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

I remember once a really long time ago, someone made an Infobox where they were ISOTed and became the Byzantine Emperor. I just remembered that today so I thought I would whip-up a little ISOT infobox.


David Callis (March 8, 1753-April 6, 1824) was an American author, playwright, and political activist. Callis' parents are unknown as is his place of birth as no records exist of either. The first known reports of Callis originate from Virginia in 1775 where he bought a small amount of land near Richmond. During the American Revolution, Callis would create multiple works of pro-Revolutionary pamphlets that circulated throughout the 13 Colonies. Callis never served in the Continental Army for reasons unknown. Callis wrote multiple plays during the Revolution, despite them being banned during the war.
After the war, Callis would begin writing in earnest. His first novel, 2020 Americana: A Retrospective, was a speculative future book that was supposed to be read as if it was a history book. This form of literature has since been dubbed futurism. It chronicled the United States throughout the 18th, 19th, 20th, and early 21st Century. While some technological contents of the novel, such as aeroplanes and telephones, were eventually created, other things like a revolution of Russian serfs never occurred. His second novel, Tales from Cascadia, is a series of small supernatural horror stories that all take place on the West Coast of North America, then mostly unknown to the average American, in the small town of Woolly Pines, Cascadia. His third novel, Fallout: A Wasteland of Nightmares, was one of the first science-fiction stories, including Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, which Callis often highly praised. It takes place in a destroyed New England after a Great War that involved what can best be described as nuclear weapons. It follows the protagonist, Nathaniel Smith, a man from the year 2020, as he awakens from a centuries long nap to learn it is 2276 and searches out and semblance of his old life. Callis also wrote The People's Commonwealth Manifesto. A political ideological text that call for multiple things that are odd for the period in which it was written. This included a larger federal government, banknotes, equality for "slaves, freedmen, women, people of all races, people of all creeds, and homosexuals." However, in an earlier draft that was found, the same text was written as, "slaves, African-Americans, women, people of all races, people of all religions, and people of all genders of sexualities." This has prompted some to question whether this text is accurate to the original writing of Callis.
There is some controversy that surrounds Callis regarding his gender and sexuality. Due to him never marrying, some scholars have hypothesized that Callis might be gay or bisexual. There is also debate about his gender. He would insist in certain writings and letter on gender-neutral pronouns. He also created multiple characters in his text that use gender-neutral pronouns, such as Jae in Tales from Cascadia and Cas from Fallout: A Wasteland of Nightmares, both of whom use they/them pronouns. This, however, is disputed by many scholars.
Callis was also notable religiously unique to the era. He would seldom attend Church services. He never claimed to believe in a single god, instead proclaiming, "I know not whether God exists, I believe that for all those who believe in a god, that their god is true to them. Whether Shiva or God or Zeus I care not. If they are content with their lives and harm no other being, then why should I care." Callis did have what appeared to be a small alter on his desk that was for an unknown deity called "Astroxenobat". While there are mentions of a cruel deity that forces people to live periods of their lives over again throughout Callis' texts, it is mostly thought of as a joke purely based on the name, which translates to Foreign Star Bat. There is no evidence he actually worshiped the being.
Callis would die in 1824 from suicide in his New York home. On his desk was a note that was printed in his obituary: "I'm sorry world, but I cannot be here any longer. I'm like an Stranger in my own land. Everything I knew in my life was taken from me in a blink of an eye fourty-nine years ago. I am so sorry to those I'm leaving behind. Goodbye." He left all of his unfinished writings along with the rest of his personal belongings to his friend Nathanial Hawthorne.
 
Hell on Earth (quite literally):
Can it get crazier? You bet it can! I guess being quarantined and bored most of the day lets one's imagination run really wild, so don't take this seriously in any way:

"When the Jews return to Zion, and a comet rips the sky, and the Holy Roman Empire rises, then you and I must die. From the Eternal Sea he rises, creating armies on either shore, turning man against his brother, till man exists no more."
- Poem written by an unidentified priest that allegedly prophesied the rise of Damien Thorn.


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When you ask anyone lived through the so-called "Years of Darkness" (which lasted from around 2043 until 2056) if there is one individual who was evil incarnate, they'll immediately point to Damien Thorn. The young and charismatic American politician who single-handily took complete control of the world and ruled it with an iron fist for over half-a-decade is putting his story quite gently. Thorn was born on June 6, 2006 in Rome to the American Ambassador to Italy Robert Thorn and his wife Katherine. The Thorns were already a wealthy and influential family in America and the path for young Damien to rise to prominence in the future was set even before his birth. When Thorn was three years old, his family moved to the United Kingdom after Robert Thorn was promoted to Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St. James's. The small lived family lived in peace for three years until both parents died under bizarre circumstances days apart from each other.

The orphaned Damien would go and live with his paternal grandparents, the wealthy Charles Thorn and his wife Diane, in Chicago shortly afterward. From here, Thorn would be groomed to inherit his family's fortune and was educated at the finest private schools in the region. After graduating from the prestigious Lake Forest Academy in 2024, Thorn attended the University of Chicago where he began perusing a pre-law major, hoping to enter politics much like his father before him. Upon receiving a JD from Princeton, Thorn joined a private law firm in New York and soon made a name for himself as one of the city's top lawyers despite his young age. When Thorn was 27, his grandfather passed away, leaving a majority of his wealth to his grandson. From this point forward, Damien Thorn had nowhere to go but up. He become a celebrity almost overnight, was featured at the top of Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and would go on to marry actress Regan MacNeil.


Thorn's first taste in politics came when he was offered the role of Ambassador to the United Nations by President Frank Underwood at the relatively young age of 33. Thorn's charm and charisma helped win over the respect of other nations when the U.S. was largely being ostracized by the international community thanks to the corrupt Underwood administration. During the 2040 Presidential election, Thorn replaced Vice President Donald Blythe as Underwood's running mate, in no small part due to the age for qualification for both President and Vice President being lowered to 30 several years prior. The young and charismatic Thorn was seen as a reassuring face for the American public during this time of increasing division. When President Underwood was assassinated in early November of 2043, Thorn soon found himself in, what was at the time, the most powerful position in the world. But Thorn's reign was only beginning.

With former First Lady Claire Underwood as his VP, Thorn would win the 2044 election in a landslide, which many now attribute to voter fraud and intimation by the increasingly authoritarian President Thorn. The President began spreading his influence throughout the world, winning his allies such as newly elected European Federation President Nicolae Carpathia, but also enemies such as Russian President Grigor Stoyanovich. This would all boil over when, what is now confirmed to have been a false flag operation ordered by Thorn, Russian forces opened fire on American solders stationed across the European-Russian border. War was declared and soon the world found itself in a new World War. World War III would rage for nearly four years when President Thorn, as a last and drastic resort launched nuclear strikes on many enemy targets and utilized new and advanced antimissile technology to prevent any sort of retaliation. With Thorn and his allies victorious, he soon made it clear to prevent any future global wars, a one world government needed to be put in place. In late December of 2048, with U.S. Presidential elections having been suspended, all members states of the United Nations, most of them reluctantly, signed an accordance forming the World Union, a one world government with Thorn as President of the Supreme Executive Council and Carpathia as his Vice President and High Speaker of the Grand Assembly. Rome, the city where Thorn was born, became the new capital of the regime. Thorn would even goes as far to seize control of Vatican City and turn it into his personal seat of power.

Aside from a few sparse territories held by forces opposed to Thorn, the entire world was under his totalitarian reign, which be would soon go on to be unmatched in history in terms of shear brutality. Thorn's political movement, the United New Order, became the sole legal political party in every World Union territory. All forms of money were banned, and were replaced by a Thorn approved currency that was the only one people could buy or sell with. Over 100 million were already dead from the devastation of World War III, yet nearly a billion more would die during Thorn's seven year rule. At first, dissidence was punished through arrests and execution without trial, but soon Thorn turned to beyond extreme measures such as the releasing of man-made viruses, military strikes on cities with anti-Thorn sentiments, and even geo-engineered disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Thorn would blame all these "disasters" on the gods of the people who believed in them. The gods of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc had abandoned their people and were angry at them according to Thorn and as such, he soon demanded the world worship him as a living god or suffer the consequences. Privately, Thorn believed he was the son of the Devil, destined to bring about his father's dark kingdom on Earth, as his personal writings came to light in the years following his death. Additionally, Thorn and other members of his inner circle formed a fanatical Satanic cult, which Thorn personally lead. This cult, known as the Apostles of the Beast, engaged in many bizarre practices ranging from black magic to, most disturbingly, human sacrifice.

Yet the resistance against Thorn only grew towards the end of his reign. Leaders of the resistance, which comprised of several super solders in Thorn's army such as Steve Rogers, Sarah Conner and her son John, James "Logan" Howlett, and Ellen Ripley, discovered the only weapons foretold to them by Catholic priest Lankester Merrien, who believed Thorn to be the Biblical Antichrist, that would kill him: the sacred Seven Daggers of Megiddo, which were located in Israel, one of the few pieces of land not to be controlled by the World Union. When Thorn's spies informed him of the resistance's plot to acquire weapons even he feared that would kill him, he launched an invasion of Israel with the full might of his army. On Easter Sunday, 2056, resistance solders and leaders fought against Thorn's forces in the Valley of Megiddo in what many described as the "battle to end all battles." Thorn observed the battle from the ruins of Tel Megiddo, standing guard over what he thought were the Seven Daggers of Meggido, which were in truth fakes planted by the resistance. Steve Rogers made his way through the battlefront, up to the ruins, and successfully ended Thorn's life with the real Seven Daggers. Thorn's army collapsed despite the advantage it had over the resistance forces, the World Union was disbanded and its leaders put on trial for their crimes against humanity. By the end of Thorn's destructive reign on Earth, over a billion people (some sources claim over two billion) had perished, great harm had been done to the environment, and the hopeful spirit of humanity seemed to have been totally burnt out. As the slowly recovers from the damage done by Thorn, all can agree, no matter what their faith is, if there was any man who qualified to be the Antichrist, the Beast, and the Son of Satan, it was Damien Thorn.
 
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Into the Unknown is an action-adventure video game series developed in conjunction between Prometheus Labs and Gemini Games. The series follows the adventures of geologist Jason Morris and archaeologist Theia Reed as the explore hidden cities across the world and try to remain one step ahead of the villainous Vanth Corporation. The series has been praised for its story, characters, and visual effects, and remains one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time and one of the most influential video games in history, with particular praise highlighted on the player's ability to play as both Morris and Reed from the very beginning of the series.

Into the Unknown: Secrets Below (May 5th, 2005) began the series, and introduced the world to Morris and Reed as they stumbled through caverns beneath the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico. Into the Unknown 2: Red Eclipse (June 18th, 2007) continued their adventures in Egypt, exploring the city of Akhetaten (Amarna), the once capital of the New Kingdom of Egypt by the monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaten. Into the Unknown 3: Blue Abyss (May 28th, 2009) moved the story to Atlantis, reimagined as a sunken city off the coast of the Azores, and explicitly introduced the sinister Vanth Corporation. Into the Unknown 4: False Peak (April 21st, 2011) brought the team back to the Western Hemisphere, exploring the historic city of Vilcabamba, and was the first game which allowed the player to control Eddy, Jason's husband, in addition to the two main characters. Into the Unknown 5: Jade Dragon (March 17th, 2013) was one of the more controversial entries, as it brought the team to China to investigate the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, First Emperor of China. The National Republic of China banned the sale of the game in its territories due to the concurrent excavation of Qin Shi Huang's tomb, as the NRC felt the game misrepresented the excavation in favor of "Western adventurism". However, popular protests (Jade Spring) against the KMT regime forced the regime to allow the game to be sold after a ban of only six months, and directly led to the eventual collapse of the NRC in 2017. Into the Unknown 6: Infernal Heat (May 10th, 2015) saw the setting move to the ruined city of Plymouth, Montserrat, with an increased focus on a first-person shooter style of gameplay. Following negative reactions, Into the Unknown 7: Glowing Wind (July 16th, 2017), which had the team go to Kitezh, Russia, introduced many more RPG elements, to universal acclaim. Finally, Into the Unknown 8: White Night (April 7th, 2020) sent the team to Brittany to the hidden city of Lyonesse, and featured the final showdown between Morris and Reed and the leadership of the Vanth Corporation. Despite speculation that the series would be finished with this entry, a post-credit scene established options for a continuation of the series with Morris' adopted son Janus and Reed's daughter Selena.

While speculation has been rife over rumors of a film adaptation, both John Thompson and Nathan Ford have been adamant to keep the series in video game format, arguing that converting the story into a two hour feature film would be detrimental to the overall pacing and flow. Regardless, actor Ben Reynolds has continuously waged a fan campaigned for the role of Jason Morris, and Thompson and Ford have both gone on record that if there ever was an adaptation, Reynolds would be their first and only choice for Morris. For the role of Theia Reed, fans have been unanimous in nominating actress Janet Sharpe, though she has expressed no interest aside from the vocal acclamation of her husband, director Edwin Ryan, who has repeatedly petitioned for a serial television adaptation of the game series.

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[A/N]: Something I whipped together surprisingly quickly after watching Nolan North and Troy Baker play the original Uncharted on Youtube. A fun mix of both Uncharted and Tomb Raider, which in an alternate world would be the most talked about thing going on right now.​
 
An alternate new turbo era in Formula One with 4-cylinder engines, Part I

"F1 moves to set 'green' agenda. The sport will introduce four-cylinder turbo engines and a mandatory €100 million budget cap for the 2013 season. Teams are not happy but accept the decision" - 2011 Pre-season.

"Porsche will join F1 with a factory team in 2013" - 2011 German GP.

"Räikkönen wins the first race of the new turbo era for Lotus. But Mercedes will be the team to beat this year if they can solve their tire issues. Porsche records points in its debut with both Hülkenberg and Lotterer." - 2013 Australian GP.

"Vettel wins and leads the championship now, despite complaining about his weak Renault engine the whole weekend" - 2013 Malaysian GP.

"Mercedes takes a 1-2. The German team suddenly solves its tire problems after a secret Pirrelli test. Rivals are furious" - 2013 Monaco GP.

"Hamilton wins again and takes the championship lead after Vettel's gearbox fails" - 2013 British GP.

"We, here at Mercedes, do not have a No. 1 and a No. 2 driver," Mercedes boss Ross Brawn says, "But Nico [Rosberg] has to help Hamilton to win the drivers' title this year, or we will lose to Vettel and Red Bull" - 2013 Belgian GP.

"Ricciardo lands Red Bull seat for 2014 to replace compatriot Webber. Massa will also not race in F1 next year, Räikkönen takes his seat at Ferrari" - 2013 Italian GP.

"After defending from world champions in the entire race, Hülkenberg takes Porsche's first F1 win as a constructor since 1962" - 2013 Korean GP.

"Hamilton secures his second world title with another brilliant victory" - 2013 US GP.

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It is the weirdest thing that Stephen Douglas was only forty-eight when he died. The guy could have remained a viable Democratic nominee for the next twenty years and nobody gives him much attention outside of the 1852-1860 period.

 

Kasu

Gone Fishin'
The 2004 United States presidential election in the Pacific Islands took place on November 2, 2004, and

was part of the 2004 United States presidential election. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

The Pacific Islands were won by incumbent Republican President George W. Bush by a larger than expected 9.5% margin of victory. Bush took 54.53% of the vote, defeating Democratic Senator of Massachusetts John Kerry, who took 45.01%. Prior to the election, most news organizations considered it as a swing state. The Pacific Islands are a very diverse state, being the only Asian American-plurality state. Exit polling showed that incumbent George W. Bush performed better among Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in 2004 than in 2000. This may be one of the reasons why Bush won and swung the state from 2000, when Al Gore had narrowly won the state. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time that the Republican nominee carried the state, along with the counties of Honolulu, Maui, Hawaii, Guam, and Yap.
 
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The 2004 United States presidential election in Delmarva took place on November 2, 2004 and was part of the 2004 United States presidential election. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Delmarva was won by Republican nominee George W. Bush by a 2.2% margin of victory, making it a flip from 2000. Prior to the election the state was rated as a swing state. As of 2020, This was the last time Delmarva voted for the Republican nominee in a presidential election.
 
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WrestleMania is a professional wrestling event produced annually between mid-March to mid-April by WWE, an American professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut. WWE first produced the event in 1985 and has since produced 35 editions, with the most recent having been held in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
 

Caesar Andrew Jackson VIII (born Marcus Stevens Washburn, Jr. on June 28, 1955) is the current and eighth Dictator of the Carolina Republic. Jackson's adoptive lineage descends from Caesar Andrew Jackson himself, first Dictator of the Republic. Washburn was born in Chattanooga to Brig. Gen. Marcus Washburn, Sr. and Jane Waterford. As the eldest son of a military family, he was expected even before birth to attend the Citadel, Carolina's national military academy. Although it is not in official records, he was likely barred from entry on his first attempt for failing the aptitude tests. These claims have been met with widespread suspicion and dismissed by the official state line, they are likely true. This matter was publicly exposed by his adoptive brother Anthony Mulgrave in the 1980s. Washburn entered the Citadel in 1975 on his alleged second try and was a highly successful cadet, finishing second in his class. In 1979, Citadel Watch ranked him among the top five potential adoptive sons to the future Andrew Jackson VII, then known as Lawrence Fitzhenry Fitzroy.

Washburn was not among the three adopted by Andrew Jackson VII at his accession in 1981. Believing his chances at adoption to be over, Washburn decided to marry in 1984 and start his own family. However, he became a national hero after success in quelling the 1985 Tupelo insurgency and was promoted twice in the following year. In 1987, Caesar resolved to adopt him despite his advanced age and biological family. The Carolina Senate unanimously granted him a dispensation to be adopted but only on the condition that his children and grandchildren would be barred from the Jackson family and consideration for the dictatorship. At 33, Washburn became the oldest adopted Jackson since Harrison Wexford (Andrew Jackson V). Washburn was also biologically older than two of his previously adopted brothers. He was given command of his Legion, VI Silveraxe, and would see action in Florida, the Indian East, and the Malays over the following years. In 2001, he was given command of all Caroline troops in the coalition force of the Second Borneo War. After coalition victory in the war, he was seen as the favorite to succeed as Dictator, despite criticisms that Caroline participation in the fighting had been minimal. On National Day 2003, he was proclaimed Master of the Horse with the consent of the Senate, formalizing his status as heir apparent.

Washburn's father Andrew Jackson VII retired on National Day 2009 and he succeeded as Caesar Andrew Jackson VIII, Dictator of the Republic, Imperator of the Legions, and Co-Consul with Matthew Raine. After becoming Dictator, Jackson shocked the nation by adopting a female cadet from the Citadel, Marilynn Shearsmith. Although the Senate threatened to overrule the adoption, there is no constitutional provision for them do so on the basis of sex. Jackson also adopted a male cadet at the same time, Alexander Mattox III. Both adoptions were controversial as they were not from among Carolina's prestigious military families, instead both were of common birth. Certain individuals took this as a personal slight, including Consul Raine and prominent generals, who all had sons graduating in the same year. Faced with this opposition, Jackson dismissed Raine and fired all publicly dissenting generals. These moves made Jackson unpopular nationally, as he destroyed long standing precedent that upheld Caroline social order. Jackson went on to reverse public opinion, as he continued to upend tradition by raising new generals from outside the families and promoting from outside the Citadel, introducing new measures of social mobility for all Caroline citizens. For these actions, he has been favorably compared to his ancestor Andrew Jackson the Great, the Father of Democracy. However, Jackson is still criticized at home and internationally for the same issues which have always plagued Carolina, worsening poverty, overly militaristic foreign policy, and various human rights abuses. Internally, he is also criticized for his strange devotion to the oft-ignored Caroline Navy and abnormal attachment to his biological family.
 
WrestleMania is a professional wrestling event produced annually between mid-March to mid-April by WWE, an American professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut. WWE first produced the event in 1985 and has since produced 35 editions, with the most recent having been held in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
I'm noticing a lot of differences than OTL:
AJ Styles gets into the WWE by 2008
Edge never suffers his multiple neck injuries and doesn't retire
Benoit and Guerrero don't die, but does Owen Hart still die?
Edit: Different venues and main events
 
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RL Flashpoint, pt. 8

Having returned from the Great War as a hero revered by many, Herbert Seigh had become known as the most dangeorus living sniper in human history in the late 1910s. The reason for this notoriety sprouted from his confirmed kill of a German soldier 1,400 yards (c. 1,200 meters) away during his stay in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces. However, after his return from Europe, Seigh had largely disappeared from the watchful public eye upon his return to Johnstown, PA.

However, despite many attempts in the Roaring Twenties, Seigh was simply unable to forget the horrors of the no man's land that he had witnessed during his years of service. Having read of the Teapot Dome scandal and the corruption of Harding's cabinet, Seigh's alienation from society and the political landscape of the time went into freefall. Beginning to hone his sharpshooting skills even further at a local gun range, Seigh had sworn vengeance upon those he deemed to have rotten the American society to its core. And then...

In late 1928, William Hale Thompson, the Mayor of Chicago accused of corruption and cozying-up to well-known bootleggers and criminals of the time (such as Al Capone), had just been leaving the Chicago City Hall with an assortment of his bodyguards, when all of the sudden, a large bullet pierced his nose, traveling right through the center of his skull and leaving on the other side, with a gaping, bloody hole etched within him. There was no point in saving him, for Thompson had been declared dead on the spot by the coroner. Yet, the killer was on the loose, with the police having found no suspects nor sniper rifles anywhere close to the scene of the crime.

Thompson would be far from the only victim whose life had been claimed by the so-called Deadshot, as two senators, four representatives and three mayors bit the proverbial bullet in the same manner - one well-placed sniper shot through the skull. However, during the Great Depression's zenith, Deadshot would move to New York, whereupon he would assassinate Gillian B. Loeb, Commissioner of the New York Police Department who was rumored to have been closely affiliated with Big Lou Maroni and the Italian Mafia. Loeb, however, was not the only intended target of the notorious killer, as he would then set his sights upon the Bat-Man.

In late 1929, Deadshot would almost kill the Bat-Man, and the latter would barely escape the raging sniper during an arduous chase that had almost taken the whole night. The Bat-Man would then disappear for over eight months, with many dubbing Deadshot as the real hero that the city had needed. Thomas Wayne, on the other hand, was not a man to be so easily deterred. Thanks to Elmer Imes and Nikola Tesla, Wayne's new Batsuit would be made from Thalam, a highly powerful bulletproof fiber that could absorb incredible amounts of force without any danger of going through it or breaking the wearer's bones upon impact.

On a hot summer night in June 1931, bullets would ring continuously throughout the Bowery for much of the night, and no amount of emergency calls to the police could calm the situation down. In the end, the NYPD was ill-suited to the task, as they could find no sight of the culprit. In the morning however... Herbert Seigh's body would be found hanging upside down from at the Bowery train station, the wall behind him bearing the crackling indentation of his broken body. Beaten to a bloody pulp, his face was barely recognizable, and the guilt was already pronounced at the scene, or at least, those who had seen that Seigh's right orbit had been perversely branded with a scalding Bat-shaped iron.

 
RL Flashpoint, pt. 8

Having returned from the Great War as a hero revered by many, Herbert Seigh had become known as the most dangeorus living sniper in human history in the late 1910s. The reason for this notoriety sprouted from his confirmed kill of a German soldier 1,400 yards (c. 1,200 meters) away during his stay in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces. However, after his return from Europe, Seigh had largely disappeared from the watchful public eye upon his return to Johnstown, PA.

However, despite many attempts in the Roaring Twenties, Seigh was simply unable to forget the horrors of the no man's land that he had witnessed during his years of service. Having read of the Teapot Dome scandal and the corruption of Harding's cabinet, Seigh's alienation from society and the political landscape of the time went into freefall. Beginning to hone his sharpshooting skills even further at a local gun range, Seigh had sworn vengeance upon those he deemed to have rotten the American society to its core. And then...

In late 1928, William Hale Thompson, the Mayor of Chicago accused of corruption and cozying-up to well-known bootleggers and criminals of the time (such as Al Capone), had just been leaving the Chicago City Hall with an assortment of his bodyguards, when all of the sudden, a large bullet pierced his nose, traveling right through the center of his skull and leaving on the other side, with a gaping, bloody hole etched within him. There was no point in saving him, for Thompson had been declared dead on the spot by the coroner. Yet, the killer was on the loose, with the police having found no suspects nor sniper rifles anywhere close to the scene of the crime.

Thompson would be far from the only victim whose life had been claimed by the so-called Deadshot, as two senators, four representatives and three mayors bit the proverbial bullet in the same manner - one well-placed sniper shot through the skull. However, during the Great Depression's zenith, Deadshot would move to New York, whereupon he would assassinate Gillian B. Loeb, Commissioner of the New York Police Department who was rumored to have been closely affiliated with Big Lou Maroni and the Italian Mafia. Loeb, however, was not the only intended target of the notorious killer, as he would then set his sights upon the Bat-Man.

In late 1929, Deadshot would almost kill the Bat-Man, and the latter would barely escape the raging sniper during an arduous chase that had almost taken the whole night. The Bat-Man would then disappear for over eight months, with many dubbing Deadshot as the real hero that the city had needed. Thomas Wayne, on the other hand, was not a man to be so easily deterred. Thanks to Elmer Imes and Nikola Tesla, Wayne's new Batsuit would be made from Thalam, a highly powerful bulletproof fiber that could absorb incredible amounts of force without any danger of going through it or breaking the wearer's bones upon impact.

On a hot summer night in June 1931, bullets would ring continuously throughout the Bowery for much of the night, and no amount of emergency calls to the police could calm the situation down. In the end, the NYPD was ill-suited to the task, as they could find no sight of the culprit. In the morning however... Herbert Seigh's body would be found hanging upside down from at the Bowery train station, the wall behind him bearing the crackling indentation of his broken body. Beaten to a bloody pulp, his face was barely recognizable, and the guilt was already pronounced at the scene, or at least, those who had seen that Seigh's right orbit had been perversely branded with a scalding Bat-shaped iron.

This one is really great
 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was a naval admiral and long term politician of the United States. Ruling with an iron grip from the fifties to his death, the forty years of military rule were marked by continued political oppression, escalations in cold war and race relations, and crackdowns on free speech and assembly. Born in Massachusetts to the former Secretary of the Navy Joseph P. Kennedy under the John Sharp Williams Presidency, he would tag along with his father in meeting the Mississippian commander in chief, even as he ran for an unprecedented sixth term in office in 1924. Growing up in a dominantly Christian Democratic household, he would steadfastly remain devoted to the party, becoming member #232,203 of the Massachusetts Branch upon his eighteenth birthday. He would embark on a law career, moving down to the state of Texas, where he courted and married Lady Bird Taylor in 1936.

His rise in the ranks of the Christian Democratic party were noticed, particularly in his mixed attitudes towards African Americans within his law firm, refusing to serve black clientele, but referring them to often cheaper alternatives of going about the legal system. However, national politics soon took precedent over his little law firm, forcing him in 1943 to rally behind the Constitutional Salvation Union (CSU) of Texan warlord Chester Nimitz. He opted to play the opportunistic game, paying attention to the military situation regarding the CSU and their multitude of other warlord factions. He participated in some of the fiercest fighting along the Mississippi and Illinois Campaigns, fighting hard in Chicago during the third siege come the fall of 1943 and personally leading a breakout during the Yazoo Offensive in the Spring of 1944.

Soon, tragedy within the battered country would strike, as longtime Grandfather of the Nation and de-facto head of state John Sharp Williams suffered a stroke in 1949. The political vultures soon began to circle within the capital. The aging Williams' ear was lead by equally as old U.S Senator and Father-in-Law of the Nation Ellison D. Smith. The eighty-five year old South Carolinian promoted himself as his successor. Kennedy, who had a large military following with the successes incurred on the campaigns against America's enemies, began to amass senatorial support from southern delegations. Williams passed away in November of 1949. While moves were underway with the Mississippian's funeral, Kennedy leaped into action, arresting Smith and Mississippian senator Theodore G. Bilbo, whom Kennedy saw as a threat owing to William's warm support of Bilbo's political career. Engineering and fabricating documentation thanks to the Minister of Internal Security J. Edgar Hoover, he ensured those not fully won over by Kennedy would be reassigned so that there were no threats to Kennedy's absolute power.

However, he immediately opted not to take the titles of Supreme Warlord and Father of the Nation instead opting to have fellow Admiral William Halsey Jr be appointed as an acting chair while a few more little threats were eliminated. With the drowning of Texas Senator Allan Shrivers, the accidental death of Dictator of California Earl Warren in a fishing accident, and the unfortunate car crash of Huey and Earl Long, there remained little in the way of internal party opposition to his rule.
Upon the elimination of the threats, Halsey decided that the cushy job of Director of the Naval-Reform Senate Commission and a free appointment as a senator from New York would be worth his "stepping down" from the positions of father and Supreme Warlord.

He soon got to work in his first decade, marshaling votes for improved infrastructure programs, rebuilding the military and finally unifying the entire forty nine states. However, his agricultural programs and vehement anti-Mormon attitudes, stemming from bloody combat experience during the Salt Lake Campaign, would order the mass migration of all Mormons from utah to the newly created state of Superior, the upper peninsula of Michigan in 1955. In order to boost more popular support, he would develop a cult of personality around him, calling him "best friends" with the "most brilliant and wise Sharp", with ample propaganda being placed throughout the country with Kennedy and Williams shaking hands or conducting a "Johnson Treatment".

In terms of international relations, he would declare a slew of wars against the British opportunistically, often in times of economic uncertainty, famine or hardship in order to distract the people from revolting by sending them overseas to the often fought over African and south american fronts. In doing this, he facilitated the large maintenance of the Navy, which amounted to 45% of the National GDP by his death. Voting against many civil rights laws, he earned the ire of civil rights organizations, though he reluctantly had a change of heart in appointing Martin Luther King Jr and Eldrige Cleaver to the Supreme Court. Domestic affairs saw the bloody quelling of 1965 Riots in the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Barry Goldwater. He was quick to utilize the military and secret police, with the appointment of Tricky Dick Nixon upon the death of Hoover as the new Minister of Internal Security.

A particularly bad famine in 1976 also brought harsh criticism, though by this point he had opted to retire from public eye, only giving traditional Williams Day (birthday of John Sharp Williams) and Kennedy Day addresses. While some politicians contend that the eighties was the period in which the aging Kennedy was losing his grip on power, one can point to the efforts of mysterious shaman known as Elvis Presley, a washed up musician who had briefly served as a member of the same Massachusetts Branch political charter as Kennedy's. Increasingly erratic actions such as suspending all oil deliveries to businesses, banning the import of nickles and wanting a massive statue of himself soon alienated the supporters he had within the Senate.

His overall clout within the political body and party itself was loosening, as older die hards were replaced by political rivals and members who had known Kennedy as their only head of state. Presley would be eliminated in a botched assassination attempt in Dallas in 1984. By this time the country was being managed by Senators John C. Stennis and Paul Tsongas, both hostile towards Kennedy and coming from political rather than military backgrounds. His remaining years in power were no more than a frail, old man, still backed by the most stalwart of supporters that shrunk year after year.

Eventually, all good things had to come to an end, with Kennedy opting to resign from both Titles in a surprise January 12th Address to the nation, citing poor health. By the time of the Twenty-First Anglo-American War over an argument over some disputed territory(Western Sahara of all places), the country had it's fill with the dictator. The resulting chaos would only be seen for a few weeks by Kennedy, dying ten days after his resignation as the Father of America. The ensuing nuclear apocalypse ordered by David Koresh would be a culimation of his understanding of the apocalypse, ending up to being a worse leader than Kennedy might have hoped for.



 
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The Rhineland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of North Germany. The Rhineland, despite being part of another country, is treated as independent by many on the world's stage. Today, The Rhineland is the richest and most developed part of North or South Germany.

In the early 1940's, the tensions between fascist, socialist, and monarchist factions within the Federal Republic of North Germany led to revolts and riots in many parts of North Germany, but the largest of which started in the city of Cologne in March 1940. In December 1940, following the defeat of several divisions of the North German Army by Socialist revolutionaries near the Belgian border, a League of Nations coalition of countries including France, Belgium, the UK, the Commonwealth of America, and Texas invaded the Rhineland in attempt to quell the chaos in the area. Johannes Bell, the Chancellor of North Germany at the time, called the intervention an illegal act of aggression, but did not take any action against the Coalition.

In the Rhineland, the League of Nations coalition dismantled the burgeoning German People's Republic in the area and eventually occupied all of the region west of the Rhine. In the Rhineland, the coalition forces led by American General Dwight D. Eisenhower fought paramilitary forces throughout 1941 until a relative peace took hold in the area. In the rest of North Germany however, the fighting between the socialist and fascist forces led to the start of the North German Civil War and the fall of the Bell government in July 1941 during the Berlin Riots.

In 1943, the Rhineland Protectorate was created by the League of Nations to administer the occupied region during the civil war with a commissioner appointed by the League serving as head of government and an elected legilsature. Following the end of the civil war and the beginning of Gerd von Rundstedt's military dictatorship in 1946, the Rhineland remained under the League protectorate despite Rundstedt's demands for the region. Under the protectorate and largely in part from western investments, the Rhineland grew to be much richer than the war-torn North Germany.

In 1967, at the urging of the North German junta, a referendum was held in the Rhineland with the choice of either rejoining North Germany or continuing on as a protectorate with more autonomy. Even though the North German government ran a strong campaign for reunification, the choice of remaining a protectorate won by a large margin. Shortly after the referendum, the Rhineland was given the right to elect their own commissioner making it de facto independent.

Following North Germany democratizing in 1982, calls for reunification would rise in popularity again. In 1990, a second referendum for reunification was held, and this time, rejoining the Kingdom of North Germany with extra autonomy defeated the other options like official independence, status quo, and full integration into North Germany. Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, the Chancellor of North Germany at the time, is largely contributed as the reason the reunification vote was successful as she was able to eased the fears of many Rhinelanders who though that any promise of autonomy would not be honored by the North German government.

Bergmann-Pohl's promises to the Rhinelanders ended up being kept by the North German government. Rhineland officially rejoined North Germany as an autonomous country with the ability to regulate most everything but monetary policy and defense. Rhineland even holds its own seat in the League of Nations showing just how independent it is on the world stage. Rhineland today has its own political parties and a system of government where the elected members of the legislature, called the Landtag, chose from among them a Commissioner, as the head of government for the country.































2020 Rhineland General Election

In the 2020 elections, the incumbent centrist party, United Rhineland, which has been the largest party in the country since the late 90's, continued their success in the elections for the Landtag. United Rhineland and their leader, Commissioner Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, however, saw some losses to a resurgent Labour Party and their new leader Heiko Maas, and to their coalition partners, the Christian Demoratic Party led by Julia Klöckner.

The three smaller parties in the Landtag, the Greens, the right-wing and pro-independent Sovereignty, and the Pirate Party all suffered losses in 2020. Unfortunately for them, the Pirate Party, who first appeared in the Landtag in the 2016 elections, failed to clear the 5% threshold to win any of the At-Large delegates locking them out of the Landtag. Sovereignty, who also failed to clear the 5% threshold, managed to qualify for it by winning one district seat in Cologne.

While most elections in autonomous Rhineland rarely involve policies of the North German government, the 2020 election largely revolved around Commissioner Lambsdorff's failure to negotiate a favorable settlement for the North German Schwesig Government's new expanded pension program. While Schwesig's program originally called for Rhineland to receive a sizable subsidy to benefit their own pension program, Lambsdorff's agreement with the North German government settled on a much smaller subsidy in the end.

Lambsdorff defended his agreement by claiming that the original proposal placed far too many regulations on Rhineland's ability to take advantage of the subsidy. Maas and the Labour Party however strongly criticized Lambsdorff for what they called turning down a handout to help the elderly of Rhineland. Surprisingly, Klöckner even came out against the agreement calling it a bad deal and signalling that the CDP would not support Lambsdorff's deal if it came to a vote. Eventually, Lambsdorff relented and came to a new agreement with the North German government with a subsidy level closer to the original, though Labour would oppose it.

In the election, United Rhineland would lose a chunk of their seats, but even then the ruling United Rhineland-CDP coalition only lost 3 seats overall, allowing Lambsdorff to remain as Commissioner for the time being.




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