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This seems quite plausible, I'd love to see a national version.
Here you go!

Progressives- The Center-left party of America. Seen as the "natural party of governance". It dominates suburbs and does fairly well in urban areas as well. They have to walk a thin tightrope between the more moderate and progressive wing. Their main opponent in urban areas are usually Socialists, but they sometimes join up, especially in the South

Independent Republicans- The party of John Anderson, the president of the 1980s. A center-right party that strikes a moderate tone on most things, loving the god they call stability more than anything else. They are usually the main opponent of the Progressives in the suburbs and are popular in any coalition and vote as they are usually classified as "swing votes" both in Congress and their voters themselves. They still get the 2nd most in any elections because of their widespread popularity

Populists- The oldest political party in America, the party of the farmers and sharecroppers, popular in the South and West, heyday was in the 1930s and early to mid-1940s with the rise of Huey Long. The party is economically liberal and socially conservative with anti-immigrant rhetoric common and other forms of racism common. Populists are usually opposite of the AIP/Dixiecrats in the South and Progressives/Reform in the West

Socialists- The "party of the working class" and the most left-wing in the nation. Calls for nationalization abound and they are at their peak popularity in cities and also some rural areas where they sometimes coalition with the populists, especially in the midwest. Socialists have seen an increase in popularity after their collapse as the post-Cold War consensus died. This revival is thanks to opposition to free trade ideas and calls to return to protectionism which is gaining more support now than ever before. On most issues, though they are very left-wing

AIP- The party of George Wallace built to oppose the Dixiecrats, much more economically left and has much more of a national pull. This puts them into constant conflict with Dixiecrats over who is "the true party of the South". This may or may not involve paramilitary groups and good classic voter intimidation of the other side. All other parties in the South, besides the Populists, usually have an agreement to join up and form an insanely fractured government to deny both the AIP and Dixiecrats.

Reform- The "anti-establishment" party created by Ross Perot. The party's biggest concerns are budgetary issues and also trying to destroy the free-trade consensus. Ironically this has lead to an alliance with the socialists on these issues. The Reform Party platform is vague, but they will usually take a populist-lite approach to most things. They are most concerned with government ethics and trying to make sure the system stays clean. Their members are all over the place from social democrats in Vermont to libertarians-lites in Texas and Arizona, to even more standard anti-establishment liberalism like in Minnesota.

Dixiecrats-From the corpse of the Democrats comes a political machine brought to you by Strom Thurmond. Usually allied with paramilitary groups and a smattering of horrific demagogues, these people have an iron grip on some places even with their tools getting taken aways in the 1960s, they are very dangerous and have seen, like the AIP, an upswing in recent years from those who think the AIP are too moderate. They are hated by most people and there are calls for the party to be banned, but they never amount to much.
 
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HMR Government/The Coalition

• Socialist Labour Party
Leader: Prime Minister Lily Madigan (Rochester and Strood)

The first female Labour Prime Minister, as well as the first trans candidate to be elected, are some pretty good notches to add onto the first Socialist Labour government. But they don't particularly focus on that, no, they're far more intent chasing down businesses that fled the mainland when they got elected to forcibly extract the taxes they never payed. They're ambitious, young, and don't have much patience for the Murdoch syndicate. Did you see what happened when the Telegraph used the Prime Ministers deadname? The entire media sector was nationalised by the end of the week.

• Scottish National Party
Leader: Kate Forbes (Did not stand)

Yep, they're still here. Like the Kim Dynasty, the Kardashians, the Trumps and the Troubles, they've taken root. Ireland got unification before Scotland got another independence vote, which was one of the major retainers of entering a coalition. And honestly, Scotland wants to get as far away from the muddy mess that used to be England as quickly as possible. All they gotta do is nut up and vote in lockstep with these new wannabe post-millennial non-ironic socialists and then they get their referendum before the next election. Deep breaths.

• Green Party of England and Wales
Leader: Phélim Mac Cafferty/Anita Okunde (Hove/Rochdale)

It's not exactly what Jeremy Clarkson warned us about when he claimed the left wouldn't be happy "until we're all eating lettuce leaves under a hammer and sickle", but 14 elected MPs is pretty good for what was formerly the Caroline Lucas Show. That's what happens when Skegness is up to it's neck in blue-green algae blooms, it seems. Finally the olds died off and the kids who always took Climate Change a bit more seriously got their votes in. A lot of those same kids still sound a bit wanky when they claim the Greens are 'more left wing' than the socialists, however. Ever since they haemorrhaged those who believed in homeopathy and the evils of GE crops, they've become an entirely different animal.

The Opposition

• Tory Party
Leader: Bim Afolami (Hitchin and Harpenden)

Formerly known as the Conservatives but rebranding in a failed attempt to persuade any youth of today that aren't trustfund princes or briefcase-carrying volcels, the Tories are infamous for pulling off a real Ford-Reagan manoeuvre; pushing out Wee Bim, starry-eyed and shiney-shoed, into the spotlight and hoping voters would forget the tantrum just pulled by actual war criminal Priti Patel. And it worked, for the most part. Of course now they have to deal with millennial socialists being in power, but they're largely forgiven in the eyes of the public, and that's all that matters, their electability. The less inquiries into those pesky forced-labour camps for EU migrants, the better.

• Liberal Democratic Party
Leader: Siobhan Benita (Enfield Southgate)

Here we have the other side of the coin. They sold their souls for a better deal with the Tories, since Streeting just wasn't really feeling it, and now they've gotten a collective 'piss off' from the party in power. They claim to be left wing, but everyone knows that's just to save face in the Hauge. They're political chameleons who'll sell the skin off their backs to whoever needs the numbers. No, really, ask one of their supporters what their policies are. Odds are they'll start sweating like their leader when the exit polls came back.

• ReformUK
Leader: Carl Benjamin (Did not stand)

Yeah, that one. What's weird is it's not even his own party; he left one he started from the ground up, full of British Groypers that treated him like the next Farage, to go and join the party the actual Farage had started once UKIP/BREXIT collapsed. His supporters don't seem to mind, tho. They're far too busy compiling Patel feet pics and telling libs to 'cry more', despite those 'libs' being in majority. What does the party actually stand for? Whatever the majority left is against.

• Classical Liberal Party
Leader: Cris Chesha (Did not stand)
They honestly don't know what they're still doing here either, but they're holding on to the bannister with an iron grip as they're getting dragged out of the electoral process. Do they know what it is they stand for anymore? No, god no. Ever since Sargon realised he was taken seriously and jumped ship to the thrice-reformed UKIP, they've had to shack up with the former head of the Pirate Party who's been on a bit of an anti-immigrant slant lately. He tries his best to be just as casually misogynistic as the last guy, but it's not the same.

Outside of Government

• NuLabour
Leader: Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)

Everything is fine. Don't pay attention to the highly-publicised schism, that's not of any concern. Don't mention how Streeting somehow managed to be more placating than Starmer, that's very rude of you. And definitely don't mention the bullshit in Kashmir. I know that was bullshit. We all knew it was bullshit. But what were day supposed to do, NOT stand by the War Criminal in Number 10?! You keep going against the grain like that and you'll make us look like Corbyn! Oh, don't start with that 'approval ratings are even worse than they were under Corbyn' nonsense! Just you wait! Britain will make the sensible decision come next election!

• Scottish Greens (Pàrtaidh Uaine na h-Alba)
Leader: Ross Greer (Greenock and Inverclyde)

A wholly seperate entity with one single MP pushed into parliament, somehow. The Coalition didn't need them, since they already had the Big Greens and enough votes to shake a stick at, but they always vote for whatever policies come their way. They're just laying in wait for Scotxit to go ahead, then they can really get to shooing off those Polar Bears swimming in the Shetlands with greater impunity.

• Plaid Cymru
Leader: Luned-Mair Barratt (Rhondda)

Oh yeah, I'm betting you forgot about 'em. Everyone did. What are the valleys getting up to? Who knows. They're kinda doing their own thing. Then again, nothing much has changed. There's hubub about Wales wanting to leave the United Kingdom, but this is just to keep their voter base interested. Moving on.

• League for Peace and Freedom
Leader: Tasnima Uddin (Did not stand)

Yeah, Patel was a fascist, but so is Madigan, they insist. Nothing less than total isolationism would calm them down, and even then they'd still be pretty pissed about the inherent class system. Their one MP is Karker Bakur, a former foot-soldier for the Syrian YPG who supposedly served in combat alongside California Governor Brace Belden. He's pretty decent, being a major proponent for dismantling TRIDENT and getting British troops out of Nicaragua, but does tend to bite any hand that feeds him. Tell you what, tho, fourteen year olds who've skimmed thru Bookchin and Kropotkin fuckin love these guys.
 

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Tripartite Alliance Earth is a good Timeline with lots of international associations and a more developed Third World
 

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Party Political Rundown of the Dáil Éireann, 2027:

In Government:
Sinn Féin:
They were the future once, now they've decided that they would like to be in power so all that Left Wing Populist stuff has been thrown out the window for the most part and there steadily becoming Fianna Fail 2.0 now with more pork barrelling or worse Anotu but big leading to the more Left Wing members buggering off to SDLA or the Just Transition folks. Still they claim to be Socialist and look they've helped implement some form of Single Payer Healthcare system and build slightly more houses so...that's something I guess. Just ignore all the Northern Irish stuff and we'll be fine I guess... *People Scream Blood & Soil but in Gaelic*
Fianna Fáil: Somehow the group of Irish Populists haven't been completely side-lined by the Sinners and hey they finally have a female leader in Norma Foley who can best described as...fine. Look I'm sure within four years they'll be in an electoral alliance with the Sinners and we’ll get the eventual return to Irish Nationalist coalition that no one has ever wanted.
Green Party: Third times the charm, Pippa Hackett says through gritted teeth as the Just Transistion folks baulked at the idea of joining another Irish Nationalist coalition in return for some clean water bills and similar shite and fucked off. Really the Green Party should accept it’s wonky centrist nature now and join with Fine Gael because this is giving them nothing.

Opposition:
Social Democrats-Labour Alliance:
When Labour looked at there 2024 results and saw how fucked they were it was decided to enter an electoral alliance with the Social Democrats...well Labour wanted to merge with the SocDems but the SocDems looked across to Democratic Left so an Alliance was formed. Now Marie Sherlock and Jennifer Whitmore will awkwardly struggle together to battle the Irish Nationalist coalition from hell.
Just Transition-Right to Change: In a crossover described by many as 'incredibly likely' the Just Transition Eco Socialist folks have joined the 'PBP Lite' and have formed a pretty alright coalition. Of course Joan Collins is being increasing side-lined by Neasa Hourigan (it’s been a month) who is more passionate and is popular with young people. Word is they may have discussions with the SDLA about the possibility of a ‘Social Justice’ electoral alliance to battle the unholy mess of the Sinner-Fianna Fail coalition.
Fine Gael: Once they were something and now they are nothing. Well that’s harsh I guess, but like there increasingly being sidelined due to there 7 years of awkwardly clinging onto power with the FF and just doing everything that there voters weren’t fond of so now they had to pay the price. *Labour and the Greens look at Fine Gael and laugh before bursting into tears*
People Before Profit: The Trots will continue to Trot. Seems to have hit hard on claiming the Left Wing Populist/Eco-Socialist crown for themselves before the Just Transition lot can. Have also been given the Progressive Alliance offer but have refused because there Trots. What the fuck did you expect.
Aontú: *Screams Bloody Murder about Sinn Fèin stealing there shit. Oh and abortion*
Éilis Ryan: Yes, the Workers Party have a TD, though it only happened due to the utter collapse of Fine Gael and essentially Éilis Ryan campaigning as an Independent on local issues instead of your bog standard Workers Party member if anything. She’ll be gone within a four years but it’s still amusing to say anything else. The PBP folks don’t like her.
 

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or the less realistic part 3 in my Triptych of “Alternate Theresa May is having an even worse time of it”


Government (What’s Left of it)
Conservatives:
With the walkouts to the left and the right the newly elected Jeremy Hunt’s government has finally lost a vote of no confidence. So once again Theresa May is looking to strengthen her hands (insert Donald Trump hands joke here I guess) while the big 4 are all polling in the low 20s


Opposition in the Commons
Labour:
Labour are desperately clinging to their “better deal” and sticking by only backing a second referendum on a bad deal. Can we please rate Labour’s deal proposals on the mohs scale
United To Remain
Lib Dem: Jo Swinson is screaming about every 10th poll or so says the Lib Dems are leading. Why are you asking Anna Soubrey and Dominic Grieve about it?!​
Green: The left of the party is screaming about standing down for Lib Dems. Caroline Lucas is screaming “Shut the fuck up and think of STV”​
Plaid Cymru: Are much happier with the arrangement than GPEW​
Brexit: like the Lib Dems, Farage has been screaming throughout the summer recess like he’s already campaigning and like Soubrey he’s being outshone by Nadine Dorries and Kate Hoey!

National Parties
SNP: INDYREF2! Devo Max? NO! ONLY INDYREF2!
Plaid Cymru: United to remain Bayyyybeeee
DUP: Failed to jump off the ship before it sunk and now their fleg is wet
SF: Are opposed to Brexit, but also hope Brexit will swing people towards reunification

Devolved Govt Rep only:
SDLP: *looking awkwardly between United to Remain
Alliance: I mean, they support United to Remain but also it doesnt apply to them while the SDLP aren’t in
UUP: Are hoping they can join in some kind of frankengovernment.
Scottish Greens: Are repeating the words “Electoral reform in Westminster” over and over again, Patrick Harvie wants a bigger house
TUV: Are angry, about something I’m sure.

Minor Party:
UKIP: So Neil Hamilton has joined Brexit Party, so they no longer have any representation higher than a council but apparently they still exist.


More to follow
 
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The World That Pyotr Wrangel Made

The Third Weltkri-... oh. Apparently we now call it the Third Mirovaya Voyna, is over. Nuclear sunshine over Paris ended the Third Internationale's faltering dreams of a world revolution a few years ago, and in the resulting treaty Russia became master of Europe. But it is now 1953, and the Black Baron is at death's door at the ripe age of 74. Who will take over for him in this new, Russian world and stand against the reds of the West?

Russian Empire
Despite being a monarchist, Wrangel took until 1948 to restore the monarchy, judging that the time was not right for such a restoration when he was in seemingly constant war. Much to the discontent of many of his allies, many expect his last will and testament to contain the wish that Russia transition to a civilian democracy. Of course, he would be dead by then, and there are a lot of vultures circling for power in this new age of Russia...

- Supreme Leader Pyotr Wrangel: The greatest Russian leader of all time, the Black Baron and the "Master of Europe", this many-labelled man is now on his death-bed. His last activities seem to be mainly conferring with his closest confidantes and there's floated ideas of a 'succession' or heaven forfeit a 'transition', but nothing has been made clear yet. Still, his word holds great sway and it remains to be seen if it holds strong after he no longer utters it.

- Emperor Vladimir III: The imperial court seems to be aligned with Wrangel here, and the Emperor has talked vaguely of democracy. The two seem to be on the same page here, albeit there was that tension a decade and a bit ago between Wrangel and Vladimir's father Kirill once the later realised Wrangel did not plan on a quick restoration. Who knows. Still, if the Emperor gets his way, the Duma will be relevant once more.

- General Evgeny Messner: One of the 'Old Guard' who was with Wrangel the longest, he is mostly known as the 'innovator' of the Russian military, and the one (after Wrangel) credited to the defeat of Germany in the Second Mirovaya Voyna. He's associated with the more overt authoritarian and ethnic-nationalist faction (The 'Savinkovites', in other words, although their founder has seen his wings be 'clipped' with a reassignment from Wrangel himself who realised Savinkov was too dangerous a man to keep close).

- General Aleksandr Vasilevsky: Widely regarded as a talented leader, he is known for being relatively non-political by the standards of the Russian military. But his skill is without doubt, the Hsuantung Emperor holds nothing but the highest praise for him for turning the tide against Japan for one. However, Vasilevsky is hardly a man with much ambitions to lead Russia, so who is pushing his name? It remains a mystery.

- General Nikolai Vatutin: The youngest of the four floated names (he's only 54!), he has the most... unusual base of supporters. Mostly young soldiers, rural peasants, Russian 'integralists' and what counts for 'liberal' those days outside the royal court, there are sparks of whispers here and there that he has certain leftist sympathies and all. Still, he's hardly a friend of the regions, being known for his harsh defeat of the Ukraine.

Moscow Accord
Once they said all roads lead to Rome. Well, now all roads lead to Moscow. At least in Eastern Europe.

- Grand Duchy of Finland: Still independent and all, but they're definitely under the Russian heel.

- Polish Republic:
Despite worries of a Russian-imposed king, the hastily-established pro-Moscow regime has been more or less left alone as long as they bow firmly to their new masters. General Józef Haller is firmly in charge, and as long as he keeps Poland on the Russian side, he seems to be secure.

- Kingdom of Bulgaria: Mostly in it to guarantee some sort of stability after the Fifth Balkan War.

- Kingdom of Romania: The Iron Guard is out, but Carol struggles to rule. Meanwhile Russian influence grows and grows.

- Republic of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia: A rather haphazard union, truth be told.

- Austrian Empire: Not much of an empire any longer, to be honest. It's just Austria proper. Talk of an union with Germany by some nationalists has been greatly disapproved by Moscow as they wish to not empower the Entente any more than they already have.

- State of Hungary: Officially the Austrian Emperor rules, but it has been under a 'regency' for those last few years much to the objections of Austria.

- Illyrian State: A confusing mess, with Croats, Slovenians and Bosnians jostling for influence, it's made even more complicated by the fact that when the 3I took over it in the Second Mirovaya Voyna, the three got independent workers' states and now separatists are seen to be 'socialist'.

- Republic of Turkey: Very nationalistic, quite right-wing, but rejects 'Ottomanism' in all its forms due to the Ottoman Empire falling first to the Arabs and Iran, then to the Russians and Greeks. Hardly a legacy anyone wants to champion.

- Italian Federation: The Socialists, Republicans, Sicilians and Pope fought, and Russia just bulldozed them all and set up a puppet Federation. Technically led by the restored Sardinian King of Italy, but he has absolutely no say beyond symbolism. A gilded cage for the new prisoner of Rome.

- State of Japan: Broken, defeated, humiliated. And now the Russians have a military strongman there acting like he's a new shogun.

- Republic of Korea: Kim Koo's three wishes to God were fulfilled and he now sits as the first President of an independent Korea. Well, 'independent'.

Entente
An independent force in the wo-hahahahaha. This is basically just the western half of the Moscow Accord, with their economies so destroyed by two Mirovaya Voynas in short succession they've became extremely dependent on Russia for a lot of stuff.

- United Kingdom of Great Britain: Despite Ludovici's rantings having more influence on Russian policy than people think, Britain has vaguely returned to some form of 'democracy'. Clement Attlee is Prime Minister. But still, it can't be denied that this is a state mostly created by Russian victory, and that has led a fair few nationalists to turn to the thought of a third republic, decrying the new Queen as a 'Russian puppet'.

- Kingdom of France: "The Kings made France, and the King saved her!" the chant goes. The Orléanists finally returned to power off the back of far-right integralism and Russia electing to not expend time setting up new regimes to the west of Poland. Still, they're seen as Wrangel's lackeys by a lot of people, especially those on the left that are really quite narked by how France was brought down by its own.

- Kingdom of Spain: The 'Johnny-come-latelies', they came to power by a long and brutal multi-sided civil war only to jump into the Third Mirovaya Voyna in what was widely considered a suicidal move by King Alfonso Carlos and yet has paid off handsomely against all expectations. It cannot be denied, however, that Spain still has a lot of wartime wounds, and is by far the country most likely to remain isolationist for now. But hey, they have Roussillon!

- Kingdom of the Netherlands: Once exiled to Insulindia, that is an experience they do not wish to repeat.

- Kingdom of Belgium: Tried to be neutral in the Second Mirovaya Voyna. Didn't work.

- Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: Oh yeah. They exist.

- Kingdom of Norway: Haakon VII was brought back after the syndies removed him, which did a lot to appeal to Norwegian people.

- German Empire: A sullen, destroyed nation. The deeply unpopular Kaiser Wilhelm III (remembered as the 'Kaiser Who Flew' for his fleeing to Africa) passed away two years ago, underlining the whole lack of legitimacy this restored Empire has. His son Wilhelm IV is ironically probably the most popular person in the entire regime, with his marriage to a 'commoner' and his military service and wounds in the Second Mirovaya Voyna (leading him to have a serious limp requiring a cane) making a lot of Germans think their Emperor suffered like them. However, the popularity of the person wearing the crown can be painfully not enough, and calls for a republic increase daily.

- Kingdom of Portugal: The country that was integralist before it was 'cool', they've more or less consigned the 3I's Portuguese Socialist Republic to history after a few years reduced to just the Azores. Currently trying to ensure such a 'riot' never happens ever again. How unpleasant of them.

- Kingdom of Greece: The King enjoys Constantinople once more as the Turk has been driven out of Europe. But despite what some madmen say, there is absolutely no demand for some sort of weird 'Byzantine restoration'. This is a Greek monarchy, not a Roman one.

- Australasian Confederation: Once occupied by the Japanese, and is now somehow even more racist than before.

- Kingdom of Hawai'i: Let us recount their factional allegiance since they broke off America in the civil war. First the Republic joined the Reichspakt. Then when the Reichspakt fell, there was a socialist revolution and they went 3I. But Japan overthrew that and incorporated them into the Sphere as a puppet state. When Japan fell, the Entente grabbed Hawai'i, but it's more Moscow Accord in reality. Hawai'i really can't decide, huh.

Socialist Commonwealth of America
The main competitor to the Russian Empire, they're now led by President Elizabeth Nord of the Socialist Labor Party and is at this point shifting slowly from rebuilding after the civil war and working with Brazil to becoming the main opponent against Russian imperialism. However, there are those who are still doubting the shift to 'red internationalism', preferring a form of 'socialism in one country'. The President goes back and forth on the issue.

- "Unionists" (Socialist Labor): The dominant party in the SCA for quite a while, as the successor to the Unionist Faction they are the 'Party of Reed' and this has led them to a clear lead in American politics after the revolution. It was President Cannon after all, who liberated Canada from the accursed forces of monarchism (and threw America into conflict with the wider Entente, and thus the Moscow Accord, but shush). They support orthodox syndicalism, generally distrusting more of the 'cultural revolution' sort such as homosexual rights.

- "Federalists" (Socialist): Not to be confused with Socialist Labor [most people just call them Unionists and Federalists, tbh], this is the more cultural-revolution sort that advocates more power be given to the 'civic state' to legislate, and away from the workers' syndicates, pointing out that the syndicates tend to prioritise the working people over the 'other America', so to speak. Die-hard Unionists think this is betraying the Revolution.

- "Vanguardists": In full the Revolutionary Worker's Vanguard Party, but damn that is a mouthful. They're essentially the American equivalent of the Totalists that saw their final days in Europe at the hands of Russian sunshine. But they are very keen to emphasise that they are distinct from Mosley, Valois and Mussolini, with Browder preferring to emphasise less, well, 'failed' countries. Even in socialist America, nobody likes a loser.

- "Canadians": Not particularly ideological beyond an acceptance of syndicalism and the Revolution, they mostly lobby in favour of an independent Canadian socialist republic (and has the American public broadly sympathetic) but the government remains deeply unconvinced.

Union of Brazil
The unlikely superpower, they're the second-most influential country in the Pact and top dog in South America. However, as much as the Brazilians desire otherwise, America still has far more industry than they do, and most of their recent prominence comes from filling in the shoes the more reluctant America has vacated as 'prominent anti-Russian and socialist power'. Still, it cannot be denied that Brazil stands tall those days.

- "Ortodoxos" (Syndicalist): Russia has made hay out of the fact that America and Brazil are both led by women. However, Elizabeth Nord and Eugênia Álvaro Moreyra has not a lot in common. Nord comes out of the trade union movement and is allied with more moderate forces on the 'cultural revolution', while Eugênia comes from journalism and is the peak of cultural revolution. The Federalists often call for 'Brazilisation' for one, taking inspiration from Brazil's rapid social liberalisation. However, on economic and structural matters, the governing factions are in accord - syndicates in charge.

- "Autonomistas" (CGT-FAB): Despite the Ortodoxos being pro-syndicate, they prefer to reject the idea of further autonomy than to the broad syndicates. That is where the Autonomistas, the CGT-FAB, comes in. They push hard the idea of more power to the lowest possible (aka a sort of anarchism), and are often united by seemingly simple demands for workers' rights, contrasting with the Ortodoxos' more... intellectual pursuits.

- "Maximalistas" (MMN): The National Maximalist Movement, they're the Totalists of Brazil, and by far the most internationalist despite their oft-nationalistic rhetoric. They call for a true cleansing of all capitalist residue in Brazil and the Americas, and for spreading the revolution to the world.

Washington Pact
The rump of the 3I, mostly in the Americas, but now firmly under the American thumb. Well, the Brazilians take the lead when America has its isolationist moments, but mostly America is in charge. There's a reason why sometimes it's called the 'Washington-Rio de Janeiro Pact'.

- Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela: Mostly follows Brazil's lead, due to Brazilian forces all but conquering Latin America after a long slog in the 40s, or in the case of Chile, has no authority to oppose Brazil.

- Mexico: Tries to carve itself out as a distinct 'third power' between America and Brazil, but every time it tries, it gets ignored.

- West Indies Federation: Mostly stays to itself, often ignoring calls from Washington or Rio de Janeiro unless it's urgent.

- Icelandic Union: The only part of the Washington Pact that's technically in Europe.

Asian Socialist Union
The Americans and Brazilians say they're the bastion of socialism, but India would disagree. The dominant force in South Asia, it has its own alliance, united around a sort of Third World anti-colonial socialism, and often disagrees with the Americans and Brazilians.

- Republic of India: Led by Chairman Subhas Chandra Bose, his meteoric rise in the Indian civil war, taking over the anti-colonial 'Free India' movement to deliver it to final victory over the British colonists, has made him a much-respected and admired man with anti-colonialists and socialists everywhere. However, his refusal to get India into a wider socialist alliance with the Western Hemisphere as well as his invasion of Burma and Pakistan has coloured that view somewhat. Doubtlessly a controversial figure.

- Socialist Republic of Iran: Not as powerful, not as loud, not as well-known, but still influential all the same when it can be.

- Indochinese Federation: The legacy of Hồ Chí Minh still looms large as his ally Nguyễn An Ninh continues to labour to make Indochina just.

- Nepalese Socialist Republic, Socialist State of Siam: Indian puppet regimes.

- Kurdish Socialist Republic: An Iranian puppet regime.

Cairo Pact
Yes, another "name after city" alliance. How original.

- Sultanate of Egypt: The good Sultan Farouk's power and influence is at its height with him as undisputed 'leader' of the Middle East, and constitutional reforms seem to have staved off any murmurs of republicanism. A republic? In Egypt? How absurd.

- Hashemite Arabia, Iraq, Oman, Syria, Tripolitania, Yemen: Has their own regional tensions, but overall recognises Egypt as big dog.

Other Significant Countries
There are countries not aligned to Moscow, Washington/Rio de Janeiro, Calcutta or Cairo!

- Ching Empire: The Hsuantung Emperor has a charmed life, that everyone can agree on. But as he enjoys his second decade of his reign, can he maintain his independence from Moscow as that country undergoes a change in leadership? And can he deliver on the promises of reform he made to seize power from the Chih-li Clique? And can his rule last? Or will history repeat? So much questions for a regime still cementing itself.

- Serb Republic: Surrounded on all sides by Moscow's allies, Serbia is very very isolated.

- Swiss Confederation: Do not ask where they got all the gold stamped 'property of the French workers' from.

- Republic of Ireland: Keeps its head down and tries to not get noticed, mostly.

- Kingdom of Denmark: Bailed on the Reichspakt once the Second Mirovaya Voyna started, and has managed to stay neutral since.

- Kingdom of Sweden: Never got involved despite their King's wishes otherwise. But it's painfully obvious that it and Denmark are Moscow-aligned.

- Kingdom of Bhutan: Apparently they now have some sort of legislative council?
 
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Part 3: Cabinet of the Long Ministry: November 2019

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury - Naomi Long (Alliance)
Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Jeremy Corbyn (Labour)
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Second Lord of the Treasury - Anneliese Dodds (Labour)

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrat)
Secretary of State for the Home Department - Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat)

Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council- John Trickett (Labour)
Secretary of State for Justice- Philip Lee (Liberal Democrat)
Secretary of State for Defence - Nia Griffith (Labour)
Secretary of State for Education- Angela Rayner (Labour)
Minister for Women and Equalities - Dawn Butler (Labour)

Secretary of State for Health - Luciana Berger (Liberal Democrat)
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat)

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Rebecca Long-Bailey (Labour)
Secretary of State for Transport - Andy McDonald (Labour)

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change - Angela Smith (Liberal Democrat)
Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Caroline Lucas (Green Party of England and Wales)
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Andrew Gwynne (Labour)
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport - Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat)
Secretary of State for International Development - Dan Carden (Labour)
Secretary of State for Scotland -Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat)
Secretary of State for Wales - Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Stephen Farry (Alliance)
Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union: Sir Keir Starmer (Labour)
Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Ed Davey (Liberal Democrat)
Chief Whip in the House of Commons - Nick Brown (Labour)
 
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Decimotercera Cámara de Diputados de la República de Salinas

Partidos con diputados

Partido del Centro Democrático (68 diputados):
Isn't it always the CD story that all their opponents always fall apart at the last possible moment? I'd say Guerrero Arciniega had been taking pointers from Olmos except that he's not a good enough performer to pretend that this was anything but a surprise for him.

Alianza Conservadora (23 diputados): They made a great comeback this election of two seats! Not counting the three they won that were balanced out by losses to CD and the Solidaristas, of all people. It's hard to believe they were the government twelve years ago. Under normal circumstances they would say that this was proof they never should have elected a woman leader, but whatever else her flaws Vigil de Salazar is very good at decisively kicking out her rivals.

Partido Liberal (6 diputados): Every election somebody gets absolutely ethered, and this year it's the Liberals. On the one hand, I recognize that from a political standpoint their coalition of touristy ski towns and progressive urban enviros put them in a tough position on development policy, but on the other... come on, man, you have to at least pick a side.

Partido de la Solidaridad de los Trabajadores (2 diputados): Traded seats with AC, putting them exactly where they were last time, which is a bad place to be in Salinas politics. On the other hand, there's no clear place for their voters to go, between the bourgeois parties and the clericalists, so my only conclusion is that in three years they're going to win ninety-eight seats and intern everyone who's ever owned multiple pairs of shoes.

Partidos sin diputados (sobre 1‰ votantes)

Partido Ecológico: Came within 1,000 votes in four different constituencies, and lost all of them. I'm not feeling too bad for them, though, because Kerry Yglesias is probably going to flip whenever UNAS loses its next boxball game.

AVANZA: Another party I'm not feeling too bad for is AVANZA, which will probably lose most of its new members when the Ski Resorts Can Overrule Environmental Regulations And Laws Of Physics Act 2021 passes later this year. Then it will just be Adolfo Vargas Saltillo and his army of gig-employed service, and I suspect he'll land on his feet, helped by landing first on his stacks of cash and/or the aforementioned army.

Partido de Aztlán: Did weirdly well this election. Probably a combination of sexists leaving AC and the fact that most of their leaders haven't left their mountain fastnesses, ensuring that voters are protected from listening to Torres de la Cruz ranting at them directly, which is a highly dangerous activity that should not be attempted without ear protection.

Liberación: Their substantial appeal on paper is more than balanced by the fact that Liberación is less of a political party and more of a vehicle for allowing José María Tocmatona Cantú to a) seem independent from Salinas and b) enact personal revenge on Pablo Tocmatona Cantú for four decades of real and perceived slights. It sure didn't help that their other main candidate, Tomás Pérez Archuleta, seems to have been lying about being Diné. Well, I'm sure the criollo college students in Salinas who pay for web hosting won't mind that.

Frente Patriótico: Currently blacking out their website, which they say is in solidarity with Patricio Arriaga but is probably due to a court order that if they do one more offense against the racism laws they'll be banned again. This is as good as the situation has been for the Patriotic Front since before the War.
 

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Factional Rundown of the State of Nicaragua, c. 1953

loosely based on an AH.com election game that I was in

Grenadier Party - Formed by the group of filibusterers that would overthrow the Nicaraguan government and secure its annexation into the Union, the Grenadier Party is just a formalized name for the political machine that has dominated Nicaragua for a century. Nonetheless, the Grenadiers are still popular, mostly for their construction and subsequent maintenance of the Nicaragua Canal, which has made the state very rich and gives the Grenadiers enough money to make themselves fabulously wealthy while still giving some generous philanthropy to the people of Nicaragua.
  • Good Ol' Boys - The descendants of the filibusters along with others who are very interested in maintaining the current order, the Good Ol' Boys dominate local politics - while the older men serve in government, their sons are affiliated with various Grenadier-aligned street gangs, who will gladly get into a scuffle with some of those damned Papists whenever they get the chance.
  • Localists - Those that are definitely interested in preserving the status quo, but not as fervently as the Good Ol' Boys. Many Localists serve in Congress, where they unashamedly do nothing but funnel pork to Nicaragua, a strategy that often works given that they can often serve as tiebreakers. Hey, it gets them the votes, and it makes everyone (in Nicaragua) happy.
  • Nationalists - A somewhat fringe group that is very into Manifest Destiny, and continuing it - if the ideology of fascism hadn't been slaughtered by a horde of a million butterflies, they would probably fit into that category. They are very much in favor of attempting to expand the Grenadier Party's support to whites in the Continental South, especially now that key members of both major American political parties are working to pass civil rights legislation - and many in the party leadership are starting to listen.
  • Surrogates - The Grenadier machine would be a big tent, and many of these groups remain to this day. One notable example is the Native Americans of the Miskito Coast - between an agreement involving the purchase of the territory from Britain as well as the fact that these Native Americans spoke English, they would receive autonomy and favor from the Grenadiers, and as a result many remain firmly aligned to the party.
Social Justice Party - First formed in the also-annexed American Yucatan as the "Criollo Party", the party would soon spread to represent other Mexicans, Cubans, and then the new influx of Catholic immigrants from Europe, and it would also pick up some of the Cajuns, which would allow it to be commandeered by an analogue to a certain Louisiana populist, who would rebrand it as the SJP and manage to be swept to the Presidency in the aftermath of the Great Slump. The SJP is a quickly-rising challenge to the Grenadiers within Nicaragua itself.
  • The Family - A lot of immigrants, including Italians and Irishmen, would be hired to work on the Canal for cheap pay and some land at the end of it. These immigrants would become a key part of the Grenadier coalition, but discrimination from the WASP-y Grenadiers and the rise of poverty would develop into a mafia developing in Nicaragua, centered around the key port city of Bluefields. The Family has become the equivalent to the Good Ol' Boys, with clashes in the street between these two groups almost becoming like ritual.
  • Activists - These are the people that genuinely wants to change things in Nicaragua, getting rid of the corruption and giving every Nicaraguan a voice in their own government. Of course, said reforms are much easier said than done, especially when notable advocates for this faction end up dead at an alarmingly quick rate.
  • Moderates - A group of people that don't like Grenadier dominance enough to join the SJP, but aren't comfortable with much actual change. Many middle-class Hispanic Catholics fall into this category.
  • Kingfishers - A group that prioritizes economic reform over the often social reform of the Activists, this Continental faction is not the best fit. It also houses several "oddballs" that don't fit anywhere else on the spectrum.
Republican Party - While one of the major two parties in the United States, there aren't many Nicaraguan Republicans (not enough to win most elections), but there are some - most of them are businessmen or well-off WASPs who are rather put off by the blatant machinery of the Grenadier system - however, if push was to come to shove, most of them would throw their lot in with the Grenadiers.

Democratic Party - While the Social Justice Party sometimes calls its status into question, the Democrats are still one of the "big two" parties. The Democrats have remained the party of the farmer and the "little guy", retaining much more of the Jacksonian populism, but they were unable to carve out a niche for themselves in Nicaragua before the other parties were able to assert themselves. The Democrats play a constantly-shifting role, sometimes utilizing "fusion tickets" with the Grenadiers or the SJP and sometimes going it alone and acting as spoilers. However, it seems like the Democrats are on the decline, especially as 1952 bore some foreboding results in the Continental Southeast.
 

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Jerusalem. In C Minor:
1945-1953: Herbert Morrison (Labour)
1945 (Majority) def: Anthony Eden (Conservative & Nationals), Stafford Cripps (Popular Front- 1941 Committee, Progressive, CPGB, Independent Labour, New), Oswald Mosley (Social Credit)
1949 (Majority) def: Anthony Eden (National), John Strachey (Popular Front- Action, Progressive, Independent Labour, New), Oswald Mosley (Social Credit), R. Palme Dutt (CPGB)

1953-: Malcolm MacDonald (National)
1953 (Majority) def: Herbert Morrison (Labour), Oliver Baldwin (Popular Front- Fellowship, Progressive, Independent Labour, New), Robert McIntyre (Social Credit), R. Palme Dutt (CPGB)

In Government:
National:
It was meant to be Eden’s time but then he had to go and have that drug overdose botched surgery and so now Ramsay’s large adult son leads a gaggle of vaguely Right Wing, vaguely Kenyesian and vaguely Pro-Empire folks who essentially seem to fulfil that old adage of the ‘Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old’. Though to be fair to MacDonald, he hasn’t used napalm on the Mau Mau or used the N Word in a speech yet so...

On the other hand he made Oliver Lyttelton Chancellor so I hope folks enjoy the idea of the City of London running the British Economy.

Opposition:
Labour:
I’m sure ‘Worst result since 1935’ is what Herbert Morrison wanted to be remembered for. Well that and ‘White Britain For White Workers’, which is what caused Attlee to finally quit. So now Labour has a choice, go with flailing remains of Morrison under Brown and Robens or go with the boring Technocrats of Durbain and Gaitskell. Oh there is that fella with the ratty moustache called Harry something who says that Labour should go to the Left. What’s that you say, ‘a Socialist Labour Party, lunacy’ and you would be right.
Popular Front: 60 seats, impressive for a gaggle of misfits. I’m sure this won’t cause undue attention and anxiety and...Oliver Baldwin has stepped down. Well shit, anyway here’s the party’s;
Fellowship: John Loverseed is the platonic deal of what you want from a Christian Socialist, Ernst Millington is the platonic ideal of a Soldier Socialist, Peggy Duff is the platonic ideal of a direct action Left Winger and Tom Driberg is the platonic ideal of...something, probably involving lots of bodily fluids.​
Progressive: *Megan Lloyd George and William Beveridge do a freeze frame high five whilst Richard Acland plummets to the floor*​
Independent Labour: Nye Bevan has assured people that the ILP isn’t a front for Comrade Tito to influence British politics. Shame Konni Zilliacus keeps on heading to Belgrade to compliment Mr Tito on his handling of the Albania situation and his excellent Market Socialist economy.​
New: Since Oliver Baldwin has had to step down for nearly being outed by the Daily Mail health reasons, Harold Macmillan has been overwhelming elected leader of the New Party and already he has released a five point plan for how Monetary Reform could improve the lives of all and called for Nationalisation of the Banks. God when remember when this fella was a Tory.​
Social Credit: Oswald Mosley decided to join the Society for European Intergration or something and left the three different entryist groups to battle it out; The Scottish Nationalists, the Fascists and the Trots. Andrew Fountaine and Ted Grant lost and so now the Scottish Nationalists will use it as a base to create an Independent Scottish nation based upon a foundation of competent Social Demo-
Remember when this was a Social Credit party?
CPGB: “Actually, Soviet Tanks have been known to have a beneficial effect on the efficiency of East German Workers”, Mr Dutt says as the Left Wing vote looks at the Popular Front and goes ‘Can I have some of that?’ as they leave the aging Stalinist to cry over the death of his one true love.
 
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Andrew Fountaine and Ted Grant lost and so now the Scottish Nationalists will use it as a base to create an Independent Scottish nation based upon a foundation of competent Social Demo-
Remember when this was a Social Credit party?
The best thing about Social Credit is that since no-one understands it entryism is really easy because no-one in the party will tell you that what you're proposing is antithetical to C. H. Douglas's ideals because they don't want to accidentally reveal that they, also, have no idea what those are.

This is a fun list--you spelled "Platonic" wrong, but overall it's pretty good.
 

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This table is part of my weirdo FH worldbuilding project thing Wheels of Heaven. If you enjoy it, feel free to check out the main thread! (Link is in my sig). Or don't. I'm a poster, not a copper.

The Environmental Spectrum: A Guide For The Perplexed
Like most major political positions--the economy, foreign policy, body modification--the environment doesn't map easily to a left-right spectrum. Part of this is of course due to its neglect as an issue early on by many organisations, allowing it to shift and mutate into multiple strands. The following chart, plotting major movements onto two axes, is used often to explain the issue, especially PoliticalSpectra.net:

Separationist environmentalism is the term for those environmentalist ideologies that view nature and civilisation as opposed forces that must be balanced lest one destroy the other. Generally bioconservative.Sythesist environmentalism is a term used for those who see the division between nature and civilisation as a false dichotomy, and want to integrate the two. Generally bioprogressive.
Light environmentalism is the term for strands of environmentalism that ultimately prioritise human welfare, believing that civilisation can be reformed.Park Greens (initially an insult indicating that they were domesticated, but picked up as a descriptor) see environmentalism primarily as a way to protect human civilisation from the adverse consequences of climate change. While often derided by other movements as closet inactionists, this quadrant also contains some of the most passionate supporters of large-scale geoengineering. Generally associated with the centre-right, thanks to a general like of technocratic solutions, but found across the political spectrum. Viridian Greens (largely unrelated to the design movement, but named for similar reasons) see environmentalism primarily as a way to transform human civilisation for the better by exposing it to nature. Somewhat of a diluted term, with the label originally applying to the Bookchinites present at GreenSumnit 31, but nowadays used for anyone who so much puts trees on a building. Generally associated with the centre-left and points further left, due to perceived hostility to capitalism.
Deep environmentalism indicates a philosophy that believes that the ecosystem as a whole is more important that civilisation, and that civilisation can only be limited.Degrowth Greens (simply named after their main political goal) see environmentalism primarily as a way to protect the natural world from the adverse consequences of human civilisation. The exact level of limitation varies--some are satisfied with the Half Earth plan, others want to roll back or even abolish civilisation entirely. Generally associated by most people with the political right (due to rhetoric about population control taking racialist tinges) but has an equal presence on the left, seeing industry as the backbone of capital. Wolf Greens (so called largely due to the wolf imagery used by the Extinction Army to designate commanders) see environmentalism primarily as a way to transform humanity by reintegrating it with nature. The moderate end of this viewpoint merely promote a return to hunter-gathering, but the ASZ still colours public perception of this group as lunatics wanting to end sentience. Associated with the left due to...extreme stances on body-modding, but also present among right-wingers who salivate about returning to Darwinism.

This admittedly simplistic model has come under fire by many. Many deep greens claim that the division between seperationist and synthesist is artificial, created to make the Park Greens and the Viridians seem more distinct. Others decry how seperationist and sythesist have become shorthand for bioconservative and bioprogressive, noting that the philosophical distinction is more complex than that. Still others claim that light-deep is an equally arbitrary distinction, and that restorationist vs adaptationist (whether we should try to wind the planet's environment back to before the Anthropocene, or accept that the biosphere is irreparably changed and simply preserve what is here now) is more relevant in the modern era. Nevertheless, the popularity of the above environmental compass with the young and the moderately political means that it is likely to persist as a division for a long time...

For more A Guide For The Perplexed, visit my blog at GuideForThePerplexed.substack.com, or my Mastodon at @Dawi979
 

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The best thing about Social Credit is that since no-one understands it entryism is really easy because no-one in the party will tell you that what you're proposing is antithetical to C. H. Douglas's ideals because they don't want to accidentally reveal that they, also, have no idea what those are.
Oh yes, it's the perfect party for potential Fascist, Trotskyist, Scottish Nationalist entryism. I also find it amusing the idea of the New Party becoming the party of successful Monetary Reform policies without being tied to an all the dodginess of Social Credit.
This is a fun list--you spelled "Platonic" wrong, but overall it's pretty good.
Curse my dyslexia/forgetting of spellings. Thanks for that.
 

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*The sound of huffing ether*
Jerusalem. In C Minor '88:
1970-1984: Dick Marsh (Labour)

1970 (Majority) def: David Renton (National), Michael Foot (Popular Front- Fellowship, Progressive, Democratic Socialists, Reform), William Wolfe (Social Credit)
1975 (Majority) def: Peter Thomas (National), Eric Lubbock (Popular Front- Radical, Democratic Socialists, Reform), William Wolfe (Social Credit)
1979 (Coalition with National) def: Francis Pym (National), Maurice Macmillan (Popular Front- Radical, Democratic Socialists, Ecology, Reform), Willie McRae-Jim Sillars (Social Credit-Scottish Labour)

1984-: Nicolas Eden (National)
1984 (Coalition with Labour) def: Dick Marsh (Labour), Albert Booth (Popular Front-Radical, Democratic Socialists, Ecology, Reform), Willie McRae-Jim Sillars (Social Credit-Scottish Labour)
1988 (Coalition with Labour) def: Bernard Donoughue (Labour), Michael Barratt (Popular Front- Radical, Democratic Socialists, Ecology, Reform), Maria Fyfe (Scottish National Labour)


In Government:
National:
Nicholas Eden is popular, he’s charming, he’s a real man of the people and he’s like all the good parts of his Dad, without the bad parts (like being addicted to painkillers etc.). The man who graced Britain with a stable economy, gain reparations from Ireland over the Ulster conquest, electoral reform, a profitable Commonwealth, better relations with Comrade Ligachyov and President Ferraro and intergrated us into the European Community. Still the tabloids don’t care about that, no they want to know who he’s fucking. Given his confirmed bachelor status and general air, it’s pretty obvious which way he swings, but yet again it’s another day of ‘Eden in Sex Sesh with Max Mosley?’ like people give a shit.
Labour: Another fucking leadership election, couldn't we just keep with Bernard Donoughue instead of another tired game of the Social Democrats versus the Workerists again, at this rate they might as well just merge with the Nationals. Anyway here are the candidates;
Polly Tonybee: Has announced that Labour should reform to fit the Europe ideals and support a goodie bag of Marhsite options; A Social Market, Devolution and Soft Monetarist economics. All sounds good but she’s mainly going to go down as ‘that lady who wants to rename Labour to the Social Democratic Labour Party’.​
Kate Losinska: Look folks it’s Kate Losinska here to give you bland reheated Robenism without all the Racism and general arrogance that Robens had because that went down so well with the public last time (it didn't and it's why we got ten years of Malcom MacDonald as PM). Shame Losinska’s prominent ally (and possible vampire) Norman Tebbit has gone and ruined that carefully crafted bland image by going on about ‘the gays’ again.​
Cecil Parkinson: The Left Candidate, Mr Parkinson has announced the the Radical idea that the Labour Party should join a Democratic Socialist coalition with the Popular Front and oh how we all wished that would happen instead of Cecil obviously fucking off to the Popular Front with his disciples or being caught having an affair, again.​

Opposition:
Popular Front:
‘One More Heave’ seems to be the line and given the state of Labour this is probably a fair assessment. We may finally get our first Popular Front Majority Government and oh fucking god the horror;
Radicals: The Christian Radical side is battling the Trots again because this is the Radicals we’re talking about. So yet again, Roger Protz and Kate Hudson are arguing with Bruce Kent and Paul Oestreicher over the direction of the party. Then you look at there manifestos and policies and there literally the fucking same. Never change the Radicals, never change.​
Democratic Socialists: Look Michael Barratt is popular in an aging rock star way, but the DemSocs must move with the times. We have to accept that the future of the movement is with the Gramscians, so the choice is between Nina Temple, Stuart Hall, David Widgery, or Linda Bellos, all of whom present amazing and interesting fascinating perspectives on Socialism in Britain and it's future (mainly through a Rainbow Coalition) but also will be savaged by the British tabloids because it will happen, Robert Maxwell hates the Gramscians as much as the Nationals in his Old Left ways.​
Ecology: Now that there part of the Popular Front they’ve been told they have to have a leader instead of that whole speaker marlaky. So after a leadership election described ‘incredibly dull’ they went with...Arabella Spencer-Churchill. There’s a joke in there about Tories and Ecos...​
Reform: Maurice Macmillan after nearly fifteen years of leadership has decided to resign to pursue a job as a policy adviser for the new Hercus-Gould coalition in New Zealand and even the most ardent Right Winger is a bit teary. But don’t worry, the void will be filled by...Julian Le Grand...literally fucking who. (*Checks notes* Says here he wrote a book about Monetary Reform and Industrial Democracy.)​
Scottish National Labour: Maria Fyfe hasn’t ruled out joining a coalition with the Popular Front in return for a referendum for a DevoMax solution and now Willie McRae is calling her a traitor to the Scottish Nationalist cause, not particularly realising that Polls are showing there isn’t any great hunger for an independent Scottish Republic as much as McRae dreams off it as he writes his frustrations in Scot on a big sign.

Minor Parties:
Unionists:
Alan Clark's 'We're not funded by the CIA' sign is raising a lot of questions, answered by his sign.
Liberty: Keith Joseph just gets dragged on to the telly every so often to complain about poor people and it's kind of sad, remember when his party of straight up Hayek was going to set the world a light and then it just...didn't.
CPGB: Sid French and Arthur Scragill are battling over the direction of the party again, the same way two hungry dogs battle over a bone with a bit of flesh still attached to it. At this rate they might as well let Sid French takeover the party and just have it go full 'Pyongyang Accord' because at least then it'll be out of it's misery.
CPGB-ML: Is technically illegal, due to you know the whole 'Bombing The 81' Festival of Britain' saga that Harpal Brar and his Red Guards faction did. Still Seamus Milne seems confident that he can overturn the ban through a court appeal to allow the Tankies to have there other party back.
 

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2020 American presidential candidates
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People's Party:
  • Sen. Richard Santorum of Pennsylvania - ol' Santy's brand of democratic socialism (and the support it has gained from youth and Hispanic voters) has propelled this practical institution of Keystone State politics - as well as his strong Catholic faith, difficult relationship with hydraulic fracturing, and alleged involvement with Italian reunificationist organizations - into the media spotlight. As much as Santy revels in the attention and praise, however, he can't help but get bothered by all the "BIG DICK IS BACK IN TOWN" posts some of his supporters are making on Express.
  • Sen. Buck Humphrey of Minnesota - so, so adamant that the Party of La Follette and Chavez not nominate an Italian Marxist that he's willing to call the Santorum campaign 'seditious' on Ace News. Other candidates may pursue the below-25 vote, but they've got nuthin' on Bucky here: he's been calling himself "the youth candidate" for 18 years straight now! Keep going, Bucky, at least you're still more dignified than Bryan Miller (and look less like a dopey Big Pharma shill that way).
  • Former Gov. Bill Halter of Arkansas - would be the unquestioned frontrunner in ordinary circumstances, given his substantial executive experience and genuine popularity, but that failed 2014 run and constant distractions by yellow press and hecklers kind of tainted his chances. Best of luck to him regardless.
  • Mayor of Dallas Jenny Mattox of Texas - we get it, your pops was at one point the highest-ranking Texan in federal government and you want to throttle Bucky for stealing your thunder, but what you're going to do about it? Oh... you're going to posture about imaginary hard drug traffickers from China and Japan? For real?
  • Gov. Tom Perriello of Virginia - fairly young, fresh and well-rounded both in terms of foreign and domestic experience, and is kinda-sorta on the party's left. He'd probably do better if he wasn't perceived as Santorum Lite for suburbanites and HBTs, or called a Champagne Populist, or forced to remind everyone that he is, in fact, pro-life.
  • Rep. Bradford Lander of Missouri - an unabashed, fiery demsoc who somewhat boldly expects his luck against St. Louis Dems and well-funded primary challengers to propel him to the White House. Toying with the idea of a mayoral run in St. Louis, a much more uphill race than the Populist presidential primaries anyhow.
  • Sen. Lynn Haag of Kansas - oh hey, it's that gal who bemoaned that the Populists have lost their "faithful touch" and that the current batch of candidates are too soft on immigration and big government! One wonders how is it that a powerful, centralized government is tantamount to unchecked borders, but at least you can have a cup of hot tea with her.
  • Former Rep. Tina Rutnik of New York - "the second coming of William Jennings Bryan" in her own words, brought back from Heaven to strike down those who would force lasciviousness, drugs and imperial tyranny upon the American folk. In all seriousness, though, Rutnik is rather keen to court Democratic support despite calling the party she stomped away from years ago "a hotbed of pure wrong", and will probably leave the Populists in the same manner by the end of the election.
  • State Sen. Vincent Fort of Georgia - mostly there to remind the Populists to pay attention to Black voters and concerns, which is indeed rather lacking.
Republican Party:
  • Sec. of Defense Allen Weh of New Mexico - long the presumptive heir-apparent to President Locke, the 78 year old ex-General and former Governor has billed himself as a "President of the New Millenium", playing up his foreign policy and technology credentials. Try not to fall asleep during his speeches - and pay no attention to the dozens of conflicts of interest pertaining to his aerospace and defense company's contracts!
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper of Ohio - a folksier, more community-minded Republican, never mind his family name being up there with the Tafts and him being actively aggressive towards state environmentalist groups. Also the best-polling individual candidate in the race, somehow. I guess people really do like the craft beer?
  • Amb. to the United Kingdom Marcus Moulitsas of Illinois - dashing, astute and having swept the Tokatliyan scandal under the rug, Moulitsas promises to bring forward a new age of American liberalism... by doubling down on the occupation of Burma and economic nationalism. Next guy to ask "isn't Harold Ford already running?" gets blocked from his Express account.
  • Sen. Rodney Ellis of Texas - a fresher face on the national arena, amusingly so given his seniority in the Republicans of Color Caucus and decades-long influence in Lone Star politics reaching far beyond his governorship in the Nineties. The real question is: are those same people of color all too excited about the guy who built his reputation on pushing for zero-tolerance drug policies?
  • Gov. Scott Walker of Michigan - can you imagine it? A wonderful America, led by a self-made man for self-made men, with all those pesky unions and protesters kept where they bel- oh look, Walker is once again in deep shit at his own press conference over a question about whether he met with Dick DeVos this July or not. To think that this guy was almost nominated for Attorney General.
  • Former Sen. Harold Ford II of Tennessee - hereditary Memphis Machine boss, part-time lobbyist for PMCs and darling of American pundits is, dare I say, "back at it again". That 2-point loss against Howard McLeary back in 2018 doesn't mean anything at all about his chances, no sirree. Neither does his feud with Haslam.
  • Rep. George Swalwell of California - following his campaign is like watching a tragicomedy in real time: first he calls for a ban on open carry of loaded firearms (citing the California Anti-Terror Act as basis), then backtracks the moment Walker points out that Union League Gun Clubs technically fall under the purview of the Act, then switches to focusing on age-old incidents of pan-Turkist terrorism. An obvious Hearst Corp mouthpiece, but a self-admitted one, I'll give him that.
  • Rep. Richard Grenell of Michigan - why yes Mr. Not A Lobbyist, turning the U.S. Armed Forces into the Deutsches Heer will totally solve every single issue the American army deals with nowadays, never mind that the Kamerun insurgency should have proven fucking otherwise.
Democratic Party:
  • Gov. Anthony Scaramucci of New York - the Last Best Hope of the Democratic Party, as the youngins (read: the Tammany media circle) say. Bold, brash and unafraid to lay some hard truths, Scaramucci speaks confidently about being "the real fucking deal" and "winning back the working man" at Al Smith V and George Cleveland's annual dinners.
  • Director of Global Nutrition David Beasley of South Carolina - actually fairly decent as far as Evangelical Christian fundamentalists from the depths of Dixie go, and can reasonably claim support from both the Southron and the libertine Northern wings of the party, if only purely because of experience and positive messaging. Unfortunately, he doesn't have nearly enough from either.
  • Retired Gen. Francis Flynn of Rhode Island - apparently the generals' craze has gotten to the Democrats as well, which means that their newest star recruit and third-polling candidate is a jingoist whose only non-foreign policy-related concern is looking into election rigging by "Republican city machines". Uhhhhmm, Flynn, you do remember which party you're coming from?
  • Former Gov. Joseph Davis of California - his name keeps coming up constantly even though the halcyon days of his Governorship and his 2006 campaign have long since passed. There are actual congresspeople - some in their forties and fifties, mind you - who in this day and age still think that he's descended from the Confederate Prez.
  • Sen. René Paul of Texas - his re-election prospects aren't looking so good now that he's pissed off both the Galveston Line and the Holy Trinity, so he intends to rebound by running for President (again) and getting the coveted Del Marsh endorsement. Can he garner enough funds to drop out with a comfortable percentage and return to Senate once more, or will he have to walk by all the casinos he simultaneously condemned in name of Christian values and supported in name of republican liberty? Stay tuned for a musical interlude!
  • Rep. Hynry Aderholt of Georgia - the reactionary flip-flopper currently calling David "Christ-based candidate" Beasley too cosmopolitan for the Democratic Party. Georgian media loves to focus on him for reasons that are not entirely clear - yeah, it's cool that he vouched for five Dominican students who weren't accepted into the Augusta University because of a "race quota", but jeez is he patently odious.
  • Tech CEO Luke Ravenstahl of Pennsylvania - ah yes, the obligatory Hip and New Tech-Savvy Democrat, the man who transformed stagnant Pittsburgh into the Pearl of the Midwest. His party loyalty is as questionable as his tenure as Mayor, but don't let all that distract you, the People, from his well-funded Adonisian bod.
  • Former Gov. Tim James of Alabama - that's about the third time this guy has run for President and the third time he has complained about being shooed away from the debate room. One wonders how the IRS hasn't caught up with him yet.
  • Tech CEO Thomas Massie of Kentucky - the less said about him the better
 
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My on-and-off TL I've been occasionally working on in the other place. Felt this might be of more/some interest here.



Political Parties of the Fraternal Commonwealth of Albion and Eire (Circa March 2021)
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The Western and Revolutionary Alliance (Government)

The governing coalition has been holding together surprisingly well since the 2019 GE. Every few months some story or another pops up that the right of the Levellers are definitely going to split off, for real this time, but it never seems to materialise. The Executive Council of the party has come under a little fire; the infamous "Student Council" had an average age of 39 and was criticised generally for its relative inexperience and in England for giving 3/4 of seats to Éireann, Scots, Welsh and Overseas MPs. Their ambitious policies are taking a long while to pass but last September they finally got their Guild Reform Act through and recently saw a polling boost after John Eli, the First Lord of the Interstate Office, took a hardline stance against Huaxian revanchism. Speaker Mcleigh maintains high personal ratings but her approach to Sororitous Relations, particularly with New England, have seen a nervousness growing in the background. At the minute, though, the political spotlight is squarely on the introduction of the "Common Treasury Act" which would finally achieve public ownership of all the Commonwealth's land. The Alliance are hitting it as hard as they can but the rest of the opposition continue to um-and-ah over specifics.

The death of Jago Hattersley, however, has left them in a bit of a lurch. Though the Lord-President's power has been almost entirely symbolic since the Liberation, having a sympathetic figure in St James' Palace was convenient - the potential of a Holhurst or O'Donnell Lord-Presidency has led to many a sleepless night. Half way through their term, however, ministers are quietly confident of a victory in 2022 and there are even talks of formalising the WRA into a permanent body.



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•The natural party of government have seen a major shift in identity yet again, repainting themselves as the heart of sensible but radical change, rather than the bland meridian identity they had embraced in the 2010s. Having very little to do with the Levellers of the 1640s, the current incarnation of the Levellers is arguably the oldest political party on earth - formed as a loose association of more radical Whig MPs in the 1690s, they have since led more than two score governments in the Commonwealth's 330 year history. Speaker Cait Macleigh's meteroric rise has been blunted only by her brash personality and unfortunate habit of slinging personal insults at the leader of the opposition - though in some circles this seems only to improve her popularity. There are genuine worries that they're growing a little indistinct and letting the Diggers take the lead on policy but the recent pivot on housing policy towards Urban Barracks and "Lifetime Leases" should see the end of that.

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• A 2018 split from the above, the modern Diggers have fully embraced populism and the legacy of agricultural reform. Particularly popular in Wales and South-Western England, they're at risk of losing populist momentum but the fiery speeches of Sam Griffiths MP (now Deputy Speaker and Chairwoman of the Board of Agriculture) haven't been blunted by the constraints of government. The main priority of the Diggers now is keeping up pressure on Macleigh and fending off amendments to the Common Treasury Act - the so called "Fourth Revolution" has been the pinnacle of far-western ambitions for generations and they're now tantalisingly close.


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• Another relatively young party, FM have been given almost free reign when it comes to tertiary education, transbinary development and youth welfare and they seem rather satisfied with that. The passage of the Binary Bill of Rights was a little underwhelming (having been watered down by Leveller moderates concerned at the "High Seas" nature of the Translib) but still ensured their general aims; right to free access, right to free information, right to reasonable privacy and the right to establish transstate links. They're probably not gonna get their Strong Start Bursary though, as literally only students think its a good idea to hand out §40,000 to every graduate in the country. Their last conference was entirely binary, held in that B-Sport "Farclash". That might have been a bit too dorky, even for them.


The Opposition:




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• The glory days of the 1990s are long done and now the Alliance of Nostalgic, Whiggish and Gradual forces has been all but relegated to the Metropolities. Their rural support dried up almost entirely as the Nostalgic and Whiggish wings tear into each other; the former determined to tack east and crush the Tories, the later advocating moderation and appealling to moderate Leveller voters. The Gradualists were able to sneak out control of the leadership in the chaos of this but, as ever, have a hard time making themselves distinct. Slowness and caution is starting to look more and more like cowardice and indecisiveness. Noone's got the guts to try at a leadership contest but former leader and Speaker Rob O'Connell is said to be weighing up the benefits of a return to the leadership against a waltz into the Lord-Presidency. The metropolitan branch of the Alliance, the Civic Party, continues to go from strength to strength however and rumblings of a secession from the alliance are starting to gain momentum.

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• Finally having their moment in the sun, the Tories have managed the transition from Anglican interest party to broad-tent religious league with gusto. Their leader, Wednesday Holhurst, walks well the line between folksy populism and modern moderation and any 20th century implications of monarchism and establishmentarianism are well and truly exorcised. Swelling in popularity in Eire and England, they pose a real threat to the Alliance who still can't make up their mind of what direction to tack. They were actually able to get a policy adopted by the government with the recent creation of the Pan-Creed Council, bringing religious figures into a (purely advisory) role in Commonwealth government for the first time since the Arrovian Reforms of the 1740s.

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• The PNP are still wallowing in sadness after their 2019 beating. Their lukewarm approach to Welsh Equalisation played a big part in the rise of Diggers to the fore and with the Home Countries all relatively satisfied with the current constitutional setup, they've had to turn to the factories and concessions for support. Even the Cities-over-the-sea are turning their nose up, however, instead preferring the integration offered by
Forward March or the sensible Whiggism of the Civic Party. The current leadership, dominated by the once irrelevant English branch, are plotting a relaunch to include English regionalism and an objection to the "Gaelic Gang" of Macleigh and Griffiths. God knows if it'll work.

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• Unlike their regionalist counterparts, the Freelanders have been enjoying a slight recovery. Still a million miles from the dizzying heights of 2016, Bioconservatism continues to be a popular issue and, like the Tories, they've been benefitting from the Alliance's gradual atrophy. The surge of Cultivarist parties in France, the Rhine and Albemarle has also given some hope that, if they can get the public to forget the embarrassing All-Green Coalition of 2016-2019, they might just have a second shot at government. They finally starting using the word "peasant" again, which has helped them seem a bit more in touch.


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• The snazzy new kids on the block finally broke out of their regional base to win a seat in the Commons. Sure, it was a defection but their polling numbers are getting as high as 5% on a good day. I know "Bumosism" is hard to say but its from baKongo, which is where all the rich, fashionable kids at your unverisarium come from. What do you mean they're a hotbed of crackpots and Neo-Pragmatists? No, no, oligarchy is totally cool you guys, I swear.

If they win you'll probably still be able to vote, as long as you pay attention in school and your parents aren't poor.


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• Still the running joke of Albic Politics, the League don't even have the support of their would be King anymore; JFC Stuart is a paid-up member of the Freelanders. Nevertheless, they continue to ramble on about the moral failings of Arexism and the "satanic influence" that popular government has allowed to flow into power. Their new leader announced a "New, sensible, moderate leadership" and then started attacking Anglo-Israelites and claiming that the Kings of England were the true heirs to the Ten Lost Tribes, so that's where they're at.
 
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