OTL, Cheng Kai Shek, in order to devastate the communists and rebellions in China, became far more autocratic than he already was and singed the Triangle Alliance with Hitler and Mussolini. Japan, wary of this revitalizing china and the fact the Hirohito Purges had killed many valuable, if rather aggressive, officers, initiated the Pacific Pact with the Americans and British (America not joining until after Hirohito made clear it was a defensive pact) Of course, war was to come. in 1939, simultaneously with Germany marching into Poland, the Chinese stormed the Japanese Manchurian territories. The war in the pacific was more brutal than the western front could hope to be. Millions of Chinese men and women marched with the fury of the dragon of china, with the might of the german eagle being their fire. Japan herself was never truly threatened due to their fleets but their empire that Hirohito was so desperate to liberalize and turn into a haven for Asiatic peoples? Nearly destroyed. The Chinese weren't destroyed until America used Project Knight-the nuclear bomb. Nanjing was incarcerated. That war lasted 7 years compared to the Germans' 5. Of course, America, coming out of the war by far the strongest nation bar the Soviets and their own Nuclear Force, dived out the New Chinese Empire-everything between Nanjing and Mongolia went to Japan, now little more than a Yankee Puppet; the south was the Republic Of China; finally, the Soviets could do what they wished with the Turks and Tibet, now the Ughar People's Republic and Socialist State of Tibet. The Frozen War had begun. And, despite earlier speculation, has yet to end. the Soviets may've lost a lot of land briefly in the early nineties in Europe. But the american retreat due to the Japanese-American Split in the late eighties over conflict in the Philippines wound up giving them time to restore order to their clients. the entire Iron Curtain was finally reunited and absorbed into the already massive country yesterday with East Germany now merely a state in the Grand Socialist State of Eurasia. But what if the roles were reversed? what if the Good Emperor of Japan was killed for his actions, like during the shogunates from before would've done while China was still a splintered, but democratic (mostly) nation while Japan invaded them? Would Imperial Japan use the old 'Pearl Harbor Plan?' what of the Frozen War? Do the Soviets truly shatter under their own weight?