The Japanese Empire Edit
Head of State: Emperor Hirohito
Ideology: Ultra Nationalist/Imperialist
Ruling Party: Imperial Rule Assistance Association (I.R.A.A.)
Category: Super Power
The Japanese Empire swept through the whole of Asia with intense ferocity as the 1930's began. The Empire's reach continued to expand further into the Asian continent, tearing through China, Thailand, French Indochina, Mongolia, The Dutch East Indies, eventually reaching the eastern regions of the British Raj by the mid 1940's. Almost all Western colonial possessions fell under Japanese control, with the one exception being the U.S.-controlled Philippines in which Hideki Tojo, the Prime Minister of the Japanese Empire, convinced Emperor Hirohito against stirring already tense relations with the so-called "Sleeping Giant".
By the fall of 1943, the Imperial Army began aiding their Axis allies in Europe in the fight against the Soviet Union, pressing north into Eastern Siberia and conquering much of the USSR's Pacific coastline. As summer approached in 1944 and the fall of Moscow seemed imminent, much to Stalin's dismay, tens of thousands of Soviet citizens and military personnel began fleeing eastward past the Ural Mountains in hopes of avoiding German capture by establishing defensive positions just on the other side of the Urals. Intent on carrying on the legacy of the October Revolution and the perseverance of the Soviet Union, Stalin himself too fled Moscow, traveling through his personal underground railway network to a undisclosed location. Shortly following his departure, Moscow crumbled under German pressure, soon witnessing the Wehrmacht marching victoriously through Red Square.
Meanwhile in the East, the remnants of the Soviet military have begun pushing Japanese forces out of their lands with a series of fierce winter offensives launched in November of 1945. An Empire already stretched to its limit, Japanese forces continue to lose ground from each Soviet attack. The soldiers of Stalin's army appear more motivated to rebuild their socialist state then ever, devastating Imperial forces with immense ferocity and retaking much of the eastern seaboard. If the Japanese Imperial Army don't turn things around soon, they could face a total loss of mainland Asia at the hands of the Soviet military and the growing resistance among the Chinese communists, inspired by the Soviet's utter refusal to surrender in the face of otherwise certain defeat. A man by the name of Mao Zedong, an influential leader within the Chinese communist movement and currently operating underground, begins making his moves toward building a revolt among his people toward their Japanese oppressors. With more and more Japanese forces being reallocated to the north to fight the Red Army, control over the Empire continues to weaken, making the likelihood of rebellion all the more likely...
Now it is the beginning of 1946 and represents one of the most critical moments for the Japanese Empire. Will the Emperor maintain stability and control over his vast Empire? Will the Imperial Army manage to crush what remains of the Soviet Union? Or will the mighty Japanese Empire fall to the hands of her enemies? Perhaps only time may dictate this outcome...