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Given the sheer size and scale of modern civilization-states, it can be hard to pin down the exact politics of billions of disparate people spread across billions of miles of empty space. But you can point to general trends, and in the United States, most politicians can be grouped into the Liberal Party and the Reform Party. Both parties can trace their lineage all the way back to Old Earth following the Great Exodus, and despite radical changes in American society, they have survived for more than 800 years to the present day. The Liberal Party is currently the more dominant of the two, but politics is cyclical with ups and downs for both. Party membership is extremely limited, and usually only limited to vocal activists. Party members can often be identified by their uniform--khaki for the Liberals and blue for the Reformers. Civil servants are not allowed to be members of political parties, while many employers and schools set aside special days for employees and students to wear their uniforms--whether it be a Liberal or Reform uniform or something else. While political violence is generally rare, both retain paramilitary wings to protect their own candidates and rallies while attacking their opponent's.

 
It's not like the United States of China are doing particularly well, all things considered - they're mostly isolated on a global scale, their only ally of any size being Brazil after the collapse of the Reagan dictatorship and the ensuing six (soon to be seven) presidencies of Europhillic People's Alliance candidates (and one Europhillic Democratic candidate), they still haven't been able to recover all the (many) territories they lost after absolute Imperial collapse starting in 1900, and their industrialisation has, so far, been unable to strongly compete with the highly efficient and unionised workforce of the Concert of Europe - but at least US-China free trade keeps their economy doing well, their HDI is rising rapidly, and their democracy, modelled since 1920 off an American example (with some modifications) is stable. That's pretty much all that counts, right?

This "meh, could be worse" approach was what propelled the people of China's 15 states, in their midterm elections of 2013, to renew their confidence in the centre-left, social democratic/Georgist Blue Bloc, composed of the Tongmenghui and the Chinese Nationalist Party (as well as the much smaller Federalist Party) government, reaffirming its position as the natural bloc of government of the USC and granting it another term - albeit with reduced seats in the Lifayuan, and a much more shaky plurality than that the Blues won in 2007. The Blues now govern mostly because of support of the Green-Menshevik-influenced Green Bloc, the smallest of the four blocs in Parliament, composed of the merger between the Representation Party and the Feminist Party, plus one independent, which exorted heavy concessions in return for their support, such as a promise to implement civil unions for LGBT couples, a ban of abortion practiced over the child's gender as the only restriction to abortion now in place, the imposition of equal-wage laws and an anti-discrimination act in public servants, the expansion of education in minority and regional languages nationwide, and the implementation of steep carbon taxes; all things the Tongmenghui's liberal, Europe-educated leadership probably agree with, but which they'd be happy to blame on the Greens and their urban voting base if they get any pushback from socially conservative sectors of society. The Green-Blue agreement of supply and confidence gives the Government a razor-thin 4 seat majority.

Of course, it's not like the Blues were ever in true danger of going into opposition, since any agreement to oust them would require the two arch-enemies of Chinese politics to ally. The leftwing Red Bloc (composed almost exclusively of the technocratic, social democratic and laïcité-pushing May 4th Movement if you want to deify them, or almost exclusively of the more extremist Communist Party of China and the anarchist-Makhnovist Popular Platform if you want to vilify them within China) hate the rightwing Yellow Bloc (composed of the deeply conservative and religious Hundred Schools of Thought Alliance and the monarchistic Regency Party) with the passion of a hundred thousand burning Buddhist monasteries, and vice-versa. They tried allying and ousting the Blues once, back in the 70s; today, both blocs look back and think on that period much like two successful professionals would think about their failed relationship back in high school. I mean, monarchist Communists - who the hell thought that would work out? (The Eurasian Union, the Indic Federation and those weird anarcho-shintoists in Japan don't count - those guys are weird.)

None of this isn't particularly new, and, frankly, the Chinese elections of 2013 were extremely boring - not even being affected by a corruption scandal on some state party affiliated to the Blues or some Green sex scandal, so common nowadays.

Technocrat Yuan Lilung returns to Jinling Palace to take on the Premiership after his vote of confidence, signaling the continuing state cohabitation between the Blue legislative and the fluke Supreme President Zhu Yunlai from the Yellow-aligned Regency Party, who will continue to rule over the Executive from Tiananmen until new elections in 2016.



Red Bloc - 96 Seats
Green Bloc - 40 seats
Blue Bloc - 185 seats
Yellow Bloc - 119 seats

Of course, the National Assembly, which is unelected by the people but instead appointed by the State governments, remains far more dominated by traditional forces. The Blue Bloc is far more dominant there, and can count on increased influence in the upper house even if the lower house votes against their proposals.

(I'm sorry for the massacred Chinese. I really tried.)
 
Well seen as the thread is nearly at an end I thought I'd better get around to posting the next instalment for Hail, Britannia. As always many thanks must go to @CanadianTory and @Turquoise Blue for all their help in this project, I couldn't make sense of it all without the pair of you. I've promised to show this part of the world for a while now, but here we go. Presenting The Lone Star Republic:

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The Republic of Texas is a sovereign state located in North America, bordered to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and the British Union of Louisiana, to the north by the British Commonwealth of Missouri, to the northwest by the Kingdom of the Californias, to the west by the Gulf of Cortez, and to the south by the Mexican Empire. Historically part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Spain, later the First Mexican Empire (1821-1833) and the Centralist Republic of Mexico (1833-1848), the province of Tejas declared independence on March 2, 1836 during the Texas Revolution and, following the Battle of the San Jacinto, gained de facto recognition as an independent nation when Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna signed the Treaties of Velasco, although tensions between the two nations continued over the following decade.

The Mexican War (1846-1848) began when Texan troops crossed the Nueces River into disputed territory and were attacked by Mexican troops, killing 12 Texans and taking 52 prisoners. Over the course of the conflict the combined Anglo-Texan-Californian forces occupied the territories of Santa Fe de Nuevo México and Alta California, whilst a British army, under the command of Winfield Scott, captured Mexico City. The subsequent collapse of the Centralist Republic and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 recognised the independence of both Texas and California, but despite calls for the territory to be annexed into Britain-in-America, opposition within the American Colonial Congress prevented this, although the terms of the Treaty established both countries as British protectorates.

Over the late 19th and early 20th centuries Texas, alongside California, grew closer politically and economically with the United Kingdom, as both nations became integral parts of the "core" British Empire alongside the Imperial Federation. Texan soldiers would play an important role in the Republican Rebellion (1848-1851), when volunteer forces fought for the British Crown against republican rebels in Missouri and Louisiana. In the aftermath of that conflict the Texan Brigade was formed to recruit Texan soldiers, and continues to be a well-known component of the British Army to this day. Constitutional reforms in 1876 led to the reorganisation of the country into a federal republic which now consists of 9 states and 1 federal district, seven governed as presidential and three (Sonora, Navajo and Austin, F.D.) as parliamentary republics, and the creation of the modern semi-presidential system of government, as well as the abolition of slavery in Texas, which had dragged it heels over the matter, despite British influence, for over 40 years.

During the First World War (1913-1918), parts of southern and eastern Texas were invaded and occupied by Mexican and German forces, reaching as for north as the capital Austin, although the territories were liberated by Anglo-Texan forces towards the end of the war. The defeat of the Central Powers led to the annexation of Sonora as the nations' ninth state. Texas joined the Allies in the Second World War (1939-1946), sending volunteer forces to fight in Europe and the Middle East as well as being involved in the Spanish Caribbean Intervention (1940-1941). Although Texas has a long history as a centre of the cattle industry, the nation's economic fortunes changed in the early 20th century, when oil discoveries initiated an economic boom in the country. Texans are, due to the cattle industry, associated internationally with the image of the cowboy, a national stereotype for which, along with their love of gridiron football and high number of guns per capita, they are known around the world. Also notable is the highly religious nature of Texan society which, despite the country being officially secular, is dominated by Evangelical Protestant groups, causing Texas to lag behind the rest of North America in social issures such as abortion and gay rights.

In the 21st century Texas is a highly developed country, and ranks highly in several measures of socioeconomic performance, having developed a diversified economy and high tech industry, leading in many fields including agriculture, computers, electronics, and the aerospace industry. Internationally Texas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations (forming the Common Travel Area with the UK, California, Cuba and the Nordic Federation) and a close ally of the United Kingdom, sometimes considered to be Britain's little brother, and the British-Texan Special Relationship is a key component of British global foreign policy, with Texan forces having been involved in the Second Gulf War and the ongoing Commonwealth intervention in the Middle East and West Africa.

The 2014 Texan presidential and legislative elections were held on October 28, 2014 to elect the next President of the Republic for a six-year term, and the 335 members of the House of Representatives for a three-year term.

In the House of Representatives, the governing centre-right Christian Democratic Party, which advocates Christian democratic and social conservative policies, led by incumbent Prime Minister David Dewhurst were able to secure their fourth consecutive majority, despite losing 13 seats and only receiving 40% of the popular vote. The CDP did receive a boost amongst hispanic voters, attributed to Susana Martínez candidature for President. The broadly centrist and centre-left socially liberal Reform Party under new leader Wendy Davis made minor gains in this election, largely in suburban areas amongst moderate voters, although they saw a slight weakening in their support amongst hispanics over controversial comments by senior party figures.

The right-wing conservative nationalist party, National Renewal, managed to gain a seat despite a decline in their vote share when they took Reform Party presidential candidate Chris Bell's district. Partido Hispanófono, the broadly left-wing hispanic party led by Sonora Premier Manuel Acosta Gutiérrez, secured two extra seats at the expense of Reform, whilst the green politics Ecology Party managing to gain the Hermosillo-Tiburón district. The Native Alliance, a broad tent movement for the Texan First Nations which only runs in the state of Navajo, secured all four of the state districts for the eleventh consecutive election.

With the CDP securing another majority, David Dewhurst was elected by the newly assembled House of Representatives on December 2, 2014 and sworn in (for the fourth time) as the 24th Prime Minister of the Republic of Texas by President Rick Perry that afternoon.

Incumbent President Rick Perry of the Christian Democratic Party was ineligible for a second term under the Constitution and so his party selected Governor of New Mexico Susana Martínez as their candidate. The Reform Party selected former Representative Chris Bell of Matagorda. As with most Texan presidential elections, 1996 being a noticeable exception, the other congressional parties did not run their own candidates, with National Renewal supporting the CDP, Ecology and the Partido Hispanófono backing Reform whilst the Native Alliance remained independent.

Despite being one of the closest elections in Texan history, Martínez was able to secure a popular vote majority in six states, as well as nationally, precluding the need for a joint congressional vote. Bell was able to secure majorities in the states of Nueces, Sonora and Navajo, and the Federal District, traditional non-CDP heartlands, and was able to reduce Martínez's lead to seven percent, the narrowest margin of victory since 1996. Bell's long-time public support for LGBT rights cost him votes, although his call for stronger trading ties with the United Kingdom was well received, whilst Martínez was able to deliver a consistent message on balancing the federal budget and reducing unnecessary expenditure, whilst distancing herself from the accusations of corruption and coercion by the Perry Administration. Susana Martínez was sworn in as the 31st President of the Republic of Texas on December 9, 2014.

The President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Texas, the latter officially referred to as the President of the Council of Ministers, are respectively the head of state and head of government of the Republic of Texas. The office of president dates back to the First Constitution which was adopted in 1836, and was originally chosen through an Electoral College, with votes allocated to states based on the size of their congressional delegation. This method of election was used until the 1966 election when a constitutional amendment was passed that changed the electoral system so that the winner would require either a majority of the popular vote or a victory in a majority of states, and if neither of those conditions were met then a joint session of the newly elected Congress would meet to elect the President. The President is also the ex officio Grand Master of the National Order of Honor and the National Order of Merit.

The position of Prime Minister was established under the 1876 Constitution, which changed the Texan government from a presidential system to a semi-presidential one, and described the role of the office as being to "direct the actions of the Government" and to "determine and conduct the policy of the Nation". Other members of the Texan Government are appointed by the President "on the recommendation of the Prime Minister", although in practice the Prime Minister acts on the impulse of the President to whom he is a subordinate, except when there is cohabitation. Conhabitation occurs when the President and Prime Minister are from different parties, a rarity in Texan politics, and results in the President handling foreign and defence affairs with the Prime Minister focusing on domestic matters.



Hail, Britannia
UK SDP leadership spill, 2004 & leadership election, 2011
American Theatre of World War I
Federation of India
Oregonian general election, 2011
Kingdom of Hanover; Hanoverian general election, 2012
Kingdom of Scania; King Valdemar V; Crown Prince Christoffer
National Republic of China (1927-1947)
Florida; Floridian general election, 2013; Floridian, Texan & Californian Spanish
Britain-in-America; North American Dutch; Daniel Taylor; Isaac Brock; Taylor-Brock family; Dukedom of Manhattan
Kingdom of Hawai'i; Hawaiian general election, 2015; King Kūhiō; Native Hawaiians
Hawaiians in the United Kingdom (Hawaiian British)
Russian America; Province of Alaska; Orthodox Church in America; Alaskans; North American Russian; Russian-American Company
Mexican Empire; Mexican federal election, 2013; Emperor Agustín V; President of the Government; Josefina Vázquez Mota
First Minister of Florida; Order of the Star of Florida; 2015 Floridian independence referendum; Viceroy of Florida; Carlos López-Cantera; Juan Taylor-Brock y Menendez
Dominion of Newfoundland; Newfoundland general election, 2016; Newfoundland Gaelic; New Labrador Party; Order of Newfoundland
Kingdom of the Californias; Californians; Californian general election, 2013; King Ramón IV; Wasatch Autonomous Region; Jon Huntsman Jr.
Nova Scotia (& 2013 provincial election); New Brunswick (& 2014 provincial election)
Dominion of Canada; Canadian federal election, 2015; United Democratic Federation; Canadian Alliance; Progressive Conservative Party; Alaskan Uprising; North American French
George Washington; Marquessate of Mount Vernon; Washington family
Commonwealth of New England; New England federal election, 2015; Liberty Party of New England; Conservative Party of New England; New England Gaelic; United Kingdom imperial election in New England, 2015
Commonwealth of Missouri; Missouri federal election, 2014; Amy Klobuchar; Progressive-Farmer-Labor Party of Missouri; Progressive Conservative Party of Missouri
United Kingdom of the Cape; Cape federal election, 2013; Annalie Gwabini; King Willem VI Themba; Capelanders; Provinces and autonomous regions of the Cape
 
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Well seen as the thread is nearly at an end I thought I'd better get around to posting the next installment for Hail, Britannia. As always many thanks must go to @CanadianTory and @Turquoise Blue for all their help in this project, I couldn't make sense of it all without the pair of you. I've promised to show this part of the world for a while now, but here we go. Presenting The Lone Star Republic
Very nice work as always, I especially like the Canadian-style map.

In cases like these where the smaller parties endorse one of the big party candidates, I think wikiboxes tend to have an extra line for "Alliance" in which the other parties (or the name of an overarching organisation which represents their pact) is listed, as in New York City mayoral elections for example - maybe something to consider?
 


Viceroy John I of South Carolina was the man whom transitioned the previously unitary South Carolina prefecture into the Viceroyalty of South Carolina. This is from my American Confederation timeline. John Calhoun was not a well-liked man in Philadelphia, but in order to elevate his prefecture to the status of a monarchy, he had to receive the assent of the incumbent First Citizen, whom was not known to be sympathy to monarchists; this man was James Monroe, the Governor of the Virginia Prefecture. So, John I of South Carolina was only a viceroy. A stark reminder of whom he owed his crown to. While other monarchies did not gain their crowns in this manner, South Carolina's royal family harbors some ill-will towards Philadelphia for the slap in the face delivered unto John I; mostly because John, in the earlier days of his political life, was a notable figure in the Decentralist Party of Jefferson and Clay, which advocated for more federalist territories.

John's attempt to wrest the office of First Citizen into his hands in 1831 after the death of James Monroe went poorly. Nobody would consider his attempts, and the Electoral College, which had only met a small number of times since the inauguration of the Confederation in 1788, decided to opt for Henry Clay, one of the 'common-man' Senators in the Grand Collegium from the Kentucky Prefecture, and the architect of the Jefferson-Clayite federalist system that some states adopted (namely the State of Jefferson, the master stroke of Clay's tenure as First Citizen).

Clay further wounded South Carolina's honor by allowing for other monarchies to join and retain their full imperial or royal title (Emperor of California; King of Florida; King of Louisiana, etc.), despite objections.
 
So is First Citizen a Hamiltonian Executive, ruling until death?
Yep. America in this case takes a lot of cues from the Holy Roman Empire and the old Roman Empire, but in no particular rhyme or reason. There are a lot of semi-independent-but-not-really republics and monarchies and special cities, while the First Citizen theoretically has power, he can only really apply it in directly administered territories under government control (the prefectures), as well as his home-state, if he is already a Governor or President or whatever. (Some of the Kings in the Confederation have been named First Citizen before.)
 
The Republic of Texas is a sovereign state located in North America, bordered to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and the British Union of Louisiana, to the north by the British Commonwealth of Missouri, to the northwest by the Kingdom of the Californias, to the west by the Gulf of Cortez, and to the south by the Mexican Empire.
As a Texan, this all seems about right. Surprised by how well Chris Bell did - he didn't do nearly that well in either the Texas Gubernatorial or Houston Mayoral election - but I suppose it makes sense with the more liberal western expansion. If you don't mind me asking, what did Lyndon Johnson, John Connally, John Tower, Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland, the Bushes, Ann Richards, and/or the Castro brothers end up doing?
Also, a bit of a quibble - Chris Bell is from and has spent almost his entire career in Houston, it's just that his former district was moved west.
 
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Yep. America in this case takes a lot of cues from the Holy Roman Empire and the old Roman Empire, but in no particular rhyme or reason. There are a lot of semi-independent-but-not-really republics and monarchies and special cities, while the First Citizen theoretically has power, he can only really apply it in directly administered territories under government control (the prefectures), as well as his home-state, if he is already a Governor or President or whatever. (Some of the Kings in the Confederation have been named First Citizen before.)
Kinda like @Georgepatton 's Gave Me Liberty.
 
Kinda like @Georgepatton 's Gave Me Liberty.
I've only seen a few parts of that, but yeah--something like that. The First Citizen is a person of some renown because he does intervene when necessary, but it's kind of like the modern British monarchy. There are powers there that aren't touched except in dire circumstances.
 
I've only seen a few parts of that, but yeah--something like that. The First Citizen is a person of some renown because he does intervene when necessary, but it's kind of like the modern British monarchy. There are powers there that aren't touched except in dire circumstances.
So more like GML if the President didn't get discredited.
 
Well seen as the thread is nearly at an end I thought I'd better get around to posting the next installment for Hail, Britannia. As always many thanks must go to @CanadianTory and @Turquoise Blue for all their help in this project, I couldn't make sense of it all without the pair of you. I've promised to show this part of the world for a while now, but here we go. Presenting The Lone Star Republic
I once again bow to your mastery of Teh Awesomesauce, particularly over your coverage of my new home. I did have a question, how well populated are Navajo, New Mexico and Sonora compared to the other states of the Republic? Also, given your note of how "OTL-esque" Texan culture is ITTL (not at all a complaint, gotta have some touchstones after all :) ), are there any notable differences in music, cinema, etc. from OTL?
 
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