Alternate History

The U.K. Sends War Ship Through the Cuban Strait

A revisionist history for a better understanding of the love triangle of the USA, Taiwan, and China

HMS Churchill docked in the British Virgin Islands after its recent voyage near Cuba

FFort the third time this year, United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has ordered a warship to sail through the Cuban Strait. Leaders of the US Progressive Party admonished the action saying, “The United Kingdom would be wise to not meddle in American affairs.” Is Cuba part of the USA or is it an independent nation? The question not only still stands, but is becoming increasingly heated.

Since 1951 the island of Cuba (aka The American Republic of Cuba) has been a self-governed, self-sufficient island nation off the coast of North America. For those unaware of the history of tensions between the United States of America, Cuba, and the United Kingdom, let me bring you up to speed.

The Second American Civil War (1944–1951)

In 1931 as the Americans were in the throes of the Great Depression a young Harvard professor became quite famous with his ideas of an overhaul of the US governmental system. The wealth gap was continuing to rise and increased freedoms and widespread education had led to a new class of educated but impoverished citizens. The charismatic young professor, Carl Marcus, began to grow a formidable following of this working-class based on his political ideas and he formed a new party, The US Progressive Party.

Nearing the end of WWII the Progressive party had changed the political landscape drastically in the US. The growing support by the radical progressives forced the old Republican and Democratic parties to merge into one party in order to compete with the new upstarts. They nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt as their leader. Marcus narrowly lost the Presidential election in 1944 to the aging Roosevelt.

What followed was mayhem. To this day historians are not certain if the ideas spread during and after the election were true or false. However, within weeks millions across the country were protesting that the election had been rigged. The US Army limped to the finish line of WWII and staved off defeat thanks to the Manhattan Project and its atomic bomb. However, the real conflict at home had just begun.

Many of the soldiers, who expected to come home and get back to life as usual, quickly found that they would have to go home and fight a war on the home front against the increasingly rebellious Progressive Party and its rebels.

The first skirmishes were just some rebellious citizens with their own weapons firing on soldiers at bases. However it quickly became serious as several high-ranking generals, upon return from the war, switched their allegiance to the Progressive Party and brought their troops with them. With newfound confidence, Marcus declared war on the existing government and named himself President. America’s second great civil war had begun.

The Allied Powers of WWII, who were barely surviving themselves quickly, scrambled to supply resources to Douglas MacArthur; the cranky, outspoken, celebrity-status WWII general who had recently taken control of the struggling US government acting as a de-facto emperor. Under martial law and constant pressures, MacArthur led the US government, its remaining loyal citizens, and the US Army into the escalating war. It started as small battles but was becoming larger and bloodier by the week due to the energy and persistence of the highly motivated and newly established Peoples Progression Army.

The Allies of the UK and France gave as much as they could in the form of money, soldiers, and weapons to help MacArthur defend the struggling US democracy, but they didn’t have much left to give following WWII. In 1948 things turned south for MacArthur and for democracy in North America. He and his troops lost control of New England, to the People’s Progression Army, and with it the majority of the weapons and ammunition factories in the US.

Thus began the slow retreat-style fighting from New York heading south along the coast. Over the course of 1949 and 1950, the People’s Progression Army slowly pushed MacArthur and his forces south to Baltimore. MacArthur had recalled all internationally stationed troops and reallocated all troops within the country to meet him at Baltimore for his last final charge in the spring of 1951.

With what is now said to be impossible odds, MacArthur and his troops launched a counter-attack at Baltimore with the rallying cry, “Save Washington's Democracy!” (which is the slogan of the Cuban government to this day).

It now said that for every 10 generals there was only one soldier, for every 10 soldiers there was only one gun, and for every 10 guns, there was only one bullet. The loss of manufacturing in New England had badly damaged the US Army and the lack of support from the U.K. left the forces hopeless, but the troops fought valiantly and struck a significant blow in their final push.

The blow gave them enough time to recoup. MacArthur gathered all his highest officials in DC, former congressmen, and cabinet members. He told his leaders to put out correspondence to all high-ranking government officials, military leaders, employees of the existing government, and any citizens willing, “Tell them we are going to Cuba,” he said matter of factly. And with that, hundreds of thousands of Americans scrambled to gather possessions, say goodbye, and head for Cuba.

MacArthur instructed that everything valuable be taken from Washington D.C., the US Treasury, and anywhere else possible. All of the wealth, art, documents, and history that could be gathered was loaded onto ships, along with the Army and their families. The mass migration commenced.

By January 1952, nearly 1.5 million Americans had relocated with MacArthur to Cuba fearing for their lives inside of the USA. It was a dangerous time for supporters of the former democratic government. Many of them thought it best to follow the Army to the island.

In the meantime, the new Progressive government quickly set up shop in DC. They raised the new flag and started changing policy by force. People acquiesced to the new way of doing things with the alternative being death or imprisonment by the ruthless Marcus and his followers.

The Founding of the American Republic of Cuba

Upon landing in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the US most southern point, MacArthur declared Cuba the new capital of the United States of America as well as the military headquarters for the US Army, but only for the time being. He told his followers that this move was temporary and that as the situation improved and more resources were provided that he would eventually head back to the US and take back the mainland from the “rebels.”

Previously Cuba had been a Spanish colony, an independent nation, a US Territory, and back to independence again. With little identity of its own and a relatively impoverished and peaceful population, MacArthur thought it was a convenient place to set up camp. Due to its previous alliance with the US government and its much smaller army, there was no real pushback when MacArthur and his 1.2 million followers moved in and claimed the island the American Republic of Cuba.

Towns were haphazardly constructed and the capital of Havana became a buzzing hub of activity within just a few years. MacArthur remained a totalitarian-authoritarian ruler on the island ruling under martial law. In those years Cuba was more like a giant military base than a country.

The current flag of the United States of America as designed by Carl Marcus and the PPP

But by 1955, Cuba started to resemble its own province rather than a temporary military base. More Americans fled from the mainland and came to rejoin their lost families. Business started to thrive and people began to settle into a comfortable life there.

By 1960, 11 years following the great retreat, MacArthur was at an advanced age. It seemed as though he wouldn’t fulfill his life’s promise to return and take back the mainland. By this time The People’s Progressive Party had established an entirely new governmental system and although the country was poor, in no small thanks to MacArthur taking with him the treasury, culture, and best people; the mainland was unified for the first time in decades. It was peaceful. They had the economic, military, and trade support of the Soviet Union.

When MacArthur passed away in office in 1964 there was a peaceful transition of power on the Island of Cuba. Now formally known as the American Republic of Cuba, the little island was beginning to thrive.

The newly formed United Nations and its major players such as Great Britain, France, Korea all viewed the American Republic of Cuba as the sole power of the United States. No one recognized the Progressive Party as the legitimate ruler of the mainland United States, with the exception of the Soviet Union. The rest of the world still backed MacArthur’s government in Cuba and with rapid economic growth, the new country looked promising.

However by 1975, it was clear that no small island of 10 million inhabitants would be able to keep up with the massive country, of 300 million people, that was the mainland USA. With power consolidated, a rapidly growing economy, and a stable government the rest of the world slowly started to shift alliances and by 1981 the Peoples Progressive Party was officially recognized as the true and sole government of the United States of America. The American Republic of Cuba looked like it would slip into unanimity.

But the little island persisted. With its inventions of the personal computer, the electric car, and other economic tools Cuba had become one of the most powerful economies in the world. And despite its lack of size and natural resources, it maintained its independence, though not explicitly stated.

No one wanted another war and up until his death in 1983, US leader Carl Marcus insisted that Cuba was a US Territory and he would take it back under USA control. He just didn’t have the resources to do it at the time. He occasionally launched some missiles from Miami across the Cuban strait but no large conflict ever came to pass.

As the 1990s came and went Cuba moved from the legacy of MacArthur’s dictatorship with one power, to a true democracy adopting a similar form of government to the old United States system with a congress and a president.

By 2000 the United States of America under the People’s Progressive Party had become the largest economy in the world and they maintained their stance on Cuba: “It’s a rebellious territory of the United States of America that will be taken back under control, by force if necessary.”

The United Kingdom Caught in the Middle

Continually backed by most of Europe, Cuba to this day supports and defends itself with geopolitical assistance, financial backing, and weapons from the UK and friends in Europe. The conundrum, however, still stands. Although, the United Kingdom supports Cuba they do it in secret, well kind of.

Everyone knows they are doing it, but they pretend like they don’t consider Cuba a real country, because they have to recognize the PPP as the sole power of the US, and the PPP doesn’t want them to recognize Cuba as a real country. The UK doesn’t want to lose economic favor with the Progressive Party’s USA or worse cause a military conflict. Doing so would damage the economy of the United Kingdom and Europe at large, and lead to global tensions.

To this point, it’s been a delicate balancing act for the UK to preserve peace with the USA while at the same time, preserving the existence of Cuba and its democracy on the tiny island off the coast of the great landmass that first brought us modern democracy in 1776. The U.K. increasingly finds herself at odds, in the middle of a love triangle.

This brings us to our present day. The United States of America the largest, wealthiest, and most successful country in the world. Its little brother across the Cuban strait is an island it wants to take back desperately. And the UK with the help of the European Union is doing its best to prevent a war and play the middle man.

An odd love triangle indeed.

No one in the international community wants to see Cuba fall under US Control. The American Republic of Cuba is a thriving democracy and economy that’s given the world much benefit. However, no one wants a war with the powerful USA either.

For the past 40 years, the UK has periodically sent warships through the Cuban Strait to demonstrate their support for Cuba and its democratic government, but lately, these demonstrations have become much too regular for the tastes of the USA Progressive government.

It looks as though a conflict could be imminent. For sure we do not know, but we know that these coming years we must all tread very carefully in the Caribbean Sea.

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Tyler Walter

Tyler Walter

A self-proclaimed Renaissance Man my interests are too many to list but this is a good start: Growth, Business, Culture, History, Science, Philosophy, Travel.