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The Pan-Global War was a worldwide conflict fought between the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers, from 1939 until 1946. It was the largest armed conflict the world has ever seen - involving air, land and sea battles spanning much of the globe and including military forces from most nations. The war was brought to an end in 1946 with the Allies victorious.
Over the course of the 1930s, which included the Great Depression, Germany, Japan, Italy (first Lazio), and others countries were taken over by right-wing governments. The right-wingers in Germany were outraged at what they deemed a loss in the Pan-European War. Germany's terms were not good, and many right-wing Germans felt that they could have won the war if they had continued fighting, instead of settling for their pre-war boundaries. Though started on the field with the ad hoc "Christmas Truce" of 1914, as well as later ones, the protests spread around the participating countries. Particularly anti-war were the German Cathars and Jews, and these were the groups that also owned many of the large companies in Germany, including opposition newspapers. The new German government viewed anti-war sentiment as treason, and vowed never to let a goup of civilians determine the outcome of a war again. This feeling is what led many radicals to plan a new war, which would eventually come to pass as the Pan-Global War as Germany invaded Poland on September 1st, 1939.
During the later months of the Pan-European War, Germany had been practically starved to surrender. This weighed heavily on the right-wingers after the war, and when they came to power, they established a secret method of increasing production, namely the "factory farm" (see "Atrocities" section).
Japan was in need of natural resources by the time the war began. As a small, mountainous country with no oil reserves, Japan needed to obtain many of its resources from other countries. With the Chinese Union's "Open Door Policy", Japan gained the resources it needed. However, Jonggwo noticed that Nipponese companies were creating environmental and social damage that was against Jonggwo law. For example, Manchuria, and especially Dalian, was now quite polluted from Nipponese factories, and there was a large Yakuza presence in Dalian and the Yue city of Shanghai, which led to rampant prostitution, drug use, and violent crimes. The Chinese states agreed that Japan either had to pay to help reverse these damages, or it would be banned from China. The Japanese refused to pay for any damages and were thus banned in 1936. This caused a massive resource shortage in Japan over the next few years. Japan struck a secret agreement with Germany and Lazio, and became part of the Axis powers. After Germany attacked Poland and the war began, the Japanese government felt that no European country would care about events in China now they had their own problems in Europe to deal with. In the beginning, at least, they were right. Japan declared war on Jonggwo on September 9th, 1939, and declared war on the rest of the Chinese states on September 12th. The War in the Pacific began with the invasion of Dalian on September 10th.
1939-1940: Old Enemies
When Germany invaded Poland on September 1st 1939, it was largely expected, Russia, the only major power in the region capable of standing aganist Germany would let them get away with it. However, Russia, already annoyed at Germany for allowing Finnish nationals to shelter inside the country, declared war, fearing if Poland fell, Russia would be next. Japan launched lightining strikes the Chinese states and Seberia, forcing Russia to fight a war on two fronts. The war was soon locked in a stalemate, with the Russians unable to bring their full forces to bear aganist the Germans or Japanese, while neither the Germans or Japanese had the power to finish the Russia. A Russian attempt to strike through Norway and Sweden merely brought the two furious countries onto the side of the Axis in early April 1940.
On May 5th 1940, Britain and France finally did what Germany feared they would do, declare war. With no way of defending on one front, while breaking through on another, the Axis launched a daring plan. Norwegian and Swedish troops would push through Russian occupied Finland, while the Japanese would hit the Russians in the rear. In the west, the Germans would launch an invasion of Britain and France, bypassing the Maginot Line by going through Belgium and Holland. The attack was nearly a total success, Russian troops fled in panic in Finland and Siberia, while France and the Low Countries were overwhelmed by the Germans. Only Britain held out, although London and most of Yorkshire were under German control until Operation: Saviour in the summer of 1943.
1941-1942: Under Foot
Britain only had a few troops to spare following the crushing of it's troops in London and Yorkshire and was unable to recapture these areas. The Germans likewise decided that Britain was effectively defeated and they could focus on Russia. However, then the Japanese did something the Germans defenitely didn't need, they attacked Pacifica City, sneaking in as cargo transports and although they were repulsed, the Pacificans decided war was the only way to stop the Japanese.
1945-1946: EndgameGreat Britain, India, Pacifica, New England, and New South Kent worked increasingly in concert. In early 1945, with Okinawa (Uchina) and other small former Japanese islands under Allied control, the idea to firebomb Japanese cities got started in earnest. The Allies disagreed about it, and decided to wait and see if Japan had any intention of surrendering. However, with time going on and Japan stating that it would never surrender, the idea of firebombing the cities resurfaced. With complete air superiority off Japan, however, it was decided to sink any military or other ships seen around Japanese waters, and to starve Japan into submission. At the same time, as many factories as possible were bombed. This process went on into early 1946, and the Japanese government did not surrender, and instead let the starvation of its civilians continue. Finally, the Allies came to the conclusion that only a huge show of force would change the government's mind, and in fact save lives in the long run. But invasion was still out of the question for the time being, because of the great costs. Thus, after a week of dropping leaflets urging evacuation of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Tokyo, during the usual bombing raids, the firebombing of Hiroshima began. The fires quickly lashed across the city and nearly completely destroyed its infrastructure. More than 10,000 civilians were killed. Without any sign of surrender, Nagasaki was made the next target, with the same results. Well over 8,000 lives were lost in the second attack. Finally, to break the Japanese government once and for all, the leafleting ended and the firebombing started in Japan's capital and largest city, Tokyo. The firestorm engulfed nearly 41 sq km of the city and killed nearly 20,000 people. The Allies promised to firebomb a new city every week until a complete Japanese surrender. Finally, with Tokyo in ashes, the emperor convinced the military leaders to surrender, thus ending the war.
German AtrocitiesIn the German "factory farms", more than a billion animals (or what they referred to as "head of livestock") could be raised and killed (or "processed") per year, which was much more than was possible on traditional farms. The factory farms served their purpose during the war, keeping a supply of meat on store shelves until the end days when supply lines were cut. However, the price the "livestock" had to pay was high, indeed. Chickens were debeaked without anesthesia, grown to sizes were their legs couldn't support them, kept in tiny battery cages where it was impossible to move their wings throughout their whole lives, and the bottoms of their cages were made of wire, which caused severe pain to the feet, with feet even growing into the mesh, like a tree does when it has nowhere else to grow. Slaughter was brutal as well, as they were unsympathetically grabbed and hung upside down, often having bones broken in the process. By machine, their throats were cut and then they were dumped into a boiler. Those chickens that managed to dodge the throat-cutter machine were boiled alive. Similar atrocities were committed with other animals as well. Veal, a kind of meat thought up and enjoyed by the high-class Germans, was from calves that were never allowed to walk in their lives, lest their meat become tough. Cows and pigs weren't grazed on fields, but fed in troughs in factory environments, some never seeing the sun. Slaughter for these were usually just as gruesome as for chickens. For a long time, both Germans and the Allies were either unaware of the existence of factory farms, or if they did know, they had no idea of the extent of atrocities committed inside. Factory farms, such as the the likes of the now-infamous Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Buchenwald (the last of which was also used as a prison camp for Cathars, Jews, prisoners of war, Roma, homosexuals, and others), were responsible for killing between 6-9 billion "head of livestock" until their destruction by the Allies. When Allied troops found these factory farms, at the end of the war, the world was appalled. Unlike the Pan-European War, this truly came to be seen as a war of Good VS. Evil. The results of this, however, was a promise of "never again" to the animals of the world. The percentage of vegetarians post-war climbed dramatically, and the ways of raising and killing animals became much more regulated and less cruel.
Japanese AtrocitiesThe Japanese were privy to some German methods of arms and food production, so the factory farm was also instituted in Japan, though not as many were built. Besides the factory farm atrocities listed above, Chinese, prisoners of war, and others were subject to maltreatment and, often, death. This Chinese atrocities began when the Japanese, who over time had strayed from their vegetarian and Buddhist roots, and had adopted Shinto and a bloody Bushido tradition, encountered Chinese vegetarians. Many of these vegetarians were civilians who had no desire to fight in a war. The Japanese found the idea of not eating flesh strange, and found amusement in force-feeding Chinese people meat, often with the threat of death. Vegetarians who refused to eat meat were most often restrained, with the meat pushed down their throats, often leading to vomiting, and a subsequent order to eat more meat, and often the vomit. Other times, those who refused were shot. A few months into the occupation of Hong Kong, there was a massive protest of vegetarians in the street, nonviolently blocking roads and singing "We are the same as animals." Other Chinese (and other) groups in other areas of the Chinese Union, Taiwan, Sundarapore, and Malaya found out about these protests and had similar ones. "We are the same as animals" was an appeal to the Japanese to recognize that lives are lives, and all sentient beings can feel pain and suffer. The Japanese took this another way, and soon agreed...that Chinese were the same as animals, and should be treated as such. The protests were broken up and many participants caught. These people (which included Sundaraporean and Malay Indians, Malays, and other groups, as well as Chinese) were chained to fire hydrants, lamp posts, and other objects. This was to show that they were no different than dogs. Some were attached to chains outside for months on end, and had to sleep outside and beg for food from troops and civilians brave enough to walk close enough. They would have to bark to be fed, just like dogs, and often the Japanese soldiers would throw them large steaks to feast on. Some of the vegetarians died of starvation. Most ate the meat and some had feelings of guilt which stayed with them for years, even though the soldiers who had put them in that situation often showed no remorse. However, when the Japanese civilians learned of these events after the war (sometimes even seeing photos of their relatives posing with their "pets"), they were in a state of shock. Like the Germans, the Japanese civilians admitted their wrongdoings and tried to make up in some way for the things they had done. They apoligized completely and embraced the fact that they were the "bad guys" in the war and (except for a few fringe revisionist groups) never tried to claim that these events never occurred or were overblown. A lot can be said for that.
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