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1 - Charles - Pacifica - The Mariana Islands host many corporate headquarters for businesses around globe, but they also sport one of the largest collections of freight harbors and transshipment warehouses on Earth and beyond. Ships ply their waters from the East African Coast, Australia, and even the Americas with cargo meant for the Jayapura, Colombo, and Panama City Elevators. Many Russian corporations even move cargo through on its way to their Severnyi Polyus Elevator. And the Mariana Islands are happy to give those corporations shipping items to the Singapore Elevator paperwork that proves to the Mainland Chinese that they never came anywhere near the Mariana Islands, for a modest paperwork fee of course. Ships flying nearly every flag on Earth pass through the Mariana Islands on a daily basis, making them a serious amount of money in total. Business is their business, and everybody who gives them money is welcomed with a smile.
2 - Charles - Pacifica - The Marshall Islands are some of the lowest lands in all of America. Averaging less than two meters above sea level, the islands have minimal natural resources, and were little more than one of many hunks of rock the United States fought to liberate during World War II. They became a weapons testing ground in the decades that followed, and Bikini Atoll is still famous for the number of nuclear bombs tested on its islands. But America granted them independence as part of their Post World War II strategy, and the Marshall Islands moved into their self-governing future slowly and fitfully until the Communist Chinese took over most of Asia and rampaged over numerous island nations near them. The Marshall Islands quickly looked back to America for more support, and America has provided it, but they have always lagged far behind the technological advances of the rest of the world. They are a quiet, friendly place to live, and time always moves slower there, far from the more raucous examples of Micronesia’s western islands.
3 - Charles - Pacifica - There are over a thousand Marshall Islands spread out over around two-dozen of the least resource rich coral atolls in Micronesia. And for an area of the ocean known for its resource poor islands, that is saying something. The Marshall Islands have not prospered overly much from the investments of New Hong Kong businessmen like the western islands, nor from the wild resort and intelligence industries that more southern islands boast. And even the United States military enclaves spread throughout Kwajalein Atoll bring only minimal money to the other islands. Their greatest industry is leasing small parcels of land to wealthy individuals who wish a quiet and secluded vacation destination for their families. Marshall Islanders do not allow outsiders to outright own land, but the small leases have allowed the various clan chiefs to maintain enough cash flow to provide for basic necessities amongst their people. They will never be rich, though, and they face a constant brain-drain as capable and driven youths leave their islands to find opportunity elsewhere in Micronesia and beyond.
4 - Medron - Halloween Redux - I use one of the more common render engines out there for newbies, DAZ Studio to design and render character images that I then use when writing. I will often have that character art open when writing stories with those characters in them. It helps me identify with the character better, along with having their brief bios open as well. And as various holidays show up, I enjoy putting them into holiday-themed scenes.
This is another character that showed up in the second of my Wolfenheim stories. She is Commodore Caroline Murphy’s chief of staff, and it will be revealed that they were childhood friends in the next story. Don’t worry about spoilers. That’s an early admission that sets the stage for the rest of the story to come to a conclusion. The past and the future are not as separate as some may wish us to think, after all. They influence each other in ways that many people miss, but I’ll do my best to make sure that the readers don’t miss it in this case.
So here is Kristina Brown, youthful friend to a young scion of one of the Great Families of Earth. You may assume that her family is not entirely unconnected as well.
5 - Charles - Pacifica - The Marshall Islands’ Bikini Atoll is one of the most famous areas on Earth and beyond. Namesake for the far more enjoyable ladies swimwear that men have loved for centuries, it is the nuclear testing that wiped out several islands in the atoll that made it famous in more serious matters. The massive effort it would have taken before the Great Space Race to clean up the radiation and other damage was never expended, and then the Second Great Depression removed all ability to complete it. But when the polluted fog banks began rolling off the Chinese coasts to envelope the various Pacific island chains, America put greater effort into developing and mass-producing the kind of air and water purifiers required to keep the pollution at bay. The clan chiefs of Bikini Atoll traded in some favors, some blackmail, and more promises than they cared to think about to acquire some of those new purifiers. Then they cleaned the various islands up, rebuilt them over the centuries, and returned their people to their quiet, idyllic home. And though they have access to all the best technologies now, they will never forget how the outside world cost them their home for so very long.
6 - Charles - Pacifica - Kwajalein Atoll is America’s primary military defense base in the Marshall Islands. Its one hundred islands are far behind the Great Pacific Firewall and house numerous orbital defense lasers and missile launch platforms dedicated to protecting Micronesian airspace from enemy attack. The harbor supports powerful submarine and surface naval squadrons, and the spaceport has been one of America’s primary military launch facilities for centuries. Only the advent of inexpensive gravtech has allowed America to even consider reducing the launch traffic through Kwajelein, but the amount of support infrastructure and generational expertise of the ground crews has kept that trend at bay. The fact that the entire atoll is so easily secured by the local Marine garrison against unauthorized access is a powerful motivator for Space Force generals that do not wish to see their secrets broadcast all over the nets. The fact is, despite its distance from mainland America, Kwajalein Atoll is a secure enough location that it will remain a military asset for centuries to come. And the local clan chiefs will continue to demand the lease payments they require to maintain their people’s way of life on the parts of the atoll not used by the military.
7 - Charles - Pacifica - American Samoa is a small State not far off the coast of Australia made up of five natural islands, a pair of small coral atolls, and a series of manmade islands and islets surrounding them. They are famous in the rest of America for the large number of athletes they send to the Olympics, the American Football teams, and other sports leagues. Many famous actors and wrestlers come from Samoa, and they are widely regarded as a friendly and accepting people. They are also fiercely patriotic and volunteer for the Pacifica and Federal militaries in far greater percentages than nearly any other State. Especially the Marines, where the Big Samoan Sergeant Major is like some kind of template they stamp out whenever the far smaller Marines from lesser States need motivation to learn how to stand in a reasonable approximation of a line. American Samoa is a small State, but its influence has spread all throughout America and beyond.
8 - Charles - Pacifica - American Samoa hosted one of the New Hong Kong Contingency’s fallback plans, and though they never exercised the full options on the contracts they signed through numerous blind trusts and other deniable third parties, their legacy remains in the various warehouses and small harbors scattered throughout the Samoan islands. The tribal chiefs charge only minimal docking fees in their scattered harbors, while the preexisting Pago Pago Harbor is actually completely duty free, making it a major transshipment point for cargos going to and coming from the various orbital elevators over the Pacific Ocean. The locals are constantly waging a low conflict between business and religious interests as businesses continue to want to expand into areas of religious importance. Keeping their holy sites unspoiled has been a centuries’ long campaign in the Samoan islands, and they have not always won it. Though the Samoan Islands have maintained a far better balance than most islands closer to New Hong Kong and its business interests, which makes them one of the more pleasant places to live in the Pacifica.
9 - Charles - Pacifica - American Samoa is home to the Samoan flying fox, one of the many animal species uplifted by American gengineers for military service. They were chosen after an exhaustive search of character traits picked them as one of the bat species most optimal for working with humans. They are naturally monogamous in the wild, roost alone or in small family groups, and are curious and friendly when meeting new individuals. It was hoped that these natural tendencies towards forming small communities would make them more capable of forming bonds of loyalty with their human allies after the uplift process, and it worked. They are still shy but friendly, and you often find them sitting atop the shoulders of humans they’ve befriended. They serve primarily as organic scouts for ground units, and usually fly with the more aggressive uplifted falcons that protect them from other flying creatures who may think them an easy meal. Few things are as embarrassing to all involved as losing a highly trained flying fox recon specialist to a dumb eagle or other predator just canny enough to snatch him out of thin air after all. The vast majority of uplifted flying foxes not in military service live in Samoa, where they raise their own fruit trees and try to keep their less intelligent cousins from raiding trees belonging to other people. You sometimes see them traveling elsewhere in the Western Alliance, but they don’t like to bother other people, so are nowhere near as common as uplifted dogs and cats.
10 - Medron - Veterans Day - On this coming Veterans Day, I would like to say Thank You for your service.
I seek to honor you all with the stories I write, for I would not be free to do it were it not for you.
The characters in this render all come from Wolf Squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Wing 112, The Cowboys, with a modern Bradley in the background.
Morgan Reese of Betelgeuse, Thunderbird Charles Edward Hurst (Wolf) of the Hurst Family, Earthborn Christian Mack of Knights Errant Investigations, Earthborn Rhiannon of Arkadia, Weylan
11 - Medron - Veterans Day - On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Armistice that ultimately ended World War I took effect.
Whether we call it Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day, people all over the world remember this day and those who have served in one of the most dangerous occupations we have yet found.
And so I say Thank You for your service.
Every story I write is written in honor of you who have served, for it is your service that gave me the freedom to do it.
These are members of Hart Squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Wing 112, The Cowboys, with an old World War II jeep in the background. Or maybe it’s a new version meant to look like it…
Reina Ono of New Japan, Neko Jack Hart of Minnesota, Earthborn Ken Banno of New Japan, Earthborn Aeryn Davies of Minnesota, Arnam
12 - Medron - Veterans Day - On Veterans Day, we thank those who served our nations in defense of our freedom.
We see so many places out there in the world where people are fighting just to live. To taste even a piece of the freedom we enjoy. Syria. Afghanistan. Venezuela. Hong Kong. It reminds me how much of an exception we are. The safe and secure world we’ve built behind the wall of soldiers who volunteered to hold the ramparts for us. We have inherited a better world than most of the rest of the world, and we dare not forget why.
That is why I say Thank You for all of your service.
Everything I write is dedicated to those who have defended the freedom that makes it possible for me to write my stories.
And here are some members of Bull Squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Wing 112, The Cowboys, with an old Humvee in the background. They really were a well-connected bunch.
Alice White, daughter of the White Family of San Francisco, Earthborn Jay Lovato, son of the President of the Navajo Nation, Earthborn Daniel Freemon, son of the President of Dixie, Earthborn Virginia Adams, daughter of the Adams Family of Massachusetts, Earthborn
13 - Charles - Pacifica - American Samoa is much like the Midwestern States in many ways, if you replace the endless tracks of fields with endless tracks of ocean. Small towns or clan gathering areas of between a hundred and a thousand people dot the various islands, both natural and manmade. They farm fish instead of wheat or corn for a living, and they work long hours to keep their boats and nets working. Samoan fishers are trained in the old ways, without relying on personal fishing assistants to do their work, just as they are taught in school to do their own math and remember their history from their own memory rather than using a personal computer. The granting of personal computer and personal assistant is a coming of age ceremony in modern Samoa, proof that the child is one step closer to becoming an adult. The work ethic they learn as children is one of the traits that make Samoans so effective when they go to seek success in the big city of Pago Pago and beyond.
14 - Charles - Pacifica - Pago Pago is the one truly great big city of American Samoa. Pago Pago Harbor is one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, and is protected from storms by Mount Pioa in the east. And that same mountain brings down fresh rain in an amount no other harbor in the world can match. It is one of the most livable and productive sites of its kind in the world, and some of the greatest seafood companies on Earth have called it home for centuries. Restless Samoans looking for a better life come to Pago Pago to make it big, and if that small city isn’t good enough for them, they can catch a ship or a flight from there to any place else on Earth and beyond. It is where tourists come to sea the beautiful islands, and it is where New Hong Kong businessmen come to negotiate new deals on fish delivers to their home islands that are forever in need of more food. It is the hub of American Samoa’s economic power, and the various clan chiefs throughout the islands use it to acquire the foreign monies they need to buy all the conveniences their people demand.
15 - Charles - Pacifica - American Samoa is home to America’s primary military base in the South Pacific Ocean. It is actually a reserve, multi-service base manned almost entirely by local Samoans who maintain the historical naval base buildings for tourists to visit. The permanent garrison is small, and most of its duties include air and sea shows for the locals and tourists, or saving people from accidents and natural disasters. They also serve as a recruiting center for locals who are interested in serving in the military. But beneath the surface, literally, is an entire military complex devoted to protecting Samoa from any stray Chinese, Russian, or other agency that may not have Samoa’s best interests at heart. Undersea and underground defenses surround the base, and highly classified training runs suggest it can deploy all turrets, walls, and other parts of the defense and attack grids into combat positions in a matter of minutes. And though the defenses have never been needed against a human foe, they were deployed in 2156 to block a tsunami from rushing into the harbor and destroying the city. That one act recouped every dollar sunk into the base over the centuries, and few locals begrudge the investment into what is otherwise a glorified tourist trap and recruitment center.
16 - Charles - Pacifica - The Star Kingdom of Hawaii is a rare example of an actual, working monarchy in the modern day. The native population had never forgotten the overthrow of their historical monarchy in the later 1800s, but also never had the power to take their sovereignty back. The American garrison could not be defeated by any force of arms the locals could raise, and as the years turned into decades and then over a century they did what they could to encourage America to reverse its actions. The American government eventually recognized the overthrow, and even began considered them for inclusion to the list of Indian Tribes. Then the Second Great Depression came upon us all, and politics on Hawaii changed as fundamentally as they did on the mainland.
17 - Charles - Pacifica - The Second Great Depression was not as great an issue in Hawaii as it was in other areas of America. Make no mistake that there were hardships, but the Hawaiians had a far more important issue to deal with while the Federal Government on the other side of the world was losing its hold on reality. The governor of Hawaii was a crook. And not merely the garden-variety corrupt politician that voters had long since become accustomed to. He was crooked. He took bribes before handing out lucrative government contracts. And if a company didn’t have one of his children on their board of directors they never got the premium contracts. Banks gave his family members generous loans or were audited. He fired prosecutors investigating companies that avoided safety rules to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of people, and women and children all over the islands feared his creepy touching. His crimes against the people of Hawaii were legion, and they actually voted him out in an overwhelming no-confidence vote that left them far more concerned about who would succeed him, than whatever it was the corrupt politicians in Washington DC were crying about.
18 - Medron - Midway - I grew up watching the Charlton Heston Midway, complete with the old shaky newfilm-like airplane action, and always loved it. So when the new Midway came out, I quickly bought the old one on DVD (or possibly Blu Ray, but what's the difference?) and watched it to refresh my memory. Yes, it suffered from some bad acting, and there were times when the love story was painful. Because of the acting, not the story. But it really was the way a generation has grown up seeing that battle.
The new Midway I think is a reflection of our new world, and fits it as well as the old Midway fit its time. We live in a world where children are not taught our history in school, so a movie about Midway really must build the story up for it to make sense. So of course they start with a diplomatic luncheon before the war to show tensions are on the rise. Then we see the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the American response. The Doolittle Raid. The Coral Sea. We see these in scattershot bullet points in what feels like maybe a half hour at most and cement assembled characters in our minds.
Yamamoto is a genius and a patriot. Perhaps the best ally and worst enemy America has at the same time. William “Bull” Halsey is a dirt grubbing grunt willing to charge into overwhelming odds if that’s what it takes to blunt the Japanese offensive. Dick Best is an amazing pilot in a dive bomber who can do things with his plane that shouldn't be possible. And that is the secret to the film. It is an ensemble cast full of major actors playing real people that truly existed and trying to bring them to life for all of us to see.
This isn’t a documentary. It’s a Hollywood film, even if put together off Hollywood on a shoestring budget, and so it gets things wrong. Some insignias aren’t accurate, we see a jeep only deployed in England in Hawaii, and some color schemes show up out of real timeline. And some things are more dramatic than they were in real life. Not saying they weren’t scary here, but that in a Hollywood it has to LOOK scarier, and more dramatic than real life because we’ve been raised to expect it in our big budget spectaculars. It is a movie, made to show us a story, and it does so in spectacular fashion.
What is that movie? It is the story of Dick Best and the United States fleet carrier USS Enterprise, with a smattering side-story of Layton and Nimitz at Pearl Harbor trying to get their fleets to the right places with the right intelligence to stop the Japanese. A few brilliant scenes show them just waiting and hoping they got it right. The leaders and intelligence pukes knowing they’ve done everything they can, hoping it was enough, and knowing they'll never forgive themselves if they didn't do everything they could. The actors nailed those scenes well.
All while Dick Best and the USS Enterprise take their tour of the Pacific Ocean from Pearl Harbor to the outskirts of Japanese waters, and all the way down to the Coral Sea. We see men die in training accidents and combat, in fluke failures, and crash landings. And then we travel to Midway for the showdown that will determine this phase of the war. The battle hardened and trained squadrons of Hornet, Enterprise, and the recently damaged Yorktown fly beside fresh squadrons shipped into Midway to fight the unstoppable juggernaut that is Japan.
And then we see the Battle of Midway unfold in typical Hollywood, bigger than life, fashion. Though something to consider is that this is the story of Dick Best and Enterprise. The dive bombers and torpedo bombers that attacked the Japanese fleet. We don’t see the fighters that run cover for them. Or the fighters that defend Midway and the carriers. This is a movie about the brave bomber pilots that fought through flak and enemy fighters in an effort to blow up the Japanese carriers that threatened their homes. And while not always historically accurate, it tells their stories well.
It is a beautiful lie that tells the story of a great and terrible battle better than most movies do. Imagine the spectacle of Independence Day crossed with World War II Midway, and you’ll get a good idea of what this movie is like. It is a good and enjoyable movie and I recommend it.
I give it two bombs, making some really fine explosions that rise up into the sky.
19 - Charles - Pacifica - The reduced tourism coming in from the mainland greatly affected the Hawaiian economy during the Second Great Depression, but it was not the locals’ primary concern. They had a local political crisis that was far more important to them. Having ousted one governor for high crimes against Hawaii, with prosecutors eagerly waiting to pounce on him with a legion of lawsuits that would easily total life in prison, they had to weather another campaign season to replace him. The leading candidates of the two dominant parties of the time led vitriolic campaigns accusing each other of everything from being idiots to traitors. Then the press began reporting that the investigation into the ex-governor’s participation in under-age sex rings had expanded to their circles as well. That set off a feeding frenzy in the competing news services that went further into the gutter and effectively destroyed their campaigns. It was a divisive time for Hawaii.
20 - Charles - Pacifica - The political campaign for the vacated governorship of Hawaii brought Hawaii into the Second Great Depression with destroyed political careers, jailed politicians, and gutted political parties. The last man standing on Election Day was actually a woman. Mahana La’anui had first gained prominence by winning the Miss Hawaii competition, led numerous Hawaiian cultural remembrance organizations afterwards, and was a real life princess. Her family was one of the few that still traced its lineage back to the last Queen of Hawaii. She was attractive, an excellent public speaker, a proud proponent of Hawaii’s cultural history, and the last real option the voters had short of trying to start an entire new election campaign. No one had the stomach for that and she won with a landslide vote and an easy smile that disarmed every single one of her surviving political opponents. They would learn to regret that in the decades that followed.
21 - Charles - Pacifica - The Kingdom of Hawaii's Crown Lands were confiscated during the overthrow of the last Queen, but the native Hawaiians never forgot. The various royal families and native rights groups fought in the courts and congress to return the lands, and found many allies. But while the American federal government eventually would pass a resolution specifically naming the overthrow illegal, the movement to actually return the lands never fully materialized until the Second Great Depression. Governor Mahana faced a sudden drop in tourism dollars that threatened to destabilize their entire economy, and the old Crown Lands had always been some of the richest and productive lands on the islands. They made a lot of money, and Governor Mahana wanted that money to go to the people of Hawaii. So she used her emergency powers to nationalize every acre of confirmed Crown Land, and required the new tenants to pay rent for the land that went into the new Crown Fund, which would be set aside to help the Hawaiians survive the economic chaos to come.
22 - Charles - Pacifica - The Hawaiian Crown Fund is an amazing venture started during the Second Great Depression. Mounting losses in tourism alarmed the citizens, which gave Governor Mahana the freedom to nationalize the old Crown Lands and levy monthly rents on the new tenants to make up the loss in external revenue. This money went into the Crown Fund, a portion of which was paid out on a monthly basis to every confirmed citizen of Hawaii to help them keep the lights on and food on their tables. The Crown Fund has expanded over the centuries to pay for basic medical care and other social services, and countless businesses owned by Hawaiian citizens found their start with low interest Crown Loans. Careful management helped it fund the creation of new islands and taller buildings, and the Palmyra Elevator reached orbit thanks to the Crown Fund. New colonies in the Solar System and beyond were started by monies earned by the Crown Lands, and the hearts of many of those colonies are Crown Lands in their own rights, the rents of which cycle back into the Crown Fund for the future generations of Hawaii and her colonies. Two things make the Crown Fund truly special in Hawaii. First, is that any benefit or dividend handed out from the Crown Fund is utterly and totally exempt from any tax assessors. And second, the Crown Fund is personally administered by the Hawaiian Head of State, not the legislature.
23 - Charles - Pacifica - Governor Mahana proved extremely popular as she took Hawaii deep down the path into sovereign territory as many other American States were doing. If the Federal Government could not pay its bills, the States had to step up. Some failed to do so and chaos reigned. Hawaii succeeded, and many soon began using a name out of history. The Kingdom of Hawaii. Governor Mahana did not partake in such grandiose pronouncements, but she also did not seek to stop the name’s usage. And as she won election after election over the years and decades that followed, people slowly began to call her Queen Mahana. In the end, the State Legislature modified the State Constitution to make it official. The Kingdom of Hawaii lived once again, and it drafted Governor Mahana to serve as its first new Queen. And as Hawaii built colonies throughout the stars, it became the Star Kingdom of Hawaii, with Queen Mahana at the helm until the day she chose to retire. Yes, she chose to retire, and that set a precedent for the Queens that would follow.
24 - Charles - Pacifica - One issue Hawaii had during the Second Great Depression was insufficient production of critical products. Hawaii had been dependent on imports of everything from food to military supplies for generations. It didn’t have enough land to grow food, and it didn’t have enough industry to support the economy. The economy collapsed. There is no other way to describe what happened when so many tourists stopped flying to Hawaii. And food shipments from the Mainland dried up as well. One thing they did have going for them was a veritable wealth of fish in the oceans, and their fleets set sail every day to provide the basic essentials their people needed to live. The boats kept their people from starving, but many Hawaiians became utterly sick of food that came from the ocean. Steak and hamburger have been luxury foods on the islands ever since. Seafood in Hawaii is in highest demand by the tourists now. Most natives would rather eat something that grew up on land, whether that land is natural or one of the many manmade islands scattered throughout Hawaii.
25 - Medron - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - I watched Mister Rogers this weekend. I grew up watching his show, and it really does feel like I got to see him again this weekend. Tom Hanks did a very good job nailing his mannerisms and voice. The movie begins and ends with the beginning and ending of the TV show, and we see many scenes from it all through the movie, all acted out by Tom Hanks. And in the credits we see an actual scene from the actual show. It took me longer than I want to admit to realize that.
The main meat of the movie is based on the real life story of a reporter tasked to do an interview of Mister Rogers, and of course he doesn’t believe the guy really is as nice as he seems. And Mister Rogers spends the movie talking to him, on and off, just the way he does to all the children he talks to everyday. And that shows the secret of the show that made it work. Because as Mister Rogers talked to the children, he also talked to the adults watching with them. He talked to us about our feelings, about how to express them, and how to face them. How children deal with them, and how adults deal with them. And how we deal with forgiveness.
It was a good movie. I loved it. I got to see Mister Rogers again.
26 - Charles - Pacifica - Hawaii had one great complication during the Second Great Depression. It was a major naval base and the largest critical depot for American naval operations in the Pacific. They had everything from weapons and ammunition for the military to tents and packaged food for disaster response in the many warehouses scattered all over the islands. Those supply depots were an invaluable resource for Hawaii, if they could access them. The problem was that the United States Navy secured most of those depots. Or the Marine Corps. Even the Air Force and Army had their toes in the pie. The problem for Hawaii was that these were all National units. Hawaii’s State Guard was extremely small, while the vast majority of those stationed there came from the Mainland. They answered to the President of the United States, not the Governor of Hawaii. Governor Mahana needed those supplies to keep her islands running as long as possible, but she couldn’t order them to give her anything. That started a rather delicate dance between her dreams of Hawaiian sovereignty and cooperating with the very patriotic American Armed Forces scattered throughout her islands. It was a good thing for everybody that Governor Mahana was an accomplished dancer.
27 - Charles - Pacifica - Pearl Harbor was the reason ambitious politicians overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii. They knew America could control the Pacific from that harbor, and so they took it. And the American military that still used that harbor during the Second Great Depression was not in favor of turning traitor against their country and going native when Hawaii sought to go its own way. They remained fundamentally American with a stubbornness that is admirable, and their chain of command all the way up to Washington was mostly intact. Which was why Admiral Nakamura knew the supplies they had in Hawaii’s supply depots were all they had to survive on. He also knew China was expanding and Pearl Harbor was the lynchpin of American defenses in the Pacific. It had to remain standing. So Washington ordered him to support Hawaii and the people at anything short of outright rebellion, but to mind the ultimate duty to defend America at all costs. That forced the admiral to perform a rather delicate dance between that duty, and cooperating with a growing sovereign movement in Hawaii. It was a good thing for everybody that Admiral Nakamura was an accomplished dancer.
28 - Medron - Thanksgiving - Some years I go through an elaborate description of Thanksgiving and what it means. Some years I just relax back and toss off a general message to everyone. This is one of those years. I’m getting together with friends and family, and I’m going to eat some good food. I’m thankful that as the years go by, I still have plenty of both. Some go away and shrink the circle. Others join and enlarge the circle. Life goes on, and I am thankful that it does so. Thankful to God, Family, and Friends. Now go slay a turkey, a pig, or whatever it is you all do. ;)
29 - Charles - Pacifica - One of the more interesting events to happen in Hawaii during the Second Great Depression was the arrival of the last free fleet to escape Fallen Asia. The new Empress of Japan had been evacuated during the Fall of Japan and her ragtag fleet, composed of ships from most of the Asian nations now under Chinese control, stopped off in Hawaii on their way to the Los Angeles. They performed repairs and refueling, and many came ashore to visit the island paradise. The Hawaiians were ready and willing to give the survivors a few days to relax, and both Governor Mahana and Admiral Nakamura presented themselves when the Empress stepped off her transport to “get leid in Hawaii” as the old saying goes. They walked the beaches with her and her retinue, and spoke for many hours as the refugee fleet streamed into the harbor. What exactly they said has never been made public, even after all these years, but I have seen the transcripts. The public synopsis is accurate. The Empress truly did tell them that the time for her people to stand alone was gone. That they all had to stand together in the face of Chinese expansionism, and that anyone who attempted to stand on their own would fall in time. And yes. Governor Mahana and Admiral Nakamura were in full agreement with the Empress.
30 - Charles - Pacifica - Hawaii sailed through the chaos of the Second Great Depression in general order. Their economy took a major hit, but they survived on their own when many others did not. The Kingdom of Hawaii was in fact one of the founding members of Pacifica, and one of the Forty Nine States that reconstituted the Federal Government under Constitutional Rule. And when the debate raged in Pacifica over whether or not to break away from America entirely, it was Hawaii that led the debate to remain American. Queen Mahana fully understood how important it was to maintain a strong alliance of equals that could stand against China. And the fleet that ultimately defended Australia from the last great Chinese advance set sail from Hawaii under the command of Admiral Nakamura, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Hawaii watched that fleet leave and wondered if they would be victorious or if they were the last Forlorn Hope of the Western World. They ultimately returned home after the Battle of Singapore of course, and Queen Mahana personally waved the fleet in and made certain Admiral Nakamura “got leid in Hawaii” the moment his feet touched the dock. It was the start of a festival that went on for weeks, celebrating a victorious battle, the end of the wars brought about by the depression, and the beginning of new world and the new hopes that went along with it.