Photo of a World Without World Wars

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Parliament of Poland discusses candidates for king of Poland in 1945
 
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Darkie Toothpaste, est. 1933

With the continued presence of Jim Crow segregation throughout the American South , racist caricatures of Negro-Americans continued well into the third decade of the twenty-first century. In context, it should be noted that Mississippi didn't pass the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery until 2013. Contrary to libertarian arguments led by Ron Paul (L-TX) and Rand Paul (L-TN), states throughout the South often encouraged discriminatory messages and images, proclaiming them part of "Southern Heritage". Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, protests and boycotts of products were severely limited and were often prevented by local legislative bodies proclaiming "States' Rights", often preventing the end of segregation at local and state levels.
 
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Battle of Chiapas (1995)

Throughout the 1980s/1990s, the United States launched a series of "police actions" aimed at attempting to both prevent European and Asian political influence and presence throughout Latin America, but also to enforce the century old policy of "Manifest Destiny". It was the issue of race riots at home, draft riots in major cities, a stalled economy, and an overstretched and overextended military that came to define the latter quarter of the twentieth century. In 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), an indigenous armed organization, declared war on the Mexican Government, demanding “work, land, housing, food, health, education, independence, liberty, democracy, justice and peace.” The EZLN movement was an eye-opening event for both the Mexican government and the non-indigenous population to realize the alarming situation of indigenous people in Chiapas. The indigenous conflict in Chiapas not only provoked a domestic awareness of indigenous rights, recognition and self-determination, but also an international awakening on these issues.
 
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Anti-nuclear weapons protesters march in a Berlin park in 1977 amid a global summit among the world's nuclear powers over the possibility of reducing global supply of superbombs. The protest was organized and led by the German chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Civilization (SPC), a global anti-superbomb organization based in Berlin, with offices in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Hamburg, Vienna, Constantinople, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.

The leadership and members of the SPC are designed not only by pacifists, but also by artists, poets, authors, architects and academics who have seen in super bombs not only the horrific deaths of innocent civilians, but also the destruction of irreplaceable landmarks of Western civilization. (and more than that, worldwide). The SPC's mission is to prevent further destruction of this kind from happening again, so that the legacies of all the world's civilizations are lost to the fires of war.
Through activism and popular pressure, thanks in large part to activists like those of the SPC, the world's nuclear powers (US, Germany, Danubian Federation, Italy, UK, France, Russia, Japan, etc.) would sign the Agreement of Berlin in 1977, agreeing to halt the development of arsenals of superbombs or solar bombs, and gradually dismantle a number of nuclear weapons within their respective arsenals.
 
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MVP Fidel "El Voz" Castro , Washington Senators , Game 7 of the World Series Against the Chicago Cubs October 1962, dubbed the "Cuban Missile Crisis"

The Washington Senators took the Series in seven games for the 20th championship in team history. The Senators had won their first World Series in 1923; of the 40 Series played between 1923 and 1962, the Senators won half. After a long dominance of the World Series picture, the Senators would not win another World Series for another 15 years despite appearances in 1963, 1964, and 1976.

This World Series, which was closely matched in every game, is also remembered for its then-record length of 13 days, caused by postponements due to rain in both cities.
 
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MVP Fidel "El Voz" Castro , Washington Senators , Game 7 of the World Series Against the Chicago Cubs October 1962, dubbed the "Cuban Missile Crisis"

The Washington Senators took the Series in seven games for the 20th championship in team history. The Senators had won their first World Series in 1923; of the 40 Series played between 1923 and 1962, the Senators won half. After a long dominance of the World Series picture, the Senators would not win another World Series for another 15 years despite appearances in 1963, 1964, and 1976.

This World Series, which was closely matched in every game, is also remembered for its then-record length of 13 days, caused by postponements due to rain in both cities.
Fidel Castro turned into a baseball player? this is interesting
 
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Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924), 28th President of the United States (1913-1921)
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States, beating William Taft and Theodore Roosevelt in the 1912 Presidential Election was re-elected in 1916, Wilson is a controversial president, Wilson introduced a comprehensive domestic legislation program early in his administration, something no president had done before. It had four major domestic priorities: the conservation of natural resources, banking reform, tariff reduction, and equal access to raw materials, which would be accomplished in part through the regulation of trusts.
Wilson introduced a comprehensive domestic legislation program early in his administration, something no president had done before. It had four major domestic priorities: the conservation of natural resources, banking reform, tariff reduction, and equal access to raw materials, which would be accomplished in part through the regulation of trusts.
Wilson's first two years in office were largely focused on implementing his domestic New Liberty agenda, Wilson was also one of the key mediators of the 1914 Saravejo Crisis managing at the London Conference to bring Austria and Serbia to an agreement, his conduct was highly praised for being able to bring two enemy nations to peace and prevent an unnecessary war.
However Wilson was responsible for creating a series of racist segregation laws that tarnished his mandate and delayed the civil rights movement for decades, during the outbreak of the civil rights mania (1969-1976) black activists often used his image as a great example of racist
Another great controversy was their nativist policies that aimed to undermine the influence of European immigrants in the United States, prohibiting the teaching of languages other than English in schools or the publication of official documents in German or Italian, these policies were rebuffed by the strong opposition of immigrants and pressure from European powers, at the end of his term in 1920, overseeing the controversial 18th amendment to the American constitution aimed at banning alcoholic beverages, this law was largely rejected due to immigrant opposition and fear of economic impacts
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James M. Cox (March 31, 1870 - July 15, 1957), 29th President of the United States (1921-1929)
James M.Cox was the 29th president of the United States, beating Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge in the 1920 Presidential Elections, was re-elected in 1924, his term was during the lull of the 1920s, a period known as "the calm before the storm "despite being considered an above-average president, he was widely criticized for not regulating mortgage brokers or recognizing a credibility problem early on, which could have avoided the Great Depression and economic recession of the 1930s
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Herbert Hoover (August 10, 1874 - October 20, 1964), 30th President of the United States (1929-1937)
Herbert Hoover was the 30th president of the United States, beating Al Smith and Joseph T. Robinson in the 1928 Presidential Elections, was re-elected in 1928
Hoover saw the presidency as a vehicle to improve conditions for all Americans, encouraging public-private cooperation - what he called "volunteering." He tended to oppose government coercion or intervention, as he felt it violated American ideals of individualism and self-reliance.
The first major bill he signed, the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1929, established the Federal Farm Board in order to stabilize farm prices.
His first term (1929-1933) was peaceful, but behind the scenes the domination effect that would lead to the 1932 recession took longer and longer steps.
His second term however was a complete disaster
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A crowd outside the New York Stock Exchange.
On New Year's Eve in 1932, the day known as the "Black Saturday", the New York stock market crashed due to high speculation and the Federal Reserve's increased discount rate.
Then began the crisis of 1932[1], which, in short, translated into a crisis of credibility. Stockholders put their shares up for sale, in huge volumes, and as there were few buyers, stock prices fell.
1933 was born with an economic crisis on its doorstep, President Hoover's decision not to intervene in the economy only made things worse, in a few weeks the American crisis became global, the population used to great prosperity in the last 60 years was seriously hit, the crisis marked the end of the belle epoque and the beginning of a great period of tension, crises and wars in the 30s and 40s, it was the beginning of the "decade of the 10 wars"
[1]This crisis is more like the recession of the 1980s than the OTL great depression as the economy of European countries was not destroyed due to war, but had more impact as the world population has been used to great prosperity for 60 years since 1870
OCC : Hoover probably wouldn’t be president in 1929 since it was World War 1 that made him famous
 
TL: 1916 (Part I)​

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In 1916, Franz Josef died of old age, leading to Franz Ferdinand becoming Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Emperor Ferdinand's first action was to sign a treaty of friendship and non-aggression with Russia, a controversial decision opposed by the Imperial General Staff.


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The United States of Greater Austria, officially founded in 1920. Reforms that came with the reorganization included a standardized railway gauge, Austria investing in agriculture and the introduction of machine guns into the Imperial Army.


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Alsace Lorraine, the origin point of the 1916 Duchy Crisis, when Kaiser Wilhelm II turned the formerly French territories into duchies to be ruled by Franz Ferdinand's children. The proposal was supported by the many Catholic politicians of the Bundesrat.
 

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The Tampico Affair (1994) was set off when nine American sailors were arrested by the Mexican government for entering off-limit areas in Tampico, Tamaulipas. The unarmed sailors were arrested when they entered a fuel loading station. The sailors were released, but the U.S. naval commander demanded an apology and a 21-gun salute. The apology was provided, but not the salute. Tensions initially mounted as TV networks reported that weapons by the EZLN were identified as being German weapons. The weapons had actually been sourced by John Wesley De Kay, an American financier and businessman with large investments in Mexico, and a Russian arms dealer from Puebla, Leon Rasst, not the German government, as newspapers reported at the time.
 
Literally a thought that keeps me up at night 😅
I think that in a world where the "Great Depression" takes place in a context where there was no Russian revolution and socialism is still just a crazy dream, the chances of various alternative ideologies and alternate economics models succeeding are very high.
In OTL the Great Depression saw the rise of Fascism which even though it had certain similarities to Marxism was technically a different economic model.
Apparently Huey Long himself had certain distributist characteristics, I'd say that American Populism in general had a somewhat distributist tone. They even had the religious aspect, albeit not limited to Catholicism
 
Although it seems a bit fanciful, the idea of the United States and other western countries (mainly Catholic) converted to a distributist economy in the 30s to 50s attracts me a little, in the case of the United States it would be something much more economic than social, adapting the ideology to an evangelical mentality.
The 1930s were a much crazier time period, and Distributism, while rooted in Catholic teachings, is not an inherently Catholic ideology (IE you don't have to be a Catholic to be a Distributist), so I would say it's not that implausible . All it takes is a few pushes (yes, that's a bit exaggerated as to how easy distributive America would be, it's still pretty implausible, but I'd still say it's not impossible or even ridiculously improbable) ...
I don't know why most of all countries I feel that Italy is the most likely to adopt an economy of this type
 
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I think that in a world where the "Great Depression" takes place in a context where there was no Russian revolution and socialism is still just a crazy dream, the chances of various alternative ideologies and alternate economics models succeeding are very high.
I agree, the ideological and geopolitical landscape in the wake of World War I was less than ideal, I think we can all agree
In OTL the Great Depression saw the rise of Fascism which even though it had certain similarities to Marxism was technically a different economic model.
Fascism arose as a direct reaction to Marxism (as practiced in the USSR), so it stands to reason other revolutionary ideologies would produce distinct reactionary movements out of the building blocks of what we OTL would call proto-fascism. An example in the case of distributism would be an ideology doubling down on secularism and big business, so a version of corporatism is still certainly a possibility. Another example would be a reaction to the 1880-1920 heights of anarchism building appeal in the conservative sphere for synarchism, since that movement originally arose as a direct counter to anarchism.
Apparently Huey Long himself had certain distributist characteristics, I'd say that American Populism in general had a somewhat distributist tone. They even had the religious aspect, albeit not limited to Catholicism
Take a look at the TL A Perfect Democracy, Long wins the presidency and the US is awash in economic populism and the Religious Left.
 
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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the Great Wall of China during a goodwill tour of the Commonwealth of China in 1992, the first visit by a Japanese head of state to China since the fall of the Kuomintang regime in 1981
 
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2012 Anti-Japanese Riots Erupt in Beijing

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Anti-Japanese Leaflets posted on the Interweb, 2012

Anti-Japanese Riots erupted with Chinese historians noting, "This great triumph crushed the plot of the Japanese militarists to colonize and enslave China and put an end to China’s national humiliation of suffering successive defeats at the hands of foreign aggressors in modern times...."

The aim of our correct political policy and of our solid unity is to win the masses in their millions for the anti-Japanese national united front. The broad masses of the proletariat, the peasantry and the urban petty bourgeoisie need our work of propaganda, agitation and organization. Further efforts on our part are also needed to establish an alliance with those sections of the bourgeoisie which are opposed to Japan. To make the policy of the Party the policy of the masses requires effort, long and persistent effort, unrelenting and strenuous, patient and painstaking effort. Without such effort, we shall achieve nothing. The formation and consolidation of the anti-Japanese national united front, the accomplishment of the task incumbent on it and the establishment of a democratic republic in China are absolutely inseparable from our effort to win over the masses. If we succeed in bringing millions upon millions of the masses under our leadership by such effort, our revolutionary task can be speedily fulfilled. By our exertions we shall surely overthrow Japanese imperialism and attain complete national and social liberation.
 
Contrary to popular belief, racism and class divisions have continued to escalate throughout Western Europe into the 2020s, often leading to race riots and violence since 1968. Even today, Romani Gypsies are often forced into labor camps, and often barred from most government positions across Western nations.

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Excerpt from the Romani Gypsy Manifesto, drafted in 1968:

We are Europeans. We have been enslaved, transported, evicted, expelled; we are trafficked, forcibly sterilised, murdered. We claim our humanity, we claim our history, and we claim our place on the soil of Europe. We have been here for a millennium and number 10-12 million; we outnumber many of the recognised European nations, including Swedes, Serbians, Irish and Austrians. You have benefitted from our expertise: our horse breeding, our woodworking, our ability to recycle, to buy and sell, to make music and art. You have benefitted from our labour –as slaves, as deportees, as those who pick your fruits and vegetables, as those who clean up your rubbish, as those who pave your roads and fix that which you have broken and discarded. Even as you deny our position in the world, as you work to “include” us beyond the Decade of Roma Inclusion and beyond, what you refuse to see is that the problem has never been with our inclusion –that is too mild, too inoffensive a word to describe the offenses that have been carried out against us—but rather with the racism, segregation and violence; the genocide and mass murder; the exploitative and extractive practices to which we have consistently been subject. You have benefitted from such exclusions, from such practices, from the violence –even as you may not have carried it out—and from the exoticisation of our culture, of our subject positions, in order to secure your employment, your riches, your sense of superiority, your sense of your own cultural richness.

We refuse your cultural apartheid. We refuse your cultural imperialism. We refuse your fantasies about our pathologies, our sexuality, our music, and our culture. We will stop providing you with images to feed that fantasy, ones that have benefitted you materially and culturally, but which are testimonies to the ways in which you extract, appropriate, manipulate –in fact, steal– our culture. You work to represent us, you work to manage us, govern us –to deal with that which is, ultimately, your “Gypsy Problem,” making for us what becomes a “Gadje Problem,” marked by racist violence, racialised representation, and cultural, social and economic appropriation. We refuse: we refuse this representation, the cultural theft and exploitation that has been carried out against us in the name of that which is interesting, that which is exotic, in the name of our Otherness. From this moment on, we will call it what it is: Gadje representations of, fantasies of, manipulations of Gypsy-ness.

I repeat: we call for an end to cultural apartheid, to cultural appropriation. We call for solidarity amongst the oppressed. We call for a renewal of blackness, for thinking about its possibilities when Romani people are taken into account. For we, too, are Black. We have varying skin tones, eye colour, hair colour and textures –but we are Black. It is one of the names that we call ourselves, in our language: Kale/Kala/Kalo/Kali. They all mean black. You, in turn, often refer to us by racial slurs, by epithets that signify our blackness: Gypsy, Zigeuner, Tsigan, Zigan, Cigano. These are markers of our blackness imposed from the outside, as is the systematic discrimination, segregation, violence and appropriation to which we have been subject for centuries, and, in the current moment, with ever-increasing force and frequency, in ways that are ever-more threatening to our continued survival.

It is time to reclaim our blackness in order to work in solidarity with other people of colour, with Black people world-wide, with those formerly colonised, exploited, enslaved –those who have had parallel histories and whose labour, culture, whose very beings have been subjected to racist violence and appropriation. It is time to renew the mandate of blackness, as a supplement to and contestation of the discourse of Human Rights –which has not achieved what it needed to with regard to the Romani people, has not brought us into the category of the human, has allowed for violence, killing, segregation and attempted genocide to blossom even as it works to include us in the category of the human. We are human. We are Black. We are Romani. We are women, men, children. We are parents, children, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents. We are everyone. We are queer. We are beautiful. We claim our identity –in all of its complexity, multiplicity, beauty, unity—as a way into politics.

Into another politics. A politics beyond the Gadje problem. A politics of hope. A politics of Romanofuturo.

We claim nationhood without aspiring to the hierarchy of the nation-state; nor do we aspire to the tyranny of the border or the imperative to empire that are part of the legacy of Europe, embodied in the current system of nation-states. We claim the right to public space – to be in public, to be part of the public, to contribute to the public good and to lay claim upon the public good as citizens. We claim a right to homes, a right to place, to encampments and neighbourhoods that are not on toxic waste sites. We demand access to non-segregated schools, to equal education, to adequate educational facilities and to appropriate curricula. We claim the right to live in health and safety, to security, to protection by the state and its law enforcement; we claim the right to health care. We claim gender equity, gender equality, and we demand a post-Auschwitz sexuality that is free of forced sterilisation, that allows us to identify in whatever way we choose, that provides a security of life, livelihood and education for all members of our families, that promotes the flourishing of our girls alongside our boys. We claim equal access to employment and an end of discrimination in the labour market; we claim the safety nets of the welfare state and the labour union. We demand the freedom to cross borders and the ability to settle without fear of expulsion and deportation. We claim security from racist violence, demand safety from ultranationalist killings. We claim restitution for the centuries of enslavement, for the numerous anti-Roma, anti-Egyptian, anti-Gypsy laws that have been on the books throughout Europe, throughout our existence here; we claim recognition of and reparations for those killed by the Nazis and their allies. We claim freedom.

Berlin is ours. Istanbul is ours. Lety is ours: even under the pig farm, our bones are mixed with the soil of Europe. Sofia is ours. Milan is ours. London, Paris, Belgrade, and Frankfurt are ours. We belong to Shutka, Budapest, Amsterdam, New York and Buenos Aires. Europe is ours. We are Europe; we claim the persecution we have faced, the millennium of violence and exclusion, extraction and enslavement. We claim Europe. We claim the city. We claim the world. We claim our place, our history, our future. We claim Romanofuturo. Romanofuturo is everyone’s future. Freedom for us is freedom for all.

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TL: 1916 (Part II)


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After emerging the winner in the Duchy Crisis, Wilhelm II turned his attention towards putting Japan in it's place in regards to it's territorial ambitions in China, particularly the German territory of Qingdao


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Imperial Japanese soldiers gather to hear that Germany has declared war on Japan as a result of 'intolerable aggression towards German nationals in China', 1917.


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Japanese artillery pummel Qingdao during the brief siege of the German territory
 
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