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

Somebody in another thread wanted a wikipedia infobox of current Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz as an NFL player, so I might as well post it here too.



Matthew Louis Gaetz II is a former professional american football tight end in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the New England Patriots from 2004 to 2008 and the Oakland Raiders from 2009 to 2011. He was two time Super Bowl championship and the, including the MVP of Super Bowl XLII

Gaetz was drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL draft after receiving Second Team All ACC honors from Florida St. Used primarily as a blocking tight end, Gaetz never caught more than 10 passes in a season until his breakout performance in Super Bowl XLII, where he snagged 9 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, setting the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a Super Bowl. After the 2008 season, Gaetz signed a 5 year, 25 million dollar contract with the Oakland Raiders, the highest contract for a tight end in NFL history. However, Gaetz could never replicate his Super Bowl performance and was released after 3 seasons, retiring soon after. Gaetz is largely known as being one of the largest one shot wonders and contract busts in NFL history.
 

Ronald McDonald was the 37th President of the United States,33rd Governor of California and notable for being the only independent president until the election of Ross Perot in 1992. (Subsequently since the time of the golden arches, there have been the presidencies of John Silber with the assassination of Perot in 1995.) He was born on the last day of august in 1923 to a twice divorced world war I veteran and a former secretary for the governor of Colorado in the early 1900's.

Soon after the marriage McDonald would grow up as an outspoken and overtly friendly comedian, though not always willing to lash out at those who might have hurt smaller people surrounding him throughout his educational career. While his mother was a hardline New Dealer in the early 1930s to the 40s, the father was more conservative with his believes, not agreeing with his wife in terms of how much the government should get involved in certain things. It was this political environment which shaped many of his future ideas and possible paths towards life.

In 1942 on his 19th birthday he marched down and volunteered to fight for the united states. Initially being rejected on account of his relatively modest physical stature at just five foot nothing, he proceeded to volunteer in other ways, running a recycling center in order to save up enough money to purchase war bonds and collect enough scrap metal and iron in order to enable the navy to construct a dive bomber. He soon scrapped (no pun intended) his plans when an offer for a job was listed in the local paper.

He would work as a clerk in the offices of San Francisco mayor Angelo Joseph Rossi until the end of the war, where he would initially hold several meetings in order to boost attention to a possible independent senate run in Colorado in the 50's with many of the prospective voters merely ridiculing his name for a popular hamburger at the time, to which he would then buy out for the small price of $3 million. With the distraction of a fast food business, he would turn it over to his confidant Ray Kroc, who also asked McDonald to become the mascot of such a location.

Resigning from his position as a high clerk for new mayor Elmer Robinson in 1952, he would then utilize what money Kroc granted him in order to gear up an independent senate run in the state of California, failing horribly in getting just above 4% of the vote with the (I) beside his name on the ballot paper.
After this failure, he would enter a rather deep depression and disillusionment with his life, converting to Mormonism in 1955 which somewhat ebbed his near constant abuse of over the counter medications he was diagnosed with.

Now finished with being a political hermit crab, the 1960s and the anger over the Truman government in fighting in Thailand with pressure from the communist Indian government easily carried the previously unknown outside of Arizona senator Barry Goldwater to victory in the election of 1960.
The Goldwater's lackluster attempts in propping up local candidates were also noted, indicated by the republicans failure to take either house or senate and remain in the minority for both branches of the congress.

The precarious position which Richard Nixon found himself in seemed like fertile ground for an independent candidacy to work. Normally the republican would easily win another term as the protege of tricky dick, but a corruption scandal and both parties candidacies really confused many Californian voters. In the primaries the Republicans and Democrats both managed to have former actor Ronald Reagan win their nomination. Despite pressure from various activist groups demanding that either the R or D by his name be removed to enable someone else to run, the court ruled narrowly for the actor's right to run for both sides as the same person.

McDonald's campaign ran relatively smoothly enabling the split personality of Ronald Reagan to show up to debates first putting on sunglasses for his republican side before removing them, applying both a bow tie and thick rimmed glasses for his more liberal leaning side to argue himself. He would change from sunglasses to glasses a total of 54,507 times while on the campaign trail. (an advertisement point hammered on about by the McDonald's campaign, warning of the dangers of split personality disorder)

Come election day, Both Reagans suffered massive losses in the large vote splitting from the two "candidates" ,enabling either of them to act as spoilers to each other (both sides accused the other of doing it) Ronald McDonald won in a massive 30% landslide against both candidate's combined totals of just a little under thirty percent.

Upon entering the office of Governor of California,McDonald's first act was to slash taxes on the poor and middle class, cut several spending bills while also tightening the belts of many overgrown departments within the state, cleaning up large corrupt officials who had enjoyed kickbacks from former governors.

Within a few short years he had arrested and convicted over 400 state government officers and politicians of corruption or embezzling funds. He also focused his attention on expanding the infrastructure within the state, building large miles of roads and schools, encouraging a fat heavy diet in the schools of the children while cutting out some sugar in their diets.

When Thailand war protests broke out in Los Angles, he deployed the national guard to curb rioting and protesting, much to the admiration of many who saw him as a law and order candidate. However he found roadblocks in the state assembly on possible expansions of farming lands and blanket pardons of several criminals and executions within the state, being blocked by more liberal leaning legislative lawyer cowboys. Winning re-election easily as governor, he would soon delegate more and more to his various allies within the legislature while he went on exploratory fishing trips with business partners.

With the previous anger from the Goldwater administration slowly simmering down to a mild "meh he's not so cool" in the minds of various generational divisions, McDonalds saw his opportunity arise to an independent candidacy for the U.S President in 1976. Running the math through his head, he needed to hammer out several states and to ensure the turnout for his side would be insanely huge.

First meeting with a small rally of 50,000 people in New York City, he decided to rotate his campaign dollars while pulling out of several states which had become strongholds for the two major parties, withdrawing his campaign funds from conservative strongholds of Idaho, and liberal fortresses of Rhode Island respectively. He focused heavily on those somewhat swing districts and states along with ones that had recently voted once for each winning candidate. His policies would be a mixture of improving infrastructure within the U.S, ending the long going war in Thailand, ensuring american dominance in the cold war against the soviet union and to pass several sweeping reforms such as an expansion of Social Security. (to which he would have to get guarantees from Goldwater to shut the hell up about)

His opponents were Democrat Wendell Ford, a dark horse from Kentucky who had bested the party establishment with his massive fundraising skills. On the Republican field Gerald Ford bested the efforts of conservative darling Bob Dole and the breif attempt for John Connolly to muster a Stop Ford movement at the RNC. McDonalds ran on his experience as governor of California while also decrying all the corruption which seemed to permeate every corner of america.

He would promise "Security, Jobs and Hamburgers!" A hearken back to his more corporate past and a hope to bring corporatism and the feeling of good old days nostalgic 50's scents back to the United States. He mostly ignored going on the offense, instead running a fully positive campaign while his opponents slung as much mud as possible at each other, with Ford decrying Ford as a hillbilly.
Come election night, he was able to sweep the entire deep south, pacific coast and much of the rust belt states save for a hard fought snub and defeat in Indiana thanks to the exhaustive efforts of governor Dan Quayle.

His first action as president was to put the united states back on the gold standard, followed by the senate ratification and signing of the Treaty of Delhi in 1977. He then authorized a massive railway expansion program alongside joint investigations into allegations of Walmart dumping waste into national parks, to which they would be slapped with large fines.

In was also during his first term that he would get to upgrading the american electrical grids at the price tag of $995 billion over a span of ten years. He would not hesitate to utilize military force in his first term, launching cruise missiles into Ireland during the St. Patrick's Day Hostage Crisis. He would also direct the US to impose economic sanctions upon the Romney regime in Mexico, whom had previously gone as a dictatorial american ally against communism.

When the Japanese military regime fell peacefully in 1979, followed by the reunification of China the same year, his population skyrocketed after the diplomatic successes. However, the economy slowly suffered throughout the 80's as he approached a second term, easily winning in the biggest american landslide to date with all 50 states plus DC against the democratic-republican-Alliance ticket of Lyndon LaRouche and George Lincoln Rockwell.

He was soon embroiled in several scandals about the safety conditions on his former businesses, the shady practices he had been throughout these businesses and the death of his honeymoon period with the legislative branch led to McDonald slipping deeper into antisocial behaviors and depression. A last minute nuclear strike was launched on the UK for "being ugly" which turned public opinion sharply against the clown.

While he would retreat into isolation, President Ronald McDonald would live out the rest of his life in California, giving various interviews every ten years until his death from a cocaine overdose in 2012. His funeral being attended by incumbent president Patrick Buchanan, former presidents Katherine Harris, John Silber and Jimmy Carter, along with Barry Goldwater Jr on behalf of his father, who had passed away in early 2002.
 
The Other Southerner

'92 was supposed to be the year the Democrats took back the White House. Then, of course, their golden boy turned out to be a serial cheater and occasional indecent assaulter. The public divorce didn't help. Nor did the news that his VP pick apparently killed a load of innocents in 'nam. Yes, unfortunately, this would be another one for ol' Pappy.


Of course, as his primary opponent pointed out, Bush wasn't exactly telling the truth when he asked America to read his lips. Well, that and the World Trade Center bombing. The blame for the dire situations economically and strategically were pinned on the incumbent administration. Voters wanted something new, damned where it came from. Which is why it was a surprise to many that a small-town mayor and a former U.N. ambassador shot ahead of the competition.



The first African-American president? The first female Vice President? A floating GDP? It was all too great for many to believe, which was why it came as a sizeable shock when Richards collapsed while walking the halls of congress. After she was laid in state, Young found another comparable outsider, a Minnesota State Auditor busy filling a vacant House seat, to take her place, intending on grooming the 'new democrat' for higher office. Even without the sympathy vote, '96 would've been a cinch, considering the competition.


Some people even wondered why the GOP bothered trying to find a palpable candidate in '04. The days of Reagan and the sixteen unbroken years of Republican rule were gone. America had entered the new progressive age.

 
The Other Southerner

'92 was supposed to be the year the Democrats took back the White House. Then, of course, their golden boy turned out to be a serial cheater and occasional indecent assaulter. The public divorce didn't help. Nor did the news that his VP pick apparently killed a load of innocents in 'nam. Yes, unfortunately, this would be another one for ol' Pappy.


Of course, as his primary opponent pointed out, Bush wasn't exactly telling the truth when he asked America to read his lips. Well, that and the World Trade Center bombing. The blame for the dire situations economically and strategically were pinned on the incumbent administration. Voters wanted something new, damned where it came from. Which is why it was a surprise to many that a small-town mayor and a former U.N. ambassador shot ahead of the competition.



The first African-American president? The first female Vice President? A floating GDP? It was all too great for many to believe, which was why it came as a sizeable shock when Richards collapsed while walking the halls of congress. After she was laid in state, Young found another comparable outsider, a Minnesota State Auditor busy filling a vacant House seat, to take her place, intending on grooming the 'new democrat' for higher office. Even without the sympathy vote, '96 would've been a cinch, considering the competition.


Some people even wondered why the GOP bothered trying to find a palpable candidate in '04. The days of Reagan and the sixteen unbroken years of Republican rule were gone. America had entered the new progressive age.

Perot actually increases his vote share? Nice!
 
Perot actually increases his vote share? Nice!
Seeing as how Quayle was the nominee in '96, I wouldn't be surprised if more moderates swung Perot's way.
Andrew Young is such a fascinating figure. What would he and Wellstone accomplish together as Presidents?
Well Young was all for human rights, accessible education and helping the poor. Coupled with Wellstone's disdain for big business and support for things like environmental regulation and labour unions, and both being determinedly anti-war, I think America would be pretty damn well off, all things considered.
 
Seeing as how Quayle was the nominee in '96, I wouldn't be surprised if more moderates swung Perot's way.
But why did Perot do worse then OTL? If Kerrey was the running mate, wouldn't Perot have won more votes then in OTL 1992, maybe even winning Maine or Alaska?

Well Young was all for human rights, accessible education and helping the poor. Coupled with Wellstone's disdain for big business and support for things like environmental regulation and labour unions, and both being determinedly anti-war, I think America would be pretty damn well off, all things considered.
But could they accomplish anything? Or would they be stonewalled by an intransigent Republican Congress, and held back by the neoliberal democrats?
 
But why did Perot do worse then OTL? If Kerrey was the running mate, wouldn't Perot have won more votes then in OTL 1992, maybe even winning Maine or Alaska?
Due to shenanigans, Bush's campaign managers pretty much obliterate any criticism by pointing out Clinton's foibles and Perot's earlier dropping out. By election day he comes off as the candidate of establishment and stability. However, by '96, a lot of that goodwill has dissipated, all but tainting Quayle's candidacy.
But could they accomplish anything? Or would they be stonewalled by an intransigent Republican Congress, and held back by the neoliberal democrats?
Oh yeah, no doubt. But congress can fluctuate with each midterm elections -- I'm pretty sure the dems surged in '92, then lost out in '96 with all the impeachment talk. Voters would no doubt filter out middle-road or problematic candidates with more agreeable ones.
 
This is my attempt to Turkify/Hungarianise/Polishise British politics (i.e. a socially conservative, right-wing, Eurosceptic party becomes dominant).

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FYI, the SDP–FDP coalition before 2011 brings in proportional representation, with a 7% threshold for parties, hence why the United Conservatives lose all their seats in 2014.
 
Sorry for any formatting errors, I'm not used to this sort of forum software!

The general idea behind this is that the scientists of the Manhattan Project realise earlier that plutonium cannot be used for a gun-type nuclear weapon so they focus their efforts on Little Boy and Fat Man. This accelerates their development a bit and Little Boy is completed before the Germans surrender.

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The atomic bombing of Dresden took place on February 20th 1945. The primary purpose of the bombing was to demonstrate the power of the atomic bomb in the hope that it would convince the German government to surrender, or at least a large part of the Wehrmacht. The city of Dresden was chosen as it had yet to be subject to bombing from the Allies and was home to hundreds of factories and soldiers readying for deployment with Army Group Centre.

The bombing was initially planned to take place before the Yalta Conference, but had to be pushed back due to various delays and conflicts between American and British officials over the crewing of the aircraft. These disputes had been settled by the end of the Conference and it only remained for the planners to choose their target and their time. There was discussion of targeting Hamburg, but Dresden was selected over it due to its proximity to both Berlin and the advancing Russians. After favourable weather reports, the date was set for the twentieth of February.

The 'Joint Delivery Unit' was to be responsible for the delivery of the weapon. It was composed of two Avro Lancaster bombers [1]; one, crewed by specially-trained Americans, carried the bomb whilst the other, crewed by Britons, was responsible for monitoring and photographing the explosion and its after-effects. The JDU was embedded within a larger bomber force to give the outward appearance of a normal attack.

The Joint Delivery Unit left RAF Manston in Kent in the evening of the nineteenth and met up with the main bomber force over the English Channel. The attack force then proceeded to Leipzig where the JDU and twenty fighter escorts broke off and headed onward to Dresden. On the way, they were intercepted by seventeen Bf-109s but the escorts were able to distract them and the bombers went ahead alone.

The two planes reached Dresden at around quarter past three in the morning. The sky was clear and the weather calm and the mission commander, William Parsons, gave the go-ahead to drop the bomb. It exploded 1,200 ft above Dresden Castle with a yield equivalent to 18 kilotons of TNT. Around 120,000 people were killed instantly or in the first few hours after the attack, many of them were refugees who had fled westwards to escape the Soviet advance. In the following days and weeks and months, it is estimated that between 100,000 and 200,000 more people succumbed to injuries sustained during the blast or from exposure to radiation; the exact number is uncertain due to lack of records [2].

Whilst the bomb succeeded in levelling most of Dresden, it failed in its purpose to coerce the Germans into surrendering. Instead, the resolve of the Nazi leadership hardened. With the taboo on weapons of mass destruction having been broken, the Germans deployed chemical weapons on the Eastern Front, and in a limited capacity on the Western Front, to buy themselves more time to develop their own 'wonder weapons' [3]. The United Nations pressed on regardless and Berlin was captured on the 2nd of June 1945 after a joint Soviet-American offensive.

The atomic bombing of Dresden remains the most controversial act of the Second World War, alongside the atomic bombing of Kyoto, with questions raised over the necessity of deploying nuclear weapons and the military value of Dresden as a target. For many Germans, it served to convince them of the truth of Goebbels' propaganda which cast the Allies as brutal murderers. Many acts of sabotage and terrorism committed by guerilla 'Werewolf' units after the war were said to be in retribution for the bombing, including the assassination of General Eisenhower in 1947. To this day, “Remember Dresden!” remains a rallying cry for the far-right in the German states [4].

[1] Although they had already modified the B-29, I thought it would make sense to use a Lancaster as they were flying from Britain.
[2] This is a bit of an educated guess based on the casualties from Hiroshima IOTL.
[3] The Allies did not respond in kind. There were no more bombs ready and Churchill was persuaded that a genocidal anthrax attack would not be in Allies' best interests.
[4] We have everyone's favourite Secretary of the Treasury to thank for that plural.
 
I've been looking at a conversion of Canadian Federal Elections to American Presidential Elections for a while now, but in wanting to do it right and a handful more detail I wanted to account for results on the State level rather than just establish swings at the National level. That then raised the question of what groupings of American States would best represent their equivalent Canadian Province, and honestly I'm struggling to make the connections. I'm sure this question has been asked before, but I wasn't able to find anything myself on the board or elsewhere, least in my line of questioning. At the moment I'd organized them as the following.


For some reason Atlas has gone down as I'm typing this, so hopefully it will return to working order soon. New England in Red I opted to substitute the Atlantic Provinces, the Old Confederacy and Oklahoma I substituted for Quebec, those States in Green I substituted for Ontario, the Pacific Coast and Hawaii I substituted for British Columbia, everything in Red formed an amalgamation of the Prairie Provinces (I couldn't convince myself of an optimal way to divide them into three components), and Alaska would represent Yukon and Nunavut.

At various times I moved or considered moving States between the current groupings, these being New York, Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Nevada.

Is there anything I should change?

Edit: In case it is still not showing up, I've taken the hyperlink for the Atlas map and put it in the spoiler below. If you click it, it should show the map that way.

 
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