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The Empire of Vietnam
Đế Quốc Việt Nam

CapitalThuan Hao
Ruling Party Mặt trận Quốc dân Đảng Việt Nam - Technocrats (Tr. National Front of Vietnam - Technocrats)
Head of StateVũ Ngọc Anh
Head of GovernmentBảo Đại
Sphere Co-Prosperity Sphere
Foreign AlignmentTemplate:Fully Dependent Member of the Sphere
Market Type Corporate Oligopoly

The Empire of Vietnam, also known as the Vietnam, is a country in Southeast Asia. It borders Kampuchea, Laos, Yunnan, Guangxi and a thin piece of Japan. It also borders the insurgent Viet Minh in the north.

It is a member of the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

History[edit | edit source]

During World War II, after the fall of France and establishment of Vichy France, the French had lost practical control in French Indochina to the Japanese, but Japan stayed in the background while giving the Vichy French administrators nominal control.

Originally, French Indochina comprised the colony of Cochinchina and the protectorates of Annam, Cambodia and Tonkin, and the mixed region of Laos. After the fall of France in June 1940, the French Indochinese government had remained loyal to the Vichy regime, which collaborated with the Axis powers. The following month governor Admiral Jean Decoux signed an agreement under which Japanese forces were permitted to occupy bases across Indochina. In September the same year Japanese troops invaded and took control of Northern Indochina, and then in July 1941 they occupied the Southern half as well. The Japanese allowed Vichy French troops and the administration to continue on albeit as puppets.

By 1944 with the war going well for the Japanese after victories in Burma and the Philippines they feared that the Allies might incite a rebellion in French Indochina. The Japanese were already suspicious of the French, despite their collaboration. The instability within the regime gave further doubts as to where the loyalties of the colonial administration lay. The Vichy regime by this time had been unstable but its colonial administration was still in place in Indochina. Eventually as France grew weaker in its power, Japan openly took over in 1947, with Operation Meigo Sakusen.

To gain the support of the Vietnamese people, Imperial Japan declared that it would return sovereignty to Vietnam. In 1947, Emperor Bảo Đại was permitted to announce the Vietnamese "independence", this declaration had been prepared by Seiko Yokoyama, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Japanese diplomatic mission in Indochina and later advisor to Bảo Đại.

Bảo Đại declared the Treaty of Huế made with France in 1884 void. Trần Trọng Kim, a renowned historian and scholar, was chosen to lead the government as prime minister. Hence, The Empire of Vietnam was formed officially in 1947, with independence from Japan granted to all the previous territories under French Indochina, alongside Kampuchea and Laos.

Japanese Presence[edit | edit source]

After the creation of the puppet Empire of Vietnam, the Japanese began raising an army to help police the local population. The Vietnamese Imperial Army was officially established by the IJA 38th Army to maintain order in the new country. The Vietnamese Imperial Army was under the control of Japanese lieutenant general Yuitsu Tsuchihashi, who served as an military adviser to the Empire of Vietnam.

Despite this Japanese Presence, the Viet Minh was in the shadows waiting to strike, vowing to declare a free Vietnam free from Japanese control.

National Spirits[edit | edit source]

The Empire of Vietnam starts with the following National Spirits.

Name In Game Description Effects
League for the Independence of Vietnam On every map of the world, the territory under the Empire of Vietnam is represented as united the government in Hue. However, if one were to step foot into the countryside, they would not find our police forces nor the Imperial Japanese Army patrolling the villages, but the communist League for the Independence of Vietnam, or Viet Minh in short. They began their fight for Vietnam's independence against the French in 1941, but now they changed their target to the Vietnamese government and Japanese forces in the country. Under the charismatic leadership of Ho Chi Minh and Truong Chin, the Viet Minh have gathered support from all over the country and even beyond, including elements from the Chinese National Revolutionary Army. Although activities have been decreasing since the 1950s, they are waiting for a single moment of weakness to strike the country and bring about their "Revolution"... Daily Political Power Gain: -0.50

Stability: -30.00%

Imagined Independence After the conclusion of the Greater East Asia War, Vietnam was freed from the French yoke. But in reality, Vietnam has merely changed its master from an European to an Asian one. We have no control over our economy, nor our military matters, even our internal politics are manipulated by Japan. Japanese cultural influence only increases day by day, eclipsing even the French. The Japanese have merely taken the place of the French, in more ways than one. And some legal scholars who have done much digging have found that the Indochinese Federation under France has never technically been dissolved... Daily Political Power Gain: -0.50

Construction Speed: -20.00%

Production Efficiency Growth: -20.00%

Annual GDP Growth Factor: -25.00%

Production Units to GDP Ratio Modifier: -5.00

Agricultural Methods Monthly Change: +0.01

Industrial Equipment Monthly Change: -0.10

Industrial Expertise Monthly Change: -0.10

The Faltering Establishment When Tokyo appointed the technocrats from the National Front of Vietnam to lead the country after the Greater East Asia War, they believed they would do their job properly. However, the failure of Operation Yon-Go in 1961, and the subsequent finger-pointing between the 38th Army and the Tran Van Chuong government, revealed the instability inherent in the political establishment of the country. With the resignation of former Prime Minister Tran Van Chuong, former healthcare minister Vu Ngoc Anh was appointed as a caretaker Prime Minister, but his government is missing vital support from the National Front of Vietnam. As the factions in the Vietnamese government fight amongst themselves to see who will replace him, the Viet Ming prepare their next moves... Daily Political Power Gain: -0.50
A New Phase Ever since Meigo Sakusen overthrew the French colonialists in 1947, the reconstitution of Vietnamese defense forces has been the main political priority for all Vietnamese governments. With the Viet Minh threat receding in the 1950s, Japan began to block such actions. However, with the failure of Operation Yon-Go in 1961, Governor-General Tsuchihashi Yuitsu has finally allowed us to proceed with a tentative expansion of Vietnam armed forces. However, the government must be careful to both wean themselves from Japan while also maintaining their generous assistance Division Organization: -20.0%

Division Attack: -15.0%

Training Time -10.00%

Daily Command Power Gain Multiplier: -25%

Military Professionalism Monthly Change: +0.10