"What Madness Is This?" Volume II: Prophecies in the Dark

That would be difficult when Corea and Nippon both thoroughly Christianized and buy into Fascism by this point, well viewing the Chinese as racial inferiors and now heretics, and as targets for expansion. Not to mention, China has been ravaged for decades by civil war and warlordism and Corea and Nippon have both been actively invading it. Corea and Nippon would also both have thorough League of Nations support throughout any such war, almost certainly including American nukes, since Holy Nippon is technically part of America and losing any ally to such an invasion would shatter their myth of invincibility. The winners of the OTL Chinese Civil War (the PRC) couldn't even invade Taiwan, how is she going to invade Nippon?
Jiao probably won't be invading anytime soon but that doesn't mean she won't talk some belligerent talk and sponsor some shit-stirrers in Corea and Nippon in the meantime. Maybe when things start falling apart under Oswald later on, they'll feel comfortable enough more openly fucking around
 
It would be pretty ironic if Jiao somehow ends up being a fairly progressive ruler. Like she believes that every religion in the world somehow workships her under different forms, meaning you can still follow any religion you want as long as her presence is included in the prayers and rites

Also talking about the Taiping rebellion, its government was fairly progressive in some areas, including some proposal for gender equality
God. It'd be so much funny if Napoleon pulls a bait and switch and makes Jiao a genuinely wholesome and kind character.
 
The good news about the atomic bomb falling into Europan hands is that the NHRE and Republican Union are at a disadvantage to the least insane major power. Let’s hope that Napoleon V managed to somewhat wrangle in Europe before the Republican Union brings the world to the brink of annihilation.

Otherwise I find the NHRE fascinating. The thought of a Catholic supremacist state led by Pope Peter II (a move that screams power hungry) is a very interesting idea. Only thing I can hope for is Napoleon V managed to contain the NHRE before they’re genocidal crusade is completed.
 
The good news about the atomic bomb falling into Europan hands is that the NHRE and Republican Union are at a disadvantage to the least insane major power. Let’s hope that Napoleon V managed to somewhat wrangle in Europe before the Republican Union brings the world to the brink of annihilation.
It's almost a certainty that they only beat the Union to the bomb by a matter of weeks though so their advantage is a vanishingly brief one.
 
It's almost a certainty that they only beat the Union to the bomb by a matter of weeks though so their advantage is a vanishingly brief one.
It does ensure that Europa will always be a counterweight to the RU for the foreseeable future. The RU's dreams of manifest destiny around the world are pretty much snuffed out.

All things considered, nukes might be a net positive in this universe since their presence guarantees some measure of Mutually Assured Destruction. Even if they are used (and I imagine they will be), the deaths they could cause are exceeded by the near-universal policy of genocide against undesirable populations that most major powers seem to have anyway.
 
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PEACE IN OUR TIME

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PEACE IN OUR TIME
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A Europan nuclear test (circa 1940s, North Africa)

The events of December, 1941, unleashed a whirlwind of chaos across the globe. A proper understanding of the state of affairs as the world raced into 1942 can only be had with a full breakdown of the many moving parts:

-CHINA-

1941 saw Holy Nippon and its ally the Confederation of Corea step up its aggressive inroads into mainland China, a country still fighting its Second Civil War (1933-55). For years, young lawyer-turned-despot Mao Tse-Tung--the self-proclaimed Revolutionary Hongxian Emperor--had been trying to impose his own brand of enlightened despotic rule over the Chinese people from Peking. In March of 1941, he appointed his loyal advisor Geng Yijun as Field Marshal of the Revolutionary Imperial Army. Geng, being the loyal advisor that he was, immediately tried to overthrow Mao in a disastrous coup. One of Mao's concubines, who was secretly also having an affair with Geng, was given a bomb and instructed to plant it in Mao's bedroom. If not for a surprise assault on the Revolutionary Imperial garrison in nearby Baoding--resulting in Mao leaving his quarters minutes early to manage the crisis just before the timer on the bomb went off--history might have been drastically different.

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Field Marshal Geng Yijun

Thinking Mao was now dead, Geng's men assaulted the Forbidden City. With Mao peeling out via a backdoor route, the Palace Guard engaged the army forces in bloody hand-to-hand fighting. As smoke and ash rose over the Forbidden City, Mao secured his escape from the city at the Peking Railyard. With his empire crumbling and Geng's forces now spreading out to find him, he surrendered himself to his mortal enemies: the Exploratory Task Force. When Corean guards encountered the Hongxian Emperor, covered in mud and detritus and begging for deliverance, they thought it was an elaborate joke or test of some sort. When he convinced them he was really Emperor Mao, they placed him in cuffs and quickly drove him to Seoul. Dictator-General of Holy Nippon, Lincoln MacArthur, rushed to "accept the unconditional surrendered of the yellow sumbitch," flying in overnight on his personal armored aeroplane. At the Walton International Hotel in the Corean capital, Corean Chancellor Kim Hyong-jik and MacArthur famously posed for a newsreel with Mao as he officially renounced the Imperial Crown and called for an "Eternal Revolution of the Chinese People" against the "nefarious machinations of the traitorous Imperial Army under the pig-man Geng."

This backfired horrifically. Looking like the pathetic pawns of the Western powers, the Chinese people momentarily embraced Geng, who was declared Despot of All China in August. Mao would eventually be offered permanent residence in Holy Nippon, a life in a gilded cage. He would pass of cancer of the stomach in 1961. Geng was deposed in early 1942 by General Wang Heng and was summarily executed by firing squad in the Forbidden City. Wang Heng declared himself a "proponent of classical democracy, as taught to the world by the ancient Greeks." Wang took the title of Supreme Consul and wanted to operate the various ethnic and cultural entities within China like the Greek city-states of yore. He would garner much popular support among the lower and middle classes of the northern regions. It would be this short, mild-mannered officer who would hold off the Exploratory Task Force for years, finally dealing them a defeat in Manchuria that secured Peking from an all-out siege by the Christian powers.

In the south, Illuminist revolutionaries in Wuhan declared the Illuminist Chinese People's Republic and began to desecrate and tear down temples and churches. Their anti-religious sentiment could be understood somewhat if one looked to the west, in Cichuan Province, where a woman named Lu Jiao claimed to be Jesus Christ reborn as a woman, taking the moniker of "Daughter of God, Queen of Rainbows." Little is known of her origins or early life, aside from the fact she had fought as a Christian volunteer during the Corean Civil War (1932-1934). She was discharged from the Corean Christian Patriotic Army in 1933 for "heretical thinking and blasphemy." Her willingness to fight for a Christian Corea has led some scholars to question if she was at least partially Corean and was perhaps brought up in a Carolinian Presbyterian mission. After her expulsion back to China, she seemed to have spread her own version of the Christian Gospel to the peasantry of the "Forgotten Western Provinces." By 1941, her loyalists numbered in the tens of millions and were a rising power within Asia, calling themselves "Rainbow Soldiers of the Heavenly Mandate."

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Lu Jiao, "Daughter of God, Queen of Rainbows," in a military tunic (1940s)

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Flag of the Daughter of God Heavenly Mandate Movement

The fighting between the Illuminist Chinese People's Republic and the Rainbow Soldiers was some of the worst in history, with genocides and massacres happening near-weekly. Russia attempted to provide the ICPR with weapons, while, ironically, Corea donated to Lu Jiao's cause, hoping that she would be considered crazy by so many Chinese citizens that she would never be able to achieve absolute power but would serve as an effective block to Chinese unity. They were wrong. By 1944, Lu Jiao's army had sacked Wuhan and put the Illuminist Chinese People's Council to the sword. With action in the north stagnating as the ETF tried to control Manchuria, this gave time for Lu to solidify her base and turn her attention to Peking. The last year of the Second Chinese Civil War in 1955 would see the Daughter of God storm Peking at last, following Supreme Consul Wang's assassination, which will be covered at another time.

"This little Chinese broad is something else. This firecracker heretic has taken to calling herself the "Daughter of God." Looking at her, she appears kindly enough, like she could be a nurse or a teacher or a mother. But she's a god to these people--literally Jesus incarnate, and she runs a tight ship. She had a general who betrayed her crucified, and that appears to be her calling card. Supposedly, the lost can be saved by making them die as Christ did, or as she did in her past life or whatever hokum she spouts. Her people love her, and they'll do whatever they have to do to see her sit in the Forbidden City. Strange eon we are living in, by damn, sir."

Holy Nipponese Dictator-General Lincoln MacArthur in a letter to President Steele, dated December 20, 1941.



-INDIA-

To say the situation on the Indian subcontinent was tense would be a gross understatement and an insult to the very idea of stability. Since the Great World War and the Beckie Flu, when thirty percent of the population died, the Europan Imperial Army and the French India Company had been desperately trying to retain control of the Jewel in Caesar's Crown. A huge portion of the Imperial Army was stationed in India while the New Holy Roman Empire menaced the homeland. When Caesar Napoleon V tested the first-ever atomic bomb in North Africa in 1941, he began to make hard choices. In early 1942, Napoleon himself flew to Calcutta to meet with French India Company head Damien Gagnon, Governor-General Louis Longchambon, and the various ethnic and religious leaders and princes of the assorted provinces. Hosting an elaborate feast, Napoleon won over the men with his charm and wit before, quite literally, offering them a deal they couldn't refuse. In exchange for continued allegiance to Europa and exclusive trade rights, Caesar was willing to let them set up a new government as an independent Indian nation, one still guaranteed protection by Europa. If they said no, Napoleon would use his small stockpile of nuclear devices to literally eradicate revolutionary forces and cities.

"I beg of this council to please head my warnings, and accept my generosity. For never before has a Bonaparte parted with soil without a tooth-and-nail battle to the end. Make no mistake, this is genuine generosity and the people of my empire wish no harm to a single Indian. But the current situation between us is no longer viable nor tenable. In the name of God, in the name of Peace, I beg you to accept my terms."

- Caesar Napoleon V, 1942

The Treaty of Calcutta was signed later that summer. The capital of the new Indian Federation was moved to Delhi, and a parliament was established later that same year in the first democratic vote ever held in the subcontinent. Harsh Bhatta was elected the first-ever Prime Minister of the Federation. A shoe-maker by trade, Bhatta had risen to prominence in the 1920s as a leading voice for self-rule for India. Guaranteeing equal rights under the law to both Hindu and Muslim Indians and with a natural charisma, Bhatta would become a universally-loved figure in his country, and many historians eventually would call him the Founding Father of Modern India. Self-rule was not immediate, as Imperial troops would remain in large numbers until 1944.

The heavily-Catholic Province of Goa would remain an Imperial Protectorate, separate from the rest of India and functioning as the home base for the Imperial Indian Ocean Fleet. The key to Napoleon V's plan was not let anyone view the Empire as weaker, but rather acknowledging India as a loyal servant, no longer needing to be horsewhipped by soldiers in kepis and khakis for decades at a time. Thus, Goa would ensure an easy way to invade once more should the need ever arise. Napoleon still clung to the title of Indian Emperor, officially still Head of State of the Federation, as well as now becoming Protector of Goa. The first years of India were surprisingly stable, as most citizens seemed to take real pride in their new nation. No one but the upper levels of government knew of Napoleon's nuclear threat, and he was thus hailed as a graceful liberator. Governor-General Louis Longchambon staged an emotional farewell in 1950, with the Indian Federal Army ordering a 40-gun salute as the former colonial master doffed his bicorne and saluted one last time before boarding a ship back to Europe.

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Flag of Europan India, and later Flag of the Protectorate of Goa and personal standard of the Head of State of the Indian Federation

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Flag of the Indian Federation

-THE BALKAN CRUSADE CONTINUES-

One has to keep in mind that Caesar would not surrender India to its own devices if he did not have a grave threat to face in mainland Europe. Holy Roman Emperor Adolf and Pope Peter II continued their bloody crusade in Eastern Europe, dealing out revenge to the ragged, overwhelmed, and exhausted League of Tsars. With the power of God and the Grail on their side, they seemed invincible. Ruthenia had collapsed in the Lightning War of 1933. 1939 saw the surrender of Grand Serbia and the execution of hundreds "war criminals" from the days of the Great World War. Nobles were exiled, museums looted, and Eastern Orthodox churches and Muslim mosques burned. By 1940, the Balkans was a steaming trash heap of civil unrest and undeclared wars. In August of 1940, Adolf ordered an invasion of Greece, which was concluded in time for Christmas. The Emperor himself stood at the Parthenon in Athens and held Mass with his officer corps. In early 1941, the Crusaders turned their attention to Bulgaria. The destitute Bulgaria put up a brave defense, but it was still very short-lived. Supercatholic Revolutionaries in Romania overthrew their government and joined the Crusade, welcoming a "velvet-glove" occupation by their benevolent new overlords.

After a year of combat in Bulgaria and Romania, the New Holy Roman Empire stood at the cusp of their (currently) ultimate goal: the sack of Constantinople. In November, 1941, the NHRE airforce commenced with the largest bombing campaign seen thus far outside of South America. Even though many had fled to nearby Turkey and the Europan Holy Land, thousands of civilians were killed during the umpteenth Siege of Constantinople, with the city-state's meager defenders desperately trying to fend off the near-unstoppable aerial assault. On the night of November 28, the guns fell silent and the 200 year-old institution was no more. Declaring the Viceroyalty dissolved, Adolf ordered the arrest and exile of its leadership. NHRE troops marches triumphantly through the nearly-destroyed ancient city and ale and beer was served to all the troops in what the Roman newspapers dubbed, "An early Christmas gift to Pope Peter II."

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NHRE Airforce bombers fly low to deliver their payloads during the 1941 Siege of Constantinople

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A New Holy Roman Kreuzzügler light landship as photographed in the Bulgarian countryside (1942)

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An Inquisitor (right) and a New Holy Roman officer (back) exchange pleasantries with a Romanian Supercatholic officer

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A group of Catholic Romanians carry a portrait of Emperor Adolf to celebrate their absorption into the New Holy Roman Empire

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The Constantinople Guard prepare for the final Crusader assault.
Ironically, these men were equipped with clones of the NHRE's MP39 submachine gun

Wild celebrations erupted across the New Holy Roman Empire. A seemingly unstoppable force, the NHRE had plowed through the League of Tsars and the entirety of the Balkans. Supreme Inquisitor Erhard Raus, head of the Office of Inquiry, was lauded as a "Hero of the Cross" by Pope Peter II, who publicly celebrated the man's destruction of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Eastern Europeans of Orthodox or Muslim persuasion, or those otherwise deemed heretical or unfit. Prime Minister Julius Evola placed him in charge of new "Detention Facilities" that dotted their newly conquered lands. There, around the clock, the "unfit" labored day after day, night after night, until most died a horrid and painful death or were shot trying to escape. The history of the occupied Balkans deserves its own chapter entirely, but to understand how all the moving parts of geopolitics were working, one only needs this quick summary.

The news of Europa's testing of the first atomic bomb in North Africa put quite the damper on the Supercatholic celebrations. It was as if a malaise crept in all over the NHRE, and there was fear that Caesar would attempt to nuke Rome or, more likely, Vienna. Luckily for them, Napoleon V was no mad man hellbent on blood. Instead, he took to the airwaves of Europe and said:

"An era where Europa has this weapon is an era in which I can guarantee peace in our time. Europa seeks no conflict with her neighbors, but should it be required to use this device to protect life and property, it shall not hesitate! This weapon is a defensive measure, and not meant as an attack on the national interests of America, the Illuminsts, or the New Holy Roman Empire. This weapon is a tool with which Europa will safeguard her borders and interests. I shall not become some atom-slinging barbarian, slayer of cities, although I am sure those who deem themselves my enemies would no doubt use the atomic bomb to act in such a manner. God our Father has blessed the Europan Empire with the means to defend ourselves from the clutches of the devil and those who would rape and slaughter and pillage our nation. Vive L'Empire! Vive Europa!"

The announcement in the months after the test that India would become self-governed thus did not send the enemies of Paris and Avignon into a feeding frenzy. As troops began to draw down in India, they were sent to Jerusalem and Damascus and Cairo, and to the Europan-NHRE border. Angry scuffles frequently broke out along the border with the Second Rheinbund, where Goering's forces fresh back from raping Constantinople were eager to get back into action. But all in all, peace remained the order of the day, an uneasy, sweaty, shaky peace. Some thought that Caesar was merely bluffing about his stockpile of nukes, but Europan intelligence deliberately leaked the memo that there were, at least, two other small nuclear bombs in Paris's possession. Frantic scientists in Vienna tried to wrap up their own nuclear program, but the very nature of their Supercatholic state had seen hundreds of top scientific minds migrate to greener pastures over the years. Frustrated, the NHRE made itself content--for now--with operating its modern Inquisition in Eastern Europe.

-AFRICA-
Africa in late 1941 was a place of monstrous instability, wracked with ecological disasters beyond the pale. The May Day Opening of the Congo Dam saw the rapid flooding of the entire Congo Basin, wiping out thousands of years of tribal history, untold millions of animals, and sending hundreds of thousands of Africans into a mad scurry to the Europan North Africa border. Crossing the Sahara Desert became an everyday event for thousands of "jackals," Berber and Egyptin warlords with trucks and guns and obscene price tags to ferry the refugees to relative safety. This horrid situation was one more blow in Caesar's decision to let India go its own way. Not only was the NHRE biting at the heels of Europa at seemingly every turn, now untold throngs of foreigners were desperate for a place to call home, their ancestral fatherland submerged under billions of gallons of Atlantic water.

The humanitarian crisis began almost instantly after the May Day opening ceremony in Neu Brandenburg. Thousands were already taking flight as ORRA commando squads arrested Dr. Jennings and his shadowy master, Charles Dexter Armitage. While Armitage was deported to Philadelphia to stand trial for innumerable offenses, Carolinian Jennings was placed in the hands of Jacksonland Colonial Police, from where he would be transported back to the Confederation to stand trial. As the prison ships departed for North America, the waters cascaded into the Heart of Darkness. Within weeks, the crowds of desperate, dark-skinned sub-Saharan Africans--mostly Bantu--were traversing the most inhospitable region on the planet. As the desert sun beat down, tiny black specks dotted the landscape every mile or two. At night, the dust storms would sweep away the evidence, dessicating and mummifying the poor souls who did not understand why their world seemed to be ending.

Newspapers carried the stories in Europa, much to the disgust and horror of the Europan populace. Immediately, the Imperial Diet, under Prime Minister Jean Ponte, moved to totally denounce all parties involved:

"Despite international condemnation, and despite the project being infiltrated by lunatic death cultists, the vile leadership of the League of Nations, and in particular the Mittelafrikan Reich and the Confederation of the Carolinas, have successfully wrought unimaginable destruction on not only the innocent and hard-working population of Central Africa, white and black, but also upon the ecological health and stability of an entire continent. God created Man to safeguard his Creation, and this total disregard to life is akin to spitting in the face of the Almighty Creator. May God have mercy on your souls."

Chancellor Johnny Gamble VI, in turn, announced in the Sunday Morning Times of Charlotte, dated August 3, 1941 :

"A great leap forward, not only for the Reich, but for New Cackalack and the League of Nations as a whole. The Bonapartes in Paris pretend to care for the jungle-dwelling savages all while committing untold atrocities in their own lands. At least the Southron man has the piss and vinegar to recognize that some 'peoples' are mere stumbling blocks in the way of progress. His Imperial Highness professes to love Mother Nature in spite of what she did to his nose. That aforementioned vulture's beak seeks out the 'crimes' of its rivals and caws, 'criminal! inhumane!' while it is the very same nose that let thirty million Hindoos die in the past thirty years. The Bonapartes always ride their high horse, which is mighty funny, as I've never seen a jackass ride a horse unless he was trying to stick his pecker somewhere it didn't belong."

The Europan Imperial Army of North Africa, including the famed Foreign Legion, tried to secure the border. Even Italian Tanzania, a rare Holy Roman colony, ordered the entirety of its armed forces to the border. How the two sides dealt with the refugees spoke miles about their current leadership. While the Europans usually tried their best to render aid and food and water, even if many refugees were held in detention facilities, the Tanzanian Guard often opened fire on unruly crowds, killing many, and later developed a practice known as the "Tanzanian Express," where thousands of migrants were funneled north at gunpoint into Europan Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Egypt, in a flagrant attempt to cause societal breakdown in the rival colonies. Count Jean-Guy Alphonse Napoleon Dimont, Colonial Governor of Mali-Niger, and Bruno Bombelles, Colonial Governor of Tchad, begged for more aid from Paris as their men worked themselves to exhaustion and fights and brawls with the starving, thirsty hordes began to spiral totally out of control in the fall of 1941.

The ability to bring in more troops to support the flailing African colonies was definitely a factor in the Indian independence decision. When the Département Atomique Impérial (Imperial Atomic Department) tested the first nuclear device in the Libyan desert, it couldn't have come at a more convenient time. Rushed through the final stages of development, Prime Minister Ponte warned the D.E.I. that:

"The nuclear project must, absolutely must, be completed no later than the end of 1941, else the world be plunged into chaos and total war. This weapon is key to securing not only our vital national interests, but also in securing a future for the human race. Gentlemen, please do not fail us. The People of the Empire count on your abilities, as does the future of the free world. That the safety of billions depends on the production of a super-bomb says a sadly adequate amount of the current state of this world."

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Europan Prime Minister Jean Ponte

The summer of 1942 saw the mayhem in Northern Africa come to a head. Overwhelmed by migrants fleeing the ecological catastrophe to the south, order began to break down across the colonies. The Egyptian Colonial Governor, Jean-Charles Fresnel, ordered his Colonial Marines to open fire on mobs in downtown Cairo. The bloodbath that followed was a stain on the recently-improved human rights record of the Empire. Despite calls for his removal, Fresnel held his position and even doubled-down, imposing strict curfews and stationing troops along almost every street. Many feared Egypt on the cusp of civil war, and they were not very far off the mark. Resenting the pagan refugees, Islamic Arab Egyptian imams and politicians began calling for Caesar to do something about the crisis or "they would take matters into their own hands." Packs of young Arab men beat blacks in the streets and constantly rumbled with the military. Fresnel reacted by sending in more of his soldiers to arrest the imams, triggering an all-out crisis and calls for revolution. Waving green flags and proclaiming an Egyptian Islamic Republic, rebels marched on the Governor's Mansion in September, 1942, only to be beaten back by the dug-in Colonial Marines. Fresnel begged for more troops, estimating he could only hold the revolutionaries off for a few more weeks at most. Refugees were rounded up and ethnically cleansed by the Egyptians in the meantime, further horrifying Paris.

In October of 1942, Caesar's wrath would be felt. Over the airwaves of North Africa, Napoleon announced that "revolution led by the bloodthirsty and genocidal shall not be rewarded." A single Europan bomber flew south-west of Cairo and dropped a small nuclear bomb onto the rebel-held village of Bawiti, where revolutionary forces at rallied to plan their next step. Days later, troops fresh from the pull-out in India hit the docks of Cairo and fought their way to Fresnel's mansion, liberating it after a four week siege. Fresnel, covered in soot and sweat and wearing the remnants of a khaki private's uniform, and his marines greeted Field Marshal Fabian LaFromboise-Gonzales and the relief force with a jubilant cheer. After cracking open his last bottle of champagne, Fresnel proclaimed, "After all these ages, God still is a Frenchman." He was then relieved of duty and sent back to Europe while LaFromboise-Gonzales became Emergency Governor for the foreseeable future and attempted to sort through the mess that Fresnel had fueled. LaFromboise-Gonzales would become the North African Emergency Dictator in December, 1942, with the ability to give orders to every North African colonial governor, essentially making him ruler of half the continent. While the the Field Marshal would have some success and the Egyptian Revolution of 1942 was aborted, the humanitarian crisis and ongoing inter-tribal and ethnic conflicts in Africa would continue for the foreseeable future.

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Field Marshal Fabian LaFromboise-Gonzales, Emergency Dictator of Europan North Africa

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Caesar Napoleon V and his wife Louise Sabrina pose for a photo while enjoying an evening in Paris.
The next morning, Napoleon would order a tactical nuclear strike on Egypt


In early 1943, power generation truly began at the Congo Dam, lighting houses all the way to Jacksonland. The supposedly beautiful and vibrant Congo Sea, however, had become a nightmarish swamp and hellhole of unimaginable proportions. Rotting, bloated corpses of man and beast floated and bobbed in the trickling waves. The newly-created seashore was a maze of collapsed jungle foliage, decomposing structures, abandoned equipment, and mass graves. Even worse, the man largely responsible for the death and destruction, Dr. Bill Jennings, had escaped into the night following a daring raid by men in black suits on his cell at North Carolina State Prison in Norfolk. An insane cultist bent on using the deaths of millions to channel the spirit of The Worm was once again free to walk the earth....
 
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"The Bonapartes always ride their high horse, which is mighty funny, as I've never seen a jackass ride a horse unless he was trying to stick his pecker somewhere it didn't belong."

This is now one of my favorite lines I have created in this entire TL, hands down. I hope you guys like it as much.

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Caesar Napoleon V and his wife, Caesarina Louise Sabrina, pose for a picture while out for an evening in Paris (1942)

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Caesar Napoleon V and his wife celebrating the birth of his granddaughter, Princess Napoleona (1958)

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Bela Lugosi works way too well as a Bonaparte, honestly. It's one of my best castings.

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And this would absolutely be the face on the coins of the realm.
 
And the Caeser proves that while he may be a reasonable bastard by the standards of Madness, he's still a bastard. Wonder if we'll see any great limnic eruption from the Congo Sea. Aside from being music to the ears of The Worm, will be a nice kick in the teeth to the Cackalack and their hubris
 
You know Napoleon I is looking up from the afterlife, full of pride for how his descendant is mixing violence and enlightened despotism (also for the fact Napoleon V is telling Austria to fuck off just like the first emperor did)

Also i wonder if we may see what's going on in the Middle East, especially Turkey and Armenia, in the future?
 

I wonder if she will be crazy as her original version or if she will follow her grandpa's example

Somewhere during the reign of Napoleona...

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The Europan Chief of Staff Jean Frenchypants du Fontaine, General of the Imperial Guard Francois Sacrebleu Barbier, and Energy Commissioner Gustav Ouioui Croissant leave the Imperial Palace after Caesarina Napoleona announced she would be ordering a unilateral nuclear strike on Zanzibar as a special treat (2021).

Also i wonder if we may see what's going on in the Middle East, especially Turkey and Armenia, in the future?

It will be a bigger deal in the 1950s!

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In October of 1942, Caesar's wrath would be felt. Over the airwaves of North Africa, Napoleon announced that "revolution led by the bloodthirsty and genocidal shall not be rewarded." A single Europan bomber flew thirty miles south of Cairo and dropped a small nuclear bomb onto a rebel-held village. Days later, troops fresh from the pull-out in India hit the docks of Cairo and fought their way to Fresnel's mansion, liberating it after a four week siege.
DAMNIT CAESAR WHY CAN’T YOU BE A DECENT HUMAN BEING
 
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