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The Largest Basket Weaving Sector in The United Council of Nations
World Census agents infiltrated a variety of out-of-the-way towns and festivals in order to determine which nations have the most developed Basket Weaving industries.
As a region, The United Council of Nations is ranked 9,851st in the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
|1.||The Grand Duchy of Salxeberg||Capitalist Paradise||“Fight for the right to live”|
|2.||The United Provinces of Nieuw Nederlandt||Capitalist Paradise||“In god we trust”|
|3.||The Kingdom of Camaelot||Father Knows Best State||“Truth, Honour and Justice”|
|4.||The Louisiana Trade Federation of Vaeroxia||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“To the Sea on the Horizon.”|
|5.||The Republican Chinese of Mexicaeno||Mother Knows Best State||“Forward Unto Heaven”|
|6.||The First Republic of Nickeria||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Vinteren er over os”|
|7.||The Republic of Pablo Pasto||Corporate Bordello||“El nuevo imperio de poder y riqueza”|
|8.||The Matriarchy of Vesteus||New York Times Democracy||“Be as sly as a fox”|
|9.||The Republic of Korrea||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Benefit broadly the human world”|
|10.||The United Kingdom of The United States of Soviet Britain||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Freedom in Syndicalism”|
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A Bizarre Royal Wedding Fiasco?
During the last few months positive relations between the successful Dutch-American family, The Vanderbilts, and the Brazo-Portuguese royal family, the Orléan-Braganzas were very apparent in both American and Brazo-Portuguese pop culture and society. Despite people from both ends of the spectrum openly opposing such a relationship, it seems as though the Royals and Vanderbilts do not particularly care. Of course the highly controversial romantic relationship between Henk Vanderbilt and Princess Maria De la Rosa Orléans-Braganza II, is making some major headlines as rumours of a royal wedding are spreading throughout the nation. These rumors were not yet confirmed by the couple, but at the pace the couple is heading it is very likely that it will be the case sooner or later. The press has taken pictures of the couples all across the major cities of the empire, and interestingly enough Henk Vanderbilt has picked up on a bit of Portuguese during his time with the princess. Ironically, many national railroad and shipping companies are interested in the possibility of the Vanderbilts expanding their monopolies and company into Brazil-Portugal as an attempt to capitalize on the relationship. Princess Margareta was also seen with Frederik Vanderbilt in numerous places across Brazil-Portugal and the United Provinces.
As for the King's romantic life, things are not going as well as his advisors would have hope for. His mother is trying the best she can in matchmaking him with other beautiful and influential women, however it seems every relationship he went through was an utter failure. His love life is not gaining success anytime soon, and it is likely that King Theodoro may not produce any biological heirs to the throne at all. King Theodoro has a plethora of hobbies to do ranging from sports all the way to reading classical literature. The main problem is that he doesn't find any of the women his mother tries to match with him a counterpart to balance his personality. It is unknown for sure if Theodoro will ever find the love of his life, but until then he remains at square 1 trying to find a compatible young women to date.
Continuous Developments in the Air Force and Navy
The 10 new experimental ships are finally finished and due to their uniqueness compared to past naval projects, will be dubbed the name 'Class Y' indefintely. We continue the production of cruisers and destroyers, as more militarization, operations, and activity across the empire calls for a bigger and more powerful navy. The Naval Acts of 40 and 41' are still yielding great progress and great results, however many argue that the navy needs to be focused on more and that more advancements in ships and naval technology should be developed. As more of the defense budget is focused on the navy, more experimental projects are also made. The The NDSM Beatrix(IRL HMS Vanguard) is currently being built as of May 1940, it is expected to take at least 6-10 years for its full completion.
Five new steel ships based off Ottoman, British, and American models are finally under construction. Likewise to the past ships that were invented this new class of ships will have advanced modern engines, modern, AA Guns with reinforced steel alloy on for stronger plating, as well as multiple long range and short range cannons specialized for different uses in warfare. These ships will be built in their respective dockyards across the empire along with other naval projects. One of the most far fetched naval projects however is the construction of the NDSM Muranos and the NDSM Genoa(Similar to the Yamato and the Musashi but has minor differences to better suit the empire's colonial needs.) These ships measuring 862 feet (263 meters) long and weighing in at 73,000 tons. Their maximum height reached some 183 feet (56 meters). Armed with 46-centimeter main guns—they are expected to be one of the most largest and most powerful of any warship. The reasoning behind the creation of the ships is in preparation for the possibility of preparing for any means of combat across the 40s and early 50s, especially due to the Azores Crisis during the Luso-Paraguayan War. This prompted a growing push for a more stronger navy that not only has the ability to protect and care for the needs of the empire, but also has the ability to hold out and withstand other larger and more powerful naval forces if that ever becomes the case. The construction of these ships are expected to finish in 1942 or 1943.
Tanks in Brazil-Portugal still go under heavy development as tank technology mainly sparked the beginning of multiple tank projects that will last until at most 1945. Medium and light tanks are now produced at great quantities, and some medium tanks can be spotted in commision across the empire. The T40 tank destroyer is expected to be finished as late as December of next year, whereas more far fetched projects such as Nathan's Tank(IRL The Cromwell basically) is expected to come into commision after construction in 1944. One of the more efficient tanks in production is the Tiago 30(Mimics the M4 Sherman) expected to be finished around 1943(To make it fair for copying the Americans I'm putting it at a way later date than when the M4 Sherman was first made.) Along with the the usual T-40 tanks, the Tiago 30 is expected to be produced in large quantities after building finishes in 1943.
Production of planes like the British Supermarine Spitfire, the still-in-testing Hawker Hurricane, the French Boulton Paul Defiant, the Tomas BF 109(IRL Messerschmichtt BF 109), the Tomas BF 110(IRL Messerschmichtt BF 110), as well as the bomber the Gerrard 111(A better version of the IRL Heinkel HE 111) continues as always as we continue to buff up the air force as a response to a growing need of securing the stability of the colonies and squashing radicals and rebel groups there. The Fokker T.VI goes under intense construction and is expected to finish as early as July or as late as mid-August.
The Paraguayan Civil War Continues!
The Paraguayan Civil War has heated up since it first started as brutal guerilla warfare is now fully implemented into the 'way of fighting' for the northern rebels in the dense rainforest regions of Paraguay. Rebels have made steady advancements in the Chaco Region, and currently are controlling 78% of the Chaco, specifically in the northeast and eastern parts. The Paraguayan government went for an immediate offensive into Concepcion as an attempt to retake the city, however this was destined to be a failure since the day the offensive started. At first governmental forces were successful at linking multiple fronts and encircling smaller bands or rebels around Central Paraguay. Believing that pushing into Concepcion and other cities along the Paraguay River will lead to victory they started a brutal offensive from the south and west, with the south army group travelling along the Paraguay River. The Democratic Paraguayans Rebels have anticipated this after their spy network accomplishes a pretty mediocre job at gathering intel of the next actions the government take. Luckily for the rebels they overestimated the situation and did all the preparations they can to fortify the multiple checkpoints, townships, and cities they currently occupied along the Paraguay River. On an amazing side note this civil war has the highest ratio of female rebels ever due to the low male population as a result of Paraguay's expansionist wars in the 19th century.
The town of Peurto Ybapobo was the first to quickly fall to governmental forces as apart of their Offensive called Operation Gaspar named in honor of the legendary Paraguayan dictator José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia. Soon Belen was reoccupied by governmental forces with little resistance as rebel troops retreated and pulled back to Concepcion as an attempt to try and not only protect the city but inflict as much damage as possible on governmental troops. They broke down outer city infrastructure using this damaged rubble as a way to make a formidable barricade against government forces. Then they provided further makeshift fortifications and broke down at least 40% of all the paved roads in order to make it more difficult for government to navigate their forces. The moment Concepcion was in sight, the south army group did a long grueling invasion of the south where they gained multiple casualties trying to trek through nightmarish conditions that the Rebels have formed in Concepcion. The West Army Group did a small invasion from the river and targeted occupation of major roadways in Concepcion however they fell to the same fate as the South Army Group. They made varying degrees of progress while invading the Concepcion. However as they started to make progress the Paraguayan rebels reverted to urban guerilla warfare. Since most rebel military leaders were issued with maps of the now slightly destroyed city they were able to better navigate it then the Paraguayan government who were unaware of such urban environmental changes until the last minute. Equipped with the knowledge of the city environment coupled with expertise guerilla warfare in the urban environment Operation Gaspar was an absolute disaster for the Paraguayan Government. Tanks and armored vehicles were also expected to be used efficiently in the now unsuccessful operation, however due to the destruction of vital infrastructure for its movement around the city. Most got stuck or trapped in the elaborate nightmarish maze of rubble that surrounded them and entire contingents of vehicles and soldiers were encircled within the city and either annihilated or taken in as POWs. This also contributed to the number of vehicles the rebels have stockpiled, adding to their successes in the Battle of Concepcion.
Rebels in Caagazu and Hernandarias were swiftly crushed due to bad communication and a lack of support and manpower in the south, same is likewise for Encarnacion and San Ignacio as the rebels there were pretty far from the main base of operations in the center and north thus leading to their quick downfall and demise. Salto del Guaira holds out amazingly for weeks on end as they continue to fend off government forces. However with the unexpected crush of southern rebels government troops are expected to reinforce their positions and retake the city as well as the surrounding area. Other battles along the Paraguay River are won by the Paraguayan government but these are overshadowed by the humiliating and crippling defeat in Concepcion. More information will come soon as the war progresses so stay tuned!
Recent survey states that 38% of the Brazo-Portuguese population disapproves the relationship between Princess Maria Orlean-Braganza and Henk Vanderbilt.
Lusoguex becomes more popular and is nicknamed the Hollywood of Latin America, as movies from there become popular across the Latino world.
We continue the militarization of Macau.
We begin to raise our military presence in the Mediterranean although not to mean any harm at all, but as a way to protect trade within the Mediterranean.
Large scale street fights between German and French descendants in Brazil-Portugal usually take place on a daily basis, and often need the help of the police to break these ginormous fights.
The Brazo-Portuguese Economy continues slow economic growth and diversification.
Oil dependency dips below 80% for the first time in decades.
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Operation: East Rumelia||Bulgarian Front
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As the war was continues, the Ottomans decided to use aerial warfare more. The rotors of the trasnport plane Cf-23 were drowned out by the ongoing severe thunderstorm hammering the battlespace, it was integral for this special warfare teams entrance into Burgas. The plane carries 20 airborne troops from the elite 14th Regiment. Their mission entails infiltrating Bulgarian lines and seeking out hidden anti-air systems as well as other sites of strategic importance. They were getting close to their landing point and have, so far, remained undetected.
The Crew Chief and an aircrewmen opened the back door of the aircraft while the crewman manned the gatling gun located in the nose of the aircraft. The Crew Chief tapped the Airborne Captain’s shoulder, ”We’re nearing the Burgas zone, your boys and you have about five minutes!” The Captain nodded his head, ”Alright boys, we all know the mission and have been on ops like this before. Everything will be fine as long as we all keep cool and have our heads on a swivel. Remember, remaining undetected is an obsolute priority for this op or we don’t go home. You have five minutes before we hit the ground, gentlemen.” The soldiers sitting around him, all veterans and elite, we’re still nervous, however they were ready and knew their mission was integral to the entire operation.
The Crew Cheif was looking out the Cf-23's side door, he could know see buildings belonging to the Bulgarian city. He turned his head back to the group of the Airborne troops and waved goodbye while one by one, the airborne soldiers were jumping out of th eback door...
Back on the ground, the Ottoman forces and artillery continued attacking the Bulgarian defense in Plovdil and Burgas in successive lines of attack-and-retreat. While all the attention is on the cities, some of the Turkish soldiers were trying to get behind the enemy lines to gain tactical advantage.
The commanding general leading the Bulgarian campaign, Kerem Aksoy, was becoming more nervous. He thought that the conquest was going to be much faster but at this point, there was no going back.
TO WAR? OR TO HOSPITAL?
Today the Greek Prime Minister held an unplanned press conference and invited all the main news outlets of the country. The letter or calling that was sent to us stated 'it was a matter of urgency and must be heard by the nation first hand' this cased worry in offices around the country and when it was announced over wireless it caused the country to sit down and listen. This was thee first time since the overthrow of the former military dictatorship 8 years ago so the concerning feeling that consumed us and the nation in those 3 hours was they just.
Only 2 hours after, all the news crew were present at the steps of the Parliament building in Athens only being able to stare forward to worry, a photo or diagram was positioned on the flat part, half way up, which only made the minds of the people confused but eager for more information. After about 20 minutes the Prime Minister strolled out with a stern but reassuring face, "Today my fellow Hellenic brothers wherever you may be situated currently i have some worrying news in concern of the Ottoman campaign in Bulgaria, at this point they have refused to even acknowledged the joint ultimatum that was proposed by the Kingdom of Greece and our friends the Kingdom of Yugoslavia demanding they seace thee Imperios operations that they have endeavored themselves upon. So in retaliation and uniformity the Government of Greece and Yugoslavia has positioned our armies respectively across the Bulgarian and will cease the appropriate land with a Hellenic majority population and land that is culturally important to both nations. We and the Yugoslav Government have only resorted to this unfortunate turn of event due to the Ultimatum being ignored and we would also like to make you aware we have the support of the bulgarian government and we the His Majesty's Government will return the land when Bulgaria is liberated or re-instated ligitermatly. *As he talks he unveils a diagram showing what appear to be the plans operations* As you can clearly see here, already the Hellenic Armed Forces are ready for the occupation or reclamation of the land this operation has been designed and adjusted ever since mid April and i state now and now only, the Kingdom of Greece does not want to seek a war with the Ottoman Empire or want a war against them so they Armed forces have been ordered to not to shoot to kill unless in defense or there is a danger to life. This operation is being named 'Whitehall' and it will be known as this from now forward, i also want to reassure all the families that have Husbands, Sons or Children in the Armed Force no matter the arm that any loss of life will be very, very unlikely and if it does occur it will be dealt will in any means necessary. This will be ordered to start tomorrow Saturday 4th Jane 1940 at approximately 0600 hours.
After that announcement, i would like to invite the Health Minister down here *the health minister appears form behind the prime minister* now... on a brighter note i have been talking to the Health Minister about many project that we hope to introduce like free school meals however, we want to to think bigger and think about the policies and programs that will benefit every Hellenic citizen no matter the race, gender, wealth or age. So today i announce plans that will see free and accessible health care to every citizen of Greece that will include Dental and Optics work. The budget of this Hellenic Health Service will be approximately $18-22 Billion or
₯7.47-9.13 Trillion this would equate to 43.9-53.6 of current GDP however, we cannot and will not roll this out until the funds will be available meaning we need the current hostile environment of the world and our neighbors to calm down so we can divert fund from areas of the economy so, unfortunately we think it will be in the long to mid term meaning this goal may not be achievable until the mid 40's or early 50's *the crowd starts to become agitated* however, with do have to funds available to create the framework for this truly peoples service so, from tomorrow i will make the appropriate information for you to register with a General Practitioner or GP these will be located at once private and selective surgeries across the country and this is where you will go to register and the locations of these will be announced from tomorrow and the following week as surgeries get back to the proposal. Check ups are going to be free for all registered from the 20th June and prescriptive drugs are not going to be free but subsidised making them affordable for most but free for children up to 18 and the over 60 years of age, Also emergency treatment in the newly formed department 'Accident and emergency' or A&E will be a place anyone including myself will use if emergency treatment is required and this will be rolled out for the 20th this will be free and include the appropriate medicine and stay if needed but, stays will not be free but subsidised and this free will include food and drink. That is all may God have mercy upon us going forward Heil Hellenica and stay safe, Good night!" The crowd cheered ecstatically and singing broke out similarly to the handover, songs like 'Auld lang syne' and traditional Greek songs of optermision and fierceness. Many the opposition supported this move but the leader called it 'a distraction and costly'
either way the feeling in Greece tonight is newly of excitement of the future and fearless optimism of the war that loos enervtable to come...
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Continued economic,political and social progress in gran columbia
president alfredo looks over the balcony in The capital building in Bogota and he says:why does the world seem darker by the minute (alfredo smokes a cigarette after he said those words) where is the age of enlightenment,where is the light that progress gives,in these trying times Although gran columbia is experiencing great prosperity I do not know how long it will last I see the events that are happening in europe fathers bury there sons,for what the greed of the rich in europe I see the currency is power and wealth in the european realm, but what of the people(after this he goes back inside the office where a meeting is being conducted)
economic ministers: mr president the finances of gran columbia have never been better I suggest we continue on this route of pacifism and great prosperity with our infastructure projects being successful on every level Thanks to foreign investment we are starting to see more and more cars on our roads
generals and heads of the military:nonsense we all know war in europe can very well decide the balance of the world and our border paraguay is experiencing great strife and struggle I say we help our brothers the paraguayan government certainly need our help "The world is not evil because of evil people but because of those who do nothing about it" to aid the paraguayan government I suggest we send 3 of our divisions we have had major developments in the military so military right now is worth a damn
President alfredo:I hear both of your concerns but sadly I must agree with the Military this time send 3 divisions from the military to assist and restabilize the paraguayan government (the president whispers in the generals ears) and if needed to take control of the paraguayan government putting them under our temporary rule
Generals and heads of military: the high ranking generals nod in satisfaction and the military heads walk out the room feeling satisfied
economic ministers: leave the room and are silent
The Paraguyan Civil War marches on as San Estanislao is engulfed in pandemonium and warfare!
The population of Paraguay dwindles from 931,800 people(1939 Census) to an estimated population of 894,992 citizens. After the disastrous Operation Gaspar, the Paraguayan government decides to play a different strategy. Instead of full blown offensives into major rebel cities as a means of capturing important Alianza Democrática de Paraguay(ADP) rebel bases of operation, it continues the Southern Purge as its now called and captures many POWS as it crushes democratic rebel resistance in the south. Paraguayan rebels take advantage of this and continues to reinforce their positions along the Paraguay River and in the Chaco Region, which is currently 86% rebel territory. Rebel forces push into eastern territory in order to avoid the heavy centralized Paraguayan army groups in the west and south of the country. They manage to have varying degrees of success, and gain major towns and cities such as Horqueta, Yby Yau, Azoley, Karapai, Itanara, etc. This offensive now known as Operation San Martin ended up being one of the most successful offensives by Paraguayan rebel forces to date. Despite a high casualty rate, they managed to occupy territory from the Paraguay River to the Luso-Paraguayan border.
One of the most definitive moments of this period in the civil war was the Battle of San Estanislao. San Estanislao is one of the biggest cities in Paraguay as well as being a major city in the industrial and urban heartland of Paraguay. This battle will decide the fate of Rebel operations in the south of the country. This was of course home turf for the government so they had the upperhand in this battle. It started when rebels split into multiple army groups and divisions each instructed to attack a different part of the city. Due to the male to female ratio, many female rebels were finally allowed to join the army ranks of the rebel factions. From medics to leaders of entire divisions, this is one of the first instances that females largely contributed to the war effort not only economically, but they were also a part of the fighting aspect in the war.
The Paraguayan government were trying to lure the rebels into the city as it was a valuable city in the southern part of the nation. They underestimated the rebels believing that they were no more then a ragtag band of fighters, they greatly underestimated their tech advantage(Which prove to be a grand mistake), as well as underestimating their manpower at the time. In reality, all three of these mistakes bit the government in the back and this quickly ensued into another massive battle. General Noel Espinoza was the commander of the rebel forces during the Battle of San Estanislao, General Enrique del Hendarias was the commander of Paraguayan governmental forces in the Battle of San Estanislao. The Rebel First Army under direct command of General Espinoza attacked the government forces straight from the north, a second army group under control of Rebel Lieutenant Damian Baroque overran government positions west of the city, however despite these successes the third army group under leadership of the young general Mathanias Correia failed to push around the city from the east, thus failing to encircle the city. Losses are enormous on both sides of the spectrum, and Federico Chaves(IRL the 58th president of Paraguay) dies in this battle. However due to the overstretching of rebel supply lines and the fact rebels cant properly bomb any positions around the city, this has greatly lowered their chances of winning the battle.
As a last ditch effort of capturing the city of San Estanislao, forty-four hours into the battle, General Mathanias Correia gathered his remaining troops east of San Estanislao. He decided to use a special division of rebels granted by Commander Espinoza called the Soldados de Asalto which is Stormtroopers in English. These forces were tasked in encircling the city of San Estanislao within the next 18 hours. The rest of the soldiers will be placed under commandeering of General Miranda Romero, the first female guerilla warfare leader(and general beating Anne Mae Hays to the position as she started service two years later) in the America's. She was tasked with capturing the city of Cruce Tacuara, so it can be used as a second waypoint and a spot of rebel retreat if things turn in favor of government forces. General Romero proceeded to direct her troops to the Tacuara townshipsx and immediately off the bat faced dense combat from government forces. Her male troops had varying opinions of having a female leading the charge, and some even disrespected her by calling her vulgar names as well as disobeying her orders. She then decided to show a great act of straight to whip common sense back into them, and proceeded to slap several men in the face as they fell into the mud. Afterwards she picked up a handgun and pointed it at their faces and told them the words "Shall we continue this mission, or should I write to your families why they wont see their sons come back home." This instantly produced high levels of respect for her, and provided the chance for clear communication between Romero and her male counterparts. Within 5-6 hours under her expert leadership the townships quickly fell under rebel control.
General Correia proceeded with his plan of using his Soldados de Asalto a special contingent of top notch Paraguayan rebel soldiers as a way to break through the weak 'hinge' of government lines by using an elite force with infiltration tactics. They would go on to attack multiple weak links taking advantage of the exhaustion and paranoia of government forces that were stuck defending the city for hours with little to no sleep. Although this was a risky move that had a high risk factor within it. However desperate times call for desperate measures which will lead to the approval of Correia's strategy by the rebel high command. They had to win before Paraguayan reinforcements from the deep south come. No risk no reward. This became the Correia Offensive(Similar to the Ludendorff Offensive of WW1). They quickly navigated through the streets and cleared out entire avenues of government forces one by one using any means necessary while they were on their way to encircle the city once again. In the end the Paraguayan rebels finally managed to encircle the city, causing a ripple effect through Paraguayan governmental command. However things got so harsh the offensive was called off due to the lessened morale of the soldiers as well as exhaustion finally getting to them. But they did manage to succeed in encircling the city, beginning the Siege of San Estanislao right after Espinoza's forces were repelled from most of the northern section of the city.
One of the main reasons that government forces ultimately gave in to rebel forces as San Estanislao was seiged is because of them greatly underestimating their technology. What began as a guerilla resistance, became far more complex when they got supplied with weapons and instruction from an unknown supplier. Paraguay attempted to lure the ADP forces into San Estanislao on their terms of battle. Believing their technological and organizational advantages would grant them a decisive victory. What the Paraguayans didn't expect was thousands of ADP soldiers and civilians hauling mass amounts of artillery and anti-aircraft guns through the forested terrain and atop the hills of Paraguay. The Paraguayan position that quickly seemed unassailable swiftly became a death sentence, with ADP troops with superior artillery support ferociously pushed their way to the centre of Paraguayan positions, forcing a humiliating surrender of troops there.
War report fromJeju
After our boys have landed some 16 days ago and fought their way through the determent Korean defender. Forced to retreat in their critical and started a siege-like the stories of the dark ages, a siege that was however not with catapults but with artillery and as it were it destroyed a mountain. It took nearly 5 days of constant shelling to create the opening in their mountain citadel through which our boys went in and purged the entire mountain, with flamethrowers and close-quarter fighting. It took nearly an entire day and by some accounts 2 companies worth of men to burn the Koreans out of their fortress. It was ended when the American flag was raised above the mountain.
With Jeju now under American control already by our war correspondence letters, it is clear that air bases are being made for bombing operation onto Korea, while also dealing with Korean air force counter-attacks, these have taken a toll but our boys are holding out and together the land sea and air forces of the United Provinces will prevail against the Koreans. On another front, Manchuria. Our boys of the Chinese expeditionary force have been waiting and preparing but now the moment has come with the Beijing area fully secured they have launched what is to be one of the largest offensives so far in this war.
Under command of Claire Lee Chennault the CEF has amassed its armoured forces, infantry forces and air forces ready to push into Manchuria proper and push the Koreans back past the Yalu river and until they are fully defeated. The Army has also released its first casualties report that showed that in total Jeju has cost 1600 men and so far fighting in china has taken 770 men in direct combat casualties, despite these losses these men have died knowing that they are dying for the country and to defend its values. With the war ongoing and with the Koreans retreating it’s for sure that in the end, we shall win through our might of will and our industrial resources.
Military intervention in Panama
With the rebels in Paraguay fighting against the goverment of the nation with success, it has seemed that they have lighted a spark not just in their home country, but across Latin America, seemingly fighting against American influence. Leader of Panama President Arnulfo Arias has turned this sentiment into full-blown Anti-American feelings. Having allowed people to demonstrate on the entrance of the Canal zone and in front of the various American military bases through the country. This has become most apparent around the city of Panama were burnings of the flag and anti-American protests have become the norm for the past few days, with local police forces doing nothing.
Arnulfo Arias has even in a public speech stated that he wishes the Canal returned to Panama’s as well as saying that German actions in Europe are justified and that the British simply are no longer allowed to use the canal, despite having no power over that choice whats so ever. This has forced the Army and Marine garrison in the canal zone to go on high alert and take up defensive positions while ships on both sides of the Panama Defense Fleet have been steaming out and have their guns aimed, while the military bases around Panama both finished and under construction have gone on high alert as well.
This has left the new governor of the canal, Major-General Glen Edgar Edgerton, with little options, after having a brief communication between Washington and having seemingly gained the approval of the highest offices of the Army and highest civilians offices, if inside sources are to be believed, in the words of one source it had been decided that Arnulfo Arias simply had to go. Thus on the night of 6th of June American forces moved out of the canal zone and into Panama city, leading the charge was Marine, Captain Twan Geubel who led a group of 400 soldiers in M3 scout cars and Pittsburgh armoured cars straight into the city and straight to the Presidential palace. It was around the Presidential palace that some resistance was met and the forces were using their armoured cars to the best of their ability, with a reporter of ours saying that the palace simply now has more bullet holes then it has windows. While details remain shady due the speed and the timing of the attack what is known is that for now at least Panama protests have cooled down but the sentiment remains anti-American and might form problems in the future. Currently, forces within the Caribbean and the pacific near Latin America have been put on high alert and have started active patrols of central American waters.
Manchurian front, Zunhua sector
Barnes knew one thing if this war was over he was going to live in Hawaii because he was sick of the rain, the cold weather, and again the rain. He would be damned if he would ever live in Nieuw Amsterdam again on a permanent basis of Lilly allowed it. Not that he had any time to call Lilly and give his case to her, not by a long shot now he was just in a trench facing a Korean position along a frontage that was some 8 km wide. The Frontline was one were artillery duels were common with but also were tanks were tried but failed to break the mountain lines of the Koreans. He looked around him and it was then that the shells hit again for what must have been the 7th time this day. It had become routine in the past few days since they were here and it was to him somewhat now that he thought on it how fast something like this became routine. The reason was as he knew maybe only because they had been informed a few days prior that they were waiting for the moment the air support would come in and they would break out.
Thus when the shells started to hit again it was just a waiting game he thought but this time it would change. As he looked up he saw the shadows of a V formation and spread out of nearly 17 Nomads who all began their bombing of artillery positions causing large explosions he could hear over the incoming shells of the Koreans, which stopped soon enough. It was when the flair was launched and the Nomads returned. It was this that the men began to rise and charge Korean positions, Bucky was not any different and he and his men went on and ran forward to the destroyed village in which the Koreans were holding out.
After a short flight, the Koreans were cleared from the town and they suffered only minimal casualties with some 83 men killed, 100 wounded in action 200 wounded and 10 non-combat fatalities, but what they found when they were searching the town was something they would have rather not seen, entire basements and wine cellars filled with Chinese women in less than top condition and many in need of medical attention. It was there that Bucky found it he thought children of mothers babies really, mothers that were dead. Bucky looked eyes shallow as some of the men next to him started puking seeing what had been done to those women. Now it was maybe more clear to many of them that this could not go on any longer.
Compound 17 as I was called, a large bunker complex made during the great war and finished shortly after and abandoned after it had no more use. Having used the mines as a basis and expanded inwards to give it protection. It had laid abandoned for some 18 years before Donovan and his crew reactivated it and began to renovate it. Giving it all the modern commodities and upgrading its system. It has taken 8 years of constant work but now it was finished and well hidden in the Appalachian mountains.
It was this complex that a car drove towards, it stopped in front of a military checkpoint and was let through. The car drove towards a large set of blast doors and into a mined-out tunnel that went and on and on and went on a downwards ramp slowly, the car then stopped and turned left and parked. Out of the car stepped 3 men and they passed another heavy door. The door was opened by military police and then the tunnels were less carved out rock and more iron structures and plates and lighting. The 3 men walked through the tunnel passing various doors, some had windows which showed larger rooms that either had more tunnels or elevators or larger rooms. The 3 men kept on walking until they entered a set of doors passed through them turned left kept on walking then turned right and then finally arrived in a chamber that looked more like a conference room.
2 of the 3 stood at the door entrance their suits black and coats brown they were clearly guards. The other sat down in a simple chair and looked at the other door and waited for it to open. After a while, the man looked at his watch and it was then that the door opened, an older man walked in he looked rather tired and was shaking and held a briefcase. The man old man set down and opened the briefcase taking out 3 small tubes of blueish liquid and putting it on the table. The man spoke to the older man, who lighted up a cigar.
“Is this the compound?” the man asked the older man who nodded and looked at the small tubes.
“It is but it has only been tested on animals, not on humans and..” the man cut the older man off he didn’t have time to hear his rambling, he had read the request and while the ethics were troubling it was somewhat necessary.
“You can test on your preferred subjects. I will get them for you just to make sure your testing progresses within the time frame allotted”.
Before the old man could respond the man got up and left he had all the information needed. Thus as he and the 2 others walked back through the complex and to the car and eventually out of the road again. Once in the car they travelled to a train station and talked about many things. Nobody brought it up that they would be once in Nieuw Amsterdam order the abduction of younger children showing and setting the stage for what Cadmus her ethics were.
4 June 1940
British House of Commons, London, United Kingdom
The situation in France had become a catastrophe. The BEF, while mostly evacuated, had left behind hordes of equipment capable pf arming many German divisions with British equipment. The French First Army was surrounded and its command destroyed. Very few British troops remained on the mainland, the Luftwaffe maintained absolute air superiority, and while the French Second Army was in some form of position on the frontline, they had nowhere near the equipment, manpower, or time necessary to mount a serious defense.
The British Prime Minister, today in the House of Commons, had to report on this military situation. He had to inform the people that France would likely fall, and that Britain may possibly face invasion from the German threat. But at the same time, he could not allow doubt to be cast in the ability of the British people to go on to victory. Nervously, he had stood before a silent house to speak.
"Turning once again, and this time more generally, to the question of invasion, I would observe that there has never been a period in all these long centuries of which we boast when an absolute guarantee against invasion, still less against serious raids, could have been given to our people. In the days of Napoleon, of which I was speaking just now, the same wind which would have carried his transports across the Channel might have driven away the blockading fleet. There was always the chance, and it is that chance which has excited and befooled the imaginations of many Continental tyrants. Many are the tales that are told. We are assured that novel methods will be adopted, and when we see the originality of malice, the ingenuity of aggression, which our enemy displays, we may certainly prepare ourselves for every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous maneuver. I think that no idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered and viewed with a searching, but at the same time, I hope, with a steady eye. We must never forget the solid assurances of sea power and those which belong to air power if it can be locally exercised.
Sir, I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's Government – every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Geheimpolizei and all the odious apparatus of Kaiser's rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."
Churchill's speech drew cheers from the Commons at its conclusion. The Labour benches erupted, and upon Neville Chamberlain giving the signal, so too did the Conservatives. Churchill had the House's confidence to lead the nation onward. He departed the house for another meeting with the War cabinet. He had much to do.
Soviet Government Nominates New Monarch
The Soviet government under Joseph Stalin has issued a resolution declaring that a successor monarch will be coronated very soon, and named the individual that will be coronated. Upon consulting the Romanov Family tree and adhering to all laws of succession created in 1924, Stalin's government has selected the late Empress Maria I's younger sister, Kira Kirillovna, Princess of Russia, to become the next Tsarina and Empress of the Soviet Empire. It is an interesting choice indeed, which has many pondering the political motivations behind the selection. Princess Kira of Russia is currently married to Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, the son of German Crown Prince Wilhelm and second in line for the German throne. It is not exactly clear what Kira's ascent to the Russian throne could mean for the Prussian Prince, but this turn of events is likely to stir debate in Berlin just as much as it does in Moscow.
With the proclamation made however, Premier Stalin has reportedly issued an invitation to Princess Kira to return to Moscow and be Coronated as the Workers' Empress. Following the aversion of a complete breakdown in organized society in Russia, it is a good sign to see the return of normal convention in Russia, with the Mladrossi system stronger than ever.
Prime Minister Stalin Criticizes League of Nations, Calls for Reform
The Soviet Prime Minister once again made headlines when he answered several questions from foreign journalists while proceeding from the Grand Kremlin Palace to his residence outside Moscow. One of those journalists asked a question about the Prime Minister's feelings on the current state of international affairs. Here was the Soviet leader's remarks:
"We have paid close attention to happenings in western Europe and East Asia. It is very intriguing to see how warfare is increasingly shaping the international system. What this really shows us is that the post-Great War, Treaty of Versailles international order was a complete failure, unable to guarantee the most basic tenants of peace and human rights. We have seen conflict in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and now Western Europe. They failed to halt Italian expansion into Ethiopia, Korean expansion into China, and they failed to bring any meaningful debate on colonialism, to say nothing of bringing it to an end. The League has essentially ceased all operations as of 1939. We've heard no objections or statements from them on the subjects of our own military actions. It is high time that the members of the League consider dissolving the organization and organizing a new international organization."
A journalist responded: "Would you have any ideas about what such an organization would look like?"
The Soviet Prime Minister quipped back: "I do in fact, and I would love to discuss my ideas with President Roosevelt of the United Provinces (Nieuw Nederlandt), Chancellor Nührens of Germany (New Deutschlandium), Prime Minister Churchill of the United Kingdom (The United States of Soviet Britain), Presidnet Albert Lebrun of France (Aragron), and Premier Wang Jingwei of China (Mexicaeno), and Premier Huena Longo of Brazil-Portugal (New Emastalia)."
Soviet Government Issues New Laws
In accordance with the Crisis Powers Act, which remain in effect, the Soviet Government has issued a series of new laws without the consent of the Parliament, many of which massively increase government spending and increase the state's power. Among the new laws the Prime Minister's Cabinet are announcing are:
An Imperial Red Army expansion law which would increase the military's funding, primarily the Army and Air Force, from ~$61 billion to ~$80 billion, and increase the size of the armed forces from the current 4.25 million personnel to around 7 million, placing roughly about 4.5 percent of the population in the Soviet armed forces, a manageable feat for a country of such a large size. The Soviet government claims that with the threat of Trotskyist rebels still out there and the deteriorating international situation, the Imperil Red Army needs to be ready. Much of this funding will focus on producing increasing amounts of new tank and aircraft models, which are desperately needed to replace the aging models currently filling out the Soviet ranks.
An energy program which will seek to expand the Soviet Empire's energy production and allow the people to consume more. In the short term, this will involve increasing the country's production and consumption of coal, however the law will also establish a "State Committee of Energy" that will explore emerging forms of energy production, particularly examining work furthered by German chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann, and peer-reviewed by French Physicist Frédéric Joliot-Curie, in the emerging field of nuclear fission, which asserts that if fission reactions in the nucleus of an atom release neutrons, a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction producing energy could result.
Establishing a new department in the Defense Ministry which will work with state weapons manufacturers and foreign producers to examine new technological developments in ballistics, particularly in infantry weapons design and surface artillery technology. The Imperial Red Army, after seeing how much military tactics have changed in the past decade, are hoping to remain as ahead of the curve as possible in conventional arms production.
A new law which will increase state monitoring of citizen activity and permit the state to legally hold individuals indefinitely without warrant if such individuals are suspected to be involved in an Trotskyist activity.
A law regulating large public gatherings. According to the Imperial Red Army, larger gatherings of citizens in halls and town squares more easily facilitated the uprising of rebel forces across the nation. In order to prevent this from happening on a scale so large that the military cannot keep pace, this law will ban large gatherings of fifteen or more people indefinitely, and that any such activity will be met with hostility by military police currently active in many Soviet cities. This law does apply to churches and other places of worship, including the protected Russian Orthodox Church.
A law dissolving the NKVD, the Soviet Union's state intelligence and police service. The institution and its leaders were apparently party to the coup attempt in Moscow, and many of the leaders were apparently in league with Trotsky. They have reportedly all been arrested, but according to the government, the institution could be infiltrated by anti-government forces at the deepest level. The NKVD will be abolished and entirely replaced by a new "Committee of State Security" (KGB), which will not have the rank of a Ministry in the Soviet Cabinet like the NKVD did.
The Soviet government is moving very quickly to begin reordering the status quo in the country, and is passing many laws which intent upon advancing the country even further industrially and technologically, but regressing the country for now in the field of civil rights and liberties. Many are concerned about what the future of Russia under this new, totalitarian government with Stalin at the helm will be, but one thing is sure: the aura of paranoia and suspicion in Moscow is extensive and remains all-pervasive.
CROWN PRINCE WILHELM
PRINCE OF PRUSSIA AND THE GERMAN KAISSERREICH
BERLIN, GERMAN KAISERREICH
My government has finally solidified matters here in the Soviet Empire enough that we may look forward to beginning the path toward normalization. Against the recommendation of many within my cabinet, as there is still a very real fear that Trotskyist subversives are out there, I have chosen to go forward in defiance of their anarchist and wretched tendencies and coronate a new monarch for the Soviet Empire. This is a big moment for us in Moscow, and I think it will be the final step in solidifying our system, that of the Imperial Workers' State, the great compromise between the masses and the nobility.
Our cabinet has examined the Romanov Pedigree and it has led us to Princess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, daughter of the late Emperor Kirill I, younger sister of the late Empress Maria I, and your daughter-in-law, married to your heir, Prince Louis Ferdinand. Understanding that this may have profound impacts on the dynasties of our two states, I wanted to ask your permission before we went ahead and invited Kira herself back to Moscow. Should the coronation go ahead, we will of course want Prince Louis Ferdinand and the entire Hohenzollern dynasty in Moscow for the coronation and the joining of the Romanov and Hohenzollern ruling families. It is a big step not only for the Soviet Empire, but in relations between our two countries.
I hope to hear from you soon.
JOSEPH V. STALIN
IMPERIAL SOVIET UNION
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State department picks a side in Paraguay
With the war in Paraguay lighting up and rebels and goverment forces fighting each other devastating the country. The state department of the UAP has seemingly picked a side in the form of renewing its embassy in Paraguay, and with it pledging support to the goverment to rebuilt it as part of the friendly neighbour policy. This comes at a time where Paraguay is engulfed in a civil war that has seen its cities burn by the rebels as the Goverment forces are trying to hold the line. This renewal in relations comes in the form of renewing the embassy and sending a new ambassador as well as approving for Paraguay her request on military sales, by the senate committee on military sales. This is called by many a new age in American influence in Latin America, which in recent months have become more active in the public light.
In light of this, the OCCCRBAR (Office for Coordination of Commercial and Cultural Relations between the American Republics) has been established by order of the president and is headed by Nelson Rockefeller a member of the Rockefeller family. OCCCRBAR has the following goal in the words of Nelson Rockefeller;
"to provide for the development of commercial and cultural relations between the American Republics and thereby increasing the solidarity of this hemisphere and furthering the spirit of cooperation between the Americas in the interest of hemisphere defence."
with this goal in mind, OCCCRBAR will work to better relations and increase trade and cultural relations between the American nations and provide a common cause and bring prosperity to America’s. It can best be described as Cultural diplomacy and is hoped to be a new age in American relations with Latin America a true adherence to the presidents good neighbour policy, and in the eyes of many within Latin America will bring prosperity to all those nations that are willing cooperate. Critics have said that this policy of supporting Paraguay will likely drive it closer to war with the Portuguese Empire while proponents have said that after the so-called Azore affair and with the embargo and the full effect of it the Portueegse empire knows its place, no comment has been released by the state department or any other Federal department. It all by all can be said that these are interesting times and with the world getting closer and closer to madness at least America’s shall know peace.
John J. Pershing speaks to new soldiers
On the marching field in California near San Fransisco, the green soldiers standing in formation and saluting the General of the Armies as he approached them. He walked up a podium where he gave a speech to these fresh soldiers who would fight in a faraway land for their country. To inspire these men he said the following and said it with a tone only a seasoned commander a man who had seen the worst and come out on top could speak.
...From personal experience, I know what awaits you. I know what war means – most of my life has been spent in wars. They were amongst the hardest years of my life, but they were also full of the richest experiences that life can give. I would not exchange my war experiences of the Mexican revolution and the last Great War for all the gold in Klondike. You are going to face danger, hardship and sacrifice – perhaps death itself – in all its fierce forms. But through it all, you will gather that experience of life and enrichment of character which are more valuable than gold or precious stones.
General Pershing sees the new troops of which are to reinforce the CEF and help to expand its capacities. These soldiers will fight in Manchuria and aid in rebuilding China and aiding the KMt in their battle against the Korean menace, while they are going to the Orient other soldiers are being prepared for the larger military with naval army and air forces expansion to a large degree to prepare the UAP for this new era.
Manchuria, 2nd Armoured Division, June 6th
They had managed to push the Koreans back around Chengde, a medium-sized industrial city that was surrounded by mountains and limited roads and a defenders paradise. The road to Chengde as it was called, was one where there were constant ambushes, battles in mountainous terrain which forced many to move on the food to clear the area out as well as possible when that did not work it was decided to just the positions of the enemy. This all by all took 10 days, 10 days of being attacked, fending off the attack, being attacked again, going into the mountains, fighting, calling in a local area bombardment, that was the norm every day. With the main road following the Luan river, it meant that the attacks were always fierce, but the Americans had succeeded in pushing the Koreans back and with the use of sheer air power managed to force them back around Chengde, the frontlines now were some 15 km from Chengde and from what air reconnaissance had shown it was a true fortress.
Thus to break the fortress it was decided to envelop them with artillery, and start a bombing campaign, however, with air defences being so strong these bombing missions were quickly stopped as losses became too high. Things become worse when on the 3rd of June the Koreans attempted to push back the American lines and it took nearly 2 days before the Americans were able to push them back, the Koreans pushed the frontlines nearly 21 kilometres at their furthest in the western sector of Chengde. It took artillery, airpower and firepower and grid of the American soldier to push the Koreans back to their starting lines. The western front of Chengde was thus filled with the wrecks of Korean tanks, American tanks and armoured vehicles all burning, with soldiers beside them dead or wounded. This failed out breakout would only delay the inevitable, and in the night of the 6th of June 1940, at 23:00 From the Western, and southern sides of the city some 23 KM away from the Korean frontlines. American artillery was positioned in a way reminiscent of the great war and the fields of France, and like in that previous war they opened fire in an almost philharmonic way but were normally one would hear the sound of the violin or the drum one now only heard explosions and explosion upon explosion. It was followed by a coordinated aerial bombardment by Nomads and it was only in the morning that the Soldiers began moving onto the Korean positions, being supported by tanks both medium and light.
It was this combined offensive that involved, air and land power which could be subdivided into Armour and infantry and artillery working together with the Army Air Forces to crush the Korean defensive line that had so far taken many lives. It was when the Americans broke the western defensive line and it was there that the real fighting began behind the liens as the Koreans threw reserves into the fight to prevent Americans from breakthrough. It was the chaos of combat in a mountainous area with only so much flat land meant that it was close, far, hand to hand, artillery to artillery while above an air battle raged between AAF fighters and Korean fighters, it was chaotic something that everyone understood well enough. It was even that on parts of the Chinese wall that was relatively nearby a full-scale fight had broken out between the American vanguard elements and Korean rear guard elements. It was however in the Western front that the real battle took place and it was something that all of its combatants would never forget.
Captain Grayson was one of the men fighting in the western part of the battle of Chengde and it was fighting through burned down villages and even the outer parts of the city, which was an old city. Not that Grayson had any time for sightseeing, Korean bullets prevented him from doing just that, not that there was a lot to see in his opinion. He got behind a house that was on a corner, down the street was a Korean machine gun position that defended the bridge they needed to take to get into Chengde proper. “Frack those Kors…” someone yelled as he threw a grenade at the Korean position which didn’t do much except destroy part of a house. He looked around further and further and opened fire with his M1 and 2 others to suppress the Machine gunners their positions, it was long enough for one of his men to shoot a rifle grenade that blew up behind the Koreans and was enough to halt firing, in that Grayson with his bayonet like 7 others of his team they charged the position, that was enough as Grayson jumped over the sandbags and shot right into a Korean soldier. The sound of the gunfire then came in from the other side of the bridge and Grayson watched as 2 of his men were gunned down and he got down behind a stone railing. It was something that did it for him, it was not as if he had not seen death but those two men that were killed were green from what they told him they were only so recently drafted and trained and sent over here and both had girlfriends waiting for them back home. A radio operator joined him behind cover and Grayson grabbed the communicator, he was going to call in air support he thought because his company seemed to be to pinned down to do anything.
“This is Charlie company to headquarters”
“Headquarters to Charlie confirmed”
“We are pinned down at Bridge 3 Koreans are on the other side fire is heavy, we are taking heavy losses we need support now.” As Grayson said that a mortar shell hit in a house that caused the rubble to fall on one of the men. A medic ran towards the man and tried to get him out of the rubble but he was shot down by a sniper.
“Charlie company no support is available at the moment hold ou…..”
“Dammit I do not have the fracking time for this we are getting killed out here so if you want this bridge gives us some form of suppport”
It was silent on the other end for a while but he could hear someone yelling in the background. Then a new voice came up he sounded less like a standard radio operator and more like a commanding officer.
“Support coming Charlie company 2 minutes out artillery strike take cover and good luck”
The line went death but Grayson knew now that they needed to get ready to charge quickly after the artillery barrage came down. He ordered his men to get down more and cover their ears as the moment he was down himself the artillery barrage came down in full force. The explosions were loud and it worked and the bridge was fine it seemed and thus Grayson and his company charged forward with everything they had and then hit the Korean positions hard. Fighting ensued in close-quarter combat and Grayson shot 5 Koreans and beat up another one. When it was over they were now entrenched past the bridge and holding out against the Koreans and waiting for reinforcements to come and relieve them because they had been fighting for a long time and they had limited munitions and were getting tired to the point of fighting ineffectiveness.