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after looking into some of what a colin powell candidacy could've brought us in 1996, cooked up these:
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am willing to make additional infoboxes (with county maps) for any state's results, on request.
 
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Thatcher spat at Kelly? C'mon, thats adsurd.
Well, given she did that to Lord Hailsham when he criticised her economic policies it's not out of the question to me, particularly since I doubt she would've had any patience for someone like Kelly insulting her. Also, something I should've made clearer is that it happened behind closed doors- journalists got pictures of Kelly with what appeared to be spit on her, but most right-wingers argue it was just sweat and that she made it up for sympathy. Thatcher also denied doing it till her dying day.
 
This might be the worst thing I've ever done and I'm not even remotely sorry

Lol

Reminds me of this thing I did


Though I did it with the book rather than the relevant historical period and didn't put the 3rd century crisis in China so it's different
 
This has inspired me to look up Edward Brooke, as I had never heard of him. Now I am thoroughly intrigued by the possibility of a TL where, like the press speculated, President Nixon replaces Agnew with Brooke on the 1972 ticket. Watergate plays out more-or-less OTL, and Brooke becomes president in 1974.
 
This has inspired me to look up Edward Brooke, as I had never heard of him. Now I am thoroughly intrigued by the possibility of a TL where, like the press speculated, President Nixon replaces Agnew with Brooke on the 1972 ticket. Watergate plays out more-or-less OTL, and Brooke becomes president in 1974.
I'd definitely read that if it were a TL! Brooke is quite an overlooked and interesting figure, plus it'd be fascinating to see how America having its first black president 34 years early, a Republican and in dramatically different circumstances would affect things.
 
This has inspired me to look up Edward Brooke, as I had never heard of him. Now I am thoroughly intrigued by the possibility of a TL where, like the press speculated, President Nixon replaces Agnew with Brooke on the 1972 ticket. Watergate plays out more-or-less OTL, and Brooke becomes president in 1974.

Glad you liked it! This was set in the same universe as my other posts. Nixon wins in '60 and '64, McCarthy in '68 and '72, then Reagan in '76 and '80. Speaking of Brooke, here's what the '88 election looks like.

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after looking into some of what a colin powell candidacy could've brought us in 1996, cooked up these:
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am willing to make additional infoboxes (with county maps) for any state's results, on request.
Why does Fred Thompson look so much like Kelsey Grammar to me? Also, it seems to me like Pat Buchanan would take away more of the vote from Colin Powell, giving Bill Clinton a popular vote edge despite a Powell electoral college victory.

Glad you liked it! This was set in the same universe as my other posts. Nixon wins in '60 and '64, McCarthy in '68 and '72, then Reagan in '76 and '80. Speaking of Brooke, here's what the '88 election looks like.

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Very interesting world you have! Definitely curious to see who triumphs in 1992, especially after 16 years of Republican rule.
 
I'd definitely read that if it were a TL! Brooke is quite an overlooked and interesting figure, plus it'd be fascinating to see how America having its first black president 34 years early, a Republican and in dramatically different circumstances would affect things.
I've been working on that off and on for two years now, its tentative title is "Impeachment Insurance"- after Agnew's resignation, Nixon picks Brooke as his VP, believing that the move will prevent southern Democrats for voting for his impeachment and removal (due to uhh... reasons). This backfires, and America has its first black president in 1974.

His race, liberalism, and rumored affair with Baba Wawa (RIP) are all reasons why there's enormous pressure for him to sit out the 1976 election, which he ultimately does. Reagan is elected in 1976 over Ed Muskie (or Fred Harris, or someone). His backpedalling on the handover of the Panama Canal leads to heightened tensions between the two governments, and when some of Torrijos' goons shoot an American worker at the Canal, all hell breaks loose and America's in Vietnam 2.0. That, coupled with the situation in Iran creates the image of Reagan as a gun-toting cowboy getting a war-weary America stuck in conflicts. As a result, he loses re-election to a more peace-minded Democrat. Probably Frank Church, maybe Jerry Brown if I wanted to get REAL wacky.
 
Why does Fred Thompson look so much like Kelsey Grammar to me? Also, it seems to me like Pat Buchanan would take away more of the vote from Colin Powell, giving Bill Clinton a popular vote edge despite a Powell electoral college victory.
buchanan's vote is less than perot's from either of his runs; still he has great effect on the south, where he got as much as 16% in some states, spoiling those for clinton. his candidacy in that effect was similar to john b. anderson's in 1980

in case anyone is wondering where perot is, i wouldn't see him running again if colin powell was in contention, especially given his views and levels of popularity. ittl he endorses powell, a tad bit like how he endorsed bush in 2000 iotl
 
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Based on a SI ASB story idea I had, entitled Heavy Lies the Crown, where my character (an 18-year-old history nerd and slacker) is transported into the body of the "boy king" of Yugoslavia, on the day of the pro-Allied coup establishing him as King. Might still do it, but if I don't consider this a one-shot Wiki

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EDIT 2: I know, I'm indecisive, but I thought I'd make SI!Peter's death my actual birthday, cause hey, why not?
 
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Many people nowadays believe that the decisive land battle of the Scanian War was the Battle of Lund. That certainly wasn't the case, however. The Battle of Lund was actually rather indecisive as it left both armies paralyzed for some months. The relentless Danish advance into the old Scanian lands had already been dampered a bit at the Battle of Fyllebro in August 1676. The Battle of Lund therefore only meant the continuation of the static war in Scania. By late spring of 1677, however, both armies were again looking for another showdown to decide the outcome of the war. This showdown almost came about on the 27th of May 1677. A strong Danish army of 12,000 men had been marching towards the Swedish camp on the Rønneberga Heights, and at 8 o'clock in the morning Charles XI spotted Christian V's approaching troops. Charles XI at once ordered his army, outnumbered two-to-one, into formation and then gave a very hasty command for the army to leave the safety of the camp and to march down the slope of the hill in order to face the Danish Army. His generals tried to warn him that this was extremely unwise, but Charles threatened to have them killed if they refused to follow him into the melée. Charles was attended to by his personal chaplain, then ordered his men to tear down their redoubts, and then the advance began. Christian V had ordered his troops to leave their rugsacks and kit in the camp before marching off, so as to allow the soldiers greater freedom of movement on the battlefield. The Danes and Swedes were very soon within gunfire distance.

This was the best thing that the Danish leadership could've hoped for. They completely outnumbered the Swedes, and now the Swedish army had abandoned its entrenched defensive position on the high ground of the Rønneberga Heights in order to make a suicidal attack. But, alas, now follows perhaps the biggest missed opportunity in Danish military history. Christian V spotted the Swedish cavalry and got second doubts about the strength of the Swedes. It had, afterall, been the late arrival of more Swedish cavalry that had decided the outcome at Lund. He ordered the advance halted and called upon his generals to meet with him in a war council. Christian V said that it may be wise to carry out some reconnaisance before attacking, but Gen. von der Goltz retorted that he could swear that the Swedes were weak, and he was extremely angry and confused as to why the King had stopped the advance. Gen. Arenstorff and Overjægermester Hahn, however, concurred with the King. Charles XI, seeing the Danes stop, also halted his men. A quick war council was called, just like on the Danish side, and now the generals finally managed to convince the King of the foolishness of the current attack. The Danish reconnaisance wasn't finished till late in the evening, which meant that it had become dark and that the attack couldn't be carried out till the next morning. On the 28th, however, the Danes found to their surprise - though certainly not to Gen. von der Goltz's - that the Swedes had slipped away during the night.

So what if Christian V hadn't halted the attack? Or what if Gen. von der Goltz, perhaps in unison with the Minister of War, Gen. Mejer, had managed to persuade the King to continue the attack at once?

The Swedish army would've marched into a bloodbath. They would've quickly found themselves surrounded by Danish infantry. The Swedish cavalry would likely have been sent fleeing by the numerically superior Danish cavalry, which would then have continued to ride down fleeing Swedish infantry. In this scenario I have much of the Swedish leadership being killed - I imagine Heimfelt might very likely have found himself in a similar position to the one he found himself in at the Battle of Nørre Moinge in August 1677. At that battle (known as the Battle of Landskrone in Swedish and English) he had his horse shot from down under him, and he landed in an unfortunate position, where he was stuck beneath his dead horse. A Danish lieutenant found him, and although Helmfelt offered the lieutenant money in exhange for mercy, the lieutenant nonetheless chose to stab Helmfelt dead. FM. Mardefelt was in charge of the center, and here I imagine the center would be completely enveloped by the end of the battle. Mardefelt is eventually killed, which breaks the Swedish line completely, causing a mass surrender. This allows more units from the Danish army to pursue the right and left flanks, who have also taken to flight after being overwhelmed. Charles and his closest advisor, Rutger von Ascheberg, manage to flee with a core of elite royal horse guards. Though the battle is without a doubt a decisive victory for the Danish cause, it does not immediately end the war as hoped at first. Charles knows that he still has some tricks up his sleeve. In July the large Swedish navy is sent out to defeat the Danish navy in the Sound and cut all lines of supply between Zealand and Scania, just like IOTL. The ensuing Battle of Køge Bay also ends exactly like IOTL. With two decisive victories, the Danish army does now have more freedom of choice in 1677 and 1678 than it did in reality. The Swedish King, defiant and refusing to give up, has retreated to Sweden proper in order to build a new army. He is therefore not likely to take to the field again till late 1677 or early 1678. The Danish army therefore now has three choices; it is free to either advance into Halland, in an attempt to link up with the Norwegian army; or it can lay siege to Malmø and maybe assault the city; or it could re-take Christianopel in Blekinge and then march up to Kalmar, where it could lay siege to the castle and destroy Sweden's main naval base in unison with Niels Juel. Whatever happens, I'm rather sure that though the victory would've been very decisive for the outcome of the 1677 and 1678 campaigns, I don't think it would have ended the war. I think we would likely see Charles XI advancing on Kristiansstad in the spring of 1678, where another showdown of the Danish and Swedish armies might occur. And if the war lasts until 1678, it's not unlikely that the French will still have time to threaten Denmark into submission. Nonetheless, it would raise the chances of Denmark actually re-gaining Scania, Halland and Blekinge in the Scanian War.
 
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The Not-So American Century (an incipiently-ongoing series)

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(An attempt to get into the differences in TTL's pop culture - obviously ask away if anything is confusing.)

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Phoebe Lucille Bridgers (born August 17, 1994) is an American poet and publisher. She has released two solo collections, Stranger in the Alps (2017) and Punisher (2020), both of which received critical acclaim and sold more than 300,000 copies each. In addition, she is a co-author of the collections Boygenius (2018) and The Collection (2023), alongside Julian Baker and Lucy Dacus, and Better Oblivion Community Center (2019), alongside Conor Oberst. Since October 2020, she has been the owner of the publishing house Saddest Factory Poems. She has received two Poetry Society of America nominations, including Best New Poet.

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Crossposted from my test thread:​
Concept: Grover Cleveland is re-elected in 1888; a Republican wins in 1892 and gets royally screwed by the Panic of 1893; Cleveland is re-elected in 1896 and morphs into an austere dictator, re-elected under dubious circumstances in 1900 and 1904; he dies on the campaign trail in 1908 and an epic power struggle ensues within the Democratic machine to become his successor​
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While I doubt it would cause an issue, in the interest of caution, folks who have even a dubious chance of being considered a current political figure have generally been redacted for the purpose of posting in this thread (with the exception of Robert Reich, who I think is pretty safe).​
 
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

The Russian Empire had a rather rough experience in the Great Imperial War. Early Russian advances in East Prussia against Germany were reversed within mere weeks, with the Russian offensive efforts on that front essentially entirely collapsing after battles at Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes. Russian offenses against the Austro-Hungarians were more successful, with Russia managing to occupy significant portions of Galicia for many months, but the Central Powers managed to evict Russia from that region, too, in the Gorlice–Tarnów offensive. By late 1915, Russian forces had successfully escaped massive encirclement and catastrophic loss in Poland through the 'Great Retreat', but the Central Powers would nonetheless manage to occupy significant portions of Poland, Lithuania, and surrounding areas in Russia. The 1916 Brusilov Offensive saw Russia making sizable territorial gains against the Central Powers, but with devastating loss of life and material, and the Romanian entry into the war did little to aid the Russians, instead resulting in most of Romania's occupation by the end of the year

By early 1917, the strains of the war had empowered and added to existing dissent against Russia's autocratic imperial government, and the first of two Russian revolutions occurred. With the Tsar abdicated, the new bourgeois provisional Russian Republic had failed to substantially improve Russian prospects in the war, and conditions in Russia continued to worsen. In November, a second revolution occurred, with a coalition of the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin along with the Left-faction of the Socialist Revolutionary Party and some other minor leftist militias and groups rising up against the bourgeois Republic, rapidly gaining control of significant portions of Russia. Among other things, the revolutionaries sought an exit from the war, seeing the war as simply a useless struggle between two factions of imperialists vying for power. On December 15, the revolutionaries and the Central Powers agreed to an armistice, and began negotiations for a Russian exit from the war

The negotiations were troubled from the start. The revolutionaries sought peace, but strongly wished for a peace that didn't involve giving up any land whatsoever, not even the land that had already been occupied by the Central Powers. The Central Powers, on the other hand, were eager to agree to peace in the east in order to focus on the western front and alleviate issues of food shortages but also considered it highly important to win a peace that left them in a stronger position than they started the war with, being motivated in part by a desire to prepare for a potential future war with Russia. They demanded that Russia give up Poland, Lithuania, and Courland to Germany, as well as to give the provinces of Kars and Batum (and the occupied regions in the Caucasus - the only front the Russians had a sustained strong performance on) to the Ottomans (soon, with the formation of the Moldovan Democratic Republic, they also demanded the transfer of that region to a neutralized Romania). Furthermore, trade between the countries would be reopened, and Russia would also be required to provide substantial shipments of grain to the Central Powers. Lenin considered the terms to be acceptable, but many in his coalition of Bolsheviks and Left-SRs continued to consider it unacceptable, calling instead for a policy of "no war, no peace", where Russia would refuse to fight the Central Powers but would also refuse to cede any territory, instead simply holding out in the hope that socialist revolution would break out across the continent, ending the war and any need to give up any territory

While negotiations were ongoing, 1917 turned to 1918, and the 'Red' revolutionaries continued to gain territory in Russia against the 'White' counterrevolutionary forces. On January 8, a group of Ukrainian nationalists declared independence from Russia, and sought support from the Central Powers. The Central Powers had previously been very eager to end the war in the East, so they could turn their focus West and also benefit from an end to war with Russia by gaining significant shipments of grain from the east, but the developments in Ukraine convinced some among Central Powers leadership that Russia was weakening to the point where just a short resumption of war in the east could allow for forcing far more favorable terms. On the other hand, the revolutionaries were rapidly gaining ground, and on February 1 captured Kyiv. On February 10, Central Powers negotiators issued an ultimatum to the Russians - that Russia must accept the current demands, or the war would resume and the demands would grow harsher to include the demand for the rest of the Baltic region, Finland, Ukraine, and White Russia, as well as potentially much more. The revolutionaries were given 5 days to decide

Once again, Lenin strongly urged the revolutionaries accept the demands, arguing that it was the only way to avoid an even more humiliating and crippling outcome. Once again, many among the revolutionaries utterly despised the idea, but increasingly some began to fear that they really couldn't get a better deal, and that the rest of Europe just wouldn't engulf in revolution, or at least not nearly fast enough. The debate among the revolutionaries was heated, with Lenin threatening to resign if the peace offer was not accepted, and in the final vote, hours before the window for acceptance closed, was very narrow. Some speculate that the vote may have had a different result if Leon Trotsky - a prominent Bolshevik who strongly opposed a peace with any territorial transfers - hadn't been stricken by a nasty bout of the influenza and bedridden at the time the treaty was being debated, or if Lenin hadn't threatened to resign. At any rate, in the end, the revolutionaries narrowly accepted the existing terms. Thus Russia (minus the ceded territories, and with the revolutionary coalition quite divided over the treaty) left the war, and with the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk signed, Germany (and the rest of the Central Powers) were free to turn their focus to the West

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The 778 United Republics presidential election was the 7th quadrennial presidential election, held on Wedenesay, Augustusi 22, 778. incumbent Republican Democracy President Andreas Schimmel defeated Unitarian candidate and former Speaker of the Senate and Vice-President Arnald Blumhouse. The main issue was the expansion of magi-slavery as facilitated by the Blumhouse-Pretecher Law of 775.

Blumhouse defeated former President Fronklin Freemount at the 778 Unitarian National Convention for the nomination. Freemount had become widely unpopular in the North because of his support for the anti-magi-slavery faction in the ongoing civil war in territorial Oolagoska, and Blumhouse had courted the pro-magi-slavery faction during the divisive debates over the Blumhouse-Pretecher Law (for which Blumhouse himself had been a co-sponsor of).

Magi-slavery was the main issue, and with it the question of survival of the United Republics as it then existed. The Unitarians were seen as the pro-magi-slavery party (despite a minority faction, lead by Freemount of anti-magi-slavery candidates); the Republican Democracy party, though hostile to magi-slavery, limited its efforts to the politically more manageable question of the extension of slavery into federal territories and colonies (and its removal from the District of Callington). The ultra-nationalist See Alls (known formally as the Tyronian First Party) competed with the Unitarianists to replace the moribund Holler Party as the primary opposition to the Republican Democracts. They emphasized opposition to a majority of immigrants as well as Bryestik military incursions in the Istotian region of Culdunia.

The 778 Republican Democracy National Convention nominated a ticket led by incumbent President Schimmel, a former explorer and naval officer who had served as a foreign volunteer during the Revolution of the Roses in Fribiale. The See Alls, who ignored magi-slavery and instead emphasized anti-Bryestik, anti-Elevian, anti-Fribiale and anti-Cenatuarian policies, endorsed the Republican Democrats to spite the Unitarianists. Domestic political turmoil was a major factor in the nominations of both Schimmel and Blumhouse, who appealed in part because of their time abroad, and the fact that Blumhouse took strong positions on the divisive questions related to magi-slavery, while Schimmel did not.

The Unitarianists supported expansionist magi-slave-holding policies generally of varying intensities. Northern Unitarianists fervently pushed for it's expansion. Some wanted to obtain Cordobia and it's sister states as slave territory, as espoused by the Untermemel Manifesto. Southern Unitarianists called for "people's majority", which in theory would allow the residents in a federal colony or territory to decide for themselves the legal status of magi-slavery. In practice, in the Oolagoska Territory, it produced a state-level civil war, later known as Bloody Oolagoska. Schimmel opposed the expansion of slavery. Blumhouse called that position "extremist", warning that a Republican Democratic victory would lead to disunion and "magical domination", a then constant issue of political debate which had already been long discussed. The See Alls, despite endorsing Schimmel for the national election, attempted to present themselves as the one party capable of bridging the sectional divides in local and municipal elections. Both major parties found support in the South, but the Republican Democrats had virtually no backing in the North.

Schimmel won a majority of the popular vote and a majority of the electoral vote, taking all but four magi-slave states and ten of the free states. Blumhouse won a majority of states, most of which were Northern, magi-slavery states, and finished with a diminished 48 percent in the nationwide popular vote. The See Alls soon collapsed as a national party, as most of its anti-slavery members joined the Republican Democracy Party after the 779 murder of abolitionist poet Edisson Colbalt at the prestigious Iron Mountain River Military Academy.

(Hey all! This is an idea I had based on a D&D setting I'm working on, it's in it's very early stages, and yes, the event at the end is, in fact, the kick start of my game in question, enjoy!)

For those confused:
  • Istote and Eoaea* = North America and Europe respectively.
  • United Republics of Tyronia = United States of America.
  • Sull* = Protestant Christianity but Sun Worship instead.
  • Cathar* = Catholicism with British/Bryestik characteristic.
  • Magi-slavery = Slavery of magical persons; this universe's chattel race-based slavery.
  • Republican Democracy & Unitarian = Republicans and Democrats respectively.
  • Holler Party = Jeffersonian Whigs, the former party of President Joaquin Holler, hence the name.
  • See Alls = Know Nothings.
  • Andreas Schimmel = Andrew Jackson mixed with Winfield Scott, basically a populist former military commander and fencesitter on the issue of magi-slavery, moderately anti-slavery privately.
  • Arnald Blumhouse = Martin Van Buren/Al Smith if he was a slave owner, 2nd Gen immigrant of Fribialian descent, Catharian.
  • Renchard Allou = Current VP and general unknown, former 3-term MA (Member of Assembly) and Assistant Secretary of the Armed Forces, considered a rising star, devilishly handsome and also a known seducer and drunk, Zachery Taylor mixed with JFK.
  • Opal Phullus = A anti-magical bigot, slave owner and general jerk, George Wallace and Benjamin Tillman-esque, but instead of racial prejudice, it's magic-based prejudice, also a hardline nationalist.
  • Fronklin Freemount = Former President turned military commander and former Dean of Iron Mountain River Military Academy, widely unpopular for his abolitionist stances and "Deist" beliefs, John C. Frémont and James Buchanan, with a dash of Franklin Pierce and Thomas Jefferson.
  • Blumhouse-Pretecher Law of 775 = Compromise of 1850, but less of a compromise, and more of a cakewalk for pro-magi-slavery elements. Imagine Fugitive Slave Act, but nearly international, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act, but literally splitting the country into two giant sections. Yeah, not popular amongst most people.
  • The Bryestik Union/The Empire of Fribiale = Britain and France. Britain is a theocratic "constitutional" monarchy, France is basically a revolutionary "democratic" empire.
  • Revolution of the Roses = French Revolution mixed with the Spanish Civil War, ending in Revolutionary victory, overthrowing the previous oligarchic republic in favour of a "democratic" empire headed by a charismatic military general turned Empierei (Emperor), Max The First, formerly known as Maxamillian Artuscian Nappolis. Named as such because of the symbol of the dragon and white rose that Revolutionaries used.
  • Elevian = Elves, mostly a well-respected, if sometimes underrated race of peoples. Sometimes treated terribly, sometimes well off (depending on the country), think of them as the various ethnic Jewish peoples that live around the world. Dominant sub-group is the Fae Elevians (Ashkenazi Jews).
  • Cenatuarian = Centaur Native Americans. Once numbered in the billions across, now, due to disease and mistreatment, only number in the 20-ish millions. Live of reserved colonies across the (partially) uncharted Western lands.
  • Culdunia = The Carribean.
  • Cordobia = Cuba and Haiti rolled into one, one of the few "magical republics" in the world.
  • Untermemel Manifesto = Ostend Manifesto combined with elements of the Southern Manifesto. Named for Governor Deldud Runham Untermemel, a staunch Northern magi-slave supporter and owner.
  • Oolagoska & Bloody Oolagoska = Kansas meets the Dakotas, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, a large Western swath of land yet mostly untouched by settlers. Bloody Oolagoska is the conflict started by pro and anti-magi-slavery militias in the Territory, two Legislatures claim the capitals of Kalispell and Ootaway Falls, and both sides have made extreme efforts to thwart the other. Basically Bloody Kansas but on a larger territorial scale.
  • Iron Mountain River Military Academy = Ivy League school (Yale, Harvard, etc.) meets West Point, a prestigious military school, where all the best naval and infantry officers are trained.
* Not in wikibox/article
 
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