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Part 41: Eastern Jewels

"It's not corrupt country. Corruption is what happens in all countries when businessmen offers large bribes for favors from politicians or soldiers. This Empire is different. The businessmen, the politicians, the soldiers and the bureaucrats are one and the same people - and they want exactly same things. The autocrat merely drives their car."
- R. B. Bennett, Canadian Prime Minister
Ever since their victory in Second Sino-Japanese War and transformation of China into giant client state, the Japanese ambitions only grew more and remained a major threat to Russian strategic plans. Island corporations invested heavily to further industrialization of Korea and Manchuria, using cheap Chinese labour force and tried to forge a Pan-Asian alliance with Ali Khan's India, rather than rejoin the Entente, which deemed the regime just as same undemocratic as Russia - secret negotiations were on the way, however, to at least stop further Renewalist conquests through Non-aggression and Defensie Pacts. Joined Entente and Co-Prosperity Sphere's forces had a chance to do that.


Just as the Berlin, there were Russian soldiers in Paris, Rome or London. Complete and utter destruction of the Internationale and nuclear bombardment of it's last country member showed the Russian determination to never allow any European country to be a threat. But there was still one enemy, which actually still occupied the lands of the old Empire and prepared millions of soldiers to fight them. And not only them.



The Empire of Japan's Army managed to recover from devastating losses from the war with China and pursued development of weapons able to destroy any enemy superior in numbers of soldiers, training or equipment. This was not something Russia could tolerate any longer and while Russian aristocratic warlords utilised their conquests in Europe, the bulk of imperial forces were sent to the Far East.



Expecting the right kind of Japanese reaction to such a move, soldiers sent against their now restless client state encountered heavy resistance led by the most vigorous collaborationists - the kind which could expect absolutely none leniency after the reconquest of the country and it's quick reincorporation into the Russian Empire.



There was only one option for the Japanese to react and their only hope was the support of the Entente or Ali Khan's Empire: neither were interested to help, as the Russian advance soon made several countries dissapear from face of the Earth and Japanese themselves had to soon evacuate it's soldiers and civilians from Korea and China.



The Japanese counted on Russian strategic inability to effectively supply massive armies in such difficult terrain, but underestimated the amount of development in Siberia and Mongolia in the passed decade: additional Trans-Mongolian and Baikal-Amur Railways combined with increased number of roads and military bases made massive invasion possible despite the gruesome Siberian winter conditions. Entire divisions clothed in fur coats marched along with slowly advancing tanks and trucks with permanently hot engines.


Further south, soldiers encountered better weather conditions, but these largely undeveloped areas with virtually none reliable roads had to rely on the infantry and the heaviest weapons were the ones carried by donkeys or several soldiers carrying parts of cannon or howitzer. These soldiers were mostly Georgians, Armenians and Finns who fought in most challenging areas without roads for centuries.



To prevent Japanese mobilized reinforcements on the Home Islands to join the battles on the continent, and to cut off the head of a snake, it was decided by the Tsar to cut off the head of a snake: their Emperor survived the atomic bombardment in his bunker, but losses and the destruction of capital city without ability to even avenge such loss similarly, it had desired effects in the end.



In Manchuria, two armies of experienced soldiers with modern equipment fought each other - the ones with superior firepower and larger concentration of troops gained upper hand quickly, but not at the entirely cheap price, not even from Japanese "allies" - in fact, Russians fought Chinese in greater numbers than their Japanese masters and their resistance made a good impression. No longer iliterate rabble fighting Mausers with spears, from times of Boxer Rebellion.



First phase of the war consisted of engaging enemy on each part of front and it's disintegration into smaller isolated part, easy to quickly squeeze and destroy through infantry and armoured charges supported by heavy artillery support, whenever enemy's defenses proved too solid to simply roll over them.


The Japanese prisoners of war in Central Asia, 1950s. Few hundred thousands of Japanese were not released until 1959, working in fields or mines operated by aristocrats and companies in which imperial officers had very profitable shares. Civilian, private contractors also profited from such activities, bluntly using term 'foreign serfs'.



In only three weeks, the frontlines crumbled into smaller pieces as designed in war plan: Xuantong Emperor's Empire-in-exile was used too, calling loyal Chinese to fight collaborationist traitors of the Republic and it's Japanese slave masters and soon, many regiments defected or started to fight as guerilla armies, until Russians arrived.



In one month, Co-prosperity Sphere's fate was decided, as the Russian armies continued in breakthrough operations deeps inside enemy territory. It was around this time too, when soldiers received orders to start dismantle factories and other industrial equipment, which can be used in Siberia or Mongolia.



The Transamur, as it was expected, fell as the first country: after carnage in Manchuria and nuclear strike against Tokyo, military coup done quick work with pro-Japanese officers and officials and swore loyalty to Peter IV. Most of them couldn't hope for star career, ending up as military prison administrators or commanders of most frozen and obscure bases in Siberia, but this a small price, as many traitors paid with their lives and nothing was certain these days.


Imperial soldiers marching in recently recaptured city of Vladivostok. The city itself saw significant development during last 20 years: shipyards and factories were built and military bases had to accomodate the much greater numbers of soldiers, same as the largest battleships, as the Japanese expected to use it as another major port to supply it's armies and it's Manchurian puppet, not just Transamur.



To prevent naval bombardment of city due to lack of Russian Pacific Fleet, which existed just on paper, bomber units and heavy artillery was brought here, with addition of submarine wolf packs, sinking one Japanese transport after another, in areas stretching from Yellow Sea to Kuril Islands.



The Manchurian military surrendered just few days afterwards, as it's main forces were surrounded and both Chinese soldiers and officers were no longer interested to fight a meaningless battles for Japanese, without literally any hope of victory or survival - when Russian officers promised individual units no mercy, when they won't capitulate in one hour, for example, they always kept their word to the letter.


Manchuria itself was used to Russians and their presence over the century, which was perhaps behind the reason of surprisingly easy process to add their land into list of Russian Empire's governorates in years to come.



This action was never approved by the once again reconstructed Qing Empire, which will receive sort of compensation by hanlding them over rest of China: Yunnan warlord state, the last remnant of fallen Sun's First Republic, Tibet, Huijang puppet state and Legation Cities, all were given under the rule of returned Xuantong Emperor. The Tsar of All the Russias preferred the vision of future China as the most loyal, stable, reactionary and important ally, but nothing is without it's price.


First Russian train reaching Dalnyi, known once as the Port Arthur or as the Japanese port of Dairen: now designed to serve the Russian warships and merchants.



In two months since the start of hostilities, China was mostly cleared from Japanese troops, paratroopers and marines took control of Hanoi and Saigon and Russian tanks entering Korea intended to stop only at port of Pusan.



Remaining republican forces only tried to escape into Yunnan, but not all of them succeeded, before collapse of organized resistance.



After three months, the Japanese had no other option but ask for armistice, with over 150 divisions destroyed in battle, surrendered or devastated by nuclear strikes and with dozens upon dozens Russian submarines waiting for more targets around each Japanese island.


Someone had to be blamed for worst defeat in Japanese history since Toyotomi invasions of Korea in 16th century: in that regard, reaction was very much similar - isolationism in foreign policies and military regime resembling old Shogunate, as the Emperor was now under 'eternal protection' by the Navy - as the Army was largely disgraced for the defeat as the main culprit, with many soldiers evacuated from the continent treated as traitors to the nation and the Emperor. There was no request from this government about captured Japanese soldiers for years and no captured officer was ever allowed again to return.



And just in similar fashion as the old Ming Empire previously, Russians supported now re-established state of Korea, which will certainly help keeping Japan in it's place.​
 
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So the war against Japan is icing the cake? Last, short war as final unification of the empire (in comparioson to long European war)?
 

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Damn, I would have liked to see an annexed Japan, in which Russia decides its fate.
 

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Incidentally, is Osman still at war with the Entente? I know in KR4 there's an event to make peace, but don't know if thats the case here.
 

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The Japanese prisoners of war in Central Asia, 1950s. Few hundred thousands of Japanese were not released until 1959, working in fields or mines operated by aristocrats and companies in which imperial officers had very profitable shares. Civilian, private contractors also profited from such activities, bluntly using term 'foreign serfs'.
There's something karmic about this, can't quite place it...
 

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Incidentally, is Osman still at war with the Entente? I know in KR4 there's an event to make peace, but don't know if thats the case here.
I'm pretty certain those events exist for both the Princely Federation/Indian Empire and Bayrathiya Commune (or however you spell it)
 

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That is what you call a crushing defeat. Too bad the Japanese didnt go the modern route instead of Shogunate 2.0, I want my vidja gamez. :p
 

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It's a shame the false god-emperor in Japan escaped judgment for his crimes. I'm positive the renewalist wave will crash down on Japan's shores eventually though.
 

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Part 42: Eurasian Supremacy

"We are all parts of the Empire. When we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out."

- Tsar Peter IV 'The Black' in discussion with historian Randolph Churchill two months before his death
The true reason behind continued conflicts changing the map of world lied, above all, in survival of the Wrangel's imperial state. Build with only one purpose, to unleash a vengeance upon all the enemies and maintained only through conquests, it was hard to imagine what will happen in case of sudden end. The Tsar, who only accepted the title itself to maintain facade of historical succession, had no heir to speak of. Marshals and generals bitterly fought over his attention, creating their very own cabals of loyal officers. This, in case of Wrangel's death, could only lead to devastating civil war, perhaps waged with nuclear weapons and dragging rest of the world into it.


After the end of conflict in the Europe, imperial propaganda changed focus again, now to building better future in the Greater Eurasia, the term used for the very first time. The ideological reasoning was that Russia now posessed every advantage of both European and Asian civilization and none of their weaknesses: Teutonic efficiency, Slavic love for the homeland, Latin beauty, same as Siberian resilience or Mongolian ferocity. A perfect synthesis. Which is still in danger, surrounded by enemies inside and outside it's borders, which still awaits for righteous wrath.



The conflict in the Far East didn't end with the fall of Japanese client states. Once they were here, Russian marshals were ordered to be more...thorough.



For a something which was in it's core a city-state, not unlike the medieval merchant republics in Italy, the resistance from militias, mercenaries and volunteers, including numerous crime syndicates, was fierce, determined and absolutely useless against Russian shock troops and firepower.


Shanghai after last incendiary bombardment by the artillery, tanks and bombers.



Not much was left in the burned pile which was once called Shanghai, but anything of worth or use was send back to the Empire.



Not trusting the Thai monarchy as potentially either too pro-Japanese or pro-Entente one, new monarchy had to be established.



The Yunnan remnant of the old Sun's experiment called Chinese Republic, was quickly destroyed. Now it was time to re-establish rule of the Qing Dynasty. Such a move wasn't at all certain, and many didn't that coming, but the Tsar was impressed by the defiance of the Xuantong Emperor, who resisted both Germans and Japanese to be their puppet, when he had first opportunity to do something with that. Millions of Chinese sacrificed their lives in glorious last stand of their Empire and their monarch continued to fight abroad as the head of Chinese government-in-exile, gathering funds and organizing resistance. Also helped by immensely corrupt collaborationist regime under Japanese supervision, their Emperor became essentially a popular monarch, a symbol of the nation, which was truly incredible development. Once the foreigners ruling the enslaved masses, now they were all the Chinese, members of one nation. One people, one realm, one emperor.



After the war in the Far East, however, Russian Empire once again stood on crossroad. To said that Renewalist regime achieved all it's goals, would be to tell lies to oneself. Rebellions, maybe a full civil war can be expected at any time. Annexed territories needed sometimes decades of proper development, be it road building or indoctrination of local children, to grow new generations fiercely loyal to cause of Eurasian civilization efforts.



Some alterations had to be done, despite everything: last Russian units left the China almost immediately after Emperor's return to the Forbidden City.



There, clothed no longer as his ancestors in Manchu robes, but in the Chinese Marshal's uniform, proclaimed unification of China. He didn't forget to mention the immense sacrifices of lives and land to make this dream possible and no one from his subjects should have doubts about his resolve to make Chinese nation greater than ever: without any confirmation whether he did or did not acknowledged the new borders.



In much more surprising move, London and the Dover occupation zones were returned to the British administration, same as Ireland. When the King Edward VIII. privately asked Russian Ambassador what changed (as the Russians rarely tried to explain their moves these days), the aristocrat answered, that they have no use for some radioactive potatoes and he shouldn't see it as anything else as worthless burden handed over to his people. The British themselves had to admit there's some truth to it: aside from obvious attempt to conceal the true reasons.



It was no secret that Russian shipyards are building new fleets to rival the fleets of the Entente, and that Syndicalist regimes of Central and South America would be an ideal targets to strike with any transatlantic invasion force, which Entente feared now more than anything - more than nuclear war, all too real prospect, with their own bomb in development. The American syndicalists themselves were in better position, than one would have thought.



The totalist demagogues never had a true hold over American states and fall of the Internationale caused actual liberalization in the red parties, slowly changing more into something closer to prewar Social Democrats rather than imposing Totalist dictatorships. When the Russian war machine crushed their powerful European allies, once just as spread on their own continent, the fear forced many to reconsider the policies domestic and foreign: especially reconcilliation with the Entente, only major world alliance powerful enough to have some chance to resist this new Eurasian hegemony or, as was hoped, consequences of it's dissolution and repeated chaos.


The major advocate of such u-turn was new leader of Mexico, Vicente Lombardo Toledano, whose greatest concern was to keep northern territories reconquered from United States during their Second Civil War and ever since nervously awaiting the new war. Toledano, and his right hand Lazaro Cardenas, considered it victory itself, that Entente's focus didn't turn here yet. But now, they had to find them a new reason to leave them alone: like prospect of decades long, bitter guerilla war in Mexico, if Americans decided to march against them, with materiel and manpower support from other syndicalist nations, Centroamerica, Venezuela, Brazil etc. as the Mexicans were no longer so helpless, iliterate and backward as they were once. Formal alliance was impossible in this moment, but to prevent each other from being easy target for Russians and their lackies, unofficial truce was reality.

 
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So, I guess you need the succession to be sorted out fast - before the Tzar dies.
 

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Great udpate as always, I had to catch up for the last three updates, and I'm liking it more so far! But I wonder how Japan would look like in this alt 21th century.
 

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Great udpate as always, I had to catch up for the last three updates, and I'm liking it more so far! But I wonder how Japan would look like in this alt 21th century.
Most Alt-history regarding Japan seems to revolve around the question if there will still be anime or not.
 

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Most Alt-history regarding Japan seems to revolve around the question if there will still be anime or not.
No pun intended, but I really want to believe. I mean, if Russia says so, Japan can start to slip of a bit of their isolation, just to trade and animation can become profitable as a propaganda tool.
 

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Wait a second: What if the Chinese want Manchuria back? I mean, it kinda is the Aisin-Gioro clan's homeland after all.
Pu Yi seems to have dialed down the Manchu heritage a lot. He's still young, he'll bid his time.
So, I guess you need the succession to be sorted out fast - before the Tzar dies.
Oh come on where would be the fun in that? Let there be a succession like that when Alexander the great died.
 

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So, I guess you need the succession to be sorted out fast - before the Tzar dies.
There is a plan for that, actually. From someone worse than Tsar.

Great udpate as always, I had to catch up for the last three updates, and I'm liking it more so far! But I wonder how Japan would look like in this alt 21th century.
Most Alt-history regarding Japan seems to revolve around the question if there will still be anime or not.
No pun intended, but I really want to believe. I mean, if Russia says so, Japan can start to slip of a bit of their isolation, just to trade and animation can become profitable as a propaganda tool.
Renewed Anglo-Japanese Alliance, most certainly, as Russia is very much like enemy of everyone and everything in this moment.

Wait a second: What if the Chinese want Manchuria back? I mean, it kinda is the Aisin-Gioro clan's homeland after all.
Pu Yi seems to have dialed down the Manchu heritage a lot. He's still young, he'll bid his time.

Oh come on where would be the fun in that? Let there be a succession like that when Alexander the great died.
He still received more from Russians than Russians took from him. Why not be friendly now and patiently wait for any weakness?

Russian Warlord Era is terrifying to everyone, though. Because there would be massive use of non-conventional weapons of ALL kinds, in the world torn apart by two decades of brutal warfare. This could be really war ending all the wars.