New Deal Coalition Retained III: A New World

Why is the jewish autonomous oblast is independent? It's mostly russian and have almost no jews in it.
Besides, In the update that I wrote about 1992 Israeli election, PM Netanyahu decided to bring the soviet jews to Israel, as happened in OTL.
Its a puppet regime installed by the Japanese, which is independent in name only.
 
Upon further review with other members of the writing team, Jewish far-eastern autonomous state has been Retconned.
 
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Some stuff that I've found and wandered if it supposed to be like that:
  1. tannu tuva is streching from the mongolian border to the arctic sea and it seems too big for a small nation.
  2. the russian free republic have no territorial continuity: the eastern part is completely cut off the nation and the two western parts are seperated by moscow international region.
a bad map of new russia to make it clear:
 
As we made the
Some stuff that I've found and wandered if it supposed to be like that:
  1. tannu tuva is streching from the mongolian border to the arctic sea and it seems too big for a small nation.
  2. the russian free republic have no territorial continuity: the eastern part is completely cut off the nation and the two western parts are seperated by moscow international region.
a bad map of new russia to make it clear:
As the team is making the map, we found that I had made some errors, (sorry, I was unable to run a map-making software on my computer and had to rely on memory/other maps), we have made adjustments in the part 3 post. Some states have been eliminated, and some borders changed. The edits are relatively minor, but not unsubstantial.
 
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As we made the


As the team is making the map, we found that I had made some errors, (sorry, I was unable to run a map-making software on my computer and had to rely on memory/other maps), we have made adjustments in the part 3 post. Some states have been eliminated, and some borders changed. The edits are relatively minor, but not unsubstantial.
And by the team he means me :p

Anyways ETA is 10-20 min
 
Australian Federal Elections 1993
From @Zharques



By the time 1993 rolled around, the Australian people had begun to tire of the Coalition. The short-lived Freedom party had integrated with the Liberal/National Coalition, with 4 MP’s joining the Nationals (including Katter) and 1 joining the Liberals. 1 defected to Labor, leaving the seat totals for most of the parliament at a very unrepresentative 77 – 73 Coalition majority. This left the Labor party in an unenviable position – should it get rid of Hawke, who had failed to deliver a Labor government in his tenure as leader. Did the party need new leadership, most likely in the form of Keating? Hawke had been a great leader for the Labor party, especially during the tumultuous years of the Third World War. But was it time for the Australian Labor party to put those days behind them, and search for a post war leader who could reflect the new age that the Labor party hoped to usher in. The speculation on Hawke’s leadership was largely a non-event. Political capital and goodwill toward the Labor party would be wasted on a costly leadership challenge, especially on a WWIII hero such as Hawke. Potential rivals were unwilling to put their hands up to challenge the might of Hawke, and in any case, would be unable to build a case against Hawke’s effective leadership of the party.


Coalition leadership, however, was far more tired. Effectively running the government during the war, especially in the depths of an unexpectedly hard campaign in 1990 and keeping Australia safe during one of the most uncertain times in human memory, was no small feat. John Howard, of course, received the prestige all successful war time leaders deserve, with his more contentious decisions being lost in the wave of appreciation for the man who had so effectively steered the ship of Australia through another long, national nightmare. But Howard now longed for a quiet, post-retirement lifestyle that being the leader of a nation couldn’t offer. It was at the end of 1992 that John Howard decided that his political career was to come to an end. In a symbolic gesture, the day after the presidential election in the United States, John Howard resigned both his position as Prime Minister of Australia, and his duties as a member of Parliament for the seat of Bennelong, symbolising the end to the era across the nations of the world. Leaving behind a legacy of courage in leadership, and a steady hand in uncertain times, John Howard left office a content man, with the Australian public deeply satisfied with the Australia Howard had left in his wake. Members of the Liberal party activated their machines in the wake of the announcement, in order to take Howard’s place as leader of the nation. Most senior level officials probed the water, but in the end, it came down to firebrand and political outsider Bob Katter, and Defence Minister Peter Reith.




It was Katter who emerged the victor, despite being a party outsider. Giving another memorable speech where he decried himself the “ideological successor to the greatest PM the greatest nation has ever known, Katter immediately geared himself for election next year. The formalities of the election in 1990 were largely forgotten. It was impossible for Hawke to criticise the leadership of Howard during WWIII, so he chose a different tact, instead presenting himself as an Australian Clement Attlee – if Howard had been Churchill, Hawke was the Attlee, despite the fact that Hawke had not been a part of government during the war years. This strategy was risky – after the chaos of the Third World War, would Australian’s still remember the post war reformations of labour candidates across the world? Hawke attempted to reinforce his message with bold, experimental policy, the cornerstone of which was the introduction of a new system of voting – Mixed Member Proportional. Australia had long been a laboratory for democratic ideas – introducing the secret ballot was one of the revolutionary ideas the free minded people of Australia had introduced to the world. Arguing that it was more necessary now than ever to keep democracy ever-expanding, ever-changing and representative, Hawke attempted to ride the euphoria of the “end of history” to the ballot box.


The Coalition’s tactic was much simpler – to remind Australia of John Howard. However, this did create problems for the Coalition as its new leadership could not simultaneously run on the ideas of the past and the future. Katter struggled to find his feet in the arena of policy ideas, struggling against Hawke’s MMP proposal, and being mostly memorable for being a war hawk, nothing more. In the end, it was no contest. The Australian people hungered for change, and it was Bob Hawke, charismatic leader, war icon, and true Australian, that would deliver Australia into the new era of democracy it so desired. Some particularly brave commentators had declared Hawke as “Australia’s answer to Gerhard Frey”, but many only saw similarities in the commitment to freedom.




Thank you @Zharques
 
Australian Federal Elections 1990
Australian identity and the overseas conflicts its sons and daughters served and died in had always been intertwined. In the First World War, as men from halfway across the world bled to death on the shores of Gallipoli, Australia had broke from Britain, forging the idea of what being an Australian was. In the darkest days of the Second World War, the Rats of Tobruk had defined the Australian values of determination, companionship, and a little bit of cheekiness too. All the while, Australia was drifting further from its roots in the United Kingdom, and when the threat of invasion loomed on the mainland itself, in a defining moment, Prime Minister John Curtin appealed to the United States, instead of its traditional protector, for safety from the imperialism of Japan. The Third World War was no different. Fighting in various fronts across the world, Australians had spilled blood in the name of freedom and democracy across the world. And one election was to define what the Australian experience in the new world order would be. The mid-war election of 1990 was to be remembered by most as a chaotic election. With Europe still in Soviet clutches, the Second Blitz blackening the skies, the Australian people craved stability, to show the world that Australia was still “a lighthouse on the hill” for democracy. With Howard and Hawke still at the helm of their respective parties, the leaders made a pact to campaign on a relative status quo – neither party promising major shake ups to either foreign policy or domestic policy, instead leaving campaigning to seat-by-seat member battles, with incumbents being left relatively unscathed....

Or at least, that was the plan.

What the leaders of both parties hadn’t banked on was the emergence of the hysterically pro-war “Freedom Party”. Demanding that Australia do more to help the war effort, the son of long-time Coalition MP Bob Katter Sr, Bob Katter Jr started a movement that neither Howard nor Hawke was prepared for. Describing the war effort in a speech that was described by some as “Australia’s answer to Churchill", Katter declared: “We are standing at the precipice of either the death of democracy or its rebirth, having to watch our allies in Freedom die during the horrors of this Second Blitz. Our Diggers stand proudly for freedom and democracy, and they know the risks when they signed up for this war. And it was a risk they are willing to take, a price they are willing to pay, over and over, so the peoples of Europe can live without the fear of oppression by the Communist system. Our leaders need to be doing more, not less, to be helping our kin in Europe, fellow humans in chains. Australia cannot half commit either way. Either we fight this war with every ounce of breath we have, or we pull our men out of harm’s way. And with so much at stake, I do not see the latter as any choice at all”.

The speech led to a mid-election surge for the Freedom party, with both Labor and the Liberals being seen as somewhat meek. Polls had the Freedom party gaining up to 10 seats at the expense of both Labor and the National party, one half of the Liberal/National coalition. However, on the domestic policy front, the Freedom party was accused of being chameleonic, unable to hammer down a proper stance on any issue apart from the war. Katter himself also stumbled after one interview, where in response to a question about a post-war order, Katter failed to produce a satisfactory answer in regard to his vision of the world at the end of the conflict, giving a timid answer about democracy, in great contrast to his lion’s speech given earlier in the campaign. As a result, support for Katter’s new party tapered off toward the end of the election campaign, with hopes of either a Coalition or Labor majority in the air for the supporters of their respective parties.



Hawke was on the phone before all the results were even in. Unfortunately for him, Howard was even quicker. With the promise of greater troop commitments, and a position as Foreign Minister, Katter was sold in negotiations and ready to see the war out.

NOTE: (This was supposed to be groundwork for the '90 update, but due to timezone issues and a bit of a mix up it didn't happen. Anyway, here's some context for the previous update).
 
90s Sports Wars: Baseball
Take me out to the Ball Game: The 90’s Sports Wars: Baseball

Baseball “America’s Pastime”. No one ethnic, political, or cultural group would ever dominate baseball’s fanbase. Every city would root for its local/regional team and long-time loyalties were built. However, baseball struggled to build national storylines and superstars in part thanks to such strong regional affiliations. In addition, national cable sports executives preferred football, tennis, and soccer because they featured numerous championships as opposed to a single world series. Baseball would remain primarily on local over the air channels. As such it became “everyone’s second favorite sport” and have its place in the “big four” sports. However, the leagues management skillfully avoided a player’s strike in 1994, which helped build a reputation of stability. Team owners and players avoided any hint of entering the ‘sport’s culture war”, which built MLB and the sport as a timeless element in American society that would remain a fixture. However, the sports “lack of energy and excitement” prevented it from becoming the top of the totem pole in American society. Unlike Football, Tennis, or Soccer, baseball did not dominate culturally any one group. It also suffered from an aging fanbase. Lastly, while the game was simple to play, it was relatively space intensive, especially in large cities (not a problem in the burbs or in rural areas though). Intriguingly, the Nippon Baseball League was on the rise. Some of the more bold, outrageous, and outspoken in Japan even predicted that with growing Japanese wealth, it could eventually become MLB's equal.

In all, to say Baseball was on the downswing would be wrong, but it seemed to be treading water.




World Series 1991: Cleveland Indians over Los Angeles Dodgers in Six

World Series 1992: New York Mets over Texas Rangers in Seven

World Series 1993: New York Yankees over Pittsburgh Pirates in Four

World Series 1994: Montreal Expos over Chicago White Sox in Five






1992 World Champion Mets

Next in Take me out to the Ball Game: The 90’s Sports Wars: Basketball
 
Is this thread still active? I ask this since I'd love to contribute to it though apparently the thread's creator is banned and I'm unsure who would take up the mantle.
 
Postwar Culture


American Patriotism


America was flying high off of its final defeat of the USSR and Russian-Led World Communism in the Third World War. After the lull of the Second Interwar period, which unrestrained saw rising tensions over the course of four decades, a final, deadly release had been let out and the world was now in a state of relative peace. All three world wars had one thread holding them together, and that was Russian Expansionism. This insatiable imperialism was checked in the first world war, only for a new regime to recoup its losses in the second. WWIII propaganda often recalled Soviet technical assistance to the Nazis, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Invasion of Finland, and the “Rape of Eastern Europe” to illustrate this. For more than forty years tensions had simmered. But when the Soviet Empire had brought Russia to the zenith of its power, with its tendrils found worldwide, it had finally been vanquished by an German and American-led coalition. To finally rid the world of the Russian menace, it was to be split into a nearly two dozen squabbling statelets that would never pose a threat to global geopolitics. It has been said that the partition of Russia was based largely off of the Morgenthau Plan, though frankly seeing the state Russia had been in at the time, it can also be said it’s possible that it would’ve taken a while to reunify Russia without Western intervention. In the aftermath of the war, the consensus was obvious though. America was soaring high.

Its people were feeling great about themselves and for good reason. For three world wars, they had been on a winning streak, with minimal damage to their homeland in all but the last. The damage caused in the Soviet Blitz, though devastating after all, would likely be in the billions of dollars, as opposed to the hundreds of billions of dollars in Europe, and would likely take a few years to repair... They were at least luckier then the the former Warsaw Pact or Germany, which would see rebuilding take nearly a decade. After the collapse of the Soviet Empire, America saw itself a hyperpower, and leader of a unipolar world order.​


Overall, during the war and after, Anti-Russian sentiment had skyrocketed in the United States. Not all local Red-Hunting committees dissolved themselves after the war, and some were fully convinced there may be a communist infiltration in the U.S., waiting to cause a revolution. They refused to let their guard down. The right wing militia group ANTICO rose up for a short while committing hate crimes against many Eastern European people, including oddly enough….Oleg Kerensky, grandson of the famous Russian White leader. While the movement quickly faded away, its remnants later became the infamous Law and Order Party years later. The actions of the Anti-communist militias had been widely condemned, no more then by prominent actress Mariska Hargitay, whose father, who had been well known anti-communist activist, had come from Hungary. She denounced these far right militias as well as their Russophobia, saying in an interview, “Americans must remember….the first nation invaded by the Bolsheviks was Russia.”​



The Wounded Father Organization became an extremely popular charity post-war thanks to the wave of Patriotism and is considered a model for all charity work

The Schwarzkopf Plan

In order to help the world rebuild, the United States had to fund a global Marshall Plan involving all the nations affected by WWIII, with a few strings attached, on the condition that the recipients were free and democratic. This applied to all Allied Nations, as well as most of the former Warsaw Pact. Even China and India, both previously Communist-leaning and inward focused, would agree to help with the rebuilding (in return for certain economic concessions, of course). Great Britain, Chile, and France had also spared money aside from their own building projects to contribute. American companies, and to a lesser extent Western European and Chilean companies, made a profit from construction and exports to Eastern Europe and to Africa. Some of the democratic Soviet successor states saw aid too, like the Republic of Samara, which miraculously saw the rise of a stable multiparty democracy. The Schwartzkopf Plan had funded the rebuilding of infrastructure, with the final price tag at nearly 150 billion dollars. The Plan received bipartisan support despite the high price tag of such a project. Even Bundy and Perot, who enjoyed pillorying the president regularly on sunday talk shows, endorsed this almost utopian project. As a result of the Schwarzkopf Plan, European countries were able to receive help for rebuilding which some, especially the smaller nations in the Warsaw Pact, couldn’t handle alone.​


American intents weren’t completely altruistic though, indeed part of the reason behind the rebuilding project was to increase the reliance of former Warsaw Pact nations to NATO countries, and ensure that they stayed loyal. And this to a large effect worked, as support for communism dropped nearly overnight. Slowly but surely, the free and democratic Warsaw Pact nations got accepted into the NATO. Democracy in the Warsaw Pact had done well, unlike Russia, which saw democratic regimes frequently become corrupt, authoritarian, and kleptocratic. The help and support given by the United States in rebuilding boosted public support of the Allies in liberated countries. A disgruntled and revenge-oriented populace is never a good thing, and would have only served to make the Warsaw Pact feel like a conquered people, and more likely to fall into authoritarianism too.​



Schwarzkopf speaking to Congress asking for support for this measure.

A Brief Overview of Pop Culture

With American patriotism soaring to new heights never seen before, it only made sense that pop culture would reflect this in the zeitgeist. Hollywood saw a wave of interest in World War Two movies as well as those on the more recent World War. To this day war movies make for some of the highest grossing movies of all time. “Saving Private Ryan”, a story of an American soldier on D-Day, is the highest grossing movie of all time, adjusting for inflation. Close behind is “Polo”, the story of famous war hero, Marco “Polo” Rubio, and “Moscow”, a film about the Battle of Moscow which takes on the perspectives of soldiers from different nations, whose stories intertwine near the end as Moscow falls…



Tom Cruise Won an Oscar for his Portrayal of an Overconfident Fighter Pilot in "Moscow"



Video Games, a new type of entertainment from the 80s, also saw the rise of first-person-shooter games, where usually the player carried out missions to defeat an enemy. In the aftermath of the Third World War, enemies in shooter games aesthetically or ideology took after the Soviet Union. The famous Homefront games deal with a resurgent Tsarist Russia who against all odds has invade American home soil. The objective of the main character, a teenage guerilla fighter, was to cause chaos in occupied territory, which would tie up Soviet troops that would have fought on the frontline. The infamous Garm from the game Garm Storm were a hive-mind, creatures of this species had no individuality, likely a reference to conceptions of the Soviet Union. The Garm were also red and yellow, the colors used by the Soviet Union’s flag. With a wave of media about the Second and Third World War, Americans, despite being more protected than ever, still did not immediately get used to the new normal. There was no longer a big bad for America to set itself against. Many people were scared of a resurgent and reunifying Russia, no matter how unlikely that may have been. Others turned their eyes towards the skies, and began to wonder what life was out there….




Footage from a popular F.P.S.

The Americanization of Eastern Europe

One controversial provision of the Schwarzkopf Plan that has been widely criticized was a clause stating that nations that accepted a certain amount of aid and above had to exempt putting caps on the amount of foreign media let into the country, at least until the copyright of said property had ended. This caused a glut of American media penetrating into Europe, and as some critics claim, had led to the “Americanization of Europe.” At the end of the war, birth rates throughout the Western World increased, meaning that there were soon many kids growing up watching T.V. And soon programming from one country became especially popular...American cartoons. Among the most popular foreign genres in the wake of the Third World War, this provision in the Schwarzkopf Plan had by far benefited animation studios. While some other genres had seen success, such as the James Bond movies, cartoons took off more than any other export. Cartoons could appeal to anyone, translated well cross-culturally, and with the boom in births there would very soon come new viewers. They also provided some level of escape for some who had seen the horrors of war. American cartoons, with either dubbing or subtitling, became popular throughout the former Eastern Pact, as censorship ended and kids channels finally got hold on American animated shows. Different nations saw different companies taking root. Belarus became Warner Bros territory, and cartoons such as Bugs Bunny became rather popular. This was cemented when an elderly Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, visited Minsk in a tour of the nation. It has long been a popular joke in the nation that Parliament is currently debating as whether to add Bugs Bunny to the flag or not.




Rough Artist’s rendition of what such a hypothetical flag would look like


Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, recently bought back by Disney, became a sleeper hit in Poland, where it and Mickey Mouse dominated TVP1’s Kids’ block. Some channels wanted to get in better graces with the Americans, and aired even lesser known cartoons and their reruns of older shows at times to pad up airtime. This explains in part the popularity of shows like Ducktales, which never took off in the States...If there was one big winner from the exemption clause, it was Disney. To this day, Disney World remains a popular overseas attraction in the Eastern Bloc, with some restaurants on the park selling Mickey Mouse pierogis. Some in Eastern Europe complain about American influence in their countries, claiming that kids watching them will grow up to become immoral, lazy bums. They are often called “Mutfilmik”, after the Ukrainian word for cartoon. Others don’t see a problem with this though, seeing no harm in American cartoons.



The Mutfilmik, A Polish Satiric Cartoon mocking this new trend



Animation studios frequently do scouting for talent in Eastern Europe, and as a result many of the most well known animators tend to be from Eastern Europe. Many released films of their own...Thankfully this influx of animated movies with Eastern European influences had been released after the wave of Anti-Eastern European sentiment in America had dropped off, or else there would have been mass boycotts. Disney’s Baba Yaga had been a smash hit in America, and it had a large amount of Eastern European crew members behind it.



Baba Yaga was filmed in Black and White, an unique animation choice that many believe won it an Oscar


Western Europe on the other hand, did not agree to such a prospect. Some had homegrown animation studios of their own which would suffer from accepting this provision, and (besides possibly Germany) they weren’t as desperate for aid. France reacted especially negatively to it, many calling it “An American attempt at destroying our culture and replacing it with their own”. The French government had rather strict foreign media caps too, their Académie Française, which governed the French language itself, had for years resisted the flow of English words into French, fearing the bastardization of their tongue. French public opinion of the U.S. soured in the wake of this. Though few can dispute, the so-called “Americanizing clause” has had an effect on pop culture throughout Europe.
 
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