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  1. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    1945-1947: Arthur Greenwood (Labour minority with Liberal confidence and supply)
    1945: Winston Churchill (Conservative), Archibald Sinclair (Liberal)

    - Arthur Greenwood was an accidental Prime Minister, swept to power on a wave of popular hope that should have belonged to his incapacitated predecessor, Clement Attlee. Sadly, Greenwood's lacklustre campaigning skills and poor rebuttals to Churchill's scare tactics meant that, whilst the Conservatives were decisively out of power, Labour was stuck forming a confidence and supply agreement in the Commons with Archibald Sinclair's renewed Liberal Party. Greenwood was forced to keep the socialist content of Labour's governmental programme delayed or out of policy altogether, with the most sweeping changes to British society coming in the form of justice reform, the extension of the Ministry of Health's powers, and the beginning of the end for the British Raj in India. Nationalisation was a tiresome and slow business, with compensation becoming a hotly debated issue and thus taking up a disproportionate amount of time in the Commons.

    1947-1947: Arthur Greenwood (Labour minority)

    - Greenwood's government floundered into its final crisis in January 1947, when that year's snows crippled Britain's infrastructure and rendered the transport network unusable. Supply problems caused rationing to intensify and reports of starvation filled the public with outrage. Archibald Sinclair, sensing that Greenwood's leadership would not last another month, withdrew Liberal support for Labour and effectively forced the government to face the country in a general election.

    1947-1950: Anthony Eden (Conservative majority)

    1947: Arthur Greenwood (Labour), Archibald Sinclair (Liberal)

    - With Churchill suffering a heart attack and handing over to Eden in 1946, the Conservative Party was able to renew itself and storm to victory in 1947 with a fresh, young leader. Anthony Eden charmed his way into office and promised to further the reform agenda of the Greenwood government, which came to pass with Indian independence in 1948 and the new 'Public Health Authority' being set up as a stringent regulatory body for local care providers in 1949. The public was swept up with Eden's youthful charisma and the post-war years of doom and gloom were effectively offset by the character he so masterfully portrayed. Travelling the world, acting as half-statesman and half-movie star, Eden pushed Britain to face the world it believed was overtaking it and remake itself in the PM's image: youthful, vibrant, and utterly without care for austerity. Sadly, these sentiments came crashing along with the Prime Minister's plane over the Mediterranean whilst en route to a NATO conference in Rome in October 1950.

    1950-1952: David Eccles (Conservative majority)

    - The former Minister of Health was even younger (46) than Eden when he came to power, prompting satirical cartoonists to portray him as a public school swot (and his as-then-unknown successor as a toddler). Compared to Eden, Eccles was an unknown quantity with a dour Scots background and the faint whiff of the aristocratic rake about him. He lacked the gravitas to deal with the nation's mourning for Eden, some said; others called him a 'poor imitation' of the recently deceased Prime Minister. There was little that Eccles could do to endear himself to a public that had already made up their minds, despite his house-building plans and his founding of the National Arts Council. By 1952, the government returned to Labour's hands in one of the most expected election results Britain had ever seen.

    1952-1956: Herbert Morrison (Labour majority)
    1952: David Eccles (Conservative), Edgar Granville (Liberal)

    - The 'grand old man' of London politics, Morrison seized power from Arthur Greenwood in a swift coup in 1948 and built a cadre of social democrats and party modernisers around his leadership. When it came to 1952, Morrison breezed into power with a stern look upon his brow and the right amount of gravitas to handle a nation still feeling the biting effects of post-war austerity. Some fancied that Morrison might liberalise the strictures of rationing: those people were wrong. Dalton headed up the Exchequer and refused to budge on the issue, setting the tone of what would be known as the 'four wasted years'. Morrison courted the business community that balked at the idea of a socialist government back in power, making him more conservative with regards to radical economic reform, and the Cabinet's demographic makeup made it seem like a gerontocracy (most ministers were in their sixties and younger party figures were relegated to junior positions). Many speculate that Morrison, had he become Prime Minister in Greenwood's place, would have proved successful - alas, time and experience had worn down Morrison's radicalism and embittered him. Looking to restore confidence, Morrison called an election in April 1956 and went down in a blaze of mediocrity.

    1956-1964: David Eccles (Conservative majority)
    1956: Herbert Morrison (Labour), Donald Wade (Liberal)
    1960: Henry Walston (Labour), Donald Wade (Liberal)


    - Having survived a backbench campaign, led by Ralph Assheton, to depose him, David Eccles put his party back on track and came into his own as a determined moderniser who would face down the 'Bobbety Salisburys' of the reactionary wing of the party. In government, he would pursue the same progressive agenda, putting social reform and ending rationing front and centre of his plan for Britain's renewal. Most food rationing was phased out by 1959 and fuel rationing was stopped immediately upon Selwyn Lloyd's arrival at the Exchequer, relations with President Knowland of the USA were established, and Britain's colonial possessions began to gain their independence. Easy-going and optimistic, Eccles personality shone through in a public sphere that had become decrepit during the Morrison years. He pursued a youthful image in his first major reshuffle in 1958, making Iain Macleod (44) Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling (41) War Secretary, and Aubrey Jones (46) President of the Board of Trade. In 1960, Eccles triumphed over the scandal-ridden Labour leader, Henry Walston, and upped his majority by twenty seats. The government forged ahead with infrastructure projects, industrial relations reform, and keeping the economy steady during the '60s boom era. By 1964, Eccles had been Conservative leader for fourteen years and Prime Minister for ten of those - he was getting old and knew that there were younger men waiting in the wings. In retrospect, historians have also credited Eccles with the foresight to step aside before the economic bubble burst later that year.

    1964-1965: Aubrey Jones (Conservative majority)

    - For an LSE graduate and the son of an ardent trade unionist to become Tory leader might have seemed wildly unrealistic prior to the rise of Aubrey Jones, but the progressive Tory minister was more than his background and proved as much when he courted the Magic Circle of party grandees to give his name to the newly crowned Queen in May 1964. An administrative genius, some said, Jones had been Chancellor since the 1960 election and had overseen rising living standards and decreasing prices for consumers for nearly four years straight. The miracle of Jones management wasn't to last, however, and the winter of 1964 brought the kind of industrial action unseen since before the Industrial Relations Act of 1960. Dockers, truck drivers and railwaymen banded together to fight the stagnant wages they received (especially in comparison to the rising wages of skilled labourers and white-collar workers) and drove the country to a standstill. Whilst unpopular with the public, the strikes highlighted how out-of-touch the government was with the lowest earners. Aubrey Jones was unable to overcome a renewed Labour Party, led by its second leader of Jewish descent in a row (and who benefited greatly from murmurs of anti-Semitism during the election campaign in May 1965).

    1965-1974: Maurice Edelman (Labour majority)
    1965: Aubrey Jones (Conservative),
    1969: Tufton Beamish (Conservative),
    1974: Tufton Beamish (Conservative),

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    1974-1978: Betty Lockwood (Labour majority)

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  2. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    Over There

    1908-1910: H.H. Asquith (Liberal majority)
    1910-1912: H.H. Asquith (Liberal minority with IPP confidence and supply)

    1910 (January): Arthur Balfour (Conservative), John Redmond (IPP), Arthur Henderson (Labour), William O'Brien (All-for-Ireland)
    1910 (December): Arthur Balfour (Conservative), John Redmond (IPP), George Nicoll Barnes (Labour), William O'Brien (All-for-Ireland)

    1912-1917: Reginald McKenna (Liberal minority with IPP confidence and supply)
    1914: Andrew Bonar Law (Conservative), John Redmond (IPP), Ramsay MacDonald (Labour), William O'Brien (All-for-Ireland)
     
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  3. Gonzo A bit of a Paleo-Anarchist

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    >Surviving All-for-Ireland league?
    >Home Rule achieved?
    >No further split in IPP

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
     
  4. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    Only temporarily. War's on, but McKenna is in charge and that means playing the arms-length game with the Western Front as France stands practically alone. Ireland won't be a walk in the park for very long.

    I'm not sure where to go after, so I've left it like this.
     
  5. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    1909-1913: Charles Evans Hughes/Joseph B. Foraker (Republican)
    1908: William Jennings Bryan/John W. Kern (Democratic)
    1913-1921: Charles Evans Hughes/Albert J. Beveridge (Republican)
    1912: Carter Glass/George E. Chamberlain (Democratic), Charles W. Fairbanks/Nicholas Murray Butler ('Conservative' Republican)
    1916: Carter Glass/James D. Phelan (Democratic)

    1921-1923: Warren Harding/John Nance Garner (Conservative)
    1920: Albert J. Beveridge/Hiram Johnson (Republican), B.B. Comer/Coleman Livingston Blease ('Southern' Democratic)
    1923-1925: John Nance Garner/Vacant (Conservative)
    1925-1929: John Nance Garner/James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr. (Conservative)

    1924: William Borah/Howard Sutherland (Republican)
     
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  6. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    1862-1868: Jefferson Davis/Alexander H. Stephens (Democratic)

    1861: Unopposed
    1868-1874: John C. Breckinridge/John Reagan (Democratic)
    1867: Alexander H. Stephens/William Russell Smith (Whig)
    1874-1886: John Reagan/James Chesnut, Jr. (Democratic)
    1873: Unopposed
    1879: Jubal Early/Joseph E. Brown ('True' Democratic)

    1886-1892: Wade Hampton III/Joseph E. Brown (Democratic)
    1885: Unopposed
    1891: Unopposed

    1892-1892: Joseph E. Brown/Vacant (Democratic)
    1892-1894: John H. Bankhead/Vacant (Democratic)
    1894-1900: John H. Bankhead/William D. Bloxham (Democratic)

    1894: Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr./James G. Field (Farmers' Alliance)
    1900-1912: B.B. Comer/James H. Davis (Democratic)
    1900: William D. Bloxham/Robert Wyche Davis ('Tallahassee' Democratic), Henry Watterson/Franklin J. Moses, Jr. ('Havana' Democratic)
    1906: Unopposed

    1912-1918: Joseph E. Ransdell/James B. Clark (Democratic)
    1912: Unopposed
    1918-1922: James B. Clark/Oscar Underwood (Democratic)
    1918: Joseph W. Bailey/Clark Howell (Conservative)
    1922-1924: Oscar Underwood/Vacant (Democratic)
    1924-1930: Edward Hull Crump/Joseph W. Bailey (Democratic)

    1924: Unopposed
    1930-1936: William J. Fields/Morris Sheppard (Democratic)
    1930: Walter F. George/Charles Gordon Edwards ('Peach' Democratic), Albert B. Fall/John Nance Garner ('Western' Democratic), Edwin Morrow/Joseph Taylor Robinson ('Morrow' Democratic)
    1936-1948: Robert F. Byrd/Walter F. George (Democratic)
    1936: Unopposed
    1942: Unopposed

    1948-1960: Robert F. Byrd/Theophilus Connor (Democratic)
    1948: Unopposed
    1954: Unopposed
     
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  7. Beata Beatrix Duchess of Buffonia

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    I feel like this is the Confederacy?
     
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  8. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    Your feeling is correct. It's the background for something I'm thinking of writing.

    As you can see, the Democrats like to absorb the opposition to keep themselves in perpetual power.
     
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  9. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    1965-1972: Lyndon B. Johnson/Hubert H. Humphrey (Democratic)
    1964: Barry Goldwater/William E. Miller (Republican)
    1968: Nelson Rockefeller/George H.W. Bush (Republican)

    1972-1973: Hubert H. Humphrey/Vacant (Democratic)
    1973-1981: George H.W. Bush/Chuck Percy (Republican)

    1972: Hubert H. Humphrey/John McKeithen (Democratic), Eugene McCarthy/Mike Gravel (Peace and Freedom)
    1976: Ed Koch/Alan Cranston (Democratic)

    1981-1985: Paul Newman/Reubin Askew (Democratic)
    1980: Chuck Percy/Robert F. Bennett (Republican)
    1985-1987: John Tower/Jerry Rubin (Republican)
    1984: Paul Newman/Reubin Askew (Democratic)
    1987-1989: Jerry Rubin/Vacant (Republican)
    1989-1993: Jerry Rubin/Howard Baker (Republican)

    1988: Paul Newman/Martha Layne Collins (Democratic)
    1993-2001: Terry Goddard/Rudy Giuliani (Democratic)
    1992: Jerry Rubin/Lamar Alexander (Republican)
    1996: Lamar Alexander/Edward F. Cox (Republican), Carol Bartz/John Patrick Crecine (Progress.USA)
     
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  10. Beata Beatrix Duchess of Buffonia

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    oooooo
     
  11. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    There's more to come!

    We've got a 'Yippie Republican' President to come yet.
     
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  12. Beata Beatrix Duchess of Buffonia

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    liam

    this is very phresh liam

    liam
     
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  13. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    Additions have been made.
     
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  14. Gonzo A bit of a Paleo-Anarchist

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    How... How...?

    There can only be one hippie Republican...

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. Oppo Paul Simon 2020

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    There's a color version of that.
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    I need to stop using Scranton in every alternate presidents list I do. :p
     
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  16. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    General Secretaries of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
    1953-1964: Nikita Khruschev
    1964-1977: Alexei Kosygin
    1977-1985: Yegor Ligachyov
    1985-2001: Boris Yeltsin
    2001-2010: Boris Berezovsky
    2010-: Gennady Zyuganov

    Presidents of the European Community of Nations
    1991-1997: Hans Modrow (DDR)
    1997-2000: Aleksandar Lilov (Bulgaria)
    2000-2005: Gennady Zyuganov (Soviet Union)
    2005-2009: Miklós Németh (Hungary)
    2009-2011: Andrzej Lepper (Poland)
    2011-2015: Milan Bandić (Yugoslavia)
    2015-: Bodo Ramelow (DDR)

    (@Heat)
     
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  17. Heat Hillary Clinton Did Nothing Wrong

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    y dis
     
  18. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    Well, after many years as Chairman of the Council of State, I should think he'd want a change of pace.
     
  19. Heat Hillary Clinton Did Nothing Wrong

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    he went into politics because he needed a bailout after his farm was flooded

    liam pls
     
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  20. Comisario Gunnar Sträng's Chocolate Homunculus

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    I know, I didn't just slap him on there.

    There is a PoD in the 1960s.

    heat pls
     
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