So, what do you think up to now?
I like it very much so far.
I’m contradicting to myself. I believe a squadron can devastate a small fleet with few lost, but it’s to big, look at that plane, it’s nearly as big as a small bomber. How can these “fighters” fight against Allies’s more maneuverable and maybe faster planes.
I never said it was tge most logical, or best design they could have come up with. The main problem is that it is a compromise between army and navy, combining elements of a bomber and fighter, while failing to be both as we will soon see.
 
Chapter 701: The resurrected Kingdom of Georgia in the Axis Central Powers
Chapter 701: The resurrected Kingdom of Georgia in the Axis Central Powers

In the Kingdom of Georgia, the Axis Central Powers, reestablished the Bagrationi Dynasty in a new independent state. Under George Bagration of Mukhrani who had been in European exile since his exile following the Sovietization of his country in 1921. His son Irakli Bagration-Mukhraneli meanwhile played a prominent role in Georgian political emigration and, as an active royalist, remained in opposition to the Soviet rule in Georgia. He restored the Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ in 1939 and sponsored the establishment of the Germany-based Union of Georgian Traditionalists, which fought to restore Georgia’s sovereignty from the USSR and advocated a constitutional monarchy as a form of the government for a independent Georgia. Once the Axis Central Powers liberated the Georgian lands, the Union of Georgian Traditionalists (Georgian: ქართველ ტრადიციონალისტთა კავშირი) was a national political organization of the Georgian Political Emigration in 1930s offered to help them set up a new government. Let by Prince Irakli as Chairman and established 1942 in Berlin, it included other famous founders like Zurab Avalishvili, Mikheil Tsereteli, Grigol Robakidze, Kita Chkhenkeli, Shalva Maglakelidze, Shalva Amirejibi, Spiridon Kedia, Markoz Tugushi, Giorgi Kvinitadze, Leo Kereselidze, Revaz Gabashvili, David Vachnadze, Alexandre Asatiani, Svimon Tsitsishvili and other distinguished Georgian emigrants. The Main goals of the Union of Georgian Traditionalists were: 1) Activity for the restoration of the state independence of Georgia 2) Activity for the creation of the constitutional monarchy in Georgia. In cooperation with the Axis Central Powers of the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, the Second Ottoman Empire and the Russian Empire, they would collaborate with them to archive this goal.

Inside the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic around 700,000 officers and soldiers (or around 20% of the overall 3,4 million citizens of the Georgian Soviet Republic) were mobilized. Once cut off from the rest of the Red Army by the Axis Central Powers Caucasus Campaign, Stalin as a Georgian himself ordered not one step back and called for every city and town to be a fortress. Therefore 300,000 Georgians died alongside a few other Red Army forces in the Georgian pocket, defending the local Soviet Republic to the last breath. Around 137 Georgians were therefore awarded as Heroes of the Soviet Union, the most of all in the Caucasus Region. As a vital source of textiles as well as an important manufacturer of warplanes, Moscow did not wish for Georgia to fall into enemy hands and then it still did anyway, even if Stalin ordered those shot who even asked to capitulate. Of the around 400,000 captured Georgian prisoners and deserter, roughly 30,000 to 40,000 joined as volunteers for the Axis Central Powers, forming their own Battalions that would build the core of the new independent Royal Georgian Army. Later divisions, like the Gorgian Legion were formed too and their core alongside German Officers would make up for a huge amount of local auxiliaries in the Caucasus Region besides Azerbaijani, Cossack, Armenians and Kalmyk (who were also trained ans supported by the Japanese and Mengjiang of the Co-Prosperity Sphere). Led by Shalva Loladze and others, many Georgians not only helped as a militia, police force and army to defend the independence of their home state, but continued to fight the Soviet Opressors alongside the Axis Central Powers even further north at the front lines.

King Bragat IV's daughter Leonida (one of his daughters) married the Russian Tzar Vladimir Romanov in 1946. Previously King Bragat IV had tried to limit Second Ottoman Empire Ambitions by alliing with Austria-Hungary and keeping very close relationships with Germany as a Protectorate Kingdom, but he felt that a royal marriage with the reborn Russian Empire would even further secure Georgian independence and support from a strong Axis Central Powers member state to secure them from the threats of the Second Ottoman Emprie domination the region, as well as Azerbaijanian ambitions in the Caucasus. When his father George Bagration alias King Bragat IV died in 1957, his son Prince Irakli succeeded him as King Irakli I followed him, establishing his own rule and leading the Georgian Kingdom for the next twenty years.
 
Chapter 702: Allied Pacific Plans
Chapter 702: Allied Pacific Plans

With the Europe First ideal, the Allies were on the defense in the Pacific, constantly pushed by the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere, despite inflicting heavy causalities and major losses on them too, but the Japanese Tsunami did not seam to slow down for now. Therefor MacArthur had formulated a strategics outline, the Elkton Plan to plan for their own coming offensives. The main goal of this plan was the capture of Rabaul from bases in Australia and New Guinea to eliminate the major Japanese base and supply hub of the area. At the same time Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations, proposed a similar plan, but under Naval command. As Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall was to concentrate the main American efforts against the German Empire in Europe, not Japan in the Pacific. He therefore proposed a compromise plan in which the task would be divided into three stages, the first under Navy command and the other two under MacArthur's direction and the control of the Army. This strategic plan, which was never formally adopted by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff but was ultimately implemented, called for the following:
1) Capturing Tulagi (later Guadalcanal) and the Santa Cruz Islands (Operation Watchtower)
2) Capturing the northeastern coast of New Guinea and the central Solomons
3) Reducing Rabaul and related bases
But the plan was turned upside down by the Japanese victories in Midway and their recent push in Malaita and Guadalcanal had proven that the Japanese still were not beaten from their offensive. Therefore they proposed to use a strategy and tactic similar to those of the Japanese, when they soon took the islands nearby. As the Japanese defenses on New Guinea were heavily entranced and secured by bunkers, looking more and more. Therefore the Americans supported the idea of using local landings to bypass the massive Japanese and Taikoku defenses, positions and overall masses of frontline forces, by simply bypassing them with naval landings along the coast behind their back.

So far what would later be known as Operation Cartwheel was quit easy to understand, however, while the US Army actually supported this approach to assault along New Guinea, hoping to retake the Philippines along the way, just like the Imperial Japanese one planned to use New Guinea (Niugini/Niu Gini/ Papua)as their stepping stone to Australia, some recent developments undermined this idea. The Japanese had used submarine operations out of their recently conquered Johnston Islands and Ellice Islands to hunt down the United States supply line shipping going to Australia, while other Japanese submarines out of Midway harassed the American supply lines to the Aleutes as well as the Alaska and West Coats trade overall. American aircraft and escort ships based in the Hawaii islands, Dutch Harbor, Palmyra Island, Christmas Islands, Canton Islands, Samo Island, Fiji Island, Tonga Island and New Caledonia tried their best to defend and hold these supply lines open. Both sides, the Americans and the Japanese knew that there were future naval battles over dominance in the Pacific coming, but the Americans planned for this during their Operation by utilizing their minor support fleet forces after the loss of their carriers for the planned landings and island invasions, supported by nearby island bases and bases in Australia, while the Japanese under Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto planned similarly to gain naval superiority with Operation I-Go by utilizing their own still superior ship numbers alongside their own air bases in the region for further assaults on Australia, the Solomones and the Central Pacific. In the End both plans could only lead to future, violent clashes on land, are and sea between the Allies and the Co-Prosperity Sphere in the Pacific and both major regional factions were quit aware of that. To archive this goals however, the Japanese carriers had to be lured into a trap.
 
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Chapter 703: The Spanish Kingdom in the Axis Central Power
Chapter 703: The Spanish Kingdom in the Axis Central Power

For God, Fatherland and King was the slogan of the Spanish National Monarchists, but the question who should be king was rather disputed. There was Alfonso, Duke of Anjou, Duke of Cádiz, Grandee of Spain (Alfonso Jaime Marcelino Manuel Víctor María de Borbón y Dampierre, French citizen as Alphonse de Bourbon; born 20 April 1936) was a grandson of King Alfonso XIII of Spain, a potential heir to the throne in the event of restoration of the Spanish monarchy, and a Legitimist claimant to the defunct throne of France as Alphonse II. However in 1933 he renounced any claim to inherit the Spanish throne (in the event of a restoration) to marry a Cuban commoner, Edelmira Sampedro-Ocejo, and was dead of internal bleeding following a minor auto accident by September 1938. He was also strongly opposed by the Germans, who feared a Bourbon personal union of France-Spain as a coming major Axis Central Power in the West. Next in the line of succession, Infante Don Jaime, deaf and largely mute, was persuaded to renounce his claim (and that of future descendants) at the same time as his elder brother, thereby assuming the Duke of Segovia title and clearing the way for King Alfonso's third son, Don Juan, Count of Barcelona to take up the monarchist cause on behalf of the banished dynasty. But Infante Juan of Spain, Count of Barcelona (Juan Carlos Teresa Silverio Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg; born 20 June 1913), also known as Don Juan, was the third son and designated heir of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. His father was replaced by the Second Spanish Republic, and now a constitutional monarchy was about to get restored. However the National-Falangists strongly opposed him, as he had a strong democratic tendency and they feared he, who was Count of Barcelona and Aragon and Catalonia were known to have been Socialist and Communist strongholds just as northern Spain had been a Carlist, Monarchist one. This and the Counts own strong support made the Falangist fear he might reverse the Civil War outcome. This was one reason why for the new Reconquista the Monarchist-Falangists had established a penal colony in Spanish Morocco to send political opponents and dissidents there, but the Allied landings during Operation Torch had stopped these plans,as well as Catholic missionary work there to create a majorly Christian colony were stopped too, right as they were about to start, at least for now. On the other hand the Germans as well as the Italians strongly opposed Alfonso, Duke of Anjou, Duke of Cádiz, Grandee of Spain and the Spanish economy and military massively dependent on their support and aid.

So in the End Don Jaime retracted his renunciation of the throne of Spain on 6th December 1941 and on 4th May 1942 taking the title of Duke of Madrid and as head of the Carlist branch of the Spanish succession and would be recognized as King Jaime IV of Spain by the legitimist group of Carlists who did not support the Bourbon-Parma claim after Alfonso Carlos. King Jaime IV would rule Spain until his death on 20 March 1975. Under him the National-Falangist-Carlist-Monarchists would reinstall the use of royal styles and titulary, Royal Prerogatives, hereditary succession to the crown, compensation, and a regency-guardianship contingency in cases of the monarch's minority or incapacitation. With parts of the Falange's original manifesto, the "Twenty-Six Points", implemented inside the Carlist headed Junta National, were the so called Caudillo of Spain, Francisco Franco became the Prime Minister. Meanwhile the King once again was head of state, and commander-in-chief in this restored constitutional monarchy. The King was to be believed to be a marionette at first as the Prime Minister acted as the ears and mouth for the deaf and mute king, but soon Jaime IV would use the new constitution to replace Franco for a better Prime Minister, Manuel Fal Conde, 1st Duke of Quintillo, a trusted and loyal spokesman who would serve as his mouth and ears, but only in the way the new king intended to. The new unified Nationalist Front, fused the parties, to form a one party Carlist-National-Syndicalist State. The fuero (law specifications to a identified class or estate (like the military or the Catholic Church) returned. The term implied these were not constitutions subject to debate and change by a sovereign people, but orders from the only legitimate source of authority, as in feudal times. The new state celebrated the Martyrdom of Jóse Antonio Primo de Rivera and during the Spanish Civil War cultivate fanaticism to encourage martyrs of the King. While the new Royal Spanish State tried to use the expanded Axis Central Powers Gold Trade to archive agricultural self-sufficiency, develop their domestic industry, expand the railroads across their country and improve the overall living standards of the Spanish citizens. While some in this new National Monarchist Spain claimed old possessions of their former globe spanning Empire, like claiming Aragon and other possessions like Corsica and Sardinia, or the Netherlands and Latin America. Such ambitions however needed a strong military and so the Spanish Kingdom had to restart their shipbuilding, to create a Fleet worthy of their King, a new Armada that would once even outmatch the British, German and Japanese Fleets so the Spanish hoped. To do so they asked for German and Italian advise on their new shipbuilding programs. Similar the major Axis Central Powers helped them build up a modern armored corps and air force too. In return the Spanish Kingdom send La Division Azur (Blue Division) as a volunteer force to the Eastern Front in a Crusade against Atheist Anti-Royal Bolshevism and fought with regular parts of their armed forces in Spanish West Africa against the Allied Landings, while hunting Allied convoys in the Atlantic Ocean.
 
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Chapter 704: The Australian Invasion continues
Chapter 704: The Australian Invasion continues

In Northern Australia, the Japanese Army and Navy forces that had landed in Darwin and fortified the nearby islands of Bathurst and Melville had quickly discovered that they were surrounded by dry land and that the rest of Australia was cut of from them too. No room for further expansion or a serious threat of the Allies, so that they would be forced to pull out their forces of New Guinea (Niugini/Niu Gini/ Papua) therefore and so the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy saw their plans failing. To ensure this crippling loss of a Japanese Division could still be turned into a victory, the Japanese, already unable to truly supply and reinforce this force, doubled down on the Australian Invasion plan. With Taikoku reinforces arriving in New Guinea, the Imperial Japanese Army forces there accompanied a larger force of the Imperial Japanese Navy to land in Badu Island, Maduiag Island, Moa Island, Thursday Island, Prince of Wales Island and Cape York further east from Ture Ture in Papua. They hoped that this second landing would convince the Americans and Australians that the East Coast of Australia with the main cities was endangered. While this would spark a rebellion of Australian and New Zealand forces in Africa and the Middle East, returning them home it would not massively improve the Japanese situation in Nuigini, because of the massive American reinforcements that had come onto the massive island by now. Not sitting by and just watching this Imperial Japanese Navy Invasion Force get all the glory. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army send a convoy with a few fresh reinforcements and supplies from Timor to Darwin (six out of these ten ships would be sunk by allied submarines or naval bombers). The Army forces in Darwin confiscated all public vehicles and trains still functional in the town, as well as horses from the local farms, left behind a local garrison and followed the Stuart Highway and the Darwin – Daily Waters Railway down south-east to capture more Australian territory and force the Allies to respond. Capturing Pine Creek, Notmiluk, Katherine, Mataranka and Birdum before finally taking Daily Waters the end of the northwestern transportation extent they faced only minor local resistance by some militia, poise and small Australian Army groups.

Across the whole way with the captured trains and vehicles as well as the Japanese one ones were constantly harassed, shot and bombed by Allied fighters and bombers, inflicting heavy causalities on them, as their already limited vehicles could not be replaced or reinforced in any meaningful way. Therefore any loss, no matter how small truly hurt this Japanese Army forces to a point were mist of their soldiers lacked the transportation or weapons to ensure any meaningful continuation of their trust into the Northern Territory, or even defend what little strip around the railway and highway they had under their control for now. The Imperial Japanese Army meanwhile would not let any of these losses become publicly known, or the fact that their own Invasion in Australia had basically been crippled and shrinking to the point it was no longer truly existing. At the same time the Allies had a hard time reaching and fighting the Japanese in this northern region around Darwin as well as a lack of infrastructure and transportation meant that they could not bring in any large equipment and heavy forces as well. Instead the Allies used planes to bring in infantry and surround the Japanese held positions on all sides, often not even using true airfields but straight, even dirt tracks instead to do so. As a result, the Allies even used some Camels from the Zoo alongside cavalry to further reinforce and supply their local troops, even if airdrops proved to way more efficient and the Camel Corps was stopped again just a few months after the idea had been tested. And while the Japanese supplied for the Dawrin Beachhead had ended by now, Alleid supplies were just starting to come in. In the east at Cape York the situation looked even more dire for the Japanese, as nearby railways from Cooktown, Cairns and Townsville allowed for a quick deployment of overwhelming Allied forces in the region and allow for the massive opposition of the Japanese landing forces before they could reach any significant gain of land. As a result bocht Japanese beachheads in Australia concentrated on building airfields in hopes to fight the harassing allied airplanes and bomb nearby Allied Australian positions, towns and cities with their fresh incoming own fighters and bombers in the future.
 
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Chapter 705: From Naso (National Socialism) to Namo (National Monarchism)
Chapter 705: From Naso (National Socialism) to Namo (National Monarchism)

The most common misconception about National Monarchism/ Fascist Royalism/ and Aristrocratic Syndicalism is the fact that Fascism and Nationalism evolved out of Aristocratic Royalism and Monarchism, not the other way around. Fascism and Nationalism meanwhile similar to Communism were born out of the Syndicalist ideal that arose during the great societal, economic, industrial ethnic and religious changes of the Industrial Revolution. Therefore National Monarchism (Namo) can bee seen as the answer of the Aristocrat ruling class to those changes and revolutions against their rule and established system of state. Beginning with Benito Mussolini the inventor of Fascism and his National Fascist Party in the Kingdom of Italy who outlined the spirit and driving force of fascism, but Mussolini himself had stated that it was more style then substance, that it was unity and action rather then any specific points or party program, clarifying that the only true program the Fascist had was to smash the head of the socialists. Many said this was Mussolini himself was inconsistent, doing whatever fit his goals and hopping to any possible change handed to him, similar to Hitler. Action and outcome to them was more important to them then a certain political dogma that could work today but fail tomorrow. In short it meant that a state and therefore it*'s leadership had to be able to adapt to the situation around it, instead of sticking to a specific political dogma. No specific promises, but a broad vision and what it would take to get there should in their ideals lead a nation forward. The trial and error method where something is done, as long as nothing new could do the job better. Strenght in unity and national symbols was a important core principle to the Fascists, action rather then talking to forge their legal existence, do what had to be done and not limit themselves or their work in any way or form. The state re-envisioned as a machine after the industrial revolution had to run, and the single citizen was just a small gear that could be replaced at any time. Partly these fascists and nationalists used almost religious terms and had a rather spiritual movement as well as a political one to regain the national sense of pride and strength. To preserve their culture and glorify their national unity by including the church in the new state (even if some fascists and nationalists had wished to rather replace it). The fact that the Holy See accepted such treaties was huge news back then and there the main similarities of the fascist nationalist and royal monarchists can be seen, both viewed state and church as tools to further legitimate their own rule and increase their power. Their original opposition of the royal rule soon faded away, not only by Mussolini, who started to back the monarchy as a symbol of national strength and unity. Many fascists and nationalist were supportive to the monarchy in public, but disliked it privately, seeing it as a tool to gain more supporters and own legitimacy only.

Fascist and Nationalist groups and parties therefore had many supporters of aristocratic monarchies and royal ruling classes. These often emphasized more on the unique histories and cultures of the people of their nation, sometimes even their dominant religion, tending to preserve traditional values and often but not always opposing democracy, liberalism and many if not all civil rights that could damage or endanger the national cohesion. Religion often is used as another unifying source and supported as long as it doesn't oppose or contest their own authority and control of power. Unity and the greater good and glory of a nation were their called goals and ideals, meaning that this goals of unity often included control of the economy, the means of production by regulations, restrictions and state guidance, even if said control was not as complete as under the planned economy of the Socialists, Communists and Bolshevist. Their goal was to unify ownership and labor as another means to unite the nation, thereby organizing the economy around industry, forcing both workers and owners to unite behind their industrial codes in the form of corporations, national syndicates, trade unions or others. The economy would remain private, but controlled and guided by the state and therefore national interests and economic independence. It was both a opposition of international finance and borrowing and lending, opposing Capitalism and Communism alike. Outright expansionist wars o imperial aggression were viewed as acceptable by both groups as long as they brought prestige and glory to the state and his rulers and increased their benevolent rule to new territory. However not all National Monarchist or Fascist Royalist states outright attacked their neighbors and expanded into other states and regional territory. Race and racism wasn't a primary concern even if some unwanted ethnic or social groups were sent to penal colonies or fare away from the home, mother and core lands of some of their core territory. Most of them emphases on putting their own people first but made no distinction between race or nationality, rather viewing any loyal subject of their Kings and Emperors as a full citizens. That was mainly because most of these royal monarchies already had a core center of a national ethnic and little to no other races or nationalities inside their governed border regions of their main core empire.

The Netherland Nsb as a example supported the Dutch Empire and were themselves supported by a large number of mixed race people who lived in the Dutch East Indies. For the fascist-nationalists as well as the royal monarchists there was no greater ideological enemy then the internationalists of the communist countries. Because many Jews had been part of the Communist takeover of Russia and others were in the leadership of communist movements like Bela Kun in Hungary, Rosa Luxembourg and the Frankfurt School in Germany, Ludovic-Oscar Frossard in France, Jacques de Kadt in the Netherlands, Ruth Fischer in Austria or Max Goldstein in Romania, other Jews and Jewish groups strongly opposed Communism and Bolshevism, especial after anti-Semitism rose in the Soviet Union too once again under Stalin. Therefore many Jews supported the new National Monarchist and Fascist Royalist movements. This was one of the main reason why most of these regimes still deported their Jewish populations to the Kingdom of Ruthenia or the Jewish Ottoman province of Judea during or after the Second Great War, as they hoped getting rid of such remaining minority groups would further increase their national unity and stability. Some of this opposing ideals and feelings towards each other came from the entrancement of Christianity or Mohammedanism in National Monarchist or Fascist Royalist Ideologies, while at the same time all other religions were opposed as dangerous to the royal nation state and it's unity. Kurt von Schuschnigg helped restore the Habsburg Monarchy with a Catholic State as a more unifying element of their multicultural, multinational royal state. Others like General Ioannis Metaxas were strong royalists already and supported their local Kings and monarchies. Others like the Romanian Iron Guard of Corneliu Zelea Codreanu supported their King Carol II. In Yugoslawia Serbian monarchism and nationalism rose when they were annexed by Austria-Hungary, while the Ustaša of Ante Pavelić supported their own catholic, national monarchist state and kingdom within the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. In Belgium nationalist, coprospist and Catholic renewal groups split between the NSB and the Rexist into a French and Dutch (German) part, but were otherwise not outright racist. The NSB were even split between the followers of Queen Wilhelmina royal government in exile and the new German King.

The British Royal Monarchist Union of Fascist had a similar approach “For King and Country” under Oswald Mosley, wishing to replace the house of lords by a Chamber of Corporations, only later combining both ideas to a new British Empire were the monarchy was restored stronger then ever before. The same was true for France, were the Action supported nationalism, Catholicism, monarchy and integralism, were corporatism was a part of society and were highly suspicious of Jews, Masons, Protestants, Marxists, Socialists, Communists and other leftist elements. They too were split between the Orleonists (the most French faction), the Bourbon (who had claims on the Spanish throne as well but were opposed by the Germans) and the Bonapartists who were later installed as the new ruling monarchy once again. They were opposing of most things post-Revolution and wished the Kingdom and Empire of the French to be restored to absolute power. The Orleonists meanwhile favored capitalism, free markets and other ideas opposed by the French Action, one of the reasons why they were not chosen in the end. It also showed that various royal, monarchic groups were so opposed of one another, that they themselves were another form of separation instead of unity to the nation. At the same time the Catholic Church had a troubling relationship with National Monarchist Movements in Italy, France and Spain, as some of them outright opposed Church authority and influence, while others wished to replace it with their own national churches. In Portugal Antonio de Oliveira Salazar supported a corporatist, nationalist and catholic state, proud of Portugese history and later restored the monarchy by inciting the royal family back to Lisbon. The laws banning the Portuguese Royal Family from the country were ended and Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza was crowned King Duarte II of Portugal supported by the National Union Party, creating a parliamentarian monarchy that fought against independent, partly socialist and communist, as well as coprospist rebels in it's African colonies. Some fascist and nationalist groups had been pro-monarchistic, others were at least been open to the idea, on the condition that doing so would not oppose their own political efforts and vice versa. Nationalism was simply out another form of tribalism, were traditionally a chieftain ruled as a hereditary leader of his people and the story of their bloodlines and their people were greatly interlinked together.

In the end national unity, putting the own people and nation first, traditional values, self-interest policy opposed multi-party democracy and corporatism who seamed to be clashing ideas against a traditional authority. To them liberal state was a facade, a mask lacking any face behind and in opposition to that the monarchistic, royal state was not only a face (quit literally), but also a heaven for all citizens and classes, unlike the democracy or Bolshevism, where the simply minority of a certain party or class would rule the rest of the nation. No the goal of National Monarchism and Fascist Royalism was no such totalitarian state dictatorship, but a authoritarian state that would look after all classes and citizens equally, not favoring or oppressing any world view, but supporting the people, the nation of the state as a whole as he and his royal line represented it and gained legitimacy and power from it. A monarch could not dare to oppress or destroy his people, as without them he would be king of nothing, that was the lesson the french revolution and the industrial revolution had thought the National Monarchists and Fascist Royalists, that was what had transformed and shaped them themselves. Therefore monarchism and traditional authority preserved stability and fairness, no matter with or without political parties, as the economical and societal changes since the two major revolutions had ensured that liberalism and at least somewhat private economics were one of the pillars upon which a strong monarchy was established. It could not hope or believe to oppose anything that gave hope and betterment to the masses and the protection of the nation and the people that was coming along with this ,was in the eyes of National Monarchists/ Fascist Royalists a natural mechanism and survival guarantee for the future.
 
Chapter 706: The Central Pacific Defense Pherimeter
Chapter 706: The Central Pacific Defense Pherimeter

The Japanese strategy in the Central Pacific called for the maintaining of their Co-Prosperity Sphere Region of Defense, the National Defense Zone so that they would maintain the current front lines until they could rebuild their carrier strength for a more offensive operation against Hawaii and Alaska during the next year in 1943. Limitations of fuel at the frontlines heavily limited the current operations, as the Imperial Japanese Navy wished to hold back a reserve for a possible counter of the American Fleet, so that only minor operations could be planned for now. Because of that Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto had a new plan; like during the conquest of the Southern Resource Area, were the Japanese forces had bypassed the Americans on the Philippines and rushed south even if not all Allied forces there had been beaten. The same so Yamamoto could be implemented in the Solomones and New Guinea (Niugini/Niu Gini/ Papua) but their attempt to do so in Australia had nod produced the desired outcome by now. That was the reason that Yamamoto ordered 8 heavy cruisers, 10 light cruiser and 16 destroyers alongside 18 transport ships, to head east from Truck under command of Admiral Nobutake Kondō to assault and capture Howland Island and Baker Island on 14 December 1942. Both islands combined had around 855 acres (1.336 sq mi; 3.46 km²) of uninhabited land, just a little bit more territory then the New York Central Park with it's 805 acres (1.258 sq mi; 3.26 km²). Both islands were volcanoes and the only mining potential would later be found offshore of the islands themselves with phosphates, sand, gravel, and coral, while some phosphorite and guano resources could be found on the island itself, while additionally fishing and deep-sea mining would later become important for Japanese settlers too. Even the coming Japanese garrison would partly live from the fish they cough themselves too.

Before that the Americans had attempted to colonize the island with the help of the American Equatorial Islands Colonization Project, when American colonists arrived upon the USCGC Itasa to both islands in April 1935. A lighthouse and substantial dwellings were build, and they attempted to grow various plants. The settlement was named Meyerton, after Captain H.A. Meyer of the United States Army, who helped establish the camps in 1935. One sad-looking clump of coconut palms was jokingly called King-Doyle Park after two well-known citizens of Hawaii who visited on the Taney in 1938. This clump was the best on the island, planted near a water seep, but the dry climate and seabirds, eager for anything upon which to perch, did not give the trees or shrubs much of a chance to survive. The later population was four American civilians, all of whom were evacuated in 1942 after Japanese air and naval attacks reached the islands. Afterwards the US military occupied the islands and their defense force was planned to arrive on August 1943 alongside the planned campaign at the Gilbert and Marshall Island Campaign. The Japanese Invasion Forces, much to their own surprise, therefore encountered no true resistance, or anyone at all. Therefore the Japanese started building local defenses, landing stages for ships and flying boats alike. The Japanese even build one airfield on each island for their fighters and bombers, so that they alongside Japanese submarines could harass the American supply lines to Australia from Baker Island and Howland Island. They Japanese even attempted to mine these convoy routes and later send further artillery, naval guns and anti-air guns to further increase the defenses of both Howland Island and Baker Island. Meanwhile the Americans after finding out about the Japanese landings here fortified the nearby Phoenix Islands of Arariki and Noriti trying to build their own defenses in the area and prepare for a counter offensive against the nearby Japanese bases and outposts.
 
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Chapter 707: Norway split between both sides

The Kingdom of Norway after the German Invasion was very much like France too split. Important because of it's transport of Swedish Iron Ore to Germany from Narvik, the German Empire established a pro-Axis Central Powers Puppet Government in the Scandinavian countries after two months of fighting to secure them. And while the new government tried to seize control of the Norwegian land, body and mind back at home, making their country a base for Royal German airplanes and ships, operating against Britain, most of the Norwegian Trade and Merchant Navy came under control of the British Empire, who formed Nortraship, a Norwegian Shipping and Trade Mission that would operate around 1,000 vessels and be the largest in the world during most of the Second Great War. Without this additional fleet of Norwegian merchant ships, the Allies would have lost the war much earlier. At the same time the German Empire tried to begin production of heavy water in Norway, but after bomber attacks and commando raids, the German Empire decided to move heavy water supplies to Germany. The Allies even maintained a deception of a planned invasion of Norway. As a result, additional Imperial German forces were held there to repel any attempts, while their newly build up Royal Norwegian Army of the Axis Central Powers for the very same reason had to remain in Norway too and not support other Axis Central Power forces during the Eastern Crusade. Because of this ongoing confusion many Norwegian Sailors died aboard Allied ships sunken by the Germans, French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese, while few others died aboard German controlled ships by the Allies. All things considered it was a massive mess and while there was a declared Government in Exile for Norway, it had not much authority over a few Norwegians outside Norway, as well as the Allied Norwegian Merchant Fleet. This clearly was a great target for the pro-German Royal Government and the Axis Central Powers, who claimed that the Nasjonal Samling Government of Prime Minister Vidkun Quisling and a group of supporters such as Johan Bernhard Hjor.

However despite the Quislingist support and the establishment of a Norwegian Fascist Royalist/National Monarchist “hirdarmy” (Hirden Army), a “hirdmarine” (Hirden navy) and a "Hirdens flykorps" (Hirden's air force corps) and the stationing of 400,000 regular Imperial German soldiers and 800 Imperial German secret police members in Norway, King Haakon VII tried his best to secure democracy and independence. To do so the Nowegian King appointed his own government with Ingolf Elster Christensen as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence and Minister of Labor, Andreas Diesen as Minister of Social Affairs, Gunnar Jahn as Minister of Finance and Customs and Minister of Labor later, Didrik Arup Seip ad Minister of Education and Research, Ole F. Harbek as Minister of Justice, Jens Bache-Wiig as Minister of Trade and Industry and Minister of Supplies as well as Rasmus Mork as Minister of Agriculture. Quislings own unpopularity and political incompetence later lead to his fall from German grace as well. Because of this Norwegians became important members of both the Allies and the Axis Central Powers and many were rewarded with medals and as heroes for both sides. Still the vast majority of Norwegians remained inside their National Monarchist Kingdom inside the Axis Central Powers, even if they managed to hold onto their democracy, independence and autonomy for quit some time until after the Second Great War. Several hundred Norwegians would also kileld or captured outside of the Northern Sea and the Atlantic Ocean inside the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean by the Japanese or other members of their Co-Prosperity Sphere. While some might thing that the members of the Axis Central Power Nations in these circumstance were safe the opposite was often true. To many Coprospist they too were just European Imperial Colonialist Dogs and Pigs, even if Norwegian Colonies not only mainly were all gone by now, but they even never had ones in Asia to begin with.
 
Chapter 708: Lessons Learned at Midway: IJN Flying Boats, Flying Tanks and Cruiser Submarines
Chapter 708: Lessons Learned at Midway: IJN Flying Boats, Flying Tanks and Cruiser Submarines

After the disaster at Midway and their heavy losses, Japanese and Co-Prosperity Sphere overal Planning changed. New ideas from Korean, Yan, Han and Tai Generals and Admirals was put into consideration. Inspired by the French cruiser submarine Surcouf of the French Navy named after the French privateer Robert Surcouf, as well as the British Royal Navy HM Submarine X1submersive commerce raider. Both submarine cruisers had been inspired by original German plans for a uncompleted 2,000 ton U-cruiser (U-Kreuzer). The Japanese got their hand to one of these old German plans. Therefore the Japanese incorporated the design into their own plans for the Sentoku type submarine (潜特型潜水艦, Sen-Toku-gata sensuikan, Submarine Special), shortened Toku-gata Sensuikan (特型潜水艦, Special Type Submarine) that would become the biggest submarines to ever be build until the 1950ies when the Japanese outdid their previous build ships with new ballistic missile submarines, battleship submarines and carrier submarine ones. Designer to travel anywhere in the world and return, the first of their kind, the original planned 24 boats of the I-400 class 12 were planned as carrier submarines and the other half as battleship submarines, similar to the cruiser submarine. Part of them would be outfitted with the guns of channeled Cruisers, Destroyers and Battleships that would be converted to carriers or hybrid-/half-carriers, while the rest of these unused guns was meant to strengthen island defenses of the Japanese Empire. Additionally to their airplanes and naval guns, all of the I-400 class still carried torpedoes for close combat. Designed alongside the submarine transports and submarine fuel tankers, this new classes of Imperial Japanese Submarines would not be the only new designs the Empire of the Rising Sun came up with.


Another invention was the Ku-Ro Special Number 3 Light Tank, that was designed to be transported by Gliders such as the Kokusai Ku-8, that already transported the Type 94 and Type 94 75mm mountain guns. But they lacked the mobility and anti-tank capabilities required by Japan's paratroopers, so the Armoured Army Headquarters (army aviation headquarters) and the Fourth Army Institute of Technology worked together to find a solution. In 1943 they had come up with the new tank who'se weight was reduced from 7.2 tons to 2.9 tons and the crew was brought down from 3 to 2.Light tank Ku-Ro would have the commander sitting in the turret and acted as both gunner and loader. The driver's position was located in the chassis. The turret was rear-mounted and housed the tank's only weapon was a Type 100 37 mm tank gun, the same used by the Ke-Ni. There was no coaxial or hull mounted machine gun. Other even lighter, more anti-infantry versions mount either a flamethrower or 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gun in place of the tank's 37 mm gun. The glider developed for the Ku-Ro was the Maeda Ku-6 a 700 kg twin boom craft that was specially designed to fit the tank. When mounted in the Ku-6 glider, the Ku-Ro had a wingspan of 22 m, a length of 12.8 m and a total weight of 4.2 tons. The glider was designed to be towed behind a Mitsubishi Ki-21 medium bomber. The tracks of the tank were unable to match Ki-21's take-off and landing speeds and since taking-off and landing would cause a great amount of damage from friction to the tracks, a pair of detachable skis were made part of the glider. The glider, after being launched and landing could quickly be disassembled and removed from the Ku-Ro tank. Later versions were therefore planned to be carried by the the Kawanishi H11K and the Nakajima Crane (Tsuru 鶴) a Japanese version of the German Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant ("Giant") that was designed to transport trucks, transports as well as canons, artillery, light tanks and even some Japanese medium tanks. The new tanks, gliders and transports were the main reason, why the Japanese Paratroopers (the 日本海軍空挺部隊, Nippon kaigun kūtei butai), part of the Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF or Rikusentai) became interesting for the Army once again, now that they could transport heavy equipment and tanks.


At the same time the Kawanishi and Nakajima Zaibatzu had been tasked with supporting their overall rebuilding program of the navy in the air. Part of this program was not only battle carrier hybrids, but also the so called Wokou program, where the Imperial Jjapanese Navy tried to upgrade civil merchant vessel looking ships to seaplane and midget-submarine tenders, that would be able to patrol, search, and hunt to devastate even larger areas of the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, by serving as tenders and transports for seaplanes and midget-submarines with torpedoes to massively increase their range and are of operation, even behind enemy lines. Other civil merchant vessels were planned to be upgraded into blockade runners and armed merchant raiders, disguising themselves as the civil, non-combat merchant vessels. The ideas to support the Imperial Japanese Navy often included boosting the plans of Admiral Yamamoto's defense by the combining the mobile Imperial Japanese Navy with supporting island bases for Imperial Japanese Navy ships and air forces, where in a comparison by Yamamoto, the islands were the Wakizashi (short sword), while the Imperial Japanese Navy was the Daito (long sword) of the Japanese State (Samurai). This already massive Imperial Japanese Navy plans involved the Kawanishi K-200, another plan for the Pacific Bomber that should reach America. Another project the Kawanishi KX-03 was even planned as a flying boat with a overall length of162m, a span of 180m and a height of 35.4m. With 500 planned tons it was clear that this truly was a flying boat that was planned to have a range of 18,520 km and could carry around 800 to 900 soldiers with normal equipment as well as heavy equipment up to tanks itself. Other variations of the massive plane called for it to carry a huge bomb load to the American Pacific Coast or Pacific bases and ships, or even function as a carrier plane for smaller fighters and bombers to carry them over wast distances.
 
Chapter 709: From Aztlan to Mexico, the Second Christero War
Chapter 709: From Aztlan to Mexico, the Second Christero War

During the Second Great War Mexico entered into the conflict against the Axis Central Powers on 22 May 1942, after German submarine U-564 had attacked a seized Italian tanker on 13 Mai 1942, killing 13 of the 35 crewman. On 20 May 1942 a second tanker the Faja de Oro another seized Italian ship was attacked, killing ten of 37 crewman. Economical pressure from the United States played a important role too, but the overall Mexican involvement in the war would be the sending of Mexican Air Force's Escuadrón Aéreo de Pelea 201 (201st Fighter Squadron, the Aztec Eagles), a group that consisted of more than 300 volunteers, who trained in the United States to fight against Imperial Japan. It was the first Mexican military unit trained for overseas combat and had seen combat in the Philippines against Imperial Japan. In addition to those in the armed forces, tens of thousands of Mexican men were hired as farm workers in the United States during the war years through the Bracero Program that gave the opportunity for many Mexicans to work in the US in support of the war effort. This also granted them an opportunity to gain US citizenship by enlisting in the military. The Second Great War also initially sparked an era of rapid industrialization known as the Mexican Miracle. Mexico supplied the United States with more strategic raw materials than any other country, and American aid spurred the growth of industry. President Manuel Ávila Camacho who had been in office since 1940, was able to use the increased revenue to improve the country's credit, invest in infrastructure, subsidize food, and raise wages. He had before participated in the Mexican Revolution and achieved a high rank, he came to the presidency of Mexico because of his direct connection to General Lázaro Cárdenas (who had ruled the country before him), as a right-hand man, serving as his Chief of his General Staff during the Mexican Revolution and afterwards. He was called affectionately by Mexicans "The Gentleman President" ("El Presidente Caballero"). As president, he pursued "national policies of unity, adjustment, and moderation." His administration completed the transition from military to civilian leadership, ended confrontational anticlericalism that had split state and church since the Constitution of 1917 (and sparked the Cristero Rebellion in the 1920ies to enforce secular, atheist laws), reversed the push for socialist education, and restored a working relationship with the United States during the Second Great War. As a professed Catholic he said, "I am a believer".

Still all wasn't well in Mexico and the land and society still was split between Christero Clericalist and Socilist Atheist groups, as well as between the Allies, the Axis Central Powers and the Co-Prosperity Sphere. The fact that the Americans exported so many Mexican resources was not popular, especially since it partly had been American economic and political pressure that had forced Mexico into the war. Mexico only recently has had turbulent times and most of it's leaders had come out of the military, but regional stongmen (caciques and caudillos) had gained some influence and control because of this too, rising private militias and opposing a professional, centralized army, giving some regions still very rebellious tendencies. Some claimed the government abused it's powers, made Mexico a colony of Imperial American interest and allowed the 'roboluncionarios', robber-revolutionaries that formed the government to enrich themselves from the Mexican people by exploiting Mexico to foreign companies and interests.

In opposition to this was the politician and leading synarchist of Mexico; Salvador Abascal, the leader of the National Synarchist Union (Spanish: Unión Nacional Sinarquista, UNS) , who also represented the orthodox Catholic tendency within the movement. Seeing a opportunity the Axis Central Powers aided him with propaganda, finances and even some equipment, while the UNS allied with other groups and militias, like the Knights of Christus, the Legion of Christ, the Gold Shirts and the Green Shirts to pressure the government for pro-Catholic politics and a neutral Mexico. Falangist Veterans from the Spanish Civil War helped build up their local militias and armed forces and soon the Catholic Mexico rose in a Revanchist Revolution (the 2nd Christero War) against left leaning government. Their goal was to make Mexico a Catholic State once more and some elements at least were National Monarchist, aiming for a new Mexican Empire. Wherever they took control, Social Catholic Synerchism ruled the towns and cities, Church Schools were established in new Synarchist Communes and the Cristero Guard and Synarchist Youth forced the Nationalisation of the Industries, the Control the Unions and Corportism. They called for a Reconquista of Mexico from foreign influence and anti-catholic tendencies, forced captured prisoners in work camps and under the banner of Hispanidad sought close relations with the rest of Latin America and the Spanish World.

They were partly supported by the Mexican Japanese Community who numbered around 6,000 and while smaller then that of the United States (285,000), Brazil (205,000), Canada (22,000) and Peru (18,000) had common intermarriage, breaking down ethnic and cultural barriers over generations, at least until the Second Great War. Most of these Japanese were forced out of Pacific Coast such as Baja California, Sinaloa and Chiapas, as well as the Mexican-American border further inland in fear of Japanese spies and sabotage that worked as a fifth column for the Japanese Empire and the Co-Prosperity Sphere. While nearly none of them openly supported the Empire and the Sphere at first, some had Coprospist ideals and ideology that only grew once innocent families were forced out of their homes. Therefore many Mexican Japanese joined the UNS and sided with them during the 2nd Christero War. Until 1944 the UNS would control most of Mexico and officially switch sides to the Axis Central Powers, declaring itself to be neutral between them and the Co-Prosperity Sphere while denouncing all allegiances to the Allies. Under them relocated Japanese people were allowed to return to their former homes and retake possession of their property, something that greatly helped this new Mexican relations with the Japanese Empire. During the 2nd Christero War, the Americans would officially send troops to support the government (forces that they then missed in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific), while remaining to do so even after the Second Great War. At the same time, the Axis Central Powers of France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria-Hungary and even Japan would send their own volunteer and expeditionary forces after the Second Great War to Mexico, to quickly help the UNS gain control over all of Royal Nation State.

(Mexico 1943, 1944 and 1945)
 
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Chapter 710: Far Eastern Front Trench Warfare
Chapter 710: Far Eastern Front Trench Warfare

In Siberia the clash between the Soviet Union, the Mongolian People's Republic in opposition to the Japanese, Manchurian, Mengjiang and Yankoku forces of the Co-Prosperity Sphere. The Japanese had put around 2,000,000 of their overall 5,500,000 soldiers during the war to the Siberian frontline and around 534,380 Japanese would die in Siberia. Their Soviet enemies lost around 790,370 soldiers of his roughly 1,500,000 frontline forces during the fights against the Japanese led Co-Prosperity Sphere. Overall roughly two out of five Japanese soldiers (including Imperial Armored Samurai elite soldiers) would serve in Siberia throughout the Second Great War. Those who did would experience the horrors of the Western Front in the First Great War all over again. Trench warfare, well fortified enemy positions and the use of biological and chemical weapons occurred on both sides. The Japanese would use as many forces on the front then they had used for their initial Southern Expansion against South-East Asia combined. True the same among of forces had once again been prepared as reserves to guard and secure these conquered regions behind this main invasion forces, as well as help train local militias and Co-Prosperity Sphere armies, but they did not operate together. This meant that Siberia had the greatest concentration of Japanese Army Forces in the overall Second Great War, even bigger then the around 1,000,000 “expeditionary forces” the Japanese deployed in Mengjiang, Yankoku, National Han China and Taikoku against the Chinese United Front. This meant that the Japanese Garrisons of the Home Islands (that included Farmosa/ Taiwan, Karafuto and the Bonin Islands) were the only place to have truly more Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy forces, but this included garrison forces and freshly trained recruits as well. Compared to this the Japanese Navy and Japanese Army forces in the Pacific looked rather small in comparison, with only a few divisons and local small “armies” guarding certain islands or island chains. Only New Guinea (Niugini/Niu Gini/ Papua) and Burma/ India had the similar amount of Japanese forces and soldiers (as well as causalities) in such masses and were main areas of continued fighting and battle.

Like anywhere in the Co-Prosperity Sphere, the armies of the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere allies and auxiliary forces fought on the side of their Japanese comrades. Like in the First Russian-Japanese War, this Second Russian-Japanese War, or Soviet Union-Co-Prosperity Sphere War proved once again that the much shorter Japanese supply and reinforcement lines (that also had a much bigger and better overall infrastructure in the Manchurian-Mengjiang region as a whole) were the key to their earlier advances and victories. The Russian trans-Siberian railroad was crumbling on the need of the supplied Red Army and Mongolian People's Army of the Far East Theatre, where they had to support around 2 million Comintern soldiers and the additional population of roughtly 6,000,000 of the around 8,400,000 citizens, as most of the Russians and Ukrainians who had previously settled there had fleet northwards into Siberia to escape the Co-Prosperity Sphere Armies. Now stranded in mostly frozen lands unfit for farming, the suffering of those civilians was immensely, as Stalin prioritized his Red Army massively over the civilians, who were often forced into camps where they had some form of shelter, but not much food. The Situation was made even worse, when the Japanese and Manchu forced all European Russians out of their conquered lands that were annexed by Japan (Karafuto) or Manchuria (Far East) respectively. Another problem was the frozen landscape itself and some soldiers froze to death when they tried to escape their bunkers, fortified positions and trenches during biological, or chemical attacks. This Siberian Hell would after the Second Great War even become worse, when the Co-Prosperity Sphere forces stopped in their advance at the border they agreed upon with the Russian Empire and the remnants of the Red Army established Siberian warlord states in the overall region that fought each other as well as the Imperial Russian Army.
 
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