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Region: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

The Republic Times
Nov. 30, 1950

Navy to bid "Fair winds and following seas" to the old Juggernauts
Yesterday the Navy officially struck the ROWS Michigan (BB-26) from the active register of warships and condemned her to the scrapyards in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Michigan which entered service in 1917 towards the end of the Great War served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters of World War II and earned 12 battle stars for her gallant service to the nation. Unfortunately the Michigan, and many of the super dreadnaughts of her time are facing the scrapyard or preservation as museum ships as the Navy moves into the middle of the twentieth century. With fast and modern battleships taking their place and the striking power of the fleet revolving around the carrier, the battleships the likes of the Michigan are now considered obsolete despite their extensive upgrades during the war. In the four previous years, the Navy has also retired 11 other older battleships as the Navy consolidates and moves into the future. One thing is for certain though, the age of the dreadnaught has come to an end.

ATCO Nuclear Program viewed with great enthusiasm
The Washingtonian presence in the nuclear industry has been nothing but immense since 1946 with the ending of the Second World War. Washington fully embraces the idea of atoms being used to power reactors that light homes, light up the streets and light up our lives. The idea of using atomics for peace is a promising venture as echoed by the Cerman president. At the same time, the Armed Forces have also expressed great interests in atomic usage. Since the dropping of Atomic Bombs on Japan that ended the war, the Armed Forces have continued to develop nuclear weapons to be even more powerful than those dropped four years prior. General James Hobbs of the Air Force makes the comment "To leave those war-winners in the past is nothing but foolish. Any enemies we encounter in the future must know that an attack against our great nation will be met with the entire arsenal of freedom!"

General Hobbs's remarks have come off to some in the government, especially the State Department as brash and worrisome and potentially threatening to nations that fought alongside Washington but do not hold the best historical relations with. The Secretary of State has stated that this was in no way a direct threat to any nation in particular.

Detroit on the rise!
With the end of the war and need for massive military contracts largely gone, the big automotive makers of Detroit including Horne Motor Company, North American Motors, and Continental Motors have gone back to making large swaths of civilian vehicles for the rapidly expanding middle class. Engineering techniques pioneered during the war have found their way into every day cars on the street, including hydraulic brakes and overhead valve engines have begun to replace mechanical brakes and flathead motors in huge numbers. The future looks bright for the Motor City and the companies and employees there as well.

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