List of Alternate Presidents and PMs II

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  1. Hedonic Hun Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2018
    List of German Chancellors, 1981 - today

    I don't know if anyone is interested, but a few people liked the prequel, so finally: here's part 2 of my weird Germany-US analogue.

    Joachim Fuchsberger, 1981 - 1989


    def.: Erhard Eppler (SPD), 1981
    Johannes Rau (SPD), 1985
    1981-85: CDU/CSU majority government
    1985-89: CDU/CSU majority government
    above: Fuchsberger posing for a 1985 campaign ad

    Judging solely by the nature of his fame, Joachim "Blacky" Fuchsberger was the perfect man to unify the nation and finally promise stability after a decade of turbulence. In the 1960's, Fuchsberger had played charming detectives on the big screen. In the early 70's, he had hosted his own TV show. But it was not until 1981, that he was in for the role of his life - the role of the wise and fatherly statesman.
    When he first entered politics in 1973, he explained that he "had helped people feel better for quite a long time", but now, he really wanted "to help make their lives better". Having been elected to the Bundestag without party affiliation, Fuchsberger appeared to stand above the fierce political turf wars of the Strauß era. He was equally dissociated from both major parties until 1977, when, in his own words: "I realized that Mr Eppler ran the risk of destroying the last bit of unity our country had left." Fuchsberger had no trouble winning both the 1978 CDU leadership race and, consequently, the 1981 federal election against a politically damaged chancellor. Fuchsberger's rhetorical abilities were an essential part of his appeal and probably the main reason why he is remembered so very fondly up to this day.
    From the left, however, he is often accused of allowing the neoliberal wing of the CDU to swim on his popularity while lacking any strong political convictions himself. In regards to foreign policy though, his personal determination to defend western values was beyond all doubts. Rhetorically, Fuchsberger was much more aggressive towards the GDR than any of his predecessors. He believed in promoting the internal breakdown of East Germany's socialist system and was also endorsing western rearmament - positions that were highly controversial, despite Fuchsberger's general popularity. It is no coincidence that his tenure saw the rise of the pacifist Green Party.
    On the long term, Fuchsberger's stance on the GDR proved right, as the East German state did indeed collapse in 1989 shortly after Fuchsberger left office. Being an overall humble man, he refused to run for an easily-winnable third term as it had been established as an unwritten rule over time that two terms as chancellor were enough. Fuchsberger's decision cemented this rule even more.

    Ernst Albrecht, 1989 - 1993


    def.: Oskar Lafontaine (SPD), 1989
    1989-93: CDU/CSU majority government
    above: Albrecht travelling to East Germany per train in 1989

    In contrast to Joachim Fuchsberger who had been an actor and showmaster before entering politics, his handpicked successor Ernst Albrecht was a lifelong politician as well as the patriarch of a reputable Hanoverian dynasty. He had been vice chancellor and minister for Foreign Affairs in Fuchsberger's cabinet for several years, so the next step in his career seemed only natural. Although the fall of the Berlin Wall was mainly inherited by his predecessor's policies, Albrecht had to manage it. Considering how well he reacted to such unforeseen, tumultous events in most peoples' opinion, it seems miraculous that he failed winning reelection in 1993. By most historians and journalists, his loss to SPD candidate Björn Engholm is credited to an apparent party fatique after 12 years of CDU rule, to a broken promise by Albrecht regarding taxation and to his contender's youth and charisma.

    Björn Engholm, 1993 - 2001


    def.: Ernst Albrecht (CDU), 1993
    Edmund Stoiber (CSU), 1997
    1993-97: SPD-FDP-Green coalition
    1997-2001: SPD majority government
    above: Engholm in court, 1998

    Björn Engholm's candidacy was the result of a decades-long process of self-discovery his party had to go through. It was hard to accept for many old-school socialists, but for the moment, centrism had won in the SPD. The 1993 election resulted in a hung parliament, but Engholm was quick to forge a coalition with both the Greens and the FDP. With an ultra-moderate like Engholm leading the country, the nineties turned out to be a politically "silent" decade. It speaks volumes that the greatest political scandal of the time was more or less a sex scandal. In 1998, Engholm denied having slept with an employee in the Federal Chancellery. When his testimony was proven to be a lie, the CDU/CSU exploited this in a rather desperate attempt to impeach Engholm from office. But Engholm finished his second term and left office being relatively popular, despite the scratches the scandal had left on his reputation.

    Ursula Albrecht, 2001 - 2009


    def.: Gerhard Schröder (SPD), 2001
    Hans Eichel (SPD), 2005
    2001-05: CDU/CSU majority government
    2005-09: CDU/CSU-FDP coalition
    above: Albrecht talking to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, 2003

    Political dynasties are a rare thing in Germany, but in 2001, ex-chancellor Ernst Albrecht's daughter Ursula ran to become the country's first female chancellor. It was an exceptionally close race, but Albrecht managed to gain a very small majority. Some critics from the left suggested that the 43 year old chancellor was in fact a puppet directed by a few old male conservatives who made use of her family's reputation for their purposes, but those critics were dismissed as mysognists. Only a few months after Albrecht had entered office, a terrorist attack hit German soil. It was by far the worst and most impactful - both numerically and symbolically - the country had ever experienced, overshadowing everything that had been done by the RAF in the 1970s. In the midst of a church service, both towers of the Cologne Cathedral were blown up by islamic terrorists. Less than a year later, German soldiers were sent to fight in a foreign country for the first time since World War II. Albrecht had helped initiating an international war on terror that was directed against the governments of both Afghanistan and Libya. German society was soon divided in a way that had not been seen for decades. As a result of German history in the 20th century, the pacifist movement had been stronger here than in pretty much any other country, and most Germans were proud to have not been involved in any war for more than fifty years. On the other hand, the whole nation was so traumatized by the attack that the "rally-around-the-flag"-effect allowed Albrecht to stay chancellor in 2005 (although this time in a coalition with the FDP). But nevertheless: Portraying her as an overstrained, feckless and hysterical young girl was no longer seen as misogynist, it was mainstream.

    Cem Özdemir, 2009 - 2017


    def.: Norbert Lammert (CDU), 2009
    Friedrich Merz (CDU), 2013
    2009-13: SPD majority government
    2013-17: SPD-Green coalition
    above: Özdemir giving his 2009 victory speech

    Everyone expected the SPD to win in 2009, as the conservatives were just too discredited by everything that had happened in the Albrecht years, and the Euro Crisis of 2008 certainly did not help to improve their credibility. But it was still a surprising election, due to the leadership and candidacy of the SPD being won by unexpected contender Cem Özdemir, a relatively young politician and, most significantly, the son of Turkish immigrants. Being probably more famous than any other German of the early 21st century, Özdemir helped reviving the image of his country in Europe and abroad. He supported European integration especially regarding the issue of climate change, made investments in renewable energy and tried to fight social and wealth inequality among German citizens. A common critique of Özdemir is that his legacy consists of nothing but good intentions, but at least one big achievement can be directly attributed to him: The massive 2011 "Pflege- und Rentenreform" (= patient care and pension reform).

    Uli Hoeneß, 2017 -


    def.: Angela Kasner-Engholm (SPD), 2017
    2017-??: CDU/CSU-FDP coalition
    above: Hoeneß celebrating his victory

    Hoeneß is "the exceptional chancellor", overshadowing everything that might have been exceptional about other chancellors. His whole style of governing is unheard of in German political history since World War II, and so is his unexpected rise to power. Being known to most Germans as a former football player who became manager and president of the football club Bayern Munich in his later years, Hoeneß was already a controversial figure before entering politics. But the perception of him as someone who could only be loved or hated was stretched to the extreme when in 2016, Hoeneß came out of nowhere to unify millions of frustrated Germans, mostly from the East and the South, behind a program of EU-scepticism, anti-immigration policies and traditional family values.
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  2. CapitalistHippie Peace, love, and free markets.

    Apr 11, 2018
    A Fictional Universe Presidents List, But It Begins in 2008
    Barack Obama/Joe Biden 2009-2017

    2008: Def. John Blutarsky/Sarah Palin
    2012: Def. Mitt Romney/Bob Dunston
    Jeb Bush/Sue Sylvester 2017-2025

    2016: Def. Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine
    2020: Def. Elle Woods/Beto O'Rourke
    Leslie Knope/Tommy Carcetti 2025-2033

    2024: Def. Sue Sylvester/Alex Keaton, Ron Swanson/Dale Gribble
    2028: Def. Michael Seaver/Ana Torres
    Tracy Flick/Bob Roberts 2033-

    2032: Def. Tommy Carcetti/Annabeth Chase
  3. Calcaterra Stuff About Politics (& Sports)

    Dec 26, 2017
    No, You
    Clinton As A Republican

    Ronald Wilson Reagan/William Jefferson Clinton* (R) 1980-1989
    William Jefferson Clinton/Peter Barton Wilson (R) 1989-1997

    John Glenn/Paul Tsongas (D) 1997-2001
    Elizabeth Dole/Lamar Alexander (R) 2001-2006
    Lamar Alexander/vacant (R) 2006
    Lamar Alexander/Roger Goodell (R) 2006-2009

    John Edwards/Howard Dean (D) 2009-2013

    *Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas was chosen as a way to reconcile with the moderate branch of the GOP, and embrace a younger influence to energize the youth and offset questions of Reagan's age. (POD is Hillary and Bill never meet, and instead, Bill marries Ellen Stanton, a more conservative woman who stabilizes him, and he takes his centrism to the GOP.)
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  4. CapitalistHippie Peace, love, and free markets.

    Apr 11, 2018
    What happened to Dole?
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  5. Wolfram Fair to middlin'

    Dec 5, 2010
    University of Houston, Houston, Texas
    I see what you did there.
  6. Amadeus Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2017
  7. Calcaterra Stuff About Politics (& Sports)

    Dec 26, 2017
    No, You
    Missed his window. Pete Wilson was nominated in 96' and seriously considered ol' Bobbo for the VP spot, but found that it would be challenging to keep up the image of change that he wanted to cultivate while lugging around a long-serving Senator and WWII veteran. He went with Dan Quayle instead, partially to appease the family values people, and partly to make sure the ticket was unmistakably youthful in at least some regard. Dan Quayle "potatoe"'d his way through the home stretch of the election, and the ill-advised mismanagement of the Wilson campaign, mixed with incumbent party fatigue, led to John Glenn taking the reins. Dole retired in 1998 and was replaced by Liddy, who then ran for President on a moderate platform, defeating the recession-stricken Glenn administration. She was unfortunately assassinated by a radical serial bomber, Theodore Kaczynski, in 2006.

    They had this really cute little kid who had the voice of a woman and was famously funny, little John E. Clinton.
  8. The Lethargic Lett Giving Peace a Chance

    Oct 20, 2017
    Couronian Tobago
    Unfortunate how little Johnny Clinton was framed for murder by Delta Airlines. A key moment in the nationalization of the airline industry.
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  9. Calcaterra Stuff About Politics (& Sports)

    Dec 26, 2017
    No, You
    The worst part, at least in my view, was how all those Best Buy Rewards Card commercials kept on running in the middle of the trial, with that obnoxious song, what was it called again? Oh yes, "What's New Pussycat" by Tom Jones.
  10. The Lethargic Lett Giving Peace a Chance

    Oct 20, 2017
    Couronian Tobago
    There truly was a sigh of relief when little Johnny Clinton was exonerated after the judge ruled it as "not an unusual case," but I think Bill exaggerated a bit when he compared it to the liberation of France.
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  11. Calcaterra Stuff About Politics (& Sports)

    Dec 26, 2017
    No, You
    It doesn't matter... the internet will always theorize about how they think he killed Princess Diana and that stuff.
  12. Joshua Ben Ari Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    New England
    Presidents of the United States
    40. 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan / George H.W. Bush (Republican)
    41. 1989-1997: George H.W. Bush / J. Danforth "Dan" Quayle (Republican)
    1988: Michael Dukakis / Lloyd Bentsen (Democratic)
    1992: William J. "Bill" Clinton / Albert "Al" Gore, Jr. (Democratic), Ross Perot / James Stockdale (Independent)

    42. 1997-2005: Ann Richards / Lee H. Hamilton (Democratic)
    1996: Pete Wilson / William "Bill" Weld (Republican), Ross Perot / Pat Choate (Reform)
    2000: William "Bill" Weld / Lynn M. Martin (Republican), Donald J. Trump / Richard "Dick" Lamm (Reform)

    43. 2005-2009: Lee H. Hamilton / Bill Bradley (Democratic)
    2004: Tom Kean / Colin Powell (Republican), Donald J. Trump / Jesse Ventura (Reform)
    44. 2009-2017: Clint Eastwood / Norm Coleman (Republican)
    2008: Lee H. Hamilton / Bill Bradley (Democratic)
    2012: Joseph R. "Joe" Biden / Evan Bayh (Democratic)

    45. 2017-2000: Norm Coleman / Eric Cantor (Republican)
    2016: Evan Bayh / Michael Bennet (Democratic)

    Prime Ministers of Canada
    1980-1984: Pierre Trudeau (Liberal)
    1984-1984: John Turner (Liberal)
    1984-1993: John Crombie (Progressive Conservative)
    1984 (PC majority) def.: John Turner (Liberal), Ed Broadbent (New Democratic)
    1988 (PC majority) def.: John Turner (Liberal), Ed Broadbent (New Democratic)

    1993-1997: Sheila Copps (Liberal)
    1993 (Liberal majority) def.: John Crombie (Progressive Conservative), Audrey McLaughlin (New Democratic), Lucien Bouchard (Bloc Quebecois), Preston Manning (Reform)
    1997-2007: Hugh Segal (Progressive Conservative)
    1997 (PC majority) def.: Sheila Copps (Liberal), Alexa McDonough (New Democratic), Preston Manning (Reform), Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois)
    2001 (PC majority) def.: Sheila Copps (Liberal),
    Preston Manning (Reform), Alexa McDonough (New Democratic), Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois)
    2005 (PC majority) def.: Deborah Grey (Reform), Jack Layton (New Democratic), Allan Rock (Liberal), Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois), Jim Harris (Green)
    2007-2010: Peter MacKay (Progressive Conservative)
    2010-2017: Robert "Bob" Rae (Liberal)
    2010 (Liberal minority) def.: Peter MacKay (Progressive Conservative), Deborah Grey (Reform), Jack Layton (New Democratic), Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois), Jim Harris (Green)
    2013 (Liberal majority) def.: Michael Harris (Progressive Conservative),
    Thomas Mulcair (New Democratic), Deborah Grey (Reform), Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois), Jim Harris (Green)
    2017-2000: Michael "Mike" Harris (Progressive Conservative)
    2017 (PC majority) def.: Robert "Bob" Rae (Liberal), Thomas Mulcair (New Democratic), Deborah Grey (Reform), Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois), Jim Harris (Green)
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  13. BlackentheBorg This is going to become a bad meme

    Jun 2, 2015
    Tried writing a dystopic UK list, one that was inspired by that really grim Save The Children advert.

    List of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom
    2016-2022: Theresa May (Conservative minority w/ DUP confidence & supply)

    defeated Jeremy Corbyn (Labour), Nicola Sturgeon (Scottish National), Tim Farron (LibDem), Arlene Foster (DUP), Gerry Adams (Sinn Féin), Jonathan Bartley and Siân Berry (Green), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru)
    2022-2025: Victoria Atkins (Conservative majority)
    defeated Jeremy Corbyn (Labour), Gavin Shuker (ChangeUK), Mike Hookem (Brexit/Sovereignty), Romayne Phoenix (Green Revolution), Norman Lamb (LibDem), Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Fein), Adam Price (Plaid Cymru), Jonathan Bartley and Siân Berry ("Mainstay" Green)
    2025-2030: Clare Solomon (Labour Coalition w/ Green Revolution)
    defeated Victoria Atkins (Conservative), Evan Harris (LibDem), Romayne Phoenix (Green Revolution), Gavin Shuker (ChangeUK), Stewart Hosie (Scottish National), Mick Cash (Commonplace), Mike Hookem (Sovereignty), Emma Little-Pengelly (DUP), Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Fein), Bethan Sayed (Plaid Cymru)
    2030-2035: James Cleverly (Conservative Coalition w/ Sovereignty & ChangeUK)
    defeated Clare Solomon (Labour), Ajay Jagota (Sovereignty), Evan Harris (LibDem), Stewart Hosie (Scottish National), Romayne Phoenix (Green Revolution), Mick Cash (Commonplace), Nora Mulready (ChangeUK), Colum Eastwood (Social Democratic and Labour), Bethan Sayed (Plaid Cymru)
    2035-2040: Paul Embery (Labour majority)
    defeated James Cleverly (Conservative), Amelia Womack (Green Revolution), Alan Ayling (UK Preservation/UKP), Evan Harris (LibDem), Luke Akehurst (ChangeUK), Jack Monroe (Commonplace), Ajay Jagota (Sovereignty), Chris McElny (Scottish National), Richard Seymour (Irish Coal and Steel Community), Bethan Sayed (Plaid Cymru)
    2040-2045: Priti Patel (Conservative minority w/ UKP)
    defeated Paul Embery (Labour), Alan Ayling (UKP), Jack Monroe (Commonplace), Hermione Peace (LibDem),Max Marlow (Sovereignty), Luke Akehurst (ChangeUK/Midway), Rhun ap Iorwerth (Plaid Cymru), Miles Briggs (Scottish National)
    2045-2046*: Zamzam Ibrahim (Labour Coalition w/ Green Revolution, LibDem, Commonplace & Scottish Labour)
    defeated Priti Patel (Conservative), Max Marlow (Sovereignty), Hermione Peace (LibDem), Alan Ayling (UKP), Angela Rayner (Midway), Amelia Womack (Green Revolution), Mark Serwotka (Commonplace), Katy Clark (Scottish Labour), Rhun ap Iorwerth (Plaid Cymru)

    List of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom recognised by the United Nations, NATO
    2046-2046: Zamzam Ibrahim (National Consolidarity [Incumbent Labour])

    (elections suspended due to martial law)
    2046-2047: Wes Streeting (National Consolidarity [Labour])
    (ascended following Ibrahim's assassination)
    2047-2049: Tom Tugendhat (National Consolidarity [Conservative])
    (elected via Cabinet Interior Vote)
    2049-present: Karker Bakur (National Consolidarity [Labour])
    (elected via Cabinet Interior Vote)

    List of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom recognised by the Government for English Defence
    2046-present: Anne Marie Waters ("UKP Committee to Retake Britain")
    serving with Ray Finch, Jonathan Arnott, Emily Hewertson, Richard Barnbrook

    Brexit happens. It's endlessly complicated, morally indecisive and somehow still unclear, but Brexit happens nonetheless. May, for once abiding by a promise she made a short while ago, steps down as Tory leader in the run-up to the 2022 election. The new PM, the bright-faced and relatively likeable Atkins, somehow manages to pull in a slight majority over Corbyn, who by all means was expecting to clean house as food shortages began to paralyse port cities all over the United Kingdom. Unfortunately Jezza wouldn't have a second go at taking the reigns as he is struck down by a distracted bus driver whilst out for his morning bike around Islington. Despite the fact that he's replaced by the equally anti-establishment Solomon, who ends up striking a deal with the Extinction-rebellion-affiliated-Greens offshoot in order to finally take back Parliament, a splinter group of working-class-adjacent folks start their own party in the same vein as when ChangeUK became a funnel for disenfranchised centrists. Then shit gets real crazy.

    The Brexit Party, formerly of UKIP blood, rebrands itself for the umpteenth time into the Sovereignty Party, and insists that it's totally not racist you guys, focusing on trivial quibbles such as reinstating the monarchy. These quibbles announce them to get in on the Cleverly cabinet, who catches a lot of flack when they announce that the country will no longer be accepting European imports in order to 'jumpstart british-lead production'. Meanwhile, after finally experimenting with some parties who aren't Sinn Fein, Ulster and the Irish Republic are finally united in an unexpected referendum initiated by PM Embery. Scotland, now flip flopping between their National and Labour parties, would also very much like a second independence referendum, but unfortunately for them, the UK has a much bigger problem on their hands.

    As if seeing Sargon of Akkad run for European Parliament and saying 'hold my beer', the ringleader of the EDL starts an even-further-to-the-right branch of the Sovereignty Party, going full draconian and demanding anyone who wasn't born in 'their country' be deported. He then immediately proceeds to contradict himself by allying with Prime Minister Patel, which gives the fringe and increasingly violent wing of the party to join in on the growing instances on street fighting and evan instances of EDL-sanctioned bombings. This only intensifies when Prime Minister Ibrahim 'steals control of parliament' with a minority coalition and ends up calling in the home guard to fight the admittedly racist rioters. Within the span of a few weeks, England is in open civil war.
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  14. Hedonic Hun Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2018
    Will there be notes? I'm really intrigued by this. Constructing a complex political background for a 3 minutes long video is AltHist at its finest.
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  15. BlackentheBorg This is going to become a bad meme

    Jun 2, 2015
    Essentially a worst-case scenario Brexit leads to more extreme leftwing/rightwing divide to the point of open war, pretty self explanatory. But I'll add a writeup now.
  16. X_X Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2017
    "Franklin Roosevelt once said to never forget that all Americans are the descendants of immigrants and revolutionaries… I response to by saying that I think FDR placed too much faith on the child inheriting the virtues of their parents…”

    1960: Goodwin Knight / David Rockefeller (Republican)

    Mike Mansfield / J. William Fulbright (Democrat)

    1964: Foster Furcolo / Edward V. Long (Democrat)

    David Rockefeller / William Knowland (Republican)

    James Eastland / George W. Andrews (Dixiecrat)

    1968: Lester Maddox / Clark Clifford (Democrat)

    William E. Miller / Edward Brooke (Republican)

    Jacob J. Javits / Patsy Mink (Progressive)

    1972: Lester Maddox / Hubert Humphrey (Democrat)

    Charles Mathias / G. Harrold Carswell (Republican)

    1976: Clint Eastwood / Mark Hatfield (Republican)

    Hubert Humphrey / David Hall (Democrat)

    Bryan Bowles / James von Brunn (Independent)

    1980: Clint Eastwood / Robert H. Michel (Republican)

    Edwin Edwards / Harry Van Arsdale Jr. (Democrat)

    Jim Jones / Robert W. Straub (Progressive)

    1984: Dick Cheney / David Bergland (Republican)

    Jesse Jackson / Fob James (Democrat)

    Patrick Lucey / Harvey Milk (Progressive)

    1988: Dick Cheney / David Bergland (Republican)

    John J. Gilligan / Mark White (Democrat)

    Bernie Sanders / Lenora Fulani (Progressive)

    1992: John J. Riccardo / Bob Casey Sr. (Democrat)

    Norman H. Bangerter / Arthur MacArthur IV (Republican)

    Pat Schroeder / Dennis Kucinich (Progressive)

    1996: Donald Harvey / Huey P. Newton (Republican)

    Bob Casey Sr. / Harry Reid (Democrat)

    Ralph Nader / Andre Marrou (Progressive)

    Don Black / David Duke (Natural Law)
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  17. Fenrisúlfr Worse than madness, I am sane.

    Mar 2, 2013
    Truly the darkest timeline! Great post pal.
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  18. Amadeus Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2017
    Return of the King: RFK Lives Continued

    43. Bill Clinton (1997-2005), D-AR
    VP: Bill Bradley (1997-2005), D-NJ
    44. Jeb Bush (2005-2013), R-FL
    VP: Tom Ridge (2005-2013), R-PA
    45. Barack Obama (2013-2021), D-IL
    VP: Russ Feingold (2013-2021), D-WI

    After Carter's 1984 loss, the Democrats went through an additional eight years of presidential defeats. President Heinz easily beat Colorado Senator Gary Hart to win a second term in 1988. Despite a recession in 1991, Vice-President Alexander narrowly upset former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas to win a term in his own right. But by 1994 the Democrats were resurgent: the GOP was seen to have done nothing about the economic downturn, and NAFTA mobilized the Democratic base to route the Republicans in the midterm elections. This created an opportunity that Bill Clinton had been waiting for his entire life. Clinton had been elected Governor in 1978 and 1980, and was seen as a rising Democratic star. Yet he lost in the 1982 Republican wave year. After four years in the wilderness he made a comeback in 1986 and was re-elected Governor in 1990. Clinton had considered running in 1988 in 1992, but 1988 was too early and in '92 he'd yet to sort out questions over his messy personal life. With President Alexander vulnerable, and his political organization in full force, Clinton took the Democratic nomination and won a clear victory in the general election.

    Clinton's popularity quickly evaporated during a chaotic transition and an unfocused first hundred days that saw little accomplished on domestic issues. While Clinton's budget barely passed, his proposals for a middle class tax cut and an economic stimulus fell flat. Clinton was more successful in foreign policy: he pushed the Kyoto Protocol to ratification, ordered a military intervention into Kosovo, and played a crucial role in the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland. While the Republicans made gains in 1998, the booming economy and Clinton's foreign policy victories made him unbeatable in 2000.

    2001 saw Clinton's skills in foreign policy work their greatest magic: he worked tirelessly to formulate a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine and negotiated a reunification plan for North and South Korea. But Bill Clinton, being Bill Clinton, would soon prove to be his own worst enemy: while fighting a sexual harassment lawsuit in court, he'd begun an affair with a Pentagon employee and former intern named Monica Lewinsky. They'd met in 1997 when Clinton first became President, and continued their relationship after Lewinsky started a career at the Pentagon. In 2002 the affair was made public but Clinton denied the story. The Democrats in Congress, worried the affair would jeopardize their thin majorities, opened an ethics investigation into the President. After nine months of denials, Clinton was forced to reveal the truth. With the economy in a mild recession and the public weary of Clinton's sex scandal, the Republicans retook the House in 2002.

    In 2004, Vice-President Bill Bradley narrowly lost his White House bid to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as Republicans also retook the Senate. For eight years Bush governed as a moderate Republican, working to reduce the deficit and debt while compromising with Democrats on Social Security. After Bush's 2008 re-election, the housing bubble burst in 2009 and by 2010 the economy was in a severe recession. This opened the door for charismatic Illinois Senator Barack Obama to win the presidency in 2012, becoming America's first black President. Obama was re-elected in 2016 and remains highly popular thanks to a soaring economy. Looking ahead to 2020, Vice-President Russ Feingold is the likely Democratic nominee. Whether or not he will manage to succeed Obama remains to be seen.
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  19. Comrade Izaac Jezza for Prezza

    Mar 12, 2017
    Milwaukee, Combined Syndicates of America
    Life, Liberty, Labor-Presidents of the United States of America (1921-2017):

    1921-1923: Warren G. Harding (Republican-Ohio)/Calvin Coolidge (Republican-Vermont)
    1920 Def. Governor James M. Cox (Democratic-Ohio)/Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Democratic-New York)

    1923-1929: Calvin Coolidge (Republican-Vermont)/J. Will Taylor (Republican-Tennessee)
    1924 Def. Former Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo (Democratic-California)/Senator Peter Gerry (Democratic-Rhode Island)/Senator William La Follette (Labor-Wisconsin)/Governor Upton Sinclair (Labor-California)

    1929-1933: J. Will Taylor (Republican-Tennessee)/Andrew Mellon (Republican-New York)
    1928 Def. Former Governor Al Smith (Democratic-New York)/Senator Cordell Hull (Democratic-Tennessee)/Governor Upton Sinclair (Labor-California)/Governor Henry Wallace (Labor-Iowa)

    1933-1941: Upton Sinclair (Labor-California)/Phillip La Follette (Labor-Wisconsin)
    1932 Def. Governor William "Alfalfa" Murray (Democratic-Oklahoma)/Governor Henry Morgenthau Jr. (Democratic-New York)/President J. Will Taylor (Republican-Tennessee)/Vice President Andrew Mellon (Republican)
    1936 Def. Governor Huey Long (Democratic-Louisiana)/Representative William Lemke (Democratic-North Dakota)/Senator William Borah (Republican-Idaho)/Senator Charles Curtis (Republican-Pennsylvania)

    1941-1945: Phillip La Follette (Labor-Wisconsin)/John L. Lewis (Labor-Virginia)
    1940 Def. Senator Charles Coughlin (Democratic-Michigan)/Senator Wendell Willkie (Democratic-New York)/Senator Robert A. Taft (Republican-Ohio)/Senator Earl Warren (Republican-California)

    1945-1953: Smedley Butler (Labor-Pennsylvania)/Fiorello La Gaurdia (Labor-New York)
    1944 Def. Senator Thomas E. Dewey (Republican-New York)/General Harold Stassen (Republican-Minnesota)/Senator Claude Pepper (Democratic-Florida)/Governor Richard Russell Jr. (Democratic-Georgia)
    1948 Def. Former General Harold Stassen (Republican-Minnesota)/Representative Richard Nixon (Republican-California)/Senator Strom Thurmond (Democratic-South Carolina)/Senator Harry Byrd (Democratic-Virginia)

    1953-1961: Richard Nixon (Republican-California)/Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Republican-Massachusetts)
    1952 Def. Secretary of Agriculture Estes Kefauver (Labor-Tennessee)/Governor Maureen "Soapy" Williams (Labor-Michigan)/Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson (Democratic-Texas)/Governor Hoyt P. Taylor (Democratic-North Carolina)
    1956 Def. Governor Jim Folsom (Democratic-Alabama)/Representative William Stranton (Democratic-Illinois)/Former Governor Maureen "Soapy" Williams (Labor-Michigan)/Governor Edmund Muskie (Labor-Maine)

    1961-1967: George Wallace (Democratic-Alabama)/Abraham Ribicoff (Democratic-Rhode Island)
    1960 Def. Vice President Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Republican-Massachusetts)/Governor Nelson Rockefeller (Republican-New York)/Senator Hubert Humphrey (Labor-Minnesota)/Secretary General of the National Industrial Sequence Walter Reuther (Labor-Michigan)
    1964 Def. Former Secretary of the Interior George W. Romney (Republican-Michigan)/Senator Everett Dirksen (Republican-Illinois)/Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (Labor-Washington)/Former Representative Fob James (Labor-Alabama)/Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (Railroad-Georgia)/Former Representative Bayard Rustin (Railroad-New York)

    1967-1969: George Wallace (Democratic-Alabama)/Orval Fabus (Democratic-Arkansas)

    1969-1977: Jimmy Carter (Democratic-Georgia)/Phillip Willkie (Democratic-New York)
    1968 Def. Governor John B. Anderson (Republican-Illinois)/Senator Hamilton Fish IV (Republican-New York)/Senator Eugene McCarthy (Labor-Minnesota)/Secretary General of the National Lawyers Sequence Adali Stevenson III (Labor-Illinois)/Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (Railroad-Georgia)/Representative Shirley Chisolm (Railroad-New York)
    1972 Def. Senator Frank Church (Labor-Idaho)/Governor Carl Stokes (Labor-Ohio)/Governor Pete McCloskey (Republican-California)/Governor Patrick Lucey (Republican-Wisconsin)

    1976-1981: Pete McCloskey (Republican-California)/Jay Hammond (Republican-Alaska)
    1976 Def. Former Senator Frank Church (Labor-Idaho)/Senator Mike Gravel (Labor-Alaska)/Vice President Philip Willkie (Democratic-New York)/Governor Shirley Black (Democratic-Illinois)

    1981-1986: Cliff Finch (Democratic-Mississippi)/Bruce Babbitt (Democratic-Arizona)
    1980 Def. President Pete McCloskey (Republican-California)/Vice President Jay Hammond (Republican-Alaska)/Governor James Groppi (Labor-Wisconsin)/Representative Fred Harris (Labor-Oklahoma)
    1984 Def. Senator Walter Mondale (Labor-Minnesota)/Secretary General of the National Energy Sequence George H.W Bush (Labor-Texas)/Representative Lowell P. Wicker (Republican-Connecticut)/Senator Ron Paul (Republican-Texas)

    1986-1989: Bruce Babbitt (Democratic-Arizona)/Al Gore Jr. (Democratic-Tennessee)

    1989-1997: Dick Grephardt (Labor-Missouri)/Joseph R. "Joe" Biden (Labor-Delaware)
    1988 Def. Vice President Al Gore Jr. (Democratic-Tennessee)/Secretary of State Madeline Albright (Democratic-New York)/Senator Ron Paul (Republican-Texas)/Governor Micheal Dukakis (Republican-Massachusetts)
    1992 Def. J. Fox McKeithen (Democratic-Louisiana)/Senator Gary Locke (Democratic-Washington)/Senator Andre Mauro (Republican-Alaska)/Governor Ross Henry Perot (Republican-Texas)/Former Senator Mike Gravel (Independent Left/Railroad-Alaska)/Former Governor Jesse Jackson (Independent Left/Railroad-South Carolina)

    1997-2001: Gary Locke (Democratic-Washington)/Jay Rockefeller (Democratic-West Virginia)
    1996 Def. Vice President Joseph R. "Joe" Biden (Labor-Delaware)/Mayor of San Francisco Nancy Pelosi (Labor-California)/Governor Steve Forbes (Republican-New Jersey)/Governor Joe Lieberman (Republican-Connecticut)/Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Connecticut)/Former Lt. Governor Al Sharpton (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-New York)

    2001-2005: Elizabeth Dole (Republican-North Carolina)/John Kasich (Republican-Ohio)
    2000 Def. President Gary Locke (Democratic-Washington)/Vice President Jay Rockefeller (Democratic-West Virginia)/Former Secretary of State John Kerry (Labor-Massachusetts)/Representative Bob Graham (Labor-Florida)/Representative Dennis Kucinich (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Ohio)/Representative Peter Camejo (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-California)
    2004 Def. Governor Howard Dean (Labor-Vermont)/Representative Barbra Boxer (Labor-California)/General Wesley Clark (Democratic-Arkansas)/Governor Kathleen Sebelius (Democratic-Kansas)/Representative Dennis Kucinich (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Ohio)/State Senator David Cobb (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Texas)

    2009-2013: John Edwards (Democratic-North Carolina)/Alan Keyes (Democratic-Maryland)
    2008 Def. Vice President John Kasich (Republican-Ohio)/Senator Willard "Mitt" Romney (Republican-Michigan)/Senator Evan Bayh (Labor-Indiana)/Senator Bill Richardson (Labor-New Mexico)/Representative Anthony Ponilla (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Vermont)/President of UNITE! Carol Mosley Braun (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Illinois)

    2013-Present: Martin O'Malley (Labor-Maryland)/Barbra Lee (Labor-California)
    2012 Def. Secretary of the Interior Kathleen Sebelius (Democratic-Kansas)/Senator Herman Cain (Democratic-Georgia)/Senator Willard "Mitt" Romney (Republican-Michigan)/Governor Randal "Rand" Paul (Republican-Kentucky)/Governor Winona La Duke (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Minnesota)/Representative Cornell West (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-New Jersey)
    2016 Def. Representative William Weld (Republican-Massachusetts)/Governor Gary Johnson (Republican-New Mexico)/Governor Ben Carson (Democratic-Florida)/Senator Ted Cruz (Democratic-Texas)/Mayor of New York City Zephyr Teachout (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-New York)/Senator Anderson Cooper (Independent Left/Railroad/Greens-Pennsylvania)

    -The United States of America is in a very precarious situation in 2017.

    While the country briefly experienced a sort of "golden decade" during the 1990s, the illusion of prosperity has shattered in the past twenty years. Politically speaking, the United States has seen a drastic political realignment after the Administration of Dick Grephardt, with the vast corruption within all three of the United States' dominant parties and the lack of major political progress causing many Americans faith in government to erode. To make matters worse for the American political establishment, the recession of 2006 has seen thousands to loose their jobs and sink into poverty, causing widespread economic anxiety, even among many Americans who were previous completely economically secure. The vast migration wave from the Latin American States hasn't helped either. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have flooded into the Southern Border States, sparking ethnic tensions between the local White and Black majority and the new Hispanic settlers. The U.S is also in a very tough situation diplomatically speaking, as well. While the United States has been able to largely remain isolated from the affairs of the outside world since the end of the Second World War, the recent rise in tensions between the Moscow Concordat and the Atlantic Defense Association has forced the American Government to play peacemaker. Unfortunately, this has had the unintended consequence of both factions seeking out the United States' assistance. Prime Minster Peterson and General Secretary Suraykin have both been breathing down President O'Malley's neck more and more recently.

    This has all fallen upon President Martin O'Malley, who is trying desperately to do what he can to fix the United States' predicament. However, with a divided congress, a populous hungry for political action, and an ongoing investigation into the ethics of the United States' dominant political factions, can he actually succeed?

    Parties in the United States of America (Circa 2017):

    Labor: Federal Syndicalism, Labor Social Democracy, Social Conservatism (Factions), Social Progressivism (Factions)
    Once the dominant party of the American Left, leading the country through some of it's darkest times, including the Great Depression and the Second World War, the American Labor Party has fallen from grace. At one point in time, the American Labor Party was the hammer of the American Working Class, creating some of the most prominent social programs and reforms, such as the National American Medical Program and the Labor Sequences, and embedding the principles of Federal Syndicalism into the very core of American society. However, the party has seen it's power slowly erode over the past three decades, a combination of vast deep seeded corruption and a shift to the ideological center driving many Americans who had once considered the Labor Party the shining beacon of working class power away. Even through the Grephardt days, where the party seemingly rebounded after nearly four decades in the political wilderness, the party was declining, and nowadays the party is just a shell of it's former self. Parties like the Independent Left and The Greens have tore into the party's base of blue collar laborers, minorities, and students, reducing the power of the party even more. This is perhaps no better reflected in the fact that President O'Malley, who hales from the Labor Party, was elected by only two percentage points against a Party whose incumbent President was embroiled in both a sex scandal and a corruption indictment. Things may be looking up for the party, however, as President O'Malley is currently enjoying stable approval ratings and his recent four point re-election has given many party stalwarts hope that Labor can retake it's status as the party of the American workers once more. Though, if Special Counsel Sanders' investigations reveal any damning information about the party, these hopes may be dashed.

    Republicans: Social Liberalism, Fiscal Conservatism, Liberal Conservatism
    The Party of both Lincoln and Nixon, the GOP has had it's ups and downs over the past hundred years. While many thought the party was destined to collapse during the 1930s, as the party struggled to overcome it's image as the "Party of the Depression", it's eventual revival as the party of the "American Majority" during the forties and fifties, in no small part due to the efforts of liberal figures like Thomas Dewey and Richard Nixon, set the party on the path to once again become the political behemoth it is today. In modern times, the Republicans are known as the representatives of the American middle class. Themes of business and entrepreneurship are at the heart of the Republican message to the American people, with a dash of social liberalism with their history of advocacy of civil rights. Of course, this is all undercut by the Party's corruption. Much like their sister parties, the Republicans are heavily corrupt, with many elected officials and key figures in the party being in the pockets of big business and other special interest groups. This has become a major problem for the Republicans, especially in the last ten years, as the Party's corruption has become more prominent, staining the party's previous image as the torchbearers of prosperity and clean governance. Still, though, the Republicans are doing far better than their counterparts, as the party's suburban base is willing to remain loyal to the party as long as the economy stays stable. While the 2006 Recession has affected this slightly, the Republicans have been able to shift the blame to the opposition as Labor and the Democrats have been unable to rectify the situation, and the Party's base has largely believed it.

    Democratic: Social Conservatism, Economic Populism, Wallacism, Religious Conservatism
    Perhaps the oddest party ideologically speaking, the Democrats combine staunch social conservatism and Social Democratic economic populism. This strange ideological synthesis, popularized by figures like Huey Long and of course, George Wallace, the father of the modern Democratic Party, has allowed the party to appeal to a large portion of the American electorate, allowing it to both retain it's base comprised of rural voters, religious voters, and older voters and also capture a large amount of swing voters. This is generally the coalition that puts the Democrats in the white house. The fact that it is objectively the least corrupt of the three major parties helps to maintain this coalition. The scandalous Edwards Administration has somewhat hurt the party and the fact that social conservatism is slowly, but surely dying in the United States is a major concern for party leaders, but the Democrats rebounded in 2016 and are expected to gain once again in the 2020 elections. I suppose that's appropriate, considering the party's long history of being isolated to the political wilderness. But, the party of Wallace always comes back eventually.

    Independent Left: Left Liberterianism, Alter-Globalization, Anti-Corruption
    Originally a left-wing protest party formed by disgruntled members of the Labor Party, the Independent Left has grown to become not only a legitimate political force, but a powerful one. As the Labor Party has faltered, the ILP has slowly ate into it's base, with the party's radical left-libertarian platform and anti-corruption advocacy endearing it to many Labor voters who feel abandoned by the increasingly centre-leaning politics of the party. In the last decade, the ILP's popularity has exploded, and the Party has become the primary member of the so-called "Progressive Alliance". Recently, in the 2016 election, the party took 15.7% of the vote, with the Progressive Alliance winning nearly three dozen seats in the House and seven in the senate. If the ILP can continue to expand it's coalition, many political theorists have speculated that it is possible that the party may surpass the Democrats to become the third largest party in the United States.

    Railroad: Minority Rights, Christian Socialism, Religious Left
    Founded in 1963 by legendary civil rights activist Reverend Martin Luther King, at the time frustrated with the lack of progress of the Black Civil Rights Movement, the Railroad is the primary party of the black and brown left. For a time, the Railroad was an immense political force, representing the interests of Black Americans in a nation run by an open neo-segregationist. While it briefly fell into obscurity in the 1970s and 1980s as the Labor Party embraced the civil rights movement, the Party was reborn again in the 1990s after Jesse Jackson, with the blessing of the aging King, took the reigns of the party and rallied the African-American left against the Labor Party, who had become more friendly to law-and-order politics as figures like Joe Biden became prominent in Labor Leadership. With it's revival, the party has seen itself revitalized as the primary partner of the Progressive Alliance, with the party attracting both young, urban African-Americans who like the party due to it's advocacy for criminal justice reform and older, more religious African-Americans who previously aligned with the Labor Party or the Democrats, who like the party's synthesis of Christian social beliefs and Socialist economics. Recently, the party has also seen an influx of Hispanic-Americans and Latino-Americans, who support the party's strong support for immigrant rights.

    Greens: Green Politics, Eco-Socialism, Ecological Labor
    During the 1990s, environmentalism surged in the United States after events like the 1993 TEXCO Oil Spill. Many American environmentalists found themselves lost, however, as most of the three major parties were either extremely moderate on environmental issues in an attempt to appeal to their base, like Labor, or openly hostile to the environmentalist causes, like the Democrats and Republicans. Realizing that they were going to go nowhere in the three major parties, environmentalist leaders decided to form their own party. Said party would be the Greens. While it was somewhat irrelevant for a few years, with the party's only real base being among educated middle-class environmentalists, the Greens were able to spread their message more effectively after joining the Progressive Alliance. Soon, cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New Orleans, which had become the epicenter of the environmentalist movement, became fertile electoral ground for the Green Party. Since then, the party has been able to elect itself a handful of representatives, a senator, and a governor.

    Major International Heads of State:

    General Secretary Maxim Suraykin (CPSU); Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    Prime Minister Jordan B. Peterson (National Reform); Canadian Republic

    Chancellor Angela Merkel (Zentrum); German Federal Republic

    President John McDonell (Labor)/Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn (Labor); United Kingdom

    Empress Akio (Imperial House of Japan); Empire of Japan

    President Jean Luc Mechelon (PCF/Union 68'); French Commune
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  20. Aequanimitas Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2017
    Presidents of the CSA

    The CSA in this timeline are composed by the States of : Bermuda, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Cuba, Yucatan, Alaska, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, California, Jackson, Baja California, Arizona, New Mexico, Rio Grande, Chihuahua, Sonora, Guam, Guyana.

    1862 - 1868: Jefferson Davis/Alexander Stephens D-Kentucky
    1868 - 1874: Alexander Stephens/Louis Wigfall D-Georgia
    1874 - 1880: Robert M. T. Hunter/Augustus H. Garland D-Tennessee
    1880 - 1886: Augustus H. Garland/William Smith D-Tennessee
    1886 - 1892: James Longstreet/Fitzhugh Lee W-South Carolina
    1892 - 1898: Benjamin Tillmann/Lawrence Ross D-South Carolina
    1898 - 1904: George W. Atkinson/Jesse James R-Virginia
    1904 - 1910: James K. Vardaman/Jeff Davis W-Texas
    1910 - 1922: Woodrow Wilson/William H. Milton D-Virginia
    1922 - 1928: William J. Stone/William E. Chilton D-Missouri
    1928 - 1934: Joseph T. Robinson/J. Garrett W-Arkansas
    1934 - 1940: Huey Long/John N. Garner W-Louisiana
    1940 - 1946: Carl Hayden/Carter Glass D-Arizona
    1946 - 1952: Alben W. Barkley/George Marshall D-Kentucky
    1952 - 1958: Dwight D. Eisenhower/Fulgencio Batista R-Texas
    1958 - 1964: Fulgencio Batista/Charles Lindbergh R-Cuba
    1964 - 1970: Lyndon B. Johnson/Robert Byrd D-Texas
    1970 - 1976: Robert Byrd/Jere Beasley D-Virginia
    1976 - 1982: Jimmy Carter/George Busbee D-Georgia
    1982 - 1988: Al Gore Sr/Zell Miller D-Tennessee
    1988 - 1994: George H.W. Bush/Bill Archer R-Texas
    1994 - 2000: Bill Clinton/Al Gore Jr. D-Arkansas
    2000 - 2006: Al Gore Jr./Mel Martinez D-Tennessee
    2006 - 2012: Martin Luther King/Marco Rubio R-Georgia
    2012 - 2018: Marco Rubio/Jeb Bush R-Florida
    2018 - 2024: Sarah Palin/Ted Cruz R-Alaska
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