Fenians, Brits, Mexicans, Canucks and Frenchies....OH, MY! An alternate American Civil War

Chapter 435
  • April 1937

    Vichy


    After nearly two years, France remained under allied occupation. However, the southern French zones controlled by America (and to a lesser extent Italy and Ireland) would move their administrative center (carefully NOT called a “Capital” as there was still expectation that France would be united) to the larger town of Bordeaux. This was intended to give the government more “space” in order to administer as well as draw from a larger workforce.

    Some quietly whispered that the United States also did not desire her administrative center so close (within a few miles) of the border to the German-led coalition occupying northern France. This was publicly rejected as the two nations continued to work well together in supporting the rebuild of eastern Europe as well as lowering tariffs and encouraging direct trade between them.

    Indeed, President Stuart would announce in April that he would make a grand tour of his European allies including Britain, Germany, Poland, the Ukraine and Finland. Italy was scratched off the tour as the Italian Prime Minister had just visited America that Spring.

    Stuart and his counterparts had been strong supporters of the League of Nations and looked forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Germany. However, Stuart also wished to consult his ally regarding their movement on this “atomic bomb” project which the American had been hearing so much about. Rumor had it that the Germans were even importing something called Uranium from the Congo for experimental purposes. American scientists were prodding Stuart for money (who WASN’T these days) but the $60,000 he allocated to the study was reportedly not remotely enough to make any real progress. The President wanted to know if the investigation could be an allied effort.

    Shanghai

    Since the start of the 20th century, the Chinese people had been buying imported cars. Henry Ford…and later his son Edsel….had started the process of building new manufacturing plants in China but production was another year away (though training and working with suppliers was well along). However, China would see its first native volume manufacturer commence production in 1937.

    The “Buffalo” Company was named after the heroic women who piloted the first fighter squadron against the Japanese in Manchuria. While touring the first Chinese aerospace company (only three hours away), General Eisenhower, fresh from being awarded a medal by the President of China, would be invited to see the automotive company as well. Supported heavily by Canadian parts company Dodge Brothers, the Chinese automotive industry had apparently been born.

    In truth, Eisenhower saw that both the planes and automobiles were inferior to what was made in the west…even a decade ago. The vehicle itself was somewhat ugly. However, the fact that this was China’s FIRST attempt was nevertheless impressive. The American was uncertain how quickly it would happen but he was sure that American manufacturers would have more competition in the near future beyond just Britain and Germany.

    But, as a soldier, that was not his business to worry about. He was pleased, however, that the Chinese were rebuilding their fleet. Indeed, with aid from the US Navy and her industrial partners, China was building two aircraft carriers, the first of their kind in the Republic. The expensive Chinese surface fleet had proven deficient against the Japanese Carriers and it was deemed necessary by the Republic to upgrade their navy once again.

    Progress was coming to China and Eisenhower stated in a speech that the “sleeping giant” had awakened and promised that the 20th century would be the “Chinese century”.

    May, 1937

    Monaco


    Perhaps aided by the massive $60,000,000,000 aid package to Europe and Asia, President Stuart’s nomination of Cordell Hull as Secretary-General of the League of Nations would be approved. Many found this surprising as Hull had been Stuart’s opponent in the previous election. However, the two had a measure of respect and both whole-heartedly supported the idea of a League of Nations. What was more, Stuart knew he could not nominate anyone viewed as likely to be a cipher for his home country’s government. Who better than his own opponent in the past election?

    Hull would happily accept the nomination and would gain large numbers of votes despite numerous candidates (which largely prevented serious opposition).

    The five permanent members of the Executive committee – the United States, China, Great Britain, Germany and the Union of African States – would seat their own members first and then the random draw for a two year term for the 10 rotating members would be held.

    These would include Republic of Colombia (America’s closest ally in South America), Empire of Brazil (America’s most enduring enemy), Republic of El Salvador, Dominion of the Cape, Kingdom of Lithuania, Republic of Catalonia (much to the outrage of Spain who still viewed Catalonia as a rebel Kingdom), Dominion of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, soon to be Republic of Sri Lanka), Republic of Gujarat, Kingdom of Vietnam and Republic of Korea.

    By 1937 when the full League met, it comprised already of 97 nations. Within a decade, this would increase to 125.

    Notable absences included France (both north and south remained under occupation), Japan (again, both north and south remained under occupation) and a number of the Arabian regional states which had not been formally recognized due to the rapidly changes in borders as tribes continued to raid one another.

    June, 1937

    Poland


    The King of Poland would welcome the aid from America in rebuilding his nation’s infrastructure. Thousands of miles of railroad track had been rebuilt as had numerous bridges (some built in America, Britain or Italy in modules and shipped over for quick assembly).

    School reopened and even some of the cultural treasures stolen by the Russians had been retrieved in the peace treaty.

    CEMEA (Central European Military and Economic Alliance) was actively attempting to rebuild trade in Eastern Europe as well.

    After centuries of foreign domination, the states of Eastern Europe were intent never again to allow an occupation by Russia or any other power (few Easterners opposed the German alliance as, without German help, the nations would still be under Russian occupation but many still remembered the German interference in the old Polish Commonwealth too).

    After President Stuart’s visit to Poland months prior, the President would speak before in Congress of the devastation and gain support for another $40,000,000,000 in funds for global rebuilding (the “American” occupied Japanese islands were also included in this package. American foreign aid commitments were now approaching a hundred billion dollars). Large amounts of medication, construction materials, etc were also being shipped from America and other western nations.

    The King was also somewhat embarrassed that anti-Jewish feeling remained so pervasive in the Kingdom. Over the past 37 years, the Jewish population had remained stagnant despite a healthy birthrate due to emigration. Still, 2,000,000 Jews remained in Poland (an estimated 4,000,000 had emigrated in the past half century, mostly to America). Unlike most European Jewry, the Polish Jews remained very segregated from their neighbors in culture and language as well as religion. Dismissed as “Yids”, the Poles, once the most tolerant people in Europe towards Jews, had become the most repressive.

    It was this reason even more than the obvious economic distress following the war that caused yet another massive outbound migration of Jews at nearly 100,000 per year…..plus 100,000 Poles….plus another 50,000 Russians, Ukrainians and other minorities (the Russian population of Poland being particularly unpopular right now).

    Like many of the nations of Eastern Europe, Poland would see an exodus of population as the nations struggled to get back on their feet. Nearly 500,000 Europeans a year would set sail for America alone. New Slavic neighborhoods would soon crop up throughout the Eastern cities.

    For the first time, large numbers of immigrants would commence settling directly to the American west rather than simply settling wherever the ship dropped them off. San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Victoria, Salt Lake City and others would see influxes of Eastern Europeans beyond the old standbys of Brooklyn (and the “New York” area), Chicago and Detroit.

    President Stuart, seeing the poor treatment of Jews abroad and at home, would offer Kamchatka and the rest of “American Siberia” for a “Jewish Homeland”.

    The Jews politely declined.

    American South

    Combined with large-scale Italian and the first major wave of Mexican migration to the United States, the nation would see a disturbing 750,000 overall refugees and migrants per year (500,000 Europeans and 250,000 Latin Americans and Asians). Naturally, this provoked a level of anti-immigration feeling but Stuart would not give in to this.

    Oddly, the most willing to accept these would be the Southerners who had seen large-scale population stagnation (or even decline) in some areas despite the nation as a whole vastly increasing in population over the past century. Where once the “South” accounted for 40% of the nation’s population, it was down to below 24% in 1937…and dropping.

    Worse, the black population, which had once assumed the manual labor of the field work (which still accounted for much of the southern agriculture), had been migrating out to the rest of the country or to Africa for 75 years. Black and mulattos, 45% of the population at the commencement of the Civil War, now comprised less than 20%. Those that remained no longer aspired to migrant labor or perhaps working as a housekeeper. They had, over the decades, acquired property and often served as merchants.

    Hiring “Freedmen” to pick cotton was simply no longer possible. Thus, the South would actively encourage Mexican, Puerto Rican, Portuguese and Southern Italian migrants to serve in these sectors. These tended to be the most desperate immigrants. Most immigrants from these areas tended to be overwhelmingly male and often would eventually return home after making money. However, the southerners wanted a “permanent class” of low-skilled, low-paid workers to work the fields and sweep the floors so large numbers of Southern families would post listings for desperate foreigners, both male and female, to work their plantations (even some black-owned plantations) would do this. Brazil had been particularly successful over the past 75 years in actively encouraging European migration.

    So many of the orange plantations in Florida and Calusa (mostly black-owned) would hire Mexicans and Italians that English was hardly heard.

    For the first time since the Ante-Bellum, there was a spark of the old South.

    It was just speaking new languages.

    Los Angeles Valley

    One of the final territorial disputes between the Department of the Interior and an Indian Tribe would take place in the Los Angeles Valley. Here, several displaced tribes had been “relocated” in the previous century. Between the tribal lands and a large nature preserve (mostly containing the mountains), over 95% of the “Valley” was already claimed.

    However, real estate moguls believed that the area could be developed for mass settlement while some industrialists bemoaned the “waste” of the fine Los Angeles Harbor, currently a heavily Mexican small town which used its one railroad link to serve as an modest outlet for international trade.

    However, various lawsuits would fail and the Department of the Interior would back off its claims. Los Angeles would remain stagnant and most international freight continued through Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Tijuana.
     
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  • July, 1937

    Paris and Bordeaux


    A request made by various officials in Paris working for the occupying allies powers would be rejected. The German-led coalition of Dutch, Belgians, British, Danes and Norwegians (the latter three were already starting to pull out of northern France) refused this. They were intent that France would never again be a threat to European peace.

    Many military officers would comment that the French people should be grateful the weren’t just wiped off the map……many HAD suggested this. However, for all the rejection of political participation, at least the Germans and British were inclined to help France recover economically. Trade was up vastly.

    In Bordeaux, the American “Generalissimo”, MacArthur, would grant French bureaucrats (carefully vetted and overseen) control over most offices in the government while local politics were gradually introduced on a small scale.

    MacArthur would also oversee a general debate among French officials (including some of the old Marxist guard who were not proven to have taken part in some of the more odious parts of the regime…..like “disappearing” people) regarding reestablishing a Parliament in the Occitan (the northern allies utterly refused a similar proposal).

    Private property was slowly returned to rightful owners (or, more often, their heirs) though new tenants granted plots by the Commune would often fight in the courts for years.

    While the vineyards of Southern France would continue to suffer from a fungus and take years to recover, at least the pate, cheese and escargot industries would rapidly recover. MacArthur had taken to French food (he was somewhat pretentious) and even was among the first foreigners to purchase land in France in over a generation, a vineyard and farm along the Loire. It held a lovely Chateau which had clearly seen better days.

    But MacArthur already had grander ambitions. After cleaning up southern France as its defacto Dictator for a few years, he planned on allowing the people of America to elect him President (then he would retire back to his vineyard in France).

    Soon, many American servicemen would be relieved of duty after a job well done. The US Army was rapidly demobilizing (intent was to be down from 1,500,000 to 500,000 by 1938 and 250,000 by 1940) even faster than the Navy. As was common during long occupations, tens of thousands of servicemen with money to burn in a devastated local economy would take local wives (offering food on the first date the lady’s family ensuring a warm welcome). Most would return home with their wives to America but thousands more would be released from service in France and remain with their new spouses, intent on forging a life in the warm southern French sun.

    St. Barts, United States West Indies

    After centuries of being traded back and forth between nations, St. Barts was effectively depopulated in the early 20th century after most of the slight black population had departed.

    The bulk of the island would be sold to the Holland America Shipping Company which had the bizarre plan to reignite its transport division to include Caribbean cruises. It already owned one of the Bahama Islands and had set up agreements with the governments of Havana, San Juan, Key West, Cartagena and several other island and mainland ports to be regular stops when the first ships were completed in Genoa in 1939.

    Soon, competing lines like Carnaval would seek to enter the new arena. Carnaval would purchase most of Aruba as well as its own Bahama Island and proceed to directly compete with Holland America by 1940. Eventually, the “Cruise Industry” would go worldwide as the people recovering from global war would seek new avenues of enjoying life.

    September, 1937

    Frankfurt, Confederation of Germany


    After much debate, the German government would agree to American and British participation in a program to explore the use of atomic energy…for civilian AND military purposes. The Germans had taken the lead by virtue of their scientific prowess but would seen welcome new input from allies….and new sources of funds.

    Germany was starting to experience significant post-war pangs as the military economy transferred to a peacetime one. Unemployed increased as military jobs dried up and servicemen came home but the corresponding increase in commercial jobs had not yet matched. America and Britain would experience similar, if not as devasting, recessions.

    Moscow

    Tsarevich Ivan had breathed a great sigh of relief when altering the government Ministers did not result in a coup….or just a subtle poisoning as Hirohito had apparently suffered. But the slight, bookish Tsarevich still loathed the government his mother had put in place.

    Realizing that Russia, a vast nation with huge resources, still need to trade in products, technology and ideas, the Tsarevich had taken the somewhat unpopular step in opening up the borders to trade as well as joining the League of Nations, a body many of the Nationalists found abhorrent.

    No one was certain just how effective the body would be….but Ivan suspected it was foolhardy to the point of suicidal to make war upon the entire world….as many Russians had sought to do. It ended badly before and Ivan was canny enough to notice what happened to France and Japan could potentially be Russia’s fate.

    Even a comparative easy target, like Finland or Mongolia (who had gained Russian Karelia and the Yakut regions, respectively), the Russians dare not threaten lest they incur the wrath of CEMEA, China or the entire League.

    Ivan had warned his mother (not that she EVER listened) against the past two wars. Both ended in disaster. Now HE had to clean up the mess. In truth, Ivan was more than content to let his Slavic brethren go. He would have preferred to integrate the Poles, Ukrainians and the like EQUALLY into the Empire but it was simply too late for that. Instead, he sought to be the best neighbor he could.

    Ivan returned a number of cultural treasures, cooperated on returning as many prisoners, political exiles or, sadly, tens of thousands of human remains of people who had failed to survive Russian occupation and exile. This earned more appreciation from Britain or the United States than the Eastern Europeans…..but Ivan supposed he had to start somewhere.

    On one cool September evening, he would learn of the death of his mother. While he grieved, he also knew this eliminated at least some internal opposition to his policies.

    Formally Crowned Czar in October, Ivan would continue internal reforms and improving external diplomatic relations.

    This wasn’t helped when Persia and his nation’s old ally Afghanistan would formally charge Russia with Genocide of the Central Asian Turkish Muslim population over the past decades. The survivors still huddled in those two countries while Russians now populated the Central Asian Steppe.

    For the time being, the Czar would continue the previous policy of banning emigration though Ivan was more concerned about violence against his people abroad than he was about losing capable workers.

    Honshu

    While General Chang’s public declaration that the child-Emperor Akihito would be returned to the throne had been meant in earnest….it would not turn out that way. The Republic of China’s government, along with Korea and Manchuria, were not inclined to follow through on this unapproved decision. Instead, the Imperial Family were handed over to the Americans where, rather than allow the fam(where the Americans feared they would be the victims or cause of violence) , would sail for San Francisco, apparently where all Asian crowned heads went as the Manchu Emperor and Joseon King’s descendants lived in exile.

    Manchu, Korean and Japanese migrants over the coming decades would form a “Little Asia” surrounding these monarchs, often feuding with one another. It would be many years before the anti-Asian immigration legislation was repealed but that did not stop a slow but steady trickle into the country with San Francisco (and Seattle) at its center. As Han migrants would eventually reach San Francisco, it became the leading center of film on the American west coast (New Jersey remained the largest) as “Kung Fu” and “Bushido” movies came in vogue.

    White, black and Mexican laborers would successfully block, for a few years at least, Asian presence in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana via intimidation for fear of competition for jobs.

    On Honshu, the surviving Japanese population would be granted a “living” but not political rights….and wouldn’t for quite some time.
     
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  • October, 1937

    Kyushu and Shikoku


    General Eisenhower would quietly be relieved of his theater command by President Stuart who called him home for consultations. The man was exhausted and was looking forward to a desk job.

    He would be surprised with another star and the post of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

    When the Secretary of Defense stepped down in 1938, Eisenhower would take up that posting.

    As for the southern Japanese islands themselves, new political views were being shaped. As America allowed more and more democracy to take hold, the denizens of Kyushu and Shikoku would appreciate the benefits…..and note that contrast in Honshu.

    There was always a strong voice for Japanese unification but the political differences became more and more apparent. Even if Honshu were to be allowed by China to reestablish its political powers, would that not mean that Kyushu and Shikoku would, once again, be demographically reduced to supporting players?

    For the months and years ahead, a new power structure would form on these islands which would, as was the nature of governments, begin to see maintaining itself as the true leader of the people. To reunite with Honshu would mean indefinite demographic domination by their larger, more populous neighboring island.

    Naturally, these attitudes would take time to form. However, the calls for reunification presently were perhaps not as widespread as some both within and without Japan might have expected.

    Union of African Nations

    While Britain and America had willingly allowed the formation of an independent Union of African Nations out of the ashes of the old “Co-Protectorate”, things did not go entirely smoothly.

    The new powers granted to the African National Congress would rapidly offend hundreds of tribes as the nation sought to impose national law upon remote people who, until perhaps a generation prior, had hardly been aware of the outside world.

    A “Tribal” Party would rapidly gain followers but would remain somewhat disorganized and little was done to halt the forced integration of all Africans within their borders to the new realities.

    Naturally, resistance was common, but the UAN possessed modern weapons and easily crushed open rebellions. However, large-scale occupations of huge swathes of diverse territories would rapidly stretch the military capacity of the new nation. The Co-Protectorate, if it felt the pinch of too much too soon, would often simply stop expanding until resources became available to exert its influence further.

    The UAN’s government would not learn this lesson and continued to demand that remote tribes send their children to public schools, accept bureaucrats enforcing national will and a litany of other impositions.

    Lands formerly of the Hindu Socialist Republic

    Over the past years, the HSR effectively ceased to exist….though some still claimed to act in its name. In all reality, the northern-central Indian region would splinter into nearly a dozen feuding pieces dominated by men calling themselves Rajas, Presidents, Princes, Chancellors, Kings, Prime Ministers, Emperors and several other designations.

    On the whole, misery on the subcontinent had not ended. A new era was starting.

    Southeast Asia

    After standing by helpless during the past decades as powerful nations warred about them without consent, the King of Siam would invite his neighbors in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Upper Burma, Lower Burma, Malaya, Java, Sumatra, Bali, Borneo, Sulawesi, Timor and many others to an international meeting to discuss the creation of a regional bloc intent on preserving their interests from the likes of China, America, Britain-Australia and whatever was left of the HSR and Japan.

    The Southeast Asian Bloc (“SEAB”) would grow from these initial meetings. The intent to was ensure intra-regional peace, a unified political face to the rest of the world and lowered economic barriers.

    Other regions lacking a single major hegemonic power, like South America, would eventually move in this direction.
     
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  • November, 1937

    Ainu Islands and Eastern Siberia


    For a generation, the Americans had controlled a piece of Asia. However, the nation’s leaders had been quite clear that these were not American “Territory” but merely a Protectorate. The Native Ainu people of the Island portion of the lands were the original inhabitants but large numbers of Chinese, Koreans, Russians, Ukrainians, Yakuts (and a half dozen other Siberian tribes), Americans, Filipinos and now Japanese had migrated in large numbers to Hokkaido, Sakhalin and, to a lesser extent, the mainland territories.

    Now comprising over 880,000 inhabitants (the highest growth rate in the world), the Ainu Islands and “Eastern Siberia” were content to remain a US protectorate but desired full self-government.

    President Stuart would give a speech in Boston regarding the sacrifices that the remote territories had made on behalf of the allies and would approve the alteration of the colonial agreement, sending it to Congress for ratification November.

    London

    Prime Minister Baldwin was at a loss about what to do with King Albert. Since the lamentable death of Queen Vigdis of Lithuania, the man had effectively crawled into a bottle. His retainers bemoaned the fact that it was all they could do to get the man to arrive on time and sober to an event. On more than one occasion, the retainers had been forced to cancel “on account of the King’s ill health”.

    If the man could not be trusted to give a radio broadcast or pin a medal upon a returning soldier, what the hell good was he?

    On more than one occasion, Princess Vigdis would assume the ceremonial role and was, quite bluntly, very composed despite her 14 years. Fortunately, she also possessed her late mother’s good looks.

    The Princess would personally Christen the new British Aircraft Carrier, HMS Victory (the previous Victory had been mothballed). This vessel was a match for the American behemoths and fully modern. Sea Hurricanes would grace her decks, a massive improvement over the older model naval aircraft of the previous war.

    December, 1938

    The Levant


    Over the course of generations under Egyptian stewardship, the Levant’s demographics had changed greatly. Allowing large numbers of immigrants from both Egypt proper and abroad, the native Arabs were now easily outnumbered by the transplants and local Christian, Shi’a and “other” minorities. These included Sunni Egyptians, Coptic Egyptians, Turks, Georgians, Armenians, various Europeans and assorted minorities of the Arab world (Zoroastrians, etc). With guaranteed freedom of worship, the Holy Lands would prove a remarkably free place.

    However, ethnic Arab resentment of Egyptian rule continued even as native religious minorities – Syriac, Lebanese, Druze, Jews and others – openly appreciated the protection of the Khedive.

    Now a minority in the land they once demographically dominated, the Arabs of the Levant would turn eastwards towards their kin in Mesopotamia and Arabia.

    This would drive the Egyptians even closer to the West in response both culturally and politically.

    By 1938, demographics of the Levant were shockingly balanced: roughly 1/3 Egyptian (including both Sunni and Christian Egyptians), 1/3 Arab (mostly Sunni) and 1/3 “other” including a wide mix of ethno-religious affiliation.

    While Egyptians had long described themselves as the “Leader of the Arab World”, the truth was that most Arabs considered the Egyptians something else entirely and certainly did not accept their “leadership”. Like the Ottoman, Egypt had become decadent. With the ascension of a new Khedive in 1938, one educated in London and America (he was a brilliant student and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in Economics), there seemed a likelihood that Egypt would follow the Ottoman in granting full female suffrage, equal women’s rights in all things and possibly even ban the veil.



    St. Petersburg

    Russian exports began to, once again, trickle out of Russia. These included grain, steel, gold, oil and a host of other goods.

    Russia required relatively little from the rest of the world mostly rare metals.

    However, the Russians WOULD dispatch an expedition to Africa for “explorative purposes”. The true intent was to gather a large quantity of rocks bearing Uranium. In Russia itself, a series of explorers were searching through rock samples of the Urals looking for the same thing.

    Several of the German scientists working with the British and Americans would be desperately in need of money. Russian agents would ensure that financial embarrassment could be prevented….provided that the Germans were willing to share their research.
     
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  • January, 1938

    Dominion of the Cape and Boer Republic


    With the peace, the diamond industry of the Dominion of the Cape would be reborn and a new boom would take place.

    Across the border in the Boer Republic, the gold industry continued to prosper but other precious metals would also be mined heavily. The Russians would also dispatch agents the Boer Republic in search of radioactive materials.

    Paris

    After an extended occupation, the German Government would receive a petition from a delegation of northern French requesting…in the most polite terms…the opportunity to regain self-government over the course of the next year. The American zones had already seen the return of democracy on a local level and were preparing for a full Parliamentary election in the Occitan in the fall.

    The Germans responded by having the French civilians arrested.

    The next day, a series of bombs were set off throughout Paris at locations known to be frequented by German, British, Dutch and Belgian soldiers.

    Graffiti would soon be discovered throughout the city calling upon French people to join the “Resistance”.

    February, 1938

    Honshu


    After nearly two years, the Japanese soldiers captured in Korea would return home after internment in the most remote regions of China, Manchuria and the like where they had been forced into hard labor. Most had died in the ordeal. Still, 100,000 would return to find the main island of Honshu under Chinese occupation and the smaller islands of Kyushu and Shikoku under American control. It was painful to see but most were simply pleased to return home alive.

    Honshu was less than prospering and many soldiers would be grief-stricken to find much or all of their families long dead from war, disease and hunger.

    The Chinese had moved the traditional capital from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo) in an effort to ease the administration of Honshu and improve communication to the coast.

    The Japanese people, their economy FAR from recovering, would accept employment wherever they could. The first migration to the Ainu Islands was under way (mostly from “American” Japan) as was to the United Nations of Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Mexico. Migration to America was still in its infancy after generations of the “Gentlemen’s Agreement” halting most Japanese immigration to America. However, the restrictions were being lifted as thousands of Japanese students were sponsored to American Universities, thousands of American servicemen would return with Japanese brides and businessmen were already travelling across the Pacific to renew old ties.

    Mexico

    After some trial and error, Mexico would begin pumping copious amounts of oil itself. This would help diversify the economy away from pure mining and agriculture. The service industry was expanding though banking and some services remained dominated by foreigners.

    More importantly, Mexico was beginning to manufacture goods, mostly small and cheap but the investments in engineering and other trades was starting to pay off. Mexico had experienced nearly 50 years of growth but needed to modernize its manufacturing to prevent it from becoming a “resource” economy.

    New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

    After decades of domination by Australia, the local Parliament of New Guinea would opt for independence. The Australians had, in the mind of the locals, completely exploited them over the past century. First it had been for labor in the sugarcane industry….then later for their natural resources. That no one felt that New Guinea and the Solomon Islands were READY for independence from an economic standpoint was not relevant.

    They were ready to go. Just as the East Indies had departed Australian domination, so did New Guinea.

    The Faroe Islands


    New Guinea was not the only island chain to desire independence. The Faroe Islands, once a dependency of Norway, then Denmark, would formally vote to secede from Denmark. The Danes, by this point, couldn’t give a damn. The islands cost more than they were worth. If they wanted to go….then go.

    Iceland had departed over a year ago and the Faroe’s could damn well join them.

    Denmark was already in deep financial trouble as the post-war recession had severely hit them.

    The situation was so bad that Denmark even quietly offered to sell Greenland….to the highest bidder.

    No one paid attention to the absurdity of buying an ice-covered rock bearing only a few thousand Inuit until the Czar inquired as to the cost. Then things go VERY interesting.

    Immediately, the Germans, British and Americans protested and vowed to block any sale, even if it meant occupying the island. The Danish Prime Minister, with the King quietly supporting him, retorted that the Americans, Germans or British could occupy Greenland all they wanted….if they paid for it. Otherwise, he’d take the matter to the League of Nations where he doubted an overt invasion of a weaker, friendly state would hardly reflect well upon them.

    In the end, the allies were forced to back off their threats and quietly conferred. Germany was not currently capable of purchasing anything while the British and Americans….really didn’t want to.

    In the end, the British and Americans offered a face-saving compromise in which Denmark would receive an additional $25,000,000 dollars in Reconstruction money from America (Stuart would quietly vow that Denmark wouldn’t get a penny of any extensions in the future) in exchange for……Greenland.

    While the Army Air Corp was quick to point out that Greenland may make a good air base, it was obvious that this was a handout to Denmark, a nation which was not particularly damaged by the war. President Stuart’s opposition would remind voters in November of the Republican laughter when President Smith bought Labrador from Newfoundland with the mocking question “Is Greenland next?”

    It was Stuart who had to put up with the slings this time around.

    Washington

    President Stuart would give yet another radio interview with the media (the questions were prepared and approved earlier) in which he would request another $30,000,000,000 in foreign aid for this “Reconstruction” Plan. This would bring the number up to $150 billion dollars excluding much of the immediate food and raw material aid, not to mention forgiving many of the “loans” offered to allies during the war.

    Even a rough accounting verified this would reach a quarter of a “TRILLION” dollars (with a “T”)!

    Reconstruction was hugely expensive given that America had already wracked up huge debt in just 2 years of war but Stuart felt this was required. Nothing brought political disorder more than economic crisis. Stuart did not want to lose the next war now…..he wanted to prevent it from happening.

    He also mentioned the utility of Greenland for an Air Base. Even the President couldn’t pretend that $25,000,000 was well spent and glad that the public could not see his struggles to maintain a straight face. Stuart honestly wondered if the Russians actually WERE interested in Greenland or just screwing with the west.
     
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  • Thank you all for reading over the past months. I truly appreciated it.

    As I've reached the post-WWII point of the timeline where I usually run out of steam, it is time to close this out. I have relatively little interest in the time period especially as I've backed my self into a corner by butterflying away Fascism and Communism in this TL.

    If you are interested, I'm starting a new TL......"Arrogance and Empire, an Alternate 7 Years War TL". I hope you can follow.

    Thanks again!
     
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