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AH Run-downs, summaries and general gubbins

Charles EP M.

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The United Kingdom of Ireland And West Britain, 1960

Tribe of the Nations and We, The Workers are both in agreement: the government needs to better calm down the sectarian and ethnic tensions in West Northumbria, for the anglos and the Orthodox and even the Orthodox anglos are still citizens of the UK. Only that will stop another night of rioting in Ripon and the York border towns, and prevent another outbreak of ENA violence.

Unfortunately the Gaellic Society is the government and they came to power promising an end to "capitulation with the wrecker and pharisee", as Taoiseach Paisley put it. Rumour has it soldiers will be put on the streets for the first time since the Haakonic Wars, helping the garda 'keep the peace' at the southern border. London has said it will consider this a provocation and already has soldiers helping process refugees at York, but 67% of the non-anglo voters don't care.

Remember, us wonks will look at the crisis and see it as a crisis of complicated ethnic, religious, and historical dimensions, and of course We, The Workers and their fellow volkists see this through the lens of working class unity. Most people are far away from West Northumbria, either due to the sea or because they're up in Alba. Anglo issues are something for students or to complain about those slovens who aren't a patch on the good, hard-working negro and Oriental diasporas. Why can't they stop moaning?

This is unlikely to lead to a war - stop asking, Mexicans - but it could lead to the long-threatened blockade of trade, and that will kick us back into recession. Too many Irish think England won't risk it. They forget about the North Europe Trade Agreement. Watch this space.
 

lerk

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The United States of America is a peculiar country with a peculiar history. Much of the recent problems it has today stems from the political instability of the post-2nd Civil War era of the 1940s-1970s, along with General Westmoreland's regime from 1973-1979. Today, while it is improving, many stereotypes of the US being a poor, racist backwater persist. Yet these stereotypes have led to a surge of interest in the country among Europeans and Asians, more specifically, an interest into their politics. Here is a list of parties and factions which can better help explain America's political landscape.

Farmer-Labor Party: The FLP, founded in 1934 as a reaction to President Moody has billed itself as "America's oldest and most foward-thinking political party". Nearly winning in the 1936 elections, its leaders set up a provisional out of St. Paul during the Second Civil War, which was recognized as the legitimate government of the United States during that time. It lent its support for a nonpartisan caretaker president led by General Eisehower in 1944, yet his assassination (considered to be the reason for America's instability) in 1945 by a former communist led to, under the guidelines set by the second constitution, a new election. The FLP, who had nominated Philip La Follette for president, ran a left-wing populist campaign and won in a landslide against the various further left and right-wing candidates. La Follette is considered one of America's greatest presidents for his domestic reforms, yet he would also be killed, this time in a plane crash while flying to Paris in 1952. The FLP's presidents after that were a varying shade of mediocre, leading to workers and farmers, the very people they were supposed to represent becoming more and more disillusioned by them. The 1972 Presidential Election led to the victory of Samuel Friedman under the Socialist Party banner, leading to a right-wing military coup. The FLP would become one of the staunchest opponents of the Westmoreland regime, and when democracy returned in 1979 the FLP won the elections. Presidents Bayh and Nunn would oversee economic reforms which led to the average American having a better standard of living, and would crush far-right paramilitaries following the end of segregation. Today the FLP is considered to be the natural governing party, and its main areas of strength are the Plains States, the Midwest and the West Coast.

National Democratic Party: To understand the National Democrats, one would have to go back to their predecessors - the National Party. The National Party was founded by former Republicans in the wake of the Eisenhower assassination. Considering themselves to be the heirs of Lincoln and Eisenhower, they are primarily a business party and tend to be moderate on social issues. They were staunchest opponents of Presidents La Follette, Kerr and Freeman in the 1950s and 1960s, and many of their leaders collaborated with the Westmoreland regime. Yet there were some Nationals who refused to join the Westmoreland regime, and instead broke off and formed the National Democratic Party. The National Party lost heavily in the 1979 elections, and eventually the NatDems overtook them in popularity, eventually winning in 1999. Presidents Romney and Rossi have broken the FLP's dominance, and in 2019 the NatDems hope to do so again. Their main areas of stength are in the Northeast and West Coast.

American Patriotic Alliance: The APA is not so much a political party as much as it is an electoral coalition of various right wing and far-right parties. Many times, it has faced rifts and many people thought that they would collapse, yet they never do. It was founded in the late 1980s during the Bayh presidency.

The parties in the alliance are:

Constitution Party: America's second oldest party, founded by southerners disappointed by the northern-dominated National Party. It has been opposed to desegregation (though it has toned down much of their racial views), progressivism, socialism all of Bayh and Nunn's reforms. Because of its southern dominance, it has never won an election, yet there have been man times where it almost did. Many accuse some of their politicians of having ties with far-right paramilitaries, and while some of these allegations are true, most are false. Some members want a return to the original constitution, yet they have never managed to make that a part of the platform. Main areas of strength are in the south, and they've given up trying to expand elsewhere.
American Party: Succeeds in the North where the Constitutionalists don't, and is generally more right-wing populist then them. Aside from that, not much of a difference.
Front for Values: The Christian right party, yet has alienated many potential Catholic, Mormon and Jewish allies with their rhetoric. Despite the latent prejudices their members have, they are actually pretty racially tolerant and don't engage in the dogwhistle rhetoric the Constitutionalists do.
Continuity National Party: People who look back at the Westmoreland era with a sort of nostalgia, and are either apologists for the regime or just look at its excesses and shrug and say, "so?". Really just a part of the alliance because everyone just sorta feels bad for them. Main area of strength tends to be in the Northeast and South Carolina, Westmoreland's state of origin.
Socialist Party: The Socialist Party serves as a home for those disappointed at the supposed moderation of the FLP, and this disappointment has led to periods of success in the 1970s. It has heralded itself as "America's only true democratic party", and have attacked the FLP and NDP as two sides of the same coin. Following Westmoreland's death in 1979, the party agreed to a political alliance with the FLP, granted that they implement some of their own reforms. However, while their relationship with Bayh was cordial, they soured with Nunn and broke off in the early 1990s. However, they have not been able to build up their past strength, and have not been able to get more than 15% in an election since the 1970s. Their main areas of strength are in the West Coast, Hawaii along with some areas in the Midwest.

Latter-day Saints Party: Mormon conservatives in Utah and beyond that can't vote for the explicitly Protestant Front for Values.

America First Party: People who are too far-right for the APA. Westmoreland did nothing wrong and didn't go far enough in some areas, make nukes and use it on the Comintern, oh and antisemitism and racism, can't forget that.

(OOC: I am imagining the US ITTL having an HDI similar to Tunisia or something)
 

Mumby

'I love the pun he will go far'
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The Three Arms of the British Menshevist State, published by Liberty Press (1958)

The functions of British Menshevism are best described as falling into three arms, each of which mirrors to an extent the emblem of the state itself - the Spade, Quill and Torch.

Spade - The Trades Union Congress

Once upon a time a respectable labor organization like our own AFL, the TUC has been subverted and now functions as a legislature of sorts. Its constituencies are now the numerous unions of the country, elected by multi-member proportional representation within each constituency with each union being given delegates that reflect its membership's proportion of the population at large. While party membership is officially banned, the nonpartisanship of the Congress is critically flawed as candidates for election must be members of the Menshevist trade unions, ensuring that all elections effectively reproduce the Menshevist proletarian dictatorship.

Quill - The National Planning Board

Where the TUC represents the teeming mass of the proletariat, the NPB represents the intelligentsia - the new class of ideologically pure bureaucrats who govern and manage the means of production on behalf of the workers who ostensibly control it. While officially, the NPB obeys the instructions of the TUC it is clear to outside observers that the opposite is the case - the real power in the land is in the hands of unelected bureaucrats who hand out their directives without fear or favour.

Torch - The Constitutional Commission

Far from the grey concrete chambers of the TUC and the oak pannelled halls of the NPB are the grim smoke filled dungeons of the CC, the British equivalent of the Cheka. Despite Britain's official nonpartisanship, there are those who espouse doctrines contrary to the state-cult of Menshevism. The CC keeps these individuals contained, or silence them altogether - putting the lie to Britain's loud claims on the international stage of preserving the expanding the bounds of British liberty.
 

d32123

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After economic struggle and decades of imperialist war, the Estado Novo was finally overthrown in the 1974 Carnation Revolution. They were replaced by the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Portugal, led by a coalition of leftist and liberal parties dominated by the Portuguese Communist Party. Not long after, resistance to the new government began. The decade-long Portuguese Civil War that followed killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of Portuguese citizens. Finally in 1984, changes in government in both Moscow and Madrid led to the Andorra Accords, a tenuous peace and then, a few years later, the promulgation of a new constitution. Despite all odds, the new system has sustained itself to the present day. For though the bitterness of the civil war has not left the minds of the Portuguese people, the need for domestic cooperation in the face of international challenges is apparent to everyone in the Iberian republic.



The Portuguese Communist Party (Partido Comunista Português) has governed Portugal since the early 2000s. Since abandonment by Moscow, the PCP has moved away from Marxism-Leninism, instead endorsing a “Portuguese way to socialism”. After a couple terms in opposition, the PCP has returned as the natural governing party of Portugal, with strongest support among the working classes and in industrial centers. While the party has not reversed Portugal's relationship with the IMF or EU, it has continued to maintain neutrality in regards to NATO. Lisbon is widely considered to be Russia, China, and Venezuela's best friend in Western Europe. In recent years, working class support for the PCP has begun to erode in the face of growing austerity and ideological confusion.



The New National Union (Nova União Nacional) is the main opposition party in Portugal. They are the direct descendants of the old National Union of the Estado Novo and led the resistance against the Provisional Revolutionary Government throughout the civil war. Although no longer explicitly fascist, the NUN is a solidly right-wing party, maintaining close ties to business and the church. They are most supported by the upper and middle classes. During their decade in power, the NUN dismantled the state-dominated economic system of the country and implemented supply-side reforms under the advise of the IMF and World Bank. Today the NUN advocates for closer relations with the United States and European Union, with many factions endorsing a readmission to NATO as well as re-annexation of the Azores and Madeira.



The Social Liberal Party (Partido Social Liberal) is the third-largest party. Its membership composes mainly of the descendants of those liberals who broke with the Provisional Revolutionary Government during the civil war. Today the PSL maintains an ideological orientation essentially indistinguishable from the NUN, though they tend to be much more middle class and secular in nature than the former party.



The Six Star Movement (Movimento 6 Estrelas) is a blatant rip-off of the much more successful Italian Five Star Movement. M6E is much more explicitly fascist than the former, with many of Portugal's burgeoning neo-Nazi movement operating under its banner. Nobody is quite sure what the six stars stand for, but it's likely attacking migrant refugee camps is one of them.



And finally there are the Union of Portuguese Monarchists (União dos Monarquistas Portugueses) which formed out of a group of neo-monarchists expelled from the right-wing resistance movement after being accused of being a controlled opposition front group for the Communists. Although only a minority of UMP members continue to advocate for a re-establishment of the monarchy, and the open disavowing by the Duarte Pio, they are most noted for carrying portraits of the Duke of Braganza to nearly every major public demonstration in the country.
 

napoleon IV

The Itchy and Scratchy Show
The Moskito Kingdom (map) has had a long history of struggle. For a little over a century, from 1844-1948, the Moskito Kingdom was a British protectorate. The existence of the Kingdom was opposed by Nicaragua and the United States. In 1952 Nicaragua invaded, leading to an insurgency that lasted for decades. In 1985 Nicaragua withdrew from the Mosquito Coast in order to put down an internal leftist rebellion. Since then tensions have been high between the two countries, and a number of border disputes have nearly escalated to war.

King Robert Henry Clarence III: Assumed control of the kingdom following independence, and is one of two reigning monarchs in the Americas (the other being Elizabeth II). Although extremely popular ill health means that he won't be on this Earth much longer, and his son is significantly less popular.

Christian Democratic Party: The Christian Democrats are the dominant party in the Moskito Kingdom, having ruled almost continuously since independence (with the exception of the years between 2000-2003). The party lacks a strong ideological bent, and is a big-tent establishment party. This is increasingly unpopular however, and worldwide economic recession that started in 2017 threatens to upend the system.

Liberal Party: The Liberals are the only other party to have run the Moskito Kingdom, albeit for only a short time. Their ideology is classical liberalism, although the party's right is dominated by right-wing populists. The party's current hope is that the recession will bring down the CDP, at which point the Liberals will win outright. But rather troublingly there is talk of allying with the National Alliance if they cannot achieve an outright victory (the Liberals believe they can control their far-right counterparts).

Labour Party: Traditionally the Labour Party has been Social Democrats, and they have long been the third-largest party in the country. But after being almost wiped out in the 2011 election the party's hard left faction came to dominate, and now it is a fully socialist party. The good news is that this has expanded their support amongst the poor, particularly those hit hard by the recession. Unfortunately a lot of party's middle class voters have left, unhappy with policies that they see as promoting the interests of the poor at their expense.

National Alliance: The farthest right of the parties represented in Parliament, the National Alliance can best be compared to its counterpart in Italy. Which is to say that they're a mixture of fascists and right-wing populists who want to Make the Moskito Kingdom Great Again. The party's base is the military and those living on the border with Nicaragua, although the 2015 elections showed them gaining support amongst the middle class.