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

Prime Minister Healey & 2019 Labor Leadership Election
  • Prime Minister Healey & 2019 Labor Leadership Election

    On December 6, 2019, the leadership election for the new leader of the Labor Party of America would be held to replace outgoing Prime Minister Mike Madigan who resigned in the wake of the 2019 federal election. Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts would defeat all other candidates including her two biggest rivals, Interior Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Energy Minister Scott Dianda, for the leadership of Labor Party. While many candidates would run on specific policies if they were PM, Healey (who had ties close ties to the Progressives despite being a member of the Labor Party) would instead focus mostly on her being the best candidate to keep the proposed Labor-Progressive-Green coalition alive as long as possible, which resonated with the Labor MP's who emphatically did not want a new general election soon. With Healey's election as leader, the ongoing negotiations with Progressive leader Sanders and Green leader May were finalized, and on December 13 , Healey would be formally made the next Prime Minister of America and would lead the first coalition government in America in over 40 years.

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  • I'm really curious about the Commonwealth of America political parties. I know I've said this before but could you make infoboxes for them if you're up to it?

    While we're on the subject of Commonwealth politics, I can't wait for the 2019 election too. I'm wondering if it'll be another Madiganslide or the Liberals will come back. Or even a hung parliament might be fun

    Also is Superior its own province in the Commonwealth? Because it's my OTL home region it'd be cool to see it have some representation
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    Michigan's UP and Northern Ontario make up their own province of Superior with the UP now being known as Superior's LP.

    What are Dixie movies and TV shows like ITTL?
    Hollywood in America is still the major cultural center in North America, but Atlanta is the center of culture in Dixie and is where almost all movies, TV shows, and music are produced domestically. Overall movies and TV in Dixie tend to be similar to the USA's movies and TV but a bit more "conservative" for lack of a better term. There has been controversy in recent years of Atlanta being influenced too much by American media culture and there has been a recent influx of American producers moving into Atlanta.

    @RoxyLikeAPuma What's the population (roughly) per national House of Delegates district? Seems obvious it'd be much smaller than OTL Congressional districts, but by how much? And I guess along the same lines, do you have an idea what the population of each state is?
    Each House of Delegates district has about 200,000 people in them.

    State Population
    Alabama: 4,184,060
    Arkansas: 2,915,918
    Georgia: 9,687,653
    Florida: 9,403,884
    Kentucky: 4,339,367
    Louisiana: 3,516,075
    Mississippi: 2,502,396
    Missouri: 4,502,689
    North Carolina: 9,555,983
    South Carolina: 4,625,364
    Tennessee: 6,346,105
    Virginia: 9,781,354
    West Florida: 3,090,129
    Total: 74,450,977
     
    2016 Wisconsin Provincial Election
  • 2016 Wisconsin Provincial Election

    In 2016 Labor Premier Jim Doyle kept his and his party's majority. Doyle is the second longest currently service Premier in the Commonwealth of America having served in that position for 15 years since 2004, two years shorter than the longest currently serving premier, Labor Premier Nancy Pelosi of Maryland. The Wisconsin Labor Party was able to keep their majority in the Wisconsin general assembly despite losing nearly 1/5 of their popular vote support from 2013 and getting below 40% of the total vote.

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    2017 Vermont Provincial Election
  • 2017 Vermont Provincial Election

    In the 2017 Vermont general elections, Premier David Zuckerman and the Progressive-Labor Party (which was a merger of the two parties in the late 80's to help combat the Liberals in this traditionally heavily Liberal province) kept their majority. The PLP did however lose some ground mostly to the Green Party which in Vermont is much more centrist than their national counterparts. Vermont is one of nine provinces to not use FTTP in their provincial elections and instead use STV.

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    2018 Superior Provincial Election
  • 2018 Superior Provincial Election

    In the 2018 Superior General Election, incumbent Labor Premier Ken Summers, who replaced retiring Premier Ken Boshkoff earlier that year, managed to narrowly hold his party's absolute majority to keep Labor control over Superior provincial government. By winning Cochran West by 51 votes over the Progressives, Labor was able to prevent a minority government and possible coalition with the Progressives, who along with the DPP saw gains in the 2018 election.
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    2019 Dakota Provincial Election
  • 2019 Dakota Provincial Election

    The 2019 Dakota Provincial Election saw 8-year Premier Mike Rounds losing his majority to become the 2nd largest party in the Dakota Legislative Assembly. Stephanie Herseth of the Farmer-Labor Party became the new Premier after she formed a coalition with the Progressive Party to achieve a majority and form a government.
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    2019 Maryland Provincial Election
  • 2019 Maryland Provincial Election

    In 2019, the Labor Party held its majority in its strongest continental province. Labor Premier Nancy Pelosi is the longest serving current premier in the Commonwealth of America and in Commonwealth history serving in that position for 17 years so far since 2002. The Labor Party lends its strength in Maryland to the high proportion of African-Americans that live in the province (which has the highest proportion of African-Americans in the Continental Commonwealth).

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    2017 South German Confederation Presidential Election
  • 2017 South German Confederation Presidential Election

    In the 2017 South German Confederation presidential elections, incumbent CDU President Thomas Strobl of Württemberg was narrowly reelected over Alexande Van der Bellen of Austria, the first Green presidential candidate to ever make the second round in South Germany. Van der Bellen carried 2 of the countries 4 constituent states including the independent capital of Munich, but Strobl's high margins in Bavaria was able to give him a tight win over Van der Bellen, who also carried 9 of the countries 24 administrative districts.

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    2019 North German federal election
  • 2019 North German federal election

    In October 2019, the Kingdom of North Germany elected all 544 members of the Reichstag. The Reichstag is election using Proportional Represent by state. The Rhineland Autonomous Republic could hold an election and send 105 members to Berlin, but instead to indicate their autonomy, the regional legislature sends 10 members (who are all independents) to the Reichstag.

    Incumbent Chancellor Christian Wulff of the Centre Party and his government made up of a coalition of the Centre Party, the LDPN, and the 10 Rhineland independent members were defeated by the SPD led by Manuela Schwesig. Schwesig announced on October 5 that the SPD along with the Greens and the LDPN would join in a coalition to form a government with Schwesig as the chancellor.

    Important issues for the election included the reviving ethnic tensions in the Balkans, the North Sea Trade and Customs Agreement, and the Bankruptcy Crisis in Silesia. Schwesig and the SPD also promised to hold a referendum for the monarchy should they form the government.

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    2017 French Presidential Election
  • 2017 French Presidential Election

    In 2017, incumbent president Ségolène Royal of the Socialist Party was reelected to a second 5-year term against Jean-François Copé. Royal was first elected in 2012 when she defeated incumbent CNIP president Alain Juppé.
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    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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    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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    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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    2019 Crimean Presidential Election
  • 2019 Crimean Presidential Election

    In 1986, the Crimean SSR would gain its independence amid the collapse of the Soviet Union that same year. In its second presidential election in 1991, Crimea would elect Yuriy Meshkov of the right-wing Republican Party of Crimea to the first of his many terms in office. Meshkov would go on to win seven four-year terms in total from 1991 to 2015 with many international organizations liking the Crimean president to a dictator. Meshkov would base his support in the sizable Russian population of Crimea which makes up 48.9% of the country while Tartars and Ukrainians make up 26.4% and 21.1% respectively.

    In 2019, Meshkov was expected to handily win his eighth term in power getting 57.9% in the first round of the election (in Crimea the top-two go on to the second round regardless if one gets above 50% or not). However, just one week before the second-round election, Meshkov would unexpectedly die sending the results of the election up in the air. In the end, Refat Chubarov of the centrist Civic Movement Party would narrowly defeat the deceased Meshkov to become the first president of Tartar descent.

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