The Inter-War period
1947- While the war has ended, it is apparent that the world will continue to shake in conflict. The British Empire is near the verge of collapse, with India set for independence, being portioned into Pakistan in the west, and India in the east. Allied colonies in Africa are agitating for independence. The Russian Empire has set up fascist states in Eastern Europe and is threatening to expand into American held territory. China has also fallen to fascism, as the Blue Shirts Society seizes control following the defeat of Japan. And despite the capture and execution of Juan Peron, the United States remains unsure on how to govern the new territories in South America and the rest of the world. In order to deal with the vast challenges in a post war world, President Byrd lays forth what would become the basis of the Montgomery plan. Massive foreign aid would go to areas under allied occupation to rebuild these nations, while a heavy military presence would be maintained. Expansionists in the U.S clamor for colonization in these newly occupied nations. Byrd allows Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay to become U.S territories. The fate of other nations remains open, as Byrd is not particularly imperialist, but does not want to upset the delicate coalition that keeps the democrats in power.
1948- Already, conflict has quickly erupted after the war's end. Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Russia have established the state of Israel in British Palestine, evoking the wrath of nearby Arab states. The British ask the Americans to end the situation. Byrd lands troops to aid the Israelis. Despite increasing Antisemitism in the U.S following the association of some Jews with the Communists,; Byrd chooses to support the Israelis in order to infuriate the Russians. The U.S army pushes back the Arab invaders, occupies the Sinai peninsula, and pushes onward to occupy Jordan. Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria withdraw from the war. Iraq continues to battle, fearing American encirclement. In protest, the Russian Empire blockades Vienna, though crisis is averted. While Byrd himself has remained popular, the American public has grown weary of Democrats, wars, and recessions. As a result, Douglas MacArthur is elected on an expansionist platform, promising the newly occupied nations will become part of the American Empire.
1949- Allied troops invade Iraq and siege Baghdad. Iraq is divided into Arab dominated South Iraq, and Kurdistan in the north, hereby fulfilling the U.S's promise of a homeland to the Kurds, who helped defeat the Turks in World War II. Kurdistan, Iraq, and Jordan become American territories, while Israel and Brazil become American protectorates. Additionally, rising Antisemitism in the US causes a mass migration by American Jews to Israel, strengthening Israel's position. With the war's end, President MacArthur redraws the Montgomery plan. West Germany, Austria, Italy, Macedonia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, South Bulgaria and Albania are redesigned as American colonies. While France, the low countries, Denmark, and Norway remain independent, they become subject to American influence. MacArthur annexes all of their territories in the Western Hemisphere, including Suriname, Greenland, Iceland, and a few remaining Caribbean islands. These nations' islands in the Pacific are annexed as well. The Europeans are displeased, but can complain little as the Americans are pouring billions into their economies. MacArthur makes good on his promise to establish a new American Empire.
1950- With Belgium becoming a protectorate, the United States seizes control of its' small colonial empire. To crush Congo nationalists and to prevent ethnic warfare, the U.S and Belgium construct military bases in the area. With the suppression of rebels in colonial Libya, MacArthur decides that now is the time to create an African policy. He declares to maintain order on the continent, the European powers would have to maintain colonies there, and the United States would assist them to that end, even managing the colonies themselves if necessary. This policy, known as the MacArthur doctrine, is based on the Roosevelt Corollary.
1951- In accordance with the MacArthur doctrine, Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia are taken from the British, whose interest and influence in the region is waning. El Salvador is occupied, giving the United States total control of the Pacific coastline south of the 49th parallel. MacArthur obtains a joint U.S-French protectorate over Tunisia.
1952- With Egypt completely surrounded, and tensions rising, MacArthur bombs Alexandria, and heads towards Cairo. Egypt calls for assistance from its' allies, Syria and Lebanon, but to no avail. MacArthur invades these nations anyway. The Russian Empire, fearing American expansion, and bitterly opposed to any measures supporting the Jewish state, sends massive military aid to these nations. As Cairo and Beirut fall, the Russian Empire goes to war. It invades southwards, to Bulgaria, Albania, Armenia, and Iran, westwards toward Germany and Norway, and eastwards towards Japan. MacArthur presses on Europe and Latin America for more troops. The CIA imprisons suspected traitors. MacArthur completes the conquest of the Arab world, save for a few Ba' athist groups lead by Michel Aflaq. Greece becomes a U.S protectorate, in order to battle the Russians. World War III had begun.
World War III
1953- Revolutions, and Russian invasions, destabilize the ruling Shah of Iran. The U.S army enters the south and west of the nation, taking Tehran, and battling the Russians. For the first time since World War I, Armenians rally a defense against invaders. Intensive battling spreads across the American Empire's frontier with the Russian Empire. The U.S occupies most of Iran, but is stopped by a stolid Russian line. Russia, meanwhile is storming South Bulgaria, East Austria, Berlin, and Central Germany; bombing Greece, France, Belgium, Denmark, Anatolia, the Netherlands, and Norway. The Russians also occupy Afghanistan. The Philippine and Korean armies, fighting under the American banner, fight against Russian and Chinese Blue Shirt troops attacking Japan. China aids Vietnamese rebels in defeating the French, and attack Thailand. Bangkok is occupied, but American forces continue to operate in the south of the country, giving East Asian forces heavy casualties. At this point, MacArthur decides to invade China, a costly mistake. Thousands perish in the attempted re-taking of Hong Kong, and war in Southern China lasts for months. Surprisingly, the Russian advance into Germany is halted by former Leninists, who utterly despise the Russian Empire. The increasingly senile and psychopathic Rasputin is assassinated by the Russian Army at the end of the year creating uncertainty in the Russian hierarchy. Additionally, British King Edward VIII declares his opposition to the war with Russia and flies to Petrograd to negotiate with his cousin Czar Alexei II. However, his plane vanishes over the North Sea, resulting in conspiracy theories about the U.S. Thus the Pro-Russian Whiteshirts gain increasing popularity in Britain, as rationing continues and opposition to the war increases.
1954-The Americans have retaken Thailand and Malaysia, pushed the Russians out of Germany, and have halted an assault into Japan. However, casualties remain heavy. Russian troops continue to threaten Greece and Armenia. The Ba'athist army has lead guerrilla resistance against the occupiers in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. The Fascist navies clash with the American navy in the Pacific. MacArthur is forced to call off his invasion of China to counter these threats. He maintains the American military base in Taiwan, and along the Chinese coast. From there, he launches a nuclear missile at Nanjing, which destroys the Blue Shirt leadership. As most of their generals have survived, the Chinese keep fighting to retake their territories, but rebels threaten to tear apart the surviving government. The war is widespread across the Earth, and threatens the regimes of the three major powers. In the U.S, Henry Wallace has been calling for a final treaty to end the war, and the end of imperial expansion. While he and his supporters have been declared traitors by Homeland Security Secretary McCarthy, MacArthur fears a revolution. With the death of Rasputin, and Chinese rebellion the three powers offer an armistice to quell rebellions. Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands, crushed by war and depression, become American territories.
1955- A temporary armistice is signed, keeping the borders status quo with a few major exceptions. Iran and the Chinese provinces Fuijan and Zhejian are annexed to the American Empire, Indochina to China, and Sweden to the Russians. China allows major concessions as it is in the midst of a civil war. It is not, at this point, a major player. Negotiations continue for a final treaty formally ending the war. MacArthur keeps funding rebels in Afghanistan to undermine the Russians. The United States solidifies' its' African holdings, including the recently acquired French Congo, and redesigns itself. On July 4th, a ceremony is held formally turning the United States into the Imperial States of America, with MacArthur becoming His Imperial Highness, the President for life of the Imperial States. Henry Wallace and potential enemies are imprisoned. The Democratic party, weakening for decades, finally collapses. The South is won over to the Republicans by MacArthur's promise to maintain segregation.
1956- The collapse of the French Republic due to its' fighting long wars in Algeria and Vietnam alerts MacArthur. Fearing communist influence, and the collapse of the Western bloc, he sends in troops. I.S, forces march through Paris. France becomes an American protectorate. Its colonies are taken by the Imperial States, where French and I.S. troops continue to battle Algerian rebels, who were also allied with Libyan rebels. Despite heavy protesting from the French, and even bombings of the American embassies/Colonial Offices, the I.S.A remains in charge.
1957- A rigged referendum in Canada approves its annexation by the I.S.A. With its former colony being subsumed, the dying British Empire feels that its continued existence is in jeopardy. With the rise of a new Liberal government, Britain seeks to end its alliance with the I.S.A. The new prime minister, Winston Smith, declares that all American troops must leave the British Empire immediately. MacArthur responds by seizing control of British colonies in East Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and North Rhodesia, allowing Botswana and South Rhodesia to fall into the hands of South Africa. On the advice of Lord Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr, a deal is struck with the British government allowing the dissolution and annexation of the remaining British territories. American troops will be withdrawn from Britain, with the exception of a few naval bases. As a result, the British economy fails.
1958- The end of the British Empire results in a backlash from the British people. Soon after American troops withdraw, a Russian backed coup occurs, resulting in the Whiteshirts taking control. The Whiteshirts fight a three way war with Liberals and Tories. In the former British Empire, I.S forces crush the Mau Mau rebellion in Africa, and fight resurgent Ghazi warriors in Rub' Al Khali.
1959- The short-lived United Arab Republic, consisting of Yemen, Oman, and other recently liberated British colonies, are attacked by the I.S due to their Ba'athist, Ghazi, and communist ties. A bloody three month war breaks out, with rebellions all over the Middle East. Eventually, the U.A.R is destroyed. But Ghazi, Ba'athist, and Communist resistance continues, funded by the Russians. The I.S responds by funding Afghan rebels. Negotiations with the Russians are broken off, and the I.S and Russia commence with bombing each other. However, the war remains limited. China remains out of combat, and no massive armies clash. The civil war in Britain continues, with the tension spreading to Ireland, where an American funded coup occurs, resulting in Ireland becoming a virtual protectorate. The list of democracies grows thin.
1960- A massive labor union strike in Chicago results in hundreds of thousands of workers uniting under the Leftist red opposition banner. While the lifestyle in the old American heartland remains the highest in the world, the many regulations put in place, and the permanent war-time economy leave millions, especially minorities, in poverty. As usual, the I.S army crushes the rebels. MacArthur plans a re-engagement of the I.S army in the war with Russia to weaken domestic opposition.
1961- MacArthur stations newly built missiles in Armenia. They are obviously meant to wipe out the Russians, winning the I.S the war, and establishing MacArthur as world dictator. The Russians threaten to escalate the war, and potentially wipe out the planet. The launch of a satellite by the Russians is interpreted as a response. The czar Alexei II, wielding real power only now since the days of the revolution, orders a massive invasion of the Caucus and Turkey to destroy the missile system. MacArthur simply opens a new missile system in Crete. With vast armies at his disposal, MacArthur begins to press into Central and Eastern Europe, occupying North Bulgaria and Croatia. He also sieges Berlin. Russia however, makes advances in Anatolia and Iran, but cannot destroy the missile system in Armenia. It continues to foment unrest in Africa and the Middle East. It leads an offensive into Alaska and the Yukon, but are turned back by Canadian I.S forces.
1962- The I.S begins an offensive into Siberia. The Russians are unprepared for such an assault, and the I.S forces march quickly, though the Russian winter takes its' toll. Russia retreats through Poland, Sweden, and Yugoslavia, past the old boundaries of the Russian Empire, with the I.S taking over Eastern Europe. This loss of Eastern Europe is confirmed at the Battle of Krakow, where 450,000 Russian troops are captured and slaughtered. Russia manages to bomb the Armenian missile system, but cannot reach the system in Crete. MacArthur steps up the pressure in the Caucus, taking over Georgia and Dagestan. But the advances slow as the summer ends, and the cold sets in. With thousands of soldiers freezing to death, MacArthur launches three bombs over Petrograd, Moscow, and Kazan,, which nearly wipes out the Russian command. The Czar remains persistent, and holds the Americans back. But years of rebel funding are about to pay off for the Russians. U.A.R remnants, and other Arab rebels, have seized Mecca and Baghdad, and have begun desert warfare. All over the American Empire, rebels are emerging. But MacArthur continues his strategy. The Russians revolt against their fascist masters, and work to establish a democracy. The czar remains as leader, and begins to turn the tide of the war. Anxious to achieve victory, MacArthur agrees to hold talks.
1963- With the collapse of the Russian Empire, the new Republic of the Volga calls for a ceasefire. I.S troops plunder the countryside in search of loot. MacArthur holds them back, and signs the treaty of Bern, negotiated by the Swiss, formally ending World War III. Alexei II then goes on to establish a stable Russian democracy, by giving concessions to the Americans. He withdraws from Afghanistan and much of Central Asia, allowing the establishment of several new states. With the Russian Empire dead, though with Russia itself remaining independent, MacArthur now considers himself ruler of the world. He unleashes his wrath upon the rebels. Michel Afluq, and the other rebel leader Al-Bakr are killed in the nuclear destruction of Baghdad. MacArthur's megalomania,already considerable, explodes. With most of the world conquered, he desires to keep up with his record of taking over at least one nation every year. He lays plans for further operations( the next stage of the Empire).