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If only the U.S. got some extra minutes of stoppage time in that Belgium game. God damn one minute, those cocksuckin' referees. :mad:

But, I'd say the U.S. had a greater chance of winning the 2002 World Cup. They could've beaten Germany, if not for absolutely horrendous refereeing. After that, they'd have faced the Soukreans, whom they could've easily beaten, then it would've been to the Final against Brazil from there. From there on, it's anybody's guess who'd win. I'd give the U.S. a roughly 45-50% chance of beating the Brazilians. If not, they'd have finished second, beating the third place finish they set in 1930, and that's quite an accomplishment in and of itself! :eek:

Can't wait for 2015 Women's and 2018 Men's! :)
 
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It's not much of a cabinet. It can hold a few plates, but it gets the job done. :p

A New World Catholic? Sounds interesting. And are there overlapping inter-state compacts for different things. Like states A, B, C and D could be in General Interstate Compact, but A, C, D and E are in a Fishing and Wildlife Interstate Compact?

And finally, the GML Shiloh.
 
Wait. Kreiger wrote The Stars Our Destination? What happened to Alfred Bester?

Also, how come SecNav is a cabinet post and SecArmy and SecAF aren't? I mean, given the defederalized nature of your US, I could see there not being a US Army or US Air Force to be Secretary of, but then why is there a US Navy?
 
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Wait. Kreiger wrote The Stars Our Destination? What happened to Alfred Bester?
Oh God, I just realized we've entered all sorts of meta with OTL, Babylon 5, Gave Me Liberty and Shiloh.

Also, how come SecNav is a cabinet post and SecArmy and SecAF aren't? I mean, given the defederalized nature of your US, I could see their not a US Army or US Air Force to be Secretary of, but then why is there a US Navy?
Because maybe Army and Air Force are under the Department of War?
 
So, why isn't the Navy?
Because this is GML, where the federal government's power and composition has remained static since the 19th century. As you might know, Navy was a separate Cabinet position from the War Department until after WW2. And since the Secretary of the Navy is a ballplayer moonlighting as a government official, something tells me there's not much of a federal military to begin with.
 
Because this is GML, where the federal government's power and composition has remained static since the 19th century.
I'm aware. However...

As you might know, Navy was a separate Cabinet position from the War Department until after WW2.
I did, but was under the mistaken impression that the Army was as well.

And since the Secretary of the Navy is a ballplayer moonlighting as a government official, something tells me there's not much of a federal military to begin with.
Yeah, that seems plausible.
 
It's not much of a cabinet. It can hold a few plates, but it gets the job done. :p
Given the propensity to drink, I'd go with a liquor cabinet myself.:p
A New World Catholic? Sounds interesting. And are there overlapping inter-state compacts for different things. Like states A, B, C and D could be in General Interstate Compact, but A, C, D and E are in a Fishing and Wildlife Interstate Compact?
I keep meaning to do a religion infobox, so maybe I will finally get around to that.

There are some Interstate Compacts that are for purposes of simple regional organization (the Western Range, Coastal South, Mid-Atlantic, etc), and others that have specific purpose (ex. Compact for the Resolution of Border Disputes), so yes there are definitely lots that overlap. A couple states even manage to be in two regional compacts (like New York, which is a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Compact, and has observer status in the New England-Maritime Compact).

It's all very complicated and I will figure out how to infobox it one of these days.

And finally, the GML Shiloh.
*snicker*

Ambassador to Ruthenia, eh?
It was sort of meant to get rid of him. His Social Cooperation movement had achieved a lot for the Southeast, especially in Georgia, but while everyone was interested in ending the riots and the strikes and the violence, not everyone was interesting in his ideas about a Truth Commission or a constitutional convention. So they shuffled him off to Eastern Europe for a few years, and the conversation moved on without him.

Wait. Kreiger wrote The Stars Our Destination? What happened to Alfred Bester?
Mister Bester wrote The Stars My Destination.:p

The Stars Our Destination is a non-fiction work exploring the scientific, technical, and social aspects of hypothetical missions of colonization to other solar systems.

Also, how come SecNav is a cabinet post and SecArmy and SecAF aren't? I mean, given the defederalized nature of your US, I could see there not being a US Army or US Air Force to be Secretary of, but then why is there a US Navy?
Inertia, like the man says. The Secretary of the Navy became phenomenally powerful during the late 19th century (in one or two cases, probably more power than the President), and has resisted all attempts to fold back into the War Department since then.

The Navy is mostly in the hands of the states anyway, so there's no great harm in it these days.
 

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Because this is GML, where the federal government's power and composition has remained static since the 19th century. As you might know, Navy was a separate Cabinet position from the War Department until after WW2. And since the Secretary of the Navy is a ballplayer moonlighting as a government official, something tells me there's not much of a federal military to begin with.
Yeah. Even then, if there is, that'd probably be the Navy, since it's traditionally pretty capital intensive and benefits the most from being under a unified structure at all times (plus there's the whole piracy and protection of commerce thing.)
Wouldn't surprise me if it also oversaw the revenue cutter service on an operational level and coordinated various SAR operations at sea.
By comparison the Army and aviation don't need nearly as much money, and can do better with just the odd cross border exercises.
 
Some stuff for an infobox series I might do. These are the first two I've ever done:


The undeniable improvement of the job market by 2016 saw credit go to the business and academic left. Hillary Clinton was elected narrowly in 2016, but the beginning of a new economic boom by the end of the teen's saw her approval ratings improve sharply, and she was reelected in a landslide in 2020. Millennials became one of the most reliably Democratic voting generations ever, but this could not guarantee Democratic dominance forever. While the Democratic Party began to establish itself as the socially liberal, economically moderate party, the Republicans put even more emphasis on Social Conservatism, and large numbers of socially conservative hispanics began drifting to them, allowing them to build a coalition of White Evangelicals and Hispanic Catholics, and cementing their support in the American South and Southwest. By 2060, the Seventh Party system was well underway.​

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Mister Bester wrote The Stars My Destination.:p

The Stars Our Destination is a non-fiction work exploring the scientific, technical, and social aspects of hypothetical missions of colonization to other solar systems.
Oh, god, how did I miss that?:eek:

Inertia, like the man says. The Secretary of the Navy became phenomenally powerful during the late 19th century (in one or two cases, probably more power than the President), and has resisted all attempts to fold back into the War Department since then.

The Navy is mostly in the hands of the states anyway, so there's no great harm in it these days.
Cool. How is the military organized, BTW?
 
It was sort of meant to get rid of him. His Social Cooperation movement had achieved a lot for the Southeast, especially in Georgia, but while everyone was interested in ending the riots and the strikes and the violence, not everyone was interesting in his ideas about a Truth Commission or a constitutional convention. So they shuffled him off to Eastern Europe for a few years, and the conversation moved on without him.
You're going to need to write a very in-depth story of what went down in the South in the 90s one of these days. :p
 
Miraculous, but not ASB. After all, Greece won Eurocup 2004 with worse odds than the USA had in the 2014 World Cup (150 to 1 vs. 100 to 1). Assuming a PoD after the group stages, the US would have to beat:
-Belgium: Very, very doable, almost happened in OTL
-Argentina: Possible. They looked vulnerable against Nigeria.
-Netherlands: Unlikely, but not impossible. After all, Mexico had a 1-0 lead on them up until the last two minutes of their game, and we're about as good as Mexico.
-Germany: Nothing short of a ridiculous amount of luck and a flawless game from Tim Howard would let the US win this one.
 
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Miraculous, but not ASB. After all, Greece won Eurocup 2004 with worse odds than the USA had in the 2014 World Cup (150 to 1 vs. 100 to 1). Assuming a PoD after the group stages, the US would have to beat:
-Belgium: Very, very doable, almost happened in OTL
-Argentina: Possible. They looked vulnerable against Nigeria.
-Netherlands: Unlikely, but not impossible. After all, Mexico had a 1-0 lead on them up until the last two minutes of their game, and we're about as good as Mexico.
-Germany: Nothing short of a ridiculous amount of luck and a flawless game from Tim Howard would let the US win this one.
I'm of the mind that the U.S. would've won the Belgium game had they had more stoppage time. But, of course, this is mere conjecture. :(

Then there's the what if of Altidore never getting injured, in the very first game no less.
 
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The State of Annam is a close ally of the United States, being a member of the International Technocratic Organization (INTO) and (oddly) the Organization of American States (OAS). Originally a Communist state, Annam is descended from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Vietnam collapsed in the mid 21st century following the Deluge. The Republic of Tonkin in the north also become technocratic but fell within the Chinese neo-Confuscian orbit while the Socialist Republic of Vietnam remained in (ironically in the south). Annam likewise become technocratic but fell in with Washington. Tonkin relies heavily on agriculture and Chinese tourism, while South Vietnam's economy is heavily militarized and a shipbuilding titan--with a nearly 40% share of the global shipbuilding market, and the Vietnamese flag has become the most common flag of convenience for freighters and commercial shipping. Annam is very densely populated, with a strong IT and industrial sector. It has become a major exporter of superconductors and other high-tech telecommunication equipment, and due to its highly-militarized neighbor to the south, it has a very robust defense and armaments industry. The American Modern Combat Vehicle System (MCVS, which includes the M920 Werewolf MBT and the M927 Kodiak MLRS) is based off a Annamese design, as is the Coast Guard's Typhoon-class patrol boat.

Annam, as a member of the OAS, uses the OAS Dollar as its currency, and it's the largest economy to use the OAS Dollar (the United States uses the U.S. Dollar (which can be used as legal tender in other OAS nations) and Mexico uses the Mexican peso (the current exchange rate is 1.26 pesos for $1). Like the U.S., it has a two-party presidential system, with the centre-left United Party (which currently controls the Presidency and the unicameral National Assembly) and the centre-right Liberty Party. The corporatist State Planning Commission is quite powerful like it's U.S. counterpart, and many local Annamese unions (particularly the miners, autoworkers and longshoremen) have merged with their AFL-CIO counterparts. The United Party is also home to a large nationalist and expansionist wing, and it has acquired a small colony on the Saturnian moon of Enceladus. The United States is also planning to parcel out portions of the Neptunian Trojans and other trans-Neptunian Objects that it has claimed to various OAS members like Mexico, Annam and Colombia at the 2135 OAS Summit in Huế (the third to be held outside of the Americas and the first to be held outside of the Western Hemisphere). More than half a million Annamese workers have joined a work exchange program with the AFL-CIO and the U.S. government on the Neptunian Trojans, and many thousands more serve as explorers in the Outer System.

 
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