Wow,back with a bang.Klein's a more bitter MacArthur.I wonder if the fleet so close to the coast could be swarmed by the Drakians,air and sea.Glad you're back.
Maybe with the return of the traitor as gesture of good will or sweeten the potYou fools! You're handing Drakia a win on a silver platter!
In all fairness, the US can probably wrangle an independent Judea and control over vast portions of Arabia from Drakia in a peace settlement. Perdue would go down in disgrace if he went with the status quo ante
You fools! You're handing Drakia a win on a silver platter!
Holy shit, what an epic clusterfuck.
Nice to see that I am still capable of the occasional surprise.oh god why
Thank you, I'm starting to feel like Klein will make a better Alcibiades than a Caesar after all.Oh shit, those dice rolls had quite the fuckin affect. That twist is amazing and fits Klein's character well I think.
Oh the motherfucking audacity on this one. No one can fucking touch a single hair on his fucking head without reigniting a war that the Drakians will lose badly and the Americans will lose all control over by their unleashed military apparatus. Stoker has already had it demonstrated that only the consent of the international order prevents the scoping up of the Middle East at anytime, or nearly enough, and without the willing truce of the Arabians and Judeans and American Marines the Drakians have to fear the total denial of the Mideast's massive population and resources vis a vis most of post-genocided Africa either through independence or the devastation of a Drakian reconquest. And meanwhile the Perdue administration needs a "we definitely did not let these dudes get Bonded" treaty stat to keep the lid on the Klienists and not cause an attempted naval-reactionary insurrection.
This shithead has just guaranteed himself for life the position as Drakia's Quisling.
Perhaps I messed up, but I believe I described him as;WTF...This goes against most of the descriptions of the Man ITTL as a Patriot of the highest order...
I don't believe that I ever referred to him as an actual patriot.a Reform Jew from a military family and a graduate of TTL’s version of the US Naval Academy who rose quickly on the strength of his political connections, personal bravery, genuine ability, impressive intelligence, and incredible charisma
Quite. Had the Navy won the war would have been a 5% chance of Klein "crossing the Rubicon" and a much stronger chance (it would have depended how the war went) of him being elected President. Under either scenario there was a very real risk of the US going down a similar path to that of OTL Japan, with an increasingly powerful military calling the shots.I didn't see that coming. I am eagerly waiting to see what happens next.
I was already thinking few updates back that there seems to be some parallels to the IJA in the way how the US navy acted. This reminds me some discussions we have had in this forum in the past how Japan losing against Russia in 1904-1905 might have led to a healthier development of Japanese politics. The victory here, in addition increasing the prestige of US navy in general, would have probably brought them even more territories more or less under their control and they might have developed into an even more dangerous faction in American politics. That said, Drakia winning is a objectively worse thing, although it should be probably kept in mind that this clusterfuck wouldn't have even started if the navy wasn't so keen on starting their own private wars.
He's been sending more resources their way, but it's a different branch of the military that he's focusing on as a counter to the Navy.How much has President Purdue attempted to empower the Army as a "counter-balance" against the powerful Navy?
Omg yes, another Coriolanus fan! I love that play! Most because it was the first time I ever saw a Shakespeare play without knowing the ending so the twist caught me by surprise.People who are acting surprised that a mega-patriot would do this should read up on Coriolanus. (Incidentally, my favourite Shakespeare play.) It is completely credible that a man of such a titanic ego, who has a self-conceived ideal of his country as a martial super-power, would defect when the civil government denies the realisation of that vision. In the mind of such a man, he is not betraying his country. His country has betrayed him-- and itself. That's how he sees it.
Quite right- America is dodging a bullet here (possibly by jumping into the path of a different bullet, but even so).A while back, I suggested that Ameica should really watch out for what it could become. That its rampant militarism would inevitably be dangerous, and that in fighting a monster, it ran the risk of becoming a monster. I daresay this post proves my point, albeit by averting that scenario. Klein's actions show exactly what kind of a man he is, and if the dice had favoured him -- if his victorious fleet had come to "set America in order" -- then my grim imaginings of America's ATL future would no doubt have become reality.
My posting is going to remain irregular unfortunately, but I'm not abandoning this TL until I get to the end.Wow,back with a bang.Klein's a more bitter MacArthur.I wonder if the fleet so close to the coast could be swarmed by the Drakians,air and sea.Glad you're back.
Too early for a dedicated separate military space agency I'd guess, so except some weird thing*, we suppose that.The air force?
The source of power for the Navy is how unaccountable and unquestioned they are in their little private empire, slam together a very separate Marine Corps/Coast Guard equivalent for responsibility over harbors and coastal batteries, security and military policing of important sites in Naval bases, and personal protection of American embassies and resident-ministers, and no Klein will ever be able to entrench themselves again.The air force?
No, it's extremely interesting. This timeline's version of Mexico is bound to be interesting, due to the heavy cross-cultural influencing. A lot of your details suggest the give-and-take, the evolving attitudes, the advantages as well as the resentments that this would produce. And then that promise of future developments at the end. Mixtecs as kingmakers/deciders when it comes to shaping the future of the region? (United, they could guarantee that whichever faction they throw their weight behind has the advantage.)
I like that termIf the Criollos, most of the mestizo rising middle class, and the Indios are all on the same page regarding “union with some cultural concessions”, it’s a done deal. Bombings are just the residual twitching in Mexico’s cooling corpse as body parts are removed to create Frankenstein's America.
What immediately popped into my head was a whole diverse throng of people that get harvested for parts to make a seven foot tall founding father. Benjamin Franklin! Your nonsense with the kite has gone too far this time!*insert “Frankenstein was the Doctor” joke in here*
His key unlocked the secrets of electricity....AND THE GATES OF HELL!!!What immediately popped into my head was a whole diverse throng of people that get harvested for parts to make a seven foot tall founding father. Benjamin Franklin! Your nonsense with the kite has gone too far this time!