A timeline for a six-continent USA, volume 2 [warning: very long]
[this is sort of a “part 2” to this timeline: https://www.reddit.com/r/AlternateHistory/comments/61vlmh/a_timeline_for_a_sixcontinent_usa_warning_very/?st=J12J40Q2&sh=171ad21d]
Following the end of the Third World War in 1945, the USAO found itself saddled with handling the remnants of the former British Empire. Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, New Guinea and various island territories were annexed into the USA.
This new era in US foreign policy began in a place where it really shouldn't have – the Persian Gulf. During the War, a joint US-Japanese fleet invaded and instituted regime change in Oman, to prevent East African troops from being deployed to the East Indies. Sensing weakness, this force aimed to sink what was left of the Royal Navy’s Gulf Squadron, and sailed through the Straits of Hormuz. The remaining British vessels were sunk, and the British puppet states of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the Trucial Coast were occupied by US and Japanese forces. An encounter with the Kingdom of Nejd almost led to an expansion of conflict in the Gulf, but hostilities were, kinda, averted. Instead, the defeated Nejdi Royal Army mutinied and overthrew the monarchy, following the unexpected Japanese bombing of Riyadh. However, radical, fundamentalist Sunnis staged a coup on the same day that American forces marched into London. They proclaimed the Caliphate of Nejd, and began making noises regarding the “infidel dogs” occupying the Gulf.
At the time, President Ricardo Espinoza was beginning his fourth presidential run and was already responsible for a shattered British Empire. He was NOT interested in escalation of hostilities, or leaving the Gulf to be dominated by extremists. He ordered US forces in the region to remain until 1949, when a new administration would take over. And one did. In 1948, President Bernard Giroux (Quebec, Labor Party) – the liberator of New York and conqueror of London – was sworn into office. Though hailed as a war hero, Giroux was not interested in fighting Nejd. He began a process of withdrawal and ended in 1952…right as the Germans started moving in.
The next crisis involved the French shooting down an American fighter patrolling the English Channel. The French, fearful over the prospect of war with the Americans, and what it would mean regarding the Germans, nevertheless began mobilizing their armed forces in Normandy. Giroux – a native of Quebec, who spoke French as his first language – flew to Paris and negotiated with the French Prime Minister and Empress. Hostilities ended the next day.
Most of British India became independent as a single entity – the Union of Greater India; built using the repurposed administrative skeleton of the British Raj, the UGI was established as a monarchy with a mostly-figurehead Emperor of India, and a very loose federal system. Not all of India chose to join the UGI, however. The Madras Confederation carved itself out of the UGI, as did Hyderabad. In the 1950’s, Travencore and Nepal would declare their independence, as would Bhopal in the 70’s. And now, in 1984, there is discussion regarding the future of Burma in the UGI.
Nigeria was briefly occupied by US forces, who left in 1952 after the Nigerian Union was created. The Nigerian Union is a loose federation of Nigerian states, united by a common currency, military, diplomatic corps, and other shared institutions. Gambia and Sierra Leone were also occupied by the US forces; referendums were held in both colonies in 1960, to determine their futures; Sierra Leone voted in favor of independence, but the Gambian referendums were split three ways. One third chose independence, one third chose to become a territory of the newly-formed Federation of the British Isles, and the last third opted to join the newly-independent Republic of Senegal. A civil war erupted, with the first British US Marines arriving to prevent the militias from tearing the place apart. In the end, a compromise was reached, with the Gambian capital of Bathurst and the surrounding countryside becoming an FBI territory, and the rest of The Gambia joining the new Federal Republic of Senegambia.
Meanwhile, the former British East Indies became the East Indies Federation. Another loose union of states, the EIF government in Singapore finally saw its training wheels removed in 1964. Almost immediately, the Sultanate of Aceh declared its independence. Amid the UGI’s failure to keep the sultanate (due to covert aid from the Madras Confederation), General Noah Siadari of the East Indian Defense Forces overthrew President Ciawi Yongzheng in 1966. Due to the USAO’s refusal to provide aid during the Aceh Crisis, American-EIF relations soured.
The USAO might have brought its attention to the EIF, had the Sahara Crisis not erupted around this time. In the territory of American Sahara, Arab nationalists and anarchists staged a ballsy takeover of the territorial capital of El Aaiún. Over a third of the American Sahara National Guard joined in the rebellion. The US deployed elements of the Canary Islands National Guard to back up the ASNG, along with several platoons of Marines. This would be the first time Brossard Arsenal’s FAL rifle would be deployed in the field. Government forces successfully retook the city, but this marked the start of an ongoing insurgency in the desert of American Sahara which continues to this day.
Around this time, the Americans finally started investing into space exploration.
The Germans had already put a satellite in orbit in 1944, while WWIII was still raging on. The first man in space, Adolf Konietzko, was blasted into orbit in 1958. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established in 1960, and the first American satellite was launched in 1963. First man in orbit (Diego Gomez) in 1964. But by ’65, the Germans were already preparing a mission to the moon. But the USAO was hellbent on beating them there, and initiated the ambitious Eagle Program.
Then came the 69 Uprising.
In the early hours of March 23rd 1969, members of the British Independence Army launched near-simultaneous attacks on police stations, military installations and government institutions all over the Federation of the British Isles. FBI Prime Minister Sean Connery was executed on live TV, and BIA leader Edward Griffin (a former British Army soldier, lied about his age to enlist, still fighting in Burma when Britain surrendered in 1945) declared the independence of the “British Republic”.
The BIA was a terrorist organization that was formed in 1958, not long after Britain’s annexation into the USAO. With chapters across the FBI, from the Orkneys to St. Helena and from the Solomon Islands to the Falklands. The BIA was unique in that it rejected the fascist, pseudo-mystical bullshit of the Neo-Draxite terrorist groups, and eschewed English, Welsh or Scottish nationalism in favor of a unified British nationalism (though they weren’t that successful in converting Irish nationalists).
Immediately after Griffin’s declaration, USAO President Fidel Castro (Cuba, Labor Party) went on air to proclaim that Britain was still part of the United States, and that the rebels would be defeated. He emphasized that he would not send troops to any of the FBI states and territories – instead, loyalist troops on the ground would win the day with federal logistical support. This was to prove that Britain was not a colony of the USAO, as Griffin claimed.
Castro did send special forces to the FBI, but he more or less kept his promise and did not send in outside regular forces. Instead, he provided supplies and weapons for National Guard units in Britain and for Unionist militias. By mid April, Dublin was freed from BIA control, and by September, the Unionists had taken back London and Edinburgh, and totally defeated the BIA presence in the Pacific FBI territories. At this point, the BIA began to fall apart as a conventional force, and began to transform into more of an urban guerrilla movement, though by September, they had lost most of their popular support. With the loss of Ed Griffin in August, however, the BIA had already begun to splinter as bickering leaders filled the power vacuum.
On November 3rd 1969, President Castro arrived in London with a minimal security detail. He was greeted by loyalist National Guardsmen, and toured Britain to demonstrate that the crisis was over. But in fact, the BIA and its splinter groups have continued their campaign of terrorism across the FBI, well into 1984.
The Germans ended up landing a man on the moon in ’69, but the Americans made it the next year.
The 70’s was more or less a relatively peaceful decade. During this time, in 1973, ground was first broken on the Trans-Atlantic Tunnel. Continuing America’s history of grand infrastructure projects, the TAT is scheduled to be completed by 1995, will feature a 5,000-kilometer submerged rail line with four high-speed trains, powered by two nuclear reactors on either side of the ocean, connecting New York City to London. When it is completed, it will connect the Pan-American Railroad to the rail systems of Eurasia, making it possible to ride the rails from Buenos Aires to Pyongyang.
But towards the end of the 70’s, the East Indies once again became America’s problem. General Siadari’s regime was collapsing, and bits of the EIF began breaking off, starting with the Siak Republic and the Chinese Republic of Taupeng, both Chinese ethnostates which broke away in 1976, in response to Siadari’s policies towards Chinese East Indians. Their secession was backed by China, who supplied the small republics with arms. Fearing that the total collapse of the EIF would result in a gross humanitarian crisis with negative consequences for Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines, USAO President Armin Van Meer (Liberal Party, Good Hope) sent an ultimatum to Siadari’s regime in 1980, demanding that he hold free elections or face the consequences. Siadari burned the ultimatum on East Indian TV. The next day, the EIDF began renewed counter-Insurgency offensives into Borneo and Java, which resulted in untold numbers of human rights abuses in the first week alone. Van Meer did nothing. Which is probably one reason why he lost the 1981 election to right-wing populist Raul Menendez (National Party, Nicaragua). The first person to be elected on the National Party ticket since the party’s creation in 1889, Menendez’s first order of business was to invade the EIF. Within a month of his entering office, United States Marines and Republican Guardsmen had Siadari’s palace in Singapore surrounded, and were demanding his surrender. Ultimately, Siadari was betrayed by his own bodyguards, who escorted him out of the palace and into US custody, upon which, he was turned over to the League of Nations to be tried for his crimes against the East Indian people. Following Siadari’s removal from power, US troops remained for the rest of the year until a new East Indian president was elected. And following the election, USAO troops were withdrawn, only for them to return two years later in 1983.
See, Siadari's house of cards had collapsed, and the full extent of the damage that his regime had inflicted on the EIF was not known until it was already too late. For instance, Siadari had driven local fishermen out of business by selling out to foreign fishing ventures; this may not seem like a big deal, but with thousands of unemployed fishermen and the EIF Coast Guard in total disarray, the strategic waters of the EIF were now infested with pirates. Corruption perforated the civil service and led to all manner of havoc and bureaucratic nightmares. Cuts to the military made things worse, not only because it reduced the EIDF’s ability to maintain internal security, but also because it put thousands of soldiers into a position of unemployment, with some joining violent gangs to put food on the table. And what remained of the military was itself insanely corrupt – selling weapons to criminals and participating in organ trafficking, among other crimes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, several bits of the EIF decided to split off amid the chaos, ethnic tension and economic free fall. And so the Hindu State of Bali, the Republic of Gorontalo, the Commonwealth of Tarakan, the Kingdom of Sukamara, and the Republic of Kutai were born.
As a result of these developments, the new EIF government requested military assistance from the USAO. Menendez at first was reluctantly reluctant, but after pirates boarded and massacres the crew of an American cargo ship, he was dissuaded from remaining neutral. US Navy and Marine forces were deployed to combat piracy in EIF territorial waters, as well as the bandits raising Hell on dry land, while the EIDF resumed internal investigations and restructuring, and the politicians in Singapore focused on fixing the government and civil service infrastructure.
Which brings us to 1984, the current year. Five ongoing stories dominate US headlines.
The first of course is the ongoing intervention in the East Indies, which recently saw an uptick in action after a local warlord captured the city of Makassar and Marines began a siege to take it back.
The second is the recent Ibipeba Massacre in the State of Bahia – the latest tragedy in the ongoing low-level insurgency in the Brazilian states that has come to be known as “A Violência Brasileira” (“The Brazilian Violence”). The Violência began in the 1910’s, and reached its peak in the 1920’s. The conflict has pitted the Exército de Libertação do Brasil (“Brazilian Liberation Front”, or ELB), against not only the government (police, National Guard, FBI), but also various pro-government “Unionista” militia groups. The ELB is a monarchist, Brazilian nationalist group that aims to secede from the USAO and reestablish the House of Braganza and the Empire of Brazil; the Unionistas by contrast wish for the Brazilian states to remain in the USAO, but think the government is too soft on groups like the ELB. Anyway, the Ibipeba Massacre saw 34 suspected “ELB sympathizers” rounded up and shot by Unionista militiamen. Yes
The third is the fallout of the Section 9 Scandal. Basically, the British branch of the Department of Investigation was found guilty of using a top secret death squad known as “Section 9” to illegally surveil, kidnap, torture and assassinate terror suspects in the British Isles. Stories of unidentified men dressed in black, with gas masks, tossing people with bags over their heads into unmarked vans never to be seen again were previously restricted to the realm of conspiracy theory, until a series of damning photos and files were leaked to the press by one of these operatives. The investigation is still ongoing.
The fourth is the elections of Hilda Roberts (National Party, East Mercia) and Nelson Mandela (Labor Party, Ciskei) as Prime Ministers of the FBI and FSA, respectively. Roberts is supportive of Menendez’s hawkish agenda, but Mandela is not, but has not been as vocal his opposition as others in his party. Amid the current turmoil between the Liberal and the Labor Parties within the UPC (United Progressive Coalition) following Van Meer’s defeat in the ’81 election, Mandela’s lack of public opposition to Menendez’s assertive foreign policy is winning him supporters and detractors within the Labor Party; traditionally, Labor tends to be the left-wing nationalist party, and there is a sizable hawk faction in Labor; and after the terrible showing of Labor Party candidate Jerry Brown (Northern California, Labor) during the ’81 election, it seems as though factionalism is beginning to take hold in the Labor Party. And Mandela is shaping up to be the Labor Party’s pick for the 1985 presidential election.
And the fifth is the developing crisis in Hong Kong regarding the Walled City of Kowloon. Kowloon – a crowded, lawless enclave since the 1940’s – has more or less been run by Triads for years now, and has become a base for not only human and drug trafficking, but also hacking operations, including industrial espionage and alleged financial sabotage. The Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS) even suspects that the Chinese are using Triad hackers accessing Hong Kong computers to spy on US government networks. President Menendez has had enough of Kowloon’s shit, and has mobilized the Hong Kong National Guard to prepare to annex the territory. The presence of a Chinese military build up in nearby Guangdong Province has led to units in the Philippines being put on notice and a carrier group diverted towards the region. As tensions mount, President Menendez has just picked up his red telephone to call Prime Minister Tao Yijun, hoping to determine what exactly is going on…