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The Whaling War - a possible future history (Consolidated)

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…With the OCDF focus on Timor, the Hyūga was now able to strike again.  Having gone far south in an effort to avoid OCDF searches, its crew now decided to make a reappearance.  Half of its remaining F-3s now launched an attack against Otago Harbour, Dunedin.  Their targets were the two OCDF ships, OCS Te Mana and OCS Darwin which were in harbour repairing damage from the earlier battles.  Not being ready for the attack, both ships suffered significant damage with the Te Mana sinking at the dockside.  The docks also received considerable damage.

An hour later, the OCDF base at Ohakea was also struck – this time by missiles fired from the submarine Asashio.  A P-3 and C-130 along were the only aircraft destroyed although the runway was also put out of action.

Although both of these attacks were relatively small (though the loss of the Te Mana was no small issue), their greatest effect was to cause the OCDF and more so the public to suddenly remember the threat still posed by the Japanese ships.  This resulted in forces that might otherwise be sent to Timor to be kept back.

The opposing forces and indeed the world wondered what would happen next…


...After weeks of battle, both sides were weary.  The casualties were growing and there seemed to be no end in sight.  Then suddenly on the 14th January, there was a new development.  The world's two superpowers, China and the USA issued a joint statement declaring that the war between their allies/trading partners had gone on long enough.  An enforced ceasefire would now be put in place and any side proven to be breaking it would need to deal with them. To back up this threat, a combined fleet of USN and PLAN ships (including 2 US carriers and a single PLAN carrier) were heading to the war zone to patrol.  Additionally, the first of 50,000 Chinese troops began parachuting into Indonesia to restore order.

Both the Japanese and Oceanic Confederation forces complied with this ultimatum.  They were exhausted and needed the time to "lick their wounds".  Essentially, what had become known as the "Whaling War" was now over.

Meanwhile, in the USA, a small group of former Cetacean Defence Force members discussed the recent decision by the Canadian Olympic Committee to reverse its earlier decision regarding the making of athletes' uniforms out of seal pelts and for the government to promote sealing at the Games in Vancouver...

Some profiles Richard did in support of this:



The Oceanic class High Speed Aircraft Carriers look something like these:


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