Since the bellicists took control over the United States the more authoritarian and racists politicians took over as well. After the return of the federal government and the proper United States, the social stigma of Jim Crow and the OTL pre-Civil Rights Movement lasted longer as more racist politicians remained. Many liberals attempted to enacted civil rights legislation but the administration of John Nance Garner directly right after WWII prevented much of this, and political setbacks also pushed civil rights legislation further back. With this, more militant actions (like OTL Black Panthers) came after harsher crackdowns on civil disobedience in the south. Long lasting civil rights legislation fully came around in the very late 60s and 70s.Sorry to bug you, I just have a final question about the “a changed world” timeline. In regards to you saying there weren’t really any insurgencies, and the civil rights movement being more radicalized and violent, was it mostly just rioting and some acts of terrorism, but worse than otl because civil rights were not really a priority for the government?
Social Democrats - They are leftists to democratic socialists, think Bernie Sanders and the progressive wing of OTL DemocratsWhat are the ideologies of the different Cascadian parties?
I very like how detailed is this post! Although I think there should be "Party representatives convened on 3 February 2021 ...", as this party was founded on October 23 2020.View attachment 666070The 2021 Social Democratic Party leadership election was held between 3 February to 16 March 2021. The election was called to elect a new leader of the Social Democratic party after the incumbent leader, Bill Gates III, announced his retirement.
At a celebration party on 23 October 2020 for the merger of the Liberal, Labor, and Green parties of Cascadia, party leader Bill Gates III announced that he had planned to retire from politics and resign as leader of the newly formed party. This led to the SDP National Committee forming leadership election rules for potential candidates.
Based on the rules candidates had to, 1. be currently serving in the House of Representatives, 2. be nominated at least 5% of party representatives (at least 4 out of 76 representatives), and 3. gain a majority of voting party members in the final round of voting in ranked-choice.
Almost immediately pundits had suggested that secretary of state, Patty Murray, was the frontrunner for the leadership, with Deputy PM Jennifer Williamson another favorite. Those two were considered "moderates" in the increasingly leftward swing of the party. Progressives on the other hand were divided between a long-time representative Jeff Merkely and form Governor-General Jay Inslee. Merkley was better connected in the House as Inslee had only been elected in 2019, while Inslee had nationwide name recognition given his previous office. Other members seemed displeased with the lack of racial diversity, progressive rising star Pramila Jayapal was supported by younger members.
Party representatives convened on 3 February 2020 to cast their ballots for nominees for party leadership. Murray gained the most support with 26, while Jayapal gained the minimum of 4. Debra Entenman and Jenny Durkin, gained 2 and 1 respectively, although both back Murray and hadn't campaigned for the nomination.
After the representative vote, the 5 nominees began the campaign to gain support from party members. With the progressives divided between 3 candidates, the 2 moderates campaigned on continuing much of Gates' policies.
In early May, Gates announced that he and his wife, Melinda, were divorcing. Many speculated this was the reason for Gates to resign as leader in the first place. With media investigation into the nearly 2 decades of Gates in power, it was discovered that there were times of political corruption. Although Gates wasn't technically doing anything illegal, influencing policy and legislation to not hamper Microsoft or the Gates Foundation was largely seen as a major blow to Gates' character of a "morally good" billionaire leader. This had, and mostly continues, to have damaged the social democrats' image.
The nominees had to address these issues, long-time ally Patty Murray argued she did not contribute nor have knowledge of Gates' self-beneficial policies. The progressives argued that the corruption of the moderates showcased a needed change in direction and leadership.
Party members voted on 16 March, ranking all 5 candidates based on preference. Although Murray was seen as likely to still reach the final round, it was not completely known who would come in second, especially between Merkely or Inslee on the progressive side. After the counting of the ballots and announcing of preferences, Jayapal, Merkley, and Williamson were eliminated, in that order.
By the end of the final round, Murray was able to gain a majority of the party member vote, defeating Inslee and becoming the new party leader. Although she was the new party leader, Gates remains as prime minister until the elections next year.
We all love space!View attachment 703060The Joint Canada-Cascadia Space Program (JCCSP) is an independent, intergovernmental organisation under the oversight of the Canadian and Cascadian governments. It’s responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research and exploration for both countries.
JCCSP’s space flight programme includes human spaceflight (mainly to the International Space Station II Programme (ISS II), the Lunar Hermes Space Vehicle, the Alignak Lunar Base, and the Ares Martian Base); the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets, the Moon, and other interstellar bodies; Earth observation, science and telecommunication; designing launch vehicles; and maintaining a major spaceport, the John Herbert Chapman Spaceport at Freetown, Bahamas, Canada. The JCCSP’s main space launch vehicle is the Borealia II, mainly designed and produced by Boeing with funding from both the Canadian and Cascadian governments.
The JCCSP is also working with the European Space Agency (ESA), the National Space Administration of [South] China (NSAC), and other national and private space programs on various multinational space operations, mainly the ISS II, and the lunar and martian bases. The JCCSP is under the supervision of the United Nations Outer Space Affairs Council, the newest UN Primary Organ formed in 2011 to facilitate and enforce peaceful international cooperation in outer space.
The space agencies under Canada and Cascadia were merged into one in 2006 in order to better coordinate the already highly interconnected space agencies of both nations. Both had been major innovators of space technologies and manufacturing and had already conducted joint-space operations since the mid-1990s with the Borealia I SLS Programme. Prime minister Bill Gates III of Cascadia and prime minister Sheila Copps of Canada finalized the merger.
Cactus Jack is the way to go!View attachment 711375The 1948 United States presidential election was the 39th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 2, 1948. After the Second American Civil War and the postponements of the presidential elections of 1940 and 1944, this would be the first presidential election since 1936. Incumbent President Douglas MacArthur was defeated by former House Speaker and 1936 Democratic party nominee John Nance Garner. Although MacArthur would be forcibly removed from office by a military clique under General Dwight D. Eisenhower after MacArthur refused to accept the election results and attempted to maintain power. Eisenhower would relinquish power once Garner took the oath of office on 4 March 1949.
Following the 1936 election and the subsequent chaos on who should be president, General Douglas MacArthur declared himself Acting President and led the Federal forces against the rebelling Communists and Nationalists during the Second American Civil War. Following a prolonged campaign in the Rocky Mountains and the Prairies, along with the Minneapolis Truce with the Communists in 1940, anti-Nationalists were able to maintain the front and eventually push back especially after the Canadians became involved in 1942. Considering the total war status of the federal states under MacArthur, elections were postponed by MacArthur with Congress passing a resolution in agreement. But once most of the states were under the federal government, MacArthur postponed elections again in 1944 citing the remaining continued instability of the Jacquerie period, especially the renewed conflict with the Communists which began again earlier that year.
Due to mass civil protest, and immense pressure from both Congress and his military allies, MacArthur agreed to hold elections in 1948. Former House Speaker John Nance Garner, who was the Democratic nominee in 1936, was able to regain the party nomination 12 years later on the 9th presidential ballot during the 1948 Democratic National Convention. This was on the condition that the Democrats’ party ally, the Progressives, chose his running mate which was Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace. MacArthur, prior to the election, formed the Federal party with him as the presidential nominee, while the Republicans as their party ally selected Minnesota military governor Harold Stassen as his running mate. Federal government-aligned and anti-rebelling Communist groups coalesced into the Socialist Labor party, Civil Rights, and labor movement leader A. Philip Randolph became their nominee, becoming the first African American to gain the presidential nomination of a major party ticket in U.S. history. Black civil rights groups, especially in the Southern states, formed the Blacks’ Rights party to counter to the States’ Rights party. States’ Rights were Southern pro-segregationists and former Democrats who saw Garner as a “fake” Democrat given his running mate, Wallace, was anti-segregationist. Many Communist and Nationalist leaders, members, and groups had declared been ineligible to participate in the election by the MacArthur administration.
Many political pundits and average people predicted that MacArthur would lose the election and even suspected that he would attempt to rig and alter the votes in various precincts and swing states. Garner won with 214 electoral votes to MacArthur’s 104, while Randolph won 48 and Hays won 47. Garner also won 48.4% of the popular vote compared to MacArthur’s 40.5%, while Socialist Labor and States’ Rights won 6.9% and 3.8% of the popular vote respectively. Following Garner’s victory, MacArthur would claim widespread voter fraud and violent intimidation by remaining Communists and Nationalists.
On 6 January 1949, the day where a joint session of Congress certifies the electoral votes of each state, MacArthur attempted to declare Martial Law and suspend the certification of the electoral college. Military leaders under General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, the de facto military deputy to MacArthur, declared his allegiance to democracy, trust in the election, and loyalty to future president Garner. Eisenhower would use the already stationed Maryland national guard and Army regiments in the D.C. area to defeat MacArthur’s forces and push them out of the capital. Facing increased instability and another possible collapse of the federal government MacArthur reluctantly conceded and surrendered to Eisenhower’s forces on 8 January, resigning thus making Eisenhower the acting president. This would be nominally known as MacArthur’s Rebellion.
Eisenhower would remain in office until 4 March, when Garner swore the oath of office and officially became president. The Democrats would also gain a majority in the House and Senate during the 1948 congressional elections, thus gaining a government trifecta. This election and MacArthur’s Rebellion is the main reason for the calling Second Constitutional Convention and mainly the ratification of the 22nd Amendment.