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In the Quebec parliamentary election in 2018, no political party won an outright majority, resulting in a hung parliament. On 8 July, the center-right Popular Republican Movement emerged as the main political party, won a plurality of votes and seats in the National Assembly, while the democratic socialist, Socialist Party led by Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet came second. The incumbent government party the Liberals, however, placed third. As a result, negotiations were required before a new government could be formed.

On 9 July, President Lucien Bouchard met with the leaders of the three parties. Before the talks began, Benoit Charette and Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet confirmed they both wanted to be Prime Minister, while Francis Scarpaleggia declined a second term and resigned as Leader of the Liberal Party. Several minor parties, that are not represented in the National Assembly voiced their support for both Socialists and Republicans, most notably the Green Party supporting the Socialists. Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet did not rule out a grand coalition with the Republicans and/or the Socialists during the talks.

The formerly opposition, Republicans, began talks with the Liberals to form a government mandate, with disagreements on major economic policies and though, it seemed unlikely the parties which were formerly enemies would now ally with each other. Either party did not rule out a confidence and supply agreement however. As Francis Scarpaleggia had now resigned as the leader of his party, Jean-Yves Duclos, as became interim leader and thus was the main figure who took part in the negotiations for the Liberals.

The now second placed, seats wise, Socialists were also bidding to get in to government. President Bouchard invited the Socialists and Liberals for coalition talks, however they both disagreed on foreign policy, with the Socialists taking a more isolationist and alter-globalization approach with a soft, left-wing nationalism strand in their policy, being firmly against NAFTA. After this attempt at a two-party coalition government failing, President Bouchard, announced he would discuss the last alternative coalition.

In the days following up the second round of coalition talks, President Bouchard brought all three parliamentary parties to the negotiating table to discuss a grand coalition. With a split cabinet, and independent Prime Minister. With discussion of a grand coalition, many no-compromise voters sought to leave their parties for a more radical alternative.

Talks between the three, continued swiftly and an agreement was soon reached. Law professor, Marc Gold was soon decided upon to head the grand coalition. On 31 July, he was given the mandate to form a government and on 1 August he was sworn in. He is the first ever Prime Minister of Quebec to not be a member of the National Assembly and also the oldest Prime Minister of Quebec (at the time of his inauguration.)
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Marc Gold, is a Quebec-er law professor and politician serving as the current Prime Minister of Quebec since August 1, 2018.

A professor of law, Gold was first proposed, on July 30, 2018, for the role of Prime Minister as the head of a grand coalition between all three parliamentary parties (the Popular Republican Movement, Socialist Party and Liberal Party.) The day after the grand coalition was agreed, Gold was sworn in by Lucien Bouchard as Prime Minister. Gold's cabinet, formed by a grand coalition was the first in Quebec history to be formed, he is the first Prime Minister to not serve in the National Assembly and first to have not served a prior government or administrative office or service.

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Challenge: make an election wikibox using this for the map.

The United States presidential election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Incumbents President Blanche Lincoln and Vice President Angus King of the National Union sought re-election.

The Christian Democratic Party once again nominated Ray Estévez, the popular and now former three-term Governor of New York; because the CDP is the primary opposition party, many treated the election as a re-match of 2012, although this time he was joined by Arkansas Senator Mike Huckabee. The People's Party nominated two-term Governor of Vermont Doug Hoffer and Montana Senator Brian Schweitzer.

Of the secondary parties, the western-based, pro-decentralization Independence Party initially nominated governors Dean Heller and Bill Walker (of Nevada and Alaska, respectively), while the paleoconservative Concerned Citizens Coalition nominated representatives Diane Black and Louie Gohmert (of Tennessee and Texas). For the fourth time, the Hawaiian Democratic Party ran in the election, nominating Governor Colleen Hanabusa and Lieutenant Governor Barack Obama; as before, the stated goal of the HDP was not to impact the presidential election but provide support for its downballot candidates.

Despite spirited challenges from Estévez and Hoffer, Lincoln was expected to win re-election handily. The race was shaken up, however, when Florida governor Rick Scott announced an independent bid for the presidency. Lincoln and Scott had clashed repeatedly during her first term, over federal involvement in areas such as environment and climate change, healthcare and gun control, which he saw as "meddling". Scott aimed to deny the NU ticket a majority in the electoral college, both to embarrass Lincoln and to force a change in policy. Due to their similar aims, Scott was approached by the Independence Party to form some sort of alliance, which ultimately resulted Scott merging his campaign into the IP, becoming its nominee while Heller shifted to the vice presidential nominee.

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While Lincoln was able to skillfully deflect challenges from Estévez and Hoffer, she was unable to effectively counter Scott's targeted regional campaign. In tight races, Scott successfully won the states of Florida and and Mississippi for IP, while also splitting the vote and denying potential NU victories in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. The result was a hung electoral college.

While the Lincoln/King ticket was the only option that could pass through Congress, it was clear that they would need the support of IP to do it. Immediately negotiations between the two parties began, with the NU yielding to key IP promises of devolution. Independence saw this as a major win; however, shortly after the election, Lincoln began the process of abolishing the EC and replacing it with a direct popular vote by simple plurality to avoid any "hostage situations" in the future.
 
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Big question: how do y'all edit the electoral maps from Wikipedia, color-wise? I'm ashamed to admit I do a lot of my edits in Paint, in case it wasn't obvious, and that aspect seems to be a real pain in the ass. I was wondering if anyone had a better method.
 
Doesn't Paint have a fill tool? It probably looks like a can of paint pouring out.

It does, but it looks extremely sloppy doing it that way. A lot of the ones I see other members on here post don't look messy at all, so I was just wondering if anyone else found a more efficient method, or if it's really just about filling it in on the smallest level to make it look decent.
 
Big question: how do y'all edit the electoral maps from Wikipedia, color-wise? I'm ashamed to admit I do a lot of my edits in Paint, in case it wasn't obvious, and that aspect seems to be a real pain in the ass. I was wondering if anyone had a better method.
For the best results you'll want to edit the .svg files directly. Inkscape's a good (and free) program for that.
 
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Richard Nixon is (both fondly and less so) remembered as the second most ruthless FBI Director in the bureau's existence. As an agent he grew to be a great ally of J. Edgar Hoover and was personally involved in COINTELPRO, helping compile an 'enemies list' for the program to target. Despite his involvement in the targeting of civil rights figures such as Martin Luther King, he was instrumental in the arrest of Byron de la Beckweth, who was behind the murder of campaigner Medgar Evers in 1962. He also personally criticised Hoover over inaction regarding Emmett Till's murder. He presided over the successful Jonestown Siege, where radical preacher Jim Jones and his "flock" were taken into custody with minimal damage done. By the time of Hoover's death, Nixon's personal reputation as the Most Notorious Agent In America and The Man Who Crippled the Black Panthers led him to be slotted by President Baker as his successor. While FBI Director, Nixon would conduct his own ruthless operations against drug pushers and gangbangers, especially in poor African American cities like Baltimore and Chicago. This brought him into conflict with President Heston as knowledge of the operations only came to him in 1980, after much recrimination and violence. Heston became cautious of firing Nixon, aware that it was an election year and that he was aware of how much incriminating data he could have. The election of John Gavin allowed Nixon even more power as he ramped up illegal wiretapping against alleged "subversives". Terror attacks by supporters of Palestine and MOVE put Gavin under great strain and led him to allow Nixon to compile a list of "extreme threats" to the United States. By the time of the Clements administration, the FBI seemingly had more power than any time in its history. This would change drastically after misplaced intelligence led FBI forces to conduct a raid on what they thought were MOVE headquarters, which turned out to be a community centre. A dozen deaths as a result of the botch led to Nixon's resignation in 1990. He would go on to become a commentator on foreign policy until his death in 1998, leaving behind a controversial reputation.

Gerald "Gerry" Ford is regarded as one of Michigan's finest. Going straight from an economics degree at the University of Michigan to the Detroit Lions, he became one of their most formidable players, bringing them to victory in 1937 and 1941 as well as reaching the Championship Game in 1939. He took a break in 1942 to serve his country in World War 2, returning in 1946, later on helping win in 1951. He retired, but only briefly, before he became the Lions' Head Coach, while also engaging in philanthropic activities. He had success in this venture, before retiring from football for good in 1965. He was shot dead by a cop in the 1967 Detroit Riots. The Gerald Ford Arena was built in Grand Rapids in 1993.

The Reverend James Carter is notorious within the Southern Baptist Convention for his frequent squabbles with other leadership figures and in particular the Grahams and Falwells. He has often been at the forefront of speaking out against greed and warmongering, which puts him in conflict with his more conservative counterparts. He has taken part in charity operations for over thirty years and the Carter Foundation donates hundreds of millions each year to helping the global poor.

Ronald Reagan, while not quite one of the legends of Hollywood, stands fairly reputable by the standards of today. Brought to stardom by his role in King's Row, he would eventually go on to play George Bailey's younger brother Harry in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. His success would gradually grow over the course of the late 1940's, appearing in moderate supporting roles in movies like Sunset Boulevard. However, his appeal began to dry up, and in desperation he turned to work for the director Ed Wood, playing parts in Glen or Glenda? and rather notoriously, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Work failed to pop up to him and eventually, he retired from acting in the late 1960's, his last "gig" being a series of advertisements for Marlboro Cigarettes. He became notable again in the late 90's when he lead an awareness campaign regarding Alzheimers, before dying in 2006.

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George Bush has become something of the typical image of a modern day oilman, ten gallon hat and all. After moving out to Texas from New England to make a name for himself in the market, he set up Zapata Petroleum with a number of friends. Through his association with the company, he was travelling worldwide, particularly concentrating on Mexico and the Caribbean. He made four attempts at winning electoral office in Texas as a Republican, in 1964, 1966, 1968, and 1970. The last attempt swore him off for good, and he remained with the company. During this period, Bush led the company to merge with the nascent Exxon company. In 1975, he was promoted to CEO after a very impressive number of years working within the company. While CEO, he would have to deal with a continuing global oil slump that was only slowly dying, as well as an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1982. He handled these deftly, and when he handed over power in 1992, Exxon's profits had nearly doubled. He went on to become a prominent donor in the Republican party.

Jeff Blythe has received an exaggerated, somewhat image as a result of the biopic starring Woody Harrelson released some years back but his life was a wild ride nonetheless. Born in Hope to a travelling salesman and a nurse, the young Blythe spent most of his early life there, his father eventually moving the family out to east Texas when their son was about six years old. Clinton excelled in high school and eventually moved on out to Georgetown University, where he began pursuing a career in law. After graduating from Yale, he worked briefly at the Dallas DA's office before setting up his own private practice. He rather notoriously defended Major James D. Quayle at his Court Martial for possible friendly fire in the Cyprus War (Quayle was acquitted, going on to become Secretary of Defense under President Springsteen), then helping put the murderer Ted Bundy behind bars, something which would earn him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His success as a trial lawyer would end up being a detriment to him, as he began hosting lavish parties at his Manhattan Condo and developed a serious cocaine addiction. His habit of philandering was also a badly kept secret on the New York nightlife scene. He features as an inspiration to Patrick Bateman in Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho. The 90's became a cooldown period for him as he worked on a number of smaller cases across Texas, while the new millennium provided him new opportunities as the world of cyber crime grew. In 2005 his lifetime of poor eating habits caught up to him and he succumbed to a heart attack.

George Bush Junior is often considered your typical "dumb son of a businessman," in spite of his own successes. Initially, he worked low level at Exxon (his marriage to FBI Director Nixon's daughter led him to be considered for a role at the Bureau but eventually there had proved to be too much internal opposition) before going on to become more interested in sports. He owned the Texas Rangers and later was appointed Commissioner of Baseball, where he became very popular with traditional fans for his folksy, cowboyish nature. Reports of his cocaine usage and DUI led him to step down for a few years before moving on to football, where he purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was a bit of a disaster, and after the Jaguars left the 2000 Superbowl early, he stepped down. In 2005, he purchased the Dallas Cowboys, where he had much better luck.

Barack Obama is often considered the intellectual leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, and a personal friend of President Springsteen. A remarkably talented and intelligent young man in Harvard, he entered the practice of law for a time, being nominated to the position of Attorney for New York's Southern District in 1998 at the young age of 37. He served admirably in this position for three years before being appointed to the DC Circuit Court, where he ruled in favour of gun restrictions and against unlawful strip searches. Even many of his detractors noted his skill as a juror and the consistency of his dissents. This got him noticed by President Gephardt, who was looking for a younger nominee following the retirement of liberal lion Shirley Hufstedler. Obama easily sailed through his confirmation hearings, and has become one of the most respected judges, having presided over the legalisation of gay marriage, the upholding of fusion balloting in three states across the country, and the upholding of mass deportations conducted by the Brownback administration.

If you were to speak of Donald Trump only a few years ago, you would hear nothing but praise. The notoriously narcissistic film producer got his start in USC film school, his decision to study there met with disdain by his father. He used his connections to get in with the Hollywood crowd and he secured his first major movie deal in 1976, starring as Billy Nolan in the adaption of Stephen King's book Carrie. This would be followed up with a number of other successes, in particular Lex Luthor in 1979's Superman and then Rupert Thorne in 1982's Batman. Over the years Trump became a sparring partner of Warren Beatty, and the two were formidable foes for many years. Trump set up his own studio in 1990, financing the likes of the Coen Brothers and Robert Zemeckis, whose career was thought to be dead in the water. He rather notoriously was able to hire legendary director Michael Cimino, the man behind the smash hit Heaven's Gate. Trump's rather ignorant attitude towards movies meant that he was considered to be putting out schlock, with only a rare few exceptions. Still, he appreciated the fine art of cinema from time to time, and his name was mentioned many many times in acceptance speeches. Still, it became known in High Society that he was a fan of women and just loved pursuing them, in spite of their own objections. In 2015, the truth he had spent so much of his wealth on hiding came out. Dozens of women, actresses or otherwise, came out to accuse Trump of sexual harassment and assault. In due time, he would be removed from Trump Studios and his wife, twenty years his junior, divorced him. As of 2018, his trial is still being awaited, but his exposure as a sex pest opened the floodgates for a more open culture regarding sexual harassment.
 
The 1928 U.S Presidential Election was the 36th quadrennial election. Incumbent President William D. Upshaw was eligible for a second term as president.
Prohibition Party Nomination Convention
At the Prohibition Party's nomination convention in Charleston, South Carolina, William D. Upshaw and Charles H. Randall faced no serious opposition in their nomination fight,managing to win it on the first ballot unanimously.
First Ballot
William D. Upshaw-506 delegates
First Ballot
Charles H. Randal-506 delegates

Macaroni Party Nomination Convention
The fight for the Macaroni Party's nomination proved to be politically bloody and crowded, with as many as Five different candidates fighting for the nomination on joint tickets.
First Ballot (597 total delegates, 300 needed for nomination)
Al Smith-Duncan U. Fletcher 201
James A. Reed-Nelie Tayloe Ross 117
Theodore G. Bilbo-Walter F. George 99
Henry Turman Allen-Evans Woollen 93
Edward M. House-Josephus Daniels 87
Second Ballot
Al Smith-Duncan U. Fletcher 243
James A. Reed-Nelie Tayloe Ross 184
Theodore G. Bilbo-Walter F. George 170
Third Ballot
Al Smith-Duncan U. Fletcher 260
James A. Reed-Nelie Tayloe Ross 258
Theodore G. Bilbo-Walter F. George 79
Fourth Ballot
Al Smith-Duncan U. Fletcher 284
James A. Reed-Nelie Tayloe Ross 192
Theodore G. Bilbo-Walter F. George 121
Fifth Ballot
Al Smith-Duncan U. Fletcher 246
James A. Reed-Nelie Tayloe Ross 220
Theodore G. Bilbo-Walter F. George 131
Sixth Ballot
Al Smith-Duncan U. Fletcher 299
James A. Reed-Nelie Tayloe Ross 298
Seventh Ballot
Al Smith-Duncan U. Fletcher 597

After winning the nomination, Al Smith decided to prepare several speeches in favor of economic restructuring plans that were known as 'Smith's Simple Solutions." They involved increasing tariffs as a protectionist measure while selling grain low to farmers within the midwest of the nation in exchange for their investments in both the stock exchange and silver and gold deposits within the nation. He decided to proudly display his catholic faith on newspaper buildings and on signs and billboards within the country in an attempt to work around the anti-Catholic bias of the United States at the time.

William D. Upshaw, on the other hand, hounded vehemently the catholic faith of his opponent, publishing slanderous campaigns of him "declaring a new crusade against the good protestant peoples of this land." He vowed to keep prohibition in effect for as long as humanly possible, wanting to hire "converted" gangsters to beat up "heretical" gangsters such as in Chicago or New York City. He wanted to bribe gangsters to prevent more booze from "touching the mouths of thine flock of sheep." Upshaw would frequently flaunt the good economic times throughout the campaign, frequently visiting wall street while attempting to purchase Greenland from the danish government, who refused the sale.

When the results began to arrive in a few days after election day,It was seen that the power of the incumbency seemed to solidify the electoral results, with the Prohibition Party managing to get Upshaw reelected for a second 4 year term of office.
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The 1932 U.S Presidential Election was the 37th quadrennial presidential election. Unpopular Incumbent President William D. Upshaw neglected to run for a third term of office, and so left the door opened the door for two new political parties to take the place of the Prohibition party. The left wing Worker's party decided to form a coalition with the Worker's Alliance, nominating Carl Hayden and Styles Bridge on a joint ticket on the second balloting of the 602 delegates with a majority support. Their platform called for a slew of public works projects known as Carl's Compromise. Over 400 individual state projects would be bankrolled and spearheaded by the National Committee of Construction and Infrastructure. Hayden also wanted to bust up wall street into several local regional centers of commerce and business, dividing up the power of the big banks. Carl pushed for a more active role by the federal government into the lives of the people, wanting more oversight with the financial markets an to force union membership onto employees as a prerequisite for employment.

The newly founded New Federal Party went with the populist governor of Louisiana (1924-1932) Huey Long, who promised millions of unemployed Americans a different path. He promised them a government preservation of surplussed goods and an available old age pension program for those over the age of 60 years old. He would rely on the private sector to fuel job growth to a point until the need for public works projects to take over the efforts. He wanted to decimate the power of top union bosses and instead exchange union leadership for a more decentralized system of authority.

The General campaign saw Hayden attack Long over his plan for the private sector, arguing that the public sector and the government must kick start the economic future of the country. Long fired back by condemning his Compromise, instead offering a large dismantling of corrupt union members, many of whom decided to back Carl fullheartedly.

After the votes were counted, it saw an resounding victory for the New Federalists in their first election victory. Long declared a new morning for the american people, away from the darkness of the past and into a brighter future.

Worker's/Worker's Alliance Nomination Convention
First Balloting
Carl Hayden-Styles Bridge 301
Jacob Coxey-Norman Thomas 301
Second Balloting
Carl Hayden-Styles Bridge-589
Jacob Coxey-Norman Thomas 13

New Federal Party Nomination Convention
First Balloting

Huey Long 200
Charles Coughlin 5

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The 1936 U.S Presidential Election was the 38th quadrennial presidential election. Incumbent president Huey Long was running for a second term as president. Long's economic policies of "Share our Wealth" and the dissolution of many big union groups brought him a large support group of various poor, middle class,farmers, union workers, minor party bosses and women. With the subsequent failure of the Worker's/Worker's Alliance coalition joint nomination, the burden was cast back onto the Macaroni Party, who began to see the south as their gateway to an election victory. Long pounced at the "sitting on their butt senate" and the "hands tied house." promising large changes in the forms of executive orders. While he was criticized for expanding the powers of the presidential branch of office, he argued that they were necessary in times of "extreme crisis."

The overall campaign saw both sides pouring funds, campaign posters and rallies in the deep south and south, resulting in the states of Texas and California flipping from the New Federal Party to the Macaroni party compared with the last election. Despite the turning from green to yellow of two large states, Ohio and Illinois went for the New Federalist party nominee, handing the election handily over to Long by an even larger margin than his previous election in 1932.


New Federal Party Nomination Convention
First Balloting

Huey Long 178
Jesse H Jones 27
Second Balloting
Huey Long 205
Macaroni Party Nomination Convention
First Balloting

James Farely 500
Warren Green 97
Second Balloting
James Farely 490
Warren Green 100
Harland Sanders (write in)7
Third Balloting
Warren Green 595
Harland Sanders (write in) 2
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The 1940 U.S Presidential Election was the 39th quadrennial election in the nation's history. Incumbent President Huey Long declined an offer for a third term. Long's policies saw national success and acclaim throughout the nation's middle and poor classes, while condemnation by the top 1% of the nation and the former union bosses who had lost their corrupt powers as a result of the dismantling of several large unions into smaller ones. Issues of the presidential election included the neutrality of the United States in the Second World War, foreign policy questions and the increasing authoritarianism of the New Federal Party.

Macaroni Party/Confederate Rights Nomination Convention
As a result of large support from the south that trickled away as a result of Long's increasing moderation on segregationist issues and plans of integration or federal intervention, the Macaroni Party decided to nominate another war hero on the second ballot of the convention, a dark horse candidate named John C. Crommelin.

The Macaroni Party was also anxious to win this election, seeing it as a turning point in electoral politics and because the last president to belong to the Macaroni Party was Thomas A. Hendricks elected 72 years ago in 1868. They decided to give their party a face lift so to say, and reformed multiple things, from delegation count to allowing separate seating areas for states during a convention. They also pushed hard for Crommelin's Strategy, which involved massive military buildups to stimulate economic growth and provide jobs. The forming political party known as Confederate Rights initially decided to float their own candidate in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana, but decided against it for another plan. This alternative plan was to form a coalition ticket with the Macaroni Party. Crommelin, with the support of several conservative southern politicians, agreed to the coalition ticket.
First Ballot
John G. Crommelin 560
Harry S. Truman 37
Second Ballot
John G. Crommelin 597
New Federal Party Nomination Convention
Huey Long's presidency created a rift within the New Federal Party's convention center and political movement. There were concerns about Long's dictator-like actions might replicate with the Long faction of the New Federalists, and so they were barred from entrance at the convention center. It's consequences were to alienate those Long faction members, with many deserting the party and joining the Macaroni/Confederate Rights ticket instead. The delegate count at the convention plummeted from the normal 205 to 89.
First Ballot
James Farely 56
Harland Sanders 33
Second Ballot
James Farely 84
Harland Sanders 5

The general election campaigning saw the farley campaign get hit by scandal after scandal as crommelin played in the mud, hiring private eyes to dig up dirt on his opponent's activities. Farely would avoid hitting back, instead promoting himself as the party that was going to "fix the nation's ails with one drop of medicine." While many people were unconvinced at the prospect, the attention turned to the question of american neutrality during the ongoing European war.

Both parties took a page out of the John Sharp Williams-Edwards I. Edwards debates of 1916, both agreeing that military intervention would not be allowed in staunch isolationist fashion. However, Crommelin would conceded that lease aid might be a viable solution to assisting the british during the war. There was a point of controversy when Crommelin hounded on Farely for being outraged at the american volunteers in East Asia which were engaged in combat with Japan.

There was also the concern of the Great Depression, which nagged about on the ground like a thick fog. The New Federalist party promoted a wide scale of programs, with many seeming unrealistic and thought up within five minutes, such as a proposal to construct a large wall around the state of Arkansas to provide jobs and protect against flooding from the Mississippi river. While the Confederate Rights/Macaroni party was more modest in it's proposals, they provided simple solutions such as a bank holiday or large scale government relief programs to assist people.
In the end, the results were an election victory for John G. Crommelin and his running mate Henry Ford, who promised to keep america somewhat kind maybe out of the war, we'll see.
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The 1944 U.S Presidential Election was the 40th quadrennial election in the nation's history. Incumbent President John C. Crommelin was running for a second term in office. Crommelin hoped to bring large economic alterations within the nation, and found his policies to be mostly successful, with unemployment reaching it's lowest levels since before the depression. The ongoing world war provided seemingly endless opportunities throughout the nation to enlist or to work in factories. The war also pushed for more women's rights in the forms of shorter hours and paid leave for mother's in maternity wards or clinics.

This election was controversially known for a series of secret debates held between the two political candidates in smoke filled back rooms while discussing military strategy and top secret intelligence, with the FBI reluctant to allow these recordings onto the radio until October of 1944, one month before the election. The reasoning behind the late move was to prevent intercept from the Axis Powers until it would be assumed that they would be defeated. With a mere month of actually exciting campaigning, the voter turnout in this election continued to plummet down from the historical highs in 1932 and 1936.

Macaroni Party/Confederate Rights Nomination Convention
First Ballot

John C. Crommelin 597

New Federal Party Nomination Convention
First Ballot

Cordell Hull 134
Jesse H. Jones 71
Second Ballot
Jesse H. Jones 191
Cordell Hull 14
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The 1948 U.S Presidential election was the 41st quadrennial presidential election in the history of the country. Incumbent President John G. Crommelin decided to run for a rare bid at a third term of office, a feat accomplished by Obadiah Bush from 1805-1825. Crommelin's overall attitude for this campaign softened, with more moderate positions on segregation, wanting better quality conditions and an eventual end to it with the assistance of the Supreme Court. He did this to appeal better to the northerners in the Midwest, whom he would target heavily. His racist remarks which had assisted him so much in the south gradually gave way to the occasional slur or insult to placate his base while also avoiding offense whenever he would visit Chicago or Detroit. Southern leadership saw it as apparent weakness, with 27 delegates walking out of the nomination center in favor of forming their own political party during the convention.

The Union Loyalty party was formed from more left wing members of the New Federalist Party and several crossovers and radical noodles which saw Crommelin not going far enough in his toning down of insults. The front runner candidates became William "Bull" Halsey, Omar Bradley and Adalai Stevenson II. They adopted a party platform of nationalism, racial integration by force, moderate anti-communism and social welfare program expansionism.

Newly founded political movement of White Revolution decided to go with either Al Gore Sr from Tennessee or John C. Stennis. There was concern about their chances of winning Tennessee in exchange for sacrificing Alabama or Mississippi, and it was decided instead to go with Stennis for the greater chance of winning more states compared to just one in an attempt to deadlock the convention and have the legislative branch decide the president and vice president.
Macaroni Party/Confederate Rights Nomination Convention
John G. Crommelin 570/570
Union Loyalty Party Nomination Convention
First Ballot

Adalai Stevenson II 300/599
Omar Bradley 290/599
William "Bull" Halsey Jr. 9/599
Second Ballot
Adalai Stevenson II 505/599
William "Bull" Halsey Jr. 94/599
Third Ballot
Adalai Stevenson II 500/599
William "Bull" Halsey Jr. 99/599
Fourth Ballot
Adalai Stevenson II 109/599
William "Bull" Halsey Jr. 490/599
Fifth Ballot
Adalai Stevenson II 529/599
William "Bull" Halsey Jr. 70/599
Sixth Ballot
Adalai Stevenson II 599/599


White Revolution Nomination Convention
First Ballot

John C. Stennis 15/27
Al Gore Sr. 12/27
Second Ballot
John C. Stennis 25/27
Al Gore Sr. 2/27

The Result of this election invoked a rare third term presidency from John G. Crommelin, who decided to appoint William "Bull" Halsey Jr. as secretary of the navy as a consolation prize to not winning the nomination as as respect from a fellow naval commander to another. Reasoning behind his win go to his decison to visit the northern part of the nation and pay attention to the midwest/michiganites in the area. He managed to secure a win in Michigan by a total percentage of just 29.1%, with a third party contender taking votes away from Stevenson in an attempt to throw the election to Congress. It also saw a third party candidate managing to win electoral votes, a feat not accomplished since the 1912 election, where the third party candidate actually surpassed one of the major political parties.

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It was the worst of times... Social Credit, implemented by a radical transforming president in the 1950s, was proving to severely harm the dollar, leading to a deep recession and the humiliation of having to accept aid from Third World countries. The South was torn between two warring terrorist groups - the Ku Klux Klan and the Socialist Negro Liberation Council, both of which committed atrocities that shocked a nation and spurred them on to demand action from their government. Now more than ever, the American people demanded action.

Unfortunately, the government was in a period of crisis itself, with the right-wing Congress obstructing a left-wing president who was elected and re-elected while losing the popular vote twice. President Henry Jones Jr. was however, shaping up to have a somewhat better second term after coming to an agreement with Congress, and then he was blew up by a radical civil-rights campaigner who saw him as too weak on the issue. His vice-president too was harmed, and lingered on a few days until he died, handing power to the Secretary of State.

New President Maxie Short was an unrepentant radical and America's first socialist president. He declared that no matter what Congress decided, "America will be fed" and adroitly used the political capital from the death of two Presidents to implement his radical agenda, including workplace democracy in the public sector and the final implementation of the "Food for Peace" program which was now aimed at feeding Americans in this depression that rivalled the Great Depression in its severity. And yet... those policies just didn't gain the American people's confidence. The economy worsened and worsened and by 1968, it was clear that Maxie Short was a dead man walking.

The Social Conservatives, the "out" party [and the party that implemented Social Credit in the first place] chose to look at their past two tickets, the two that won the popular vote yet lost the Electoral College, and combined them by taking the 1960 nominee for president, now-Senate Majority Leader Mellie Gump of Michigan and running her with the 1964 vice-presidential nominee, Senator Artemis Fowl of Connecticut. Fowl, known for his strong opposition to what he declared to be "socialism in disguise", helped convince many that the Social Conservatives were on a new page, that the hugely-unpopular Social Credit was not longer supported by the party, while Gump rallied many suburban women voters while keeping her Midwestern appeal. It was a strong ticket indeed, and one that certainly would have a lot of support.

But neither did the Citizens' Alliance roll over and die, as they chose to nominate their President, hoping to at least lose with dignity, and paired him with his successor as Secretary of State, Audrey Wilson. Audrey Wilson was widely known as the loudest supporter of the Estonian government-in-exile and although both Short and Wilson identified as socialists, Wilson's brand was considerably more moderate than Short's. It was a base-pleaser and didn't really have a wide appeal, but the primary aim was to keep their seats in Congress.

The rising third choice, the centrist Forward in Unity, nominated famed economist and incumbent Treasury Secretary Alben S. Nations. Nations campaigned on a centrist pragmatic platform but the fact his economic policies were implemented under the Jones and Short administrations hobbled him as he couldn't quite put away the accusation that he was "more of the same failed policy". He ran with the Secretary of Commerce Charles Henry Bonaparte, worsening people's view of the ticket in the process. Still, he had a wide appeal despite it all.

For those voters angry at the SNLC and at the government's insisting on pushing for civil rights, the Patriotic Independents were the party for them. A national rebranding of the regionalist Dixie Party, it surged in the 1966 midterms winning many seats outside the South, showing the people's deep anger at the two-party system and at the status quo. Nominating 1964 Dixie nominee and former Vice-President in the 1950s Harry Wright and running him with bombastic Mormon populist Jimmy O'Brien, they hoped to "make America great again".

But what if you think Short is too "Old Left" and insufficiently liberal? Well, the Nature and Left Coalition is for you, a weird coalition of New Left people, libertarians, anti-establishment progressives and those who just really like drugs. The 1966 midterms might have led to a PIP surge due to angry right-wing voters, but it also led to many turning to the NLC and their promise of "a new way". This year they nominated Representative Wendy Hamburger of New York, a passionate democratic socialist who opposed the merger that created the Citizens' Alliance and in 1960 split off to form the American Labor Party, one of the predecessors to the NLC. She campaigned this year as a "left alternative" to the failed policies of Maxie Short while denouncing Gump and Wright as wanting to roll back the clock on civil rights.

By a closer margin than he would have been comfortable with, Maxie Short got into the second round and prepared for the fight of his life against Senator Gump. And then a bizarre thing happened that threw everything in a tailspin. The SNLC and KKK came to a common understanding that the main enemy both had were the government which was trying to construct a moderate peace that would hurt their views of an African-American socialist republic (SNLC) and a white-ruled South (KKK), so they plotted together to end President Short once and for all. Fortunately for Short, he emerged unscathed, but it tragically killed Secretary of Defense Jack McCain.

The investigations quickly discovered that Ian Paisley, 1960 and 1964 Dixie running mate and high-up Pipper, was involved in it which led to the party quickly expelling him from any positions of influence but it helped to hurt them downballot as people turned against what they saw as a party of murderers despite their protestations that they knew nothing of Paisley's plotting.

On the presidential ballot, the assassination attempt merely harmed Short's claim that he was leading America back to recovery, and helped rally voters to Gump's "law-and-order" platform that promised no mercy to both the SNLC and KKK, and led to the Soc-Cons winning a landslide victory and to 16 years of right-wing dominance only ended by unimaginable horror in 1984.
 
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@Turquoise Blue Former Secretary of Commerce. He resigned when Short was becoming too "communist".

Oh and people should like the irony of Henry Jones Jr being killed by a civil right activist. He was the most pro-civil right president until Arya Moon (in 1987!)
 
The Social Conservatives, the "out" party [and the party that implemented Social Credit in the first place] chose to look at their past two tickets, the two that won the popular vote yet lost the Electoral College, and combined them by taking the 1960 nominee for president, now-Senate Majority Leader Mellie Gump of Michigan and running her with the 1964 vice-presidential nominee, Senator Artemis Fowl of Connecticut. Fowl, known for his strong opposition to what he declared to be "socialism in disguise", helped convince many that the Social Conservatives were on a new page, that the hugely-unpopular Social Credit was not longer supported by the party, while Gump rallied many suburban women voters while keeping her Midwestern appeal. It was a strong ticket indeed, and one that certainly would have a lot of support.

What's his position on the Goblin Riots? :p
 
Yes, I do like it quite a bit. :biggrin:

Also those are some good photos you found.

You know what, just like Stargate, I'm amused enough by it so that I'm tempted to say that under Mellie Gump, the USA establishes diplomatic relations with the fairy underworld thanks to the VP and Second Lady.

Up for agreeing with me, Somb? ;)
 
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