So... most likely another civil war then since the right wants to remain in power.
Much of that depents on how local and pwoerful the German Military is, if any Left-wing party militia has larger numbers and similar training, liek Rotfront Kämpferbund or the likes, they could maybe disarm, or discourage the Reichswehr from truely starting a civil war.
 
Much of that depents on how local and pwoerful the German Military is, if any Left-wing party militia has larger numbers and similar training, liek Rotfront Kämpferbund or the likes, they could maybe disarm, or discourage the Reichswehr from truely starting a civil war.
Ah ok.
 
After spending until noon walking on the side of the road, we managed to intercept an empty horse-drawn carriage, just before we gave up and set up camp for lunch. We actually did have lunch there, just with two mouths more. And what they told us was... disconcerning.

Esteemed Comrades, I am sorry for my absence during the last vote regarding the escalating Columbian Banana Wars. Crucial events and a short-lived information embargo in the peculiar area of China where I was stationed however, made it impossible for me to receive sufficient information to cast a vote, so far from Moscow.

And on the People's Republic, is centered this first urgent message. The situation in our most powerful and critical ally is rapidly escalating and I will not lie, not exactly in a favorable direction. So concentrated were they, we but I must admit, myself, on the internal threat of remaining Right Kuomintang Terrorist Cells and in general native reactionaries. That the threat outside came completely unexpected. Because do not be fooled, the popular or even bourgeoisie-aristocrat support for the old Empire, atleast under the Qing dynasty, is rather... lackluster. This is purely a front for Japanese imperialist ambitions, of colonial domination disguised under the thin veil of indipendent nations. More in the way of USA hegemony in South America than Old Europe naked colonialism, but imperialism all the same. Without Japanese not just funds and arms but even, bodies, this whole misadventure would have only been a rather nasty reactionary uprising, one quickly crushed by the People's Army. Now instead, it has all but reignited the dormant civil war.

We are lucky however that, as our Most Esteemed Comrade @CountofDooku pointed out, intraimperialist infighting has kept them from coalescing around the greatest revolutionary rollback since the failure of the 1917 to 1923 movements. Too blinded is the Imperialist Core by racism and greed, to realise the opportunity to destroy before it is formed, its greatest rival, the Core of Socialism.

This also gives us the opportunity to match the Empire's interference step for step. To take every measure necessary, to ensure the only Sun rising from the East, will be Gold and Red. A, B, C, D, E, and further.

As such, I intend to trace my own idea for a comprehensive plan, not just on how to respond currently. But also on how to put in motion plans to answer, in case the False Sun forces escalate in their involvement.

Firstly, currently Japan is providing/occupying its Chinese Empire puppet with:
• Diplomatic recognition/support
• Funding
• Arms, munitions and provisions
• Advisors
• "Volunteers"
• Interior garrison forces

Fortunately, we have already all the programs in place, to not only answer each of the Empire's actions, but do so while not even reaching the Japanese level of escalation and intervention.
• A and D are the correct option to match Japan's diplomatic support for the Qing. We in particular, should aim to leverage intraimperialist infighting, and try to paint the Japanese Empire as an expansionist envious power. Set on destabilising the Far East and South East Asia equilibrium. Threatening to support equal puppet factions, in the many colonies there. Of particular interest may be to attract the USA attention and reignite a rivalry over Pacific Hegemony. This would go a long way, to distract from our activities in Colombia. Similar "implications" could be raised about Indonesia, India and Indochina, especially to distract the UK from European developments.
• Funding, arms, provisions, advisors and garrison support, ergo option B and partly C, are all covered by these previous agreements signed with the People's Republic of China.
... a counterinsurgency aid package be assembled and proposed to Premier Wang.

...

As such, even before weapons and veterans, our main form of aid should come as precedents, analysis and advisors. All centered on the choices and bright minds that made the post-war pacification possible.

Next, anticipating the advice and conclusions of our own minds, the logistics to supply the metaphorical carrot and sticks will have to be worked out. On the carrot side, they will likely be foodstuff to quell starvation and subsequent unrest as the fighting ravages the countryside, industrial goods to raise standards of living and the peoples' support, medicine for ordinary or unrest-specific bouts of illness. As well as a flux of knowledge and training. The likes of bureaucrats, scientists, engineers, technicians, farmers, if Soviets traveling to China to direct projects there. If Chinese traveling to us, to train to the latest standards. As well as both, bringing in on-the-ground experience and knowledge.

On the stick side, a force of veterans of our own Civil War armed with the latest weaponry, including artillery, armour, riverboats and airforce; law enforcement militias; and of course, NKVD agents; should be assembled to aid in the more... unsavory aspects of counterinsurgency. They shall be placed under Chinese command, at least at a strategic level, and bring in firepower, doctrine and of course, a resistance to infiltration, uncommon in Zhongguonese own forces. Perfect to crack the most conventionally resistant of rebel strongholds, or securing critical assets or cities from counterrevolutionary infiltration or sabotage.

This will be a great opportunity with extensive ramifications in the long term, as well. It will allow to gain new experience in logistics and counterinsurgency, to test new weapons and counter insurgency doctrines, to better integrate our and Zhongguonese forces as the United Vanguard of Global Revolution. And finally, be an excuse to upgrade our infrastructure towards China, and integrate our economic, civil, political spheres. Ensuring lesser friction in the future.

...

It will be very easy for our Zhongguonese Comrades to simply request an expansion of such operations, to match the Japanese own. For example, state-sponsored discounts for commodities or produce, arms, munition, vehicles. Collaboration in the building of critical infrastructure, the designing of new equipment or in training of People's Army officers and soldiers alike. And the deployment of large quantities of our forces, to quell rebellions in the hinterlands, while for now avoiding the frontline with the Qing and so the risk of clashing with the Japanese.
• Still regarding C, truly indipendent and unaffiliated volunteers are actually easier to come by for us than Japan, with no intervention at all from us needed. In the last decade and a half, International Socialist movements have grown close and strong. Again and again, have comrades from the world traveled far from home on their own accord, to fight in solidarity with whatever revolution was in need. Not even necessarily in peril. In the Far East, the traditional area of operations of Trotsky in particular, our more Internationalist minded Left wing in general, it should be easy for masses of non-soviet volunteers to answer Zhongguo's Call of Resistance. We do not even need to provide infrastructure or funding. The Brigades will assemble spontaneously in the colonies nearby, and cross into China from there.

I will now instead, proceed to list specific plans to match expected Japanese escalation:
• Firstly, plan E. An immediate boycott of the entire Japanese Empire may be premature, and unlikely to achieve much but destabilise the Imperial Core drawing their ire too. Instead, I propose to plan a regime of personal or individual companies sanctions, in case they are involved in exploiting Zhongguonese resources, lands, waters or people, proportional to the degree of offense. This is to say, any company or person profiting off the Qing colonial adventure, may have its products banned if produced from chinese resources without the People's Republic authorisation. Its assets frozen if any ownership in Chinese lands, is found to have been achieved through armed or bureaucratic coercion. A mandate of arrest written and if caught, the accused shipped to the People's Republic for trial, in case a person is implicated in grave criminal offenses like mass murder, enslavement, ethnic cleansing, genocide etcetera. If the global situation allows and the Japanese Empire becomes aggressive in its retaliation, we may also escalate all the way to not just a boycott, but an embargo and blockade in-all-but-name of the Isles. By extending this consequences to all worldwide firms implicated in any way shape or form with Qing crimes. We, the People's Republic of China and in general the Socialist Bloc represent a much more important market than Japan. If in need to choose who to make businesses with, while excluding the other, the Imperial Core bourgeoisie greed and racism will do the rest.
• In case Japanese "volunteers" increase in numbers, both in the frontline and rear. And become even more clearly state-sponsored if not army troops in all but name. We may begin allowing International Brigades to travel, train and be based inside our territory. Indeed sponsor them with funds, training and bases.​
• Speaking of, we should focus for both Zhongguonese and volunteer officers and soldiers, firstly in training and equipping a modern airforce. The development of this crucial industry in our Union is already a priority both in the context of further Japanese aggression and other projects, like air travel. The People's Republic meanwhile, lacks the capacity to supply and design its own airplanes, much less train an airforce. It will however, be a crucial force multiplier for the outnumbered Japanese and Qing. As such, taking this advantage away will make driving them back to the sea much easier for our Chinese Comrades. Furthermore, it will be an exciting opportunity for an indirect baptism of fire for own airforce. As the Zhongguonese airforce, would defacto follow our doctrines and training while equipped with our designs. Its failures and successes, would be our own.​
• They should also all be trained, volunteers and Chinese, together with our forces. To build bonds of Socialist Fraternal Solidarity and ensure easy cooperation with our forces should the need arise for a direct intervention or worse, war erupt with Japan. The number of interpreters fluent in all languages from the lands and people of China should also be increased for these reasons.​
• I previously mentioned the possibility of designing arms and equipment, write doctrines, more useful for the Zhongguonese or, in general, in case of confrontation with Japan. In particular, I suggest this take the form of:
• Suggesting China adopt a modernised Jeune École naval school for now. More in the vein of the Italian Rivoluzionari, just without all the fascism.​
• This would mean, building up a navy heavy in light and subsequently cheaper and more expendable ships, from torpedo boats to submarines to destroyers. Combined, to avoid the mistakes of the Italian conservative navy and bring ourselves more inline with Japanese, British or American doctrines. With a land based naval airforce, as in, a small section of the overall airforce under command of the naval branch. Both would collaborate, to turn Zhongguonese territorial waters, atleast as far as aircraft cover goes, into no-go zones for Japanese naval forces. Else they be sinked by swarms of torpedoes from below and above the water. Essentially, ensuring no landings or shore bombardment may be performed unless at great cost. Whenever it may become possible to go on the offensive, sorties and raids by submarines and destroyers may allow them to severely indict Japanese trading and logistics. While remaining safe from retribution by rapidly retreating back into Chinese waters.​
• The designs, both of ships and airplanes, necessary. Would of course be commissioned to our industries. And may prove useful in reinforcing our own Far Eastern fleet, since trying to match Japan in conventional surface, or even in carrier, warfare. Would just be asking for a Second Defeat of Tsushima. As well as be of interest for any of our allies threatened by powers greater than themselves, ergo practically all of them from South America to Jugoslavia.​
• On the ground instead, a simple supply of artillery, anti armour weaponry like rifles or cannons or mines or grenades, and eventually tanks. Should be sufficient, if combined with training and a Zhongguonese High Command aware of their best use and that they cannot expend such crucial resources recklessly. Especially, not let our best technology fall in Japanese hands. However, old stocks may be expended to their hearts contents and with a great discount.​
• Considering the risk our actions may spark war with Japan is more than nihil, and that victory at sea is actually even more unlikely. We should:
• Begin to commision aircraft designs able to reach the Home Isles, fight over or drop several tons of bombs, and come back, all while taking off from our airfields in the Far East. Mass production for now is unnecessary, and the research is less expensive than may be expected. The material, fuel, aerodynamic and engine insight are needed and produced by our investments in airlines, so any additional funding in the matter may just speed up achieving a direct Moscow-to-Vladivostok air route too. The armaments, armour, turrets, bombs, specific designs and prototypes meanwhile, may also prove useful against some other possible enemies of ours, say the other more Perfidious Beating Heart of Imperialism sitting on Isles. Speaking of bombs, the Japanese reliance on wooden buildings may leave them very susceptible to firebombings. We should have an eye out on any interesting incendiery delivery or substances developments.​
• As for our doctrine, a sustained bombing campaign, even with escort fighters, may face extreme attrition. I suggest a doctrine of single-wave high altitude nighttime level bombing, aided by equipping our planes with radio and radar. Radio to communicate when signaling would be difficult or easier to intercept. While radar both of the air-to-ground variety, to scan for targets and attempt more precise bombing. And air-to-air, even at the cost of creating specialised airframes without any bomb bays, to scan the sky for any interceptors. The high altitude will be necessary, to try to avoid anti-air fire. Finally, by launching single wave raids, we will ensure each raid has less chances to be intercepted.​
• Prepare protocols and defenses against Japanese own raids or offensives.​
• Firstly, to aid also offensive operations, more airfields in the Far East, but also Manchuria, are needed. Possibly ones with enclosed hangars, reinforced to resist atleast machine gun fire to avoid losses by strafing runs.​
• Secondly, we must begin to experiment with a comprehensive early warning and air and naval tracking network, combining observers, air and naval patrols, short wavelength tracking radars and long wavelength over-the-horizon detection radars. This will be essential to detect any surprise attack, as well as rationally allocate our air and naval forces to counter such incursions. While obviously useful in any kind of frontline, it is crucial in the Far East, considering Vladivostock sole status as major settlement, naval and air base.​
• Speaking of Vladivostock, thirdly the city, port and surrounding airfields must be fortified. In particular, with an anti-aircraft network, but also coastal defenses and a ring of bunkers. A repeat of Port Arthur's humiliation must be avoided at all costs.​
• Draw plans and wargames for an eventual intervention in China, or even an invasion of Korea. In case of hostilities with Japan, even before the Home Isles skies the main objective would be to evict them from the continent. We must ensure our commanders are knowledgeable of the terrains, and our logistics adjusted for the strain. However, it is also in general an opportunity to prepare for many other intermediate steps, before all out escalation:​
• In case Japanese "investment" garrisons begin to increase in size, and we were to answer in kind by increasing our "security expeditions" commitments, the logistical train involved would be much the same. If we find and fix bottlenecks in the infrastructure, train the personnel and in general take all measures to handle upwards a million or three of troops, a hundred thousand plus supplies and trade for and from the People's Republic won't be too much of an issue.​
• In case the Empire outright deploys its Army on the frontline, we may before answering in kind, "only" start large scale military exercises as rehearsal for these plans. Firstly only on our territory, then going deeper and deeper into Zhongguo if Japan does not blink at hopefully proving our ability to rapidly match any of its commitments, without actually doing so. Only if they remain undeterred, may an undeclared war in the form of expeditionary forces in China, begin.​

Missives regarding other world affairs will follow shortly.
 
After spending until noon walking on the side of the road, we managed to intercept an empty horse-drawn carriage, just before we gave up and set up camp for lunch. We actually did have lunch there, just with two mouths more. And what they told us was... disconcerning.

Esteemed Comrades, I am sorry for my absence during the last vote regarding the escalating Columbian Banana Wars. Crucial events and a short-lived information embargo in the peculiar area of China where I was stationed however, made it impossible for me to receive sufficient information to cast a vote, so far from Moscow.

And on the People's Republic, is centered this first urgent message. The situation in our most powerful and critical ally is rapidly escalating and I will not lie, not exactly in a favorable direction. So concentrated were they, we but I must admit, myself, on the internal threat of remaining Right Kuomintang Terrorist Cells and in general native reactionaries. That the threat outside came completely unexpected. Because do not be fooled, the popular or even bourgeoisie-aristocrat support for the old Empire, atleast under the Qing dynasty, is rather... lackluster. This is purely a front for Japanese imperialist ambitions, of colonial domination disguised under the thin veil of indipendent nations. More in the way of USA hegemony in South America than Old Europe naked colonialism, but imperialism all the same. Without Japanese not just funds and arms but even, bodies, this whole misadventure would have only been a rather nasty reactionary uprising, one quickly crushed by the People's Army. Now instead, it has all but reignited the dormant civil war.

We are lucky however that, as our Most Esteemed Comrade @CountofDooku pointed out, intraimperialist infighting has kept them from coalescing around the greatest revolutionary rollback since the failure of the 1917 to 1923 movements. Too blinded is the Imperialist Core by racism and greed, to realise the opportunity to destroy before it is formed, its greatest rival, the Core of Socialism.

This also gives us the opportunity to match the Empire's interference step for step. To take every measure necessary, to ensure the only Sun rising from the East, will be Gold and Red. A, B, C, D, E, and further.

As such, I intend to trace my own idea for a comprehensive plan, not just on how to respond currently. But also on how to put in motion plans to answer, in case the False Sun forces escalate in their involvement.

Firstly, currently Japan is providing/occupying its Chinese Empire puppet with:
• Diplomatic recognition/support
• Funding
• Arms, munitions and provisions
• Advisors
• "Volunteers"
• Interior garrison forces

Fortunately, we have already all the programs in place, to not only answer each of the Empire's actions, but do so while not even reaching the Japanese level of escalation and intervention.
• A and D are the correct option to match Japan's diplomatic support for the Qing. We in particular, should aim to leverage intraimperialist infighting, and try to paint the Japanese Empire as an expansionist envious power. Set on destabilising the Far East and South East Asia equilibrium. Threatening to support equal puppet factions, in the many colonies there. Of particular interest may be to attract the USA attention and reignite a rivalry over Pacific Hegemony. This would go a long way, to distract from our activities in Colombia. Similar "implications" could be raised about Indonesia, India and Indochina, especially to distract the UK from European developments.
• Funding, arms, provisions, advisors and garrison support, ergo option B and partly C, are all covered by these previous agreements signed with the People's Republic of China.


It will be very easy for our Zhongguonese Comrades to simply request an expansion of such operations, to match the Japanese own. For example, state-sponsored discounts for commodities or produce, arms, munition, vehicles. Collaboration in the building of critical infrastructure, the designing of new equipment or in training of People's Army officers and soldiers alike. And the deployment of large quantities of our forces, to quell rebellions in the hinterlands, while for now avoiding the frontline with the Qing and so the risk of clashing with the Japanese.
• Still regarding C, truly indipendent and unaffiliated volunteers are actually easier to come by for us than Japan, with no intervention at all from us needed. In the last decade and a half, International Socialist movements have grown close and strong. Again and again, have comrades from the world traveled far from home on their own accord, to fight in solidarity with whatever revolution was in need. Not even necessarily in peril. In the Far East, the traditional area of operations of Trotsky in particular, our more Internationalist minded Left wing in general, it should be easy for masses of non-soviet volunteers to answer Zhongguo's Call of Resistance. We do not even need to provide infrastructure or funding. The Brigades will assemble spontaneously in the colonies nearby, and cross into China from there.

I will now instead, proceed to list specific plans to match expected Japanese escalation:
• Firstly, plan E. An immediate boycott of the entire Japanese Empire may be premature, and unlikely to achieve much but destabilise the Imperial Core drawing their ire too. Instead, I propose to plan a regime of personal or individual companies sanctions, in case they are involved in exploiting Zhongguonese resources, lands, waters or people, proportional to the degree of offense. This is to say, any company or person profiting off the Qing colonial adventure, may have its products banned if produced from chinese resources without the People's Republic authorisation. Its assets frozen if any ownership in Chinese lands, is found to have been achieved through armed or bureaucratic coercion. A mandate of arrest written and if caught, the accused shipped to the People's Republic for trial, in case a person is implicated in grave criminal offenses like mass murder, enslavement, ethnic cleansing, genocide etcetera. If the global situation allows and the Japanese Empire becomes aggressive in its retaliation, we may also escalate all the way to not just a boycott, but an embargo and blockade in-all-but-name of the Isles. By extending this consequences to all worldwide firms implicated in any way shape or form with Qing crimes. We, the People's Republic of China and in general the Socialist Bloc represent a much more important market than Japan. If in need to choose who to make businesses with, while excluding the other, the Imperial Core bourgeoisie greed and racism will do the rest.
• In case Japanese "volunteers" increase in numbers, both in the frontline and rear. And become even more clearly state-sponsored if not army troops in all but name. We may begin allowing International Brigades to travel, train and be based inside our territory. Indeed sponsor them with funds, training and bases.​
• Speaking of, we should focus for both Zhongguonese and volunteer officers and soldiers, firstly in training and equipping a modern airforce. The development of this crucial industry in our Union is already a priority both in the context of further Japanese aggression and other projects, like air travel. The People's Republic meanwhile, lacks the capacity to supply and design its own airplanes, much less train an airforce. It will however, be a crucial force multiplier for the outnumbered Japanese and Qing. As such, taking this advantage away will make driving them back to the sea much easier for our Chinese Comrades. Furthermore, it will be an exciting opportunity for an indirect baptism of fire for own airforce. As the Zhongguonese airforce, would defacto follow our doctrines and training while equipped with our designs. Its failures and successes, would be our own.​
• They should also all be trained, volunteers and Chinese, together with our forces. To build bonds of Socialist Fraternal Solidarity and ensure easy cooperation with our forces should the need arise for a direct intervention or worse, war erupt with Japan. The number of interpreters fluent in all languages from the lands and people of China should also be increased for these reasons.​
• I previously mentioned the possibility of designing arms and equipment, write doctrines, more useful for the Zhongguonese or, in general, in case of confrontation with Japan. In particular, I suggest this take the form of:
• Suggesting China adopt a modernised Jeune École naval school for now. More in the vein of the Italian Rivoluzionari, just without all the fascism.​
• This would mean, building up a navy heavy in light and subsequently cheaper and more expendable ships, from torpedo boats to submarines to destroyers. Combined, to avoid the mistakes of the Italian conservative navy and bring ourselves more inline with Japanese, British or American doctrines. With a land based naval airforce, as in, a small section of the overall airforce under command of the naval branch. Both would collaborate, to turn Zhongguonese territorial waters, atleast as far as aircraft cover goes, into no-go zones for Japanese naval forces. Else they be sinked by swarms of torpedoes from below and above the water. Essentially, ensuring no landings or shore bombardment may be performed unless at great cost. Whenever it may become possible to go on the offensive, sorties and raids by submarines and destroyers may allow them to severely indict Japanese trading and logistics. While remaining safe from retribution by rapidly retreating back into Chinese waters.​
• The designs, both of ships and airplanes, necessary. Would of course be commissioned to our industries. And may prove useful in reinforcing our own Far Eastern fleet, since trying to match Japan in conventional surface, or even in carrier, warfare. Would just be asking for a Second Defeat of Tsushima. As well as be of interest for any of our allies threatened by powers greater than themselves, ergo practically all of them from South America to Jugoslavia.​
• On the ground instead, a simple supply of artillery, anti armour weaponry like rifles or cannons or mines or grenades, and eventually tanks. Should be sufficient, if combined with training and a Zhongguonese High Command aware of their best use and that they cannot expend such crucial resources recklessly. Especially, not let our best technology fall in Japanese hands. However, old stocks may be expended to their hearts contents and with a great discount.​
• Considering the risk our actions may spark war with Japan is more than nihil, and that victory at sea is actually even more unlikely. We should:
• Begin to commision aircraft designs able to reach the Home Isles, fight over or drop several tons of bombs, and come back, all while taking off from our airfields in the Far East. Mass production for now is unnecessary, and the research is less expensive than may be expected. The material, fuel, aerodynamic and engine insight are needed and produced by our investments in airlines, so any additional funding in the matter may just speed up achieving a direct Moscow-to-Vladivostok air route too. The armaments, armour, turrets, bombs, specific designs and prototypes meanwhile, may also prove useful against some other possible enemies of ours, say the other more Perfidious Beating Heart of Imperialism sitting on Isles. Speaking of bombs, the Japanese reliance on wooden buildings may leave them very susceptible to firebombings. We should have an eye out on any interesting incendiery delivery or substances developments.​
• As for our doctrine, a sustained bombing campaign, even with escort fighters, may face extreme attrition. I suggest a doctrine of single-wave high altitude nighttime level bombing, aided by equipping our planes with radio and radar. Radio to communicate when signaling would be difficult or easier to intercept. While radar both of the air-to-ground variety, to scan for targets and attempt more precise bombing. And air-to-air, even at the cost of creating specialised airframes without any bomb bays, to scan the sky for any interceptors. The high altitude will be necessary, to try to avoid anti-air fire. Finally, by launching single wave raids, we will ensure each raid has less chances to be intercepted.​
• Prepare protocols and defenses against Japanese own raids or offensives.​
• Firstly, to aid also offensive operations, more airfields in the Far East, but also Manchuria, are needed. Possibly ones with enclosed hangars, reinforced to resist atleast machine gun fire to avoid losses by strafing runs.​
• Secondly, we must begin to experiment with a comprehensive early warning and air and naval tracking network, combining observers, air and naval patrols, short wavelength tracking radars and long wavelength over-the-horizon detection radars. This will be essential to detect any surprise attack, as well as rationally allocate our air and naval forces to counter such incursions. While obviously useful in any kind of frontline, it is crucial in the Far East, considering Vladivostock sole status as major settlement, naval and air base.​
• Speaking of Vladivostock, thirdly the city, port and surrounding airfields must be fortified. In particular, with an anti-aircraft network, but also coastal defenses and a ring of bunkers. A repeat of Port Arthur's humiliation must be avoided at all costs.​
• Draw plans and wargames for an eventual intervention in China, or even an invasion of Korea. In case of hostilities with Japan, even before the Home Isles skies the main objective would be to evict them from the continent. We must ensure our commanders are knowledgeable of the terrains, and our logistics adjusted for the strain. However, it is also in general an opportunity to prepare for many other intermediate steps, before all out escalation:​
• In case Japanese "investment" garrisons begin to increase in size, and we were to answer in kind by increasing our "security expeditions" commitments, the logistical train involved would be much the same. If we find and fix bottlenecks in the infrastructure, train the personnel and in general take all measures to handle upwards a million or three of troops, a hundred thousand plus supplies and trade for and from the People's Republic won't be too much of an issue.​
• In case the Empire outright deploys its Army on the frontline, we may before answering in kind, "only" start large scale military exercises as rehearsal for these plans. Firstly only on our territory, then going deeper and deeper into Zhongguo if Japan does not blink at hopefully proving our ability to rapidly match any of its commitments, without actually doing so. Only if they remain undeterred, may an undeclared war in the form of expeditionary forces in China, begin.​

Missives regarding other world affairs will follow shortly.
Excellent, will try to adress most, if not all of it in the upcoming chapter. :D
 
New Chinese Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese/ Korean War
New Chinese Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese/ Korean War
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In their backing of the Wang Chinese Republic, the Soviet Union decided that Wang as a major ally and partner in Asia needed to be supported diplomatically, with supplies, equipment and even volunteers. At the same time protests against the Japanese Empire and Korean Empire backing of the Chinese Empire were spreading across China and Russia, which ultimately lead bot to boycott the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese, something that put a significant economic blow especially to th more industrialized Japanese Home islands, that dependent so much on the Chinese Market for their product to sell. Many saw the new Qing Dynasty for what it was Japanese Colonialism and Imperialism, disguised as helping an Asian neighbor. Instead Japanese support has reignited the Chinese Civil War and brought destabilization to East Asia once more. As a result China was officially recognized separately by all Republics that made up the Soviet Union and recognized all Republics within this new China; the Han, Manchu, Mongols, Hui and Tibetans. In Exchange the Chinese recognized all Republics that made up the Soviet Union and the Soviet Union itself, burying some border disputes between each other while doing so. New Russian People’s Ruble, also known as Soviet Rubel, Union Rubel, or simply People’s Rubel would aid in the Funding of the Chinese defense, paying for arms, ammunition, other provisions, goods and medicine, as well as for advisers and some volunteer and interior garrison support forces they would bring with them. While not committing to direct intervention like the Japanese, the Russians instead used Propaganda to remind the Koreans what Japanese rule was like for them not long ago and what atrocities the Japanese Troops supposedly, or real committed in Shandong, similar Propaganda was also spread across China, while in Japan itself the Socialists and Communists protested against colonialism and imperialism to some backlash. At the same time with American heavy interests in the Chinese Market itself, this might aid distracting the United States from the Soviet Unions ambitions in Columbia.

Socialist and Communist anti-colonial parties in India, Indochina and Indonesia were encouraged to contact the Japanese Socialists, Communists, Military and Government to call for financial, adviser, weapons and other aid for their independent movements or outright revolutions against their colonial masters. While many in the Japanese Government and Military saw an opportunity in that to back the local nationalist/ independence groups and replace European and American Hegemony with their own, the Chinese and Russians knew they would only use the foolish Japanese for their independence struggle and while doing so alienate and isolate Japan from Americans and Europeans as soon as their involvement became known to them. At the same time the Soviet Union helped China to produce more equipment domestically in new factories, often by copying outright Russian/ Soviet models to be field tested in China, or to build their own versions build on these prototypes better fitting for the War in China. Guerrillas and Rebels in Chandong opposing the Japanese, Qing and Koreans, as well as the Yiguandao Sect that had come to their aid for the promise of more influence and control in Shandong and all of China rose up in the hinterlands, especially the mountains of Shandong, sabotaging railroads, bridges and harbors alike. Furhtermore the Comintern and Socintern International of Socialist and Communsit Countries, Parties, Movements and Trade Unions called upon to send volunteers against the Japanese Invasion and to aid the Chinese Republic against a despotic Monarchy. As a result the International Volunteer Brigades would also bring back stories of the conflict back home and slowly sway the public opinion further into China's Favor. Japanese Zaibatsu Companies and the similar Korean Jaebeol were the first to struggle from supporting the Japanese Invasion support as these Clan driven Companies were the first to be boycotted. Their Products were banned in China and Russia and no successors came from both nation states either for them, especially those produced by successors gained in China and not even Japanese and Korean backed Chinese Subcompanies later doing so in Shandong and China were spared, as people quickly saw trough that trick as well.
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Boycott and Embargo while not officially still did not fail to archive what they set out for and soon and the Japanese and Koreans involved panicked seemingly. During their Northern Expedition, one from Shangdong onto Beijing/ Peking and one from Korea into Manchuria with the backing of the local Fengtiang Cliques and Guomindang who still had resentments, or open opposition to both Chinese Communists, Socialists and Kiomintang and their Republic from the South they succeeded within weeks to overrun the majorly Warlord territory, while to the West and South were Chinese Peoples and the Chinese Republics centered in the East in Shanghai and it’s core support base in the South were strongest managed to hold them off quit efficiently. As a result the Japanese and Koreans changed their overall plans and installed the Qing Dynasty in Manchukuo/Manchuria, as it was a Manchu dynasty, while also claiming to restore the rightful Chinese Han Dynasty in the captured parts of Hun China. To do that nobles from the previous Chinese Empire and Dynastic Rules were incorporated into new puppet regimes and quickly the Mongolian nobility and Bogde Khan Buddhist Priesthood, having mostly fled from the Mongol People’s Republic offered the Japanese a similar deal to set up the Khanate of Mongorua (Mongolia/ Inner Mongolia). Especially the lack of modern equipment, tanks, airforces and training doomed the Northern Chinese Warlord Forces associated as guard and police by Wang in the region and like the most autonomous western regions of China, unlike the Center and South, they clearly were the Chinese weakest link. Between 60,000 to 400,000 Japanese and Korean Forces were now stationed as the Manchu Army in the Empire of Manchuria, the North China Army in Qing Empire and about 12,000 served as the Mongorua Khanate Army.

Clearly the Chinese needed much better modern training and especially more equipment for the majority of banners of the Chinese Republic Army, but at the same time the Japanese, Koreans and Manchu/ Qing now had conquered the successor regions and markets in China they seemingly had aimed for, if they did not aim for more in the future. So while bonds of Socialist Fraternal Solidarity aided the Chinese Wangjingese against the invaders. At the same time the Soviet aided the Chinese in building new ships, specializing in light cruisers and destroyers for a more coastal patrol and security force against naval invasion, backed by a land based bomber and fighter force in the coast as they unlike the Japanese had no need for an Open Water Navy that rivaled some of the larger Empires and Powers on Earth. This combined with Mines could make the Chinese Sea hopefully a Japanese Free Sea and while supply routes still could come more safer from Japan over Korea, those would need to be much longer, take more time, could be weakened by local rebel and guerrilla groups and needed the enemy to massively expand and build up the local infrastructure in these regions. So while the Red Army Navy Far Eastern Feet was expanded to oppose any Japanese idea of acting out against the Soviet Union. Meanwhile Red Army artillery, anti-armor rifles and similar weapons made their way to the Chinese, tested mainly against early armored cars and armored trains during the Russian Civil War. With these older stocks them potentially falling in Japanese hands if local Warlord and Auxiliary forces capitulated, or switched sides was not as bad. Despite this new prototypes of the Red Army would also be tested and used in China, something a few Chinese viewed with mistrust as it was a Soviet Army Playground paved with Chinese Bodies. Especially modern radio and radar would become vital for the Chinese, but at the same time their older, outdated bombers and fighters wings needed to be desperately modernized with modern airplanes, while new airfields were build in central and southern China. At the same time the Red Army drew plans for a more direct intervention into China, especially Inner Mongolia, Manchuria and Korea, to drive off the Japanese from the Asian Continent again should that become necessary. To archive that the plan called for a Red Army Force of around one, to two million troops, plus one tenth of that in supplies alone. An early answer to the Japanese and Korean Invasions were large scale exercises along the border that made Tokyo, Seoul, as well as their new allies in Harbin/ Mukden and Beijin/ Peking quit nervous.
 
New Chinese Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese/ Korean War - the Escalation in China
A) Send more supplies, aid and volunteers
B) We need to send our own Red Army Expedition Forces to directly aid the Chinese better
C) Prepare for a joint counter-offensive with the Chinese that directly involves Soviet and Mongolian Army Troops alongside their own
 
Sadly if pressured the push further forward was common for the Japanese back then to not back down, even under a more civil government as the Conglomreates and Military and the Clan Families/ Family Clans and their Connection Circles they were part of still held much influence.
 
New Chinese Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese/ Korean War - the Escalation in China
A) Send more supplies, aid and volunteers
B) We need to send our own Red Army Expedition Forces to directly aid the Chinese better
C) Prepare for a joint counter-offensive with the Chinese that directly involves Soviet and Mongolian Army Troops alongside their own
Comrades, of course we must select option (A), but if the war escalates, we must make ready for (B) and eventually (C)
 
A) We're still in our heavy industrialization and modernization of our military to fully support them as we're focused on Colombia.
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This war probably won't last for a few years with either a ceasefire or uneasy peace like OTL with the Mukden incident...
 
New Chinese Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese/ Korean War - the Escalation in China
A) Send more supplies, aid and volunteers
B) We need to send our own Red Army Expedition Forces to directly aid the Chinese better
C) Prepare for a joint counter-offensive with the Chinese that directly involves Soviet and Mongolian Army Troops alongside their own
A
 
New Chinese Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese/ Korean War - the Escalation in China
A) Send more supplies, aid and volunteers
B) We need to send our own Red Army Expedition Forces to directly aid the Chinese better
C) Prepare for a joint counter-offensive with the Chinese that directly involves Soviet and Mongolian Army Troops alongside their own
D) Our biggest benefit would be if no one wins. So I'd send reasonable large amounts of resources like infantry equipment and ammo but I'd keep both the high tech stuff and volunteers to a minimum. Just enough to gain actual field experience with our new toys, but nothing decisive. The Union is best served with a non unified China and an exhausted Japan.
 
New Chinese Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese/ Korean War - the Escalation in China
A) Send more supplies, aid and volunteers
B) We need to send our own Red Army Expedition Forces to directly aid the Chinese better
C) Prepare for a joint counter-offensive with the Chinese that directly involves Soviet and Mongolian Army Troops alongside their own
A
 
A. As much as it would be delightful to swoop in and rout the Japanese imperialists forthwith, our position is nowhere near strong enough. To be bogged down in China would be a disaster should a war in Europe occur, unlikely though that may seem it is never an impossibility.
 
A) Given the strength of our position in China and the threat of potentially getting bogged down in there, it would be best to send more supplies, aid and volunteers rather than a more direct intervention.
 
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