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Empire of the Rising Sun

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Version: TFH

No cheats or gamey conduct allowed.

-- Sadly, an alcoholic drink (a cuba libre) fell on my laptop some time ago wiping out its information. With it, was lost HOI3 and all the save games. For this reason, I have to announce that this AAR is unfortunately over. However, to make up for it I will be writing a new and better AAR soon, first I need to decide to the country. If you have any ideas, please post them here. :)


Sinking of the world's largest battleship, the mighty Yamato, in 1945. This AAR has taken a similar fate.



Table of Contents



1. Chapter I : Review before for the commencement of hostilities against the Republic of China

2. Chapter II : First Sino-Japanese War ( July-October 1937 )

3. Chapter III : Operation Winter Storm, 1st phase of hostilities against the Soviet Union ( January - September 1939 )

4. Chapter IV : Second Sino-Japanese War ( September - December 1939 )

5. Chapter V : Soviet Winter Counteroffensive, lower part of post ( September 1939 - January 1940 )

6. Chapter VI : Soviet-Japanese War ( February 1940 - July 1940 )

7. Chapter VII : Soviet-Japanese War ( July 1940 - July 1941 )



This is my first AAR, so in advance, please forgive any mistakes I make. Correct me wherever you feel is due. Also, this is not an interactive AAR at all, but if you have helpful, good or interesting military suggestions during the campaign, please post them and I might just be inspired to execute them within my goal limits. I will try to update on a daily or at most, a weekly basis in real life time. In game time, I will update monthly if at war and every 6 months if at peace. Exceptions will be made for any interesting events. And lastly, this AAR will be from the point of view of a fictional and nameless senior member of the Chief of Staff of the Imperial General Headquarters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_General_Headquarters


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The Imperial General HQ making annoucements during WW2. Expect a lot of this from now on.
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A short introduction :


The Japanese Empire: a 2600 year history


The Empire of Japan was founded in 660 BC by mythical Emperor Jimmu. According to a classical japanese historical chronicle, the male line can be traced back more than 2600 years. Since the 12th century and up until the mid 19th century, what is now known as Japan was a collection of quasi feudal states or Shogunates (around 250 autonomous domains when the system fell apart in 1868).

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Social structure of pre-industrial Japan.
Theoretically, the Emperor owned all the land and had authority over his subjects. However, in practice, it did not work out like this. The Emperor was a ceremonial figure throughout the land, revered as a deity by the nation but without much effective power (the Emperor is actually the spiritual leader of the Shinto religion, the traditional religion of Japan, and resembles the function of the Pope for Christianity).

The real power lay in the figure of the Shogun, who was like a regional military governor-warlord and had local autonomy and powers. They fought between each other a lot and sometimes rebelled against Imperial power. But there was also a strict hierarchy in which one lord pledged loyalty to a greater ruler, such as a Samurai fighting in battle for a Shogun, similar to lords, vassals and feudal knights in Europe.


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The Imperial Standard
By the very nature of their way of life, living in islands, they were natural born sailors and had a very strong maritime culture. In fact, the Empire of Japan during WW2 was one of the largest pure thalassocracies of history. The geography of their home islands is a military advantage as it makes it very hard for enemies to invade the mainland without a strong navy but it also poses a problem for a state like Japan that wants to industrialize and reach western power levels, as there aren`t that many resources lying around to fire up a major industrial powerhouse.


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The Empire of Japan at its zenith in 1942.



In 1868, the Meiji Restoration ocurred, which stripped the last Shogun of his authority and placed power back in the Emperor :

The Emperor of Japan announces to the sovereigns of all foreign countries and to their subjects that permission has been granted to the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu to return the governing power in accordance with his own request. We shall henceforward exercise supreme authority in all the internal and external affairs of the country. Consequently the title of Emperor must be substituted for that of Taikun, in which the treaties have been made. Officers are being appointed by us to the conduct of foreign affairs. It is desirable that the representatives of the treaty powers recognize this announcement.

—Mutsuhito, January 3, 1868


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Emperor Meiji after the restoration of Imperial power.

This ended the feudal period and ushered in a new era of westernization, industrialization and militarization. This progress happened very quickly and by the late 19th and early 20th century, with heavy investment in the military and advisors coming from all over the western nations to train the armed and naval forces, the development of a national Industry and the opening of the markets to the outside world, Imperial Japan was strong enough to compete on the world stage with the great western powers (an insane achievement in its own) and begun to seek to expand its sphere of influence with carefully timed strategies planned over decades.


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His Majesty The Emperor, in his fifties.

This path could only lead to a military clash between the Empire and its main geopolitical rival in Asia - Imperial China, and also the Western powers, for dominance of the continent and its resources.



A brave new world


In 1894, the Empire faced off China for political control of the Korean Peninsula in the First Sino-Japanese War. Most European powers felt that the Qing dinasty was going to prevail over newcomer Japan. After all, Imperial China was this timeless Asian leviathan, the most populous country on Earth and possesed vast quantities of resources and industry. They were also pursuing an aggressive modernization program of the state and its armed forces. But the massive defeat suffered by the Qing Dinasty during the war demonstrated to the world that China had failed in its efforts to institute badly needed political reforms and modernize its military, steps taken after it was humiliated by the Western colonial powers (Unequal Treaties) numerous times during the 19th century. The favourable outcome for Tokyo also meant a lot of prestige in the eyes of other countries. Lastly, for the first time in human history, the centre of power in East Asia had shifted from China, to Japan.



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Chinese general surrendering Pyongyang.



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Major campaigns of the war.



Around this time, the Japanese invaded the Republic of Formosa, a rebel Qing-Chinese government holdout based in Taiwan; after a brief battle, they overran the defenders and annexed Formosa (this historical episode is not unlike how the KMT retreated to Taiwan when they lost the civil war in `49 against the Reds and they still have their national redoubt there - will the chinese reds one day invade the 'rebel' KMT government in Formosa? That's the million dollar question today).




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This is how the entire world perceived Japan's victory over China at the time . In this drawing, Punch, an influential 19th century british satire magazine, depicting the defeat of 'big' China by 'small' Japan.



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Chinese delegation, accompanied by their foreign military advisors, surrendering to the Japanese.




Once Imperial China was defeated, Japan's confidence in its armed forces was, justifiably, at an all time high. However, the spoils of war it had rightly won with blood in China had to be given back because of Russian, German and French diplomatic pressure (Triple Intervention, just three days after the peace was signed!). The Russians especially, as they had much more interests in the Far East. Their problem was that Vladivostok is a summer port only and the russians needed a warm water port all year round for maritime trade and to harbor their naval forces. The Empire was not in a position to fight 3 major european powers simultaneously. According to a source listed in Wikipedia: ''The three european powers had 38 warships with a displacement of 95,000 tons already deployed in East Asia, whereas the Imperial Navy had only 31 warships in total with a displacement of 57,000 tons''.

So, the europeans forced Japan to give up Port Arthur (Liaodong peninsula), but the Russians deployed their forces there almost immediately after the Japanese left, causing great surprise and consternation among japanese leadership. Many people in Japan felt that the winning party was treated like the defeated nation. They felt cheated out of their deserved glory.



The Spirit of Japan unleashed

This humiliation at the hands of the Europeans powers forced Japan to rethink its strategy but not its will to Triumph. They signed an alliance with the British in 1902 to have some military and diplomatic leverage against Russia and other western powers to avoid repeating an episode similar to the Triple Intervention. Article 3 of the Treaty stated that the UK (or viceversa) had to support Japan if it found itself at war with more than one Power. As the British Royal Navy was the biggest and best, this served as a deterrent to any alliance (especially the Russo-French Alliance of 1894) in case it would want to go to war against Japan.

The Empire wanted to keep on expanding its territory and influence beyond their newly found conquests and they found an adversary in Czarist Russia just 10 years after the war with China, during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. The causes of this war was Russia's constant delay and unwillingness to negotiate the limits of their respective spheres of influence in Manchuria and Korea. Russia was just buying time diplomatically to build up militarily in these areas to defeat Japan in the future. Such a great risk to national security could not be ignored.


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The defeat of Russia greatly affected the state and the government shifted its attention to the Balkans, this later becoming one of the causes of WW1.


When the Japanese leadership realized this, they launched a surprise attack on the Russian Pacific (Far East) Fleet, without providing a formal declaration of war, on Port Arthur (lots of similarity with Pear Harbor). The Czar was in shock, he could not believe the Japanese could attack without declaring war first. Throughout the war, the Japanese were always on the offensive and had the initiative. This resulted in a long string of Imperial victories during the conflict. Their efficiency was also devastating at sea. The Russians lost 2 fleets out of 3, the Far East and Baltic Fleet were annihilated, only the weak Black Sea Fleet remained.



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Russo-Japanese Theatre of War. Note the national flags, indicating foreign colonial possesions in China.



This was the first time in modern history that an Asian state had beaten a major European power. The entire world was shocked. Many western colonial powers started to reassess the growing power of Japan. The news of Imperial victory was received with joy and hopefulness all across Asia and its many people. A lot of nations started to feel the fever of nationalism and identified with the Japanese people and their struggle. Even the Chinese, who had been at war with Japan one decade earlier, claimed that the Japanese victory was also their victory. Finally, an Asian savior had come to protect and guard Asia from western imperialism (or so they thought). If the Japanese had done it, maybe they too could do it one day.



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The Russian Empire surrendering to Japanese diplomats, albeit, under very lax terms, despite the military outcome of the war decisively favouring the japanese position.


However, at the negotiating table, mediated by the U.S., Theodore Rooselvelt decided to side with the Czar and supported his claims of not paying reparations to Japan. And to add insult to injury, some territorial gains during the war would also be returned to Russia like the northern half of Sakhalin Island because of US pressure during the negotiations. Many in Japan felt that their victorious country was being treated like a second-rate power, despite winning many incredible battles and enduring much hardship against Russia. This incident convinced many Imperial policy makers that the U.S. had interests and ambitions of their own in Asia. Japan had won the War but it lost the Peace.


Rise of a Great Asian Power

Once again, ten years later (1894 China, 1904 Russia), in 1914, Japan entered WW1 as a member of the Allies and started to conquer the german colonies in Asia like the port of Qingdao and its pacific possesions. As a result, the empire was enlarged and due to WW1 exports, Japan became for the first time a creditor nation and was not a debtor nation anymore. However, during the peace negotiations in Versailles, even though Japan was accepted as a great power in post-war geopolitics, the Western powers, mostly the U.S. and UK, denied the Japanese people their fair request when they asked for a Racial Equality Proposal.

This angered many japanese nationalists and there were riots all over the country. The Empire had been mistreated many times by the powers of the West now and militarism and ultranationalism feelings started to develop within the government and society. The wrath of the nation would be felt upon the world years later.


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A month after WW1 started, the Japanese conducted the world's first naval-launched air raids employing the aircraft carrier 'Wakamiya'.



In a way, this limited, western imposed victory was not enough for an Allied Japan and the Empire would gradually turn to the dark side to become more powerful than their former partners.

In the last years of WW1, with the collapse of the Russian autocracy and the rise of Bolshevism, Japan sent a Siberian Expeditionary Force of some 70,000 soldiers as part of a larger 100,000 Allied army to help the White russian forces in the Civil war against the Communists. There were more elaborate plans for Japan however, behind the curtains. The policy makers in Tokyo felt that the absence of a strong russian government could present an opportunity to settle the Russian question in the Far East definitely and create a buffer Siberian state between these powers. The defeat of the White forces, the mistrust of the allies of Japan when they deployed such high numbers of troops in Siberia, the astronomical cost of the war for Japan and a decrease in national support for the war, led Japan to withdraw its forces and abandon their territorial ambitions.



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Japanese lithograph depicting the capture of Blagoveschensk.


During and after WW1, with the West distracted from Asia by the critical affairs going on in Europe at the time, Japan started to take on an increasingly militaristic role in East Asia and China. There were many incidents between China and Japan during these interwar years. In 1931, the Mukden Incident occurred and Japan invaded northeast China (Manchuria) setting up the puppet state of Manchukuo, installing the last emperor of China, Puyi as its Head of State. Due to Japan's agressive policies, it was only a matter of time before they clashed again with Republican China...



...............................................................................The Road to War ...............................................................................



On the Balance of Power in the Asia-Pacific Region, or a brief strategic military-economical assessment of the geopolitical prospects of the Yamato Race:

It is now 1936 and our geographic strategical situation is very dire. In the north, we have the Soviets and their strong armored columns massed on the border with Manchuria. In south Asia and Oceania, the British and their Commonwealth, and the French and Dutch Empire possess many vital resources and their naval forces are quite strong. To the west, we have the Republic of China and their huge army, supported by its lesser vassals (Com. China, Shanxi, Xibei San Ma, etc). In the Pacific, the mighty American Navy patrols the high seas.

As is evident, our potential enemies are not to be underestimated as they posses huge industries to back up their armed forces. Also, their hostility towards our cause, cannot be ignored. If our Empire is to prosper and establish a new continental order, surrounded by these powerful states, we need to skillfully develop a grand strategy based on the might of our armed forces and a long due overhaul of our national industry.

If we desire to expand to the West, against China and the USSR (approx. 700 million combined population against our 73 million loyal Imperial citizens and 60 million hard working but unreliable colonial subjects), we need to invest most of our industry towards creating a big, modern and effective land force to decisively defeat these two nations, one at a time of course. If we direct our gaze to the South, we shall need a huge, state of the art Carrier based fleet, supported by some capital ships and light vessels to challenge the naval power of the Allies - UK/COMWLT, FRA, NED, (around 600 million people).

The USA, with a population of 133 million, endless natural resources and the biggest national industry in the world, is a hegemon on its own. To face the Americans and their superior industrial capacity, we shall have to conquer ALL of the Pacific islands in one rapid action offensive campaign, then redeploy our air forces here and build a safety air network around these islands for two main strategic reasons: to prevent the U.S. navy from entering the western Pacific Ocean so that it cannot effectively engage our smaller navy or try to sink our vital supply convoys, and to shield the Imperial Home Islands from american heavy bombers or a hypothetical amphibious invasion.



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Our Empire is surrounded by potential adversaries. We must expand to secure our borders and prosperity.


On Global Policy and Strategic objectives necessary to project the Power of Our Empire, or how to secure Hegemony in East Asia:


Our Empire shall not agree to any sort of military or political alliance with any nation that has territorial, colonial or military interests of any degree in Asia or in nearby adjacent zones that might represent a threat to the political stability of the continent and our Nation. Also, We shall not form any kind of security alliance with any state that could potentially involve the Empire in war against neighboring powers. These doctrines serve the purpose of protecting Japan from foreign aggression and to prevent the entry of Japan into a war that it is not prepared or interested to fight in.


An outline of Our strategic objectives, in no particular order of execution, to be achieved during two decades (36-56):


1) Secure and absorb the Republic of China and surrounding states into the Empire.

2) Defeat the Soviet Union and annex its Far East territories.

3) Liberate Asia and its nations of any foreign imperial powers.

4) Conquer and annex the vast lands of Oceania.

5) Invade all the Pacific Islands, defeat the United States Navy and force the U.S. to negotiate peace.

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Imperial ambitions for Asia: Our Destiny awaits for us!
So far, this is the basic framework of Our future war plans. We shall develop the operational execution methods in the next update, so be sure to check them out!
 
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are you planing on fighting one nation at the time or a few at the time? you should be careful specially once the us join the allies
 
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Imperial General Headquarters

Tokyo, Jan. 1936


Order of War by Strategic Priority

Memorandum 190110
Imperial eyes only

To be kept under lock and key.

To Whom it may concern:


It has been duly noted that His Imperial Majesty, acting on the advice of his sensible brother, Prince Nobuhito, has appointed his wise and experienced uncle, General Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, as Prime Minister of the Empire. The Imperial Household believes that a respected member of the family can serve to discourage pro-war and radical factions within the government from gaining too much influence within the military-political establishment. Most of the radical and hawkish military officers have been placed in faraway battlefield posts to limit their reach on foreign policy decision making.

Due to these changes in leadership and the operational freedom this transition of power provides to the Imperial Chief of Staff, it has become necessary to reorganize the strategic political priorities of Our Empire and establish a plan to deal with this matter through military means. The most recent grand strategy the Chief of Staff has formulated is the following, to be executed in this order:

Operation Chrysanthemum Decade

1) Conquer the Republic of China in a military campaign from 1937 through 1938.

2) Push the Soviet Army out of the Far East starting the conflict in 1939. Fight the war with the communists until 1942.

3) Defeat the western colonial powers in Asia and liberate their colonies. This might take until 1944.

4) Prevail over the American Navy and try to invade the US mainland from their pacific territories. This last operation can begin in 1946.



Also of interest is that Prince Nobuhito has confided in me that the leaders of the IJN and the IJA will be forced to work together to ensure that their respective branches support one another during combat effectively and compensate for any possible weakness they may possess individually.



Tokyo, '36. Imperial Palace.

 
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Bold. I like the plan, and I'll have to try it in the future.
 
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There can never be enough Japan AAR's, good luck!
 
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I would recommend dealing with us first before the soviets as once the us joins the allies it would be difficult to take them out.
 
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His Majesty the Emperor and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
Imperial General Headquarters

Tokyo, 1 January 1936

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Imperial Directive Zero-1
: On preparations for the Conquest of China



The Republican government of China has continously harrased our armed forces and civilians stationed around our overseas ports in the mainland and does not ever compensate Our subjects or apologizes to Our Nation. These actions disturb the balance in East Asia and harm peace wherever it may be.

It is known that the military situation of China is of poor standing and that her lands possess the vast quantities of resources that Our Empire critically requires to keep on expanding outwards in search of peace, security and prosperity. For these reasons, it is necessary for Our Empire to launch a massive reorganization of our Armed Forces and prepare a landing operation to conquer and absorb all of China.

To comply with the solemn obligation which has been handed down by Our Imperial Ancestors and that We may forever carry on their blessings and essence with our Empire, I therefore order as follows :




Operation ''Continent Cross-Through''


I) Divide and reorganize the Imperial land forces into two main roles: traditional ground forces to be deployed in Manchukuo's frontier with China and an amphibious strike force (a mixture of light and regular brigades) stationed in Port Arthur (Dalian province) on stand-by to seize the chinese coast at short notice. As of today, our armed forces are in no favourable position to fight a prolonged war against a numerical superior enemy. We need some time to build up and coordinate our strategies. For these reasons, we expect to be ready just around the summer of 1937 to launch the grand offensive.

We must not tie up a numerous ammount of troops in the north as the infrastructure is of very poor state and supplies will be difficult to get through in sufficient quantities. We must also link up our forces once they secure the ports to deny the Chinese access to the Pacific Ocean.

Of especial importance is the coastal city of Shanghai as it will serve as the jumping platform for our soldiers to reach the chinese capital of Nanking and force the KMT to surrender. It is vital that our troops abstain from pillaging and looting the city or kill, maim or rape non-combatants. Failure to do so, will result in a Court-Martial as per Imperial military laws.


II) The Imperial Japanese Navy must invalidate the operational ability of the Republican Navy and blockade the entirety of the chinese coast prior to the land invasion.

Our naval air fleet and our Aircraft Carriers must be deployed close to the chinese coast to act as independent heavy artillery units in support of our land forces during the invasion.


III) The Imperial air forces have to rebase to Korea and must terminate the Republican Air Force quickly, then, immediately start a tactical bombing campaign to support our ground forces and obliterate the will of the defending enemies.


IV) In scope of these operations and based on our understanding of the numerical superiority of our Enemy, we shall need to train and equip more land divisions during the course of the conflict and deploy them to hotspots or Critical Zones of War (CZW), if a difficult situation arises.

V) Industrial and/or rich natural resource regions that falls under our military occupation shall serve to contribute to Our national war effort and ultimate success in battle.

VI) I request the Commanders-in-Chief to submit in the next meeting the advances of the objectives laid out in numeral I), as well as maps (game screenshots) showing the concentration of our forces and overview of our industries and production.


Notify this Directive to the Commanders-in-Chief of the Army and Naval forces.







Signed: His Imperial Majesty


(historical signature of Hirohito)







Greater Japanese Empire







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Imperial Conference, presided by the Emperor himself, is over. The Chief of Staff has created a solid and well thought out plan to bring defeat to our Foes. Note the Admirals of the Navy on the left with their elegant dark uniforms, sitting in front, are the loyal Generals of the Army dressing their sober counterparts. They are being forced to work together before His Majesty to do away with useless and harmful rivalries and to ensure a more efficient operational coordination to achieve our war goals.
 

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So much detail. Love the setup can't wait for more. :)
Looking great.
Great introduction !
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Yeah, I love the intro!
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There can never be enough Japan AAR's, good luck!
Oh, this sounds good!


Thank you very much fellow generals. It took me a few days deeply studying Japanese culture (especially psychological and spiritual traits) and history to write the short intro. I promise I won't let anyone down. This will be a journey in which we shall travel together. If our Empire is to last a 1000 years, you will be witness to its most trying and unendurable days. Don't forget to mention any helpful suggestions! Victory shall be ours at all cost! In our next game update we will start with the game proper and screenshots of the situation at large.



are you planing on fighting one nation at the time or a few at the time? you should be careful specially once the us join the allies
I plan on fighting China and the USSR, one at a time. As for the allies, I will have to face them all at once, maybe even against the USA too if they join the allies soon.

Bold. I like the plan, and I'll have to try it in the future.
It is a bold plan, some senior leaders are questioning if Japan has the necessary muscle and will to carry it out. But We are confident that We can suceed with a lot of sacrifice, sweat and blood (and the right strategies).


I would recommend dealing with us first before the soviets as once the us joins the allies it would be difficult to take them out.
Once the war with China is over, We shall study our options and attack the USSR or the Allies first. But as of now, our current military plans include a fast deep penetration into Siberia after the campaign in China is finished, then hold the line and wait until the brewing tension in Europe is high enough for a war to break out betweem them. With Russia being distracted by a European war, we will then swing south and pre-emptively strike all of the American and Allied pacific islands. At the same time, other Imperial forces waiting for Our order shall invade the East Indies, Oceania, French Indochina, Burma and India.

how will this impact trade?
Well, the U.S. will probably embargo Our Nation once hostilities start in Asia but we still have a lot of potential diplomatic trading partners all over the world. Especially the Dutch, French and British, as well as the USSR, Germany and Italy. Also, the main purpose of conquering these territories and annex them to our Empire is so that Our Nation may become a full fledged Autarky, without being dependent on other powers or be at their mercy for national survival, trade, etc.

Superpowers don't beg for resources, they outright take them.
 
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I believe Japan can achieve the conquest of backwards China easily enough. Have the operational commanders considered a three-pronged offensive, with a cavalry sweep through the weak state of Shanxi, a direct drive south along the border, and an amphibious strike upon Nanjing, with the intention of encircling and destroying the entirety of the Chinese Army?

I feel that going after the Soviet Union before the Western Allies would be the ideal; China will be a land war by default, so land wars should be resolved first. Doing so would allow you to maximize the efficiency of producing armor, artillery, and infantry, while long-term investments into naval power can be made throughout the period. When the war winds down, you can go all-out into naval production, and have an army that's at least as powerful as you could need, and you should be in an excellent position to mass-produce aircraft.

Also noteworthy is that if you launch campaigns to conquer the Chinese states, you'll allow the Western nations to mobilize for war much sooner. *breaks character* You could create the historical alliance between the Chinese states (and, preferably give a dramatic increase to Nat Chi's national unity so they don't break easily) so they all declare war on you, making the war so much more interesting and allowing you to conquer all the states without multiple DoW's.
 
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Also, there's a way you could cripple Far East Command - using strategic bombers, sever the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Expensive, certainly, but used in conjunction with tactical bombers attacking enemy stockpiles of supplies, you could cripple the Soviet ability to defend the Far East. Heavy aircraft production also opens the way to paratroops, which would be a valuable asset in your island hopping campaign.
 
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Imperial Review before the commencement of hostilities between Our Empire and the Republic of China

For the most part, 1936 was a rather uneventful year for our Empire. We just focused on a build up of our military and a reorganization of the command structure of our forces. The new organization provides highly motivated and skilled leaders, military bonuses for our forces and a streamlined hierarchy for our units. Our planned lightning campaign in China depends on the success of this reorganization to develop a modern force capable of harnessing the power of all the branches of our military during battle.

It is now the 7th of July of 1937 (historical start of Second SINO-JAP) and We have succesfully reorganized our military into a proper fighting force. We feel confident of their might and shall begin hostilities on the hour. This is the situation at large:


Our Imperial domains:

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Global Diplomacy:

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Military production:

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The main theatre HQ is called the Imperial Oriental Headquarters and is responsible for all combat operations in mainland Asia. Attached to this HQ are the Imperial air forces, made up of some interceptors, tactical and naval bombers. It has the following structure:


I) Imperial Oriental Headquarters :

  1. Imperial Army Group East Asia :
  • a) Imperial Army of China, under the command of militarist General 'Razor' Tojo.
  • b) Imperial Amphibious Strike Force
  • c) Imperial Frontier Guards Army
  • d) Imperial Army of Korea
Imperial Order of Battle


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General Tojo commands the highly trained and equipped Imperial Army of China, Our main fighting force in northeast Asia.

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The Imperial Amphibious Strike Force, based in Port Arthur, responsible for the invasion of the northeastern chinese coast.



The Imperial Formosa Army, 170,000 strong, shall conquer the southeastern coast.




Order of Battle for Imperial Home Islands

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Order of Battle in the frontier with the Soviet Union




Order of Battle in the Korean peninsula




Imperial Garrisons in the Pacific



In total, around a half of a million troops are ready to commence the invasion of China as of today. We also have about 150,000 reserve troops in Japan, Korea, Manchukuo-USSR border and our Pacific domains.

Herefore, the Review has concluded that the new structure of our armed forces fully satisfies the defense requirements of Our Empire.



Approved by Imperial General Headquarters


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IMPERIAL RESCRIPT

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We, by the Grace of Heaven, the Emperor of Japan, seated on the Throne occupied by the same dynasty from time immemorial, do hereby make proclamation to all our loyal and brave subjects:

We hereby declare War against the Republic of China. We command our army and navy to carry on hostilities against her with all their strength, and we also command all our officials to make effort, in pursuance of their duties and in accordance with their powers, to attain the national aim, with all the means within the limits of the law of nations. Our objective is to prosecute the conflict to a successful conclusion, and above all, protect our sovereignty.
We deem it essential to international relations, and make it our constant aim, to promote the pacific progress of our Empire in civilization, to strengthen our friendly ties with other States, and thereby to establish a state of things which would maintain enduring peace in the East, and assure the future security of our Empire without injury to the rights and interests of other Powers. Our officials also perform their duties in obedience to our will, so that our relations with all Powers grow steadily in cordiality.

It is thus entirely against our wishes that we have unhappily come to open hostilities against China. The integrity of the Manchurian nation has been a matter of the gravest concern to our Empire, not only because of the traditional relations between the two countries, but because the existence of Manchukuo is essential to the safety of our Empire. Nevertheless, China, despite her explicit treaty pledges and repeated assurances to other Powers, is still in engaging in acts of open hostility against Our subjects and loyal soldiers around the southern border of Manchukuo, and has consolidated and strengthened her hold upon it, and is bent upon its final absorption. Since the possession of Manchuria by China would render it impossible to maintain the integrity of Korea, and would, in addition, compel the abandonment of all hope for peace in the Far East, we expected, in these circumstances, to settle the question by negotiations and secure thereby a permanent peace.

With this object in view, our officials by our order made proposals to China, and frequent conferences were held during the last half year. China, however, never met such proposals in a spirit of conciliation, but by her prolonged delays put off the settlement of the pending question, and, by ostensibly advocating peace on the one hand, and on the other secretly extending her naval and military preparations, sought to bring about our acquiescence. It is not possible in the least to admit that China had from the first a sincere desire for peace. She has rejected the proposals of our Empire; the safety of Manchukuo and Korea is in danger; the interests of our Empire are menaced. At this crisis, the guarantees for the future which the Empire has sought to secure by peaceful negotiations can now only be sought by an appeal to arms.

The benevolent spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors guarding Us from above, it is our earnest wishes that, by the loyalty and valor of our faithful subjects, peace may soon be permanently restored and the glory of our Empire preserved.

In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hand and caused the Grand Seal of the Empire to be affixed at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, this seventh day of the 7th month of the 11th year of Shōwa, corresponding to the 2,598nd year from the accession to the throne of Emperor Jimmu.


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His Majesty The Emperor, hereby orders the Execution of:


OPERATION ''Continent Cross-Through''

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The Imperial Army, supported by the Navy and air forces, must conduct a fast penetration of the chinese coast until they reach the interior heartlands, at most, by the end of 1937. It is necessary that on their way they conquer all industrial, military and political objectives of major value, such as factories, supply depots, military bases and political power centers. The quick takeover of these so called Victory Points shall force General Chiang Kai Shek and the rest of the republican leadership to consider the cessation of hostile actions and a possible truce, and ultimately, prepare our government for a First Phase Occupation of China. After secretly resting, resupplying and reinforcing our troops, we shall begin a second offensive thrust into the interior by the summer of 1938, this time to liquidate any sort of independent chinese political entity in Asia.

Imperial General Headquarters Grand War Plan
First Phase of Occupation: green line
Second Phase of Occupation: red line
High value objectives: red mark

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Naval blockade of China, prior to the amphibious invasions.

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Our Empire has declared war and shall bring the conflict to a successful termination. In our next briefing, We will share our battlefield progress against the Chinese forces with the Community.


Hail, Emperor! We who are about to die for your Glory, salute you!

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Tenno Heika Banzai!

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Farewell brave and loyal troops, may We meet again in happier times.

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150.000 men arrayed against China? That is not a lot. Quality will have to triumph over the untrained Chinese hordes. But I have faith in the invincible Japanese army.
I take it that you intend to annex all of the warlords in the area. That will create a lot of threat, it'll be interesting to see if anyone reacts to it.
 

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He can handle it with that much, I'm fairly certain.

The presentation of this AAR is excellent, as well.