I can’t wait to see where this tl goes, I love how you make an overdone and imo slightly boring ah concept into one of the most fascinating tls I’ve ever read!
Achieving something? Maybe, but the SaB-verse US is not the 800-pound gorilla in a room with several hundred-pound apes but the 2000 pound gorilla in a room that maybe totals 3200 pounds. If Japan starts a war in a way that makes it impossible for the US to get away with a "peace with honour" it gets crushed. TTLs USA at WWII levels of mobilization would be a sight to behold. Japan needs a "good" war in order to win and considering that she's likely going to be picking a fight over US hegemony over the Pacific well....Fundamentally OTL Japan was never going to win, not just because of the vast material differences (for vast material differences have sometimes been overcome), and not just because of the toxic and dysfunctional strategic culture (for even good commands often make as many mistakes as not), but the interplay between them both together. Like long after sufficient evidence should have been provided that the Japanese codes were compromised they still categorically refused to consider that as a possibility as to why their merchant marine just got deleted. At the beginning they looked at their own codebreaking efforts and cryptology and devised a schedule as to when codes should be likely compromised and should be replaced and then rigidly adhered to that old schedule come hell or high water, because the high command lacked the technical competence and the professional study to truly envision the battlefields Japan was to face, and even facing right now, against America. Japan was not in a material environment that gave everyone and their dog a radio like America was and so Japan did not have the luxury of mass radio use and mass signals work displayed right there before them, but it was those limitations then producing only a limited number of comprehensive experts and even fewer of those being availed to Japan's strategizers that made even Japan's conditions not being used to the fullest extent. Like part of the reason American codebreakers got so good at penetrating within the week a code supposed to last for months was that all their communications had the same stock opening courtesies like "I have the honor of informing your excellency"... so that the first fragment of every code is already linked to its true message. And they kept doing this. In wartime.
ATL however that interplay is lessened on all fronts. Firstly like I mentioned earlier Japan is likely to have a lot less ancient generals who made their name massacring Koreans officially in charge of their efforts as Imperial Japan is ever so slightly less of a fascist clusterfuck. Secondly, from the other direction, America sure has a lot of Admirals that made their name massacring Filipino strikers and protestors now, don't they? And that is only compounded by the in-fighting between the entrenched officership and what are basically going to be political officers assigned by the Perdue administration to defang them- so anything or anybody with a navy stamp on them is to be respectively attacked or defended to the death, regardless of any actual value. And thirdly, the insane Separateverse technological advancement has left countless critical sectors of everyone's economies obsolete and their actors ill-educated in what's just off the line. So honestly, Separate-Japan has a genuine shot at something here (at least in this specific first conflict), if they don't fly by the seat of their pants like OTL and actually think long and hard about how they want to accomplish their objectives.
Quite so, although if I ever get an ATL machine then my second visit will be to Stephen Hawking's time travel party.technically, we're all time travelers
Thank you! That's very nice to hear.Just binged read this and let me just this is the one of the if not the best Draka timelines I've ever read! Right up there with Crack at the Draka and Even Dogs were Wolves Once (sorry can't remember the exact name.) You sir have successfully managed to do what few have ever dreamed of, taking Stirlings feaver dream and actually managing to turn it into a believable, cohesive timeline! Bravo!!!
And thank you too, I seem to be achieving my goal. I'm currently 1,500 words into the next chapter, I hope to have it finished by the end of the week.I can’t wait to see where this tl goes, I love how you make an overdone and imo slightly boring ah concept into one of the most fascinating tls I’ve ever read!
I'm hoping to spend some time on technology in the next chapter, if not then in the chapter after that. In any case you're right about semi-automatic or fully automatic rifles being either standard issue or getting there.Well considering some of the photos here seem to from post WW2 I am kinda curious to the state of weapons technology. Since aircraft technology was roughly on par with the late 1920's of OTL, along with prototype repeaters as far back as the early 19th century. I'd imagine that by now most major nations would have semi automatic rifles and even assault rifles as standard issue.
I'm afraid it's been rather the opposite; America is more tolerant of other religions, and African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans are all more influential because they have states where they're in the majority. Asian-Americans however, get the other end of the stick.I kinda wonder if the USA being more multicultural here developed an earlier fascination with Japanese and East Asian culture.
This is a very good analysis, particularly the bit about Drakian units carrying melee weapons as a symbol of pride and identity.I see both the Drakians and the US Marines still stressing marksmanship and the belief that every soldier is a rifleman first. Vehicle crews and shock troops may be issued semi automatic weapons. Assault rifles may at first belong to specialized units. Police units have shotguns and possible semi-automatics depending on location. Both sides will have helmets. The Drakians and USMCs equipment may be made for various tropical climates. I figure the Drakians would be more advanced in tropical diseases and medicine due to their climate and various research programs that they have conducted. I also figure many Drakian units will carry knives and various melee type weapons as a symbol of pride and identity.
Even in like the 19th century if you did not actually put the years and years of effort in to land the charge just right and prepare your soldiers for complex maneuvers 99.9% of the time those bayonets and sabers and lances are going to serve more in the ad-hoc mess tent then in the fate of armies, and that's when melee combat still had a very real and appreciable role on the then-modern battlefield. Those stylized ceremonial descendants of bush-knives and cavalry blades are likely to be chunked in the nearest ditch (along with half the uniform and kit) once their wielders have to undergo a real campaign.This is a very good analysis, particularly the bit about Drakian units carrying melee weapons as a symbol of pride and identity.
Admittedly whenever I see the name Metropolis my mind immediately leaps to the classic German sci-fi film and it's dieselpunk architecture. I know someone saying Ephraim should embrace the steampunk but come on it's the twentieth century the age of big cars, fighter planes, vacuum tube radios and a bunch of crazy ideas of the future, just at the old Seagram whiskey articles "the men who plan beyond tomorrow". Who knows maybe we'll see a decopunk styled city, perhaps having started out as the company town of a Henry Ford meets Howard Hughes industrialist with some of Greenbelt Maryland thrown in.The comics guy in me is so happy someone recognizes what DC Comics' Metropolis is supposed to look like the way Gotham tends to gothic architecture. At the risk of going truly off-topic, if Gotham tends to get a lot of "neon noir" added onto the Gothic via the 90s movies' aesthetic, I also like Metropolis integrating the current trend of 'futurist' glass-and-glossy on top of the art deco it usually has. It in my mind makes the adventure and SCIENCE!! aspects of Metropolis stick out way more and give it a genuine personality to rival that of Gotham's (because everyone knows what Gotham's like as a setting, but not any other major DC city, and poor Metropolis becomes too genericized).
I can see on-topic what you're saying as well for the American faction, and given the nature of the timeline's basis and sheer actual cultural settling-in/inertia, this faction winning out if only through waiting it out in time and direct memory of the past disappearing. Seeing the most prominent examples of deco not be the Great Lakes or Northeast but *Mexico as a symbol of Americana is fascinating to think on.
*O R G A N I C G E R M A N Y intensifies*Rex was not OTL Fascism, and it was certainly not Nazism, although it did share some similarities. Followers of Rex sought the “moral purification” of modern society through religious faith, and opposed Liberalism, Geoism, Socialism, Utopianism, and American Fascism. Partially descended from the conservative wing of the Red Movement, and partially inspired by Societism, Rex dreamed of a society in which labor, management, government, and the church all filled their proper roles amid a framework of traditional social values and behavior.
The suppression of the Judeo-Arab Revolt proved longer and bloodier than First Drako-American War itself. It was not the first time the Empire had faced dedicated, resourceful insurgents with foreign aid and sympathy, but there was something that made this rebellion different. A sense that if they lost, when they lost, something would be broken that couldn’t easily be fixed. That this time Drakian rule would be permanent in a way it hadn’t been before. And so, as the world watched and listened to the radio and television broadcasts, the Judean Army, the Hebrew Home Army, the Islamic Resistance Movement, and the Holy War Army sold their lives dearly, Zionists and Mujahedeen fighting and dying side by side. They watched the fall of Jerusalem, the desperate last stands at Haifa and Jaffa and Beersheba. The Arab rebels in Syria and Mesopotamia were crushed to less international attention, but they fought no less hard. The Drakian Army moved in with numbers and resources well beyond anything they had, followed behind by Agoge units who vented their rage and frustration upon what remained of the non-military population.
There was international outrage, from the Jewish community, from the independent Muslim states, from civilized governments the world over. Letters of condemnation were issued, there were boycotts against Drakian goods, fundraisers to pay help resettle refugees, and new Jewish and Muslim communities established across the New World. But nothing was done to actual avert the massacre.
It certainly was not, even taking into account Mesopotamian oil (after all, Drakia has Nigeria and North Africa, so it has oceans of oil elsewhere to exploit). If it had been 1920 B.C. instead of A.D., sure. But the Fertile Crescent just isn't worth that much by this point.What did it cost, and was it worth the butcher's bill?