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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.
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The 2000 U.S General Election was held on November 9th,2000 to elect all 3,142 members of the Assembly of Counties. The Incumbent AAFD ruling coalition with Hobo and Veteran Nationalists prompted many within the Hobo camp to complain they were too right wing in giving out harsh crackdowns on illegal welfare usage. On the opposite side of the coin there were those within the Veteran Nationalist block which felt as if the War in Egypt was not being pursed to it's full extent ( often the full extent being the complete atomic annihilation of Cairo to end the war according to the war hawk wing of the VN.)

The Communist Party had recently undergone a massive scandal which showed vast receipts for luxury items purchased by the upper party leadership, forcing the resignation of Chairman Dole in favor of the aging Gerald Ford. With the most hardline communist supporters not only begining to be alienated by the communist party but also possibly looking for alternative county lists to vote into office, the populists were one of the preferred alternatives. There were also concerns about overpopulation, as america reached over a billion people in the year 1999.

The most hotly contested states with vulnerable incumbents included several communist party officials in Texas and All Americans For Democracy officials embroiled in several tax evasion investigations by the Politburo Standing Committee on Taxation within the solidly conservative state of Mississippi. The issues came in the form of the ongoing war in Egypt, the school lunch e coli outbreaks throughout Pennsylvania and the alleged acceptance of bribes in a scandal that filtered it's way up to the Prime Minister himself, a south Carolinan named Fritz Hollings.

The Hobo Party had formatted a county plank at their strategic convention on the consolidation of county control on behalf of the Hobo Party for the year 2000, or simply their strategic meeting in April of 2000. This Plank was signed by most incumbents who would go to their constituents, investigate the local competition in the races, report back to the party headquarters if it would be worth spending money in an incumbents campaign. A total of 67 members would be slashed funding, with that money going instead to 67 other incumbents in more easily flippable races with terrible opponents.

An October surprise soon stumbled the Communist Party's hopes of maintaining in the very least their profitable opposition status within the Assembly of Counties, with Gossip magazine reporting of a homosexual relationship occurring between Gerald Ford and General Secretary Saddam Hussein of the USSR. In three short words he buried his party's chances at an impromptu press conference in response to the allegations within the magazine. "I'm in Love."

While Ford would win his seat by a regular 40.5% with large vote splitting by other candidates, the rest of his brethren would not do so well, with the loss of over 120 seats that night with a singular gain thanks to the miraculous intervention of a photo opportunity with some north Korean bankers that were on holiday in Texas. Elsewhere the Hardliner Veteran Nationalist party headed by former Virginian Governor Oliver North picked up large numbers of seats in Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, albeit by slim to moderate margins of victory at the polls. The most pathetic party was the collection of formerly alienated populists and communists which formed Independent party tickets, with party leader Rodger Ebert even losing his seat to a communist member.
 

The 2000 U.S General Election was held on November 9th,2000 to elect all 3,142 members of the Assembly of Counties. The Incumbent AAFD ruling coalition with Hobo and Veteran Nationalists prompted many within the Hobo camp to complain they were too right wing in giving out harsh crackdowns on illegal welfare usage. On the opposite side of the coin there were those within the Veteran Nationalist block which felt as if the War in Egypt was not being pursed to it's full extent ( often the full extent being the complete atomic annihilation of Cairo to end the war according to the war hawk wing of the VN.)

The Communist Party had recently undergone a massive scandal which showed vast receipts for luxury items purchased by the upper party leadership, forcing the resignation of Chairman Dole in favor of the aging Gerald Ford. With the most hardline communist supporters not only begining to be alienated by the communist party but also possibly looking for alternative county lists to vote into office, the populists were one of the preferred alternatives. There were also concerns about overpopulation, as america reached over a billion people in the year 1999.

The most hotly contested states with vulnerable incumbents included several communist party officials in Texas and All Americans For Democracy officials embroiled in several tax evasion investigations by the Politburo Standing Committee on Taxation within the solidly conservative state of Mississippi. The issues came in the form of the ongoing war in Egypt, the school lunch e coli outbreaks throughout Pennsylvania and the alleged acceptance of bribes in a scandal that filtered it's way up to the Prime Minister himself, a south Carolinan named Fritz Hollings.

The Hobo Party had formatted a county plank at their strategic convention on the consolidation of county control on behalf of the Hobo Party for the year 2000, or simply their strategic meeting in April of 2000. This Plank was signed by most incumbents who would go to their constituents, investigate the local competition in the races, report back to the party headquarters if it would be worth spending money in an incumbents campaign. A total of 67 members would be slashed funding, with that money going instead to 67 other incumbents in more easily flippable races with terrible opponents.

An October surprise soon stumbled the Communist Party's hopes of maintaining in the very least their profitable opposition status within the Assembly of Counties, with Gossip magazine reporting of a homosexual relationship occurring between Gerald Ford and General Secretary Saddam Hussein of the USSR. In three short words he buried his party's chances at an impromptu press conference in response to the allegations within the magazine. "I'm in Love."

While Ford would win his seat by a regular 40.5% with large vote splitting by other candidates, the rest of his brethren would not do so well, with the loss of over 120 seats that night with a singular gain thanks to the miraculous intervention of a photo opportunity with some north Korean bankers that were on holiday in Texas. Elsewhere the Hardliner Veteran Nationalist party headed by former Virginian Governor Oliver North picked up large numbers of seats in Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, albeit by slim to moderate margins of victory at the polls. The most pathetic party was the collection of formerly alienated populists and communists which formed Independent party tickets, with party leader Rodger Ebert even losing his seat to a communist member.
Gerald Ford in the communist party AND in a homesexual relationship with Saddam Hussein.
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John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy was an American golfer who is generally considered one of the best golfers of all time. Born into the famed Kennedy Family, Jack was able to spend considerable time at private golf courses in the Cape Cod area. In 1931, Jack began attending Choate, a prestigious boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut, where he began playing competitive golf for the first time, quickly ascending in the amatuer ranks. As a 17 year old, Kennedy finished 4th in the US Amatuer at his hometown Country Club Golf Couse, and qualified for his first Masters and US Open with little success. Kennedy graduated Choate and enrolled at Harvard University, and was voted as “most likely to succeed” by his peers


Kennedy played college golf alongside his studies, but left the Harvard team in 1938 to work in the US Embassy in London, alongside is father who was serving as the US Ambassador of the United Kingdom. Kennedy qualified for his first Open Championship in 1938, finishing T7 in brutal conditions at Royal St Georges, Kennedy again entered qualifying for 1939, winning qualification with a 137 and being only one of 2 Americans to qualify. Kennedy then shot 3 rounds at -1 to enter the final round in the final pairing with John Falton, but strong winds limited scoring and Falton shot +6 to fall to 4th. Kennedy was able to withstand the windy conditions, being the only one to shoot even or better in the final round to win by 3 strokes. Kennedy remains the last person to win a Major Championship as an amateur.


With the onset of WWII, Kennedy left Britain in the winter of 1939 and put a hold on his golf game in order to focus more on his studies. In 1941, Kennedy graduated cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in government. After the onset of US Involvement in World War II, Kennedy entered the Naval Reserves, eventually commanding several patrol torpedo boats. On his 38 mission with the patrol boat PT-109, Kennedy and his crew were rammed by a Japanese Destroyer, capsizing the boat and killing two members of his crew. Kennedy was forced to swim several miles to ensure the rescue of his remaining crew members. Kennedy would serve until 1945, retiring due to lingering back issues from the PT-109 incident, but was fully healed by the time he resumed his golf career as a pro in 1946


Kennedy’s first professional golf tournament was the 1946 Masters, the first Masters in four years due to the war. With the course still recovering from it’s time as a sheep pasture, Kennedy took advantage by becoming the first player in Masters history to shoot -10, winning by four strokes. Kennedy followed that up by winning the US Open in 1947 by sinking an 11 footer to avoid a three way playoff.


Kennedy’s golf schedule declined in the late 1940’s as he often rested to save energy to compete in the PGA Championship, which at the time was a match play tournament. Kennedy was one of the major critics of the match play system, as he disliked playing more than 18 holes in a day due to back problems developed from the war. Nevertheless, he eventually won in 1951 at Oakmont despite a tremendous comeback from Sam Snead. Kennedy, up 6 holes with 7 to play, lost 5 straight holes before birdieing the last two to win. This would be the last PGA Championship Kennedy would play in, even despite the format change in 1959. During this time, Kennedy met his wife, socialite Jacqueline Bouvier through a mutual friend, and they married in 1953.


After several years away from the Open Championship (The PGA and the Open were often played at the same time), Kennedy topped Peter Thompson by a stroke to win in 1954, followed by a T2 in 1955. At the US Open in 1956, Kennedy played all four rounds a even par to win by a stroke at Oak Hill for his second US Open title.


In 1958, Kennedy entered the final round of the Masters tied with Arnold Palmer. In one of the most famous battles in the history of Golf, Palmer and Kennedy went toe to toe for the green jacket, with both separating themselves by four strokes heading into the back nine. On the 12th hole, Palmer was neglected relief from an embedded ball, and eventually recorded a double bogey. Upset on the ruling, Palmer then played a second ball with relief and saved par in hopes of a ruling change, but this was not the case. Kennedy ended up winning by a stroke, and later criticized Palmer for slowing the pace of play and implied that Palmer halted play in order to put more pressure on Kennedy to convert a 20 foot par save, calling it a “farcical attempt of diluting the good game of golf and not something that should be done by proper gentlemen”. Kennedy received some complaints by the media for being elitist, especially as Palmer was considered the poster child of working class golf in the US. Kennedy later apologized, but the Palmer-Kennedy rivalry continued until Kennedy’s retirement


Kennedy followed up his Masters win with an Open Championship win in 1958, his second major of the year, defeating Dave Thomas and Peter Thompson in a three way playoff. At 41, Kennedy remains the oldest player to win multiple majors in a single year. Gradually, Kennedy’s back problems became more and more apparent and eventually only played in large tournaments. In 1963, at the age of 46, Kennedy announced that the US Open would be his last, as the tournament was held at The Country Club near his birthplace in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy played mediocrely through three days, several shots off the lead, but tough conditions during the final round lead to the highest scoring average in post-war major golf history. Despite this, Kennedy played perhaps the best round of his life, shooting -1 and besting the field average by 7 shots to finish 1 stroke ahead of the field to win his final major.


After the 1963 U.S. Open, Kennedy spent his time helping his brother, Robert Kennedy, campaign for a Senate seat in Massachusetts. After his re-election, Jack was a close adviser to Robert, with Robert joking that he was “the third Massachusetts senator”.


On November 25, 1965, Jack Kennedy was flying from the Kennedy estate to Washington on the Kennedy’s personal aircraft the Caroline, when the aircraft rapidly lost minutes after takeoff. The crew members of the Kennedy and all on board lost consciousness and circled off the coast of Massachusetts for approximately an hour before crashing into the Atlantic Ocean. All six crew members and passengers, including Kennedy, died on impact.


Kennedy was among the most influential golfers of all time. His good looks, suave attitude, and charisma helped golf soar in popularity, and remains one of the most popular golfers of all time. During Kennedy’s career, golf purses increased tenfold and the PGA transformed from a collection of amatuer golfers with most having jobs on the side into a serious organization where most members could compete full time. Kennedy was ranked 45 on ESPN’s greatest athletes of the 20th century in 1999 and the 7th greatest golfer of the 20th century by ESPN.
 
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John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy was an American golfer who is generally considered one of the best golfers of all time. Born into the famed Kennedy Family, Jack was able to spend considerable time at private golf courses in the Cape Cod area. In 1931, Jack began attending Choate, a prestigious boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut, where he began playing competitive golf for the first time, quickly ascending in the amatuer ranks. As a 17 year old, Kennedy finished 4th in the US Amatuer at his hometown Country Club Golf Couse, and qualified for his first Masters and US Open with little success. Kennedy graduated Choate and enrolled at Harvard University, and was voted as “most likely to succeed” by his peers


Kennedy played college golf alongside his studies, but left the Harvard team in 1938 to work in the US Embassy in London, alongside is father who was serving as the US Ambassador of the United Kingdom. Kennedy qualified for his first Open Championship in 1938, finishing T7 in brutal conditions at Royal St Georges, Kennedy again entered qualifying for 1939, winning qualification with a 137 and being only one of 2 Americans to qualify. Kennedy then shot 3 rounds at -1 to enter the final round in the final pairing with John Falton, but strong winds limited scoring and Falton shot +6 to fall to 4th. Kennedy was able to withstand the windy conditions, being the only one to shoot even or better in the final round to win by 3 strokes. Kennedy remains the last person to win a Major Championship as an amateur.


With the onset of WWII, Kennedy left Britain in the winter of 1939 and put a hold on his golf game in order to focus more on his studies. In 1941, Kennedy graduated cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in government. After the onset of US Involvement in World War II, Kennedy entered the Naval Reserves, eventually commanding several patrol torpedo boats. On his 38 mission with the patrol boat PT-109, Kennedy and his crew were rammed by a Japanese Destroyer, capsizing the boat and killing two members of his crew. Kennedy was forced to swim several miles to ensure the rescue of his remaining crew members. Kennedy would serve until 1945, retiring due to lingering back issues from the PT-109 incident, but was fully healed by the time he resumed his golf career as a pro in 1946


Kennedy’s first professional golf tournament was the 1946 Masters, the first Masters in four years due to the war. With the course still recovering from it’s time as a sheep pasture, Kennedy took advantage by becoming the first player in Masters history to shoot -10, winning by four strokes. Kennedy followed that up by winning the US Open in 1947 by sinking an 11 footer to avoid a three way playoff.


Kennedy’s golf schedule declined in the late 1940’s as he often rested to save energy to compete in the PGA Championship, which at the time was a match play tournament. Kennedy was one of the major critics of the match play system, as he disliked playing more than 18 holes in a day due to back problems developed from the war. Nevertheless, he eventually won in 1951 at Oakmont despite a tremendous comeback from Sam Snead. Kennedy, up 6 holes with 7 to play, lost 5 straight holes before birdieing the last two to win. This would be the last PGA Championship Kennedy would play in, even despite the format change in 1959. During this time, Kennedy met his wife, socialite Jacqueline Bouvier through a mutual friend, and they married in 1953.


After several years away from the Open Championship (The PGA and the Open were often played at the same time), Kennedy topped Peter Thompson by a stroke to win in 1954, followed by a T2 in 1955. At the US Open in 1956, Kennedy played all four rounds a even par to win by a stroke at Oak Hill for his second US Open title.


In 1958, Kennedy entered the final round of the Masters tied with Arnold Palmer. In one of the most famous battles in the history of Golf, Palmer and Kennedy went toe to toe for the green jacket, with both separating themselves by four strokes heading into the back nine. On the 12th hole, Palmer was neglected relief from an embedded ball, and eventually recorded a double bogey. Upset on the ruling, Palmer then played a second ball with relief and saved par in hopes of a ruling change, but this was not the case. Kennedy ended up winning by a stroke, and later criticized Palmer for slowing the pace of play and implied that Palmer halted play in order to put more pressure on Kennedy to convert a 20 foot par save, calling it a “farcical attempt of diluting the good game of golf and not something that should be done by proper gentlemen”. Kennedy received some complaints by the media for being elitist, especially as Palmer was considered the poster child of working class golf in the US. Kennedy later apologized, but the Palmer-Kennedy rivalry continued until Kennedy’s retirement


Kennedy followed up his Masters win with an Open Championship win in 1958, his second major of the year, defeating Dave Thomas and Peter Thompson in a three way playoff. At 41, Kennedy remains the oldest player to win multiple majors in a single year. Gradually, Kennedy’s back problems became more and more apparent and eventually only played in large tournaments. In 1963, at the age of 46, Kennedy announced that the US Open would be his last, as the tournament was held at The Country Club near his birthplace in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy played mediocrely through three days, several shots off the lead, but tough conditions during the final round lead to the highest scoring average in post-war major golf history. Despite this, Kennedy played perhaps the best round of his life, shooting -1 and besting the field average by 7 shots to finish 1 stroke ahead of the field to win his final major.


After the 1963 U.S. Open, Kennedy spent his time helping his brother, Robert Kennedy, campaign for a Senate seat in Massachusetts. After his re-election, Jack was a close adviser to Robert, with Robert joking that he was “the third Massachusetts senator”.


On November 25, 1965, Jack Kennedy was flying from the Kennedy estate to Washington on the Kennedy’s personal aircraft the Caroline, when the aircraft rapidly lost minutes after takeoff. The crew members of the Kennedy and all on board lost consciousness and circled off the coast of Massachusetts for approximately an hour before crashing into the Atlantic Ocean. All six crew members and passengers, including Kennedy, died on impact.


Kennedy was among the most influential golfers of all time. His good looks, suave attitude, and charisma helped golf soar in popularity, and remains one of the most popular golfers of all time. During Kennedy’s career, golf purses increased tenfold and the PGA transformed from a collection of amatuer golfers with most having jobs on the side into a serious organization where most members could compete full time. Kennedy was ranked 45 on ESPN’s greatest athletes of the 20th century in 1999 and the 7th greatest golfer of the 20th century by ESPN.
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For the upcoming worldbuilding TL, Liberty and Honor:

The 1979-1980 Second Philippine Revolution also known as the Christian Revolution or 1980 EDSA Revolution was a series of events that involved the overthrow and exile of the president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, and the replacement of his government with an Christian democratic republic under the Holy Chairman[1] Emmanuel Villegas[2], a leader of the factions in the revolt. The movement against the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain-backed democratic presidential and secular republic was supported by various anti-LGBTQ, pro-life, students, rural poor, and industrialist movements.

Demonstrations and rallies against the president Marcos had began on the 20th of May, 1979 due to continuous opposition to the legalization of contraceptives through the implementation of RH bill and decriminalization of abortion that develops into a campaign of civil resistance that included both pro-life and religious movements that had been combined and intensified in May 1979. Between the July 1979 until February 1980, strikes, demonstrations, and opposition had left the country paralyzed and unable to deal with the rapid growth of amassing opposition protesters. Marcos and all of his cabinet members are resigned on February 1980 and departed for exile on the late weeks of February while intensive street battles are much common as Enrile and Ramos are tried to perform attempts to prevent Villegas and his loyalist armed militants from marching into Malacanang but the battle had been lasted until March 1980 when Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos were captured.

Since Marcos had left the country, leaving his duties to provisional president Arturo Tolentino and invites ex-archbishop, prophet, and founder of Divine Freedom Movement, Emmanuel Villegas back to the Philippines by the government. Upon arriving in Manila, he was greeted by a several million Filipinos. The secular republic which had been existed after the country had achieved its independence in 1946 by the Treaty of Amsterdam had finally come to an end on April 4, 1980 when Christian militants and police officers who were loyal to Villegas had finally managed to overwhelm their defending troops loyal to President itself in an final armed street fighting and the eventual retreat of foreign forces from the country, bringing Villegas to official power as the Holy Chairman. Philippines voted in faveur of voting changes in the constitution by the year 1984 to formulate and adopt a new theocratic-republican constitution wherby Villegas himself had brought as the official Holy Chairman of the country through Purges of 1981.

The revolution had created a long-term impact that the country itself as a starter for the rapid rise of Christian fundamentalism and the Christian Right but some scholars say that the Christian right had officially began in the Philippines. It is unknown on what are the causes of the revolution, some other proposed that the country had still connected to the conservative Christian teachings and practices while others had proposed that the increase of poverty and declining standards of living are the important causes of the revolution that had occurred in a nation that had resulted in exile of many Filipinos, massive ethnic deportations of Sundanischer/Palawan Germans, Filippiners, and other European-descended ethnic groups, forced conversion of non-Christian indigenous population, and replaced a pro-Western, pro-Soviet, pro-Atlantic secular republic with an anti-Western, anti-Atlantic, anti-Soviet totalitarian christian fundamentalist theocracy based on the concept of Guardianship of Holy Jurists.

 
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Marie-Françoise Laurent is the current President of Maine, and, many would say, a vision of its future. One of North America's youngest leaders at only 38, Laurent was elected President only last year, previously having served as Speaker of the State House for two two-year terms.
Laurent's life began in inauspicious circumstances. Her father, Robert Laurent, was a noted dissident and labor organizer, as well as the editor of the banned magazine Lève-toi! Arrested in the aftermath of Operation Philanthropist, he was forced into exile, choosing to take up an offer to teach literature at SUIA. It was in Iowa City that Marie-Françoise was born - she did not, in fact, see the country she would later govern until her adulthood.
That day came in 2004, as the Pinecone Revolution was just winding down. The Whig government that had been so oppressive for so long began to relax restrictions, allowing the Catholic Church to legally hold services, publications to be printed in French without restriction, and opponents of the regime to legally run for office. Laurent worked first as an election monitor for PCIACT, before becoming an investigative journalist, first for the Augusta bureau of the Boston Journal and then for the Portland Soleil after its founding in 2006.
She became known there for tracking down malfeasance by the rebranded "National Liberal" party, including the corrupt relationship between the Maine Department of Environmental Conservation and Wilderness Protection and the companies building the Portland-to-Montreal Pipeline at the heart of the Sebago Lake Scandal. Tapped by the Sunrise Party to run for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives in 2012, she resigned from the Soleil and won the seat, being elected Speaker as the party's most well-known advocate in 2014. Her election as President four years later makes her the first Catholic, French-speaking, and woman President in Maine's history.
Taking office only a month ago, her tenure thus far has been marked by increased international cooperation (particularly with France, whose Emperor, Eugène II, recently visited Maine) and greater attention towards environmental protection. An international sensation, it remains to be seen whether she can live up to the hype.
 
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For the upcoming worldbuilding TL, Liberty and Honor:

The 1979-1980 Second Philippine Revolution also known as the Christian Revolution or 1980 EDSA Revolution was a series of events that involved the overthrow and exile of the president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, and the replacement of his government with an Christian democratic republic under the Holy Chairman[1] Emmanuel Villegas[2], a leader of the factions in the revolt. The movement against the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain-backed democratic presidential and secular republic was supported by various anti-LGBTQ, pro-life, students, rural poor, and industrialist movements.

Demonstrations and rallies against the president Marcos had began on the 20th of May, 1979 due to continuous opposition to the legalization of contraceptives through the implementation of RH bill and decriminalization of abortion that develops into a campaign of civil resistance that included both pro-life and religious movements that had been combined and intensified in May 1979. Between the July 1979 until February 1980, strikes, demonstrations, and opposition had left the country paralyzed and unable to deal with the rapid growth of amassing opposition protesters. Marcos and all of his cabinet members are resigned on February 1980 and departed for exile on the late weeks of February while intensive street battles are much common as Enrile and Ramos are tried to perform attempts to prevent Villegas and his loyalist armed militants from marching into Malacanang but the battle had been lasted until March 1980 when Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos were captured.

Since Marcos had left the country, leaving his duties to provisional president Arturo Tolentino and invites ex-archbishop, prophet, and founder of Divine Freedom Movement, Emmanuel Villegas back to the Philippines by the government. Upon arriving in Manila, he was greeted by a several million Filipinos. The secular republic which had been existed after the country had achieved its independence in 1946 by the Treaty of Amsterdam had finally come to an end on April 4, 1980 when Christian militants and police officers who were loyal to Villegas had finally managed to overwhelm their defending troops loyal to President itself in an final armed street fighting and the eventual retreat of foreign forces from the country, bringing Villegas to official power as the Holy Chairman. Philippines voted in faveur of voting changes in the constitution by the year 1984 to formulate and adopt a new theocratic-republican constitution wherby Villegas himself had brought as the official Holy Chairman of the country through Purges of 1981.

The revolution had created a long-term impact that the country itself as a starter for the rapid rise of Christian fundamentalism and the Christian Right but some scholars say that the Christian right had officially began in the Philippines. It is unknown on what are the causes of the revolution, some other proposed that the country had still connected to the conservative Christian teachings and practices while others had proposed that the increase of poverty and declining standards of living are the important causes of the revolution that had occurred in a nation that had resulted in exile of many Filipinos, massive ethnic deportations of Sundanischer/Palawan Germans, Filippiners, and other European-descended ethnic groups, forced conversion of non-Christian indigenous population, and replaced a pro-Western, pro-Soviet, pro-Atlantic secular republic with an anti-Western, anti-Atlantic, anti-Soviet totalitarian christian fundamentalist theocracy based on the concept of Guardianship of Holy Jurists.

Is this basically like Iran, but instead of an Islamic theocracy we get something closer to a Christian theocracy.
 
Same universe:

Marie-Françoise Laurent is the current President of Maine, and, many would say, a vision of its future. One of North America's youngest leaders at only 38, Laurent was elected President only last year, previously having served as Speaker of the State House for two two-year terms.
Laurent's life began in inauspicious circumstances. Her father, Robert Laurent, was a noted dissident and labor organizer, as well as the editor of the banned magazine Lève-toi! Arrested in the aftermath of Operation Philanthropist, he was forced into exile, choosing to take up an offer to teach literature at SUIA. It was in Iowa City that Marie-Françoise was born - she did not, in fact, see the country she would later govern until her adulthood.
That day came in 2004, as the Pinecone Revolution was just winding down. The Whig government that had been so oppressive for so long began to relax restrictions, allowing the Catholic Church to legally hold services, publications to be printed in French without restriction, and opponents of the regime to legally run for office. Laurent worked first as an election monitor for PCIACT, before becoming an investigative journalist, first for the Augusta bureau of the Boston Journal and then for the Portland Soleil after its founding in 2006.
She became known there for tracking down malfeasance by the rebranded "National Liberal" party, including the corrupt relationship between the Maine Department of Environmental Conservation and Wilderness Protection and the companies building the Portland-to-Montreal Pipeline at the heart of the Sebago Lake Scandal. Tapped by the Sunrise Party to run for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives in 2012, she resigned from the Soleil and won the seat, being elected Speaker as the party's most well-known advocate in 2014. Her election as President four years later makes her the first Catholic, French-speaking, and woman President in Maine's history.
Taking office only a month ago, her tenure thus far has been marked by increased international cooperation (particularly with France, whose Emperor, Eugène II, recently visited Maine) and greater attention towards environmental protection. An international sensation, it remains to be seen whether she can live up to the hype.
Where would the Sunrise Party sit politically in OTL terms?

Fascinating box and write-up BTW.
 
Upcoming TL: Liberty and Honor:

First Belgian Uprising
was the failed conflict that had began on the 25th of August, 1830 and lasted on the 21st of May, 1831 which led to implementation of Spanish foreign minister Manuel Salmon's plan which had led to cession of French-speaking Wallonia to France and German-speaking portions of Liege to Prussia. The uprising had been ended with a complete failure as the Dutch forces had managed to conscript forces in an effort to suppress the uprising and historians had marked the first uprising as a period of crisis in which was the linguistic divisions or the religious issues are the cause of the Belgian Crisis of 1830-1848.

The people of the south were mainly Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons. Both peoples were traditionally Roman Catholic as contrasted with the largely Protestant (Dutch Reformed) people of the north. Many outspoken liberals regarded King William I's rule as despotic. There were high levels of unemployment and industrial unrest among the working classes.

On the 25th of August, 1830, riots had erupted in Brussels and shops were looted but the soldiers had alarmed the knowledge of a planned insurrection planned by Charles Rogier and ordered their forces to restore order but the orders are to raid the theater as some of the theatregoers who had flocked to theater where the nationalistic opera La muette de Portici and would might have joined the mob. The raid began on the night of the 25th of August of 1830 and the theatregoers are attempting to barricade the theatre surroundings from Dutch raids and an actual battle would have been begun but the uprisings followed elsewhere in the country. Factories were occupied and machinery destroyed. Order was restored briefly after William committed troops to the Southern Provinces but rioting continued and leadership was taken up by radicals, who started talking of secession.

Dutch units had been reinforced from other units from the Northern provinces in attempt to suppress the uprising but the modified Talleyrand's plan was called the "Manuel Salmon's plan" that had resulted in the partition but the uprising would have been ended but in a continued way until the year 1848.

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Second Belgian Uprising was one of the many European Revolutions of 1848 that had taken from the 25th of March 1848 until the 21st of May 1848 as discontented members of the club that had composed of Roman Catholic but Walloons and Flemish revolutionaries that organized and planned an uprising led by exiled Erasme Surlet de Chokier and one of his members of revolutionary club that had been based in Brussels and the uprising was the last part of the Belgian Crisis of 1830-1848.

Belgian Revolutionary Club was composed of Catholic partisans whom are them are inspired by the revolutions of 1848 especially the German revolutions of 1848-49 and the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 as the memebrs of Belgian independence movement had organized and coordinated an uprising by barricading the streets and creating roadblocks which of the forces of the Northern provincial regiment are hard to suppress but the first battle breaks out on the 25th of March, 1848 when the forces of reinforced troops from the Northern Provinces engage in streetfight with the Belgian revolutionaries and an uprising spreads into the countryside as the discontented populace had joined the revolutionaries.

The uprising had lasted for two months and the uprising was brutally suppressed as the martial law implemented until King William II decided to alter the Dutch constitution to reform elections and voluntarily reduce the power of monarchy as well as resolving the problems in governing Flanders but while on France, King Louis-Philippe had attempted to suppress the Walloon uprising were successful.

Following the aftermath, the exodus had led to profounding impact on California Gold Rush due to influx of settlers from both Flanders and Wallonia that had been a major causes of the creation and admission of New Belgium as the U.S. state in the United States.

 
Second Belgian Uprising was one of the many European Revolutions of 1848 that had taken from the 25th of March 1848 until the 21st of May 1848 as discontented members of the club that had composed of Roman Catholic but Walloons and Flemish revolutionaries that organized and planned an uprising led by exiled Erasme Surlet de Chokier
Hate to do this but Erasme Surlet de Chokier died in 1839 of natural causes.... even if he somehow survived that ITTL he would've been pushing 80 in 1848 so it's unlikely he would still be around to lead an uprising.
 
Is this basically like Iran, but instead of an Islamic theocracy we get something closer to a Christian theocracy.
Yes, due to country's population had been mixing with the conservative Christian teachings and intense vocal opposition to any such ideas that had been brought but the ideas that had been implemented might would've been a last straw that culminated the 1979-1980 Philippine Revolution.
 
Based on my list here.

The 1994 United Kingdom general election was held on May 5, 1994 to elect 651 Members of Parliament to the House of Commons. The election was announced in February 1994 by Prime Minister Neil Kinnock, who had been leading a minority Labour government reliant on support from the Liberal Democrats since 1992. The election would become one of the most eventful in British history and saw a realignment of British politics unseen since the 1920s. The Labour Party gained 74 seats and won their largest majority since 1945 to form the first Labour majority government in twenty years.

Kinnock had run an uneventful minority government since Labour became the largest party at the 1992 general election two years earlier and was seen as a steady hand in uncertain economic times. The Conservative Party continued to be led by John Major despite defeat in 1992 and Major's support for Labour's European agenda led to the party fracturing in the autumn of that year, with a number of Eurosceptics leaving to form the New Conservative Party, which opposed further European integration. With two parties competing for votes on the right, and with Major himself being more and more unpopular as time went on, the party began to slip in the polls and on election night suffered the party's worst ever electoral performance as it lost all but 4 of its parliamentary seats. Major himself lost his own seat in the former Tory stronghold of Huntingdon, whilst Labour swept up the vast majority of marginal seats in England and Wales. Whilst the Conservatives did moderately recover in the following election in 1998, it fell back in 2001 and merged with the National Alliance in 2003 to form the United Conservative Party.

The election saw the emergence of two new political forces, with the right-wing, socially conservative New Conservatives replacing the Tories as the Official Opposition by winning 153 seats. Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party won 52% of the vote north of the border to win all but two of the Scottish seats in Westminster. As a result of this, the next Labour government agreed to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in 1996. The traditional third party in British politics, the Liberal Democrats, lost 11 of their own seats, winning just seventeen despite hopes of taking advantage of the Conservative collapse. The result would precipitate the resignation of leader Paddy Ashdown.

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Of course in the OTL Canadian federal election of 1993 the main separatist party (Bloc Quebecois) became Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. :closedeyesmile:

It's interesting to look at mid-1990s British politics in hindsight now; Euroscepticism was only really a pressing issue amongst the middle-classes (in the UK sense of the term!) in the South of England, something largely reflected in the Referendum Party's vote shares in 1997.
 
Of course in the OTL Canadian federal election of 1993 the main separatist party (Bloc Quebecois) became Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. :closedeyesmile:

It's interesting to look at mid-1990s British politics in hindsight now; Euroscepticism was only really a pressing issue amongst the middle-classes (in the UK sense of the term!) in the South of England, something largely reflected in the Referendum Party's vote shares in 1997.
Sadly I couldn't really manage to get the SNP to become the Official Opposition without really balancing the opposition parties, 72 seats is just not enough!

It was very much a Tory psychodrama...that has now spread across the whole country!
 
It's interesting to look at mid-1990s British politics in hindsight now; Euroscepticism was only really a pressing issue amongst the middle-classes (in the UK sense of the term!) in the South of England, something largely reflected in the Referendum Party's vote shares in 1997.
It's an issue which has had varying support bases; in the 1975 referendum 'No' support was strongest in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and though the issue had purchase with the Tory backwoodsmen, it was most prominently supported by the Labour left. It's only really in the eighties that it started to become more cleanly partisan, at least in terms of the parties themselves if not the voters.

Surely if you were doing a Canada analogue, you'd start with the Tories being ejected from office after a disastrous campaign from Edwina?
 
I was making a wikibox in sandbox and published it
My account got blocked for creating hoaxes (Presidend Fred Rogers wikibox)
I realize now that the wikiboxes here were made in sandbox but now I know that you guys cropped it out without publishing it.
So now I can't do anything on Wikipedia. What should I do?
 
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