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Old April 21st, 2011, 10:40 PM   #1

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German Phillipines


I've been thinking alot about the Phillipines for some weird reason, what if instead of the Phillipines been taken off Spain as a result of the Spainish/American war, Spain had instead decided to sell them. Who would the potential buyers be, USA deffinatly, UK maybe, Japan???, Germany???

I find the idea of a German Phillipines (or Japanese for that matter) intreguing and wonder how that would pan out with respect to both world wars any ideas???
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The Japanese treated the Filipinos very brutally during their occupation. I don't see how their treatment of them would be any different if the land was bought. In fact it might even justify their actions even more since it would be a legitimately acquired territory.
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The main idea i've had kicking around in my head is that the Germans buy the Phillipines off the Spainish in 1895, and establish them as part of their Pacific colonies. When WW1 breaks out the Japanese invades from the North and ANZACS from the south.

The ANZACS only meet half hearted resistance as the German comander has resolved to defend Manilla and abandon the southern half of the counrty. The Japanese however meet stiffer resistance and trench warfare erupts around the besieged city of Manilla. Eventually after 5 months of seige the Germans surrender to the Japanese on the condition that they be interned in Australia. In total the Japanese loose 10,000 men in the Phillipines campaign. In the treaty of Versailles the Japanese are able to secure the Northern Phillipines as Japanese territory, with the Southern Phillipines going to Australia.

This would have a massive effect on WW2 and might be enough to ensure continued US neutrality. Any ideas???
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This belongs in the Speculative History section.

US neutrality does not mean US personnel won't be killed. The US still have holdings in the Pacific that the Japanese might want and the Japanese High Command might still want to take out Pearl Harbor for fear that America might support the British. As long as Americans keep dying, whether its by the Japanese or the Germans, Roosevelt as a good reason to declare war.

As for the Philippines, we'll definitely see more Japanese vs. Australia but judging from the relative ease the Japanese drove out the Americans, I don't see a harder fight.
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