Update (March 1st 1947)
0000 March 1st 1947.
Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan.
"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. We shall start with the Intelligence briefing this month." Hideki began the meeting.
"Your majesty, Gentlemen, good morning." began Kuniaki. "Despite some recent attempts to further infiltrate our enemies ranks with agents I have had no success, which means the reports are not entirely accurate."
"Soviet Industry increased by one factory complex and they made no advances in Research.
The War of attrition in Asia remains one sided with respect to losses with the Red Army doing all of the dieing. Net losses for the Soviet ground forces are estimated to be eleven Infantry and ten Armoured divisions. Twenty one divisions in all which is respectable during the Winter months given our current forces.
No Aircraft losses and two smaller vessels which we know to be Submarine Flotillas."
"British Industry remains largely crippled by a lack of resources but it still has production capacity. Three technological advances appear to have been made one of which was more modern Motorised divisions.
Losses to British ground forces include six Infantry and two Armoured divisions which would seem fairly accurate if the casualites are added up in Iraq and Persia.
The state of the Royal Air Force cannot be accurately determined and the Royal Navy has suffered only one loss that we know of even though the numbers show differently."
"No change to American Industry and one breakthrough in technology. They have completed research into an Improved Turbojet Escort Fighter which could cause some problems once the upgrades arrive in their Strategic bomber groups.
Infantry numbers increased by three divisions. Losses to the United States Air Force appear to be fairly large to their Fighter wings after a lot were caught on the ground in Baghdad. The United States Navy increased by three smaller ships."
"Our own research is moving along at a slow pace and I do not expect any breakthroughs until the middle of the year. That concludes the Intelligence briefing." Kuniaki concluded as he sat down.
"Armed Forces please." asked Hideki.
"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. The Pacific remains calm with nothing but sporadic encounters with smaller American Carrier fleets. Asia is also fairly static as Winter still has a firm grip in the region. We expect the snows to begin to melt in the coming month which may well indicate the Soviet intentions for the coming campaigning season. The numbers still dictate an elastic defence in most areas which we hope to begin to reverse later in the year." Tanigawa began.
"Moscow by April next year?" asked Hirohito.
"That might be a little difficult to achieve your Majesty but we shall try our best." replied Tanigawa.
"Do you think I might be able to convince Stalin to allow me to see the Kremlin on a State visit in April 1948 Minister Mamoru?"
"Anything is possible your Majesty but I would say that he would most likely look unfavourably upon such a proposal." Mamoru replied.
"Then it will be up to you Minister Tanigawa." stated the Emperor.
"Thank you your Majesty. Moving on to current actions we have advances in the Middle East during Operation Komodo and we are making good progress. Operation Tedious is looking for a suitable target to further disadvantage our enemies in Siberia. Over to Minister Satoru for a more detailed briefing." concluded Tanigawa.
"Thank you Minister Tanigawa. Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen." Satoru began. "My briefing will be on Asia and the Middle East as the Pacific has seen no territory change hands or any major conflict."
"Not much looks to have altered in Asia but there have been some small gains by the Red Army and things are beginning to look a little more dangerous for our forces as Spring approaches."
"The Persian Gulf area and Middle East has seen our troops moving steadily inland with occasional contact with enemy forces when our bombers cannot destroy them all first. We have already captured Baghdad in Iraq and have forces adjacent to the Persian capital of Teheran. Karachi has also been re-occupied by our forces closing the possible advance into India by the Allies.
The arrows indicate our current lines of march and you would be correct in assuming that we are attempting to conquer Iraq and remove it from the grips of British tyranny. There is a sizable Syrian force along the Iraqi border and we expect to be counter attacked almost instantly but this will bring the Syrian troops closer to our bombers and further away from any air cover they might have.
There are no plans to violate Saudi Arabia's neutrality."
"Yet." added the Emperor.