When the Race's Conquest Fleet invaded Earth in 1942, Hirohito led Japan into a co-belligerency with his Axis allies as well as former enemies including the United States and China. Hirohito was firm about his country's intent to fight the Race from the outset, and the country remained independent,. although not without a price. The capital city, Tokyo, was destroyed by the Race when they learned of Japan's atomic bomb program. Thus, at the Peace of Cairo, Japan was less a negotiator and more an observer, and had their gains in China taken from them by the Race without recourse.
After the war, Hirohito formed much closer economic ties with the United States. In 1965, Japan successfully tested its own explosive-metal bomb at Bikini Atoll, and demanded full diplomatic relations with the Race.
Despite his title, the Race saw Hirohito as a "false front" for those who wielded true power in Japan.
Hirohito in Days of Infamy Edit
Hirohito in The War That Came EarlyEdit
During the reign of Hirohito, Japan attacked China in 1937, and then the Soviet Union in April, 1939. In summer, 1940, after Japan had successfully overrun Vladivostok, Japan and the USSR made peace. However, tensions between Japan and the United States began ratcheting up throughout the remainder of 1940. On January 12 1941, Japan launched a war with the U.S.
While Japan was initially able to gain substantial advantages in the Pacific throughout the war, by 1944, the fragile supply line they'd built began to collapse. With the war in Europe ending in mid-1944, the USSR turned its attention east again, and began closer cooperation with the U.S. in its war against Japan.
Hirohito in Joe SteeleEdit
Hirohito (1901-1946) was the Emperor of Japan during World War II. While he reigned over his country's gains against its enemies, as the war progressed, Japan found itself in dire straits. At the end of 1945, after the United States invaded Japan in the south, and the Soviet Union invaded from the north, Hirohito and his generals nonetheless remained publicly defiant to the bitter end, leading to Operation: Coronet. 
With Coronet underway, Hirohito attempted to flee Tokyo in a black car escorted by four tanks. On the road to Kyoto, the convoy was attacked by American Hellcats. Three tanks were destroyed immediately in the attack. The car was also disabled, and Hirohito himself was killed by two rounds from the Hellcats'.50 caliber machine guns. While the crew of the fourth tank survived, and attempted to rescue Hirohito, they were killed by U.S. troops who'd just happened to be present. One of the soldiers, Mike Sullivan, identified Hirohito.
Japan surrendered shortly after, and was divided into two states by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Hirohito's twelve-year old son, Akihito, became the emperor of the Constitutional Monarchy of Japan, the puppet state established by the U.S.
In the short story, Hirohito is killed when his train is struck by an incendiary bomb during the American invasion of Japan in roughly December 1945. While the U.S. still creates the state of South Japan, the story does not describe the type of government South Japan is.
Hirohito in Southern Victory Edit
Hirohito inherited a Japan that had proven itself as a military force. Japan defeated Spain in the early 20th century, taking the Philippines, Korea, and Formosa and shoring up its holdings in East Asia. During the Great War, Japan had taken colonies from Germany and forcibly purchased former French Indochina and Dutch East Indies from France and Holland respectively after the Entente's defeat. Under Hirohito's reign, Japan fought the inconclusive Pacific War. Japan also launched an attack on the United States during the Second Great War, which again proved inconclusive for both sides. Japan, unable to force the USA from the Sandwich Islands, abandoned Midway and Wake Island and turned its attention to the Asian holdings of its former ally, Britain.
Literary Note Edit
Hirohito's role in Southern Victory is speculative, as Hirohito is not specifically named. However, nothing in the known history of the timeline counters this assumption.
- ↑ In the Balance, pg. 224.
- ↑ Upsetting the Balance, pg. 105-106.
- ↑ Striking the Balance, pg. 397.
- ↑ Second Contact, pg. 117.
- ↑ Down to Earth, pgs. 518-521.
- ↑ In the Balance, pg. 178.
- ↑ See the Days of Infamy series, generally.
- ↑ See Hitler's War through The Big Switch, generally.
- ↑ The Big Switch, pg. 296.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 396.
- ↑ Joe Steele, pg. 315.
- ↑ Ibid., pgs. 321-323.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 325.
- ↑ See, The Center Cannot Hold through In at the Death, generally.
| Regnal titles|
|Emperor of Japan|
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|Emperor of Japan|
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as Emperor of the Constitutional Monarchy of Japan