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Chapter I: Fire, Bullets and Leaflets.

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Fire, Bullets and Leaflets: A Tale of the Second Civil War.

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The city of Shanghai had been basically Wang Hongwen's fiefdom for the last few years, if the majority of the population was against him and his allies (Zhang, Jiang, Yao) it was almost irrelevant and the reason was clear. All over the city, since the Gang had taken power and following Hua's removal from it, the Red Guards had sprang back to life, running through the streets of Shanghai and calling Wang's enemies as enemies of the revolution, those who dared to oppose the new power in Beijing were quickly accused of counter-revolutionary activies, beaten and if not killed; then tried and jailed, tried and sent to reeducation camps or the worst one, tried and executed.

Everyone thought that the Gang would be removed almost immediately, after all, most of the population was already tired of the mass mobilizations that started back with Mao's cultural revolution. The excesses committed during it had been key to start up the resentment against the Chinese Communist Party, however, figures like Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping had tried their best to handle the situation, getting enough popularity among the people to calm down the anger and hatred that was starting to pile up. Even Hua Guofeng seemed to be against the restoration of the Maoist ideas regarding the Cultural Revolution, so when Wang Hongwen slowly started displacing Hua from the mainstage, everyone expected (and hoped for) some kind of event leading up to his removal and allowing a moderate figure like Hua or maybe a reformist like Deng to assume power over China.

But that did not happen, what surely did was a massive trial against a "Lin Biao-kind of enemy", a counter-revolutionary figure that had been "lurking from the darkness, awaiting the opportunity to conduct the counter-revolution financed by the Revisionists and their Capitalist allies". It was something everyone expected once Hua or Deng never took the power from Wang's hands, suddenly the trial took place at Beijing and would pass to history as the "Party Rectification Campaign". In it, Wang Dongxing and Chen Xilian among some other reformist-linked or moderate officers were accused of trying to launch a Lin Biao-like plot to usurp the people's revolution and "implement their Capitalist ideas by handing the people's will to the foreign bourgeoisie". Almost everyone came out from it alive, unscathed, it was more a warning towards the lower officers but also an opportunity for them to reach the higher echelons of the structure.

-Almost- being the key word, since Wang Dongxing and Chen Xilian basically left the public scene completely, nowhere to be seen, nowhere to be found.

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Mei was running as quickly as she could, she had received instructions from her Red Guard commander about a shipment of weapons arriving to the Jiangnan Shipyard, a few streets down from the textile mill. She was supposed to retrieve some of them, directly sent from a North Korean port, and take them to the Penglai Park where another group of militia was waiting for them. This wasn't the only city where someone like Mei would be running guns from one place to another, it was a picture replicated all over China, even in reformist-minded cities like Guangzhou and especially in the cities of Manchuria, where Mao Yuanxin (Mao Zedong's nephew) was organizing his Communist forces to rally against the Provisional Government of China headed by the capitalist roader and right-wing deviationist Hu Yaobang.

The Red Guard commander had been clear about it, Mei could remember his words as she ran, trying to be fastest as possible, considering they had the time against them. Yao Wenyuan had been captured by the Provisional Government and he sang everything he knew about the planned uprising, that's when Wang Hongwen appeared out of nowhere in Shanghai and called the remaining Red Guards to be ready, quickly organizing a militia and pleading to loyal officers of the army to remember their oath to Mao's Legacy, to the Revolution and soon, the People's Liberation Army was back.

"At least by running I can heat up," Mei thought to herself, noticing how cold the weather was in this January night, "maybe I should've taken the coat Fang offered to me," after thinking about her friend she couldn't stop getting worried about the whole outcome of this affair. The outsiders believed that the path China was going through was a good one, that the country was finally knowing stability and peace within it's borders, but that was a huge lie, there was resistance everywhere: she believed her commander, after all, he was a hero of the revolution himself.

But she pushed those thoughts to the back of her mind, that wasn't important right now, her mission was of utmost importance. The Central Shanghai uprising depended on her, without Shanghai the whole restoration could fail and she wasn't willing to let it happen. Her mother was clear about it, the Capitalist roaders had been the ones to blame after her father went missing, while the Communist Party was responsible for the achievements of their life, especially moving from the countryside to Central Shanghai. She was decided to defend Mao's Legacy even with her life.

After a few streets she finally got to the Jiangnan Shipyard, besides the Huangpu river, but before she could go inside to search the North Korean crates, something caught her attention. There was a truck parking in the street, but that wasn't the only thing, in the opposite side there was one as well, she could barely see in the darkness of the night but she couldn't be mistaken about what the trucks said by the side: Beijing Yanjing Brewery.

"Beijing Brewery?," and soon the words of the commander came back to her mind, "remember, the counter-revolutionaries will do everything in their reach to crush the popular will, be ready for any trick they may attempt, something new in the environment, something out of place, whatever, trust your instincts."

And as soon as she started running, from the trucks numerous soldiers started pouring out.

She was already tired, her legs shaking and her lungs doing their best attempt to allow her to keep running, but she knew that wasn't humanly possible, sooner or later they would find her or even worse, the defenseless students at the park, next to the university waiting for the weapons to begin the uprising.

The steps were getting closer and closer and soon she got an idea to warn the others, she jumped out of the shadows at the same time a soldier was passing by, he fell to the ground with a sharp blade piercing his throat ending up with her sleeve soaked up in blood, just as a soldier reached to his gun and quickly shot at her shoulder, she was fine, but now everyone in the block knew what was going on.

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Hi everyone!
Yup, a new AAR by me, but don't worry, the Korean AAR isn't on hiatus nor cancelled, I'm still planning on finishing it but I got a bit tired of it and I stopped writing for quite a long time. So, this AAR is mostly an exercise for myself to "wake up" my writing capabilities. :p

Don't expect it to be a long one, I'm also going for another style in this one.
I have the material to update the Korean one, but I chose to try this one before writing an update, so I hope you truly enjoy this smol'AAR.
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EDIT::: The title is supposed to say "After the Gang of Four", I don't speak Chinese so I had some help from Google haha, if anyone speaks Chinese and wants to correct it if wrong, feel free to tell me. :D
 
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Chapter I: Fire, Bullets and Leaflets. (Part II)

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The Goddess of Democracy: the Second Civil War.

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Dongfeng was just getting back home, he had been participating at the Tiananmen Square protests that had started months ago, after the removal of the Chinese Communist Party from the power due to Hu Yaobang announcing the formation of a Provisional Government for China and the ban placed upon the Communist Party. The situation had been dire, the Second Cultural Revolution along more irritating campaigns started by Wang Hongwen and Jiang Qing, the stagnation and eventual failure of the economy and a strong repression against the civilians and the very same officers of the army. It was obvious for everyone, the CCP was lost.

He wasn't surprised at all, everything that had happened after Mao's death had been an utter mess, a complete chaos and disaster. Not even the CCP was glad to have Wang Hongwen in charge, but the most powerful voices had been capable of silencing the rest of them. The Provisional Government had been in power for almost a year, maybe less, maybe more, but they hadn't done too much to improve the situation in China; Hu Yaobang was opposed to completely removing and denying Mao's presence in the country or the Communist one, but he also knew that he had to work within a system in current existance for him to control the events going on at the country.

At least that was what political experts thought, what most of the population felt was a betrayal of the movement, they felt it was getting stagnant, but the events that would start in this night would change everything in the country.

"Thought you'd get here earlier," said her mom as she stirred the food she was preparing at the pot, it was just a bit of rice but right now it was the best he could have. He had spent entire days at the Tiananmen Square, even sleeping there, they had been working on building a statue out of several materials, they called it the Goddess of Democracy, he could find certain resemblance to the American Statue of Liberty, but the ideals were different, or at least all those students felt that way. They weren't trying to look pro-American, but they truly expected democracy to take place in China, considering the failures of the Communist Party and now, the failures of Hu Yaobang to erradicate the broken system in place.

"I was going to, but something's going on at the city, it seems something big will take place. There were government vehicles everywhere, police, army, I don't know," Dongfeng replied, as he finished he could see her mom turn towards him giving a puzzled look. He also felt that way, the Gang of Four had fell in such a quick fashion, everyone thought it would be harder to bring them down but, unexpectedly, it had been quite simple. Hu Yaobang along some officers just proclaimed the formation of a Provisional Government and that was it: well, that's how Ling had explained it to him, since he spent a lot of days sick and unable to learn some news out of her.

"Oh, right, Ping told me about it. She seems quite worried, she has this, theory," she turned back to look at Dongfeng, noticing how quickly he raised his eyes. "She says that, the CCP allowed itself to be brought down when it was about Wang and his gang, but now that their true power is being questioned, they won't stand for it. So, basically, she says an uprising will take place by the Communist loyalists, though I really doubt that, I mean, who would stand for that? Aside of Jiang Qing and Mao's nephew, even Wang Hongwen disappeared after last year's uprising against the CCP rule."

"I guess that could make sense, but, that's a good point as well. Without Wang Hongwen and with the whole Gang out of the game, who would start this supposed uprising? I'm pretty sure the entire military is against the Communists, after what they did to Wang Dongxing, Chen Xilian and Ye Jianying," he was so sure about it, the trials of Wang and Chen had been heavily publicized by the CCP, however, Ye Jianying had been sent into a silent retirement. "I'm still wondering how the authorities lost Wang Hongwen, I mean, he was the leader of the country, the most important one in that radical clique and now they just want us to pretend everything's fine."

Dongfeng took a sip from the small bowl of soup he had in front of him, he was craving for some Dim sum, but his mother had cooked some weeks ago, when they had started building the statue at Tiananmen Square. He wasn't at home for several days as he wanted to be there when it was finished, some unfortunate accidents took place and the process was slower than he hoped. But eventually, the Goddess of Democracy had been built at Tiananmen Square and a portrait of Sun Yat-sen, widely viewed as the founder of the Republic of China was placed in front of her, a direct challenge to Mao's Legacy.

"Anyways, you should take a nap, just by looking into your eyes I gue-" a big and loud explosion suddenly interrupted her, the lights went off and through the building's loudspeaker a message was broadcasted to the inhabitants.

This is the legitimate government, the loyal forces of the People's Republic of China denounce the deviationist coup inspired by those shadow forces willing to surrender our independence and the people's will at the first opportunity. Starting right now, the martial law is proclaimed and we call the Tiananmen Square protests to be dissolved, we won't give up with our Socialist Dream, we shall continue on and defeat the traitors behind the curtain. The People's Republic of China shall prevail, Mao's Legacy shall be restored and the peace will come back to our land: remember the Chairman and his infinite wisdom for this is a time of courage.

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Why did the CCP give up it's power so easily, especially if they are doing the coup now?
Apologies for the late reply, well, the CCP had not surrendered at all.
Knowing the state of the country after the messy rule of the Gang of Four, they supported the reformist wing in the party, but by this point, having been radicalized by several events I'll further develop or mention, the reformist wing is a very different one from the one we came to know.

So, the CCP thought they were only removing the Gang of Four and going back to business, basically, removing the nutheads and cleaning up the mess while trying to stabilize the country, what they didn't expected was the sudden formation of a Provisional Government by the reformists (that, as I said, have already radicalized by this point I mean, a second cultural revolution would certainly do that considering how people was already tired of it) so, eventually, they are trying to resist now that they feel truly threatened by Hu Yaobang and his supporters.

On next update I'll try to develop a bit more about what's going on.
 
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