Indeed, it would also be more of a Centrist organisation particularly since David Owen and Shirley Williams would probably be as less inspired to join. There are a lot of possibilities that come from it.I really like the idea of the Taverne mob becoming the SDP and the Lib Dems forming ten years early. It's one of those things that fit so well they feel like they should be less original than they are, regardless of whether they're actually plausible.
Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men (1930) has some amazing bits about the success of liberal, democratic, Germany@Uhura's Mazda this is a brilliant concept that is exceedingly well executed as usual, but must admit that I am in love with the idea of a science-fiction writer trying to write a utopian, pacifistic 'future history' book, only to be confronted with almost daily refutations via the newspaper.
Burning his entire first draft when his neighbour casually mentions that the Reichstag burnt down
Constitution of the Year VIII
First, Second, and Third Consuls
1799-1800: Napoleon Bonaparte / Pierre-Louis Roederer / Charles-François Lebrun
1800-1800: Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès / Pierre-Louis Roederer / Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis
Constitution of the Year IX
1800-1805: Jean Victor Marie Moreau (Messidorian)
1800 Provisionally elected by the Senat Conservateur
1805 Absorbed by the Senat Conservateur and disqualified from office
1805-1806: Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick (Nonpartisan)
1805 def. Antoine Claire Thibaudeau (Montagnard), Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès (Rue de la Bûcherie Committee) supported the Duke of Brunswick, Joachim Murat (Bonapartist)
1806-1836: Louis Ferdinand Hohenzollern (Telemachian)
1806 def. Antoine Boulay (Socialist), Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (Caesarians), various Montagnard candidates
1811 Constitutional Referendum Oui - 59.2%
1836-1836: Antoine Destutt de Tracy (Socialist)
1836 def. Antoine Merlin ('Despotic' Telemachians), Élie Louis Décazes (Nonpartisan // de facto Royalist), Charles Fourier ('Communist' Telemachians)
1836-1840: Marie-Henri Beyle (Socialist)
1836 def. Élie Louis Décazes (Romantic) disqualified, Charles Fourier (Communist // backed by Old Montagnards) deceased
1840-1865: Antoine-Marie Roederer (Socialist)
1840 def. Armand-Emmanuel de Richelieu (Romantic), Éliphas Lévi (Communards)
Ooh that would be interesting.
tbf i do think they said data would externally age at an early stage in TNGOoh that would be interesting.
I got to thinking about this after something @KingCrawa said on twitter about how DS9 solved a lot of the problems with TNG and I got thinking about how DS9, VOY and ENT disappeared from the popular consciousness compared to TNG and TOS largely because of the film franchise, and how, if Picard were removed, the films would have had to draw on popular characters from TV a little more - which has its good points and bad points - the TV and film series have a symbiotic relationship and one of the things that really harmed the film franchise was that it was stuck with the actors from one series as they aged and got stale - like, how long could Data really continue?
Great Powers of the Alpha & Beta Quadrants c. 2397
United Federation of Planets: A little bigger than it was fifteen years ago, but no less bruised. The final admittance of Bajor into the Federation has led to further fractious relations with the constitutionally neutral Cardassian Union - the Bajorans have disclaimed the illegal colonisation of Cardassian worlds by Bajoran Imperialist organisations, but it hasn't prevented incursions by them. Elsewhere, the Federation is struggling with the Romulan Protectorates, those worlds taken into the fold when the supernova of Romulus' star led to the near-collapse of the Romulan Empire. The poor management of the ensuing refugee crisis means many of this worlds resent Federation rule, and the steady re-emergence of a coherent Romulan state had led to calls for a restoration of the Neutral Zone. Starfleet's leadership has changed since Picard's day - they don't want to see the Federation reduced in any way - some kind of conflict with the Romulans seems likely.
Breen Confederacy: Always enigmatic, the Breen were the real winners of both the Dominion War and of the destruction of Romulus, in both cases taking dozens of worlds under their wing. They are now the second largest power in the quadrant - and are eyeing the rump Cardassian Union with glee, especially with the Klingon's incursions leaving the Cardassians' neutrality in tatters. One sore point for them was the accession of the Ferengi into the Federation - in the old days when latinum was the nagus, the Breen enjoyed a favourable relationship with the Ferengi. The last two decades have seen the Ferengi align themselves with the New Economics of the Federation, the alignment of the Ferengi Merchant Navy into Starfleet and finally full membership. With the Romulans on the rise, the Breen look more vulnerable than they have in decades, or at least they would if anyone had seen their faces.
Klingon Empire: The Romulan supernova eleven years ago brought about a seachange on Qo'noS. Chancellor Martok at first cooperated with Federation efforts to mitigate or prevent the supernova, despite his misgivings given tensions between the two Empires over the occupation of Cardassia. When these attempts failed, and the refugee crisis began however, he was outflanked by a reactionary group of Houses. He was challenged and deposed, and was disappointed as he witnessed Worf, embittered by the prospect of giving succour to the people who had killed his father, turn his back. The Klingon Empire has healed from the wounds of the Dominion War, annexed worlds from Cardassia as an ostensible protectorate, and has begun to sabre-rattle for further conquests in the still fairly unexplored frontier of the Delta Quadrant. The new Empire has essentially shredded the Khitomer Accords - the supposed reincarnation of Kahless disappeared years ago - and has taken a more prescriptive and exclusionary policy to non-Klingon subjects of the Empire. The traditional rights of clans and houses - particularly non-Klingon - has been curtailed to restore central power and authority to the High Council and in particular to the office of Chancellor. There are even allegations of ethnic cleansing, though the blockade on the exchange of information with the Federation means its hard to determine the truth of this.
Romulan 'Empire': The actual nature of the emergent Romulan state is difficult to ascertain. They use the old symbology of the Star Empire, though that may just be because of the longevity of the eagle in Romulan iconography since their ancestors left Vulcan. What is known is that they have taken an 'eggs in many baskets' approach, not wanting a repeat of the destruction of Romulus. They are intensely secretive, which again hardly differentiates them from the preceding Star Empire. But how the new empire is governed is not precisely known.