September 2nd, 2010

krazy koati

And we will do it again

So when my Hearts of Iron game started its 1947, the world was at peace: the Allies had stormed through Germany and Italy in a conflict taking nearly twenty minutes of 1943. In a much harder conflict the Allies liberated all of China and Korea from Japan in the war running from November 1944 through November 1946, with game-event mechanics rather implausibly carving out a tiny North Korea and giving Manchuria over to the Soviet Union, which was barely even in the war with Japan. As the United States readjusted to peace its production of ``Supplies'' --- everything needed for everything --- was at a halt.

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Except ... it would be awfully nice to be able to march on Moscow through an invasion of European Russia. And I have an idea about how I might manage it. It's such a crazy idea ... I almost think it might work. It's just not as safe or non-lunatic as invading Moscow from the Pacific Ocean. Mostly. But if European Russia has got this soft belly after all ...

Trivia: Kim Il Sung was born in the village of Na-ri on 15 April 1912 as Kim Song Ju. His rivals asserted he took his nom de guerre from another Korean patriot already famous as a guerilla fighting the Imperial Japanese occupation. Source: The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, David Halberstam.

Currently Reading: Car Wars, Robert Sobel.