I hate the Communist Party chapter 55
Chapter 27-Pirates of Nagasaki
It was the day I was presiding over the ministerial meeting as usual, but when I heard the news from the Far East, I couldn’t help but be surprised.
When I saw the contents of the secret message sent from the Russian legislature in Japan, at first I doubted whether there was a cheap Hollywood movie script written on it.
“I understand that a war between the two countries broke out due to this conflict in Nagasaki, but I can’t believe that some of the North Sea Fleets were captured by Japan. How messed up is the Qing Navy?”
Bunge, who was in the same place, muttered incredibly, representing our hearts gathered here.
The North Sea Fleet, which is the largest naval force in Northeast Asia at this point, is not the capture of Chinese fishing boats due to illegal fishing that often occurred in the 21st century, but you were seized by Japan while anchored in Nagasaki?
Was Japan’s famous pirate manga created based on facts?
It was so hard to believe that if it came in the form of espionage rather than an official full text, it was considered false information to confuse us.
‘I was so relieved. I thought there were two years left until the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War, but it was because I was too conscious of the Donghak Peasant Movement and the Tianjin Treaty.’
However, just because the war occurred earlier than I expected, there was no fear that it would cause a major disruption to the plan I had made.
It was even more so when I predicted what kind of situation Japan made this choice in mind.
‘It must have been a calculation that even if the worst situation struck, at least we and the British would intervene and prevent themselves from becoming a Qing colony. It’s not what they wanted, but now Japan is like a goose spewing money out of gold to Russia and Britain. If someone else tried to put his hand on the goose, it looks like he threw a gamble with the idea that we wouldn’t implied it.’
In other words, it was a ‘help us if you don’t want to see you commit suicide before we even pay off what you owe.’
I was honestly admired.
It was surprising that Japan, which had been constantly in the corners, tried to alleviate the problem, if not solved, by using the situation in reverse.
‘Ito Hirobumi, it’s a big thing. The British’s participation in the Kyoto Treaty doesn’t end with despair, but rather try to use it in this way.’
There were surprises like this, but my honest feelings were like this.
“It’s a little unpleasant. Isn’t it that they think of us as guardians who take care of children who are the best children. Besides, the attitude that they expect them to get rid of the cheap shit on the way is so blatant.”
When I talked about the feelings I felt after seeing the full text, people around me started to agree.
“I was a little surprised to be honest, but as your Majesty said, no one would feel offended to see a debtor telling a creditor to help me if he wanted to get money from him.”
“As I think it is, I hope that Japan will learn from the Qing Dynasty that everything in the world doesn’t go as expected, but according to reports that I have received, it will be difficult. The fleet is being captured, huh. Then I start to think that Japan may win.”
Few people gathered here had military literacy, but political literacy was more effective than military literacy to see through Japan’s thoughts hidden in what’s happening.
Fortunately, the chief executive officer had control over the Far East region where this war broke out.
If that’s the case, I wouldn’t behave prematurely until St. Petersburg gives instructions.
The risk that we had to bear was too great to enter this stage with only the Far East Fleet we have.
No matter how badly the North Sea Fleet and the Japanese Navy were in a mess, our Far East Fleet was also composed of second-class ships, so it couldn’t be said that the power was high.
At this point, too little information was given to set the course of action.
Moreover, the fact that we are not the only powers involved in this matter was a factor that made it impossible to decide what attitude to take here.
“First of all, contact the consul in Vladivostok and Japan to collect and report any information related to the current situation, and send an official letter to the British, American and French ambassadors. We will provide a place to discuss how it will benefit us to act in this context.”
Although an unexpected situation occurred, it was a rather good situation for me.
Considering that the opportunity for Russia to advance to Manchuria was the result of the Qing Dynasty defeated in the Sino-Japanese War bent their pride, it could be seen as an opportunity to take advantage of Manchuria earlier.
In addition, in the original history, the Russians were defeated in the Russo-Japanese War by Britain, the United States, and Japan, who were wary of the south of Russia, but under the current situation, even if Russia does not incorporate Manchuria into its territory, it is the same interest as the right to lay the South Manchurian railway. It was highly likely that Britain would tolerate it.
‘I recently discussed matters related to it.’
It was a bad story for Japan, but even if their final gamble was successful, it seemed difficult to earn as much stake as they wanted.
Even if they miraculously won, the powers were so moved by their struggle that they couldn’t give up what they could get.
I was fortunate if I didn’t take even the debris from Japan, who had been clapped with applause and praise with the other hand.
It was even more so when I thought about the British expressing feelings similar to the displeasure I felt in my seat.
There couldn’t have been a way that the sensible nobles couldn’t have known the Japanese symbol that we also had.
France was currently in a position hoping to conclude a Russian-French alliance, so it was unlikely that it would show an opposite position to us.
And the United States couldn’t be able to engage in military action that consumes enormous finances for President Harrison, who is struggling to blame the recession ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
“Your Majesty, the British ambassador has arrived.”
Britain also seemed to be hot with the current situation.
When I arrived less than 30 minutes after I ordered the ambassadors to be contacted, the British seemed to have received this information before us.
“Okay, let’s go now. The foreign minister will follow me and the rest of the ministers will disband.”
Of course, this meeting alone will not determine everything, but I was confident that I would take the current situation in the direction I wanted, so I stepped forward to the room where the British ambassador was waiting.
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“What bullshit is that?! Why are Garden and Yang Yu being captured by them? What the hell was Jeong Yeo-chang doing! It makes sense that a man named Admiral opened his eyes to his fleet and was taken away!”
Lee Hong-jang was unbelievable in this situation.
This is the result of what Japan did in the thought of fixing her hair in a staggering gap in recent years, which showed the same cheeky attitude as the Gapsinjeongbyeon that happened on the Korean peninsula.
“Well, it is said that Japan took the ship in the midst of the periodic outings in order to relieve the complaints accumulated by the soldiers as the period in which it was anchored in Nagasaki became longer.
“No, did you mean you didn’t control going out and staying out even though such violence happened a while ago?”
“In the words of Admiral Yeo-Chang Jung, his decision to gather one or more companies out of the city kept the sailors from being exposed to violence in the city, but he said it had an adverse effect on maintaining vigilance.”
“… … .”
As Lee Hong-jang, who knew that the Manchus Seo Tae-hu and his aides were watching him, he was going to be crazy and rebellious.
The fact that the imperial family did not believe in himself, who had been loyal to the Qing Dynasty for a lifetime, was painful at times, but I thought this was also the karma of the loyalists.
Jeong Yeo-chang also got some understanding when I thought that he was unable to control his outings and staying out due to distrust between Han Chinese soldiers and Manchu officials.
He would have been frustrated as well, because as a common sense, if citizens and soldiers collided in a foreign land, they couldn’t know that the answer was to make sure there was no contact with each other.
‘However, what is happening now is too serious to be understood only by such circumstances. One of the only two battleships was stolen.’
Because of this incident, I thought that the Qing Dynasty might not be able to achieve a resurgence and retire from its seat, so it was about to become dark.
“Woowoo… … So, what happened to the rest of the fleet? I wasn’t supposed to be sunk by them?”
Lee Hong-jang, who barely recovered his coolness, thought that grasping the situation was the priority, and urged the management who brought the report.
It was after hearing that one of only two warships was captured in the fleet sent to conduct an armed demonstration, so it would not be surprising to hear that the rest of the ships were all sunk after a sudden typhoon.
“Yes, old! Fortunately, all but two of the fleets are safe. Reportedly, all ships, except for the gardens and concessions, are leaving Nagasaki Port and returning to Weihai¹, urgently calling for the dispatch of the remaining fleets.”
“I don’t think it’s a good thing among the misfortunes? I wonder how things got to this point… … Wait, but why did Jinwon, who escaped safely without being attacked, did not attack the stolen garden or the sheep? As soon as they captured the ship, it wouldn’t have been possible to use it. There would have been no target as easy to attack as the ship moored in the port.”
Although it wasn’t pleasant to spend enormous amounts of money to sink an imported battleship with their own hands, it was obviously a 100 times better option than letting enemies use the garden for free.
However, according to the report he heard, even though Jeong Yeo-chang managed to recover the rest of the fleet and exited Nagasaki Port, which was in the midst of confusion, he was in a situation where he came back without any counterattack.
Upon hearing Lee Hong-jang’s question, the deputy was embarrassed to report this.
“Why can’t I speak. Why are you running away like this without any counterattack! What is the reason why the Garden and Yang Yu were left in a normal state in their hands!”
When Lee Hong-jang forced him to answer again, the lieutenant shouted with a red-faced face, closing his eyes.
“In fact, it is said that there was no ammunition loaded in the North Sea Fleet that was anchored in Japan!”
Hongjang Lee doubted his ears.
Obviously, I thought that until now, there would be no surprises beyond the news of the arrest, but the deputy’s words were beyond imagination.
“What, what, what did you say? No shells? Are you saying you went to Japan without carrying a cannonball?”
His question was natural. There were no shells in the fleet that went out for an armed demonstration.
As he witnessed the reality beyond black comedy, Lee Hong-jang was feeling a feeling of collapse beyond anger.
‘What on earth have I been doing so far? Did you think that it was the future that would carry our Qing dynasty after seeing the fleet departing without even carrying shells? Heo Heo. Is it true that a thousand people have left our Qing Dynasty?’
“Strictly speaking, I did not depart without ammunition at all. Instead of gunpowder, there were only solid coals containing soil, soybeans, and coal powder, so it was judged that it would not be possible to give a valid blow, so he gave priority to escape.”
Upon hearing the deputy’s additional explanation, Lee Hong-jang only came out with a bleak laughter.
It’s been 20 years since he came running to raise the Qing Dynasty again, but it seems that his homeland had only changed on the outside after the Opium War and was rotting inside.
“Then, where are the shells that have not been loaded in the North Sea Fleet? Maybe even the ammunition recorded as in the warehouse doesn’t actually exist?”
“Currently, non-solid coals² are said to be stored in Weihai, the port of call of the North Sea Fleet. It is said that it is being loaded onto the remaining ships… … .”
“but… … ?”
“Because of the large number of shells that were left without proper management, they say they don’t know how many flaming ammunition can actually be used.”
When the lieutenant finished reporting in a gloomy tone, Lee Hong-jang couldn’t sit down.
It seemed like I had to go down to Weihai, not here in Beijing, and check the situation myself.
No matter how rotten the officials in the field, they won’t be able to commit corruption in front of them.
When I thought about where to get my hands on, it was a daunting heart, but with the thought that if even that collapsed, the end of the Qing Dynasty couldn’t be stopped, Lee Hong-jang cheered the lieutenant in a pleasant tone.
“The luck is that even those who took our ships can’t use them properly. Isn’t it? They don’t have or have the ability to produce shells for the 12-inch guns mounted in the garden. I wonder how they look when they open the ammunition in the garden with faces full of anticipation.”
After a fierce battle that caused many deaths, the Japanese troops seized the gardens, and found that the shells found in the ammunition were filled with dirt, and fell into collapse, asking what their sacrifice was for.
And let’s keep it a secret that Ito, who received a report that it was impossible to use the garden in practice due to such circumstances, was actually contemplating whether this was a high-level strategy unfolded by the Qing Dynasty.
“I will go down to the top. If it stays like this, I can’t because it seems that the North Sea Fleet will receive a report that it only existed on paper.”
Lee Hong-jang got up from his seat with the determination to check the loading of the shells and the condition of the ships himself, but the reports that came in successively made him sit in the chair of the office again.
“dismissal! Britain, Russia, France, and the United States have sent messages under joint names!”
Somehow, this war didn’t seem to be their own.
Weihai¹: It is the home port of the North Sea Fleet located on the Shandong Peninsula. The reason why the North Sea Fleet, which was calling in Nagasaki in the last part, departed from Rushun Port because there was only in Rushun Port that could repair and repair the garden and the epicenter.
Blooming Bomb²: It is a shell that explodes when hit as we know it.
Surprisingly, when the North Sea Fleet departed for the Battle of the Yellow Sea after the actual Sino-Japanese War broke out, it was loaded with simulated ammunition rather than live ammunition.
The Japanese Navy, whose arms were removed from the limbs by the protagonist, vs. the cause, but the Qing Navy’s Jagang Ducheon, which removed the arm by itself, will soon unfold.
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