Well, I was just inspired to right this as I was playing as the British in Hearts of Iron II. Knowing that Britain's existence in the Pacific (although visible) was somewhat weak compared to the United State's and Australia's holdings. Well, on December 10, an air fleet of G3M Nells and G4M Bettys attacked "Force Z", containing four naval destroyers, the new HMS Prince of Wales battleship, and the older WWI-era HMS Repulse. The Japanese attacked the group and within just over an hour both capital ships were sunk with minimal losses to the Japanese attack group. This thread ask's the question: what if this didn't happen? What if the Prince of Wales and Repulse survived, or otherwise never came under attack at all by the Japanese? They had left Singapore on December 8 to help the defenses in Malaya to hold off the Japanese landings. They had come so close- but were sunk. Because of this, the Allies only had 3 operational capital ships (battleships, battlecruisers) remaining in the Pacific Ocean against a massive naval power. Say that they weren't sent to Malaya in the first place. Therefore the attack never commences on Force Z. Malaya falls, but without any more casualties for the British. What would happen next?