As of 1977, Cambodia or the "Khmer Republic" under Lon Nol is still very much a Presidential Dictatorship in all but name. While Nol claims that he eventually plans to allow for "free and open" elections in the near future, few expect him to seriously follow through on his promises. His own right-wing "Social Republican Party" is currently the only one allowed to assemble in parliament. While the Nol government is isolated internationally for its harsh repression of civil liberties and dissidents, its strong religious affiliation with Theravada Buddhism means that unlike under the Khmer Rouge IOTL, very few of Cambodia's historic temples will be destoryed by the regime. Left-leaning intellectuals, academics, and politicians however are still being heavily persecuted, imprisoned, and in some cases where they represent a "threat to the regime", executed. Nol has expressed his opposition to the planned reunification of Vietnam, but seeing as both North and South Vietnam and their respective leaders support the decision, there is little Nol can do about it. Nol is also furious at the election of Mo Udall to the U.S. Presidency, due to the firm insistence on Democratic regimes held by the new Commander in Chief. Nol much preferred the "realpolitik" of Presidents Romney and Bush.
Thank you so much, @Nerdman3000! Words cannot describe how happy I am that this TL is still going strong. It's all thanks to you, my beloved audience. Thank you all!I nominated this story for this years Turtledove Awards.
Now someone only needs to second the nomination.
Thanks for the kind words, @QTXAdsy!Great update on Australia!
However seeing how things have gotten cool between Australia and the UK since the UK joined the EEC, it would appear that the goodwill tour Flying Scotsman did in '72 if you remember in my supplement TL seems to have come to nothing for trading relationships between the two countries. Unless you can clarify more on this?
Speaking of Australia and railways, I know this sounds way too early to give out an idea for way later on in the TL once we get to 1988; that year saw Aus steam '88 as part of Australia's Bicentenary celebrations in which steam locomotives across Australia took part in one massive event and maybe what can happen here maybe is follow the original plan in what was to have a steam locomotive brought from each continent to take part. As we know only Flying Scotsman took part (and will do the same as OTL) but it would be cool to have a steam locomotive brought from the United States or China to join the fun depending on how Australia goes on here.
I wait for further updates!
Hey there, @Kennedy Forever! As others have posted, I don't believe that Richard Nixon had it in him (either IOTL or ITTL) to bury a hatchet or forgive a grudge. If anything, ITTL, Nixon is somehow more bitter due not only to his second Presidential defeat in 1968, but also from being fired by that young upstart, President Bush in 1973 from his position as Secretary of State. Nixon still believes his day will come, though his base of loyal supporters has dwindled significantly. It seems to many pundits that Nixon's time in the national spotlight is simply passing him by.Hi Mr President another question in TTL did Nixon and Kennedy ever bury the hatchet? Obviously Nixon hated Kennedy for beating him in the 1960 Presidential election so with Kennedy still being alive has Nixon moved past the bitterness he had to JFK?