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The King Fish must rule for the good of the workers and the farmers.
War Plan White
America was supposed to be the land of freedom, land of democracy, but on August 20th it wasn't anymore. Using of his political machine, President Huey Long packed the Supreme Court, 6 new Hardline Longists were now tipping the balance in favor of the President, giving a blank cheque for his increasingly authoritarian executive orders. Using his "War Chest", Long brought deputies and senators left and right, making a base controlling up to 45% of the congress. Something had to be done.
A conspiracy had been unfolding from the moment that Long announced his candidacy, Charles Lindbergh, General Douglas MacArthur, General George van Horn Moseley, Henry Ford, and the Klan leader Stephenson, created a plan called "War Plan White". It was a plot to launch a coup d'etat against Huey Long and make Lindbergh President, plotting an assassination attempt followed by the military invasion of the White House and arrest of his Cabinet and Vice-President Olson. It was to happen on the 21st, but the discovery of the plot by the FBI put the plan into action.
9:12 AM, Washington, White House.
President Long was having his usual breakfast, today he was going to send another bill to congress, it was for the creation of a Industrial recovery administration, Quentin's old plan for... Industrial Recovery. He was calm, he knew that the bill would either pass with a few tricks or he would force it with his pen. "All for the good of the people." He thought, until he was rudely interrupted by an explosion.
9:14 AM, Washington, White House.
The explosion woke up the dead, when the guards rushed into the room, finding the President in the corner, knocked unconscious by the shockwave and thrown against the wall. Seeing his pulse, he had no heart beating, his chief security ordered him rushed into a Hospital.
9:20 AM, Washington, Pensyilvannia Av.
It wasn't a coincidence, a Klan rally of over 50,000 members was happening at that moment. The explosion and incapacitation of the POTUS caused panic, most of them fled the scene and dispersed across the city. But a small group of 500 armed Klansmen marched in a military fashion to the White House, overwhelming the defenses of the building and taking control of it. It was revealed that Stephenson himself was leading these men, declaring Huey Long dead to the people of Washington.
9:40, Washington, US Capitol.
Next step was the legitimacy, Charles Lindbergh introduced a vote, calling the impeachment of Floyd Olson, accusing him of conspiring with the KKK to overthrow Huey Long. His lack of proof was evident, but what encouraged the congressmen wasn't the questionable legality of this action or their own hatred of Long, but the presence of army troops and Klansmen that were guarding them.
9:47 AM, Somewhere south of Washington
The plan was going smoothly, the voting continued with no Nay votes yet, the Klan held the White House and its staff as hostages. But no one found Long's body or Floyd Olson, Moseley was starting to get worried that Long may have survived, he was sending men to every Hospital of the city, until he saw a man rushing into his room. Bringing a telegram of Lieutenant Miller that his lifeless body was found the way to a hospital. General Moseley was relieved, he asked to see the body and then despaired, that man wasn't Huey Long.
9:50 AM, Baltimore, Maryland
The President was warned by the FBI of the incoming coup attempt a few hours before it happened. He fled the city at the middle of the night, stealthily avoiding attention by going in a common car and before his staff (other than a few securities of his trust) heading to the Governor's house. He heard the news of what was happening in Washington, he just turned to the man at his side. "It is time, General, it's your time to save America." "What about you, sir ?" "I will call the people."
11:39 AM, Washington, US Capitol
The vote was smooth, Half the deputies voted and there was not a single vote against it. Lindbergh was scared on just how smooth the process was, and he was now thinking on how to deal with the Klan and the Generals once he became POTUS. Until he heard the sound of a plane, then two, then at least a dozen, then several squadrons and his heart sunk, he didn't recall anyone in the Airforce in the plot.
11:57 AM, Washington, Skies above the city.
Curtis' Squadron was spearheading the attack, he was briefed by Patton that a enemy conspiracy was taking Washington and he called his wingmen in the new P-36 aircraft, a plane much superior to the previous P-26. He was surprised that he found no aerial resistance, it seemed like the enemy didn't bother to recruit anyone in the airforce, they would Pay for that mistake. He and his men went for the White House, blasting a group of hooded men with Machine Guns, the battle for Washington had begun.
12:38 AM, Washington, 4 miles from the White House
Patton's 2nd Armored Division clashed with the coupists. The new M-2 tanks were superior to anything their enemies could have, the new models with support of Air attacks and infantry waves proved to Patton that his combined arms attack could overwhelm any defenses, or at least makeshift barricades. The coupist forces were being pushed back from all sides, when Moseley called for MacArthur by phone. "General macArthur, where are you ? We need your reinforcements, Patton is outnumbering and outgunning our forces !" MacArthur calmly replied, "I think you should turn on your radio."
12:40 AM, Baltimore, Radio Station
"My fellow Americans, I am talking to you from a radio station in the outskirts of Baltimore, to tell you. A coup was orchestrated by Ultranationalist forces in our country, Washington is a battlefield now. All I did was to help the people, this nation was built on the sacred idea of liberty and equality, and now these are being threatened by a clique of military generals and KKK members. So I call every American to make the Second amendment be worth the paper it was written, and save American Freedom and Democracy from its extinction." That moment Moseley turned his radio off, with MacArthur not coming and the vote ended after the Capitol was hit by a bomb, it was over.
15:33 PM, Somewhere south of Washington
The Battle would rage a few hours more, The 2nd Division and groups of militias finally pushed the coupists back, and the White House was retaken, Lindbergh was arrested and Stephenson fled, there was only one thing left to do. General Moseley pulled the trigger as he heard the enemy forces closing in his room in the bunker, he wouldn't leave the satisfaction to the enemy. It was over now, it was Long's America now, and he didn't want to live on it. The Coup failed, and now Huey Long would deal with his enemies.
Welcome to Longmerica
After the coup attempt on the 20th of August, Long received a blank cheque to destroy his opposition. After a day of mourning for the killed in the battle of Washington, Long unleashed the FBI over several opponents including even the Justices of the Supreme Court (The so-called 4 horsemen that formed the Conservative resistance against Long and struck down many of his acts). Generals, Congressmen, KKK, none were safe from J. Edgar Hoover's legions. Arresting people even remotely associated with the plot, or that Long believed them to be like the Governor of Ohio. Long declared Martial Law, putting all those that tried to sabotage the necessary changes of America in jail.
In the FBI archives he found a way to give a death blow in the Klan, the Klan leader Stephenson was in the list of "untouchable" of the FBI, until now. Huey Long used a secret case that was hidden, involving Stephenson's rape and murder of several women in Indiana, some of them teenagers. Long exclaimed "We got him", releasing the files to the Media and spreading it across the nation. Even the Klan members were horrified by their leader's actions, Stephenson tried to deny it as Longist propaganda, but the sheer amount of evidence made the claim undisputable for even KKK members. Stephenson was arrested by the FBI, sentenced for life imprisionment, Klan membership would go downhill from there as other crimes were exposed, many didn't want to associate themselves with "Rapists that tried to overthrow the President". That would be the downfall of the Second Klan.
Long filled the officer corps with Generals loyal to him, and with that assured, he arrested over a hundred congressmen, all vocal opposition members. With the remaining congressmen, Long approved 3 Constitutional ammendments: Ending Prohibition, Allowing the government to arrest someone for "Threatening the American Way of Life", and securing several Social security policies like Pensions and Minimum wage. Thanks for Long's Political Machine and the disorganization of the opposition, his policies were approved, the 22th amendment (the second one) was made sufficiently ambiguous to arrest anyone expressing opposition against Long.
Newspapers and radio stations started to suffer the censorship of the new "Committee of American Social Order" (CASO), headed by Eugene McCarthy, a radical anti-Pelletist and converted Long supporter. The committee was tasked to create a police state in America, arresting or exiling Long oppositors. The Committee had extrajudicial powers, superior even to the Supreme Court and answering only to the POTUS. By 1938, The American government was a de facto dictatorship, elections were still allowed but the lack of term limits, gerrymandering, and Long's popularity amongst workers assured his eternal reelection.
((Eugene McCarthy, Chief of the "CASO"))
Long's new order started to go in a crusade against Long's enemies, Ford and several other industrials that were part of the conspiracy, including the Standard Oil, were arrested and had their Industries nationalized. Trade Unions had a general reorganization, private ones being banned and instead it was created the "American Union of Workers" (AUW) as a Central State Union for American workers. Many bosses of the old Unions were arrested as "Pelletists" for calling for a revolution. The next target were the rich, Wealthy taxes were raised, a tax on mansions, wine, and jewels was created. That money would be used to feed Long's programs. Long also opposed the Klan and other white supremacist organizations, he said "Both the whites and blacks deserve their fair share." He included blacks on several government programs and opposed segregation in southern states, but not going as far as giving equal rights just yet.
Name: Sir Alfonso Ferrero
Home: London, the UK (in exile)
DOB: June 5, 1894
Politic: Constitutionalist, Democratic Pelletist
Description: a skilled Marksman, he was knighted due to his actions during battle of Milan, saving 12 wounded soldiers. after the war, he initially leaned towards Pelletism, but after disagreements due to Bordiga wanting revolution while Ferrero prefering electoral means, he chose exile to Tunis. there, he reconnected with his old friends, Ignatius, and Alfonso Ferrero. he was elected to chamber of deputies in 1928, he became a leader of Italian labour party. after D' Annunzio overthrew King Umberto, he fled to london with him.
Name: Spada Paladino
Home: London, the UK (in exile)
DOB: June 5, 1891
Politic: Constitutional Monarchist, Conservative democrat
Description: After graduating from Military Academy, Spada Palladino served with Prince Umberto during World War. he rose up to his ranks in the military until he became general in 1928. he escaped when D'Annunzio couped the government with Spada Paladino ,Ignatius Da Savoy and King Umberto as he was one of targets during the coup.
Name: Herbert Samuel
home: Liverpool, UK
Politic: Constitutional Monarchist, Liberal
Background: born into Jewish background, he was elected to Parliament in Cleveland By-election in 1905, as a Liberal party candidate. he put a motion for granting woman suffrage and eligibility to run for MP in 1922, which passed by 249 to 100. he became a leader of liberal party in 1929. he also served as home secretary under prime minister Stanley Baldwin from 1926 to 1928.
Name: Ignatius Da Savoy
DOB: June 5, 1893
Home: London, the UK (in exile)
Politic: Constitunal Monarchist,Liberal Democrat.
Description: born into a noble family, he was a close friend of Umberto, he was known for trips with him. after he studied to become a deplomat, he rose up within the ranks of foreign ministry until he was elected to chamber of deputies in 1921, becoming leader of Liberal Democratic Party in 1925. After D'Annunzio overthrew Umberto, he escaped tunisia with king umberto, general Alfonso Ferrero, and war hero Alfoso Ferrero to britain, where they formed a government in exile.
Name: Amelia Earhart
Home: London, UK (in exile)
Description: she earned pilot's license in 1920, she became an aviation pioneer. after becoming member of american Aeronautical Society in 1926, she became first woman to cross the atlantic in 1929. and she also became first woman to solo across atlantic in 1931. When she began her flight around the world with Fredrick Noonan in 1937, it turned into flight of exile as Huey long took power.
Home: Johann von Hohenzollern
Age: 27 (1935)
Home: Berlin, Germany
Politics: Moderate, constitutional monarchist
Background: John von Hohenzollern is the first-born son of Crown Prince Wilhelm Rudolf von Hohenzollern and his wife Princess Leonora. He takes mainly from his mother in his physical appearance but is similar to his father in terms of personality. In addition, he is amongst the members of a small but vocal faction in the German military calling for more usage of more advanced tactics like more usage of war trucks and airplanes, mechanization of the military, and so forth along with Heinz Guderian, Erwin Rommel, and Erich von Manstein.
Home: Arnould Daviault
Age: 49 (1937)
Home: Montreal, Canada
Politics: Democratic Pelletist and Canadian Nationalist
Background: Arnould Daviault, hailing from a modest lower middle-class family of shopkeepers in Montreal, is the current President of Canada after Canadian elections in 1934 led to the Canadian People's Party, a fusion of smaller "agrarian populist" and Democratic Pelletist parties, winning a landslide victory due to the failure of President Bennett of Canada to handle the Great Depression. As President of Canada, he has pursued many policies meant to boost the Canadian economy via state involvement in the economic reconstruction of Canada. He is also a staunch Canadian nationalist who as part of his program of reconstructing the Canadian economy has built up the Canadian military as well.
Could have at least called him Johann
Edited that in.
Name: Alejandro Sarmiento
Home: Batangas, the Philippines
Age: 46 (1935)
Politics: Apolitical Filipino Nationalist
Background: Admiral Alejandro Sarmiento is amongst the "rising stars" of the Filipino Navy, having joined the Imperial Filipino Navy during the Great War and quickly distinguishing himself during the Battle of the Spratly Islands with his bravery in said battle. After the war, he gradually rose through the ranks of the Imperial Filipino Navy and took an interest in new naval technology, which led to him seeing the aircraft carrier as the "capital ship of the future". Despite his superiors initially refusing to consider his proposals/ideas, they eventually relented in 1926 with the conversion of the Steelcruisers Lapu-Lapu and Diego Silang to aircraft carriers on the slips, which was followed by the first purpose-built Filipino carrier, the Palaris, a 10,000 ton ship in 1931, which was followed by the Pedro Almazan of 1935, a 19,000 ton carrier.
Name: Arthur Michaux
Home: Calais, France
Age: 53 (1935)
Politics: Conservative Nationalist
Background: Arthur Michaux rose from humble working-class beginnings from a family of fishermen to become one of France's main naval figures due to his heroism in the naval battles of the Great War earning him distinction and leading to him staying in the Kingdom's navy after the war. Despite his ambivalence towards National Unitarianism and its crazier aspects, he tacitly supports them out of a feeling that they have enabled France to become a major power again. As the Commander-in-Chief of the French Navy's surface fleet, Arthur Michaux often clashes with Francois Darlan, Chief of Staff of the French Navy, over the course of French Navy's surface fleet with Michaux pushing for more carriers as part of a Nouveau Jeune Ecole and Darlan pushing for steelships with the French Navy currently having 2 steelcruisers and three aircraft carriers.
The Hitler way of Politics
The German Empire during the Hitler Chancellorship is subject to many different views depending on who you ask. Some claim that it was a quasi-dictatorship not different on the rule by the Military staff in the Great War, others claim that despite Hitler's authoritarian leanings, his government is considered the zenith of Germany and his relationship with the Kaiser was similar to that of Otto von Bismarck and Wilhelm I or Frederick von Bismarck and Heinrich I. Some economists say that without Hitler's decisive intervention on the economical affairs, the Depression would drag for maybe a decade in the entirety of the Reichspakt. His government initially saw the dominance of the DKP during the 1920s, with the Party being hit by the depression and Hitler getting forced to negotiate and balance these new parties as to prevent them from growing too powerful.
In the Conservative era, Hitler led a coalition of the Catholic Zettrum, the Junker DKP, and the Nationalistic DNVP. The 1920s in Germany saw suppression of Pelletists, Czech Separatists, and female suffragists. But things started to get interesting in the 1930s, during the hardships of the depression, when the Novaists and the Weissists showed up.
Novaism was a strange creature created by Gunther Westermann, combining Democratic Pelletism with a radical social progressivism. It managed to get 10% of the Reichstag during the height of the depression in the 1930 elections. They became close associates with the SPD, but their radical ideas would make it an irrelevant party at the same rate it rose.
Weissism was another beast: It was created by the new head of the Weiss Industries, Frederick Weiss, after his sister was fired by the company shareholders and arrested by the German police due to suspicions of homosexuality (Which was a crime until Heinrich I's reign and was latter reintroduced by Hitler). Many historians claim that she was either set up by the Krupp industries or his own brother. Weissism was a radical interpretation of Adam Smith's Liberalism, believing that government intervention on economical affairs made by Hitler's government caused the Depression. It advocated for the end of corporate taxes, environmental and industrial regulations, it also demanded increased powers to State governments, cutting back workers' rights and Syndicate powers. While it didn't get good electoral results, Weissist supporters inside Hitler's government, like Albert Speer (Minister of Cities), held great sway on the Chancellor.
(Hitler and Speer looking at one of Speer's project buildings)
Hitler's coalition suffered a massive electoral defeat in 1930, holding just a small majority in the Reichstag over the SPD. Between 1930 and 1933, Hitler had to compromise for most of his proposals. That was the moment he had to deal with the Czech separatism. Ever since the Unification, the Czech minority was subject to increased attempts of Germanization, especially in the Sudetes. Which increased the resentment of the locals against German rule, causing terror attacks and unrest especially during the Great War and the early 1930s. It is said that a revolt was being planned for 1915, and it was days away from starting when Petrograd was destroyed. Now the Czechs were protesting for autonomy, end of the Germanization, and election of local Czech representatives for a State government. Instead Hitler sent Reinhard Heydrich, a War Veteran of the German navy that was discharged after an injury at the Battle of the English Channel, Heydrich entered in State administration and caught the Chancellor's attention due to his ruthless efficiency and pragmatism. Hitler now designed him as Governor of Bohemia, with the task of ending Czech rebelliousness, which he carried out as usual.
Heydrich declared Martial Law immediately when he arrived on the 1st of March of 1931, sending army and paramilitary units to disperse the protesters by gunpoint. Press censorship closed down over a hundred newspapers and radio stations, and known oppositors of the government were arrested. Heydrich also improved the life of the Czech workers, supporting worker's laws and implementing Savinkov's corporativism to mediate better deals between Unions and Corporations. On the other hand, he used the Martial Law to impose extra-judicial killings of several terrorists and their families, his method involved retaliation killings: If one German was killed by a Czech, 3 random Czechs were killed in his place, if one family member becomes a terrorist, the whole family is arrested. And it worked, Czech radicals were silenced, crime was the lowest in the entire Reich, and not a single protest or strike was made.
Hitler's government was attacked by the SPD for the brutal actions in Bohemia, some even called for the prision of Heydrich and resignation of Hitler, comparing those actions to the French domination of Catalonia in the 19th Century. But those screams fell on deaf ears: Most of the Germans were indifferent at best with the Czech situation, some even applauding Heydrich's efficiency in "putting them back at their place". And without the Bohemian votes thanks for the Martial Law, and the economical recovery, Hitler's coalition won a victory, gaining back several seats. As 1935 approached, Hitler would have to turn on foreign politics as Delacroix started to make his moves.
Name: Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque
Home: Belloy-Saint-Léonard, Somme
Age: 33 (1935)
Politic: National Catholic
Background: Philippe Hauteclocque is a scion from a noble family, he's Catholic and nationalist, after the defeat of his country he decided to study everything that would allow him to become a great military commander, with success since he climbed the rank of French army, he's a former member of the National Unitarians but leave them because of their authoritarian drift.
Name: Henri Giraud
Home: Dijon, France
Background: Born from an Alsatian family, he leads a regiment of colonial troops during the last war, captured by the German army during the world war, he managed to escape from one of their hospitals join back his troops and lead them again. He helped the French Algeria army, during a conflict against the local population to test new strategies before coming back to France.
Name: Didier Lefebvre
Home: Normandie, France
Age: 38 (1935)
Politics: National Unitarian
Background: Didier Lefebvre, former student of Charles Maurras and fan of history, he lied on his age and volunteered to join the world war, he never accepted the defeat of his country and put the blame on corrupted people, jewish the Catalan, and the French decadence. He wants to purify France of these defects to return to the Frankish origins of his country.
Name: Baron von Wien
Home: Paris, France
Age: 38 (1935)
Politics: National Unitarian
Background: Few know his true name, according to legend it's a former German catholic aviator and an ace of aces, disgusted by the German decadence after the war, the Protestantism religion and the rise of Weiss party. Von Wien leave the country to join Edouard Delacroix, and would give him many useful advice concerning the reorganisation of the French aviation, allowing him to climb the rank. He's currently Director General of Aviation.
In 1932, Edouard declared that the victorious powers of the Great War were "Glass Gigants", they seemed mighty and powerful, but would easily be knocked out by even a small rock. On the next year he declared the Treaty of Berlin dead, claiming that the bonds that held the Frankish Empire back were broken. He had already broken the treaty when the army started to Be rapidly expanded and modernized, a surface fleet was raised, and the Air Force Modernized. It was time to put them into test, in 1935, the Frankish Empire would take back their rightful place as one of Europe's leading powers.
Ever since the takeover of Delacroix's regime in Paris, Britanny was a nation desiring to join it, but prevented by their King and British troops. Baldwin's government started Austerity measures to fight the depression in 1933, which included a cut in military spending. Britanny was seen as a burden that costed millions to sustain and was held for sake of Prestige only. And in 1935, the local National Unitarian party decided to act.
With the British Garrison cut back and the depression continuing to worsen, the King's popularity was in a all-time low for both the people and the local militias. On the 16th of February of 1935, the people went to protest in Nantes for jobs, the numbers increased along the day and by the 18th, there was over a hundred thousand protesters. Using the opportunity, the National Unitarians organized a March in Nantes, where they were saluted by the people and the local police. British troops made their stand outside of the Royal Palace, a deadly stalemate started, and the King fleed, fearing for his life. With the King gone, British troops received orders of London to evacuate, and on the 21st of February, Frankish troops entered Britanny.
((Border checkpoint being removed))
Prime Minister Baldwin and Chancellor Hitler sent protest letters, but not much more than that. Baldwin understood that there was little that could be done to take back Britanny, and he secretly was grateful that the rebel region was gone. While Hitler did not desire to start a war for a British protectorate, instead he thought that the Franks would instead turn south on the Pelletists, which would make them a useful cannon fodder to throw at the Reich's enemies. For Delacroix, that was a bold move that resulted in victory, further emboldening the Frankish Emperor. Hitler's prediction was right, he would turn south, but not to where the Chancellor thought.
Ever since the Napoleonic wars, Switzerland was a neutral country, abdicating of their right to wage war. Their neutrality was ensured by making the invasion of their country too costly to be worth it, that's why it hadn't joined the South German Federation and managed to stay neutral during the 19th and early 20th centuries. But that would not work with Delacroix, that turned his attention to the recently retaken Western Countries of the Confederation (awarded by the Coalition after the Great War). Romandie was a French-Majority region, and had a powerful National Unitarian movement. In 1936, Delacroix started to plan the takeover of these regions, making rousing speeches on how Switzerland was an artificial state that held the Franks away from their rightful homeland. National Unitarians started to make parades and pro-unification speeches all over Romandie and even some in German-Majority counties.
The Swiss government received an ultimatum on the 5th of August of 1936, demanding the return of the Western counties to their rightful homeland. Not surprisingly they were refused, and Hitler moved to protect Switzerland, the two states were on the brink of War. Sweden offered to mediate a deal of Germany and the Franks (without Switzerland), proposing a referendum on the counties to solve the issue based on popular sovereignty. Both sides agreed, and Switzerland lost the French counties to a landslide (there was also expressive voting in German counties but none had a majority). Delacroix had another victory, and as Hitler predicted, he turned south to his brother's domain.
The Mediterranean Worker's Union was watching carefully the advances of Delacroix, especially Charles Delacroix. His dominance of Southern France was tenuous, Pelletism was not as popular as he thought, and the streak of victories of his northern brother while he remained inactive (even seen as a Italo-Spanish puppet) did not improve his image. National Unitarians started to grow back on the underground, helped by his brother's agents, and the People's Republic was about to blow.
Since France in this timeline has about 100 million people when united IIRC, here’s to French unity!
Home : Algers, French Algeria
Age: 45 (1935)
Politic: national Unitarian
Background: A French Algerian notable that have a particular passion for Berber culture, he managed to climb the social ladder of the country and became President due to his neutrality and lack of charisma. Jodoin is famous for his economic policy that brings back prosperity (to the price of dozen of thousand Algerians dies as slaves) and would benefit significantly from the rise of authoritarianism and pan-Frankist ideology. He launched many megalomaniac projects as the design of an inland sea between Tunisia and Algeria.
Guerre éclair I
The First phase of the Second Great War, known also as the Mediterranean War, was a carefully planned invasion of the Mediterranean Worker's Union by the Anti-Pelletist alliance. The war was known for its brutality and as a preview of what was to come, the war started with Operation Thunderbolt, the invasion of Southern France by the Frankish Empire. Followed by a Portuguese invasion of Galicia and the Roman strike on the Italian Navy in Taranto. The Casus Beli of the Franks was a work of the "Securite de l'Etat" (SE), the Secret Police of the Emperor headed by Jacques Doirot, in organizing a large pro-Reunification protest on the 1st of November of 1938, provoking a harsh response by Charles Delacroix's Red Guards. Claiming to be defending the Frankish peoples of Southern France against their Pelletist regime, Edouard Delacroix declared war against his brother's regime on the 6th of November. The starting move, called "Operation Thunderbolt", involved the Invasion of Toulouse and a push to the city of Montpellier to cut the Pelletist forces in half and prevent Italy and Spain from supporting one another. And it was a success with no precedents, with the invasion going faster than even the most optimistic expectations.
It was all thanks for the "Guerre Éclair" (Lightning War), the French tactic of rapid movement of War Trucks, Air Support, and Motorized Infantry to surprise and encircle the enemy before they knew what hit them. It managed to take the city of Toulouse within the first week, and reach the Mediterranean in two. With rapid movements, the Frankish forces managed to encircle several pockets of Pelletist troops, over a third of the army was captured in a series of battles at the south of Toulouse, even many joining willingly into the Frankish forces. The Pelletist regime was unpopular in Southern France, Charles was very different from his brother in governance and politics, being said to be suffering of Paranoia. He did several purges between 1934 and 1937 that crippled the armed forces, and the news of the Frankish successes in the North in contrast with the increasingly unstable and weakened southern government increased the popularity of National Unitarism. Besides, many started to see the Pelletists as puppets of Mussolini, being used only as a bridge to connect with the Spanish.
Portugal started well, taking Olivenza and La Coruña thanks for the modernization of the armed forces led by the Regent Antonio Salazar (King D. Manuel II was just 4 at the time). With Galicia taken, the objective of the Portuguese according to the War Plan was to draw the Spanish troops and hold them at bay until the Franks stuck from the Pyrenees and the Romans invaded by the sea. Meanwhile, the Romans waged a island Campaign. Most of the Regia Marina had joined the King when revolution stuck Italy, and adding the destruction of much of the Italian navy at the attack on Taranto (the first with mass use of Carrier aircraft and naval bombers) it allowed the Romans to dominate the sea. An invasion was launched against the Island of Sardinia, the campaign to take the island would take 2 months and just ended when the last Pelletist troops fled to Corsica on the 6th of February of 1939.
Next step was to take Provence, the heartland of the Southern French Government. The province was defended by Franco-Italian forces and turned into a fortress, but Frankish General Phillipe Leclerc had a plan. On the 8th of March of 1939, an attack was launched to the cities of Valence and Grenoble, that was a feint attack with the majority of the 3rd Corps of the Frankish army, while 2 divisions of War Trucks struck from behind at the city of Montelímar, quickly capturing it and the village of die. The Italian military command noticed the maneuvers and started a retreat from the two cities, only to be stopped by a Frankish attack in Chambery that cut their retreat, the siege would last 2 weeks until the Franco-Italian forces surrendered. That brilliant maneouver was one of the best examples of Guerre Éclair of the First phase of the War, capturing over 130,000 men and crippling the reserves of the Italian army in France.
After the victory at the twin battles of Valence and Grenoble, the French morale collapsed. The rearguard of Marseille and Toulon were now exposed, and an attempt to flee to the city of Nice in Italy was frustrated after the battle of Sisteron, resulting in the capture of Cannes and the encirclement of the French Red Army. On the 29th of April, Marseille fell after heavy bombardment and a attack of the Frankish forces and Charles Delacroix was captured after a failed suicide attempt. He was brought to his brother in Paris and was determined to be held prisioneer on the Tulleries until the war was over. The first Pelletist nation was down, the next target was Spain.
((Part of Marseille after being hit by the full force of the Frankish Air Force as an attempt of force a surrender))
Happy 4th of July, this episode is being made for Americans to appreciate their freedoms, because everything could've gone wrong with few changes in History.
Huey Long's power would become a reality at the 1938 mid-terms. In 1937, Huey Long's supporters defected from the Democrats and Republicans and created the new "America First Party" (AFP), while Long left the Whigs and declared himself independent from political parties. The AFP would become Long's power in the congress, and using of bribery, blackmail, shameless populism, and his own Charisma, it got a landslide victory. The Big-Tent Party of Long supporters had from Ultranationalists to Social Pelletists and Progressives, achieving control over a majority of the House and Senate. Over the following decade, Long also appointed his minions in the Supreme Court and increased his majority every year, having undisputed control over America.
Long's regime was a strange mix of radicals from both sides of the spectrum into a Populist coalition held by his personal charisma. Long's inner circle was divided: There was a group of Businessmen led by John D. Rockefeller forming the "Corporations Clique", they desired to protect the interests of the American industrial complex and were supporters of an Interventionist atitude and watering down the "Share the Wealth" program. The Second group was the "Progressive Clique" led by Henry Wallace, supporting Social security and implementation of the "Share the Wealth" program, they also were proponents of Social progress and Isolationism. The Third one was the "New America Clique" led by William Dudley Pelley, leader of the American Silver Legion, the clique grouped together several Ultranationalist movements, supporting a Savinkovist economical system and American Manifest Destiny, while keeping Isolationism from Europe, if not Symphaties for the Frankish Empire. At last there was the "Technocratic Clique" led by Howard Scott, supporters of a Technocratic political and economical system, while also supporting Intervention in Europe. All these figures that would be at eachother's throats otherwise, were united by Long's charisma and Political influence.
Long's government would stamp down dissidents, using the FBI as the government's secret police to arrest thousands and send them to prisioneer camps around the country, the most infamous one being the Island Prision of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay. Freedom of speech was restricted, with newspapers being censored and radio being used to distribute government propaganda to all the country. The first Gun control legislation was also imposed in 1939, demanding all gunowners in the US to be registered in a government national registry. While Long removed guns from his enemies, he armed his allies: After the coup attempt at Washington and the response of the Citizen Militias, Long created the "Minutemen", a paramilitary militia of supporters to protect himself and his regime from both rebels and the military. Long would also finally end Prohibition, also enforcing law and order on mafia cities like Chicago, New York, and Detroit.
But not everyone was brainwashed by Long's pretty face. Rebel fighters created guerrillas around the nation, using the vastness of America to hide themselves from Minutemen and the military. The most famous and large one was the "Sons of Liberty", included several groups around the nation, and was led by young men and sometimes even women. Some included the Californian group led by Ronald Reagan, the New York group of John Seymour, and the Arizona "Rangers" led by Jack Norton. Rebel groups would differ in tactics, from terrorism to Pacific resistance, all them were united in bringing down Longmerica, but they never had enough strength to actually threaten the regime, being mostly a nuisance for the Federal and State governments.
Economically, Long's initial desire to "Share the Wealth" was confronted by reality, he noticed that every new limitation, there was a flight of businessmen and vital industries to other countries. With his radical dreams of making "Every man a King" shattered, Long had to be content with the implementation of a moderate Progressive plan inspired by the "Fair Deal" of Quentin Roosevelt, creating social security and several welfare benefits and working laws. He enacted a progressive taxation policy, but nowhere as radical as the "Share the Wealth" policy.
The fall of the French People's Republic was followed by a stalemate in the Alps between Mussolini and Delacroix, as the Frankish forces moved against Spain. But on the 15th of August of 1939, Mussolini made it personal, invading the International city of Ajaccio, sacking and burning Napoleon's home town. It was a personal challenge against the Frankish people to destroy the house of one of their heroes, and Edouard would answer to that challenge.
On the 19th of August of 1939, the 3rd Air Fleet, with 630 Fighters, 140 Heavy Fighters, and over 300 bombers took off from the Air Base in Toulon. The destination was Rome, arriving at the 14:32 PM, sirens warned the people that sheltered in their homes, expecting a bomb attack. The local Air Garrison desperately tried to take down the waves of bombers, but the Frankish planes were considered some of the best in Europe, flying in innovative formations with new tactics. Very few bombers were shot down before they hit the city and dropped their payload, but less than half of them were carrying bombs, something much worse was coming.
Little over half of those bombers had larger bombs, that were dropped and exploded before hitting the ground. The people of Rome were warned on the chance of Gas attacks, so they used masks to protect against a gigant cloud of Mustard gas that covered the city. But a worse gas was there, invisible and mixed with the yellow cloud, one that there was no defense against no matter the mask: Sarin Gas.
The Sarin Gas effects were from horror stories, causing difficulty to breathe, loss of consciousness, constriction of pupils, loss of control of the muscles, asphixy spasms, and a quick torturous death. It was created as an Inseticide in 1933, quickly being adopted as a mass production Gas weapon. The Franks held their chemical weapons as State secret, working to develop a counter to it (or at least attempt one). The Rome Raid of 1939 was the first test of the weapon, with shocking success. Dozens of thousands of people died, Hospitals were overflowing with people dying in the corridors, even Mussolini's family didn't escape, Edda Mussolini, the Leader's favorite daughter, was killed by the Sarin, while his eldest son Vittorio, was sent to a Hospital due to the Mustard Gas. Even Mussolini himself had to make a surgery in his left leg after being hit by shrapnel of the bomb and would have to use a walking stick for the rest of his life.
The world watched in horror and repulse, from Huey Long to Savinkov, from the Kaiser to the Heavenly King, all had their eyes on the Mediterranean. A new Power was arising, no longer being able to be ignored, the nations of the world now were watching the return of a New France, and they had to choose: Ally them or Stop them.
Wow, the story is gittin gud!
How large is the army of France? Since they have 100 million people ITTL compared to OTL's 40 million they surely must have a larger army. And how many tanks do they have. just curious?
Amazing! Is there any chance for a current world map???
Well, I planned to do the army composition comparation between Franks and Germany once this war was over, also its more like 60-70 million, because you are including the Rhineland and Belgium.
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