Oh I Wish I Was in Dixie: A Different North America

Ah, so I see you made him go by a shortening of his real first name ITTL

Either way, excellent article! Can't wait to see the end result of the spill!
He actually went by Al as a child and didn't start going by Boris until he went to school in the UK, so here he just keeps his original name.
 
2018 Korean General Election
2018 Korean General Election

From 1910 to 1983, the Korean peninsula remained as a colony of the Japanese Empire. During most of this period, the Japanese Empire and the native Koreans would clash often due to fierce mistreatment from Imperial forces, the largest of which was the Pyongan War (1957-1961) where over a two million Koreans would ultimately perish. However in the 1970's, the government of the Japanese Empire would begin the shift dramatically. Distaste with the traditionally ultra-conservative government and the large constant presence needed in the colonies led to the philosophy of the Japanese Empire to change to what would be called "Detachment". This would mean that the Japanese would loose its grip on its colonies while still making sure to maintain a significant amount of influence over its former possession. This meant giving home rule to several of its island colonies such as Taiwan. But in Hawaii and Korea, this meant independence... mostly. In Korea, this meant that the new Korean Commonwealth would have control over most domestic issues, but it would also be a member of the West Pacific Union, a trade and customs union with Japan and the rest of its sphere, one where Japan would almost completely dominate. It would also have to allow Japan to keep several military bases in the country such as on Jeju Island where the Japanese military presence is overwhelming (and the Japanese actually make up a majority of the island's inhabitants.

In 1983, the first election for the Korean Commonwealth would take place and the right-wing United Korea Party would take 60% of the seats in the country's parliament known as the Legislative Yuan. The UKP would be supportive of the current agreement with the Japanese and would remain the largest party in country in every election since. in 1996, the UKP would ally with the also Pro-Japanese Liberal Democratic Party to form a coalition which has continued to today. There are several parties that are not satisfied with the arrangement with the Japanese, largest of which is the center-left Progressive Party. The Anti-Japanese parties in the Yuan also include the Centrist People's Party, the Far-Right One Nation Party, and the Far-Left New Social Party. In the 2018 elections, the Pro-Japanese Coaltion lost 13 seats to the Anti-Japanese parties, this is the fifth consecutive election since 2001 where the coalition lost seats.

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What’s Selena Gomez doing ITTL?
Gomez was a moderately popular child star in Texas appearing in several children's shows and a couple of movies, but did not achieve stardom as she grew older. Gomez instead would venture into politics with her first foray volunteering in Chris Bell's successful 2009 presidential election as a teenager despite Gomez being under the 20 minimum age to vote in Texas. She continued being involved in Liberal Party activism in and around Dallas throughout her youth. In 2018, Gomez would run for the Texas House of Delegates and would defeat incumbent Democrat Rodney Anderson in a upset. She is the youngest woman ever elected to the Texas House of Delegates.

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Excellent work as always :) quick question, do Korea and Hawaii monarchies under the Emperor of Japan? Or their native monarchies?




Me too :D what are the other members of the West Pacific Union?
Korea is a commonwealth of the Japanese Empire so the Emperor is still the official sovereign of the country. Many of the Anti-Japanese political parties wish to assert their full independence and either reinstate the old Korean monarchy or create a republic.

Hawaii kept their monarchy throughout the colonization as it was a protectorate of the Japanese Empire and kept the institution when the protectorate status was dissolved.

The members of the West Pacific Union are the Japanese Empire, Kingdom of Hawaii, Korean Commonwealth, Philippine Commonwealth (the Japanese would take it from the Spanish in the Spanish-Japanese War (1902-1903)), the Commonwealth of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of Papua, the Commonwealth of Manchuria, and the free cities of Ryojun, Fuzhou, and Tsingtao. The Republic of China, New Zealand, and Malaysia all have Association Status with the Union as well.
 
The members of the West Pacific Union are the Japanese Empire, Kingdom of Hawaii, Korean Commonwealth, Philippine Commonwealth (the Japanese would take it from the Spanish in the Spanish-Japanese War (1902-1903)), the Commonwealth of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of Papua, the Commonwealth of Manchuria, and the free cities of Ryojun, Fuzhou, and Tsingtao. The Republic of China, New Zealand, and Malaysia all have Association Status with the Union as well.
So do the various Commonwealths have the Japanese Emperor as monarch?

And what about the free cities? Are they republics, or are they also monarchies under the Japanese Emperor?
 
So do the various Commonwealths have the Japanese Emperor as monarch?

And what about the free cities? Are they republics, or are they also monarchies under the Japanese Emperor?
Yes all the commonwealths have the Japanese Emperor as their official head of state. The free cities are still under the monarchy, and are somewhere between the commonwealths and the home-rule provinces (like Taiwan which is just an autonomous region of Japan) in terms of actual independence. There are debates in international circles whether they should be considered as truly independence countries. The free cities elect their governor instead of being appointed like in the commonwealths, and the free cities are also not allowed to have their own military and must completely rely on Japan for protection.
 
2019 Hawaiian General Election
2019 Hawaiian General Election

Beginning in 1902, the Kingdom of Hawaii existed as a protectorate of the Japanese Empire until the kingdom was released by in the Japanese Empire in 1975. Since becoming fully independent the Kingdom of Hawaii has become the most successful of all of Japan's former colonies, it being one of the richest countries per capita in the region. Hawaii is a part of the West Pacific Union like all of the former Japanese colonies and has benefited the most of the arrangement. Hawaii has one of the most successful tourism sectors in the world and is a top choice for Japanese and American vacationers. Hawaii currently has a population of 1,120,528 with 42.7% being Asian, 17.1% being White, 15.8% being Native Hawaiian, 22.3% being 2 or more races, and 2.1% being another race.

In 2019, the incumbent government comprised of the center-left, Alliance for Hawaii and the centrist Reform Party lost their majority in the Hawaiian House of Representatives. The Alliance and their leader Prime Minister Mazie Hirono remained the largest party in the House of Representatives for the 4th consecutive time since the party and Hirono won the 2010 Elections. However the Alliance and the Reform Party led by Ed Case lost enough seats to be unable to form a government between the two. Reform, a party disproportionately popular with the white citizens of the islands, would lose both of their electorate seats with Case himself losing his seat of Northeast Shore. Reform is now completely reliant on list seats and only barely cleared the entrance threshold of 5% to get any seats.

The center-right Democratic Party led by Duke Aiona would gain 5 seats, but the disappointing showing would cause Aiona to announce he would be stepping down as leader of the party shortly after the election. United!, a left-wing party that strongly targets native Hawaiians, and their leader Kaniela Ing would gain 5 seats as well, their best ever showing since their creation in 1998. The Hawaiian Independence Party, a populist party that combines conservative social positions with center-left economic positions, led by Mike Gabbard would also gain seats in the House of Representatives. Both United and the Independence Party support turning Hawaii into a federation of all the populated islands rather than the current unitary system. United and the Independence Party also are both dissatisfied with the West Pacific Union, but only the Independence Party calls for Hawaii to completely leave while United only supports a limited increase to Hawaii's autonomy. All the other parties more or less support Hawaii's current position in the Union.

After the election, Alliance, not being able to reform their coalition with Reform, would join with United to form a broad left government with Hirono remaining as Prime Minister. This is the first time that United as been a member of the government.

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2019 Hawaiian General Election

Beginning in 1902, the Kingdom of Hawaii existed as a protectorate of the Japanese Empire until the kingdom was released by in the Japanese Empire in 1975. Since becoming fully independent the Kingdom of Hawaii has become the most successful of all of Japan's former colonies, it being one of the richest countries per capita in the region. Hawaii is a part of the West Pacific Union like all of the former Japanese colonies and has benefited the most of the arrangement. Hawaii has one of the most successful tourism sectors in the world and is a top choice for Japanese and American vacationers. Hawaii currently has a population of 1,120,528 with 42.7% being Asian, 17.1% being White, 15.8% being Native Hawaiian, 22.3% being 2 or more races, and 2.1% being another race.

In 2019, the incumbent government comprised of the center-left, Alliance for Hawaii and the centrist Reform Party lost their majority in the Hawaiian House of Representatives. The Alliance and their leader Prime Minister Mazie Hirono remained the largest party in the House of Representatives for the 4th consecutive time since the party and Hirono won the 2010 Elections. However the Alliance and the Reform Party led by Ed Case lost enough seats to be unable to form a government between the two. Reform, a party disproportionately popular with the white citizens of the islands, would lose both of their electorate seats with Case himself losing his seat of Northeast Shore. Reform is now completely reliant on list seats and only barely cleared the entrance threshold of 5% to get any seats.

The center-right Democratic Party led by Duke Aiona would gain 5 seats, but the disappointing showing would cause Aiona to announce he would be stepping down as leader of the party shortly after the election. United!, a left-wing party that strongly targets native Hawaiians, and their leader Kaniela Ing would gain 5 seats as well, their best ever showing since their creation in 1998. The Hawaiian Independence Party, a populist party that combines conservative social positions with center-left economic positions, led by Mike Gabbard would also gain seats in the House of Representatives. Both United and the Independence Party support turning Hawaii into a federation of all the populated islands rather than the current unitary system. United and the Independence Party also are both dissatisfied with the West Pacific Union, but only the Independence Party calls for Hawaii to completely leave while United only supports a limited increase to Hawaii's autonomy. All the other parties more or less support Hawaii's current position in the Union.

After the election, Alliance, not being able to reform their coalition with Reform, would join with United to form a broad left government with Hirono remaining as Prime Minister. This is the first time that United as been a member of the government.

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Hawaii using the New Zealand electoral system? Can't say I expected it, but I like it nonetheless!
 
2015 Alaska General Election
2015 Alaska General Election

Throughout most of the 19th century, the Russian Empire's colony in Alaska was never very profitable or well inhabited. The Russian Empire gained so little from the colony that in the 1880's a deal to sell it to the British was almost successful, but the British negotiators thought that the land was worth less than the Russians were offering. In the 1890's and the early 1900's, several gold rushes would push several thousands of immigrants from Russia to move to the colony in search of fortune with the Russian government encouraging many to move. Immigrants from the neighboring Commonwealth of America would also move into the now growing colony.

During the Russian Civil War (1917-1925), Alaska would remain in the hands of the White Army throughout. However in mainland Russia, the Whites would not do as well. In 1918, the Red Army would execute Tsar Nicolas II, his family, and many other members of the Romanov dynasty dealing a huge blow to the monarchist forces. In 1921, the White forces, now pushed far to the East and led by Alexander Kolchak, would name Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich as Tsar Kirill continuing on the imperial legacy. In 1922, many of the White forces and the newly crowned emperor would flee the Russian mainland for the Alaskan colony. Thousands of Russian civilians would flee the Red forces to the colony as well. By 1925, the last of the White forces in Russia would fall to the Red Army ending the Civil War.

In Alaska, the remnants of the Russian Empire would find much difficulty on the American continent. There only salvation would come from the British and specifically Americans who would greatly support the government-in-exile. In 1941, Alaska would begin to hold elections for the State Duma for the first time since being exiled, but in every election for several decades, a block of pro-monarchist, pro-Russian parties would dominate. The Russian remnants would struggle in Alaska for several decades slowly losing relevance as nations began recognizing the Soviet Union as the legitimate ruler of Russia and began using just "Alaska" to refer to the small Empire in order to placate the now strong communist power. In 1949, the League of Nations would vote to grant the USSR a seat in the body, and change the Russian Empire's name to the "Russian Empire in Alaska".

In the 1950's, the AIaskan capital of Novo-Arkhangelsk would begin to reach capacity in the small space it occupied. The city of Ankoridzh on Cook Inlet had surpassed it as the largest city in the country, so the Alaskan government in 1957 would move the location of the State Duma and the royal palace to Ankoridzh to serve as the new capital. In the 1960's, Alaska gained a huge boon when large amounts of oil was discovered on its the Northern coast. Alaska's economy took off and would attract many more American immigrants to work in the oil industry. Alaska seemed to be doing very well for itself; in 1975, however, forecasts for the upcoming election pointed towards liberal and social democratic parties winning a possible majority for the first time in the country's history. In response and at the behest of the government, Tsar Vladimir, Kirill's son, announced that the election would be postponed indefinitely. The postponed election lead to the Alaskan Civil War (1975-1976). During the Civil War, Native Alaskans and American settlers would largely join forces to fight the Russian pro-monarchists even though the two did not have much good will toward each other. But even combined the monarchist forces ultimately prevailed and from 1975-1997, Alaska would be a dictatorship and held no free elections.

By 1997, Alaska hadn't held an open election in 22 years and would be facing strong influence from the other North American states to democratize. The Commonwealth in 1993 placed sanctions on Alaska after their repeated refusal to hold elections. Tsarina Maria, who gained the crown in 1992, was more open to democracy than her father, and in 1997, Alaska would finally hold elections for the State Duma and write a new Constitution for the country (though would still continue to claim the entirety of the old Russian Empire as rightfully theirs). In the first elections, the Constitutional Union, a right-wing party that supports the monarchy and Russian unification, won with a sizable majority, and would continue to handily win every election held since 1999. Since the Soviets Union's fall in 1985 and their replacement with the Russian Republic, there has been talks to reunify the country, but it always stalls due to Alaska's insistence on keeping the monarchy intact.

In 2015, the Constitutional Union (KS) would win a majority giving Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev another term in office. The Union of Democrats and Liberals (SDL), a broad center-right to center-left party that supports Alaskan Independence and led by co-leaders Ana Murkowski and Boris Edgmon, would continue to perform well among Native Alaskans and in urban areas. The far-right Justice Party for Russia (PYR), an ultra-nationalist party led by Alexander Lukashenko which also supports Russian Reunification, would also gain seats in the Duma. In the upcoming 2020 elections, due to a worsening economy caused by a shrinking oil supply, numerous corruption sandals from the Medvedev government, and continued international trade tension with Japan, the SDL is currently projected to make huge gains and to possibly unseat the KS and secure a majority. Tsarina Maria has repeatedly stated that unlike her father, she would honor the results of the elections regardless of the winner.

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2018 Korean General Election
Really interesting concept for Korea! I'm interested to hear more about the policy of "detachment" and what political winds prompted it in Japan proper.

With such a long period of Japanese suzerainty (and apparently ongoing economic predomination), I would expect that Korean would continue to use hanja (for example for the party names) and mixed-script writing. Names like the assembly, too, would probably follow Japanese traditions and naming (likely called the 國會 Gukhoe), rather than Chinese (as in Legislative Yuan).
 
Really interesting concept for Korea! I'm interested to hear more about the policy of "detachment" and what political winds prompted it in Japan proper.

With such a long period of Japanese suzerainty (and apparently ongoing economic predomination), I would expect that Korean would continue to use hanja (for example for the party names) and mixed-script writing. Names like the assembly, too, would probably follow Japanese traditions and naming (likely called the 國會 Gukhoe), rather than Chinese (as in Legislative Yuan).
Yeah hanja and mixed-script should probably be much more common than hangul in Korea.

I'm pretty sure I accidentally mixed up the legislature name for Taiwan and Korea, so it definitely should not be called Yuan.
 
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