- May 19, 2013
The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
An altogether larger aircraft, this comprised a long series of designs over three years, mostly outside AST.403 requirements.
Power came from two reheated RB.199s or single RB.431 (essentially a straight - through Pegasus).
The first HS.1202 was drawn in November 1975 and featured a canard with square side intakes (there was also a tailed version with intakes above the fuselage). Two 27mm cannon and the forward undercarriage were housed in a lower fuselage bulge beneath the canards. Four bombs were placed in a low drag recess behind it.
A year later, studies had advanced to layouts more akin to the McDonnell Douglas F-18 which introduced leading edge root extensions.
In 1977 the aircraft became a British "F-16" and with a single fin, it looked remarkably like the General Dynamics machine. Four Sidewinders were carried, two 27mm in the LERX and a variety of ground attack weapons on four more under wing hard points.
Regarding the UAPR, I wouldn't mind if they got some more focus later on in the story. They are supposed to be the British Empire's geopolitical rival after all.^Awesome^. Thus far it doesn't seem like too much of an 'against all odds' type affair. Churchill is in (and in a mild super-duper form) so...idk, does Japan do something drastic early on or are the Americans going to do something...odd?
Without giving too much away, having read much of Trek's other work on the resulting TL the UAPR is the main geopolitical rival of the British empire/commonwealth/alliance after WWII largely because they are the two main powers left standing. There is another great power that I think would be up there with them, albeit at a slightly lower level but it takes a fair mauling in the war. At this point Britain and the UAPR are de facto allies against Japan [if you have read that far], although with no real cooperation. I don't know how much Trek will put in about them competing and possibly even occasionally cooperating in the latter stages of the Pacific war.Regarding the UAPR, I wouldn't mind if they got some more focus later on in the story. They are supposed to be the British Empire's geopolitical rival after all.
Well happy reading. You have a lot of events to catch up on but things are possibly coming to the end games in both Europe and Far East. A lot of fighting still to come and one "fascist" power is still standing afterwards but victory is in sight.I've got over a hundred pages left to go before catchup but at the moment, Italy looks like it's about to be won, the Japanese panicked and launched an attack too early but also slightly too late and the American cousin from Langley is back.
Europe is still going to be tricky though. I can't see the German soviet alliance breaking down yet and as it is they have far too many troops to be beaten by just the British on their own (the French have, true to HOI life, failed to contribute anything).
It remains to be seen what happens after the war but I imagine that the Cold War will be far hotter and more volatile than in OTL. After all, if the US and the USSR directly bordered each other (and in fact, the Candians split the Communists up) and there wasn't just one island off the coast of the US that was on the enemy team but basically all of them... Oh dear.
Ugh! That could be very nasty for the RN, although hopefully the defensive cap and AA fire, especially if proximity fuses are available by now, a lot will be stopped. Do we know if the Japanese have started using kamikaze tactics yet? I suspect not as they still think, before this battle, that they could win a classical battle.Thus far, the IJN seems to be finished. Without their motherships, the Japanese pilots are going to go full kamikaze...
This makes me wonder how much Bletchley Park has been expanded as it is both being as successful as OTL and located in a country with far more resources than OTL.The Allies on the other hand benefited from a vastly superior intelligence picture. Japanese Naval codes had been first broken in 1942, and even the changed version that had been introduced in summer 1943 had not withstood a Colossus Mk.10, the version specifically developed to speed up decryption of the old version for very long, being based on the same principles. Because of this, Admiral Cunningham was aware of Japanese plans and intentions before Captains of most of the Japanese ships involved.