Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes VI (Do Not Post Current Politics or Political Figures Here)

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The first in a series, perhaps.
 
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The Gold Coast, officially the Lordship of the Gold Coast but near-universally referred to as Accra, is a British Crown Dependency in west Africa. It is bordered to the north and east by Ashanti, to the west by Fante and to the south by the Gulf of Guinea. The Lordship consists of the city of Accra and its environs.

A variety of African kingdoms populated the area of the Gold Coast prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century. When Europeans arrived after 1471, the area quickly acquired its name due to the large gold deposits found. The first European settlement in Accra, Fort Christiansborg, was owned by the Danish and the Swedes until its acquisition by the British in 1851. Accra swiftly became the centre of British colonial administration in the region, both as an important entrepot for trade but also as the centre for diplomacy with the neighbouring Ashanti and Fante kingdoms.

Accra is a self-governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with its own financial, legal and judicial systems, having achieved legislative independence in 1957. Internationally the Lordship is regarded as a “territory for which the United Kingdom is responsible” or a ‘Crown Dependency’, rather than as a sovereign state. As a Crown Dependency, Accra is not a member of the Commonwealth of Nations but does send a team to compete in the Commonwealth Games. The territory does, however, have the right to self-determination and has rejected independence and unification with Ashanti in referendums in 1960 and 1999. A further referendum in 2016, about changing the country’s name to Accra, also saw victory for the status quo.

Although Accra is a parliamentary monarchy, the Anglican Church, represented by the Archbishop of West Africa, and the British Monarch, represented by the Governor, retain a large amount of political influence. The current Archbishop is Daniel Torto (since 2012) and the current Governor is Paul Boateng (since 2017), both of whom have ex officio roles in government. The government is led by the Chief Minister, currently Nana Addo-Akufo, the leader of the centre-right People’s Party and who won the last general election, held in 2017.

Accra’s economy is highly developed and dynamic. In 2021, it is a mixed market economy with free market principles and an advanced social security infrastructure. The official currency in Accra is the West African pound, although the Pound sterling circulates freely and most goods are priced in both currencies. Accra’s monetary policy is thereby linked to the Bank of England. Accra’s economy is based on financial services (which contributed around 40% of GDP in 2020) and is the largest finance centre in west Africa. Other major industries include tourism (16.8% of GDP) and shipping (25.7%). Over the past decade the territory has also become a popular site for retirement communities from elsewhere in the Commonwealth.

British cultural influence on the territory is evident in the use of English as the main language, even if most people still speak or understand a local west African dialect and place names with African origins abound. Additional British cultural commonalities include driving on the left, access to the BBC, a school curriculum following that of England, and the popularity of British sports, including soccer, rugby and cricket.

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Guangxu Emperor
1885 UK election
1887 Irish election (also an explanation of the POD)
1922 British election
1932 Indian election
1942 German election
1949 Palestinian election
 
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It's been a while since I made one of these. Anyways, this creatures lives in Australia and is the carnivorous cousin of the koala that likes to drop out of trees to attack its prey. Introducing, the drop bear!

Cryptids, fictional animals and fearsome critters as real animals series
Jackalope (Lepus tempermentalus)
Unicorn (Equus monoceros)
Chupacabra (Canis vampyrus)
Hodag (Canis hodag)
Hugag (Alces hugag)
Vampire (Homo vampyrus)
Agropelter (Pongo craniofractens)
Elf (Homo eldar)
Drop bear (Phascolarctos kindynos) (you are here)

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The drop bear (Phascolarctos kindynos), also known as a dropper and the carnivorous koala, is a carnivorous marsupial closely related to the koala that can be found living in Australia. It also resembles the koala in appearance, though the drop bear is slightly larger in size and more agile.

Despite the name "drop bear" the drop bear is not a bear and is a marsupial.

Habitat
The drop bear inhabits closed canopy forest as well as open woodland on the margins of dense forest of the Great Dividing Range in South-eastern Australia.

Diet
The drop bear is a carnivorous animal. They hunt by ambushing ground dwelling animals from above, sometimes waiting for hours to make a kill. Once prey is within view, the drop bear will drop as much as eight meters (26.25 feet) to pounce on top of the unsuspecting victim. The initial impact often stuns the prey, allowing it to be bitten on the neck and quickly subdued. If the prey is small enough, drop bears will haul it back up the tree to feed without harassment from other predators. Drop bears will often kill animals such as wombats, small kangaroos, sheep, emus, domestic dogs and cats and even feral camels. Drop bears will also scavenge from animals previously killed by other predators as well as from roadkill.

Relations with humans
Despite their ferocity, drop bears have rarely been recorded of attacking humans. While drop bears have attacked humans by their heads, most people simply just grab them and throw them off and they run off.

Here is @AlternateMan 's infobox about the drop bear, which inspired me to make this one.
I'm glad people like my Drop bear infobox. I hope I didn't make it too similar to the one @AlternateMan made back on the 5th Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes Thread. The last thing I need to happen is be accused of plagiarism.
 
It's been a while since I made one of these. Anyways, this creatures lives in Australia and is the carnivorous cousin of the koala that likes to drop out of trees to attack its prey. Introducing, the drop bear!

Cryptids, fictional animals and fearsome critters as real animals series
Jackalope (Lepus tempermentalus)
Unicorn (Equus monoceros)
Chupacabra (Canis vampyrus)
Hodag (Canis hodag)
Hugag (Alces hugag)
Vampire (Homo vampyrus)
Agropelter (Pongo craniofractens)
Elf (Homo eldar)
Drop bear (Phascolarctos kindynos) (you are here)

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The drop bear (Phascolarctos kindynos), also known as a dropper and the carnivorous koala, is a carnivorous marsupial closely related to the koala that can be found living in Australia. It also resembles the koala in appearance, though the drop bear is slightly larger in size and more agile.

Despite the name "drop bear" the drop bear is not a bear and is a marsupial.

Habitat
The drop bear inhabits closed canopy forest as well as open woodland on the margins of dense forest of the Great Dividing Range in South-eastern Australia.

Diet
The drop bear is a carnivorous animal. They hunt by ambushing ground dwelling animals from above, sometimes waiting for hours to make a kill. Once prey is within view, the drop bear will drop as much as eight meters (26.25 feet) to pounce on top of the unsuspecting victim. The initial impact often stuns the prey, allowing it to be bitten on the neck and quickly subdued. If the prey is small enough, drop bears will haul it back up the tree to feed without harassment from other predators. Drop bears will often kill animals such as wombats, small kangaroos, sheep, emus, domestic dogs and cats and even feral camels. Drop bears will also scavenge from animals previously killed by other predators as well as from roadkill.

Relations with humans
Despite their ferocity, drop bears have rarely been recorded of attacking humans. While drop bears have attacked humans by their heads, most people simply just grab them and throw them off and they run off.

Here is @AlternateMan 's infobox about the drop bear, which inspired me to make this one.
 
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The Treaty of Malta was signed in the island of Malta between the allied powers and the Austro-Hungarian Empire to end hostilities with one another. After Karl I of Austria ascended the throne, he had attempted to broker peace in what became known as the Sixtus Affair which managed to gain the approval of the French, British and grudgingly, the Italians. The affair was successful and an armistice was signed which led to the Treaty of Malta. In the treaty, Austria-Hungary gave up Trentino and Gorrizia to the Kingdom of Italy and around 1/4 of the entire navy to the Kingdom of Italy as reparations. The Empire also paid more reparations to France and Britain on hard money and agreed to withdraw all troops from Serbian territory and gave minor border adjustments in favor of Serbia. The treaty would end the state of hostilities in the empire and is considered the death knell for the Central Powers.
 
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The Charter of Prague was signed on 9th December, 1917 and came as a result of Karl I's federalizing policies. The 1917 Augsleich negotiations were held off and instead the Austrian and Hungarian halves of the empire were called up to draw up plans to create a more equal and sustainable monarchical country in central europe. After two months of negotiations and drafting, the Charter of Prague was signed. The Charter divided the empire into a total of 25 provinces with no one ethnicity being a majority in the country, and gave all provinces their own provincial diets. The hungarian and austrian halves of the empire were dissolved and the Danubian Empire was declared in its place. The universal suffrage of Austria was applied to the former crown lands of Danubia as well creating an Imperial Parliament of 875 seats. The charter also created the 'National Ethnicity Personal Autonomy' law which tied ethnicity to schools and the person but not land, and instead gave full ethnic rights to all ethnicities of the empire, creating an unique unitary-confederal style of government. The Minister-Presidents of Austria and Hungary were dissolved and instead the position of Minister-President of Danubia was created as the head of government of the state.

Previously in this series:-
Sixtus Affair successful - Treaty of Malta
 
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The Italian Revolution of 1918 was born from the Treaty of Malta. The Communists and Socialists in Italy were already very powerful in the country and had been ardent peace activists in Italy throughout the war, however the dissatisfaction of Italian irredentism aiming to gain all of Tyrol, Istria, and Dalmatia becoming unfulfilled made the socialists extremely powerful in Italy and unrest began to grow in the Italian nation as the economy became ever more fragile. The revolution broke out on January 7 in Rome where the Roman Commune was declared by Constantino Lazzari who took up power in Rome. Surprisingly he respected the Vatican neutrality and did not interfere in the Vatican city itself and instead sought to fight the Italian Kingdom. The royal family of Italy was spirited away safely by royalist militias with aid from royalist elements of the Italian navy to Tripoli with most of their carried wealth. In the south, in Naples, Nicola Bombacci set up the Southern Commune and coordinated his efforts with Lazzari in the north. By January 18, the entirety of the country came under virtual communist rule and the country was united as the Italian Socialist Republic. The Kingdom of Italy remained the governing power of Libya, Eritrea and Somalia where they set up a government-in-exile. As France and Britain supported the Kingdom, the Socialist Republic could not launch an invasion to retake the colonies. However despite the fact that no civil war had broken out like in Russia, royalist militias started the Italian Troubles where royalist and democratic militias began to take up arms against the socialist republic as Lazzari was sworn in as the first General Secretary of Italy.

Previously in this series:-
Sixtus Affair Successful - Treaty of Malta
Charter of Prague - The Danubian Empire
 
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The 1918 Danubian General Elections were the first general elections that took place in the Danubian Empire, and was fiercely contested between the major parties of the empire. The Christian Democrats of the CS managed to gain the largest amount of seats in the elections and formed a coalition minority government with the Illyrian Autonomist Party and the National Party of Work. Jodok Fink of the CS was then elected and appointed by the Imperial Chamber of Deputies and Karl I as the first Minister-President of Danubia

Previously in this series:-
Sixtus Affair Successful - Treaty of Malta
Charter of Prague - the Danubian Empire
The Italian Revolution
 
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The Danubian government under Fink considered their new socialist neighbor in the south a threat and immediately started to devise a military intervention the moment he came into power. The Danubian Alpine and Slovene Armies alongside a few of the Croat armies were re-mobilized and with tacit agreement from the allies, the Danubian Empire declared an 'intervention' in the Italian Troubles, most especially in the region of Venetia. 375,000 men under the command of Svetozar Boroevic invaded the Venetian plains and the Italian communist militias were not able to properly respond. Nonetheless they did manage to make Danubia take quite a few casualties before the entire region of Venice fell under Danubian occupation. The regions of Trentino and Gorrizia were re-annexed into the Empire of Danubia and Habsburg control of the territories were restored. In Venice, the Sublime Republic of Venice was declared to be an independent and sovereign state, though it remained under 'Danubian authority and protection' making it a Danubian satellite state. The Italians at first did not wish to cede these important lands, however French pressure and allied grouping of troops on the Franco-Italian border forced the communist italian government to sign the Treaty of Trieste which gave recognized the current military situation.​

Previously in this series:-
Sixtus Affair Successful - Treaty of Malta
Charter of Prague - the Danubian Empire
The Italian Revolution
Danubian General Elections of 1918
 
Here’s a little follow-up to this post for Valentine’s Day.

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‘A Toast to Cass’ is the twentieth episode of the third season of the American cartoon Bee & Puppycat, originally airing on Cartoon Network on January 4th, 2016. The episode is notable for being the second ever episode of a children’s cartoon on a major television network to depict a gay relationship, the first being ‘Day of the Colossus; The Last Stand Part 2’, the final episode of The Legend of Korra. However, it differed from that show in two major ways: while Korra and Asami’s relationship was only elaborated on in the comic spin-off of that series, Cass and Toast became a couple (on and off) for the entirety of Bee & Puppycat’s run, and unlike Korra and Asami, Cass and Toast shared an on-screen kiss, the first ever occurrence of this.

Plot
Bee goes round to the Wizards’ house for Cass’s birthday, but after giving Cass her present, Toast bursts through the wall (her usual practice) and offers Bee an extra large pay check if she will babysit her son Bun. Reluctantly, Bee agrees to it, and she and Puppycat spend the episode looking after Bun, who despite only being a few months old shares his mother’s enthusiastic boxing skills.

Meanwhile, Cass and Toast go around the island partaking in numerous activities together, such as visiting an internet café where Toast shows Cass a (very amateurish and glitchy) game she made and having lunch together. For the entire day, Cass is suspicious of Toast’s unusually kind behaviour, and eventually when they come to the beach at dusk, she asks Toast why she did all this.

Toast is evasive at first, but then admits that she did it because she loves Cass and just wanted to treat her for her birthday to show that. Cass is flattered, and proposes a boxing match between them for old time’s sake. After some fighting, she pushes Toast to the ground and claims she won. When Toast points out that’s an illegal move, Cass replies, “Like you care,” and the two share a kiss.

Returning to the house, Toast quickly manages to calm down Bun (much to Puppycat’s chagrin) and pays Bee. Bee is apologetic about not getting to see Cass much on her birthday, but Cass tells her it’s alright and hugs her, leaving Bee happy but rather confused.

Reception and controversy
The episode was well-received by critics and the show’s fans, many of whom were appreciative of it providing representation to LGBTQ viewers and happy to see Cass and Toast’s relationship confirmed on screen. When asked about their labels, creator Natasha Allegri said she felt their identities were open to interpretation, but that she saw Cass as a lesbian and Toast (who has been mentioned to have an ex-wife and is a mother, though whether she got pregnant as part of a relationship with a man or not is unclear) as bisexual.

Despite this positive reception, the episode was a source of considerable controversy. Anti-LGBTQ groups in the United States advocated a boycott of the show, the episode did not air in the Middle East, Russia and several other territories where LGBTQ rights are restricted, and in other countries (such as the UK) edits were made based on accusations that Cass and Toast’s interactions were too sexualized (such as the image shown in the infobox, where the scene was zoomed to remove their lower bodies from the shot).

The episode was also met with homophobic resistance from within Cartoon Network. In a 2020 interview, after the show had ended, Allegri said, “When we did A Toast to Cass, I remember a lot of the higher-ups kept telling us we couldn’t do that, making characters gay would just piss off too many people and get us in too much trouble with countries they wanted to sell to that were opposed to gay rights. Eventually they let us do it at the cost of just not showing that episode in a lot of countries, and most of the later Cass and Toast episodes they could then say couldn’t be shown in those countries either. Sometimes I think I should’ve fought harder, but it was a really scary environment to try and push anything in.” Despite this, the episode has been credited with helping normalize LGBTQ representation in children’s media, most notably when the finale of Adventure Time (the series Allegri started out on before creating Bee & Puppycat) confirmed Princess Bubblegum and Marceline as being in a romantic relationship.

(I should mention the background of the image in the infobox is a background from the show, and Cass and Toast are edited from a piece of fanart by controlzee on tumblr. Also, fun little game: see if you can figure out the references to two other shows I like in the infobox.)
 
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The Marshal-Regnant of Portugal is a position roughly analogous to the Governor-General of Canada, or Governor-General of Timor in the Portuguese Commonwealth. As the King of Portugal resides in Rio de Janeiro in his capacity as King of Brazil, a representative is needed in Portugal. In recognition of Portugal’s precedence in the United Kingdom, a precedence that also places Lisbon first in the order of coronations, this representative is given the title Marshal-Regnant, a title that unofficially dates back to the rule of William Beresford but was formally created for the future Pedro IV & I when he was sent to resolve the Liberal Crisis in the 1820s. The Marshal-Regnant is also given the title “Duke of Estremadura”. The role is, like the Monarchy in Brazil, strictly ceremonial.

Traditionally the title is held until either the Marshal-Regnant dies or retires, or the monarch who appointed them does so. Usually the title is given to an Uncle or Younger Son of the Monarch. Exceptions include 1927-1945 when there were no suitable royal candidates and so the well respected Duke of Bahia was dispatched, and from 1959-1963 when former Portuguese Prime Minister Joaquim Barbosa was awarded the title for his exemplary leadership during the Global War. In 1983 the Portuguese Prime Minister was formally given veto power over the appointment. This right was first exercised in 2008. King Paulo’s Second Son Miguel was nominated, but his involvement in the RioBank Scandal and perceived habit of meddling in Government led to the Portuguese cabinet to reject him. Eventually the King’s Aunt, Maria, was selected as a compromise. Maria is the first Woman to serve as Regnant-Marshal.
 
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The Italian Revolution of 1918 was born from the Treaty of Malta. The Communists and Socialists in Italy were already very powerful in the country and had been ardent peace activists in Italy throughout the war, however the dissatisfaction of Italian irredentism aiming to gain all of Tyrol, Istria, and Dalmatia becoming unfulfilled made the socialists extremely powerful in Italy and unrest began to grow in the Italian nation as the economy became ever more fragile. The revolution broke out on January 7 in Rome where the Roman Commune was declared by Constantino Lazzari who took up power in Rome. Surprisingly he respected the Vatican neutrality and did not interfere in the Vatican city itself and instead sought to fight the Italian Kingdom. The royal family of Italy was spirited away safely by royalist militias with aid from royalist elements of the Italian navy to Tripoli with most of their carried wealth. In the south, in Naples, Nicola Bombacci set up the Southern Commune and coordinated his efforts with Lazzari in the north. By January 18, the entirety of the country came under virtual communist rule and the country was united as the Italian Socialist Republic. The Kingdom of Italy remained the governing power of Libya, Eritrea and Somalia where they set up a government-in-exile. As France and Britain supported the Kingdom, the Socialist Republic could not launch an invasion to retake the colonies. However despite the fact that no civil war had broken out like in Russia, royalist militias started the Italian Troubles where royalist and democratic militias began to take up arms against the socialist republic as Lazzari was sworn in as the first General Secretary of Italy.

Previously in this series:-
Sixtus Affair Successful - Treaty of Malta
Charter of Prague - The Danubian Empire
Interesting. Would I be right in assuming the Communists will probably have to do something like the Vatican treaties? Handing off the Vatican area would buy some brownie points and it gets a potential secondary source of loyalty out of the country without the hell kicking the Pope out would cause.
 
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