Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by E. Burke, Jan 17, 2015.
Oh this is fun. @Deleon's Crew I hope you have Rommel's Fist have a proper insane response to my character's challenging him personally.
*This Process was underway OTL, but Stalin suppressed the Pagan revivals when he occupied the Baltic countries to impose mandatory atheism, but after the Soviet Union fell, the process has started again; albeit somewhat disrupted. Christianity is very weak in the baltic countries though as it was never really felt to be their religion due to being imposed on them by very well recorded brutal violence and foreign pressure; the primary reason they converted officially was to stop the endless crusades against them because as long as they remained Pagan, Christians had a blank cheque to kill and maim and even own them as slaves. TTL, without the Soviets mandating Atheism it's possible that Romuva would by now become the majority or at least plurality faith of the Baltic trio of countries.
Huh that's interesting. I did not know about that. That's rather cool @The_Red_Star_Rising. I've always had a interest in Pagan/Neo-paganism even if I identify as a roman catholic (even if I am very, very lax in it and am more of a cultural catholic than a proper catholic).
By the way if you have in any way put any thought into it, how do you think your major characters you use think about my character Religious_Commie?
Graphic Design Polytheism is my passion, I put quite a lot of effort into studying it in all of its forms.
Well, I prefer to let my writings speak for character relations rather than just explain it out of universe.
Agreed, it works better that way, and is more organic.
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Has anyone tried to Index this?
The OP of the thread was banned tho.
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@Deleon's Crew Holy Shit, you actually did it.
It's well past time for an old friend to return.
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Political Parties of the Empire of Brazil. These are just four of them, I'm going to create more and am game for others to add their own. There's going to definitely be a green party, a futurist/transhumanist party, a neo-integralist party, a nutty ultracapitalist party, a more OTL modern Republican esque party, a pirate party, a satirical Dadaist party, and probably a saner but still rampantly liberal capitalist party. Possibly a Christian Democrat Party and another party whose platform is mostly BRAZIL STRONK.
Partido imperial brasileira
Ideology: "Imperial Progressivism"
Political position: Center Left (Brazil), Center-Left (International)
International Affiliation: International Alliance of Progressives
Official Color: Imperial Purple
Youth Wing: Crianças do Império
Party Newspaper: A Voz Imperial
Party of Government?: Yes
Animal symbol of the Party: A Green Dragon
Motto: Amor Brasil, Ame o Império, Ame as Pessoas
Description: The Imperial Party of Brazil has gone through a number of shifts since coming into existence following the end of Integralism in Brazil, taking on a steadily more progressive bent and aspect to itself as time went along in an attempt to bring about class balance and peace in the country while working to elevate the country out of the devastation of the second world war. The party considers keeping Brazil together and considers keeping Integralist radicals down and mollifying the Socialists so that violent revolution is off the table to be its primary concerns, working to ensure that the system works and nobody is lost. It remains resolutely committed to the Alliance of Free States and making other countries recognize Brazil as a superpower with global responsibilities and influence. The party had something of a blessing from the second world war giving it a chance to essentially tear Brazil's roots from the ground up as well as aid money to rebuild from both the Alliance and the Comintern; leading to a long and large economic boom as well as one of the world's most rapidly growing population (OTL Brazil's population quintupled between WW2 and now, it might be even higher than that TTL).
The Party is thus quite popular though it has made enemies in its quest to try and please everybody. It is of course an enemy of the entirety of the Brazilian Republicanist movement whether left or right, and is opposed to isolationist parties as well as parties deemed to be overly aggressive in their foreign policy stance. Similarly, while life in Brazil is "as beautiful as an Emerald" as the Party is fond of saying, there are significant stresses in society such as a troublesome far right that often supports a large criminal element and frequent terrorist strikes and the frightful ecological legacy of Brazil's rapid population and economic growth. And of course, in international spheres there's Brazil's troubled relations with the Latin League and its attempts to keep the peace in its satellite states as well as flex its muscles by contributing to peacekeeping overseas. The relationship with the FBU has also at times been troubled, with FBU lions often seeing Brazil as more pink than green. And of course, despite attempts at smoothing things over with a robust welfare state, there are still those who feel lost and left behind in South America's largest country, and the issue of finding the right balance of defense spending when the country is near two Red giants.
Capital Punishment: The Imperial Party banned Capital punishment Empire wide in the year 2000.
Civil Defense: The Imperial party encourages town watch programs and supports "war readiness" programs so that in case of the unthinkable, the people can defend their homes if needed.
Cultural Stance: Relatively progressive; having moved forward with most social rights, taking advantage of the Catholic Church losing a lot of influence in the eyes of the Brazilian people due to its closeness to the Integralist regime. By the time the Church recovered in prestige, Brazil had already made a number of strides forward. The Imperialists have had a troubled past with the natives of the Amazon however and racism is more of a problem than Brazil would like to admit.
Defense: The Imperialist policy regarding defense is to maintain a military "worthy of a superpower" at all times. This means a military capable of global commitments, including a powerful blue water navy and air fleet. Significant investments are also made into ground troops who either are deployed overseas, serve in internal bases, or watch and wait at the borders of the AFS and the Comintern.
Drug Policy: Currently bans hard drugs with mandatory rehabilitation for offenders and prison sentences for dealers, while softer drugs remain legalized.
Economy: Favours an interventionist model of economics to counteract the usual cycles of boom and bust as well as concessions to syndicalist movements to give workers more sense of control in their companies.
Education: Government run education and support for religious schools. Sponsors free Tuition for University and Vocation schools as well as free high quality day cares to ease the burden of parenting and growing up.
Environment: Once largely apathetic to the environment, the Imperial Party has rethought its stance to environmental conservation and has made it an issue of national security in the face of pollution threats and the potential loss of tourism income due to damage to Brazil's enormous verdant wilderness. Additionally, Brazil stands to lose a great deal to climate change.
Foreign Aid: Sends foreign aid and support to developing countries as well as to smaller AFS member states; particularly the likes of Cuba and Brazil's "satellites" and into Africa, which Brazil considers a region of interest for itself.
Foreign Alliances: Strongly in favor of keeping Brazil in the Alliance of Free States as well as maintaining close ties to new world capitalist states and colonies and to the African colonies of Europe.
Immigration: The party of Open Borders, proclaiming Brazil to be a "nation of immigrants."
Law Enforcement: Generally supportive of the police and bases the Brazilian police on the model of Continental Europe.
Monarchy: The Imperial Party is extremely pro-Monarchy and no party that considers republicanism important to itself can consider the Imperial party an ally of it.
Nuclear Armament: The Imperial Party is committed to ensuring that Brazil can more than adequately fulfill the Nuclear triad of bombers, ICBMs, and submarines and was the party that created the bill that lead to Brazil becoming a nuclear power in the 60s with the test of the "Fogo da redenção" Warhead in the Atlantic ocean.
Social Welfare: The Imperial Party is the architect of Brazil's extensive welfare program covering insurance, unemployment, disability, and childcare benefits, tertiary level education, and most recently the implementation of Universal Basic Income and a Sovereign Wealth Fund in an attempt to further address the issue of income inequality where the country has become home to a staggering number of very rich people while others find themselves working long hours every week.
Taxation: Status quo on all taxes.
Trade: A party of free trade.
Partido Liberal Democrata
Ideology: Liberal Conservatism
Political position: Centre-right (Brazil), Centre-right (International)
International Affiliation: International Union of Democrats
Official Color: Blue
Youth Wing: Juventude da Democracia
Party Newspaper: Democracia Diária
Party of Government?: No
Animal Symbol: Jaguar
Description: Formed from many former conservatives and liberals from old brazil, the PLD considers the Imperialists to have generally made too many concessions to Socialism and to the Communist enemy and that Brazil needs to take a step back if it is to face the crisis of these times. The PLD has a number of issues regarding the integralists of the past though it officially repudiates the Salgado years, politicians in the PLD have a habit of downplaying what happened in the war and that it is now past and that Brazil needs to move on. The PLD is hawkish and aggressive towards the socialist countries and is a believer in Brazils "destiny to become a world leader".
Capital Punishment: The PLD wishes to reinstate capital punishment for especially heinous crimes.
Civil Defense: The PLD is largely fine with the current course of the nations' civil defense programs.
Cultural Stance: The PLD has often gone on record as stating that the Imperialists are "going too far" with their concessions to minorities and that "family values" are under siege in Brazil. It has often been opposed to affirmative action laws as well as to "special treatment".
Defense: The Liberal Democrats wish to expand the military to better oppose "the threat that we face from our neighbors and from enemies abroad" as well as a more interventionist policy in general.
Drug Policy: In favor of mandatory rehabilitation for Drug Use.
Economy: Favors more liberal policies regarding the economy, desiring a weakening of the power of labour unions and fewer restrictions on companies.
Education: In favour of the status quo for education.
Environment: The PLD is in agreement with the Imperialists regarding the environment and its seriousness as an issue to Brazil.
Foreign Aid: Supports the offering of aid to help developing nations and to assist in Alliance projects as well as to "allies against those who would threaten our Empire."
Foreign Alliances: Strongly in favor of Brazil remaining in the Alliance of Free States and strengthening relations with traditional allies as well as helping to further prop up Cuba and Venezuela and even offer support to Rhodesia.
Immigration: Favours restricting the borders to Comintern countries but wishes to maintain open borders with Alliance countries.
Law Enforcement: In favor of a more militant and capable police force.
Monarchy: In favor of.
Nuclear Armament: In favor of the status quo.
Social Welfare: Generally seeks to reduce (but not eliminate) certain benefits such as the UBI in favor of tax cuts to "encourage spending and discourage living off of handouts."
Taxes: In favor of general tax cuts across the base.
Trade: Free trade with Allies; Protectionist towards the Comintern.
Partido Social Democrata do Brasil
Ideology: Social Democracy
Political position: Left (Brazil), Left (International)
International Affiliation: Socialist International
Official Color: Red
Youth Wing: Herdeiros do Futuro
Party Newspaper: Mudança e progresso
Party of Government?: In coalition with the Imperialist party
Animal Symbol: Salamander
Description: Though once an opposition party to the Imperialists, the more progressive shift of the Imperialist party eventually lead to the Imperialists seeking the PSD to form a coalition with them, which caused reverberations in the Socialist International as well as in the Alliance of Free States. The move was almost unprecedented but it served to help pacify the PSD as well as steal a significant deal of thunder away from other more leftist movements while also serving the Imperialists by exposing more far right elements of society by seeing who responded with rage to the development and for what reason. The PSD hopes to reform away capitalism and hopes to pull the Imperialists further leftwards even as they are made a junior partner of the Imperialist party, while the left is still attempting to make sense of what happened and the right generally sputters in anger. The Imperialists though, seek to use the PSD as a means of continuing to keep the peace in Brazilian society while also keeping them close so a good eye can be kept on them.
Capital Punishment: The PSD is strictly against capital punishment.
Civil Defense: The PSD is in favour of establishing unionized militias for defense.
Cultural Stance: The PSD has considered itself a consistent champion of social progress.
Defense: The PSD wishes to decrease military spending significantly.
Drug Policy: In favor of expanding the legalization of drugs as well as the expansion of rehabilitation and education programs.
Economy: Favors a gradual shift to Socialist Economic principals guided by labor unions and government management.
Education: Supports government run education and teachers' union created program.
Environment: Strongly in favor of increased environmental controls.
Foreign Aid: Supports the offering of aid to help developing nations and in "projects for the greater good of humanity".
Foreign Alliances: In favor of helping to foster peace between the Alliance of Free States and Comintern by shifting the AFS towards socialism without violence.
Immigration: In favor of universally open borders.
Law Enforcement: In favor of a softer police force that prefers to use negotiation to resolve conflict wherever possible and the demilitarization of the police.
Monarchy: Has no particular position on, not seeing it as an issue worth burning political capital on.
Nuclear Armament: In favor of reducing the Arsenal and dismantling strategic warheads meant to "terrorize innocents."
Social Welfare: Wishes to instate extensive womb to tomb welfare and universal basic income. Tepid on Sovereign Wealth funds but generally wishes to increase the scale of the benefits progra
Taxation: In favor of a general increase in taxation, most particularly on the wealthy; with the poorer segments of the population facing only very minor shifts in tax rates.
Trade: In favor of fair trade policies.
Partido Comunista do Brasil
Ideology: Left-Communism/Marxist DeLeonism
Political position: Far Left (Brazil), Far Left (International)
International Affiliation: Communist International
Official Color: Dark Red
Youth Wing: União da Juventude Socialista
Party Newspaper: Classe Operária
Party of Government?: Part of the left opposition.
Animal Symbol: Hellhound
Desription: Unusually for a Communist Party, the Communist Party of Brazil is actually the oldest party in Brazil still operating, having gone underground when the Integralists sought to purge them. Once having been involved in street clashes with the Integralists and having been part of the resistance against Salgado during the second world war, the PCB was shocked to find the monarchy of all things returning. However, the PCB was quick to re-establish its deep ties with workers unions in Brazil and build itself back up again to try and challenge the position of the Brazilian right wing and the Imperialists. The party decided to largely avoid violent insurgency to paint itself as better than the Integralist guerillas who continually plague the country; which has alienated more militant communists in Brazil, but the party has gained a decent number of seats in Brazilian parliament. However the Social Democrats forming a coalition with the Imperialists was an unexpected move to say the least, with the Party's leader being recorded doing a spittake when she got the news.
Capital Punishment: Opposed to Capital Punishment except in cases of violent counter-revolution.
Civil Defense: The PCB is in favor of militia unions but is opposed to the current militia program.
Cultural Stance: The PCB considers itself a champion of all manner of identity politics.
Defense: The PCB wishes to decrease military spending significantly, though it would maintain a strong military for the "finalization of the revolution" if it were to gain government.
Drug Policy: In favor of legalization of all controlled substances with rehabilitation and education programs being created to help combat their more negative effects.
Economy: Favors a shift to socialist post-market principles of economics as soon as is practicable and the dismantling of the power of the "industrial aristocracy" and "petit-bourgeois".
Education: Supports government run education and teachers' union created program with democratic student and community input.
Environment: Strongly in favor of increased environmental controls.
Foreign Aid: Supports the offering of aid to help developing nations and in "projects for the greater good of humanity" as well as to Communist guerilla movements around the world to complete the world revolution.
Foreign Alliances: In favor of shifting Brazil immediately to the Comintern and using Brazil's leverage over the capitalist states in the Americas to bring them to Communism as well, with a particular eye on "ending the farce of the so called United States"
Immigration: In favor of universally open borders.
Law Enforcement: In favor of the demilitarization and eventual dis-establishment of the police and their replacement with watch militias.
Monarchy: In favor of the abolishment of, not in favor of punishing the Imperial Family.
Nuclear Armament: In favor of co-opting the Nuclear arsenal to aid the revolution and increase pressure against the remaining capitalist world.
Social Welfare: Wishes to instate extensive womb to tomb welfare and universal basic income until monetary systems can be abolished with plans for heavy and generous benefits for one and all.
Taxation: In favor of a general increase in taxation, most particularly on the wealthy; with the poorer segments of the population facing only very minor shifts in tax rates, once practicable their taxation policy would shift to a mirror of the Amrican Liberation Communist Party.
Trade: In favor of fair trade policies.
With regards to the latest update of the timeline and the mentions of consistent far-right apologia and denial in Brazil, I wonder, pop-culture wise, which villain would be the timeline's equivalent to Gihren Zabi?
What do I mean by that, in Gundam Gihren Zabi is usually considered the most evil of the Zeon and a Fascist Nazi-esque dictator to boot. And even Zeon apologists in the West try to steer clear of his Nazi-esque ideology, instead fawning over Char or Garma(through apologists exist). However the Japanese far-right consider him to be a hero of sorts and there are spin-off games that supports the Japanese far-right's interpretations of how Gihren would act as a leader.
Would we have a fictional character in Reds-verse pop culture that is clearly intended to be a villain, but get apologetic supporters strapping them in draco in leather pants on the far-right and in the more extreme and militaristic circles of the capitalist bloc? I know that the KKK as a group gets whitewashed in the FBU, but I'm talking about a specifically fictitious villain or a supervillain that gets significant amounts of whitewashing by the extreme right.
My knowledge of Anime generally begins and ends with the Nasuverse.
Raena Caudilla (just search the name) has her fair share of misaimed fandom as does Alulim.
@The_Red_Star_Rising Are you accepting ideas for the Neo-Integralist party? How serious of a political force are they, exactly, in the present day? I have some ideas but I wouldn't want to step on anyone's toes.
They're on the fringe generally but they're very loud and they do have some seats. They of course officially deny links to Integralist far-right Guerrillas who infest Latin America like a particularly nasty set of lice. But someone has to be getting them their MANPADs and Machine guns.
I blame Walmart.
Is that a thing here, actually?
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