this war on himself and on the United States. He launched a pre-emptive attack on Japan citing the Japanese plan to attack the United States. No such plan existed at the time. He cut off oil and steel to Japan then froze Japanese assets in the United States, a clearly provocative act. Is it any wonder that a proud people like the Japanese might be expected to respond with force to these outrageous provocations? Are we not in large measure to blame for what has happened to us? Mothers whose sons are drafted may well wonder whether the fight is worthwhile and whether the government that orders them into battle has any idea what it is doing”.
1942, July 11-16th: The day Roosevelt and the entire US had been waiting to happen after Hawaii fell finally arrives; at 8:21am 12,000 Japanese Paratroopers land up and down the California coast. The paratroopers are not just Japanese, but many Korean and Chinese soldiers that have proven loyal to the Emperor and the Empire. Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Los Angeles are all landing sites. The initial landing of the paratroopers comes up against little or no resistance as residents of these and other coastal towns had been evacuated after the fall of the Aleutian Islands. The only exception being Los Angeles, where the residents had refused to evacuate, mainly due to the movie studios that refused to move, with a representative of the major studios releasing a statement saying “Roosevelt brought this war to our country, we will not leave our homes and business because of that lame-legged war-monger”. Their comments do not go down well in Washington, but there is little to nothing that Roosevelt can do to make them leave. San Diego is quickly seized by the Japanese and they begin clearing the damage done by their air raid to make way for their own ships. Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara all fall within a matter of hours. The Japanese forces link up and begin heading inland; their target is the state capitol at Sacramento.
Their inland march is halted by the US National Guard and units of the US Army. The Japanese forces, instead of trying to push forward, engage the US National Guard and units of the US Army in a series of holding battles and attacks designed to keep the enemy off guard. This is done so that the units working in San Diego can repair enough of the damage to allow Japanese ships to resupply their troops. The carrier Sōryū is the first to arrive, and though it is not able to dock in San Diego, it is able to send out bombers to aid the troops. In Washington, with the Japanese having made landfall in California, there are now daily calls for Roosevelt to negotiate with the Japanese and stop their invasion before the US looses any more territory. Roosevelt steadfastly refuses to surrender; he announces to his cabinet that if the war does not go their way, he will use the atom bomb being developed by the Manhattan Project to wipe out "Every last stinking Japan invader". While his cabinet know that they need to defeat the Japanese, they are horrified that Roosevelt would consider using the atom bomb on American soil.
The work in San Diego has progressed enough to allow the carrier Sōryū to enter the harbor. This gives its bombers better range and coverage when supporting their troops. There is panic on the East Coast when a German submarine is spotted. Fearing an invasion from Germany on the East coast, the USS Idaho is sent to destroy the German submarine, but when they get there, all they find is a sea of wreckage and three German sailors who have survived the sinking. They are taken onboard the Idaho as POW's and taken back for interrogation. As the Idaho leaves, one officer claims to have seen a Japanese submarine heading away from the wreckage, but he could not be sure. Back in New York, the surviving German sailors are brutally interrogated for information regarding a possible Nazi invasion of the East Coast. All three deny any knowledge of a planned Nazi invasion of the East Coast; they say they were sent to scout the East Coast and to sink the few remaining merchant ships aiding the British. The carriers Hiryū, Akagi and Kaga join the Sōryū in San Diego. The combined firepower of the planes from the four carriers is enough to push the US National Guard and units of the US Army back at a steady pace. This allows the Japanese troops to head directly toward Sacramento. They face stiff resistance from police and National Guard soldiers who had been assigned to defend the state capitol. They also conduct interrogations of Chinese-Americans and Chinese citizens living in the areas of California under their control. They are brutally interrogated for any usefull information that might aid the Japanese advance.
The bombers and fighters from the carriers leave Sacramento untouched, instead concentrating on the US National Guard and units of the US Army. Within 19 hours, the resistance around Sacramento is crushed and the Imperial Japanese Army invades the state capitol of California. When he sees Japanese soldiers marching toward the State Capitol building, and knowing that Japanese forces have been sighted in the San Gabriel mountains, he realises that any further fighting would result in more loss of life, Governor Hilderbeck meets the Commander of the invasion forces and surrenders. The news that Sacramento has fallen and Governor Hilderbeck has surrendered reaches Washington. Many now begin calling for the impeachment of Roosevelt and a speedy negotiated settlement to the war. But still Roosevelt refuses to surrender or even consider a negotiated settlement to the war.
With the US pre-occupied with the attack on California, they did not realise that the Japanese forces on the Aluetian Islands had received re-enforcements. They realise this too late as under the command of Colonel Matsubara, the Japanese forces attack the West Coast of Alaska. They seize chunks of the west coast of America's 49th state, after a bloody but short battle, they take the city of Carter. They do not advance any farther into Alaska. Instead they concentrate on securing further territory on Alaska's west coast. After a series of mid-level battles, they secure the majority of Alaska's west coast. With the loss of Alaska's West Coast, the call for the impeachment of Roosevelt and a speedy negotiated settlement to the war is now louder than ever. But even after the invasion of Alaska and the loss of its west coast to the Japanese, Roosevelt still refuses to surrender or even consider a negotiated settlement to the war. As if to rub it in the faces of Roosevelt and his administration, the Japanese hold two victory parades, one through the center of Sacramento and the other through Los Angelese' Chinatown. There are a no protests at the victory parade through Los Angelese' Chinatown, the Chinese living in Los Angelese' Chinatown know how brutal the Japanese military has been in mainland China and they want to avoid trouble. Some of them pack up as much of their belongings as they can and flee California while the rest stay; uneasy about how they will be treated by the Japanese forces.
So Long, Bunker HillEdit1942, July 17th: The USS Bunker Hill, which had departed from Alaska before the Japanese invasion, was midway between Alaska and California when the Japanese invasion of California began. At first, no one could or would believe that the mainland US was under enemy attack. Early radio reports received by the Bunker Hill were garbled, leading several of the crew to believe that Germany was attacking California. Upon receiving correct information about the invasion of California and who was behind it, and because of their equidistance to California and Alaska, the CO of the USS Bunker Hill, Commodore Burke, took the decision to head for California to try to stop the Japanese invasion from taking place. As they closed in on California, in the distance they could see the signs of combat taking place. As they prepared to launch their planes, the IJN Sōryū, having been dispatched from San Diego, launches its own fleet of planes. The USS Bunker Hill launches its own planes and ariel combat broke out. The two fleets of planes were not evenly matched with the Zero having a slight edge over the Bunker Hill's planes. After shooting down two American planes, Ensign Kiyoshi Ogawa's Zero is hit by a barrage of AA fire from the Bunker Hill. Not wanting to simply crash, Ensign Ogawa took the decision to crash his damaged Zero into the USS Bunker Hill in a 'Kamikaze' attack. One of the other A6M Zeros in the Japanese fleet emerged from low cloud cover, dove toward the flight deck and dropped a 550 pound (250 kilogram) bomb that penetrated the flight deck and exited from the side of the ship at gallery deck level before exploding in the ocean. With a final cry of "BANZAI", Ensign Ogawa sends his Zero on a collision course with the Bunker Hill. The Zero went through the antiaircraft fire, dropped a 550 pound bomb, and then crashed into the flight deck near the carrier's "island", as kamikazes were trained to aim for the island superstructure. The bomb penetrated the flight deck and exploded. Gasoline fires flamed up and several explosions took place. Bunker Hill lost a total of 346 sailors and airmen killed, 43 more were declared missing (and have never been found), and 264 wounded. Amongst the wounded is Commodore Burke, who lost his left leg when Ensign Ogawa's Zero hit. Vice Admiral Mitscher was lost when the Bunker Hill went down. The IJN Sōryū picks up the Bunker Hill survivors and takes them back to San Diego as Prisoners of War. The loss of the USS Bunker Hill marks the end of the US Naval operations on the West Coast and effectivly gives Japan control of the entire west coast of the United States. The loss of the USS Bunker Hill is a major moral-blow to the US Navy and the American war effort against the Japanese. The loss of yet another aircraft carrier increases the pressure on Roosvelt to seek a negotiated end to the war, but he stubbornly refuses to even consider seeking peace terms with Japan. When asked by reporters if he will seek peace with Japan, he says "If we seek peace with those murdering, invading Jap bastards, it will be not only an insult to the brave men who lost their lives on the Bunker Hill, but to all our brave soldiers who have died fighting the invading Jap murderers"
Taking a bite from the Big AppleEdit
1942, July 18th: The White House nearly goes into catatonic shock when the Yamato sails into New York Harbor. The US Coast Guard ships are no match for the Imperial Japanese flagship. The few Coast Guard ships that challenged the Yamato are easily destroyed. After tuning in to the civilian and military frequencies and listening on the radio to the panic caused by their appearance, the Yamato, in a calculated gesture designed to instill fear in the panicking civilian population of New York, fires on Liberty Island. The salvo hits the Statue of Liberty, knocking it over and breaking it into several burning pieces as well as turning Liberty Island into a raging inferno. The USS Natick, which had been damaged in the North Atlantic, limps into New York Harbor and fires on the Yamato. The armoured hull of the Japanese flagship is not damaged and returns fire, obliterating the USS Natick. In retaliation, the IJN Yamato shells New York, causing major damage. Surprisingly, they do not target the George Washington bridge, which by now is full of people streaming acorss the bridge in an attempt to escape the shelling of the city.
The IJN Yamato avoids doing damage to Wall Street, but the rest of New York is fair game. After the sinking of the USS Natick, the US Coast Guard mounts an ill-fated attempt to attack the IJN Yamato. Three Coast Guard Cutters converge on the Yamato and open fire with small arms. This has no effect and the Imperial Marines are easily able to sink two of the cutters and force the third to retreat. They are able to rescue 23 US Coast Guard sailors and take them prisoner. With 23 US Coast Guard sailors now prisoner, the US is hesitant to attack the IJN Yamato for fear of killing its own sailors. The Chrysler Building is targetted and fired on by the Yamato, it is subsequently hit single shell, causing structual damage to the lower levels and starting fires on the first eight floors.
1942, July 19th: Faced with an open challenge to his presidency and a movement to have him impeached, Roosevelt announces he is to “broadcast our surrender and a plea for mercy in order to bring this war to a swift end with no further loss of life”. The surrender is accepted by the Japanese, who say that the formal signing of the US Instrument of surrender will take place in three days at a time and place of their choosing. In Tokyo, the news that the US has surrenderd is greeted with joy and celebrations. Prime Minister General Tojo says that "The United States has paid for its act of war when it attacked Okinawa, their surrender will bring an end to the war in the Pacific and the end of American aggression towards Our Empire".
The Treaty of HonoluluEdit
1942, July 22nd: The Treaty of Honolulu is signed onboard the aircraft carrier Shoho in San Diego Harbor, with Admiral Yamamoto, General Tashikawa and General Murakami representing the Imperial Navy, Army and Air Force respectively. Admiral Chester Nimitz signing on behalf of the United States. The US Instrument of surrender has a number of articles which specifies that:
All land, sea and air forces under the direct control of the United States government will end all combat operations against Japanese forces.
The Treaty guarantees Japanese hegemony over occupied territories of New Zealand, Attu and Kiska, the Santa Cruz Islands, New Guinea and all of China up to the borders of Tibet, Sinkiang, Midway, and Hawaii.
The United States is limited to Alaska and such territory in the Contiguous United States as we determine and all territorial possessions of the United States are now territorial possessions of the Empire of Japan.
The territory captured by Japan in Alaska shall be permanantly ceeded to the Empire of Japan.
The end of the war for 1942, July 22nd, at 0821 hours (8:21 am, the day the instrument was signed). American forces in California were to surrender all weapons and equipment to Japanese commanders. No equipment was to be damaged, no ships in the Pacific were to be scuttled.
The United States shall turn over any and all material relating to the United States atomic weapons program to the Empire of Japan.
Stern justice shall be meted out to those who had "deceived and misled" the American people into war, including all war criminals.
Justice shall be brought down upon those who have visited cruelties upon Japanese citizens and Japanese Americans currently living within the United States
The United States itself will not be occupied in total, but instead the occupation will be limited to California, which will remain under Japanese control for fifty years.
The United States will turn over all of its atomic bomb research and any material pertaining to the atomic bomb to Japan.
The US will pay for the total rebuilding of Pearl Harbor.
The military of the United States Navy shall be forbidden from entering the Pacific Ocean for 70 years.
All American military commanders in California were to obey orders from Japanese commanders. All comunications were to be done in plain language and no codes.
Any final political settlement will supercede this instrument.
The Empire of Japan could take whatever punitive measures it deemed appropriate in the event that U.S. military and politicial leaders did not act in accordance with the surrender.
In addition, Japan makes two promises:
Japan swears to recognize the sovereignty of Tibet, Sinkiang and Australia, and allow travel through Japanese controlled waters.
Japan will leave the Axis and join the Allies
The treaty is signed and with immediate effect, Japan leaves the Axis and joins the Allies.
Japan's last fight with the AlliesEdit
1942, July 24th: With Japan leaving the Axis, the days are now numbered for Nazi Germany. But despite having a peace treaty with the United States, the Empire of Japan is still at war with the British Empire. Japanese troops concentrated in Burma cross the Indian border and crush a major British force. They move on Dhaka, which is quickly occupied by the Japanese. Another Japanese force takes Chittagong. The British army prepares to launch a counterattack.
1942, July 25th: Japanese carrier planes bomb Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar. A Japanese attack on Guwahati is driven off by British forces but with heavy casualties for the British.
1942, July 27th: A British counterattack is launched, which drives back the Japanese Army but fails to retake Dhaka. The Japanese army launches its own counterattack. The overextended and under-supplied British army is routed and forced to retreat. The Japanese army overruns all of East Bengal along with much of the surrounding territory and begins shelling and bombing Calcutta.
1942, July 29th: England asks for a ceasefire and opens negotiations with Japan. Japan agrees and says the ceasefire must be signed onboard the Yamato.
1942, August 2nd: With the Yamato docked in London, Winston Churchill boards the ship and signs the Treaty of London. The Treaty specifies that:
England is forced to cede all territory up to and including East Bengal to Japan.
The Falkland Islands will be ceded to Japan
England signs the Pacific Territories Treaty, a classified treaty whose contents are known only to Downing Street and Tokyo.
In return, Japan agrees to demilitarize the border for ten years and to keep its navy out of the Indian Ocean for five years.
With the treaty signed, the Allies now concentrate their entire military might on the task of defeating Nazi Germany. Winston Churchill secretly remarks that “Thank god for the Japanese. Now this war will be over sooner and with fewer of our boys not coming home”.
Let the battle be joinedEdit
1942, August 6th: The Yamato and Musashi begin their assault on Nazi Germany by engaging and sinking the naval fleet of Vichy France. This marks the first action taken by the Empire of Japan against its former tripartite partners. The Vichy navy is totally destroyed and three ports are so heavily damaged as to be beyond repair for the duration of the war. When he is told of the attack, Hitler is furious and immediately declares war on the Empire of Japan, declaring that “The Greater German Reich is developing the hydrogen bomb and and will wipe out the Home Islands”. His statement is not taken seriously and is believed to be an empty threat against his former Axis partners. One of the few Vichy Navy ships that was out of port when the attack happened returns, and the sight of the Imperial Japanese flagship and her sister ship steaming toward them causes some of the crew to abandon their posts and try to abandon ship. The captain manages to keep them onboard long enough to surrender his ship to Captain Nagano of the IJN Yamato. The success of the attack on the Vichy navy reaches Whitehall where Winston Churchill remarks "Thank God for the Japanese. This war will now be won and the evil jackboot of the German Reich will be defeated once and for all".
1942, August 7th: The Nazi positions on the French coast are hit by Japanese and British bombers. This makes the German High Command think that the beaches are being softened up for a possible invasion. They send re-inforcments to shore-up the defences on the Normandy beaches. This is just a ruse for the main Allied assault on Nazi Germany.
1942, August 8th: The small French town of Nouvion is totally destroyed with all 2,534 inhabitants slaughtered. Blame is laid at the hands of the Japanese military, who the German High Command says "slaughtered 2,534 innocent people who were non-combatants". They present 'evidence' that Japanese Marines landed in the town and slaughtered the people. The evidence is refuted by Tokyo, who say that it was the Germans who slaughtered the inhabitants and are accusing Japan of the crime to try to turn people against the former member of the Axis Powers. It does not work as no one seems to believe that it was the Japanese.
1942, August 9th: Operation Shin Nippon begins. Millions of Japanese colonists are dispatched to China, the Dutch East Indies, Siam, New Guinea, Burma, and other regions of the Empire. Secret massacres of native people began to clear the way for the colonists. At the urging of many top military commanders, Japan begins a program to modernize the Imperial Army, which had fallen behind most of the world.
1942, August 10-11th: German intelligence reports that the Allies are planning a massive strike against Germany, though they do not know where. This makes the German High Command uneasy. Walter Von Brauschits suggests to Hitler that Germany try to negotiate an end to the war that is partially favourable to them. He says that if they continue to fight, they risk losing everything they have gained since the war started. Hitler has Von Brauschits executed as a traitor for suggesting he negotiate with the Allies
1942, August 12th: At 2:21am 9,000 Japanese Paratroopers with US air support land in Germany, 21 miles from Berlin. This shocks and angers the Soviet Union, who had hoped to be the first to reach Berlin. The Japanese soldiers are able to advance to within nine miles of Berlin, but the German counterattack stops them. The Allies are sent a message from Imperial Military Command which simply states “Abandon Dresden”.
1942, August 13th: At 12:12am, the city of Dresden is wiped out in a nuclear explosion. Having been working on its own atomic bomb and with the research, data and materials from the Manhattan Project, the Empire of Japan was able to construct the world’s first atomic weapon. The decision to use it against Nazi Germany came as an easy choice. The meeting in London to decide where to use the atom bomb was simple; it had to be used against Germany, the choice was now where exactly in Germany it would be used. It was decided Dresden would be the city it would be used on.
1942, August 16th: Three days after the destruction of Dresden, the Japanese drop another atomic bomb on the city of Hamburg. This sends the German military further into chaos as they begin to fear more atomic weapons will be used against German cities.
1942, August 17th: After witnessing the atomic destruction of Dresden, Germany surrenders to Allies with Field Marshall Keitel signing the terms of surrender in front of General Ishikawa of Japan, General Montgomery of England and General Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. Hitler commits suicide rather than be taken alive.
1942, August 18th: With the war in Europe over, the Soviet Union begins shifting troops east. The Soviet Union's plans call for a massive attack that will force the Japanese to return the territory that they took from Russia after the Russo-Japanese war. They also plan to demand that they retain control over sections of Manchuria.
The Soviet-Japanese WarEdit
1942, August 19-22nd: Five days after the end of the war in Europe, the Soviet-Japanese war begins. The Soviet Union declares war on Japan and launches an invasion. Soviet troops and armour pour into Manchuria and into Japanese held southern half of Sakhalin. Soviet amphibious landings take place in the Kuril Islands and on the Japanese home Island of Hokkaido. Soviet Bombers attack Tokyo and Beijing. The Soviet Union’s first demand of surrender is refused by Japan. America is horrified by the prospect of the Soviet Union gaining more power in the east and demands that they withdraw their troops from Japan. Soviet troops continue to drive into Manchuria while meeting heavy resistance. The Soviet invasion of Hokkaido bogs down around the city of Asahikawa. Japanese carrier aircraft find the Soviet Pacific Ocean Fleet and attack. Four destroyers, one cruiser, six patrol boats, and two minesweepers are sunk. Soviet Naval Aviation responds by spending out hundreds of planes to find the Japanese fleet. The attack is partially successful with one Japanese escort carrier being sunk along with two destroyers and a tanker. America renews their demand that the Soviets withdraw. They also place their fleet on high alert.
1942, August 23-26th: Soviet troops in Manchuria enter northern Korea. The Kuril Islands are cleared of final Japanese resistance. A dozen Japanese destroyers launch a surprise night attack on the Soviet supply ships and troop transports supporting the invasion of Hokkaido. A dozen support ships are sunk along with an escorting patrol boat. Three Japanese destroyers are sunk and two damaged. The Soviet Union once again demands the Japanese Surrender. America demands for a third time that the Soviet Union withdraw its troops. The new US President, Matthew J Tracker says “Russia is pushing the world to the brink of another world war so soon after the last one”. He also orders B-29s to be moved into position to strike at Russian positions across the Bering Strait if necessary. Soviet troops seize Asahikawa and continue the advance across Hokkaido. The Japanese 7th army, based in eastern China launches a massive attack on the Soviets 1st Far Eastern Front. Over the next fourteen days the Japanese army cuts through the centre of Soviet occupied Manchuria, cutting off and trapping the Soviet vanguard and much of the rest of their army in northern Korea. Japanese bombers raid Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. Soviet troops fighting on Sakhalin reach the southern tip and begin mopping up surviving Japanese. Soviet torpedo boats sink a Japanese cruiser.
1942, August 27-30th: The 7th army entrenches in their newly won territory, keeping the Soviet vanguard trapped. The Soviets launch a number of counter attacks but are repulsed. The Japanese 8th army is redeployed from Siam to relieve the 7th army. A Japanese bombing raid on Vladivostok is driven off by Soviet fighters. Japanese warships are sent into the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Barents Sea as warnings. The Japanese battleship Hiroshima and its escorting destroyers are attacked by Soviet Bombers while on patrol in the North Pacific Ocean. The Hiroshima survives but two of her destroyers are sunk. The Imperial Japanese Fleet attacks the Soviet Pacific Ocean Fleet in the Sea of Okhotsk. Both sides take heavy losses but the Japanese fleet is victorious. The crippled remains of the Soviet fleet escaped to Vladivostok.
1942, August 31st: The 8th army arrives in Manchuria and relieves the battered 7th army. A combination of 8th army and 7th army troops cross the border into Russia and besieges Vladivostok. Prime Minister General Tojo gives them the order to “Shoot any Russian on sight if they pose a threat”. The Soviets denounce this, accusing Japan of “Brutality and barbarism toward the peace-loving and brave soldiers of the Soviet Union”.
1942, September 1-4th: Soviet bombers attack Nanjing and Sapporo. Heavy fighting continues in Manchuria where a Soviet breakout attempt from northern Korea has reached Jilin. Japanese battleships have begun bombarding Soviet positions in the Kuril Islands. A Japanese counterattack against the Soviets on Hokkaido fails miserably and results in massive Japanese casualties. Prime Minister General Tojo speaks to the Emperor and urges him and the Imperial Family to be prepared to evacuate should “The Soviet barbarians make landfall on the main island”. Emperor Hirohito agrees to Tojo’s suggestion and secret plans are drawn up for this. The Soviets breakout attempt takes Jilin but cannot pierce the Japanese defences beyond the city. Soviet troops in the Kuril Islands began to surrender. America announces that unless the Soviet Union withdraws from the Japanese Empire by September 10th, America will declare war on the Soviet Union. Vladivostok surrenders to Japanese forces after four days of heavy shelling. Japanese bombers begin striking at Soviet army with varying effectiveness. The Soviet troops trapped in northern Korea retreat from Jilin and fall back to Fushun. Led by the Yamato, Japanese battleships bombard Soviet positions on Sakhalin.
1942, September 6-8th: Japanese troops land in the Soviet rear on Hokkaido and liberate the city of Asahikawa. A Japanese airborne assault takes Khabarovsk, cutting off the Soviet army's retreat. The Japanese army recaptures Pyongyang with heavy naval support. Soviet bombers attack Tokyo, none of them makes it out of Japanese airspace; four Soviet airmen bail out and are captured the moment they land. The Japanese Army attacks the Soviet army in northern Korea from the font while Japanese troops in Pyongyang attack their rear. Prime Minister General Tojo issues a new order concerning Soviet soldiers “Shoot to kill”. The Soviet army in northern Korea surrenders after two days of heavy fighting. The Japanese troops that defeated them are redeployed to face the Soviet army still occupying most of Manchuria. The Soviets know they are outnumbered and that victory is now lost to them, but they keep fighting.
1942, September 9th: The Soviet Union requests a ceasefire, which is granted. Prime Minister General Tojo orders all Japanese forces to cease fire.
1942, September 10th: The Tokyo Accords are signed by the Soviet Union and the Empire of Japan. The Accords give all territory occupied by the Soviet Union will be returned to Japan. In addition, the USSR will permanently cede the northern half of Sakhalin to Japan. The Sea of Okhotsk will now become Japanese territorial waters. Stalin does not like the terms of the cease-fire, but since the Soviet Union was the aggressor in the war and is now the loser, they must pay the heavy price.
1942, September 14th: Prime Minister General Tojo announces that he will substantially increase industry in the Empire. He also announces that Empire’s military will be doubled in size. In London, Winston Churchill meets with the Japanese Ambassador to discuss establishing closer ties between the Empire of Japan and the UK.
1942, September 15th: The first regular ferry service is set up between Kitakyushu (in the Japanese home islands) and Fusan (in Korea). This allows free and easier movement of colonists and the establishment of shipping lines between Korea and the Home Islands.
The Question Of America's War ResponsibilityEdit1942, September 16-19th: After the war, former Vice-President Wallace writes a best-selling book called "The War I tried to stop". He embarks on a series of book tours across the United States where he reads from his books to huge numbers of people. Each reading is a sell-out and when news of a new reading is announced, it sells out within the hour. He starts every reading the same way, by reading the preface to his book:
When I learned what Roosevelt had made up his mind and was set on war, I opposed the war as strongly as I possibly could, but it was not enough. When I objected to the war, I was forced to resign as Vice President where I continued my campaign of opposing the war with the Empire of Japan. When my public campaigning against the war came too close to the date of our surprise attack, I was arrested and placed under house arrest until the surprise attack was over, at which point I was released. I continued my campaigning against the war, the administration tolerated me until Japan started the fight back, and with each American loss, my Anti-War campaign and I were blamed. I was labeled a “Traitor” and “Dirty Jap lover” by the administration and some of the press who were eager to blame anyone for the failures of our war effort except blame those whose fault it really was.
When the war started going against us when Japan started the fight back, the administration, desperate to blame anyone other than themselves for the failure of our war effort, turned to the Japanese immigrants and the Japanese Americans and heaped the blame upon them. They ordered that the Japanese citizens living in the United States and the Japanese-Americans citizens were to be herded into Nazi-style concentration camps where they were 'subjected to and suffered overwhelming atrocities that were perpetrated by the members of the American armed forces. I campaigned to raise public awareness of this, but my words found few who would listen to them. Those brave souls that did listen to me were also branded as “Traitors” and “Dirty Jap lovers” by the administration and the press who supported this illegal war. My campaigning did little good, those in the internment camps were still being treated as horrifically as those poor souls victimized by the Nazis.
When I pointed out that the way this administration treated Japanese citizens living in the United States and the Japanese-Americans citizens was just as horrific as those poor souls victimized by the Nazis, I was labeled as being “Pro-Nazi” and “Anti American”. It is not “Anti American” to campaign for peace and an end to an unjust war. It does not make me “Pro-Nazi” to point out the barbaric treatment of our own citizens and those living within our borders. Freedom is the right of all people, not just those that support an unjust war.
With the war being over, he vents his entire frustration against FDR and his administration, he lays the blame for the war and the US' subsequent territorial losses to Japan squarely at Roosevelt's feet. The former Vice-President, once restrained by the war, is no longer kept back and releases his full opinion. Many historians who are studying the war believe as Wallace does that Roosevelt was responsible for the war and the atrocities committed by the American forces. Some people think that FDR and his cabinet should have been tried for war crimes. There was a petition presented to Prime Minister General Tojo to have FDR be tried for war crimes, but he turns it down, saying that "America needs time to heal and recouperate from the wounds inflicted on it by the unjust war it started. The new administration has a long task ahead of it and we need to allow America the time to heal as they have been hurt enough.
America's War ApologyEdit1942, September 21st: The United States Congress releases an apology for America's conduct in the war:
During the recent war, the United States of America, following a mistaken national policy, advanced along the road to war, only to ensnare the American people in a fateful crisis. Our actions in the recent war caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of Okinawa and to Japanese nationals living in the United States and to Japanese Americans. In the hope that no such mistake be made in the future, we regard, in a spirit of humility, these irrefutable facts of history, and express here once again our feelings of deep remorse and state my heartfelt apology. Allow us also to express our feelings of profound mourning for all victims, both at home and abroad, of that history.
The apology is greeted with sceptecism in Okinawa. The Governor of Okinawa, Imajo Tsuyoshi says that “The apology offered by the US Congress is not to be taken seriously, America has not apologized sufficiently for the suffering they caused with their unprovoked attack on Okinawa”. Many people in Okinawa and the Japanese Home Islands believe that America has not apologized sufficiently and that the apology offered by Congress is not enough and that the President should perform dogeza, in which an individual kneels and bows his head to the ground - a high form of apology in East Asian societies. But it is doubtfull that would happen, as the US administration would find that too humiliating for the President to do
A Short PeaceEdit
1942, September 23rd: The shipyards in Kure begin work on the largest ocean liner in the world. It is also announced that the Kure shipyards would be double in size to accommodate the increased number of ships being built for the Navy.
1942, September 26th: The Japanese government reorganizes the territory and puppet-states that currently make up the overseas Empire into a system of provinces, with a governmental structure similar to that of the American States.
1942, September 27th: Prime Minister General Tojo signs a Historic trade agreement with Australian Prime Minister Kennedy. This is the first since the Pacific War and a sign that relations between Japan and Australia are warming up after the war.
1942, September 29th: Despite the signing of the Tokyo Accords, relations between the Soviet Union and Japan are still strained. This is no more evident as when Prime Minister General Tojo orders the immediate expulsion of all Russians on Sakhalin Island, which he announces is to be called Karafuto Island. Stalin is furious with Tokyo, stating he believed that the Russian citizens would be allowed to remain on the island. Prime Minister General Tojo says the Russians, who number at 60,000, must leave within one month or they will be considered illegal immigrants and subject to arrest and detention. Tokyo announces that Russian ships will be allowed to head to Karafuto Island to assist in the removal of the Russians, which is to begin in three days time. Stalin angrily demands that the Russian settlers be allowed to stay, but Prime Minister General Tojo refuses. He also announces “That from this moment on, the Sea of Okhotsk will hence forth be known as North Japan Sea”. This further enrages Stalin, who says that “Japan is going too far, first they expel the Russians living on the northern half of Karafuto Island and now they rename the Sea of Okhotsk”. Stalin knows that ranting is all he can do as the Sea of Okhotsk and the Northern portion of Sakhalin Island were awarded to Japan after the recent Soviet-Japan war.
1942, September 30th: With the US military being forbidden from the Pacific Ocean, a problem arises as to what to do with their surplus military equipment. Rather than destroy their surplus military equipment, the United States sells it to Japan, who keeps the useful military equipment and what is left, they use as training equipment and targets for sniper target practise and bombing practise by the Imperial Air Force.
1942, October 1st: The day of the expulsion of the Soviet citizens from Karafuto Island arrives; two Soviet passenger liners arrive to begin the evacuation. The passenger liners have a maximum passenger capacity of 1200 each, which means that each trip can only carry 2400 passengers. Prime Minister General Tojo tells the Soviet Ambassador that unless more Soviet ships are sent to evacuate the Russians on Karafuto Island, then the Japanese government will round up the Russians and send them home in cargo ships and freighters. This enrages Stalin, who says that “Any attempt to forcibly remove the Soviet citizens is wholly unacceptable. The actions by Japan contribute neither to the development of positive co-operation between the two countries, nor to the settlement of the dispute”. Stalin knows that when the Northern portion of Sakhalin Island were awarded to Japan after the recent Soviet-Japan war, the Empire of Japan is well within its rights to remove the Soviet citizens living there. Prime Minister General Tojo releases a counter statement that says “Russia was the aggressor nation in the war between our two countries, and as a result of loosing that war, Russia will be expelled from all other territories which have been awarded to Japan” He then reaffirmed Japan’s sovereignty over the islands. The Soviet Ambassador to Japan is told that unless more Soviet passenger ships are sent to evacuate the Russians in five days, Japan will carry out its threat to forcibly remove them and send them home in old cargo ships and dirty freighters.
1942, October 3rd: The Imperial Air Force develops the J1N Gekko, a long-range bomber escort and the J2M Raiden, a dedicated interceptor. Both prototype aircraft perform beyond expectations and are immediately rushed into full production. Imperial Military HQ has high hopes that the two new planes will keep the Imperial Air Force ahead of the other nations. Tokyo also announces the National Transportation and Communication Act. Elements of this act include: the construction of the China-Tibet railway, the building of the New Guinea Highway, and the digging of the Malaysian Canal through the Isthmus of Kra and a bridge will be built over the River Kwai.
1942, October 4th: The Governor-General of Formosa reports that Communist activity has increased on the island. He says that Communist sympathisers have been trying to stir up trouble and that they are all non-Japanese or non-citizens of the Empire. Tokyo tells him to deal with the Communist sympathisers however he sees fit. So he chooses to outlaw Communism on Formosa and enacts anti-Communist pogroms throughout Formosa. This draws sharp criticism from Moscow.
1942, October 5th: Prime Minister General Tojo reports that Industrialization plans have been extremely successful, especially in Burma, Indochina, and the Philippines. He announces that the bridge over the River Kwai will be built by Japanese and American labourers. This is the first joint project Japan and America have embarked upon and is taken by many as a sign that relations between the former war-time enemies are on the up and up.
1942, October 6th: A Communist rebellion breaks out in Nepal. America begins sending supplies and weaponry to the Nepalese government, while the USSR supplies and arms the rebels. Although Japan declares itself neutral, it keeps a watchful eye on the situation. The Anti-Communist pogroms started in Formosa are expanded throughout the Empire. In Hawaii, the first recorded marriage between an American and a Japanese citizen takes place. Captain Sasuke Nagano, Captain of the IJN Yamato, marries Cassie Wilson, an American émigré to Hawaii.
1942, October 7th: Three more Soviet passenger ships arrive to help with the evacuation of Russians from Karafuto Island. In order to speed up the removal of their citizens from Karafuto Island, the Soviet passenger ships double up the number of passengers they can take on board. This is not good enough for the Japanese, who say that the Russians must use every ship they can to get their people off Karafuto Island.
Operation Red BloodflowEdit
1942, October 10th: The largest Ocean Liner in world, Kyoto is completed and sold to Trans-Pacific Cruses; a large Japanese corporation. The Kyoto is scheduled to make its maiden voyage in three days, but the situation in Nepal postpones this.
1942, October 11-12th: Work is started on the Malaysian Canal and on the China-Tibet Railway. The situation in Nepal gets worse as the Communist rebels step up their attacks. The Nepalese government sends an official request for assistance to Tokyo. The request is approved and under "Operation Red Bloodflow" Japanese troops are sent to assist the government of Nepal against the Communist rebels. The capital of Nepal comes under heavy rebel attack. Japanese and Nepalese troops are forced on the defensive.
1942, October 14-16th: The Imperial Air Force begins airstrikes at Communist positions throughout Nepal while Japanese troops manage to finally clear the remaining rebels out of Lucknow (the capital out Nepal). However, rebellion continues to dominate much of the countryside. Along with Nepalese troops, Japanese troops comb the Nepalese countryside where they begin systematically slaughtering the Communist rebels, their sympathisers and anyone who harbors a rebel. While the international community urges Japan to stop the slaughter of Communists, the harshest criticisms of the Japanese and Nepalese action are from the Soviet Union. Stalin harshly denounces the slaughter of Communists as "State sanctioned murder against our fellow socialist brothers and sisters". He sends a formal message to Tokyo demanding that the slaughter stop. His message is ignored by Prime Minister General Tojo, who releases a statement: “The Nepalese government asked for our help in ridding their country of the Communist plague, and we will help them and be dammed anyone who objects to our actions”. Stalin is incensed by the insult but knows that there is little he can do. The Nepalese rebels are nearing defeat and so he reluctantly cuts off all Soviet support for them. The last of the Nepalese Communist rebels are whipped out when the Japanese drop napalm bombs on the village where they had been hiding. With the Communist rebels destroyed, the Nepalese government declares victory. The Nepalese Prime Minister thanks Prime Minister General Tojo for “The help of the brave Japanese military who risked their lives to save our country from the scourge of Communism”.
A Time For PeaceEdit
1942, October 19th: Kyoto begins her maiden voyage, she is scheduled to stop at ports Korea, Malaysia, Karafuto then head on a voyage across the Pacific to Hawaii then California before heading back home.
1942, October 20th: Mutual defence pact is signed with Tibet. A number of agreements designed to further encourage trade between the two countries are also signed.
1942, October 23-26th: Two Soviet cargo ships arrive at Karafuto Island to assist in the removal of Russian citizens. In conjunction with the three passenger liners, the fleet of six ships runs day and night for three days, fully evacuating the last of the Russians’ on the morning of March 26th. Stalin once again denounces the Japanese expulsion of the Russian settlers, which is ignored by Tokyo.
1942, November 1st: Japanese work crews are sent to Karafuto Island where they begin demolishing the Soviet villages and settlements in preparation for the construction of Japanese villages and settlements.
1942, November 2nd: An attempt is made on the life of Captain Nagano when the IJN Yamato docks in San Diego. It is believed to be the work of US Special Forces although there is no proof of this.
1942, November 7th: 'Eastern Burma is hit by terrible flooding. Hundreds die and thousands become refugees.
1942, November 8th: The Japanese Air Force begins air dropping supplies to flooded regions. Disaster relief workers are dispatched to began rescue operations and set up emergency housing.
1942, November 10th: The Japanese government orders mandatory evacuation of everyone in the flooded areas. Thousands of trucks are sent to begin the evacuation.
1942, November 12th: Diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union are reduced to a bare minimum after Stalin says that “The Japanese are led by an old fool who ascended to the position upon the death of his father”. Prime Minister General Tojo points out that in the Empire of Japan, they have democracy and the people choose their Prime Minister whereas Stalin is a virtual dictator who violently suppresses those who stand against him.
1942, November 18th: Despite the opposition of Senate Majority Leader Joseph McCarthy, the US Senate passes the Bill Concerning the Relationship of Hawaii to the United States in a 53-47 vote, establishing diplomatic ties with the former territory for the first time since World War Two.
1942, November 21st: After months of their pleas for Indian independence falling on deaf ears, the Indian Revolutionary Front (IRF) declares war on England and commences a massive rebellion throughout India. The civilians evacuated from Burma during the flood are permitted to return. Work begins on the vast amount of rebuilding that has to be done.
1942, November 23rd: An amendment to the constitution that would give citizenship to non-Japanese residents of the Empire is narrowly defeated in the Diet.
1942, December 1st: Prime Minister General Tojo dies of a heart attack; he is replaced by Prince Fumimaro Konoe. In his first act as Prime Minister, Prince Konoe organizes a state funeral for Tojo and Emperor Hirohito announces a day of national mourning for “The man who led the Empire through two wars and served the Empire and his Emperor faithfully”.
1942, December 2nd: The Imperial Diet approves a bill that allows representation in the Diet of non-Japanese provinces. However, the only voting population will be the ethnic Japanese who have moved there.
1942, December' 8th: Mohandas Gandhi is executed as a traitor by the IRF for his outspoken pleas for peace.
1942, December 10th: The China-Tibet railway is completed, linking Beijing to Lhasa. The Kiyomono Bridge spans the Salween River as part of the China-Tibet Railway.
1942, December 12th: Prime Minister Prince Konoe announces that the first of the United States funds to rebuild Pearl Harbor have been paid and that reconstruction is proceeding at a steady pace. He also announces that Communism is now officially outlawed through-out the Empire.
Operation Red Bloodflow ReduxEdit
1942, December 13-15th: Chinese Communists protest Japanese rule in Xian. When one large crowd marches on the Governor’s office, Japanese Troops opened fire and killed 22 protesters. Another 57 were wounded. Rioting erupts in cities across China. Several Japanese officials are killed. Martial law is declared and troops are sent to crush the rioters. The Communist underground, the Peoples Liberation Army Resistance (PLAR) declares open war on Japan. Eager to get one over on Japan, the Soviet Union secretly begins to supply PLAR with weaponry. Communist rebels and rioters continue to fight in Shanghai, Nanjing and Xian. A barge in the Yellow River loaded with Japanese troops hits a mine and sinks. 117 Japanese soldiers are killed.
1942, December 16-20th: Fighting breaks out in Manchuria and Hong Kong. Japanese troops began to counter attack in Nanjing. PLAR guerrillas seize complete control of Xian. Japanese gunboats began bombarding rebel controlled sections of Hong Kong. In Nanjing, Japanese soldiers push PLAR troops back into the city center. The PLAR troops in Nanjing try to fight back but they are gunned down by the Japanese military. Eager to get one over on Japan in public, Stalin publicly announces that the Soviet Union supports the PLAR “In their struggle against the Imperialist forces hell-bent on wiping out our Chinese Communist brothers and sisters”. Shortly after Stalin’s announcement, the Governor of China, Yasuo Aso is assassinated in Beijing by a PLAR sniper. Japanese Marines land in Hong Kong, but face bitter resistance and their progress is bloody and slow. Jilin surrenders to PLAR forces. Mines laid on tracks derail a Japanese troop train north of Batou, 23 Japanese soldiers are killed in the initial derailment while a further 16 are killed by a PLAR attack.
1942, December 21-25th: The Japanese gunboat 'Shoko' off Hong Kong is sunk by heavy mortar fire; all the Japanese sailors survive and are picked up by a Japanese warship. After heavy fighting, PLAR troops in Nanjing surrender to the Japanese Army. Japanese troops are driven out of Shanghai while heavy fighting breaks out in Hangzhou. Prime Minister Prince Konoe is shocked when he is informed that the Japanese 7th Army is destroyed in a series of battles with PLAR troops along the coast of the Yellow Sea. General Wu Jintao, Generalissimo of PLAR, declares the formation of the Peoples Republic of China. Its borders stretch from the Yellow River, southward and eastward to the coast and westward to the borders with Sinkiang and Tibet. The only Japanese troops remaining within this area are the holdouts in Nanjing, Hong Kong, and Hangzhou. The Soviet Union immediately extends formal diplomatic recognition to the Peoples Republic of China. Japanese troops seize the city of Jilin from PLAR forces, any remaining PLAR forces within the city are executed on the spot by the Japanese, who then strengthen their positions around the city and prepare for a Chinese counter attack.
1942, December 26-30th: The Japanese troops holding Nanjing are forced to retreat from the city to avoid being surrounded. The Japanese garrison in Hangzhou is overrun and destroyed by the PLAR while a PLAR army crosses the Yellow river and marches on Beijing, forcibly recruiting and equipping peasants along the way. The PLAR army captures Shijiazhuang without a fight and then they continue their march on Beijing. The PLAR army reaches Beijing and lays siege to the city. The Japanese 1st and 2nd armys are deployed to Tianjin to strengthen the Japanese forces stationed there. The Japanese 1st and 2nd army attempts to envelop the PLAR army outside of Beijing. However, Chinese scouts notice the maneuver and the PLAR army pulls back to Shijiazhuang. The Japanese 10th army launches a series of attacks against the Peoples Republic of China's southern border. A major breakthrough is achieved at Nanning when Japanese snipers take down 23 PLAR soldiers and 12 Chinese collaborators. The 10th army begins to drive along the coast in an attempt to link up with Japanese forces in Hong Kong. The Imperial Japanese Air Force bombs Xian and Wuhan. The 1st and 2nd army's besiege Shijiazhuang. In an effort to end the war, General Wu Jintao sends a message to Tokyo:
“If the Imperialist crusaders in Tokyo were to abandon their unbelief and join with us and turn their swords against the enemies of Communism, it would be accepted of them and they would be our brothers and sisters in Socialism.”
His message is ignored by Prime Minister Prince Konoe. The 10th army is defeated at Guangzhou and is forced to retreat to Zhanjiang while the PLAR army retreats from Shijiazhuang and shelters in Taiyuan. The 1st and 2nd Japanese army's pursue them. PLAR saboteurs infiltrate a Japanese air base in Qiqilhar and ignite a large number of explosives. Nine bombers, six fighters and a supply transports are destroyed in the explosion along with the main hanger, most of the bases fuel supply, and part of the barracks. Nineteen people are killed. All but two of the eleven saboteurs are killed or captured.
1942, December 31- 1943, January 3rd: Japanese troops secure complete control over Hong Kong, flushing out almost all of the PLAR soldiers and their sympathisers. In the East China Sea, the Japanese tanker Hiei Soryu hits a mine and sinks. Only seventeen crew members survive. The Japanese army in Zhanjiang retreats to Haiphong to avoid having their supply lines cut off by the PLAR. They are forced to leave most of their artillery and vehicles behind but unbeknownst to the PLAR, this is all part of the Japanese plan as the vehicles and artillery are all booby-trapped. Japanese troops launch a series of raids against PLAR forces in Chengdu and Kunming. They are successful, forcing the PLAR to abandon Chengdu and Kunming, which are then occupied by the Japanese military. The PLAR army in Taiyuan is smashed by a heavy Japanese attack. The survivors try to flee across the Huang River but are gunned down by a Japanese patrol boat. Another Japanese freighter, the Nagoya sinks after hitting a mine in the East China Sea. The Imperial Japanese Navy begins to investigate how PLAR got mines so far out to sea. The survivors of the PLAR army routed at Taiyun regroup at Xian.
1943, January 3-8th: The Japanese army attempts to cross the yellow river at Zibo, but is driven back with heavy losses. A long stalemate ensures, with only skirmishes and raids going on. In their first major offensive in nearly four months, a PLAR army invades Vietnam. The Vietnamese government demands that the PLAR forces withdraw or else a state of war will exist between Vietnam and the PLAR. They do not withdraw so the Vietnamese government declares war on the PLAR and asks for Japanese help in eradicating the “PLAR vermin who infest our country”. The PLAR army that invaded Vietnam reaches and begins attacking Haiphong. A Japanese scout plane spots the Chinese freighter Yin Shan laying mines in the East China Sea. The Japanese frigate Kimi-Yo is sent to capture it. However, when the Kimi-Yo arrived, the Chinese freighter opened fire with a battery of captured Japanese artillery pieces. After a short but vicious gun battle the Kimi-Yo is sunk. The Yin Shan though heavily damaged and with the loss of all but five of her crew, managed to limp back to port. The Japanese Army launches another attack across the Yellow River after being re-inforced by elite troops. During this battle the Japanese Air Force tests the Akihito-17, a prototype helicopter gunship. The helicopter is a great success and the Japanese army captures Jinan and Zibo, none of the PLAR forces defending the two cities survive. The Japanese Army continues its advance and attacks Qingdao. The city falls after six hours of heavy fighting.
1943, January 9-14th: Haiphong falls to the PLAR army. The remains of the Japanese 10th army retreat to Hanoi. An attack is launched at Zhengzhou. The PLAR army defending it is forced to retreat to Xian and the city falls to the Japanese. General Wu Jintao desperately begins shifting troops northward to deal with the Japanese. A Japanese thrust out of Hong Kong is driven back by the PLAR but not before the Japanese do heavy damage to the PLAR. Nanjing comes under heavy Japanese assault. With the help of heavy air cover, Japanese armoured columns penetrate deep into the city while PLAR troops begin to encircle Hanoi. Nanjing is cleared of PLAR resistance. Though Japanese losses have been massive, they now have a toehold on the south side of the Chang River. A Japanese attempt to take Wuhan is repulsed. A massive Japanese attack is launched into Shanghai, the self-declared capital of the Peoples Republic of China. As battleships bombard the docks and bombers level the inner city districts, hundreds of thousands of Japanese troops engage in a fierce battle with the PLAR in the outskirts of the city. The PLAR army is driven into the city center after a series of relentless Japanese attacks. General Wu Jintao flees the city along with the rest of the government. The Japanese army completely surrounds Shanghai. While leaving enough troops to contain what’s left of the PLAR army in Shanghai, the rest of the Japanese army moves into position to attack Hangzhou. Hanoi surrenders to the PLAR. Japan launches Operation Michiko. Thousands of Japanese paratroopers capture Nanning and the surrounding area. This poses a major threat to the PLAR's rear areas. Japanese troops in Nanning began to spread out in order to cut off the PLAR army in Hanoi from the rest of China.
1943, January 15-20th: PLAR troops rapidly disengage from fighting south of Hanoi and began to retreat, hoping to get out before they are cut off. PLAR sympathizers in the Manchurian cities of Baicheng and Harbin rise up and seize control of the cities. The Japanese army surrounds Hangzhou and begins to probe its defences. However, any major attacks have to be put on hold due to the troops being sent to Manchuria to deal with the crisis. The Japanese army completes the encirclement of the PLAR army in Vietnam. After making a bloody and useless attack upon Japanese positions the PLAR army is forced to fall back into a nearby forest. Japanese troops begin the re-conquest of Baicheng. Unfortunately, progress is slow due to PLAR resistance and landmines scattered throughout the area. Baicheng surrenders and is brought under Japanese control while the Japanese army turns its attention to Harbin. Imperial Japanese armoured columns drive deep into Harbin, overrunning the city and exterminating the rebels; Harbin is now under Japanese control. Hangzhou surrenders after a series of bombing raids that left most of the city alight. A Japanese supply convoy is ambushed near Nanjing. A dozen trucks are destroyed along with most of its escort. After heavy fighting, the PLAR army in Vietnam surrenders to the Japanese Army. The Japanese army launches simultaneous attacks on Xian, Wuhan and Chongqing. Wuhan and Chongqing are captured by the Japanese though Xian repeals the attack. With this masterstroke, PLAR control over eastern and southern China is fragmented. A number of major city's are still under their control but Japanese troops rapidly take back much of the surrounding countryside. Xian is cleared of PLAR resistance. Operations began against a number of PLAR pockets still holding out.
1943, 'January 20-25th: Many of the PLAR holdouts in eastern and southern China are brought back under Japanese control through a combination of starvation tactics and brute force. The major exceptions to this are a force of 2,500 to 3,000 PLAR troops holding out in the hills south of Guiyang and a group of about 500 soldiers in Gejiu. A last ditch effort is launched by the PLAR in an attempt to retake Xian. The offense fails when superior Japanese armour and air support cut off and destroy the army miles away from its objective. A force of 10,000 Japanese soldiers lays siege to the Guiyang holdout. Japanese torpedo bombers spot the Yin Shan and two other make-shift warships of the PLARN (Peoples Liberation Army Resistance, Naval). All three are sunk by the bombers, though an anti-aircraft gun downs one and damages three more. Japanese troops storm and capture Gejiu; the PLAR force in the city is crushed. PLAR soldiers trap and obliterate the vanguard of a Japanese column pushing west. 100 Japanese infantry are killed and five armoured cars are destroyed. The Japanese Army attacks Guiyang, but is repulsed, mainly through the use of large numbers of land mines. However, all is not lost as the PLAR take heavy casualties. Fast moving PLAR raiders destroy a supply convoy on its way to the Japanese Army in the west. With the loss of its supplies, it is forced to halt its advance temporarily. Japanese troops launch another assault on Guiyang. This time they manage to drive the PLAR out of their outlying fortifications and into their central fortress.
1943, January 26-30th: The few remaining PLAR manage to break out of Guiyang and scatter into the countryside. The soldiers combing the countryside for the PLAR survivors are called off that duty after High Command decides that the few remaining survivors who have remained uncaptured aren't worth the effort. The PLAR troops are ordered to retreat. The Peoples Republic of China pulls back its borders to include just the province of Qinghai along with northern Gansu. Though no official treaties are signed, fighting begins to die down now. The Peoples Republic of China is concentrating on building a real country inside the territory they have and so content themselves with instigating revolt in Japanese occupied China. The Japanese Empire is worried about another conflict with the Soviet Union, who has threatened war if the present boundaries of the Peoples Republic of China are violated. Japan also has a lot of rebuilding too. Because of this, though neither country officially recognizes each other and though a lot of border skirmishing goes on, the Second Chinese Civil War is effectively over.
1943, February 1st: England finally recognizes the existence of the National Republic of India (including Pakistan), and its government, the Council of State Guardianship and Peace, lead by Rajendra Singh. An immediate evacuation of English troops and government officials begins. Prime Minister Prince Konoe holds an emergency meeting of the Diet to oversee the beginning of the long process of rebuilding the cities and infrastructure of China that was damaged during the war. Many in his cabinet want to rebuild their military forces and go after the rest of China and then go after the Soviet Union for their support of the PLAR. Prime Minister Prince Konoe refuses, saying that they need to concentrate on rebuilding “The cities and infrastructure of China that was damaged during the war”.
1943, February 4th: Joseph Stalin dies. His successor is Georgy Malenkov. His first act as Marshall of the Soviet Union is to announce a day of mourning for Stalin. In an official statement, Malenkov says “Party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of Comrade Joseph Stalin and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public”. He also calls for an international day of mourning and urges “All world leaders, regardless of their political views, to show respect for Comrade Marshall Stalin”.
1943, February 5th: The Japanese Nuclear Program achieves its first nuclear reaction. Prime Minister Prince Konoe announces that Japan is one step closer to developing an atomic weapon. Malenkov is angry as he believes that Japan released this information one day after Stalin died. He urges Japan to “Show proper respect for Comrade Marshall Stalin”. He issues a personal invitation to Prime Minister Prince Konoe to “Come to Moscow and show proper respect for Comrade Marshall Stalin”. Konoe declines the invitation, saying that it would be inappropriate for him to attend the funeral given the current relations between Russia and Japan.
1943, February 9th: Japanese relations with Australia take a turn for the worse when the HMAS Canberra intercepts the IJN Musashi as it enters the waters around New Zealand. The HMS Canberra insists the Musashi violated Australian waters and that they need to explain why. The Captain of the Musashi ignores the Canberra and takes his ship into New Zealand’s waters, almost ramming the HMAS Canberra. Upon hearing about this, the Australian Ambassador to Japan lodges a formal protest Prime Minister Prince Konoe; who replies that the IJN Musashi did NOT violate Australian waters and even if it did, trying to block it was a bad idea. He says the Captain of the HMAS Canberra should have spoken to the captain of the IJN Musashi instead of trying to block his path. The Australian Ambassador leaves in an angry mood when Prime Minister Prince Konoe refuses to take any action against the captain of the IJN Musashi.
1943, February 12th: As part of their program to indoctrinate native peoples in the Japanese culture, the Institute for Greater Japanese Study is opened in Yangon by the Japanese Government. An Institute for Greater Japanese Study is opened in Hawaii and California.
1943, July 16th: Prime Minister Prince Konoe reveals that at the end of the war with Nazi Germany, as Japanese forces closed in on Berlin, Nazi scientists surrendered to Japan in exchange for safety from the Russians. He reveals that Werner Von Braun, the Nazi rocket scientist and his team of engineers were amongst those that surrendered to the Japanese. He says that Werner Von Braun and his team of engineers surrendered to the Imperial Japanese Army just outside of Berlin and were taken back to Tokyo where they were debriefed and interrogated. It is also revealed that Von Braun and his team of engineers offered to work for the Empire of Japan in return for sanctuary. As proof of their sincerity, he showed the Japanese Army concept designs for a new weapon he called the ‘V-1 rocket’. Seeing the potential, the Japanese Army accepted and Von Braun and his team of engineers were granted sanctuary. Prime Minister Prince Konoe says that Von Braun and his team of engineers have been working on the inaugural Japanese space program. It is also revealed that when other German scientists and engineers heard about Von Braun and his team of engineers being given sanctuary by Japan, more and more fled west and surrendered to the Japanese. Prime Minister Prince Konoe reveals that over 635 top scientists, engineers, doctors, mathematicians, mechanics and PhD's were given sanctuary in Japan under the code-name “Operation Advancement”. This news angers the international community, especially those nations that fought in the war alongside Japan, especially the Soviet Union, the United States and the UK. The nations that made up the Allies demand access to the German scientists in Japan, but Prime Minister Prince Konoe refuses, saying they now work for the Empire of Japan and that letting other nations, particularly hostile ones like Russia have access to them it would undermine the security of the Empire.
1943, July 17th: The Soviet Union, the United States and the UK all announce the creation of their own Space Programs in an attempt to rival the Japanese space program. But with the advantage Japan has in the German scientists it took in, the Soviet Union, the United States and the UK all know that Japan has a massive lead in, what one political commentator in the UK calls “The Space Race”. Although none of them say it publicly, the Soviet Union, the United States and the UK all believe that Prime Minister Prince Konoe revealed that Japan had given Nazi scientists sanctuary as a precursor to a major announcement that they believe is due to be released soon.
1943, July 20th: At 8:21AM, a prototype rocket is launched from the Oahu Launch Center in Hawaii. The rocket achieves orbit and stays there for eight hours before crashing down in a ricefield in Korea. It is quickly retrieved by the Japanese military and taken back to the research center on Shikotan Island. This worries the Soviet Union, the United States and the UK as they know that Japan is ahead of them in the “Space Race” and that this launch could signal a new development.
1943, July 21st: The belief that the Soviet Union, the United States and the UK had that Prime Minister Prince Konoe revealed that Japan had given Nazi scientists sanctuary as a precursor to a major announcement that they believe is due to be released soon comes to pass, much sooner than any of them had expected. Prime Minister Prince Konoe makes a public statement:
In the field of scientific research, the Empire of Japan has successfully conducted the next great technological leap forward with the launch into orbit of the Himitsu-75 satellite. It was launched from the Oahu Launch Center in Hawaii at 8:21AM, on July 20th 1943. This comes at a time when the people of the country are making a great leap forward in the building of a great, prosperous, powerful Empire. The launch was conducted with wisdom and technology that is 100 percent safe. It marks an historic event as it greatly encouraged and pleased the Emperor and his people that have wished to have powerful self-reliant space program. The Himitsu-75 will broadcast patriotic songs for those all over our Empire to hear and on a clear night, it can be seen crossing the night sky. This launch will contribute to the ever expanding imperial space program and will ensure our Empire remains at the forefront of technological development
The announcement that the Empire of Japan has put a satellite into orbit makes the other nations involved in the Space Race very nervous.
1943, July 23rd: In another announcement, Prime Minister Prince Konoe announces that Japan has developed the world’s first jet engine. He announces that the Imperial Air Force has developed the J9Y Kikka, a jet-fighter capable of great range and speed. It is revealed that the J9Y Kikka was based on designs for the German Messerschmitt Me-262 fighter, a designed jet-fighter that the Nazis never had a chance to put into production. This announcement is not taken well by the Soviet Union, the United States and the UK, who feel that Japan should share access to the German scientists they took during the war. Japan refuses, saying the scientists are under Japanese protection and they will not share access with them.
1943, July 26th: The Japanese Government announces the creation of Japanese Airlines. This state-owned corporation will construct airports in Yokohama, Sapporo, Kitakyushu, Fuzan (Korea), Manila (Philippines), and Bangkok (Siam). Japanese Airlines will have exclusive control of these airports for the time being. The Imperial Air Force begins developing a version of the J9Y Kikka engine for civilian use.
A Korean NuisanceEdit
1943, July 27th: In Korea, a bomb explodes, devastating the office of the Governor General, killing Governor Koiso Kuniaki. A Korean terrorist group called the Korean People’s Liberation Army, takes credit for the bombing. Their leader, Kim Sung-Park makes a statement:
The Korean People’s Liberation Army will fight until every last Japanese occupier and their collaborators are wiped out and our country is united under the glorious banner of socialism.
The Kempeitai, having been on the trail of the KPLA for several months, is able to round up a half dozen KPLA members, who are then interrogated. Once they have been interrogated and revealed any useful information, they are sentenced to be used by Unit 731.
1943, July 28-31st : Just one day after their bombing, Kim Sung-Park and the rest of the KPLA are captured on the outskirts of the small town of Pyongyang. They are tried and found guilty of acts of treason against the Empire of Japan. Kim Sung-Park is executed in Seoul while the rest of the KPLA are sentenced to be used by Unit 731.
A Return To PeaceEdit
1943, August 5th: The inaugural Japanese Airlines flight takes place. It is a short-haul flight from Tokyo Airport to Seoul in Korea. The flight is sold out and more flights are planned for the following day when the rest of the JAL routes are to be revealed.
1943, August 9th: The Soviet Union attempts to launch a satellite of its own called Sputnik-1. The launch fails and the prototype rocket explodes on the launch platform, killing 124 Soviet technicians and rocket engineers. Marshall Malenkov blames the accident on “Japanese refusal to share vital technological advancements with the peace-loving people of the Soviet Union”. Prime Minister Prince Konoe says that “The Soviet Union is anything but peace-loving. They have declared war on us twice and supplied our enemies and rebels with arms and funds; that is not what a peace-loving people would do, that is what an antagonising goading hostile power would do when trying to provoke a response”. He also reiterates the Empire's refusal to allow foreign access to the German scientists it took in at the end of the war. Yet another refusal angers the Soviet Union, with Marshall Malenkov vowing “To make Imperial Japan pay for not sharing its technology with the Soviet Union”.
1943, August 12th: The Soviet Union and the UK sign a secret co-operation pact to develop space technology together. Though the UK is working with the Soviet Union, it remains opposed to Communism and refuses to entertain the idea of becoming part of the Communist Bloc. An American spy in London leaks this information to Washington, who goes public with the information. Prime Minister Winston Churchill acknowledges that the UK did indeed sign a secret co-operation pact to develop space technology with the Soviet Union and releases a full statement explaining why:
We undertook this pact with Russia in order so that the British Empire could develop space technology of its own. The pact with Russia was signed in part due to the Japanese admission that they have German scientists working for them on their space program and Tokyo's steadfast refusal to share access to them or to share the basic information on the space technology they have developed so far. When the pact was signed with Russia, it was mandated to cover and support all the activities in the British Empire and the Soviet Union concerning the peaceful applications of space science and technology. Not only do we need more this pact with Russia, Russia also needs this pact. In this world today, to avoid being bullied, we cannot be without it. The signing of this pact and carrying out joint space research programs with Russia is not aimed at antagonising any one nation per se, but instead at enabling our two countries to develop space technology aimed at equalling our position with Japan in the Space Race. This co-operation act also allows us to develop our own atomic weaponry by sharing information with the Soviet Union; we will level the playing field between the various nations. Contrary to popular belief, we do not want confrontation; we want to engage in dialogue. However, we want a dialogue that acknowledges the equality of both parties’ interests. We seek peaceful relations with other nations; we do not seek to destabilise any part of the world. Rather than hoard the technology they develop, it would be better for the Empire of Japan to share the technology they develop and the German scientists they have working for them.
1943, August 13th: The day after his speech, there is a massive protest in London about the UK working with the Soviet Union. Thousands of people march on Downing Street, demanding that Churchill resign. He refuses to resign but says that a general election will be held so that the people can decide if he should stay or go.
1943, August 20th: One week after the march on London, a General Election is called. Churchill says he will respect what the people of England want and he will stay if they want him to and he will leave if they want him to. The turn-out is the highest voter turnout since before the war. After the polls are closed and the votes counted; the results are in. Winston Churchill has been voted out of office in a landslide result. The new Prime Minister is Alex Bonneville. Who after returning from Buckingham Palace, the first thing he does is tear up the UK-Soviet pact, saying “The people of England will never work with Communist countries, now or EVER”. The Soviet Ambassador to the UK says “It is a great shame that the people of England no longer want to co-operate with the peace-loving peoples of the Soviet Union”.
1943, August 25th: There are tensions in West Germany as Bonn accuses the East Germans of trying to provoke a conflict by sending troops and military vehicles across their border. West German Chancellor Gerhardt says that “Repeated East German violations of our sovereignty will not be allowed to continue and steps will be taken to prevent any more from happening”.
1943, September 1st: Tensions between West and East Germany nearly erupt into open conflict when West German engineers and builders begin construction of the ‘German Wall’; a massive wall that runs along the West German border with East Germany. Marshall Malenkov denounces the construction of the ‘German Wall’ as “A sign that the capitalists in Bonn and their capitalist allies do not wish peaceful relations with East Germany and the USSR”.
1943, September 7th: Prime Minister Prince Konoe arrives in Hawaii to see how the rebuilding of Pearl Harbour is progressing. He is also there to oversee the launch into orbit of Sentai-75, the second Japanese satellite. The launch of Sentai-75 goes off without a hitch.
1943, September 11th: In Washington DC, there are protests against Konoe’s visit to Hawaii. President Tracker says their protests are useless as Hawaii is now part of the Empire of Japan and the US Instrument of Surrender signed Hawaii over to Japan. The protesters insist that President Tracker take a hard-line not only against Japan, but the California, demanding that he take hard-line stance against the former-state and use force to bring it back into the Union.
1943, September 19th: The Governor-General of California, Takeshi Miazaki invites Prime Minister Prince Konoe to California to see how the rebuilding of San Diego is going; Konoe accepts and will visit California after his trip to Hawaii is over.
1943, September 20-23rd: Prime Minister Prince Konoe arrives in California for his 3-day visit to the only Imperial Japanese protectorate in North America. Governor-General Miazaki greets Konoe at the airport where he is taken to the State Capitol to see how California is faring under Japanese protection. On his first full day in California, Prime Minister Prince Konoe is taken to San Diego to see how the rebuilding of San Diego is going. Governor-General Miazaki shows him around the San Diego Naval Base where he is shown the hull of the new Californian Defence Ship 'Tojo', which is named after the late, great General Tojo, Konoe's predecessor as Prime Minister.
On his second full day in California, Prime Minister Prince Konoe is taken to a baseball game where he sees the California Samurai’s beat the Dodgers by 123. He is then given a tour of Toho Studios US (OTL MGM) where he watches a scene from the upcoming Hollywood feature-film “From Here to Eternity” starring the Hollywood actor Burt Lancaster. He tries his hand at directing and directs the scene when the IJN Yamato docks in Hawaii.
On his third and final day, Prime Minister Prince Konoe tours the city of Los Angeles, meeting business and civic leaders. He received a warm welcome from the City of Angels! He greeted enthusiastic crowds in Yamamoto Park (formerly MacArthur Park) and took in the view from the top of L.A City Hall. Later, he paid a call to Santa Monica Pier, where he was given the keys to the city. The whirlwind tour was capped off by a four-hour speech to city leaders, where the Prime Minister outlined his vision for a prosperous alliance between the Empire of Japan and California. He vowed to root out the parasitic Anti-Japanese elements that have crippled the Californian economy since the mid 1880s and to liberate the masses from the grip of American subjugation. He finishes his speech with the now-famous “Bold Future” quote: “Together, we will put Californians back to work and make California great once again. Side by side with the Empire of Japan, California marches proudly towards a bold future”.
1943, October 1st: British Prime Minister Bonneville is informed that Russian submarines have been seen in the Irish Sea and in the English Channel. While this makes him nervous, there is nothing he can do as the Russian submarines stayed in international waters, and although they skirted the edge of British and Irish waters, they did not breach them.
1943, October 6th: As Captain Sasuke Nagano, Captain of the IJN Yamato and his wife, Cassie Nagano are celebrating the birth of their son Makoto, the IJN Yamato is shadowed by a Russian submarine as it heads to Hawaii. The Russian submarine follows the Yamato but does not take any hostile action. After 3 hours, the Russian submarine leaves the area.
1943, October 7th: Recognising the propaganda potential of Sasuke and Cassie Nagano’s newborn baby son, Prime Minister Prince Konoe, after consulting with His Most Imperial Majesty Emperor Hirohito, who gives the plan his Imperial Seal of Approval, invites Sasuke and Cassie Nagano to bring their newborn baby son to Tokyo, where he will be blessed in a traditional Shinto ceremony at the Yasakuni Shrine and receive a personal blessing from the Emperor himself. Sasuke and Cassie Nagano naturally agree and arrangements are made to bring them to Tokyo.
Red Rising USAEdit
1943, October 12th: Anthony Summers, chairman of the Communist Party of America, holds a protest rally on the California-Arizona border, protesting against the Imperial Japanese presence in North America. Unlike in Japan, Communism is still legal in the United States. As well as protesting the Imperial Japanese presence in North America, Anthony Summers protests against President Matthew Tracker and his policies of appeasement towards Japan:
No doubt the Japs aren't a lovable people; I don't care about them myself and I do not think that there is any loyal American who does care about them. In the war we fought against them, which was a morally right and just war, they stole territory from us and forced us into the shame and humiliation of signing the surrender then tried our leaders for prosecuting the war. The capitalists that lost us the war were ‘dealt with’ by the Japs, but things have not gotten any better for our country. Instead of a fresh start, we have the same capitalists at the helm of this great nation; and they are steering her towards disaster. It is time for the workers of this country to rise up and it’s time to wake up, Comrades! The old capitalist ways have struck a mortal blow, but it is not too late for us to save our country. We must rise up against the powers that be, freeing hundreds of illegally imprisoned patriots and sending a fiery message of defiance to those who've stolen our country; we want our country back and we will do what ever it takes to get it.
His rally has some success as a slow and steady flow people begin joining or supporting the Communist Party of America, though they all Communist sympanthisers or dissafected Socialists.
A Very Chinese DefectionEdit
1943, October 19th: Chinese General Chang Kai-Shek defects to the Empire of Japan, bringing with him a detachment of loyal officers and soldiers plus some troubling news; the Communist Party of America is receiving funding and support from Taiyuan and Moscow. He says they are doing this to facilitate a Communist revolution in the United States. He tells the Kempeitai that debrief him that although the Communist Party of America is receiving funding and support from Taiyuan and Moscow, they are still a long way off from achieving their goal of facilitating a Communist revolution in the United States. He says that Taiyuan and Moscow are planning an 'event' of some kind, one that will bring about the beginnings of an American Communist revolution. The Kempeitai tell him that while they verify this, along with his men, he will have to remain under their 'protection'. He agrees as does his men. Upon hearing about the defection, the Chinese Ambassador to Japan demands that General Kai-Shek and the soldeirs and officers that defected with him are returned to China as they are considered traitors. Prime Minister Prince Konoe refuses, saying that "General Chang Kai-Shek andthe detachment of loyal officers and soldiers are under our protection and will not be returned to China". This angers Taiyuan, but there is little they can do about it. The Chinese Ambassador to Tokyo lodges a formal protest with Prime Minister Prince Konoe over the defection but the protest is quietly ignored.
An Imperial ChristeningEdit
1943, October 21st: Admiral Yamamoto announces his decision to retire due to his age. He is succeeded as head of the Imperial Japanese Navy by the Captain of the IJN Yamato, Sasuke Nagano. The appointment of Sasuke Nagano allows him to be brought to Tokyo sooner than planned. Prime Minister Prince Konoe arranges for the IJN Yamato to stop at Pearl Harbour and pick up Admiral Sasuke Nagano, his wife Cassie and their baby boy Makoto. The IJN Yamato stops in Pearl Harbour where it picks up Admiral Sasuke Nagano, his wife Cassie and their baby boy Makoto.
1943, October 24th: The IJN Yamato arrives in Tokyo Harbour. Admiral Sasuke Nagano, his wife Cassie and their baby boy Makoto are met at the dock by Prime Minister Prince Konoe, who takes them directly to the Imperial Palace. When they arrive at the Imperial Palace, they are greeted by Shingo Yamamoto, Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Office and son of the now retired Admiral Yamamoto. While Prime Minister Prince Konoe leaves to speak to the Emperor, Grand Steward Yamamoto escorts Admiral Nagano and his wife and child to a lavish waiting room which has been prepared for them. The attendants help them get ready for their audience with the Emperor by helping them get into traditional clothing that is required when being given a personal audience with the Emperor. Prime Minister Prince Konoe returns once they are ready and escorts them to the Meiji Throne Room. They bow deeply on entering the throne room, showing the proper respect for Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. Prime Minister Prince Konoe presents them to the Emperor and Empress, informing them that Captain Nagano has just been promoted to Admiral and is the new head of the Imperial Navy. Emperor Hirohito approaches Admiral Nagano and formally conveys upon him the position of head of the Imperial Navy. Emperor Hirohito then turns to Cassie Nagano and asks to see their child. She presents to him the infant Makoto. To the sleeping baby's pajamas, the Emperor affixes the Imperial Seal and tells Cassie that her baby will have the best education the Empire can provide so that when he comes of age, he can enter the navy and become Captain of the IJN Yamato, like his father. The audience is interrupted when an aide rushes in and informs them that Shikotan Island has been attacked and invaded by the Russians.
The Short-lived Soviet InvasionEdit
1943, October 25th: Admiral Nagano orders the Yamato and the Musashi to head to Shikotan Island to force the Russian forces to surrender. The Russian Ambassador to Tokyo says the Russian forces invaded the island because “The Soviet Union claims them as their own”. The Russian Ambassador is told that the Northern Territories are “An integral part of Japan” and that no negotiations will take place over their status. The Russian Ambassador is also told that they will not give the Russians on Shikotan the chance to surrender as they are to be treated as invaders of Japanese territory. The IJN Yamato and the IJN Musashi arrive at Shikotan Island where they begin bombarding the Russian positions, decimating them within 45 minutes. The Soviet survivors, overwhelmed by the coastal bombardment, broadcast their surrender, which is ignored by Admiral Nagano. The Yamato and Musashi continue their bombardment until the Soviet troops are wiped out. Marshall Malenkov denounces the Japanese refusal to accept the surrender of the Soviet forces as “Wholesale slaughter of Soviet forces that were offering to surrender”. He recalls the Russian Ambassador to Japan and expels the Japanese Ambassador. Prime Minister Prince Konoe congratulates Admiral Nagano on his “Speedy and efficient dispatching of the invading Russian forces”. Admiral Nagano and his wife are informed that the blessing of their son at Yasakuni will take place on November 10th. It will be conducted by the High Priest of the Yasakuni Shrine with Emperor Hirohito in attendance.
The Reds, they are risingEdit
1943, October 27th: Kempeitai agents operating in the United States report back to Tokyo that they have found evidence that supports General Chang Kai-Shek's claims that the Communist Party of America is receiving funding and support from Taiyuan and Moscow. They report that while the CPUSA is receiving funding and support from Taiyuan and Moscow, they are indeed far from being able to instigate a full-blown Communist revolution in America. They also report that there are Communist activities going on in California as well as Oregon and Washington State, though these are not as successful. Prime Minister Prince Konoe sends this information to Governor-General Miazaki in Sacramento with orders to enact Anti-Communist pogroms and laws as has been done in the rest of the Empire. The rise of Communism is of concern to the Empire as it can be used to foster Anti-Japanese sentiment.
1943, October 31st: there is a CPSU organised protest in Seattle, Washington. The Communist protesters, all of who the CPSU had brought in from other states, protest outside the state capitol. The protesters demand a change in the state law that would forbid business from donating to political campaigns, they also demand that the state take direct control of big businesses and nationalise the transport network. When Governor Winters refuses, the protesters begin a small-scale protest outside several banks, this soon degenerates into a full-scale riot when the National Guard shows up and begin arresting the protesters. The National Guard are forced to open fire on them, killing 71 and injuring 113. The remaining protesters are either arrested or taken out of the state by the CPUSA. When he hears of this, CPUSA chairman Anthony Summers denounces the killings and arrests as “Proof the United States is in the grip of the capitalists who led this country to war and who now appease the nation that stole part of our great nation”. The killings and arrests of the protesters have the desired effect of bringing more and more people to the CPUSA. Governor Winters holds a top-secret call with the Governor of Oregon Arthur Coleman in an attempt to co-ordinate their efforts to combat the Communist protesters.
1943, November 1-3rd: There are a series of co-ordinated protests and acts of vandalism directed against banks and business in the states of Washington and Oregon, as well as Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. The CPUSA claims that the protests are led by the citizens in those states who are “Tired of living under the yoke of capitalism and yearn to live under the glorious umbrella of Communism”. The protests have success in Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona, where the governors of those states agree to some of the protesters demands, but they do not have any success are all in Washington and Oregon, whose Governors and citizens remain firmly opposed to Communism. CPUSA chairman Anthony Summers suggests that Governor Winters and Governor Coleman meet with him “To discuss a way we can end the protests in a peaceful way to end the protests and come to a mutually acceptable deal”. Naturally, Governors Winters and Coleman refuse, issuing a joint statement saying “We will not meet, discuss nor listen to anyone who thinks they can change government policies by violent protests and riots. Communism is the tool of the devil and the States of Washington and Oregon will NEVER succumb to the Red Menace”. Chairman Summers denounces their refusal to meet with him as “Proof that the capitalists in DC do not want to even TRY to negotiate with us”. He uses this as part of the CPUSA propaganda drive against President Tracker. He calls for more people to “Join our cause, join the Workers Revolution and bring about the end of the Capitalist regime that has brought this country to its knees”.
1943, November 5th: British Prime Minister Alex Bonneville informs President Tracker that there are Communist-backed protests in England and that he suspects that the CPUSA are finding them. While Prime Minister Bonneville says the US can't outlaw Communism because of the Constitution citing Free Speech, he says the UK can ban Communism, which it does. There are protests in Manchester, Leeds and Wakefield as the ban takes effect, but those protesting against the ban are Communists and most are arrested with a few fleeing the country. Marshall Malenkov denounces the English ban of Communism as “Proof that the West is Anti-Communist and does not want peaceful relations with the Soviet Union”.
An Imperial Christening, Round IIEdit
1943, November 10th: Admiral Nagano and his wife Cassie take their baby boy Makoto to the Yasakuni Shrine for the Shinto blessing. When they arrive at Yasakuni, they are greeted by Prime Minister Prince Konoe who leads them into the Haiden, the hall of worship or oratory where the Emperor is waiting. The exact nature and content of the ceremony is highly secret, though it is rumoured that the High Priest of Yasakuni blessed baby Makoto and that the Emperor gave the infant child his personal blessing and Imperial Seal. After the Shinto blessing, Admiral Nagano and his wife Cassie are invited back to the Imperial Palace where they have tea with the Emperor and baby Makoto is looked after by the Imperial nanny and is allowed to interact with the infant members of the Imperial Family. Admiral Nagano and Cassie are invited to spend the night at the Imperial Palace.
1943, November 11th: Before they leave the Imperial Palace, Admiral Nagano and Cassie are informed of a secret regarding baby Makoto's future. They are sworn to secrecy regarding the secret, which was told to them by Emperor Hiorohito himself.
The continued rise of the RedsEdit
1943, November 18th: The destroyer IJN Konipara Maru is shadowed by a Soviet submarine as it pays a good will visit to Seattle, Washington. The Soviet submarine shadows the IJN Konipara Maru as far as the US border then turns back.
1943, November 23rd: At Pearl Harbour, the IJN Fuso encounters the same Russian submarine that shadowed the IJN Konipara Maru on its good will visit to Seattle, Washington. This time, the Russian submarine is inside Japanese waters and the IJN Fuso drops depths charges, forcing the Russian submarine to surface, where the crew is arrested for violating Japanese waters. When Marshall Malenkov hears of this, he demands the immediate release of the submarine and its crew. Prime Minister Prince Konoe refuses to release the submarine and its crew, saying that it violated Japanese waters. Malenkov once again demands their release, hinting at “Strong action will be taken” if the submarine and its crew are not released at once with an official apology from Tokyo for the “Illegal seizure of Soviet property and the illegal detention of Soviet sailors”. When Prime Minister Konoe refuses to order their release; Marshall Malenkov vows “Swift justice against the Japanese aggressors”. The British ship, the HMAS Prince of Wales releases radio and tracking information which proves the Russian submarine was in Japanese waters. This is backed up by the West German ship, the GDR Leipzig. Faced with two different nations presenting contradictory evidence, Marshall Malenkov blasts this as “Capitalist propaganda designed to aid the Imperial Japanese and their justification for the detention of our submarine and its crew”. Knowing the submarine was indeed in Japanese waters, Malenkov demands their immediate release, but quietly drops the thinly veiled threats towards Japan.
1943, November 30th: The Kempeitai report that elite Russian troops are being pulled off their regular patrols within the USSR and are being relocated. They believe that this is the start of a Russian military build-up for possible military action. This is not the case as the Russian troops are being gathered to parade and provide security at the Moscow Cosmodrome where Marshall Malenkov announces that Russia is about to become “The next nation to achieve a milestone in the Space Race”. The whole world watches as the Russians launch Sputnik-1 into orbit. This makes Russia only the second nation after Japan to launch a satellite into orbit. He says this even levels the playing field between Russia and Japan and that soon Japan will not be the leader of the Space Race. But all is not well at the Soviet Space Programme as many in the military believe that the mounting cost of the Russian space programme makes it prohibitively expensive. Malenkov ignores them, saying “Russia can not and will not step out of the Space Race. We must continue and persevere and show the world that the Imperialist dogs in Tokyo that Communism is the future, not just for Russia, but for the whole world”. Sputnik-1 orbits Earth for 19 hours before falling back down and burning up over Denmark.
1943, December 1st: A series of disturbing rumours begin emerging from South America, they concern possible sightings of Adolf Hitler. During the final days of the war, as Japanese troops closed in on Berlin, there were rumours that the body of Hitler that was found was that of a double and that Hitler escaped to South America. While these rumours are publicly derided as falsehoods and miss-sightings by Tokyo, Washington and London, Marshall Malenkov secretly believes them. He orders SMERSH to investigate all credible sightings of Hitler and if the former German dictator did indeed survive, they have orders to bring him back to Moscow alive.
1943, December 5th: A small passenger ferry, the Tsushima Maru sinks 23 miles off the coast of Formosa. It was carrying 29 school children back to Okinawa after a school-trip to Formosa. The sinking of the Tsushima Maru is a mystery as the ship sank so quickly, it did not have time to send out a distress call. There are no survivors from the Tsushima Maru and very little wreckage. Blame is immediately placed on Communists, which allows Tokyo to increase the Anti-Communist pogroms and arrest anyone suspected of either being a Communist or aiding them in any way.
Out with the League, in with the UnitedEdit
1943, December 9-16th: Prime Minister Prince Konoe visits Washington DC along with Prime Minister Bonneville, Governor-General Miyazaki, President Peytan and West German Chancellor Gerhardt. The meeting of the world leaders is intended to discuss formation of a new organisation after the League of Nations disbanded due to its inability to prevent the Second World War. Marshall Malenkov protests the fact he was not invited to the meeting, taking it as a great insult. “The fact that the Soviet Union, one of the victor nations in the recent war with Nazi Germany, and a world power, has not been invited to this meeting in Washington is a great insult that will not go unanswered”. For the sake of maintaining a semblance of peace, Marshall Malenkov is invited. When he arrives the following day, the meeting decides that a new organisation is needed, but there is some slight dissent as to where the new organisation should be based. President Tracker suggests New York, Prime Minister Bonneville suggests Wakefield, President Peytan suggests Dieppe, Governor-General Miyazaki suggests Modesto, Marshall Malenkov suggests Moscow and Prime Minister Prince Konoe suggests Shikotan. The idea of Moscow as the host city for the new organisation is turned down instantly, leading Marshall Malenkov to accuse the other nations of “Never giving our suggestion of Moscow as the new home of the new international organisation any serious consideration”. President Tracker points out that all the nations must reach consensus on the host city of the new international organisation and to prove that the suggestion of Moscow has been given consideration, he puts it to the vote. No-one votes for Moscow save for Malenkov himself. “Perhaps now Marshall Malenkov will stop complaining” President Peytan says “We have voted on Moscow and we have turned it down”. Prime Minister Prince Konoe suggests to the others that the base for the new international organisation could be based on the island of Shikotan. He says that the island of Shikotan would be perfect as it is the only one of the Northern Territories that the Empire of Japan has little infrastructure on. He says that its location to the Home Islands provides perfect transport links and that security would be virtually guaranteed due to it being part of the Empire of Japan. Marshall Malenkov immediately protests the suggestion of the island of Shikotan, as “Sovereign Russian territory”. He ignores comments that remind him Russia lost the Northern Territories during the last Russia-Japan War. He says that the Soviet Union will boycott the new international organisation if it is based in Japan and not Russia. The other leaders vote on the proposal and the unanimously vote to have the new international organisation based on Shikotan Island. Malenkov immediately protests this and walks out, saying to the others before he leaves:
This meeting, to discuss the need for a new international organisation too replace the failed League of Nations, while a good idea, has only confirmed to myself and the Soviet leadership of the West's bad intentions towards the Soviet Union. It became clear that when I was not first invited to this meeting, it was clear that the West does not have friendly intentions towards the USSR. If you did have friendly intentions towards the USSR, then I would not have been left out of the initial invitation. But this insult is only the latest in a long line of insults by the West and Japan that have been directed at the USSR. You have all enacted Anti-Communist pogroms and some of you have actually outlawed Communism. There can be no justice so long as our brothers and sisters in Communism are victimised and treated as second class citizens. The site chosen to be the site of the new international organisation is also an insult to the USSR. Our suggestion to have Moscow as the host city for the new international organisation was dismissed without giving it any serious thought, this will not do. The Soviet Union will not take part nor be a member of any such international organisation that does not show that it respects the Soviet Union
Once Malenkov has gone, the others vote to house the new international organisation on Shikotan Island. An agreement is signed pledging the support of all the nations at the meeting to make the new international organisation work.
Reach for the StarsEdit
1943, December 20th: Prime Minister Prince Konoe makes an announcement which is seen as the next step in the Space Race:
I believed that when this nation began our space program, we should fully commit our self to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. This goal has been the aim of our space program since its inception. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.
His speech is seen by the Soviets as an announcement that the IJAXA is ready to launch a manned space flight so they redouble their own efforts, as do the US and the British.
1943, December 21st: Japanese scientists begin researching the possibility of a reusable space vehicle that would be launched into orbit on a rocket but return to Earth. Plans are also drawn up to place nuclear missiles into space but that faces the problem of getting the missile up to orbit.
1943, December 22nd: As the year draws to a close, Prime Minister Prince Konoe knows that the coming new year will bring more problems for the Empire of Japan and her allies. But he also knows that what ever these problems are, the Empire of Japan will emerge victorious once again.
1943, December 23rd: In a special meeting, Emperor Hirohito informs Prime Minister Prince Konoe of the christening regarding Admiral Nagano and Cassie's baby boy. Prime Minister Prince Konoe is surprised when the Emperor tells him but accepts it and says that it is a bold choice for the Empire, one that will ensure the survival of the Empire for generations to come.
The Oppenheimer SoloutionEdit
1943, December 24th: There is a diplomatic crisis in North America when US nuclear scientist Dr Albert S. Meinheimer crosses into California and asks for diplomatic protection. He tells Governor-General Miyazaki that he fears for his life after he uncovered a Communist plot to give US nuclear secrets to the USSR and China. The FBI arrives in California and demands that Dr Meinheimer be turned over to them, but Governor-General Miyazaki refuses, saying that if he did that, Dr Meinheimer would be in fear for his life. This refusal to turn him over to the FBI, while not souring relations between the US and California, is used as propaganda by CPUSA chairman Anthony Summers as “More proof that the Capitalist Imperialist machine that is Japan has hostile intentions towards us. They intend to develop nuclear weapons in California and threaten us with atomic annihilation”. President Tracker calls Governor-General Miyazaki and where Miyazaki informs him of the threat made against Dr Meinheimer. President Tracker tells Governor-General Miyazaki that he is aware of the Communist plot to give US nuclear secrets to the USSR and China, he says that he is allowing it to happen as the 'secrets' they are trying to steal are loaded with errors that would make a Russian or Chinese nuclear weapon impossible. Governor-General Miyazaki says that Dr Meinheimer will be given sanctuary in Japan until the threat to his life is over.
1943, December 25th: The United States makes an official diplomatic request to both California and the Empire of Japan to return Dr. Meinheimer. The request is turned down by Tokyo who says that Dr. Meinheimer has been given sanctuary and citizenship within Japan. The turndown of this request cools relations between Japan and America.
1943 ends on a Red NoteEdit
1943, December 31st: On the last night of 1943, the hopes that the year would end on a peaceful note are dashed when it is announced that Japan intends to try the Soviet submarine crew for violating their borders and aggressively shadowing one of their ships. Marshall Malenkov, upon hearing about this, demands their immediate release, saying that Japan has no right to try the Soviet crew and demands their immediate return. Prime Minister Prince Konoe says that since the Russian submarine was captured in Japanese waters and was there without permission, Japan can and WILL put the submarine crew on trial, he releases an official statement:
My government emphasizes that this blatant and unprovoked maritime violation by the Soviet government is tantamount to an act of hostility against the Empire of Japan. Instead of apologising to the Japanese people and nation, it is brazenly asking for the submarine and its crew back. It seems he [Malenkov] has forgotten that Japan's maritime borders were violated, and that Japan's internal affairs were interfered with. Instead of an official apology and admitting to this violation, they are making this request, which is being denied
Marshall Malenkov vows to get back the sub and its crew from Japan, hinting at possible military action to retrieve them if Japan does not hand them over willingly.
A new year, same Red ProblemsEdit
1944, January 1-3rd: The New Year does not get off to a good start. Propaganda by CPUSA chairman Anthony Summers encourages more and more people to join the CPUSA to “Free our beloved country from the grip of financial and Capitalist profiteers who have led us to disaster time and time again”. He organises two large rallies, one in Washington DC and the other in Los Angeles. The protests attract large numbers of CPUSA members and those that support them. In Washington DC, president Tracker is unable to do anything since the protesters are peaceful but in Los Angeles Governor-General Miyazaki is able to take direct action. He calls out the California Defence Force and orders them to arrest anyone who is a member of the CPUSA or any of their supporters. When the CDF is deployed to Los Angeles the protesters immediately turn violent and begin hurling stones, bricks and petrol-bombs at them, in retaliation, the CDF open fire on the protesters, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. The few protesters that are not killed or injured are either arrested or they attempt to flee the city; which fails and they are arrested. Anthony Summers uses the shootings as propaganda against Washington and Sacramento, saying that “Innocent citizens were protesting when the heavy-handed tactics of Governor-General Miyazaki resulted in the deaths of many of our brothers and sisters”. This has an effect, but not one Washington and Sacramento were hoping for: More people join the CPUSA. It is now estimated that the CPUSA has a total membership count of 8,453,435. They try to use this to their advantage and get a CPUSA member elected governor of Washington State, but when the ballots for the CPUSA candidate are disallowed, they claim the election was rigged to prevent them from gaining power. CPUSA chairman Anthony Summers denounces this as “Capitalist aggression and segregation against our CPUSA brothers and sisters”.
1944, January 8th: A motion is put before and passed by Congress making Communism illegal within the United States. This effectively makes the CPUSA illegal. CPUSA chairman Anthony Summers protests this, but with the ban making his political party illegal, he is arrested. This marks the end of the CPUSA. China and Russia denounce this as “Political racism”. CPUSA chairman Anthony Summers tries to appeal the decision, but no lawyer will defend him. He tries to defend himself but he fails and is sent to prison for life. With the CPUSA chairman now behind bars, the CPUSA soon withers away and dies. Communism is now extinct within the United States.
1944, January 9th: The Japanese Empire, the United Kingdom, most of Europe and most of Southeast Asia (especially the areas under Japanese Imperial influence), have all become joined by the USA in banning Communism, something, which although it does not directly improve relations in between the Western allies and the Japanese Empire, at least gives a clear indication to the common enemy. The same day, Prime Minister Prince Konoe himself travels all the way to Washington D.C. to congratulate President Tracker on the effective ban on Communism, as one leader to another. The talks also drop into such matters as the diplomatic status of Dr. Oppenheimer (met with a kind, but persistent no), the status of the (if possible) co-operation of the countries space-programs, Australia, tighter diplomatic connections with the United Kingdom, the question of the Soviet Union and the Communist areas of China. Despite recent disagreements, there is a more friendly atmosphere, as President Tracker is relieved that the (up until then) increasingly violent Communists no longer have a head, and Prime Minister Prince Konoe is happy to see that the USA has finally taken action against the Communist menace.
1944, January 10th-17th: In response to the meeting in between President Tracker and Prime Minister Prince Konoe, the head of the Soviet Union, Marshall Malenkov, orders a meeting in between the different Communist leaders of the world. Although most of the Communist parties of Asia have all but gone due to the pogroms, many of those beyond the influence of the Japanese Empire still persevere, and all across eastern Europe the local governments are ready to contribute. They hold memorials for the dead of the Communist Party of Nepal, denounce the different western powers, while praising Malenkov for carrying out Stalin’s “glorious legacy”. The fact that the meetings are held in the heart of Moscow, and that Malenkov’s opening speech says “Welcome, brothers and sisters, to the UNITED Communist Parties!” worry many, especially the British, who are concerned over a possible hint to the incident over the United Nations incident, and that geographically they are the closest to the Soviets.
1944, January 13th: Worried over the meeting, Prime Minister Hugh Bonneville calls President Tracker to discuss what to do. Although they are both relieved over the effective handling of the Communist threat, and are de facto devoid of any real Communist threat, they are still worried over what Malenkov might do next. The call lasts for almost three hours, but some important resolves are made:
First, that the extent of Communist influence is to be limited.
Secondly, the different security services are to help each other if they discover any threat to the others safety. In this respect the British are more advanced, and offer their help in return for some minor demands.
Third, they shall not interfere with each other’s businesses, unless they are a direct hindrance to the cause.
Fourth, “hidden” economic sanctions are to be made at any Communist-sympathetic country, where trade will be rerouted and currencies deluged with fakes.
But at the question of the Japanese Empire, the two countries stand divided. Prime Minister Bonneville wants a tough line on the Japanese Empire, but that they join this new alliance, due to the strength of the Japanese Empire, and their positioning in the east. President Tracker, on the other hand, wants a softer line on the Japanese Empire, remembering the trauma of the war, but is not sure of them enough to put them into this new alliance. It is agreed that they will wait until the, by newspapers labeled “Commie-week”, the gathering of Communists by Malenkov, is over to see if they can trust the Japanese Empire enough to let it in to the alliance.
1944, January 16th-18th: As “Commie-week” draws to a close, the Communist shows of unity get bigger and more intense, with massive parades, plays, banquets and parties. From all over the Soviet Union, children come to give flowers, gifts, thanks and their respect to the “Great Leader Comrade Marshall Malenkov!” The celebrations are more intense than ever, culminating on the 17th with massive celebrations, featuring the largest play to have ever been put up in the history of the world, a banquet the size for a smaller army, and a parade that dwarfs everything the Red Square has ever seen: 900 000 men from the army, followed by 500 000 from the navy, 200 000 from the air force, which are escorted by over 3 500 air planes, 25 000 artillery and 75 000 tanks, and 500 massive missiles. At the end of the day, after a needed rest, the first session of the United Communist Parties ends with a display of fireworks that will cost millions. But Malenkov has achieved his goal: the western powers are impressed, intimidated, and a little bit curious.
Surprisingly, though, the Japanese Empire does not do anything to intimidate the Soviet Union, but instead, choses to continue with the reconstruction projects. Additionally, the Japanese High Command are planning a surprise attack on the PLAR, and do not want it to happen during the sessions, as the PLAR would easily garner support even from the most reluctant of the other Communist nations. Fortunately though, the High Command abandons the idea as the projected costs are considered too high, and that waiting a little wouldn’t hurt either, until the emotional storm has settled. And meanwhile, the reconstruction projects are faring extremely well, with men such as Nguyen Van Thoc, Chang Kai-Shek (as thanks, he had become governor over different provinces), Governor-General Miyazaki, and the Thai Government of Siam, showing industries on level, and even better than before the war.
1944, January 20th-22th: After seeing the calm behavior of the Japanese Empire, especially since some of the hardest criticism was directed at them (amounting to a down right insult then and then), the Prime Minister Bonneville and President Tracker agree to let them into the alliance, but it is a trial period, and the Japanese do not have the full right to all the information. Suggesting that an open meeting might be too sensitive during the current circumstances, they both agree to have an informal meeting with Prime Minister prince Konoe, and that they will also discuss if other, smaller nations are to be involved later on, such as West Germany or France.
1944, January 21th-23rd: The situation in all the major powers of the Japanese Empire, the USA, the United Kingdom and the USSR is calm, as all settle down for the spring. But in the streets of the capitals of Sweden, Norway, Turkey and Rome the ongoing protests, which have been existent ever since the USSR got a base to operate from in Finland, Denmark (“USSR-ification” is in progress), and the all but un-infiltrated Greece, have become more and more violent, resulting mainly in damages in Scandinavia, but in Rome and Ankara, there have been losses of life. The USSR uses the deaths and its mighty army as leverage in negotiations, turning these countries more and more socialist, finally instigating coups (as was the case with Denmark), aiming at increased power in Europe as compensation for the lost lands in the east. As one heads farther south, the Communists have gained further ground in, strengthening their hold on the Caucasian-bordering and northwestern areas of Iran, while the Communist Party of Afghanistan, once thought to be one of the few left that could assert its independence after the initial losses of the Soviet Union in the Second World War and Russo-Japanese wars (which it openly did), has come under nothing else but the direct leadership of Moscow. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union went on forth and attempted to make several deep-going infiltrations into India, all of but a few have had massive failures.
The Indian High Command, proud over its nations swelling nationalism, refused to give up the freedom for which they fought so hard for to be thwarted by a group of infiltrators. These reactions move them closer to the Japanese Empire, which, although it contains some rather large chunks of former Indian territory, has allowed jobs and migration for Indians, and the help provided against the Nepalese Communist Party, thereby aiding a nowadays close friend of the Indian state, has not been forgotten. In fact, it helps relationships in between the two, as the Indians know that the only other state on the same level of anti-spy skill is the British empire, which of course is near unthinkable, due to their antagonistic past, which also another benefit. As the USA is too poorly organised, and the British are near unthinkable as allies, the fact that the Japanese Empire and India once fought the common imperial enemy helps tremendously, especially since there is a wide-spread consent amongst many historians and the experienced generals that, if the Japanese Empire had not fought the British and driven them back to their deeper fortifications, cutting off reinforcements, supply lines, and more, the battle for the sovereign state would have been harder. But India is as far south as the Soviets will go. Having learnt their lesson, they no longer try to overextend, instead focusing on the most important task ahead, which is to seize Europe for any future operations.
1944, January 22nd: After receiving news of the invitation from Prime Minister Bonneville and President Tracker, Prime Minister Prince Konoe agrees, and leaves for Shikotan. He still does not know when to announce to the world that the escaped team of top scientist Sergey Korolyov and an approximate of 240 scientists have been given sanctuary (Korolyov fled due to the ever-clearer militarism of the USSR’s High Command, the ever-increasing paranoia and brutality of Malenkov, and the ever-greater abusage of power by Lavrentiy Beria, despised and hated head of the NKVD), an escape Malenkov was too ashamed to announce to the world, and that Werner von Braun has teamed up with the other space visionary. Or how India will take a possible alliance with Britain? Meanwhile the west of the Japanese Empire must be protected from any possible West-Asian infiltration, and there are the news from the Emperor.
As the plane leaves the tarmac, on this historic day, a day that will be remembered, whatever decisions taken, he thinks “Everywhere, all the powers are seeking to extend or fortify themselves. But will it be enough?”
It seems as if the times are getting rougher.
They're tough, them RedsEdit
1944, January 22nd-23rd: As the talks go on, the differences in between the Japanese Empire, the USA, and the British start to appear more and more. Prime Minister Prince Konoe wants a full status, and promises from President Tracker and Prime Minister Bonneville that his nation will not have to be kept in the dark about secrets and operations. President Tracker, on the other hand, wants to “level” out the stakes and the playing fields, something that also calls attention to Prime Minister Bonneville’s criticism. Tracker himself also wants to make up for the lost territories in the west, now that the once USA-fielded spheres of influence in Asia have all but in name become much more than “allies” to the Japanese Empire. At home, he faces criticism from the left and especially the right, nowadays headed by an increasingly malevolent (and aging) Roosevelt, and the different “clan”-like structures that have evolved in the rich, influential, economic-political powerhouses of the east coast, including such people as the “Boston Brahmins”, the wealthy banker families of the “Old guard”, and the rise of new families such as the Kennedys. Meanwhile, the notorious, infamous, and by the intellectuals hated Senator John McCarthy wields his works of lies, deceit and abuse as never before. He accuses almost every single person he can see as a threat to his power as a Communist, whether there is proof of it or not. Nobody dares to speak up against the senator, all fearing, justifiably, for their careers, families and even lives. He accuses Dr. Oppenheimer of being a “Dirty, Jap-loving, Communist SPY!” and rambles about having massive lists of Communist infiltrators, even accusing men next to, or in the administration of President Tracker himself, sometimes even leading President Tracker to have to fake the firing of some of them so as to not raise any possible eyebrows over why he’s keeping “Communists”. Senator McCarthy even goes so far as to, at certain occasions, link the two main perceived “threats”, that the Japanese Empire and the massive networks of “commie-spies” from the Soviet Union are the same thing. Sometimes, in private, he even accuses the Japanese Empire to actually be the Soviet Union in disguise.
As the FBI become more and more of a weapon of terror and fear in the hands of the Machiavelli-extremist (dubbed “The Grey Inspector Eminence”) J. Edgar Hoover, the rule of such men as infamous gangster king Charles “Lucky” Luciano and others, seem to spread over the streets of the USA. Strangely enough, it seems as if the FBI is even allowing and accepting the spread of organized crime, as Supreme Chief J. Edgar Hoover believes that the real threat to the safety of the USA, comes from the Communist infiltrators. Besides, he thinks, as long as they can keep giving in a steady stream of “discovered” Communist spies (a growing way for the “mafia” to get rid of troublesome, indebted, or in any other way disturbing people), why bother?
1944, January 20th-23rd: But, despite all the talk, there is a threat, and its leaders have become more and more emboldened, both by the great display of “The Supreme Power of The Soviet Union! and it’s great Communist allies, brothers and sisters in Socialism!”, and the apparent lack of counter response from the “Western Imperialists and their enslaved, profiteering vassals, and the Imperialists of the East!”. As the different leaders of the Communist parties all have head back home, they instead of settling down, immediately start planning for a Communist takeover of their country. The by now only countries left in Europe and Western Asia with independence are: Sweden, Norway, West Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Austria, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Iran.
Of these, Greece is a part of the Soviet Union in all but name, a country so corrupt, inept and inefficient that it is at the mercy of the Soviet whim. Sweden, bordered by the now Communist republics of Finland and Denmark in the south, has had its cities be almost constantly harrowed by protests of varying size. The latest one, on the 23rd, has led to wide spread pressure on the government of State Minister Per Albin Hansson. But they are uniquely safe, since the Swedish state has been through an almost two-decade long rule under “Social Democracy”, its prided unique middle way, and the protests are more about taking the word “Democratic” out of the words “Democratic Socialism”, since the Soviet high command sees this branch as heresy. In fact, in polls, the overwhelming majority of the Swedish population (89%, in fact), do not want to see a Communist takeover, as they like the sound and nature of their prided middle way better, something which eyewitness accounts from Russian soldiers and pilots (since Sweden was neutral during the war) also give reason to support. West Germany, the other half of the state, has since it built “The German Wall” (and unlike Sweden, Communism is outlawed here), gone towards more and more deregulation of the “ultra-capitalist” system (called “Real-existerende Capitalismus”), and since the United Kingdom is too worried about the response from the Soviets if they openly helped the West Germans, it was the USA that provided help during Malenkov’s short lived blockade of West Berlin. They have also gone closer and closer to the Japanese Empire, who now gives substantial export to the West Germans, who in return, happily consume the high-quality products, which also spurs the West German industry to improve itself. But there is another side to West Germany. As the war closed so quickly, unlike many of the strategists of the Allies hoped, many of the high-level commanders, including Erwin Rommel, von Manstein, Marshall Paulus and High Admiral Karl Doenitz, survived, not only the apparatchiks of the system. They have led the recovery of Germany, and since the suffering of Germany was great, they and the people do not wish to have “Nationalsocialismus”, but they, and the people, do want to have a strong German state. The war, as one lieutenant, said: “has knocked out “Socialismus”, but it hasn’t knocked out “National”. But they are of the “Old Prussian Guard”, the one that only fought the war because of Germany. They do not wish a “Fourth Reich” (Rommel was actually pretty famous for having led a “break-away” republic from Hamburg, calling the High Command “swines”. He was later joined by High Admiral Doenitz, who, when he lost the majority of his fleet, actually surrendered and fought the Axis, dubbing his area as the “Sea Republic of Germany”). And they like the Japanese Empire’s conservative militarism (despite the last year of the war).
Norway is a “dead case”, as one of the advisors of President Tracker once said, since the state suffered incredible amounts of damage, as the Germans, had, during the wars last one year decided to take out all they could in order to protect Germany, and demean the value of Norway so as to waste the Allied effort. The state also suffered under intense fighting in between the two forces, which forced the Allies to regularly shell, and “field bomb”, the Norwegian areas under German control. Since Norway is bordered by the People’s Republics of both Finland and Denmark, Norway is regularly infiltrated by Soviet spies, so regularly in fact, that some in the Soviet High Command suggest they use the country, bordered by both Finland and Denmark, as training ground. But, most importantly, the Soviets and Malenkov are interested in Norway because of its massive fjords, the deep valleys cut out by the country’s numerous rivers, which in its turn will help not only the Five-year plans, but also the one thing Hitler never had the chance to use Norway for: heavy water hydro-plants to produce the uranium so vital for the Soviet nuclear program.
The Netherlands and Belgium are one of the few countries left that have not yet banned Communism in Europe, trying instead, to pacify the demonstrators, attempts which have all but failed. Although Belgium is starting to join the effort in banning Communism, with a new bill that almost passed through Parliament yesterday, and its free-style capitalism, it is still losing more and more ground to the Communists. Meanwhile, the Netherlands are all but faring well, as the country is a few days travel distance from both the DDR (Deutsches Demokratisches Republik; Democratic Republic of Germany) and the People’s Democratic Republic of Denmark, it has a big, dissatisfied population, and its version of “command capitalism”, has due to mismanagement, led the country in to a recession (although, by some standards, it’s a pretty light one, but the population insist on change). As one of the advisors of President Tracker once said: “They’re practically taking a holiday there! It’s like a ripe fruit, just waiting to fall into Malenkov’s hands!”
Meanwhile, Luxembourg, has through a heavy bet on the banking sector, jokingly become referred to as “The Second London” and as a small state, although it has a sizable border to the Netherlands, no immediate interest to Malenkov, who’s infiltrators also have problems convincing anybody to join, since it is such a small state, with practically no “working class” to convince, and a share of over 90% working in the banking and finance sector, totaling an average thousands of dollars in GDP per person. Coupled with low taxes, and a thriving market for spending, the state of Luxembourg is out of reach for the Soviets. On the other hand, France, under the leadership of Supreme President Charles de Gaulle is divided but firm. Supreme President Charles de Gaulle is a firm opponent of the Communists, and is backed by the upper, middle and some of the lower classes, while the Communists are backed by parts of the lower classes. But the people of France still remember the trauma of the war, and the last thing most of them want is that the nation stand divided once again. And while the law does not explicitly forbid the Communists, it snares them in an ingenious “Catch-22” of organization and legality. And since the most famous figure of the Résistance against the Germans is Supreme President Charles de Gaulle, France has some minor problems, but nothing major. Austria, as a small enclave of capitalism, has on the other hand “nothing to worry about” as the Supreme Chancellor tells the people, and the promises seem to be well founded, as Austria and the Allies were able to negotiate a treaty that left Austria’s border with Germany to be a (mostly) long line of West German territory. Additionally, both France, West Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom have tight diplomatic ties with Austria, and as the best part, Austria’s long border with West Germany allows for a massive tourism industry. But one of the biggest sources of income is actually from having a border with the East Bloc, as every year, hundreds of families go to the border towns (that’s a far as the Austrians will let them go), to buy high quality merchandise, food, and more, additionally giving them a rare glimpse of life on the other side of the bloc (Malenkov would later take steps to have this source of rumors of the “promised land” closed).
Both Spain and the United Kingdom have banned Communism, but while the United Kingdom does it with capitalism and punitive measures, Generalissimo Francisco Franco does it with brute force and execution squads, leading to the, by the barbaric methods used by Franco’s soldiers, disgusted USA and United Kingdom to officially declare their non-affiliation with Franco’s fascist regime. Ireland is too far away for the Soviet interest, but Italy, and especially Rome is constantly rocked by protests, some of which have gone very violent. During the past five days, more than 37 people have been killed by policemen (in defense, the official reports, claim, although to this day nobody knows for sure), 283 people have been wounded (124 severely) and the country has been described as a “ship on its way to completely capsize” (again, an advisor to president Tracker). Turkey, as a state of strong secular tradition, has no big amount of clergy to combat the protesters, and, as a country that borders to Greece, it is regularly infiltrated. The protests in Ankara, Istanbul and other cities have gone, during the year, increasingly violent, with several deaths. Official reports state that during the five past days, 91 people have been killed, 367 have been wounded (253 severely), leading some to believe that Turkey is next on line. In this respect, the heavily religious state of Iran is safe-guarded, as there is a huge “army” of the organized clergy, ready to defend the name of Allah from the “heretical, non-believing dogs”, as the high priests declare to the people. And it works. The Soviets haven’t had any major breakthroughs (none, in fact), since the official recognition of the ayatollahs of the “heretical menace”. It is actually one of the more closer allies of the West in the region, since the Iranians don’t have any major interest in the Arabians (“simpletons”), but that does not mean that the rubbing of shoulders goes care-free. Ever since the establishment of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the native people who own the land, have not been able to get any part of the profit, something which the Communist Party of Iran used to great effect. But the fun days are over, as the Party of National Unity, headed by the charismatic Mohammed Mossadeq, nationalizes more and more of the company. The United Kingdom, outraged, wants help from the USA to invade Iran, but the USA, tired by the colonial attitudes of the United Kingdom, refuses, saying that Mossadeq was democratically elected. The arrogance of the United Kingdom and the absence of the USA, drives Iran closer and closer to the Japanese Empire, signing trade agreements and giving each other gifts of good will. The relationship goes so close that the United Kingdom, in the end, sees no other way than to ease and equalize the Anglo-Iranian Company’s policy to fairer standards.
1944, January 23rd, 21:09: After over eleven and a half hours of negotiations, a preliminary treaty is to be signed in between the different powers. It is a huge compromise, to the full liking of none of the participants, when suddenly all connections with the negotiations room are broken. For over the next one hour, all the events that happen will never be known, and classified as top secret.
1944, January 23rd, 22:01: Contact is finally re-established with the negotiations room. The first thing Prime Minister Prince Konoe says is an order to immediately heighten the security around the emperor. Anyone that does not follow the orders will be facing a firing squad.
1944, January 23rd, 23:49: A treaty is signed, with major, even huge changes (so said the White House press release), and its content will never be known. The one thing that can be known is that it seems to be extremely fair and advantageous for all parties, as, during the next years, co-operation in between the “Allies” grows extremely close, and the leaders develop something could even be called a friendship. Later, the leaders of the “Alliance” will go to rest, and tomorrow they will head back home. The many bruises, wounds and even broken noses and such, are explained by the roof having collapsed.
1944, January 23rd, 21:09: After over eleven and a half hours of negotiations, a preliminary treaty is to be signed in between the different powers. It is a huge compromise, to the full liking of none of the participants, when suddenly all connections with the negotiations room are broken. For over the next one hour, all the events that happen will never be known, and classified as top secret.
1944, January 23rd, 22:01: Contact is finally re-established with the negotiations room. The first thing Prime Minister Prince Konoe says is an order to immediately heighten the security around the emperor. Anyone that does not follow the orders will be facing a firing squad.
1944, January 23rd, 23:49: A treaty is signed, with major, even huge changes (so said the White House press release), and its content will never be known. The one thing that can be known is that it seems to be extremely fair and advantageous for all parties, as, during the next years, co-operation in between the “Allies” grows extremely close, and the leaders develop something could even be called a friendship. Later, the leaders of the “Alliance” will go to rest, and tomorrow they will head back home. The many bruises, wounds, and even broken noses and such, are explained by the roof having collapsed.
1944, January 23rd, 23:51: An unknown Russian man, after nearly having been tortured to death during the past one hour and forty minutes, is led, barely alive, to a nearby forest where he is slowly beheaded by an unnamed officer, who is then immediately promoted. During the night, Malenkov will leave a personal protest over the “barbaric” methods used by the Japanese Empire. He is responded by an acidic reference to Beria, and a challenge to go public with the protest, “as you may do so, but do it at your own risk”. The three and a half long page report, denunciating the Japanese Empire, is never published.
The Japanese empire never gave the reason for the execution, simply stating that, as the blood of the executed man was drying up on the “very soil he had set out to perpetrate his heinous crime”. An unknown Russian man, after having nearly been tortured to death during the past one hour and forty minutes, is lead, barely alive, to a nearby forest where he is slowly beheaded by an unnamed officer, who is then immediately promoted. During the night, Malenkov will leave a personal protest over the “barbaric” methods used by the Japanese Empire. He is responded by an acidic reference to Beria, and a challenge to go public with the protest, “as you may do so, but do it at your own risk”. The three and a half long page report, denunciating the Japanese Empire, is never published.
The Japanese empire never gave the reason for the execution, simply stating that, as the blood of the executed man was drying up on the “very soil he had set out to perpetrate his heinous crime”.
A Space Race BeginsEdit
1944, January 24th: Prime Minister Prince Konoe announces that within six months, IJAXA will be ready to launch a manned space flight. Russia and China redouble their own efforts to launch a man into orbit in an attempt to beat the Japanese. In a move that shocks the world, IJAXA announces that it will launch its first manned mission, the Taisen-75. The multi-stage rocket will carry a crew of three astronauts into orbit for a period of one week; they will then de-orbit and splash down in the Pacific Ocean. The world's press gathers in Oahu to watch the launch. Astronauts Tsuyoshi Kaijo, Akira Shinmei and Peggy Matsuyama board the Taisen-75. And amidst great fanfare, the rocket lifts off from the Oahu Launch Center. The Russians and Chinese protest that they were not invited to view the launch, but their protests are ignored. The Taisen-75 jettisons its launch stages and the capsule enters low Earth orbit. The assembled press and dignitaries are impressed at the first manned space launch, President Tracker congratulates the Empire of Japan on “Winning this stage of the Space Race”. The Taisen-75 orbits earth not for six days as originally planned, but for just two days when it begins its de-orbiting. The three-man crew manage to stabilize the capsule as it re-enters the atmosphere. They guide it down to a splash-down off the coast of Hawaii where the IJN Yamato is waiting to retrieve them. They are taken back to Japan where they are hailed as national heroes. The success of the Taisen-75 spurs on other nations with their respective Space Programmes; especially the Russians and Chinese.
1944, January 25th: A misplacement of cargo causes, when the engines of the first rocket of the People’s Republic of China fire up, a massive fire that quickly spreads and engulfs everything in its path. Although the Chinese space program is led entirely by Moscow, the insistence of the Chinese High Command (nowadays devoid of any criticism of Supreme Chairman Zhao Xifeng, since the capture and re-education of such men as Zhou Enlai, Wei, Bo, and others, and since Mao Zedong fell in battle, “heroically defending the last outpost of the “Northern Frontier”, during the Second Chinese-Japanese War) to have all the heavy work be done by them, despite warnings from the remaining Russian scientists. The fire soon reaches the fuel deposits, and starts to get even bigger, now fed by the massive containers. When they need him most, Supreme Chairman Zhao Xifeng is in the nearby war room, drawing up plans for the scheduled attack on the Japanese Empire. When he hears of the fire, he immediately gives orders for it to be put out, despite not having heard about what is actually going on. Meanwhile, the fire is now so big it covers the entire launch site. All efforts to put it out have failed. In desperation, everyone is given orders to evacuate immediately. Instead, the remaining workers are to put up barriers to stop the fire from reaching the main pipelines of the People’s Republic of China, the main artery of the entire central provinces industrial centers and that of Taiyuan itself.
It fails. The fire reaches the main pipelines, and they explode, gushing out burning oil on to the fields, the workshops and factories, the mines and quarries. Finally they reach the Taiyuan’s main oil refinery. It explodes with a sound that can be heard miles away, and will continue to burn for over a month. As the fire rushes across the leaking pipelines, sending pressure up until it explodes, people start to go into a wild, panicking escape. The fire now starts to spread across the “branches”, that is, the smaller pipelines branching out from the main pipeline into the smaller industrial complexes. It spreads to the forests, the fields, everywhere. Hundreds of cities will suffer the fire, and it will continue to go out in a sort of “wave”, as the fire has become too big for the fire fighters, who are spread to the breaking point.
1944, January 25th: Enraged by the massive fire and the damages it has caused to the Chinese Space Program, and to the Chinese industry, Supreme Chairman Zhao Xifeng refuses to admit that it was a human mistake that caused the fire. Instead, he blames the works of spies, supposedly sent out by the Japanese Empire, the United Kingdom, and the USA. In his speech to the People’s Republic of China, he accuses “The Western Imperialists are trying to stop the glorious march forward by the great Chinese people! But they will fail, and the traitors of the Homeland will suffer the wrath of the true Chinese! Long live the People’s Republic of China!”
His call is answered by millions with the words: “Long Live Supreme Chairman Zhao Xifeng! Long Live The Communist Party Of China! Long Live The People’s Republic Of China!” And then Supreme Chairman Zhao Xifeng sees his chance. With the entire nation swelling to the breaking point with nationalism, a “just cause for a just war”, and the entire nation’s populace in need of an economic vitamin-injection, the plans for the attack on the Japanese Empire proceed as if nothing had happened.
1944, January 26th-27th: After repeated failures with the Soviet Space Program, Malenkov suspects (wrongly) that the work of saboteurs have caused the mishaps. He summons Beria, and asks him to “take care of the spies in the Space Program that are sabotaging the success of the glorious Soviet Union”. As always, that means that Beria is to arrest people, and this time he does it as never before. Literally hundreds of workers, scientists and others are found guilty of having attempted to have sabotaged the Soviet Space Program. After the purge is over, Malenkov can happily state that “the capitalists have had their lesson!”, and immediately orders the people at the Space Program to work even more harder than before. Needless to say, the purges have done more damage than help, and the Soviet Space Program suffers more failures.
1944, January 26th-29th: As another part of his fear of western infiltration, Malenkov also orders the security at most prisons to be heightened, and the mobility of the inmates will be even more restricted than before. This leads to widespread discontent among the prisoners, who have already been stripped of all human dignity in the hellish work camps and prisons of the Soviet Union’s Gulag, its inhuman weapon of terror and death.
One of the prisons even suffers a riot, as the prisoners attempt a desperate escape from a long and torturous death. But this prison camp is different. It holds the people Malenkov fears the most: soldiers, the heroes of the war. And a group in particular, is seen as by Malenkov as his greatest threat: the generals. In a locked compartment, far away from the world are the top generals of the Soviet Union. In a small bunker, reminiscent of a barrack, are the men that led the Soviet Union to victory: Zhukov, defender and charger of the western front, Tjujkov, heroic and down-to-earth defender and victor of Stalingrad, and almost all the other generals of the Soviet Union, including, last, but certainly not least, Nikita Khrushchev, the man who signed the peace treaty on behalf of the Soviet Union, and top man in line to have succeeded Stalin upon the latter’s death. In fact, the only generals left under Malenkov are the ones which he thinks do not pose a threat to him (that is, they agree to everything he says). And in this remote prison/barrack, the heroes of the war are not put to work to death, as in other camps, but it is still hard enough, as the tremendous weight loss of the commanders testify. Here they are to fade away, the people having been told that they either looted and have received punishment (although almost everybody did), have become too tired for public appearances, or that they have gone into premature retirement.
In this desperate situation, some of the generals suggest defecting, not to another power (even under these conditions it is impossible for them to imagine defecting to an enemy), but to someone that can temporarily give them shelter and supplies, so that they can come back home and challenge, and even force Malenkov to step down, so that something that is at the very least reminiscent of a democracy can take place: “We’ll take down that idiot Malenya (a girl’s name, referring to Malenkov’s white hue, weak body, and his high-pitched voice), so that a real proletariat can take power!” But they are prisoners, and the riot has failed. For now, it seems as if the dream of a “Russian Liberation” is just that: a dream.