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The American Eagle and the Fasces: A Fascist American Doomsday AAR



For about 2 months I had been considering writing a Fascist USA AAR, but didn’t have enough time on my hands. However, since my German AAR requires all three players and it’s a three-day weekend, I figured I’d take a shot at it. Unfortunately, it seems that Dogma beat me to the punch :( . I personally enjoy Dogma’s work and have no criticism of it, and I hope that you, the reader, will not consider this AAR to be merely a copy of an already- used idea because these AARs were started within a day of each other. I do intend to use a different style and have a different storyline, and my only hope is that all who read will enjoy this Fascist, non-axis USA After Action Report.



Beginnings


Fritz Kuhn (center) with party supporters

Fritz Kuhn, a naturalized American citizen from Germany, had managed to become the most powerful man in the Western Hemisphere. As former president Roosevelt was being escorted to the location at which he would be under essential house arrest for the rest of his life, as the American “Grey Shirts”, the fascist storm troopers of the National American Fascist Citizen’s Party paraded the streets in triumph, celebrating new year’s, 1936, as the day socialist anarchy finally gave way to order, Kuhn stood at the head. The road to power behind him was long, but the road into the future was even longer.



The failure of the New Deal

After the failure of FDR’s new deal due to congressional squabbling, the Great Depression reached its apex in 1934. US citizens lost faith in the power of Democracy and saw the success of Fascist nations like Italy as a sign to act. Kuhn wasn’t the leader of the Fascist movement because he had the most manpower backing him or because he possessed the greatest qualities of a statesman among all the Fascist leaders, because he certainly didn’t meet either of those criteria, but because he was the one that everyone trusted not to harm one particular side. Although he had initially pledged unswerving loyalty to Adolf Hitler, he changed his political outlook to become the one that Nationalists, Fascists, and outright National Socialists could agree upon. Thus, the NAFCP was founded with Kuhn as Chairman. As his power grew, he distanced himself from Hitler to ensure that everyone saw that, even if a German immigrant held power, this would not be an America for Germans and not an America under Hitler’s thumb. Of course, the NAFCP rejected democracy outright from the start- after all, if they trusted the democratic process, how could their beloved leader ever become president without violating the constitution?
In the streets, Socialist rallies and union strikes were broken apart by the Grey Shirts, wearing paramilitary grey-green uniforms similar to those of the SA in Germany. Public protests against the growing power of the NAFCP were silenced forcefully. In a desperate effort to save the economy in 1935, FDR attempted to have pensions for veterans and wages for servicemen cut, but this only furthered his unpopularity and swelled the NAFCP’s ranks. “I may have fought Americans during the Great War,” spoke Kuhn, “But I’ve never seen a government in Europe or the Americas that hated it’s greatest and most loyal sons with such passion!” Though the NAFCP never achieved a majority in either house of congress, in late 1935 it held almost 30 percent of the Senate and nearly 40 percent of the House of Representatives. The worst of the depression was already over, but speedy recovery did not come to America, and so even more faith was lost in Roosevelt’s ability to keep the nation afloat.


NAFCP storm troopers

Finally, on Christmas Eve, 1935, all hell broke loose. NAFCP agents paid off workers in all government-run soup kitchens in DC to close down for the night and refuse to serve the unemployed. The angry and Hungry jobless mass set off a riot of hungry which, with the help of the Grey Shirts, became a rebellion. Police in the capitol were either paid off, defeated, or backed down, refusing to fight the armed Grey Shirts, who had received military training from veterans in the party. The White house was surrounded and FDR refusing to continue the bloodshed, ordered the security staff of the White house to stand down on New Year's Eve.


The Christmas uprising on the outskirts of Washington



The New Regime


Kuhn as the "First Citizen" of the United States

Kuhn proclaimed his new regime to be “The American Rome”, and installed himself with the title of First Citizen. This impressed Mussolini, who sent money and resources as well as a compiled report of the revitalization of the Italian economy to aid America’s struggle out of the depression. Khun took steps to bring the economy under government control while allowing capitalism to thrive, a policy which was supported by American business leaders because, even though it decreased their freedom, it was less restrictive than the New Deal system.
Representative government was scaled back and, in the Federal Government, abolished almost completely. The bi-cameral legislation system was replaced by the American Fascist Senate, which consisted of members of the NAFCP elected by party members. This legislating system took over the role of the old congress, but Kuhn could veto any law passed by the AFS as well as make laws of his own. There was no balance of power, but an executive supremacy for which the legislation existed only to support.



The cabinet was not comprised entirely of the men best-suited to the job, but instead those from the party who had contributed the most and were the most prominent figures. The only non-party member of the cabinet was Douglas Macarthur, the chief of staff, appointed because Kuhn saw his potential in a wartime situation. This appointment upset many party members who felt they were the prime candidates, but in the end they were convinced that the First Citizen’s word was always just and always absolute.


Kuhn meeting with Hitler

In Germany, Hitler was pleased that the United States had finally come around to what he considered a better system, but he was disappointed that the Americans preferred the Fasces to the Swastika. Kuhn traveled to Europe to meet with friendly governments, explaining to Hitler that, although he personally would always wear his Iron Cross, America could not be National Socialist because the people needed a slightly more moderate system. Though displeased, Hitler had no choice but to accept this decision of his former subordinate.
At first, Britain and France refused to recognize the NAFCP as the legitimate government of the United States, but in a meeting in Paris, Foreign minister Ezra Pound assured the Allies that, despite its antidemocratic rise to power, the NAFCP was the desired government of the American People and should be accepted by all those who claimed to rule in the name of their own people. When the Allied representatives still balked at recognizing the Fascists, Pound assured them that if they did not, recognize the NAFCP, Roosevelt would be shot. Not wanting to lose the only chance of their former ally recovering its rightful leader, the Allies officially recognized Kuhn as the legitimate leader of the USA.
In the USA, American Nationalism implied American Isolationism to Europe's affiars and so the NAFCP politely declined an invitation to join a secret German-Italian alliance, but promised supplies and arms to either nation should they go to war against a European power.
All party members unanimously agreed that expansion southward into Latin America was needed to win the fear and respect of the world, but the US military wasn’t in the shape to carry out an offensive war. Although the navy was powerful, the army consisted of only 4 divisions. Arming was essential, and by building a large land force, Unemployment would drop drastically and the economic stimulus would boost growth.
Fortune had favored the Americans, but, as this new nation set out on a mission of conquest, how long could its luck hold?
 

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An excellent start.

I look forward to the American Empire being established and planting her flags in the eyesockets of the enemy.

Onward to Mexico City!
 

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very interesting start! why non-axis? unless....you want to teach hitler the true meaning of fascism! :p
 

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Personally, I believe the Axis USA has been done a few too many times- and it makes it way too easy as the USA can provide the Naval forces that Germany has so much trouble building. In this one, I plan to keep US isolation from European politics for quite some time so as it makes it a bit more realistic.


Expanding a Nationalist America


NAFCP parade in Washington- civilians and party members give a grand farewell to newly-trained troops headed for Mexico.

Kuhn began to reorganize the military as quickly as possible. Kuhn gave publice speechs frequently about the power of tradition in the United States during the early months of 1936. He insisted that the military uniforms and styles of warfare remain distinctly American although he did accept a number of military advisors from the German army to help train a new army. Kuhn first began a campaign to turn the grey shirts into truly professional soldiers by running them through new army training camps. 45,000 irregular troops had been trained and deployed to the Mexican border before the end of february, along with 30,000 professional troops from the already-existing US army. 20,000 more professional soldiers were deployed in the final weeks before conflict began.

In July, 1936, First Citizen Fritz Kuhn held up to the Mexican ambassador a list of soldiers MIA in Mexico from the hunt for Pancho Villa. "These men, our intelligence tells us, are still alive and still prisoners in Mexico. We demand that your government return them immdiately and pay reparations for acts against the Third Geneva Convention of 1929."
The ambassador fought this claim, declaring that Pancho Villa did not represent the Mexican Government and that there was no evidence that these men had been taken prisoner at all and may have been deserters, but his argument fell on deaf ears. Kuhn declared the mexican-american non-aggression pact viod and declared war several days later.


The first American Armor division saw action during the latter half of the Second Mexican American War


At the start of the Second Mexican American War, three divisions secured northwestern Mexico while the rest of the army and air force made a beeline to puebla in order to surround the Mexican forces in Mexico city. Mexico was finally defeated and agreed to become part of the United States in late August after a hard fought battle for Mexico City. The Survivors of the Mexican Army fled to the hills and became partisans, but no significant resistance was mounted. During the invasion, German Military personel followed their American counterparts to provide information to Berlin about American power and tactics.


an armored car blazes across the deserts of Northern Mexico during the days following the outbreak.

The Western Allies had taken no action, for they had good relations with the USA now and didn't want to fight a powerful nation across the Atlantic. They assured themselves that Mexico would be the last of American Agression.


American Troops walking through a building in Managua


An American soldier carries a wounded German Military Advisor in Mexico City

But Kuhn wanted more- during the war, the economy skyrocketed, and he was able to create enough garrison and police divisions to control every province in Mexico before the Mexican government had even surrendered. Despite rising unpopularity with the decision to go to war the first time, Kuhn declared war on Guatemala, Nicragua, El Salvidor, and Honduras. Each fell to the might of the American army, but with each declaration of war, more dissent rose from the ranks of American Citizens. Fortunately, Kuhn found a way to prolong the effects of a wartime economy while recieveing enough industrial power to provide the population with large amounts of consumer goods, thus keeping the dissent down. He simply occupied Nicaragua for several months until all 6 armor divisions, 4 garrison divisons, 5 close-air support squadrons, and numerous infantry divisions had been created. Dissent reached safe levels in June of 1937, and the war ended. Kuhn's ambition was to reach the Panama canal, but his cabinet talked him into putting this dream aside for the time being. An army which didn't exist in january of 1936 had won the fear and respect of every western power. The NAFCP would wait for the time being, until their leader felt the nation was ready for another, bigger, war.

 

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isolation in europe doesnt mean isolation in asia tho! very nice work! tho that dissent is worrisome...33.49%? wow...better get that down...
 

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Just caught this AAR, and finished reading the chapters, nice AAR. You've inspired me to create my own AAR about a Nationalist USA :D . And before you even think about it, leave Canada alone, every dicatorship USA game always manages to take Canada, why must you attack us, leave us be :D :p
 

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Very nice, I would think about that diss % though. Marines/Mountian in 37/38 prehaps for the next step into SA, with transport landings after that.
 

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Facist USA wow, this shall bring me great joy to read :D
 

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The Roarin' 30's


The late 30's saw increased production of consumer goods and increased availability of goods to the middle class


Kuhn stopped his expansion for the time being and turned to the state of Greater America. To keep control of Mexico, he brought Mexican Fascist politicians into the AFS and installed local politicians and military leaders who'd supported the US invasion as provincial governors. Inside the United States, the nation had finally awoken from the depression. Although dissatisfaction with the break in toatlly isolationist policies was high, the economy was booming and a large consumer goods budget meant more for the middle class. The United States had won a victory and the government made sure people had enough to celebrate. This began the Roarin' 30's, which never acheived the dizzying heights of the 20's but was nonetheless a relief for the depression-stricken nation as a combination of national pride and money fed a renewed happiness among the American People. The NAFCP continued to promoted Fascist ideology throughout the nation, and the army doubled in size. 15,000 volunteers were sent to friendly Nationalist Spain, but the nation's real interest became the Far East.

Into the Far East

To help subdue mounting tensions between Japan and China, the US pacific Fleet had redeployed to the Phillipines, but finally Japan Invaded China. After the Rape of Nanjing, Kuhn gave a statement to the press that the United States intended to intervene as peacekeepers in China. This remained unclear, but what was clear was that 15 American divisions were waiting deployment in the Phillipines. On February 25, 1938, American forces landed in Southern China. Kuhn explained the invasion of Nationalist China as "A way to unite and secure the Chinese people from brutal Japanese agression. Of course, to ensure the safety of American troops, Kuhn had a discreet non-agression pact signed with the Emperor of Japan. General MacArthur and Lt. General Patton commanded the invasion, both leaving their previous commissions in Central America to do so. "Central America hardly needs a junior officer to keep control and defend the frontier, I see no reason why a General should stay there," MacArthur said, with typical arrogance in his request to Kuhn to command the invasion. Arrogant or not, there was no question that MacArthur was, by far, the best candidate for the job.



American Troops landing in Southern China


MacArthur going ashore after the success of the Amphibious landing


Pressed from the North by the Japanese and from the South by the Americans, Chiang Kai-Shek pleaded with the western powers to intervene on China's behalf, but with their Colonies so exposed and underdefended, Neither the British or the French were willing to risk conflict with the numerous US forces in China.

In May, the Spanish Civil War ended in a Republican victory. Fransisco Franco, his staff, and the now- exiled Nationalist Army flee to the United States along with the returning American volunteers and saw the Nationalist Chinese as traitors for allying themselves with the Communist Chinese. With help from the war-hardened Spaniards, the NAFCP expanded its training program. As the American Foothold in China grew larger, more reinforcements came until there were more than 35 divisions in China.





Maps charting US expansion in China

Chiang Kai-Shek managed to push the Japanese out of Nanjing, Sozhou, and Shanghai, but the Japanese front could not be held back for long. Chiang Kai-Shek himself led the defense against the Japanese in the provinces immediately north of the three cities, but left Shianghai undefended. 12 Newly-trained American Divisions landed and quickly occupied all three cities without any resistance. While the Chinese leader was pinned in the North, things were slow for the advancing Americans. Without any mountaineer divisions, MacArthur had difficulty advancing significantly into the frontier, and the Americans were always outnumbered.

Disaster at Ganzhou and the American Retribution
In July, an attempted encirclement movement went awry in what became to be known as the Ganzhou disaster. Nine regular Infantry divisions led by Douglas MacArthur himself were cut off from American supply lines, and despite the best efforts of the Army Air Corps and Patton's 4 divisions to the East, no breakout was ever successfully mounted. The forces in Southern China were considerably weaker than those in the north, and no reinforcing divisions could be shipped for another two months. Enduring terrible starvation and lacking in medical equipment, MacArthur's forces suffered terrible attrition in addition to the occasional attack from the Chinese to destroy them. MacArthur attempted desperately first to fight the Chinese to expand his position, then to break his men out of the encirclement and march back East, and then finally to dig in and survive as long as possible. It is estimated that these troops took an astounding 50 percent casualty rate before finally surrendering to a chinese mass attack in early September. Upon seeing his broken subordinates finally surrender to the enemy, MacArthur gathered together his staff and a few men and made his way across the rugged terrain East, travelling under the cover of night. A few days after the surrender, MacArthur reached Patton's lines. Half the men he'd set out with were dead or missing, and the rest were horribly malnourished or injured. Macarthur himself was in no better shape.


American Troops surrender to Chinese Forces after the battle of Ganzhou

While Patton retreated to a more defensible position, Macarthur flew back to the United States to take command of his old comission. Weeks passed, but finally MacArthur made a decision to go against the First Citizen's orders of attacking southward. In a matter of days, El Salvador and Panama were occupied, with MacArthur scoring a decisive victory.
Most party leaders were outraged at MacArthur's decision to violate orders, but his style and actions had won him the adoration of the American public. Fritz Kuhn flew to Panama to personally handle the situation. Kuhn was pleased that MacArthur had shared his amition for an American Empire stretching down to the Panama Canal, but cautious that the General might find new ambitions, say, overthrowing the NAFCP.



Greater America in mid September

"Your sucess is astounding, General," said Kuhn, "but because you have chosen to take initiative against orders, you have left yourself with two choices: Resign your commission and retire quietly or return to China and win the war for America."
MacArthur returned to China, bringing his loyal troops from Central America with him, and took command. South of the Three Cities, he managed to encircle and crush 7 Chinese divisions, repaying the favor for what had happened in Ganzhou. In the North, he made an all-out offensive using every available unit in the Three Cities- and enormous risk- to defeat Chiang Kai-Shek. It worked, and as the Chinese leader attempted to break out from the coastline, he was pinned between the Japanese and the Americans.


American Troops during the December Offensive

Chiang Kai-Shek managed to escape, taking command of the forces in Southern China and pushing Patton back even further, even going so far as to cut off Patton's forces from MacArthur's entirely, but this time, there were reinforcements. A renewed offensive began in December, this time with over 75 divisions, and met with sucess, finally attaining the force and energy required to push into the interior.


MacArthur with Kruegger and Marshall


China on December 24, 1938


With Macarthur finally in command of a force that could conceivably win a total victory against the Nationalist Chinese and Kuhn sucessfully pursuing his dream of a Fascist American Empire, the new world would finally begin to take shape. Britain and France watched nervously as their former ally and professed "friend of the French and British people" grew rapidly. In Europe, Hitler had taken Austria and turned his sights to Czechoslovakia. Surely conflict was to come, but who would fight who? Who would the Americans side with as war approached? Would they even take sides? Only time would tell.


Hopefully there will be another update before I go to sleep tonight.
 
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Excellent update indeed.

Its a shame about those nine divisions. I hope they are avenged in a bloodbath of Chinese.

Do you have any plans for further expansion in South America?
 
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i knew it! i knew you would invade asia...psychic....:p
 

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Excellent update indeed.

Its a shame about those nine divisions. I hope they are avenged in a bloodbath of Chinese.

Do you have any plans for further expansion in South America?

I'm currently playing- since the disaster, I've encircled and destroyed somewhere between 20-30 Chinese divisions.

South America will certainly see the light of the Greater Fascist America in time, but China is occupying most of my resources at the moment.
 

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Peace keeping..hardley... :p .So when China falls, are you going to, split it up, between US and Japanese sectors, or create a puppet ?
 

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Peace keeping..hardley... :p .So when China falls, are you going to, split it up, between US and Japanese sectors, or create a puppet ?

By now the Japanese Have seized a large chunk of Northern China. This will undoubtedly create tensions beteween the USA and Japan in the Future, so China will be held by troops under the US flag.
 

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It's 3 in the morning now so I'll make this AAR short and not so Image-intense.


Winning the War in China

MacArthur's December Offensive resulted in astounding success. Chiang Kai-Shek mounted an impressive resistance, but the sheer power of the United States Army eventually overwhelmed the final Nationalist Chinese stronghold in November, 1939, ending a year-and-a-half. Chiang Kai-Shek was defeated and captured a few weeks before the Nationalist Chinese Government capitulated to a joint American-Japanese military council. Kai-Shek had been captured by American troops, and the Japanese insisted that he be publicly executed to discourage partisan activity in both the Japanese and American zones of control. Kuhn refused, and made Kai-Shek a virtual slave for the purpose of American publicity. He would be paraded out in front of a large audience in areas which had problems with partisan activity and would give a speech about how the American rule of China was the ultimate destiny for the Chinese people. Chiang Kai-Shek knew, of course, that his family would be slain if he so much as said a single bad word about the NAFCP, and several companies of men designated specifically to guarding Kai-Shek ensured he had no opportunity to make a mistake. Chiang Kai-Shek wasn't even a figurehead, but simply a public image held hostage. As war raged in Europe, occupation forces mobilized to ensure peace in China and the American Army, now numbering 181 divisions when three years ago it had only a few.



China as of November, 1939
 

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very nice..will you invade japan now or later? :D