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Man, those parties are all wrong. Glaring example of this Presidents from Trump to Bush Sr should be flipped on their parties, Thomas Jefferson of all people is listed as Democrat instead of Republican, and why the hell is social liberal JFK a Democrat just before the Civil War?
It's all very interesting but just looking at the parties really takes me out of it.
I mean if I am going to be honest I just am doing President that goes with their Political Party.
So that means with most modern presidents they are going ot be most likely a Dem or a Rep say for the most recent ones. It's kinda a rule I did to keep them in the same parties so yeah, and also let's be 100% real if this was in any way realistic the Dems and Reps would be completely altered and changed from what we know of them now.

Sorry you didn't enjoy it, maybe you can do one better.
 
Besides, a Republicans-rule from John Quincy in 1989 to Washington in 2023 would make even less sense and would honestly be more boring.
I wouldn't say it would necessarily be any more boring than the same period of time but Democrat-rule. It just depends on what you do with it. No, the problem is more so that the ideologies of the individuals don't seem to match with the parties that they've been given. To bring up the previous example I used of Thomas Jefferson, why is it that the one President who could most accurately be described as our sole "libertarian" President is in the party of bigger government and social spending? Unless there are shifts in party ideology, it doesn't make much sense. There's more like this and it just takes me out of it. Breaks my immersion, if you will. It's a cool chart and it's obvious that good work went into it, but it just confused me at the end of it all.
 
I mean if I am going to be honest I just am doing President that goes with their Political Party.
So that means with most modern presidents they are going ot be most likely a Dem or a Rep say for the most recent ones. It's kinda a rule I did to keep them in the same parties so yeah, and also let's be 100% real if this was in any way realistic the Dems and Reps would be completely altered and changed from what we know of them now.

Sorry you didn't enjoy it, maybe you can do one better.
That's fair enough. I apologize if I came off as particularly hostile or "ungrateful" as it were. I actually think it's very well done, it's just that this detail confused me enough that I felt I needed to ask about it.
 
To bring up the previous example I used of Thomas Jefferson, why is it that the one President who could most accurately be described as our sole "libertarian" President is in the party of bigger government and social spending? Unless there are shifts in party ideology, it doesn't make much sense.
There are Libertarian Democrats in current American politics. Plus, Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves. Which, if transposed to the present, Tom Jefferson probably passed some form of Civil Rights act. Jefferson also pushed for a separation of Church and State. These things that seem more like something a democrat to do/support in our current political environment. I think Jefferson fits as a Democrat, just a more conservative Democrat. If not a Democrat, than maybe one of the only successful Libertarian Party presidents.
 

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There are Libertarian Democrats in current American politics. Plus, Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves. Which, if transposed to the present, Tom Jefferson probably passed some form of Civil Rights act. Jefferson also pushed for a separation of Church and State. These things that seem more like something a democrat to do/support in our current political environment. I think Jefferson fits as a Democrat, just a more conservative Democrat. If not a Democrat, than maybe one of the only successful Libertarian Party presidents.
So Jefferson is like a Jared Polis-Type Democrat?
 
There are Libertarian Democrats in current American politics. Plus, Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves. Which, if transposed to the present, Tom Jefferson probably passed some form of Civil Rights act. Jefferson also pushed for a separation of Church and State. These things that seem more like something a democrat to do/support in our current political environment. I think Jefferson fits as a Democrat, just a more conservative Democrat. If not a Democrat, than maybe one of the only successful Libertarian Party presidents.
That's fair enough I suppose. I guess it's just dependent on whatever difference in party ideology exist within this hypothetical reversed presidential order.
 
To bring up the previous example I used of Thomas Jefferson, why is it that the one President who could most accurately be described as our sole "libertarian" President is in the party of bigger government and social spending? Unless there are shifts in party ideology, it doesn't make much sense.
If we’re going issue for issue, it’s more muddy, but for the purposes of the infobox, I just view it as an extension of Jefferson’s advocacy in the past for what was then liberal political thought
 
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Congo War

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The conflict in the Congo Free State from May 12th, 1960 to the Fall of Leopoldville on June 25th, 1964, called the Congo War (French: Guerre du Congo) (German: Kongo-Krieg), was a battle between the Colonial forces of the Congo Free State and the Free Congolese forces led by Kasa-Vubu. The FCF was supported by various Entente powers such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and South Africa. The war is widely considered to be a Cold War-era proxy war, and it ended with the withdrawal of German forces in the area and the independence of the Congo and South Kasai.
 
Post-Capaldi Doctor Who

Here's something playful I originally made for the DW discussion thread, several years ago, about two years before Chibnall started as the new showrunner.

Off we go... Geronimo !

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"The choice to cast the Thirteenth Doctor with an actress proved memorably controversial, but as soon as the dust settled, even the greatest naysayers started focusing on the fact that the role went to Ruth Wilson. This wasn't a 'popular' choice by any means, the majority of the fandom and casual viewers often suggesting more famous (or much more random) actors and actresses. Chris Chibnall got a lot of flack for being the first showrunner to introduce a female Doctor, and the more irrational parts of the fandom were quick to already spell immediate doom for him.

Chibnall, self-confessed as not actually being in the 'make the next Doctor a woman' camp, still wanted to give the concept a try, allowing for the casting of actresses in addition to actors. While it originally seemed the Thirteenth would be played by a man again, Ruth Wilson's auditions impressed Chibnall enough that he decided to take the plunge. Chibnall politely and patiently defended the choice of Wilson, pointing out that she's a very versatile (Jane Eyre, Alice Morgan, et al) and not conventionally attractive actress, and that she's still far from 'househould name' level stardom.

After the Twelfth Doctor's regeneration proved odder than any of his previous, he came to as... a she. In the following few minutes, the Doctor tried to make sense of things, only to conclude, with a sigh, "Hmmm... Still not a ginger !". This wasn't an indication that the Doctor's first change of sex was quickly sidelined as a topic, though. If the Twelfth had to slowly rediscover himself as a person during his first series, the Thirteenth had it similarly hard if not harder, trying to come to terms with a wholly different body. While the first half of the Thirteenth's first series offered five mostly unconnected standalone stories, one of them a two-parter, their focus on adventure was added to by plenty of subtle scenes of the Doctor getting used to being biologically a woman this time around.

During her three years on the show, the Thirteenth was known to have a fairly cheeky demeanour, usually hidden beneath a mostly stoic and focused-on-the-job facade. While quite serious, the Thirteenth was rarely outright morose. Rather, she was simply eccentric and alien overall, leading to many making comparisons of her incarnation to that of Tom Baker's. Showrunner Chibnall described this as deliberate, since he was aiming at "a softened identity transition from Peter's Doctor, who already showed some elements of the Baker Doctor - that part of him is one of the few things that gets moved to Ruth's incarnation, which is otherwise a fundamentally different one in many ways". The nature of the Thirteenth wasn't the only thing pointing in this direction. Though she started out with a plain, dark green greatcoat and occassional scarf-wearing in her first series, in her second one, she adopted a coat very similar to the yellowy-brown coat initially worn by Tom Baker's Doctor, as well as beginning to wear a multi-coloured scarf like him, though of a normal length. In her third series, the Thirteenth switched to a more reddish greatcoat, evoking Tom Baker's attire in his last few series, but kept the scarf from the previous series. In addition to this, the Thirteenth was very fond of wearing knitted hats or berets, and these became her signature headgear.

If the Twelfth Doctor had been a crotchety professor with the occassional hint of a magician or aging rock star, the Thirteenth had something of a (brilliant but silly) detective or (bumbling) superspy vibe to her modus operandi. This was reflected in Murray Gold's approach to the Doctor's new instrumental leitmotif, often described as 'something of a kid-friendly, DW spoof/homage of the Casino Royale theme'. It also gave rise to plentiful jokes in the fandom, such as 'Ruth Wilson is... Alice Morgan... as Sherlock's Sherlock Holmes... in Doctor Who'. Jokes aside, though, the Thirteenth could be just as fierce as any previous Doctor when pushed to the limit, as well as very compassionate and selfless when the situation called for it. The Thirteenth was also less of a pessimist than the Twelfth. She would have considered his far too often heard ruminations on whether he's a good person or not as something odd.

The Thirteenth Doctor had four main, long-term companions during her tenure, including a brand new version of K-9. While Marjorie, Robert and Arkus proved popular companions, many thought one of the highlights of this Doctor's relationship with her companions was her surprisingly warm and adoring friendship with K-9, who she treated almost like a robotic little brother, in addition to being her faithful TARDIS-bound pet. The Thirteenth was fairly aromantic in her worldviews, though less cold and outspoken about it as her predecessor incarnation, and throughout her three series, only had one story in which she and a guest star grew fond of each beyond the usual friendship she shared with her female and male companions.

After two regenerations that were more on the traumatic side, Chibnall, Wilson and the writers opted for a happier parting regeneration for the Thirteenth. Chibnall felt that Wilson's Doctor had definitely earned her place among the other incarnations, and was also wary of having a third traumatic regeneration in a row. Wilson's Doctor exited the show on a high note, her last pre-regeneration moments being surprisingly cheerful and upbeat... The viewers watched her, unsure of what was to come, changing into a confused-looking, curly-haired, bearded man..."

(A bit outdated, as I made this before Chibnall was confirmed for the new showrunner and the schedule changed. That, and my lack of plan for a sequel box, is why Ruth's Doctor still has "-present" in her box. Currently, I'm not going to rework it all just because of that.)

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"The Fourteenth Doctor, the second under third revival era showrunner Chris Chibnall, didn't have it easy. Any actor coming to the role after the resounding success that was Peter Capaldi's and Ruth Wilson's tenure on the show, would have big shoes to fill. Above all, the showrunner surprised and worried everyone at the same time when he announced he'll attempt to recruit an unknown actor or actress for the Fourteenth. This left many people guessing, as nothing like this had happened for a decade, ever since the casting of relative unknown Matt Smith in the late 2000s.

If Chibnall's pledge to seek untapped talent and cast an unknown actor were a surprise, the announcement of the final choice for the new Doctor was an even bigger one. Nikolas Lloyd, blogger, video producer and occassional actor from the north of England, was chosen by Chibnall, from a tight selection of several candidates. After the more serious and sometimes darker tone of the Capaldi and Wilson years, Chibnall wanted to aim for a more light-hearted and playful atmosphere again, and found Lloyd quite adept at recapturing the show's more whimsical side.

Lloyd's Fourtheenth Doctor has often been described as having the added bite and seriousness of Peter Capaldi's Doctor, while being much closer in general demeanour to the "affable adventurer" associated with Paul McGann's Doctor. The incarnation's mild-mannered behaviour (behind which he hid his skill at being politely snarky) was also often compared to Peter Davison's take on the Doctor. (Like the Fifth Doctor some forty years ago, the Fourteenth had something of an "school teacher taking his pupils on a school trip" vibe to him.) People noted his dress sense felt like a combination of the Fifth's and Eleventh's, with the white-tinted above layer of the former and the comical waistcoat and bowtie of the latter. He also recalled the McGann Doctor's hairstyle from later in the character's life. The Fourteenth's only catchphrase worth the name was an enthusiastic "Huzzah !", accompanied by a rather mild-mannered fist pump and a raising of the eyebrows.

The Fourteenth Doctor had a very keen interest in history, perhaps the greatest out of all previous incarnations. This also reflected his fairly idiosyncratic hobbies, as well as his choice of companions and adventures. He adored the lindyhop dance, had a deep fascination with archaeology and evolutionary biology, and relished any opportunity he received to nitpick historical inaccuracies he came across. Last but not least, this incarnation is credited for bringing back the appeal of the pure historical, even though most episodes during his tenure went for the more usual history-with-a-bit-of-speculative-fiction approach.

His first companion was a young version of the early 20th century actress Celia Johnson (a big favourite of Lloyd's in real life). Though there was understandable skepticism whether Johnson wouldn't be too obscure a personality, the fandom was eventually won over, happy that the Doctor finally had a companion from the past again, and satisfied by the performance of Johnson's actress. In the middle of Fourteenth's second season, the Doctor and Johnson were joined by the oh-so-terribly-English steampunk Victorian adventurer, Stoke Mandeville. Rachel Binkley became a recurring character at the same time and was promoted to companion in the Fourteenth's third series, when Johnson's character left. Mandeville departed by the start of the following series, leaving the Fourteenth with Rachel as the sole companion.

The Fourteenth Doctor is currently still flying in the TARDIS, being the first incarnation since the Tenth to break the three-seasons-an-actor approach of the 2010s. Chibnall and Lloyd have hinted the Fourteenth's era will soon draw to a close, but it's not out of the question that he might manage his fifth series before leaving."

(Obviously, this is just comedy, and a bit of an out-there choice. Inspired by this and this, of course. :p Also: Accidental error in the series numbers, but please ignore that. :eek: Either way, I think it would be a rather fun choice for a comedic-but-not-clownish Doctor. ;))

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Meanwhile, in an alternate universe... ;)
 
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A retcon of an older update on the Netherlands, which can be found here.

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The Netherlands
, officially the Republic of the Thirteen United Netherlands, and informally known as the Dutch Republic or Holland is a transcontinental country predominantly located in north-west Europe with provinces located in the Western Hemisphere. The union consists of thirteen provinces, of which eleven are in Europe and borders France to the south, Germany to the east, and the North Sea to the west and north. The province of Suriname is in Latin America, bordering the Caribbean Sea to the north, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south, and French Guiana to the East. The province of Curacao and Its Dependencies consist of five islands in the Caribbean Sea.

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The country’s official language is Dutch, with Papiamento, English and East Frisian having some degree of recognised status in one or more of the provinces. The largest city is Amsterdam, which is a major global port and financial centre. The Hague is the country’s nominal capital and the seat of the Stadtholder, Grand Pensioner and States General. Despite its relatively small size, the Netherlands is an important commercial and financial world power. Schiphol and Rotterdam are the largest airport and commercial port, respectively, in mainland Europe, while the Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the third largest in the world, by total market cap, after the London Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange. As of 2023, the Dutch currency, the guilder, is the second-largest global reserve currency as well as the second-most traded currency in the world after the pound sterling. The Netherlands maintains the world’s second largest naval and merchant fleets (in both cases after their British equivalents), consisting of 535 and 4,901 ships, respectively.

“Netherlands” literally means “lower countries” in reference to the low elevation and flat topography of its European provinces. In the period of the First Republic, which began in 1588, the Netherlands entered an era of political, economic, and cultural flowering known as the Golden Age. During this time, its trading companies – the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company – established colonies and trading powers all over the world. The First Republic came to an end, after a period of relative economic decline, with the Batavian revolution of 1795, which saw the republic replaced with a series of monarchical governments. The current constitution was adopted in 1848, when the House of Orange-Nassau was overthrown, and a confederal republic was formed.

During the 19th century, the Netherlands was the centre of a substantial overseas empire in Oceania. In 1903, with the creation of a separate treasury in Batavia, there began a process of increasing autonomy for the Oceanian colonies until the last vestiges of dependence on the States General in the Hague were severed by the Charter for the Dutch-Speaking World in 1967. Despite this formal separation, the Netherlands retains close cultural, political, and economic relations with other Dutch-speaking countries such as the Boer republics, New Holland, and Java.

The Netherland's stable and high-income market economy features moderate growth, low inflation, and a high level of innovation. Unemployment is traditionally low. Services, especially banking and trade, account for the majority of economic output. Shipping is the major secondary industry, with the merchant marine and related industries employing around 392,000 people. The Netherlands is the world’s second largest investment fund centre (after the British Empire), the most important private banking centre in continental Europe and Europe’s leading centre for reinsurance. Examples of international Dutch companies include Randstad, Heineken, KLM, financial services (ING, ABN AMRO, Hambro’s), chemicals (DSM, AKZO), electronic machinery (Philips, ASML), and satellite navigation (TomTom). Amsterdam is a major international trading centre and is referred to as one of the “Control Nodes” of the world economy alongside London and Shanghai.

Politically, the republic is a confederation of provinces each with a high degree of independence from the central government. The confederal government is led jointly by the Stadtholder and the Grand Pensionary, both of whom are appointed members of the bureaucracy. The Stadtholder is the commander in chief of the Republic’s armed forces and exercises powers in foreign affairs, while the Grand Pensionary manages domestic and economic politics. The citizens of the Republic are represented by the States General, a 225-member elected body, that scrutinises the activities of the Stadtholder and the Grand Pensionary, and has the power, with a two-thirds super-majority, to amend the Grand Pensionary’s annual budget and to reject the Grand Pensionary’s draft statutory strategies.

The Netherlands has a tradition of social sobriety, pillarisation, and social tolerance, which is exemplified by the Dutch Reformed Church, which is the dominant religion in the country. The Netherlands abolished the death penalty in 1870, allowed women’s suffrage in 1919, and was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2004. Its mixed-market advanced economy has the fifth-highest per capita income globally, and the Dutch enjoy one of the longest life expectancies, fastest Internet connection speeds, lowest infant mortality rates, and lowest levels of corruption in the world.
 
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A referendum on Northern independence from the United Crowns of Westeros was held on November 10, 3491 AC, nearly four thousand years after Aegon's Conquest. The North had previously been independent from 305 to 1401 AC following several hundred years of unity with the rest of the continent under Queen Sansa I Stark.

While Northern independence had been a popular idea for thousands of years, the ball only really began to roll after the election of Rickon Reed as Crown Minister in 3487 as a member of the Northern National Party. Following a mass signature campaign, Lord Bennric Stark- the 911th member of the family to hold Winterfell- delivered the petition to the young Queen Daenerys V Targaryen at the Red Keep in June of 3491, who promptly called a vote for later in that year.

The 'Yes' campaign was widely characterized as a disaster, with the NNP struggling with questions regarding trade and borders, particularly with the Dothraki Empire and the Republic of the Jade Sea. On election day, the 'No' campaign narrowly prevailed, and was followed by the resignation of Crown Minister Reed- a distant relative of the old Jojen I- elected as King by the Great Council of 305- two weeks later.
 

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A short while ago, I learned that during the 1812 United States presidential election, New Hampshire Governor John Langdon was originally selected by the Democratic-Republicans to be James Madison's running mate following the first caucus balloting . However, Langdon declined his nomination due to his old age and as a result, second caucus balloting, Elbridge Gerry was chosen to be Madison's running mate instead.

This infobox is basically if Langdon went along with the nomination and became Madison's running mate in the final election.
 
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I felt like doing a wikibox for one of the parties from my Czechoslovak TL, cause why not. (Idk if anyone will want to request a party but I'd definitely be open to that!)

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The Civic Liberal Party (Czech: Občanská liberální strana, Slovak: Občianska liberálna strana, OLS) is a liberal-conservative and soft Eurosceptic political party in Czechoslovakia. It led governments in the country between 1982 and 1992 and between 2003 and 2012, and held the presidency between 1990 and 1998 and from 2005 to 2010. The party is sometimes nicknamed the ‘smilies' (Czech: smajlíci, Slovak: smajlíkov) after the smiling face used in its longtime logo; it was allegedly drawn by Václav Havel as a joke when discussions about a party logo arose and then stuck.

The OLS was originally formed by then-Bohemian and Moravian Prime Minister Václav Havel and then-Slovak Prime Minister Ján Čarnogurský in October 1979 in response to growing public unrest over the monetarist policies of the right-wing government of Czechoslovak Prime Minister Jan Petránek and the more extreme leftism emerging in the ČSSD in opposition. Havel and Čarnogurský’s prominent political profiles and the discontent with the two largest parties allowed the OLS to quickly grow, and both its leaders entered the National Assembly at by-elections, and Havel put in an unexpectedly strong performance in the 1980 presidential election while Ján Budaj led the Slovak branch of the party to become the largest in the country at the 1980 legislative election.

After the 1982 National Assembly election, the OLS came second with 25.5% of the vote, pushing the ČSL to third, and after protracted negotiations a coalition was formed that Havel and the OLS dubbed the ‘Czechoslovak coalition’ with the support of President Alexander Dubček and the new ČSL leader Václav Benda. It marked the first time a Czechoslovak Prime Minister was not from the ČSSD or ČSL since 1957.

Havel and would remain Prime Minister for eight years until winning the presidency in 1990, and proved very popular; the 1985 election saw the OLS secure the highest voteshare and seat total of any party in the history of modern Czechoslovakia, winning 41.5% of the popular vote and 145 seats (just 6 short of a majority).

Havel’s government oversaw significant reforms, many of which remain well-regarded today. He pursued a much less aggressively monetarist economic policy than the Petránek government, but without renationalizing privatized industries and while bringing the country closer to parity with the European Economic Community with a view to eventually joining (which the country did in 1994). He also gave Moravia and Silesia a national council separate from Bohemia, gave an official apology for the state-sanctioned expulsion of Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia and passing environmentalist reforms.

After Havel became President, the parliamentary situation of the OLS became more uncertain as his protégé Martin Palouš only narrowly defeated his right-wing rival Václav Klaus, and Klaus was made Finance Mnister against Havel’s objections. In early 1992, the National Assembly voted the OLS out of government after Klaus’s spring budget failed to pass, marking the first time since 1957 a Czechoslovak government had changed midterm rather than after an election.

The 1993 election saw the OLS lose 42 seats, and after Václav Klaus was successfully challenged for the leadership by Jozef Moravčík, Klaus’s faction formed the Czechoslovak Conservative Liberal Party (CKLS), which fought the 1996 election independently and won 33 seats to 49 for the OLS. Čarnogurský became OLS leader after this, and oversaw negotiations for the CKLS to remerge into the OLS.

As a result of these negotiations, a new constitution for the OLS was ratified by the party membership in 1998, which committed the party to liberal conservatism and allowed more concessions to the Eurosceptics. Havel resigned from the party in protest at the new constitution, and served out the rest of his term as an independent. The OLS narrowly failed to become the largest party and Klaus was narrowly beaten for the presidency in the 2000 elections, but the party’s renewed strength had been proven.

The OLS finally returned to power after 11 years when, in the summer of 2003, its new leader Iveta Radičová successfully passed a motion of no confidence in the ČSSD-led government and secured the support of the ČSL, Coexistence and Greens to form a government herself. Radičová, Czechoslovakia’s first female Prime Minister, enacted pension, education financing and flax tax reform, as well as bringing Czechoslovakia into the Eurozone.

Radičová governed for the rest of the 2000s, but internal struggles arose in the OLS once again as the leaders of the more populist faction such as Karel Schwarzenberg and Andrej Babiš both challenged her leadership due to emerging corruption allegations and Radičová’s steadfast support for Klaus throughout his presidency from 2005 to 2010, with the two men subsequently leaving the OLS and forming the Direct Democratic Party (PDS). Radičová finally called an election in 2012 after its support began to rise after the death of Václav Havel, but her perceived opportunism was seized on by the opposition parties and the OLS fell from the largest party in the National Assembly to the third-largest.

Following Radičová’s resignation, the OLS was temporarily led by Petr Nečas, but he had to resign after a corruption scandal in 2013 and was succeeded by current leader Petr Fiala. The OLS would decline further in the 2016 election, partly due to the rise of the far-right Czechoslovak Freedom Party (ČSS), but was invited by Andrej Babiš to support a PDS-led government; it gained seats in 2019, but was left out of the government at the behest of the Greens and Pirates (ZaP) alliance. In 2023 it won only 10 seats in the National Assembly, its lowest total ever.
 
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What If Tim Richmond was still Alive?

'Tim Richmond wins the Winston Cup Championship in an Unstoppable Comeback Story. ' - USA Today November 20, 1990.

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A retcon of an older update on the Netherlands, which can be found here.

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The Netherlands
, officially the Republic of the Thirteen United Netherlands, and informally known as the Dutch Republic or Holland is a transcontinental country predominantly located in north-west Europe with provinces located in the Western Hemisphere. The union consists of thirteen provinces, of which eleven are in Europe and borders France to the south, Germany to the east, and the North Sea to the west and north. The province of Suriname is in Latin America, bordering the Caribbean Sea to the north, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south, and French Guiana to the East. The province of Curacao and Its Dependencies consist of five islands in the Caribbean Sea.

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The country’s official language is Dutch, with Papiamento, English and East Frisian having some degree of recognised status in one or more of the provinces. The largest city is Amsterdam, which is a major global port and financial centre. The Hague is the country’s nominal capital and the seat of the Stadtholder, Grand Pensioner and States General. Despite its relatively small size, the Netherlands is an important commercial and financial world power. Schiphol and Rotterdam are the largest airport and commercial port, respectively, in mainland Europe, while the Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the third largest in the world, by total market cap, after the London Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange. As of 2023, the Dutch currency, the guilder, is the second-largest global reserve currency as well as the second-most traded currency in the world after the pound sterling. The Netherlands maintains the world’s second largest naval and merchant fleets (in both cases after their British equivalents), consisting of 535 and 4,901 ships, respectively.

“Netherlands” literally means “lower countries” in reference to the low elevation and flat topography of its European provinces. In the period of the First Republic, which began in 1588, the Netherlands entered an era of political, economic, and cultural flowering known as the Golden Age. During this time, its trading companies – the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company – established colonies and trading powers all over the world. The First Republic came to an end, after a period of relative economic decline, with the Batavian revolution of 1795, which saw the republic replaced with a series of monarchical governments. The current constitution was adopted in 1848, when the House of Orange-Nassau was overthrown, and a confederal republic was formed.

During the 19th century, the Netherlands was the centre of a substantial overseas empire in Oceania. In 1903, with the creation of a separate treasury in Batavia, there began a process of increasing autonomy for the Oceanian colonies until the last vestiges of dependence on the States General in the Hague were severed by the Charter for the Dutch-Speaking World in 1967. Despite this formal separation, the Netherlands retains close cultural, political, and economic relations with other Dutch-speaking countries such as the Boer republics, New Holland, and Java.

The Netherland's stable and high-income market economy features moderate growth, low inflation, and a high level of innovation. Unemployment is traditionally low. Services, especially banking and trade, account for the majority of economic output. Shipping is the major secondary industry, with the merchant marine and related industries employing around 392,000 people. The Netherlands is the world’s second largest investment fund centre (after the British Empire), the most important private banking centre in continental Europe and Europe’s leading centre for reinsurance. Examples of international Dutch companies include Randstad, Heineken, KLM, financial services (ING, ABN AMRO, Hambro’s), chemicals (DSM, AKZO), electronic machinery (Philips, ASML), and satellite navigation (TomTom). Amsterdam is a major international trading centre and is referred to as one of the “Control Nodes” of the world economy alongside London and Shanghai.

Politically, the republic is a confederation of provinces each with a high degree of independence from the central government. The confederal government is led jointly by the Stadtholder and the Grand Pensionary, both of whom are appointed members of the bureaucracy. The Stadtholder is the commander in chief of the Republic’s armed forces and exercises powers in foreign affairs, while the Grand Pensionary manages domestic and economic politics. The citizens of the Republic are represented by the States General, a 225-member elected body, that scrutinises the activities of the Stadtholder and the Grand Pensionary, and has the power, with a two-thirds super-majority, to amend the Grand Pensionary’s annual budget and to reject the Grand Pensionary’s draft statutory strategies.

The Netherlands has a tradition of social sobriety, pillarisation, and social tolerance, which is exemplified by the Dutch Reformed Church, which is the dominant religion in the country. The Netherlands abolished the death penalty in 1870, allowed women’s suffrage in 1919, and was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2004. Its mixed-market advanced economy has the fifth-highest per capita income globally, and the Dutch enjoy one of the longest life expectancies, fastest Internet connection speeds, lowest infant mortality rates, and lowest levels of corruption in the world.
so, TTL flag of the Netherlands are OTL Luxembourg flag?
And... is Luxembourg exist TTL?
 
so, TTL flag of the Netherlands are OTL Luxembourg flag?
And... is Luxembourg exist TTL?
It's a reproduction of the old flag of the OTL Dutch Republic, which does look a lot like the Lux flag because of the House of Oranje's connections with both.

Luxembourg and Limburg are both constituent states of Germany.
 
I will make some more proper infoboxes soon, but I found out what the second-largest city in Denmark is called and got a Madness song on the brain- a deadly combination. (Apologies to all Danes ever.)
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