Below is a brief description of what this scenario will entail and one avenue of play, possibly.
The year is 2010 and with the financial collapse of the U.S. economy and the U.S. retreat from europe and asia allowed China to take steps which were unthinkable just 5 years before.
Mongolia is resource poor and so will not be able to support a large army, they are however allied with Russia. Manchuko is allied with Japan and is resource rich, her armed forces are not near as large as China's but are standing army is better trained ( why they have level two infantry, machine guns and mortars) their airforce is not bad either since they have some level 2 fighters.
Indo-Chinese Union is ok in the realm of resources but her armed forces are poorly trained with the exception of the 1st Division which has level 2 infantry. Her airforce is not bad since they have some level 2 fighters. Upon unification of Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Bangladesh the new Indo-Chinese Union forces took reciept of Thailands F-16 fighters. Her navy though is almost non-exsistant and this is one area where she will need to focus a lot of her attention. Australia has small armed forces but well trained and ever since the withdrawl of U.S. forces from the Pacific theater she is being forced into that role.
Japan has small armed forces as well and this is one which to watch out for as they are determined to increase their armed forces and once again be a thorn in China's side. They do however have to be prepared though as they begin their military buildup, other nations in the region will begin to take notice and possibly even thrreaten her. all bets are off. Time is what Japan needs, but if China invades The Republic of China before the Japanese are ready, then it will be hard for the Japanese to see her power take hold in the pacific.
The Philippines will need to rely on Australia and Japan in order to survive. Indo-Chinese Union has territorial designs on the Spratly Islands as do the Chinese and her armed forces are no match for either of these nations. Indonesia will more than likely be allied with Communist China and so if war comes with the Philippines then they will be a threat from the south.
Papa-New Guinea we'll they are no match for any of the nations, so Australia will defend them 100% since they are so close to the Aussie coast. Also the portion of Papa New Guinea which belonged to Indonesia before the economic collapse of 2010 was obsorbed by Papa New Guinea during that time and so now that Indonesia is recovering this will be a source of high tension which may involve China since they are allied. This in turn will draw the Aussies into conflict with the Indonesians for sure, but high possibilty of conflict involving Chinese and Aussie troops....
The Republic of China during her long civil war with the communists finally were pushed back into Manchuria and the Island of Taiwan, but the communist forces were never able to bring about the total collapse of the nationalists and this eventually turned into a stalemate. After the economic collapse of 2010 China See's her chance of reuniting all of china under communist rule, this time without the U.S. intervening. The Repubilc of China realizing that without U.S. intervention they will be hard pressed to prevent their defeat, so they have turned to their most hated enemy, the Japanese seeking out an alliance that will insure both nations survival.
As for Russia, I do not see them becomming envolved in anything unless China get a hair and decides to invade Mongolia which I do not see that happening and even though Mongolia has territorial claims on Nothern China their weakness will prevent that from happening and I do not see Russia allow that anyway. The territorial dispute with Japan I do not see getting hot unless Japan gets a hair and wants their land back, but again I do not see this happening either since Japan will have problems just protecting Manchuko. So while Russia is playable I do not see them getting involved unless again if Mongolia is invaded, but I do not see that happening.
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