Here's 1962: January 1, 1962 onwards—In a New Year’s Day announcement broadcasted to the nation, President Humphrey announces the capture of two notorious (and long-wanted) ex-Confederate war criminals: Albert Wirtz, the former administrator of Camp Defiance, an extermination camp in Louisiana, and Dr. Martin Josephs, who is accused of conducting horrific and pointless “medical” experiments on inmates all over the former Confederacy during the war. Subsequently, the two men will be tried in New York City, an event that will become the biggest media story in the country throughout the next year, and will have an international impact as well (especially in the German Empire, still reeling from the fallout of the Congo Affair). The trial will also help to spark a new focus in American academia on the Southern Holocaust. For Cassius Madison and his Remembrance Center, this is his biggest triumph to date. January 31, 1962—The United States and Haiti sign a new treaty affirming their “Special Relationship,” which entails Haiti continuing to use the Dollar as its currency, as well as allowing Haitian citizens to serve in the U.S. military. Haiti therefore enters into a permanent “Compact of Free Alliance” with the USA. February 3, 1962-December 1965 onwards—The Ottoman government begins several massive urban renewal projects aimed at both increasing water and energy efficiency for its fastest growing metropolitan centers and for showcasing its booming economy with the establishment of new public buildings and other facilities. Constantinople, Ankara, Izmir, Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mecca, and Medina will be the beneficiaries of this planned first round of urban rebuilding and expansion. Aleppo, Basra, Mosul, Muscat, Aden, and Hims are scheduled for a second round of renewal, set to begin by 1967 at the latest. This “Great Rebuilding” is meant to revitalize the urban cores of these cities, as well as restoring run-down historical sites, and establishing new parkland and industrial projects. Several foreign architects, many of them Americans, will participate in this series of mega-projects. The Great Rebuilding will not be without controversy, however: the rural poor throughout the Empire will be outraged at the neglect that their villages and towns receive from the government relative to the big cities in these first rounds. Historians and archaeologists express concern that the many building projects will result in the loss of important artifacts in the process, though the government manages to placate their fears by allowing them first access to construction sites. The Ottoman “Great Rebuilding” will also inspire a similar series of projects by their Brazilian allies later in the decade. February 15, 1962—In German East Africa, the leaders of several left-wing independence groups and labor organizations come together in Dar es Salaam to found the Tanganyika People’s Union. Advocating both a socialist economic program to eradicate poverty in the colony, as well as greater autonomy for German East Africa, the leadership of the TPU was finally motivated towards greater cooperation by the outrageous revelations from the Congo Affair. Adhering strictly to non-violence, the TPU quickly begins to attract mass support throughout the colony, especially in the rapidly growing urban centers. The German authorities keep a wary eye on the group, but do nothing to halt its activities, a policy ordered by Berlin to avoid another disaster akin to the Congo Affair. The General Secretary of the TPU, Matthias Nyerere, is a talented organizer, and, by the beginning of 1963, he has established the Union in every major East African city. He begins to lay the groundwork for a possible general strike if their demands for improved wages and greater democratization are not met by the local administration. March 12, 1962—President Humphrey, in a ceremony at the White House, signs the Universal Healthcare for America Act into law. A new single-payer system is implemented by the bill, and will give the United States one of the best healthcare systems in the world. March 20, 1962—Sonora, Chihuahua, Baja California, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Manitoba are admitted into the Union. May 8, 1962—The American government quietly begins Project Orion, an attempt to replicate the German/Austro-Hungarian plans at harnessing fusion power. July 14, 1962 onwards—Massive anti-Japanese riots erupt in Singapore after the brutal slayings of several labor organizers in the city. Although the Japanese military governor coldly claims that the men were “American agents,” this doesn’t stop the violence from continuing for three days, mostly perpetrated by the Chinese residents of the city, before Japanese troops brought in from nearby Malaysia finally put the disturbances down, killing many civilians in the process. The Singapore Riots gain the attention of President Humphrey, who condemns the Japanese crackdown the follows the disturbances, which in turn earns him a sharp rebuke from Tokyo. Relations between the two nations, never warm to begin with, begin yet another downward slide. August 1962 onwards—In the Russian Empire, socialists and Veteran’s Patriot Movement activists begin increasingly nasty fighting in the streets, escalating a conflict that has been waging for years. This comes as the leaders of Russia’s underground socialist and labor parties begin planning for a great strike for 1963 to demand economic equality and political liberty. September 5, 1962—Germany begins to redeploy several brigades of occupation troops from Northwestern France. It’s the start of a drawdown that will end by the start of 1964 with a final end to the military rule in that part of the country, as per the Treaty of Aachen. October 18, 1962—The prosecution rests in the trial of Albert Wirtz and Martin Josephs. November 6, 1962—In the Midterm elections, the Socialists maintain their hold on Congress, and gain several seats, especially in the new Caribbean and Canadian states. However, it’s the performance of the Republican Party, long sidelined from power, which startles political observers, which manages to win Congressional seats in several Canadian states, suggesting to some in the GOP that a “Northern Strategy,” of focusing on expanding in the Midwest, the Great Plains, and former Canada might one day win even win them back the White House. November 9, 1962—The Japanese begin deployment of their two newest carriers, the upgraded Musashi and Shinaro to the Central Pacific, facing the American Custer group out of Pearl Harbor. Many international observers fear a new Pacific War erupting, and President Humphrey is worried that the American-German threat of economic sanctions will not be enough to deter Tokyo from building its own superbombs. December 19, 1962 onwards—Germany and Austria-Hungary begin the construction of a joint rocketry base not far from Dar es Salaam, in German East Africa. The two governments hope to potentially launch satellites from the new base. Taking note of this development, the United States will begin building its own rocketry facility in Cuba by mid-1963. ~~~~~ Comments?