A Shining Valley - The Great Desert Lake in California

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Planita13, May 18, 2019.

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  1. Bulldoggus Socially Guelph, Fiscally Ghibelline

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    I'd say stick to more obscure politicians. Congressional/House of Commons/Foreign backbenchers should mostly do it.
     
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  2. rsha1s Well-Known Member

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    Try using stock photos of politicians without the background or photoshop an AI generated face using ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com.
     
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  3. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    Thank you for your feedback guys. I will try to come up with something in the following days, because I am going to cover TTL 2016 Presidential election with the horrible amazing American political system that I made.
     
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    Just one request: Please. no. President. Donald. J. Trump. (repeat x100)

    Thank you...
     
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  5. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    Yes of course... ha... ha... oh no

    In seriousness, I already mentioned the President (to be at the time) in one of the posts
     
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  6. ramones1986 Grumpy and Lazy

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    @Planita13, how about the broadcasting industry in your ATL California? Would it be more or less inspired by OTL Québec or inspired by its OTL counterparts (e.g. Univisión-Telemundo duopoly)
     
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  7. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    James Wallace is a former Senator from Virginia and current President of the United States since 2017. Defying expectations, he won the nomination in the National Union primary on the third ballot. He is a decorated former Marine Corps officer, serving during the American intervention in the Second Chinese Civil War.

    Wallace was born in Missouri. In 1963, he attended the English-speaking University of Southern California in Ensenada, California during the political controversy of funding private English schools in the state. He became a vocal critic of the Popular Movement's attempts to strip the school of state funding. In 1965 he earned appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, before graduating at the top of his class. He served a tour in southern China where he was wounded in combat. In his post-military career he taught at the United States Naval Academy before entering government in 1997.

    He served in the Department of Defense under two Presidents before serving as a Senator for Virginia. Wallace received national attention during his term as Senator, for his criticism of President Jodi Bosch's foreign policy, which Wallace criticized as weakening American domination over the Pacific Ocean and allowing the outsourcing of American industry. In 2016, he was able to seize the nomination for President, defeating several other candidates in a close primary campaign. He easily won election in the 2016 Presidential Election and was inaugurated on January 20, 2017.

    Largely regarded as a center-right nationalist, Wallace sought to forge a coalition of labor unions, moderate conservatives and liberals, and ethnic minorities. However he clashed with the nationalist Californian government over its language policy and the flow of trade through the Port of Los Angeles. He passed the Revitalizing National Infrastructure Act of 2017, setting billions of dollars aside for expanding and improving American infrastructure. In foreign policy, he oversaw the expansion of the American-led Greater Pacific Organization with the ascension of Australia, Thailand, and New Zealand in 2018, and signed new trade agreements with the Federal Republic of China. He expanded the Pacific Free Association Compact and ensured that United States commitments to the Association members were met.

    James Wallace continues to be one of the most popular Presidents in recent history, despite his rocky personal life. He has not confirmed whether he would seek reelection, but he has hinted so.

    @Unknown how is this President?
     
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  8. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    Also the wikipedia mods snapped my wikipedia account because apparently they don't like me using their wiki to post my timeline stuff. So i'm banned until August. I have to think of something else now when I cover the 2016 elections in the next posts.

    Yeah its more like Québec, with Californian centered media, both public and private. Although the public media, may or may not effectively be the media arm of the Popular Movement. Still there is an equivalent of Univisión/Telemundo that broadcasts around America.
     
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  9. Threadmarks: Main Political Party of the United States

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    The National Union of America is the dominant political party in the United States and its one of the most politically successful political parties in the west. The party was born from the fires of the American Civil War, when all the abolitionist, anti-slavery, and anti-secessionist political parties merged after Joseph Lane became President. After Lane was removed from office, Abraham Lincoln became President and the Civil War began shortly Under President Lincoln, he led a united front through the war and the turbulent post war years. Although the party suffered from fractious political factions during the Reconstruction Era, the party structure that Lincoln established, endured and mostly prevented party splits. Still the National Union's main opposition for most of its existence would be various factions that split from the party during an election. However the split factions often returned to the fold or faded into irrelevancy. Reforms by party leaders during the Progressive Era, spurred by their defeat at the hands of Theodore Roosevelt, allowed for a more open and democratic system to select the nominee. This further helped to keep the party together and allowed the party to act as a forum for national politics. In the entire 20th century, the party only lost five Presidential Elections in 1920, 1924, 1928, 1972, and 1976, mostly defeated by unsatisfied factions who ran on their own ticket.

    Today the National Union draws broad support across the American public, attracted by the many factions in the party, which can be divided into three broad political wings and many smaller ones. The Christian Labor factions, draw broad support across the Factory Belt and most of the Sun Belt, from conservative ethnic minorities, and low-income whites. The Moderate factions consisting of moderate centrist liberals draws support from the middle class and in particular urban areas. Finally the Progressive factions, advocating for radical unions, draw support from religious leftists in the Mountain States and the Midwest. Due to Presidential candidates from across the political spectrum choosing to run for the National Union nomination, the open primary system, and the Union's domination in the Electoral College, the National Union Pimary has become the main competitive national election.

    While the turnout in Presidential Elections hovers around 40 to 50 percent, the primaries see estimated average turnout around 60 to 80 percent. The difference in turnout and the open nature of the primaries, even attracts candidates from opposition parties. However if they lose, its an unwritten rule that they must not directly contest the General Election or the candidate and their party risk being completely sidelined by the National Union in the following elections. While voters can still vote for opposition party electors in the General Election, there is often no official opposition candidate or a different independent candidate.

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  10. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    In other news I managed to get my own wiki to use for my sandbox, so the wikiboxes will keep coming
     
  11. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    There is actually no single opposition party, because the opposition consists of many state and regional parties as well as the occasional defection by a faction. The closest thing to an opposition party are the Constitution Party based in the South, the Liberal Party centered in the Northeast, and the Socialist Party based in the Northeast and the West Coast.
     
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  12. Dante Well-Known Member

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    Are we going to get infoboxes for those parties? Also how has National Union grown to be so dominant and not splintered?
     
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  13. Goweegie2 Infobox posting transgirl

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    Got it. Has there ever been a President from any of the opposition parties or has it always been the National Union?
     
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  14. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    I will at some point. Would you like them in the next couple of days?

    Also for the National Union has remained dominant for several reasons. The first is that the two major factions in the National Union both have very broad support among the public and the policies of faction don't completely contradict each other. The Christian Labor factions for example share some policies with the Moderate Liberal faction on healthcare, worker's rights, rights of ethnic minorities, and welfare. Secondly the party structure is very decentralized, so it keeps vital party functions like coordinating primary elections and cooperating with various state level parties to an apolitical committee, while it leaves the politics to a different party body. In addition there isn't any rabid partisanship and in general defeated factions withdraw with grace which definitely helps alot. Finally the National Union is incredibly flexible at the expense of a total lack of party cohesiveness. The National Union is very open to who can run in their primary and so ideologically opposed candidates can run in the same party and whoever wins can define the party policy for their term. That is why I have the "governing faction" in the ideology section because the "governing" ideology shifts practically every election. Basically instead of running for President with the full weight of the National Union against him or her, the candidates find it easier to work within the party and run in fusion tickets if they lose. So while the National Union consistently wins elections, it doesn't mean that the same faction promoting the same ideology is consistently winning.

    Okay so in the past 100 years, the National Union has only lost five elections in 1920, 1924, 1928, 1972, and 1976. Three of the five defeats were by inflicted by National Union factions that defected and ran on their own ticket. However the most recent non-National Party President was sworn in in 1993, after the assassination of the President and he only lasted for a year. So there have been some but nothing of consequence that is recent.
     
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  15. Threadmarks: US Opposition Parties (Liberty&Greens)

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    The third largest party in the House of Representatives, it is also one of its most controversial. It is one of the most conservative political parties in the United States today, as it is commonly accused of racism and glorification of the South. Formed by the old states rights parties of the south and conservative factions in the National Union, it is an unapologetically Confederate-sympathizing party. Its voting demographics are almost entirely white and centered on the Deep South, making it the only regionalist opposition party.

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    Formed by social democrats opposing the social conservatism of the National Union and environmentalists, it is the largest party of the left. Focused on green politics, it is arguably one of the most ideologically consistent parties in the United States. It is most popular in the urban areas of New England and the northern West Coast, the party's bastions. It has increasingly become the home for Christian leftists, although the party insists on remaining a secular party.

    If you are wondering why this update took so long, its because I had to figure out exactly 7555 seats of 48 different state legislatures. So fun. Two more parties will come tomorrow.
     
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  16. rsha1s Well-Known Member

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    Are there any moderate-right parties?
     
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  17. IcyCaspian Member

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    What States have Green and Constitution Senators and Governorships?
     
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  18. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    Yes its the Liberal Party, which I will be posting it tomorrow. Its a market liberal and libertarian party centered in the Middle Atlantic states.
    For the Greens; Vermont, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire have two senators each and have Green governors. Yellowstone, Rhode Island, Oregon, Connecticut, and Cascadia have one Green Senator.

    For the Constitutionists; Alabama and Mississippi have two senators each. Alabama, East Tennessee, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky have Governors, but most of them are on the edge.
     
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    Lubmin is part of this Zapadoslavia? Shit this germany must have been screwed, is see that Russia is allied, is zapadoslavia a puppet state or is some kind of pan slavism widespread
     
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