Not a War Plan—until such time as DARPA perfects the gay bomb, of course.

See here for a brief introduction to the Gateau Method.

Back when we looked at War Plan Red, I hinted that the US had come up with a number of other “coloured” War Plans in the 1920s and 1930s. Twelve plans in total were drawn up to deal with wartime contingencies:

  • Black: the invasion of Germany, in the event that France fell during WWI, and Germany attacked the eastern US or tried to take possession of French colonies in the Caribbean.
  • Brown: the suppression of rebellion in the Philippines.
  • Gray: a generic plan for the invasion of a Caribbean republic. (Note that during much of the early 20th Century, a good number of Caribbean republics were already US-occupied.)
  • Green: invasion of Mexico to suppress rebel forces and install a pro-American puppet government.
  • Indigo: occupation of Iceland.
  • Orange: war with Japan; a combined Plan Orange-Red existed until the Anglo-Japanese alliance ceased in 1924.
  • Purple: another generic plan, this time dealing with the invasion of a South American republic.
  • Red: war with Great Britain. (Note that the text of Plan Crimson—the part of Red which dealt with the invasion of Canada—may be found here.)
  • Tan: intervention in Cuba (which, again, was US-occupied for much of the first half of the 20th Century).
  • Violet: like Gray or Purple, only this time dealing with Central America.
  • White: dealing with a domestic uprising, probably by Communists; historically, parts have been used during the Bonus Army uprising and pretty much every major disaster or civil disturbance on US soil since.
  • Yellow: intervention in China during the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.

In addition, rumours circulate concerning a number of additional War Plans. Many of these, particularly those dealing with nations of the British Commonwealth, take their names from colour designations other War Plans, such as Emerald (Irish Free State), Garnet (New Zealand), Ruby (India) or Scarlet (Australia). Non-Commonwealth areas included Citron (Brazil), Gold (France and its possessions), Lemon (Portugal), Olive (Spain), Pink (the Soviet Union), Silver (Italy) and Violet (China, but with regard to intervention in internal conflicts). Some areas share their hypothetical colours with others already listed: Brown for the Dutch East Indies, Gray for the Azores archipelago and Purple for the Soviet Union (again). In all these cases—actual and hypothetical—the US designated itself Blue. More details can be found in this article and this one, too.

Towards the end of the 1930s, the Joint Planning Board (later to become the Joint Chiefs of Staff) scrapped the coloured plans and replaced them with five Rainbow Plans:

  • Rainbow 1: enforcement of the Monroe Doctrine, extending to latitude 10°S; this plan also preceded all other Rainbow Plans.
  • Rainbow 2: the suppression of European Fascist powers with the assistance of France and Great Britain; under this plan, the US was also to maintain dominance over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Rainbow 3: invasion of the western Pacific and US hegemony over the entire western hemisphere.
  • Rainbow 4: occupation of the southern end of South America, followed by a naval invasion of Japan, once the situation in the Atlantic allowed naval forces to be transferred to the Pacific Theatre.
  • Rainbow 5: invasion of Africa and/or Europe with the assistance of Great Britain and France.

All of this gives us an opportunity to further examine the state of the Gateau Method world.

India has already been covered in broad strokes, but other flashpoints no doubt exist elsewhere in the world, particularly in China. As we know it, China probably wouldn’t exist as a single, unified state. Most of the east and northeast of the country would be under Japanese control, with enclaves of southeast China ruled by France and Britain. Other segments might possibly be American protectorates, guarded by US Forces for the benefit of a reinvigorated and reintegrated Standard Oil, or smaller German- and American-controlled industrial giants. The north would fall at the edges of the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence, whilst much of Tibet and the west would be a seething mess of petty empires, each ruled by its own warlord, much as China was in our own timeline, prior to the Civil War.

The Philippines are torn between Japanese-backed insurgency, and pro-American loyalists, petitioning for full statehood. Indochina is still mostly French, but its own insurgency boils beneath the surface. The Dutch East Indies have become the Republic of Indonesia, although this was more due to the collapse of Dutch overlordship than any actual struggle for independence—the Japanese never invaded—and Indonesia carefully considers both potential British suzerainty and a future political union with Malaya.

The Middle East is a hodgepodge of puppet-states, most notably the pro-American kingdom of Persia. Nonetheless, much of western Asia and northern Africa are still European possessions. Italy chafes at the British conquest of Libya. The fires of pan-Arabism burn hotter in the Gateau Method world, leading to a stronger, more unified Ba’athist movement, and a spectre of Arab terrorism that rises nearly two decades earlier than in our own timeline.

Much of Africa remains under British and French rule, although larger, more self-sufficient nations such as Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa have varying degrees of autonomy. Nonetheless, the Mau Mau Revolt is underway, despite wider and more brutal British reprisals; the horror of the emergency in Kenya inspires other colonies to throw off the European yoke.

Germany has absorbed the Netherlands and parts of Belgium; other parts are now under French control, and it has ceased to exist as more than a historical curiosity. The Nordic countries strenuously maintain their neutrality, and the states to Germany’s east are battlegrounds for endless intrigues between Germany and Russia. Small portions of eastern France find themselves under German and Italian control, but by-and-large, the French maintain their borders with the Central European powers with greater strength than in our timeline.

Spain and Portugal—though technically neutral—look as though they might support the German-Italian-American alliance in times of war, although Spain is suspicious of the Americans given the past few decades in the Caribbean.

Aruba and the Dutch Antilles are now German territory, but the rest of the Caribbean region falls under greater or lesser degrees of American control. Likewise, the Central American isthmus comprises a series of banana republics; notably, however, Costa Rica proudly maintains its independence. Surinam is another windfall for Germany, and French and British Guyanas are both under American control, but for the large part, South American nations remain carefully neutral with regard to world events. Despite their leaders’ best efforts, Marxism thrives in Latin America, and the threat of American imperialism has made the region the most prolific source of anti-US terrorists.

Canada now has some nominal autonomy and has been grudgingly “liberated” from the Crown; nonetheless, much of its radioactive remains are uninhabitable and large portions of the eastern half are under American control. Somehow, the tiny French dependency of St Pierre and Miquelon survived intact, albeit because nobody in America even realised it was there until after the Armistice was signed.

Thus, the US has largely achieved its dream of banishing Europe from the Americas.