"A Very British Transition" - A Post-Junta Britain TL

Did the previous Junta try to form some sort of alternate national labor unions? How did the treat the City of London? Did they try to regulate them or steer investment?
Yes the TUC was effectively nationalized and reformed into BWO (British Workers Organisation). It was the only legal trade union in the United Kingdom, initially, membership was mandatory but this was phased on in the reforms of the 90s.

The Junta generally maintained the 60/70s status quo when it came to the City. As many of the Junta's allies were in the City, it didn't get the harsh repression and regulation of other industries. But at the same time it never saw the neoliberal boom of the 80s that other countries saw.
 
Chapter 2: Champagne and Lead
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All of the transitions' great and good were gathered at Buckingham for a party

“I remember looking at Alan (Milburn) as the shots rang out. I initially thought it was fireworks until the horror dawned on us. I remember watching everyone around me hitting the ground, one of the Queen’s nieces spilled champagne on my nice new suit. As security surrounded me my mind raced, was 1968 happening all over again? Would men in guns come storming in? Myself, Alan, and our families were marched away to a safe room deep within the Palace. We sat there for hours as security cleared the grounds, at the time we didn’t know that I wasn’t the target. It was quite the comeback for Civil Assistance. Did they have people on the inside? To this day I still don’t know, I find it hard to believe a young man could gun down an MP outside the Palace without MI6 at least hearing rumors. I confess I looked at General Jackson differently after that day.”
- Extract from Alan Johnson’s Memoirs “The Long and Winding Road” (2017)

A week after the election the Palace held a garden party for the newly elected MPs, men who would’ve shot the Queen years ago bowed, shook hands, and posed for photos. Champagne flowed as the old establishment welcomed the new. Speeches were made as the global press waited outside the Palace gates. The Government’s first few days in the office went well, the Ministers were settling in, and Johnson was due to fly out to Brussels the next day for talks on EU accession. The weather was uncharacteristically good for a British March, and in the beautiful opulence of the Palace Gardens, one could almost relax. But these good omens wouldn’t last long

Bob Wareing was late, he never wanted to spend his time grinning and shaking hands with imperialist generals, but the Socialist Alternative’s whip had insisted they all turned up, it helped to build legitimacy after all. Wareing had been a Councillor in Liverpool before the coup, a militant, he had been on someone or the other’s list after Mountbatten took power, so they came for him. Wareing had sought exile in the most unlikely of places, Tito’s Yugoslavia, growing a fondness for the country. As one of the few survivors of the 60s Labour left, he found himself a Socialist MP for his old hometown of Liverpool.

Wareing was making his way past St James’ Park towards one of the Palace’s many side entrances. Upon seeing the four armed police officers he reached for his ticket. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw a man in his early twenties. “Death to Traitors!” The man shouted. Wareing was confused. The man pulled a gun, Wareing was no longer confused. Then three shots rang out. One to Wareing’s chest, one to his head. The third was fired by the Armed Officer, killing Wareing's assailant instantly, but it was too late.

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London was placed into lockdown shortly after the attack

“Civil Assistance has morphed into a national, violent, counter-transition movement opposed to the extension of democracy in the UK. Membership of groups such as CA is difficult to gauge because such organizations ‘are often transitory and fluid’. There appears to be some evidence of broad support for the movement. There are far more male supporters than female: 81 percent are male, and almost three-quarters of all members are under the age of 30. The support base shares a sense of frustrated nationalism in the face of what they perceive to be a general liberal democratic threat. It is their concern about liberalization, and especially immigration, which motivates these supporters. According to Searchlight, one of CA’s leaders is Mark Collett, a former National member with a series of convictions.”
- Fascism and the return of Civil Assistance, Lecture by Dominic Alessio, Richmond University (2009)

The assassination of Bob Wareing was the most significant act of right-wing terrorism since the 80s. Investigations showed the assassin was twenty-three years old Stephen Yaxley from Luton. He was affiliated with Civil Assistance, the far-right Paramilitary Organisation established by Mountbatten allies in the terror of the 70s. Civil Assistance had declined in prevalence over the 80s and 90s, being banned by Hill-Norton. Now the organization had come back to the political scene with a brazen attack, killing an MP meters away from Buckingham Palace.

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Civil Assistance supporters would clash with mourners in Liverpool

The death of Wareing led to demonstrations in his hometown of Liverpool, where socialist demonstrators clashed with far-right activists and the police had to step in. In London rumors began to swirl, how could a lone man assassinate an MP meters away from the Queen without the security services finding out and stopping him. Had hardline elements within the Home Office ignored, or at worst assisted Yaxley? John McDonnell, Leader of the SA, demanded a crackdown on Civil Assistance or the Alternative would withdraw its support from the Government.

Raids across Britain netted some worrying results, in Wolverhampton police discovered a stock of military-grade weapons, including rifles from Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland. Somehow Civil Assistance had gotten their hands on military-grade weaponry, meaning the Wareing attack was unlikely to be their last. If Johnson couldn’t keep a lid on political violence, a second 70s terror could occur, and with an MP dead no one was safe. It was all going so well, now the real test began.

“Parliament may never be the same after the shocking attack by a gunman which left a Socialist Alternative MP dead. The attack has raised fears as politicians from all parties consider their security arrangements. SDP MP Joan Ruddock says members of parliament have received threats on a regular basis since last week's election. "It's a very alarming case but it's not surprising," the Inner East London MP told BBC News. "This was bound to happen I'm afraid. Lots of MPs endured threats and intimidation over the election no doubt this is what will be coming to light over the coming weeks and months. Like all forms of violence, attacks on politicians are under-reported. If any research were to be done it would find they are facing much more violence than anyone suspects, but none of them said anything about it." - Attack prompts MPs to rethink security, BBC News (2005)

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Many suspected Wareing's wouldn't be the last transition politician assassinated
 
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Tried to depict the provinces on a map. The provinces of London are an abomination the way I've tried to depict them. Not sure if it's accurate though.
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EDIT: I think this is more accurate.
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Hello friends, lovers and colleagues. I am Powerab, I write alt history stories around modern British politics. Some of you may be familiar with my last work "The Commonwealth of Britain". I now present to you my second TL, "A Very British Transition". This TL takes place in an alternate world where the Mountbatten Coup really happened. 37 years on the Junta has fallen and now Britain goes to the polls.

As always comments, questions and suggestions are very welcome.

For those who are used to my previous work unfortunately I can't foresee this being updated as regularly. As we're coming out of lock-down I can't write the daily updates I did for the Commonwealth. Nonetheless I hope you will all join me as British democracy rises from the ashes.
Oooo, I liked that. For a rather mad premise you developed a logical, reasonable chain of effects and a believable history. Getting people to accept the necessary suspension of disbelief is difficult and (IMO) the sign of a good writer.
 
Hmm. Dictatorship = No immigration = Bad demographic situation... but also Dictatorship = Poor = More kids (possibly)?

Interesting to see it's effect on little things like football.
Authoritarianism often means natalist policies, and reduced birthrate usually comes with greater gender equality as well as wealth.
 
Fucking hell, the assassin's name escaped me when I read it and i thought 'Oh, this is someone made up, surely?' and then I looked who it was up and NOPE. I know that little shit. This is just terrific, how is National doing at this? Reading that they were founded by Mountbatten indicates a link, however fair or unfair, to the First Lord, and also to the paramilitary bunch. I'd imagine their reputation took a bit of a hit as the official opposition.
 
Fucking hell, the assassin's name escaped me when I read it and i thought 'Oh, this is someone made up, surely?' and then I looked who it was up and NOPE. I know that little shit. This is just terrific, how is National doing at this? Reading that they were founded by Mountbatten indicates a link, however fair or unfair, to the First Lord, and also to the paramilitary bunch. I'd imagine their reputation took a bit of a hit as the official opposition.
Mountbatten wasn't actually involved in the founding of Civil Assistance. It was founded by General Walter Walker, a close ally of Mountbatten. But yes they have been linked to the National Party before. Collins condemned the attack but this alongside internal squabbling and the SDP's honeymoon period means National's taken a significant hit in the polls.
 
Mountbatten wasn't actually involved in the founding of Civil Assistance. It was founded by General Walter Walker, a close ally of Mountbatten. But yes they have been linked to the National Party before. Collins condemned the attack but this alongside internal squabbling and the SDP's honeymoon period means National's taken a significant hit in the polls.
My apologies, I got a little confused. Yeah, and that this point I'd imagine it'd take something pretty severe to dislodge the connection the people have made between the groups.
 
My apologies, I got a little confused. Yeah, and that this point I'd imagine it'd take something pretty severe to dislodge the connection the people have made between the groups.
No worries! It's my job as the author to make sure everything is clear, I appreciate you giving me the chance to clear that up. But absolutely in the eyes of the average voter National and CA are very close
 
My apologies, I got a little confused. Yeah, and that this point I'd imagine it'd take something pretty severe to dislodge the connection the people have made between the groups.
Especially since you know people are gonna be asking a lot of questions on how a right wing paramilitary group managed to get a shooter close to a VIP area, and MI5/MI6 didn't even twinge or anything.

The real paranoid people are gonna wonder if that armed response officer was to make sure that he couldn't be interrogated after his job was done, as well....
 
Wikibox: Murder of Bob Wareing
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On 21 March 2005, Bob Wareing, the British Socialist Alternative Member of Parliament for Merseyside died after being shot. His assailant, Stephen Yaxley, was shot and killed by an armed officer at the scene. An inquest concluded that Yaxley wanted to prevent Britain's transition to democracy.

The incident was the first killing of an MP since Michael Ancram was assassinated by the Scottish National Liberation Army in 2001.

Attack

Wareing, a pre-Junta Liverpool City Councillor was elected to represent Merseyside at the 2005 general election, having spent several years in exile.

On 21 March 2005 Wareing was on his way to a party for new MPs at Buckingham Palace when Yaxley shot him twice with a modified Browning Hi-Power handgun.

Armed Police Officer Lewis Smith 26, shot Yaxley. He was awarded the George Medal for his bravery.

Perpetrator

The perpetrator of the attack was Stephen Yaxley a 23-year-old engineer from Luton. Yaxley had mental health problems, though he was declared sane at the moment of the crime. He believed individuals of pro-democracy viewpoints were the cause of Britain's problems. Investigators writers suggested that he targeted Wareing, as he was a "passionate defender" of Socialism.

Yaxley had links to British far-right groups including Civil Assistance. In his home were found Junta regalia, far-right books, and information on the construction of bombs. He had searched the internet for information about the far-right New Nationalist Party (NNP). He also owned Mountbatten iconography as well as books and films related to the 68 Coup. A police official described Yaxley as a "loner."
 
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On 21 March 2005, Bob Wareing, the British Socialist Alternative Member of Parliament for Merseyside died after being shot. His assailant, Stephen Yaxley, was shot and killed by an armed officer at the scene. An inquest concluded that Yaxley wanted to prevent Britain's transition to democracy.

The incident was the first killing of an MP since Michael Ancram was assassinated by the Scottish National Liberation Army in 2001.

Attack

Wareing was elected to represent Merseyside at the 2005 general election, having spent several years in exile.

On 21 March 2005 Wareing was on his way to a party for new MPs at Buckingham Palace when Yaxley shot him twice with a modified Browning Hi-Power handgun.

Armed Police Officer Lewis Smith 26, shot Yaxley. He was awarded the George Medal for his bravery.

Perpetrator

The perpetrator of the attack was Stephen Yaxley a 23-year-old engineer from Luton. Yaxley had mental health problems, though he was declared sane at the moment of the crime. He believed individuals of pro-democracy viewpoints were the cause of Britain's problems. Investigators writers suggested that he targeted Wareing, as he was a "passionate defender" of Socialism.

Yaxley had links to British far-right groups including Civil Assistance. In his home were found Junta regalia, far-right books, and information on the construction of bombs. He had searched the internet for information about the far-right New Nationalist Party (NNP). He also owned Mountbatten iconography as well as books and films related to the 68 Coup. A police official described Yaxley as a "loner."
This might have repercussions on the National Party polling numbers
 

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If it's useful, here is what the provincial apportionment might look like (population figures are from 2005, though numbers from Scotland are ad hoc estimates)
ProvinceSeats
Bedfordshire
13​
Berkshire
16​
Cheshire
9​
Cornwall
6​
Cumbria
6​
Derbyshire
16​
Devon
10​
Dorset
11​
East Anglia
17​
East Wales
10​
East Yorkshire
9​
Eastern Scotland
15​
Essex
13​
Gloucestershire
17​
Greater Manchester
19​
Hampshire
14​
Herefordshire
11​
Highlands and Islands
6​
Inner London - East
15​
Inner London - West
10​
Kent
13​
Lancashire
12​
Leicestershire
13​
Lincolnshire
7​
Merseyside
12​
North Eastern Scotland
6​
North Yorkshire
8​
Northern Ireland
14​
Northumberland
12​
Outer London - East
13​
Outer London - South
10​
Outer London - West
14​
Shropshire
13​
South Western Scotland
17​
South Yorkshire
11​
Surrey
19​
Tees Valley
10​
West Midlands (County)
19​
West Wales
15​
West Yorkshire
16​
 
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If it's useful, here is what the provincial apportionment might look like (population figures are from 2005)
ProvinceSeats
Bedfordshire
13​
Berkshire
16​
Cheshire
9​
Cornwall
6​
Cumbria
6​
Derbyshire
16​
Devon
10​
Dorset
11​
East Anglia
17​
East Wales
10​
East Yorkshire
9​
Eastern Scotland
15​
Essex
13​
Gloucestershire
17​
Greater Manchester
19​
Hampshire
14​
Herefordshire
11​
Highlands and Islands
6​
Inner London - East
15​
Inner London - West
10​
Kent
13​
Lancashire
12​
Leicestershire
13​
Lincolnshire
7​
Merseyside
12​
North Eastern Scotland
6​
North Yorkshire
8​
Northern Ireland
14​
Northumberland
12​
Outer London - East
13​
Outer London - South
10​
Outer London - West
14​
Shropshire
13​
South Western Scotland
17​
South Yorkshire
11​
Surrey
19​
Tees Valley
10​
West Midlands (County)
19​
West Wales
15​
West Yorkshire
16​
This is incredibly helpful! Thank you so much!
 
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