The Philippines, officially called the Republic of the Philippines, is a country in South East Asia.
The country was under Spanish rule from 1565 to 1898. During the 1890s, the Filipinos rebelled against Spain with help from the United States of America. Upon granting independence, a brief war was fought between the Americans and the Filipinos, in which the at the end of the war, the Philippines became a territory of the United States.
In 1935, the Philippines was to be granted independence after 10 years, but was delayed due Japan's conquest of Asia in December 1941. Before ultimately falling to the Japanese Empire in May 1942, the Philippines posed the greatest resistance composed of American soldiers and Filipino soldiers who escaped Bataan, and by farmers and communist rebels. General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines to liberate the country from the Japanese in October 1944, with the country fully liberated in July 1945.
The Philippines became independent from the United States on July 4, 1946; while the United States maintained military bases in the country. The aftermath of World War II greatly affected the country, as the capital was in ruins and communist rebels who previously sided with the Americans and Filipinos were staging a rebellion. During the outbreak of the Korean War in June 25, 1950, the Philippines sent 1,000 troops as part of the United Nations Forces to Korea; where the Filipinos fought the Chinese and North Koreans gallantly.
The economy of the country grew from the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1960s. Under Marcos, the country's armed forces were the most modern in Southeast Asia, bridges and roads were constructed, and the communist rebels kept at bay. Marcos also sent Filipino troops to Vietnam in assisting the anti-communist forces led by the United States. However, his rule was marked by corruption and political crisis, as both New People's Army (NPA) and the Islamic militant group called the Moro Islamic National Liberation Front (MNLF) waged an insurgency during the 70s. Marcos declared Martial Law on September 21, 1972 and arrested dissidents, while the regime was backed by the United States. On August 21, 1983, one of Marcos' political opponent, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino was assassinated upon arriving at the Manila airport, causing anger from the citizens. Three years later, Marcos was forcefully evicted from the country during the People Power Revolution of 1986, by both Filipino citizens and troops who defected to the civilians.
Under the presidency of Corazon C. Aquino, wife of the late Ninoy Aquino, democracy in the country was restored. However, Islamic militants and communist rebels still waged the insurgency in the country. In April 1988, President Aquino visited China and held talks with Deng Xiaoping. The relations between the two countries were warming up at this time.
World War III Edit
On the onset of World War III, American servicemen station in Clark Airbase, Camp John Hay, and Subic Naval base were probably placed on high alert, just incase of Soviet attack from Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Furthermore, the country could have been used as transport hub for American troops travelling to Europe. However, when the Soviets invaded Seattle, majority of the soldiers were presumably pulled out for the need of reinforcements.
When China declared war on the United States, the fate of the country is unknown. Since China invaded and occupied South Korea, India, and Taiwan, it may be probable that China has launched attacks on the American military bases in the country, possibly with the help of Vietnam. A map shown on the loading screen before the final mission begins is that the Chinese invasion fleet passed the Philippines, Japan, Guam, Hawaii and several U.S. atolls in the Pacific, further indicating that U.S. Forces in the Philippines were pulled out to defend the mainland. It remains to be seen what is the fate of the Philippines, as the Asian Theater of the war has not been mentioned frequently.