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Country profile - Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua in the north, the Caribbean Sea in the northeast, Panama in the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest.

History
Thanks to its economic development during the XIXth Century, Costa Rica began the Twentieth with far more political stability than its immediate neighbours in Latin America. But this stability wasn’t without violence however : with support of the United States, General Federico Tinoco ruled as a military dictator from his coup in 1917 to his assassination in 1919 ; in 1921, a border dispute with Panama degenerated into a war, the Coto War, that saw Panamaian victory and the annexation of Nuevo Pueblo de Coto under US tutelage.

But the defining threat to Costa Rica was the expansion of the Syndicalist Republic of Central America, that expanded in neighboring Nicaragua with Augusto Sandino’s coup in 1934. The incumbent President, Léon Cortés Castro, took inspiration of the Integralist regimes in Europe to modify the Constitution to his own advantage, becoming able to run for his own re-election for two consecutive terms, installing the supremacy of the executive over the other powers and putting in place a corporatist system modeled on Italy. To implement this self-coup, unwavering support from and to the United States and presenting Red Central America as the ultimate scapegoat was necessary. Cortés Castro served from 1931 to 1939, and then from 1943 to his own death in 1946 : entering the World War on the Allied Side, Cortés Castro was unable to see Syndicalism being torn apart, but the system he put in place for Costa Rica remained.

His vice president, Rafael Angel Caldéron Garcia, was able to inherit Cortés’ system, taking inspiration in Alvaro Obregon’s policies in Mexico, after the left claimed fraud in the 1951 presidential election. Calderon Garcia was able to be elected for five terms (1946-1951, 1955-1963, 1967-1970) until massive protests in 1968 forced him to announce it would be his last term; he kept true to his word, by passing away in 1970. Winning the 1971 presidential election, José Figueres Ferrer was able to soften the 1934 Constitution, even if the shift was already done in Costa Rican politics.

Costa Rica was able to follow a peaceful course as a prominent member of the Havana Organization, in spite of the damages done by the 1983 economic crisis that radically polarized national politics. Costa Rica, with its deregulated corporatist economy, was able to attract American investors, some with a strong libertarian agenda : Otto Guevara, from the fringe Costa Rican Objectivist Party, was able to win the 2007 presidential election after his campaign had been funded by American libertarian expatriates such as John McAfee, making Costa Rica a true libertarian experimental ground.

Political situation
According to its Constitution, Costa Rica is an unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic : even if the Constitution was heavily amended since 1934, the President, elected for a four-year term, renewable once in a consecutive way, holds tremendous executive powers, being able to veto legislation, dissolve the unicameral Legislative Assembly, conduct the foreign and monetary policies and proclaim a state of emergency. Legislative powers are held both by the President and the Legislative Assembly, while the judiciary is independent.

The current President is Juan Diego Castro Ferdnandez, from the National Integral Party (far-right, integralist, fundamentalist), who was elected on 30 March 2019 for a four-year term, defeating incumbent President Rafael Angel Calderon Fournier. A lawyer, Castro Fernandez managed to rise to prominence and be elected in an upset due to the massive upheavals created by Otto Guevara’s objectivist administration (2007-2015) that totally collapsed the old corporatist system and led to full deregulation, depenalization and privatization of societies, leading to a massive influx of foreign investments but also cementing Costa Rica as a haven for drug use, prostitution and gambling. Promising to “put an end to the Babylon of the Americas” and “end the Jewish control of our motherland”, Castro Fernandez’s first steps were to expel expatriate John McAfee, seen as the power behind the Guevara administration, and outlaw gay marriage and drug use. Nevertheless, these reforms were put to a halt by the Wuchang Pneumonia, that took a massive death toll over Costa Rica, and also the discontent of the United States.

Social situation, population
With more than 5 million inhabitants, Costa Rica’s deregulation policies also allowed for a free flow of rich migrants, coming from North America and Europe, looking forward to the total lack of fiscality towards foreigners, joining the increasing American objectivist community, constituted in the 1990s due to reservation towards the increasingly “socialist” policies in their country. This deregulation also led to the privatization of health and education facilities, leading in turn to a massive sanitary crisis in the wake of the Wuchang Pneumonia and a thinner access to higher education, both situations that were condemned by the World Council. The majority of Costa Rican population qualifies as Mestizo, as the Native American population was deeply reduced during Spanish colonization, with Roman Catholicism serving as the almost exclusive religious denomination.

Economy
A founding member of the Havana Treaty Organization, Costa Rica has a very stable economy, with a high unemployment rate and moderate inflation, based on tourism, electronics, medical components exports and IT services, having begun its transition from agriculture after the 1980s economic crisis. Nothing would have differentiated Costa Rica from its neighbors, except for a relative instability, if it were not for its Objectivist revolution : disappointed by the different administrations in the United States and enthralled by the low fiscality and the climate of Costa Rica, many Objectivist-minded businessmen settled in Costa Rica during the 1990s and 2000s, such as IT wunderkind John McAfee, who led an effort to have a libertarian government elected in Costa Rica and turn the country into an effective laboratory for objectivist ideas, as it had been done in the Pacific. It was such during the Otto Guevara administration, from 2007 to 2015 : all freedoms were inscribed in the Constitution, but an economic side, deregulation, privatization of state entreprises and public facilities, reduction of taxes and huge benefits for foreign investors were prevalent ; even if the Guevara administration could boast of a two digits growth for Costa Rica, many experts consider that life conditions and society have suffered a lot for this unrestrained policy.

Military
With a decreased role as compared to its Latin American neighbors, the Costa Rican Army is nevertheless still existent, with missions devoted to keeping the country’s borders and participating to peacekeeping missions by the Havana Treaty Organization and the World Council. Trained and monitored by the United States, the military has enjoyed an increase of its budget under the current administration.

Culture
Located at the threshold of Maya culture, Costa Rica is well known for its mysterious stone orbs disseminated throughout its landscapes ; now, thanks to its stability and relative prosperity, Costa Rica is a high place for tourism, thanks to its gorgeous landscapes and beaches. Nevertheless, since the massive deregulation initiated by the Guevara presidency, Costa Rica’s tourism took a darker turn : opening its market to foreign investors, the country has become a true Mecca for libertarians, objectivists and free-thinkers, but also for seekers of thrills, as consumption and selling of drugs and full depenalization of prostitution turned the streets of San José into a den of all decadencies, even if the current administration took measures to curb down this reputation “of the Babylon of the Americas”.
 
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How wealthy would she be compared to Musk, Bezos, or Putin IOTL? Would she be on their level or is her wealth more on the level of the Sultan of Brunei IOTL (who is still worth $20 billion)?
Around the Sultan of Brunei twice. The Romanovs were very, very wealthy by the time of WWI.
This is one hell of an update!

Approximately what's the number of Asatru followers globally?
It's in the millions and is a thing in former Canada, USA, Scandinavia and Germany.
So, could we have a glimpse into the Indian subcontinent, be it Assam or Bengal, to get a rough idea of how the British left ?

From the wikiboxes, it's obvious the British divided the Raj between south and north, Burma and Karenistan, plus for some reason, Kashmir and Khalistan, in 1950, but as it comes to Bharatavarsha, the wikiboxes of Assam and Bengal let it transpire both regions erupted into open rebellion in the mid 1980s, with a probable peace accord since both independences are formally recognized on the same day, 24 May 1993.
Since this region is a crossroads between the subcontinent, southeast Asia and China, I'm curious to see how this rebellion played out.
The Indian subcontinent was a wild ride. To summarize it, Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah failed to come to prominence in the Indian struggle for independence, being overtaken by Bose who joined forces with the Muslims and the Japanese and refused steadily all negotiations with the British. A war of independence erupted from 1942 to 1950, a bloody affair fought alongside the World War, that spelled into Burma and Afghanistan, with Dravidians, Kashmiris, Sikhs, Baluchs, Hyderabadis and Karens siding with the British and obtaining theirown independence. Bose tried to lead India as a democracy but after being defeated in Tibet by China and Japan failing to support him, Bose took on dictatorial powers and led an ultranationalist regime, persecuting Muslims and adopting a policy of Hindutva : the country's name changed to Bharatavarsha in 1966. After Bose's death in 1981, extremist elements took power and launched a full-scale genocide of the Muslims after the Japanese Empire collapsed ; Bengal and Assam revolted, trigerring a Civil War (1988-1996), complete with nuclear bombings. Persecution of Muslims alterned with military/ultranationalist periods, but the last military coup in 2020 allowed the return of a fragile democracy.
Is the Lithuanian Prime Minister being 33-years old here based on the similar case of Sanna Marin becoming Finnish Prime Minister at 34 IOTL? And speaking of which, what is Sanna Marin (and Jacinda Ardern for that matter) doing ITTL? Also, what was Indochina between 1988 and 1994 as it was reformed in 1988 and became a Republic in 1994? A monarchy under the Nguyens?
I thought of Sanna Marin, but many heads of government in Europe, mostly from the left, are quite young ITTL. Sanna Marin is the current Minister of the Interior of Finland, while Jacinta Ardern is a Progressive Representative for Utah. Indochina was a monarchy under the Nguyens, associated too deeply with the Japanese era : the monarchy was ditched quickly after reunification.
Are the things you posted in other threads about this timeline while it was in development still canon?

Stuff like Charlie Chaplin being governor of California, Kenneth Branagh being a terrorist, etc?
More or less, actually, save for some change of details.
 
Considering Lebed is still alive ITTL, what position did he have on the failed coup and what happened to him after said failed coup? Also, as he's played by Zelensky, did not!Frank Underwood claim to be a "servant of the people" in his rhetoric in the show even though the audience knows his true colors by any chance?
 
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What cities ended up nuked during said war?
Warsaw, Radom, Kielce and Katowice.
I don't think it's accurate saying that the Incan culture extended all the way to Costa Rica. Good update regardless!!
An awful mistake ! It's corrected !
Yes, I noticed that Julian Castro went from Vice President of Mexico to VP of the United States! :p
I didn't remember it myself, so it is !
Considering Lebed is still alive ITTL, what position did he have on the failed coup and what happened to him after said failed coup? Also, as he's played by Zelensky, did not!Frank Underwood claim to be a "servant of the people" in his rhetoric in the show even though the audience knows his true colors by any chance?
Lebed had to re-open democracy due to repression and defeat in the Iran War and he fled Russia after investigations were launched for the abuses on civil rights during his term, he now lives in exile in Korea and has escaped prosecution and extradition. Many point to him as an inspiration for the would-be putschists, even if he refrained to criticizing the Tsarina or indulging with the far right.
As of Zelensky, I will most certainly do the Wikibox for ATL!House of Cards !
 
Many point to him as an inspiration for the would-be putschists, even if he refrained to criticizing the Tsarina or indulging with the far right.
Speaking of the putschists, aside from Dugin, Putin, and Ivashov, what prominent figures were important in the failed coup? Were the people the putschists wanted to become Tsar (Grand Duke Andrei and former Prime Minister (and coupster), Grand Duke Mikhail) involved in the coup attempt? Or were they more people the putschists hoped to reach out to after the coup? Also, who is Mung Yong-myeong meant to be IOTL as I couldn't find any references to him? And speaking of Korea, who replaced Shkuro as the commander of Russian forces after his assassination? Tukhachevsky?
 
Ross Perot
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Ross Perot (Texarkana, TX June 27, 1930 - Dallas, TX July, 9 2019) is an American businessman and politician, who served as the 46th Governor of Texas from January 15, 1991 to January, 17 1999, serving as an independent. He also ran unsuccessfully for President in the 1996 Progressive presidential primaries.

A native of Texarkana, Texas, Perot graduated from the United States Naval Academy, served in the United States Navy during the World War and became a salesman for IBM after he served. In 1962, inspired by the blooming informatics industry, he founded Electronic Data Systems, a data processing service company : becoming a millionaire, he was able to sell a controlling interest in the company to Krupp in 1981 for 2,4 billion dollars. Perot established Perot Systems, an information service provider, in 1988, Perot was able to pass through the 1983 economic crisis as the sector didn’t suffer from the fallout of the energy crisis, becoming a business angel and one of the most renowned billionaires in the blooming industry.

Perot became known, during the Robertson Administration, as a dissenting voice against the Mindanao War, funding by himself efforts to recover missing prisoners of war in the Philippine jungles, opposing American interventionism abroad and the bellicist policies of the Robertson Administration. However, Perot’s criticism didn’t cease with the election of Al Gore, criticizing federal interference along with the budget deficit. An entry of the Texan billionaire into politics was expected.

It came in the 1990 Texan gubernatorial election : not recognizing himself in any of the regular parties (although he had been a registered Republican before) Perot innovated by running as an independent candidate, with a largely self-funded campaign, running on a platform of balanced budget, Texan exceptionalism, end to the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico and electronic direct democracy. Progressive candidate Ann Richards and Republican candidate Clayton Williams were unable to win enough traction in Texas and incumbent Conservative Governor Ron Paul suffered from severe backlash due to his libertarian policies : Ross Perot was able to win with 38,9 % of the votes, the first win from an independent in Texas since Sam Houston in 1859.

As Governor, Ross Perot used his standing as an independent to implement a bipartisan effort in Texan Congress, being able to reform the prison system, launch great works to attract new business invested in high tech, develop Internetz coverage in Texas and renewable energies, reduce the sale and semi-automatic firearms and assault rifles, reduce investments in Mexico. When the Mexican Civil War erupted, Perot only agreed to allow educated Mexicans to migrate to Texas, blocking refugees at the Mexican-Texan border : Perot became overnight a darling of the conservative community, as the 1994 gubernatorial election was in full motion, allowing him to win a second term, defeating Progressive Jim Mattox and Conservative Joe Barton, winning more than half of the votes, a first since the emergence of a viable third party and another first for an independent candidate throughout the United States. Perot’s second term saw the continuation of the staunch policy towards Mexican migrants, while continuing his prior policies.

As a popular governor of a big state, Ross Perot was seen a potential presidential candidate, either as an independent or as a member of the Conservative or Republican parties ; on November 20, 1995, Perot unexpectedly announced his registration as a Progressive, declaring his disgust for the religious right that had followed the Robertson Administration and considering the Republicans as a minor party ; declaring himself to be economically conservative yet socially liberal, he wanted to embody an alternative to Al Gore. Due to various gaffes, the Texan managed to win the Iowa Caucus but scored a disappointing third place in the New Hampshire primary, before conceding after massive losses after Super Tuesday. Refusing to endorse eventual nominee, Vice President George Mitchell, Ross Perot considered running as an independent before deciding to focus on Texas, still registered as a Progressive . After the unexpected win of William Weld, Ross Perot refused the position of Secretary of the Treasury but put all his weight behind the Balanced Budget Amendment, that finally passed in 1999 as the 33rd Amendment.

After completing his term as Governor of Texas and being succeeded by John Conryn, Ross Perot retired from politics altogether, while still defending Texan interests, isolationism and advocating for small government and Internetz-fueled democracy, before his death in 2019 from leukemia. His only son out of 5 children, Ross Perot, Jr., ran as the Progressive candidate in the 2006 Texan gubernatorial election, losing to Conservative Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

An essay by historian Thierry Dubontau, A Giant Sucking Sound (named after Ross Perot's infamous comment about the need to refrain poor Mexicans from entering Texas), published in 2010, claimed that Perot would have been elected President had he decided to run as a Conservative or a Republican in 1996.
 
Speaking of the putschists, aside from Dugin, Putin, and Ivashov, what prominent figures were important in the failed coup? Were the people the putschists wanted to become Tsar (Grand Duke Andrei and former Prime Minister (and coupster), Grand Duke Mikhail) involved in the coup attempt? Or were they more people the putschists hoped to reach out to after the coup? Also, who is Mung Yong-myeong meant to be IOTL as I couldn't find any references to him? And speaking of Korea, who replaced Shkuro as the commander of Russian forces after his assassination? Tukhachevsky?
The repression is still going wide in Russia but has taken the form of wide purges within the military, the administration and the university, like in Turkey in 2016 after the coup attempt against Erdogan ; however, the Okhrana is trying to contain itself, as the general elections are still scheduled for later in the year and they don't want far right leader Konstantin Malofeev (himself heavily suspected) to be able to portray himself as a victim. Members of the Imperial family are under virtual house arrest, it's expected that their status will protect them from prosecution.

Mung Yung-myeong is, I must admit, the French transliteration of the birth name of this guy : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Myung_Moon. Yup, he became Prime Minister of Korea.

Ivan Konev replaced Shkuro as military governor of Korea.
 
Muhammad Abdel Moneim
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Muhammad Abdul Moneim (Alexandria, Egypt (now Delta) 20 February 1899 - London, Great Britain 1 December 1979) was an Egyptian prince, hailing from the Muhammad Ali dynasty, who ruled Egypt, first as Khedive from 25 July 1914 to 11 June 1920, succeeding his father Abbas II, then as King, until his abdication on 4 February 1942, when he was succeeded by his son Abbas III.

The son of Khedive Abbas II, Muhammad Abdul Moneim unexpectedly succeeded his father when he was 15, after his assassination in Constantinople on 25 July 1914. Egypt was still nominally part of the Ottoman Empire as a tributary state but had been under control and occupation of the British Empire since 1882 ; Abbas II had been at odds with the occupiers but the British took advantage of the Regency, insured by Muhammad Abdul Moneim’s uncle, Prince Muhammad Ali Tewfik, to better placate the young monarch.

As the United Kingdom remained neutral during the Great European War, the Russian invasion of the Ottoman Empire sent shockwaves throughout the Arab World, encouraging Prime Minister Saad Zaghloul to proclaim independence on 13 November 1918 from the Ottoman Empire, with a mob slaughtering the entire British delegation in Cairo ; the Regency supported Zaghloul’s move and after the First Egyptian War of Independence (1918-1920), the landing of the British Army and the fall of Cairo, the Wafd Party and the position of Prime Minister were abolished by the victors, with Egypt becoming a British protectorate as a kingdom, with Muhammad Abdul Moneim, the new King, being proclaimed of age.

A shy young man, withdrawn and virtually isolated by the British within his Cairo palace, King Muhammad Abdel Moneim had no role but as a figurehead and a fuse for the protectorate. As such, he had no roles in the growing instability in Egypt, with the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood above all independantist groups. After Cairo was rocked by islamist riots during Spring 1942, the king served as a scapegoat and was forced to abdicate by the British Governor-General, being deemed too unreliable by the occupiers. His son from his marriage with Ottoman princess Dirrishevar Sultan, Abbas III, succeeded him, while he was still a baby. The former King retained residence in Cairo, in a separate palace, before going into exile after the abolition of the monarchy in 1965. Muhammad Abdel Moneim, forgotten by all, would die in exile in 1979, aged 80.
 
Ivan Konev replaced Shkuro as military governor of Korea.
Any achievements Konev had before being sent to Korea? And on that note, what did other prominent Soviet Marshals IOTL like Zhukov, Timoshenko, Rokossovsky, Vasilevsky, Malinovsky, Bagramyan, Yegorov, Budyonny, and Chuikov end up doing ITTL? Any acheivements they had ITTL? Guessing Bagramyan ITTL ended up a senior Armenian general or something like that.
 
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Pardon my ignorance, but this applies to OTL as well, correct?
Yeah, I meant in-universe.
Any achievements Konev had before being sent to Korea? And on that note, what did other prominent Soviet Marshals IOTL like Zhukov, Timoshenko, Rokossovsky, Vasilevsky, Malinovsky, Bagramyan, Yegorov, Budyonny, and Chuikov end up doing ITTL? Any acheivements they had ITTL? Guessing Bagramyan ITTL ended up a senior Armenian general or something like that.
Konev served during the Georgian Blockade and commanded during the Second Russo-Japanese War. He would later serve in the Estonia War.
Major Russian generals will get their update from time to time. But to say:

Had a prominent military career : Zhukov, Malinovsky, Timoshenko, Chuikov
Was purged for Bolshevik sympathies : Rokossovsky, Yegorov, Budyonny
Became an agromonist : Vasilievsky
Became President of Armenia : Bagramyan
 
Any reason why Objectivism is used to describe TTL's Libertarianism? I take it that Ayn Rand was more moderate ideologically ITTL, being a citizen of a surviving Russian Empire and not as an emigre in America here.
 
Country profile - Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands are a North Atlantic archipelago, located north-northwest of Scotland and about halfway between Norway and Iceland.

History
A constituent country of Denmark since the 1814 Treaty of Kiel, the Faroe Islands began the XXth century by fostering their national awakening, first as a struggle to maintain the Faroese language and then politically with the foundation of political parties in the archipelago in 1906. Rather isolated from the affairs in Europe, the World War and the total destruction of Copenhagen by retreating Syndicalist troops, along with the independence of Iceland, were all elements that convinced the Danish government to grant self-government in 1950 : on 14 September 1950, Faroe Islands became an independent country, in personal union with the Kingdom of Denmark, a few months after Danish Greenland had been sold to the United States.

A member of the Nordic Pact then of the European Community, the Faroe Islands developed themselves as a modern country, claiming their neutrality in refusing the installation of a German military base in 1955, then with a 1972 referendum that put an end to the personal union, making the Faroe Islands a Republic on 1 January 1973. The biggest crisis came in 1992 with the government filing for bankruptcy after the collapse of all fishing activities, triggering massive riots and forcing the government to put themselves under massive aid from the international community and accepting the installation of a Reichspakt military base the following year.

Political situation
According to its Constitution, the Faroe Islands are an unitary parliamentary republic. Heavily inspired by the Danish political system, the Faroese one concentrates both executive and legislative powers into its unicameral Parliament, the Løgting, elected every four years by universal suffrage. The President of the Republic only have ceremonial powers and is elected by the Løgting every five years, while the Prime Minister is designated among the majority within Parliament. The judicial system is also heavily inspired by Denmark.

The current President of the Republic is Aksel V. Johannesen, a lawyer and former footballer, who previously served as Minister of Finance from 2011 to 2015 : a member of the majority Social-Democratic Party (center-left, social democrat), he was elected by Parliament on 12 September 2021 for a five-year term, renewable once.

The current Prime Minister is Høgni Hoydal, a journalist, who served as Leader of the Social Democratic Party since 1998 and as Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands since 8 September 2001, being re-elected in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and most recently on the 29 August 2021 elections. A member of the left wing of the Social Democratic Party, Hoydal was able to win five consecutive elections thanks to the quasi-hegemonic position of the party but also his promises for a truly regenerated welfare state, after the years of austerity that followed the 1992 economic collapse ; in spite of voter fatigue, the very effective and restrictive policies against the Wuchang Pneumonia pandemic allowed Hoydal to win a fifth term in 2021.

Social situation, population

A first world country, even if they are the poorest in Scandinavia as compared to the very high standards of the European region, the Faroe Islands enjoy the same standards of a highly developed welfare state, as evidenced by the strong governmental response during the pandemic and the qualities of its university, the hospitals and citizens’ care. However, the main issue that the Faroe Islands face are, as all European countries, the status of its population, even amplified by its small size. The aging and homogenous population makes the risk of a heavy shock from retirement pensions over the welfare state, but also an actual shrinking of its population, as the Faroese population suffers from a gender gap, having more and more male inhabitants being single and childless. Due to its recovering economy, the Faroe Islands fail to attract immigration, remaining the issue of the shrinking population even hotter.

Economy
Essentially based on fishing, the Faroese economy crashed dramatically in 1992, after a decade of decreased production and rarefaction, that wasn’t helped due to tensions with Iceland and Newfoundland over fishing areas, along with a lack of investment due to the global crisis. Under massive dependence on international funding and relief, that forced the Faroe Islands to a whole decade of austerity measures, the Hoydal government launched massive efforts towards development of tourism, now the country’s main resource, methods of fishing respectful of the environment (even if whale hunting continue) and very attractive tax deductions for high tech companies settling in the Faroe Islands, even if the latter failed to gain traction.

Military
An officially neutral country, the Faroe Islands are nonetheless hosting since 1993 the Mjørkadalur Military Base, one of the most prominent positions of the Kaiserliche Marine and the Reichspakt Naval Forces in the North Atlantic ; a first project during the early Greater Game had been rejected by the Faroese government in 1955. Due to its small size and neutrality, the Faroe Islands has no military forces but has not abolished its army altogether.

Culture
Since independence from Denmark, the Faroe Islands has made efforts to preserve its culture, mainly separated from other cultures due to the archipelagos relative isolation, with Faroese becoming the main language, even if Danish is the second most used, due to the high percentage of inhabitants holding dual citizenship. Literature, music, cuisine, folk clothing and cinema are distinct, as with the tradition of whaling in the archipelago, still enforced in spite of environmental concern, and the poor performances of the Faroese national football team, becoming something of a meme in international competitions. The Church of the Faroe Islands became independent from the Church of Denmark in 1953, while Asatru (Germanic neopaganism) is recognized as an official religion. The gorgeous landscapes of the archipelago are the main resource for tourism.
 
Any reason why Objectivism is used to describe TTL's Libertarianism? I take it that Ayn Rand was more moderate ideologically ITTL, being a citizen of a surviving Russian Empire and not as an emigre in America here.
First, Ayn Rand's Peace Nobel Prize heavily helped to the fame of the ideology, but it's more synonymous of a celebration of individual freedom, due to the high scrutiny and repression in Russia back then. The economic theory comes later, and more from American thinkers.
 
First, Ayn Rand's Peace Nobel Prize heavily helped to the fame of the ideology, but it's more synonymous of a celebration of individual freedom, due to the high scrutiny and repression in Russia back then. The economic theory comes later, and more from American thinkers.
Fair enough. Anyways, what became of Alexander Solzhenitsyn ITTL, especially with the more interesting views he expressed IOTL?
 
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