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

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TL I started writing but never posted about an anarchic 90s. In 1993 Bin Laden uses a stolen nuke on Moscow. Russia collapses into civil war between rival military juntas, a Zyuganov-led communist rebellion, and various nationalities declaring independence. China sends 'peacekeepers' into Siberia in 2000 and eventually pushes into the Caucasus before the Russian successor states can get their act together. This was written before Death of Russia but I see no point in continuing it as that TL more or less covers all the bases I wanted to.

I'm currently trying to come up with a good way to style a wikibox in a way that it doesn't look out of place in the TL I'm currently working on. So with that being said, enjoy a no context Art-Deco wikibox!​
In 1944 it was apparent to the Grand Old Men of the Democratic Party that Franklin Roosevelt was dying. Not wanting his liberal Vice President Henry Wallace to succeed him, the Party pushed him to find a replacement. James Byrnes was an intimate of Roosevelt, a Congressman turned Senator turned War Planner. His Southerness, relative conservatism, and conversion from Catholicism made him suspect in Northern Circles, but after allegations about the machine connections of Senator Truman he became the convention's choice.

As predicted, Roosevelt died, and Byrnes became the New President. He would lead America to victory, defeating g Hitler and then dropping the atom bombs on Japan. At Potsdam he assured Attlee and Stalin the United States would remain vigorously engaged in foreign policy.

But all was not well on the domestic front. Labor unrest spread as the Wartime truce on strikes ended. A brief but sharp recession occured as well, all while the end of price controls sent inflation through the roof. Republicans would seize both houses of Congress for the first time since the Depression in 1946.

Meanwhile Byrnes was infuriating the left flank of the Democratic Party. His increasingly anti-Soviet foreign policy. His rolling back of the already meager civil rights ideas of the prior administration. His failure to press for expansions to the New Deal. And Labor roared as he signed the Taft-Hartley Act into law, permanently hogtying the Unions.

Nonetheless, many still thought the President might have a chance, when the Republicans nominated Robert Taft. Taft was even more conservative than Byrnes, talking of rolling back the New Deal. And Taft was seen as dangerously isolationist by many, despite a moderate, New England running mate.

Wallace was little better on the Foreign Policy front, although he was less opposed to aid going to Europe. But his string of progressive policy proposals. being the only candidate with a good record on the emerging Civil Rights issue, and, above all, the support of Labor gave him momentum aplenty. Even some moderate Republicans were forced to admit his appeal.

Byrnes rightly focused on foreign policy as his plank, and tried to shore up his Northern flank with a New England VP Candidate. but his rather aloof style was not super helpful in the race. Wallace never really had a shot, but was drawing far more from the Democrats than he was any Republican. Liberals in the north sometimes held their noses and voted for Byrnes, held their noses and voted for Wallace, or stayed home. Meanwhile the Conservatives rallied for their man Taft.

In the end, it wasn’t particularly close.

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By 1952, Taft’s Administration was extremely unpopular. Communists were firmly entrenching themselves in China and Korea. Western Europe broiled and feared Soviet Domination, while Taft failed reassure them. Taft’s majorities were not quite enough to fully junk the New Deal. But Americans did see a withdrawal of Government at a time where they were left wanting. “Hooverism” was whispered across the nation.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was temperamentally Republican, but was appalled by Taft’s foreign policy failures. Democratic leadership managed to coax him into running, working to bat aside other contenders. Liberals howled, especially when he went for experience in his Vice Presidential nominee and selected the Southern Champion Richard Russell, who took serious convincing and promises of influence. However Eisenhower, and the desperate need to defeat Taft worked to narrowly avert another Progressive walkout. Meanwhile “REPUBLICANS FOR EISENHOWER” signs became increasingly common.

Eisenhower’s popularity and Taft’s unpopularity combined to produce a landslide victory, that put the Democrats back in control of Congress. How Eisenhower’s temperamental Conservatism would interact with Congress remained to be seen.

Some questions about this world:
  1. Are the Kings of Travancore descended from the British royal family?
  2. I assume that George VIII is a descendant of George VI?
  3. Does the Prince of Wales usually get to be Prime Minster or is that a rare occurrence?
1. Yes, a more extensive evangelisation effort sees ITTL Kerala becoming majority Catholic. The UK also returns to Catholicism after a much larger high church movement in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Elizabeth II (ITTL Elizabeth, Princess Royal) and Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma meet and fall in love during a Royal tour of India, resulting in their marriage.
2. Yes, ITTL Elizabeth and Margaret have a younger brother who becomes King as George VII. His son accedes in the early 2000s as George VIII.
3. Since the Reactions of 1948 (think a reactionary 1848), the Prince of Wales is ex officio First Lord of the Treasury and Prime Minister. Likewise, the position of deputy PM is occupies by the three senior clerics of the UK (the Archbishop of Canterbury as Primate of All England, the Archbishop of St. Andrews as Primate of Scotland, and the Archbishop of Armagh as Primate of All Ireland.
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The Vizier and the Slave
A Wikibox Story

“I must study the art of piracy so that my sons may have the liberty to study the Quran and statescraft”
― Raïs Yahya


Yahya ben Yahya, known as Raïs Yahya (born John Adams) was an Algerian corsair and Ottoman naval officer of North American descent. Yahya was born in Massachusetts, British America, in 1735 to a man named John. Adams rose to prominence as a lawyer. In 1776, Adams participated in a rebellion against British rule, signing a secessionist declaration and becoming one of the main rebel leaders. In 1778, the rebels sent Adams and his son John Quincy on a mission to France to obtain support for the rebel cause. However, the ship carrying the rebels was captured by Algerian pirates, who took Adams to Algiers, where he and his son became slaves. Upon his emancipation in 1795, Adams was forced to remain in Algiers due to being declared an outlaw by the British following the failure of the American rebellion. Adams subsequently converted to Islam and adopted the name Yahya ben Yahya. Unable to leave Algiers, Yahya entered the service of the Dey of Algiers as a corsair. Yahya proved to be a successful corsair, capturing to 200 ships during his naval career. Earning his fame throughout the Mediterranean with his exploits in the Barbary Wars, Yahya was invited to enter the service of the Sublime Porte as a naval officer. Yahya and his son moved to Constantinople, where he became a naval officer, eventually rising to the rank of admiral. Yahya remained in the active service of the Sultan until his death in 1826.

“May the deeds of His Imperial Majesty always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always righteous.”
― Yahya Mehmed Pasha


Yahya Mehmed Pasha was a British American-born Ottoman diplomat and statesman. Born John Quincy Adams in Massachusetts Bay, British America in 1767, he was the son of the lawyer and future rebel leader John Adams. John Quincy Adams accompanied his father on a mission to France in 1778, which was intercepted by Algerian pirates.
Adams was a slave in Algiers until his emancipation in 1795, upon which he converted to Islam along with his father and adopted the name Yahya. He entered the diplomatic service of the Dey of Algiers, rising to become its representative in the Sublime Porte in 1803, where he convinced the Grand Vizier to allow him and his father to enter the service of the Ottoman Empire. Yahya rose to become the first foreign minister of the Porte in 1809, adopting the name Yahya Mehmed and the honorific Pasha. In 1824, the reformist Suktan Mahmud II appointed him Grand Vizier. During his tenure, Yahya Mehmed Pasha sought to modernise the Ottoman Empire, supporting the Sultan's reformist measures. After leaving office in 1829, Yahya Mehmed Pasha remained an important advisor of the Sultan until his death in 1848.
  1. Was the trend of having the monarch’s heir also be the head of government started during the Reactions of 1948?
  2. Who did Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg marry if his OTL wife is married to George VII of the UK?
  3. How are the Jacobites affected by the British monarch being catholic?
By the way, will you continue to post infoboxes in the new Alternate Infoboxes thread?
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  1. Was the trend of having the monarch’s heir also be the head of government started during the Reactions of 1948?
  2. Who did Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg marry if his OTL wife is married to George VII of the UK?
  3. How are the Jacobites affected by the British monarch being catholic?
By the way, you should start posting infoboxes to the new Alternate Infoboxes thread as this one is about to close.
I say we should wait until we hit 500 pages as per the norm and then have this thread locked.
  1. Was the trend of having the monarch’s heir also be the head of government started during the Reactions of 1948?
  2. Who did Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg marry if his OTL wife is married to George VII of the UK?
  3. How are the Jacobites affected by the British monarch being catholic?
By the way, will you continue to post infoboxes in the new Alternate Infoboxes thread?
1. Yes.
2. Princess Margaret.
3. If there are any left, they claim that the Saxe-Coburg and Gothas should relinquish the throne to the Wittelsbachs.
Yes, I will.
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