东方红 (The East is Red)

Why would Lee Kuan Yew seek to create an apartheid state? That's completely opposite to what he did OTL.

He's an authoritarian but not a racist.

He was no more racist than any other Chinese person of his generation (which is pretty fucking racist actually, but not on the level of say...South Africa). He could implement apartheid but he could also change his mind at some point.

And remember, China is the big dog on the block and LKY saying that he is a loyal son of China may just be him attempting to save himself if China suddenly decides that the Malayan Peninsula needs to be Maoist.
 
He was no more racist than any other Chinese person of his generation (which is pretty fucking racist actually, but not on the level of say...South Africa). He could implement apartheid but he could also change his mind at some point.

And remember, China is the big dog on the block and LKY saying that he is a loyal son of China may just be him attempting to save himself if China suddenly decides that the Malayan Peninsula needs to be Maoist.

Still it doesn't make sense for Lee Kuan Yew to go towards the Apartheid route. That's not what he would do had he been Malayan prime minister. Also, I don't see to any extent that creating an apartheid regime would please the Chinese government to the slightest degree. Absolutely no, because China simply ignored overseas Chinese until the 1980s in OTL.
 
Still it doesn't make sense for Lee Kuan Yew to go towards the Apartheid route. That's not what he would do had he been Malayan prime minister. Also, I don't see to any extent that creating an apartheid regime would please the Chinese government to the slightest degree. Absolutely no, because China simply ignored overseas Chinese until the 1980s in OTL.

Alright, jeez fine, no Apartheid Malaysia.
 
March 1st, 1963: Martin Luther King arrives at Bethesda Naval Medical Hospital's psychiatric wing. His cell is next to Joseph McCarthy's and across from Allen Ginsberg's.

King is semi-catatonic, after having been tortured for two months by the FBI.

March 3rd, 1963: After his proposal to implement a Chinese apartheid state in Malaya is rebuffed by Beijing, Lee Kuan Yew decides to meet with Chen Ping in Bangkok. Chen informs Lee that the CPC still believes in Communist revolution in Malaysia and will likely "intervene" in Malaysia at some point if the government is not to their liking.

Chen asks to go back to Malaysia, stating that he might be able to help negotiate with China, since he has links to Deng Xiaoping and Zhou Enlai in Beijing. But he will help if and only if Lee allows him to reenter Malaysia.

Lee takes Chen back to Singapore and informs Tunku of China's intentions in Malaya. Chen is placed in a Singapore prison ostensibly for his own safety.

March 5th, 1963: Peng Dehuai calls Tunku and informs him that China will be "displeased" if Islam continues to be the official religion of Malaysia and that Chinese people should be given at minimum, equal rights to the Bumiputera, if not outright preferential status. Tunku, fearing Chinese invasion but also fearing his own constituency, says that he will "think about it."

Really Peng just wants an excuse to march troops into the Malaysian Peninsula but Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping oppose further deployment of troops. Zhou points out that China's end goal is to exploit the enormous riches of Africa and to do so, it must appear as a champion of post-colonial freedoms. Although the Chinese could get away with "liberating" Assamese and Burmese tribesmen from Indian and Burmese "oppression", turning Malaya into a ethnic Chinese run tributary state would be far more difficult to explain to the Congolese, Nigerians, Kenyans or other African people China wishes to deal with.

Peng says that to maintain sea links to Africa, China has to dominate the critical chokepoint of Singapore. Deng Xiaoping replies that doing so with threats isn't going to help and invading would basically require the Chinese to enslave or exterminate the Malay people, which is going to wonders for their image abroad.

Chairman Mao, who hasn't done much speaking since being sidelined by Peng and Zhou earlier, finally decides to weigh in. He suggests that instead of invading, the Chinese should look at restarting the Malayan Emergency. The British aren't going to come back anytime soon and thanks to Thailand's cooperation, China now has a land border with the Malaya Peninsula, so they can support Communist insurgents in Malaya.

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Real fucking talk son.

March 8th, 1963: Chen Ping escapes from his guards and disappears into the jungle. Lee Kuan Yew is berated by Tunku for allowing this to happen.

March 10th, 1963: Thailand officially grants the PLA transit rights. King Rama makes sure to repeatedly state that Thailand is doing so entirely voluntarily and wishes to demonstrate his solidarity with his Chinese brothers.

In his private memoirs, King Rama will express deep humiliation and a feeling of emasculation, as do many other Thai people.

Picture not inserted because I do intend on going to Thailand at some point in the future.

Peng Dehuai surprisingly does have some level of support in Zhongnanhai with regards to using force against Thailand and he makes sure that Thai military commanders know this.

March 15th, 1963: West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer meets with French President Charles DeGaulle to discuss mutual defense policy. Germany wishes to pursue an independent nuclear deterrent, due to America's internal problems. The Germans want to clear this with the French first, just to make sure that everyone stays friends.

March 18th, 1963: Secretary of Defense Matthew Ridgway announces that the state of martial law will continue until the 1964 elections.

This is met with protest, especially from Southern and Republican states. Ridgway says he's willing to work out a compromise if states can hold actual special elections for vacant Congressional seats. Ridgway says that he will refuse to accept Congressmen nominated by state legislatures, since he believes that the appointment of those Congressmen will trigger fresh violence from Communist elements in American society. Ridgway is making it clear though, that he is not suspending democracy or elections in the United States.

March 20th, 1963: The Little Red Book has spread all across the United States by now. It is spread most frequently through churches with Black or poor white congregations.

The Little Red Book is also a favorite in labor unions across the country and with students as well.

March 25th, 1963: Actress Marilyn Monroe declares that she is running for Congress to replace Congressman Charles Teague, who had been killed in Officer James E. Kimbrough's attack.

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Gentlemen prefer politicians.

March 28th, 1963: Beijing opens Line 1 of the Beijing Metro. Meanwhile, plans are made to build a "Special Economic Zone" in Harbin to facilitate trade with the Soviet Union and to trade oil from the recently opened Daqing Oil Field.

April 5th, 1963: A particularly virulent strain of influenza breaks out in a refugee camp in El Paso, Texas containing a mix of immigrants, mostly containing Latin American immigrants. Several truckers carry the disease to the West and Gulf Coasts and the disease begins to fan out from there.
 
Things we have learned:

1. You ought to decide if you're going with Chin Peng or Chen Ping for the MCP leader.

2. You intend to visit Thailand (hence why no impinging the King I presume?) but not necessarily Malaysia or Singapore.

3. Security-wise, the more things change in Singapore the more they stay the same:
March 8th, 1963: Chen Ping escapes from his guards and disappears into the jungle. Lee Kuan Yew is berated by Tunku for allowing this to happen.
S$5 on him escaping via the toilet.
 
Things we have learned:

1. You ought to decide if you're going with Chin Peng or Chen Ping for the MCP leader.

2. You intend to visit Thailand (hence why no impinging the King I presume?) but not necessarily Malaysia or Singapore.

3. Security-wise, the more things change in Singapore the more they stay the same:

S$5 on him escaping via the toilet.


1.) Since he's Beijing's man in Malaya, it'll be Chen Ping.

2.) I'm making fun of Thailand.

3.) I'm totally adding in escape via bathroom into the timeline at a later date.
 
April 7th, 1963: Fortunately for the United States, it is already under martial law, so soldiers are in place to quarantine the sick in well equipped military hospitals while a vaccine is being worked on.

The Latin Flu Epidemic has the side effect of keeping people indoors, which is a welcome relief for American authorities.

Unfortunately for the rest of the world, the disease starts to spread uncontrollably in Latin America and quickly makes its way to Europe, Africa and Asia.

April 11th, 1963: China deploys public health teams to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and seals its borders with other countries. Beijing also scrambles to produce a vaccine for this strain of influenza.

April 15th, 1963: Fulbert Youlou, President of the Republic of Congo, drops dead from the Latin Flu.

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Fulbert Youlou (1919-1963). Youlou only live once.

A military coup in Brazzaville quickly puts a pro-Lumumba, pro-DRC faction in power. However, Patrice Lumumba refuses to accept the junta's plans for a merger and says that there should be a referendum for union as soon as the flu epidemic passes.

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You either do it right, or you don't do it at all.

April 29th, 1963: The first cases of Latin Flu hit Malaysia. Because medicine seems to be the purview of the better educated ethnic Chinese, the Malay community suffers disproportionately from the disease.

May 5th, 1963: South Yemen joins the United Arab Republic as an observer nation.

Speaking of the United Arab Republic, military advisors from the UAR had been training the Zanzibari National Police. The Sultanate had also been importing mercenaries from South and Southeast Asia to fill the ranks of the police force after expelling all Mainland African police officers.

May 18th, 1963: Lt. Hunter S. Thompson, having escaped from a Chinese military prison a few weeks earlier, makes his way into the Bamar State and commandeers an abandoned fishing raft.

Although not really a sailor, Thompson manages to point his boat in the general direction of India. However, the wind is unfavorable and he ends up in Aceh, which happens to be in the middle of a civil war.

May 19th, 1963: Lt. Thompson is rescued by Islamist rebels in Aceh. The rebels think he's part of the CIA, since most of the Americans in the area are. Thompson just rolls with it.

May 30th, 1963: The US military sets up some old carriers from the Second World War as quarantine barges and immigration processing stations for the refugees continuing to arrive from Southeast Asia.

June 13th, 1963: The United Arab Republic asks from help from the Soviet Union in containing Latin Flu outbreaks in Cairo and Baghdad.

Indonesia is worse off, since the public health network has basically disintegrated. Millions of people die from the Latin Flu or from other diseases that result from immuno-compromization.

June 16th, 1963: Chinese scientists have prepared a vaccine for the Latin Flu. Specially trained units of State Security Police fan out across Southeast Asia, vaccinating those deemed friendly to China.

Chen Ping and Lee Kuan Yew are among those vaccinated. Tunku is not. (1)

However, British medical teams will arrive in Malaya a few days later, so Tunku gets another form of the vaccine.

June 20th, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King has recovered somewhat.

His fellow patient, former President Joseph McCarthy encourages Dr. King to start organizing somewhat more peaceful civil rights activities once he is released. McCarthy notes that many people would flock to an alternative to Maoism if such an alternative existed.

June 21st, 1963: Several South American nations have asked the US for help in combating the Latin Flu. The US is forced to rebuff them. However, the Soviet Union and China are glad to send help.

This prompts the US to send aid as well, even though they might not be able to spare it at home.

June 30th, 1963: Lt. Hunter S. Thompson contracts the Latin Flu and begins to hallucinate violently and intensely. He will later note that the hallucinations are worse than any bad acid trip.

The Acehnese doctors can only try keep him hydrated with crude IVs but can't do much else.

July 4th, 1963: While nothing really exciting happens on this day, nothing explodes either.

July 8th, 1963: Having had a self-described "spiritual experience" during his battle with the Latin Flu, Lt. Thompson announces his conversion to Islam.

And, not knowing how things work, he declares a Jihad against Communism in Aceh.

The Acehnese rebels roll with it.

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There is no God but God and...

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(1): Nothing personal, it's just that Beijing doesn't intend on working with him.
 
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Poor America just can't catch a break eh?

How are the states in south america faring?

South America is currently wracked by the Latin Flu, which is killing millions of people and making many governments in the region look utterly incompetent. This has been made worse by the fact that leftist governments in the region have been getting public health aid from the Soviet Union while right-wing governments have largely been left to fend for themselves given the instability and violence in the United States.
 
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