Our Fair Country: The Commonwealth of New England

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  1. Threadmarks: Gold Coast; 2018 Gold Coast Election; List of Chief/Prime Ministers of the Gold Coast

    Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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    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.


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    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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  2. ST15RM Ich bin ein AH.commer!

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    ok what on earth is the concerned gardening party?
     
  3. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    "Let me plant my flowers or I'll burn the country down hold a small protest in the streets"
     
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  4. rsha1s Well-Known Member

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    It's the Green Party for pessimistic Gold Coastians.
     
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  5. DimensionalZodiac Your new best friend

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    People's Labor and Pensioners have the wrong amount of seats for the last election, just FYI.
     
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  6. Israel_Dan the Man Well-Known Member

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    Great work as always, @Kanan .

    I was wondering, since there is quite a bit that is worse ITTL compared to IOTL, what is better in terms of economy?

    I know there are some places in Africa as well as Germany, but most of the nations are the same or worse from what I see. Could you possibly give me some more info?

    Also, how's good ol' Cuba doing? Are they more developed ITTL?
     
  7. rsha1s Well-Known Member

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    Cuba is a US state, so it’s obviously much more developed compared to OTL.
     
  8. Philosopher Jaden Smith Who gave this moron a computer?

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    Uh oh. What happened to the Ga?
     
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  9. Danishbro Well-Known Member

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    Well given that Accra, the center of the homeland of the Ga people, is now the capitol of the white pensioners homeland, I imagine that many of them were heavily involved in the Gold Coast Insurgency, and as such Britain 'diffused' them to other parts of Africa...
     
  10. Philosopher Jaden Smith Who gave this moron a computer?

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    Great. I’m starting to like this TL’s version of Britain less and less...
     
  11. Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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    Indeed! The People's Action Party went a similar route to the KMT in China, culminating in a dismantlement of the regime and the restoration of true Democracy to Singapore.

    Thanks so much!

    Absolutely. I'd think there would be more problems, different problems, and I felt it was time to dive deeper in Rhodesia to show how, exactly, it would be different. Thank you!

    It sure does!

    The Concerned Gardening Party is an interest group formed by gardeners in the city of Accra who are protesting the city's recent regulations against home gardens (namely, they must not be visible from the road), as well as the closing of several community gardens to make way for condo development. Due to the fact that the city of Accra is ~90 seats and it uses STV in a single district, preference flows and people brave enough to vote below the ballot meant that they were able to surpass the 2.5% threshold for 4 seats.

    If only! The Gold Coast Green Party is a modern, pragmatic, but fiercely leftist party seeking to transition the Gold Coast to a green economy, including the ban on fossil fuel extraction.

    Thanks! I will endeavor to fix those!

    (see below)

    This is, for the most part, correct. During the insurgency, much of the violence was in Accra and its suburbs, where most of the white settlers were finding their homes, pushing the Ga people further and further away and marginalising them in their own country. The British solution was first a series of prisons which, once becoming too burdensome, signed treaties with Kenta and Equatoria which would house the prisoners. Once on the other side of Africa, they would be held in prison or given clemency and allowed to leave, but under severe restrictions and their travel privileges revoked. Likewise, the Ga people simply left and found a new life in other parts of the Commonwealth, such as: New Zealand, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and Jamaica are notable ones. Emigrants also found Hurueno and Nigeria to be accepting.

    Today, fewer than 300,000 people in the Gold Coast can claim Ga-Adangbe ancestry. Most do still reside in Accra and its suburbs, but make up less than 10% of the population.

    There are no nations here without blemishes.
     
  12. Erinthecute Well-Known Member

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    Gardens must not visible from the road???? I'm outraged. I know who's getting my vote.
     
  13. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    Who's idea was it to keep Accra as one single 90-ish seat constituency? What was wrong with breaking it into about 8-12 districts? :eek:
     
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  14. Threadmarks: Our Fair Summer Contest: 2019

    Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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    After the success of the last contest, I am happy to announce Our Fair Summer Contest!
    I had been thinking of the new contest shortly after the old one had ended, and I've finally come upon its replacement. It should be no secret that the first contest was simply a trial run, leading up to the bigger and grander Our Fair Summer Contest, which will become an annual event! Each event will be themed and of course, involve the world of Our Fair Country. With the intro behind us, let's get into the details...

    Our Fair Summer Contest will last between June 11th, 2019 and August 31st, 2019. It will take place in two phases. Phase I will take place between June 11 and August 25th. During this phase, contestants will submit their works to me via the Our Fair Country thread, and will all be linked in this post, which will be threadmarked. At the end of this period, Phase II will begin. In this phase, everyone will get the chance to vote on the winner. The voting will take place between August 25th and August 31st, and it will be under Instant Run-Off Voting. I will announce the results on September 1st, and the Grand Prize will be awarded to the victor!

    Some important things to note:
    Submissions may be entered at anytime between the time of this post to 12:00 AM BST on August 26th, 2019. There will be no extensions granted.

    And now... the rules!

    Contest Rules:
    The premise behind the 1st Annual Our Fair Summer Contest are simple. All entries must pertain to a scenario in which some elements are transferred through time and space to another element (also known as ISOT). There are no limits on this, so long as an ISOT is involved. This means that you can ISOT things from our present-day world (June 2019) into the Our Fair Country universe, and vice-versa. The OFC Commonwealth of Rhodesia could replace the IRL states of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Or, the OFC Germany from 1 June 1945 could be transplanted to our 1 June 1945.

    For this contest, you are even allowed to ISOT elements of
    Our Fair Country into other timelines, and vice-versa. If you do not own the timeline in question, please ask permission from the original author! I will not accept an entry that involves an ISOT from/into another timeline if it does not have that author's permission!

    The entries may be in any format. Text, map, wikiboxes, graphics, doesn't matter! I am open to anything and everything!

    If there are any questions, please ask me here in this thread, in private messages, or my DMs on Discord or in any of the chats i'm in. I am happy to assist you in any way! This includes giving you more lore information that has not been publicly available. Good luck, and have fun!

    Frequently Asked Questions:
    Can we ISOT Individuals? Such as, tomorrow suddenly OFC's Prime Minister Andy Burnham is in Downing Street instead of Theresa May?
    Yes! This is totally allowed, and encouraged!

    Can parts of the Our Fair Country universe be ISOT'd? Like, can only half of New England, or a state of the United States, or even just a city in Germany be moved?
    Yes they can! Like I said, there are no limits to what can or cannot happen.

    Does the ISOT have to match the same time frame? For instance, does OFC's 2019 Germany have to be brought only to our IRL 2019?
    No! Not at all! OFC's Germany in 2019 can be IOST'd to any point in time or space, which means if you wanted to bring OFC's Germany to 1914 you could, or 1989! Anything is possible!

    Do I need to get permission from the authors of popular media, like The Avengers, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, or the Potterverse to use in this contest?
    Nope! Since it is highly unlikely you will get a response and it is a derivative fan work, you are fine to use any of these in this contest.


    List of Submissions:
    1: "Their Unfair Country" by Onerom
    2: "Eagles of the Fair Country" by KanonenKartoffel
     
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  15. Planita13 Wishing for a Lake

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    Does this happen to be inspired by kutku's recent map?
     
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  16. Danishbro Well-Known Member

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    @Kanan Great idea for the Summer contest, you mentioned that other timelines can only be used with the authors permission but you might want to address using ‘Fandom’ such as LOTR, Potterverse, Game of Thrones, etc. Obviously nobody could obtain those authors permission, but you might want to clarify your posistion on using those ‘universes’ vis-a-vis OFC in this ISOT game.
     
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  17. Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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    Other timelines need permission, sure. But I will accept anything from a popular work (eg Game of Throne, LOTR) as I surely do not expect you to get a response from them, and there is already a wealth of fanfiction about them anyway! :p
     
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  18. VT45 Cartographer Extraordinaire

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    My New England gets ISOTed in. Nobody notices.
     
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  19. Philosopher Jaden Smith Who gave this moron a computer?

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    That is not an ISOT, or even has anything to do with Our Fair Country.
     
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  20. Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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    So @Israel_Dan the Man, that write up is very nice and all, but at no point does it reference anything about the Our Fair Country universe. While you may use such a nation you have invented, your work must show the effects of this nation being placed into the Our Fair Country universe, or something from Our Fair Country being ISOT'd to that universe. As it stands, you have not done that at all, and the submission is not acceptable.
     
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