History Literature / TheGreatPacificWar

21st Jan '16 8:47:14 PM Willbyr
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15th Oct '14 2:41:23 PM Statzkeen
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* {{Seppuku}}: Committed by the captain of a Japanese submarine after his ship and crew are interned by the Chilean government for interference with the American fleet passing with permission through waters owned by Chile. The captain kills himself to atone for this dishonor despite the Japanese ambassador in Chine trying to talk him out of it, insisting that his successful torpedo attack made him a hero back home. As it turns out, he becomes even more of a hero afterward, as it raises him to the status of an [[InspirationalMartyr heroic martyr]].
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* {{Seppuku}}: Committed by the captain of a Japanese submarine after his ship and crew are interned by the Chilean government for interference with the American fleet passing with permission through waters owned by Chile. The captain kills himself to atone for this dishonor despite the Japanese ambassador in Chine Chile trying to talk him out of it, insisting that his successful torpedo attack made him a hero back home. As it turns out, he becomes even more of a hero afterward, as it raises him to the status of an [[InspirationalMartyr heroic martyr]].
15th Oct '14 2:22:31 PM Statzkeen
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The book opens with a summary of Japanese control of Korea and parts of China, and how their view of this area of the globe is that it is naturally the sphere of influence of themselves alone among the major world powers. But after an American company wins a major mining contract in China, the [[PatrioticFervor Japanese Cabinet]] realizes their ability to exploit the region is being checked, and their already-delicate economy is in trouble as a result. The war is started both to gain a free hand in East Asia and to unify the people against a common enemy.
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The book opens with a summary of Japanese control of Korea and parts of China, and how their the Japanese government's view of this area of the globe is that it is naturally it should be the sphere of influence of themselves alone among alone, and none of the major world powers.powers should have a stake. But after an American company wins a major mining contract in China, the [[PatrioticFervor Japanese Cabinet]] realizes their ability to exploit the region is being checked, and their already-delicate economy is in trouble as a result. The war is started both to gain a free hand in East Asia and to unify the people people, who are getting involved in unrest due to communist/labor uprisings against the government, against a common enemy.

* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Averted deliberately. In the preface Bywater explains that every single character he came up with is fictional. * OfficerAndAGentleman: Very prevalent on both sides. Prisoners are treated fairly, ships go out of their way to rescue enemy survivors, etc. Especially notable for the Japanese as it was uncommon to portray them as noble warriors rather than savages. It seems very much in contrast to the behavior of the Japanese in the historical WW2, but in the real war [[RealityIsUnrealistic the vast majority of atrocities were committed by the Imperial Japanese Army, not the Combined Fleet.]]
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: For a given value of "evil" at least - Japan is portrayed as clearly in the wrong for starting the war at least. All that's happening really is that a particular American businessman has won a mining contract in China. It's implied this is partially due to a new, strong Chinese leader saying screw you to Japan. But not understanding the US system of capitalism and non-state-run industries, the Japanese see a nonexistent US government plot behind the mining contract. Since Japan has been secretly giving arms and aide to warlords who are against the Chinese government, they figure the US mining corporation must really be a stage for the US to send arms and aide to the warlords who are for the existing Chinese government and/or against the Japanese occupation. * GeneralFailure: Admiral Morrison ordering the US Asiatic Fleet to stand and fight in the Philippines, knowing it has no chance to survive but hoping it will take the Japanese troop transports down with it. Just as it's local commander predicted, the Japanese simply waltz in and annihilate it, ''then'' send in the troop transports afterward. Morrison's aide even resigns rather than give the Asiatic Fleet the order. * HistoricalDomainCharacter: Averted deliberately. In the preface Bywater explains that every single character he came up with is fictional. fictional and that none of the characters are a CaptainErsatz either. * InspirationalMartyr: The captain of the I-53. Explained further in {{Seppuku}}. * OfficerAndAGentleman: Very prevalent on both sides. Prisoners are treated fairly, ships go out of their way to rescue enemy survivors, etc. Especially notable for the Japanese as it was uncommon to portray them as noble warriors rather than brutish savages. It seems very much in contrast to the behavior of the Japanese in the historical WW2, but in the real war [[RealityIsUnrealistic the vast majority of atrocities were committed by the Imperial Japanese Army, not the Combined Fleet.]]]] * PyrrhicVictory: The ending chapter suggests the conflict might have been this for the USA. They clearly won, and were not nearly as badly affected as Japan, but their shipping fleet is diminished, the economy is in decline, and the nation is retreating back into isolationism and away from being a world power on the level with Britain and Germany.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Averted deliberately. In {{Seppuku}}: Committed by the preface Bywater explains that every single character he came up captain of a Japanese submarine after his ship and crew are interned by the Chilean government for interference with is fictional. * OfficerAndAGentleman: Very prevalent on both sides. Prisoners are treated fairly, ships go out of their way the American fleet passing with permission through waters owned by Chile. The captain kills himself to rescue enemy survivors, etc. Especially notable atone for this dishonor despite the Japanese ambassador in Chine trying to talk him out of it, insisting that his successful torpedo attack made him a hero back home. As it turns out, he becomes even more of a hero afterward, as it was uncommon to portray them as noble warriors rather than savages. It seems very much in contrast raises him to the behavior status of the Japanese in the historical WW2, but in the real war [[RealityIsUnrealistic the vast majority of atrocities were committed by the Imperial Japanese Army, not the Combined Fleet.]]an [[InspirationalMartyr heroic martyr]].
12th Sep '14 11:51:42 PM Statzkeen
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* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: The portion of the American fleet based in the Atlantic is forced into this by the wrecking of the PanamaCanal, having to traverse the narrow passageways of the Straits of Magellan instead.
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* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: The portion of the American fleet based in the Atlantic is forced into this by the wrecking of the PanamaCanal, Panama Canal, having to traverse the narrow passageways of the Straits of Magellan instead.
12th Sep '14 11:51:27 PM Statzkeen
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* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: The portion of the American fleet based in the Atlantic is forced into this by the wrecking of the PanamaCanal, having to traverse the narrow passageways of the Straits of Magellan instead.
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