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The Tepid War

Post by Sonny » 02:03:17 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

The Tepid War

The point of divergence starts at the attack on Pearl Harbor. Captain Minoru Genda is convinced to target Pearl Harbor’s navy repair yard, oil tank farms, and old headquarters building which were originally omitted from the target list. Japanese bombs missed the former but successfully attacked the latter. Unbeknownst to the Japanese, the old headquarters building housed HYPO, the American cryptanalytic unit which broke the JN-25 code in our timeline, leading to the successful Battle of Midway. In this timeline, the building is destroyed and along with it the Japanese cipher machine. Two other cryptanalytic units existed at the time, one in the Philippines and the other in Melbourne, Australia. After the Battle of the Philippines, the team located in Manilla destroyed their devices, leaving only Melbourne left. As the Melbourne team never decoded JN-25 in time to turn the Battle of Midway, it ends in an American failure.

26-27 May 1942: After the Battle of the Coral Sea, the USS Yorktown, USS Enterprise, and USS Hornet pulls into Pearl Harbor for repairs. Without the knowledge of an impending attack, they remain in port until after the attack on Midway. Japanese aircraft launch a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor, spotting all three aircraft carriers in port on the 30th.

03-10 June 1942: The Japanese Army and Navy attack the Aleutian Islands. Fearing a full invasion, the US Navy sends the Yorktown, Enterprise, and Hornet to Alaska. Admiral Yamamoto launches a surprise attack on the island of Midway. The US is caught completely off guard. The ships they had stationed there are destroyed in the attack. After a two-day bombardment, the Japanese launch an amphibious landing on Midway. The US Pacific Fleet arrives at Midway to launch a counter-attack. The Japanese, well-prepared for the Americans, sink two carriers and several other accompanying ships.

11 June-31 October 1942: Japan launches Operation FS with the goals of capturing Fiji, Samoa, and New Caledonia. Their swift capture put them in a position to gain a second foothold at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

01 November-31 December 1942: America abandons its “Europe First” war policy and withdraws from leading Operation Torch. As a result, the operation is canceled, and the United Kingdom and Free French are forced to fight west from Egypt. Japanese air raids from Midway bombard Hawaii, forcing the United States to abandon the islands as a naval haven. Australian cities all along the coast are bombed by aircraft from the Japanese carriers. Without the liberation of French Northwest Africa, Germany and Italy have no reason to invade Vichy France.

January-February 1943: Germany loses the battle of Stalingrad and retreats. The United States launches an attack with their rebuilt Pacific Fleet near Hawaii. The battle is a tactical loss but a strategic victory. Japan loses three aircraft carriers and is unable to launch a future invasion of Hawaii. Ceylon falls to Japanese forces.

March-August 1943: Britain, being pressured in North Africa, prevents decoded German messages from reaching the Soviet Union in fear it would lead to Germany realizing their codes have been broken. The Battle of Kursk is a German victory and the Soviets retreat once more.

September-November 1943: Germany renews its offensive for Stalingrad. The United States retakes Midway in a blood 5-month battle. Winston Churchill meets with President Roosevelt and Josef Stalin in Tehran. The conference fails to unite the three leaders with the Soviet Union backing out of all cooperation with the western allies. Operation Tannenbaum, the invasion of Switzerland, is a pyrrhic victory for the Axis powers.

December 1943: General Patton and Fredendall land in Morocco, alleviating the pressure on Montgomery in Tunisia. The United States begins island hopping westward. Darwin, Australia falls to a Japanese invasion.

1944: The Allies invade Sicily near-historically. The Battle of Leyte Gulf becomes the largest naval battle in history as an Allied victory. Australian territory is reclaimed. The Italian mainland is invaded in the summer. Germany breaks through the Stalingrad before the winter. With 86% of their oil cut off from the Caucasus, the USSR begins a slow retreat beyond the Urals and does not make any significant advances.

1945: Rome falls by summertime and the Gothic Line is set up by German defenders in the Italian Social Republic. American forces land in the Philippines days after President Roosevelt passes away. President Truman meets with Winston Churchill at the Lisbon Conference where they agree an unconditional surrender of the Axis is the only way the war will end.

1946: German troops invade Iran and Turkey from the Caucasus and the Balkans. Iwo Jima and Okinawa fall to a combined American and Australian attack. A multinational force comprised of American, British, French, Dutch, Polish, and Canadian armies land in Normandy.

1947: Syria and eastern Turkey fall to Axis armies. American troops land in Korea in a feint attack. Operation Downfall begins with the Allied invasion of Kyushu. The battle is incredibly bloody, and the Allies reconsider their approach. By wintertime there is little progress and a second landing at Tokyo is undertaken. Paris is captured by Free French and British forces.

1948: General Marshall is sent to meet with Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong, but his plane is shot down over China. The KMT defeats the Chinese Red Army in Manchuria, ending the Chinese Civil War. His party consolidates power and expands into Mongolia, Formosa, and northern Korea. With the Presidential Elections looming, Truman gives Japan the opportunity to surrender. When they fail to take his offer the cities of Kokura, Hiroshima, Yokohama, Niigata, Nagasaki, and Kyoto are attacked by atomic bombs. The Emperor of Japan was killed in the Kyoto bombing on the first day of the attacks. They continued for four more days until Field Marshal Hata surrendered on behalf of the Japanese government. The Allies turn their sights on Germany. Truman defeats Dewey in a narrow victory. Josef Stalin mysteriously dies, Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov assumes control of the Soviet Union.

1949: Leaflets are dropped across German occupied France and the Low Countries warning them that Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, and Cologne face the same fate as Japan. American tanks led by General Patton breakthrough and liberate Belgium. The Netherlands campaign begins. The war coalition in British Parliament falls apart and Churchill resigns. Clement Atlee becomes Prime Minister and instructs his cabinet to speak with the captured Rudolph Hess on a possible way out of the war. Germany strikes Magnitogorsk, an industrial Soviet city beyond the Urals with an atomic bomb. Adolf Hitler plans to use more atomic bombs on the western Allies when he is assassinated by a coalition of Wehrmacht officers. To prevent the outbreak of civil war, Herman Goring is declared Chancellor by the coup organizers. Admiral Karl Donitz is named his second in command. With both sides atomic powers, they meet in Stockholm and agree to peace. Liberated French areas will join the Allies while the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium, Denmark, and Norway are freed as neutral nations. The Jews that have survived, what the Germans call “The Thousand Weeks”, are forced to leave Axis lands and are resettled in Palestine. Libya, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Somalia are returned to Italy with German East Africa as well. Syria becomes a German colony and Turkey an Axis partner. Land west of the Urals are gifted to Germany.

1950-1954: The Italian Civil War rips the peninsula apart. Germany is forced to intervene. The Soviet-German War continues. Germany is slower to build atomic weapons than their American counterparts and is afraid of using them all and facing the Americans with none.

1955: Germany offers the Soviet Union peace in exchange for the liberation of Soviet Turkestan. The Soviet Union reluctantly agrees and on the day of liberation, Samarkand is destroyed in an atomic blast. One last Soviet advance is attempted and although it is a tactical failure, strategically it results in the Soviets reclaiming Murmansk and forcing an Allied intervention. To prevent an atomic war, President MacArthur negotiates an armistice leaving the battle lines as the political boundaries.




More to come with maps, stats, and history. The game will start in 1964 and will feature a 3-way cold war. The Atlantic Union (US, UK, Free France, Canada), the Axis (Germany, Italy, Spain, and their satellites), and the COMINTERN (USSR and their many rebellions). Although unified, China is still corrupt and is a breeding ground for extremists of all kinds. Ideology is not the reason for fighting in Africa. Resources are plenty and all sides are looking to sabotage the others.
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Re: The Tepid War

Post by Flaming Bolshevik » 02:09:35 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

This looks great!
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Re: The Tepid War

Post by Master of Oblivion » 03:11:12 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

So I guess my main question is, wouldn't the Soviet Union be really weak? They have lost most of their European territory and were just involved in a massive conflict with Germany that dwarfed our the real world war.
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Re: The Tepid War

Post by Sonny » 18:47:16 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

Master of Oblivion wrote:
03:11:12 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018
So I guess my main question is, wouldn't the Soviet Union be really weak? They have lost most of their European territory and were just involved in a massive conflict with Germany that dwarfed our the real world war.
Correct, but the rest of the world is weak as well. There's more I'll need to write for it. The Axis is essentially Germany and a few weak satellites. Spain never became a military or economic powerhouse, in fact Franco's policies caused stagnation. Italy is weak, as seen in their civil war analogous to Hungary in 56. I can rewrite it to have Russia reclaim more of their former territory in their final push. What I wanted was a world where lines are not clearly defined. In our timeline the US sided with China sometimes against the USSR but China never really played a huge part as an influencer. A three-way between weakened powers would lead to them sometimes working together and other times fighting, like 1984.
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Re: The Tepid War

Post by Sonny » 20:39:56 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

I plan on making this game different from other BoP games. When I make the stats they'll be influenced heavily by Paradox games. So instead of credits being the universal currency for everything it'll be split between Credits (Money), Manpower, Administrative, Diplomatic, and Military points. Each nation will have a set number that they start with and an income. Each action will be split between one of the 5 mana. Examples being invading a country now costs military points while reforms cost administrative. This will better explain how credits were an amalgamation of all the resources available to a country. Manpower would be important when it comes to military units and special projects, setting a cap for what they can undertake. For instance, China, the US, and Germany can gather more men to form units than say Australia or Spain. Nation happiness will be replaced by stability which affects the amount of admin, diplomatic, and military points you receive each turn. Bonuses will still be in the game to emphasize nations of interest. They'll only be available in NPC nations to players. I haven't quite figured out how the bonuses will play out.

Turns will be quarterly instead of bi-annually. This will allow players to accomplish more things instead of the years rushing by. Players will receive their banked points each turn and possibly an event that requires action. Like I said, it will be heavily influenced by Paradox games. The reason behind this is to prevent players from phoning it in each week. Things will require their attention around the globe.

Because the name is The Tepid War, and not the Cold War, you can guess that it is a lot warmer than our 20th century. While the Cold War was anything but peaceful, there will be more emphasis on wars, proxies, and spying than ever before. Spying will allow you to know what another country is up to similar to the investigate action in previous games, except if you spy enough on another player I will straight up tell you what they said. Unlike the Cold War where you had a choice between two sides (the NAM was anti-US, get over it), this game will not be as clear. NPC nations might find themselves between two major powers. The US might find themselves aligning with the Germans to stop Communist activity in Indochina, but at the same time working with Soviet-funded insurgents in Syria. Likewise, the Soviets might work with Germany to erode the influence America has on South America.

Culturally, the world is similar to ours. Post-WW2 saw a boom in the American economy and society. The war had barely touched them and so they bounced back quickly. Rationing continued to exist in the UK and Europe for decades after the war ended. While this WW2 lasted longer than ours, there were a lot of times where fighting did not occur in Europe, meaning some areas are better off than others. Former Russian territories were hit the hardest as well as North Africa and Italy. Some things are worse but others are much better. The military-industrial complex took a firm hold on the American consciousness. Luxuries like vehicles, refrigerators, and gas powered stoves are just that, luxuries. The post-WW2 "atomic age" actually happens in this timeline. The American, German, and Soviet governments consider atomic energy a matter of national security. The Space Race is in full swing because of the military implications. Germany and the US are the most involved but the USSR is not far behind.


This is still a work in progress. It'll be some time before it is ready. Until then, I encourage anyone interested to give ideas, suggestions, or even contribute. It's as much of a story as it is a game.
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Re: The Tepid War

Post by Master of Oblivion » 21:16:30 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

So I think Russia needs a buff for sure. European Russia has like 75% of Russia's population, and it sounds like Russia has lost a lot of its oil and natural gas. Could there be a way to have communism or pro-Russian sympathies be strong in Asia? Perhaps India's struggle for independence was much more violent,and the Soviet Union provided resources in the struggle? Or China and the USSR formed an alliance?
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Re: The Tepid War

Post by Sonny » 15:17:48 Wednesday, 04 July, 2018

Master of Oblivion wrote:
21:16:30 Tuesday, 03 July, 2018
So I think Russia needs a buff for sure. European Russia has like 75% of Russia's population, and it sounds like Russia has lost a lot of its oil and natural gas. Could there be a way to have communism or pro-Russian sympathies be strong in Asia? Perhaps India's struggle for independence was much more violent,and the Soviet Union provided resources in the struggle? Or China and the USSR formed an alliance?
So I used these two maps originally.
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A good deal of petroleum and coal are east of the Urals, most were undiscovered in the WW2 time period but were later found. So resources aren't as scarce. Sure, most of the population were in the European side but I imagined there to be a mass exodus of people. Of course not everyone would make it and the Germans wanted Slavs as slaves but I don't envision a full 75% of the population staying there. I could change it to everything west of the Volga River is occupied. It still puts Leningrad, Moscow, and Stalingrad under German control but it gives the Russians more land.

India is definitely a fractured state. The US doesn't practice an anti-colonialism policy so Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Free France attempt to hold onto them. There will be civil and revolutionary wars from the beginning of the game. Communism is popular among the revolutionaries, especially since in our timeline the opposition were comprised of totalitarians and pro-democratic groups and in this timeline they are two distinct groups.

China is officially the Republic of China but is more of a federation of different ethnic groups, political strongmen, military leaders, and in most cases de facto independent areas. Sheng Shicai never removed ties to the Soviet Union and is still Governor of Sinkiang. As in our timeline, the Soviet Union had warm relations with both the KMT and CCP. China is officially a one-party state but the KMT is fractured into left and right wings. H. H. Kung and Chiang Wei-kuo are powerful leaders who keep close connections with Germany. Although China will be represented as one country, it is in fact numerous ones within.

Leaders like Ho Chi Minh still exist. They're still influenced by Communism.
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