This is beyond brilliant.Party Rundown for 1934Left
Co-Operative Party: Alfred Barnes is running the first majority government in ten years, okay it’s a majority of 6 but still give the man some credit. The agenda is create more Co-Ops, Co-Operatise the Transport industry, negotiate with the Unions who plan to plunge Britain into yet another General Strike, the rise of Futurism, reduce the unemployment rate from 20 million and achieve the dreams of Robert Owen and the Chartists. Oh boy.
Reform Party: Herbert Morrison and Ellen Wilkinson are a pretty good double team, what with them avoiding been blamed for helping cause the recession in the first place due to there implementing of policies with the Liberals and Unionists. Now to carry on with the preaching the Reform Party’s usual policies of Nationalisation, a Welfare State, Corporatism and Eugenics like how old Sidney would have wanted it.
Socialist Labour Party: In 31 it looked like that the Socialist Labour Party was going to finally rule Britain. Then that stupid radical Marxist Malcolm MacDonald had to split off and form his own party leading to an awkward reshuffle in which we find the son of British Railway Magnate Stanley Baldwin, Oliver Baldwin leading a party of Socialists and Union Members who all hate his dad and the press who keep on asking about his relationship with his assistant John Boyle. Fun times.
Social Democratic Party: Ah yes a party of Marxists calling themselves Social Democrats. Malcolm MacDonald keeps on insisting that the Socialist Labour Party are Syndicalist splitters and that he’s carrying on the true work of Marx and his weird cult of personality agree with him. How he’s going to do that when they only have one seat in Parliament is beyond me but still.
The Progressive Party: This one is a odd one really, a group of lovely Christian Socialists and Liberals who agree with most of what then SLP says but also thinks there godless atheists, doesn’t think the Co-Operative Party goes far enough and doesn’t like the idea of sterilising mentally ill people so the Reform Party is out of the question. There two MPs Wedgwood Benn and Richard Acland are very popular though so they still keep on trucking.
Liberal: Despite the fact that there Party has been redundant for the last 30 years they still limp on. Hey someone needs to keep fighting for free trade and I guess Herbert Samuel is that somebody.
The Unionist Party: Just had a leadership election and in the end Mr Attlee won. Not because he was the favourite candidate but because the other two had flaws, Sir Stafford Cripps was the true favourite but he’s a Catholic so that wouldn’t go and Austen Chamberlin keeps on insisting that we invade Ireland and whilst everyone in the party agrees, they believe having a war with Ireland right now would be a bad idea. So Attlee and his vision of bland Red Toryism it is then.
The National Party: Hey look it’s all the people considered too weird for the Reform or Liberal Party. Rotha Orman really sure likes wearing militaristic outfits and going on xenophobic rants about how we should be gassing Indian rebels. Meanwhile Baden Powell keeps on insisting the Army overthrow the dangerous Socialists in Government. The only thing they hate more than Socialists though are Futurists and so that’s why we don’t have to worry about them for awhile.
The Futurist Party: Reactionary Modernist National Syndicalism is so in vogue right now. There leader D.H.Lawrence keeps on preaching about how we need to have a German style Military Dictatorship essentially and how Germany is the pinnacle of Western Civilisation etc. Despite Mr Lawrence being considered a crank by many there sure are a lot of rich people that like what he says.
Celtic Union: Claim to follow Marxist-Connellyism but I don’t remember the part where he called for the extermination of all the Anglo-Saxon race and the rise of a new Celtic order. It’s amazing they haven’t been banned yet.
Thanks, this was based upon the idea of a timeline in which Fergus O'Connor managing to form an earlier Co-Op Party and things radically get weirder by the 1930s, I didn’t get time to write it but the idea of this world was fun.This is beyond brilliant.
Politics ▼It was only with the creation of the Israel that the ideological motivations for the creation of a United Arab Republic came into place. The failure of the Egyptian monarchy to defeat Israel led to a coup d'etat by Egyptian officers, which promptly abolished the monarchy. The coup led to Mohammad Naguib being made president of Egypt. After nationalizing the Suez Canal and having Egypt stand its ground against a coalition of the United Kingdom, Israel, and France, Naguib would become very popular in the Arab World. In 1958, a movement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, similar to that in Egypt, would overthrow the Saudi monarchy, and after a brief civil war lead to the creation of a Naguibist state in the Arabian peninsula. With Egypt under Naguib, Lebanon under Rashid Karami, Syria under al-Quwatli, the former Saudi Arabia under Talal al Saud, and Iraq under Abdul Salam Arif, the five nations would unite to form the United Arab Republic.
With the formation of the UAR, the goal was then to crush Israel. Israel had been firmly non-aligned, seeing as how it couldn't trust the increasingly pro-UAR, but its leftist leadership couldn't trust the US either. As such, it sought to arm itself against any possible invasion. The UAR was aware of this and also begin to arm itself to fully prepare itself against a war with Israel.
The Three Years' War began in 1963, when the UAR suspected that Israel was arming Maronite Christian militias in the restive UAR republic of Lebanon. After 50 Arabian soldiers were killed in a bomb blast done by a Maronite militia based in Israel, the UAR would declare war. Israel held out fairly well, but ultimately would fall in 1966 after a UAR blockade prevented any supplies from coming into Israel. Reprisal killings against Jews would occur, and millions of Jews would end up fleeing to the United States.
With the defeat of Israel, the ideology of Pan-Arabism would be vindicated. One after another, in Yemen, in Sudan, in Libya, in Algeria, in Oman, in the Trucial states, Arabist regimes would take over, mainly through a coup d'etat. The 1975-1977 Arab-Iran War, which would end in the UAR taking al-Ahwaz, would further bolster the ideology, and by 1980 the United Arab Republic would be the only Arab state in the world, the goal of uniting the Arab peoples having been completed.
However, after scoring victory after victory, the leadership of the United Arab Republic began to get too confident in what they could achieve. The death of Naguib in 1982 led to the formation of the Presidential Action Committee, a ten-member council of politicians from across the UAR in which they would decide the future of the UAR after Naguib. Naguib was very much the glue holding the UAR together, and none of the members of the PAC could claim to be as popular as him. As such, they needed something to hold the UAR, and more importantly, the ruling Arab Socialist Union party, together.
Abdul Salam Arif, the president of Iraq at the time it unified with the UAR, would be made president in 1983, after 210 days of PAC rule. Arif was aware of the need to unify the country after Naguib's death, and saw the civil war in Turkey as a great opportunity. Just six months after becoming president, the UAR would enter the Turkish province of Hatay and annex it. The United States, angered by a foreign country choosing to annex territory from an allied government (the US was supporting the Turkish government), would place sanctions on the UAR. Arif would end succeeding in uniting the Arabs of the UAR for a time, but soon sanctions began to hurt the Arabian economy. By 1990, the people of the UAR reached their limit, and would take out to the streets to stand against the ASU, its mismanagement of the economy, and its growing repression. Arif would try to crack down on the protests, but only succeeded in widening them. Fearing that this would lead to the dissolution of the republic, Arif announced his resignation on January 22nd, 1990, just two days before the UAR's 31st "Union Day". Arif would be succeeded by Ali Abdullah Saleh, who promised compromise, then full acceptance of the protestors entire demands. The first fair and free elections in the UAR would be held in 1991.
Muslim Brotherhood: The current ruling party, and has been the 2013 elections. It is committed to Sunni Islamist ideology, and has been popular with an increasingly religious youth and the middle class. In recent years it is moving to a more and more far-right ideology, with many Brotherhood MPs declaring that the government should end democracy and enforce the Shariah. Of course, those are just a vocal minority, but most of those MPs tend to be on the younger side, and as the 2021 elections roll around with many old Brotherhood MPs retiring, we may see more of them be in charge. It is pretty much the only opposition to the Kurdish Democratic Party in Kurdish majority areas, mainly among religious Kurds. It stresses a hardline towards South Sudanese and Zionist terror, and some of the actions the Arabian Army has committed against these groups under the Muslim Brotherhood have been seen as excessive by international outsiders but applauded in the UAR. Many attacks against religious minorities have been attributed to MB members and supporters.
Reformist Democratic Party: The party of the 1990 Revolution, mainly popular among non-Islamists and religious minorites. They were in control from 1991-1995, 1997-1999, and from 2003-2013. Bad economic decisions made in the late 2000s and early 2010s led to a collapse in popularity, and an increase in religiosity means that the secular RDP either has to use religion and alienate their minority voting bloc, or remain secular and fall behind. They have yet to make a decision on this, meaning that their chances in 2021 aren't good.
Social Union Party: Comprised of former ASU members after the 1990 Revolution, and use many ASU imagery. Despite the MB's influence on the courts, the courts have ruled that a ban on such imagery is against the 1991 constituion. Mainly popular among the elderly who are nostalgiac for Naguib, and for those who believe that the 1990 revolution was a mistake. In recent years they have been coopting socialist imagery in order to attract college youth.
Islamic Dawa Party: A Shia Islamist party with a love-hate (recently it has been more hate) relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. Much like the Muslim Brotherhood it was banned by the ASU, and played a role in the 1990 Revolution, and participated in an electoral alliance with the Brotherhood in 1995-1997 and 1999-2003, but the Brotherhood's increasing support of Salafism has led to their being a frigid relationship between the two parties. In addition to (former, at least somewhat) their ties with the MB, Iran has accused the IDP of sheltering insurgents who fought with Islamists in the current Iranian Islamist insurgency. They don't deny it, and the UAR is strong enough to where they don't care about what Iran says. It is popular in al-Ahwaz, Iraq, and the Shia areas in Najd and Syria.
Kurdistan Democratic Party: The Kurdish party, and as a result, only popular in Kurdish areas. Once stood up for something prior the the 1990 Revolution, but has been taken over by corrupt politicians who know that (if Kurdish) this it their only way to power. Getting closer and closer to the RDP as it tries to fend off the Muslim Brotherhood in Kurdish areas.
Sudanese People's Party: The political side of the mainly Christian South Sudanese insurgency. Has been accused of receiving funds from Ethiopia and Ortho-Fascist Russia (as has the actual insurgent armies), and the MB has been planning on banning the party. It is said that if they do well in the next elections, they will.
Moroccan National Party: Advocates for the separation of Morocco from the rest of the UAR. It is led by Mohammad Alaouite, who would've most likely been King of Morocco had it not been for the 1972 Moroccan coup d'etat. It is somewhat popular in the urban areas of the Morocco Republic.
Socialist Democratic Party: It was the main left-wing opposition to the ASU, but after the revolution has found it hard to expand outside of urban areas.
Lebanon United: Much like the SPP, is also the political face of an insurgency. They disassociate themselves from Arab identity, instead insisting that Maronite Christians are the descendants of Phoenicians. It will also be banned if the MB does good enough in 2021.
United Zionist Front: The main group for extremist Zionist activities. It is responsible for the 2002 al-Aqsa massacre, along with many more terrorist attacks. It is based in New York, which has led to a frigid relationship between the US and UAR.
Arabian Islamic Jihad: The main Salafi-Jihadi group in the UAR. It was at its peak in the 1980s and 1990s, but declined in the 2000s, and it is believed that the 2003 Amman nightclub massacre led to the MB's defeat in the election three weeks later. However, it is now losing members as many believe that the increasingly more extreme MB can present a better path to establishing the Shariah then engaging in terrorist activities.
Sudanese Liberation Army: The SLA is a Christian nationalist group which seeks the establishment of a Christian state in southern Sudan. It receives aid from Ethiopia and Russia. The SLA boogeyman is enough to convince Muslim Sudanese to vote MB, and the Sudanese wing of the MB loves to bring them up every election season (be it national or just in the Sudan Republic).
Kurdistan Worker's Party: After establishing a state in the ruins of Turkey, the KWP now seeks to free their brethren in the UAR and Iran. Their insurgency has led to cooperation between the UAR and Iran, and such cooperation is a high point in their usually cold relations with each other. They see the KDP as reactionary traitors, while the KDP sees them as terrorists and believes that, by engaging in the political process it is doing more for Kurdish interests than the KWP can.
Lebanese Patriotic Army: The smallest insurgent group. Was popular among Lebanese Maronites from the 1960s-1990s, but the fact that many of its members just can't seem to join the political process has led to them becoming unpopular.
Shouldn't Berber be in here (30-odd million speakers today mostly between Morocco and Algeria), or did something nasty happen at some point?Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish, Turkmen, Turkish, English, Dinka, Assyrian, Coptic.
Someone in Scotland wished on the monkey's paw, but for which??SNP: Joanna Cherry has been invited to serve in Her Majesty's Government. Which sucks. But the good news is that Alex Salmond has been invited to serve at Her Majesty's pleasure. And that's not an offer he can easily refuse.