Monday, January 15, 2007

Reinstatement Of Chiang Kai-Shek

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January 15th, 2007

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Lord Curzon
Lord Curzon
In 1924 Prime Minister of Great Britain Baron George Nathanial Curzon announces the discovery of huge oil resources in the North Sea. Trouble is the good news is just too late to save the humbled Lion. After the French mutinied at Verdun in 1916, the Triple Entente was forced to surrender ..
.. to the Kaiser. Britain is now a bankrupted and defeated nation suffering hyperinflation being tackled by the hopelessly incompetent Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill. Worse, Britain is a satellite of the Second Reich and thus a shadow of her former glorious and illustrious past. Now in 1924 the Dreadnoughts of the German High Seas fleet operate with impudence out of the former British Naval base at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, patrolling the maritime zone above the oil fields. Not only have the Germans been given a fresh impetus to rules the waves, they now have a plentiful supply of fuel to do so. The North Sea is not quite what the Kaiser had in mind back in 1910 when he spoke of the 'place in the sun' he wanted for Germany. But he is not complaining too loudly about how things have turned out for the House of Hohenzollern.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1982 Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher nationalizes the Channel Tunnel, refusing to pay financial compensation to the Confederate States of America who had built and paid for it. President William Westmoreland orders CS 101st Airborne Division to scramble from their bases on .. Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatch..
.. the Rhine and march to Sangatte to seize back the Confederate property. Already in position at the French mouth of the Tunnel is a crack British force consisting of 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment and 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert 'H' Jones. 'Bring it, bring it on' says 'H' to the Iron Lady as she inquires about the readiness of her troops.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Chiang Kai-Shek
Chiang Kai-Shek
In 1954 with considerable Anglo-American support Chiang Kai-shek is re-instated in Beijing as Chairman of the National Government. One of his first actions is to gratefully extend the lease on Hong Kong Island to his ally Great Britain for a further one hundred years. In reality he needs ..
.. the British to keep up the pressure on deposed Chairman Mao. The 'great helmsman' has fled to the Soviet Union where he is regathering his shattered Communist forces for a fresh assault on the Kuomintang.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 2093 the United Nations Commission for the Survival of Life on Earth (UNCSLE) confirms the extinction of penguins in the southern hemisphere.United Nations
United Nations

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Just as the sun was being cut in two by the horizon, Jake pulled the jeep up to the wall of a small creek and turned off the engine. “OK,” Janice said, studying the map on her laptop. “We just need to hop over that little cliff there, hike about a mile and half, and we're at the ranch. I'm amazed that we could get this close.”
“You can have a talk with his security people after we've got him,” Kevin said.
“We should wait for night, then send somebody in for a look-around,” Eli said. “Recon, like you said, Sarge. Get a good feel of what their layout is before we go in.”
“Right,” Jake said. He studied the creek side for a good way up. “All right, I'm gonna head up and do that. Should be dark by the time I get close enough for a look. Hand me those goggles, Janice.” She took out her night-vision goggles and handed them to him. “Y'all try to keep quiet and stay outta sight. I'll be back after dark.” He then took off up the wall and out of sight.
Eli took out his guns, pulled out the ammunition, and started cleaning them. Janice pulled a small radio out of her pack and plugged in small earphones. She handed one to Kevin. “Share?”
“OK.” He took the bud and stuck it into his ear as she adjusted the channel. After a minute, they got the Emergency Lady, and Janice paused.
“...of emergency, the citizens of Texas are asked to report to the nearest military recruitment center or base and volunteer their assistance in whatever capacity they are able to contribute. If you have information about the terrorists or the invading force...”
“Invading force?” Kevin and Janice looked at each other as they spoke in unison. Eli looked up from his guns at them.
“...der, you are required by law to report to the nearest police station or Guard unit and surrender this information. General Wilson McNeil, commander of the military units currently repulsing the invaders, has requested all able-bodied Texans near the borders of the state to immediately join the Guard with whatever weapons they possess and assist in keeping these foreign forces off of our soil.”
“What does this mean?”
Janice turned to Eli and told him what had been said, then answered Kevin. “I'd lay odds that it means that they want as many Texans in uniform as they can get, and they've pulled together this cockamamie story to get them. That puts another deadline on us.”
Eli was smiling. “Yeah, this is gonna be the big one, here.”
“Sometimes, Eli, you scare me,” Janice said.
He grinned wider. “Just sometimes?”
“That's gonna make it harder to get Bush out,” Janice told Kevin. “There's gonna be more soldiers.”
“Forget Bush, what about Steph and the kids?” Kevin looked very concerned. “Do you think they meant the border with New Mexico, or just the border with Mexico?”
“I'd say both,” Janice said.
“How are they going to get across if there's fighting going on at the border?”
Janice shrugged. “Well, they've got that SUV, so they might be able to find a way over to New Mexico without using a road. Mike's pretty good at finding information that's supposed to be secret - “
“He's the best,” Eli piped in.
“So,” Janice continued, “he should be able to find them a route that'll bypass any fighting. They've got some cash to spread around, thanks to you, and that always help grease your way.” She put a hand on his shoulder and rubbed. “They'll get through.”
“I sure hope so.” He shook himself and looked embarrassed. “For Jake's sake, I mean.”
“Yeah,” she smirked, “for Jake's sake.”

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eccles said...

Er... penguins... southern hemisphere :)

Cheryl said...

Evidently this is a really alternate history, where the denizens called what WE call sounth, North instead!! Or else the worl is actually flipped... or penguins lived on both hemispheres.. or a combination of those options. :)

Cheryl said...

Gee.. I can't type today.

So much is wrong, let me just redo that post. :)

"Evidently this is a really alternate history, where the denizens of that dimension call what WE call the south North instead!! Or else the world is actually flipped... or penguins lived on both hemispheres.. or a combination of those options. :) "

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