Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes V (Do Not Post Current Politics Here)

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  1. Jamee999 England --> Brooklyn

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    He's got the psychological advantage over his opposition.
     
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  2. ETGalaxy Long live the King of America!

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    Wait, so you had the chance for President Peridot and you didn't go with it?

     
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  3. Jamee999 England --> Brooklyn

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    Playing with making custom fake infoboxes in Google Sheets. Obviously it doesn't quite look like the real thing, but it can be easier and more customizable than the wiki editor.

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  4. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

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    I find myself trying not to mention current politics when reading this...
     
  5. Jedi Commisar So I'm a Well-Known Member now!

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    America obviously was not ready for lesbian Space Rocks
     
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  6. Jamee999 England --> Brooklyn

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    Another interesting thing is that you can use the horizontal space in ways that Wiki doesn't, which is really better for landscape screen viewing. Although it does raise the question of when this stops being a pseudo-infobox, and just becomes an infographic.

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  7. Hubert Humphrey Fan 1968 RIP Japhy

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    The 2016 United States presidential election was the 58th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Populist Ticket of Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold and Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego defeated both the Republican ticket of Massachusetts Senator Geoff Diehl and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and the Democratic ticket of Alabama Senator Jim Folsom Jr. and Texas Governor Bill White.

    Feingold won both the popular vote and reached the 270 Electoral vote threshold to be elected without a runoff, something that had not happened for the Populists since 1984.

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  8. krinsbez Well-Known Member

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    Neither of them was born in the US, though?
     
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  9. Comrade Izaac All Power To The Workers' Councils

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    What are the parties' general ideologies here? And is the Populist Party the same that W.J Bryan founded?
     
  10. Hubert Humphrey Fan 1968 RIP Japhy

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    All of the parties are heavily regional (The Republicans based in the Northeast and New England in particular, the Populists the West, and the Democrats being an out-and-out regional party with no support outside the South and certain urban areas). Ideology wise, I'd put them down like this:
    • Republicans: Big tent so they do have people who are left wing, but overall they definitely lean to the right
    • Democrats: More of a tribal party so ideology isn't too important, but they too lean right
    • Populist: Left-wing
    And yes, the Populist are the same Populist party WJB played a part in founding all those years ago.
     
  11. Omar04 Well-Known Member

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    How do you make those google sheets wikiboxes?
     
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  12. Hulkster'01 Well-Known Member

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    Shh.....
     
  13. JwEX Elijah Manley 2020

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    I'd love to know how you were able to make that! You gotta tutorial for us?
     
  14. Jamee999 England --> Brooklyn

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    Honestly, it's just a spreadsheet with the gridlines turned off. There are a few little tricks, such as the =IMAGE function, which is needed to get the photos to line up nicely. If you do =IMAGE("whateverurl", 2) in Sheets, then it sizes the picture to fill the cell. As long as the picture and the cell are of similar aspect ratios, then it looks nice. Ed Pastor got a bit squished.

    Here's what it looks like "behind the scenes" with gridlines on:

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    The formatting tools in Sheets aren't perfect, but it allows me to come up with something acceptable looking, even without much artistic talent. A little bit of resizing, centering, merging, and formatting goes a long way.

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  15. InfernoMole WTF I hate dragons now

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    DISCLAIMER:
    • To all Australians on AH.com, I strongly apologize for this transgression towards your nation's politics.
    • I apologize for the House map as well.
    • This is actually based off a RvBomally scenario about a Kaiserreich version of a Third World War scenario. The commissioner had some... interesting details included that I just couldn't leave behind.
    • Since that particular scenario has no determined point of divergence (and is therefore not exactly on our Earth to begin with), this does not count as current politics.

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    A federal election to determine the members of the 52nd Parliament of Australia took place on 14 July 2037. Held to elect all 230 Members of the Parliament, the 2037 election was held after a double dissolution pertaining to numerous corporate scandals.

    The 2034 federal election was won by the Labor Party. Winning 81 out of 154 seats in the House of Representatives, the Labor Party secured a majority government under Ruby Rose Langenheim, actress-turned-Member of the Australian Parliament from Melbourne. Charismatic and highly confident both as an actress and as a politician, Ruby was the natural choice of the Labor Left faction after the resignation of Labor Party leader Ed Husic in 2031, and won handily over primary opponent Amanda Rishworth by a large margin.

    Initially quite popular among the Australian voters, no doubt because of her active public image and progressive legal initiatives, and briefly reached an approval rating of 78% in May 2032 following a failed assassination attempt on her life by a radicalized far-right youth. However, later on Ruby Rose's approval rating began to sink at a consistent rate, supposedly because of her increasingly moderate political views, her growing inability to deal with "economic fatigue" in the country, and most importantly her ties with the Messer Group, a defense contractor conglomerate which has generated massive controversy due to its shady experiments in the Outback. The discontent with Messer Group and consequently Ruby Rose was viewed by pundits as a growing disaffection with the United States of America and the global alliance it created.

    The Coalition had very high hopes regarding the 2037 federal election. Patrick Serovic, MP from Mackellar with a reputation for being a no-nonsense, skilled administrator and shrewd, principled conservative, sought to retake the reins of power from Labor. The sentiment was shared by Roger Liu, leader of the Greens, who felt that Rose betrayed progressive ideals by "tying" herself to an infamously corrupt defense contractor conglomerate, and believed that he could make the Greens become the new major party in Australia as Labor falls deeper into disrepair.

    Enter Charles Colby Jr., better known as Jack Colby. A brash, boisterous cheesemaker and WWIII veteran who was born to a family of cattle herders in Gippsland, Colby reportedly turned leftward after seeing the economic disrepair in postwar Australia; reportedly, he asked "If we're victors, if we're liberators, how could we let men and women, boys 'n' girls, both homegrown and foreign, live such poor, indignified lives?" at a National Party conference in Melbourne. Colby went on to win Gippsland during the 2025 election in an upset, beating his National opponent by a 1.2% margin that has grew ever since. Although initially a member of the Labor Right faction, supported by the white working class, by 2034 Colby shifted towards the Labor Left and was a supporter of Rose's candidacy.

    As scandals regarding Rose's administration piled up, the Labor Party grew unstable. A leadership spill, occurring on 24 January 2036, was narrowly won by Ruby Rose; her victory led to many MPs, mainly from the Labor Left, storming out of the party conference. Those MPs would form the Popular Labor caucus, hoping to challenge Ruby Rose by the national ballot. In a hasty leadership spill, Jack Colby was chosen to lead Popular Labor in the upcoming election, considered a dedicated orator with a folksy charm.

    Popular Labor rolled all sixes, campaigning for their candidates in rural regions and going on the offensive. During the debates, Colby accused PM Ruby Rose of being a "gutless puppet" of the Messer Group, as well as being too trustful of Yang Xiaolong and her "neo-fascist" monarcho-socialist movement in China, while calling Serovic a "fat cat apologist" disguising himself with political Catholicism. Pat Serovic attacked both Colby and Rose as two sides of the same coin, and accused them of lacking Australian values (which quite infamously resulted in a fistfight between Serovic and Colby). In the meanwhile, the Greens under Roger Liu and the Centre Alliance under Skye Kakoschke-Moore campaigned actively, berating other parties over not being progressive/moderate enough for Australia.

    The final results, which were being recounted for nearly week after Election Day, were disappointing for all major parties involved. Ruby Rose's National Labor faction lost 61 seats in the House and saw their numbers in the Senate reduced to 13. Patrick Serovic observed with dismay and muttered curses as Colby's Popular Labor "stole away" seats that were once considered Liberal/National strongholds. Skye Kakoschke-Moore felt unnerved as the Centre Alliance was pushed to the fringes of Parliament. Roger Liu reportedly broke his TV after learning that the Greens didn't gain even one House seat, even though National Labor's vote share was about as small as theirs.

    Jack Colby's Popular Labor party won only 67 seats in the House and 16 seats in the Senate. Dismayed and angered, Colby was forced to recognize that he was going to form a coalition with the very faction that he vigorously attacked. It was unlikely that National Labor was going to accept his reform initiatives, for Jack Colby was a traitor and the Labor establishment sought to repay him dearly. This sentiment was deepened when Ruby Rose, sullen and homesick, resigned as party leader and left Parliament, refusing to say anything regarding her political career.

    In the end, Henry Gering had the last laugh. Sitting in his room in Mantra Towers Chevron, Gold Coast City, the domineering CEO of Messer Group watched the election outcome from beginning to end, drinking wine all the while. He had watched Jack Colby's speeches as well; although at first glance it did not seem like that, Colby's dramatic, blustery rants were positively brimming with fuming anti-American populism. "We will kick out Gering 'n' his band of corporate cronies outta 'Straya!" As if some unhinged cheese-hoarding hick could deport him, hah! Gering sneered at the screen of his phone, disgusted and yet slightly intrigued; it always amazed him how quickly people forgot where - and why - America stands in the world. Regardless, Colby failed to win a majority, and it's unlikely that the NatLabor would let him go anywhere, let alone pass his nonsense "reforms", after his dashing denunciation and betrayal of the Party.

    Of course, Gering did have his concerns. Although the Messer Group's donations and campaign ads did prevent the unexpected PopuLabor surge in rural seats from giving the nascent "party" more seats and potentially a majority, poll ratings made it apparent that the surge was still going strong even after the confirmation of the "Two Labors" coalition government, though it was probably because of Colby's personal charisma. If Colby were to somehow successfully rebuild Popular Labor's reputation and keep his electoral coalition going, he would get rid of that moron Ruby and potentially – potentially – get Messer kicked out. That could be even worse if either that abrasive good-for-nothing lawyer Blake or, God forbid, that borderline communist "activist" Mac Nakamarra got involved.


    Gering grimaced at the thought and rubbed his temples, but nonetheless continued watching the online TV stream; the channel was showing news. Something about yet another drought, yet another big settlement opening on the Moon, riots in Canberra and Sydney, and huge fights in Parliament over the issue of greater American involvement in the country. Wait a minute, what was that last one?

    Henry spat on the floor and turned the phone off. The Land Down Under was in shams. If the Americans don't come once the Aussies start rioting, his bus- err, his
    country is going to be destroyed by communists or nationalists. Undoubtedly, things were going to be interesting in the later years.
     
  16. Whiteshore Defender of Myrcella Baratheon

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    Who took over China after the President got assassinated, I may ask?
     
  17. InfernoMole WTF I hate dragons now

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    Pardon? I didn't mention (or even notice) that bit from the original.
     
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  18. Whiteshore Defender of Myrcella Baratheon

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    Well, China is the Russia analogue and as the assassination of President Kerensky is a major plot point in Kaiserreich (along with Black Monday), who took over China after the President was gunned down?
     
  19. InfernoMole WTF I hate dragons now

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    That's up to you and RvBomally, not me.
     
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  20. Erinthecute Well-Known Member

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    Is that Craig Garland in Braddon? Bold. I mean, not as bold as Ruby Rose becoming PM, but still bold.
     
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