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So the Germans want to ally with Britain, I can’t imagine Churchill agreeing to that. No surprise seeing the Yankees condemning the war, and to see the French leave the alliance wasn’t a huge surprise either. Maybe after you have finished with one enemy it is time to turn against the oldest arch-enemy of Britain. Would be nice to see British armies in France again ;)
 

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I suspect that a France led by Blum and estranged from Great Britain will find itself pulled to the Soviet Union. Italy is quite a wild-card here, though. Great Britain allied with Germany and Japan? The mind boggles. To do that while satisfying willing suspension of disbelief, Sir Clive, you will have to be atop your game!

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Now that... that was just plain scary when the implications are thought out. An Anglo-German "agreement", with the Japanese thrown in for good measure? A Franco-Soviet "agreement" with possible Italian flavoring? And scariest of all, an anti-British America? Damn, that just shakes the very foundations of Twentieth Century mythos down to the ground, and does so quite well, thank you very much!

Sir Clive, I canna wait to see where you take this one next, 'cause no matter what, it's gonna be a bumpy but thrilling ride! :cool:


Oh, by the by, K&C was updated late yesterday, eh? :D
 

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Ah! and so once again courts controversy with his wild speculations and unbelieveable outcomes... ;)

stnylan: Indeed if it is an alliance that is to come... we are only talking about cooperation. Ther Germans would obviously love to get the Empire on side... however there will be many in the British establishment that would want to stay netural in a european conflict, perhaps aiding the German forces against the threat of communism... but leaving France and Germany to 'duke it out' :)

therev: Bleak indeed, this is a world that will be once again ripped apart by circumstances... I can not see Euro-centric France being allied with a strongly isolationist US which is even more the case with Alf Landon in the Whitehouse. As to the Soviets, I would think that they would not want to be drawn into an early war just as in OTL.

1939 will be a very different year, It may be that without British help the French will not ally with the Poles... and the Poles, even with French support may not see this as a strong enough reason to defend Danzig 'to the death' as they did in OTL.

If France does go to war before the early to late 40's it may very well do it without another 'great power' partener

The future is as yet unwritten... and it's looks so uncertain.

Jalex: Well there is no agreement between Germany and the UK... but one may think that with the evidence of what happened in OTL, that a France without the UK will be dead. ;)

There has been some modding, I may eventually release it but for now a lot of it is using the f12 button... forexample when the King appointed the interim government I moved the 'democracy' slider 2 to the right and gave myself 10% dissent for the bombing.

The Commonwealth is still here and may well react differently to OTL's patriotism to the 'motherland'

I'm glad to have you abord... I hope you enjoy. :)

Lord E: An Anglo-French war is so tempting... it always is :D but we shall have to wait and see :)

Vann the Red: An Anglo-Japanese-German alliance would be of a worry to many... especially to the US one would imagine, now if they were to have a 'socialist' in power after the 40 election... then maybe just maybe they would engage in a historic 'unholy alliance' with the USSR, maybe just maybe :D . Wether this tri-partite pact comes to fruition or not though only time will tell... afterall 'a week is a long time in polotics' so a year must be an eternity :)

Draco Rexus:Indeed the future looks interesting... without the UK Germany may be able to concentrate upon one enemy at a time, maybe the US does not get involved either... it may be that their anti-British stance sees them too busy to deal with Europe.

Japan will be a winner if the US and UK go to war... they will attack one of the beligerants maybe to strike at the US in the Pacific or they may concentrate upon Britain knowing signing an agreement that allows the USN to just concentrate upon the Atlantic... only time will tell! :D

I did see that you updated K&C... so It looks to be my turn again ;)
 
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When the French pulled out, I saw where you were heading and it is interesting to be sure. I liked how Henderson accepted the news but with a little uncertainty. As stnylan said - an unholy alliance.

I'm looking forward to how you draw this out given all it's implications. Great stuff.
 

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It does occur to me actually this new government may also wish a return to Salisbury's 'Splendid Isolation' (it was Salisbury, wasn't it?)
 

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i think it was salisburys and if the commonwealth acts differently just re-integrate them into the empire oh and at least can you take the french and italian colonies
 

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i hope this hasn't died i really looked forward to it
 

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A deep and sincere appology to all of my readers...

Readers,

Lend to me your ears, I must apologise for my near yearlong absence and the hiatus that has been put upon this story. It is with great regret that I have let this happen and I can only hope that I can regain your confidence, that this story will now be regularly updated, and your loyalty.

As way of an explanation, I should inform you that I have a new girlfriend and am embarking on the start of a “serious” relationship. As such, coupled with the constraints of work and a flourishing carer in the world of “Cybernations”, I have had little or no time over the past months.

This has now to some extent, abated, and I hope to be updating very frequently. Now for some answers to your questions;

Coz1: Yes an unholy alliance… and an interesting future

stnylan: Salisbury's 'Splendid Isolation'…. humm an interesting idea ;)

Jalex: Reintegration of the ‘dominions’ and a snaffling of the Franco-Italian colonies? Unthinkable ;) Seriously though, it may not be that easy, Imperial forces may be ‘tied down’ for a while.

I do hope that this ‘resurrection’ shall be pleasing to you
 

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Chapter Five

St Monan’s – a small village on the east coast of Scotland, Midnight, 1st January 1937.

On the horizon, two men can be seen walking, with the help of each other from time to time, from the village local to what must be their homes. It has been a long and hard year and Hogmanay is always a welcome relief, the two brothers are now trying to pick there way along a dark path. The sudden illumination surprises the pair, and as they look to the south, there is a sight to sober even a Scotsman on such a festive night.

“What the hell’s that Alan?” the words came quickly and worryingly high pitched to his brothers’ ears “I dunno kid but its dam near blinded me, I can’t even see the ruddy path anymore”

Many others would see the sight that night, to them it would seem as a unusually bright comet or ‘shooting star’ but to those two brothers the sheer proximity to the event along with the amazing, if slightly worrying green glow would haunt them for their remaining days. If they had known the shortness of those days, they would have been ever more apprehensive. Mean while others were just as stunned and worried.

The Royal Greenwich Observatory

The use of the observatory by under-graduates was a long standing tradition, and couple with the fact that it was new year only the most socially inept, or highly driven would be using that facilities at such a time. So it is of no surprise that it would be a reclusive student by the name of, David Law, along with a highly driven and ambitious young, Brian Jeffers, that would first see and categorise the four meteors, the Jeffers-Law meteors.

Not much was thought of the impacts, three of which landed in the almost impassable jungles of the Amazon, central Africa and Southeast Asia. The only on that was a ‘close call’ was the Scottish impact, even then it seemed that all this amounted to was a little flooding off the coast of the country, nothing of note to those inhabitants used to the North Sea.

Scientific expedition on the coast, north of St Monan’s, 3rd January

Dr. Munroe was uneasy at the sight of the strange and new rocky outcrop in the headland, it was sleek and shimmering almost as if there was a substance, either gas or liquid, running over it. The team had just arrived from St Andrew’s University, one of Scotland’s finest, and he was also very angry. They were coming up against several obstacles that could not have been foreseen, and he knew that the English from Oxbridge would soon be on their way, trying to ‘muscle’ in on his project. He turned to Miss Carter, a promising second year student and he noticed, as his eyes lingered on her slight curves, a fairly attractive on as well.

“So Miss Carter, what can we…”
the pretty blonde suddenly interrupted him “please sir, Holly?”
she suddenly reddened, but Munroe flashed her a smile and quickly allayed her worry “Sorry, Holly, what can we ascertain with any degree of accuracy?”
Holly giggle playfully at her mentor, she had always like his overbearing and complex way with words, she was now noticing her arousal and a deep passion suddenly flourishing inside her. “Well sir, not a lot to be honest, but maybe I should take you into the opening and show you some things… in private”

The professor quickly realised that he was not shocked by her forwardness and longed to be with her alone. It must be something “in the air” he thought, there had been a lot of giggling and pairing off since he and the students had arrived. He quickly took her hand in his an allowed her to lead him off to the edifice and the opening which was slightly larger than a door and just deep enough to house two people comfortably.

Holly was not usually “one of those girls” but she pushed Carl into the opening and near pounced on him, she lead his inquisitive hand down her thigh and kissed him passionately. Her heart was racing when, the end of the opening suddenly started to grind aside as only rock on rock can. Suddenly there was a, a what? Was it a man? He seemed strange with a ghostly white appearance, then there was something coming for her and then, nothing.​
 
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Anglo-German Alliance and an Alien Invasion? :eek:
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Aliens?
 

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Guangxi: :eek: Indeed.... although nothing it set in stone as of yet ;)

As for the banner... thanks for noticing, :( I'll have to change that when I get home tonight :D

GeneralHannibal: Fraid so old chap... I hope it won't put you off the story...

therev: Well thank you very much sir, it's good to know that you and others are still reading this tale. As for the... alians, we shall have to wait and see... definatly not from Marso though :D
 

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Chapter Six

The Daily Mail, 2nd February 1937

The war in Ireland has been seen as yet another military triumph for the Imperial armed forces, this belies that facts as they actually stand. While the “Seven Day War” was a operation of great bravery and courage from our brave lads over there and a testament to the great leadership of the promising General Gort. The failure, however, was never in the military ranks but the cowardly and almost treasonous behaviour of this “government”, the lack of will in dealing with the Irish menace. They have proven themselves not only to be deceitful and dishonest but incapable of even governing themselves.

The Cabinet Office, 10:42 AM


“Just what the hell does Rothermere think he’s up to, the dam trouble maker?” Cromwell spat the words out at his assembled cabinet members as he stalked around the room in a foul mood worthy of the weather outside, the rain was now hammering on the window. “It’s Mosley William, the elections just around the corner and they think that there man has a change to win votes” Eden gave his answer in his usual calm and assured manner. “Does he really think that the British public will vote for such a… a wlech?” the bitterness resonated in his voice when Archibald Sinclair interjected

“William, we really must forget this and get down to business, there is the, 'Scottish matter' to ponder?”. With that the cabinet forgot it’s usual squabbles and looked at the War Sectary, Crewe-Milnes with intent and worried looks. “Well, it looks to be under control really”, the minister took a long sip of water and continued in the manner of one who has been assured by ‘experts’ but is unsure himself “It’s been found that, ‘they’, can be contained in electromagnetic fields, or something of the such anyway. The new ‘Rocket Test and Research’ base is an excellent cover, having to cover such a large area and they seem to have control”.

The members in the room shifted uncomfortably at the news and one was especially concerned. Hugh Macmillan was the sectary of state for Scotland, and he was aware that questions would be asked if more of the citizens he represented disappeared, “So what are these ‘things’, what do they want… and what about the ‘dead’” the questions were not easy, and the answers even less pleasant, it fell to Dr Maystone to give the report. “Well, it seems that the, ‘eminences’ are non-corporeal presences, they seem to be made of some sort of energy or matter that we can not categorise, all we do know is that they can be contained.”

The man was clearly nervous, he was working with people that just a few weeks ago he would call 'quacks' paranormal ‘experts’ and other persons of dubious reputation and skills, “as for the, er… dead, they seem to be rather mindless and rather like the Voodoo ‘zombies’, or so I am told. They also seem to be cannibalistic and in need of human flesh.” The news was deeply disturbing to all those congregating around the man, and a little unbelievable. “What about the survivor? Is she… normal?” chirped in Churchill, “Were not entirely sure, she has been ‘attacked’ but not in the usual way, she is in a deep coma and anything more than that we don’t know.”

With that news, the cabinet got back to their usual bickering about how best to run the country. Cromwell sighed internally; he knew that he would not be Prime Minister for long, what actually irked him was the Mosley was gaining at the expense of the mainstream partied. The fact that, that jumped up little man could have a say in the next parliament was worrying, as were his views in support of the fascists in Italy and Germany.​
 
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Looks like the aliens aren't any big problem. Also I think you have a typo, it says:
“Were not entirely sure, she has been ‘attacked’ but not in the usual way, she is in a deep comer and anything more than that we don’t know.”


Shouldn't that be coma :)? Anyway, great AAR, and it looks like Mosley is benefiting from the increasingly aggressive stance of the British Empire.
 

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rcduggan: Thank you... erm... Mr Burns? :D

GeneralHannibal: Thank you for the kind words sir, and yes Mosley is certinly gaining, but surely not fast enough for this election!? :confused:

therev: Yes flesh eating zombies... I know some will not like it, and it is a departure from my 'style' but that is what this AAR is all about... as for your wish for an update... :D
 

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Chapter Seven



The British elections in March 1937 signalled a see change in politics that would overturn the ‘old guard’ of the establishment of the Empire. This occurred due to numerous reasons, some highly controversial and others that were caused by the conditions of the economy and the general shift of global, and more especially European, politics at the time. To understand these underlying shifts in the socio-economic positions of the Empire it is useful to start by looking at the shifts that occurred already in the World, especially in those areas closest to the homeland.

After the Treaty of Versailles and the end of the ‘Great War’ all sides, whether in the conflict or neutral, looked upon a very different Europe and started to count the costs of the mammoth conflict. The forcible spread of democracy and ‘self-determination’, an aim that Woodrow Wilson has strived so hard for, had adjusted the continent in a way not seen since the end of the ‘dark-ages’ when the major combatants had been formed. This tumultuous climate allowed for the entry of powerful new ideologies and a receding of the traditional ‘politics’ of Europe. With the rise of Communism in Russia and the drift of France toward the same with Le Blum, the traditionally reactive centre of Europe, fearful of the Communist expansion, clung to the far right and the emerging ultra-right politics of Fascism.

The first victim of the new climate was Italy, a country that had gained little from a bloody war that had taken its men and labour. When Mussolini came to the for with his new brand of ideology, Fascism, promising a new dynamic age, a new ‘Roman Empire’ and a bulwark against the spread of Communism he was greeted well. Along with the obvious implications of the Russian revolution, central-Europe was left with the pressing sides of right and left.



The fall and dismemberment of the German Empire had caused the greatest upheaval in the region since the Empire had formed after the Franco-Prussian war of 1871. The deep losses in industrial base, population and moral were compounded by that fact that, although in reality the Central Powers had been defeated, with no foreign victorious army on German soil there was a sizable minority who thought that Germany had, in some way, been betrayed. The nation yearned for a strong leader to bring unity and economic recovery to the country. The ‘democratic experiment’ in Germany was, in retrospect, always doomed to failure. With an increasing marginalisation of the ‘centre ground’ of German politics, both the left and right feared that the other could, all to easily, come to power. When a strong leader emerged, with dreams of a new Reich and a profoundly anti-communist agenda the right flocked to him, the fracturing of the ‘leftist’ vote caused Hitler to become the leading figure in Germany. When the Reichstag was burnt, apparently by the forces of Communism, the democratic order started to dissipate and Hitler and his Nazi party rose to a unassailable position.

The dismantling of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had caused the ‘key stone’ of central-southern Europe to be removed, without the overriding conservative Empire to hold the region together the most of the client states in the already unstable area to become polarised and look greedily over their borders at their neighbours. The resulting tension caused by the proximity of strong blocks of right and left lead to the inevitable growth of these factions in the area. As a result, the countries of the old Empire drifted predominantly to the right. The countries closest to the interests of a revitalised Germany were first with the growth of Fascism and Autocracy in Austria, Hungary and Romania.

In this context the change in British politics does not appear strange or forced, however, if one was to say talk about such a shift in Britain even in the early 30’s many would not have believed such an outcome. The homeland of the Empire had always been a little more ‘stable’ than that of it’s brethren on the continent. The stability may well have lasted had it not been for the extraordinary events of 1936/37 with the attempt on the new King’s life and the war in Ireland. The major factor of the bombing was the removal of much of the current ‘cream of the crop’ of the then current political establishment. Furthermore the, apparent, failure of the occupation in Ireland discredited a lot of the mainstream of the political spectrum.



The most controversial portion of the electoral campaign was waged not by a politician, but by the right-wing press and especially Lord Rothermere’s Daily Mail. The normal ‘dirty tricks’ of the press were supplemented by the re-publication of the ‘Zinoviev Letter’ and that the Labour Party was while a seemingly a party committed to democracy, was actually a collaboration of communists. Interestingly while the almost propaganda was largely directed at the ‘old enemy’ of socialism and communism, the support of the papers did not fall upon the Conservative party as it had in the past. The support of the Daily Mail was put squarely behind the Mosley and his British Union of Fascists.

Without the usual ‘heavy weights’ of the centre left and right, the political spectrum was polarised with increasing support for both Fascism and Communism. The campaign was mired in violence and protests from almost the day that Cromwell dissolved parliament and call a general election. Interestingly the major centres of fascism were also the industrialised inner cities, leaving die-hard supporters of both causes in relative proximity. The obvious consequence of this was that political marches quickly turned into running battles between the two sides, virtually turning the major cities into almost war zones.

The upshot of all of this was the expected outcome of a house roughly divided between two coalitions on either side of the divide, with Labour and the Communists on one side and the Conservative Part and BUF on the other. It seemed that the Liberal and National Liberal parties would hold sway, and would be courted by both the left and right. The three explosions that rocked London two nights before Election Day would shatter this delicate balance. The attempt upon the lives of Mosley, William Joyce and William Cromwell was shocking, leaving Cromwell badly injured, Joyce dead an Mosley, almost miraculously, alive.



The utter bombshell for the left in Britain came on the, 4th March, the day before the election. The daily Mail ram with the headline “BRITAIN UNDER COMMUNIST ATTACK – ALL FOUR ATTACKS LINKED TO COMMUNISM!”. The devastating story in the paper was basically a leaked MI5 report which had uncovered evidence that the four bombs, including he on which killed Stanley Baldwin, was the work of Irish Communists also linking Willie Gallacher, leader of the Communist Part of Great Britain, to the attacks. All this along with the shocking arrest of Gallacher announced on the radio to a shocked public that evening the effect was devastating.


An excerpt from The Rise of Mosley by John N. Carter



Code:
UK General Election 1937

+-------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Party            | Seats | Net Gain/Loss | % of Seats | % of Votes | Votes     |
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|BUF              | 301   | 301           | 49%        | 44.3%      | 9,272,025 |
|Conervative      | 197   | -190          | 32%        | 38.2%      | 8,000,457 |
|Liberal Party    | 42    | 21            | 7%         | 11.0%      | 2,301,275 |
|National Liberal | 40    | 7             | 7%         | 5.8%       | 1,220,018 |
|Labour           | 18    | -136          | 3%         | 1.5%       | 321,028   |
|CP of GB         | 4     | 3             | 1%         | 0.0%       | 6,677     |
|Nationalist (NI) | 3     | 1             | 0%         | 0.0%       | 6,421     |
|Scottish Nat     | 0     | 0             | 0%         | 0.0%       | 3,642     |
|Independent      | 7     | 5             | 1%         | 0.1%       | 12,534    |
|Social Credit    | 1     | 1             | 0%         | 0.0%       | 2,525     |
|Plaid Cymru      | 0     | 0             | 0%         | 0.0%       | 1,771     |
|Ind. Labour      | 2     | -2            | 0%         | 0.1%       | 10,480    |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
						
Total Seats        615                                   Total Votes 21,158,853
 
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