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Did he move to North Dakota to pursue a love interest?
Nope, take a look at the dates near the bottom of the map.

I believe he actually lived there for a while IOTL, returning to New York to run for the State Assembly.
Close, but the chronology is a bit off. Roosevelt was actually elected to the Assembly in 1881, 1882, and 1883. '83 was when he first went to the Badlands, and in '84, after his wife and mother died, he refused renomination to the Assembly. This was despite being the Republican's Minority Leader for a term and Majority Leader for a second one (almost being voted in as Speaker for the later one).

It said Dakota, not North Dakota. If you switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic, you could have a plausible TL-191 alternate.
TB's getting it, it does involve a President in TL-191.
 
Roosevelt sticks around Dakota, which is admitted as a single state. He gets elected to the Senate from Dakota after Dakota is admitted as a state. After leaving the Senate, he goes back to his old love and eventually ascends to Secretary of the Navy, then Secretary of State and then President for a short while.
 
Roosevelt sticks around Dakota, which is admitted as a single state. He gets elected to the Senate from Dakota after Dakota is admitted as a state. After leaving the Senate, he goes back to his old love and eventually ascends to Secretary of the Navy, then Secretary of State and then President for a short while.
Yes, but there's a lot more background info in how he got from point A (senator) to point B (SecNav)...to Point H (being beaten by Robert Wagner as President).
 
1979

The Prime Minister Edward Heath was assassinated in early 1980 on a diplomatic trip to Canada by a religious fundamentalist, which shocked the country. William Whitelaw replaced him as leader and PM, promising to carry on his legacy, but at the height of the Bolivian Crisis in late 1980, he had a fatal heart attack due to high stress. In just one year, two Prime Ministers died. The country was in a melancholic mood when Geoffrey Howe ascended to the premiership.

Thankfully, the Bolivian Crisis ended in early 1981, to everybody's relief, and over time, the two deaths became less prominent in the public memory.

In opposition, the Democratic Party was officially disbanded, but everybody knew that the successor to the Democrats were the new Social Democratic Party.

However, where the Democrats were very broad-tent to the point of crumbling, the SDP were narrower and more coherent.

Some grumbling liberal Democrat voters switched to Penhaligon's Liberals or if they dared, Howe's Nationals, but a considerable chunk just stayed.

Tony Benn decided to retire in 1981, judging that the new party would have a better first election if it was under a new leader. Old hand Jim Callaghan easily won the leadership election over Michael Foot (of the left-wing) and Shirley Williams (of the moderate faction).

Callaghan presented a spirited opposition to Howe's government and its budgets (which aimed to cut spending). When Howe started the "Great Debate" about devolution in the rest of England (Lancashire, Northumbria, Wessex and Yorkshire already won devolution thanks to Thorpe's government in the early 1970s while Wales (1967) and Scotland (1950) got theirs earlier), Callaghan adopted a "wait-and-see" position, knowing that Howe could use further devolution as an excuse to cut the budget further.

When Howe decided to call an snap election in 1983 to get a fresh mandate for the referenda he planned, Callaghan's campaign (as well as those of Penhaligon and Scargill's) was aimed at Howe's economic policies and how they were hurting Britain.

Nevertheless, Howe won another majority, albeit a smaller one thanks to growth of Parliament from 703 to 722 seats (and SDP gains as well). Callaghan managed to make gains from the Liberals and Socialists, preventing a "big squeeze" of the left between the far-left and centre like some feared.

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True, true. Do you like the infobox and the story?
Well, yes, I suppose. It's interesting how instead of the centre splitting off from Labour and turning the remainder more radical you have the reverse situation.

Also, a tiny nitpick: it's "premiership", not "Prime Ministry".
 
After rereading Devvy's fantastic TL "A Nordic Twist to Europe" I ( once again) got a bit inspired by the idea of a Nordic Union and made this infobox.

It's the Nordic Council (not to be confused with the Nordic Council of OTL, which evolved into the Nordic Union) and is basically an equivalent of the European Commission. Its made up by two councillors from each country in the union, with it's President elected by the Nordic Parliament after every parliamentary election. The President then appoints councillors from a list of nominees given to him/her from the governments of each member country. The current President is Social Democrat Mona Sahlin, a former member of the Swedish parliament and several cabinets, and Councillor responsible for Business, Innovations and the Internal Market from 2009 to 2013. The current council took office in 2013.
 
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The U.S. Commonwealths of Cassini and Saragossa in Iapetus are generally considered to be twins since they exist on near exact opposite sides of the Boiling Ocean, and are both bordered by The Wall on their other ends. They are also very similar politically, being dominated by frontier Democrats including farmers, miners, laborers and Minutemen (especially in the far western and far eastern territories). Their current Premiers are also both very similar. Severus Muhlenberg, the Premier of Cassini, is the son of U.S. Senator Henry F. Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania (the current ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee) and is the grandson of former U.S. Vice President Julius K. Muhlenberg (2065 - 2069, 2081 - 2085), and has numerous siblings and cousins in various government roles. While the other Muhlenbergs are seen as leaders of the academic liberals from the Mid-Atlantic (often portrayed as limousine liberals, a common stereotype of Appalachian Republicans), Severus Muhlenberg is a robust left libertarian, frontierist and Columbianist. Severus Muhlenberg was incredibly popular going into re-election in 2139 and handidly defeated the Republican candidate, former Commonwealth Representative Nora Shunk of Cordova, who had been the Republican nominee in 2135.



Likewise, Premier Laura Rockefeller of Saragossa bucks the trend of the Rockefeller family. She is the great-granddaughter of U.S. Senator Percy Clark Rockefeller, Jr., of West Virginia, the President pro tempore of the Senate. The Rockefellers have long been Republicans and the stereotypical limousine liberal found in Appalachia and the Upper South. However, like Severus Muhlenberg, Laura Rockefeller (who's younger sister Olympia is the U.S. Under Secretary of the Frontier for Policy under Secretary Elijah V. Crosby in the Thurman administration) is a noted frontierist, though not a Columbianist. However, Laura Rockefeller's nomination was controversial amongst many Democrats who were still unsure of her. The nomination contest had been a close fight between Rockefeller and Robyn Gabbard who had the support of several unions and the Jeffersonian Circle. When Rockefeller secured the nomination, most of Gabbard's supporters endorsed Rockefeller, but a few managed to convince Gabbard to run as a True Democrat, though little differentiated the two ideologically. Despite the split, Rockefeller won election easily because of the heavy Democratic lean of Saragossa.

 
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1983

Howe's majority was secure, and he set his path towards the "Great Debate" (his name for a series of referenda held on the same day about devolution).

The referenda held in the south-east, which would set up devolved assemblies for Essex, Sussex, Anglia and Kent, went through thanks to the "Yes" campaign's effectiveness at campaigning, pointing to successes in the North and west, and even abroad.

However, in the Midlands, the referenda failed thanks to Howe's growing unpopularity, unpopular divisions of the region and a strong "No" campaign.

The growing unpopularity of the government in the Midlands was due to unpopular agricultural policies and a perception that Howe was disconnected from Midlands reality. This was made worse by the fact that the south-east received devolution while the Midlands did not.

Some Midlands rural MPs expressed their concern about National unpopularity in the Midlands, but Howe chose to ignore them, focusing on the budget and (as expected by Callaghan) how to cut it down. Moderates in the National Party were outraged, and some was not satsified by his excuse (Assemblies are the new way for domestic policy). Those two discontented factions mostly stayed in the party, but eight rebellious MPs chose to leave, inspired by the Socialist Party's exit from the Democrats. The Country Party was born, a moderate economic and agrarian party led by Douglas Hurd, the most prominent of the defectors.

Upon hearing the news of the new Country Party, Howe was shaken. Polls before this was showing a smaller lead over the SDP and Howe was concerned that he would lose his majority thanks to the Country Party. So he called a snap election in 1987, hoping that the Country Party's infrastructure would be underdeveloped enough to prevent much seats from being lost. Howe's gamble would be proven right, as he held his majority, but a far smaller one. Liberals won many seats in the Midlands thanks to National unpopularity and Country splitting.

The Socialist Party under Arthur Scargill was losing its popularity, as Howe managed to come to a compromise with unions (despite his distrust of them) establishing Harold Wilson's planned labour relations board, and the growing SDP was taking votes away from the Socialists. Scargill himself increasingly spent more time at the Yorkshire Assembly than Westminster due to having more influence in the earlier. Some Socialist MPs started calling for a merger into the SDP, but this call wouldn't be answered until after the next election.

James Callaghan privately decided not to lead the SDP into the next election, resigning in 1989 after a leadership election to elect his successor, while David Penhaligon decided to retire in 1990 after his most successful election.

The election of 1992 would bring a change to Britain.

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