Oh yes here we go with thr third indochina war baby and wow so deng will not rose up this time? Thats interesting alright maybe because china poor performance against vietnam (i heard deng isnt too fond of vietname himself) and kinda wondering how their economy gonna do since no deng means his reforms wont past (and also kinda wondering what will you do with tianamen but im more interested in the economic side)"...Vietnam's thrust into Cambodia rapidly overran the Khmer Rouge forces; Phnom Penh was theirs within two weeks. The reaction in Washington was one of quiet apathy; Vietnam's ability to beat back Chinese forces in a simultaneous border war over the course of four weeks was particularly impressive and led Ford to quip, "Guess we shouldn't feel too bad about losing to them, huh?" China, of course, claimed victory in leaving the pathway to Hanoi open, but Vietnam's steely performance on two fronts was nevertheless impressive for the battle-hardened nation..."
- The Indochina Wars
"...the Federal Security Force's operations escalated into the early months of 1979, for beyond every door and around every corner, in Bhutto's mind, was a coup plotter. The military was aggressively purged, with dozens of disloyal officers executed and hundreds more imprisoned; 1978 was the year of the great consolidation by the PPP. Most notably, Bhutto used his new position in Pakistan and has host of the Shah to reorganize the border forces staring down Iran to help defend the frontiers he claimed were about to be overrun by refugees from the foreign crisis or anti-Shah militias; though that never came, it proved beneficial to Bhutto to pretend that it was coming..."
- Bhutto: Pakistan's Smiling Strongman
"...it was at the 3rd Plenary that Hua realized, perhaps belatedly, that Deng was organizing against him within the party ranks. What would unfold was a dark, vicious power struggle within the party over the next few years, as China's path forward became debated as one of pragmatism or principle..." 
- Mao's Shadow
 I really have no idea if it's possible to avert Deng's rise to power by early 1979, but if it was, the 3rd Plenary in Dec. 1978 where he started consolidating power seems like the place to do it
Thanks! That’s what I shoot for with my TLs. Don’t have the brain bandwidth to write those longer narrative-style posts (though I do enjoy reading them when others do!)I love the format of this. Very concise yet so descriptive and informative at the same time!
Ethiopia is still in the throes of its post-Somali invasion civil war; so the Derg has been semi-overthrown but still has a major bloc, so the fighting is raging across the country. Still very bloody, probably more so than the Red Terror.What is the fate of Ethiopia? If there is any chance to avoid the derg's Albanian style blood letting, the universe would appreciate it.
I am liking the new style. Much more efficient in terms of story telling.Springtime for Gerald"...you come to a point and realization where you start to think, 'Wow, alright. This is getting close to the conclusion. What sums up my career?'"
- Gerald Ford, 1979 Interview
The new near-supermajorities Democrats enjoyed in Congress would have been a headache for almost any Republican President, but Ford seemed to take the new reality in Washington in stride; when hearing the joke that he was not a lame duck so much as a cooked goose, he shrugged and quipped, "More of a gamehen man myself." Having already seen Donald Rumsfeld's exit after the poor midterms and Carla Anderson Hill go to the Supreme Court, Ford elected not to shake up the administration much further, instead taking the opportunity to work with Byrd and O'Neill on mutual priorities. There was indeed a surprising amount of legislative productivity - more transportation deregulation, for starters, though overshadowed by the promise of select committees to investigate the war in Central America, the CIA, and the administration's economic response.
After reporters caught sight of a dismal-looking Ford in attendance at Super Bowl XIII, that saw the Cowboys win a second straight championship with a late rally over the Steelers (Pennsylvanian football fans would have to console themselves with Penn State's conquest of Alabama in that year's Sugar Bowl), it was time to flip the script - the Panama Canal was estimated to be mostly operable again by mid-1980, the economy appeared to have bottomed out, and Ford and Cheney hunkered down at Camp David to discuss what possible avenues they could take to secure a legacy-defining win somewhere.
As average Americans paid more attention to the news of Elvis Presley's successful exit from rehab (punctuated by a captivating 60 Minutes interview later in 1979 where he discussed his newfound sobriety and born-again Christian worldview picked up after he pulled himself from the downward spiral), DC paid attention to something else - the fact that, in less than two years time, Gerald R. Ford would be as relevant politically as Herbert Hoover. Though his approval ratings ticked up slightly as violence in Latin America seemed to fizzle a small amount in the early months of the year and the economic picture day to day stabilized (albeit at high inflation levels and with stubbornly high unemployment), the shadow primary had officially begun in DC, and Ford would have been lying if he claimed that he didn't mind the limelight shifting away from him and onto others...
I’ll be doing an East Africa update down the line so if changing OTL’s results is warranted (knock on effects from Ethiopia’s civil war perhaps) then that could be explored thereOh yeah btw speaking of that year i know its a little late but what happened with uganda? I know they went to war with tanzania otl but perhaps kenya could be the one who replaces tanzania since amin did massacred/expelled several kenyan after operation entebbe and amin is believed to be behind the assasination of a kenyan goverment official
Ooo cant wait and yeah had uganda went to war with kenya and the british supported nairobi and the public probably wouldnt mind since amin is well crazy like when he murdered an old lady as a revenge for a botched highjacking so it would be a win for them (im guessing it would be like the falklands but on a smaller scale) and it could also boost callaghan popularityI’ll be doing an East Africa update down the line so if changing OTL’s results is warranted (knock on effects from Ethiopia’s civil war perhaps) then that could be explored there