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Participation in the Second World War (NOT CANONICAL, UNDER REVISION)

"There are only 24 million of our kind in the entire world; and we are all under risk of enslavement or extermination. It doesn't help that most of Europe and Japan think of us as little servants. We will help our oppressed kin get their home back, and we will make a name for ourselves."
-SPB Director Gil Giménez

History and negation
The main reason for the Palmeran entry in the Second World War was likely to make a geopolitical message after several of our ships were sunk by U-Boats between 1942 and 1943, and we retracted our neutrality to declare war on the Axis; mainly a not-so-implicit reminder to take the Palmeran Isle seriously in the international diplomatic scene. Some considered it an act of flexing our muscles just for the sake of it; though considering how we -the "nekomimi"- were perceived as submissive pushovers, our strategic planners considered military action a good way of gaining fear and respect. So to say: to make a name for ourselves. Though we were no strangers to warfare, all conflicts we were involved in from 1561 to 1936 were under Spain's banner.

In a less altruistic manner, the Palmeran State also sought to technologically plunder the vanquished Axis in the post-War to better our infrastructure (mainly procuring milling technology to make pipelines and farming tractors) and modernize our agricultural output at a forced pace.

Away from realpolitik, and with much more racial tone, the Palmeran State also dogmatically wanted to provide support for the oppressed neko majority ("kinfolk") in Northern Japan and was already housing exiled separatists years before the Second World War. We politically aided the neko separatists in kick-starting an independence movement in the island of Tezo/Hokkaido. That resulted in the eventual independence of our sister nation, the Tezo Republic.

Operation "Tomo"
Description: Drug running, Money laundering
Timespan: January of 1942 to the 2nd of September of 1945

An operation that was partly maintained by cooperation with the LinkOffice of Strategic Services, forerunner of the CIA; it sought to seek funding for the training and self-maintenance of anti-Japanese guerrilla forces. The answer was found in the use of raw poppies and/or processed heroin to fund guerrilla movements; mobsters aligned with the Palmeran State Security Directorate (SSD/DES) provided the transportation. Through the use of a Palmeran fishing company with SSD agents in various key positions operating in Chile under a neutral nation's banner our contacts and allies managed to smuggle heroin from Southeast Asia and even China downward to Australia, where some fishing and merchant boats picked up the products.

In the American continent our contacts -illicit or legal (representatives of certain pharmaceutical companies *regulations weren't as defined back then)- bought the substance. A smaller portion of the proceeds from the substance sales were further used to procure firearms of Estrella Heavy Industries for the upcoming resistance, including the then-revolutionary Modelo 43, a short submachine gun with a telescoping bolt.




The aftermath of the 1942 bombing

Operation Wagner Flush
Description: Targeted Killing (assassination) campaign
Location: Argentina, Brasil
Timespan: January to August of 1942

A series of retaliatory attacks on German diplomatic staff in then neutral countries because of their unrestricted submarine warfare which began to affect civilian shipping near the Caribbean part of the Atlantic; which by then had claimed 5 Palmeran ships. These attacks included 2 simultaneous attacks on the 28th of March -an unsuccessful drive-by shooting in Rio de Janeiro of a suspected LinkSicherheitsdienst asset and the successful assassination of a pro-Axis informant which was previously active in Las Palmeras. Lastly the operation resulted in the successful car-bomb attack on the ambassador of (Nazi) Germany to Argentina outside of a hotel. This event was considered as going too far; even though it managed to strike fear in German authorities and disrupt pro-German political activities, Allied counter-intelligence on a whole considered they'd have benefited more from spying to uncover German assets as opposed to the SPB's stance on intimidating any Axis presence.

Operation Amaterasu's Orphans
Description: Counter-Insurgency Operations
Location: Philippines and Saipan, Burma
Timespan: Early to mid 1945
An operation of the Palmeran Army in cooperation with the US Army. It was apparently covered up with the well-recorded and highly published fact of the Palmeran Army sending hundreds of nurses and many dozens of field doctors to provide support.

Also sent was some battalions of bushcraft-experienced rangers of Black Cat Battalion to the Pacific Theater between late 1944 until the end of the war. Unlike Z Special Unit or the Alamo Scouts; Black Cat Battalion committed occasional false-flag attacks on the enemy while using parts of captured uniforms -a violation of international law- and was also involved in seeking out and eliminating stragglers. Their emphasis in counter-insurgency tactics made them vital in aiding US forces in Saipan. More than half of the unit was recruited from the inner forest area of the Main Island and people with Asian or Neko ancestry were seen as favorable candidates; likely because High Command wanted to cause ethnic-related confusion among Japanese.

Sub-Project Rainbow-Streak
Description: Research and development of hallucinogenic drugs as chemical weapons for psychological warfare
Location: Fort Yumuri, Las Palmeras
Timespan: 1944-???

Originally a sub-project for Project Aquarius *see below, it united with other sister projects, code-named MOON STREAK, SUN STREAK, and SUNSHINE. Many of these sub-projects had to do with researching mind control.

The focus shifted to deteriorating a hypothetical enemy populations' morale by inducing bad trips through contamination of water centers and food production sites; on the fear that Nazi Germany or Japan were too fanatical to surrender. The application of an aerosolized psychoactive substance that was easier to produce than conventional weapons was left unconcluded. However it is widely believed that the production of at least a quarter of a metric ton of LA-111 and an LSD-25 derivative occurred during this operation.

Operation SUNSET
Description: Proposed kidnapping/hostage taking of Japanese Emperor
Location: NA
Timespan: NA

Sunset was planned in the event that the atomic bombs had failed to yield desired effects or hadn't worked all-together. It called for the use of at least two platoons of airborne special forces to surgically land in the gardens of the Imperial palace and also an adjacent building that had a flat roof. To make matters more complicated -but secure if things went as planned- this group of up to 80 to 90 men would be supported by four different groups of about 10 to 15 special forces "operators" of the SPB itself who'd be tasked with making a direct assault on the outsides of the Imperial Palace to take the buildings and cover the landing paratroopers.

Unlike the other operations this one would require extensive if not total submission to American approval and prerogatives due to the sheer sensitivity of its goal; something which Palmeran analysts were unsure of in the event that things went awry. On their side was the belief -or prejudice- that the Japanese were a socially primitive people who'd be paralyzed and coerced into submission if their God-Emperor was captured ; however this raised serious fears that the Japanese would be a mass of uncontrollable and vengeful savages if he were to die by misfire in the operation. This proposal was based on the neko auxilaries' historical experience with the Spanish and the standoff in the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan with Moctezuma III in 1579.

The deception and even infiltration was thought possible because of -once again- the ethnic component: many Palmerans -due to the vaugely Asian-looking neko heritage- occasionally present some physical similarities with East Asians and specifically the Japanese, who also have a smaller neko and part-neko population. However unlike previous instances which were quick ambushes or ruses in enemy uniforms, this task required a minimum knowledge of Japanese language, customs, and culture by part of the "operators" and the ability to travel freely around Tokyo - a far more difficult task. The Plan was given an indefinite response and kept in the records.

The initiative was not completely lost however; seeing the results of the German LinkOperation Greif the SPB and American High Command considered it viable that air-dropped special forces in IJA uniforms and in civilian garb wreak havoc behind enemy lines by attacking and capturing strategic targets or disrupting logistics in the event of an Allied invasion of Japan. Poor Japanese following of the rules of war, American lust for vengeance, and Palmeran ambition to get concessions in the post-War order all played a part in this.

On an interesting note, many of the "operators" were given courses on etiquette and many practiced walking around with partners as if they were couples: indicating that special forces in civilian clothing may have intended to cross-dress to look more defenseless and to team-up easier.

Consequences
The SPB's perceived loose cannon stance in South America and it's ambitious vision in South-East Asia caused some friction with American policymakers and it's intelligence community, leading the SPB and the OSS to compete intensely and even try to infiltrate each-other in the immediate Post-War. But the worse was yet to come.

"Japan was responsible for the Palmeran Revolution, or at least some consequences of WW2 which seem separate. In 1953, a lot of rape and rape-murder allegation cases of the US Army in Japan from the occupation period went into journalistic attention. The information was leaked by the Palmeran's Special Police Bureau: the Palmerans wanted to punish the Americans, they participated in the Pacific War and they wanted access to milling technology to produce tractors and pipes in Japan and Germany. American officials got cold feet just before accepting the proposal. I'm really unsure how the Palmerans got their hands on that information because some of the files were destroyed in the 1950s, though it was likely through agents posing within their Red Cross. The Americans issued diplomatic pressure and weakened the Special Police Bureau.

Ironically this gave the M26J guerrilla and the poor anti-American military aristocrats a window of chance in 1959; so in a sense, the downfall of the SPB led to the downfall of the pro-US regime in the coming Cold War but all it's expertise would not go unnoticed by the Ministry of State Security."
-Tsuneko Nagi/Zorilla, historian

Project Age of Aquarius
Description: Research of parapsychological phenomena (Psychic activity); is application in espionage
Location: Las Palmeras; Fort Count of Yumuri
Participants: SPB-established Palmeran Army unit, "Age of Aquarius"
Timespan: 1942-1945, 1968-?

Though Las Palmeras' Special Police Bureau knew it was a force to be reckoned with in the Americas, it concluded it had weaknesses in creating spy rings in the Far East and in Europe. It also wasn't sure if it could stay in the game in the USA and not be detected as often. In what way could a small -but strategically important- nation get early warnings cheaply?

A think-tank of "Technical Occultists" provided the answer; exploration into the mind to unlock supposedly dormant psychic powers...many of which purportedly was clairvoyance and remote-viewing, any Intelligence State's dream come true. Though the initiative was originally hampered by rivalry between the "Mystics" and the "Scientists", their separation into different labs and a friendly competition for results between the two proved to be pivotal; even if the Army soon quickly began to favor the Scientists.

The Mystics believed in the concept of a World Tree, a collective mental consciousness and of a supernatural realm where Out-Of-Body-Experiences could provide answers. Some even purportedly meddled in magic to achieve their ends.

The Scientists were convinced mind and matter were united on an unknown quantum level, and that altered states of mind could give individuals access to the "mental" plane...thus facilitating remote-viewing and prediction in a place where the seams of space and time could be seen. The way of inducing of these mental states were tested with entheogens and other psychoactive drugs, isolation-chambers, and magnetrons. The reuslts were that XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XX XXX XXXXXXXXX. Studies resumed during the Cold War; its unknown if they continue however the Special Resonance Radio Station has been linked to Aquarius.

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