Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Antonio the Komnenoi, Oct 9, 2018.
Tell that to the soldiers.
No offense to them (may they rest in peace). I was talking about reading on said war.
What, I may ask, is the cover story for what just happened? Also, anyone else prominent who got killed as "collateral damage" or was deliberately targetted?
That the Kaiser and his son were assassinated by National Unitarian terrorists, paid by the Frankish Government.
Anyone aside from the two who got killed as "collateral damage" from the bomb plot? Any senior generals amongst them or were they just unfortunate junior or mid-level staff officers who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Blood over the Pacific
The tensions could be felt in the water, Japanese and British naval assets conducted exercises in the South China Sea, sometimes the two fleets met and taunted one another with their guns, both sides knew that war was inevitable. Between the two was Emperor José I of the Phillipino Empire, watching from afar as the British and Japanese ships openly challenged the other to shoot. The Philippines left the war with a feeling of defeat, without their promised lands and costing dead Phillipinos over North Borneo and in the sea wreckage. The nation desired a second round against the British, and many expected a Great Asian war when the Indian revolution struck, it didn't come, but now it was there, right in their backyard.
In 1936, Empress Isabella was dead, giving the throne to her son José. José saw his duty to navigate the Philippines over those waters, and for that he knew that Neutrality was the answer: If he sided with the Japanese, the Eastern Pearl would give up their independence to the desires of Tokyo, as for Britain... supporting it was political suicide. But he feared that being neutral when both navies approached dangerously close to the Archipelago, the Phillipino navy was good for the standards of regional powers, but would not be able to defend the islands against 2 of the largest fleets of the world.
José had to master the diplomatic game like none other, both the British and Japanese wanting either to have his Empire as ally or as a colony, and as the War in Europe started in 1941, Pressure just increased. On the 6th of June of 1941, the Japanese were tired of waiting, sending an ultimatum: Either submit to the Co-Prosperity sphere, or suffer an invasion of the Japanese Empire. José had 72 hours to answer the ultimatum, but after 50, the Japanese answered for him.
At the 7h of the mourning of the 8th of June, 1941. The Japanese launched a surprise attack against the Phillipino navy in the port of Manila, using 4 aircraft carriers carrying 380 aircraft, and bombers launched from Taipei, the naval force of the Philippines was hit by the full force of the Japanese Empire. For 3 hours, naval vessels, airfields, government buildings, and residential areas were stuck. And at the 10:43 AM, the Taipei bombers arrived bombarding the city with Biological weapons tested in Manchuria, overflowing the city hospitals and killing thousands on the first hour. The Emperor himself had his palace bombarded, killing him and most of his family, with the Prime Minister sick by the biological weapon, the Empire fell into a power vacuum. It was quickly filled by the invasion of Japanese amphibious forces of vaccinated soldiers by the end of the afternoon, landing on the North of Luzón and taking the capital on the same day. General Rodrigo Hernandez, a criollo commander stationed in Mindanao, heard about the incident and took over the state apparatus, preparing to fight the Japanese invasion led by General Yamashita.
But Manila was not the main target, just 2 hours after the attack started, over 5 carriers with a combined 435 planes, the Japanese attacked the Royal Navy in Singapore against the Royal Pacific Fleet. While a part of the fleet was in Batavia, the British left 3 carriers, 5 Battleships, 2 Battlecruisers, 6 Heavy Cruisers, and several light cruisers and destroyers in Singapore. But the British knew what was coming, thanks for a message from a fishing ship off the coast, they had 12 minutes to prepare when the Japanese A6M5 "Zero" arrived, undoubtedly the best fighter plane of the pacific. With time to ready the AA guns, the Japanese saw much heavier resistance than the Philippines, losing over the double airplanes compared to the Manila attack, but this one didn't have an invasion, it was not just to hit the Pacific Fleet, but also a distraction. Japanese forces on the Gulf of Tokin landed on the North of Indochina, received as liberators by the locals, the mere Japanese landing was enough to spark a uprising of the Vietminh that saw their chance to freedom, forcing Britain to double down on the forces in East Asia.
((The HMS Prince of Wales exploding in Singapore))
((The ARF (Armada Real Filipina) Agustín sinking))
On the total of both attacks, the Phillipino and British navies lost 2 Carriers (with the other 3 being heavily damaged), 6 Battleships, 4 Battlecruisers, 10 Heavy Cruisers, 21 Light Cruisers, 27 Destroyers, 5 submarines, and 4 Torpedo boats. The Japanese on the other hand lost 523 men in Manila, and 113 Planes on the two attacks combined, most in Singapore. The Phillipino navy became part of History books after the attack, while the British lost over a third of the Pacific Fleet.
As the war started in the East, an internal war against the west started in India. With Patel defeating his opponents by using political intrigue and assassinations, he started the Indian Cultural Revolution, centered in the ideas: One people, One nation, One language, to task linguists to create a new unifying "Hindi" language to take the place of the several dialects of India, using the school system to teach the "Hindi" and only it, he expected the linguistic unification of India in 2 generations. He also started a real war against western values, rounding up Christians, caucasians, Muslims, dissidents, and other "Enemies of the people" in death camps for mass killings, burning non-Hindu churches, and even changing names of Western cities. These attacks enraged the Muslims in Bangladesh, starting a rebellion in Calcutta, spreading around all of Bangladesh. The "Bangladesh Uprising" desired the separation of the Muslims of Eastern India, and it was followed by another one in Baluchistan. With most Indian forces dealing with the eastern rebellion, the Baluchi one managed to advance all the way to the Indus River, receiving support from Persia and even the Sikh Punjabis. Nepal also used the opportunity to declare their separation due to the anti-Buddhist policies. By 1941, the Indian subcontinent was on fire.
((India in 1941))
Well, I guess we have found a Middle East ITTL.
Edit: And a crazy India, geez that is terrifying
The Jewish Question I
((Russian Concentration Camp))
For both the Russians and the Franks, the Jews were one of the most dangerous enemies of the nation, always manipulating from behind. With Freemason orders, bank clans, and greedy capitalist trustees and monopolies being controlled by Jews to decide the fate of nations, bringing the downfall of millions and holding their nations from taking their place in the Sun. It was a belief that was mainstream across Europe, but that the Ultranationalists took to their extreme. For the Franks, the Jews were part of a conspiracy that divided the Frankish people into the French and the Germanic cultures, being separated because Charlemagne and his Empire were deemed "Too powerful" by the World Jewlery and a threat to their plans. So, uniting with ancient monarchies that were rivals to the Empire, they caused hostility between the descendants of Charlemagne and fractured the Empire, taking power in the resulting vacuum, and splitting the Frankish people into the Germans and French, indoctrinating them for a thousand years to hate one another, causing wars and preventing anyone from becoming strong enough to unite them. One example was Napoleon, the Franks claim that Napoleon I desired to reunite the Frankish Empire with a superstate to rule over the rest of Europe, and together with the British house of Hannover, the Romanov, the Habsburgs, and the Bourbon, organized 6 coalitions to defeat Napoleon, with the Napoleonic State being defeated in 1916 with the fall of Paris. They then planned for the further division of the French, for they were breaking free of the Franco-German divide (due to the "Rhineland Experiment" where the Franks claimed that the reunion of French and Germans ended up creating the most prosperous region of Europe), into Occitania, Franciens, and Brittons (which actually had some basis in the speeches of radicals in the Great War peace talks). And just when that was about to happen, Charles Maurras rallied the French to free themselves of the Jewish indoctrination, with Maurras killed by a Jewish-Hohenzollern agent, his legacy was taken by Delacroix, that started a war of reunification to restore Charlemagne's Empire and finally rid Europe of the Monarcho-Jewish conspiracy, one way or another.
((Frankish anti-semitism, which became very popular to the right-wing after the Dreyfus afair under the reign of Napoleon IV))
((Russian anti-semitic post))
Russian Anti-Semitism had another element: The Orthodox doctrine that the Jews were blamed for the crucifixion of Christ. And that would grow to become the pogroms made by Nicholas II, a series of massacres against the Jewish population of Russia, especially in Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine. After the fall of Tsarism and the rise of Savinkovism, the Jews were also related to Pelletism, claiming that Martov was a secret Jew and that the Destruction of Petrograd was sent by God to destroy both the Tsarist autocrats, and the Jewish Bolsheviks of the Petrograd Soviet that were planning a revolt to create a Pelletist regime called "Soviet Union" (One of the alleged proofs, was Trotsky, a Jew that led Red Guard paramilitaries and was right-hand man of the Soviet leader Lenin).
Savinkov started first, in the 1920s, hundreds of thousands of Jews were sent to Concentration camps in Siberia and ordered to work to death in the cold wasteland. Other millions around Russia were put in Ghettos in cities, in what was essentially a large-scale house arrest. But the Franks would be the ones to innovate, using the SE units, all Jews of the country were accounted for and forced to wear a symbol: the Star of David. It was ordered that they used it wherever they went, initially the consequences were economic, with some businesses refusing service, or others increasing prices, the population also boycotting Jewish businesses. But in 1935, it was officialized with the Nantes laws, taking citizenship rights away from the Jewish population, and similarly to Russia, rounding them in Ghettos. But when the Mediterranean War started, they were sent to work camps made around all country. And it would soon get worse as the war dragged on...
((Frankish Jewish badge, with the word "Jew" written))
Back to the Rhine
"If our soldiers get stuck in that cursed river again, I will personally shoot you." -Edouard Delacroix to General Charles de Gaulle, 1941
Operation Austerlitz was a success beyond expectations of all but Delacroix, by the 10th of April, one day after the Kaiser's demise, Frankish troops were pushing into the Saarland and Limburg. But with Rudolf's death, Regent Hitler now had free hand to save the Vaterland, he ordered a general retreat to the old fortifications of the Rhineland, keeping a small number of 540,000 troops under General Walter Model to delay the enemy. 2 weeks later, the Battle for the Rhineland would begin, with the Franks utterly refusing to be struck on the river again after the Great War. General Leclerq warned de Gaulle that the supply lines were overextended due to the rapid conquest of the West Bank of the Rhine, de Gaulle shared his worries but was pressured by the Emperor to not stop at the river under any circumstances. The First crossing attempt happened in Baden, between the 25th and 28th of April, when the 3rd Corps under General François attempted to cross into South Germany, the result was a brutal bloodbath: Of the 276,000 Germans, 54,000 fell as casualties, and of the 435,000 Franks, over 122,000 fell, with no crossing achieved.
Similar offensives happened during most of the month of May, all of them failed. It seemed like the Rhine would be a stalemate again. But the Franks had another option this time, and between May and June of 1941, over 760,000 men attacked the undermanned Italian front of Germany. General von Schleicher was caught by surprise by an army outnumbering him 3:1, his troops held the best they could, but the Frankish heavy tanks and artillery made the obsolete defenses useless. Venice would fall on the 12th of June, and Trieste on the 30th, the collapsing Southern Front forced Hitler to reallocate 14 divisions (560,000) to halt the Frankish advance in the city of Fiume and in the Alps.
On the Eastern Front, the Russian defeat in Lithuania didn't stop the invasion of the center and south of Poland, with the cities of Lublin and Lviv falling to the attacks of Marshal Tukhachevsky and the rising star General Zhukov, but Manstein was preparing to stop the Russians on the gates of Warsaw.
((Marshal Tukhachevsky, called "The Slavic Napoleon"))
((The "Iron General" Georgy Zhukov, Russian rising star))
This will probably be occuring soon, if the fight continues like this.
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