Photos from Featherston's Confederacy/ TL-191

Something fun I thought about.

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1973 portrait of Heinz Kissinger, German Chancellor from 1976 to 1990.

Kissinger was the first Jewish Chancellor of Germany but also one of its controversial. In 1979, the United States invaded Venezuela to support the newly formed Democratic Republic of Venezuela, starting the American-Venzeulan War. With the war dragging into 1980, Kissinger, much to the shock of the world, announced that Germany would be boycotting the 1980 Olympics held in Philadelphia. Throughout the war, Kissinger would call for a ceasefire and American withdrawal. In 1992, a document was leaked that Kissinger's government had given the Venezuelan rebels weapons in secret. Along with Germany's soft stance on the 1992 Bosnian Rebellion, and the end of the Bitter Cold with Japan in 1991, many Americans had used this document to justify leaving the Central Powers. In January 1993, in one of the last actions of Leo Enos as President, the United States withdrew from the Central Powers.

In 2023, Kissinger had passed away. He leaves behind a controversial legacy. In Venezuela, under the rule of radical Mormons since the end of the German War in Venezuela (2001-21), national mourning was held when news broke of Kissinger's death. While national mourning was held in his home country, many Germans and others aboard had criticized him, saying that he had helped "broke the Central Powers," some going as far as to blame him for the Reichstag attack of 2001.
 
To be honest, them Mormons fucking deserve it. Their religion literally says Natives and Blacks have dark skin because the dark skin is some kind of devil curse. I'd kill anyone with such beliefs. I'm surprised that the Confederates don't really sympathize with the Mormons much considering how united they are in their hatred of non-whites.
I’m going to be honest, this sounds very similar to what various people against Muslim immigration say. I don’t care how problematic someone’s religion is, to condone their murder is an admission of having dehumanized them and De individualized them. They are no longer “Dallin”, “Jossilyn” or “Ammon”…now they are the “Mormons.” A group to be destroyed no matter the method…and once one group has been successfully dehumanized by a government in the public media…it’s all too easy to do it to other groups.
I do understand your point of view though. The US of this timeline shares the brutality of our Soviet Union. I wish Turtledove portrayed the US here a little more kindly, because US annexation of the South will honestly be more culturally successful if the US either never had Mormon problems, or pursued a policy of casual expansion into Canada. By that I mean giving Canadians a choice to piss off into British territory or become Americans, which is what could've happened in a hypothetical US victory in the 1812 War.
I agree, there should have been a Canadian puppet state that wasn’t Quebecois nationalist. Although I can see the security concern of them being a back way for the British government to funnel arms and special forces to resistance groups in America. However within the context of this world, it makes sense that they didn’t do that.

The US of this TL has been humiliated twice and lost territory to foreign governments twice. The extreme remembrance ideology would not be satisfied with less than total humiliation of their enemies. In fact America wanting to humiliate the British is a huge reason that they took all of their holdings in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Canada.

Them not annexing the CSA (which somehow avoided complete collapse with a huge rebellion in its heartland region) actually allow the US to start successfully settler colonizing Canada.
I don't mean to sound like those "God Bless America" mfers of our timeline, but the US in 191 are way too ruthless with the Mormons and Canadians, which will interfere with the public opinion of annexation of the South. On the other hand, the Mormon rebellions shouldn't have even been a factor, I don't think those guys wanted an independent nation in our timeline.
I think in TL-191 the US rememberance movement probably alienated several subgroups of America. One of those being the Mormons who seeing a weakened US, could theoretically make a play for independence
 
Since most African Americans have left the South and have either resettled in Utah or Haiti, and not many immigrants want to move to the impoverished nation, there really aren't that many minorities for this Confederacy to oppress. Furthermore, during the peace process the Southern states and the Confederacy implimented various anti-racist legislation as well as compensation towards the surviving victims of the Population Reductions and their descendants. Since the black population in the USA is one of the wealthiest and most influential demographic groups, their lobbying of the US government ensures that the US utilizes its influence over the Confederacy to maintain equal rights. In an earlier post I mentioned that the new Confederate consitution:
I can see any Afro Confederate people in positions of power, and the Afro Confederate population as a whole, will be seen as a collaborator ethnic group hr the more nationalistic minded Confederates. I do wonder how the Afro confederate descendants in Haiti, Liberia and the Confederates will be talked about in sociological/political terms in the current day of their Timeline.
Yeah, I made the insurgency in the South very similar to the Troubles, but on a much larger and bloodier scale. I also based parts of it on the Algerian War.
Oooh interesting, does that mean that several northern areas of the Confederacy did choose to stay with the US?
 

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I can see any Afro Confederate people in positions of power, and the Afro Confederate population as a whole, will be seen as a collaborator ethnic group hr the more nationalistic minded Confederates. I do wonder how the Afro confederate descendants in Haiti, Liberia and the Confederates will be talked about in sociological/political terms in the current day of their Timeline.
The Confederate Constitution has protections for Afro-Confederates, and the first president of the Confederacy post-Occupation was Afro-Confederate, so this mitigated some of the resentment against Afro-Confederates by southerners. That being said, many far-right Southern insurgency leaders were given amnesty by the US government, which allowed them to take part in electoral processes and become one of the ideological streams entering the Confederate Liberal National Party. Though being openly racist is very socially taboo, some right-wing politicians will try to use dog-whistles and euphemisms to be elected.

How African Americans are seen in political/sociological terms depends on the local context. In the United States African Americans are one of the richest and most educated groups, and tend to vote for right wing Democratic candidates. They are seen as a "model minority" and are probably one of the only minority racial groups to vote for the Democratic Party, as most other minorities vote Socialist or Republican. Their position in society sort of creates a divide with other ethnic groups that are not so well off, such as Hispanic Americans, Mormons, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. In particular, Hispanic Americans and Mormons tend to be the most resentful of African Americans.

In Liberia, African Americans became integrated into the Americo-Liberian elite, which still runs the country today. Their settlement in Liberia allowed them to forge even closer links with the United States, and were critical in the economic expansion of Liberia, which made it a first world nation by 1970. Their experience under Featherston's regime was also influential in their promotion of rights of native Liberians, though divides still remain.

Haiti saw fewer African Americans arrive, but their presence in Haiti was influential for the creation of a hybrid French-Creole-American culture that exists in Haiti today. The African American arrivals and Haitians shared a common tragedy in the Featherston regime. The assimilation of these two groups means that there is not really much of a distinct African American community in Haiti, and most descdendants of African Americans consider themselves Haitian, and speak French and Haitian creole rather than English.

The status of African Americans in the present day Confederacy depends on state and locality. One of the trumphs of the American occupation was the upliftment and protection of surviving Afro-Southerners and the creation of a black middle class. As the South became a a natural-resource economy, the income and wealth gap became more pronounced after independence, and the Black middle class became divided into a black upper class and a black lower class (similar to what happened with White southerners). One of the main occupations for Black people in the US administered south was the bureaucracy, but this avenue towards prosperity has been becoming increasingly impossible as White Southerners have taken these jobs . In addition, many of the schools that were opened for Black children in rural areas have been shut down, and this trend has increased after the 2000 Y2K Economic Crisis. While the wealth and income gap between Black and White Southerners was nonexistent immediatly after independency, inequality between Black and White southerners has been increasing, with many blaming subtle racism among White confederates for this.
 
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The Kingdom of Spain in exile was the government in exile of Spain that administered the Belearic Islands, Spanish Morocco, Puerto Rico, and Spanish Guinea following the Nationalist victory in the Spanish civil war. It was based in Tetuan, Spanish Morocco. The Kingdom of Spain was heavily supported by Italy both during the Spanish Civil War and after it, and it became one of the major institutions forming the opposition to the Falangist regime under Primo de Riviera. Its first prime minister was Francisco Franco, who remained in that position until his death in 1975, after which the Kingdom was democratized and Felipe Gonzales was elected Prime Minister. The power of the Kingdom waned after Franco's death when Puerto Rico and Equitorial Guinea achieved independence. After the Iberian wars in the late 2000s and early 2010s and the restoration of democracy in Spain, King Juan Carlos abdicated as monarch and signed a deal integrating the territories of the Kingdom of Spain into the Spanish Republic.
 
2023 Map of the United States (pretend former Canada is also there) and the Union of Southern Republics (USR) (commonly referred to as Southern America or the Southern Union)

After WW2, the US intended on annexing all of the Confederacy, an American dream since 1862. However, occupation and conquest proved difficult, with the lower South being hell on Earth. Meanwhile, the upper south of Northern Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina were easy and were annexed into the US in 1954 as states. Texas was also annexed into the Union in a 1948 referendum. Sonora and Chihuahua were given to Mexico in the late 40s due to the US wanting to establish diplomatic relations with Mexico, a nation that in the broader context, barely did anything in the war.

On February 8th, 1968, after a shit ton of protests and bad PR, the US let go of the dreams of annexation. As a result, the states of Louisiana (with a separated southern Arkansas joining it), Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida were declared as a new nation called the Union of Southern Republics. In meetings between US officials and Southern activists, their constitution would be made and approved by the US. In it, the USR condemns racism and political parties that are a threat to human rights, they shall have no military or armed forces. Also, among other things, the President is elected to a full 6 year term without re-election. A federal republic is established with laws and amendments that will make another Featherston impossible.

Their first Presidential election would be held on February 1970, with famous Minister and Black Death survivor Martin Luther King Jr. winning the election and becoming the first President of the Southern Union.

Today, the US and the USR have close relations. However, some have called the USR a puppet colony of the US, and re-unification is debated upon in the politics of both countries. However, aside from a few fringe far-righters, the US has no intentions on conquering the Southern Union. However, the US government has said that if the USR wants to join, they won't say no.
 

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The Southern Rights Front was one of the main Neo-Freedomite terrorist groups emerging out of the Screaming Sixties period. The SSF was lead by John Crommelin, a former navy man serving under the Confederacy in the Second Great War. Unlike the remnants before them, who fought mostly in rural areas, the SRF fought a campaign of urban guerilla warfare, using bombing of civilians and soldiers as their main tactic. The SRF targeted USA military installatations as well as "collaborators", which meant indiscriminant attacks on African Americans. The SRF and the groups emerging from the Screaming Sixties differed from the earlier Remnant groups by attacking targets in the North as well in attempts to wear down the United States. Bombing attacks in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco were carried out by the SRF.

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Aftermath of an SRF bomb attack in New York City, 1978
In addition, the SRF would carry out a new tactic adapted from Armenian terrorists in Europe: hijacking. In total, the SRF would carry out four hijackings of international flights, flying them to either Argentina or South Africa and holding hostages in exchange for release of Southern prisoners by the USA. Their most notorious hijacking was against Continental Airlines flight 371 in 1979, which they flew to South Africa. What they did not know was that this particular flight was carrying one of the sons of Shah Reza Pahlavi. Enraged at this action, Pahlavi sent Imperial Guard special forces units on a daring rescue mission to South Africa, using Madagascar as a stage of operations. Imperial Guard forces flew in and took control of the airport in which the terrorists were holding the hostages, fighting both South African and SRF forces. The hostages were rescued, while the surviving hijackers fell into Iranian custody. It is unknown what occured to these hijackers, but rumors abound that they suffered painful deaths under SAVAK torture.

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The feared Iranian Imperial Guard


The SRF would operate until 1988, when their members were controversially given amnesty under the Blair House Declaration in exchange for turning in their weapons and disbanding .
 
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US Navy pilot Commander Joseph C. Clifton eating some Ice Cream after returning from a sortie against Confederate forces in the Caribbean, c. 1943.

During the course of the Second Great War, Ice Cream would be a rather popular treat for soldiers, both Union and Confederate alike. So much so even, that the US Navy even constructed a special barge fitted with machinery for making this treat for troops that were serving in the Caribbean Theatre of Operations.
 

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Congresswoman Flora Blackford giving a speech at the 1948 Socialist Party convention, which would nominate Norman Thomas for President
 
Market Square in Lublin, Poland, 1941 after bombing by Russian Air Force.

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Czech youth in a stand-off with Austrian-Hungarian soldiers, demanding greater political freedoms and rights and progressive reform. 1968.

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Bennie’s Grocery, the ghetto Sylvania, Georgia, 1939.

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The Southern Rights Front was one of the main Neo-Freedomite terrorist groups emerging out of the Screaming Sixties period. The SSF was lead by John Crommelin, a former navy man serving under the Confederacy in the Second Great War. Unlike the remnants before them, who fought mostly in rural areas, the SRF fought a campaign of urban guerilla warfare, using bombing of civilians and soldiers as their main tactic. The SRF targeted USA military installatations as well as "collaborators", which meant indiscriminant attacks on African Americans. The SRF and the groups emerging from the Screaming Sixties differed from the earlier Remnant groups by attacking targets in the North as well in attempts to wear down the United States. Bombing attacks in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco were carried out by the SRF.

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Aftermath of an SRF bomb attack in New York City, 1978
In addition, the SRF would carry out a new tactic adapted from Armenian terrorists in Europe: hijacking. In total, the SRF would carry out four hijackings of international flights, flying them to either Argentina or South Africa and holding hostages in exchange for release of Southern prisoners by the USA. Their most notorious hijacking was against Continental Airlines flight 371 in 1979, which they flew to South Africa. What they did not know was that this particular flight was carrying one of the sons of Shah Reza Pahlavi. Enraged at this action, Pahlavi sent Imperial Guard special forces units on a daring rescue mission to South Africa, using Madagascar as a stage of operations. Imperial Guard forces flew in and took control of the airport in which the terrorists were holding the hostages, fighting both South African and SRF forces. The hostages were rescued, while the surviving hijackers fell into Iranian custody. It is unknown what occured to these hijackers, but rumors abound that they suffered painful deaths under SAVAK torture.

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The feared Iranian Imperial Guard


The SRF would operate until 1988, when their members were controversially given amnesty under the Blair House Declaration in exchange for turning in their weapons and disbanding .
is it the TL-191 of Operation Entebbe aka Operation Thunderbolt.
 

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The 1988 United States presidential election was the 51st quadrennial presidential election held on Tuesday, November 8, 1988. The Democratic nominee, incumbent President Joseph Kennedy Jr., defeated the Socialist nominee Michael Gravel, Senator of Roosevelt, as well as the Republican nominee Noam Chomsky and Liberty Party nominee Clarence Thomas.

Kennedy had angered many conservatives within his party, especially African Americans, by participating in the Southern Peace Process, but was able to defeat former New Africa governor Clarence Thomas for the nomination. Thomas then ran as the nominee for the far right Liberty Party. Gravel, the leader of the moderate Linconist wing of the Socialist Party, won several victories in the Socialist primaries. He defeated Governor of Illinois Lyndon LaRouche and former Dakota Senator Walter Mondale for the nomination. Anti-war activist and leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky was chosen as the nominee for the Republican Party, emphasizing his idea for "New Socialism" and an end to "American imperialism".

Kennedy emphasized economic growth during his presidency as well as his administration's signing of the Blair House agreement with Southern paramilitary groups, which he portrayed as a path towards peace in the South. Gravel's camapign portrayed the Kennedy administration as corrupt and plutocratic, highlighting measures such as the limitation of labor union powers and privatization of state-owned industries. Chomsky ran on a platform of greater racial justice for minorities such as Hispanics and Asian Americans, decriminalization of same-sex relationships, as well as ending "American imperialism" by giving the Confederate States full independence. Thomas criticized the Blair House Declaration and advocated for reinstating the Morgenthau Plan in the South.

Kennedy went on to win a plurality in the popular vote, carrying states on the West Coast, Great Plains, and mid-Atlantic. Gravel only carried ten states, the lowest number of any Socialist canidate in modern history, only achieving victories in the Midwest, the Maritimes, as well as the Pacific Northwest. Gravel's defeat would accelerate the decline of the Lincolnist faction of the Socialist Party in favor of the more extreme LaRouche faction.

Chomsky won 18.9% of the popular vote, the most successful Republican performance since 1964. His broad coalition of Southerners, minorities, and low-income voters would help the Republican Party cement itself as the political choice of the revolutionary left. In addition, his victories in Southern states would foretell the vote for independence in the South three years later.

The election has been viewed by historians as the American public's vindication of the Southern Peace Process, as well as for Kennedy's free market policies.

Who would you guys have voted for?
 
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The 1988 United States presidential election was the 51st quadrennial presidential election held on Tuesday, November 8, 1988. The Democratic nominee, incumbent President Joseph Kennedy Jr., defeated the Socialist nominee Michael Gravel, Senator of Roosevelt, as well as the Republican nominee Noam Chomsky and Liberty Party nominee Clarence Thomas.

Kennedy had angered many conservatives within his party, especially African Americans, by participating in the Southern Peace Process, but was able to defeat former New Africa governor Clarence Thomas for the nomination. Thomas then ran as the nominee for the far right Liberty Party. Gravel, the leader of the moderate Linconist wing of the Socialist Party, won several victories in the Socialist primaries. He defeated Governor of Illinois Lyndon LaRouche and former Dakota Senator Walter Mondale for the nomination. Anti-war activist and leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky was chosen as the nominee for the Republican Party, emphasizing his idea for "New Socialism" and an end to "American imperialism".

Kennedy emphasized economic growth during his presidency as well as his administration's signing of the Blair House agreement with Southern paramilitary groups, which he portrayed as a path towards peace in the South. Gravel's camapign portrayed the Kennedy administration as corrupt and plutocratic, highlighting measures such as the limitation of labor union powers and privatization of state-owned industries. Chomsky ran on a platform of greater racial justice for minorities such as Hispanics and Asian Americans, decriminalization of same-sex relationships, as well as ending "American imperialism" by giving the Confederate States full independence. Thomas criticized the Blair House Declaration and advocated for reinstating the Morgenthau Plan in the South.

Kennedy went on to win a plurality in the popular vote, carrying states on the West Coast, Great Plains, and mid-Atlantic. Gravel only carried ten states, the lowest number of any Socialist canidate in modern history, only achieving victories in the Midwest, the Maritimes, as well as the Pacific Northwest. Gravel's defeat would accelerate the decline of the Lincolnist faction of the Socialist Party in favor of the more extreme LaRouche faction.

Chomsky won 18.9% of the popular vote, the most successful Republican performance since 1964. His broad coalition of Southerners, minorities, and low-income voters would help the Republican Party cement itself as the political choice of the revolutionary left. In addition, his victories in Southern states would foretell the vote for independence in the South three years later.

The election has been viewed by historians as the American public's vindication of the Southern Peace Process, as well as for Kennedy's free market policies.

Who would you guys have voted for?
I would have voted for Kennedy in this election. What is the state of Roosevelt?
 
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The Democrats nominated the Chair of Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN): Pat Roberton of Virginia, making him the first person from a former Confederate State to run for President.

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Bumper sticker from Robertson's 1988 campaign.

In September of 1986, Pat Robertson announced his intention run for President in 1988 under the Democratic ticket. After getting three million signatures, Robertson announced that he would run in 1988 in September of 1987. Following his announcement, Roberston surrendered his ministerial credentials and turned leadership of CBN over to his son, Tim. At a close margin, Roberston had defeated incumbent Vice President, Gerald Ford in the Democratic primary.

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Results of the 1988 Democratic Primary.

Red- Pat Robertson
Blue- Gerald Ford

Robertson campaigned himself as a man who knew the difference between religion and politics and campaigned to continue President Ted Kennedy's policies, which had slowly become unpopular by 1988. However, the Socialist Party, now reunited after most of the decade divided due to the ongoing conflict in Venezuela, had used Robertson's negative views on feminism, LGBTQ people, abortion, college professors, and other religions. A clip of Roberston saying that Mormons were "demons hellbent on world domination," said just after American troops landed in Venezuela, was used in Socialist ads. Ultimately, due to the Democrats taking the blame for the late 1980s recession, Americans being tired of the war in Venezuela, and Roberston's beliefs, the Socialists, with Leo Enos as their Presidential candidate, won an election for the first time in twelve years.

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United States election of 1988

Blue (Democrat)- Pat Roberton
Light Red (Republican)- Harold Stanssen
Dark Red (Socialist)- Leo Enos
 
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An old Burma Shave sign still standing in Arkansas, a symbol of Yankstalgia

Yankstalgia is the feeling of nostalgia for the US administration of the South in the present day CSA. It is most common among Southerners born between 1960 and 1980 and among Afro-Southerners. Much of the nostalgia comes from the economic instability following independence.

Yankstalgia includes nostalgia for northern brands such as Moxie, Ford, and old US television shows such as The Adventures of Johnny Appleseed. In addition, it includes a longing for a past where inequality between rich and poor, and black and white was not as wide as it is in the present day. Burma Shave signs, which were once widespread along Southern roads during the occupation, are seen as a symbol of Yankstalgia, with some signs still remaining on southern highways.

In a 2015 poll, 23% of CSA citizens stated that the South was better off as part of the USA.
 
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