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(I apologise that this deviates from the norm in not being about 150 years old Teddy Roosevelt, but I expected more than one person to get the reference)
 
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Judging from the representative logo, I suppose Scientific subgenre / the Foundation is the mainstream hype in Cosmic Horror in this universe?

Also... David Duke, William Luther Pierce, and especially George Lincoln Rockwell as horror writers is low-key the scariest part in the snippet.
Fortunately, i don't think their works would gain much success, considering they would be either mediocre and/or too unsubtly racist.
 
Judging from the representative logo, I suppose Scientific subgenre / the Foundation is the mainstream hype in Cosmic Horror in this universe?

Also... David Duke, William Luther Pierce, and especially George Lincoln Rockwell as horror writers is low-key the scariest part in the snippet.
I mean, I consider them toiling away in obscure fiction to be a bit of an improvement.
 
President Roosevelt's long time Vice President, Henry Wallace assumed the presidency on the retirement of the President. He did valiantly continue his policies, before he was defeated by Governor Warren, the first Republican victory in a Presidential Election for 48 years.
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The Unpopular Populist, Part III
A Bull Moose in the China Shop

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The 1904 United States presidential election was the 30th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 1904. Following two mildly successful terms as president, the popular William Jennings Bryan selected Vice President Thomas E. Watson to succeed him as nominee for the Populist Party. By contrast, the Republican Party faced a massive split down the middle, choosing Senator Mark Hanna while Theodore Roosevelt and his supporters left to found the Progressive Party, which Roosevelt became the nominee for. In a three-way race, Roosevelt beat out both Watson and Hanna, despite predictions that the split Republican ticket would lead to a landslide victory in the Populists' favor.

Roosevelt's popularity stemmed from the growing issues endemic to Gilded Age America. The presence of massive monopolies dominating most corners of the nation's industry and economy, atop nonexistent worker's rights, handed the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions over to his favor. Meanwhile, Roosevelt's public image as a frontiersman, hero of the Spanish-American War, and an imperialist increased his popularity across the West. It was fully expected that the 1904 Republican National Convention would nominate him, but Mark Hanna was chosen instead, having previously been the mastermind behind William McKinley's 1896 run, and was popular among the establishment. Roosevelt was again handed the open nomination for vice president, but he did not accept, and went on his own way to found the Progressives, where his platform became slightly more radical than when he had run under the banner of the Grand Old Party. He promised the shattering of numerous trusts and monopolies that were negatively impacting the country, including his infamous calling-out of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. He also spoke highly of American military power and gave vague intent to further establish the nation in the Caribbean and in East Asia, which later led to the annexation of Shanghai in 1907. Mark Hanna, by contrast, spoke by the same party line the Republicans had held for many years, unintentionally making the GOP seem like a "millionaire's club" in face of Roosevelt and Watson's bold new ideas.

The Populists and Progressives squared off in a fight for the everyman, each promising for a greater quality of life within the United States. Ultimately, though the South remained firmly behind Watson, Roosevelt's widespread appeal across the Union propelled him to victory. Hanna, by contrast, only won in New England and Utah. Two other third-party candidates, Eugene V. Debs of the Socialist Party and James K. Vardaman of the Democratic Party, each captured upwards of one percent of the popular vote. Theodore Roosevelt's victory ushered in a new age of American history that would be truly transformative in nature.

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Part I: Crucified on a Cross of Votes
Part II: Evolution
 
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Now for something very different
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The 1912 American Presidential Elections were the second election take place under the Fourth Republic. It was the first election since the end of the Secession Crisis where the Federalist and Democratic Parties were not the two main competitors on the ballot, and the first time in US history that the two rival parties would form an alliance.

Incumbent President Hinckdale's preparedness policy drew much criticism from many as an attempt to draw the United States into the Great War. Although President Hinckdale denied this, the issue split the Democratic Party, with peace Democrats endorsing Leonard Butler for President. Butler earned the endorsements of virtually every third party, including the growing Labor Party. Hinckdale, meanwhile, found the support of the Federalists, who supported war with Prussia, Russia, and Austro-Bavaria.

Hinckdale and Butler agreed on most economic and social issues, promising to continue the Democratic policy of Gradualism. However, Hinckdale argued that the United States must be prepared for war, if not seek it, while Butler argued that Hinckdale's aggressive actions risked war with the Imperial Alliance.

In the end, Butler won the Presidency decisively, signaling the end of the third party system. His victory spelled the end of Lafayettism and was a major blow to the Republican Axis in Europe.
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The Empire of the Louisiane, its origins and history
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The Flag of the Louisiane, used in some form since 1771
(all credits to the flag go to Uskok, who posted it on Deviantart)
Born from the early Bourbon’s ambitions in centralizing France, Louisiane as an entity was established in 1629, when Louis XIII & II took a lesson from the English methods of colonization and started granting lands on the coast (claimed by France since 1582) to impoverished members of the nobility, for them (together with poor peasants, as serfdom was seldom used in France since the 15th century) to settle, seeing as in France herself they had few chances of regaining their fortunes. As that venture succeeded, Louis and his successors (in special his brother, Henry V) used Louisiana as a dumping ground for independence-minded nobles following Frances “little civil wars”, granting them lands in the shores of the Mississippi in what was at its basis nothing more than exile.

In Quebec they would do similarly, although using the region to send Huguenots instead, seeing their continued autonomy as a threat to royal authority.

The settlers (their numbers are not strictly know, and although by the turn of the 18th century there were some 30.000 inhabitants in the territory of Louisiane, it is unknown how many of them were either slaves or serfs brought from Africa or native groups that had been added to the ranks of the French like the Lenape in the English Colonies), in their mostly isolated state living on a land that they considered to be dangerous in various ways (from the diseases that grew freely on the shores of the great river to the English, Mexicans and hostile Natives), soon developed into a separate culture of their own, marked by a remarkably militaristic nature (born form their constant wars with their neighbors), deep spirituality (often influenced by native (mostly Choctaw) beliefs and marked by the presence of both animism and some kinds of ancestor worship) and a greater equality between sexes (born mostly from their small numbers at the beginning, which resulted on women entering male-dominated areas and professions due to necessity).

A patchwork of mostly disunited noble fiefdoms (a map of 1730 shows a total of 398 separate “states” as far north as where the Ohio meets the great river), Louisiane as a state was born only in 1715, when King Louis XV established the Viceroyalty of the Louisiane (named after Louis XIII), then a solely ceremonial entity centered on Saint-Louis (OTL Memphis), with its first Viceroy, Jean-Jacques du Maurier, serving as a neutral third party in the squabbles of the nobility.

It was only in 1755 that the ancestor of the modern imperial family came.
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Born the youngest of the sons of King Louis XV and his wife, Infanta Maria Ecumenica of Spain, Prince Jean Gaston of France (Duke of Maine) was only 21 when his nephew, King Louis XVII wanting to get rid of his rather ambitious relative, made him “Hereditary Viceroy of Louisiane”, sending the prince and his family (he had married a wealthy cousin of the Prince of Monaco in 1748, and had at the time three children, all of whom died of Malaria before reaching adulthood) to Louisiane in 1755.

Angry for his de facto exile, Jean Gaston did not sit idle as the ruler of Louisiane, and after settling in on his new residence at the Chateau de Compiegne (named after his previous summer residence), he spent his next 23 years making friends among the nobility (the premier among them being the Valois-Saint-Rémy family, illegitimate descendants of Henry II who had through their large family tree become the most powerful nobles of the land) and starting the process of centralization of power on his hands, using the rebellion of the House of Cassel (originally nobles from Normandy) to take lands from various nobles and extend the “viceroyal demesne”, besides investing on the settlement and annexation of the great plains to the west, vassalizing much of the Osage people in the process).

In another note, his second son, born Prince Louis Charles of France, would in 1760 be married to Princess Juana of the Floridas (her father, Philip I, being the first independent ruler of the country when he declared independence from Cuba with the backing of the British and French), and was made king jure uxoris of the nation following her ascension to the throne, being the founder of the House of Borbón, who still rules over the country.

Succeeding him was his five-year-old grandson, Louis I Auguste, whose father had less than a month before drowned on the Mississippi after a drunken party on a boat, and it was under him that the authority of the nobility waned under the authority of the “crown”. Initially under the regency of his powerful mother, Louise Evangeline de Valois-Saint-Rémy (by birth Duchess of Biloxi and Beaumont and Princess of Valerene), Louis would establish a glittering court centered on Compiegne and the various palaces he would built on Saint-Louis thorough his 72-years-reign (the most famous being Dublanc Palace, a majestic palace named for having its exterior made almost entirely of white granite).

Known for his various affairs and many illegitimate children (which stemmed in part from his miserable marriage to his second-cousin-once-removed, Marie Zéphyrine), it was during his reign that Louisiane reached most of its modern borders through wars and treaties both with the natives (the Sioux in special being a thorn on his side for decades), foreign powers (In the American War of Independence Louisiane had some fighting against the recently-born American Empire) and even with the other viceroyalties, as in the 1810s he fought a war with Quebec over what is now the northeast of Louisiane (which resulted on the marriage of his only legitimate son, François, to a daughter of Henri II of Quebec).

Following Louis Auguste was his great-grandson, Louis II Marcel, whose reign would be, in comparison to those of his predecessors, remarkably uninteresting, as the viceroy only had to enjoy the fruits of his ancestor’s labors. A liberal, he would be also known for ending slavery in 1878, although, unlike what many believe, that did not mean the granting of total freedom for the blacks of Louisiane (that would come in 1915), and, instead, it made all slaves (around 10% of the total population and over a third of the black population) into serfs (the rights of serfs on Louisiane were often-times confusing, but, roughly speaking, that meant that they were protected by law from being harmed or sold, had the right to defend themselves into court and could, theoretically, end their contract with their master at any time they desired). It is believed he originally planned to end both slavery and serfdom, but fears of a widespread revolt (as while slave-owning was mostly a matter of the lower-nobility and gentry, serfdom was what sustained the fortunes of most of the upper nobility, and was the basis of the labor on the demesne)

Following Louis’s death from what was probably tuberculosis (although some believe he as poisoned), he was succeeded by his grandson, Louis III Anton, later to be known as Antonius
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Only four years old when he succeeded his grandfather (his father, Louis, died of typhus at age 25), although his reign was longer as Hereditary Viceroy than Emperor, that period of his life is mostly known for the confused mess that was the regency made by his granduncle, the Duke of Vermont (a descendant of the younger brother of Louis I Auguste, Jean Marcel), who would also become his father-in-law in 1889, and for the end of serfdom, an already waning institution as the industrial revolution finally came to the nation, in 1915, which would, tragically, result in the murder of Antonius’ wife and eldest son that same year in a assassination attempt against him in response to it.

Ambitious and possessing a good deal of foresight, it would be in 1921 that Antonius would found the modern Louisianian state, declaring independence from the French Empire on August 21st of that year right in the middle of the Great War. Siding with the Axis (some believe that it was the Russian Ambassador to Louisiane, Ivan Stroganov, who convinced him to declare independence) during the conflict, Antonius would himself command the armies of the empire while fighting on the front with the American Empire, and, when the war ended, he would carve the kingdom of Ohio from the empire’s western territories as a satellite state, granting the nation’s throne to his younger brother, Marcel (who would proceed to marry one of the sisters of Emperor Gawain I). To the north would also expand Louisianian influence through the marriage of his daughter, Antoinette, to the first king of Michigan, Oberon I (In 1922, the Viceroyalty of Quebec would also declare independence from France, but in 1930 would be divided in two when Oberon, a cousin of its king and whose mother was an American princess, used unrest on the recently annexed territories to carve his own kingdom comprehending the southern half of the country).

Although his reign was started by a war (and he would have a roman-inspired triumph in 1926 to commemorate his victory, creating with that the traditional coronation of the Louisianian monarch), Antonius’ years as emperor following that were remarkably peaceful, being marked instead by the changes in culture (Antonius’ romanophilia was famous, and it somehow seeped into firstly the nobility and later the population at large during his and his successor’s reigns, being seen most abundantly on the naming of people and places in following generations), the growth of industry (with the granting of titles and power to industrials and magnates was used often by him as an way of attracting investors to the state) and the building of the Capitolium, an entirely new capital built on the plains of the northwest (roughly OTL Kansas City), which to this day serves as the center of power of the nation (although Saint-Louis still remains politically important due to its history, and it is common for members of the imperial family to alternate between living on the palaces of the Palatine Hill and the palaces of the old capital).
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The Main Pretenders of the Succession War, Aurelianus, Cornelia and Gaius
Following Antonius’ death, strife would come to the empire, as not even two weeks after his death (at which point he was officially succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Aurelianus), his second-eldest daughter, Cornelia, rose in rebellion on the northeast, claiming the title of Empress for herself; a populist liberal, she believed herself to be the best way to end the autocratic rule of the crown that had been only strengthened during her father’s reign, she was, in turn, backed by rebel cells on the region, as well as various provincial governors (including two of her bastard siblings). Only three days later her younger brother, Claudius, would do the same, claiming the throne from his residence at the Dublanc Palace, although in his case was due to his ambition and desire to gain the crown for himself, backing him, quite surprisingly, were many provincial governors of the east and northwest (including various illegitimate siblings). Over a month later, the until then neutral Prince Jean Gaius, who controlled a good percentage of the armies of the south, would also claim the throne for himself, although in this case it seems he was simply wanting to get involved on the fighting for the sake of it, being known for his bloodthirstiness and brutality even beforehand when he leaded the forces to the Acadian Rebellion, which would gain him the nickname of “Butcher of Biloxi”.

Lasting for six long years, the succession war would be, overall, lead by the forces of Claudius, who from the beginning controlled the important port of New Orléans, and from 1953 reached its final phase as its main leaders (some other rebellions and short-time pretenders also popped up from time to time) started dying. The first would also be the last one to enter the fight, as Gaius the Red Faced died in the Battle of Calcasieu when he was shot through the neck, his body would be buried in an unmarked grave on the woods near the town, while his illegitimate son and “heir”, Louis Jacques, would soon be shipped off to Haiti, where he would live his days in exile. Following was Cornelia, whose own forces, radicalized over time in the far ends of populism, overthrew her in a coup and, in the night of All Hallows’ Eve, 1954, executed her, her husband (a creole commoner whom she married secretly in 1932) and their five children on the basement of the house they were being held in (when their bodies were found in a ditch some years later, Claudius would have them buried with the honors of princes on the Panthéon, the mausoleum of the imperial family). Finally, Aurelianus died with his family in the city of Monvoisin, on the far western province of Raetia, when Claudius used his headquarters as a testing range for his nuclear arms program on July 2nd, 1955. Two days later the last forces loyal to his cause surrendered.

Claudius’ subsequent reign was marked by major changes on the government and, in some levels, on the culture of Louisiane, as in remembrance of the wat he established the Imperial Games in 1956, to this day the major sporting event of the empire and one of the most watched in the world, being ranked on the top 7; later, in 1958, he broke the empire from the Roman Catholic Church, in response to the Bishops’ Plot the year prior, establishing himself as the Pontifex Maximus of the Church of Louisiane (a title that has been retained even following his son’s rapprochement with Pope Julius VII in 1987), and cracked down even more on “seditious actions and thoughts”, establishing the “Ministry of Secretaries” in 1956 as a secret police.

He is also known for his marriages, as he was married for over 25 years to Claudine Athénaïs de Clermont, known during his time as emperor as the Minister of Secretaries, but in 1955 the two peacefully annulled their marriage with basis on her infertility, with Claudius marrying in early 1956 his long-time mistress, Louise Margrethè de la Neige, the daughter of an oil baron who gained the title of duke in the 30s.
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Born as the bastard son of the Duke of Valiance (Emperor Claudius original title), Emperor Coriolanus ascended to the throne at the age of 29, and, quite surprisingly in comparison to his two predecessors, ruled a time of unprecedented peace on the empire, with his 4 decades on the throne being marked instead by the indoctrination of the populace through state propaganda and education as well as the development of the culture of the empire (in special among the higher classes) into the somewhat hedonistic and extremely flamboyant nature it is today.

Condemned by many nations for his totalitarian rule over Louisiane, Coriolanus nonetheless established the empire as the main power of North America, though a mix of using the state’s status as a breadbasket and technological hub as well as his personal charisma to make friends through the continent.

In the late 90s he also extended Louisiane’s influence to Quebec, when he managed to get his eldest daughter by his third wife, Princess Louise Angelique of Quebec, to succeeded the nation’s elderly and childless King, Gaston III, when he died in 1998.

Following Coriolanus’ death in 2009 from what is believed to have been a pancreatic cancer he had been fighting with for over a decade, he was succeeded by his eldest son, Julius, who had until then mostly worked as the head of the imperial games before assuming the throne at the age of 33; his wife, the formidable Egeria de la Valliere (by birth the heiress of one of the greatest noble families of the empire), serving as his right-hand-woman and main supporter.

Julius’ rather uninspired reign would last less than three full years, as in late 2011 his older sister, the Princess Euphemia, at the time mostly known for her 3 illegitimate children and believed liberal leanings, enacted a coup d’état against him, sparking the short Louisianian civil war.

Working as her father’s secretary since the early 90s, it was even during her father’s reign that Euphemia, distracting the world with her sudden unmarried pregnancies and pleasant personality, started using her position as Coriolanus’ closest confidant to create an web of alliances and influence on the bureaucracy and military of the empire, helped in part by her close friendship with General Antonius du Cassel. Then, with her brother’s uninterested reign, she started preparing, and on the 4th of November of 2011 enacted a coup on the Capitolium to take over as empress.

Although the coup was bloody and violent (killing or permanently maiming various members of the imperial family, including many of Euphemia’s siblings who sided with Julius), the emperor, his family and main supporters managed to escape, establishing their headquarters on the city of Saint-Lenore, capital of the Province of Narbonensis (located on the west of the empire).

The war was short, lasting only some few months, but brutal, seeing around 2.000 deaths per day over its course. In January an assassin under the orders of Euphemia managed to kill Julius by poisoning his food (he though his wine was poisoned, only to discover it was his water that had been), and, at least for his supporters, he was succeeded by his eldest son, Aurelianus, a boy of 14 under the regency of his mother, Empress mother Egeria.

The boy-emperor’s rule, which only controlled the western mountains and northwestern plains of the empire, lasted until May 5th of that same year, when the forces of his aunt stormed the bunker where he was hidden with his mother, siblings and last supporters. Taken with them to the Capitolium, Egeria was executed by decapitation in the 18th, while the children of Emperor Julius were placed under house arrest on the Thanatos Villa (and unfortunately named villa that has traditionally served as a prison for nobility and members of the imperial family).

On the morning of June 12th of that same year the state television would announce that the four of them had died suddenly of an “unknown disease” and would be buried together in the Panthéon on the 15th. Most defectors of the empire believe they were either smothered or poisoned on their sleep.

The past 8 years of Empress Euphemia’s reign have been overall peaceful ones on the empire, although there has been a renewed effort to crackdown on any dissent following a failed coup on 2017 which saw the execution of the princess Locusta, who had commanded the plot after serving for years as her sister’s master poisoner.

On an international level Euphemia has been known for her efforts to renew the connections of the empire with its neighbors and other nations of the continent, using her children (legitimized by the Pope in 2015) as tools on her endeavors, marrying her eldest daughter and heir, Calpurnia, to one of the sons of the Mexican monarch, her son, Gaius, to Maria II of Quebec (whose mother, Maria I, died in 2014 from a drown-out fight against leukemia and who deeply criticized her sister’s actions), and her youngest daughter to the Prince of the Cayos, Antonio III.
Often compared to the Olympics, the Imperial Games are a month-long sporting (at a loose definition of the world) event set on the Capitolium lasting from July 4th (the anniversary of the Succession War’s end) to August 4th created in 1956 by Emperor Claudius in both remembrance of the war and in the objective of bringing unity to the nation. Fought between delegations from each province of the empire in a variety of categories (not only things like football and swimming but also ballroom dancing, cooking and even sewing!), one of the major stipulations of the competition is that all players bust me between the ages of 15 to 25, as to show the nation the hopes for the future.

Two interesting notes on the competition are its winter sports, which occur separately during Holiday Season (the figure skating competition is a main feature of the Louisianian Christmas’ Eve), and the “Hunger Games”, an even that occurs on the month of February that is basically a week of televised gladiatorial combat to the death between a set of convicts* that only ends when there is only a surviving winner, which as a prize is pardoned of whatever crime they committed and is granted a pension from the state.

Incredibly popular on the empire, the games normally attract large crowds to their events, and main events tend to have the highest rating on their time-slot (it is common for people to have parties to watch the Hunger Games, and winners of them tend to go on to become celebrities of some kind)

* One convict from each province. In the past all convicts (from the lowest pickpocket to the highest serial killer) were selected at random by lottery (all being within the age margin), with one paper for each one of them. The rules were changed in 1995 following that year's game, when over half of the tributes were in prison for minor crimes and not a single one of them was on the death row. Following that, Emperor Coriolanus changed it so that all people with death or life penalties have ten times more chance of being selected than any other criminals
 
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Alita: Battle Angel, if it was directed by the guy who directed District 9 and the other guy who made that Rubber Johnny and All is Full of Love music videos
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(Made this months ago)
 
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