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February 19th 1942: Japanese internment begins

On this day in 1942, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 which allowed the military to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps. A climate of paranoia descended on the US following the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan, which prompted the US to join the Second World War. Americans of Japanese ancestry became targets for persecution, as there were fears that they would collude with Japan and pose a national security threat. This came to a head with FDR’s executive order, which led to 120,000 Japanese-Americans being rounded up and held in camps. The constitutionality of the controversial measure was upheld by the Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States (1944). Interned Americans suffered great material and personal hardship, with most people losing their property and some losing their lives to illness or the violence of camp sentries. The victims of internment and their families eventually received an official government apology in 1988 and reparations began in the 1990s. This dark episode of American history is often forgotten in the narrative of US involvement in the Second World War, but Japanese internment poses a stark reminder of the dangers of paranoia and scapegoating.

Nations+Socializing Issues

America: Having too many friends and worrying that you’re going to disappoint them if you don’t space out your time among them well enough.

Canada: Wanting to have friends while also being painfully shy and something of a wallflower. 

Prussia: Are you really too much of an asshole or is it a tolerable amount? 

England: Am I too boring? Does my superiority complex make my friends think I hate them? 

France: Doesn’t know how to say no. Gets stressed out about helping everyone else and not himself.

Germany: Feeling like the only voice of reason and becoming easily frustrated. 

Italy: Knowing you’re being annoying and trying to be extra nice to make up for it but worrying it’s not enough.

Japan: Wanting to speak your mind but never gaining the confidence. Accidentally being a pushover.

Russia: You have no friends. You’re very lonely.

China: Other people tend to be exhausting but you still wish they’d respect you more than they do.

Spain: People take advantage of how kind you are and you wish you could read people better.  

Chiang Wei-Kuo (October 6, 1916 - September 22, 1997) volunteered for the German Wehrmacht in 1936. Specializing in mountain warfare, he earned the Gebirgsjäger sleeve Edelweiss insignia. He lead a panzer tank section during the 1938 Austrian Anschluss and, earning him a promotion to the officer rank of lieutenant. He was given command of a panzer unit in 1939 that was to be sent into Poland but was recalled to China by the Chinese government before he was deployed.

With his sibling Chiang Ching-kuo being held as a virtual political hostage in the Soviet Union by Joseph Stalin having previously been a student studying in Moscow, Chiang sent Wei-kuo to Germany for a military education at the Kriegsschule in Munich. Here, he would learn the most up to date German military tactical doctrines, organization, and use of weaponry on the modern battlefield such as the German-inspired theory of the Maschinengewehr (Medium machine gun, at this time, the MG-34) led squad, incorporation of Air and Armored branches into infantry attack, etc. After completing this training, Wei-kuo completed specialized Alpine warfare training, thus earning him the coveted Gebirgsjäger (The elite Wehrmacht Mountain Troop) Edelweiss sleeve insignia. Wei-kuo was promoted to Fahnenjunker, or Officer Candidate, and was evidently a fine marksman, as his pictures depict him wearing the Schützenschnur lanyard.

Nekotalia Facts About the Nations

America: The cat that wants to go inside, then outside, then inside

England: The cat that curls up on top of your book and/or laptop

Russia: The cat that constantly stares at you and sheds everywhere

China: The cat who isn’t affectionate until it sees you with another cat

France: The cat who always rubs against you and gets in your way when you don’t give it attention

Canada: The cat who you can never find, until you realize that it’s in the most obvious place, you just didn’t notice

Romano: The cat who breaks your things and then stares at you while you clean it up

Italy: The cat who always wants more food

Germany: The cat who wakes you up at 6 am for no reason

Japan: The cat that is really quiet and runs around at 4 o’clock in the morning