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Douglas MacArthur, Army photo portrait seated, France 1918

MacArthur on his throne

Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 - January 26, 1965) was an American general who rose to become President of the United States, and later, Emperor of the Imperial States of America. He was a Chief of Staff for the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was a highly decorated soldier of the war, receiving the Medal of Honor for his early service in the Philippines. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of General of the Army and the only one to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army. After World War II, in 1948, MacArthur capitalized on his popularity by being the Republican nominee for president. He was elected in a landslide.

As president, MacArthur increased executive power and doubled the size of the American Empire. He took huge amounts of territories from America's European allies. In 1950, he announced the MacArthur Doctrine, which became the basis of American expansionism in Africa. In 1952, he invaded Egypt, resulting in World War III. MacArthur held off the Russian Empire and China for a few bloody years, before calling a ceasefire. After the ceasefire, he took over most of America's allies, and established himself as the Authoritarian dictator of the new empire that had risen from the U.S: the Imperial States of America. In 1959, the ceasefire was broken, and the American and Russian Empires again went to war. Mounting huge invasions of Siberia and Eastern Europe, MacArthur pressed upon the Russian Empire, leading to its' collapse. In 1963, the Imperial States of America undoubtedly became the world's single superpower. MacArthur megalomania grew, and in 1964, he crowned himself Emperor of the Imperial States of America on National TV. During his coronation, he laid out plans that he hoped would lead to America's total rule over humanity by 1976. Shortly after the coronation, on his 85th birthday, Douglas MacArthur was shot and killed by Cesar Chavez, a labor leader employed by the Caballeros de Libertad, a radical Latin American independence group. His death marked the end of an era. Douglas MacArthur was the most powerful man in human history, and his legacy remains controversial.

Early Years[]

Douglas MacArthur was born January 26, 1880 at the barracks in Little Rock, Arkansas, where his parents were stationed at the time. His parents were General Arthur MacArthur Jr., at the time a U.S. Army captain, a recipient of the Medal of Honor for the American Civil War, and Mary Pinkney Hardy MacArthur. Douglas MacArthur was the grandson of jurist and politician Arthur MacArthur Sr, a Scottish immigrant. Douglas was raised as a military brat on a succession of Army posts in the American Old West. In his memoir, Reminiscences, MacArthur wrote that "I learned to ride and shoot even before I could read or write — indeed, almost before I could walk and talk." As a child, MacArthur met the captured Indian Chief Geronimo, who he supposedly threw an egg at.

As a child in the military, MacArthur moved frequently to various military bases. In 1898, MacArthur volunteered for the Spanish-American war, where he served without distinction in the Battle of San Juan Hill. Although he served in the war for less then a month, he lived to see the birth of the American Empire. It was the beginning of a long military career. MacArthur became convinced that the United States' destiny was to unite the world under patriotic values. After denial to enter West Point Military Academy from two Presidents, MacArthur studied hard for the admittance exams for West Point. He entered the Academy on June 13, 1899. MacArthur graduated with flying colors.

In 1903, Lieutenant MacArthur was sent to the Philippines, his specialty being engineering. He defeated an ambush by Philippine guerrillas. After he was injured during service, he embarked on a tour of Asia with his father, where he had the chance to examine the armies of his future enemies, the Japanese and the Chinese. He later became an aid to President Roosevelt, who also shared his views on American power.

World War I[]

When World War I broke out in 1915, MacArthur, now a captain in the U.S army, was sent to occupy Veracruz, successfully defeating the Mexican garrison stationed there, for which he was later awarded the Medal of Honor. MacArthur defended the city from Mexican assaults. Veracruz was later attacked by German submarines, cutting off Veracruz from supplies, so this made holding the city even harder. Eventually, the United States began to expand into Mexico's heartland. As part of the heavily fought Mexico City offensive, he served in several battles that pushed the Mexicans back. He served with General Roosevelt in the Battle of Mexico City. MacArthur's regiment helped capture Mexican leader Emilio Zapata, for which he was promoted to major.

In 1917, MacArthur was sent to the Western Front in Europe, where he served in the Second Battle of the Marne. The war proceeded slowly due to the practice of fighting in trenches. The Major disliked trench warfare, but that did not prevent him from aiding offensives that eventually won the war. For helping win the Second Battle of the Marne, MacArthur was promoted to Colonel and later General. When his mentor Theodore Roosevelt was killed by Mexican guerrillas, MacArthur returned to the United States for Roosevelt's funeral.

Service throughout the Empire[]

Due to his brave service in World War I, MacArthur was appointed Superintendent of West Point. Disgusted by cadets' lack of knowledge, MacArthur embarked on an ambitious reform of officer military education. He expanded the courses to broader topics such as History and Chemistry. More importantly he established a civics course telling officers of America's duty to patrol and protect the world. Although MacArthur's reforms were controversial, he made friends within the American military and among Cadets who would later serve as the backbone of his iron rule. He was sent back to the Philippines in 1923. Although not all his reforms were permanent, his mindset, especially on American power, would have a huge impact in the American military.

After marrying Louise Cromwell Brooks, a marriage that would end with the decade, MacArthur was sent to the Philippines. After spending the rest of the decade with little distinction in various military bases, MacArthur was sent by President Charles Dawes to maintain order during the tumultuous years of the Great Depression. As Chief of Staff, MacArthur ordered a brutal attack on the so called Bonus Army, a group of World War I veterans who wanted their bonuses early. He was sent to Mexico in order to crush guerrillas, which he completed with bloody effectiveness. In 1935, MacArthur commanded an invasion of Venezuela, which was achieved with little effort. MacArthur became known for his ruthless warfare against Latin American rebels, and his take no prisoners attitude. As the rebellion subsided, he was sent to the Philippines once more.