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    Culture: For Better, For Worse (by Thomas Paine)
  • I decided to repost this as I did some soul searching about it.

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    For Better, For Worse is a New English sitcom created by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin that aired on BBC New England from January 13, 1971 to October 15, 1979 for 6 series comprising 50 episodes. It was based on the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part created by Johnny Speight. The show was considered revolutionary for its time because it brought to light issues considered taboo for New England television, including Homosexuality, Racism, Miscarriages, and Abortion. The sitcom tells the story of Alfred Williams, a dock worker in Boston Harbor and his struggles to understand the changing world he is in. Much of the show’s humor comes from Alfred’s hypocrisies and bigotry as well as from the fights between Alfred and Michael.

    Main Characters:

    Alfred Williams (Carroll O’Connor) is a longshoreman on the docks in Boston Harbor. He is a vehement supporter of the Conservative Party of New England. He is extremely reactionary and bigoted towards minorities and people who have a different religion. He is also traditional in his views on gender roles. In the later series Alfred softens up and becomes more accepting towards minorities and people of other religions, even though he still has a reactionary slant.

    Elsie Williams (Jean Stapleton) is Alfred’s long-suffering wife. She is committed to her husband, but sometimes stands up to his tirades. She is also gullible. She may also be regarded as the voice of reason in the Williams family.

    Carol Williams-Dabrowski (Sally Struthers) is Alfred’s and Elsie’s daughter. She is often caught in the middle between her husband’s and father’s arguments. Usually she sides with her husband, but on rare occasions sides with her father.

    Michael Dabrowski (Rob Reiner) is Alfred’s left wing Polish son-in-law who is currently in college studying to be an academic. He is a strong supporter of the Labour Party of New England. He and Alfred disagree on everything and often get into bickering arguments regarding sex, religion, and politics.

    Michael Alfred Dabrowski Jr (Albert Johns). is Carol’s and Michael’s son who was born in Series 4, Episode 8.

    Albert Willis (Arthur Lange) is Elsie’s 8 year grand-nephew who becomes the foster son of Alfred and Elsie

    Recurring Characters:

    John Alexander (Mike Evans) is a young Black New Englander man whose ancestors emigrated from the United States. He often does repairs around Alfred’s house. Alfred is condescending towards him and gives him cheap tips. John always puts up with Alfred’s condescension and responds with sarcasm.

    Mikolaj Dabrowski (Michael Conrad) is Michael’s Uncle who raised Michael after his parents died in a car accident. He owns a florist shop in Albany and is a former officer in the New England Armed Forces.

    Series 1:

    Series 1, Episode 1 “Meet the Williams”
    Air Date: January 13, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Carol and Michael prepare a surprise anniversary brunch while Alfred and Elsie are at church. Alfred and Elsie arrive home early from church while Carol and Michael are doing “business” and consequently arguments start to surface.

    Series 1, Episode 2 “Walk a Mile in their Shoes”
    Air Date: January 20, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael and Carol go to an event that is about relieving homelessness. Upon learning about this, Alfred goes into a rant about how the homeless are just lazy and makes disparaging remarks about them consequently an argument ensues. Later, while coming home from the pub, Alfred runs into a friend that was once a successful businessman who has only recently become homeless.

    Series 1, Episode 3 “Writing the Prime Minister”
    Air Date: January 27, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear, Lennie Weinrib, and Paul Harrison
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael writes the Prime Minister a letter in which he expresses his dissatisfaction with how the government is handling certain issues. Alfred finds out about the letter and confiscates it. He only agrees to return the letter after he writes his own praiseworthy letter to the Prime Minister.

    Series 1, Episode 4 “Ignorance is Bliss”
    Air Date: February 3, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael and Alfred go to a hockey game and Alfred’s ignorance and bigotry gets him into trouble with other spectators, one of whom gives him a black eye.

    Series 1, Episode 5 “The By-Election”
    Air Date: February 10, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: A local by-election occurs which causes Alfred and Michael to argue about who the better candidate is.

    Series 1, Episode 6 “Carol Becomes Pregnant”
    Air Date: February 10, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear and Jerry Mayer
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Carol becomes pregnant by Michael which leads to Alfred and Michael having an argument about how Michael will be able to support the child. Alfred later warms up to becoming a grandfather, only to find out that Carol has a miscarriage.

    Series 1, Episode 7 “Unequal Pay for Unequal Work”
    Air Date: February 17, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Carol is in for a shock at work when she finds out another clerk is being paid more money for less work and accuses her employers of sexism.

    Series 1, Episode 8 “All that Glitters is not Gold”
    Air Date: February 24, 1971
    Written By: Norman Lear and Burt Styler
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred is annoyed Michael’s effeminate friend is going to come over for a visit. Alfred believes the friend is gay due to the behavior and clothes he is wearing. Alfred is in for a shock when he finds out that his best friend, a former hockey player, turns out to be the one who is gay.

    Series 2:
    Series 2, Episode 1 “Chasing an Ambulance”
    Air Date: March 15, 1972
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael gets involved in an accident at his college and a shady attorney comes by to get him to sue the other person.

    Series 2, Episode 2 “ Trapped in the Cellar”
    Air Date: March 22, 1972
    Written By: Norman Lear and Don Nicholl
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred accidentally locks himself in the cellar and as a result goes into a drunken stupor.

    Series 2, Episode 3 “Wild Party”
    Air Date: March 29, 1972
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: While Alfred and Elsie are away for the week, Michael and Carol decide to hold a wild party at the Williams residence with disastrous results.

    Series 2, Episode 4, “Alfred Gets Marked”
    Air Date: April 5, 1972
    Written By: Norman Lear and Vin Bogert
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: When somebody paints a racist symbol on Alfred’s door, Alfred immediately dismisses it as a prank by some kids, but Michael believes that something more serious is going on.

    Series 2, Episode 5 “Carol the Victim”
    Air Date: April 12, 1972
    Written By: Norman Lear, Austin Kalish, and Irma Kalish
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Carol is victim of an attempted sexual assault and is conflicted about whether or not she should inform the police.

    Series 2, Episode 6 “John Goes Out”
    Air Date: April 19, 1972
    Written: Norman Lear, Michael Ross, and Bernard West
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred is infuriated when his niece whom he hasn’t seen in years is going out with their errand boy John Alexander.

    Series 2, Episode 7 “The Gambling Problem”
    Air Date: April 26, 1972
    Written By: Norman Lear, Michael Ross, and Bernard West
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael begins to develop a gambling problem and as a result goes into debt with a loan shark which leads to Alfred having to bail him out of debt.

    Series 2, Episode 8 “Roach Infestation”
    Air Date: May 3, 1972
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: The Williams Family is in turmoil when the house gets infested with roaches.

    Series 3
    Series 3, Episode 1 “Workplace Accident”
    Air Date: July 3, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred and his other colleagues start to make callous jokes when a fellow worker dies in a freak vending machine accident.

    Series 3, Episode 2 “Marriage Counseling”
    Air Date: July 10, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: After a massive argument about some meaningless issue Carol decides that she and Michael need to attend marriage counseling.

    Series 3, Episode 3 “Painting the House”
    Air Date: July 17, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred decides to try and paint his home, but unfortunately for him mishaps happen and hilarity ensues.

    Series 3, Episode 4 “Provocative Dancing”
    Air Date: July 24, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear, Michael Ross, and Bernard West
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Carol learns a new dance which Alfred considers to be too provocative, and as a result Michael and Alfred get into an argument about decency.

    Series 3, Episode 5 "Taking Drugs"
    Air Date: July 31, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael soon becomes addicted to cocaine and Alfred must help him get clean and sober.

    Series 3, Episode 6 “First Meeting”
    Air Date: August 7, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Elsie reminisces about the first time she and Alfred met and how they had their first date.

    Series 3, Episode 7 “Income Inequities”
    Air Date: August 14, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: After hearing a lecture on income inequality, Michael decides to organize a protest in order to promote awareness for income inequality, which Alfred is deeply opposed to hearing about.

    Series 3, Episode 8 “The Art Gallery”
    Air Date: August 21, 1973
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: The Williams goes to the Boston Museum of Art for an exhibition which Alfred finds to be too obscene.

    Series 4
    Series 4, Episode 1 “Michael’s Graduation
    Air Date: October 7, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael is worried about his graduating from college and his ability to find a job. Later it turns out that he is offered a job as a social worker.

    Series 4, Episode 2“Michael’s Uncle”
    Air Date: October 14, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael’s Uncle from Albany comes to visit and he and Alfred get into a fight about Catholicism

    Series 4, Episode 3 “Carol’s Sickness”
    Air Date: October 21, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Carol gets sick at work and worries everyone, but it later turns out that she is pregnant with Michael’s child.

    Series 4, Episode 4 “House Hunting”
    Air Date: October 28, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: In order to have some space for them and their child, Michael decides that it is time for him and Carol to move out. They later find a house that is right across the street from Alfred and Elsie’s house.

    Series 4, Episode 5 “Moving Day”
    Air Date: November 4, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael and Alfred have difficulties moving the furniture into Michael and Carol’s new house.

    Series 4, Episode 6 “Elsie’s Problem”
    Air Date: November 11, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear, Burt Styler, and Steve Zacharias
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Elsie starts to go through menopause which interferes with her and Alfred’s trip to Adirondack.

    Series 4, Episode 7 “Carol’s Delivery Pt.1”
    Air Date: November 18, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear, Lou Derman, Bill Davenport, Larry Rhine & Mel Tolkin
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Carol starts to have contractions and needs to get to the hospital. Alfred unfortunately is stuck at work and his boss won’t let him leave his job.

    Series 4, Episode 8 “Carol’s Delivery Pt.2”
    Air Date: November 25, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear, Milt Josefsberg and Ben Starr
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred finally is able to leave work after convincing his boss. On his way to the hospital he gets stuck in traffic.

    Series 4. Episode 9 “Christmas Bonus”
    Air Date: December 23, 1974
    Written By: Norman Lear and Don Nicholl
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred is not having a good Christmas because of losing his Christmas bonus as a result of an accident at the docks

    Series 5
    Series 5, Episode 1 “Alfred’s Lawsuit”
    Air Date: July 7, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred gets injured at work and files a lawsuit that earns him 15,000 pounds.

    Series 5, Episode 2 “Alfred’s Fish & Chips”
    Air Date: July 14, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred uses part of the settlement from the accident to purchase a rundown Fish & Chips restaurant that he hopes will help him make more money.

    Series 5, Episode 3 “The Interview”
    Air Date: July 21, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred hopes that an interview he gives will help give him publicity that will bring in more customers.

    Series 5, Episode 4 “Job Offer”
    Air Date: July 28, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael gets a job offer from a social services department in Australia but is conflicted on whether or not to leave Alfred and Elsie behind.

    Series 5, Episode 5 “Managing the Restaurant”
    Air Date: August 4, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Alfred struggles to find a person that can help keep the books on the restaurant.

    Series 5, Episode 6 “Finding Out”
    Air Date: August 11, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Michael finds out about Alfred’s not so easy childhood while helping out Alfred at the restaurant.

    Series 5, Episode 7 “Babysitting Michael Jr.”
    Air Date: August 18, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear, Lou Derman, and Bill Davenport
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: Archie offers to babysit Michael Jr. while he and his buddies play poker.

    Series 5, Episode 8 “The Dabrowski’s Go Down Under”
    Air Date: August 25, 1976
    Written By: Norman Lear, Bob Weiskopf, and Bob Schiller
    Directed By: John Rich
    Synopsis: The Dabrowski's leave for Australia leaving Alfred and Elsie alone.

    Series 6
    Series 6, Episode 1 “Foster Parents”
    Air Date: June 14, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear, Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: Alfred and Elsie become the foster parents to Edith’s 10 year old grand-nephew Albert Mills.

    Series 6, Episode 2 “PTA Meeting”
    Air Date: June 21, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear, Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: Alfred and Elsie must attend a PTA meeting at Albert’s School, where Alfred gets into a conflict with the PTA President.

    Series 6, Episode 3 “The Williams Go To Australia”
    Air Date: June 28, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear, Milt Josefsberg, Phil Sharp, Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: The Williams go to Australia to visit Carol, Michael, and Michael Jr. only to find the house empty.

    Series 6, Episode 4 “Celebration”
    Air Date: July 5, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: Alfred celebrates having his 1000th customer with disastrous results

    Series 6, Episode 5 “Adirondack Here We Come”
    Air Date: July 12, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: Alfred gets into trouble while on vacation in Adirondack.

    Series 6, Episode 6 “Alfred’s Gambit”
    Air Date: July 19, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: Alfred decides to try and start franchising out his restaurant.

    Series 6, Episode 7 “The Abortion”
    Air Date: July 26, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: One of Elsie’s friends becomes pregnant and decides to have the child aborted, which Alfred overhears and is dead set against.

    Series 6, Episode 8 “Elsie has Jury Duty”
    Air Date: August 2, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear, Susan Harris, Don Nicholl and Bryan Joseph
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: Elsie gets called for Jury Duty, much to Alfred’s chagrin.

    Series 6, Episode 9 “Christmas at Alfred’s”
    Air Date: December 19, 1977
    Written By: Norman Lear
    Directed By: Paul Bogart
    Synopsis: Alfred decides to do things differently for Christmas this year and decides to cook a fish.
     
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    Structure of the British Empire (2022)
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    Hello! I am still plugging along at the next large project (which I can now say, is a World Map!) In the meantime... I've created this handy flowchart for understanding the British Empire in These Fair Shores, and trust me when I say, something like this will come in handy when understanding future posts...
     
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    Constituent Country of Hong Kong
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    Here we have the Constituent Country of Hong Kong (also just known as Hong Kong to basically anyone who asks). Often considered the Empire's "Crown Jewel," there is no greater symbol of the British Empire than Hong Kong, the homeport of Britain's large Pacific Fleet, and the primary port of entry and departure for all goods entering into southern China. The Jia Dynasty has leaned heavily on Hong Kong's relative openness to facilitate trade and capital for projects inside the country, which has helped to fuel China's recent explosive economic growth. Both Hong Kong and China have seen staggeringly good economic prospects in the new millennia, with Hong Kong reversing its trend of young workers moving away to cities in the United Kingdom, such as Dublin, Manchester, or Birmingham. Immigration has increased significantly in recent years, with Javans and Sicilians taking up residence in the packed Kowloon City, where rents still manage to be reasonable. Shamchun, the largest city in Hong Kong, is the busiest container port in the country, and together with Kwai Tsing and Sha Tau, are the busiest not only in the Empire, but across the world.

    The Hong Kong Parliament (香港議會) manages the affairs of the country, with 151 members directly elected using First Past the Post from single member districts which are drawn by the Boundary Commission after every UK-wide census. For nearly twenty years the Liberal Party has held a majority in Hong Kong, winning a supermajority in the 2003 Election. Since then, Hong Kong has had three Liberal First Ministers. Incumbent First Minister Leung Yiu-chung has served since 2017, and has since promised an ambitious project to increase ferry services from Edward Harbour to Sha Lo Wan and Lung Kwu Tan, in a bid to decrease the increasing rent prices in Greater Shamchun. Hong Kong Unionist Opposition Leader Gavin Williamson has often attacked the ferry project, instead insisting that a tunnel under Victoria Harbour to connect the high-speed rail networks of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island would be a better investment, which would better connect the capital, Victoria, with the rest of the country.

    Hong Kong also sends eighty-nine MPs to the House of Commons, the largest of any country besides England. Twenty-six Lords from Hong Kong sit in the House of Lords. Hong Kong also has twenty-six members of the House of Delegates in the Imperial Council. As of the 2017 U.K. General Election, 49 Liberals, 24 Hong Kong Unionists, 9 Conservatives, and 7 Labour MPs were returned to the House of Commons. Since Hong Kong's inclusion in Westminster, Government policy has been far more focused on increasing the quality of life in Hong Kong, as well as carving out more exemptions for contributions to the British Isles Home Development Fund.

    Bit of diversion for this weekend... Special thanks to @XFE, @HongCanucker, and everyone else on the Discord channel who helped me out on this map! Would *not* have been able to complete it without your help!!
     
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    Seals of the Government of Hong Kong (by XFE)
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    *The phrase "Han-English Commonwealth" and the motif of a Phoenix comes from OTL postwar propaganda by the British
    *The word for "England" in Cantonese is usually used to refer to Britain, including in official capacities
    *The "nine provinces" refers to a Chinese concept of the same name, sometimes interchangable with "all under heaven", in this case it refers to the entire British Empire"
     
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    Administrative Divisions of the British Empire
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    Author's Note: The flags of the Gold Coast and Uluguru were made by members of the discord server. Finally catching up with some work... I should be able to respond to questions here shortly!!
     
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