Hail, Britannia

LeinadB93

Monthly Donor
What software do you use to make election maps?
Inkscape.

Fascinating as usual. What's the thinking behind the change of name to Altava?
It's a callback to the Kingdom of Altava from ~600-700 CE, the last (notable) Christian kingdom in OTL Algeria.
Yep, Tyche is right in that it is a reference to the ancient kingdom. Kind of poetic as the early leaders portrayed the country as the last bastion of French culture in North Africa against the Arab neighbours. Credit to @TheKutKu for pointing me in the direction of the name.
 
It's a callback to the Kingdom of Altava from ~600-700 CE, the last (notable) Christian kingdom in OTL Algeria.
Yep, Tyche is right in that it is a reference to the ancient kingdom. Kind of poetic as the early leaders portrayed the country as the last bastion of French culture in North Africa against the Arab neighbours. Credit to @TheKutKu for pointing me in the direction of the name.
Excellent reference! Thanks.
 

LeinadB93

Monthly Donor
Love a condominium. It would be great to see an infobox on this if you can (unless you've already done one and I missed it, in which case humble apologies).
I do have something in the works for New Israel, so it's an aspect I can look at exploring :)

How many people live in ”New Israel”? Do the jews there still want to return to the holy land?
The total population is about 4.7 million. Majority Jewish but with small minorities of German, Polish and Russian.

No. ITTL Jewish territorialism beat out Zionism as the main movement. With multiple Jewish-majority states/regions in the world there's no real push to relocate to the Holy Land, although there is a large Jewish population in the Levantine states of Judea and Galilee.
 

LeinadB93

Monthly Donor
what? Which states/regions?
iirc, there was one in Northwestern Australia i think
Found it:
There's New Israel in OTL East Prussia. Then the OTL Kimberley region in Western Australia (TTL's Westralia), which is known as Ararat and is a special autonomous territory. The OTL Jewish Autonomous Oblast is more populous and majority Jewish ITTL, as a full republic of the Soviet Union - the Jewish Republic?? Needs a better name...
 
2020 French general election

LeinadB93

Monthly Donor
Many thanks to @Julio974 for the help with the basemap, the parties and the stats. All I did was bring it together.

Hope you enjoy :



The 2020 French general election was held on 19 April and 3 May 2020 to elect, under a two-round multiple non-transferable voting system, also known as plurality-at-large voting, the 602 members of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the French States-General.

Held at the end of a full four year term of the legislature, the 2020 election continued the trend of French politics since 2009, with no party able to secure an outright majority in the chamber. Widespread dissatisfaction with the "political elite" saw voters shift away from the "big two" traditional parties of French politics; the centre-left social democratic Socialist Party (Parti socialiste; PS) and the centre-right Gaullist conservative Union for the French Nation (Union pour la nation française; UNF), towards the smaller parties. Key issues were the growing debt burden faced by France, along with the high unemployment rate, and concerns about national security. A major part of the campaign was the Breton Statute of Autonomy, which had been agreed as a compromise to end the 2017-2018 Breton secession crisis, and narrowly passed by the State-General in November 2018, supported by the centre and the left, but strongly opposed by those on the political right.

The governing centre-left PS, led by incumbent Prime Minister Ségolène Royal, had been in coalition with the ecological party The Greens (Les Verts; LV), the left-wing Radical-Republican Party (Parti radical-républicain; PRR), the centrist Green-Liberal Party (Parti vert-libéral; PVL), and the broad-tent regionalist Union of the Overseas (Union des Outre-mers; UOM) since the 2016 election. The passage of the Breton Statute of Autonomy, over the objections of the PRR, led to their departure from the coalition in January 2019 while the left-regionalist Breton Democratic Union (Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh; UDB) had agreed to support the government.

Both Royal and Jean-François Copé, former prime minister and the leader of the opposition UNF, were increasingly unpopular with both the general public and their party membership. In the first round, both parties saw historically low percentages, although strategic alliances with the smaller parties, and agreeing to drop some candidates in certain constituencies to form joint tickets, resulted in a rebound in the runoffs. Despite this, both parties saw their share of the vote and their seats decline, the PS lost 32 seats while the UNF lost 10. The big winners of the election were the centre-right Union of Independent Democrats (Union des démocrates indépendants; UDI), under Marielle de Sarnez, the right-wing nationalist Eurosceptic Patriots' Front (Front des patriotes; FP), led by Marine Le Pen, and the PVL, led by Cédric Villani. Sarnez and Le Pen made slight gains in the popular vote, but large seat gains due to a shift from the big two in their constituencies, while Villani saw an unprecedented surge in votes and seats, gaining 25 and catapulting the party to the fifth-largest in the chamber.

The UDB, led by Paul Molac, lost over a third of their seats. Some voters were dissatisfied over the shift to autonomy over independence, while others switched to other parties following the successful implementation of the Statute of Autonomy and the creation of a semi-independent Duchy of Brittany. The PRR gained a single seat, although their leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon failed to re-enter the chamber after losing his seat in 2016. LV saw a loss of 9 seats, although only a small drop in their share of the vote, while the right-agrarian Rural Agrarian Movement for Economic Renewal (Mouvement agraire rural de renouvellement économique; MARRE) lost two seats, and its leader Jean Saint-Josse lost the election in Béarn on the second round. The traditional right-wing Nationals and Royalists Party (Parti des nationaux et des royalistes; PNR) held its 8 seats, consolidating its support in the Vendée, and the French Communist Party (Parti communiste français; PCF) gained 2 seats.

The Union of the Overseas (Union des Outre-mers; UOM), a broad-tent regionalist movement that runs primarily in the Pacific overseas territories, picked up a surprise seat in Alexandretta where they won the popular vote, while the nationalist Guangzhouwan Independence Party (Parti pour l'Indépendance du Guangzhouwan / Guangzhouwan Duli Dang; PIG / GDD), despite an upsurge in pro-independence sentiment during the early stages of the campaign, held their 5 seats and a stable share of the vote.

With no party having an outright majority, the process of forming a majority coalition began after the second round results were confirmed on Sunday 3 May. The PVL refused to join another government, and the UDI announced they would abstain from any coalition led by Royal or Copé. On 5 May, Royal announced that the PS had formed a rainbow coalition with the PRR, the UDB, LV, the UOM and the GDD. Despite failing to form a government, and losing a second election, Copé announced he would stay on as leader of the UNF. On 6 May the new Chamber of Deputies convened and voted on the proposed government, and that afternoon Ségolène Royal was invited by King Jean IV to form a government and was sworn in as prime minister.

Following the election, 165 deputies (89 PS and 76 UNF) signed the "Tribune"; a pledge to support their parties for 2 years, but calling for a censorship motion against Royal or Copé after that time. The UDI and PVL agreed to abstain from any censorship vote for 2 years, but the FP declined to join the agreement. This brought some much needed stability to the French political landscape, but set the stage for the possible replacement of the leaders of the big two parties in 2022.


 
Last edited:

LeinadB93

Monthly Donor
Is TTL's modern-day USSR better or worse that OTL Putin's Russia? And speaking of it, what happened to Putin ITTL?
Definitely better than OTL Putin's Russia.

I'm unclear on Putin's fate ITTL. I have three options:
1. His dad dies in the Second World War - so he's never born (feels lazy).
2. He dies or disappears during the violent collapse of Communist Hungary (again feels lazy).
3. He's the long serving President of Transcaucasia... Or a minor Soviet politician...
 
Definitely better than OTL Putin's Russia.

I'm unclear on Putin's fate ITTL. I have three options:
1. His dad dies in the Second World War - so he's never born (feels lazy).
2. He dies or disappears during the violent collapse of Communist Hungary (again feels lazy).
3. He's the long serving President of Transcaucasia... Or a minor Soviet politician...
I think having him be a Soviet politician fits best. He seems sort of the guy the chief whip would threaten to use on other politicians in order to enforce party discipline.
 
Definitely better than OTL Putin's Russia.

I'm unclear on Putin's fate ITTL. I have three options:
1. His dad dies in the Second World War - so he's never born (feels lazy).
2. He dies or disappears during the violent collapse of Communist Hungary (again feels lazy).
3. He's the long serving President of Transcaucasia... Or a minor Soviet politician...
Maybe he occupying a place like Mayor of Moscow or a high-grade representative of a "austerous" right-wing into Duma or something like would be a good choice?
 
Definitely better than OTL Putin's Russia.

I'm unclear on Putin's fate ITTL. I have three options:
1. His dad dies in the Second World War - so he's never born (feels lazy).
2. He dies or disappears during the violent collapse of Communist Hungary (again feels lazy).
3. He's the long serving President of Transcaucasia... Or a minor Soviet politician...
If you wanted a bit of irony, you could had Putin be a KGB defector before the USSR reformed.
 
So I was doing an ISOT of Texas for a map game, and I saw that Wendy Davis got thrown out of the PM office in 2020. What happened, and who succeeded her? Or is that too spoilery?
 

LeinadB93

Monthly Donor
I think having him be a Soviet politician fits best. He seems sort of the guy the chief whip would threaten to use on other politicians in order to enforce party discipline.
Maybe he occupying a place like Mayor of Moscow or a high-grade representative of a "austerous" right-wing into Duma or something like would be a good choice?
Both excellent ideas, giving me much food for thought :)

If you wanted a bit of irony, you could had Putin be a KGB defector before the USSR reformed.
he'd be Putin his life on the line
I somehow can't see any version of Putin defecting to the west x'D

So I was doing an ISOT of Texas for a map game, and I saw that Wendy Davis got thrown out of the PM office in 2020. What happened, and who succeeded her? Or is that too spoilery?
Where did you see that?
 
Both excellent ideas, giving me much food for thought :)




I somehow can't see any version of Putin defecting to the west x'D



Where did you see that?
I saw it on the "Presidents and Prime Ministers of Texas" list. To clarify, it said her term ended in 2020, so I kinda assumed she lost her position
 
Last edited:
Top