The Amulets of Power IV: the Burma Conflict
Copyright© 2011 by Uncle Jim
Science Fiction Sex Story: Prelude - Bill and Suenee spend some time at 46th Group Headquarters, but there is trouble brewing in the Shan States, and Bill is soon on a Team headed there to solve the problem with a little help.
Definitions - Thai Culture
Kamois - thieves of various sorts
Klong - canal; a waterway; there are various sizes and many were filled in starting in the early '60's.
Klong jar - Large ceramic or concrete vessel for the storage of rain water
Makhong - Thai whiskey. Mixed with 7UP it will give you the shakes in the morning. Mixed with any cola it will give you a terrible hangover as well as the shakes. Best cure - a taste of the dog that bit you.
Samlor - three wheeled bicycle. Google samlor for pictures and history
Sarong - dress made from various materials 1 meter wide by 2 meters long. Wraps around the body.
Sawat Dee - traditional Thai greeting
Tuk tuk - a small three-wheeled vehicle with a two cycle engine. There is a driver's seat in the front and a wide passenger seat over the rear wheels. There is a roof, but it has open sides. (Google Tuk Tuk to see pictures.)
Wai - traditional Thai hand greeting, also used to show respect. Google "Wai Thai Greeting".
USARPAC - U. S. Army Pacific Area Command. Headquarters in Hawaii. Controlled Army units in the entire Pacific area.
JUSMAGTHAI - Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group Thailand. The Headquarters Organization that controls all U.S. military operations in Thailand. It provides Command, Control, and Assistance to U.S. and Thai Forces.
46th Special Forces Group - U.S. Army Special Forces unit assigned to help the Thai Army with training and other assistance. They run a number of camps along with Thai Special forces on the Thai border with Lower Laos, Lower Cambodia, North Vietnam, China, and Burma. They also provided training and assistance to the Thai Border Police and the Thai Army Rangers.
This is a work of fiction. All characters and the events portrayed in this story are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. All of the locations and some of the military units, however, actually exist or existed.
This story takes place in a Parallel Universe. The separation point is when the six Amulets arrived on earth. This was about fifty years before the founding of the Chakri Dynasty in Thailand (6 April 1782).
Thanks to the presence of the Amulets, Thai kings had much more influence in the Karen and Shan states on their northern and western boarders between Siam and Myanmar (Burma). The Karen were the first to respond to offers by the Chakri Thai government to join them. They were offered semi-independence while retaining their own rulers, customs, and religion, but with close ties to the Bangkok regime. Since the Burmese had never treated the Karen well and had, in fact, considered them nothing but slaves, the Karen accepted this offer, and the Thais sent troops to secure the border there against the Burmese. Over time the Karen provinces were assimilated in to Greater Thailand.
The Shan were a somewhat different problem. Having ruled the Ava Kingdom in the 16th century and then been defeated by the lowland Burmese, theirs had been a very changeable existence based on the strength or weakness of the ruling Burmese king, and they had been nearly independent at many times. They had supplied major portions of the Burmese Army, and, in fact, without them Burma would have been unable to carry out its campaigns in lower Burma, Thailand, and other places.
It was during the First Anglo-Burmese War from 1824-1826 that the Shan saw the writing on the wall, as it were, and decided that it would be better to join the Thais than to be ruled by the British. King Rama III offered them the same semi-independence that had been offered to and accepted by the Karen previously. This allowed the Shan to maintain their own rulers and lifestyle while maintaining close ties with the Bangkok regime. Additionally, they were to supply a certain number of men to the Thai Army. Over time the Shan, too, were assimilated into Thai society and life in Greater Thailand, especially after World War II and the beginning of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX. Consequently, the British eventually took over a much smaller Burma than in our universe, as the Karen and the Shan States were joined to Thailand.
The French, though they took over much of southern (Lower) Lao (Laos), didn't acquire the Luang Phrabang and Black Thai kingdoms in the north of Laos. or what would later be called Upper or Thai Laos. This included all of the land west of the Mekong in what we know in our universe as Sainyabuli Province of Laos, but which in the Amulets Universe is known as Thailand's Lan Chang Province. Also included were all of Luang Phrabang, Houaphanh, Bokeo, Louang Namtha, Oudamxay, and Phongsaly provinces.
The French also got a much smaller Cambodia, called Lower Cambodia. The Thai retained the lands there that they had ruled for well over a hundred years. That area extended form the Gulf of Thailand in the west at Had Lek, just south of Trat overland through the coastal mountain range to the headwaters of the Stoeng Pouthisat River and then followed the river to Tonle Sap Lake, splitting Pouthisat Province. It included all of the land north of the Pouthisat River including Batdambung Province. After crossing the lake it included Siem Rep (Angkor Wat), Preah Vihear, Stoeng Treng, and Rotanah Kiri Provinces all the way to the border with Vietnam. This area was called Upper Cambodia.
In the south, on the peninsula, Muslims from the Malaysia Sultanates, the most troublesome of which had been ceded to Britain, found it difficult to cross the Thai border thanks to the Amulets. Those that persisted died mysteriously in the jungle. Those already there were strongly encouraged to be peaceful. All of these additions created a Kingdom nearly twice as large as the one in our universe.
This is also the Universe where JFK was NOT assassinated, and LBJ never became President. Kennedy pursued and won the war in Vietnam thanks in part to the U.S. and Thai Special Forces camps in that area of Cambodia that belonged to the Thais and bordered on Southern Laos. This cut off the Ho Chi Min trail in the Central Highlands before it reached vulnerable areas in South Vietnam. They were also aided, unknowingly, by the Amulets, who didn't appreciate the North Vietnamese at all. Consequently, Richard Nixon had a lot less trouble and only had mopping up actions in Vietnam to contend with. He was never impeached, and went on to complete his second term, so Gerald Ford never became President. However, they did still have to suffer through Jimmy Carter.
This then is the world that Bill Baker inhabits. Women are more accepted in the Thai version of the Buddhist religion and the Amulets still exert their power and wait for what they know is coming.