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Hokushin: East Asia 1943 by mdc01957 Hokushin: East Asia 1943 by mdc01957
Here's something of a surprise map-profile that I've been working on over the past two days. This one focuses on an alternate history scenario based on Peter Tsouras' Rising Sun Victorious ([link]): namely that (among other things) instead of taking on the British and Americans, Japan fights the Soviet Union, resulting in a VERY different Pacific War.

Mapwise, I've been toying with a few different techniques and designs. Though if there's any glaring flaw, it would have to be a certain typo there that was only found too late. ^^;

Still, comments and critiques are appreciated. And as a precaution, this is NOT propaganda, revisionist history or an anti-Chinese screed at all.

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The conflict that soon came to be called the “Second Russo-Japanese War” was one of the great upsets in recent history. Although the conflict could be described as merely an opportunistic, if not lucky blow in conjunction with the relentless advances of Germany, it is nonetheless recognized that the island nation had done what was once thought to be impossible: dealing a striking victory against the expansive Soviet Union. The move to push forward with the Hokushin (“Go North”) strategy turned out to be decisive moment for Japan that would have large repercussions for Asia and the rest of the world.

At first, however, success was not guaranteed. The humiliating Nomonhan Border Incident of 1939 prompted the country’s military leaders to revise what was at the time called Hachi-Go (Operation Plan #8): a plan to reach Lake Baikal in an attempt to cut off the Soviet Far East from the rest of the USSR. After several revisions and the input from defecting NKVD chief Gen. Genrikh Samoelovich Lyushkov (later governor of the Empire’s Maritime Province), the plan now called Hokushin would commit the majority of the Imperial Japanese forces in a concerted attack along the Manchukuo border towards the directions of Vladivostok (later renamed Urajiosutoku) and Khabarovsk. But from the very beginning, the Japanese considered such a move as a means to not only secure the wealth of Siberia but also contain if not crush the Bolshevist threat.

Originally the plans were set for 1943, but with increasing pressure from the United States and Britain for their ongoing conflict in China the authorities grew cautious over possible embargoes that would cripple the war effort. The situation changed when in March 1941, Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka and Gen. Hiroshi Oshima were informed of Hitler’s proposal for a joint attack alongside what came to be known as Operation Barbarossa. Coupled with the Soviets mobilizing many Siberian garrisons away to fight the Nazis gave Japan an enticing opportunity. Which came on the 7th of August, 1941 with a surprise aerial attack on Vladivostok.

Although many of the replacements were drafted from peasants and gulag prisioners by order of Gen. Apanasenko, the Soviets for a time were able to hold off the initial attacks by the Japanese. But after several costly but relentless assaults, holes in the front line opened, allowing the invading forces to swarm across the border and secure sections of the Trans-Siberian Railway. While “Yamato spirit” and “samurai valor” were claimed in to have won the day, in reality these were supplemented by close supply lines and air superiority that soon made quick work of the remaining Russian tanks. Vladivostok fell in September of the same year, forcing what remained of the Red Army north to defend the road to Khabarovsk.

By the time the Japanese entered Khabarovsk in December, however, Moscow fell to German hands, many of the Siberian reinforcements having been long wiped out in defending Kiev and other failed safe zones. With limited resources control and Stalin’s disappearance (his last sighting being somewhere in Kazakhstan, his power long evaporated), the USSR plunged into chaos. Cut off from the rest of Russia, Siberia rose in open revolt (in part through both German and Japanese covert aid) becoming the nucleus of the Russian Eurasian Federation. What remained of the Soviet Union fell under martial law as several officers attempted to restore order while simultaneously fighting off both themselves and the Axis Powers: a campaign that foreign observes deem as doomed to fail.

But what ultimately secured victory was the Treaty of Manila in March 1942, which had been sponsored reluctantly by US President Franklin Roosevelt in what some called a shameless act of realpolitik. British and American interests, including their territories were secured (which served to be a godsend to the Crown following the failed invasion of the British Isles in 1943) at the expense of deliberately turning a blind eye at Japan’s continuing moves against China; with Nazi Germany having effective control over much of Continental Europe, the Allies deemed fighting Hitler to be the main priority. For the Japanese, they had not only expanded their Empire but also saw vindication in once again defeating a major Western power. And with their Co-Prosperity Sphere including such lands like Indochina and Indonesia (both through German support), their time in the sun had only just begun, though there were soon rumors that the Americans would push through with their oil embargo. Not that it would help much, but some still wonder what would have happened had the focus been instead on Southeast Asia and its abundant resources…
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SovietSparkleParty Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, so I'm trying to wrap my mind around your different scenarios, but te only one I could make sense of was the scenario involving the domes. And I suppose I kind of understood that bit about the chimera-things attacking Earth.

I guess I'll just read it over again...
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Please do! :)
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CyberEagleWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Interface Designer
That is an awesome map.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thanks! :)

What did you think of the premise?
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gatemonger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
This seems like the smarter option for the Japanese to have taken during the war. They could have waited for the Germans to be nearing Stalingrad and enter Siberia. This would secure them some vital resources from a distracted USSR and potentially make the Soviets have to fend off the second invasion in Siberia, easing the German war effort in European Russia. The reasons things didn't play out this way don't seem to make logical sense.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
This could be in part to the Japanese seeing the Americans and Southeast Asia as more attractive targets and that in real life, the was little Japanese-German coordination against the Soviets.
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Good wins because evil is stupid!

To some extent the Japanese can be forgiven for thinking the US and a distracted Britain were easier targets, but that the Germans didn't demand at least some Japanese help with the Soviets is really inexcusable.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's Ar*c*tic Ocean. This is brilliant!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Thanks! What did you think of it?
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:iconamongthesatanic:
AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:ohnoes:

Lovely, but... WHY YOU GOTTA KILL SIBERIA?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Siberia's still around at least. ^^;

It's just that in exchange for not falling under Nazi rule, Siberia's an independent Axis buffer and Japanese supplier. Also, the Stalin-less USSR is still around. Which isn't much consolation admittedly. ^^;
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So, what DID happen to Stalin?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Apparently he disappeared after escaping the fall of Moscow in '42, his power disintegrating following the Nazi victory. Though the book's scenario had him being killed by gulag prisoners after being stranded in Kazakhstan.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So why isn't Molotov in charge now?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Technically he is. And is trying to hold together what remains of the Soviet Union, while Zhukov basically says "screw it" and moves to Siberia.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yay, Zhukov :3
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Yup. He survives, but is pretty bitter about the whole "humiliation of Russia."
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:iconfrazamm:
frazamm Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Interesting premise and a wonderfully done map.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks very much! :)

What are your comments on it?
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:iconfrazamm:
frazamm Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Given the alternate history it is plausible. It is well done. I particularly like the sort of faded effect of the whole map.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I'm glad you were able to like it!

It's really appreciated. ^^
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Artist
Do have a blank world map?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Of Europe right now. ^^
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SPARTAN-127 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
So the USA never enters the war? Yikes....
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Its more like they're far more interested in fighting Nazis than the Japs. With no incentive and no Pearl Harbor, Americans simply see little reason to get involved in Asia. Though they too are a tad freaked out by Japan's progress through china
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SPARTAN-127 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
OK, but pearl Harbour was what caused the isolationist movement to vanish in a puff of patriotic smoke. What would cause them to take up arms here?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Not much, admittedly. Without any immediate threats, it's Nazi Germany that's the main issue.
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Ah, I appeared to have skipped this over. :D
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Heh. :XD:

What did you think of it?
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
It is very interesting that Thailand is still independent... :D
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Japan never saw the need to really expand south...for now. ;)
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Heh. :D
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:iconnikdo-92:
Nikdo-92 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Nice work. ;)
For the glory of Japan Empire!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Heh. Thanks for faving it! :)
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:iconnikdo-92:
Nikdo-92 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Your'e welcome. Im just big fan of Japan ;)
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Artist
Would the Philippines get independence as scheduled?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Without an immediate Japanese occupation, yes. Though it's likely the Americans would stick around a little longer past independence "just in case."
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PG-1987 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
So, another kind of Imperial Nippon-wank?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
A more rare kind, but sort of.
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NazjaRaj Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
plus, we are still a commonwealth protectorate! yes!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Techinically, Hitler won. But at least the Americans and British are still intact more or less.
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:iconnazjaraj:
NazjaRaj Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So what happened to the jews there?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Honestly, have no clue. Much of the focus is on Asia. Though from what I remember the Japanese had no problems with Jews at least.
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:iconnazjaraj:
NazjaRaj Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
if Japan fought the USSR... did Hitler win?
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