Huey Long: Intro
  • A Perfect Democracy


    The World That Huey Made


    A perfect democracy can come close to looking like a dictatorship, a democracy in which the people are so satisfied they have no complaint.

    Huey Long


    Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 - March 15, 1960), known also by the nickname "The Kingfish," was an American statesman who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1941 to 1953. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 40th governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932, and then senator from 1932 to 1940. Throughout his political career, Long ran on a platform of wealth redistribution which he dubbed Share Our Wealth. As president, he served an unprecedented three terms in office, implementing most of his initial program, including the reform of the Federal Reserve Board, the Bureau of Wealth and Public Equity, the National Health Administration, National Railroad System, and the Public Broadcasting System. The Long administration also oversaw several massive construction project, including the Mississippi Levy System and Oklahoma Levy System, as well as the construction of cities and housing projects known at the time as "Longvilles." Long's presidency also saw a considerable concentration of executive power not unlike what he wielded as governor of Louisiana, which resulted in a failed impeachment attempt during his first term. As for his legacy, Long is considered the most consequential president of the 20th century, if not all of American history, with him usually ranking within the top three of most historians' lists for most consequential presidents. His time as president is what most historians consider to be the Fifth Party System, characterized by populist politics, Democratic Party dominance, and an isolationist approach to European affairs.

    Welcome to A Perfect Democracy. For years, I have always had a fascination with Huey Long. My politics have shifted over the years, but my interest in him has been the same. I have tried my hand at doing a timeline similar to the premise presented here in the past, but with little success. It has been difficult for me to stick with an idea that I like and develop it to its logical - and sometimes "illogical" - conclusions. I have admired the number of well thought-out and developed alternate worlds present on this site - @lord caedus 's American Commonwealth, @Archangel Michael 's A Jovian Night's Dream, @Kanan 's Our Fair Country, @LeinadB93 's Hail, Britannia - and I hope to add my own contribution to this site much like they have. This might be the basis for a fictional universe, who knows?

    Admittedly, I am using a little bit of a butterfly net when it comes to the world events that led to World War II, but I believe most of what happened IOTL would still have happened even without Franklin Roosevelt as President during those years.

    For those who are wondering, God Save Great Washington is not dead. It's on extended hiatus, and I plan to return to it. I just need a little bit longer to plan out the world. For the foreseeable future, however, I plan to work mostly on this TL. I thank you for your understanding.

    Thanks to @timmy_khagann for the "Share Our Wealth" logo. The "old" Huey Long portrait and "coat of arms" are from Reddit.
    Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Andrew Davis
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Andrew Davis


    The Federal Reserve Board of Governors is the governing body of the Federal Reserve System. Form in 1913 during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, Huey Long sought to reform it in order to fulfill his broader reform agenda. He borrowed from his ally Father Charles Coughlin in advocating for an overhaul to the Fed's governing structure. Known officially as the "Federal Reserve Reform Act," the "Coughlin Act" as it was known by observers required the Federal Reserve Board to have an elected member from each state. Members are elected to three year terms, and serve a maximum of three terms. Terms start at the first fiscal quarter, October 1. In order to adequately elect members prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, the board has its election on the first Tuesday of August. The result is relatively low turnout, which generally benefits the more efficient Democratic Party machines.


    Andrew Davis is an American politician who served as the 24th Chairman of the Federal Reserve as well as a representative from the Virginia 5th congressional district. Born in Charlottesville as the son of an economics professor at the University of Virginia, Davis went on to attend the same school, getting a Bachelor of Arts in Economics as well as a Juris Doctorate. Throughout college, he was active in the Constitutional Alliance, even being elected as a delegate to the 1996 Alliance Convention in Denver. During the late 1990's, the Alliance's fortunes greatly improved against the unpopular Democratic incumbent which resulted in a massive landslide in both chambers of Congress. Davis also benefited from this wave by displacing the longtime Democratic incumbent Bob Chandler known affectionately by his constituents as the "Lumberjack" for his tendency to wear plaid shirts. Davis, who was not expected to win this race, managed to hold on to the seat for several more cycles, even winning over significant numbers of Democrats.

    Davis set his sights on loftier goals. In 2005, he won the recently opened Federal Reserve seat for Virginia, holding on to it for all three of his eligible terms. The last two terms saw Alliance domination of the Board, and with it his election to the chair. His policies were fairly popular with both banks and consumers, prompting many to speculate that he was going to eventually run for president. He declined to run in 2016, probably because of the then popular incumbent Alec Reed. However, he announced his run for the presidency in March of 2015 and has dominated the polls since. His charisma and perception of being a "safe pair of hands" has made it difficult for other Alliance candidates to make a breakthrough in the race so far. Only time will tell if Davis will be able to coast on into the Executive Mansion.
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  • I realise this may be one of the first time i’ve Seen a timeline which had a (partial) Nazi victory “in the background”, not as the main focus of the story. It’s quite interesting lol

    The implications of a partial Axis victory will be covered. While I'll likely give the bulk of my attention to American politics, I want to be as broad-based as I possibly can.

    Anyway i think you should give links to the previous updates unless you plan on retconning them

    Good Idea:

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    Nazi Germany, Namibia
  • Nazi Germany, Namibia

    The Greater German Reich, often referred to as "Nazi Germany" in the English speaking world, refers to the period of Adolf Hitler's and his National Socialist German Workers' Party. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state where nearly all aspects of life were controlled by the government. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich (German Reich) until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich (Greater German Reich) from 1943 to 1955. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich (Drittes Reich), meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire (800–1806) and the German Empire (1871–1918). The Nazi regime ended in 1955 following the death of Hitler and the ensuing civil war.

    Hitler rose to power on a platform of restoring German national glory in the face of the humiliating Treaty of Versailles. Being made chancellor in 1933, he quickly used his position to consolidate his rule with the aid of the German military. Hitler then began to embark on a program of incorporating all German speaking lands into Germany, beginning with the re militarization of the Rhineland in 1936, Anschluß with Austria in 1938, and the seizure of Czechoslovakia in 1939. The nations of Great Britain and France had pursued a policy of "appeasement" with Germany in an attempt to buy time for an eventual war. Open warfare soon broke out after Germany invaded Poland in an attempt to incorporate Danzig into the Third Reich. The following Western War was won by Germany thanks to a series of missteps made by the Allies, including an ill-timed invasion of Norway and a routing of allied forces as Calais. Britain, now isolated after the surrender of France, signed the Peace of 1940, ceding the former German colonies of Cameroon, Togoland, East Africa, and South West Africa (having pressured South Africa). Hitler placed the colonies under SS control as a consolation prize for refusing SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler his dreamed fiefdom of Burgundy.

    The ease of Hitler's victory over the Western allies panicked Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who had signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler the previous year. In July, shortly after the Peace was signed with Britain, Stalin attempted a surprise offensive against German positions. The resulting conflict became known as the German-Soviet War, though it soon involved more than two rivals. Initially, Russian troops had the upper hand, quickly taking most of Poland and parts of eastern Prussia. However, the war quickly soured for the Soviets once German troops from France made their way to the Eastern Front. The intervention of Japan in Siberia tipped the tide in favor of the Anti-Comintern Pact, resulting in German troops in Moscow by the Spring of 1941. Stalin was killed by his own bodyguards. Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels hailed the turn of events as the "deathblow to Judeo-Bolshevism." Years later, he commissioned a film entitled Der Tod von Stalin featuring an exaggerated account of the subject's assassination.

    With their mortal foe defeated, things seemed to be looking up for the Thousand Year Reich. However, cracks almost immediately began to show in the Nazi edifice. The fall of the Soviet Union not only saw the death of Marxism-Leninism, but also the death of the Anti-Comintern Pact. Mussolini became increasingly frustrated with his treatment as a junior partner, and began to pursue a foreign policy detrimental to German interests, including harboring Jews that were fleeing Germany and other anti-Semitic regimes. Furthermore, Japan had also taken in Jewish refugees, albeit in smaller amounts. Germany felt itself increasingly isolated from its former allies.

    Internal problems also began to plague Germany. The rapid expansion of the Third Reich created its own set of logistical problems. The SS struggled to populate the eastern Reichskomissariats as local nationalists terrorized would-be settlers. The German military found itself bogged down in a protracted counter-insurgency campaign that frustrated even the most competent of commanders. Furthermore, the German economic miracle began to slow down as the regime struggled to reset to a peacetime economy. Establishing a sense of normalcy proved to be far more difficult than the German leadership had anticipated.

    As Hitler grew older, he became increasingly recluse, suffering from some scholars suspect to be the effects of Parkinson's disease. This led to a jockeying for position among Hitler's lieutenants. Rudolf Hess was found in the wreckage of a plane crash in northern Italy for unknown reasons. President of the Reichstag Hermann Göring and Goebbels conspired to take over as President and Chancellor respectively in the event of Hitler's death. Himmler and his adjutant Reinhard Heydrich planned a similar strategy, with the former thinking that Hitler would anoint him as the successor. By the summer of 1955, Hitler had all but vanished from the public eye, and had begun to suffer more debilitating symptoms. On August 3, 1955, he died from complications of a stroke. His death came without him making a pronouncement on his successor.

    Göring and Goebbels moved fast. Fearing the power of the SS, the pair had struck a pact with members of old wehrmacht with the intention of shutting out the SS. As luck would have it, both factions attempted a coup on the same day on August 10 1955 shortly after Hitler's state funeral. The result was civil war that lasted for three months, pitting the "conservative" faction versus the SS. The conservatives had the benefit of outside aid, including Italy and the French State. Italy invaded Austria in an attempt to divert SS forces stationed there while French forces occupied the SS-controlled Cameroon and Togoland colonies. As the tide of the war turned towards the conservatives, the SS command in East Africa defected, leaving South West Africa to be the last SS stronghold. Defeated, Himmler and Heydrich fled to German South West Africa along with other National Socialist ideologues, forming the basis of modern Namibia.

    Following the civil war, Göring and Goebbels were killed in a mysterious "terrorist plot" blamed on SS operatives, leaving the remaining wehrmacht leadership in charge. A provisional junta of generals led by the aging Erwin Rommel negotiated troop withdrawals from the reichskomissariats, reducing their control to "Greater Germany." The junta remained in power for a year before inviting Prince Louis Ferdinand to return as Kaiser...


    Namibia, known officially as the Greater German Reich, is a partially-recognized state situated in southern Africa. Following the German Civil War, SS forces led by Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich fled to what was then known as German Southwest Africa, the last territory held by the SS. (Following the Peace of 1940, Germany had regained its former colonies of Cameroon, Togoland, East Africa, and South West Africa, all of which Hitler handed over to SS administration. SS sympathizers and other Nazis fled to the reich-in-exile.

    During the colonial period, SS colonial administrators had already planned further white settlement, as well as utilizing indigenous people for slave labor. Surveyors had found deposits of uranium, which Himmler had interest in exploiting for the creation of an atomic weapon without the sanction of Hitler, who was afraid of their use. Once the remainder of the SS machinery had relocated to South West Africa, becoming increasingly referred to as “Namibia” due to the Namib Desert that encompasses most of the colony, Himmler sought to build the country up as a launching pad by which to reclaim Germany, no matter how unrealistic it was.

    Himmler, aided by Heydrich, began to remake the demographics of his kingdom in exile. Local indigenous populations such as the Ovambo were largely exterminated, with remaining populations used for slave labor. Simultaneously, he encouraged higher birthrates among Germans through financial incentives. By the 1980’s, the white (predominately German) population achieved a plurality. By the 2000’s, whites made up the majority. Irrigation projects expanded the area of arable land, albeit almost all of it is still limited to the coastal and northern regions with the interior being largely barren. The capital of Namibia Horst Wessel Stadt, renamed from the previously Afrikaans Windhoek, was rebuilt as a city not unlike old Germania, albeit on a far smaller scale. Finally, the SS completed the coveted prize of a nuclear weapon in 1969 under the administration of Heydrich.

    Legally, Namibia is the government of the old Third Reich in exile, and not an “independent” nation. As such, the Namibian government has struggled with recognition from other nations. Namibia does have some level of de facto recognition from its neighbors South Africa, Portugal, Botswana, and Rhodesia who engage in small-scale trade with the “Hermit Kingdom.” Otherwise, the nation is largely isolated from the international community.

    Foreign policy experts tend to view Namibia as a geopolitical curiosity at best, a hellhole at worst. The regime is largely totalitarian, with Nazism and the state intruding every aspect of its citizen’s lives. Portraits of Hitler, Himmler, and Heydrich are omnipresent, with their birthdays celebrated as state holidays. Hitler holds the office of “Eternal Leader,” and is treated with almost divine reverence. In other words, Namibia resembles Germany under the Nazis to an even greater extent.
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    Democratic Party, Jubilee Caucus
  • Democratic Party, Jubilee Caucus


    The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its main rival the Constitutional Alliance. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party.

    In its early years, the Democratic Party advocated for limited government in the tradition of classical liberalism. However, beginning with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, the party moved towards government interventionism in the economy. The presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt and Huey Long have cemented this trend within the Democratic Party, prompting many former conservative Democrats to join the Alliance in the 1950's. Despite this, the Democratic Party, like its rival, is largely broad-tent with a general populist consensus. Among the party's base includes The South, Midwest, blue collar laborers, blacks, and the Christian Left.

    The party's populist platform advocates for social and economic equality enforced by an elaborate welfare state. It seeks government regulation of the economy as well as environmental protection, worker protection, wealth redistribution, and infrastructure projects. On racial matters, Democrats have historically been diverse in opinion on the status of blacks and immigrants. Beginning with the presidencies of Roosevelt and Long, Democrats began to make inroads among blacks, who have since become a major Democratic constituency. On foreign policy, the Democratic party tends to lean towards isolationism, a policy made famous by Long's phrase "butter, not guns!" In recent years, this isolationist tendency has led towards economic protectionism and away from the free trade advocated by previous generations of populists.

    Perhaps one of the largest constituencies within the Democratic Party is referred to as the "Christian Left," though leading proponents of the movement object to the term "Left" as being too Marxist or "modernist." Having its roots in the candidacy of William Jennings Bryan and nurtured by leaders such as Gerald L. K. Smith and future President Billy Graham, the Christian Left is a fusion of evangelical Biblical literalism with populist and progressive politics, along with American exceptionalism. The Pentateuch proved to be a source of inspiration for the policies of Long, especially in regards to the Jubilee laws regarding debt forgiveness and the redistribution of property. While historians debate as to the religious sincerity of Long, his religious followers took his Biblical positions to their logical conclusion on economic and social issues. Various political and para-church organizations exist, including Jubilee University in Monroe, Louisiana, the Reform League, and the Jubilee Caucus in the House of Representatives.

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    Article: Rhodesia's Next Prime Minister? Jack Dawkins and the Future of Africa's Breadbasket
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    Agriculture Minister Jack Dawkins at a farmers' convention in Bulawayo

    Rhodesia's Next Prime Minister?: Jack Dawkins and the Future of Africa's Breadbasket

    by Al Lovitz
    BULAWAYO - A man with greying hair and a reassuring RP accent stands on stage at a meeting of Southern Rhodesian farmers in the growing of city of Bulawayo. For Agriculture Minister Jack Dawkins, this is familiar territory. Despite his accent, Dawkins is well acquainted the world of Rhodesian farming. In fact, he is the owner of Dawkins Farms, one of the largest agribusinesses in the country. Following his speech, he shakes hands and slaps the backs of cattle ranchers and wheat farmers, those whose support he'll need should he seek the premiership. With MacDonald's plummeting popularity, the Federal Party might be looking to this rising star to save its chances in next year's election.

    After meeting with potential voters, Dawkins makes his way to the exit where I was standing. He notices me and shakes my hand. "Mr. Lovitz, I presume?" His accent is much more pronounced than it was during his speech, perhaps a reality of Rhodesian politics. The hard-nosed, practical people of Rhodesia have little time for Old World pretensions.

    He motions me to join him in his green Land Rover, from my estimation a twenty-year old model. A man of his wealth could probably afford a Mercedes so popular among men of his station. Perhaps he does own a Mercedes, but a man of apparent ambition has little incentive to look distant from the people.

    It would be unfair to dismiss Mr. Dawkins as an aristocrat, though he certainly has the pedigree. Born in 1941 in Nairobi, Kenya to an imperial civil servant, Dawkins spent much of his boyhood in Africa prior to his father returning to Britain in the waning years of Empire. "My father's estate in Oxfordshire was in shambles. Churchill's government was making a mess of things, and my father believed that Morrison and Labour were going to make it worse," he tells me as we drive down a country road to his ranch. "He decided to take his chances in Southern Rhodesia." What followed was Dawkins Farms with a wide array of products ranging from beef and dairy products to wheat. "I expanded our operations to chicken. Its our most profitable livestock. I guess it turns out to my fascination with poultry." He goes on talk about his experimentation with raising chicks trying to get the most out of their yield. "You know, I'm something of a scientist myself, or at least I like to think I am."

    We pull into the yard outside of the house greeted by four large German shepherds. They great their master as he climbs out of the Rover, and he bends over the play with them. "I call them the 'Four Horsemen,'" he says with a bit of a chuckle. He stands back up and we go into the house. We sit down over a "cuppa" tea, and he goes more into his life story. What strikes me as to how spry he is, given that he's now in his early 80's.

    "I can truly say that I'm blessed, given what I've experienced," he says, making a sweeping motion with his hand to emphasize his point.

    Then why, I ask, would such a man with such a rich and fulfilling life get into politics at such an age. He puts down his cup of tea and takes on an air of sobriety. "Because I love this country. Because I want to see her grow more and more. We're the second largest economy of the independent African states, but I believe we can do more."

    Dawkins wasn't elected to a seat in the House of Assembly until he was in his early seventies. For many, it seemed like it was a hobby for him. For much of his time in Parliament, he kept a low profile until being promoted to Minister of Agriculture by PM MacDonald several years back. In recent years, the bright "Rhodesian Reformer" has lost the sheen of his earlier years as political and personal scandals have rocked the government. Polls have indicated that the opposition Liberals might have a shot at government for the first time in nearly twenty-years, and rumors abound that MacDonald's resignation is imminent. As such, a few names of swirled around for his successor, and Dawkins' name has come up more and more often.

    "Are you saying that the current government hasn't done enough?" I ask.

    Dawkins leans back in his chair, unfazed. "On the contrary, we have done so much: cutting taxes, increasing money for social services, building the high-speed railway, building bridges with Namibia. That's why I got into politics."

    And about increased black representation? Dawkins notably voted against the government's attempt to expand the black or "b" rolls that added the number of available seats for those unable to qualify for the "a" rolls who were mostly white.

    He places his tea down on the table before answering. "I opposed the government at that time because I believed it was unnecessary. Rhodesia boasts a growing black middle class who qualify for the 'a' roll. We now have six black MPs in government with two in cabinet. I believe then as I do now that the best way we can help the black population of Rhodesia is to encourage economic growth and acclimate them to a 21st century economy. Evolution over revolution, as it were. Increasing the "b" roll would only elect more dangerous radicals to the House, which I am afraid to say has already happened." He refers to the 2016 election where the left-wing Patriotic Front won fourteen out of the twenty "b" roll seats. While twenty is hardly influential in a house that boasts 115 members, the event seemed to validate the worst fears of MacDonald's critics.

    What does the future hold for Rhodesia, I ask him.

    "An upward trajectory, I hope," he says before finishing his tea. "I truly believe that Rhodesia has the potential to be a world leader not just in agriculture, but in manufacturing and technology as well."

    Would that take a Dawkins ministry to achieve this, I suggest. He leans again leans back in his seat. "That's not for me to say. I couldn't possibly comment," he says with a grin.

    Whether or not Dawkins can even save the plummeting fortunes of the Federal Party, led alone lead Africa's Breadbasket into a golden age remains to be seen. However, in a time of shifting political sands in Rhodesia, observers would do well to keep an eye on this octogenarian in the coming weeks and months ahead.
    List of Olympic Games Host Cities, American Football at the Summer Olympics, American Football at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  • The Olympic Games

    The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, both Summer and Winter games.

    Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.

    The Games have grown so much that nearly every nation is now represented. This growth has created numerous challenges and controversies, including boycotts, doping, bribery, and terrorist attacks, most notably at the 1984 Montreal Olympic Games. Every four years the Olympics and its media exposure provide athletes with the chance to attain national and sometimes international fame. The Games also constitute an opportunity for the host city and country to showcase themselves to the World.

    The sport of American football took a while before it became accepted as an Olympic sport, being largely an American phenomenon. Exhibition games were held at the 1908, 1932, and 1968 Olympics, with the third instance being a test run to include it on the international level, with the sport gaining some traction in English speaking countries. It wasn't until the 1984 Montreal Olympics was it tested as a permanent inclusion to the Olympic program.


    The recent round of American football at the 2016 Helsinki Olympics unsurprisingly resulted in the American team taking home the gold medal. In the qualifying rounds, Rhodesia, Poland, and Quebec notably failed to qualify. Manchukuo qualified for the third time since 1988, and made a surprisingly respectable run with a fourth place finish in the standings. Ultimately, Sweden faced off against the United States in the final round, but would ultimately lose 27-18.



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    Alec and Kay Reed
  • Alec and Kay Reed


    Alec James Reed is a politician and statesman currently serving as the 45th President of the United States. Before his term as president, he previously served as a Senator from Indiana as well as a member of the Indiana Senate.

    Born in 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana to a Presbyterian clergyman, Reed moved around the state with his family until moving to Auburn, Indiana at the age of 12. His father had been active in politics, and supported the Democratic Party, though his mother had sympathies for the Constitutional Alliance. Reed would attribute his more moderate and conciliatory approach to watching his parents discuss their political differences.

    He received his bachelor of arts in political science at Jubilee University, an evangelical college in Monroe, Louisiana with a Christian Left orientation. From there, he pursued his Juris doctorate at Harvard University. During this time, he became far more involved in Democratic politics, working as a staffer for then-candidate Helen Marshall's 1988 presidential campaign in Ohio. It was there that he met his wife-to-be Kay Fields. They would marry in June of 1990.

    Reed served briefly as a lawyer for the Auburn Automobile Company before turning to full time politics, being elected to the state Senate as a Democrat in 1994. From there, he was elected to the Senate in 2000, and again in 2006. Rather than pursue another term, he announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2011. Throughout the primary and general elections, he ran as a moderate, distancing himself from the diehard Longist elements that had cost the party in the 2008 election. The strategy paid off, with him winning a plurality of the popular vote and a firm majority of the electoral college.

    As President, Reed has favored a strategy of consensus building, as well as enacting pro-growth strategies by easing capital levies on certain corporations. Despite grumbling from among Longites, Reed was able to coast to a second term in 2016. However, the economy entered a recession the next year. While the stock market has ticked back up out of recession territory, Reed is still feeling the heat from the general public. While he is not on the ballot for the 2020 election, the Democratic Primaries will be seen as a referendum on the future course of the party, whether it be towards moderation or diehard Longism.


    While her husband might be suffering politically, Kay Reed appears to be as popular as ever. Polls consistently rate her among the most popular public figures in America, most likely down to her charm and grace. Her image as a "domestic goddess" has enabled many women to relate to her (and even translate into votes). Some commentators have noted that Reed's political viability owes much to his wife's popularity as to any policy that he has enacted.
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    Gene Roddenberry, Howard Baker
  • Gene Roddenberry, Howard Baker


    Eugene Wesley Roddenberry
    was an American screenwriter of science fiction stories, and founder of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Vulcan. Originally hailing from El Paso, Texas, his family moved to Los Angeles when his father passed the Civil Service exam and was employed as a police officer. During his childhood, Young Gene developed a fascination for science fiction. As an adult, he worked both as a police officer and a pilot for the US Army Air Corps. During this time, he experienced a traumatic flight accident when his plane overshot the runway, resulting in him being the only survivor. While a later inquiry absolved him of responsibility, the accident would have a tremendous impact on the rest of his life.

    Following his stint in the service, Roddenberry worked as a free-lance writer for various radio and television shows. Around this time, Roddenberry also became fascinated with the occult and eastern religions. His dabbling in the occult led him to write down his observations and ideas in what would be later published as The Journal. Here, the ideas of what would be later called Vulcanism. He started holding hosting meetings with friends and colleagues concerning his ideas, leading him to found the Order.

    Roddenberry claimed that following the plane crash he had been abducted by a race of aliens that referred to themselves as “Vulcans.” The Vulcans resembled humans in almost every way with the exception of pointed eyebrows and ears, much like older depictions of Satan. He learned from their leader “Spock” that the ills of the world – war, hatred, poverty, disease, religious fanaticism – are because humans are plagued by an irrational side to their personality. Humans were more than capable of evolving past this vestigial attitude, but were held back by a race referred to in the Vulcan tongue as “Klingons.” This insidious race was not a corporeal one, but their influence was broad in the world. While all men were under some of their influence in one degree or another, some men were more completely possessed by them, men like Long, Hitler, Mussolini, Bose, and others who sought to keep men in a perpetual state of servitude to fear and emotion. In order to achieve a higher state of evolution such as the Vulcans had achieved, mankind must rid itself of the influence of Klingons through the abolition of irrationality and restraining institutions such as the state, corporations, and organized religion (The reason why Satan was depicted as a Vulcan in order to keep humanity from attaining a similar level of enlightenment). Roddenberry was sent back as a “channel” for the ideas of Vulcan. According to him, the last words he heard from Spock were: “Humanity will one day rise like a Great Bird over the galaxy.”

    In its early years, Vulcanism was dismissed as another fringe cult, like many that had developed in Los Angeles at that time. However, by the 1970’s and 80’s, their ranks had grown, even as many had laughed off their beliefs. Around this time, Roddenberry’s rhetoric had increased in intensity and vitriol in his private meetings with followers. He believed that the Klingon’s hold on earth’s leadership was too strong to overthrow by peaceful means. In 1987, one of his followers took matters into her own hands. On October 18, 1987, Hayley Fountain charged at President Baker – purportedly while screaming “Die, you f*&king Klingon!” - while he was visiting the Griffith Observatory and shot him twice before being wrestled to the ground by Secret Service agents. Baker was rushed to the hospital, later dying from internal injuries.


    Fountain’s Vulcanian connections sparked what became known as the “Vulcanic Panic,” with many feared the extent to which Vulcanists had permeated the highest levels of society. Roddenberry, aided by friends, managed to flee to Ursalia before then going to Bangkok, Thailand where he evaded attempts at extradition to the United States. He remained in exile for years before he died in 1991 from a heart attack. Some conspiracy theorists posit that he lived much longer, and controlled his network of Vulcanist agents that permeate the United States government. A fringe group of Vulcanists still exist after much of the initial structure fell apart with Roddenberry’s flight, though some contend that the original Order still exists as a clandestine organization.

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    Article: The Iron Lady: South Africa's New Prime Minister is Making Waves
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    Prime Minister Celeste van Zyl at a National Party Conference

    The Iron Lady: South Africa's New Prime Minister is Making Waves

    by Al Lovitz
    CAPE TOWN - The winds of change seem to be blowing across the southern tip of the dark continent, even in the ultra-conservative government of South Africa. One of three white-dominated independent states in Africa, South Africa enjoys the some of the highest standards of living in the Western world, at least among whites. Fueled by a thriving mining and agricultural sectors, the "Springbok Economy" has proven to be the success story of the late 20th century.

    Of course, not all is well in the table lands. South Africa's stringent system of racial segregation known colloquially as apartheid continues to perpetuate a system of great economic disparity between whites and non-whites. While the African National Congress had been effectively broken by the late 1990's, flashes of racial violence flare that continue to make the white population uneasy. Earlier this year, a bomb exploded at the Roosevelt Hotel in Pretoria which injured several by-standers but ultimately killing no one. Incidents like these help the Afrikaner-led National Party to continue in power in a nearly unbroken streak since the republic's inception in the 1950's. Celeste van Zyl, who ascended to the premiership after the untimely death of Zander Malherbe in March of this year, won an election in her own right just last month. Now, she is laying out her bold plan for constitutional and social reform.

    Van Zyl's life is both typically and untypically boer. Born the daughter of a Reformed minister in a town outside of Pretoria, she grew up surrounded by the farmers that attended her father's church. She went on to attend the University of South Africa. Having pursued a degree in economics, she worked for FirstRand bank before turning to politics. Her husband, Rudi van Zyl, was already a major donor for the National Party when they got married. He planned to run for a seat in the Volksraad or House of Assembly before he died during a terrorist attack at Johannesburg Park Station in 1995. She was asked to run in his stead, and easily won the seat. At Cape Town, she served as the distinction of being one of the few high-profile female politicians on the national stage, working her ranks through the cabinet until she became the minister of internal security in 2016. Of course, her acceptance by the "good ole boys" club - and by the voting public, in general - has been aided by her carefully crafted image of a suburban Afrikaner housewife, complete with her signature handbag.

    However, her housewife image is just that: an image. Despite her unassuming, and even gentle front, behind lies a will of iron, earning her the nickname Die Ystervrou or "The Iron Lady" in English. During her time in internal security, she was responsible for authorizing a controversial raid against one of many ANC splinter group cells which resulted in the death of several black civilians. The even solicited significant criticism from the English Press, and even some Afrikaner papers such as the normally pro-government Die Burger. Her response was telling, saying that the accidental death of those civilians guaranteed that other innocents would not die from an even more horrific attack. This garnered her support from the hardline elements of the National Party, which undoubtedly aided her in her bid to ascend to the premiership.

    However, her campaign last month presented an odd mixture of hardline rhetoric and reformist sentiments. While a National Party victory was never in doubt, the fact that she increased the National Party's slim majority by 11 seats demonstrates that she has the ability to appeal to more moderate anglophone voters, most likely aided by her very slight accent that sounds more English than Afrikaner. She also ran on a platform of constitutional reform, saying that the time was come to fix the archaic system. Throughout the campaign, she was intentionally vague as to the nature of her proposed changes. This might have been a ploy to be all things to all people, appealing both to hardliners and reformers within the National Party.

    On Monday at a press conference held at the Parliament Building, Prime Minister van Zyl announced the outline for the proposed constitutional changes. Positioned in front of a panoply of South African flags, she proclaimed that South Africa must reform its political system or risk ruin for future generations. Race relations were reaching a low point, even with the effective destruction of the ANC. "As one poet once put it," she said, "'good fences make good neighbors.' For us to be good neighbors, we must have good fences." Unveiled was a two part strategy for fixing South Africa's racial problem.

    First is an overhaul of the executive and legislative itself. The position of the Prime Minister - a "monarchial holdover - and the presidency would be combined into a single office known as the "State President," call back to similar titles held by the Boer heads of state prior to British domination. This new position would be elected by a convention, made up of members from the House of Assembly, Senate, and provincial legislatures. The President would serve fixed, five year terms while limited to two terms. The President could then form a cabinet, drawing members from the House of Assembly. The Parliament would maintain its two houses, with the changes to the structure of both bodies. The House of Assembly would be expanded from 180 seats to 200, with smaller constituencies. The Senate would be expanded from 54 to 94 seats. The Senate has the more radical of the changes. The forty additional seats include 15 designated coloured seats, 15 designated Indian seats, and ten "expert" seats from universities, businesses, churches, and other civil society institutions to be appointed on the recommendation of the President. Even with the new math, experts have noted that the National Party will likely continue its dominance under the new system.

    The second is more far-reaching: the creation of independent black "states" out of larger ethnic groups such as the Sotho, Xhosa, and Zulu. According to van Zyl, these states would be on track for full sovereignty by 2025, and urged the international community to recognize them. "For two long, we have lived under the same roof, and have found ourselves at each other's throats. The time has come to move to separate homes so that we may find peace." The move is more likely the controversial of the two. Responses from black nationalist groups have been largely negative. However, Zulu organizations have expressed interest in the idea, with the caveat that a new Zulu state would be "truly sovereign with guarantees of an equitable relationship with the South African government.

    The National Party has already launched a massive campaign for the new constitution, which will be subject to a referendum this February. Pro-Nationalist newspapers have already published editorials advocating for its ratification. However, there are hardliners that have argued against it. A few members of the National Party are rumored to defect in the coming days, so only time will tell if the new policy will hold. Between the new constitution, and the creation of new independent states, only time will tell if Van Zyl's gamble will pay off.

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    Michael Sanchez, Mary McClintok
  • Michael Sanchez, Mary McClintok

    Despite enjoying comfortable majorities in both houses of Congress, the Democrats are facing a crossroads. The economic slowdown of the past year has resulted in President Alec Reed and the Democratic congress facing steep decline in approval rating. With the Democrats on track for at least losing the House, a broader struggle within the party has emerged over its direction post-Reed. The sitting president has attempted to maintain power with a foot in both the moderate and Longist camps, pleasing neither. As the primaries shape up, two, relatively young candidates emerge on opposite ends of a widening chasm. Only time will tell if the victor leads the traditional party of power to success or simply manage the decline.


    Michael Enrique Sanchez was born on June 12, 1969 in Fresno, California to an upcoming middle class hispanic family. In the late 1980's, he attended Stanford University, graduating with a bachelor's in political science. In the 1990's, he began teaching at a local community college in Sacramento while acting as a political activist for the California Democratic Party. In 2002, he became the youngest mayor in Sacramento's history, having won on a platform of making Sacramento a more business-friendly city and using new revenue to fund much needed social services. Despite the brevity of his term, he proved to be very popular, landing him the sixth congressional district seat for California in 2004. Having spent nearly a decade in Congress, he ran for governor, unseating the deeply unpopular Alliance governor Karl Schumer. He's proven to be very popular, attempting to maintain a delicate balance between business interests and a generous welfare state.

    Sanchez hails from the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, a group which grew in strength following the popular presidency of Helen Marshall in the late 80's and early 90's. This group seeks to encourage economic growth and social liberalism, moving away from the more religious base that made up the Long coalition. As such, Sanchez's relationship with the Longist wing of the party has been strained at best. The Share Our Wealth Society notably declined to endorse him in his reelection bid in 2018, a move which proved embarrassing when Sanchez won in a landslide. His supporters have touted him as a consensus figure able to cross the aisle to achieve common sense solutions, as he has during his tenure as governor. However, Sanchez is not without his flaws. His relaxed style has led to a number of gaffs, including those of a sexual nature. While many of his supporters believe that Sanchez is still the most electorally viable candidate to go against the relatively popular Andrew Davis next year, his shrinking lead in the weeks leading up to next year's primary demonstrates the uphill battle that still lays ahead for him.


    Mary Elinor Lind McClintok, born in 1980 in Waco Texas, has the potential of being the youngest elected President of the United States at forty-years of age. Like her main rival, McClintok enjoyed a rapid rise in prominence. Hailing from a devoutly Baptist (and Longist) household, she attended Baylor University, graduating with a degree pre-law before going on to graduate with a juris doctorate from Harvard. She served as a lawyer for the Share Our Wealth Society, which later saw her becoming Solicitor General for almost a year during Reed's first term in office. She left her position in order to run for the Senate to replace the old Alliance stalwart Bob Ewing, and enjoyed the full support of the Share Our Wealth Society. Recently, she has decline to run for another term, instead focusing on her campaign for president.

    McClintok appeals mainly to the religious, diehard Longist wing of the Democratic Party which is skeptical of economic liberalism and opposes proposed privitzation schemes of the railroads or hospitals. Her passionate, and sometimes fiery oratory has often resulted in her speeches going viral on websites such as INTV and other social media sites. She has also amounted a sizable cult following among younger Share Our Wealth activists. However, this has also resulted in a fairly large "hate-following," being mocked by Alliance supporters. Some Democrats fear that her controversial methods may turn off potential swing voters. Nevertheless, she continues to appeal to a wing of the party that feels betrayed by the moderation of Reed and distrustful of the "wobbliness" of Sanchez. She finds herself catching up to Sanchez, and may even overtake him. Whether or not she is able to save both Longism AND the Democratic Party remains to be seen.
    Voices from A Perfect Democracy Part I
  • Voices from A Perfect Democracy
    Part I:

    "Q: Why is 'Namibia' called that?
    The name 'Namibia' is derived from the Namib Desert that stretches along the country's coast. The name is used mostly by outsiders, and only rarely by native residents who usually prefer the term "German" or "Aryan." The official name of Namibia is 'Greater German Reich,' a name which it has retained since the SS and Nazi loyalists fled to the region in 1955."

    - An excerpt from Adventures in Geography, an American seventh grade texbook published in 1999.


    "What's the difference between a Nihonjin and a Manchujin? The Manchujin has two cars."

    - A joke referring to the general economic prosperity enjoyed by most Japanese residents of Manchukuo, which became a land of opportunity for many living in the Home Islands. By the 1980's, nearly half of the Manchurian population was made up of ethnic Japanese. Despite the fact that Manchu and Mandarin are "official" languages of the Japanese puppet kingdom, Japanese is by far the lingua franca of Manchukuo.


    "An American poet once wrote: 'Good fences make good neighbors.' Despite the fact that radical racial agitators are no longer as strong as they once were, the tension between whites and blacks is still present. Therefore, we need to build our own mending wall of sorts: I am talking about the creation of black states independent from South Africa. Only then can we begin the process of being good neighbors once again."

    - A speech given by South African Prime Minister Celeste van Zyl on December 4, 2019.


    "This is PBS: The Public Broadcasting System: a service for the people of the United States in the name of truth, honesty and decency."

    - The first words said upon the launching of PBS in 1952 at the tail end of the Long Administration.


    "I, Edward David Windsor[1], do solemnly swear to faithfully execute the office of president of the Commonwealth of England, Wales, and Ulster, to do justly by the laws of God and man, to serve the people, and to defend the Constitution with all its rights and statutes."

    - The oath of office as taken by Edward Windsor, the first President of the Commonwealth and formerly Edward VIII of the United Kingdom.


    "Die, you fucking Klingon!"

    - An invective hurled by Hayley Fountain before fatally shooting then president Howard Baker outside the Griffith Observatory on October 18, 1987.


    "For the good of the people of Rhodesia, as well as for the good of my family, I will step down as Prime Minister once my successor has been elected by my fellow party members. "

    - Fmr. Rhodesian Prime Minister David Alexander MacDonald on November 21, 2019 announcing his resignation following allegations of sexual impropriety and declining poll numbers.


    "With due apologies to G.K. Chesterton, it isn't that the principles of Henry George have been tried and found wanting, but that they've been tried and found too hard!"

    - Centre Party leader Lilly Thomas at the Centre Party conference September 21, 2019 arguing for a more stringent Georgist position as part of the party platform.


    "Laissez Nous Tranquille!"

    - A Union Nationale poster from the late 1960's depicting a rural Quebecois family fending off encroachments from a caricature of Uncle Sam. Tensions had increased between the neighbors as the United States became a haven for anti-UN dissidents.

    [1] Edward VIII's full name was, of course, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David. However, in this scenario, he shortened it to this version in order to seem less pretentious in the new republican England.

    Bob Chandler, Federal Party of Rhodesia(No Writeup)
  • No writeups for these, but they're in my folder. Here's some wikiboxes to hold you over a little while longer.

    Bob Chandler, Federal Party of Rhodesia

    The World of APD: Transportation
  • Transportation – World War II had a significant impact on transportation in the United States. The need for large, heavy bombers led to the construction of larger airports in America and in Europe, while the German autobahn served as a catalyst for similar highway projects in other countries, most notably the Interstate Highway system. American absence from a (relatively) quick World War II would result in certain modes of transportation flourishing more than others.

    In the world of A Perfect Democracy, aviation has developed in a much different way. For one, trans-Atlantic aviation remained a much more luxurious affair for longer, as American business did not grow as intertwined with Western Europe as much as in our time. As such, the “flying cruise ship” approach remained the rule for much longer than in our timeline. Germany continued with its fleet of zeppelins, even expanding it to four Hindenburg class ships – Hindenburg, Graf Zeppelin II, Ludendorff, and Karl der Gross – which flew across the Atlantic as well as over Nazi dominated Europe. However, a fatal accident in the mid-1940’s bringing the inevitable end of airship travel much later than in our timeline. Flying boats remain the preferred mode of international travel due to its many advantages. Larger and more luxurious flying boats built by Saunders-Roe and Boeing continue to fly the skies for much longer. Larger airliners do not develop, with intracontinental travel being largely taken up by smaller, shorter range planes and railroads.


    The aptly named Saunders-Roe Queen vied with the Boeing 377 as the flying boat of choice for intercontinental airlines during the mid-20th century.

    Speaking of railroads, they remain the preferred method of short and medium-distance travel, especially in the United States. As mentioned previously, no American involvement in World War II results in no development of an autobahn-esque highway system in the United States, as American individuals and businesses still prefer railroads for the transportation of passengers and freight. During the presidency of Huey Long, the railroads were effectively nationalized under the National Railroad System or NRS, which gave the federal government greater control over nominally private railroad companies, now under the name Amrail. By the 1970’s, they were formally nationalized. Passenger trains crisscross the country at various levels of capacity and comfort. Nationalization has led to the closure of some lines, however, but not to the same extent as in our timeline, given the lack of an effective competitor to rail from trucks or airplanes.


    A GE Genesis in the standard livery for Amrail.
    World Map, 1960
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the first official world map for A Perfect Democracy:

    I'm going to work on getting more content up. I have planned a brief vignette as well as a write up on Namibia's history. Stay tuned.
    Share Our Wealth Society, Gerald L.K. Smith, Ronnie Bright
  • Share Our Wealth Society, Gerald L.K. Smith, Ronnie Bright


    The Share Our Wealth Society (somtimes referred to as "SWS") is a lobbying organization and think tank dedicated to advancing the principles advocated by 34th President Huey Long, namely wealth redistribution, infrastructure programs, economic interventionism, and general Christian Left principles. Founded in 1934 shortly after his famous "Share Our Wealth" speech, the society served as the base of Huey Long's national political machine, used later to launch the short-lived Union Party and later his 1940 presidential bid. The organization remained in tact during and after Long's term in office acting as what many critics had deemed a "para-party" organization acting within the Democratic Party. Older Democratic stalwarts complained about the organization's growing influence and control over the party during Long's tenure in office, and even considerably after. The Society's influence has waxed and waned over the years under the leadership of various individuals, including future president Billy Graham, Methodist minister Hugh Beaumont, among others.


    Gerald L.K. Smith was the first head of the Share Our Wealth Society. Born in Wisconsin at the turn of the century, Smith imbibed in the progressive politics that seemed to permeate the state's atmosphere. He went into the ministry as a Disciples of Christ minister, serving in churches throughout the Midwest. In the late 1920's, his wife contracted tuberculosis, prompting him to move to Shreveport, Louisiana, which had better treatment centers for his wife's condition. There, he took over the pastorate of a wealthy congregation, whom he soon alienated through his criticism of the utility companies and other industries in the state. He soon found common cause with Huey Long, whom he for all intents and purposes worshiped, including sleeping outside of the Kingfish's hotel room on occasion.

    Smith took control of Huey's Share Our Wealth Society, which he would helm for the rest of his life. He famously stated that "in order to succeed, a mass movement must be superficial for quick appeal, fundamental for permanence, dogmatic for certainty, and practical for workability." He applied these principles through an aggressive campaign primarily focused on selling memberships and founding chapters. Smith also acted as Long's effective campaign manager for both his 1936 and 1940 presidential campaigns. Following the founding of the Bureau for Wealth and Public Equity, President Long appointed Smith as the first Director, which he also held for the rest of his life. As Director, he was responsible for implementing capital taxes and other wealth redistribution schemes.

    Despite his initial devotion to Long, Smith would but heads on occasion. While Long was a moderate on racial issues, he argued that all Americans, regardless of race, were intended beneficiaries of his wealth redistribution scheme. However, Smith was reluctant to implement his hero's vision to its logical conclusion, offering greater "development grants" to white populated "Longvilles" over black ones. Furthermore, Smith faced accusations of Antisemitism due to the Bureau's more aggressive audits of Jewish owned banks and businesses. Despite these embarrassments to the Long administration, Smith's tenure as Director would set the tone for future ones, albeit with less of a racial bias.

    Following Long's presidency, his successor Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. sought to wrestle the bureau from Smith's control. Despite holding similar attitudes towards Jews and Nazi Germany - both wanted slightly better relations outside of a neutral detente that Long had pursued - Kennedy considered Smith a rogue agent and a potential threat to his presidency, but could not remove him due to his support from the Share Our Wealth Society. However, an assassin would remove Smith for Kennedy. At a meeting with the Massachusetts branch of the Share Our Wealth Society, a former employee shot Smith as he exited his hotel. The assassin Henry Barkley was a former employee at the Bureau who was fired for his erratic disposition. Despite being outside of the immediate purview of Smith, the assassin was convinced that Smith was personally responsible for his firing thanks to the influence of Jewish interests.


    Today, Ronnie Bright is the head of the society. First and foremost a pastor and an evangelist, Bright was known for his fiery and passionate sermons, leading many to compare him favorably to President Graham. His connections within the Democratic Party have aided his rise as an intermediary between the party and the society. However, since his ascendancy to the post in the late-2000s, some of the faithful have noted the waning of his previously held gumption. With growing tension between Longists and the Democratic Party, Bright's position as mediator between the two is becoming increasingly tenuous. Only time will tell if he can hold the alliance together.
    Vignette 001: SWSPAC
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    Washington, D.C., United States of America
    February 2020

    Clarence Thorpe looked at the lanyard he was just given. Above his name was the logo of the Share Our Wealth Society Political Action Conference, better known as “SWSPAC” – which he later found out to be pronounced “swiss pack” for convenience. Beneath his name read “Observer, Centre Party, Commonwealth.” The bespectacled student had been selected by his party’s student wing to attend the conference being held in Washington, D.C. His other colleague would be late by a day, so he, and Englishman, was to brave the perils of obnoxious American politics.

    He glanced around the corridor outside the main hall. He noted the booths that lined both sides of the hallway, representing various organizations eliciting the support of the conference goers. One was from Jubilee University, an evangelical Christian school in West Monroe, Louisiana dedicated to promoting theological conservatism and the political principles of the Biblical jubilee. Cynics argued that it was just an indoctrination center for parents of Democratic voters. Clarence just shrugged. Didn’t matter to a Cambridge student, anyway. He saw another booth for the Reform League, a similar organization dedicated to the implementation of Sabbatarian laws, which had found significant support from Unions which also had their booths. Of course, the Democratic Party had their own booth, arguably the most elaborate and staffed with smiley, attractive student activists attempting to remind the conference attendees that they were the party of Huey Long and Billy Graham. Clarence noted that few attendees actually stopped by to hear the spiel of the party representatives. Perhaps an indication of the mood among the otherwise party faithful.

    His reverie was interrupted by a particularly grating, almost nasal voice. “Clarence Thorpe, I presume?” The statement was said with a playful sarcasm that Clarence had a difficult time interpreting as American friendliness or contempt. When Clarence got a better glimpse of the man in question, he opted for the latter.
    Clarence nevertheless put out his hand. “I am, indeed. And you are?”

    The other man grabbed his lanyard, pointing to his name. “James. James Fernandez.” Despite the name, the man looked very much white, sporting a crew cut, bushy eyebrows, and a wide, toothy smile that wreaked of insincerity. He wore a suit that seemed out of place on the young man, who barely looked older than a college freshman. On his lapel was an American flag pin and an off-white circular enamel pin that read “Share Our Wealth Society” around the edges and the society’s motto “Every Man a King” in the center. Everything about the man indicated that he was trying too hard. Clarence disliked him instantly.

    “I’ll be your liaison for the conference,” James continued. “We’re eager to building connections with our friends across the pond. Although…” He glanced around as if he were looking for eavesdroppers. “Between you and me, I don’t know how far you guys can go with your leader being a woman. If you ask me, it’s begging for trouble.”

    Clarence raised an eyebrow. “Why is that a problem? In your country, Helen Marshall was an effective president. And besides, isn’t SWSPAC’s preferred a candidate a woman?”
    James waved his hand dismissively. “Mama Marshall was effectively a man. And, between you and me, Mary McClintok doesn’t have it all there, if you catch what I’m saying. Otherwise, women just don’t have the temperament for such a demanding position unless they think like a man.” He pointed to his head to emphasize his point. “And I’m not sure if either Lilly Thomas or McClintok can,” the former being the Centre Party’s leader.

    Clarence, a bit tired from his journey, was not eager to get into an argument with his liaison. “Right,” he said, “where do I need to be?”

    “Well, we should be starting shortly,” James said. “Just follow me.”

    The two made their way down the corridor of the convention center until they passed through a set of doors leading into the main hall. The room was just starting to fill up as attendees jockeyed for position in what was standing room only. Music from popular artists played over the speakers but was drowned out by the growing hum of attendee voices. Hanging on the walls of the conference room were portraits of notable figures in the society’s history: Gerald L. K. Smith, the first head of the society who was cut down by an assassin’s bullet in the 1950’s; Billy Graham, who once headed the society before becoming United States President; Hugh Beaumont, a Methodist minister who championed Sabbatarianism; among others. At the front of the room was a dais, draped and lined with dozens of American flags. Front and center was a podium featuring the logo of the Share Our Wealth Society. Featured above the dais was an especially large portrait of President Huey Long. A bright blue banner that hung beneath the banner read his famous slogan, “Every Man a King, But No One Wears a Crown.” To Clarence, the atmosphere was almost religious. Given that a significant portion if not a majority of the society’s members were evangelical Christians, Clarence thought, it should not have been surprising.

    After a couple of minutes of boring chatter with his liaison, Clarence noted that the hall was now packed to capacity. A quick glance at his watch indicated that the opening ceremony was about to begin, which he welcomed heartily. Lights dimmed all around the hall as voice came over the speakers, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 83rd annual meeting of the Share Our Wealth Society Political Action Conference.” A boisterous cheer rang throughout the hall following the statement. “Before we begin, please welcome Ronnie Bright, President of the Share Our Wealth Society.” The crowd roared again as a middle-aged man in a double-breasted suit approached the podium.

    “Thank you, and welcome to SWSPAC!” More cheers followed. “Welcome to SWSPAC. We’re glad to have you with us again as we work to uphold the legacy and work of the great Kingfish, Huey Pierce Long.” Again, more cheers. “We have a great, great itinerary this year of some truly remarkable people from here and around the world. Believe me, it is a privilege to have some of the fine speakers that we have for you all.” As the speaker went on and on about who was slated for the upcoming days, leading Clarence to take a look at the agenda for the conference. He recognized a few of the names listed: two senators, including Senator McClintok; several congressmen; a governor; three members of the Federal Reserve; several activists; a few media personalities; a Huey Long impersonator; and even a pastor. As he went through the list, one thing stood out to him. Towards the end of the conference, a recorded message from President Alec Reed would be played for the attendees rather than an in-person speech.

    Reed initially began as a popular president, both within and without the Democratic Party. He managed to keep one foot in the two main factions of the Democratic Party: the Bible-thumping Share Our Wealth faction and the libertine, pro-business faction, both of which were now at each other’s throats in the divisive primary. However, a sinking economy, coupled with Reed’s largely dull demeanor had led to a sharp decline in public support. Reed’s decline exposed the rift that had grown within the Democratic Party, and his “all things to all people” approach only served to alienate him from both sides. Perhaps Reed understood that he was persona non grata here, Clarence thought. He was probably right.

    “And now, ladies and gentlemen,” the speaker concluded. “It is my honor to present Miss Emily Garrard along with the Share Our Wealth Society Honor Guard as we sing our national anthem.” The hall grew quiet as the honor guard made their way to the stage along with the Miss Garrard. She was quite beautiful with honey colored hair, a charming smile, and a catching figure. Unfortunately, what she had in physical charms she lacked in vocal talent as she belted “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the most spine-shattering way possible. Clarence later found out that her brother was a prominent radio talk show host who spouted Longist rhetoric over the airwaves. That, instead of talent, had to be the reason that she could ruin an otherwise beautiful song.
    This was going to be a long week, Clarence thought.


    The next few days were a blur for Clarence as he gained the education of a lifetime. Lecture after lecture of different figures spouting more or less the same thing: “We must hold the line!” “Why would we turn from God’s plan?” “We can’t let the corporations fleece us.” “We cannot serve God and Mammon.” Platitudes meant to bolster the faithful. As the talks, roundtables, and forums went on, Clarence couldn’t help but notice the big elephant in the room. Few, if any, references were made concerning the sitting President, odd given that Reed was a Democrat. As the conference dragged on, Clarence couldn’t help but think back to the first day when he noticed few paying attention to the Democratic Party’s booth. He could sense that there was growing animosity towards the party leadership, though none of the speakers would dare say it outright. Only in vague platitudes and veiled threats of political destruction (and in some cases God’s wrath) could the speakers hint at the feelings that brew beneath the surface.

    “You see, Lawrence,” James told him one night, after having a few at the convention center bar, “the Democrats hate us. We’re an embarrassment. We only made the Democrats the party that they are today! But NOOOO! They want to suck up to AT&T and United Tech and all the rest so they can be ‘relevant.’ Relevant! Like Hell! What’s this party coming to? They want to appeal to degenerates and money grubbers. But we can’t say anything about it because we want to be in good graces with the party leadership and hope that the next Democratic president gives us a few scraps.” These drunken rants gave Clarence perhaps the only real insight into what was actually going on.
    In fact, James wasn’t too far from the truth. Senator Mary McClintok of Texas, the champion of the Longist cause, was running against California Governor Michael Sanchez, a moderate Democrat who many saw as the only chance to come anywhere to beating the Alliance candidate. Sanchez promised to appeal to swing voters that the party desperately needed to hang on to power, but it came at the cost of shedding some Longist sacred cows, including lower corporate taxes. The Democratic leadership was rumored to be working behind the scenes with party stalwarts and bosses to ensure his victory in the primaries. These rumors only stoked suspicions within an already frustrated base and threaten to split the party in two should Sanchez be pushed through. While never mentioned by the conference speakers, Clarence could sense a common phrase being whispered on the lips of many attendants: “third party.”


    The last day of the conference couldn’t come soon enough for Clarence. The President’s recorded message played for the attendees in the conference hall. While no one booed, the cheers were clearly half-hearted at best. Clarence thought that if he had come during a different year, the mood would have been much better. Not that he planned on coming next year. Maybe the Centre Party office would send some other lucky fellow to endure this misery.

    Following the President’s message, the president again approached the podium. “As we close our conference, let’s join in in singing your favorite and my favorite song – written by the Kingfish himself – ‘Every Man a King!’” A Dixieland band that had been brought in from New Orleans started up with the intro to Huey Long’s campaign song. As they did so, several activists in the crowd unraveled a banner that read “Mama Mary or Third Party!” Clarence could see the president’s eyes bulge out of his head in sheer panic. Cameras were on this event, and the perception that SWSPAC was fostering third party aspirations could diminish the conference’s influence in the Democratic Party. However, there was nothing he could do about it as the attendees sang with gusto:

    Why weep or slumber America,
    Land of Brave and True?
    There’s castles and clothing and food for all,
    All belongs to you!
    Every man a king! Every man a king!
    For you can be a millionaire,
    But there’s something belonging to others.
    There’s enough for all people to share.
    When it’s sunny June, and December, too,
    Or in the wintertime or spring,
    There’ll be peace without end, every neighbor a friend,
    With every man a king!

    The crowd erupted in cheers as long suppressed feelings made themselves known. The crowd began to chant “Every Man a King” and “Mama Mary.” Clarence couldn’t help but notice James getting into the spirit as well, even chanting “Mama Mary” with the best of them. He looked again towards the platform as he saw the chairman slowly back away from the center of the stage. If he were trying to avoid the cameras, it was probably too late. The feelings of the faithful were now in the open. The primaries could only get worse from here.

    I hope this to be the first in a series of vignettes. Original, I know. However, I'd like to give this a world a little life here. I'd like your thoughts.
    Stanisław Kowalski, Polish People's Party, Poland
  • Stanisław Kowalski, Polish People's Party, Poland


    Stanislav Kowalski was born “Stanley Kowalski” in Chicago, Illinois on April 3, 1924, though his family moved to New Orleans shortly thereafter. He grew up in Louisiana during the ascendency of Huey Long, and his family became ardent Longists. While not academically inclined, young Stan became fascinated with politics and power and studied the ideas and origins of his political hero. However, he soon became distracted by the plight of his people suffering under Nazi rule, and at the age of 20 snuck on a freighter bound for Europe in order to join the Home Army, where he served with distinction in carrying out acts of sabotage (though some of his political opponents accused him of engaging in atrocities such as the murdering of German civilians). His activities were largely in association with the Bataliony Chłopskie or “Farmers’ Battalion,” the paramilitary arm of the People’s Party. Despite having lived most of his life in urban New Orleans, Kowalski found himself more in line with the agrarian philosophy of the PSL, which he managed to square with his family’s support of Long.

    As the Nazi empire dissolved in 1955, the Home Army stepped up its operations against established authorities, managing to seize control of Krakow and Lvov. Following the triumph of the Wehrmacht junta, the aging Erwin Rommel negotiated an agreement with Home Army leader Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski which allowed for German forces to permanently withdraw from Poland in exchange for access to certain Polish resources. Being devastated after sixteen years of Nazi domination, the reduced and weakened Polish people were in no position to play hardball with the German government, resulting in a nominally independent Polish state.

    Based out of Krakow, the Komorowski government’s hold on power was tenuous at best. Poland had been reduced in population significantly, and traditional power and social structures had been effectively eradicated. Other than the Catholic faith, which itself had been persecuted with the enforcement of state paganism, little remained to serve as a common cultural base for the Polish people. The Komorowski government seemed to operate under the assumption that the old order could be reassembled. However, Komorowski’s age coupled with his general reactionary approach to governance bred division within the government. In what amounted a soft coup, a number of his officers, led by Kowalski, pushed the old man out of power in April of 1956. A new constitution was promulgated on May 3, proclaiming a “People’s Republic” written along the outlines of Kowalski’s ideology.


    Once in power, Kowalski ruled Poland in a manner not unlike his idol Long, earning him the nickname “The Kingfish of the Vistula.” Ruling with the support of his now renamed Polish People’s Party (PSL), he presented himself as the man who would usher in the “rebirth” of Poland through radical wealth redistribution schemes, military buildup, and infrastructure projects. Land previously worked by Polish slaves under the Nazis was allotted to farmers, creating widespread land “ownership” in a country ruled for centuries under various forms of feudalism. Eighteen months of military service was required for every eligible male between the ages of 16 to 24 as the Home Army transformed into the more conventional Polish People’s Army. Perhaps his greatest achievement, however, was the rebuilding of Warsaw. Inspired by the “Longvilles” built in the United States, Kowalski wanted the rebuilt city to reflect modern architectural and urban planning trends with an emphasis on garden spaces and plazas. His crowning moment of triumph for the new city was when Warsaw hosted the 1976 Olympics, impressing most international guests. During the height of his power, Kowalski had many international admirers, especially in the normally isolationist United States. Kowalski was the guest of several US Presidents, and even spoke at a meeting of the Share Our Wealth Society to talk of the reforms he implemented. His work “Thoughts on the Rebirth of Poland” outlining his political beliefs – known colloquially as “The Green Book” for its iconic green cover – was a bestselling book in many Western countries. There was even an American movie called The People’s Man in 1961 which glorified his career as a resistance fighter and his political reforms.

    Much like his idol, Kowalski was also authoritarian and fond of patronage. The redistribution of land actually amounted government ownership of arable land with new “owners” who were required to pay “donations” to Kowalski’s PSL. This also created a stream of steady voters that served as the bulk of Kowalski’s power base. In theory, elections were fair and open, but patronage and occasional violence often kept opposition parties at bay. The fact that he continued to be re-elected with little to no opposition often led his critics to accuse him of being a dictator.

    Kowalski also struggled in the arena of foreign diplomacy, especially in asserting Polish independence. In the early years of Kowalski’s rule, he strove to maintain good relations with neighboring Germany so as not to encourage further German intervention. However, he later felt a growing pressure to assert Polish autonomy. He did so by increasing ties with reactionary France as well as Poland’s neighbor and historical ally Hungary. By the late 1970’s, as Germany was convulsed by pro-democracy protests, Kowalski mulled nationalizing German-owned companies. Before he could do so, he suffered a stroke in March 1980, prompting him to later resign under the pretense of having accomplished his goals. He managed to spend the rest of his life in retirement as his successors sought to play on his legacy. Conspiracy theorists maintain that his strokes were a little too convenient, and that he may have been deliberately poisoned by those around him in order to protect Poland from German invasion.

    Today, Kowalski’s legacy is still quite positive in Poland, though less so outside as it had been during his rule. Critics have noted Kowalski’s legacy of corruption and authoritarianism being a major hindrance to the development of democratic institutions in the purported “People’s Republic.” Today, the People’s Party still remains in power, though some commentators believe their grip on power to be tenuous at best. Still, many in Poland regard Kowalski as the man responsible for the nation’s rebirth in the wake of Nazi devastation.

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