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First public demostration of the Tupolev Tu-144 "Concorde" to the public, 1975

Seen supersonic flight for civilian aviation, the Socialist Union (together with engineers and scientists from Germany, France and United Socialist Republic (former UK)), came together to built the very first supersonic jetliner, which took off in early 1969, but only shown to the Socialist publicly in the Paris Air Show, restarted after the French socialist government went to govern the nation in early 1950's, to show the newest products off all Moscow Pact members, plus very few captured UN aircrafts.

When the US government got wind of this, they also began developement of their own supersonic liner, and between Lockheed and Boeing, the Boeing 2707 was choosen and the development phase began almost at the same time as the Tu-144 began to finalize its own. Finaly, Tupolev gained the new competetor when the 2707 flew in late 1970's and the first aircrafts began their careers in 1980. But the short Second American Civil War put a halt to those plans, it was soon realized that the civilian market wasn't a good place for supersonic flight, something that all operators of the -144 also realized shortly after, with only certains rotes been considered for operating the aircraft due to the noise caused, plus the high costs of both operating and maintaining the aircraft meant that many airlines would retired the nicknamed "Concorde" by mid-1990's and either send them for scrap or museums.

Meanwhile, Boeing faired much worse, with an more open economy, the aircraft only been in commercial service for about fifteen years until it was also retired (the USAAF would operate an cargo variant of the aircraft, the Boeing C-16 "Bullet", for another fifteen years). In the end, 75 "Concorde" were built, while 80 civilians and 30 military Boeings were completed by the time production ceased (many of the civilians were converted to military service, bringing the total of C-16 to nearly 50 aircrafts).

*Became legends, not lore :(


Sahkalin Island

After the Russo-Japanese War, the island of Sahkalin was divided between Russia and Japan, for about fifteen years. Initialy, only the small town Nikolayevsk was occupied as part of the Japanese intervention in Siberia. But a Soviet commander decided to attack and pretty much massacre both the White Russians and Japanese civilians as well as the japanese garrison based there. With this pretext, the Japanese government occupied the remainer of the island in mid-1920's and delayed the recognition of the Soviet government, now that it was itself divided between pro-Trosky and pro-Stalin forces. Taking the opportunity, it would incorporate the island in the Karafuto Agency by 1923, as a both a condition to recognize the Socialist Union government, to pull out the last remaining forces in Siberia and to rat out the pro-Stalinist forces present in the Far East.

In the Karafuto Agency, its where the White Russian diaspora concentrated the most in all Empire of Japan (with smaller pockets in their occupied zones of China). It was where were the Japanese trained their own Seibu no Rentai (The Western Regiment), their first foreign unit to be formed in the Imperial ranks (to replace some of their losses in the Intervention in Siberia) off willing foreign volunteer men for their army. Initially, their were filled with White Russians, with other personnel for other nations with strong relations with Japan also joining (mostly Turks, Poles, Finnish, etc.). By mid-1930's, the White Russians formed their own units and all said forces would be mostly used for operations in Manchukuo, while their base of operations would remain in the island.


Defenses of the British-Jewishs forces of Negba, 1947

Shortly after the August Ceasefire between the Axis powers (later reformed into the Berlin Pact) and the Western Allies, the concentrations camps were open and millions of Jewish prisioners were freed. Thousands of the westen ones tried to return home, but millions (from the former Axis nations, plus from the Eastern Europe) fully left Europe for good, with many thousands trying to reach the Holy Land of Israel. This did not sit well with the Arab World, and the British, knowing that, attempted to stop the flow of migrants to the region, but the lack of personnel and fundings meant that while several vessels were intercepted, not enough were stopped. Tensions rose between 1944 and 1946, as the situation was getting out of control. To make the matters worse, the British choose to defend the Jewish people and help them form a Jewish state in Palestine, dividing both.

This did not sit well it the Arab World, and on May 1947, the day Israel declared independence, all Arab Nations invaded the nation and expelled the British from their own nations. This was horrible for both the Jewish/British people in the area, as thousands of reported war crimes were comitted (while the Jewish were no saints, it was literally a drop in the ocean), as well for the British government, as not only pro-British arab nations expelled their forces from Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Iraq, but by irony, they used many of the latest British equipment against their own creators (like reports of Comet tanks firing up on British positions in Tel Aviv and De Havilland Hornets attacking refugee convoys).

In the fall of Negba, morale literally broke and the State of Israel would surrender just two days after, marking the end of the first Palestinian War. This event is one of the falling cards that would help the British government fall under the Socialists in the Hot War just three years after the end of the war.
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