Our Fair Country: The Commonwealth of New England

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Kanan, Jan 11, 2018.

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  1. Twiggierjet Well-Known Member

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    For some reason I thought I was in the politics thread and thought "oh god what's happening in the UK now?"
     
  2. Goweegie2 That girl whose content is bad

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    Have you SEEN OTL Australia?
     
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  3. Uebeltank Just wanting a better world.

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    I've read headlines in Reddit world news. They are all morons though.
     
  4. CanadianTory Scheer 2019

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    Oh, just noticed Keith Ashfield is still alive.
     
  5. Goweegie2 That girl whose content is bad

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  6. Uebeltank Just wanting a better world.

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  7. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    Does that mean that the US doesn't have the (frankly ridiculous) debt ceiling ITTL?
     
  8. alpal2214 Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't Lowell Wiecker PM in the 90's? If he was, then the people of Fairfield must really like him.
     
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  9. UrbanNight Well-Known Member

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    I would like to hear more about these mechanisms.
     
  10. Goweegie2 That girl whose content is bad

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    Fair enough. Yeah politicians are mostly morons lol
     
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  11. PaulJones202718 Well-Known Member

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    I remember my favourite line from the 90s X-Men cartoon. At the end of Season One, Master Mould was telling Senator Kelly of a vast improvement the Sentinels were planning: replacing the brains of all the politicians in the world.
     
  12. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    I mean...he's not entirely wrong. :biggrin:

    Also, Master Mould acknowledged something his creators didn't - that mutants were humans as well. Therefore, humans must be protected from themselves.
     
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  13. Threadmarks: 2018 Austrian parliamentary election

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    The 2018 Austrian parliamentary election took place on 18 November 2018 to determine the composition of the Austrian House of Deputies. The incumbent Austrian government, led by the Democratic Party, saw a sharp decline in their support after new party leader Beate Meinl-Reisinger promised to pull back from some of incumbent Chancellor's Matthias Strolz's (who was term-limited) legislative efforts to combat the effects of climate chance, and signalled that the party was seeking to adopt a more pro-growth stance, ending Chancellor Strolz's Citizen's Basic Income, and re-implementing the country's welfare system. The Socialist Labour Party, led by Daniela Platsch, saw a rise in their popular support, but still not enough to overtake the Democratic Party. This result, essentially tying with the Democrats, was the Socialist Labour's best result in the party's history, defeating their performance (as the Austrian Community Party) in the 1959 Election of 31.5%. The National Green Party was the main benefactor of the election, campaigning on their platform of "Green Growth," which would see the government invest in Green economic projects, while focusing on expanding Austria's economy. The party's leader, Ingrid Felipe, ruled out ever working with Socialist Labour during the campaign, noting that "Socialism has no place in Austria." The Autonomous League continued to campaign for a federal Austria, primarily seeking to try and expand their reach into German-speaking areas of the country.

    After the election produced no clear majority in the House of Deputies, coalition talks took place between the Democrats and the National Greens, with Felipe keeping her promise to not work with Socialist Labour under any circumstances. Such a position seemed to indicate that the Democrats would hold a large amount of leverage in the coalition talks, but due to the Clause of Political Stability in the Constitution of Austria, a contingency election would be held within two months should no coalition be formed, and the Democratic Party's poor performance would indicate they would suffer greatly at a second election. The talks between the two parties saw Meinl-Reisinger agree to several concessions to the Greens, pulling the coalition further to the right, and giving Felipe the Vice-Chancellorship and the Ministry of Finance. The new Democratic-National Green coalition of the Meinl-Reisinger-Felipe Government was sworn in on 17 December 2018.


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  14. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    I'm assuming Austria doesn't use what I like to call proportional-proportional-proportional elections ITTL.
     
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  15. Threadmarks: Africa: Commonwealth of Rhodesia

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    The Commonwealth of Rhodesia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by Katanga to the north, Hurueneo to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, and Angola to the west. Rhodesia is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, and a multi-racial, multi-party democracy. A country with roughly 25 million people, Rhodesia has 19 official languages, with English being the most commonly used in all aspects of daily life.

    The region the country occupies has been come to several organised states and kingdoms, as it sat along a major route for migration and trade for centuries. The British South Africa Company of Cecil Rhodes was the first to demarcate the present borders of Rhodesia in the 1890s, a process in which he lent his name to the territory. The Commonwealth's land south of the Zambezi River had held self-governance since 1926 within the British Empire, and in 1951, the rest of the territory north of the river, along with Nyasaland, now called Malawi, would unite to form the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Malawi would gain independence in 1967, and the federation was re-named the Commonwealth of Rhodesia. In 1962, the territory south of the Zambezi River had been overrun by pro-South African forces under the leadership of the Rhodesian Party and Desmond Lardner-Burke. Lardner-Burke issued the Unilateral Declaration of Southern Rhodesia, which was an unrecognised breakaway country from 1962 to 1981, until the Southern Rhodesian forces surrendered to the Rhodesian Armed Forces in Bulawayo. The extremist government had brought a reign of terror in the country, as well as a prolonged period of ethnic cleansing. After reunification, the country reinvested into southern Rhodesia, and transitioned away from a war-time, highly centralised economy to a free-market economy, under the leadership of Prime Minister Elliott Fletcher and the Minister of Industry Margaret Harper. While the country has had occasional border skirmishes with South Africa, there has been no other military activity in the country since 1981.

    The country was minority-ruled until the passage of the Equal Enfranchisement Act 1994, which triggered the 1995 General Election, which saw the complete abolition of the mixed-seat, white-list system that Rhodesia had previously employed to effectively prevent the African majority from having a proportionate representation in government. Since the passage of the legislation, there have been three Black Prime Ministers, all from the National Union Party, the country's main centre-right political grouping. The Labour Party, the country's main centre-left party, has never had an African leader, but strongly upholds the party's commitment to negating the effects that white-minority rule has had over the country, and has sometimes advocated for limited redistribution of agricultural lands in the countryside.

    The Monomotapa Liberation Front is the main left-wing party in the country, staking much of its platform on redistribution, the establishment of a socialist state, and the renaming of the country to remove the legacy of the colonialist past. Other parties often do not take a stance on the issue, but incumbent Prime Minister Godfrey Miyanda of the National Union Party has spoken in favour of renaming the country in the past. Rhodesia struggles with high inequality, and disproportionate political power concentrated in the hands of the traditional white elite. Successive governments have attempted to address these issues, but international pressure often leaves any progress fleeting or ineffective.

    In 2019, the country passed the Law of Land Inheritance, where any landowner who held above a certain area of farmland (determined by province), would have a portion of it passed to the government depending on its size, to where it could only be purchased by those in the landowner's will or next of kin, otherwise it would become government property and placed into the National Land Trust. Any landowner who died without leaving it to anyone would see it pass to the state entirely. The measure saw riots break out in Salisbury by white landowners, but the unrest was quickly quelled. The law has been heavily criticised by the United Kingdom, Australia, Katanga, and Namibia. But has the support of all of Rhodesia's major political parties with the exception of the White League, a white-interests political party that brands itself as a centrist alternative to the other political parties. The Supreme Court of Rhodesia ruled on 18 September 2019 that the law was legal, and would remain in full force.

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  16. Gladsome Well-Known Member

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    My, that is a fine coat of arms for Rhodesia.

    Here's hoping the land redistribution goes better for them than OTL Zimbabwe.

    Poor Rhodesia though, having Thatcher set upon them.
     
  17. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    I think you have the government type incorrect here. Unless Commonwealth Republics are still considered Dominions ITTL?

    EDIT: Is "John Harper" an OTL person, and, if so, who?
     
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  18. Arthur Marston Well-Known Member

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    Thatcher in Africa. Now there's something I've never seen before.
     
  19. Ugly Idiot Beautiful Genius

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    I did a quick search and I think it might be this guy. Hes in the correct age range to marry Thatcher, and with no WW2 he would've lived.
     
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  20. PaulJones202718 Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps emigrating softened the Minister Of Lost Opportunities.
     
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