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Code Geass Shinsei is a fan-fiction series written by theonering3434 on Fanfiction.net. It is based upon the Japanese anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi.

Background[]

It is said that power can corrupt even the most pure-hearted people, regardless if they wanted to use said power for noble purposes. Nations are no different. 

When the Empire of Japan arose from the ashes of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, it quickly understood that power was everything, especially in an age where powers such as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the French Empire, and several others often smelled blood whenever weakness was shown. As such, Japan turned to the most convenient method used by any empire: conquest. As a result, despite fierce resistance from her enemies, Japan came to dominate much of Asia by the end of the Second World War, her new borders extending from Pakistan to Outer Manchuria. As the Cold War was soon around the corner, Japan became part of a new generation of superpowers alongside the Soviet Union and the United States of America; the result being a standoff between Japanese imperialism, Soviet communism, and American capitalism. 

But great power often attracts powerful rivals. Chief among them was the United States as well as the other North and South American nations. While the Americas had somewhat united via the Pan-American Union (founded in 1890 as the International Union of American Republics) by the early twentieth century, Japan’s most recent status as a superpower had begun to worry not just the U.S, but countries like Canada, Mexico, the nations of Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile, as they began to fear a potential Japanese invasion of their western coasts.

The U.S. had more reason to fear so, as it and the Allies had just defeated Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany and were already reeling from the failed war with Japan (i.e. the First Pacific War). It didn't help that the Soviet Union had just begun to emerge as a global power despite suffering so many losses at the hands of Germany. As such, between March and May 1948, led by United States Secretary of State George Marshall, the Ninth International Conference of American States was held in Bogotá, Colombia, a meeting which led to a pledge by members to fight communism and imperialism in the western hemisphere. From this, the Pan-American Union was officially reorganized into the Organization of American States (OAS), a new superpower that would keep countries like Japan and the Soviet Union in check.

As the Cold War between the OAS (the United States especially), the Soviet Union, and the Japanese Empire lingered on through the mid-to-late twentieth century, the latter had sought ways to increase its power. In 1953, following a failed communist rebellion in Korea known as Kim Il-Sung’s Rebellion, the Imperial Diet, in an effort to secure control of the empire’s newly conquered territories, passed the Imperial Area Act, which, with the exception of the Imperial Homeland (Japan, the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Island, Korea, the Ryukyu Islands, and Taiwan), divided the empire into numbered regions known as Areas. In addition, parts of an Area’s cities would be converted into Settlements, in which only Japanese citizens were allowed to live and work. This also saw the creation of the Meiyo Nihongo, or Honorary Japanese system, in which Sūji, or Numbers, an Area’s natives who had little to no rights and privileges, could become Japanese citizens in exchange for absolute loyalty to Japan and the Emperor. 

Though the Area system would be successfully implemented by the middle of the 1960s, Japan knew that it would not be enough; powers like the OAS and the Soviet Union could use the Numbers’ oppression to their advantage via aiding rebellions and insurrections, which in turn, would pose a direct threat to Japan. As such, the empire turned its attention to a power that would forever change the world: the Japanese called it Akashi or Red Stone, but it is better known as Anglodite. Ever since it was discovered at Mount Fuji in 950 AD, anglodite, named after the Anglo-Saxons of early medieval England, had attracted many nations and peoples who sought to understand its properties; for better or worse. For the former, it was already being researched as a possible eco-friendly replacement for fossil fuels since the 1930s via American scientists and engineers. For the latter, it was being researched as a means to create deadlier weapons of war. The Japanese had both intentions in mind and were able to make rapid advancements in technology and weapons within a few decades. The rest of the world soon caught up, and by 1997, anglodite was beginning to replace fossil fuels as superconductors and clean-energy technologies were becoming more and more common. 

As this was going on, the balance of power was beginning to permanently shift. In 1991, after decades of decline, it was apparent to everyone that the Soviet Union’s days were numbered. On August 16, President Mikhail Gorbachev and his supporters were assassinated under secret orders from the newly-formed General Committee on the State Emergency, who then took control of the USSR, in what came to be known as the Red Coup. If the Committee truly wanted to save the Soviet Union, then they made the fatal mistake of blaming Japan for Gorbachev’s assassination, as well as demanding that the empire return Sakhalin Island and the Kuril Islands lest war be declared. The Japanese responded in kind, launching a massive invasion of Siberia on September 10th, beginning the Soviet-Japanese War. As civil war was already ravaging the USSR due to the Red Coup, the war would end in a decisive victory for the Japanese Empire, resulting in the total collapse of the Soviet Union. The resulting 1992 Treaty of Hong Kong stated that Japan would acquire the eastern tip of Siberia and the islands north of the former Soviet Union, while the lands (including Central Asia) between eastern Siberia and the Ural Mountains would be converted into a series of buffer states known as the Neutral Zone.

With the Soviet Union gone, however, a new superpower would quickly replace it. Though the European Union (EU) had been officially established in 1992 as a political and economic union for mainland Europe, the seeds for its transition to a global superpower had been planted during the Japanese conquest of India at the end of WWII, as the world was shocked to see the “crown jewel” of the British Empire falling into enemy hands. The European powers attempted to use this to their advantage, telling their African colonies that they were only ones who could protect them from Japanese aggression though this did not prevent some colonies such as Algeria, Kenya, and so on from successfully gaining their independence. However, the Soviet-Japanese War and its aftermath would drive many of the countries of Africa to turn to Europe for protection, as the prospect of Japan setting its sights on Africa was a serious possibility. As such, the EU eventually relented, passing laws that allowed the African countries to become EU member states, Eventually, by 1998, the EU encompassed not just mainland Europe, but the entire African continent. In addition, the Russian Federation, the Soviet Union’s successor state, was also a member state by then.

Whilst new powers like the EU were taking shape and beginning to flourish, others were beginning to crumble. By 1997, the British Empire was a shadow of its former self, her colonies becoming independent and either joining the EU or the OAS or being devoured by Japan. In that year, under pressure from the OAS, Britain ceded her last remaining colony, the Falkland Islands, to Argentina. And although Britain continued to have a strong military force, a prosperous economy, and a highly advanced technological base, the country had very few allies, having alienated her neighbors with mercantilist economic policies, driving them to align with the policies of either the EU or the OAS. As far as everyone was concerned, the sun had long since set on the British Empire, as the United Kingdom had become a self-obsessed, vindictive, and bitter country, completely drunk with the economic power afforded by her Anglodite reserves. These reserves, in turn, were said to be both a blessing by God and a curse by the Devil to Britain, within the borders of which lay 70% of the world's supply. As a result, Britain’s selfish attitude when it came to this resource would have disastrous consequences for the entire world.

In March of 2010, for reasons still unknown, Japan invaded and conquered the nations of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, rechristening the Scandinavian countries as Area 10. The United Kingdom, the EU, a supranational economic union encompassing Europe and Africa, and the Organization of American States (OAS), another supranational economic union encompassing North and South America, retaliated by issuing a trade embargo against Japan, with Britain using its Anglodite reserves as leverage, in what came to be known as the Britannic Incident. For nearly 5 months, the embargo continued, and it seemed that Japan would buckle under the pressure.

Then, August 10, 2010, happened.

In what came to be called the Anglo-Japanese War, Japan declared war on the United Kingdom in retaliation for the Britannic Incident, though the Japanese claimed that it was to properly regulate the extraction and distribution of Anglodite to the rest of the world. For Japan, its propagandists claimed, was the one true superpower, the only nation with the ability and the right to do so. The war was brutal but brief. In over one month, London fell to Japanese forces thanks to the empire's newest weapon, the Humanoid Autonomous Armored Warrior, also known as the Akumu Frame. The British Isles became a dominion of the empire, having been stripped of its freedom, its rights, and its name in the process. AREA 11, the defeated and once proud nation of the United Kingdom was rechristened with a mere number. With this act, the sun had truly set on the British Empire.

But many opposed this.

Around the same time Japan invaded Britain, the OAS found itself under attack even as Japanese warships sailed into British waters. Ever since World War II, tensions had slowly risen between the two powers, with the OAS soon becoming Japan’s most dangerous adversary. And the latter would soon reignite the old conflict, starting with attacks on the western coasts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. The Second Pacific War, as it came to be called, continued for 7 years, devastating much of the world in its wake.

But it was in the British Isles that the balance would soon begin to shift. Due to the unexpected suicide of King Charles III and the sudden end of the Anglo-Japanese War, Britain did not fully exhaust her military power, resulting in countless resistance groups being formed such as the British Liberation Front, a resurgent Irish Republican Army (IRA), and many others. Now, after seven long years of brutal occupation and mistreatment, the time has come for one of these resistance groups to arise and take the fight back to the Japanese. And it will start in the London Settlement, as a former member of a Japanese noble family struggles to survive in the ruins of the Westminster Ghetto...

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