The North Star is Red: a Wallace Presidency, KMT Victory, Alternate Cold War TL

Great to see this back. Interesting to see Majumdar pop up again, presumably however this shakes out is what leads him to have to book it to Pakistan.
 
The east was poorer, more economically dependent on agriculture, more heavily dominated by landlords, and had less progressive governments.
This seems odd. Most of India's industries were located in the east and nearly the entirety of the Heavy Industries due to the mineral-rich areas being located in the east. If India is more prosperous then the East is even more industrialised than OTL.
Sieging Siliguri essentially meant cutting the flow of almost all military supplies to Northeast India from the rest of India, as the rebels had also interdicted all the railways that went through Siliguri.
This is the reason that there is a massive amount of military force present in Siliguri. If you drive around the area there is a 90% chance that you will see soldiers every day. There are thousands of troops stationed there and peasants cannot fight the army. A peasant with a gun is nothing but a target to a well-trained infantry. Even minor training is useless. For example, we can see what happened to the SS units in Poland, in 1939.
Unless there is direct Pakistani Involvement, nothing can be done to seize the corridor. The kind of forces that Charu Majumdar in OTL is any indication, then even with a large number of guns, they would be easy prey for West Bengal Police and the Eastern Frontier Rifles(One of the best anti-insurgency units in the country which is also a part of the West Bengal Police)
 
Absolutely. You will come to this conclusion when you mindlessly take data from the present and superimpose it into the 60s. Go and find data from the 50s and 60s when a large part of Industries in India was concentrated in and around Calcutta and the damage to the East caused by Socialism and the ridiculous Freight Equalisation Act (artificially introduced a form of Dutch disease on the resource-rich states by making freight charges same across the country irrespective of distance and hindering the economic growth of the east. The Rajaji-led India ITTL wouldn't have done so. Most Indian Business communities hailed from the west and after this stupid law naturally wanted more investments near their homeland)
 
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This seems odd. Most of India's industries were located in the east and nearly the entirety of the Heavy Industries due to the mineral-rich areas being located in the east. If India is more prosperous then the East is even more industrialised than OTL.
TBF the pod in in 1944. There are many butterflies going around
 
This is going to be a good opportunity for the VNQDD become the main nationalist force in Vietnam.
Nah, I don't think so. The VNQDD were too small to make much of a difference. I honestly think the Viet Minh would still be the main Vietnamese nationalist organisation, like in OTL.
 
Are all these nations going to stay split? If someone gets to unite, I think it'd be Korea. Syngman Rhee was a rather incompetent ruler, and with less territory, the Southern economy will be even weaker.
The South Koreans of TTL have a weaker economy, but they have a considerably stronger military and more US aid.
 
Minor update, for something I clearly overlooked.

Foreign Intervention in the Indonesian Revolution
Each of the factions in the Indonesian Revolution had its supporters from abroad, who often changed their policies around.

The United Kingdom under Winston Churchill quickly came in on the side of the Netherlands, offering naval support and logistical aid as part of a unified Southeast Asian strategy. France was unable to offer significant support, but was the most reliable diplomatic supporter of the Netherlands. However, the staunchest support for the Dutch cause came from an unexpected corner of the world: South Africa.

In 1950, the Afrikaner-dominated National Party in South Africa was rapidly instituting their ambitious apartheid system of white supremacy. South African media breathlessly covered tales of horrific atrocities inflicted on Europeans in Indonesia. Due to linguistic similarly, it was easy to publish almost anything that was covered in Dutch newspapers at the time. Many extremists called for South African intervention in Indonesia, but the Netherlands was actually not particularly interested. However, the Dutch army was still taking too many losses in what quickly became one of the bloodiest post-WW2 conflicts. The Dutch leadership was loathe to actually call for conscription.

As a compromise, the South African government allowed officers and soldiers in the army to take a "leave of absence" from their commissions and rent "surplus military equipment", at which point the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army would immediately hire them as mercenaries at a bargain bin price. As a result of this, the South African government could claim to foreign observers that it had nothing to do with this. However, one major downsides is that due to the voluntary nature of this expeditionary force, it tended to be comprised of the most ideologically extreme elements of the South African Army, infamously acting with little Dutch oversight. South African forces in Indonesia proved to both be extremely brutal and effective, and radicalized by their war experience, would play a large role in South African politics. Indonesia also became a hotbed for "military advisors" who had "experience" in World War II that made it problematic for other countries to hire.

The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) was most closely supported by the People's Republic of China, which was in turn supported by the Soviet Union and the rest of the Eastern bloc. Contrary to contemporary views, it was not the policy of Stalin to prop up the Indonesian Communists, but it was his policy to prop up the PRC, which had a tendency of passing on all of his surplus weapons to the PKI. Kang Sheng was sent abroad to tutor the PKI in the Maoist way of war, whose brutality they quickly emulated. In particularly, the PKI organized brutal lynchings of sultans, rajas, and other local landlords that quickly had the effect of pushing much of Indonesia's traditional ruling class into the hands of the Islamists.

The Nationalists had the keen support of both the Republic of China as well as various Japanese unemployed WW2-era veterans and far-right extremists, who enabled by the Hatoyama Government, often left the country to continue waging World War II against the Dutch. However, after Suharto's infamous "extermination order" of Chinese-Indonesians, the ROC largely dropped its support of the Nationalists. Instead, China pursued a policy of attempting to reconcile the Dutch and the Islamists in order to box out both the Nationalists and the Communists.

The United States, under the Russell Administration, gave diplomatic support to the Netherlands, but fastidiously stayed out of the conflict. President Russell viewed the possibility of a "quagmire in Asia" with great fear
Why does South Africa get involved in Indonesia? That just sounds like ASB, even with the explanation you gave.
 
Yes, domestic US politics are going to be very interesting. I might make that the next update.

As an aside though, the oil fields in Eastern Arabia were only discovered in 1948 (and output wasn't super high by 1950), so it would be less of a downturn and more of the windfall from cheap oil just never really happening.
I thought the oil fields in Saudi Arabia were discovered in the 1930s.
 
This seems odd. Most of India's industries were located in the east and nearly the entirety of the Heavy Industries due to the mineral-rich areas being located in the east. If India is more prosperous then the East is even more industrialised than OTL.

This is the reason that there is a massive amount of military force present in Siliguri. If you drive around the area there is a 90% chance that you will see soldiers every day. There are thousands of troops stationed there and peasants cannot fight the army. A peasant with a gun is nothing but a target to a well-trained infantry. Even minor training is useless. For example, we can see what happened to the SS units in Poland, in 1939.
Unless there is direct Pakistani Involvement, nothing can be done to seize the corridor. The kind of forces that Charu Majumdar in OTL is any indication, then even with a large number of guns, they would be easy prey for West Bengal Police and the Eastern Frontier Rifles(One of the best anti-insurgency units in the country which is also a part of the West Bengal Police)

Good point, let me go ahead and make some tweaks to that.

Also understood - and you seem to know better than me on this. As a question, if the East was the most industrialized region in the country, why were agrarian revolutionaries most popular there?
 
In early 1966, a Buddhist nun by the name of Trinley Chodron declared herself the earthly incarnation of Ani Gongmey Gyemo, the aunt of Gesar, the heroic mythological hero of classical Tibet.
Is Trinley Chodron a real person? I've searched her name, and nothing comes up for me.
 
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