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  1. Redshank Galloglass Literally Alasdair Mac Colla Banned

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    Awesome.

    I actually saw one of the films made about him. Good stuff. I kinda liked his Indy hat too.
     
  2. WotanArgead God of Impalers

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    Since "Futurist" parties have arisen in Germany and Japan, they should appear in the USSR, even though various variants of futurism may appear here ...

    Party of Progress (Партия Прогресса)

    Founded:2009, The new program was adopted in 2015
    Ideology: Marxist Transhumanism.
    Political position: Far-Left (USSR), Ultra-Left (International)
    International Affiliation: Futurist International
    Official Color: Gray
    Party Newspaper: Светлое Будущее

    Description:
    In 2009, a group of sociologists and engineers announced the need to update the Marxist ideology. "The old Marxist parties have finally stopped in their development, and are unable to look to the future, they are just a stop that must be overcome on the road to Communism." Soon a new party arose on the basis of this group. By 2011, the progressives gained a significant number of supporters, and became members of the Futurist International, but then it was already outlined in the split in the party ranks. Overcoming its consequences, and updating the political program, the Progress Party prepares for a new, Bright Future.

    Capital Punishment: universally opposed
    Civil Defense: Supports replacing the Civil Defense force, with an automated computer defense system, freeing the need for the average citizen to defend themselves
    Cultural Stance: Supports research into the use of genetic modification to eliminate diseases, as well as the increased use of prosthetics and metal. Also the increased use of computers and the rights of sentient animals (i.e. chimps, dolphins, gorillas)
    Defense: Equip existing defense force with newer, updated technology, and develop robotic drones and suits to reduce the number of soldiers. If a standing Army came into existence, the same
    Drug Policy: Genetic modifications to resist the harder effects of drug, neurotherapy to help existing addicts
    Economy: Increase the use of robots and computers in the management of the economy and particularly government run economic institutions
    Education: Education focused heavily on the sciences and technology, particularly on innovations.
    Environment: Strongly supports efforts to combat climate change and pollution. Supports the use of microwave or solar power satellites in helping with this cause
    Foreign Aid: Supports foreign aid in order to help bring nations together, sharing their resources
    Foreign Alliances: Supports an eventual world state, slowly eliminating the nations of the world, and uniting them before dissolving the very state itself.
    Immigration: Open borders
    Social Welfare: Supports the Soviet welfare state, as a means of getting people support for augmentations
    Taxation: Supports lowering taxes on robotic supported and computer based industries
    Trade: Trade to get technologies from all over the world.

    Union of the New Era (Союз Новой Эры)

    Founded:2011 (As a "noospheric" or "anthropocentric" faction of progressives), The new program was adopted in 2015
    Ideology: Communism, Humanism.
    Political position: Far-Left (USSR), Ultra-Left (International)
    International Affiliation: Futurist International
    Official Color: Red, White.
    Party Newspaper: Звёздная Застава

    Description:
    In 2011, at the Congress of the Progress Party, a report entitled "The Man of the Future: Problems and Prospects" was sounded. In it, among other things, many postulates of transhumanism (including propaganda of bionic implants) were criticized, and the moral perfection of man was emphasized. Later in Vyritsa, a group of people announced mistakes in the party program, and the need for the formation of a truly communist world-order. As a result, a new faction has emerged, which has been turned into a new party. The basis of ideology is the "Theory of Three Ways" -
    • The first way is "independent". The active transformation of the world "here and now" at the level of individual efforts; For example, the life of scientists (Vladimir Vernadsky, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky), writers (Jules Verne, Ivan Efremov), the heroes of labor (Alexei Stakhanov).
    • The second way is from top to bottom. Transformation of the world by public and socio-political movements aimed at creating socio-economic and political conditions for the humanistic transformation of society; For example, the history of the Communist Parties and the Internationals.
    • The third way is from the bottom up. Uniting and growing in the unions of people (friends and like-minded people) new inter-human relations based on a new ethic, a new culture. For example, the subculture of nihilists in Russia in the 1860s, the "New Life" in the USSR in the 1920s.
    The components of the new ideology were also formulated:
    • Marxism: the theory of scientific communism, dialectical materialism, some sections of historical materialism and political economy (the theory of socio-economic formations, the theory of the class structure of society and class struggle as a factor of social evolution, the theory of surplus value, etc.);
    • Vernadsky's worldview, the most important components of which are the doctrine of the noosphere-the transformation of mankind into the main factor of evolution; The doctrine of the role of scientific thinking is one of the main factors in the formation of the noosphere.
    • Efremov's ideas about the materialistic foundations of ethics and aesthetics of mankind, expressed by him in his literary works. Also - the notion of morality as the main core on which society stands, and about beauty as the power of moral education of man.

    Capital Punishment: universally opposed
    Civil Defense: Appropriate education and socio-economic conditions eliminate crime and war. Replacement of Civil Defense Programs, the system of Labor Brigades.
    Cultural Stance: Emphasis on spiritual and physical self-improvement. "Clearing the Noosphere" from negative influences, all that can harm the human psyche. The members of the union are taught altruistic ethics. In terms of love relationships, promote equal partnership, and mutual respect, fight jealousy. Also the increased use of computers and the rights of sentient animals (i.e. chimps, dolphins, gorillas)
    Defense: The struggle for peace and disarmament.
    Drug Policy:Party members are actively fighting drugs in any form (including tobacco, alcohol ... and excessive computer use).
    Economy: Increase the use of robots and computers in the management of the economy and particularly government run economic institutions
    Education: focus on the education of a mentally healthy, versatile person.
    Environment: Strongly supports efforts to combat climate change and pollution. Supports the use of microwave or solar power satellites in helping with this cause. Promote a program of irrigation of deserts and restoration of biological diversity.
    Foreign Aid: Supports foreign aid in order to help bring nations together, sharing their resources
    Foreign Alliances: Supports an eventual world state, slowly eliminating the nations of the world, and uniting them before dissolving the very state itself.
    Immigration: Open borders
    Social Welfare: Step by step liquidation of the state, in accordance with the ideas of Marxism.
    Taxation: Elimination of money and any manipulation with them.
    Trade: Elimination of money and any manipulation with them.
     
  3. WotanArgead God of Impalers

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    Your opinions?
     
  4. Mr.E The Man that Time Forgot

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    I like the idea of a strain of Marxist-transhumanism influenced by Russian scuence fiction
     
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    I think it is good
     
  6. WotanArgead God of Impalers

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    Oh ... there will be real war! The fact is that in Soviet science fiction there was a strong anti-transhumanist tendency ... While in Soviet science, techno-gayism flourished, the human body became inviolable. Soviet people persistently did not want to turn into robots. Ivan Efremov called the "satanic" idea of separating the brain from the body in "The Hour of the Bull", Alexander Kazantsev scolded a civilization that had screwed itself into machines (Stronger than Time), and the "Devil's Dozen" Strugatsky committed suicide. True Gurevich spoke about the possible benefits of modifications in the exploration of outer space, but the fact remains. At the same time, the ideas of the Noosphere, Cosmism are important for Russian philosophy ... Therefore, alternative futurism became possible.
     
  7. Mr.E The Man that Time Forgot

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    So, what might Dragnet be focused on ITTL? More the local LA police militia, or the larger Proletariat Guard?
     
  8. Redshank Galloglass Literally Alasdair Mac Colla Banned

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    If it's more action based ITTL, it might be centered on the American Gendarmerie.
     
  9. Mr.E The Man that Time Forgot

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    Well, most of the stories were real, because Webb actually got access to the LAPD case files. You know, "the names were changed to protect the innocent." So, there were many stories based on relatively unviolent, mundane crime. So, perhaps Joe Friday works for the LA or California militia. I had the idea that Dragnet would be produced with the help of the National Militia Agency.
     
  10. Redshank Galloglass Literally Alasdair Mac Colla Banned

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    Never really saw dragnet, so that's my bad. Yeah, go ahead and develop the idea, if you want.
     
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    Being a fan of Dragnet (Radio and TV) I think it would be more focused on the LA Militia. Same style of police procedural and probably would be made fun of some by our more modern generation. A similar program about the Guard would be popular in the 50's and 60's.

    Law and Order would be more serious sort of police/judicial drama centered in Metropolis. ITL Bluebloods (about three generations of Militia family) would also be in Metropolis or maybe another city.

    CSS: Miami and CSS: Chicago was my idea for a OTL NCIS/JAG/CSI sort of series of high tech action serials.
     
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  12. Mr.E The Man that Time Forgot

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    Oh yeah, something like The Untouchables, except set during the Revolution. Maybe it centers on John Dillinger and his various activities.
     
  13. Redshank Galloglass Literally Alasdair Mac Colla Banned

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    Since the Cult of the Skyscraper is far more prominent in ITTL America (plus more people living in cities) I'm assuming we're going to be seeing more buildings like the Burj Khalifa/Kingdom Tower in ITTL America?
     
  14. Bookmark1995 Bookmark95 Reborn!

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    Maybe, but such Manhattanization would also be combined with better management of air rights, to avoid mismanaging urban space.
     
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    The Freedom and Liberty Guardsmen

    The Freedom and Liberty Guardsmen is a team of superheroes who appear in Marvel Comics Collective, first appearing in 1983. They are considered the Franco-British/AFS counterpart to the Justice League of Avengers. It was formed by the Entente Command from superpowered beings through the capitalist sphere, to form their own team of heroes, accountable to them. Despite the rivalry between their spheres, and the occasional battles between the JLA and the FLG due to this, they often team up to battle larger threats to the Earth and sometimes break with their government for the greater good (such as fighting cosmic threats like Galactus and the Skrulls, or capturing international supervillains). The writers also consciously avoided nationalistic stereotyping in making the heroes from capitalist nations. Most of the heroes powers (with the exception of Captain Britain) have little to do with their nation identity

    The most prominent members of the group at various points in its history include:

    Captain Britain- Considered the British version of Captain America (and a parody of Colonel Columbia), Captain Britain is the latest in a long line of "guardians of the British isles," designated in that role by the wizard Merlyn starting with King Arthur. Brad Braddock, the scion of an aristocratic dynasty, after suffering severe injuries from a car accident, was rescued by Merlyn and his daughter Roma, who gave him the title of Guardian of Britain. He is given the "Amulet of Right", the source of his powers (including flight, projection, super-strength, and heightened perception.) After several years with the mantle, he is recruited by the Entente, along with Etoile, to form a League to compete with Comintern.

    Etoile- A French heroine, who uses light based powers (ability to emit rays, manipulate light, increase heat). Originally a scientist named Eve Sanders, she was attempting form a fusion device, but there is a malfunction, and she is caught in the explosion. She used her light based powers to become France's premiere superhero. She occasionally interacted with the Fantastic Four during the 60's and 70's. As France's premiere heroine, the Entente recruits her to lead the team with Captain Britain.

    Hotshot- Muhammad al-Sadiq, one of Algeria's best snipers, was recruited to be the military envoy to the team. He is largely a normal human, but is very accurate and a firearms expert.

    Baron Sledge- A take off of the classic character, the Heap, Baron Sledge was originally Baron Heinrich von Hummelmann, an officer in the Prussian army in the late 19th Century, who suffered an accident, and was considered dead. However, he managed to retain some consciousness, as his body decayed in the ground, merging it with the plants and the dirt, with the help of the goddess Diana. He eventually gained enough will to emerge from the ground in 1963, now a creature made up of dirt, plant, and ground elements. The West German government, (which he grew to admire as the continuation of the Prussian Army he was so loyal to) eventually deployed him as an agent, making him a recurring foe of Wonder Woman.

    Songbird- A West Italian popular singer, whose vocal cords were replaced with those which emit supersonic sound (similar to ADC hero Black Canary). The fact the military uses her as a weapon and doesn't even attempt to fix her vocal cords leads to her defection to East Italy, where she becomes a member of JLA Eurasia.

    Steel Bishop- The only successful attempt in Brazil to replicate the Iron Man Corps (with the help of some tech from an ancient civilization in the Amazon). Air Force pilot Alberto Santos was the first recipient, though few had the suit due to limited availability of the tech. The addition of a latch for an oxygen tanks makes him their primary Space envoy, and he is the one who deals with space matters.

    The Chem- Previously a recurring enemy of the Atom. Indian scientist Rajiv Gondal was attempting to work on a government funded fertilizer program, but rebels sabotaged the lab, causing him to fall into the chemicals he was testing. He soon becomes a hulking monstrosity much like the Atom, though he needs to wear a specially equipped suit to retain his chemically toxic skin. Largely has superstrength and durability, and can shoot toxic chemicals out of its hands.

    Haley- A shapeshifter from Ethiopia. Can change into the shape of any Animal.

    Marrina Smallwood- Amphibious alien from Newfoundland. Raised by Canadian fisherman. Formally a member of Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, who stayed loyal to the AFS after Quebec, and the integration of Alpha Flight into SHIELD.

    Scorcher- Australian Jackaroo who found an alien spaceship, and is gifted with the powers to produce large amounts of heat.

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    Of these heroes, only Captain Britain and Marrina Smallwood are real.
     
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  16. Bulldoggus Socially Guelph, Fiscally Ghibelline

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    Is there an Irish hero? Maybe a version of Banshee? Also, I firmly believe Captain Britain must have a Bulldog sidekick. Awesome stuff, either way.
     
  17. Mr.E The Man that Time Forgot

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    Perhaps. This is not the full list, just the most prominent members.

    Did he have a bulldog sidekick OTL?
     
  18. Bulldoggus Socially Guelph, Fiscally Ghibelline

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    No, but it just make sense. Would sell action figures and plushies like there's no tomorrow.
     
  19. Mr.E The Man that Time Forgot

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    In honor of the return of MST3K:

    Excerpts from transcript of "Mystery Science Theater 3000", Episode 320 "Sinbad and the Roc", originally aired on PBS-5 on December 14th, 1991.

    [The following short film is "The Good Pioneer", a film co-produced by the Young Communist League in 1947, to be shown at Pioneer meetings and school to teach skills needed while participating]

    [CARD STATING "A SICKLE FILM"]

    Tom: A fickle film?

    Joel: No, no, sickle. Like Hammer-Sickle?

    Tom: Oh, okay.
    [CARD STATING " CO-PRODUCED BY YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE OF AMERICA"]

    Joel: So, we'll get a long boring lecture at the end of this, and we can't go catch fireflies?

    [TITLE CARD "THE GOOD PIONEER")

    Crow: You're not one. Sorry.

    [OPEN TO SHOT OF YCL CAMP BEFORE SUNRISE, TENTS SCATTERED]

    Narrator: This is the campsite...

    Joel: My name's Friday. I carry a badge.

    Narrator:.. The campers are still asleep at this time. However, in just about 5 minutes, the students will have to wake up, from their tents, and get ready for their activities.

    Tom: A whole day trying to cram in enough activities in the morning, so you can claim you're tired at night.

    [CUT TO SCENE OF CAMPER'S BED, THE CAMPER HERSELF ASLEEP AND ALARM CLOCK RINGING TO WAKE HER UP]

    Narrator: A Good Pioneer always puts his or her alarm clock to 10 minutes before starting whistle. That way, they could properly prepare, before the morning bell gets them out.

    Joel: Oh, don't worry. Nobody actually cares all that much about whether you're prepared or not.

    Crow: You're just kind of scuttled from activity to activity.

    [YOUNG MAN SOUNDS CORONET]

    Tom: [imitating Louis Armstrong] "Oh, when the saints..."

    [CHILDREN EMERGE FROM THEIR CAMPSITES, AND HEAD TO THE MAIN CAMPSITE]

    Crow: Hey, it's a representation of All-Union Congress.

    Joel: It really teaches kids how the government works.

    [CUT TO CHILDREN SITTING DOWN IN THE MAIN CAMP BUILDING]

    Narrator: The children start their day at 9 AM, where they listen to the choir sing the Internationale..

    All: [Off-Key] Oh, sommmmething, something, something, sommmething

    [YOUNG GIRL READS OFF PAPER]

    Narrator: Then they hear a representative of the Camp Council give the invocation for the day.

    Crow: Okay, let's see here, "Now is the Winter of our Discontent"

    Narrator: A Good Pioneers always sits dutifully and listens.

    Tom: A Good Pioneer is a stiff, boring person, apparently.

    [KIDS RAN OUT OF MAIN COMPLEX]

    Joel: We're free!

    Narrator: After that, they are put on their way to enjoy the activities of the camp.

    [...]

    [SHOWS THE ARCHERY ACTIVITIES; MOSTLY GIRLS LINED UP TO SHOOT ARROWS. CUT TO TWO SPECIFIC GIRLS: TAMMY AND JOANNA]

    Narrator: Joanna is having trouble with her practice. She can't seem to hit on target. Tammy, on the other hand, is doing fairly well.

    Tom: Tammy is superior in every conceivable manner. Why does Tammy even bother?

    Narrator: Tammy observes her difficulties. A good Young Pioneer always helps his or her companions. So, Tammy gives her advice on how to improve.

    Crow: Now, try actually aiming it at something. Also, actually point the arrow straight.

    [JOANNA SHOOTS ANOTHER ARROW, WHICH HITS A BULLSEYE]

    Crow: Tammy ought to be an Olympic coach with that instant success.

    [....]

    [BOYS ON A BOAT IN THE LAKE, ROWING TO THE OTHER SIDE]

    Tom: I have the feeling Champ is going to pop out at any minute. [A REFERENCE TO EPISODE 212, "LEGEND OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN"]

    Narrator: Good Pioneers always work together. It is the basic character of socialism that people are unified to achieve their tasks.

    Joel: (sarcastically) Wow! I didn't know that was the basic character of socialism.

    [SHOT OF ONE CHILD LOOKING PARTICULARLY PAINED WHILE ROWING]

    Crow: [Imitates Heavy Breathing] Oh, Charles Marx, this was a bad idea

    Narrator: As you can see, these boys are working in sync in order to row from one side to the other.

    Tom: Oh, I thought they were just rowing in one big circle this entire time.

    [...]

    [CHILDREN ARE BACK IN MAIN COMPLEX, WATCHING SOMETHING]

    Narrator: After 4:30, the Evening events commence.

    Joel: Sleeping?

    Narrator: The event might be a lecture or perhaps a play.

    Tom: Something by Tennessee Williams, maybe?

    [MAN ON PODIUM, LECTURING]

    Joel: And that's how you can hide thousands of dollars from the Pubs, and... wait, what was I supposed to talk about?

    [CHILDREN AND CONSELOURS AT DINNER]

    Narrator: Dinner happens at 8. As with lunch, a Good Pioneer always tries to only eat his/her share, and always cleans up.

    Crow: There seems to be a lot of rules to being a good Pioneer.

    Joel: You know, these are the future citizens of the UASR

    Crow: I know, but isn't there an easier way to become a good citizen and all that without having to remember all this stuff.

    [SHOWS CHILDREN PLAYING NEAR THE LAKE OR RELAXING]

    Narrator: The period after dinner is a time for some brief relaxation. They do extracurricular activities, and enjoy the stars.

    Tom: You know, given that we're in space, we ought to enjoy the stars as well.

    Joel: Yeah, after this movie is over, let's do that.

    [SHOWS CHILDREN GOING BACK TO TENT]

    Crow: MUST GO BACK TO TENT, MUST GO BACK TO TENT

    Narrator: While Pioneers can stay up until 11, a Good Pioneer goes to sleep at 9:30.

    Tom: You just know that some of these "Good Pioneers" are just waiting for the counselors to go, so they could read their comic books.

    Narrator: So, that is the day in the life of a Good Pioneer

    Tom: "We are sorry, this sounded more interesting on paper."

    Narrator: With these nuggets of advice, perhaps you can become a Good Pioneer!

    Crow: You will be hated by your peers and considered too "straight" to party with.

    [ENDING TITLE CARD: "THANK YOU FOR WATCHING"]

    Tom: Makes me want to sign up for the YCL.

    Joel: Really?

    Tom: Not really.

    [JOEL CARRIES TOM OUT OF THEATER SEATS. CROW FOLLOWS]


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    I got my info on how YCL camps worked from this site: https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/eam/other/ycl/ycleague.html
     
  20. WotanArgead God of Impalers

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    This all is relevant for the 30's. Although the strict regime was preserved on the whole history of the organization. Where are the scientific circles and amateur performances? I think it could be of interest to the guys!
     
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