From: Heaven on Earth (Scandinavia of course)
Would it be possible for the Axis to install a Puppet Government in Nederlands, who would give the Dutch colonies to Japan, something similar to what the French Vichy Government did?
I understand that Java, Sumatra ect was more or less ministering themselves, but owned territories by Nederlands, so technically having a Dutch government giving them to Japan would at lease given legitimacy for Japan to enter only those terretorys ? Internationally I think it would been better then a suprise attack on the US, as Japan would had a larger chanse to avoid conflict, not sure they would avoided it, but the chase would defiantly been bigger then by attacking US directly.
Any here who is skilled on the political situation, and who could made a professional dudgement of the possibilities of success if Japan and Germany would implemented the above theoretical sulution.
At lease it would not made the US Population so eger to go and die for their country, as the suprise attack did.