Loving all those Batman boxes!
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:Hell on Earth (quite literally):
I'm noticing a lot of differences than OTL: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.
This one is really greatRL 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.
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.