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2019 Zollverein Election

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Sydney, Nova Scotia was abandoned completely between 1934 and 1936

Why would anybody go back to Cape Breton if they finally got an excuse to leave? For real though, brilliant as always, I love these small articles that flesh out the world bit by bit even more than the huge summaries. By the way, what led to London remaining the financial centre of the world, rather than Manhattan? Just the bigger role of the empire and later the commonwealth? Or did New York end up less prominent what with its boroughs being split across two countries.
Outside of the communist group, if there a push for renaming the country to something less representative of the colonialist and oppressive past?

Secondly, can we get an idea of how things are like in Kenya, Uganda and Equatoria, particularly why they are still Commonwealth Realms ITTL?

Sure! For the most part, the central/northern African Commonwealth Nations were simply left to go it alone under Majority Rule in the 1970s, with ample support from Britain (Read: £), and their position in the Commonwealth allows them funding from the shared pool of development money, giving them incentives to stay. (Ie Neocolonialist policies)

Outside of the communist group, if there a push for renaming the country to something less representative of the colonialist and oppressive past?

No. The consensus remains on the country's name being Rhodesia.

Interesting read. It seems like southern Africa in OFC has a much nastier and tragic story than it does OTL. How long does it take to write these articles?

It is quite bad! There really is no redeeming qualities about southern Africa. This article in question took about a week to write, because it was a bit more indepth than I normally do.

Is this a by-election for the seat?

It is not! But I see how you'd see that. This is simply a screen cap of the election in November 2018. I decided to try some new things and this was my trial balloon.
The PAP is THIRD place? I think many things in this timeline is plausible, but tis' is truly sorcery!

On a more serious note, great job once again!


Is there anything I can do to put pressure on South Africa and Rhodesia to get their shit together?
Gold Coast; 2018 Gold Coast Election; List of Chief/Prime Ministers of the Gold Coast
The Commonwealth of the Gold Coast, known informally as the Gold Coast, is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. The Gold Coast is bordered to the north by the Kingdom of Ashanti to the east by Togoland, and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The name Gold Coast was given to the country from its colonial past, for the abundance of gold which was once located on its shores.

While the territory had long been controlled by the Ashanti people, the indigenous inhabitants mostly are Ga, Ewe, and Akan peoples. Today, only the Ewe and Akan peoples remain as major inhabitants of the territory. Europeans first came to the region in 1482, as Portugese sailors came to establish trading routes. The region was also a launching point for the Atlantic Slave Trade, as the people captured from the region were sent to North America, South America, and the Caribbean. The British began their interest in the area in 1752 with the establishment of the Royal Trading Company. Under various names, this arrangement lasted until 1821, when the British government revoked the charter and took direct control of much of the Gold Coast's present territory. The Gold Coast Colony was formed in 1867, which eventually took control of other European possessions on the coast, as well as conquering interior kingdoms until it encompassed the area of modern Ashanti and the Gold Coast.

Under terms of the Treaty of Accra which ended the Third Anglo-Ashanti War, the Ashanti Kingdom was granted significant autonomy from within the Gold Coast Colony, and European settlement and control was limited to the shoreline, which saw immigrants arrive due to the rich natural resources of the colony. By 1909, the colony's population was growing rapidly and the colonial forces had been integrated, a first across Britain's African holdings. During the Great War, Gold Coast soldiers saw action in German Togoland, fighting several battles which ended in the total capture of the colony. After the war, the colony was returned to Germany.

For several years after the Great War, the groundwork for granting the Gold Coast responsible government was laid, notably reorganising the country's administrative boundaries, establishing a national census, and enrolling voters for local elections. In 1939, the Gold Coast and Ashanti were separated formally, with Ashanti given local autonomy and the Gold Coast placed under the caretaker government of Chief Minister Harold Dayton of the Gold Coast Liberal Party. His government would run the country unelected until the first Gold Coast General Election in 1945. His government lost to the Conservative Party led by John Rensfield. While there was no official policy of encouraging emigration to the Gold Coast, the advent of cheaper and faster Air Travel allowed for the Gold Coast to become a prime vacation destination for more well to do Britons, who began to move to the region in the 1950s and the 1960s after retiring from their jobs, attracted by the favourable climate and hefty pension payments from the British government.

This emigration continued throughout the succeeding decades, and the Gold Coast Government encouraged it as a means of steady tax revenue to fund further projects. In 1970, after the independence of Ashanti was granted, talk of Gold Coastian independence was spreading rapidly. By this time, Europeans had become such a large minority that they fiercely resisted independence, claiming their loyalty to Britain. This spawned the Gold Coast Insurgency, which became a low-level war with independence-minded activists for two decades between the early 1970s to the formal granting of independence in 1988. During this time, Britain had diffused the insurgency through deportation of activists, often taking prisoners to other parts of Africa, and imposing strict martial law in the countryside. Similar to the Commonwealth of Rhodesia, the Gold Coast's prime farming land is owned by White Gold Coastians, as a means of deliberate government policy.

Since independence, the Gold Coast has been a member of the
Commonwealth of Nations, and remains a close ally of the United Kingdom. The country remains a prime destination for British and North American vacationers, and is known, often derisively, as the "Commonwealth of Pensioners," due to the country's extremely high number of citizens aged 60 years or older. A study completed in 2015 showed that over 1/4th of the country's gross domestic product came from the British State Pension system, delivered to those who had worked in Britain but retired to the Gold Coast. As a result of their broad economic power, their political power has mostly been concentrated in the Pensioner's Party, which is broadly centrist but a strong advocate for British expats, and those over the age of 60.

Since the country's adoption of the Single-Transferable Vote voting system in 2003, it has been plagued with political instability and unworkable coalitions. Today, the Gold Coast has a growing economy and a new generation of leaders has been emerging. No longer focused on the old politics of Pensioners vs the rights of the indigenous Africans, they seek to unite the country's people and work as one unit. The country's ability to form a strong government despite their fragmented political parties has been one of the major initiatives of the modern era, offering much needed political stability.


Chief Ministers of the Gold Coast Colony
1. 1939-1945 Harold Dayton (Liberal majority)
2. 1945-1953 John Rensfield (Conservative majority)
3. 1953-1956 Gerhard Svendsen (Liberal minority)
4. 1956-1965 Franklin Brooks ( Labour-Liberal coalition)
5. 1965-1969 Andrew Fraunces (Labour majority)
6. 1969-1972 Nathan Wexcombe (Conservative-Liberal coalition)
7. 1972-1976 Marcus Thorsen (Liberal-Conservative majority)
8. 1976-1983 Robert Goodnestone (Labour majority)
9. 1983-1988 Christopher Cunningham (United Front majority)
Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth of the Gold Coast
1. 1988-1990 Christopher Cunningham (United Front majority)
2. 1990-1995 Adofo Boasiako (Opposition-Labour coalition)
3. 1995-1999 Jared Graydon (National Unity majority)
4. 1999-2005 Theodore Mellors (Labour majority)
5. 2005-2005 Jacob Strutton (National Unity minority)
6. 2005-2005 Ansong Kwaata (Conservative minority)
0. 2005-2006 Jacob Strutton (National Unity minority)
7. 2006-2007 Jerry Rawlings (People's Labour-Socialist Liberation minority coalition)
8. 2007-2007 Peter Afriyie (Conservative-Liberal-Conservative minority coalition)
0. 2007-2007 Jerry Rawlings (People's Labour minority)
9. 2007-2008 Dan Purser (Liberal-Conservative-Pensioner's minority coalition)
0. 2008-2013 Jerry Rawlings (People's Labour-National Unity coalition)
10. 2013- Michael Klein (Liberal-Conservative-Pensioner's-Conservative minority coalition)
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