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1923

February 3: Train that Mussolini is riding crashes. Mussolini is hospitalized and severely injured. He suffers from shock.

March: The worst of Mussolini's wounds are healed. After emerging from the hospital more or less fine, he reveals that the traumatic incident had an effect on his psyche. Mussolini is now a happier, more caring person. To prevent new disasters, Mussolini orders the government to start programs making the transportation system safer. Some reconstruction is made on the Po River Dam as well.

June 18: Mt. Etna erupts. Over fifty thousand people lose their homes. Mussolini issues a proclamation ordering generous Italians to house the refugees while new houses are being built. The public opinion of the government is heightened.

August 5: Mussolini removes the king from the throne and declares the Fascist State of Italy and himself the head of state (Il Duce) of Italy.

September 5: Mussolini calls off the occupation of Corfu. He wishes to be peaceful with his neighbors and avoid any sour feelings from the League of Nations.

October 28: Fascist State of Italy is renamed Fascist State of Rome. Also administrative reform happens: Italy under new name consists provinces (in mainland Italy, Sicily, Sardinia and Adrian coast), two territories (Dodocanese Islands and Tientsin) and three colonies (Libya, Eritrea and Roman Somaliland)

December: Po dam bursts, but damage is minimal. About twenty people are killed, but their families are paid in insurance.

1924

June 10: Giacomo Matteotti is kidnapped by Fascists. Mussolini orders him to be arrested rather than the original plan to kill him.

October: Bose is arrested by the British. Fascist Rome pull strings to release him. Bose ends up in Rome as an assistant to Mussolini. While in Rome, Bose learns about Fascism's ideals and inner workings. He later writes a book about India's path to becoming a great nation. It contains Fascist propaganda, much to Rome's delight.

December 12: Egypt and British Empire sold some land to Rome. Libyan colony gets same borders as Libyan state in OTL today.

1925

April: A Communist assault at a Bulgarian church outrages the Bulgarian government. Bulgaria forms an Anti-Communist Alliance with Rome. Economic support is given the Bulgaria. Il Duce promises to protect Bulgaria in case of another Communist assault.

May 19: San Marino joins with Rome as protectorate.

July 18: Hitler publishes Mein Kampf.

October: Romans get victory over last Libyan rebels. Libya is peaceful now.

December 16: Radio Ceylon is started. Anti-British propaganda is broadcast. Many Indian subjects start to consider a revolution.

1926

April 7: An assassin attempts to kill Il Duce. Rome in general is outraged at the incident. To raise public opinion even more, welfare programs and insurance companies are started under government supervision.

May 28: de Costa leads a coup in Portugal.

June 13: Portugal joins Anti-Communist Alliance. Rome and Portugal become trading partners.

October 23: Il Duce issues a decree that gives women special rights. They can now have higher paying jobs and can hold public office.

November 25: The death penalty is disestablished in Rome for good.

November 27: Mt. Vesuvius erupts and kills many people. A massive relief program is started in that area.

1927

February: A massive earthquake in Yugoslavia kills 700. Rome loans them for economic aid. Yugoslavia soon becomes part of the Anti-Communist Alliance. Albania soon follows.

March: Rome's economy undergoes a remake. Minimum wage is set. If an economic disaster occurred, then Rome would be relatively unscathed.

June: Yugoslavia drops out of the Roman Alliance and severs ties with Albania. Rome tries to coax Yugoslavia back in, but it does not work. Instead, Rome starts to send Albania the surplus support and supplies that were meant to go to Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia is outraged.

August 9: Yugoslavia invades Albania. Resistance is little, and half the country is occupied in less than a week. August 15: Rome and Bulgaria invade Yugoslavia, Rome invades from the north and Bulgaria invades from the east. Rome send also some troops to Albania. Yugoslavia surrender in 25. December. Albania receives Kosovo. Bulgaria gets Macedonia and Serbia. All other areas (Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro and Vojvodina) are ceded with Rome as territories.

1928

April 12: A bomb explodes while Mussolini is in Milan. Many are injured. The dead's families are paid insurance and a memorial is put up.

May 24: The Italia crashes near the North Pole. Wealthy Romans eagerly start a huge fund to rescue the survivors.

June 24: The Italia survivors are rescued by an Roman expedition. The rescuers are praised as national heroes and blessed by the Pope.

August 25: Albania becomes protectorate of Rome

October 19: An act similar to the Homestead Act is passed for all Romans willing to settle in Libya or Eritrea. Thousands of homeless people and people in poverty flock to the African colonies.

December 25: On Christmas Day, a settler in Libya finds massive deposits of oil and petroleum. Suddenly, Rome is a rich country.

1929

February 11: Rome and the Holy See sign different Lateran treaty than OTL: Rome recognizes Vatican, but it becomes Roman protectorate. Vatican deal with Switzerland is ended and Swiss Guards are replaced by Roman soldiers.

April 5: Rome forces Bulgaria to hand Macedonia to Albania. The Bulgarian prime minister makes several attempts make a deal to buy it back.

July 22: Rome buys Tunisia from France. France enjoys a large sum of money. Mussolini proclaims Tunisia to be part of Libya.

September 17: Natives in Eritrea, Libya and Tunisia are granted citizenship and the same rights Italians get. The natives in Roman's colonies are integrated into the Roman society in a matter of weeks.

October 29: The Great Depression begins. Neighboring countries such as France, Switzerland and Austria slink in to depression as well. Rome is more or less unaffected.

November: Thousands of French and Swiss citizens migrate to the economic sanctuary of Rome. This boosts Roman's economy even more, which in turn brings more refugees. Some of Rome even suffers from overpopulation and hundreds of thousands move to the African colonies.

1930

March: Beginning of Indian Independence war. Civil disobedience in India begins. Massive riots and strikes occur. Bose leads a violent revolutionary group. The British begin to send troops, but the garrison is mostly Indians anyway. Many troops and even units of the British Army in India deserts and assists the rebels. The revolution drags onward.

December: It is decided that once India is free, Pakistan and India will be separated. The Hindus and Muslims temporarily make a truce to fight the revolution.

1931

January 25: The British are forced out of India. Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are founded as independent countries. The new countries are still weak and make no attempt to change their borders.

April 13: Albania completely collapses in a combination of anarchy, Communist uprisings and economic free falling. To keep order, Rome moves troops in and annexes Albania soon after.

August 31: 23 million people are made homeless by a flood in China. Most of the affected people emigrate to Rome. Rome's work force is expanded with the large number of Chinese immigrants.

September 18: The Mukden Incident. Japan and China are at war. Rome and Japan make secret negotiations. A cryptic alliance is formed.

1932

January 15: Six million unemployed Germans cross the Austrian borders into Rome. Romes economy is growing rapidly. The Depression seems to be benefiting Rome, although paradoxical.

May 16: The free countries of India and Pakistan fight a brief but devastating war. Thousands of citizens are killed.

July 5: Portugal joins Rome's Alliance of Fascism. This Alliance is tighter and more secure than the previous one.

November 21: Hitler discusses the reasons to reform the German government with Hindenburg. Mussolini sends a message dictating that Rome will assist Germany if they are paid back. Hindenburg accepts.

December 11: Much of southern Austria is annexed by Rome. Most Austrians agree with the decision, judging from how content Roman citizens are.

1933

January 30: Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. His movement still relies heavily on Roman support.

March 4: All of Austria is added to Rome. Germany is becoming nervous with the expansion of the powerful nation in the south.

March 20: Dachau is completed. Mussolini and Hitler agree that the Jews and other "undesirables" will be sent to Rome instead.

March 23: Hitler officially becomes dictator of Germany. Mussolini is wary and orders a massive spying on Germany.

April 5: Norway withdraws troops from Greenland. Germany establishes the Aryan Alliance with Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

October 17: Albert Einstein and several thousand other Jews arrive in Rome. Germany demands that the refugees are deported back north. Mussolini refuses.

December 29: Iron Guard assassins kill the prime minister of Romania. Mussolini sends troops to keep the situation calm.

1934

February 6: An attempted coup in France. The French are more wary of German and Roman motives now. Rome sends a large sum of money to France in exchange for a blind eye.

April 10: Second major wave of German refugees to Rome. Many are sent to settle Tunisia.

June 12: Bulgaria becomes Fascist. Romania follows soon after. Roman influence in the Balkans grows immensely.

August 2: Hitler becomes Führer. Mussolini is slightly glad that another country becomes an admirer of his example of government. But something about Hitler's influence unnerves him.

November 13: Mussolini donates a chunk of his own salary towards the school fund. Several of his advisors do so as well. A week later, Mussolini starts giving large sums of money away to charity. Once again, his advisors follow like sheep.

1935

March 12: Fascist coup in Greece. The new government is pro-Rome. Mussolini accepts Greece as an ally against the growing threat of the Soviet Union.

July 5: Salazar becomes dictator of Portugal. He swears allegiance to Mussolini and Rome and pledges to help fight the Communist threat from the east.

October 2: Invasion of Ethiopia. The Romans take the whole country in a week. Rather than Ethiopia becoming a colony, Mussolini starts an Roman puppet state. Abyssinia, the puppet state, is a Fascist regime and almost fully dependent on Rome.

December 19: Japan becomes an ally of Rome. Germany is de facto an ally of Japan, but not de jure. Rome sends Japan economic support in exchange for the promise of a colony.

1936

February 3: Roman-Bulgarian War. Bulgaria invades Macedonia. Greece assists by sending supplies and food, but doesn't fight directly.

May 22: The government of Turkey is overthrown and replaced by a totalitarianism. The new dictator has close ties with Rome. Greece is officially an ally of Rome.

July: Mussolini repeatedly sends huge sums of cash to Japan. The money is mostly spent to build up the Japanese military.

July 18: Franco starts the Spanish Civil War. Rome donates huge funds to Franco's war efforts. Salazar helps out as well. Thousands of Spanish refugees flee to Rome.

October 19: The Roman-Bulgarian War has come to a trench war eerily similar to the Great War. Bulgaria invades the part of Greece that it lost after the Great War. Mussolini is furious, and declares that for this offense, he will not stop until all of Bulgaria is under his control.

December 12: To encourage joining the Roman Military, Mussolini passes an act that gives free college and cash benefits to veterans or distinguished soldiers. It works, to say the least. Over two hundred thousand men sign up in the first month.

1937

February 6: The battle of Jarama. With heavy Roman support, Franco's forces destroy the enemy troops. It is a major turning point. The Republican forces are extremely stretched and worn down. Franco pushes deep into enemy territory.

April 9: Romans push deep into Bulgaria. The battle of Sofia takes more than two hundred thousand Bulgarian lives. Rome is soon kicked out of the city.

July 7: Battle of Lugou Bridge. Japan and China are engaged in a full out war. Rome sends men and planes to assist. The war rapidly turns in favor of Japan.

August 7: Madrid is captured by Franco's forces. Major turning point in the Spanish Civil War.

September 12: Roman soldiers reach the Black Sea. Bulgaria is finally captured. Mussolini adopts the policy of setting up allied puppet states rather that absorbing entire conquered countries. The west and south portions of Bulgaria are part of Rome, and the puppet state is set up in the north corner.

November 23: The Czechoslovakia Split. Rome and Germany split Czechoslovakia roughly along the modern Czech Republic/Slovakia borders. Rome receives what is now Slovakia. The threat of war between the two countries disappears. In the Prague Conference, Germany agrees to follow Mussolini's policy of setting up puppet states.

1938

January 15: Start of third mass exodus from Germany to Rome. Mussolini instructs the new citizens to populate the recently gained territories in Slovakia and Austria.

April 29: Rome starts its Atomic Weapons Program. Fermi and Einstein both work for Mussolini, greatly influencing the project's success. Even with these brilliant physicists, Mussolini lacks the resources to finish the project within eight years.

June 11: Mussolini buys Sudan from Britain for over two hundred million dollars. Plans are drawn up to build a railroad from Tunisia to Roman Somaliland.

September 19: Hitler makes a speech about how the Aryan people have waited long enough for their living space. Thousands of troops prepare at the Polish border for the go-head for blitzkrieg. Mussolini declares that if Germany goes to war, he will take at least a month to decide whether to join or not.

November 4: The German Invasion of Poland. Poland is captured within a month. Thousands of Jews and other "undesirables" from Poland are carted off to Rome and it's territories. Mussolini pays for their feeding, housing, and transportation.

1939

January 1: Stalin declares war on Germany. Britain and France follow soon. The Soviets push a massive offense into German occupied Poland, with little success.

April 1: Franco's army wins the Spanish Civil War with heavy help from Rome. Spain's economy is ruined by the war, but Mussolini sends massive amounts of supplies. Franco, Salazar, Mussolini, Metaxas (Greek dictator), Inonu (dictator of Turkey), and Hitler form the tightly knit Fascist Alliance for the Destruction of Communism. The Alliance is also known as the FADC or the Fascist Alliance.

April 4: Faisal II becomes the King/dictator of Iraq. The MEFB (side branch of the FADC) is formed between Turkey and Irag. MEFB stands for the Middle Eastern Fascist Bloc.

May 3: Bose, now dictator of India, gains permission to join the FADC and does so. Pakistan is invited to join, but with anti-Indian feelings still around, hesitates.

June 24: Siam changes its name to Thailand. Along with the new name comes a new regime: Fascism. Thailand and India start the SEAFB (the Southeast Asian Fascist Bloc).

August 13: German push into Lithuania. The resistance is light, but Soviet forces push back. The fighting is fierce and seemingly pointless. FADC forces beat Soviets in many places. An incident on the Roman/French border leads to another front. Mussolini gives Hitler the go-ahead to blitzkrieg France.

September 28: Border War between the Soviet Union and Japan escalates. Most of eastern Mongolia is invaded. A puppet state is set up.

October 19: Roman/Spanish attack on France from the South. Germany assists the following day. All lands captured by each country are annexed, with the exception of Vichy (a puppet state in the south).

November 30: Finland joins the FADC after being attacked by the Soviets. Finnish ski troops bravely fight off Soviet infantry. The ratio of Finnish deaths and Soviet deaths is extremely lopsided in Finnish favor.

December 13: Roman and German fleet defeats a British fleet in the Battle of River Plate. The battle is used as a display of Fascist power in propaganda. Several South American countries consider joining the FADC. Spain and Portugal start building moderately sized submarine fleets with Roman support to assist in the war.

1940

March 12: An armistice is signed between the Soviets and Finland. Soviets are kicked out of Finland and will not intrude again. German forces move into the Baltic countries, taking all opposing forces very quickly. Leningrad is surrounded and besieged.

April 9: Germany captures Denmark and moves into Southern Norway. The Faroe islands are occupied by Britain. The push into Norway by the Germans is very successful.

May 10: Hitler invades the Low Countries. Italy gains Belgian Congo as a colony. Both countries start government in exiles in Britain. This adds to the Allies anti-Fascist propaganda.

June 10: Norway is totally run over by Germany. Sweden is attacked next.

June 15: Rome and Germany start building massive amounts of planes to make their air forces modernized.

July 3: The French Colony Division. Spain receives Morocco, Mauritania, and Senegal in exchange for their services. Germany gets the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Dahomey, Niger, and Togo. Rome gets Algeria, Cameroon, Djibouti, Congo, Chad, Gabon, Oubangi Chari. Syria and Lebanon become independent puppet states. They both join the MEFB.

September 7: Roman and German planes bomb London repeatedly. The devastation ruins British economy. Mussolini and Hitler become more convinced that they can topple the mighty British Empire.

November 18: German/Roman forces push the Soviets out of the Ukraine in a surprising blitzkrieg. A Ukrainian puppet state is founded. Rome annexes the Crimea as a base for their new Black Sea Fleet.

December 2: Forty thousand Jews and Romani evacuate from occupied territory into Rome. The first Jewish Army regiment is started in Rome. The Jewish fighting spirit is perfect for the tight situations encountered in the war. Mussolini declares that nobody should be judged wrongly because of their race or religion.

1941

January 19: British Somalia is invaded by Rome. The army used for the invasion is roughly half Roman, half native Askari. The Jewish Regiment also sees some of its first action here as well.

March 29: Mussolini declares that he will not rest until the entire Mediterranean is a Fascist lake. Consequently, Gibraltar is besieged, Malta is bombed and Cyprus invaded. Fighting boils up on the Roman/Egyptian border.

April 13: Japan refuses to sign a peace treaty with the Soviets. Stalin erupts into a nervous breakdown as Leningrad is attacked and Moscow is threatened by the nearby fighting. Japan seizes the Kurils, all of Sakhalin, the Kamchatka peninsula, and all of the Siberian coast up to two hundred miles inland. The Soviets begin to crumble.

May 1: Roman and Germany simultaneously bring their new jet fighters into battle. The kill ratio against Soviet aircraft is over 5 to 1. Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica become the dominant air powers in Europe.

June 2: Crete is taken by Fascist forces. The loss of vital shipping lanes there cripples Allied war efforts in the Mediterranean. Malta follows the next day.

June 8: An allied invasion of Syria and Lebanon is utterly repulsed. The Roman soldiers there had an advantage in numbers and weapon superiority. Air assistance helped as well.

August 25: Operation Countenance. An Anglo-Soviet invasion of Persia. The attack is about as successful as the invasion of Syria and Lebanon. An Roman regiment stationed in Tehran bravely fought off Soviets. The Shah of Persia declares Persia to be an MEFB member. An Roman-sponsored program to protect Persia's borders starts.

October 30: America lends Stalin one billion USD in aid. When Mussolini hears, he decides to topple the Soviets before they can react. All MEFB members join together to fund a massive campaign into the Caucasus to capture Baku and its oil. Operation Chechnya is launched. (The campaign is named so because the second goal is to free the Chechnya region from the Soviets and turn it to the Fascist side.

November 26: Battle of Baku: The Turkish troops liberate and annex Armenia. Persia captures Azerbaijan. Chechnya joins the MEFB as a puppet state of Turkey. The Baku oil is shared among the FADC.

December 7: Pearl Harbor is bombed. Singapore, Malaysia, the Dutch Indies, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. Midway is attacked the next week. All of the designated islands (except for Hawaii) fall to the Japanese attackers. Following the FADC example, Japan moves its best troops to vital or strategic points and use poorly equipped puppet state troops to defend minor positions. The strategy works, and the Allies can't take back what they lost.

1942

January 25: French Indochina is captured by the Japanese. Thailand sends troops to southern China to help the Japanese.

February 2: Japanese-Americans are sent to internment camps. In response, Japanese subs begin to bombard west coast targets. An oil refinery in Santa Barbara is badly hit and is almost irreparable.

April 5: American troops land in Ceylon. The southern quarter of the island remains in Fascist hands. Guerrilla soldiers wreak havoc on the Americans in northern Ceylon, though. First major victory for the Allies.

May 5: Battle of Seychelles. A massive Roman fleet fights with an equally sized British one. The Battle ends out in a stalemate, but the British invasion of Madagascar is halted. Thousands of native Askari are sent to Madagascar to keep the Fascists on the island.

June 7: Japanese invasion of the Aleutians. The islands fall rather quickly. It is the only attack on American soil for 128 years.

July 21: Japanese beachhead in New Guinea established. Australian troops skirmish with the Japanese, but still short of a major battle.

September 5: Japanese troops win at Milne Bay. The devastating defeat for the allies lowers American morale and opinion. Most of New Guinea is captured by Japan.

November 8: Spanish gunships destroy a huge portion of the Operation Torch strike force. The rest surrenders almost immediately after they are defeated in Morocco.

November 19: The Battle of Stalingrad ends in a German victory. The lack of oil of the Soviet part played a major role in the outcome of the battle.

December 2: Mussolini declares to the world that he has an arsenal of more than five nuclear weapons. Many Allied leaders are dubious. Most do not know what a nuke is. Roosevelt almost has a heart attack when he hears. He promptly assumes that Mussolini is bluffing. The assumption is correct, as Roman's first nuke is not even halfway done.

1943

January 27: Operation Exodus: Four regiments of Roman troops and the Jewish regiment land in Palestine. Heavy fighting between the Roman and the British. The northern half of Palestine becomes a puppet state of Israel. Roman Jews and Jews from occupied Europe immigrate to Israel. Israel joins the MEFB.

May 13: Two subs, an aircraft carrier, and four destroyers enter Botany Bay in Sydney at midnight. They are all Japanese. Within hours the city is in flames and hundreds of civilians are dead and injured. A similar attack is orchestrated at Perth days later. Australia is now in the sights of the Imperial Japanese conquests.

July 5: Nazis win the battle of Kursk. Only half of the Soviet tanks were supplied with fuel. Even outnumbered, the German panzer force emerged victorious.

August 29: Operation Krios. Finnish and German soldiers land in Greenland to retake the wealthy criolite mines. The soldiers are specially trained to fight in freezing temperatures and icy terrain in case of Greenlander resistance.

September 9: MEFB offensive in the Caucasus. Within a week the Black Sea is completely controlled by Fascists. Supplies lines from the west are stretched beyond capacity. The Fascist soldiers in Ukraine benefit hugely from supplies from the east. Renewed push to Stalingrad.

October 22: Massive carpet bombing of southern Britain by Germany. Hitler sneers at Churchill's cowardice and asks if "the British slug would like to come out of under his rock".

December 20: Fascist coup in Bolivia, followed by Paraguay and Argentina. Peru, Uruguay, and Chile officially become Fascist all of these countries form the SAFB, or South American Fascist Bloc. Attempted coup in Ecuador fails. The SAFB creates a hundreds of miles long barrier against possible attacks from the north or the east. Minor skirmishes on the Argentina-Brazil border.

1944

January 1: German troops capture the city of Stalingrad after months of siege. Thousands of troops and supplies can afford to move north against the major battle zones of Moscow and Leningrad.

February 19: Roman troops have finally captured Egypt. The Sinai canal is in Fascist hands when the British garrison in Palestine surrenders. Two more Jewish regiments are formed to protect the newly formed Jewish homeland.

April 28: Japanese invasion of the South Pacific: Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji, French Polynesia, and the Samoas are all targets. Not every island is landed on, so many tiny pockets of resistance exist. New amphibious landing boats are tested during the invasions.

June 17: American re-invasion of Greenland. Hundreds of troops die from cold, but the island ends up back in allied hands. Almost all of the Germans had evacuated before the invasion, so many soldiers died for seemingly no reason. The criolite mines were sabotaged and useless for now. Even though it was a victory, the Battle of Greenland was an embarrassment for all the Allies.

July 22: Anti-Fascist rebellion in Roman held Yugoslavia led by Marshal Tito. Soviet and American weapons are found in rebel hands. Fierce fighting in the mountains of eastern Yugoslavia claims many lives. Several Roman military bases are targeted and destroyed. Rebel base is not located. In response, Rome bulks up its interior defense program. Large garrisons are placed throughout all important areas of the empire, as well as coastal defenses as tight as a net.

August 3: Rebellion spreads to Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, and Slovakia. With the huge amounts of oil and resources at Fascist disposal, combating the rebels is not impossible. But it's not easy, either. Hidden underground bases and mountain lairs are not easy to find and not easy to capture. A guerrilla war is funded by the Allies, which enrages all Fascists.

November 13: MEFB and Roman invasion of Saudi Arabia. The Brits stationed there fight to the last man, but the Arabs retreat and scatter away from the immense armored columns thundering through the desert. A scorched earth strategy is employed, and most of the oil wells and refineries are destroyed. Some Arabs assist the Romans as vengeance for the British destroying the wealthy oil fields.

1945

January 4: Rebel elements from all over Europe organize a series of guerrilla campaigns. The guerrilla war evens out to a stalemate. The tide occasionally turns in Fascist favor, but always tips back again. Allied support of the rebels becomes more and more evident.

February 11: Kuwait is invaded by Iraq (sound familiar?). Major fighting near the oil refineries turns into a scorched earth strategy. Even the brave Kuwaiti soldiers retreat when the MEFB charge becomes an onslaught. The entire country is captured very soon. The loss of troops in the Saudi Arabia theatre for the invasion has an effect on the campaign, though. British artillery and infantry begin pushing MEFB troops back to the Iraq border.

March 3: Several German and battle-hardened Spanish officers are sent to Japan's puppet states. Their objective is to train the puppet army from pathetic excuses for soldiers to combat machines loyal to the emperor. The program shows some success and more unneeded training officers are recruited.

March 15: Small pockets of resistance all through the South Pacific become major hassles for Japan. Tojo orders a campaign to wipe out all resistors of Japanese rule one by one. The American response is a political cartoon showing the emperor of Japan with many island-shaped thorns in his backside. Tojo is using two aircraft carriers as tweezers to pick the thorns out. The cartoon enrages many Japanese-Americans in America.

April 3: MEFB siege of Kurdistan. Turkey gives major support in exchange for Azerbaijan. The Kurds fight fiercely and bravely and don't surrender easily. The battle stretches on.

April 21: Fighting in Kurdistan has fueled anti-Fascist feelings in Iraq. Rebellion begins in northern Iraq. British troops reach the Iraq border and Orde Wingate's famous Chindits help fight behind MEFB lines. American paratroopers land in Baghdad. Many Iraqis resort to suicide and car bombs.*

  • (Authors note: This seems to be drawing an equivalent of the modern Iraq Insurgency, but what I have described is not too implausible. The Iraqis are fully capable of such things now and then, and Muslims have always been known for taking drastic actions for what they believe in.)

May 4: Mussolini sends a tank division and several infantry regiments to the Middle East to assist the MEFB. A few Jewish regiments come out from Israel voluntarily to stop any possibility of the Middle East becoming British colonies again. A thrust into Jordan catches the Brits off guard, but does not defeat them. Hitler sends one of his best generals, Rommel, to Jordan with two panzer divisions. This proves to be a generous decision. The Brits just weren't ready for Rommel.

July 3: American soldiers capture all of Sri Lanka. Paratroopers are sent into India. Heavy British cooperation wins many battles. The Indian army is large and many soldiers have been trained by the British. British tactics are ironically used against them. Allied armies in India burn and destroy anything that can be used against them. This makes for massive Fascist propaganda.

September 18: Moscow is finally captured by the Germans. Stalin is killed while fleeing by a stray rocket. Over two million people, soldier and civilian, had died in the years long siege. Many more thousand Soviets trapped in the city are executed for assisting Stalin.

November 9: A fleet of Fascist battleships and aircraft carriers establish naval superiority in the Madeira and Canary Islands. Royal Navy station is evacuated with minimal casualties, thanks to rebel spies. German U-boats ambush to retreating fleet. Over five thousand Brits die at the hands of U-boat torpedoes.

1946

January 12: A joint MEFB and FADC army captures Astrakhan and its vital oil fields. Any hope the Soviets had of winning disappears. The oil fields are added to the vast amounts of Fascist oil.

March 4: The German V6 rocket is completed. From bases in north France, the new rocket is capable of hitting Bermuda, Soviet bases in the Urals, most of western Africa, and the Middle East. Each rocket is capable of carrying two thousand pounds. American generals fear that these new rockets are designed to carry nuclear weapons.

May 28: Invasion of Ecuador. SAFB troops pour across the mountain border. The country does not put up much resistance. To reinforce Allied power on the Pacific seaboard of South America, Columbia is invited to join the Allies. The Columbians are hesitant to join because they had been becoming rich off of selling to both sides. The Americans try to bring Columbia to the negotiating table (unsuccessfully).

June 2: Desperately in need of a new pacific ally, the Americans threaten to use military force if needed to make Columbia an ally. Bad move, to say the least. SAFB diplomats convince the Columbian government to let SAFB troops "protect" them from the Americans. As soon as the Peruvian task force enters Bogata, things go wrong. The Peruvians force the Columbian leader to make Columbia a member of SAFB. American paratroopers are deployed to push the Peruvians out. After a skirmish outside Bogata, the rest of SAFB gets involved. A large army of SAFB and Fascist sympathising Colombians battles the Americans on July 2. Operation Canal is thought up to invade Panama.

August 14: Anglo-American Operation Sidewinder begins. An American carrier fleet combats a Fascist fleet in the Maldives. With the Mozambique Channel almost completely unprotected, British forces blockade and invade Mozambique. Madagascar at this point is well defended and packed with troops. The entire island is completely besieged and chemical/biological weapons are used to limit resources on the island itself that could be used by the enemy. This campaign uses up enough soldiers to affect the battles in India and the Middle East. The Battle of New Delhi takes a turn for the Fascists, and leading to a Pyrrhic victory. Sarin nerve gas is dropped by the thousands of tons over England and the Soviet Union. The war worsens.

September 14: Unexpected American attack at Japanese held Midway. The Japanese navy had been "pacifying" rebellious islands in the south and was absent at the attack. Two battleships and an aircraft carrier formed a pincer movement and marines streamed onto the island to flush out any leftover Japanese soldiers.

October 14: Roman response to Operation: Sidewinder. Operation: Lombard begins with a medium sized Italian/Portuguese fleet beginning several quick raid attacks. While the Brits are distracted, a smaller convoy of transports arrives in Madagascar. All Fascist troops on the island make a dash for the convoy. About half were killed by enemy bombing. The convoy left after a hundred thousand soldiers were boarded. The fleet covered the transport convoy's retreat to Eritrea. Almost all major resources on Madagascar that could be retrieved were taken to Eritrea as well.

December 7: German incited coup in Ireland. A group of Fascist extremists destroy many components on Eire's government. Thousands of anti-British Irishmen join and attack Northern Ireland. During the confusion, a German U-boat lands on the Isle of Man. Several dozen soldiers capture the island and use it as a base. Another boat comes in disguised as a freighter delivering Fascist-made weapons to the Irish rebels. After a month of civil war, Ireland is Fascist by January.

1947

January 2: Operation Thrust: Over seven hundred Allied bombers rain bombs over Germany, Rome and other Fascist countries. Mussolini makes a nation-wide announcement declaring his anger at the cold-blooded attacks on Roman citizens. Half of all Fascist fighter planes are called back to Europe to repel the Allied bombings. The advanced American planes battle with an equally matched foe.

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