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

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You could be like me and use spreadsheet software (tho I do that because I can't access my sandbox due to hijinks I got up to back in 2015)
I had them delete my sandbox a while back. I eventually got them to send me the source and recovered what I had on there. I recommend you contact whoever it was that deleted the sandbox.
For the upcoming New England/New Netherland timeline I've referenced in the Coat of Arms thread; there is backstory to the how/why but the tl;dr is that as the seniormost Dominion, the GG for New England and New Netherland has traditionally been the most senior available royal who is most proximate to the crown. They tend to serve as long as the monarch does...which can be a while, as seen below (as for why Margaret is still alive, giving her something to do probably alters her rebellious 20s and later life by a significant amount, though ITTL she is still something of a source of scandal...)

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Wow, five seasons in one month? (I assume you mean 1 season of 29 episodes, but I couldn't help but make that joke)
Sorry, I forgot to edit that. I originally had it end after the five seasons but quickly edited the date to the first season because it might be seen as current. I've fixed it now.
- A Perfect Democracy -
The World That Huey Made

David Alexander MacDonald


David Alexander MacDonald is a statesman and politician currently serving as the prime minister of Rhodesia. Despite being born in Salisbury, MacDonald grew up mostly in Northern Rhodesia after his father inherited a farm. “Mac” grew up with largely rural sensibilities, earning him the nickname “Old MacDonald” or “Farmer Mac.” He entered politics in the late 1990’s as a Federal MP for Livingstone and worked his way through several ministerial posts including Minister of Agriculture and later Foreign Affairs. He became Prime Minister in 2009 and has held the post ever since.

As Prime Minister, MacDonald has been seen somewhat as a reformer. While Rhodesia is still effectively under minority rule, MacDonald took steps to increase designated “black seats” in the House of Assembly, as well as the number of black seats in the Senate to include more tribal chieftains. However, the impact of African MP’s are still quite minimal, and tribal chieftains tend to vote with the government.

The MacDonald ministry has also invested heavily in internal infrastructure projects, such as the creation of a rapid rail system between Solwezi, Lusaka, and Salisbury with intention of connecting it with a similar project in neighboring South Africa.

Perhaps his greatest achievements have been in the realm of diplomacy and foreign policy. MacDonald became the first Rhodesian PM to visit Namibia as a means of diffusing tensions between the two states, notably meeting with Reich President Helmut Steiner at the border town of Katima Mulilo. MacDonald also achieved the masterstroke of landing the 2024 Olympics for Salisbury, making Rhodesia the second African nation to host the Olympics since Cape Town, South Africa in 1992.

His time in office has not been without problems. Financial minister Anthony Jacobs was forced to resign amidst allegations of awarding government contracts to political supporters. On a personal note, a woman has recently claimed to have had an illegitimate child with MacDonald, a story which gained considerable traction in the opposition press. Though MacDonald has vehemently denied parentage, opponents have pointed out facial similarities between the Prime Minister and the alleged bastard. Regardless of the veracity of the claims, observers have noted that the MacDonald era might soon come to an end.

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A little idea I had floating in my mind for the past month, and one that I have never ever seen covered here, so I thought - why not. Essentially, with a couple PoDs (Esztergom Archbishop George Lippay surviving and the plotters successfully receiving the backing of Louis XIV) the Magnate Conspiracy (or the Wesselényi Conspiracy, or the Zrinski-Frankapan Conspiracy, depending on your neck of the woods) successfully forces the Habsburgs out of Hungary and Croatia, and with affirmation of Louis and Mehmed IV, the dual kingdom that endured from 1102 to 1526 AD is born again.

The Croatian and Hungarian nobles elect Ferenc Rákóczy as their King during the first session of the joint Parliament at Pressburg in 1671, while rich magnate and Hungarian Palatine István Thököly and Croatian Ban Petar Zrinski ensure their countries' loyalty to the new regime. Would result in an overall Habsburg-screwy scenario where the Protestants of Hungary and Croatia thrive (or are, objectively speaking, much better off than after Leopold's aggressive counter-Reformation policies before and after the conspiracy's suppression) and steadily increase in number, the Ottoman Empire hangs onto its European holdings for a little longer and with different effects on the soon-to-be "liberated" peoples in the formerly Turkish-held areas as well as vastly different political developments for both Hungary and Croatia.

I'm contemplating turning this into a fully-fledged timeline somewhere down the line, depending on how much free time and further inspiration I manage to find, though I'm unsure if there will be enough interesting things to cover reasonably in-depth.
The 1989 Japanese Election in Bubble Dreams and Rising Suns, a shared worlds election game by Joao97. See the full thread here:

For context:

In 1988, Japan’s Prime Minister, Hosokawa Aritomo, who had himself succeeded the retired Yasuhiro Nakasone, died of a heart attack during a trip in the Philippines. The old conservative’s death triggered a new leadership election within the LDP, in which mainstream, anti-mainstream, and the odd Libertarian fought it out. In the end, it was the last candidate who succeeded. So Hidemitsu, a libertarian in the American sense of the word, was a social progressive and an economic liberal, with the former view especially taboo in the LDP. He had, however, created a large group of supporters in his 1986 leadership challenge, which he closely lost to the aforementioned Hosokawa.

So only had one full year of governance, in which he pursued his dogmatically Libertarian agenda, in coalition with the small Komeito party. The end of a life, an era, and a government came when Tsuchiya Masamichi, a young member of the far-right Sane Thinker’s Society, hatched a plan. Emperor Akihito, who had taken over after Showa’s death in the same year as Hosokawa, was preparing for his coronation when Tsuchiya, believing the emperor to be an American puppet and body double, killed him in a bomb attack, and escaped. At the same time, Komeito underwent a change of leadership, and the new leader, Kone Isuhito, sympathized much more with the leftist parties than the LDP. He promptly pulled out of the agreement with So, leaving him a minority government. They then put up a vote of no confidence, which despite whipping attempts from the LDP, passed along party lines. Elections were scheduled for 1989.

The So government, left as a caretaker until the new election, began a series of measures intended to track down Tsuchiya and destroy the Yakuza (with which the Sane Thinker’s Society was affiliated). This backfired horribly, especially attempts to mobilize the Japanese Self-Defense Force and the citizen’s watch-esque Chonaikai. The soldiers abused the civilians horribly, resulting in many suicides and Tsuchiya still on the run. Despite a rather successful economic and foreign policy, the Hidemitsu government could not get past this.

Elections to the upper house, the House of Councillors, ended with a majority for the Left Coalition, a broad leftist alliance of the Japan Socialist Party, Japanese Communist Party, and the Democratic Socialist Party. Their first thing on the agenda was a switch of voting system to D’Hondt. The old system, SNTV, greatly favored the LDP and reinforced its political dominance, but that was no more. Elections to the more important House of Representatives would come some time later.

Leadership elections also came to pass in the JSP and LDP. In the Socialists, longtime leader and right-socialist, or moderate, Saito Asuka, won against the left-socialist Ando Kaori in a straightforward election. In the LDP, So was initially poised to lose, his unpopularity infecting even his own party, but once again, the mad man prevailed, and he won another close one. Not all were satisfied with this result. Anti-mainstream (read:nationalist) figures such as former acting Prime Minister and noted anti-Communist Murano Takenao walked out of the convention, forming the Conservative Party of Japan instead. The LDP had fully fallen to So’s liberal ideals.

Come the general election, the left coalition seemed unstoppable. Many LDP voters who were turned off by So’s failure to deal with the Emperor’s assassination, which he and his party were heavily blamed for (this being the first assassination of an emperor since the 4th century), flocked to the Socially Democratic Democratic Socialist Party. Komeito took a beating for being the party to start this mess by triggering a no confidence vote during a national crisis. Throughout it all, the JSP, JCP, and CPJ watched on, gaining all the way.

The election proved a massive victory for the Left Coalition. For the first time since the 1940s, the Socialist Party won, and the Liberal Democrats lost. Saito Asuka became the first female and the youngest Prime Minister in Japanese history, and formed a government between the three leftists.

But there was still work to be done. Killers to be caught. Insubordinate soldiers to stop.

The thing is?

It gets worse.
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