New Deal Coalition Retained III: A New World

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Both things could still injure the legacy of Wallace. Black schoolchildren and gay people will have to read about how their president preached hatred toward them.

Oh yes. Despite the fact that has welfare policies probably helped many African Americans in the end, his years as Governor will always make him hated among blacks and progressives.
Oh yes. Despite the fact that has welfare policies probably helped many African Americans in the end, his years as Governor will always make him hated among blacks and progressives.
Basically, the general consensus is: "Yeah, he came around in the end, but he's still the guy that stood in the schoolhouse door!" While the issue of past 'racism' is not associated across the racial spectrum like OTL (Latinos are democrat while the others are swing), blacks will never forgive the Dems for running Wallace
Man, this seems like the anti-Watergate TL. Every American President has, in one way or another, preserved the Prestige of the Presidency.

I think George Wallace might be like Woodrow Wilson: a man who had progressive ideals, but very backwards attitudes. ITTL, he became an anti-gay crusader after his presidency. While OTL Wallace was humbled by his injury, TTL Wallace got everything he wanted by being a hell-raising bigot.
Might be destroyed if Ted Bundy gets found out
Sure, no President in this timeline went wild and loose with the constitution like Nixon and Bush/Cheney, but that doesn't mean I have to like them :p

Nixon was pretty good, Rockefeller went too far with the third red scare, Kennedy was good but ineffective, Wallace had good economic policies but, he's George Wallace. I liked TTL Reagan much better than OTL Reagan but he still did his best to wreck the new deal. Same with Rumsfeld, who was a good leader but showed signs of his Rumsfeldia anarchocapitalist self. Iacocca was just mediocre. Still waiting for that progressive President :cryingface:
1998 Pre-Midterms US Internal Policy-Pennies, Tribal Law, Milk, Daylight Savings

After a study by Treasury Secretary Donald Trump in 1997 on the US Mint, it was found that due to post-war inflation, both the Penny and the Nickel were net losses to the federal government. Bundy, being ever the cost-cutter and innovator, decided that both should be eliminated. However, this would greatly anger both zinc and copper mining corporations, who relied on the US Mint’s Penny demand to make margins for their metals. Moreover, many had been key supporters of the Bundy campaign. While it would not be a huge hit to the Republican Party, the zinc in United States pennies were supplied by an Eastern Tennessee mining company, and was the company’s main breadwinner. Such high-profile cut in spending would result in a few hundred employees losing their jobs, something which would not help the prospects of the Bundy ally and Senator Lamar Alexander, whose fragile coalition of northern transplants, African Americans, and Eastern Tennessee residents brought him and other state Republican victory.

A compromise would be hatched. The quarter would be moved to Copper and Zinc and feature another Republican President with bipartisan appeal with his civil rights initiatives: Richard Milhous Nixon. Voting against commemorating the president with such a civil rights record would be difficult for the younger members of Congress, many who had campaigned on creating “a better post-war world” as Nixon had so long ago. And so Bundy got his way in this regard. Many saw this event as hurting the legacy of the presidents portrayed on the quarter, nickel, and penny, though Washington would still have the $1 bill and Lincoln would still have the $5 dollar bill too. A lobby to put Jefferson on the $10 dollar bill gained some traction but failed. All and all, the efforts to stop the creation of new pennies and nickels saved the United States nearly 100 million dollars a year. On the level of something like the United States budget, it was tiny, especially compared to his military scaledown, but every little bit counted for Bundy, to the amusement of many a late-night show host.


The Nixon Quarter


The Minaprogressives were relatively pleased with Bundy’s foreign policy but despised his drug policies, especially after the “Cincinnati incident”. However, after the flack they had received for obstructionism under Iacocca and the need to heal the divisions of the Left-Libertarians of the party, Perot was convinced that he needed to find policies to rally around. Moreover, he had been disappointed with Native American turnout in 1996. After touring the country in 1997, he found the conditions of Native Americans horrid, their lives under far too much control of the federal government, and caught in between lacking the freedom to pursuit their wealth or to preserve their traditions and heritage. Native Americans were living under some of the worst conditions of minorities in America, a fact he would repeatedly bring up to Bundy in meetings, until finally Bundy seemed responsive.

Perot and Bundy decided to give a short “unity talk” at Dartmouth University, which was founded to educate Native Americans, discussing the necessary changes to Native American policies. This talk started the writing of the 1998 Indian Policy Reconstructing Act sponsored by Prog. Rep. Wilma Mankiller of Oklahoma and Senator George Pataki.

The IPRA formally and legally gave tribal citizens control over land as property either as individuals (in a free simple system) or under a tribal land council (per the written express wishes of the individuals who would be first given control of their land and then cede to the tribal council). The federal government would formally cede control over reservations and current GMI quotas. Currently, native tribes were given a special rate of GMI (instead of past housing programs, etc. which had been replaced under Wallace across the board) and special deals on casinos. This special GMI rate was suspected of being unconstitutional, and would be phased out in a slow gradual rate in accordance with the economic conditions of specific tribes with a final conclusion of above-average payments in 2008. Some states would set up smaller in-state GMI “Add-ons” for tribal members in communities still afflicted by poverty. Most tribes would agree to hold their land together in tribal trusts and not sell to developers. However, many credit this land reform with increasing many natives’ ability to set up small businesses and other entrepreneurship opportunities as banks could give native Americans loans with their land as collateral.

A rider to this bill was that it gave tribal governments the equivalent powers of municipal governments. that are pieced together by state legislatures and the watchful eye of the attorney general Clarence Thomas. This type of policy was recommended by Colorado Governor Nighthorse Campbell who headed a President’ Gubernatorial Commission on Native American Rights. Bundy and Perot agree to convince their state and local parties to pass regulations at the state level giving the tribal nations more authority when needed. Moreover the federal government no longer has authority to dictate land use on native land for development purposes.

A key Progressive rider by James Boren (P-Oklahoma) gave Native Americans Mineral and Water rights to their land. In addition, Native Americans would be exempt from Eminent Domain, a move that frustrated Pipeline developers later in the 00’s. Generally, business procedures on tribal lands become more smooth, though they would be regulated by local tribal governments. Some tribes were known for creating tax and regulation havens, especially now that the federal government wasn’t being so constritive. The Cherokee ex-reservation in Tulsa famously brought in Patagonia’s and Krispy Kreme’s corporate headquarters although this wasn’t the norm. Other tribes would emphasize their heritage and reserving the natural wilderness and sharing it with the public at large. While the growth of public parks had stagnated due to WWIII, many nature hunters would turn to ex-reservation lands that became “hidden treasures” of beauty and history away from the usual hordes of travelers seen elsewhere. To be fair, there would now be a degree of income inequality between tribes and reservations not seen before which riled some, but generally the consensus was positive.


One of many Native American Business Incubators


A Poster in support of the anti-eminent domain arts of the bill, often used for environmental purposes, much to the frustration of companies like Enron

Most importantly for Bundy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, no longer needed, was abolished and relations between reservation governments and the greater government were the responsibility of state and county governments. Bundy, for his part, quite enjoyed firing all these employees. A formal apology of past abuses by the federal government was also signed.

However, the bill was quite more far-reaching than initially planned, with Bundy signing off on additional riders in an attempt to appear more tripartisan. Peyote, currently restricted but illegally used by Native American tribes, was also legalized for use by native American tribes on land owned by tribal members for use by tribal members. Moreover, Governments give a “blank amendment” legalizing Casinos on native-land regardless of “form or function” whilst gambling remained prohibited most elsewhere. Many states complained that this deprived them of sovereignty and feared a rising tide in gambling. Moreover, Nevada was already suffering from a loss in revenues, leading to fierce bipartisan opposition in that state, and from New Jersey’s delegation (representing Atlantic City). One key leader on this bill was Progressive Rep. Wilma Mankiller of Oklahoma. A rider she included on it, formal requests that the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins change their name and logo, a controversial move but forced through by Mankiller’s sheer will of force. All throughout, Bundy played up his bipartisanship with multiple appearances with Perot, Lamm, and Mankiller on the networks, using his mastery of the media to bludgeon congressional opposition.

By eliminating superfluous agencies, promoting economic freedom for a disadvantaged community, and promoting minority rights, Bundy managed to find a way to win over his Liberty Conservative base and appeal to prairie Progressives who he would need to win re-election or for his party to keep the senate. Native Americans also felt that the Progressives were not lying when they said they would be “their party”.


Bundy would wrap up 1998 with a few more minor, but notable measures, as he wanted to paint a more bipartisan portrait as the Midterms loomed. While Bundy initially was pressured by Dick Cheney to use the USDA, Bundy knew that appearing bipartisan was needed to round out the image of him as the cost-cutting scrooge that Democrats had been building.

While Progressives and Democrats had opposed BGH as dangerous for children, Bundy’s private opposition came from a different source: oversupply. Many feared milk prices were going too low, and would require more supports, as the supply increased with the increased use of BPH. Bundy, spurred on by Meredith, loathed the idea of bailing out milk producers.

After meeting with a council of Dairy economists and Bundy issued an executive order banning the Bovine Growth Hormone in the USA with the explicit goal of protecting children, reducing the US milk supply, and raising prices without subsidies. This would be enforced by the FDA which would ban the sale of such milk and forced producers to prove this. While US crops, especially Corn and Wheat were hurt by Australia’s rise, Diary and Meat continue to excel. Moreover, the previous elimination of corn subsidies reduced the use of corn syrup in food products, improving American health and lowering AmCare costs.

One key opponent of this move was Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, who believed that Bundy wanted to “stick it to the farmers”, although the milk farmers seemed to disagree. As for other farmers...


One of many anti-BGH Political Cartoons

Republican Representative and House Majority Whip David Dreier and Progressive Representative James Boren of Oklahoma City (the 2d-Pro from Oklahoma) both put forward the American time reform act, ending Daylight Savings which they sighted as negative to the overall economy and national health, pointing heavily towards the increase in AmCare costs resulting from it. Candy Corporations (who benefited from an extra hour of trick or-treating), grilling companies, and meat companies (who benefited from a longer grilling season) fiercely opposed, recruiting opposition from farm state R’S and D’s. However, Ross Perot and Dick Lamm, latching on to the image of reform as key to their party’s hopes in 1998, whipped support. In addition, the administration tied the change to lowering AmCare costs citing that less trick or treating and grilling might be better for the American diet. Actual evidence of this is mixed.

Bundy also focused on recruiting Urban, especially liberal, Republicans towards the bill that would ease business. Governor Rockefeller, mindful of the global trading in NYC, would be a key Gubernatorial supporter. In the end it passed narrowly in July of 1998, the last major piece of legislation before campaign season. Starting in 1999, daylight savings would be no more.


One Protestors Humorous Sign

---Meanwhile, in Africa---

Blockade of Madagascar

Madagascar, while rather isolated, was seen as one of the key launching points for the Concordat. Its modern-ish Navy, recently upgraded as part of military reforms by the Queen, could also potentially blockade Mozambique and the central Entebbe Pact powers. Moreover, the Mad Madame was liable to try just about anything, and had to be contained if only to prevent a wildcard in a delicate international situation. She was a loose cannon in a way which shocked many of her fellow Concordat leaders. As such, the Ugandans and Somalis worked out a plan to blockade Madagascar, at least until the French arrived. Using a combined fleet-with Ugandan, Somalian, Mozambican, Iraqi, Ethiopian, and even Argentinian ships, (the latter mostly preemptively fleeing the Chilean army), the Somalians would tire out the Madagascans with a game of cat and mouse with their fleet whilst laying a massive minefield around the country. The hopes were to bring the fortress nation out of the war by isolating them over the ocean, and leaving their navy unable to operate over their waters. It would be compared to Union’s Anaconda Plan during the Civil War. Using faster, smaller cutters and destroyers, this fleet would distract the Madagascan fleet and draw them into the minefields, until the coast would be nearly inoperable to work in. This was critical, in part because the Mad Madame had ignored the need for minesweepers (only having one in the entire fleet). And thus for a short while, Madagascar was taken out of the war. This would be a temporary retreat, not to say they would give up the fight. They would not go out so easily.


Madagascar's very busy sole minesweeper
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So, pennies, nickels, and Daylight Savings are all no more, huh? Small changes to the overall timeline, but clever none the less.

Thanks! sometimes its the little things in history, alt or otherwise, that are most memorable.

Also, for those wondering, there is a country OTL without nickels and quarters with US-style notes otherwise-its New Zealand.

Also, otl Canada and the EU bans BGH while the Green Party is the only major-ish party in the USA advocating for banning.
and today on our show - "Fun with Flags!":


The flag of the Entebbe Pact, also known as the black fist flag, adopted in 1987. The Black background symbolizes the black pan-african movement while the clenched fist symbolizes the struggle of the black african nations


The flag of the Concordat, adopted in 1996. According to French officials, the similarity between this flag and the old NATO flag symbolizes the commitment of the alliance to the values and ideals of the old NATO.


The flag of the Central European Customs Union, adopted in 1996 (Inspiration taken from @The Professor's posting at our fair country). Each leaf on the flag stands for every country of the union. According to German officials, the similarity between this flag and the old EEC flag symbolizes the commitment to the fostering of trade and cooperation between the members of the union.
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Peruvian Civil War

If anyone inhabited the desolate stretch of highland jungle dotting the old stomping grounds of the Inca nobility, they would have heard the recognizable stucco of the Bell UH-1 helicopters slicing across the cloudy January day. “Ten minutes,” barked the pilot to the mission commander, a Major within the elite Peruvian Paratrooper company. He smiled, knowing the end was close. The end of the most stubborn ulcer for his country and his government, both he owed the utmost loyalty.

In just over ten minutes, the great rebel leader Pachacuti would be dead.

Peru had been limping along since the end of WWIII. What goodwill longtime dictator Francisco Morales Bermúdez had acquired by defeating the communist invasion had been wiped out by the Marburg Virus. His iron grip on the nation was humbled into the control of only the coastline and most of the major cities, with warlords and remnants of the communist guerrillas controlling the rest. Hopelessly corrupt and forced to making deals with the various drug cartels, funds from the US were nixed by the Bundy Administration and he was forced to humble himself into a Chilean puppet for support to secure his control.


The longtime military dictator of Peru had aged significantly from the stress of running a nation that seemed to be falling apart.

In the middle of this was the Neo-Incan Defenders of Inti. Led by the enigmatic Pachacuti, the radical indigenous and anti-colonialist movement grew and grew in the vacuum following the Marburg Epidemic. By 1997 and the start of the Great Southern War, it boasted tens of thousands of active soldiers and hundreds of thousands of adherents. They were well known to have smuggled Amazonian irregulars behind Chilean lines, where they staged hit-and-run attacks along the North Chilean border and the frontlines in Argentina’s favor - Pachacuti hated the Argentine junta, but knew there was opportunity in a distracted Chile. Blind to the troubles the Inca caused in the hinterlands, the corrupt government finally realized what a threat they were dealing with after Gehrard Frey’s famous “Axis of Evil” speech, and after Chilean headlines chronicled a hit-and-run attack by Amazonian guerillas in the city of Iquique which lead to the deaths of 20 civilians. Morales Bermúdez and his advisors wished to wipe out the charismatic Incan leader, but they couldn’t find him. Suddenly, in the middle of a massive operation against three warlords near the Ecuadorian border, a tip came in that Pachacuti was hiding in plain sight - in the ancient Incan summer resort of Machu Picchu.

And thus was how the company of paratroopers was dispatched into the mountains.

Intelligence based on the tip indicated that the Defenders of Inti had anti-aircraft flak guns positioned around Machu Picchu, seemingly confirmed by photographs from a Chilean recon satellite (an old Soviet model, one of many purchased from the FRR by President Pinochet during the Russian Civil War, shortly before his death and the restoration of elections). Thus, the plan was simple. Two of the gunships carrying long range guided missiles would bombard the Neo-Incan base from two kilometers away, while other gunships would then strafe the area with rockets and machine gun fire. Then, the paratroopers would land and kill Pachacuti and the other guerrillas. It was greenlit by President Morales Bermúdez for January 2, 1998.


The only known image of what would be dubbed the “Machu Picchu Massacre,” showing precious Peruvian Army gunships mid flight.

The assault went off as planned at 11:24 a.m., the missile barrage striking the sites indicated by the satellite photos as the flak emplacements. Gunships set Machu Picchu ablaze, ruining countless architectural treasures that would spark considerable outcry in future months. Militants were seen tumbling in puffs of blood by gun crews, the signal given for the paratroopers to land there. However, what they discovered fifteen minutes later gave them nightmares. All of it was a front - bunkers empty, ‘flak cannons’ being cheap wooden imitations. There were militants there, about a hundred that engaged in gun battles with the paratroopers. But the vast majority were around five thousand noncombatants that had largely lived there since fleeing the cities due to Marburg. All in all, the assault had cost 1,207 dead and 3,002 wounded civilians to only 11 dead paratroopers (all 87 guerrillas martyred themselves). And there was no sign of Pachacuti.

As it turned out, the setup - hell, the entire assault upon Machu Picchu - was set up by the guerrilla leader himself. The looming specter of potential Chilean intervention had kept the Defenders of Inti chilled for years, both Augusto Pinochet and Patricio Aylwin being leaders committed to aggressively protecting their nation’s position as a regional power. So when the Great Southern War broke out and the Chilean military found itself launching the conquest of their larger rival, Pachacuti (armed by smuggled Entebbe Pact weaponry and trained in camps within the Amazonian jungle) saw an opportunity to strike while it was distracted.

After having his own assets tip off the location of Machu Picchu to the Peruvian government, Pachacuti personally led the neo-Inca forces - twenty thousand strong - to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Once the linchpin of the defensive line against the communists, Marburg and the postwar economic malaise had hit the provincial town hard. In 1998 it had become a backwater, neglected by the government in their mission to fight the warlords and rebuild the economy and infrastructure around Lima. The largely indigenous or mestizo population was simmering with anger against the government and quite sympathetic to the neo-Incan cause. So imagine the shock and surprise of the people when out of a small apartment block on January 2 - in full Incan regalia (though with a flak jacket underneath) - emerged Pachacuti himself at the van of a large bodyguard.

People flocked to the hero of Manaus, the crowd soon becoming a massive throng of thousands that invaded Cusco’s Morales Bermúdez square in the center of the city. On the east side of the plaza was the central police barracks, and hundreds of fully armed police (many in riot gear) had been warned of the threat and assembled to stop it. Hundreds of witnesses would provide a first hand account of what happened next.

“Get back!” shouted the lead officer, resulting in a torrent of abuse and profanity from the crowd. “Stop or you will be fired upon!”

Hands raised, Pachacuti quieted the rowdy crowd. Attempted to be held back by his guards, he shrugged them off and approached the police line on his own. An awe-inspiring sight to his followers, and terrifying for the police. Like the veritable god-king as many alleged he was.

The officer trembled. “Not one step closer!” Pachacuti ignored him. “Stop!” He was within three meters of the line. The officer had it. “Fuego!” Nothing. “FUEGO!” Again, nothing.

But the line did not obey, too awestruck into silence by the sheer majesty of the Sapa Inca returned to life. Reaching the first line of riot police, Pachacuti found a trembling young man, shield-wielding arm shaking. He reached out to still the boy’s shoulder. “What is your name, son?”

“A… A… Anca,” the boy replied.

“And how old are you?” A warm smile spread upon his face. Kind. Inviting.

The boy felt drawn to him. “Six… sixteen, señor.”

“So young, forced into such responsibility.” Pachacuti raised his voice. “Soldiers of Peru, heed my call. The forces of Europe and North America keep us down, sending death, destruction, and disease upon us. But now we have the opportunity to cast it all off! Rise with me! Rise with me, my Inca brothers! Rise to restore our land to greatness once more, to the Empire of Pachacuti, Huayna Capac, Huscar, and Atahualpa! Cry out in glory, and be the sound that will make the world tremble!”

The crack of a bullet rang out in the square. Police line folding back like the Red Sea before Moses, the officer laid dead on the dusty ground. A lieutenant clutched a pistol in his hand, barrel still smoking. Holstering it, he approached Pachacuti and raised their hands in the air. “SAPA INCA!”

In one massive wave, the crowd roared. “SAPA INCA! SAPA INCA! SAPA INCA! SAPA INCA…!”

Pachacuti wept with joy. It had begun.


What few military units remained within Cusco were soon overwhelmed. Hobbled by lack of supplies and rampant corruption, many fled… or mutinied and swore allegiance to Pachacuti. After two days of combat in which nearly the entire city was captured, Lima ordered Brig. General Santiago Martin Rivas (who during his command of the southeast military sector had committed numerous war crimes against neo-Inca sympathizers) to withdraw out of the area to consolidate. Government forces had defeated the warlords in the north, and the hope was that they could now form a united front to deal with the neo-Incans. Rivas complied, and on January 4th left the city to Pachacuti.

The Peruvian Civil War had begun.
Sorry, I was very busy yesterday and didn't have a chance to review until just now.

Anyway, great entry. This war looks like it's going to be intense, but like all cult movements I can't help but worry about the chaos that'll ensue whenever Pachacuti inevitably dies.
Pachacuti's actions remind me quite a bit of the Beer Hall Putsch, as Hitler had similarly hoped to inspire the German police to join their attempted Nazi coup during the march.

Of course, unlike those events of 1923, Pachacuti actually succeeded in the feat of persuading the opposing law enforcement forces to defect.
Pachacuti's actions remind me quite a bit of the Beer Hall Putsch, as Hitler had similarly hoped to inspire the German police to join their attempted Nazi coup during the march.

Of course, unlike those events of 1923, Pachacuti actually succeeded in the feat of persuading the opposing law enforcement forces to defect.

To me it sounds more like Napoleon after returning from Elbe, standing in front of his soldiers and saying: "If you want to shoot your emperor, than here I am."
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