Chairman of the Board
- Sep 30, 2008
Map of the world on the forevening of the start of global tragedy that would change the course of history. The calm before the storm is occasionally only interrupted by sounds of fighting from civil war in Mexico and armed resistance of Senusi brotherhood against Italian colonization of Libya.
The 7-years-long global war and events that followed have changed the world. Victorious German Empire and its allies reshaped the world. What was not changed by them, was done by proletarian revolutions that followed in Britain and France. British Empire was dead, French and British elites were forced to find exile in North Africa and Canada. Late 1930s were marked by peak of German power. What was left of once mighty Entente was weak alliance of British royalists in Canada and French nationalists in North Africa. Much bigger threat to German influence was the new Syndicalist Internationale, solid alliance of proletarian states. Berlin always worried what kind of plans is revanchist Commune of France forging, but real danger for German colonial empire was rising in the East.
2nd American Civil War started after hot electoral race where victorious Huey Pierce Long was thrown out of the White House by Douglas MacArthur. Victory of populist candidate of America First-Union Party was seen as dangerous by both Republicans and Democrats, not to mention enraged American Syndicalists that started to yell about unfrair fraudulent elections. United States was spared from horrors of Weltkrieg due to neutrality, but was hit very hard by loss of global markets that fell under German dominance. Economic crisis brought collapse of unique two-party parliamentary system and two new large radical parties were radicalizing American people. Major tensions, caused by economic troubles and political unstability were the powder keg that was lit by fire of presidental elections. MacArthur established military junta to keep America together but he wasn't successful with that. Both Syndicalist leader Jack Reed and Far-Right populist Huey Long declared union a dead state and called their supporters to arms. Industrial areas around Great Lakes were occupied by proletarian militias, while dozen of Southern states seceded and established American Union State. West Coast tried to escape the troubles: Some states in neighbourhood gathered around California and created Pacific States of America. To prevent further growth of Syndicalist influence, Canada occupied New England and Republic of New England was declared under Canadian protection. Canada also secured Alaska and Panama Canal, while Canadian allies in Caribbean secured Puerto Rico. Guam and Philippines surrendered to Japanese without resistance, while newly seceded Hawaii got remaining US Pacific possessions under their authority by successful negotiations with local authorities of other islands. Japan had to cancel her plans of invasion of Hawaii due to gathering German naval forces in Pacific. German corporate puppet in China fell to republican revolutionaries, but revolution was soon hijacked by German agents and German presence in China only changed her clothes. When republican revolution followed in corrupted Qing Empire, Germans didn't have to worry for losing their weak ally Pu-Yi. However, Japanese attack on German fleet in Singapore and following invasion of China caught Germans by surprise. Eventually, Germans and their Chinese allies managed to hold their ground against Japanese and Fengtien troops in China, but German garrisons were unable to defend German-owned Pacific islands. Peace negotiations brought continuity of Status Quo in China and gave German Pacific islands and German New Guinea to Japan. Fortunately for Germans, European Syndicalists didn't dare to use oportunity of war in Far East to start a war in Europe: Newly restored Russian monarchy turned to Germany and signed Anti-Syndintern Pact, changing the balance of power in Europe. In 1946, world is enjoying some peace after numerous conflicts, most notably 2nd American Civil War, War for Pacific, 3rd Balkan War, and Grand Tuareg Revolt. United States are gone, with Combined Syndicates of America defeating both MacArthur and Long. However, Syndicalists didn't dare to invade Pacific States of America, liberal democratic ideological successor to old United States, as Canadians were closely observing situation.
1950s brought turbolent times again. 1950s and 1960s are often refered to as the Times of De-Colonialization. German African conglomerate of Mittelafrika started to crumble under pressure of anti-colonialist resistance, heavily supported by Syndicalist nations. Situation spreaded also into National France, already weakened by failed, but bloody Tuareg revolt. Situation was hot in Asia also. Bengal was in war with Princenly Federation, but this didn't bother it from supporting rebellions in neighbourhood too. Burma fell to Syndicalists and uprisings continued in Siam and German Indochina. But the worst was happening in Indonesia. Indonesian Independence War was fought between Syndicalist-supported Indonesian revolutionary independence fighters on the one side and Japanese, Dutch, German and Australasian forces on the other side. Massive conflict was won by the side with unchallenged popular support. Foreign forces had to retreat despite fire and technological superiority. Despite limited cooperation between Dutch and Germans, and between Australasians and Japanese, Indonesian enemies were divided into two rival blocs and were much more weaker as if they would unite in their cause against independence fighters.
1960s ended with successful export of revolution on Balkans and Caucasus by Ukraine and Georgia, and restoration of Russian control over the Trans-Siberian Railway after the war with Mongolia. National France finally collapsed in 1970s after the rebels approached coastal areas. Commune of France made a generous offer to ship French brothers that are willing to live in socialism from North Africa to French mainland. National French elites already evacuated themselves to Canada, mostly Quebec, and left native collaborators and most of Pieds-Noirs behind. They accepted Communard offer and escaped troubled area. Since African revolts were lead by Syndicalist now (for diffrence of traditionalist oriented Tuareg revolt), Arab elites in coastal Algeria and Tunisia who cooperated with French were now left to fight alone. Bey of Algiers and Bey of Tunis immediately wowed for help from Mitteleuropa. German forces from Morocco and Ottoman forces from Libya moved into Northern Algeria and Tunisia, and fortified the territory. Rebels were halted and new friends of Mitteleuropa were secured. Both Beys were coronated for Sultans of their respectful lands, nominally independent, but in fact being mere puppets of both of Ottoman Sultan and Berlin. Recognizing that Ottomans will be crucial allies in fight against Syndicalist influence, Germans supported growth of Ottoman power. Ottomans secured great sphere of influence for them, altough they had to accept to share it with Germans in some areas. All pro-Ottoman and pro-German Arab leaders recognized Sultan as the one and true Caliph. However, opposition stayed. Hashemite rulers in Arabia refused to swear loyalty to Ottoman Sultan, and so did Oman. Pan-Arabic Syndicalist leaders in Union of Africa condemned Ottoman puppets too. Alliances have consolidated. Strong Syndicalist Internationale (Syndintern at short) was threat to both Entente and Mitteleuropa, but last two refused to cooperate due to old rivalry. Entente soon merged with Greater East Asia Sphere of Co-Prosperity into United Nations Alliance (UNA) while Mitteleuropa renamed herself into EuroAsien due to her strong membership in both Europe and Asia. Global situation stays tense until the modern day, be it Caribbean Syndicalists exporting revolution, ever-lasting war in Indochina, arms race or international rivalry all over the globe. But Canada always stands on guard, trying to be ready for survival in any critical situation.