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Ill say its worse compared to 50s america, because there are a LOT more ways the governorment can intervene if one does not conform to the norms, so anyone who deviates even by a tiny bit from his born role in society, it would bring the eyes of the mounties.

In 50s america, a person having sudden economic success, going from the middle class to the high class, sure the other rich people would sneer at this noveou riche, but not much would happen.

In CAnada, a suddenly successful individual would have to fit in with the upper class of High Lords and Fake High Lords, and if they cant, theyre gone.
 

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The entire foundation of the society is still based on the Aristocratic practices of overly dramatic customs and traditions, where simple acts of manners and such are political weapons, and insulting one based on where they were born or how much money they have or the type of suit they wear or the length of their spadroon or cane or baton or how good they are at dancing at The Ball or how Big is their Estate, the Racism and Culturalism is inherant in the Classism and you cannot divorce then easily.

Ill say its worse compared to 50s america, because there are a LOT more ways the governorment can intervene if one does not conform to the norms, so anyone who deviates even by a tiny bit from his born role in society, it would bring the eyes of the mounties.

In 50s america, a person having sudden economic success, going from the middle class to the high class, sure the other rich people would sneer at this noveou riche, but not much would happen.

In CAnada, a suddenly successful individual would have to fit in with the upper class of High Lords and Fake High Lords, and if they cant, theyre gone.

I’m not sure where you’re getting this having to fit in with aristocrats idea from in the narrative. This sounds like the Gerontocracy that the BYT were specifically against. The BYT dissolve the entire idea of aristocracy by giving out titles for
loyalty not based on blood. Even Harkness got a title.

Look at actual quotes from Edward:

“Most of my family...my family is rather dull. So, it’s my job to look after him.”

“I want to do something. My father plays his part and lets the stupid old men lead us into ruin. I’m going to be for the people, when I’m King.”

”Not to my father. To them I’m just a silly drunk boy with foolish friends and mad ideas.”

Or look at the extract from Edward’s biography:

Edward seemed have few of his parents’ best qualities. He had none of their sense of discipline or abstention, and, in so much as he considered his future kingly duties at all, he did so through the lens of his own vanity. This is not to say he was without good qualities. He was undeniably charismatic, loyal (perhaps too loyal) to his friends, kind - defending his siblings from the rages of their controlling father - and, in a dilettantish way, forward thinking. Largely in reaction to the King’s love for them, he had little time for the courtly procedures and Edwardian formalities of royal life. Wildly popular, Edward seemed to have a genuine - if superficial - empathy for the common people, often testing the limits of royal protocol in his statements and actions.

On September 3 1921, he made a visit to the Cambridge Military Hospital, where he famously declared to the wounded veterans: “Something will be done.” The radical sounding statement, made all the more radical sounding by its ambiguity, and uttered by a member of the royal family no less, made headlines across the world and scandalized the British establishment. His father was apoplectic, but Edward was unrepentant. To his brother Prince George, Edward wrote: “The gerontocracy has drowned the youth and promise of our Empire in mud and fire, and it is clear to me more than ever that it is to us to reclaim it, to rebuild it”

This does not sound like someone who thinks lordly ideas and the bloodlines of the aristocracy are important
 
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I’m not sure where you’re getting this having to fit in with aristocrats idea from in the narrative. This sounds like the Gerontocracy that the BYT were specifically against. The BYT dissolve the entire idea of aristocracy by giving out titles for
loyalty not based on blood. Even Harkness got a title.

Look at actual quotes from Edward:







Or look at the extract from Edward’s biography:





This does not sound like someone who thinks lordly ideas and the bloodlines of the aristocracy are important
You can take a man out of the aristocracy, but you can't take the aristocracy out of the man.

Seriously though, nothing in his upbringing or in the way he picks friends indicates that he would be the kind of person who can handle or would actively cultivate bourgeois ways of life. When has he been exposed to bourgeois circles in his formative years? When has he made himself part of one? (Well okay there is his wife, probably he mingled in her social circles for a while.)

I think he's going to be the kind of man who oozes aristocracy no matter what, and makes any group centered on himself adopt aristocratic outlooks just like iron filings align themselves with the field lines of a magnet. Maybe he replaced the old men, but I would guess he replaced them with a set of people who involuntarily adopt more or less the same outlook and the same ways of maintaining exclusiveness as the aristocracy who came before them. They are part of a royal court after all.
 

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This does not sound like someone who thinks lordly ideas and the bloodlines of the aristocracy are important

True then. But perhaps not true in the 1950's. People may end up becoming that which they once railed hard against.
 

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You can take a man out of the aristocracy, but you can't take the aristocracy out of the man.

Seriously though, nothing in his upbringing or in the way he picks friends indicates that he would be the kind of person who can handle or would actively cultivate bourgeois ways of life. When has he been exposed to bourgeois circles in his formative years? When has he made himself part of one? (Well okay there is his wife, probably he mingled in her social circles for a while.)

I think he's going to be the kind of man who oozes aristocracy no matter what, and makes any group centered on himself adopt aristocratic outlooks just like iron filings align themselves with the field lines of a magnet. Maybe he replaced the old men, but I would guess he replaced them with a set of people who involuntarily adopt more or less the same outlook and the same ways of maintaining exclusiveness as the aristocracy who came before them. They are part of a royal court after all.


This. They started as Bright Young Aristocrats (Both of Feudal and Plutocratic nobility) and they now turned into Old Aristocrats, with no real replacement.
 

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When has he been exposed to bourgeois circles in his formative years? When has he made himself part of one? (Well okay there is his wife, probably he mingled in her social circles for a while.)

I think youre passing over quite a major influence there :rolleyes: to me the whole implication of the consort piece was that Barbara was vital in puncturing some of his aristocratic attitudes and informing him about normal people. And her background was less than bourgeois

Why would the BYT be opposed by the aristocratic reactionaries if they've become aristocratic reactionaries no different from the George V generation? Why have Pioneer Schools if you want hereditary leadership? Why have veterans voting rights? By definition a consumer culture is a bourgeois culture

But we’ll see what happens in the 60s as the BYT start to die off I guess
 
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Can I just say that I find it absolutely AMAZING that this AAR is so Good that it causes people to have deep(?) and in depth discussions about Authoritarianism and Democracy as well as how those two might affect race standards among the people?`
There are Sociopolitical science journals and books with less detail put into them!!
 

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Can I just say that I find it absolutely AMAZING that this AAR is so Good that it causes people to have deep(?) and in depth discussions about Authoritarianism and Democracy as well as how those two might affect race standards among the people?`
There are Sociopolitical science journals and books with less detail put into them!!
We're underemployed intellectuals that's what we are

Brilliant works of imagination like cookfl's AARs bring out all that latent good in us.
 

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I think youre passing over quite a major influence there :rolleyes: to me the whole implication of the consort piece was that Barbara was vital in puncturing some of his aristocratic attitudes and informing him about normal people. And her background was less than bourgeois

Why would the BYT be opposed by the aristocratic reactionaries if they've become aristocratic reactionaries no different from the George V generation? Why have Pioneer Schools if you want hereditary leadership? Why have veterans voting rights? By definition a consumer culture is a bourgeois culture

But we’ll see what happens in the 60s as the BYT start to die off I guess

The BYTs have placed their kids on pioneer schools. You can never underestimate the kind of Nepotism and corruption taking place in such a system. Every comparable group has turned into some form of quasi aristocracy (I think in China the kids of party officials are actually called "little Princes"). If the core of a such group consists of actual aristocrats the result is going to be very close to a normal aristocracy imho.

Sure normal Canadian citizens (white Canadian citizens with the right background) might rise into BYT circles but that is a rare exception. Having a career in the military is possible but apart from that there are few ways to really rise in Canadian society.

The whole system is an alliance of the aristocracy,military and big business.

The bourgeoisie is pacified with consumer culture but the system is neither shaped by them nor beneficiary for them.
 
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Add to that, there are Aristocrats in the other dominions as well, so the circle of possible BYTs is still very saturated for newcomers, who are probably taken from several priority processes along the lines of:

Exile > Canada > South Africa > Australasia > India > New American Order spherlings> agents from other allies

And each step of these go through:

Noble > Plutocract > Military Commoner > Popular Commoner
 

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Chapter 20: The Neighbor Turned Stranger

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Austrian refugees crossing the German border in the summer of 1959.
Summer, and the long grass is a snare drum.
The air hums with jets.
Down at the end of the meadow,
far from the radio’s terrible news,
we cut the hay. All afternoon
its wave breaks before the tractor blade.
Over the hedge our neighbor travels his field
in a cloud of lime, drifting our land
with a chance gift of sweetness.

The child come running through the killed flowers,
his hands a nest of quivering mouse,
its black eyes two sparks burning.
We know it will die and ought to finish it off.
It curls in agony big as itself
and the star goes out in its eye.
Summer in Europe, the fields hurt,
and the children kneel in long grass,
staring at what we have crushed.

Before day’s done the field lies bleeding,
the dusk garden inhabited by the saved, voles,
frogs, a nest of mice. The wrong that woke
from a rumor of pain won’t heal,
and we can’t face the newspapers.
All night I dream the children dance in grass
their bones brittle as mouse ribs,
the air
stammering with gunfire,
my neighbor turned stranger,
wounding my land with stones.

- "The Field Mouse"
Gillian Clarke (1998)

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January


January 4th - In response to his rumored disappearance, Transamurian President Nikolai Borisovich appears at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, looking gaunt and confused. He takes a few questions from Japanese state press before his minders whisk him away, only deepening international speculation.

January 10th - King-Emperor Edward VIII and Queen Barbara begin a one-year residency in the Dominion of Australasia, coinciding with Australasian PM Vernon Sturdee assuming the rotating presidency of the Imperial Parliament.

January 15th - Bombay-headquartered Imperial Tata becomes the world’s largest company by revenue.

January 17th - Mittelafrikan settler extremists massacre 203 people in reprisals against Machete rebel crops burnings. In Germany, the Schumacher government sends air units of the Luftstreitkräfte to Mittelafrika for the first time, increasing the total German deployment to 5,000.

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Japanese colonial militia train in 'Amaru', c.1959. Japan's highly militarised culture meant its settlers throughout the Co-Prosperity Sphere could often hold their own against native resistance until help arrived from the Home Islands.
February

February 11th - Citing his wife’s reported ill-health, Canadian Prime Minister Douglas Harkness resigns in favor of Defense Minister John Diefenbaker. Harkness is granted the courtesy title of Earl of Banf, but rarely appears in public following his retirement. He dies in 1999. Diefenbaker, a populist and ambitious product of the ‘Imperial Service’ system, consolidates his position with a polite purge of the Imperial establishment. Many pre-Syndicalist War figures and C.D. Howe-era corporatists are forced into retirement or side-lined, while younger figures from the military and technical establishment are promoted. Nonetheless, Diefenbaker is cunning enough to maintain the King’s critical support, appointing his favorite Sir Douglas Gracey to succeed him as defense minister, and bringing the aging Winston Churchill, a notable royal ‘horse whisperer’, into the Cabinet as a roving trouble-shooter.

February 16th - The first transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation.

February 23rd - International journalists report fighting between Japanese ‘friendship troops’ and Transamurian dissidents in Transamur.

February 26th - Queen Alexandra of Iceland, first cousin of the King-Emperor and queen of Iceland since 1945, dies. She is succeeded by her 45-year old son Prince Alistair. As the Scottish name Alistair has no Icelandic equivalent, the new king takes the regnal name Aleksander I in honor of his mother.

February 27th - 4 German soldiers are killed by an IED explosion while patrolling in Mittelafrika; 56 more are injured. As usual, it is unclear whether the bomb was planted by settlers or rebels.

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John Diefenbaker, 14th Prime Minister of Canada. The son of poor, prairie immigrants, Diefenbaker was an ambitious, conservative populist, and strong proponent of the Imperial Service system, which had fuelled his own rise despite prejudice against his German heritage. As a lawyer and King's counsel in the late 1930s, Diefenbaker had prosecuted so many 'gerontocratic' crimes that his enemies took to calling him 'Dief the Thief' (conviction for gerontocratic crimes usually resulting in financial forfeiture).

March

March 4th - German Chancellor Kurt Schumacher dies suddenly, aged 64. Having lost his right arm and contracted dysentery during the Weltkrieg, Schumacher’s health was always fragile, but his sudden passing shocks politicians and the public alike. In German leftist circles he is remembered as an important figure, responsible for rehabilitating the image of socialists in the Reich, while critics hold that his four-year chancellorship, though important for symbolic reasons, had few policy accomplishments. As widely forecast, Schumacher’s ambitious economic minister, Otto Grotewohl, wins the SPD party ballot to succeed him, and is appointed 14th Chancellor of Germany. Grotewohl is regarded as ideologically flexible but politically skilled.

March 9th - The Barbie dolls debuts in the New American Order, becoming a sensation. The first Barbie comes in three variations: Doctor Barbie, Fashion Barbie, and Pioneer School Barbie. The doll is a knockoff of an earlier German toy, Bild Lilli, which failed commercially after culturally conservative German parents rejected its adult appearance and sexualized features. This results in several rounds of international litigation.

March 11th - Russian President Kerensky visits Edward VIII and Vernon Sturdee in Australasia, the first Russian state visit to the Empire since the Romanov royal tour of 1909. Kerensky is keen to promote his idea of Russia as the ‘fulcrum of stability’ between Mitteleuropa and the Entente Americas, as well as obtain more Imperial investment. In the latter consideration, at least Kerensky has some success: The Imperial Council agree to several trade agreements with Russia, including a contract for Imperial Atomics to construct Russia’s first atomic power plant at Sosnovy Bor, outside Petrograd.

March 17th - With tensions high between the Secularist and Fundamentalist wings of America First, President Huey Long decides to embark on a national tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the end of the Second American Civil War. Long, who has been dogged by ill-health in recent years, sees the tour as his chance to reassert his personal authority, with a view to facilitating a wholesale reorganization of the AUS leadership with more controllable personalities. Long’s doctors warn him his health has not sufficiently recovered for such a grueling schedule, but the Kingfisher presses ahead.

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Otto Grotewohl, 14th Chancellor of Germany. The son of a tailor, Grotewohl became a socialist during the Weltkrieg, and joined the Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany during German socialism's wilderness years. During the Syndicalist War, he became an important figure in Schumacher's 'loyalist socialist' faction of the SPD, and skillfulyl positioned himself as Schumacher's heir apparent, though many colleagues regarded him as somewhat opportunistic.

April

April 6th - In Amérosul, Che Guevara, returned from his exploratory expedition in Mittelafrika, reports to the Central Committee that the continent is ripe for anti-capitalist agitation, but the native people show a prohibitive lack of consciousness and education. In response, the External Committee of the Politburo endorse a plan to deploy African-descended Amérosulian agents to Mittelafrika to agitate and organize. Per the Politburo docket on the matter, this unit becomes known as Cadre Onze, and establishes its operations in north-west Cameroon, harassing and terrorizing local Mittelafrikan settler communities.

April 11th - Believing that Kurt Schumacher’s policy towards the military was unnecessarily confrontational, and ended up inflaming anti-SPD opinion, Chancellor Grotewohl quietly shelves his predecessor’s military modernization plans. “The generals have won the last three wars; why do you think we’d do any better? Better to have them in firing out than out firing in,” Grotewohl tells a colleague. Signaling his new openness to military advisement, Grotewohl appoints Admiral Karl Dönitz, a frequent spokesperson for the military establishment and frequent adversary of Schumacher, to succeed him as Foreign Minister.

April 17th - Danuban Pact forces capture Wiener Neustadt, putting them in striking distance of Vienna. Volksführer Brunner promises ‘apocalyptic battle’ in defense of the Austrian capital. In a comparatively more defensible situation, the Ultranationalist regime in Greece tells German diplomats it would consider a separate peace with the Danuban Pact should Austria fall. Via the forum of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization in Jerusalem, the Reich seeks urgent discussions with the Entente regarding the final disposition of the Balkans.

April 25th - The RAF begins deployment of the Imperial Supermarine Chenoo-6 missile, a fixed-emplacement SAM for medium- and high-altitude long-range air defense. The Chenoo is extensively deployed across the Canadian/NER-AUS border, supplementing extensive ground fortifications, as well as on the eastern seaboard of Britain.

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An Imperial Supermarine Chenoo-6 missile. Widely deployed on Imperial borders, the missile was one of the first successful SAMs, capable of engaging radar-identified targets within a range of 140 km and at altitudes of up to 150,000 ft.

May

May 5th - U-2000, a German nuclear-powered submarine, becomes the first vessel to surface at the North Pole. Her crew perform some scientific tests, play a quick game of snowballs, and plant a flag in the name of the Kaiser. A British Terror-class nuclear submarine successfully transited the North Pole the previous year, but found the sea ice too thick to surface.

May 7th - In secret high-level talks in Jerusalem, the Russia, the British Empire, Germany and Imperial France discuss the post-war future of the Balkans. Contrary to some of the more excited talk emerging from Budapest, the ‘Big Four’ are united in their desire to prevent an Austrian-Hungarian restoration. The Germans fear an empowered Hungary luring away their fractious Eastern European vassals; the Russians maintain their traditional insistence on an independent Serbia, as well as seeking to support democratic transition in Romania; the Entente, particularly France, are keen to see a restoration of Veneto to Italy, and to secure their eastern flank in the Mediterranean. “A final conclusion of the German-Austrian question may be necessary,” Australasian PM Vernon Sturdee informs the Imperial Council, “To guarantee peace in Europe. My understanding of the French position is they would tolerate a Germanized-Austria if they could in-turn secure French influence in the Adriatic.”

May 11th - A joint German-Danish scientific team demonstrate a nuclear-powered battery.

May 24th - The Imperial Central Bank, under Director William Beveridge, institutes a series of scaled increases in the Imperial Dollar interest rate amid signs that the Imperial economy is ‘overheating’. Imperial interest rates are raised seventeen times between 1959 and 1966. The Beveridge Period is characterized by fiscal ease, with tax cuts, increased foreign borrowing, and restrictive monetary policy. It represents what one economic historian calls “an attempt at a controlled stop” to the ‘Thirty Glorious Years’ of the New Imperial Economy.

May 30th - The Battle of Vienna begins. Danuban forces are attempting a pincer maneuver against the city; Austria’s well dug-in defenders attempt to stop them.

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U-2000 at the North Pole, 1959. Both the German and British Empires deployed a progressively more capable series of nuclear subs during this period.
June

June 5th - Amérosul begins supplying heavy weapons to Cadre Onze rebels in Cameroon. Alarmed, Goering invites Dönitz and other German representatives for talks regarding the ongoing disorder in Mittelafrika.

June 18th - In a television interview, former German chancellor Ulrich von Hassell says Germany must intervene in Austria to protect ‘co-Germans’. The comments earn an angry rebuke from the Austrian government, which promises ‘terrible vengeance’ if a German intervention is attempted.

June 26th - Canadian Prime Minister Diefenbaker and NER President Joe Kennedy officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic.

June 30th - Dönitz meets with Goering at his palatial estate outside Dar es Salaam, the first high-level meeting between the German and Mittelafrikan governments since Goering’s decision to appoint himself viceroy. Goering succeeds in convincing Dönitz of the Syndicalist threat in the East, and succeeds. Dönitz returns to Berlin promising more troops.

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The Dönitz-Goering Summit in Dar es Salaam, June 1959. Little love was lost between the two men; Dönitz called Goering a 'fat, boorish Caligula', while Goering said Dönitz had 'all the spirit of a Bavarian cow', but they were nonetheless forced together by their mutual need - Goering by his urgent Syndicalist problem, and Dönitz by his need to prove German military might was still a relevant tool.

July

July 4th - AUS President Huey Long, in the middle of an exhausting national tour, briefly faints at a 4th July event in Atlanta. Fortunately, the collapse occurs out of public view, but an Imperial Intelligence spy in the president’s entourage reports: “He stumbled quite plainly in front of a large delegation of party notables, and was for a moment so confused and addled, that all sides doubtless left with an impression that succession will quickly be upon them.”

July 7th - Hashemite forces overrun the last Saudi strongholds, effectively reuniting Arabia and ending the Arabian War. Surviving member of the House of Saud go into exile in Afghanistan.

July 11th - Elizabeth, Princess Imperial, gives birth to her second child, a son, at her husband’s family estate in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The infant prince is named John Edward Arthur George Windsor-Kennedy, and replaces his sister, Princess Mary, as third in line to the Imperial throne.

July 17th - Australopithecus is discovered by archaeologists working in western Mittelafrika. It is an important 'missing link' in human evolution.

July 19th - Representatives of King Philippos of Greece approach the Bulgarian government seeking an armistice. With fighting stalled in the Pindhos Mountains, the Bulgarians agree to an armistice on the basis that Greece consent to a later internationally supervised peace negotiation. The Ultranationalist cabinet attempt to resist the armistice, but the army rallies to the King, and the Ultranationalists are arrested or forced to resign.

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Greek forces in the Pindhos Mountains. By the summer of 1959, both sides in the Balkans had largely exhausted their will or capacity to fight.

August

August 3rd - In Germany, after intense cabinet debate over the so-called Dönitz Report on Mittelafrika, Grotewohl agrees to double the German troop deployment in Mittelafrika to ten thousand, far fewer than the 25,000 Goering demands. Mindful that regular troops may soon be needed to stabilize the Austrian border, most of those deployed to Africa are territorial forces.

August 12th - A left-wing revolt breaks out on Crete. Leftists and anti-ultranationalists seize government offices in Heraklion, tearing down portraits of King Philippos and burning government papers. A government-aligned destroyer in port briefly bombards the city, leading to violent confrontations between sailors and locals. Similar protests break out in Athens and Bulgarian-occupied Thessaloniki, but are quickly put down.

August 17th - At the invitation of the Greek provisional government, Italian marines land on Crete, re-imposing order.

August 23rd - Danuban forces break through the Austrian lines west of encircled Vienna, penetrating deep into Styria. Austria seems near collapse, and German television screens fill with images of burning Austro-German towns and refugees streaming across the Bavarian border.

August 26th - After two sleepless nights and under increasing public pressure, German Chancellor Grotewohl gives a televised address in which he declares the Balkans War ‘over’. “It is clear,” the Chancellor says, “That all possible political and strategic aims have been achieved, and now only a negotiated solution remains. We will not permit a massacre, nor chaos, which will surely overrun the borders of all neighboring states. With the kind permission of His Majesty the Kaiser, I have therefore instructed that the Army secure the Reich-Austrian border on both sides.” German troops cross the Austrian frontier, encountering only light resistance from Ultranationalist paramilitaries. In some places, a revolt against the Ultranationalists has begun, with monarchists and other groups emerging from the shadows in bloody recriminations.

August 27th - Austrian Ultranationalist holdouts launch chemical missile attacks against several towns on the German-Austrian border, as well as Munich. German jets succeed in intercepting the missiles targeted at the city, but 49 civilians are killed at the other targets. All-in-all, Germany sustains 67 military and civilian casualties in its Austrian intervention.

August 28th - Hungarian forces penetrate the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Volksführer Alois Brunner commits suicide. Surviving elements of the Austrian army leadership announce their unconditional surrender to the German government. The Balkans War is over.

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Hungarian troops guard over the Hofburg Palace after the Fall of Vienna. The Balkans War of 1953-1959 resulted in approximately 1.5 million military casualties, and completely shattered the economic and political landscape of the region.

September

September 1st - Italy announces an immediate unilateral annexation of Veneto. Italian and Imperial French forces cross the Italian-Austrian border, sometimes engaging in direct confrontations with German and Austrian troops, but the latter are overcome, and the former are under strict orders to withdraw. The French favor a push on Istria as well, but come under intense British pressure to halt their advance.

September 4th - With violent fighting ongoing between Ultranationalist remnants and their opponents, Germany declares martial law in the approximately two-thirds of Austria it controls. Addressing an emergency session of the Reichstag, Chancellor Grotewohl promises a “short and successful period of transition” rejecting the calls of some in the DKP to annex Austria. This is not enough to reassure German markets, however, which plummet on the idea of another long and costly reconstruction process.

September 14th - The first large unit action of the Afrika Rebellion occurs; two companies of the Mittelafrikan 4th division are ambushed by a well-organized Machete rebel force of several hundred.

September 26th - Typhoon Vera hits central Honshu, Japan, as a 160 mph Category 5 storm, killing an estimated 5,000, injuring another 40,000, and leaving 1.5 million homeless. The Japanese government launches an urgent effort to modernize Japanese building and urban planning codes; many buildings in Japan are still constructed of wood and paper, leaving them vulnerable to storms and bombing.

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Cadre Onze rebels train with Amérosul-supplied weaponry. Foreign support greatly escalated the threat of one-time 'Machete' Rebels; as one German correspondent noted, "Machine Gun Rebels sounds somewhat more alarming."
October

October 15th - The International Red Cross declares a food emergency across much of the Balkans as armies disband and conflict ravaged areas are accessed for the first time. At further unofficial international talks at the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization in Jerusalem, the British Empire and Russia agree to ship 5 million tonnes of food aid to the Balkans over the next year, in recognition of the fact that German and Imperial French troops provide much of the on-ground stabilization.

October 17th - Hungarian King Otto I, former King of Austria, travels to Berlin, where he meets with the Kaiser and German officials. Otto is anxious to be restored to the throne of a combined Austro-Hungary. In Romania, students and demobilized soldiers riot, demanding an end to the wartime junta and free elections.

October 27th - Civil war breaks out in Greece, as a large portion of the military mutinies. Chaos quickly engulfs the war-torn country. By far the worst incident is at Kalabaka, where elements of the loyalist air force, mistaking a column of refugees on the road for a hostile force, bomb and kill over 600 civilians.

October 31st - Guaranteed asylum in Imperial France, King Philippos of Greece abdicates and flees the country.

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An Imperial French soldier monitors the Greek hills from an armored car, October 1959. Keen to extend its influence in the Eastern Mediterranean, Imperial France quickly inserted itself into the Greek situation.

November

November 4th - Imperial Intelligence insert Malcolm Little, a Nebraska-born, Michigan-raised promising African-American agitator, into Alabama. Since 1953, Imperial Intelligence has been operating Operation Moses, an attempt at identifying and cultivating African Americans as a third column against the AUS.

November 7th - Assured of Russian and German-support, King Michael of Romania dismisses the military junta and calls elections.

November 14th - A combined Imperial French and Italian force lands in Greece, with the intent of supporting pro-Entente factions in the ongoing Greek Civil War.

November 17th - In Florida as part of his national tour, President Huey Long of the AUS suffers another heart attack leaving him bedbound. Secularists in Long’s orbit urge him to fire Coughlin as vice-president, or call new elections, before the succession becomes automatic. Coughlin, meanwhile, makes a great show of flying down to Florida to tend to the President at his bedside, while urging his Fundamentalist militia out into the streets to ‘pray for the President’.

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Huey Long arrives in Florida, November 1959. Long's National Tour confirmed his status as America First kingpin, and the only interlocutor between the AUS's discordant factions, but took a heavy toll on his already poor health.

December

December 1st - In Jerusalem, 12 countries sign an international agreement setting aside Antarctica as a wildlife reserve and banning military activities on the continent. The Antarctic Treaty of 1959 is the first arms-control treaty implemented since the Weltkrieg.

December 7th - In discussions with King Otto of Hungary and Hungarian Prime Minister Zsigmond Sörös, Chancellor Grotewohl informs them that Germany will not tolerate a formal Austro-Hungarian reunion, but might support a personal union in place of political union.

December 11th - The Swiss government agrees to host an international convention for the future of the Balkans in Zurich, beginning in February 1960.

December 25th - King-Emperor Edward VIII gives his annual Christmas televised broadcast to the Empire in color, the first large-scale application of color broadcasting. Color televisions would not become commonplace for another ten years, however.

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An Australasian propaganda poster promoting television, c.1959. By the turn of the 60s, television had become the most important propaganda and social engineering tool of the Imperial government; in 1950 only 9 percent of Australasian households had a television set, but by 1960 the figure had reached 95 percent, thanks to subsidies and a successful purchase-credit voucher scheme.
 
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Austria-Hungary and the Balkans will continue to be a mess for years to come. Germany's entanglement will only make things worse.

By the way, what happened to Adenauer, Erhard, Brandt, and the other OTL West German leaders? I imagine they would remain in similar positions as real life.
 

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Kurt Schumacher is dead. His borrowed time has finally run out but he left an important legacy for Germany. The new chancellor ending the modernization plans is a mistake that Germany will regret. The Balkan War is finally over. The powers descend on fallen Austria. Is it hope for peace in the Balkans? Doubt it. Now, there is civil war in Greece! There will be no greater Germany as the chancellor rejects annexing Austria. Russia and Kerensky attempt to flex their diplomatic muscles in Europe. Can Russia's influence be a good thing?

The America situation looks bad as the Kingfish will soon die and the succession crisis begins. Meanwhile Amerosul spreads its influence from South America into Africa. The African situation is slowly heating up and no one wants to do the decisive actions needed to stop the problem?
 

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Bruner pays for his crimes, Philipos gets away. Another sad and pointless bloodshed in the Balkans with the cycle ready to begin all again one day. Romania seems to have come out strongest if the Big Four will let her. Italian honor is restored at last and without firing a shot...will she now make a grab for Greece and the Adriatic?

Something is moving in the Empire but not clear if good or bad. Dief the Thief has a point to prove. Twenty years of peace in america seems over soon.

Grotewohl is not a noble man but maybe he is the man the Reich needs
 

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Very interesting developments. The Balkan war finally over, Amerosul fueling the anti imperialist struggle. Too bad Grotewohl isn't more ambitious concerning Austria. But certainly Austria will now be firmly in the German sphere, dependant on German money to rebuild the country, even if King /Emperor Otto will try his darndest to keep her independent.

AUS appears headed for political struggle and instability. Canada has her greedy eyes set on America, what are they up to? Just messing or is there a more ambitious play being prepared?
 

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The 60s are coming, years of peace, love, drugs, and highly likely a space race will start soon.

Optimism:

General War Exhaustion in Europe will allow a peacful German Empire to unite the conteinet, reconstruction will bring the people their breads, toasters and roses, protest and revolution will not be as violent, and suppression night not be as deadly, the people will gain more freedom and safety as the guns are lowered, flowers in their barrels.
The Space Race will bring the best of minds accross the conteinent, uniting them under the common goal of launching a big rocket at the moon so a hunan could plant a flag and jump around there.



On the Canadian side, the appearebce of a last peace in europe may ignite wishes for peace in the new world as well, the dismantle of the BYT dictatorship and restoration of democracy and freedom.
While status quo may remain, the ideas would definatly survive, and maybe the empire will Take It Easy from there, becoming a less oppressive society, possibly even allowing it to incorporate some parts of the crumbling AUS, who have wished for freedom for quite a while.
The Space Race would do wonders for the Empire, as the massive scale research could maintain the image of success, preventing what basically amounts to a Hippy Victory from looking like a Defeat for the Monarchy.

At that point, cooperation with Germany might be possible, uniting the two blocks against the might of the east.


On the Eastern side, Japan may attempt to present itself as nothing but Tough Warriors who never hold back and are always successful, and the west would easily love to present the image of The Bloodthirsty Asiatic Barbarians (Still lots of racism all around), the japanese people may not be too keen on keeping on with the imperial ambitions, their lives are drastically inproving with technology and education, and the worst offenders are sent to the colonies, leaving the mostly peacful minded folks in the cities and towns, Art and Culture never having a golden age such as this, the isolation from the rest of the Great Powers may not be welcome with the citizenry, who wish for better rights, better standard of living and safety, as their propeganda show, while they will win against the Western Powers, it would be at a huge cost that they do not want to pay. This could result in either a liberal uprising or reform.


Peace at last?
 

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The Space Race will bring the best of minds accross the conteinent, uniting them under the common goal of launching a big rocket at the moon so a hunan could plant a flag and jump around there.
No nuclear bombs -> no reason for superpowers to fund hideously expensive development of intercontinental missiles with their puny little payloads -> no spaceflight for the time being.

It will be a very, very slow development. Military think tanks will slowly develop reasons to make photo satellites and communications satellites a thing, but not before the possibilities of high flying recon aircraft are maxed out. I would say space flight will only happen in the late 1960s after someone develops interceptor missiles that can shoot down U2 type recon aircraft at 60.000 feet altitude. (and does actually shoot a few down to make the point public)
 
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I'm disappointed to not see a Greater Germany?

I can only wish for an Archduchy of Austria within the German Empire with Otto as Archduke aswell as King of Hungary.

Still, nice to see the Balkan War over.