Update (July 1st 1947)
0000 July 1st 1947.
Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan.
"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. We will begin with a report on our puppet Nations this month." Hideki began the monthly meeting.
"Your Majesty, Gentlemen, good morning." Mamoru began. "The recent advances made by our ground forces have aided our Allies a little and I have some up to date information on their current Industrial Capacities and Research."
"Manchukuo remains our most potent puppet and its Factory output has increased with the liberation of both Xinjing and Harbin. The remainder of Manchuria is of no use for resources of any kind and Manchukuo will regain its full production once the factory complexes in Harbin have been fully repaired. This will also allow it to start a second research project and is the only puppet that will be able to do that.
Mengkukuo is the smallest for the time being but it does have some further potential as we know it will claim Mongolia once that territory is retaken. Ulan Bator, the former capital of Mongolia, will almost double the Industrial Capacity of Mengkukuo. They are researching a newer Infantry model for the time being which will make their troops slightly more useful after the upgrades are complete.
Siam remains the most stable with no changes at all for some time. They have begun to slowly provide more Infantry for us to utilise but they will not gain any more production except by research. We have tried in the past to send them Energy to boost their production but as they are a puppet they merely send it straight back to us. They seem content with what they have and are providing Air cover around Japan as they have been for the last three years.
I continue to monitor their research and dispatch relevant blueprints when required to speed up the process. Manchukuo provided us with the latest Infantry blueprints which we are currently researching.
I have also taken the liberty of starting talks with all three Nations in regards to garrison duties in the future. These talks are at a very early stage as we do not have a clear target area yet and we do not know how easy any such target could be achieved."
"We do have some sort of idea of where we wish to reach in some areas." Tanigawa said. "I can have Minister Satoru cover our plans in that regard if you wish?"
"That would be helpful certainly." replied Mamoru. "Nothing further from me."
"Intelligence next please."
"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. I have had some funding during June and managed to add an agent in the United Kingdom. Our reports are beginning to become slightly more accurate as a result." Kuniaki began.
"Soviet base Industrial Capacity increased by one but their overall numbers are unchanged. They completed research into Advanced Electronic Computers and will soon have yet another improved tank variant. Their current Armoured forces are still mostly lagging behind in upgrades but the new technology would speed up the process for them.
According to the numbers we reduced their Infantry forces by only nine divisions and their Armour by five. Redeployments could have some bearing as could recent builds. The trend is still very much downwards though and I do expect it to accelerate as their forces are reduced and become easier to target.
The largest change is to their Fighter numbers where they lost over two thirds if the numbers are correct. These were destroyed in Vladivostok. No changes of note to their Naval forces."
"No change to the British base Factory levels but their shortage in Rare Materials has returned. No research projects were completed in June.
The Armed Forces numbers are still thought to be highly inaccurate but they show a large increase in Infantry with a modest Bomber increase as well. Three Battleships and two Aircraft Carriers have also been added. These numbers are on the high side of our reports but could be right."
"American Industry is unchanged as normal. They completed three research projects. Modern Mechanised Division, Main Battle Tank and Integrated Offensive Doctrine. The last of these was completed in incredibly fast time and must have had a blueprint, even then it was remarkably fast.
Two Armoured divisions were added with little change to Airforce numbers. They lost three Aircraft Carriers which agrees with our estimates, meaning no new ships of this type were launched in June.
We completed one research project into Basic Electronic Computers. We will complete Carrier Aviation Doctrine tomorrow and should also complete Tactical bomber research this month. Nothing further." concluded Kuniaki.
"Armed Forces next please."
"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen." Tanigawa began. "The Pacific has seen some Transport fleet activity by the United States Navy but no landings. We did sink one Carrier Task Force but have been seeing a second more powerful one in and around the Indian Ocean. We have lost contact with it for the moment.
Operation Improbable continues to inflict high casualties to the Red Army in Manchuria and this has resulted in pressure easing along the rest of the front line, particularly in north western China where North China Army had been under attack by large forces. We still think it will require some time to fully reduce the Soviet forces in Manchuria but progress has been good. We have also made some advances in the center where it has slowed down the Soviets march to reinforce the north east.
Red Army troops have started to advance in India and Persia but have only made small gains to date and are being harried by one Tactical Bomber Group. Progress is likely to be slow for them in Persia but could be faster in India if they increase their current numbers which are thought to be not too high. I will hand you over to Minister Satoru to cover our intentions and the current more detailed picture." Tanigawa concluded.
"Thank you Minster Tanigawa. Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. The Pacific is indeed quiet and I will begin with the Middle East and India today." began Satoru.
"This larger map shows the current National borders. The Red Army has made one advance in Persia to the north of Teheran but has been slow to make any progress elsewhere due to our bombers. We are conducting a slow withdraw across Persia but shall attempt to push the Soviets back across the Indian border."
"A larger map of the Middle East shows where the Soviets are currently advancing. Note that both the Red Army and Syrian Army are moving towards Tabriz in the north. I expect the Soviets to win that race as they have a considerable head start. Our defensive forces are all single divisions and most of the opposition is similar in size.
I have annotated the Oil production of Abadan in the middle and you can see that it is actually increasing. This is largely due to the efforts of our Interceptor forces in the area where they have been systematically destroying the Allied Strategic bomber wings. You will also see at the bottom another American bomber wing heading towards Iraq. Our Interceptors are aware of its presence but need some time to rest from last months activities."
"India shows the Red Army advancing towards Meerut province. Our forces are moving towards Delhi which will form our position of strength from which to counter attack with bomber support. We do not expect the Red Army to advance too far unless it is reinforced."