The current uniform for football players in the Empire of Brazil:
Isn't that a picture of Earl Browder at the top?[...] As the Syndicalist forces coalesced across the Steel Belt and took control of major power centers from Northern Minnesota to NYC the outbreak of War seemed inevitable. Big Bill Haywood spoke daily about the coming "Congress of the People" who would form a new government truly by and for the people as demands from Washington to disperse were ignored. As the Syndicalist government took shape the various factions took shape as well. During the coming War however there were two major factions, the Syndicalists and the Social Patriots. The Syndicalists were just that, Syndicalists who sought to radically reform the United States in one form or another from the orthodox Syndicalists like Jack Reed, who was Haywood's expected successor to the Centralists like William Foster. Then there were the 'Social Patriots' who saw the merits of some Syndicalist programs but thought to radical a change would just inspire the bourgeoise to strike back and destroy everything. These were led by James Burnham, a Technocrat and Managerialist and Earl Browder who was a radical Totalist who sought to personally lead the Revolution. As the First Syndicate Congress met in Chicago the Social Patriots tried to seize control of the movement. They introduced multiple legislations they believed they could get passed to give them more power like redefining the vote and how much property would be seized. However, in retrospect predictably, they were checked and the Syndicalists in the IWW maintained control. With their power secure and the deadline to surrender looming Big Bill Haywood appeared before the Congress and declared the Second American Revolution to be in progress. Three days later the first skirmishes between Syndicalist militia and Federal troops broke out in Maryland.
Commander of the Proletariat and Chairman of the Union of America William Z. Foster
Industrial workers skirmish with police in Detroit, 1937
Members of the (unofficial) Negro Farmers and Tenant Union gather in Chicago on the outbreak of the Second Civil War
An American soldier watches Detroit burn as Syndicalist militia battle for control of the city
A factory in Michigan builds tanks for the Syndicalist Union Army
Foster meets with a representative of the Black Southern Unions to encourage them to revolt
[...] With the surrender of the last Pacific forces, the War was over. It had taken two long and brutal years but the Combined Syndicates of America had taken control of (most) of America. While New England and Hawaii remained under foreign influence and some within the Syndicate High Command wanted to strike them now before the massess of hardened troops they had went home, Haywood turned them down. "The nation is tired" he said "let it rest. There will be time enough soon". Now with the war over the members of the IWW Congress met once more in Chicago to decide who would lead the nation. At first Haywood was suggested and it seemed an easy decision, but then word reached the Congress that Haywood had a sudden stroke on his way to the Congress and died. They convened the Congress for the day in mourning but when they returned the next day the various factions within the Syndicalist movement began to jostle for power. The Social Patriots who were shut out of power early in the War were further marginalized as their power base, the white Southern Unions, were expelled from the Congress for their neutrality in the War. However, upon Foster's insistence and the fact of the Black Belt revolt being both credited largely to him and being crucial for the defeat of the Old Democrats, the Black unions were welcomed in their place. These unions, loyal to Foster and Foster alone for being their loudest voice among the Congress and for his help during their revolt, were key during the next round of votes. During these votes Foster and the TUUL (Trade Union Unity League) gained more and more of an edge as the black unions won them more and more votes. Finally, after nearly a month and a half of debate the Congress came to a close and Foster was elected the head of the Combined Syndicates.
Foster almost immediately got to work shaping America in his own image. His first move was against anybody with ties to Earl Browder and James Burnham. Both of them continued to resist him even after his ascension to power and their unions resisted orders to stop distributing anti-Foster propaganda. Using this as a pretext saying it destabilized the Union Foster purged the Syndicalist Congress of any delegates linked to them and more than a few who just were enemies of him. Many were arrested and more than a few vanished into thin air after being abducted by "thugs" but those who remained got the message. Before long a supermajority of the Congress held TUUL membership cards and supported Foster. Burnham himself fled to Mexico and was never seen again while Browder fled to the Commune where he died a few years later of stomach cancer. Many conspiracy theorists claim Foster had him killed though there is scant evidence to back it up. With his main political rivals gone Foster then targeted the next major roadblock to his perfect America, the remaining Bourgeoise. While very few in number a small amount of upper middle class and rich families remained in the Union. Most of them were owners of local factories who treated their workers well enough that when government officials came to nationalize their property they were convinced not to by local unions. This however would not do for Foster. All those capitalists who remained would inevitably turn back to their devious ways and must be silenced lest they become a hotbed of resistance later in history. This led to the Great Offensive against Capitalism, the first of many. TUUL union bosses worked up their members into a anti-capitalist fury and set them loose against the remnants of old America. Privately owned factories were burned, remaining mansions were stormed and looted and what families couldn't escape were beaten severely or even lynched. In two weeks 132 were injured and 27 killed but it had the desirable effect. The government swooped in and nationalized the remaining factories and seized what material wealth was left behind by their flight. With his external enemies destroyed Foster turned against the system itself. He began to decry the system of local unions that were scattered across the CSA and brute forced the American Reformation Bill through Congress which abolished the system of semi-autonomous unions in favor of One Big Union, the American Union based in Chicago. This was met with fierce resistance by the Syndicalists who remained the only major faction still able to challenge Foster. Under Jack Reed they ordered their own union, the IWW, to resist centralization efforts by Foster. This played right into his hands however. Foster severely denounced Reed in the next Congress and labelled the IWW as anti-Union reactionaries. He ordered his Revolutionary Guards, a group of fanatically Fosterite militia typically made up of young men, to travel with the Centralization Administration to ensure the local unions were absorbed. When IWW militia showed up to resist them fights typically broke out and more often than not the IWW was forced into retreat. By late 1939 the Campaign to Solidify the Union was almost complete and the Syndicalists were quickly losing their bargaining power as the IWW began losing members. Reed, in a last attempt to oppose Foster, called for a vote of no confidence against him, but found nobody willing to back him up leading to the vote never coming to the floor. When Foster heard about this he had Reed arrested for plotting against the people and the Congress and he would die of pneumonia in prison seven months later.
By January of 1940 Foster was the undisputed leader of the American Revolution, which had by now expanded by force of arms to New England, Canada and Mexico, and he saw to it that the Revolution was ongoing. Fosters next declaration, The Directive on the Organization of the National Economy, led to the institution of a totally planned economy. Everything from the smallest turnip to the largest bomber was made according government plans and under the excruciatingly close eye of the government. While this bred inefficiency where the government focused, as soon as its back was turned under the table deals kept the wheels of industry moving as smoothly as possible. With American troops advancing through Central and into northern South America that industry was all the more vital. It was also about this time the Army was reorganized and expanded and rebuilt around large and mobile divisions outfitted with trucks to move fast and tanks to hit hard. These new units tore through the less well armed and smaller South American enemies they fought against with the only real check to their advance being Mother Nature, but even she would be overcome with persistence. By the time the last Argentinian forces surrendered in late 1940 the Second Weltkrieg was already in full swing and Foster, at the head of his True Revolutionary Faction, sought to strike Europe and fight not only the forces of Reaction in Germany and Russia but the "false Revolutionaries" in the Union of Britain and Commune of France. The coming Great Crusade would be the longest and bloodiest war in American history but as American troops thundered over the waves in early 1941 they were sure in their victory.
(Pt 2 coming soon)
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Poster of "Quo Vado?" (here it is shown the english version of the poster), a french-italian satirical movie directed and acted by italian actor Checco Zalone.
The plot is centered around Alessandro Ferretti, a sicilian song-writer, who is forced to travel to Nice, searching for better opportunities after the Christian Culture Instutite disapproved most of his songs.
The movie is divided mostly in two arcs: on one side it analyses Alessandro's difficoulties to adapt to a more liberal society , on the other it explores Alessandro questioning his sexuality when he discovers to be attracted to both Brigitte, a french singer, and Dario, his roommate.
The movie has been praised as satirical masterpiece both towards the Italian Federation's society and values and the "no bisexuals" trope comon in many French and German movies.
The ending in particular is considered one of the best part of the film thanks to its mix of satire, drama and social commentary: Alessandro proposes to both Brigitte and Dario, saying that "this is basically how marriage works in the italian federation : the classic family is formed by husband, wife, their Children, his secretary, her tennis istructor and the dog. We are basically simplifing the process" but the last shot of the movie is Alessandro looking sadly at the horizont, knowing that he will never be able to go back home without facing consequences.
While the movie recived international praise, it was harshly criticised by the Christian Culture Instute and banned in the Italian Federation
This is really really cool. I love this sort of stuff. Makes it almost seem real.