Eine Veränderte Welt: A Changed World

Eine Veränderte Welt: A Changed World (An Introduction)


Timeline of events:

Lovely! The maps are interesting and well-made, and the German in the title is absolutely correct! That is off to a good start!

However, if you want to post a timeline (which is basically what is behind the Google Doc link), I would recommend doing that directly. We don't have problems with such long texts - or why did you use a Google Doc?

I would , if you are gonna post the timeline directly, split it into three or four posts though.
The Cascadian Federal Election, 2016

The Cascadian Federal Election of 2016
was held on May 10, and was the second federal election to use the Mixed-Member Proportional, or MMP, system. This would be Bill Gates eighth federal election since becoming leader of the Liberal party, and sixth since becoming Prime Minister. While this was Bill Bryant's first federal election since defeating former Conservative Party leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a Leadership election in 2015. This would also be the first election in which the Green Party participated, due to voters believing that PM Gates had a lack of focus on the environment. Although seeing weakness with many progressives leaving the Liberal party to join the Greens, the Conservatives understood PM Gates high amount of popularity, which had further increased with his government's adoption of the MMP system 3 years ago as well as his trade agreements with California and Canada. Labor was once again hoping to become the leader of the Liberal-Labor coalition, but most of the party and leader Jeff Merkley knew that it was unlikely with the popularity of Bill Gates. The Republican party began to further go down in popularity due to growing support for PM Gates government and the Commonwealth itself. The results of the election was not surprising for most news outlets and party leaders, but the extent of Green party support was most unexpected. Bill Bryant's leadership was also in trouble by the more radical MPs, but interior chaos would settle down in the coming days. And although not needing the support, the Green party announced that it would join the Liberal-Labor coalition in an informal agreement, by voting for many of the bills proposed by the coalition. This was done as Gates would help the Greens with environmental bills if they helped his coalition, and some Green party leaders were also former close colleagues with PM Gates. The election would swell further support for Prime Minister Gates, while the Conservatives keep losing support leading to fracturing in the party. Gates would gain a sixth term as Prime Minister and and at most more 3 years to an already long 13 year term.
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I am German, and your title is German... So, may I ask what government types are there in Germany and Austria? East Germany is presumably communist (of some sort), as is Poland, and I would presume that both Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are constitutional monarchies, but what is Northwestern Germany? Did it remain Bellicist or is it some type of democracy? What is France governed like?

Is Bellicism TTLs fascism (after all, bellus means "war" in Latin")? What differentiates it from OTL Fascism?
That's very well-made, @PanadaPun123 ! How did you make the Cascadian Federal Election graphic? Via Photoshop or Inkscape, or something very different?

I used paint.net

I am German, and your title is German... So, may I ask what government types are there in Germany and Austria? East Germany is presumably communist (of some sort), as is Poland, and I would presume that both Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are constitutional monarchies, but what is Northwestern Germany? Did it remain Bellicist or is it some type of democracy? What is France governed like?

Is Bellicism TTLs fascism (after all, bellus means "war" in Latin")? What differentiates it from OTL Fascism?

By the 1950s map, the dark grey Germany is under a dictatorial bellicist government, which was the same as the French and British before the Second World War. Bellicism originated in France after their defeat to the Germans in World War I, the ideology was many war based and for revenge against the Germans (but I just looked up synonyms for fascist, adn bellicist sounded cool. But the explanation I just said would be the definition in the sense).

Germany was occupied for a few years by Canada, Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. While Austria was occupied by France and the Soviet Union. Once the German occupation was over, Kaiser Wilhelm III returned, but the government collapsed and resulted in the German Civil War. Berlin was also split and occupied, excluding Sweden. France occupied the section of Berlin that was occupied by the Kingdom of Germany once the civil war began. When the Republican faction in the civil war seemed to collapse, France occupied Baden-Württemberg and upheld the kingdom. The Kingdom of Bavaria was occupied by the French after WWII than gained independence shortly before the beginning of the civil war, and was mainly not involved in the civil war. The French occupied the UN Mandate of the Rhineland, while the Swedish occupied the UN Mandate of the Kiel Canal Zone. The German Civil War ended in stalemate at the Saxon border, the Kaiser fled to the Kingdom of Saxony. While Soviet occupied Germany didn't join the western occupied sections, and became a Soviet puppet along with Poland. French occupied Austria becomes a republic, while the Soviet occupied Austria becomes a comune and a puppet of the Soviets.

France remains a republic, while Catalonia is a protectorate under the French. France was the third global superpower, behind Canada and the Soviet Union, with cooperation from the United Kingdom. The French lost their superpower status after losing the occupied Suez Canal by the Egyptians in the Suez Crisis of 1949.
Federal Election: Poll Tracker 09/05/19

Data gathered from the Cascadian Federal Election Commission, open to the public. Presented by CNN, Cascadian News Network. IDS, Idaho State, is not represented (but counted in the poll) on National Polling to lead the government due to the party only running in the state of Idaho. PM Gates is expected to win an unprecedented seventh term, with the expected renewal of a coalition with Labor and the Greens. Bill Bryant is also expected to be challenged for party leader of the Conservatives if he is unable to form a government. In the Senate, similar results are to be seen, with President Ellen Rosenblum(LIB) expected to renew their coalition with Labor under Brad Owen.
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Cascadian Federal Election, 2019 [Posted May 15, 2019]

The Cascadian Federal Election of 2019 was held on May 14, and was the third federal election to use the Mixed-Member Proportional, or MMP, system. This would be Bill Gates ninth federal election since becoming leader of the Liberal party, and seventh since becoming Prime Minister. Labor would elect a new leader of the party, Jennifer Williamson of Oregon, as this party and Deputy Minister. This was done after former leader, Jeff Merkley, was ousted in a party spill. Under Williamson, Labor would gain the status of third party from IDS, as well as remaining the junior Liberal-Labor-Green Coalition. After failing to gain seats in the election, Bill Bryant, is expected to be challenged by other high ups in a Conservative Party spill. IDS would also lower in popularity after more people have become accustomed to living in Cascadia, with more voters moving towards the Conservatives. Green would gain further popularity as well, due to greater knowledge of the worlds dire environmental problems. PM Gates has stated that environmental issues and tax increases would be important topics in his next administration. Gates would gain a seventh term as Prime Minister and at most 3 more years to an already long 16 year term, with speculation that he will not run for another term in the next federal election.
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Silesian Independence War: 2005-2009

The Silesian Independence War began on the 14th April, 2005 when the States of Upper and Lower Silesia jointly declared independence from the also recently independent Provisional Republic of Prussia. The new Prussian government had came into power after the overthrow of the former communist government of the Socialist Republic of Germany on the 18th March of the same year. Negotiations with the UK of Germany commenced on the 22nd for reunification, but then stalled when the Prussian intervened in Silesia on the 14th. NETO stated that since Prussia nor Silesia were in the defence organization, they would not intervene. The UKG gave military supplies to the Prussians without NETO approval, with NETO and the EU threatening that if Germany and Prussia united into a single nation, both would kick them out of their organizations. Poland, under their own independence war against the Soviets at this time, began sending minal support to the Silesians, with newly democratic Czechia and Slovakia doing the same. After the signing of the Smolensk Agreement on 19 April, 2007, Poland officially joined Silesia against Prussia, with both Czechia and Slovakia following suite over time, forming the Pro-Silesian Coalition. With spreading conflict brought further pressure for NETO, the EU, and the UN to intervene. With more than 100,000 died on both sides and stalemate on the frontlines, both sides sign an armistice on the 5th February, 2009. The combatants agree to sign the UN constructed Stettin Agreement on 17th August, 2009. The agreement stated that Silesia gains independence, a UN Mandate and Free City are formed as buffers between Prussia and Poland, and Prussia and Germany have UN approval to reunify. Both the UN Mandate and Free City are to be garrisoned by Swedish and Danish Peacekeepers respectively. This ends the Silesian Independence War. This was one of the most deadliest Post-WWII conflicts in Europe.

Plans are being made to form a possible union between Poland, Silesia, Czechia, and Slovakia as the so called "Zapodoslavia" in the Kraków Conference on 3rd October, 2019. With a similar political structure to Yugoslavia.
Cascadian Commonwealth Referendum of 1982
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The Cascadian Commonwealth Referendum
was held on 3 August, 1982. The referendum determined whether the Provisional Government of Cascadia would become a republic or join the British Royal Commonwealth entering with the status of a commonwealth. Following the Cascadian Emergency in which Cascadia, along with Canadian assistance, gained independence from the Pacific States following the independence referendum in the previous year.

The Provisional Government was headed by Washington Governor Daniel J. Evans, who acted as Provisional President of the Provisional Congress. Following the war Cascadia was left economically isolated as even though the Pacific States, now the California Republic, officially recognized the independence of Cascadia in the Seattle Agreement (Signed 10 January, 1982), California would increase tariffs and make exports to the country more difficult to other countries that traded with Cascadia. Which resulted in a sluggish economy that could only rebound if trade with Canada was established. The Food Stamp Act and the Minimum Assistance Program would help the most affected citizens, but resentment against the government would increase. President Evans would soon entertain the idea of joining the British Royal Commonwealth to gain the benefits of free trade with neighbouring Canada and other Commonwealth members. The idea was thought to be impossible during the beginning months, buy increased riots made this drastic idea gain further traction.

Bill Gates Sr, a representative from Seattle, was the first to propose the idea of joining the Commonwealth in March, 1982, although his proposal would be voted down. Bob Packwood, a representative from Oregon, was the main opposition leader to the idea of joining the Commonwealth, stating in a congress session, “It would be against the values and lives of those lost two hundred years ago, to just return to Britain after only a few weeks of hardship.”

The Yakima Massacre on the 13 April resulted in the deaths of 13 people, after a man who had been unable to renew his Food Stamp held a grocery store hostage and killed 12 and himself once the police arrived on the scene. The massacre insisted chaos, with people fearing to go to any food outlet, resulting in more deaths from starvation, 207 would die this way by the end of April. Bill Gates Sr. was appointed Secretary of State on 22 April, and told to begin negotiations with Canada, the United Kingdom, and the rest of the Commonwealth to discuss a possible entry into the organization. The Vancouver (BC) Agreement was signed on 8 May, which stated that the only way for Cascadia to enter the British Royal Commonwealth would be through referendum.

Debate in congress over whether Casacadia even had any legitimacy in joining an organization of former British colonial territories, but pro-commonwealth members mentioned the British joint occupation of Oregon Country with the United States, which encompassed all of Cascadia. After a month of debate and other legislation that were thought to relieve the economic problem, Congress voted 20-15 for holding referendum on 7 June. The final referendum date was to be held on the 3 August.

Daniel J. Evans, Bill Gates Sr, Tom Foley, and Marguerite Ray would campaign for joining the Commonwealth. While Bob Packwood, Slade Gorton, and Mark Hatfield were against joining. The main case against joining was the idea of betrayal against republicanism of democracy, the future grasp of the British royalty, and the hopeful idea of finding another economic solution, such as a plain free trade agreement with Canada or the US. While the case for joining was economic stability with the second largest economy in the world (Canada), military defence, understanding the deals with the US were unlikely due to agreements with California, and Canada was unwilling to invest in an unstable and unreliable economy, unless they were firmly in their sphere of influence.

Once the referendum was held, polls leading up to the day had the results to close to call, and were essentially even. Although most saw the republican side winning in most cases. Some were entertained and interested in the idea of royalty and monarchy, the economic stability joining the commonwealth would bring, as well as defence from California. While others opposed joining due to patriotic standards, total independence from unelectable power, and the belief that the current crisis could be resolved over time.

When the results came in, the victory for the commonwealth came as a shock. Border regions with Canada voted mostly for the commonwealth, along with mainly urban areas, and southwestern Oregon which was hardest hit by the Californian invasion. While more rural and eastern portions of both states voted for becoming a republic.

Cascadia would not officially join the commonwealth until 20 September. Bill Gates Sr. was selected as the first Governor-General the same day by Edward, Prince of Canada. The Federal Election would be held on the 26th, with a Conservative and Liberal coalition defeating the Republicans led by Packwood. With Daniel J. Evans serving as Prime Minister and with Albert L. Rasmussen serving as President of the Senate.

The economy of Cascadia would see rapid improvement, now being able to export to the Commonwealth countries. Main exports being timber, crops, and later technological services mainly provided by Microsoft, headed by Bill Gates Sr’s son, Bill Gates Jr.
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I like the design of the graphics, especially the election ones, and I like the way things are going. Will keep watching to see where this goes!