- Nov 8, 2007
I cant wait for this one. This will be awesome.
The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
"In the fall of 1943, having broken through Allied defensive lines in Burma, the Japanese invaded India and wrestled the subcontinent away from the British. Tokyo soon learned what London had already known: controlling India is rather tricky. As they had elsewhere, the Japanese were brutal and repressive in their occupation of India. They were particularly tough on Indian nationalists. Whereas the British had responded to their calls for self-determination by throwing them in jail, the Japanese responded by killing them off. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi, known worldwide for his nonviolent resistance to British colonial rule, was beheaded by a Japanese officer. This, in turn, transformed Gandhi into a martyr.
The execution of Gandhi and the elimination of the pro-independence leadership turned out to be a bad decision for the Japanese (although there were those in London who privately were relieved that these 'headaches' had been removed). These killings only intensified the opposition of the Indian civilian population towards their new occupiers. Horrified by the atrocities and brutality the Japanese committed without a second thought (which made the previous British occupation seem kindhearted by comparison), partisan revolts broke out throughout India (except in Ceylon, an island off the Southeast coast of India which remained in British hands).
The partisan attacks tied down occupational forces, causing the Japanese advance westward to ground to a halt at Karachi. With the enemy stalled, the British and her Commonwealth allies took advantage of the situation to build up forces in Persia in order to take back India. In the summer of 1945, as a prelude to the American invasions of Japan and Korea, the Allies attacked Karachi. With manpower and supplies overextended, the Japanese defensive lines shattered like glass. With the United States Navy blockading the home islands, the Japanese lacked the reinforcements needed to check the Allied advance. Just as rapidly as the British Raj had collapsed two years earlier, the Japanese Raj too was quickly overwhelmed. The Allies raced across India, welcomed everywhere they went as liberators. By the beginning of October 1945, only a few pockets of Japanese resistance remained in Southern India. The rest of the Imperial Japanese Army had been driven back to the jungles of Burma – the frontline more-or-less returning to where it was in 1943. Although the Japanese occupation of India only lasted two years, it changed the subcontinent forever. It greatly strengthened the Indian movement towards independence and the need for collective security. With Gandhi and the other nationalists all killed off, landowners, native princes, and conservative pragmatists stepped forward to lead the subcontinent."
I suppose SEATO would probably be led by the Philippines; and that we'd get two Malayan states, one Peninsular and the other possibly an enlarged Brunei. With that said, the northern chunk of Sabah is likely to be handed to the Philippines under US pressure I think.Also, can you include a British transfer of Sabah to the Philippines around 1958 and the honorary inclusion of the Philippines into NATO in 1960?