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The Burmese Crisis


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Having secured its alliances in the Shan States, the Tianxia military forces had slowly been amassing forces for an invasion of Burma itself.  The advance through the mountains and jungles was spear headed by airborne units.  Helicopters moved across the sky depositing special operations forces onto key bases an installations, taking control of key bridges etc, while mechanized columns swiftly moved across the countries.


Growlers jammed up radar defense stations of the various militias, stand off electronic warfare planes took control of broadcasts, deploying propaganda units to proclaim rescue from the warlords incharge of the Burmese countryside.


At the same time an integrated drone campaign was initiated hitting warlords, uncooperative government officials, arms depots, drug lords etc. knocking out a large part of the ruling elite who knew how to organize and defend the country.  


A dispatch was sent to the world, proclaiming Tianxia's intent to annex back Burma as part of recovering the 'Lost Lands.'

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Reports of Heavy Fighting had broken out along the road from the Shan States to Mandalay with hundreds of militiaists engaging in a jungle ambush against the forward elements of the PLA.  It was reported that the militia forces were able to escape after briefly engaging two supply convoys with heavy weapons including PGM assisted light mortars and anti-material rifles.  The thick foilage enabled these units to swiftly withdraw before Tianxia could direct retaliatory fires.  All in all 25 soldiers were killed with an estimated destruction of 800,000 bancors of equipment.  Five insurgents were killed.  


In response, a pair of Tianxia F-15s hit camps of suspected militants, destroyed ammunition dumps, opium production facilities and several vehicles.  


Marines were sent in to secure the port of Rangoon, and have embargoed foreign and burmese ships from leaving port.  The move was met with heavy resistance from both foreign corporations and the local Burmese merchants, however, the Foreign Ministry has stated this move is necessary to prevent a further escalation of violence and the drug trade in the region.  


Several outlying port facilities have been seized by the PLA Navy under eminent domain laws, and are speculated by many experts outside Tianxia to be the start of a serious bid in the Indian.  These facilities have the potential to be a nascent capability for what is a significant military build up by Imperial Forces within the Indian Ocean, in a bid to reassert its influence in the region and once again enable an overland logistics route from the Indian into Mainland China which had before been the centerpiece of a hegemonic Indian Ocean, and ultimately Eurasian dominance strategy during Yuan Jia's rule.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The advance of the Tianxia forces through Burma had been sudden, within two weeks a country almost twice the size of Germany had been overrun by Imperial Forces.  Under the pretext of right to protect Chinese and traditionally imperial loyalist minorities, a dispatch was put out announcing to the world that the Empire was recognizing the Autonomous Imperial Republics of the Shan State and Tartaninthary State, which due to the old canal zone, had begun heavily ethnically Chinese.  


The Imperial Loyalists in the region were quick to collaborate with the returning Empire in identifying those who were in favor of a continued independent Burmese state.  Among the ethnically majority Burmese, there was a split, many factory workers along with the commercial elites were in favor of the Imperial reannexation by the Empire due to the jobs and access to the massive economic engine to the north.  


By contrast many of the political elite, rural classes were in favor of continued independence.  Many cities were quick to pledge loyalty to the throne, but fighting in the countryside became increasingly fierce.  


Along the border with India, a refugee crisis continued to mount, while Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos all moved their armies to high alert.  Open source images placed the deployment of road mobile ballistic and cruise missiles in Burma.  Squadrons of Tianxia Swarm boats, representing the height of adherence to jeune d’ecole were being moved from the Yellow Sea towards Hainan, Singapore, and not the Burmese Coast.  The deployment was clearly meant to signal the ability to not just launch a counter intervention operation, but blockade the entire coast line of continental SE Asia and force SE Asia into a continental system with the Empire in order for access to Asia.  


Equally disturbing to global watchers perhaps was and interview with former Grand Secretary Wei Hai from Beijing Review:


Interviewer:  In regards to the question of the territory of the Empire, there are some who have called for the reclamation of all territories, there are those on the otherside who have said that the Empire’s actions in its former territories not presently controlled are illegal and that we need to accept that the Empire was too large and that states are equally sovereign and free to go their own way.  This has been left largely in flux.


Wei:  Clearly, there are nations who have had their sovereignty recognized, an example of Japan is this.  The Emperor has openly recognized them as a sovereign state.  Similarly the Holy American Imperium and the Tianxia Empire were in personal union, not one state.  However, insurrection and rebellion is a crime.  This is a domestic issue not a international one.  The dissolution of the Empire is illegal unless signed specifically by the Emperor and his government.  


It is the height of ignorance to think any country, especially a great one would tolerate insurrection and separatism of this nature.  I should expect that it will soon be the case that the Emperor having gathered sufficient strength will be restoring order here and reasserting the Imperial presence, especially protecting its own citizens beyond borders it controls but ones which it has reasonable claim to.


The notice of the interview set off alarm bells with the Indochinese countries, Thailand, and Malaysia to send messages to the international community requesting assistance.  Several Central Asian States have also petitioned the now largely inactive UN, requesting a formal resolution of the General Assembly resolution reaffirming the sovereignty of their territories at the possibility of Tianxia revanchism.

Meanwhile Tianxia has also reported that the Global Prompt Strike command within the 2nd Artillery has been returned to highest operational status, and that once again Tianxia would be drilling to maintain a credible list of kinetic and non-kinetic, conventional and non-conventional capabilities up the escalation against global targets.

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Tianxian Forces now stood in control of Burma firmly after several months of heavy fighting against militias pushing many of them along with the main elements of the nationalist parts of the Burmese military into India.  Plans had now shifted to the independence fighters in South East Asia, many of which were isolated.  Appeals to the international community had fallen on deaf ears.


The beginnings of the signs of a near inevitability of Tianxia reclaiming the Southern Empire began with the seizing of gas fields and fishing grounds in the South China Sea and closure of the Strait of Malacca to the Vietnamese, Thais, and Cambodians.


Protests against Chinese domination were now increasing among nationalists in those countries.  They slowly began to turn against the large Chinese Diasporas and loyalist communities which still paid tribute to Beijing.  In Thailand the Royal Family with its marriage ties to the Yuan was also increasingly becoming unpopular.  


In Vietnam a highly controversial decision was made to suspend Threat Reduction Initiatives and Nuclear Fuel Imperial Community agreements with Nanjing.  This being the necessary first step for Vietnam to take control of Imperial Nuclear Forces left over from the Yuan Jia Empire, within Vietnam's borders.  


In turn a mobilization was triggered along with border and two marine taskforces began moving, with a third one reinforcing the Imperial Base at Cam Ranh Bay.

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The Chōsengun was put on increased alert, though no changes in the military presence in Korea was made. It was deemed unlikely that there'd be any reason to be too concerned, but for the duration of the crisis, such measures were deemed prudent. While Tianxia had officially acknowledged Japan's independence, the position on Korea was less clear and the Burmese crisis highlighted how fast positions could change. With an ongoing war in the East, no risk was to be taken.



Communique to the Empire of Tianxia


To the government of His Imperial Majesty Yuan Shizi, Emperor of Tianxia,


Given the situation in Southeast Asia seems to us increasingly unstable and escalating fast, we request that should there be any military actions in the region, Japanese nationals and economic interests not be harmed. We trust in the good intentions of your Empire towards our people and country, and that Japanese businesses in the regions can continue operating without any unnecessary disturbances beyond those imposed by a need to keep order.


With regards,

Nakamichi Minoru, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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Tensions remained in a Cold War State between the Vietnamese, Malays, and Thai and the Imperial Army.  The Naval Blockade of those states had begun to take its toll as the Imperial Army remained deployed in land along the jungle border, with Burma now firmly part of the Empire once more, the ability to transit goods overland was now gone.  The result was the near complete collapse of the economies and the rationing of fuel.  To make matters worse the fusion plants that were part of the Empire's grid, were now breaking down without access to technology produced by companies mostly based in Southern China.


Now the Empire was starting to ramp up the pressure on the poorer states of Laotians, Indonesians, and Cambodians.  Offers of autonomy and these nations had met with mix results but Cambodia and Laos were now coming to the table.  Secret talks in Nanjing had begun for agreeing to a customs union and military confederation with Tianxia, doubtless to be the first steps towards reintegration with the Empire.  


The position of the ASEAN states was now growing untenable.  In Bangkok the royal family was surrounded demanded the expulsion of the Southern Imperial cadet branch.  Vietnamese forces, having cut off routes to inspections, were now moving troops to the bunkers were Tianxia's southern nuclear deterrent were deployed, as well as massing forces on the Laotian and Cambodian Borders, while Malaysia moved forces toward Singapore.  Thailand's reserves slowly began to mobilize.

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The price of the stand off began to not just be felt in the countries but around the world.  South East Asia's removal from global supply chains of rice had begun to cause a sharp uptick in food prices globally, while the inability to export caused a surge in inflation.  The Laotian and Cambodian Agreements were now coming to a head as spring was beginning and farmers around the region would want to begin growing.  


In order to relieve the small garrisons guarding the weapons in Vietnam.  Tianxia had ordered a flight of a C-130 to drop food on the base.  In the early morning the flight was conducted without incident.  However, small arms fire was reported on the way back towards the border.  Reports were it eminated from an area with a Viet nationalist militia with ties to the government.


In response Tianxia Forces launched three cross border strikes targeting a Vietnamese target acquisition radar, and two supply depots where it was believed the Viets were allowing militias to resupply.


This attack was managed to be kept quiet by both sides.  Tianxia hoped to keep war off the table for long enough to move its armies into Laos and Cambodia so it could quickly cut across multiple axis in Vietnam from all directions.


Viets meanwhile knew an outright war that did not get some sort of foreign favor, would inevitably end in an Imperial Victory, if not the abandonment of their Thai and Malay allies.  Their only path to victory would be to get sympathy from other major powers to put political pressure on Tianxia, while holding them to the fire in a drawn our jungle war across all three countries.  


Before that could occur however, it would come to a head with the leaking of the incident by someone to an online newspaper, timed to coincide right with the Laotian and Cambodian treaty signing.  Immediately the Vietnamese militias began moving for the Cambodian and Laotian Borders, and rioting in Saigon and Hanoi, the demands were simple: Capture Laos and Cambodia before China could taking up a defense in depth position.  It was only a matter of time before the government complied or fell.


The weakest militaries in the Region Laos and Cambodia did not stand a chance.  

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