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Kuomintang Nakunatta, coming from the Chinese word 国民党 (kuomintang) and the Japanese word 無くなった (nakunatta), means "The China Nation-People Party has Gone." It is the name, assigned by the late Japanese Empire, to a period following the Marco Polo bridge incident, in which Japan was able to negotiate and make peace between itself and China. This alternate timeline will not mention anything from our own timeline or make comparisons to it; it will act as though the events it mentions have taken place (except for this main page.)
- Japan never joins the Axis - In this alternate timeline Japan manages to create a fragile peace between China, itself, and the allies. All major imperial expansion comes to a halt after 1937 and there is no real need to ally with Germany and Italy because...
- The USA and the other Allies never place sanctions on Japan - No embargoes are placed on Japan in this timeline and the few that were were lifted soon after the end of the Sino-Japanese war. The main reason economic restraints were avoided in this alternate history is...
- Japan never invades Indochina - Japan decides against the invasion of Indochina and instead works to liberate the country (ironically) from it's colonial leaders and invites it to join the newly formed East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. Without this invasion the USA would not begin an oil embargo on the Empire of Japan and so...
- The Pearl Harbor bombing doesn't occur - Japan, while not exactly happy with America's attitude towards her colonialism, does not wish to go to war with them and, frankly, has no real reason to. The two nations still undergo a rocky relationship during the 1940's but not too long after were able to build a healthy friendship and increase trade.
Lesser (but still notable) Differences
- The Shanghai International Settlement survives - Just days away from a full-on invasion of China's capital and subsequently the city of Shanghai, the KMT agrees to Japan's terms and surrenders. The Shanghai International Settlement is one of the most heavily populated multicultural port cities in the world (think something akin to modern day Hong Kong or Macau.)
- The Empire of Japan (大日本帝国) - The history of Japan, spanning from the Sino-Japanese war to modern day.
- Kuwomentan Nakunatta (クヲメンタン無くなった) - A brief summary of the Kuwomentan Nakunatta Period and it's impact on Sino-Japanese relations.
This is a brief timeline focusing only on major events for the Japanese Empire and the world. You can find a full timeline here.
- July 8th, 1937 - A conflict began between the Japanese and Chinese armies in Wanping, near the Marco Polo Bridge.
- July 31st, 1937 - Japan, in an effort to cease the growing conflict with it's neighbor, opened negotiations in Nanjing. There they asked for cooperation from the Republic of China and promised that in return they would not take anymore traditionally Chinese land. Chiang Kai-Shek - the leader of the KMT's army at that time - objected to Japan's terms and stated that Japan had crossed the line this time.
- August 4th, 1937 - While moving troops to Shanghai, Chiang, as well as other important leaders in the KMT, were unexpectedly shot by a Pro-Japanese rebel in the area. He died within three hours of the fatal wound in his side.
- August 7th, 1937 - Without a leader, the KMT was on the verge of collapse and made the hasty decision to accept Japan's terms out of fear of the Empire's next move. The news was received well in Tokyo and August 7th became a national holiday known as 平和の日 (heiwa no hi); the "Day of Peace".
- October 1st, 1937 - The Chinese Civil War begins.
- September 1st, 1939 - Germany invades Poland, starting the second World War.
- September 27th, 1940 - Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Finland form a union. Their goal is to reclaim territories lost in the previous World War. Not too long after the remaining Scandinavian states were ordered to join the Axis or be obliterated.
- August 22nd, 1944 - Germany surrenders after the Americans drop an atomic bomb on Hamburg.