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The following is the Timeline of events that happens in One Day in Sarajevo between 1934 and 1943.

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  • 3 March Merchant flag of Japan (1870)US flag 48 stars Tensions between Japan and the US over the Philippines, Guam and China results in cooling relations, with war hawks, lead by General Jinzaburō Masaki and his "Imperial Rebirth" faction of the Imperial Japanese Army, pushing to fight against the US. General Masaki gives a speech this day to officers basically outlining how Japan could defeat the US. The reaction in the US is rather muted when this news is broken a few days later, and few take notice.
  • 10 DecemberUS flag 48 stars US President Calvin Coolidge and Vice President Herbert Hoover are both killed by a team of Communist agitators in Washington D.C., hoping their death would lead to a Communist revolution in the US. In the first time in US History, the Speaker of the House of Representatives was to succeed to the White House. The man currently in this role, Democrat Josiah William Bailey of North Carolina, had been a Representative since 1926, and only just elected the new Speaker after the 1934 Midterm elections. Very few people outside of Washington D.C. or his district knew him, but he just became the most powerful person in America.


  • 18 January: US flag 48 stars In his first State of the Union Address eagerly anticipated around the nation and the world, President Josiah Bailey presents himself to the US for the first time. President Bailey announced his plans to end the Great Depression: tax cuts, reducing the debt, and, in what would become the defining feature of his Presidency, increased States Rights to do as they see best to help their population. "The Federal Government has only two main goals," he announced; "Securing the nation from threats internal and external, assisting the many states in their duties, and maintain the powers as granted by the Constitution."
  • 19 July: US flag 48 stars The first "Devolution Act of 1935" barely passes Congress, and is immediately signed by President Bailey. The act is, perhaps, the most sweeping states right bill passed since the Civil War. While the Federal Government can raise Income Tax, almost all of the money would be diverted back to the states as accorded by need, and only a fraction is retained, enough to cover the costs of Congress and the military. It also outlined that in certain areas, namely infrastructure, education, healthcare, and criminal law, the States would have preeminence over the Federal Government, and in certain cases could refuse to follow a federal law. Many liberals, lead by New York Governor and former US Presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt, were suddenly undercut in their demands that the Federal Government do something to help reverse the Great Depression. However, governors like Roosevelt and state legislatures were quick to use the new powers they were granted to set up massive government "back-to-work" plans, as they would be in the most part paid for by Washington, D.C.
  • 8 December: US flag 48 stars The start of a soon to be bitter battle over the Federal Budget begins when President Bailey outlines his budget for the next year, and it's nothing short of shocking to Congress and the American people. Taxes are cut to record lows, as is spending in everything from the Navy to the National Park service. However, the biggest issue was over the money that was to be given to states, as per the Devolution Act. The proposed budget presented one that would have only funded, at the very least, a quarter of what certain states such as New York, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania had planned in trying to relive the Great Depression. When asked about this discrepancy, President Bailey stated his personal maxim in finance: "You don't get out of a hole by digging yourself deeper." Governor Roosevelt berates the President, calling him "not much better than a penny-pinching Scrooge that wouldn't spend a dime even if it would save his soul."
  • 19 December: US flag 48 stars The US Congress passes their own bipartisan budget, proposing more money to the States to fund their "back-to-work" programs, while maintaining the cuts to the military and other departments, as well as the low taxes. President Bailey vetoes the budget, due to the massive amount of debt that the bill would add to the US economy. However Congress is just able to get enough votes to override the veto.
  • 22 December: US flag 48 stars In an ill advised press-conference before he left Washington for North Carolina for Christmas, President Bailey unleashes a blistering attack on Congress, both Republican and Democrat, and on Governor Roosevelt of New York, who he claimed that with his "socialist" policies and spendthrift ways, was trying to make the US "not much more than a Russian dictatorship." Congress' reaction to the President's attacks ranges from muted to outrage. Approval for the President, at 39% before the Budget Crisis, drops to 32%.


  • 18 May: Merchant flag of Japan (1870) US flag 48 stars After years of bitter tensions and a freeze in relations, Japan declares war on the United States. A couple hours after the Japanese Ambassador tells President Josiah Bailey, Japanese warships fire on the American Asiatic Fleet stationed in Manila. Two Japanese aircraft carriers, along with a force of battleships and cruisers closer to the harbor, launch a three hour attack that destroyed the fleet. However, no invasion was conducted. Start of the First Pacific War
  • 19 May: US flag 48 stars Within hours of the news of the surprise attack on Manila, Japanese residents and natural born citizens in Hawaii, California, and other western states are being rounded up and physically and verbally abused by overzealous police, sheriffs, and ordinary citizens, afraid that those of Japanese descent are possibly spies, saboteurs, or even an entire hidden army waiting to attack. When told of these attacks, President Bailey wrote in his diary that "...they had it coming," and that "it's a shame we couldn't have done something sooner."
  • 20 May: US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) President Bailey asks Congress for a Declaration of War, vowing to "...bring to an end to a hostile race that seeks nothing less than the destruction of the American people." The declaration passes 68-4 in the Senate and 279-19 in the House. Most notably, Jeannette Rankin, Republican and Pacifist, was one of the few "nay's" in the House.
  • 9 June: Flag of France Elections are held for the position of President of France. Jacques Doriot, candidate of the Parti pour la Renaissance Française (PRF), wins in a huge landslide. Outgoing President Albert Lebrun mounts a very lacklustre campaign, while the Communist Party, with Maurice Thorez as it's candidate, was hampered by rightist efforts to suppress Communist and left-wing votes, and placed a distant third.
  • 1 June:US flag 48 stars US President Josiah Bailey signs Executive Order 7283, which leads to the incarceration of Japanese-Americans from a "Exclusion Zone" that covers California, Oregon, and Washington State, as well as the confiscation and impoundment of homes, businesses, vehicles, weapons, and other objects by local authorities. All three states, by virtue of the Devolution Act of 1935, had already passed hurried laws to this same effect, and in some cases already set up prison camps to hold the thousands of Japanese residents and Japanese-Americans. The Executive Order went one step further and banned anyone of Japanese descent from serving in the military as well, and those already in the military would be arrested, and prepare to be discharged from the military.
  • 8 July: US flag 48 stars The US Atlantic Fleet arrives in Pearl Harbor, and soon sets sail for Manila. Over the next few months, the US Navy tries to pick a fight with the Japanese Navy in the waters around the Philippines, but the Japanese continue to refuse to fight. This is seen in the US as an act of cowardice on the part of the Japanese, but is part of the strategy of the Japanese Navy as they continue to prepare their fleet for battle.
  • August-December: US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) American submarines and small ships sail on patrols around the Philippines and into the South China Sea and northward near Taiwan, trying to scout out Japanese naval positions and lure them into a battle with the American battle fleet. Although the first "radar" sets are given to the fleet, Admiral Husband Kimmel, the commander of the US Fleet, doesn't completely trust it, so is relying on old fashioned scouting. Submarines are able to sink ships sailing between China and Japan, which indirectly helps the Republic of China in the Sino-Japanese War, but it's rather limited in scope. In a few minor skirmishes the US Navy seems to have the upper hand, which usually result in the Japanese pulling back, and back home these small battles are trumped up as proof of Japanese inferiority and cowardliness.
  • 15 August: Flag of France An explosion destroys the Paris office of the PRF, killing 15 members of the victorious party in the recent Presidential election, as well as eight civilians on the street. Within hours, the Paris Gendarme, with Pierre Laval's orders as Minister of the Interior, arrest dozens of communists assumed to be part of the plot.
  • 18-23 August: Flag of France President Jacques Doriot of France has the National Assembly pass the "National Defence Laws" that gives all legislative and executive powers to the President and his cabinet ministers. This point is considered the end of the short lived Forth French Republic and the start of the Third Empire.
  • 3 November: US flag 48 stars Democratic US President Josiah Bailey, with his running mate Henry Skillman Breckinridge from New Jersey, is elected president in his own right. The wide margin of the election was due to the current popularity and build up in the Pacific War, as the few successes and with the anger of Japanese attacks on American ships, the Philippines, and Guam that had been inflated by the newspapers and radio held the a majority of the American people who believed that President Bailey was doing the right thing. Republicans nominated Senator John J. Blaine of Wisconsin and Senator Joseph I. France of Maryland for President.
  • 8 November; Flag of France The French National Assembly passes the first national conscription act in France since the end of the Great War. This was technically illegal under the Treaties of London, but President Doriot was able to get around this by saying it was for a "national service" and not defence, though physical training and military drills are a major component of these new conscripts.


  • 19-20 January US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) The US Navy in the Pacific, with two aircraft carriers, ten battleships, 17 cruisers and other ships, comes into contact with a Japanese fleet with four aircraft carriers, seven battleships, 23 cruisers and other ships, 300 kilometres east of Taiwan. The Battle of Taiwan is a huge defeat to the US, losing both aircraft carriers, five battleships (a sixth, the USS Tennessee is severely damaged and sinks three days later near the Philippines), and 10 cruisers, over 3,000 sailors, with only one Japanese Battleship and a few smaller craft being sunk. This is the last battle where battleships managed to fight each other, and only due to a desperate American attack to try to find and sink the carriers on the 20th after both the American carriers were sunk. News of the disaster reaches America, and is a huge shock to the American people. Support for the war in the US plummets, as public opinion quickly turns against President Josiah Bailey and his war that he had been not so subtly pushing for for a year or more. Admiral Richardson goes down with his flagship the Arizona.
  • 8 March: Merchant flag of Japan (1870) US flag 48 stars Japanese troops begin the invasion of the Philippines, easily brushing aside the raw recruits, ill prepared garrison troops and local militias. The US Navy, after their defeat in the Battle of Taiwan, is in no shape to fight, but the few ships that are left try to defend Manila for as long as they can, but in two weeks, the Rising Sun is flying over Manila, and the few surviving ships of the US Navy is forced to retreat across the Pacific.
  • 1-20 June: US flag 48 stars Under immense pressure from President Bailey and the War Department, and with information that a Japanese Fleet was sailing east, the newly appointed Admiral of the Pacific Fleet, Husband E. Kimmel, he gathers as many ships as he can from his command all over the Pacific to consolidate them at Pearl Harbor to try to fight off the Japanese.
  • 20 June: US flag 48 stars US code breakers manage to get wind that Japanese ships are near Midway Island. with this news, Admiral Kimmel is ordered by President Bailey to set out and find the Japanese and engage in battle. Kimmel, with his attention to detail, is uncomfortable with sailing out before training his forces, but he does what he is told.
  • 28 June: US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) The US Fleet under Husband Kimmel comes into contact with the Japanese Imperial Fleet under Admiral Yamamoto, the victor of the Battle of Taiwan, and fighting breaks out. Japanese aircraft carriers and the fighters and bombers on them once again prove their superiority, and quickly cripple the last two aircraft carriers the US has, the venerable Ranger and Yorktown, and proceeds to decimate the rest of the US fleet. Admiral Kimmel is killed when a bomb lands on the bridge of the Missouri, which sinks the ship. The few surviving American ships flee that afternoon under Rear Admiral Halsey, on the severely damaged Yorktown and limps back to Pearl Harbor. The Japanese, content with their victory and low on fuel, returns back to Japan as heroes. Only minor damage is reported on Japanese ships.
  • 23 August: US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) Facing increasing resistance at home, and the failure of the Battle of Taiwan, the loss of the Philippines, and the disaster of the Battle of Midway, President Josiah Bailey of the US secretly asks for terms with the Japanese, through representatives in Germany.
  • 1 September: US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) The first accomplishment in Berlin is the signing of a cease-fire in the Pacific War, much to the surprise of both the Japanese and American fighters.
  • 29 September: US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) After three weeks of negotiations in Berlin aided by Chancellor Ludendorff, the Treaty of Berlin is finally negotiated between Japan and the US. The terms that Japan asked for were rather mild, namely the immediate independence of the Philippines, taking over Guam, and not allowing American ships to be based in the islands. In return, Japan would pay $45,000,000 in gold in indemnity's for the damage caused. Secret clauses of the treaty also firmly divide the sphere of influence of both Japan and the US in the Pacific: a general line stretching from the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, past Midway, west of the Marshall Islands, to the Palau Islands. Everything east of this line is American, and everything west would be Japanese.
  • 2 October:US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) US President Bailey presents the Treaty of Berlin to the Senate. Rumors of a peace treaty, including a leak by the New York Times, has lead to increasing anger at the President's handling the war "He got us into this war, then when things turned south, he chickened out," as an unidentified officer in the US War Department was reported to have said. However, the war is increasingly unpopular, and had caused immense backlash to President Bailey due to his handling of the war, the Great Depression, and basically everything else.

  • 18 October:US flag 48 stars Merchant flag of Japan (1870) The US Senate votes on the Treaty of Berlin, and by a vote of 64-20, agrees to the treaty. The First Pacific War officially ends



  • 2 July Danube Confed flag final Emperor Ferdinand II, last emperor of Austria-Hungary and first Monarch of the Danubian Confederation, dies after a short illness. His last words, while he was in a medically induced stupor are to his deceased wife: "Sophie, live for our children."






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