TLIAW: Blue Scare

The United States of America, after the Treaty of Washington, 1940:



Blues (Right-wing) - General Douglas MacArthur
Reds (Left-wing) - President Huey Long

So, what is this?
It's a TLIAD.

Really?
No, I started writing this Thursday night, so it's more like a TLIAFD.

EDIT: Well, now it's more like a TLIAW, so the name has been changed accordingly.

What's it about?
It's a short TL about a non-fascist right-wing authoritarian America, like a right-wing Soviet Union or China.

Did you come up with that?
Well, it was inspired by both Whanztastic's A Very American Regime and Statesman's Back in the USSA, but I like to think that it's at least somewhat original. I don't think that anyone's come up with a non-fascist right-wing dictatorship yet, at least as far as I've seen.

You're a conservative. Isn't this just wish-fulfillment for you?
No, of course not. I still support the American ideals of freedom and democracy. You do have a point, though. Part of the reason I'm writing this is to see the path that I could conceivably go down, and show myself and others like me why we should never go that way.

When will you finish this TL?
Hopefully today, maybe tomorrow. If not, then not for a week.

Then what are you waiting for? Start!
Okay, okay, calm down.
 
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Douglas MacArthur
1936-1962

Douglas MacArthur is, in many ways, the founder of modern America.

After the election of the populist Huey Long as president in 1936, General MacArthur, a hero of the Great War, led a coup that removed President Garner and President-elect Long from power. The March on Washington saw many members of Congress, mostly progressive Democrats and Populists, arrested and removed from power, with the predominantly Republican remainder of Congress appointing MacArthur Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States. Like a modern-day Roman dictator, MacArthur was granted near-absolute control over the government for the duration of the civil war between Huey Long Loyalists and MacArthur's supporters. After four long, bloody years, the Treaty of Washington finally brought an end to hostilities on July 4, 1940, with MacArthur maintaining control over the Northern and Western United States, the Pacific territories (including Alaska), and the Panama Canal Zone.

Following the treaty, MacArthur declared that the victory over communism must be fought for, and was reluctant to give up power. The 1940 Presidential Election had been suspended for the war, allowing MacArthur another four years as Acting President before the next presidential election.

President MacArthur authorized the establishment of a permanent border patrol at the Blue-Red border, and maintained a high defense budget. Though he personally sympathized with the Allies in Europe, MacArthur was unable to convince the war-weary American people to assist in defeating the forces of fascism and communism in a war that did not affect them, as America was in no shape to help other countries at this time.

President MacArthur was also popular with the people for his reforms. MacArthur greatly increased benefits for soldiers and war veterans, and instituted a national health care system and increased monthly pensions for all current and retired members of the Armed Forces of the United States. Under MacArthur, the size of the Army nearly doubled, as the benefits attracted many people who had been suffering from the Depression.

Throughout the 1940s, MacArthur increased his own power at home. In 1944, he was reelected unanimously by the Electoral College (many of who were MacArthur appointees) to serve another term as President. The Senate, which was now made almost entirely out of MacArthur Loyalists, became much more powerful in comparison to the House of Representatives. MacArthur was again unanimously reelected by the electors in 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1960.

The government of Blue America was composed of four major parts:

The President was the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the United States. He was also the de facto leader of the National Union Council.

The National Union Council was a de facto third House of Congress, made entirely out of MacArthur Loyalists that were members of the dominant National Union Party. The NUC was the highest authority within the nation.

The Senate had nearly all of the real legislative power. Its members were appointed by the House, but approved by the NUC.

The House of Representatives was still democratically elected, but had no real power other than nominating Senators.

After Blue America had been somewhat rebuilt and recovered in the first half of the 1940s, President MacArthur authorized sending aid to the United Kingdom, one of the few remaining free nations in Europe. He believed that a strong UK would be a valuable ally in the fight against global communism, and hoped to maintain a foothold on the European continent. With American aid, the UK was able to successfully repel an attempted Soviet invasion in 1949.

After 1950, MacArthur remained President, but gradually lost much of his actual power to other government officials who led from behind the scenes. MacArthur died peacefully in his sleep in 1962, after being the face of Blue America for 26 years. In later years, he would be remembered very fondly as one of the greatest leaders in American history.

















Huey Long
1937-1951

Like his Blue counterpart Douglas MacArthur, Huey Long is one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century.

Long, the governor-turned-US Senator and virtual dictator of Louisiana, had been a supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 Presidential Election. However, Roosevelt had been assassinated prior to taking office, and the conservative John Nance Garner had been inaugurated instead. Long split with the Democratic Party once Garner failed to reinvigorate the economy, and formed his own third party, the People's Party. The Populists absorbed many left-wing Democrats (and some Progressive Republicans) as well as far-left socialists and communists. In 1936, Long ran for President as the Populist candidate, and was elected by the House of Representatives due to a hung Electoral College. However, Long was forced to flee South before he was able to take office due to a coup by General Douglas MacArthur.

From his base of operations in Louisiana, Long commanded the Red faction within the Second American Civil War. President Long finally agreed to a ceasefire in the Treaty of Washington in 1940, which left him in control of the Southern United States.

Immediately after assuming control, Long ordered the establishment of an American People's Army, as most of the Armed Forces of the United States had been loyal to MacArthur and remained within Blue America. Long's Red Army lagged far behind MacArthur's professional US Army, but was still a formidable force that, if not entirely capable of fully defending Red America from the US Army, was still able to give the US Army a bloody nose.

After the nation was deemed "safe" from invasion, Long began the process of consolidating his power over all of Red America, just as he had in Louisiana. Long outlawed the Republican Party as a "subversive organization" that answered to MacArthur's regime in Blue America, and used the resources of his office to purge the Democratic Party of any opponents to his rule.

President Long then began implementing his left-wing economy policies. He began nationalizing many industries throughout Red America, including the steel and oil industries, and established a progressive tax as part of his "Share our Wealth" program. He also implemented versions of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" program. Long's public works program industrialized the primarily rural South and made him popular with many people who had suffered from the Depression.

A staunch isolationist, Long absolutely refused to get involved in the wars in Europe and Asia. Though he sympathized with the Soviet Union, President Long did not assist them in their wars against first the Pact of Steel and then the Allied Forces. He believed that Red America needed everything it had to rebuild and recover, but did call on the people of the Allied nations to rise up against their right-wing governments and aid the Soviet Union.

Long was unanimously reelected by the Electoral College (almost entirely his supporters) in 1944 and 1948. During his reign, Long ruled Red America with an iron fist, ruling as the protector of the people. However, Long died of a heart attack in 1951, just months after accepting military aid from the Soviet Union. While his dictatorial style of ruling had worked for him, it was not effective in determining a successor to Long. American leftists still rank Huey Long as one of the greatest leaders in American history.
 


Rose McConnell Long
1951-1953

Rose McConnell Long was the wife of Huey Long and First Lady of Red America during his reign. She is notable for being the first female de facto leader of a major Western republican nation.

After her husband's death, Long inherited many of his supporters, and became the de facto ruler of Red America. Long's reign was a short one that was mostly concerned with keeping Red America from falling apart from the power struggle until a new President could be appointed in 1952.

What few policies she did enact were mostly continuations of her husband's work. Long supported his Share Our Wealth movement, and fought to preserve it from those who sought to destroy it.

After the Senate and Electors elected CPUSA member Earl Browder President in 1952, Long stepped aside, and allowed Browder to take office peacefully.

 
Huey Long's support was not exclusively southern, in fact he alienated many aristocratic southerners and had a support base mainly in the plains and mid west
 
Huey Long's support was not exclusively southern, in fact he alienated many aristocratic southerners and had a support base mainly in the plains and mid west
I know that Share Our Wealth was a national movement, but this isn't entirely realistic. I thought that having a geographic divide between the two would make a better story without constant civil war in both nations.
 


Joseph McCarthy
1949-1961

Though he was never president, Joseph McCarthy, a Senator from Wisconsin, ruled Blue America as part of a triumvirate along with President MacArthur and Director J. Edgar Hoover of the Federal Bureau of Investigation throughout the 1950s.

McCarthy was a war hero who had been appointed to the Senate by MacArthur Loyalists in Wisconsin. McCarthy quickly gained a reputation as a conservative, pro-business Senator in his opposition to unions, which he claimed were "infested with communists and their sympathizers".

A charismatic speaker, McCarthy became known as a strong anti-communist and supporter of President MacArthur. As "Big Mac" was often occupied with maintaining the Army and keeping Blue America safe from the outside, "Little Mac" assumed the responsibility of keeping Blue America safe from the inside. Senator McCarthy worked closely with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to seek out and arrest communists and other subversives that were seeking to overthrow President MacArthur. McCarthy accused many of his fellow Senators and many other government officials of being communists or sympathizers and had them removed from office, which only increased his own power. By 1953, McCarthy had also taken on many roles of the Vice President of the United States.

McCarthy's hunt against communism earned him a national following and support from many of MacArthur's allies, who believed that McCarthy would be the ideal choice to succeed MacArthur as President if he ever retired. As MacArthur aged and lost much of his power, McCarthy stepped up, and continued the fight against communism. Senator McCarthy had previously been neutral in labor disputes, but now began to openly and actively favor businesses over unions and workers. In addition, McCarthy also used the power of the FBI to discover and blackmail many prominent secret homosexuals within Blue America.

The economy also began to grow and recover under McCarthy's pro-business policies, and it attracted many businesses and industries which had fled from the increasingly socialistic regime to the South in Red America. While political freedom was not as high as it once was, unemployment was down, and the average person in Blue America lived a comfortable life. The Depression was finally over for good, and the bad days were in the past.

Under McCarthy, the power of the Senate increased yet again. The Senate gained nearly all political, legislative, and executive power, and the President was reduced to a mere figurehead. Though McCarthy was "merely" the Chairman of the National Union Council, he was nearly universally recognized to be the most powerful man in Blue America, and was expected to actually run for President himself if MacArthur ever chose to step down.

McCarthy was also the leading force behind the near-total destruction of communism in America, and was in charge during the Third American Civil War. While MacArthur commanded the US Army against the Red Army, McCarthy kept things stable on the home front. He worked closely with businesses to ensure that production would not drop significantly, but also made sure that the military received top priority. With superior numbers, training, and firepower, Blue America defeated and reintegrated its Red counterpart. McCarthy received a huge boost in popularity, and decided to run for President in 1960.

However, despite his age and failing health, MacArthur refused to step down, and as the Electors were still loyal to "Big Mac", McCarthy lost the support of his close ally, J. Edgar Hoover, who did not want to get taken down with him. McCarthy lost the election in a landslide, as the electors voted unanimously for MacArthur, and he was forced to resign in disgrace. The McCarthy Era was over, but his legacy would remain, and would be influential for decades to come.













Earl Browder
1953-1959

In the wake of Huey Long's death, a power struggle occurred for the top position within Red America. In the meantime, Long's wife and his supporters in Congress ran the nation much as he would have. The eventual winner was Earl Browder, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the United States, who was elected President in 1952.

Though Long had been accused of being a socialist, he had always denied those allegations. Browder, on the other hand, embraced being called a communist. Browder had been a spy for the Soviet Union during the 1930s, and had been instrumental in aligning Red America towards the Soviet Bloc. Compared to the relatively more moderate populist party, Browder and his communists were radicals who believed that the Soviet Union was the model that Red America should emulate.

Nearly immediately after his inauguration, Browder attempted to copy Long, and carried out purges that removed anybody who he believed was disloyal or a threat to his own power. Unfortunately for Red America, this also extended to the APA, which saw its numbers dwindle after Browder's Stalin-esque purges.

While Long had nationalized many key industries and capped incomes, Browder went much further and attempted to implement collectivized farms. These caused huge famines, most notably the Food Crisis of 1956, and made Browder very unpopular.

During Browder's reign, many of the few freedoms that Red Americans had under Long were quickly eroded away, causing his popularity to drop significantly. Throughout the 1950s, there was a refugee crisis as people struggled to escape from Browder's Stalinist regime. Many Red Americans crossed the borders, legally or illegally, into Mexico and Blue America.

However, one area where Browder was a surprising improvement was civil rights. Since the end of Reconstruction in the 1870s, Jim Crow laws in the South had discriminated against Negroes, as a spiritual successor to slavery. A communist, President Browder at least nominally supported equality, and used the APA to enforce equal rights for all Red Americans wherever they were violated. Anybody who discriminated against another person based on race was sent to a federal prison for reeducation. Now, instead of some people being more oppressed than others, all Red Americans were oppressed equally.

Under Browder, relations with Blue America quickly deteriorated. Blue America had already been virulently anti-Communist when Red America had been led by the comparatively-moderate Huey Long, and with staunch anti-Communist Joseph McCarthy leading the Blues and Communist Earl Browder in charge of the Reds, the two Americas clashed once again in 1957. After two long years of war, the neutered APA was no match for the US Army, and Red America was overthrown and reincorporated into Blue America. President Browder was captured, arrested, and executed by the Blues, and Red America came to an end, as once again America would finally be the United States of America.
 
I know that Share Our Wealth was a national movement, but this isn't entirely realistic. I thought that having a geographic divide between the two would make a better story without constant civil war in both nations.
True, but I don't think the south could support a whole country like that
 
True, but I don't think the south could support a whole country like that
Still, it probably has a better shot than, say, the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas; or the Four Corners. Plus, it only lasts a few decades, anyways.
Hopefully America can end up democratic once again.
That, I can't say anything about.
This is a great concept. Are you going to take this all the way to modern times?
I hope so.
 
The United States of America, after the Treaty of Washington, 1940:

Blues (Right-wing) - General Douglas MacArthur
Reds (Left-wing) - President Huey Long

So, what is this?
It's a TLIAD.

Really?
No, I started writing this Thursday night, so it's more like a TLIAFD.

What's it about?
It's a short TL about a non-fascist right-wing authoritarian America, like a right-wing Soviet Union or China.

Did you come up with that?
Well, it was inspired by both Whanztastic's A Very American Regime and Statesman's Back in the USSA, but I like to think that it's at least somewhat original. I don't think that anyone's come up with a non-fascist right-wing dictatorship yet, at least as far as I've seen.

You're a conservative. Isn't this just wish-fulfillment for you?
No, of course not. I still support the American ideals of freedom and democracy. You do have a point, though. Part of the reason I'm writing this is to see the path that I could conceivably go down, and show myself and others like me why we should never go that way.

When will you finish this TL?
Hopefully today, maybe tomorrow. If not, then not for a week.

Then what are you waiting for? Start!
Okay, okay, calm down.
Well, I dunno, man. I gotta be honest: A left-wing South with a POD in 1936 is about as likely as, say, Britain ending slavery in a non-Revolutionary America prior to 1800, or a hardcore segregationist becoming President post WWII; still though, I'll be willing to give it a shot.
 

John F. Kennedy
1962-1973

After President MacArthur's death, the Senate and Electoral College appointed John F. Kennedy, a strong supporter of "Big Mac" and a member of the prominent Kennedy family, to the Presidency. Kennedy's good looks and charisma charmed many people throughout the recently re-united nation, and he promised a new era of hope and a strong stance against communism.

However, Kennedy was an ill man, and were reliant on many drugs. He served as a figurehead president, a decoy for the NUC, the real powers in Blue America.

Kennedy's presidency was defined by America having a stronger, more active role if global affairs. The United States successfully detonated its first nuclear bomb in 1965 and became the third nuclear power on the planet, after the Soviet Union and British Empire. Kennedy's father had been an ambassador to the United Kingdom decades earlier, and he used these connections to negotiate the Anglo-American Treaty of 1964. Now formally allied, the United States and remnants of the British Empire formed a "Blue Bloc" to oppose the USSR's Eurasian "Red Bloc".

Under Kennedy, the United States also went to war with Japan following the Japanese invasion of the Philippine Islands, a close American ally. Blue America had spent decades building up its army, but its Navy had been relatively neglected, and America relied on British assistance to win the war. After this, Kennedy used his power as commander-in-chief to order a naval buildup to prevent a situation like this ever again.

Kennedy was reelected in 1964, 1968, and 1972, but died in 1973 from an overdose of painkillers. He would often be forgotten by the general populace in comparison to giants such as Douglas MacArthur.
 
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