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John Brown, First Warlord of America

Warlord was originally a pejorative, used to describe Brown at his band of miscreants, in the early days of his insurgency in the Appalachians. According to the Constitution of his group, eventually adapted into the Second Constitution of the Republic, his official title was Commander-in-Chief. This was a separate role to that of President, and granted Brown wide discretionary powers to prosecute the War On Bondage, within certain prescribed limits.

In time, Brown truly earned his title. The collapse of the Union in the midst of the civil war gave Brown's group the oxygen to grow. Seizing control of the Midwest, they emerged as the largest of the Abolitionist factions and ultimately defeated the Confederacy. The title of Warlord became a more customary moniker. Brown continued as Warlord for another five years, flexing the muscles of the Reconstructed America on the world stage with the Liberation of Mexico. After that he stepped down.

However, he left behind a legacy, a mixed one. On the one hand he had destroyed slavery as an institution and set the United States back on the principles of justice it's Founders at least mouthed. On the other, he established a precedent of military government, and his Constitution carried certain religious principles the newborn US struggled to overcome in the succeeding decades.
 

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On the one hand he had destroyed slavery as an institution and set the United States back on the principles of justice it's Founders at least mouthed. On the other, he established a precedent of military government, and his Constitution carried certain religious principles the newborn US struggled to overcome in the succeeding decades.
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Fashions Made Sacred: The AH Run-down

(Just ignoring here that of course social media and Internet are at least decades off at the time...)

France - April 2016

Major Parties and their major tribal affiliations
Democracy: Well, Renaudin's fucked it again and the government fell, again. I'm starting to think the man does this on purpose whenever his in-party rivals start looking at him funny. At least he wasn't doing anything himself in Venezuela. Probably.
-- The Basic Democrats are fucked. They're just fucked. They're the ones who wanted the coalition with the Whites, and look where its gotten them. Half the basics' fundraisers had already been barred over the Bank of Orleans scandal and now half their ministers are out over Venezuela. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Anjou must be rolling in his political grave (he is, of course, somehow still alive, probably as Heaven's understandably in no mood to take him yet).
-- The Moralists are pissed to all hell and back about the sanctions-busting. They hate the Whites even under normal circumstances and this just proves their whole point. Renaudin usually goes running back to his home tribe whenever election time comes, though, but there's a lot in there unhappy with how much they've been sidelined in Renaudin's governments so far. They're going to demand their pound of flesh, for sure -- after all, did Protestants really need their own marriage officiants, people? I mean, really. Jews and Muslims, sure. But Protestants?
-- The Popular Democrats are rebranding again. Again. Why is the only part of the Democratic Party that isn't totally shit completely up their own asses again? How fucking hard is it to say "workers' alliances are broadly a good thing"? For crying out loud, there's an election on, morons!
-- The Traditionalists are somehow still a thing, though probably they'll be threatening to leave for the Whites a bit less for a few weeks. How are the Traditionalists even still a thing in a major party? Even the dauphin openly wants succession reform, for fuck's actual sake.
-- The Unitarists are probably the group that Renaudin's actually pleased the most in the details with his government, but his big push to make a Lyon Metropolitan Region has them up in arms because a few of them remembered what their tribe's name means, and the rest are just fuckers from Paris.

Radical Party: Oh, hey, it's an election! Someone managed to trigger an election early! Who could that possibly have been? Because it sure as hell had nothing to do with this moribund lot masquerading as an opposition party. Seriously, Montendre barely has this party under control and the election is not well-timed for the Radicals at all. Somehow, in some way, Montendre has achieved the impossible -- make this disaster Renaudin's to lose.
-- The Federalists were so close to a Lyon Metropolitan Region with the other lot they could taste it, and that means that they forgot that they're Radicals. Oops. More than a few of the others pissed off, even the storied Marquis leading the party, who came up with them back in the day. Still, they're at least standing for anything.
-- The Liberals are desperately trying to convince anyone in the Estates-General under the age of fifty that they A) stand for anything at all anymore or B) aren't a total anachronism if they do. Shockingly, they've only managed to convince [checks notes] two people in the Estates-General. Both in their forties.
-- The New Liberals are hahahahahahaha I said 'major' tribal affiliations, not 'also the Count of Nicosia and his friends from school'.
-- The Old Radicals are getting ornery about how all this nonsense about Greeks and Indians and Black people and autolibidins and such is distracting the Radical Party from its true calling: arguing with other Radicals, including other Old Radicals, about liberal economic theory while the Democrats run the country into the ground!
-- The True Radicals on the other at least only feel the need to constantly shoot themselves in the foot, instead of other tribes in the Radical Party. Someday, they might actually get their fucking act together to actually advocate for minorities effectively. Until then, fuck knows. It'd be nice if they could get someone with more charisma than a brown paper bag to speak up in the Estates-General.

Regional Parties
Cypriot Party:
Ah, good, a political party willing to take a firm stance on the most crucial issue to the French nation: pissing off the Egyptians. They're in favor, if you were wondering.
Royalist Party: The collapse of the government actually hurts them the most; they were majorly hyping the Lyon Metropolitan Region as possibly a step for new metropolitan regions in their own regions down south. I actually do feel kind of bad for them. They're at least trying, and their ideas are usually pretty good, and they're not actively terrible, and they at least genuinely neither know nor care about anything to do with Venezuela.
Strollad Breizh: Ho, hum, maybe they'll gain a seat or two or maybe, if we're adventurous, lose a seat or two. More importantly, can the Democrats be so weakened as to be forced to call on the Bretons for aid like in Renaudin's first government? We all know the Radicals would rather gouge out their own eyeballs, of course. Still, maybe it'll be something more interesting than stage-managing an Estates-Provincial like they did last year. Actually, wait, no it won't. It's a general election in Brittany.
Syndesmos Ethnikou Rhomaiou: Ah, finally, another election, for the Union to finally prove that they're not a wasted, spent political force in Cypriot affairs, but a dynamic, reformed and reinvigorated under a new, charismatic leader that really can get things done without the scandals of the old guard. [FIVE MINUTES LATER] We regret to inform you that Gabriel Markopoulos is a sex pest.

Other Parties
Imperial Party: 'WE ARE NOT A COLONIALIST ANACHRONISM!' a particularly insistent set of crickets seem to be crying out into the French political night from somewhere in the basement. Maybe we should get the exterminators in.
National Unity: Actually, I have to hand it to Desmarais, she's been brilliant at doing the whole "I'm Not the Whites And Seem Conservative But Also Am Delightfully in the Middle" thing. She knows that if the Whites are ruled out, either the Democrats or the Radicals could need her to form a government after the election. Now if only she or her party had any actual principles beyond "we want to be part of the government." Not alienating either side is the game, and she's playing it well.
White Party: Ah, yes, who could have possibly thought that the party most opposed to sanctions in Venezuela is filled with sanctions-busters? The "more royalist than the Queen" Party? Perish the thought! I'm sure that Beaucoup de Roses and the rest of their lot will be totally cleared of any wrongdoing because, really, what's a bit of arms smuggling into an active warzone on another continent among friends? I'm sure that the people of Grao Para southern Venezuela will be fine with a bit more tough love from their rightful government, and that this couldn't possibly piss off the dauphine's dad at all.
 

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- 07.07.2040


His Royal and Imperial Majesty's Court
- King Costenhin XIV:
I don't follow royal news, but my sister who does, tells me he created some controversy by putting jam on top of cream on a scone in Dumnonia, when apparently that's the Armorican way. He has of course responded to the outrage by taking another scone, putting it on top of the first one, making a sandwich, and ate it all like that. Classic King.
- Crown Prince Macsen: I think he opened a new factory somewhere in Gwenedd, and said some non-descript words. He's going to be such a boring King after Costenhin, isn't he. At least his kids are cool.
- Princess Elen: Surprisingly vocal about respecting minorities, which has created some controversies. I think that comes from her being the first heir born after the Gender Revolution and all. It's still surprising just how quick the Royal Family got on board that, especially as basically a lot of other royalty refuse to even change. How backwards.


His Royal and Imperial Majesty's Government - 'The Purple Government'.
- Conservative Party (Party Guidal):
The Tosaig has started talking about doing a commission on dealing with legal recognition of plural systems now that the census has highlighted them as close to 1% of Britain's population. This has got the backbenches rather anxious. Isn't that too radical and something the Liberals would do? Sure, Conservatives oversaw decriminalisation of homosexuality, widened the definition of marriage, added body-type transition to the National Health Service and all that. But it all was necessary to maintain society's stability. This one isn't. Right?
- Labour Party (Party Lafur): The Foreign Secretary has pushed hard for Britain to side with a side in the English Civil War. Ideally a side that likes Britain. Which is... none of them. Oh dear. And Liangguang wants to conquer Hong Kong, making the headache even worse. I don't envy Lisa Rhedun one bit. Seems like a nightmare. On the Tosaig's statement, they have... said nothing. Makes sense, people don't really vote Labour for the social issues, that's either Conservative or Liberal.


His Royal and Imperial Majesty's Shadow Government
- Liberal Democratic Party (Party Liferal-Democratig): Apparently one of the backbench members chirped something about the Conservatives ignoring the 'real issue' of the day. The 'real issue' is apparently something to do with sexual fetishes? That's a strange statement, to be honest. Patel has obviously distanced herself from this statement, saying that the party has no policy regarding kinks. And then segued into how while obviously this isn't a civil rights frontier, protection of sexual workers are, and the Conservative policy on this issue is still abysmal. Upon on being asked about the party's stance on plural systems, Patel mumbled something like 'wait and see' before leaving the room quickly.


His Royal and Imperial Majesty's Other Opposition
- Radical League (Lleg Rebiddig): Apparently they elected Arient Lebrin, the only artificial-Briton in the Senate as their leader. Appropriate. They really do like doing firsts. As part of its (it prefer it/its pronouns, for the record) first speech as leader, it praised the Tosaig for her move to set up a commission, and has highlighted how it would actually further the robot rights movement as many robots are manufactured with multiple 'personality matrixes', which has led to a failure to qualify for citizenship. I do wonder if it realises it's just a commission, and no policy has been announced.
- Social Credit Now! (Credidur Comynal Addyn!): [Once again, that's not a typo, they deliberately drop the mutation from Gomynal for the alliteration]. They have more or less predictably chirped out their outrage over the 'elitist' Purple Government focusing on 'social issues'. Then they included a similarly-predictable screed on how the Universal Credit isn't real Social Credit, and invited people to read their confusing pamphlet that raises more questions than it answers.
- Green Party (Party Wirdd): At this point, I'm pretty sure they're de facto government, given how much they mindlessly praise the Tosaig and vote with the government every opportunity they get. Wasn't there that rumour of how if Labour didn't insist on the coalition being a purely purple one, the Greens would have been brought in? Oh yeah, and I almost forgot, one of their Councillors apparently uploaded her consciousness to a tree. Yes.
- Socialist Party (Party Socialist): They just never shuts up about how Labour betrays the workers' movement every time it coalitions with the Conservatives. Or with the Liberal Democrats. They really, really never will see Labour as anything but the ultimate traitors, huh? And of course, they're smuggling guns to the English communists, but we don't talk about that.
- Rhaifun Braw's Party of Courage (Party Friw di Raifun Braw): The latest of the wannabe Independence Parties, and banging on about how Britain needs to defend its own interests. Scaremongering about English refugees is what they love doing. And the public loves that message and has started to give them growing polls. Oh dear.
- Bloc of National Minorities (Ystoc di Finad Nediwnal): Elys Glas has pointed out that many of the new building projects that are planned for the 2040s do not have non-human adjustments in the last Tosaig's Questions, and the Tosaig has promised her that this will be part of a review. That would originally be it, but turns out the Tosaig actually meant what she said and announced its addition to the latest Housing and Infrastructure Review, and Glas could be seen visibly scrunching up a likely 'the Tosaig has to hurry up, she's not taking this seriously' statement before just mildly praising the Tosaig. Gee, it's very odd how the Tosaig always seems to know when to catch people off guard? Almost like she's born to manipulate. But that's silly. She's hardly one of the Fair Folk, she's as human as you and I, and that 'changeling' theory is just sexist.
 

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State of the Parties, 2070

National Government (Conservative and Unionist)

Currently stuck between a rock and a hard place, as they simultaneously try to resist Ireland's push for a plebiscite on Northern Ireland and try to avoid standing against "Bad Bob" Booth's war against the entire Middle Eastern Gulf while not standing for it. So that's every non-US ally pissed off when we need backdoor channels in the EuroCit's to undercut Ireland, the US pissed because we're not outright cheerleading them, and 71% of Britain pissed for various reasons. This was supposed to be the Domestic Not Foreign government. Council elections are in three weeks - assuming Booth doesn't press the button, ho ho - and they're likely screwed.

HM Loyal Opposition

Green Labour
is doing really well, the first time since it opposed the Judge model and got voted out - they've been trying to rebrand themselves as the party of your domestic concerns and now's their chance, plus they can continue to point out the growing automation crisis and how Quartz's Ro-Busters Incorporated is going to damage the labour market further. Liberal Labour is falling further and further back, with geriatric members terrified this is a return to the 2010s-30s; their handling of the Antarctica Revolt and the "Ant Wars" hasn't given them much cred. The Nationalist Alliance exists. Good for them. Best likelihood is Green Labour are going to sweep the competitive council seats.

Greater London ("Brit Cit")

Still a Liberal Labour megacity, only just, because we're also still a megacity where the two Labours switch city hall every term or two. Mayor Nakamara is not having a great time now the Ro-Busters contract for bin collection has turned out to have cost more than expected and laid off all the Mk1 RoJaw repairmen - and you don't drokk with the bins. She's currently trying to plant tanks of GL's lawn by coming down hard on the Metropolitan Justice Department, over the two Beat Judges caught battering a teen in Croydon; 'citters are starting to lean towards "actually maybe GL was right about these guys". Probably won't work. The Tories are, of course, loudly backing our brave badges.

Manchester-thru-Leeds Conurb ("North-Cit")

The Blue Fort is finally coming down, or so it appears. We have been here before and the Tories pulled a rabbit out of a hat. But the ongoing juve crime, water filtration failures, and housing shortages have been building and building, and now the PM is focused on Over There and not Here - and the Northern England Nationalist Party are ready. Remember when they were a joke, ha ha nationalists split again? Well, they've sharpened their PR skills, got extremely local, dropped the holdover whinges about trans & nonbinaries so they're finally entering the 2030s, and have a young leader who has no known fascist ties. Barry Daniels will be mayor some day.


Cardiff-Swansea Sprawl ("Cymru-Hab")

Green Labour are in power and are going to stay in power because despite the party being clearly tired, despite the Cardiff-Swansea Justice Dept's big bust of politicians tied to the Little Reykjavik crime gangs, despite Liberal Labour chomping at the bit, despite the grumblings about immigrants: a large chunk of Wales will drown if the sea walls or rain pumps fail. Climate shift is existential. Now, Plaid Cymru is also focused on this but as long as they stayed tied to the Nationalist Alliance i.e. the English, they're stuck under 4% in polls.


Ulster Conglom ("BritCityDerry", if you're pro-unification)

The nationalists are at war in the streets with the other nationalists, like it's a hundred years ago, and the Ulster Justice Department are looking worryingly like Mega-City One. Mayor Maginty is keeping his Tory-Fine Gael North coalition together by sheer force of will, but allegedly the Big M is taking some marching orders from Chief Justice Ooduya to ensure stability. The mood on the streets is 'can we just have the damn plebiscite and know where we stand', but Westminster dares not do it.


And in the Republic of Scotland

The Scottish Party continues to

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Mumby

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another thing based on a collaborative list on the other place (my prompt was party systems from the bicentennial to the tricentennial)

The New American Century

Presidents of the United States of America (Second Republic until 2032, Third Republic from 2032 to 2060, Fourth Republic from 2060 to 2069, Fifth Republic from 2069 to present)

2017-2021: Donald Trump (Republican)
2016 (with Mike Pence) def. Hillary Clinton (Democratic)
2020 (with Mike Pence) def. Joe Biden (Democratic), Kanye West (Independent)

2021-2021: Mike Pence (Republican)
2021-2021: Nancy Pelosi (Democratic)
2021-2027: Mike Pompeo (Republican)
2024; according to the Electoral College; (with Michael Flynn) def. Meghan McCain (Constitutionalist)
2024; according to UN observers; Constitutionalist ticket sole legal opposition, widespread voter intimidation and opposition boycotts

2027-2028: Michael Flynn (Republican)
2028-2031: Michael Flynn (Digital Soldier)
2028; according to the Electoral College; (with Marjorie Green) def. effectively unopposed
2028; according to UN observers; Digital Soldier ticket clearly defeated, President Flynn responded by couping what remained of civilian government

2031-2031: Tom Cotton (Digital Soldier)
2031-2032: Scott Walker (Republican & Constitutionalist leading Provisional Government)
2032-2032: Scott Walker / Pete Buttigieg (Republican, Constitutionalist & Democratic leading Provisional Government)
2032-2033: Pete Buttigieg (Federalist - Pro-Technical Government)
2033-2039: Pete Buttigieg (Techno-Federalist)
2032 def. Scott Walker (Oppo-Federalist), boycotted by Autonomous Zones and Benedictine Communities
2039-2045: London Breed (Techno-Federalist)
2038 def. none (Social Autonomist), Jesus Christ (Benedictine), Saira Blair (Oppo-Federalist)
2045-2051: Jacob Bachmeier (Techno-Federalist)
2044 def. scattered Social Autonomist, Benedectine and Oppo-Federalist candidacies
2051-2057: Kalan Haywood (Techno-Federalist)
2050 def. none (Social Autonomist), numerous Benedictine candidacies, Maxwell Lyon (Electoral Revival Organisation), scattered continuity Oppo-Federalist candidacies
2057-2062: Maxwell Lyon (Electoral Revival Organisation leading New America Alliance)
2056 def. Chelsea Chapel (Techno-Federalist), numerous continuity candidacies opposed to the 'Devil's Bargain' with Maxwell Lyon
2062-2067: Maxwell Lyon (Revivalist)
2062; according to the Electoral Commission; def. Erle Stanaway (Federalist)
2062; according to UN observers; amendment of term limits law, near-destruction of autonomous communities, Federalists sole viable opposition

2067-2069: Amari Franks (Revivalist)
2068; according to the Electoral Commission def. Erle Stanaway (Federalist)
2068; according to UN observers; campaigning suspended in October amidst unfavourable polling for the government

2069-2075: Erle Stanaway (Federalist)
2069 confirmatory election def. Kendall Love (Red-Black Alliance), Savanna Shannon (Revivalist), Hogan Paul (Technolibertarian)
2075-0000: Tegan Stone (Red-Black Alliance)
2074 def. Gene Hopkins (Federalist), House of Ada-Pauline-Tanner Banks (Technolibertarian), Savanna Shannon (Revivalist)

American Political Party Rundown as of the Tricentennial


Red-Black Alliance: its taken a few centuries, but Americans finally voted for Socialism, and Socialism let the Americans vote for them as well. aaand barely a year in and its clear that RBA isn't quite the bleeding edge of progress they have branded themselves as. Stone got caught on a hot mike calling synchronised intellects 'Orwellian', which isn't hugely surprising if you're aware of Stone's upbringing in a primitivist autonomous zone. But yeah, given synt rights are the big civil rights battle of the age, this is not a great look for the 'Party Of Liberation'.

Federalist: Endeavouring to pull Stone out of the fire, by having Shadow Speaker Azrael Gomez by just straight up calling for the expulsion of about half of the Technolibertarian's congressional representation. Because you know, they're 'collective consciousnesses' which is always a dogwhistle to make synts sound scarier than they are. To be honest, they are really struggling with the fact the year isn't 2050 any more.

Technolibertarian: You can tell they are pleased with Stone fouling up - they now unequivocally occupy the moral high ground. They are, after all, the only party to have any synt Houses in Congress. What will they do with this moment of unprecedented visibility? Oh, they'll probably end up reminding everyone they are literally the sovereign citizen's movement under a new coat of paint.

Revivalist: How the hell do these guys still have seats? Same way the Republicans still technically exist as a cosmetic membership card in the Federalists. America hates junking their worst missteps, haven't you learned anything?
 

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State of the Parties, 2070

National Government (Conservative and Unionist)

Currently stuck between a rock and a hard place, as they simultaneously try to resist Ireland's push for a plebiscite on Northern Ireland and try to avoid standing against "Bad Bob" Booth's war against the entire Middle Eastern Gulf while not standing for it. So that's every non-US ally pissed off when we need backdoor channels in the EuroCit's to undercut Ireland, the US pissed because we're not outright cheerleading them, and 71% of Britain pissed for various reasons. This was supposed to be the Domestic Not Foreign government. Council elections are in three weeks - assuming Booth doesn't press the button, ho ho - and they're likely screwed.

HM Loyal Opposition

Green Labour is doing really well, the first time since it opposed the Judge model and got voted out - they've been trying to rebrand themselves as the party of your domestic concerns and now's their chance, plus they can continue to point out the growing automation crisis and how Quartz's Ro-Busters Incorporated is going to damage the labour market further. Liberal Labour is falling further and further back, with geriatric members terrified this is a return to the 2010s-30s; their handling of the Antarctica Revolt and the "Ant Wars" hasn't given them much cred. The Nationalist Alliance exists. Good for them. Best likelihood is Green Labour are going to sweep the competitive council seats.

Greater London ("Brit Cit")

Still a Liberal Labour megacity, only just, because we're also still a megacity where the two Labours switch city hall every term or two. Mayor Nakamara is not having a great time now the Ro-Busters contract for bin collection has turned out to have cost more than expected and laid off all the Mk1 RoJaw repairmen - and you don't drokk with the bins. She's currently trying to plant tanks of GL's lawn by coming down hard on the Metropolitan Justice Department, over the two Beat Judges caught battering a teen in Croydon; 'citters are starting to lean towards "actually maybe GL was right about these guys". Probably won't work. The Tories are, of course, loudly backing our brave badges.

Manchester-thru-Leeds Conurb ("North-Cit")

The Blue Fort is finally coming down, or so it appears. We have been here before and the Tories pulled a rabbit out of a hat. But the ongoing juve crime, water filtration failures, and housing shortages have been building and building, and now the PM is focused on Over There and not Here - and the Northern England Nationalist Party are ready. Remember when they were a joke, ha ha nationalists split again? Well, they've sharpened their PR skills, got extremely local, dropped the holdover whinges about trans & nonbinaries so they're finally entering the 2030s, and have a young leader who has no known fascist ties. Barry Daniels will be mayor some day.


Cardiff-Swansea Sprawl ("Cymru-Hab")

Green Labour are in power and are going to stay in power because despite the party being clearly tired, despite the Cardiff-Swansea Justice Dept's big bust of politicians tied to the Little Reykjavik crime gangs, despite Liberal Labour chomping at the bit, despite the grumblings about immigrants: a large chunk of Wales will drown if the sea walls or rain pumps fail. Climate shift is existential. Now, Plaid Cymru is also focused on this but as long as they stayed tied to the Nationalist Alliance i.e. the English, they're stuck under 4% in polls.


Ulster Conglom ("BritCityDerry", if you're pro-unification)

The nationalists are at war in the streets with the other nationalists, like it's a hundred years ago, and the Ulster Justice Department are looking worryingly like Mega-City One. Mayor Maginty is keeping his Tory-Fine Gael North coalition together by sheer force of will, but allegedly the Big M is taking some marching orders from Chief Justice Ooduya to ensure stability. The mood on the streets is 'can we just have the damn plebiscite and know where we stand', but Westminster dares not do it.


And in the Republic of Scotland

The Scottish Party continues to

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(y)Zarjaz
 

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Political Party Rundown, April 1930:

In Government:
Liberals:
Guess what time it is again, why yes it’s leadership election time...again. It turns out that David Lloyd George wasn’t the grand god of Social Liberalism we thought...again. Really we should dissolve Government but we know the ILP and Tories will cause us to lose, so yet again, another bout of blood letting it is.

Candidates:

William Wedgwood Benn: The lead candidate, mainly because he’s the only one with proper cabinet experience what with being Secretary for War and all that. The only problem is he’s essentially a Christian Socialist and that scares all the less radical Liberals who don’t like his more Radical ideas like a shock and horror a ‘Welfare State’. Still he’s popular with the members which is better than some of the others and he’s supported by the Home Secretary Foot and the Chancellor Keynes so, he’s probably going to win.

Will Gladstone: The Farmers, Classical Liberals and generally all the people who thought that the Lloyd-George years were aberrations in the Liberal’s history have put up the grandson of The Gladstone to restore order. Shame he’s a wet blanket with a famous name in terms of politics but hey, at least he’s nice I suppose.

Malcolm MacDonald: Lord Ramsay’s favourite son and Sidney’s Golden Boy, this Young Radical Fabian is leading the charge against Benn and Gladstone by pitching radical ideas like Central Planning, Technocracy, Corporatism and Managerial state which seems to appeal to some of the young bucks. Probably won’t win but Benn will probably place him in the next cabinet. The Fabian’s will have finally completed there infiltration and Britain will be worse of for it.

Archibald Church: *Angry Screaming about sterilising the mentally ill to achieve Social Democracy*

Liberal-Labour: The last vestiges of the Liberal-Labour candidates still exist. Popular with the Craft Unions of folks like the Tailors and Artists Unions from places like the East Midlands since most of the other Unions are represented by the ILP, BSP or Tories now. Still have some sway and are putting a candidate forward so good for them I guess.

Candidates:
George Alfred Spencer:
Poor Spencer, he was the future once, then the Lib-Lab’s solid Nottinghamshire base fucked off and started joining Coop or ILP and now he’s awkwardly aligned with the Nottinghamshire Miners Federation, who aren’t scabs honest. Bet he’s going to lose re-election, shame really.

Where will I be getting my pathetic Nottinghamshire MPs now.

Cooperative Party: The Cooperators are wondering whether they should force the Liberals hand or not. Being in coalition with them has brought through more Cooperative enabling legislation and there happy about that but also the Liberals are imploding again and the Cooperators would rather not get swept up in that. Again.

Guess Cole and Barnes will be in discussions again about what to do.

Irish National League: Those Irish Liberal Home Rulers, doing there classic thing of apologising for the IRB blowing up another Railway Station and going on about Home Rule again. They would be an effective political force if half of Ireland’s wasn’t under the control of various disparate Communes. Oh dear.

Opposition:
Conservative Unionist Party:
Just watching as the Liberals collapse with cautious optimism. Also dealing with the whole Imperial League guff too. Not party destroying but certainly annoying. Thankfully the Red Tories lead by Cripps in alliance with Bevin and Trade Unionists have essentially couped the incompetent Geddes and replaced him with Chamberlain. So I guess the next election will be Red Tories vs. Red Liberals. At least give the actual Socialists something.
Independent Labour Party: The actual main Socialist Party, doing well under Edgar Lansbury’s leadership with it’s promotion of Democratic Socialist/Syndicalist ideals since the other parties have gobbled all the rest. Still it’s nice to see a party of cute couples, The Lansbury’s, Bevan and Lee, The Horrabin’s, Wilkinson and Horrabin and the Laksi’s. All good stuff...apart from Laski’s and Wilkinson’s endorsement of eugenics. And here’s me thinking only the Fabians did that.
British Socialist Party: The Council Communist Party, because it’s going so well in Germany. If you want any idea who the MPs are well, Sylvia Pankhurst, Oliver Baldwin and Palme Dutt. So the Left Wing Anti-Futurist who’s better than her sisters, the probably Gay son of a Railway Magnate and Tory MP and the Luxemberg Stan. So there the cool party...I guess.
Ulster Socialist Party: Have to feel sorry for them, Unionism and Socialism don’t mix as well as they thought and now half there members are off shooting at Irish Republicans, so good one there I guess.

Other Parties:
National Socialist Party:
Henry Hyndman’s ghost angrily insists Socialism in One Country, that the BSP’s are evil splitters and that we must destroy the bankers (and by bankers he means Jews).
The Imperial League: Churchill distrusts the Liberals, the Tories, the ILP, the Irish and especially the Indians. This would be more worrying if his party didn’t consist of two MPs, grumpy racists and a signed picture of Kitchener.
Futurist Front: Britain needs to modernise, they say. Wyndham Lewis agrees and by agrees of course I mean ‘National Syndicalism and building projects for all’. Oh and Vortcism design will rule Britain for ever more.
The Rationalist Party: Like Futurism but replace National Syndicalism with Social Credit. *John Strachey likes this*
 
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Fashions Made Sacred: The AH Run-down

(Just ignoring here that of course social media and Internet are at least decades off at the time...)

France - April 2016

Major Parties and their major tribal affiliations
Democracy: Well, Renaudin's fucked it again and the government fell, again. I'm starting to think the man does this on purpose whenever his in-party rivals start looking at him funny. At least he wasn't doing anything himself in Venezuela. Probably.
-- The Basic Democrats are fucked. They're just fucked. They're the ones who wanted the coalition with the Whites, and look where its gotten them. Half the basics' fundraisers had already been barred over the Bank of Orleans scandal and now half their ministers are out over Venezuela. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Anjou must be rolling in his political grave (he is, of course, somehow still alive, probably as Heaven's understandably in no mood to take him yet).
-- The Moralists are pissed to all hell and back about the sanctions-busting. They hate the Whites even under normal circumstances and this just proves their whole point. Renaudin usually goes running back to his home tribe whenever election time comes, though, but there's a lot in there unhappy with how much they've been sidelined in Renaudin's governments so far. They're going to demand their pound of flesh, for sure -- after all, did Protestants really need their own marriage officiants, people? I mean, really. Jews and Muslims, sure. But Protestants?
-- The Popular Democrats are rebranding again. Again. Why is the only part of the Democratic Party that isn't totally shit completely up their own asses again? How fucking hard is it to say "workers' alliances are broadly a good thing"? For crying out loud, there's an election on, morons!
-- The Traditionalists are somehow still a thing, though probably they'll be threatening to leave for the Whites a bit less for a few weeks. How are the Traditionalists even still a thing in a major party? Even the dauphin openly wants succession reform, for fuck's actual sake.
-- The Unitarists are probably the group that Renaudin's actually pleased the most in the details with his government, but his big push to make a Lyon Metropolitan Region has them up in arms because a few of them remembered what their tribe's name means, and the rest are just fuckers from Paris.

Radical Party: Oh, hey, it's an election! Someone managed to trigger an election early! Who could that possibly have been? Because it sure as hell had nothing to do with this moribund lot masquerading as an opposition party. Seriously, Montendre barely has this party under control and the election is not well-timed for the Radicals at all. Somehow, in some way, Montendre has achieved the impossible -- make this disaster Renaudin's to lose.
-- The Federalists were so close to a Lyon Metropolitan Region with the other lot they could taste it, and that means that they forgot that they're Radicals. Oops. More than a few of the others pissed off, even the storied Marquis leading the party, who came up with them back in the day. Still, they're at least standing for anything.
-- The Liberals are desperately trying to convince anyone in the Estates-General under the age of fifty that they A) stand for anything at all anymore or B) aren't a total anachronism if they do. Shockingly, they've only managed to convince [checks notes] two people in the Estates-General. Both in their forties.
-- The New Liberals are hahahahahahaha I said 'major' tribal affiliations, not 'also the Count of Nicosia and his friends from school'.
-- The Old Radicals are getting ornery about how all this nonsense about Greeks and Indians and Black people and autolibidins and such is distracting the Radical Party from its true calling: arguing with other Radicals, including other Old Radicals, about liberal economic theory while the Democrats run the country into the ground!
-- The True Radicals on the other at least only feel the need to constantly shoot themselves in the foot, instead of other tribes in the Radical Party. Someday, they might actually get their fucking act together to actually advocate for minorities effectively. Until then, fuck knows. It'd be nice if they could get someone with more charisma than a brown paper bag to speak up in the Estates-General.

Regional Parties
Cypriot Party:
Ah, good, a political party willing to take a firm stance on the most crucial issue to the French nation: pissing off the Egyptians. They're in favor, if you were wondering.
Royalist Party: The collapse of the government actually hurts them the most; they were majorly hyping the Lyon Metropolitan Region as possibly a step for new metropolitan regions in their own regions down south. I actually do feel kind of bad for them. They're at least trying, and their ideas are usually pretty good, and they're not actively terrible, and they at least genuinely neither know nor care about anything to do with Venezuela.
Strollad Breizh: Ho, hum, maybe they'll gain a seat or two or maybe, if we're adventurous, lose a seat or two. More importantly, can the Democrats be so weakened as to be forced to call on the Bretons for aid like in Renaudin's first government? We all know the Radicals would rather gouge out their own eyeballs, of course. Still, maybe it'll be something more interesting than stage-managing an Estates-Provincial like they did last year. Actually, wait, no it won't. It's a general election in Brittany.
Syndesmos Ethnikou Rhomaiou: Ah, finally, another election, for the Union to finally prove that they're not a wasted, spent political force in Cypriot affairs, but a dynamic, reformed and reinvigorated under a new, charismatic leader that really can get things done without the scandals of the old guard. [FIVE MINUTES LATER] We regret to inform you that Gabriel Markopoulos is a sex pest.

Other Parties
Imperial Party: 'WE ARE NOT A COLONIALIST ANACHRONISM!' a particularly insistent set of crickets seem to be crying out into the French political night from somewhere in the basement. Maybe we should get the exterminators in.
National Unity: Actually, I have to hand it to Desmarais, she's been brilliant at doing the whole "I'm Not the Whites And Seem Conservative But Also Am Delightfully in the Middle" thing. She knows that if the Whites are ruled out, either the Democrats or the Radicals could need her to form a government after the election. Now if only she or her party had any actual principles beyond "we want to be part of the government." Not alienating either side is the game, and she's playing it well.
White Party: Ah, yes, who could have possibly thought that the party most opposed to sanctions in Venezuela is filled with sanctions-busters? The "more royalist than the Queen" Party? Perish the thought! I'm sure that Beaucoup de Roses and the rest of their lot will be totally cleared of any wrongdoing because, really, what's a bit of arms smuggling into an active warzone on another continent among friends? I'm sure that the people of Grao Para southern Venezuela will be fine with a bit more tough love from their rightful government, and that this couldn't possibly piss off the dauphine's dad at all.
Oh this is great, and gives me a much better idea of what's going on - at least in some ways.
Couple of questions:
1. I thought the parties were themselves called factions TTL?
2. From this it sounds like the factions/parties are more "run against each other in first round, mutually withdraw in second" a la OTL French left-right in the National Assembly, but the Cyclopedia article about Madeleine's grandfather (and the discussion about her running for election) made it sound like they were - well, not necessarily organised parties in the OTL sense, but a lot more organised.
Sorry if I'm pestering you....
 

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Oh this is great, and gives me a much better idea of what's going on - at least in some ways.
Couple of questions:
1. I thought the parties were themselves called factions TTL?
2. From this it sounds like the factions/parties are more "run against each other in first round, mutually withdraw in second" a la OTL French left-right in the National Assembly, but the Cyclopedia article about Madeleine's grandfather (and the discussion about her running for election) made it sound like they were - well, not necessarily organised parties in the OTL sense, but a lot more organised.
Sorry if I'm pestering you....
My pleasure to talk about my settings, as usual, Owen.

1. They are referred to by the French word "faction", and thus, in English, some will call them by the English word "faction", but in English they are also referred to by the English word "party" because fundamentally a faction in French politics is the same thing as a party in ESI politics. I decided to just do this one in English.

2. The different tribes within the parties are just groups of aligned statesmen and stateswomen; they don't run against each other, strictly -- they fight within the Estates-General among themselves, and they fight over nominations in safe seats and that sort of thing, but they are as much driven by personalities as by political ideology.

Further, elections are First Past The Post, so there is no second round, which makes the elections a lot more vicious; most seats only have one or two parties, but when it's a three- or four-way marginal, you can win on a ridiculously tiny number of votes -- and given the relatively small size of Estates-General circonscriptions in general, these marginals can turn on dozens or hundreds of votes giving the winner 30% of the vote and thus more than everyone else.

The reason why Madeleine might be "offered" a seat (or anyone else might) is essentially because no one's actually trying to be the nominee there; the seat she was "offered" has been considered to be a White safe seat, even if the Radical leaders think it might actually be wavering, and so there's not really a fight over who will be the Radical candidate -- therefore factional leadership have a lot of leeway to try to push specific candidates who they think have got a better chance -- in the same way, paper candidates will tend to just be activists and their friends who happen to be part of the circonscription who are willing to put a bit of money in to at least wave the flag and show that they're trying, thus Madeleine standing against her cousin in their mutual circonscription, even though it's a VERY safe Democratic seat and there was never any question at all of Jeanne's grip being loosened -- as it's not only a safe seat, not only does her grandfather live in the seat and used to be the Democratic head of government, but she's also a Minister, if a relatively junior one, and thus way more able to bring home the bacon, as it were, than a regular statesman. Also, as you might imagine, there's a lot fewer voters in a Second Estate circonscription than a Third Estate circonscription.

By comparison, in a Radical safe seat, the factional leadership would have way less say as the local leadership will knife each other over the nomination if it were open or if a particular tribe in the circonscription held a grudge against the incumbent statesman.
 

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Well it turns out that Albert Ritchie wasn’t the saviour of the Democrats and American Democracy as first thought and we’re still in the midst of a Depression and the Fascists in Italy, Austria and Yugoslavia are rallying against the Leftists in Germany so that’s good. So yet again it’s nomination time.

Presidential Candidate Nominees, 1940:

Major Parties:
Democrat-
It ain’t a good sign when the incumbent Ritchie dropped out in the Primary Stage, god he was fucking hopeless. Let’s see who wants to take this poisoned chalice of a Presidency...

Huey Long: ‘Every Man A King’, if Huey keeps on shouting that phrase like a nutter maybe it’ll work this time. Given though that he’s a corrupt demagogue who could maybe turn America into his own little fiefdom many hoping that he doesn’t get it, though maybe his policies of actually using the federal government for something could work.

Wendell Wilkie: Wendell is the definite Ritchie candidate which means he's satan I guess. Business focused for the most part, Wilkie has mainly been trying to appeal to the Progressive Rich folk, former Bourbons and the Anti-Socialists in the party and he's doing okay. He does have the poisoned touch of Ritichie endorsing him so hopefully he can shake that off.

Republican- The Republicans could be winning but they descended into in fighting again between the Liberals/Progressives vs. The Conservative old guard. It’s 1912 all over again, except this time the Republicans could win the Presidency if they united. But that ain’t going to be happening...

Alf Landon: Do you want mild Reform and Liberal policies then Alf is your man. Winning mainly all the Centrists of the Party who think Wallace is a scary Socialist whilst Hamilton is too Conservative for some folks tastes. Now whilst Alf maybe be able to win the Convention less can be said for outside where he's looked upon by ordinary folk as being a bit dull. God it's like Hoover all over again.

Henry A.Wallace: The wacky Progressive candidate of the race, Wallace is winning over the Progressives who didn't flee to the Progressive or Farmer-Labor Party at the first sign of trouble. Strong likelihood he'll get second, finally ditch the Republicans and join the Progressives, god 1944 is seeming more interesting than this one.

Hamilton Fish III: This bizarre mix of Anti-Semite and Anti-Segregationist is winning over the 'We don't big government, we need small' folks which whilst popular with big business is a fucking stupid idea to go with after four years of Ritichie's rule. So expect Fish to crash and burn and for the business folks to ditch him for the less toxic Landon or Wilkie.

Progressive- Seeming rather smug given how the states ran by Progressives are often the ones that are doing better than the Non-Progressive ones. The main problem is that the Convention is split between the Popular Fronters/EPICers vs. The old school Progressives who think that aligning with the Socialists/Syndicalists of the ALP is heresy. So fun is occurring here.

Philip La Follette: The heir to the Progressive mantle and he's rather annoyed that all these EPICers are ruining his grand coronation by running against him. Still he was popular as Governor of Wiscosin, is planning to do that Minnesota Farmer-Labor fusion ticket thing again with Elmer and there's a strong chance he can win this if Arthur and Downey manage to rip each other to shreds.

Gavin Arthur: Hang on, let me quote his description, "Grandson of President Chester A.Arthur, a Ivy League dropout, an Irish Republican Army activist, an experimental-film actor, a commune leader, a member of EPIC, Progressive-EPIC member for the California State Assembly, member of the Popular Front Organisation etc." Arthur seems to be incredibly popular with the younger members of the Progressives, especially for his combination of charm, art world connections and being generally a fun guy who believes in Utopian Socialism. The only problem is that Philip and Sheridan keep on making digs at Arthur's private life and I'm sure that Arthur doesn't have any embarrassing...I've just been informed that he met Edward Carpenter and is a 'big fan' of him. Oh boy.

Sheridan Downey: The other big EPICer, though Downey is less gung ho than Gavin Arthur. Downey is aiming less at the Progressive elements of the bourgeoisie or Farmers but instead the working man in an attempt to siphon support from the American Labor Party. The problem is that he’s also engaging with other ideas (it seems Heinlein has told him about Social Credit) and has mentioned he’d support Huey Long as a possible Left Wing fusion ticket and that’s a terrible idea.

Jasper McLevy: The middle of the road Social Democrat candidate, his platform is Municipal Socialism...and that it's really. Still at least he's getting the Social Democrats in the Progressive Party to do something for a change instead of rambling about Sewer Socialism again.

American Labor Party- Syndicalism is less scary when there’s a Depression going on and it’s meant that the ALP ain’t presenting candidates that aren’t mayors or representatives. They now have Senators and one Governor, so things are going well. Only one not in the midst of infighting, mainly because that already happened in 1932...ah that takes me back.

Norman Thomas: Is yesterday’s news sadly, people only talk about him when they remember ‘32 and tell him he shat the bed. Seriously, telling the ALP that Marxist-Deleonism was all crap when your the presidential candidate was an incredibly dumb move. So now he’s just being the punching bags for the other candidates.

Earl Browder: Creator of the Popular Front Organisation, is trying to mix Syndicalism with American Values and is generally incredible popular with the ALP's membership. Earl seems likely to win, with his broad base of support from the party, Industrial Unions, influential people’s etc. Shame his ideas will never be implemented on a federal level since Syndicalism is considered poisonous to America. But hey at least he’s got Pete Seeger to play tunes to him.

A.Philip Randolph: American Labor prides itself on being Anti-Racist...but A.Philip Randolph probably won’t win. Especially when his support is willing to throw there lot in with Browder with James Ford saying he’ll throw his lot in with Browder if things crash and burn with Randolph

Gavin Arthur: Really taking this Popular Front seriously it seems, why do I suspect that if he don't win the Presidential candidacy then at least he'll be the Vice President on either ticket.

Minor Parties:

America First- Gerald Nye is saying that America needs to ignore the world around it and turn inward, and by inward I mean purge all Syndicalsits, Socialists and Progressives and implment Corporatism to successfully bring about the American Dream.

Social Credit League- William Z.Foster has really gone of the rails, spouting off about a Social Credit revolution to be coming in the next few years and that America should ready itself for a golden age. Damn, why couldn't we just have the goofy Syndicalist back before social credit and Fascist worms ate his brain.

Workers Party- James P.Cannon believes Browder is implementing the wrong kind of Syndicalism, less bothered with Presidential elections and more with preparing for a grand Revolution which will implement the IWW as the Goverment...this will probably take some time since the Workers Party has like, less than 5'000 members.
 

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Bit of worldbuilding for my slowly assembling travel diary thing set in British Republics-verse. Details may change between now and then. Not entirely sure whether this world’s WWII (currently called the Atlantic War) would involve a Soviet-Japanese conflict, perhaps over involvement of the Chinese Communist Party or whether Japan could stay entirely separate (with the war remaining primarily Europe based)



Rundown of countries in the XXVIII (1996) Olympiad in New York.

Rankings based on Medal standings at the 1992 Games in Tokyo​



The Top five

The United States of America: The big guy of the Olympics is expected to top the tables again. President Kennedy is hoping to milk the shit out of it to raise his profile ahead of the November elections. Mayor Jackson is visibly seething and possible regretting not running for president this year but you can be he will be in 2000. Of note, this is the first time the USA team will feature an athlete from the State of Greenland. So Expect protests from Puerto Rico and Washington DC.

The Union of Sovereign States: Right, I know they weren’t the SSG in Tokyo but with the exception of half their former European members they’re still the USSR, by which I mean mostly Russian. Regardless of how successful Zakharov’s economic reforms are they’ve done a number on their sports funding. Also their ¾ of their famous 4x400m relay team were Ukrainian.

The Empire of Japan: It’ll be interesting to see how Japan does when not on home turf but expect them to do well. Much has been said of their team being 90% active military or veterans but this is what happens when you have to do service to vote. Also expect Yet more athletes from across the Asian prosperity Alliance to suddenly discover Japanese ancestry.

The German Federation: Controversial placement but if you combine the three Soviet bloc era Germanies (Bavaria, Saxony and Brandenburg) they had the fifth greatest number of medals. We’ll see if this works, especially for team sports where all three were decent such as football.

The Republic of Australia: I’m not sure what to write her. The Aussies are good at various sports. The world is mostly focused on Europe and Asia at the moment





6-10

The Commonwealth of Canada: Big news out of Canada is that a member of the old British Royal family (Prince Charles to some, Charlie Windsor to pretty much everyone else) is favourite to win the archery. Maybe its for the best that Glasgow and London’s bids failed.

The Kingdom of Korea: Despite Japan pinching a fair few of their athletes Korea continues to do well. Will be interesting to see if Watanabe can continue to dominate the gymnastics as he did in Tokyo.

The French Fourth Republic: Right, just to remind you this is not the same as the French Third Republic (who compete as French Algeria at the Olympics). It was a lot easier when Metropole France was the Democratic Peoples Republic. Also there’s a referendum on restoring the monarchy so this might be their only games as the Fourth Republic

The Republic of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: In an effort to outcompete the Workers Republic of Britain (who are no slouches themselves, coming in at no 15 in Tokyo) It seems like the RGB has built up a strong sporting tradition. Frequently punch above their weight, population wise.

The Italian State: Their PM sure is making a lot of noise about “The Spirit of the Fifth Rome” huh? Wouldn’t be surprised if they come out with a golden eagle as a standard in the opening ceremony.



Wild card:

The Republic of China: the No.4 nation at Melbourne in 1988 sat out Tokyo over *gestures at Manchuria* but the worlds second most populous country has a strong history of sporting success. Not sure how any direct competitions with the Chinese SSR or Manchuria will go down though (or Taiwan for that matter)
 

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1990’s Top Additions to the National Heritage Registry – Boston Gazette

It has been another bumper year for historic preservation in Oregon. The 1990 Heritage Registry, published last week, includes nearly six hundred new buildings, artifacts, and sites across the country, representing thousands of years of history.

This expansive round of listing is part of a familiar pattern. Since Signe Oleson was first elected Clerk and Recorder five years ago, the Registry has almost quadrupled in size. Oleson has brought both glamor and controversy to a normally obscure office, and her oversight of the Registry has been no exception.

The national government takes no management role in heritage sites and does not automatically possess an ownership stake. Instead, the NHR is empowered to offer grants and expert preservation assistance to private owners. For decades, this meant that property held in common by unrecognized tribal governments or cooperatives was de facto ineligible. In Indian country and in many Anarchist communities, private property is listed with the Republic’s tax authorities under a single individual’s name, but is managed in common. Under Oleson’s leadership, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office has changed its definition of “ownership” for NHR purposes, allowing the Registry to provide grants to collective bodies even if they are not incorporated under Oregon law. In response, Peoples and Earthbreaker Party leaders have charged Oleson with legitimizing Dual Power and politicizing history.

Indeed, some of this year’s NHR listings, while certainly historically significant, seem almost designed to provoke controversy. We’ve collected seven of the most fascinating entries here…

Couch Strait Underwater Archaeological Sites, Haida County (c. 12,000 BC)

Last year’s discovery of ancient villages and fishing weirs off the coast of New Caledonia has entered the archaeological annals as one of the most significant finds in human history. The “sunken city” is the earliest evidence yet of human presence in the Americas, and it may have been built by the first people crossing the Bering land bridge from Siberia. Further deep-sea exploration is needed to establish the facts about the site, and the National University Skeena is preparing a manned expedition later this year. The Haida nation has requested to be involved with the investigation of the site, which may have belonged to their ancestors. Its current position on the seabed makes it property of the Republic, but interesting jurisdictional questions may arise from the fact that before the waters rose, the site may once have been part of the Haida homeland on the Washington Isles.

Morning Star, Tillamook County (1854)

The Morning Star is one of the most storied ships in Oregon history. Built as a trading vessel by the settlers of Tillamook Bay in 1854 after they lost their link to the outside world, it was celebrated first as an achievement of the pioneer spirit and later as an icon of collective labor. No longer seaworthy by the twentieth century, it was displayed in front of the headquarters of the Tillamook Bay Cooperative and became a hub for Anarchist rallies. In 1943, almost a century after the boat was built, Tillamook was occupied by the Oregon Rangers; concerned that their symbol would be vandalized, locals dismantled and hid the ship in an echo of their predecessors’ community effort. Its reassembly and restoration in 1971 represented the waning of post-Rebellion tensions and the revitalization of the Tillamook Bay Cooperative. Long listed as a historic landmark by the People’s History Commission, the Morning Star’s inclusion on the NHR is exemplary of the Oleson reforms.

Ah Bing House and Orchards Historical Park, Clackamas County (1867-1885)

Ah Bing needs little introduction. The fruit grower, business partner of President Seth Lewelling, and first prominent leader of the Chinese Oregonian community, is already commemorated on our kitchen tables by the Bing cherry he and Lewelling developed. Nevertheless, the listing of this county park just outside Milwaukie is an important historical moment in itself: the homestead is the first Chinese Oregonian historical site to be placed on the national register. It was here that Ah Bing developed other celebrated cherry varietals (including the Clackamas Purple) and published his newspaper. The horticulturalist’s house was damaged by vandals during the riots of 1885, after which he moved upriver to Boston. The homestead remained in cultivation by private owners until it was acquired by Clackamas County five years ago; the farmhouse house has now been opened as a museum and the orchards are now being used as an experimental site by the National University’s agricultural college.

Oleson’s decision to list the site will likely be controversial, especially given the lack of any accompanying listings of later Chinese Dignity Movement sites. Ah Bing has been criticized by contemporary Chinese Oregonian leaders for his moderation and his advocacy of assimilation and entrepreneurship rather than activism. Horace Lam of the Oregon Pan-Asian Council has not yet commented on the listing decision but has previously referred to public celebrations of Ah Bing as insincere and an attempt to deradicalize the movement.

Stink Mud Oilfield, Olympic County (1883-1914)

This ghost town of rickety oil derricks and decaying shacks on the Pacific coast has long been a favorite of hikers, photographers, and fantoscopists, and has accordingly suffered at the hands of vandals and treasure hunters. The site has recently become part of the Olympic Land Reserve and its listing is an attempt to protect the last remnants from destruction – which may come either if the site is cleared for logging or if it is designated to return to a state of nature.

The project at Stink Mud was part of the late First Republic’s doomed bid to create a domestic hydrocarbon supply. The small seams of anthracite at Coalbank and Newcastle were first exploited in this era, and there was widespread commercial confidence that the natural oil seeps on the Olympic Peninsula would be a valuable source of energy for the growing nation. In the run-up to the Stikine War, speculators eager to sell oil to the Navy descended on this remote spot and engaged in cutthroat competition for lots. In the event, commercially viable quantities were never found – especially with the seeps divided up between dozens of fly-by-night commercial enterprises – and the oilfield was abandoned shortly after the war’s end. The goal of energy self-sufficiency was met in the end not by oil seeps but by harnessing the power of Oregon’s rivers with hydroelectric dams.

Nephi Jewell House, Victoria County (1925)

This widely beloved local landmark is an early example of the Pacific Rim style, which began with the addition of imagined Oriental flourishes to the traditional Oregonian Craftsman house but evolved into its own genre of architecture. Nephi Jewell, an LDS businessman active in trade with Hawai’i, was influenced in particular by Japanese and Polynesian art forms in commissioning his home in suburban Victoria.

The Pacific Rim style is associated with the end of the American protectorate and the new confidence of the Second Republic, and is visually referenced to this day by architects seeking to project prosperity and internationalism.

Santiam Canyon Battlefield, Santiam County (1944)

The Second Republic famously won every battle of the Rebellion, but had a lot more trouble winning the war. This early engagement set that pattern. The few other pitched battles of the conflict have already been recognized on the Registry, but until now the notorious Santiam incident went officially unacknowledged.

As older readers or recent schoolchildren may remember, the battle began after the MacIntosh government announced the liquidation of the Santiam Canyon Land Reserve, dooming the towns that had taken root there to the transient status of old-time logging camps. Led by the Anarchists’ Industrial and Agricultural Workers Union, the locals seized the mills and blocked the national highway through the mountains. The Oregon Rangers were sent in to reopen the road but were driven back, and the government soon escalated to aerial bombardment that decimated the mill towns and scattered the survivors into the woods. While MacIntosh reestablished control, the defenders of the Santiam formed some of the first units of the Rebellion in the immediate aftermath of their loss. Since the 1970s, the memorial maintained at the mouth of the valley by the People’s History Commission has been a site of pilgrimage for Anarchists.

New Lolo Temple, Bitterroot County (1985)

Ethan and Emma Block’s megalithic magnum opus at the heart of the Latter-Day Saint world, built after a fire destroyed Brigham Young’s original structure in the early 1980s, is not a favorite of Oregon’s architectural critics. Yet even those who disdain LDS aesthetics cannot deny the significance of the New Lolo Temple. As the world’s first religious building constructed of cross-laminated timber and the center of Oregon’s home-grown spiritual movement, the temple weds our country’s iconic material export to one of our foremost intangible exports. The relative “youth” of this Registry listing is surprising – the world’s first CLT high-rise, the 1977 Fib-R-Wall Building in Roseburg, was added to the Registry only last year – but it was only a matter of time before the temple took its place on the list.

I saw that "Oriental Craftsman" house in Corvallis a couple weeks ago and thought it looked like an AH building, and I was also reading NRHP listings, so this came to mind as a fun way to look at what's going on with my neverending big project
 
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