Is this TL a good start?

  • Yes

    Votes: 8 66.7%
  • No

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Perhaps?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    12
  • Poll closed .
Chapter 47: The End of an Era. Chancellorship Beckons forward.
Chapter 47: The End of an Era. Chancellorship Beckons forward.

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Belarusian Chancellorship Elections See’s Alexander Lukashenko Ousted.

November 1, 2007

From October 23rd to October 27th, the Belarusian Chancellorship Elections took place in the constituent Kingdom of Belarus within the Russian Czardom. Belarus has a special place in the country of Russia. It has significant amounts of autonomy, the highest amount in the country in fact, so much so, that instead of a governor, they have a chancellor, named the 1st Chancellor which runs the autonomous kingdom on behalf of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Kingdom’s government also has its own autonomous cabinet formed from the regional Duma of Belarus with legislative and federal elections taking place in Belarus every few years or so.


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The Kingdom of Belarus has a…..controversial history within the Russian Czardom. Whilst Russia is being called more or less an authoritarian democratic country, wherein, the government that has been elected by the people, fairly and freely has almost no checks placed on it, the Kingdom of Belarus itself is called a mini-authoritarian state in Europe. As per the accords that led to the reunification of Russia and Belarus, the internal workings of Belarus cannot be interfered from the central government, and as such the internal dealings of the highly autonomous kingdom remain controversial, even in the Russian nation. As such, no party holds a clear majority in the country, with the most popular party being United Russia and the Green Party. In fact, both of the contenders for the 1st Chancellor of Belarus are both independents, which goes to show the fragile political situation of Belarus within the Russian nation itself.

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Alexander Lukashenko.

Of ten candidates, incumbent Chancellor, Alexander Lukashenko was defeated by Andrei Sannikov, even though the election itself was a close run thing. Sannikov received 48% of the total votes, whilst incumbent Alexander Lukashenko received around 46% of the total votes, with third and fourth candidates receiving the rest of the votes. Sannikov ran on a platform of reform and technocracy. Due to the hands off policy that the central government has towards Belarus, the economic development of Belarus has been increasingly stagnated in the Belarusian region in comparison to the other places of Russia. Sannikov ran on a platform that calls for this to end, promoting greater economic depth, and further integration between Belarus and Russia’s governmental systems, whilst retaining the autonomy of Belarus.

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Andrei Sannikov.

After the declaration of the victory of Sannikov, he has announced that he will see to it that Belarus is as developed as the rest of Russia, and lead the Belarusian people into the future. Alexander Lukashenko has reportedly filed a lawsuit in the supreme court of Belarus to contend with the election results, and a recount has started in some areas of the Belarusian kingdom, though no proof exists to whether or not Lukashenko will win the recount.

There are rumors that the federal government may become involved in resolving the accusations that Lukashenko has made at Sannikov, however these remain rumors without substantiation.

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Race of Russian Chancellorship Elections Begin!

November 25th, 2007

As the 2008 Russian Chancellorship Election approaches, the parties begin and end their preliminaries for their candidates. Grigory Yavlinsky has been the leader of Russia for over a decade now, overseeing a vastly changed country, one that was headed for economic collapse, changing to economic prosperity, seeing a republican country transition into a monarchy and seeing the country prosper, on general, even though he has butted heads with many foreign leaders during his tenure as President/Chancellor. And for his great contributions to the Czardom, he has been recognized as the man, who alongside his team brought Russia back into the global society as a global power, worth its salt on the battlefield and in its influence.


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FSB leader Vladimir Putin endorsing Boris Nemtsov for the Chancellorship Race.

Within the ruling party, Yabloko, the current leader, Emilia Slabunova has been elected as the undisputed candidate of the Yabloko party for the chancellorship, even though she was feebly challenged by Yury Boldyrev and a few others, even some young politicians like Nikolai Rybakov challenged her for the chancellorship nomination from the party, nonetheless, Emilia Slabunova has won the chancellorship nomination from the Yabloko Party with a vast majority that cannot be challenged.

A short biography on her,

Emilia Edgardovna Slabunova (Russian: Эмилия Эдгардовна Слабунова; born 7 October 1958) is a Russian politician. She became the leader of the Yabloko party in early to mid-2007 and is a standing member of the Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Karelia since 2005.
In 2001 she was elected as a deputy of Petrozavodsk City Council. She failed to gain enough votes to be elected the chairwoman.

She joined the Yabloko party in 2003. She ran for the Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Karelia in 2005, and managed to gain a seat in the assembly, becoming a great outspoken member of the assembly.

She is mainly known as a progressive social politician and is known to run on a platform for progressiveness and liberalism. Even though she is suspected to be an Europhile, she has till date supported Russia in its foreign policy, earning praise from the party.

Within the United Russian party, the party leader, Boris Nemtsov has been elected and chosen as the chancellor nominee from the party.

A short biography on the man,

Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov (Russian: Борис Ефимович Немцов, 9 October 1959 – ) is a Russian physicist and liberal-conservative politician. Nemtsov is one of the most important figures in the introduction of reforms into the Russian post-Soviet economy. He had a successful political career in the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin.

Nemtsov was the first governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (1991–97). Later he worked in the government of Russia as Minister of Fuel and Energy (1997), Vice Premier of Russia and Security Council member from 1997 to 1998. In 1998, he founded the Young Russia movement. In 1998, he co-founded the coalition group Right Cause and in 1999, he co-formed Union of Right Forces, an electoral bloc and subsequently a political party. Nemtsov was also a member of the Congress of People's Deputies (1990), Federation Council (1993–97) and State Duma (1999–2003). He soon rose to become a part of the Yabloko party before running on his monarchist ideals to form the United Russia Party.

He is also the current prime minister of Russia, and even though he is allied with the Yabloko party, he has stated that he will be running for the title of chancellor. He runs on a platform of liberal conservatism and economic nationalism. He is currently very popular in Russia.

The Russian National Party has nominated Vladimir Zhirinovksy as their candidate for the elections.

Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky (Russian: Владимир Вольфович Жириновский, Eidelstein, Эйдельштейн; born 25 April 1946) is a Russian politician and leader of the Russian National Party. He is fiercely nationalist and has been described as "a showman of Russian politics, blending populist and nationalist rhetoric, anti-Western invective and a brash, confrontational style". His views have been described in the West as fascist. He is considered by Russian scholars as a neo-Eurasianist. He has mellowed with time after the fall of the Soviet Union, but nonetheless remains fiercely nationalist and is the average nationalist’s normal candidate.

The communist party has surprisingly nominated woman to the nomination, with Melnikov not taking the nomination out of health concerns. The winner of the communist nomination is none other than Svetlana Savitskaya.

Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya (Russian: Светла́на Евге́ньевна Сави́цкая; born 8 August 1948) is a retired Soviet aviator and cosmonaut who flew aboard Soyuz T-7 in 1982, becoming the second woman in space. On her 1984 Soyuz T-12 mission she became the first woman to fly to space twice, and the first woman to perform a spacewalk.


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Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya

She set several FAI world records as a pilot.

Savitskaya is married, with one child, a son born in 1986. In February 1986, she graduated from the Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School. From 1983 to 1994 Savitskaya held a position of Deputy Head of NPO Energia.

A committed communist, Savitskaya was elected as a people's deputy of the USSR from 1989 and a people's deputy of Russia in 1990, a position she held until 1992.[She did not welcome the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, noting that everything her parents had worked hard to build was destroyed almost overnight and she was "glad they did not live to see it". Since then she has been a determined member of the communist party, decrying the monarchical restoration and becoming a prominent figure in party politics, enough to get the nomination of the party.

Savitskaya retired in 1993 from the Russian Air Force with the rank of Major. In 1994/95 she worked as an Assistant Professor in Economics and Investment at the Moscow State Aviation Institute. In 1996, she was elected a deputy of the State Duma representing the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, and has been re-elected two times since then. She presently serves as Deputy Chair of the Committee on Defence, and is also a member of the Coordination council presidium of the National Patriotic Union.

From the Eurasian Unionist Party, Alexander Lebed has risen to the challenge to become the party’s candidate for the chancellorship.

The Chancellorship debates will take place soon enough as the year turns, and the country and the entire world holds its breath as the Russian government sets the stage for the elections.

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Iranian President Mostafa Moeen Calls for Peace as Tensions Rise in the Gulf of Persia.

December 3rd, 2007

As the global recession continues to rage, something of an aftermath of the Golan War has spilled over into the Gulf of Persia. Iranian embassies in Iraq, and Saudi Arabia have been attacked by extremists and have been linked to multiple extremist Sunni groups who advocated for the creation of a full theocracy in Syria and not a ‘fake theocracy’ in the manner they describe Iran. These attacks led to the deaths of multiple Iranians, Saudis and Iraqis, however the Saudi government has been quick to blame the Iranian government over this issue, raising tensions in the region.


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Iranian President Mostafa Moeen.

Current Iranian president, a reformist and a man called the reformer of Iran, Mostafa Moeen has called for calm in the region however as he has stated his full willingness to talk about the attacks in the embassies and willingness to cooperate with the Arabs. However as he is saying this, we can discern that the Iranian government has ordered the Iranian Armed Forces across the southern region of Iran from Khuzestan, Luristan and Balochistan to stand at ready in case of any ruinous tension with the Arabs. Iraq has already conducted unilateral talks with Iran settling their part of the issue, however long standing tensions with Saudi Arabia and Iran have boiled over in this attack and both sides, whilst publically stating that they are willing to be diplomatic, are readying their armed forces. We also have news that the Saudi government has contacted the US government for something that has not been revealed to the public.

The tensions have boiled over into Yemen as well, with the pro-Iranian Shias and the pro-Saudi Sunnis brawling openly in the streets as the government is unable to restore order in any meaningful manner.

The western world is largely unwilling to fight with Iran as well. Under Moeen the country of Iran has continued into the track of the Reform Era that started in 1997 under the rule of Khotami who started the reform era. The country has slowly become more secular, while still remaining a theocracy, becoming more moderate and the country’s economy has flourished by joining the Collective Security Treaty Organization and its economic zone. The country has also become liberal slowly with the country boasting the best women rights in the middle east after Turkey, Israel and Jordan. The education system has been revamped and unemployment is at a historic low, and the reformists enjoy a huge popularity in the country.

A war is unlikely, but small naval skirmishes are not out of the question, and if they happen, they can certainly have grave consequences in the recession we are currently facing.

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Egypt In State of Anarchy as New Combatants Appear in the Egyptian Civil War.

December 22nd, 2007

The country of Egypt is in anarchy. It fell into civil war many months ago, however the situation has escalated. Only the Suez Canal Zone which is occupied by America, UK, France, Russia and China along with the Sinai Peninsula have any semblance of normality. As the Egyptian Army of Liberation and the governmental forces duke it out all over the country, new combatants have appeared in the country.

The Islamic State of Egypt and the Nile or simply the ISEN have appeared and the islamists appear to be fighting for an Islamic emirate in Egypt and a new group of combatants, the Ababda Liberation Army or the ALA have also arisen. The ALA claims to be fighting for the Ababda people and their liberation into a separate independent nation for all Ababdans. They have been known to take part in bloody reprisals against ethnic Arabian Egyptians as well as Nubians and Bedouins.

As of recent news, the ISEN has around 16,000 men under arms and the ALA have around 10,000 men under arms. The EAL has around 40,000 men under arms and the Egyptian army itself has around 100,000 men effectively fighting in the field against multiple opponents, whilst the civilian population of Egypt suffer.

The Egyptian civil war has also created a refugee crisis in Egypt as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians migrate into Europe in hopes of a bright future. Most of them entering into Greece, Italy and the Mediterranean states in Europe. The European Union has recently convened to discuss on what measures it should take to stave off the current refugee crisis.


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civilians took up arms to protect themselves. Every man for himself in Egypt.

The Egyptian civil war has taken thousands of lives already. Around 10,000 fighters from all sides lay dead in the sands of Egypt and around 40,000 Civilians have died from the civil war. As the violence rises in the country many have turned to Libya. The regional power increasingly has stationed its military forces next to the Egyptian border after the civil war and there have been talks that Libya may intervene in the Egyptian Civil War. These rumors are not substantiated however and no one knows for sure.



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End of 2007 Russian Data:-

Population: 155,600,000

GDP (nominal): 2.32 Trillion Dollars

GDP per capita: $14,900 dollars

Inflation: 7.3%

Reserves: $164 Billion Dollars

Debt: 14% of GDP

Pension: RUB 13,500

Average Wage: RUB 24,000.


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Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya (Russian: Светла́на Евге́ньевна Сави́цкая; born 8 August 1948) is a retired Soviet aviator and cosmonaut who flew aboard Soyuz T-7 in 1982, becoming the second woman in space. On her 1984 Soyuz T-12 mission she became the first woman to fly to space twice, and the first woman to perform a spacewalk.
Was she selected based on her public image?
 
I think it is common in nations with democracies to have people up for elections who might not know anything of politics but are famous for achievements in their field. I can name some actors and a certain reality star who got elected into offices of high power.
 
Nice ch, so is the Egyptian civil war is going to be this time line, Syrian civil war ?
syria has become way more stable than otl and more economically prosperous for it to fall into civil war. There's also the side affect of the rally around the flag effect and the fact that Syria won a war with Israel
 
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