Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Airship Legacy - Part 7

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Okay, this isn't my favorite part. At the time, I found it to be an interesting twist. But looking back I'm not sure how realistic some of this was, and then what happens with Russia really sets me up for what I've termed as an "awkward ending" for this whole story. Regardless, I hope you enjoy. 


August 27, 1974: Everything is moving very rapidly in regards to Alabama. The state government, led by that fool Wallace, have continued to pledge unwavering defiance against the Federal Government’s attempts at desegregation. Humphrey’s funeral was only two days ago, and now I get word that Governor Wallace is planning more outright defiance of the Racial Equality Act. We’ve got to do something, and fast, or the situation might spiral further out of our control.
-Personal Diary of President Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., “Personal Documents of President Kennedy Jr.,” The Kennedy Institute, Boston, MA.

MONTGOMERY, SEP 1- Alabama Governor George Wallace today declared a state of emergency along the state’s borders, and has dispatched the Alabama National Guard to the border crossings along all major highways. From what our correspondents in the state have learned through undisclosed sources at the Alabama State House, the National Guardsmen are ordered not to allow any federal official to cross into Alabama. Furthermore, Governor Wallace has given a 72-hour notice to all officials of the Federal Government to leave the state. The governor said this a press conference held at the Alabama Governor’s Mansion: “This state will fight for the rights of all states in this Union, and that is the right to govern themselves as they see fit, without interference from the government in Washington. It is the duty of the Federal Government to protect the many states from foreign invasion and to ensure that all the states in this Union get along. It is NOT the right of the Federal Government to dictate how the states should behave within their own borders. The sooner that President Kennedy learns this lesson, the better it will be for all of us!”
            As of yet, the President nor any official in Washington has given any sort of public response to Alabama’s actions, but the mood in the capital is tense, and our sources at the White House have stated that the President has been in high level meetings with his advisors since the announcement from Montgomery went out over the wires.
-“Alabama Closes Borders to Feds,” The New York Times, September 1, 1974.

PETROGRAD, SEP 3- Soviet terrorists exploded a bomb onboard a crowded U-bahn train in Petrograd, killing 84 people. The terror group, called the Soviet Russia Liberation Force, stated that this was in retaliation for the Imperial Baltic acceptance of refugees from the war-torn Soviet Union.
            Czar Vladimir I declared that “up until now, Free Russia and the Imperial Baltic Federation had no interest in involving itself in the affairs of the disintegrating Soviet Union. However, now that the violence from that country has spread over into ours, claiming 84 innocent Russian lives, we must act. That is why I am calling on the Imperial Duma to declare a state of war to exist between us and the Central Russian Republic and the Socialist Republic of the Ukraine. It is time to end this failed experiment in socialism one and for all!” This was given to an address before the Imperial Duma, and broadcast live on the Baltic Radio Network.
            Troop mobilization has begun in Russia, and it is expected that the Russian Army will make a strike towards Moscow within the month. The Imperial Baltic Federation has also requested that Poland and Germany give assistance in bringing down the “decaying Soviet states”. So far, neither nation has given any statement as to whether or not they will support the IBF’s invasion of the Soviet States.
-“Petrograd Bombed,” Frankfurter Zeitung, September 3, 1974.

MONTGOMERY, SEP 4- In Alabama's state capital a showdown is fast approaching as the 72-hour “eviction” notice for all Federal officials expires at noon. At the Federal Building on Church St., the employees are still at their posts. We have been told that President Kennedy ordered the officials in Montgomery to stand their ground. Outside the building, the Montgomery Police Department has closed off the road, and members of the Alabama National Guard are poised outside, supposedly to go in and evict the officials at noon. Governor Wallace has stated “the Federal officials here in Montgomery have known about the deadline since the first. Since they’ve chosen to ignore our orders, we will remove them by force.”
            The White House issued a statement this morning that if any member of the Alabama National Guard or other Alabama law enforcement official were to cause harm to any Federal official, that army units from surrounding states would be called in to deal with the problem.
-“Showdown in Montgomery,” The Washington Post, September 4, 1974.

WASHINGTON, SEP 5- U.S. government officials have confirmed that rebels in the state of Alabama have opened fire on the U.S. Federal building in that state’s capital, Montgomery. According to a statement issued by the White House this morning, “members of the Alabama National Guard stormed the Church Street Federal Building in Montgomery Alabama shortly after 12:00 p.m. on September 4, 1974. The Guardsmen forced all Federal Officials in the building to leave. When some refused, the Guardsmen opened fire. When those outside heard the gunshots, more Guardsmen entered the building, guns blazing. It is currently estimated that over 100 people were killed in the massacre, most of which were civilian employees of the Federal Government.”
            In response to this attack on the Church Street Federal Building, President Kennedy has ordered that the nationalization of the Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida National Guards, and has called out regular U.S. Army troops. These armed forces are massing on the Alabama border, and are preparing for what looks like an all out invasion of the state. The U.S. Navy has been deployed in the Gulf Coast, to blockade the Port of Mobile, and several U.S. Navy airships have been deployed, flying over Mobile, Montgomery, and Birmingham. Loudspeakers aboard the airships are calling on the state’s citizens to ignore the orders being given by Alabama’s Governor, George Wallace.
            In a televised address to the nation, President Kennedy told the American people that the Alabama State Government had 24 hours to resign and allow Federal troops to come in and pacify the area, or face forceful removal from office.
            This crisis started after the passage of the Racial Equality Act, which is supposed to bring about the end of racial segregation in the United States.
-“Civil Unrest in America,” The Times (London), September 5, 1974.

PEENEMÜNDE, GERMANY, OCT 9- Officials at the Imperial Rocket Force Command in Peenemünde, Germany, have confirmed that the famed Dr. Wherner von Braun has died from complications due to pancreatic cancer. Dr. von Braun was the head of the design team at the IRF, and was responsible for most of the recent rocket designs used by the space agency.
            Kaiser Louis Ferninand has declared a period of mourning throughout the German Empire, and it is expected that Dr. von Braun will receive a state funeral in Berlin.
            This new development is just the latest in a line of recent setbacks endured by the German space program, after the terrible loss of the A-19 rocket in May of this year, which has postponed the German’s goal of going to Mars before 1980. The A-19 rocket had been deemed a failure by Dr. von Braun, and his team was still in the early stages of design on the new A-20 rocket when the scientist collapsed a week ago and was sent to the Peenemünde Military Hospital.
-“Von Braun Dies,” The Times (London), October 20, 1974.

What is sometimes referred to as the “Alabama War” was the worst point for the Racial Equality Movement in the United States. Alabama Governor George Wallace declared via the radio that “Alabama no longer recognizes the legitimacy of the Government in Washington, and will not do so until the Racial Equality Act is repealed and President Kennedy, Jr., resigns.” So, at 7:00 p.m. on September 5, 1974, U.S. Army and Navy troops “invaded” the State of Alabama. The U.S. Navy blockaded the Port of Mobile, and fired on 7 different ships that tried to attack the blockade ships. The U.S. Navy’s airships served as scouts as the U.S. Army poured in from Alabama’s three landlocked borders.
            The U.S. Air Force bombarded the National Guard Armory in Montgomery while Army troops headed towards the state capital. As dawn rose on September 6, the City of Birmingham  had declared its loyalty to the Federal Government, and became the base of operations for the U.S. Army in Alabama. By the end of September 6, Mobile was in Federal hands as well, after the U.S. Marines landed and took over the city. On September 8, the Air Force began to bomb the Alabama state government offices in Montgomery, including the Alabama State House and the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, along with other key strategic points in the city. On September 9, Federal troops began the so called Battle of Montgomery, which lasted until the early hours of September 10, when the Alabamans surrendered after Governor Wallace took his own life in the ruins of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion. On September 12, the last pockets of resistance to the Federal authorities had surrendered, and President Kennedy signed an executive order placing the State of Alabama under Martial Law until a new state constitution could be written and a new state government could be established.
            The 1974 Alabama Constitutional Convention met in Birmingham from October 1, 1974 until November 21, 1974. The new constitution guaranteed equal rights for all the citizens of Alabama, and specifically banned the practice of segregation in the state. Another important clause was that the new document banned anyone who had taken part in “Wallace’s Rebellion” from holding office in the State of Alabama. In April of 1975, special elections were held to choose the new state Governor and the new state legislature. Thomas Whistler, the Mayor of Birmingham who had been against Wallace, became the new governor. Birmingham officially became the state capital when the legislature passed the New Capital Act on August 1, 1975.
            After the uprising in Alabama, and the huge show of force from the Federal Government, the rest of the south knew that the Kennedy administration meant business. By the end of 1974, every state but Mississippi and Louisiana had passed equality laws, and those two states did so by February of 1975. Racial Equality was now the law throughout the United States. In most places, integration went fairly smoothly, with a few minor riots in Mississippi and Louisiana at the start of the 1976 school year.
            The Movement gained even more prominence in 1977, when the reelected President Kennedy made Martin Luther King, Jr. the Secretary of the Interior.
-Macon, Dr. Allen. Equality and America. Atlanta: Southeast Dixie Press, 1998.

MOSCOW, NOV 19- The Imperial Baltic Army has taken the Kremlin. Moving swiftly, the Imperial Army was able to defeat what remained of the Red Army of the Central Russian Republic within just a few short months. The remnant of the CRR government was captured as units of the Imperial Army took the Kremlin, and a cease-fire has been signed. It is expected that the “Russian War” will be coming to a close. We have learned from sources in Petrograd that the Imperial government has also called for a cease-fire with the Socialist Republic of Ukraine, and that is expected to go into effect within a day or so.
-“Imperial Army Smashes Into Kremlin,” Berliner Morgenpost, November 20, 1974.

            The Imperial Baltic Army took Moscow on November 19, 1974. On that day, the hammer and sickle of the Soviet state came down from the Kremlin, and the double eagle of the restored Russian monarchy took its place, for the first time in 57 years. Communism in Russia was finished for good. On November 22, a cease-fire was signed with the Socialist Republic of Ukraine, ending the fighting of the Russian War of 1974. On January 1, 1975, delegations from the Imperial Baltic Federation, the former Central Russian Republic, the Socialist Republic of Ukraine, and the Vladivostok Democratic Republic met in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss the permanent dissolution of the former Soviet Union.
            Imperial Russia wanted to take back all lands of the former Russian Empire that had been in Soviet hands after the Polish War. However, the IBF had failed to defeat the Ukrainians, who were demanding independence to “form a true Socialist Republic based on Marx, not on Stalin and Lenin.” And the Vladivostokians wanted independence as well, arguing that “the old Russian Empire was just to vast to make administration truly effective, and we would do much better operating on our own.” And the CRR delegation argued, most unsuccessfully, that after nearly six decades without a monarchy, their portion of the Soviet Union would not likely wish to be back under such a “counter-revolutionary system.”
            On February 12, 1975, after many days of heated debates, all the parties signed the Warsaw Treaty, formally ending the Russian War and dissolving the Soviet Union. In the document, the Imperial Baltic Federation formally recognized the independence of the Socialist Republic of Ukraine and the Vladivostok Democratic Republic. The rest of the Soviet Union was to be incorporated into the Imperial Baltic Federation, as 2 separate Imperial states, Muscovy and Siberia, separate from Russia.
            However, the trouble was not over for this region. In 1979, a revolution began in the territory of Georgia, part of the Imperial State of Muscovy. The Georgians demanded independence from the IBF. Soon, other non-Russian nationalities demanded their independence. The issue was resolved the Volvograd agreement, which gave independence to 9 different states in the Caucuses and Central Asia. The breakup of the former Soviet Empire was complete.
- Plaks, Dr. Jeffry, History of the Baltic Empire, Cambrigde, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.

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