World War II and Aftermath: 1940-1949

1941:  On September 11th, Roosevelt orders the US Navy to attack German and Italian war vessels “as necessary for our defense.”  After the sinking of the US Destroyer Reuben James on October 31st, the final Neutrality Acts were repealed (November 17th) and merchant vessels were allowed to be armed and carry any cargoes to belligerent nations.

A Major U.S. Conspiracy rises up out of the ashes of the Neutrality Act to aid in the provision of weapons and other items necessary for national defense.  On December 8th, 1941, Pearl Harbor is attacked resulting in the deaths of several Kindred who were present.  The US Declares war on Japan, and on December 11th, the US also declares war on Germany and Italy.

1942:  Nachtreich helped the U.S. provide a great deal of money, industrial output, food, petroleum, technological innovation and soldiers to the Allied war effort.  Roosevelt established the War Production Board under Executive Order 9024.  This board was heavily influenced by the Nachtreich, as well as Invictus who helped organize many of the resources for the Allied effort.

This same year, Japanese American internment occurred amid rampant anti-Japanese sentiment.  Under Executive Order 9066, individuals of Japanese ancestry were relocated to special military zones – in many cases forcefully.  An estimated 1200 to 1800 individuals were interned, and an unknown number were killed.  Many of those who died were Kindred who either attempted to fight back, or died in the internment camps.

The Manhattan Project receives major funding under the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The project receives additional shadow funding and expertise from unknown backers

1947:  The United States Atomic Energy Commission forms in an attempt to limit and regulate atomic weapons research and production.  The driving forces behind this are a number of the Ordo Dracul, who by now had begun making significant political strides in mortal society.

The Truman Doctrine of 1947 provided military and economic aid to Greece and Turkey, effectively ending the American isolationism in foreign politics.  The aid prompted an influx of Greek and Turkish Kindred who brought with them the traditions of their courts and societies.  Several cities were conquered by these new Kindred as traditional Old-World Praxes were formed.  The success helped to form the Boachang de Wenti Conspiracy.

1948:  The Marshall Plan helped to support and encourage the growth of the economy of Western Europe by removing trade barriers and modernizing business and government policies and structures.  With the trade avenues now open, Kindred of all Covenants enjoyed a new era of prosperity as religion and politics experienced a major upswing.  Previously undeveloped or sparsely populated areas experienced a revival as Kindred Praxis became stronger and more active across the United States.

1949:  The Soviets test their first nuclear weapon, escalating the risk of warfare.  The Cold War prompted concerns about domestic Communist Influence.  Many of the Carthians who preached Communism openly met with a quick death either at the hands of the mortal police or other members of the Carthian Movement in an effort to protect their own influences.  It would be one of the first times that a major division in the Movement occurred in the United States since its formation.