Grand Admiral: Flashpoint Orange
The conclusion seems unavoidable, therefore, that the naval effect of this whole arrangement is not the establishment of a 5-3 ratio of naval power between the United States and Japan with respect to the Far East. On the contrary, it means virtually complete disarmament by the United States in the Far East while Japan — though statistically less heavily armed at home than the United States is at home — is left overwhelmingly armed in the Far East.
— Philip Gengembre Hubert, 1922
In the wake of the Great War, a new arms race loomed. The United States and Japan each trusted in a strong navy to achieve future security and retain political influence. Within three years of the Treaty of Versailles, no less than twenty-five new battleships and battlecruisers had been ordered by the two powers, exactly equal to the number already in commission at the end of the War.
The Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 was meant, among other things, to put an end to increased militarization in the Pacific; but by feeding into Japanese resentment and heightening American fears, it could achieve no more than to delay the inevitable conflict. Had things gone differently, it might not have even done that much…
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