Balintawak Blitz

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Balintawak Blitz
Part of The Cold War
A Hukbalahap guerrilla fighter in Manila uses a fire hydrant as a make-shift tripod, 1963
PlaceThe Philippine Islands,
The Pacific
Belligerents
The Filipino Civil War


The 14th Army Landing
(UFF formed)


The 14th Army Landing
(UFF not formed)

Leaders
Outcomes
SPR Victory:
The Philippines united under the Second Philippine Republic
14th Army Victory:
The Philippines united under a military govornorate
14th Army Landing Armistice:
The Philippines are left divided between the 14th Army, and the Free Philippine Republic
UFF Victory:
The Philippines united under the Coalition Government of the Philippines
FPR Victory:
The Philippines united under the Free Philippine Republic
AFRSR Victory:
The Philippines united under the People's Republic of the Philippines

The Balintawak Blitz, is a conflict that occurs in 1963, at the height of the Yasuda Crisis.

A conflict involving the Free Philippine Republic and the Communist All-Filipino Revolutionary Socialist Republic (AFRSR) against the Japanese-backed Second Phillipine Republic, this conflict is one of the main conflicts that is part of the Cold War, determining the fate of the South East Asian theatre.

Background[edit | edit source]

As part of Japan's Strike Southward Doctrine, the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy would invade into European and American colonial holdings in Southeast Asia, with the Philippines was one of their main targets, due to it's strategic location and naval bases that could allow the Imperial Japanese Navy to strike quickly into the Pacific.

Ruled by the United States since 1898, the invasion of the Philippines by the Japanese caught many members of the US garrison off guard. Despite their most valiant efforts to defend the island chain, the Battle for the Philippines was a crushing victory for the Empire of Japan, with most of the island's garrison surrendering in Bataan and Corregidor.

A failed invasion to retake the Philippines was attempted in 1944, led by General Douglas Macarthur. His failure to organise the invasion, as well as the hastily organised evacuation of the invasion force led to his dismissal and disgrace from the service. Despite this failure however, US Forces left on the island managed to contact local Filipino resistance in Mindanao, and continued the fight with resistance fighters in Mindanao.

In the north, the Communists would organise their own resistance, culminating in a rebellion in 1959, proclaiming the AFRSR. Despite their failure to retake and invade the Second Philippine Republic, and a begrudgingly signed ceasefire with the collaborationist republic in 1961, they are in the shadows, waiting for another time to strike.

The Conflict[edit | edit source]

The conflict starts in 1963 in the midst of the Yasuda Crisis, after the Malayan Emergency has concluded.

The Free Philippine Republic with American support and the AFRSR will attempt to destroy the Japanese-backed Second Philippine Republic, whilst Japan, unwilling to lose it's holdings in the Pacific, will send expeditionary forces and material to defend their collaborationist Republic from defeat. From here, the Balintawak Blitz can deviate in outcomes.

If the anti-government forces are successful in defeating the collaborationist republic, they can form the United Filipino Front (UFF).

(Note: If Fertig did his coup, you are guaranteed to have the UFF, if Magaygasay launched the countercoup, you are guaranteed not to form the Front)

Regardless of the UFF is formed or not, Japan will end up launching a retaliatory invasion of the Philippines with the 14th Army, aiming to retake its lost colonial holdings.

In the event that the UFF is formed, they can usually beat back the Japanese invasion very easily. However, if the UFF is not formed, the invasion by the 14th Army will result in a 3-way conflict between US Remnant Forces, the Communists and the Japanese.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Should the Free Republic capitulate, a tear-jerking event involving Douglas Macarthur will fire. In it, Macarthur will tearfully ask where are his soldiers and whether they have returned home, before dying in his sleep.