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What is the POD that causes the USSR to survive to 2017? This is a very interesting timeline.

Barbarossa in '42 goes sideways for the Germans and then Beria wins the power struggle after Stalin's death after which he transitions the USSR to a mixed economy.
 
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The first question asked whether Australia should become a republic with a President appointed by Parliament following a bi-partisan appointment model which had been approved by a half-elected, half-appointed Constitutional Convention held in London in February 1998.
Loving the Britain as Australia. Think there might be one small typo here?
 
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Not Britain as Australia but still a one-off conversion of another country into the UK

The British royal massacre occurred on 1 June 2001, at Buckingham Palace, the then-residence of the British monarchy. Nine members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, were killed in a mass shooting during a gathering of the royal family at the palace. A government-appointed inquiry team named Prince Charles as perpetrator of the massacre. Charles slipped into a coma after shooting himself.

Charles was declared the King of the United Kingdom while in coma after the death of Queen Elizabeth. He died in hospital three days after the massacre without regaining consciousness. Charles' brother Edward, then became the king.

According to eyewitness reports and an official investigation carried by a two-man committee made up of MI5 Director General, Stephen Lander, and Michael Martin, the speaker of the House of Commons concluded:

"On 1 June 2001, Prince Charles opened fire at a house on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the residence of the British monarchy, where a party was being held. He shot and killed his mother, Queen Elizabeth, his father, Prince Philip, and seven other members of the royal family – including his children, younger brother and sister – before shooting himself in the head. Due to his wiping out of most of the line of succession, Charles became king while in a comatose state from the head wound.

Charles’ motive for the murders is unknown, but there are various theories. Charles wanted to marry Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he had met in the ‘70s and had conducted an affair with whilst married to his previous wife.

Another theory states that there was a higher possibility of the monarchies abolition if Charles would be married to Camilla, to which the palace objected. Other theories allege that Charles was unhappy with the idea of not being allowed to voice his opinions whilst monarch.

Much controversy surrounds the circumstances of the massacre, and even today, with the abolishment of monarchy following the 2006 revolution, many questions remain unresolved. Questions like the apparent lack of security at the event; the absence of the Prince Edward, Charles’ brother who succeeded him; Charles’ self-inflicted head-wound located at his left temple, despite being right-handed; the duration of the subsequent investigation, which only lasted for two weeks and did not involve any major forensic analysis, despite an offer by Scotland Yard to carry one out, etc. remain unresolved.
 
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An election was held in July 2005 to elect the Council of the Holy Roman Church, the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church, following the death of incumbent Camerlengo and Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church Karol Wojtyła, the first non-Italian Camerlengo since the 15th century.

Acting Camerlengo Joseph Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saw a major drop in the right-wing traditionalist Conservative faction's share of the seats, but retained a plurality, allowing him to assume office as Camerlengo. The progressive, reformist, and liberal St. Gallen Alliance, led by Carlo Maria Martini of Milan, had hoped to regain control of the Council for the first time since Aloisio Lorscheider, but their seat gain of 39 was insufficient to supplant the Conservatives.

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Regional Representation Committee (RRC), led by Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, a loose confederation of factions dedicated to increasing non-Western European representation on the council made modest gains, while the Italocentric and right-populist Ruini Bloc, led by Camillo Ruini, Vicar General of Rome, gained 31 seats, mostly from Italian bishops loyal to Ruini. The Eastern Alliance, made up of bishops, patriarchs, and eparchs from the Eastern Catholic Churches, held their 19 seats.

On the evening of 8 July, Ratzinger was formally appointed Camerlengo by Pope Stephen X, installing him as the head of government of the world's largest and most influential religion.



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An election was called in March 2013 to elect the Council of the Holy Roman Church, the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church, following the surprise resignation of incumbent Camerlengo and Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church Joseph Ratzinger.

Although Ratzinger, a longtime member of the Roman Curia, was seen as a figure of continuity and stability within the Church and the Council, his government attracted heavy criticism later into his term due to its poor handling of cases of sexual assault. Dissident cardinals and bishops began revealing evidence of how Ratzinger and his close allies covered up reports and allegations of sexual assault, especially those committed by bishops and well-connected priests. Furthermore, the Church's popularity and global influence waned, as Ratzinger and his ministers' attacks on sexual minorities made the Church seem more and more out of touch with the modern world.

As such, the election saw the Conservatives, now led by Antonio María Rouco Varela of Madrid, lose 58 seats, the largest loss in the modern history of the Holy Roman Council. The opposition St. Gallen Alliance, which was heavily vocal in condemning the Ratzinger government's history of coverups and made overtures and held dialogues with LGBTQ+ Catholics, gained 79 seats, mostly from the scandal-ridden Conservatives and the Ruini Bloc, whose popular leader had gone into retirement. The Regional Representation Committee (RRC) lost 6 seats, while the Eastern Alliance made a modest gain of 3, thanks mostly to the policies of Eastern Affairs Minister Leonardo Sandri, a Conservative cardinal minister who escaped scandal-free. Finally, the far-right wing of the Conservatives broke off, forming the Traditionalist Party of St. Pius X (Traditionalist-SPX). Led by American curia official Raymond Burke, the Traditionalists espoused reactionary views on social issues, feminism and women in the Church, and divorce, and advocated a full return to the Latin Tridentine Mass.

Upon the finalization of the results on the evening of 13 March, St. Gallen Alliance leader Walter Kasper was, as custom, offered the position of Camerlengo by Pope John XXV, but he reportedly declined the post, citing that his "central role in many Church debates would be a distraction in this crucial era for the Church." Instead, he advised the Pope to appoint his colleague and ally Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, whose pastoral approach had endeared him to the public, even to non-Catholics. Bergoglio was offered the post the next morning and accepted.
 
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Not Britain as Australia but still a one-off conversion of another country into the UK

The British royal massacre occurred on 1 June 2001, at Buckingham Palace, the then-residence of the British monarchy. Nine members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, were killed in a mass shooting during a gathering of the royal family at the palace. A government-appointed inquiry team named Prince Charles as perpetrator of the massacre. Charles slipped into a coma after shooting himself.

Charles was declared the King of the United Kingdom while in coma after the death of Queen Elizabeth. He died in hospital three days after the massacre without regaining consciousness. Charles' brother Edward, then became the king.

According to eyewitness reports and an official investigation carried by a two-man committee made up of MI5 Director General, Stephen Lander, and Michael Martin, the speaker of the House of Commons concluded:

"On 1 June 2001, Prince Charles opened fire at a house on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the residence of the British monarchy, where a party was being held. He shot and killed his mother, Queen Elizabeth, his father, Prince Philip, and seven other members of the royal family – including his children, younger brother and sister – before shooting himself in the head. Due to his wiping out of most of the line of succession, Charles became king while in a comatose state from the head wound.

Charles’ motive for the murders is unknown, but there are various theories. Charles wanted to marry Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he had met in the ‘70s and had conducted an affair with whilst married to his previous wife.

Another theory states that there was a higher possibility of the monarchies abolition if Charles would be married to Camilla, to which the palace objected. Other theories allege that Charles was unhappy with the idea of not being allowed to voice his opinions whilst monarch.

Much controversy surrounds the circumstances of the massacre, and even today, with the abolishment of monarchy following the 2006 revolution, many questions remain unresolved. Questions like the apparent lack of security at the event; the absence of the Prince Edward, Charles’ brother who succeeded him; Charles’ self-inflicted head-wound located at his left temple, despite being right-handed; the duration of the subsequent investigation, which only lasted for two weeks and did not involve any major forensic analysis, despite an offer by Scotland Yard to carry one out, etc. remain unresolved.
The Nepalese royal massacre of King Birendra by Prince Dipendra?
 
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Santo Domingo
(Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanto ðoˈmiŋɡo] meaning "Saint Dominic" ) is a U.S state located in the Caribbean, around 700 miles (1,100 km) from Florida. Santo Domingo shares a border with Hayti to the west, occupying the eastern five-eights of the island of Hispaniola. It has the largest population of any state not in the Contiguous United States. It is one of a few U.S states to have previously been an independent nation.

Originally settled by the native Taíno people before European arrival, Christopher Columbus first claimed it and most of the Caribbean for Spain. Subsequently, the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo in the eastern part of Hispaniola became the first permanently settled European holding in the Americas. Throughout most of the nineteenth century, the colony was engulfed in war, resulting in independence in 1821, and in the following years, experienced a number of internal conflicts, including an annexation by Hayti and brief return to Spanish rule. In 1871, Santo Domingo was formally annexed into the United States with the Treaty of Miami, becoming a state in 1885.

Following annexation, American businesses bought up large plantations, farms, and mines in the country, with the state experiencing an economic boom in the late 1800s. However, living conditions for Dominicans did not improve significantly, leading to the failed Pinales Rebellion in 1903. Significant numbers of African-Americans also migrated to the state as a result of the Safety & Relocation Acts, leading to the establishment of cities like Freetown, New Liberia, and Douglass in the state. As a result, the white government of Santo Domingo increasingly implemented segregation, leading to tensions with majority-black Hayti and all out war in 1915. In the 1960s, Santo Domingo was one of the centers of the Civil Rights Movement, with the La Vega bombing and 1968 riots impacting the state greatly. In modern times, Santo Domingo has been hit by the Caribbean refugee crisis, leading to increased border security with Hayti and coast guard patrols on the southern perimeter of the state.

Of the 52 states, Santo Domingo is the tenth-smallest in size but the fifth-largest in population. The largest metropolitan area in the state is the Santo Domingo City metropolitan area, with 3.1 million residents. Santo Domingo is extremely diverse, with nearly equal proportions of white, mixed, and black residents. In recent years, increased immigration has created unique mixes of Jamaican, Haitian, Cuban, and other Caribbean cultures, in addition to the extant Dominican culture.

Santo Domingo has the largest economy of any entity in the Caribbean, as well as one of the highest GDP per capita, despite this, it is one of the poorest U.S states, with migration out of the state increasing in recent years. Santo Domingo's economy is dominated by exports to the mainland, including manufactured goods, gold, bananas, cocoa beans, and spices. The military has historically contributed to the state's economy as the U.S Fourth Fleet has been hosted there since World War II. Tourism has recently become the largest economic sector for Santo Domingo, being by far the most visited destination in the Caribbean thanks to easy access from the mainland United States.

Santo Domingo is home to the tallest point in the Caribbean, Durate Peak, and the lowest, Lake Jaragua. Ranging from beaches, tropical forests, valleys, and plateaus, Santo Domingo has an incredible diversity in both geography and climate.
 
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View attachment 646456Santo Domingo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanto ðoˈmiŋɡo] meaning "Saint Dominic" ) is a U.S state located in the Caribbean, around 700 miles (1,100 km) from Florida. Santo Domingo shares a border with Hayti to the west, occupying the eastern five-eights of the island of Hispaniola. It has the largest population of any state not in the Contiguous United States. It is one of a few U.S states to have previously been an independent nation.

Originally settled by the native Taíno people before European arrival, Christopher Columbus first claimed it and most of the Caribbean for Spain. Subsequently, the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo in the eastern part of Hispaniola became the first permanently settled European holding in the Americas. Throughout most of the nineteenth century, the colony was engulfed in war, resulting in independence in 1821, and in the following years, experienced a number of internal conflicts, including an annexation by Hayti and brief return to Spanish rule. In 1871, Santo Domingo was formally annexed into the United States with the Treaty of Miami, becoming a state in 1885.

Following annexation, American businesses bought up large plantations, farms, and mines in the country, with the state experiencing an economic boom in the late 1800s. However, living conditions for Dominicans did not improve significantly, leading to the failed Pinales Rebellion in 1903. Significant numbers of African-Americans also migrated to the state as a result of the Safety & Relocation Acts, leading to the establishment of cities like Freetown, New Liberia, and Douglass in the state. As a result, the white government of Santo Domingo increasingly implemented segregation, leading to tensions with majority-black Hayti and all out war in 1915. In the 1960s, Santo Domingo was one of the centers of the Civil Rights Movement, with the La Vega bombing and 1968 riots impacting the state greatly. In modern times, Santo Domingo has been hit by the Caribbean refugee crisis, leading to increased border security with Hayti and coast guard patrols on the southern perimeter of the state.

Of the 52 states, Santo Domingo is the tenth-smallest in size but the fifth-largest in population. The largest metropolitan area in the state is the Santo Domingo City metropolitan area, with 3.1 million residents. Santo Domingo is extremely diverse, with nearly equal proportions of white, mixed, and black residents. In recent years, increased immigration has created unique mixes of Jamaican, Haitian, Cuban, and other Caribbean cultures, in addition to the extant Dominican culture.

Santo Domingo has the largest economy of any entity in the Caribbean, as well as one of the highest GDP per capita, despite this, it is one of the poorest U.S states, with migration out of the state increasing in recent years. Santo Domingo's economy is dominated by exports to the mainland, including manufactured goods, gold, bananas, cocoa beans, and spices. The military has historically contributed to the state's economy as the U.S Fourth Fleet has been hosted there since World War II. Tourism has recently become the largest economic sector for Santo Domingo, being by far the most visited destination in the Caribbean thanks to easy access from the mainland United States.

Santo Domingo is home to the tallest point in the Caribbean, Durate Peak, and the lowest, Lake Jaragua. Ranging from beaches, tropical forests, valleys, and plateaus, Santo Domingo has an incredible diversity in both geography and climate.
With a US state being now being located to its east, I wonder how well Haiti is doing in this scenario. Would it be under more American influence? What would the relationship between Haiti and the State of Santo Domingo be like?
 
Would it be under more American influence? What would the relationship between Haiti and the State of Santo Domingo be like?
There is even more US involvement in Haiti than OTL to ensure a friendly regime and to calm the white government of Santo Domingo. The relationship is very strained, and in the past Haitians were accused of increasing racial tensions in Santo Domingo and inciting rebellion among the black populace. Nowadays, American politicians talk about increased border security on the Haitian border to prevent overspill of refugees, especially after the 2010 earthquake.
 
As the old saying goes, you don't know what you have until it's gone. This couldn't be truer for the 42nd President of the United States, William J. Clinton. With a strong economy, shrinking debt, and foreign policy successes, the young President seemed to be in for an easy reelection against a weak candidate more than 20 years his senior. Then the October surprise came early for Clinton. It was revealed he was having an extramarital affair with a 23 year old staffer, Monica Lewinsky. He denied any romantic involvement with her, which would come to backfire when the allegations were proven true. Religious voters, who already had a skeptical view of the president, looked with disgust whenever he was discussed on the news. Bob Dole made it habit to show up to every rally with his wife by his side, and Republicans loaded millions into ads. Dole was painted in these ads as a pro-life, religious conservative who stood for family values, which aided him greatly in the wake of his opponent's infidelities coming to light. Despite this, Clinton still held a steady, albeit reduced lead in the polls for a few weeks. Then, a bombshell. On October 29th, former Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey Sr. announced the retraction of his endorsement of Bill Clinton's reelection campaign, and making known his intention to write himself in for President. This was viewed by pundits as the launching of an unofficial 11th hour write-in campaign, though Democrats didn't take notice of how severe this really was. Boy were they wrong when the results came out.

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Despite winning by more than 300,000 votes in the popular vote, Clinton lost the Electoral College - all due to one state; Pennsylvania. Bob Casey won 1.03% of the state's votes as an undeclared write-in candidate - nearly 63,000 votes. This is blamed for Clinton's loss in the Keystone state, and in turn the election as a whole. Though winning his home state of Arkansas by a five percent margin, he lost every other former-confederate state.

Bob Dole, taking office at 73 years, 182 days old, became the oldest first term President in American history to date.​
 
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Prequel to the last post.

The Siege of Canterlot was an engagement fought between forces of the United Earth Republic, more specifically its Equestrian autonomous self governing entity, the United Nations Administrative Region of Equestria, and the combined forces of the Crystal Empire and Equestria over the latter's (Equestria) capital city, Canterlot. It is the pivotal event of the Canterlot Strategic Offensive (itself beginning only a few days before this battle), with the namesake city's fall eventually leading to the follow up battle at Ponyville 9 days after the end of the siege. It was, and still is, the bloodiest single day battle for the UER in the entire war, and one of the bloodiest in its history.

By the beginning of November 2031, huge influx of reinforcements continued to arrive from Earth to supplement the already present armed forces of the Human colony as the UER intensified its hold on the northeastern parts of the continent. This giant amount of backup was also to be used for internal security, especially in the aftermath of the Stalliongrad Uprising the previous September, where socialist Pony worker unions rose up in defiance of their Human occupiers. Wanting to finish the war with Equestria immediately due to the threat of the Changelings to the northwest and the ongoing resistance in the Yakyakistan and Stalliongrad regions, the United Nations High Command formulated a plan to knock Equestria and the remnants of the Crystal Empire (the latter still resisting in the form of remnant soldiers even after the fall of Crystal City in August) once and for all: the Canterlot Strategic Offensive.

Human forces were under the command of famed General Tony Jackson, who was well known for his actions during the opening stages of the conflict, and his main adjutant General Carl Wennington, a veteran sniper and a champion to the United Nations Armed Forces. Nominal authority was also held by Governor and Commander in Chief of the UNARE's Colonial Defense Force[1], John Marsh Williams. The Governor's own adjutants, Aidan MacMillan and Mike Thompson, held individual authority over the forces involved in the engagement. General TJ, as he is known, wanted to rush and assault the city head on, but his proposal was met with serious opposition from the other commanders who viewed the plan as suicidal. It was eventually decided to encircle the city. Additional objectives included the capture of the diarchy (Celestia and Luna) and other important figureheads (such as Cadence and Twilight) alive and the "forced pacification" of the settlement.

The combined Equestrian forces were of course led by Princess Celestia, who was coming off from heavy defeats at Manehattan and the Everfree Forest, although the latter ended in another pyrrhic victory for the Humans due to the environment's magical nature (the forest itself wouldn't be cleared of Pony resistance until Christmas Day). Still, the diarchy was determined to prevent the fall of the capital city at any cost possible. Fortunately, the population wanted to help out as much as possible. Civilians helped the defenders construct defenses on the walls, and civilian volunteers would act as scouts keeping eyes on UER movements. There was also at least 30-90 defectors from the Human side, who deserted from the UN shortly before the conflict, with the majority of them escaping the aftermath and would later fight under the United Front in the follow up Battle of Ponyville. The goal was to defend the city at all costs, although retreating from the settlement itself was considered an option. Celestia's mindset of not giving up would eventually prove futile, with the Equestrians being forced to retreat through an undisclosed route towards Ponyville. Captain of the Guard Shining Armor was the titular vice commander of the armed forces, although his wife Cadence and Twilight Sparkle, leader of the Elements of Harmony, held significant influence.

At first, Human forces had no difficulties in fighting against the Equestrian forces, driving them back using their much superior technology and more sophisticated battle tactics. By November 25, the diarchy's forces had been pushed to the northern parts of the Capital Region, which forced the Ponies into defensive operations to save Canterlot from being surrounded. The Ponies meanwhile were unable to hold back the technological tide and were forced to retreat from their defensive positions. On the 26th, the Humans came out of the bloody Everfree Forest and had sights on Canterlot itself, although as mentioned earlier, resistance would continue in the forest until Christmas Day. Devastated by the battle in the "Magical Death Factory" (namesake for the Everfree by the Army), commanders in the field including Aidan MacMillan and Mike Thompson wanted to hold back capturing the settlement until at least early December. In desperation to win some glory for himself, Jackson refuted these requests and declared that the taking of the city begins the next day, the 27th. Despite many protests from the exhausted troops, the Humans managed to cut off land based communications to the city, completely encircling Canterlot in the early hours of November 27. 600 aircraft were assigned to the area to hold back a possible Pegasi counterattack or a breakout attempt by supporting the ground units.

Canterlot's defenses were very strong despite the Equestrians' desperate situation. Geography would also be on the side of the Ponies. Since the city was situated on the side of a mountain, it proved difficult to simply assault it on land. The siege would require many mountain troops (at least when assaulting over the mountain), but only 1,400 of the units present were mountaineers. In addition, the open plains on the one road leading up to the gates of the city would basically be an uphill kill zone for the Humans as the Ponies were free to rain fire from their protective walls. Assault by air was considered, but not enough paratroopers could be mobilized immediately as they were being used in other areas like the Everfree Forest. Nevertheless, despite these risks, General Jackson wanted the city taken and taken now, even with the odds that faced them. The first offensive was scheduled for 10AM, on the kill zone area which is the one road leading to the gates.

A relentless artillery barrage opened up on the city at 5AM, supported by the Air Force who threw 4 consecutive raids on the defenses to hopefully soften them up to prevent a massacre for the soldiers on the ground. These actions would have a huge psychological damage on the civilian population, but Equestrian morale held high. And when the Humans began to charge up the hill, they were met with determined pony resistance. It was a massacre that claimed many lives but gained very little progress. By the end of the first offensive alone, over 230 Human soldiers lay dead, with another 400 wounded. Jackson was chastised by the Human public back home after news of the failure reached Earth and the core territories of the UNARE, being called a butcher and a brute. Even at least 50 soldiers defected to the Ponies, and would fight under the United Front at Ponyville. Despite the reputation he would gain from this engagement, Jackson would lead the Humans all the way to the end, and even at Ponyville.

2 more bloody offensives were attempted the next few days, with all ending in failure. Losing patience by their lack of progress on December 5, President George McPherson of the United Earth Republic threatened to remove Jackson from his position if he continued to launch attacks that will simply produce more dead soldiers, and ordered a "safer" approach to taking the city. By this time, under direct presidential orders, air forces were gathered up and it the decision was made for the Army to take the city via helicopters, as the Equestrians lacked significant air defenses apart from the Pegasi. The operation was planned to be "fast and easy". The decisive attack was launched on December 7, completely taking the defenders by surprise, who by now were resting from the numerous suicidal attacks the previous days.

Troops of the United Nations Marine Corps[2], the rapid response forces of the UNAF, had occupied Canterlot Castle[3] itself and were making headway to take over the rest of the residential areas of the city. Ground support arrived on the 8th and 9th, and it was here that all Equestrian resistance was destroyed by the morning of December 10. The diarchy managed to escape under the cover of night a day before the city completely fell, and would be evacuated to Ponyville. It would begin a chase by the Humans after the elite Ponies until they were captured near the end of the war in March 2032.

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[1] - The Colonial Defense Force is essentially the military of the United Nations Administrative Region of Equestria (UNARE), made out of UNAF army units that were tasked to protect the colony from enemy intrusion. Throughout the war, the CDF and the main UNAF were referred in separate, as to note the UNARE's autonomous status under the United Earth Republic.

[2] - The UNMC is essentially the special forces of the Humans. There is no official special forces branch.

[3] - "Canterlot Castle" refers to the actual palace grounds itself, and not the city.
 
Under the Watchful Shadow
(Inspired by the Dictator Tolkien concept)


Previously: (The Night Pact, The Nine Rings, Second/Third Great Wars, Inkling Regime, Oxford University Constituency, BNU Factions)
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[message given prior to the onset of Operation Neptune, the Battle of the Severn Estuary, and the Invasion of Britain]​

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the Inkling war machine, the elimination of Night Pact tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1953! Much has happened since the Night Pact triumphs of 1942-47. The Last Alliance has inflicted upon the Inklings great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America
 
Under the Watchful Shadow
(Inspired by the Dictator Tolkien concept)


Previously: (The Night Pact, The Nine Rings, Second/Third Great Wars, Inkling Regime, Oxford University Constituency, BNU Factions)
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[message given prior to the onset of Operation Neptune, the Battle of the Severn Estuary, and the Invasion of Britain]​


Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the Inkling war machine, the elimination of Night Pact tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1953! Much has happened since the Night Pact triumphs of 1942-47. The Last Alliance has inflicted upon the Inklings great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America
Rad 😎
 
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The Whig Party, also known as the Old Wise Leaders, or O.W.L for short, is one of several major political parties within the United States, alongside their historical rivals of the Christian Worker's Party and Federal-Labor Party. Following the disastrous 1827 Niagara Falls Convention of the ailing Nationalist and Federalist parties, A collection of right-leaning politicians decided to form their own party in opposition to the Democratic-Labor Party that was being organized in Richmond. The party would be known as a fierce opponent of slavery, though it was known to have a rather influential southern faction, commonly derided as the "Boil Weevil Whigs" that would dominate the party machinery throughout the presidential term of William Henry Harrison, the first Whig President.

The party would suffer a nose-dive in terms of political seats to the Democratic and Labor Parties, spurred on by mistrust during the economic Scare of '39. The Party fell to third place in the form of house, though was able to prevent major reforms or bills from being pushed through thanks to a solid two-thirds control of the U.S Senate. It found fire in the form of Senate Majority Leader Henry Clay, who would be nominated for President himself in 1840, 1844 and 1852. It would be due to a division over slavery that President Abraham Lincoln would be elected, though he would be removed from office due to contention between him and radical Whigs within the Senate led by former general turned senator from Maryland George McCllean. The Johnson administration would undersee Reconstruction with even frostier relations between Johnson and congress, with Johnson hastily ordering the readmittance of several former slave states, and was almost removed from office himself on four separate attempts to impeach the President, though all fell just short of the two-thirds requirement to remove a sitting President.

The Whig Party would be dominant throughout much of the late 19th Century, with prominent political dynasties such as the Roosevelts, Smiths and Arthurs holding power political positions within the U.S government. However, the party would suffer a defeat by Christian Worker's Party candidate John Sharp Williams in 1912, succeeding fellow CWP president and handing the Whigs another presidential defeat. Disappointed that Benjamin Tillman's candidacy was defeated in the 1916 election, the party would redouble it's efforts to attract the black vote from the CWP. In spite of brief political hiccups by the CWP, the Whig Party has remained the foremost right-leaning political party, with critics of the two party system railing against the "center" of the CWP as a form of "diet whig", claims the CWP have strongly denied.

There have been 16 Whig Presidents, the most from any one party. It's most recent Presidential nominee was J.C. Watts, who lost the 2020 general election. The most recently serving Whig-aligned President was Bill Landon, the grandson of popular three-term Alf Landon, or A.L.F for short. The Whig Party, although it retains nominal control over the U.S House of Representatives, a break-away, more fiscally conservative faction known as the "Wide Awakes" have broken off to caucus with the CWP, while still remaining a part of the Whig Party, frustrating the conservative agenda of the Whig Party since 2014.
 
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The Whig Party, also known as the Old Wise Leaders, or O.W.L for short, is one of several major political parties within the United States, alongside their historical rivals of the Christian Worker's Party and Federal-Labor Party. Following the disastrous 1827 Niagara Falls Convention of the ailing Nationalist and Federalist parties, A collection of right-leaning politicians decided to form their own party in opposition to the Democratic-Labor Party that was being organized in Richmond. The party would be known as a fierce opponent of slavery, though it was known to have a rather influential southern faction, commonly derided as the "Boil Weevil Whigs" that would dominate the party machinery throughout the presidential term of William Henry Harrison, the first Whig President.

The party would suffer a nose-dive in terms of political seats to the Democratic and Labor Parties, spurred on by mistrust during the economic Scare of '39. The Party fell to third place in the form of house, though was able to prevent major reforms or bills from being pushed through thanks to a solid two-thirds control of the U.S Senate. It found fire in the form of Senate Majority Leader Henry Clay, who would be nominated for President himself in 1840, 1844 and 1852. It would be due to a division over slavery that President Abraham Lincoln would be elected, though he would be removed from office due to contention between him and radical Whigs within the Senate led by former general turned senator from Maryland George McCllean. The Johnson administration would undersee Reconstruction with even frostier relations between Johnson and congress, with Johnson hastily ordering the readmittance of several former slave states, and was almost removed from office himself on four separate attempts to impeach the President, though all fell just short of the two-thirds requirement to remove a sitting President.

The Whig Party would be dominant throughout much of the late 19th Century, with prominent political dynasties such as the Roosevelts, Smiths and Arthurs holding power political positions within the U.S government. However, the party would suffer a defeat by Christian Worker's Party candidate John Sharp Williams in 1912, succeeding fellow CWP president and handing the Whigs another presidential defeat. Disappointed that Benjamin Tillman's candidacy was defeated in the 1916 election, the party would redouble it's efforts to attract the black vote from the CWP. In spite of brief political hiccups by the CWP, the Whig Party has remained the foremost right-leaning political party, with critics of the two party system railing against the "center" of the CWP as a form of "diet whig", claims the CWP have strongly denied.

There have been 16 Whig Presidents, the most from any one party. It's most recent Presidential nominee was J.C. Watts, who lost the 2020 general election. The most recently serving Whig-aligned President was Bill Landon, the grandson of popular three-term Alf Landon, or A.L.F for short. The Whig Party, although it retains nominal control over the U.S House of Representatives, a break-away, more fiscally conservative faction known as the "Wide Awakes" have broken off to caucus with the CWP, while still remaining a part of the Whig Party, frustrating the conservative agenda of the Whig Party since 2014.
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A Different Path: Harold Stassen
"Although this is my first appearance before the convention of the American Federation of Labor, I feel at home. My personal family circle has had within it brothers holding A. F. of L. cards as sheet-metal workers and milk drivers. My official family circle has within it in important administrative positions many members of A. F. of L. I believe fundamentally in the union of organization of workmen as has been carried on by the American Federation of Labor."
- Harold Stassen (OTL)

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Harold Edward Stassen (April 13, 1907 – March 4, 2001) was an American leader of organized labor who served as President of the American Federation of Labor from 1952 to 1980 and mainly focused on rural outreach, a tactic that succeeded in many ways. He was also a large supporter of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, as well as the anti-Vietnam war protests of the late 1960s, early 1970s. He was also well-known for his anti-communism and his crackdown on socialists within the AFL organization. In addition, he was notably a devout Baptist.

Born on a farm in St. Paul, Minnesota. Growing up, Stassen was already being influenced as much of his family circle were card-carrying members of the AFL. Stassen attended the University of Minnesota to become an attorney and became well-known locally for fighting on the behalf of farmers and workers. He later served in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he briefly considered a run for Governor of Minnesota on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor ticket and continue the policies of Floyd B. Olson, but decided against it. He did however decide to involve himself in the AFL, leading to him become the President of the local chapter. He made a name for himself within the organization and was handpicked by AFL President William Green to be his successor before his death.

After Green died in 1952, Stassen became President and quickly went to work. He began a set of programs that were intended to gain favor from the agrarian regions of America. He also immediately started to crack down on Communists within the organization citing that they were getting in the way of worker's rights. This made him rather controversial to higher-ups, but the actual members of the AFL liked Stassen. He became even more controversial after endorsing Eisenhower's re-election (despite being a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) but defended himself pointing out the fact that the President was a supporter of labor unions.

In the late 1950s, Stassen began joining marches for de-segregation and encouraged all members to do so as well. He befriended Martin Luther King Jr. in 1962 and joined him in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In 1968, Stassen endorsed fellow Hubert Humphrey for President. Friends of Stassen noted that he had a strange hatred of Richard Nixon. In 1969, Stassen publically supported the protests against the Vietnam War, and his support lasted until the United States pulled out. In 1972, Stassen successfully convinced personal friend Harold Hughes of Iowa to run for President in the Democratic primaries. Hughes would go on to win against Nixon in the general election.

In 1980, Stassen resigned from his position as President of the AFL and picked Lane Kirkland as his successor. 21 years after his resignation, Stassen died of natural causes at the age of 93. Even as of today, Stassen is remembered as a hero of the worker's rights movement.
 
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