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  1. Uhura's Mazda

    AHC/WI: Green Parties Fail

    @BrotherSideways At the moment, it's hard to think of a First World country where a Green Party isn't experiencing some degree of success. Obviously, it hasn't always been this way, and Green politics seems to have taken off mostly in the last decade or two. Could this have been avoided...
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    TLIAD: If You Want To Know Who We Are

    Introduction Imagine a world where Oswald Mosley imposed a Fascist dictatorship in the UK. Imagine a world where Britain voted to leave the EU in the 1992 referendum. Imagine a world where Donald Trump or Pat Buchanan became President in 2000. We’ve got it pretty good here in the real world...
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    WI: Continuity SDP does better?

    IOTL, David Owen opposed the Liberal-SDP merger and continued the party with his loyalists until 1990, when they were defeated in the Bootle by-election by the Monster Raving Loonies. Owen gave up at this point, but the two other SDP MPs, Rosie Barnes and John Cartwright, were involved at arms...
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    AHC: Proprietary Government after American Independence

    Obviously this is a bit of a challenging one, to say the least. In the colonial period, several of the Thirteen Colonies were owned by various courtiers and their descendants at various times, with these individuals being ultimately responsible for their governance. I'm only aware of three...
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    AH Vignette: Caught in a Webb

    Trigger Warning: This is a bit eugenicsy, so be warned. I'm not at all presenting it in a positive sense, though. Caught in a Webb “Hi, Shaz - yeah, it’s Kirk, yeah. Listen: really sorry to bail at the last minute, but I really can’t be at work from the start of the shift. It’s - “ There was...
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    AHC: More Successful Natural Law Party

    One of the hipster picks, I'll admit, but there's something fascinating about the fact that a party based on Yogic flying managed to put forward so many no-hoper candidates in elections throughout the the world. They even got one state assembly member in Madhya Pradesh in India in 1998. Your...
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    WI: Russo-German Peace in 1916?

    I don't know a huge amount about WWI, but apparently a German industrialist called Hugo Stinnes was in Sweden in 1916 trying to negotiate a separate peace with Russia, principally with Protopopov, Vice-President of the Duma. And these talks were broken off as a result of a German initiative to...
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    WI: Monmouth wins Battle of Sedgemoor

    So. In 1685, four months into the reign of James II, his nephew the Duke of Monmouth invaded the West Country with a few fishing boats and 80 men, marched up towards Bristol while gathering a crowd of untrained rebels around him, before retreating in the face of adverse weather. However, whIle...
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    KiwiTL: A Very Substantial Opportunity

    Prologue: The Promise I’ve been asked several times recently about my involvement in various political campaigns over the last couple of decades, and some very polite people have suggested that I write down some of it to put Online. Somewhat egotistically, I have taken them at their word...
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    WI: Senator Julian Assange, 2013

    In 2013, Julian Assange, then (as now) in house arrest in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, founded the Wikileaks Party and stood for the Australian Senate in the state of Victoria. Naturally, he didn't win. But let's handwave a series of events which gets him elected - maybe the Greens decide...
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    WI: New Zealand Went Back To FPTP?

    In 2011, a non-binding referendum was held on whether to change the voting system. 56% voted in favour of keeping MMP, while 41% voted against, most of them wanting a return to FPTP. If No had won the Referendum, there would have been a second referendum, on or before the 2014 general election...
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    WI: Liberal Democrat Leader Chris Huhne

    In 2007, Ming Campbell resigned as Leader of the Lib Dems, inciting a leadership contest between Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne. The result was extremely close between the two of them, and was made properly dramatic by the fact that a bunch of votes arrived late and weren't officially counted...
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    WI: United and Reform Parties don't merge (NZ)

    Between 1891 and 1912, NZ was governed by the modernising Liberal Party, which united both farmers and urban workers until the point at which the farmers, having achieved land reform, moved towards the more conservative Reform Party, and the urban workers drifted towards new Labour parties. At...
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    AHC: Social Democratic/Labour Party to the Right of the Main Conservative Party

    This can be in any country, although Portugal is probably way too easy. Basically, can you think of a way a particular country's political system could be developed over time to effectively swap the ideological positions of the main parties? Ideally, this would be in both an economic and a...
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    Vignette: The Election Fortnight

    The bongs of Big Ben faded away, and Jonathan Dimbleby's familiarly worn face appeared in a computer-generated landscape of lurid pink girders and vague approximations of the faces of significant politicians. "Are you sure this is a British tradition?" asked Janusz. The lads in the flat had...
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    What If Queen Victoria Was Eaten By A Crocodile?

    One of Queen Victoria's grandchildren was Prince Waldemar of Prussia, who died aged 11 in 1879 of diphtheria. He was a family favourite by all accounts, and was interested in science and nature, keeping mineral and animal specimens in the Swiss Cottage at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight...
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    WI: Iranian Revolution Not Dominated By Islamists?

    So, the opponents to the Shah in the 1970s were a hodge-podge of secular liberals, Marxists and Islamists who were only really united by their opposition to the Shah's secret police, opulence, penchant for pre-Islamic Iranian history and the Western World, as well as his egotistical style of...
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    A Land Fertile in Tyrants

    Prologue: The Brief Dawn The sun rose majestically over the raven-specked battlefield, slowly ripening the corpses of thousands of young men who had died on that hill the day before. Local villagers and survivors from the losing army had already begun to stagger, dazed and confused, around the...
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    AHC/WI: President John Wolfe, Jr.

    Almost certainly ASB, but that's part of the challenge. ;) How do you make Obama implode so badly that Wolfe wins the nomination while the Democrats remain relatively unharmed? And if he is President, how much progress can he make on Medicare and reimposing Glass-Steagal?
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    AHC: More 'White Rajahs'

    I probably ought to make it clear at this point that I don't approve of colonialism or Imperialism, and I wish I didn't have to say that. Sarawak was ruled for about a hundred years by the Brooke family, which was started by a British adventurer who cleared out a load of pirates from the area...
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