|8 aAnd so they did,
9 bWith great success,
10 Which got them started thinking,
11 Not out loud, of course,
12 cBut kind of mysteriously and inscrutably,
13 About getting out and about more in the world,
14 dAnd showing everybody that in spite of what everybody thought, Japan was definitely one of the Chosen Nations.
CHAPTER 141 Their first chance to get a little more recognition from the barbarians in the world at large came during eWorld War I,
2 When they fought on the side of the Allies,
3 That is, the British and French and Italians,
4 Against somebody or other,
5 Although nobody but the Nips remembers what they did exactly.
7 They enjoyed World War I so much that they started looking forward to World War II right away,
8 And got so excited about how much recognition they'd get next time that they just couldn't wait,
9 And decided to help start it.
CHAPTER 151 fIt was at about this time that the Krauts started grabbing up all the spare countries in Europe,
2 And pretty soon, all the European nations were concentrating pretty intently on the gigantic war that gNeville Chamberlain couldn't quite stop.
3 Then, right after hHitler stomped everybody flat with blitzkrieg attacks and started boasting about Fortress Europe, the Nips had another great and ioriginal idea.
||CHAPTER 161 The way the Nips looked at it, what the world needed was something called the Greater Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere,
2 jSince they were far too polite and civilized to use the word "empire,"
3 kAlthough the basic plan called for them to conquer the entire South Pacific, including the Philippines, Singapore, New Zealand, New Guinea, Australia, parts of China, and all the islands in betweenl,
4 mWhen nobody was looking.
5 Of course, the emperor nHirohito didn't know anything about this plan,
6 Because he was only the emperor,
7 And didn't have any power anymore,
8 Since the Nip military and industrial leaders had it all,
9 But were too polite to tell Hirohito what they had in mind,
10 Which explains why Hirohito wasn't responsible for what happened next,
CHAPTER 171 What happened next was that the Nips thought a little more seriously about a key part of their plan,
2 oNamely, the part about grabbing the whole South Pacific when nobody was looking,
3 And decided that no matter how mysteriously and inscrutably they invaded dozens of countries,