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Winfieldo Scott Giuseppe Maria Garibaldi (1849-1916) was an American soldier and politician who served as the 19th President of the United States from 1901 to 1905. He was the third son of Italian revolutionary commander and nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi, who also served in the Union Army in the Rebellion of 45. Winfieldo was named after his father's superior officer, Commanding General Winfield Scott, the leader of Union forces during the rebellion and later president. Garibaldi grew up in New York with his mother and siblings while his father traversed the United States and both American continents in search of causes to fight for. In 1866 he was nominated to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was regarded a poor cadet, unlike his older brother Lincoln. Three years later he graduated near the bottom of his class. He was advised against a military career and instead began working for newspaper editor Horace Greeley. Through Greeley, Garibaldi was introduced to Abraham Lincoln and soon became a close associate of the visionary political thinker, eventually rising to be his secretary and son-in-law. Garibaldi transcribed many of Lincoln's writings and became a prominent advocate of his Liberty Thought in his own right. In 1880, when Lincoln was the presidential candidate of the Liberty Party, Garibaldi ran for Congress in New York's 6th district. Both Lincoln and Garibaldi lost their races. Garibaldi ran for the seat again in 1882, which had become vacant by the death of incumbent Alston Thomas Miller. Garibaldi served in the House for three terms. In 1889, President James Garfield appointed him Collector of the Port of New York, a powerful patronage position which gave Garibaldi great control of New York politics. He used this influence to assist William O'Connell Bradley in becoming the nominee of the Liberty Party in 1892 and ultimately president. Bradley then appointed him Secretary of War in his new administration.
Garibaldi oversaw modernization of the Army and then participation in The War. American victory in The War made Garibaldi a very popular politician and this led to him being nominated by the Liberty Party in 1900. Garibaldi went on to win the election. However, his term as president was plagued by an economic panic and mounting labor crises. State and municipal governments stymied Garibaldi's efforts to use federal power to settle these issues. Ultimately, he was defeated in his bid for a second term and retired from electoral politics. Garibaldi was a harsh critic of his Republican successors and encouraged the next generation of Liberty leaders to form closer alliances with the labor movement. He made a rare public appearance in 1914 to voice his support of the burgeoning constitutional reform movement. He died two years later and his body was laid to rest at the Garibaldi Monument and Museum in the tomb originally meant for his father. Although Garibaldi ranks low among the presidents, he remains a popular figure for his deeds outside the presidency.
 

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In 1921, it was just after the final end of the Second European War, and the Americans went to vote in the latest general election, war memories still firmly in head. They had several options, and in borough constituencies could vote more than once [for multi-member seats]. However, as the UCA was still firmly rural at the time, county constituencies still dominated.

The government at the time, that of the Patriotic Congress under Jack Scook, was trying to exploit people’s grievances about their troops being sent yet again to defend Britain’s European interests. They pledged to make the twenties a “time of prosperity, peace and pride”. Economically, they wished to unwind down the necessary war regulations to return America to its ideal libertarian status where every man [and woman, I guess but that’s more a Tory thing] could be free from unjust taxation, but above all, they made it clearest this election – vote Patriotic, you vote for independence.

Now, they were very cautious with that due to the three failed Rebellions, but they defined it very clearly. “Queen Charlotte? Yes! Peace? Yes! Subservient to Britain? No!”, aka legally just cutting off the final obligations America had to Britain. This would prove controversial, but they knew such a stance was popular. On this issue, the Patriots always had the advantage, and with Britain hobbling from a pyrrhic victory, they hoped they could force the issue.

The Conservatives, the party formed from the merger of the Old Loyalists who refused to accept the radicalisation of that segment of society and splinter moderates from the Patriots, pledged very simple goals - “America stands proud, no unneeded change and loyalty to Queen Charlotte”. They distanced themselves from the Patriots’ more libertarian tendencies on economics and the Tories’ more… spartanist ideals. They wanted government, but one that would restrain itself. Avoid any dangerous ideology, focus on moderation above all. Their main attack point would be based off their Christian values, a strong criticism of the Patriots’ economically liberal views as “heartless” and the Tories’ eugenic policies as “violating the God-given gift of life”.

This later one was controversial, as many read it as a pro-civil rights plank as the Tories made it clear just who they wished to sterilise. The Conservatives, acutely aware of their tendency to have a Southern base [their ex-Moderate Patriot side], rolled back on that and emphasised that they wished very little social change in the end, and tried to attack the Tories for wishing to upset the apple-cart. Their old criticism of Tories for being female liberationist was muted due to knowledge that their voters tended to be Church-going women. Nevertheless, you would hear plenty hay made out of the Tories having a female leader by local Conservatives exploiting the fact that even quite a few women didn’t trust the idea of one of them being First Lady.

The Republicans were not ambitious this election. They knew the Patriots’ shift to more independentist rhetoric would make their appeal blunted, so they focused exclusively on turning out their best voters, Irish Catholics. The Irish consistently were firm Patriots or Republicans, and never voted for any Loyalist candidate, no matter if it was Radical or Conservative. Their other plank was of course, disestablishmentarianism. They wished to disestablish the Church of England in the Colonies, and hence why they consistently had surprisingly good, but not winning good votes with Baptist communities in seats where the other candidates conceded on the issue.

The Unionists, the party of the trade unions [hence the name], wished to ensure the Patriots couldn’t escape the consequences of presiding over an recession in the aftermath of the war. To the Unionists, the Patriots were leaning into what they considered “identity politics” to deceive the workers. The Tories were still the Tories and Unionists had little love for them, but they were very focused on making sure the Patriot gamble failed. For if it succeeded, it could set a bad precedent of people excusing Patriot failures due to identifying with them and the independentist cause rather than seeing the clear division of society between commoners and managers. This alienated some of their vote-base, but the party was sure they could make up for it.

But as much as the Patriots wished to make it all about their independence offer, the Radical Tories had a grand and ambitious platform, spartanism in full bloom. They pledged several things. A more efficient state. A “people’s military”. Promotion of cultural loyalty to the Queen and the UCA. Expansion of healthcare to make it cheaper. A labour arbitration board. The use of scientific discoveries to "cleanse" American blood. Expansion of women's and native rights. And most controversial of all, the conversion of wartime regulations on corporations into permanent peacetime ones, unlike what Patriots wished.

All of this was sold as the “National Platform”. And the criticism came in full tide. From Patriots who decried the Tories for “wishing to keep British regulations on American job creators”. From Conservatives who decried the wish for eugenics. From Republicans for, well, daring to even be monarchists. The Unionists on the other hand, made a quiet calculation, and tempered down criticism against the Tories. Patriots was loathsome enough to attack a lot, no need to alienate potential partners.

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And the Unionist gamble proved correct. As Conservatives hemmed and hawed about working with their more radical cousins, the Unionists was called in to negotiate a coalition with the First Lady-designate, and after a few weeks of negotiation, the UCA had its first female head of government, much to the mother country’s discomfort. As she made a speech declaring victory, she pledged “to ensure that work makes us all free and to secure a future for American children to grow up in”.

A red shadow falls over America.
 
1973: Extract from FBI Interrogation transcript of Linwood Speck, suspect for solicitation and possession of classified intelligence sensitive to government proceedings.

Interrogator 1: You might as well spill the beans, Lin. Tell us who fed you those files and we might go easy on you.

[Speck remains silent]

Interrogator 2: Listen, pal, you can play Mister Big-Shot-Journalist all you want and refuse to reveal your sources, but between you and me, they're gonna rat you out. We're gonna find them and make em talk, and we'll be doing this again, you and me. A nice little chat.

Interrogator 1: Besides, you know full well there was nothing in those documents that had anything to do with your schmancy watergate story. Stop with the hero complex and--

Speck: [unintelligible]

Interrogator 1: What was that?

Speck: It's true, isn't it?

[Both interrogators look at each other]

Speck: The reason you're going so hard on me is because what was in those files is true, isn't it!?

[Both interrogators don't answer. Speck laughs and reclines in his chair, pulling against the cuffs.]

Speck: Holy shit! So he really was a patsy! And you guys swapped out that cadaver for one of your lookalikes--

Interrogator 2: This is no longer relevant.

Speck: That's why you don't want people to know the full story! Because it was her!

Interrogator 1: We're done here. Put him back.

[Three guards enter and remove Speck from the room. Speck begins laughing.]

Speck: You fucked up! You guys really fucked up! You let her get away! You lied to the President and she KILLED HIM!

Interrogator 1: Interview with suspect ceased at 10:15am.

[End interrogation]

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Kangaschan, known in Japan as Garucha, is a Pokémon in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Kangaschan first appeared in the video games Pokémon 2: Gold and Silver, and has appeared in all subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. They are known as the Child Pokémon, as they often appears with their parent Pokémon Kangaskhan and Kangaskhagan. They have appeared in every Pokémon game since Pokémon 2 in the form of an Egg that must first be hatched by the player character.

They are a small, light purple Pokémon with a white stomach, dark brown head, and two white horns. They have three nails on each hand, and two on each foot. It is said that they possess an innate ability to tell when other Pokémon have become orphaned. Thus they seeks lonely and defenseless Pokémon and brings them back to their parent or parents as a new sibling. For this reason they are also called the Adoption Pokémon, and sometimes the Sibling Pokémon.

At Level 30, a female Kangaschan can evolve into a Kangaskhan, and a male Kangaschan can evolve into a Kangaskhagan.

Kangaschan has been featured in the Pokémon anime series, having been the first Pokémon hatched by Johto League protagonist Jimmy, and evolving into Kangaskhagan in the battle against the season's main villain, Pryce.

Nofix's Video Game Wikiboxes:
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (SNES)
Chrono Break (PS2)
Metroid 64 (N64)
Metroid Dread (DS)
Gorochu (Pokémon Red and Green, GB)
Super Smash Bros. Tussle (DS)
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Here's the source of the picture. I prefer the name Kangaschan, because it's so much more cute, in my opinion.
 

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A hypothetical I had where Perot starts his political bid earlier.
Hmm, I wonder how the Democrats would react to this? I could definitely see the voices of folks like Jerry Brown and Jesse Jackson becoming louder in response. Also an earlier Perot joint that’s successful probably means the appearance of a Reform like party earlier which would definitely make the New Democrats feel awkward.
 

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'88 is a very bad cycle for Perot (or any kind of outsider candidate) and '92 is a perfect one and Perot still totally fucked that.

I’ve seen ‘Perot was basically a Republican spoiler’ plenty of times but never seen the opposite of that.
Early polling in 1992 showed that Perot was taking votes overwhelmingly from Bill Clinton. By the actual election it had evened out, and maybe that was inevitable, but I imagine a Perot victory would be driven largely from bringing in traditional Democrat voters.
 

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Super Kid Icarus, known in Japan as A Mythology of Light: The Caduceus of Palthena, is the third game in the Kid Icarus series. It is a direct sequel to the NES Kid Icarus, and the GameBoy Kid Icarus: Of Myth and Monsters, which in this game is revealed to be a prequel to the first game.

The plot of the game is that Tanatos, the God of Death, has stolen Palutena's Caduceus, and is using it to revive the dead to serve as his army in order to liberate his master, Medusa. The game begins similarly to the first one, with Palutena captured, Medusa in power, and the Three Sacred Treasures separated. Many levels from the first game are recreated or reinterpreted, but played in a more traditional Metroid-style, with interconnecting screens and worlds instead of the first games level format.

The game features three big worlds to explore, Underworld, Overworld, and Skyworld, plus several shoot-em-up levels. The gameplay is similar to Super Metroid, where the player must traverse multiple large worlds, discovering Bow and Arrow power-ups, Health increases, secret rooms, and hot springs where the player can save and heal. The player can also find stores where they can buy maps to areas they haven't fully explored, item and health refills, extra lives, Kirby's Warpstar (which can teleport the player between shops), a demo of Super Metroid (that can be played at the title screen), and more.

In the shoot-em-up levels, Pit must defeat enough enemies, or score a high enough score, to proceed. If the best ending is unlocked, the player can choose any of the shoot-em-up levels to play on the file select. If all endings are unlocked, a secret bonus shoot-em-up level is unlocked, and if that is beaten, you unlock the ability to play the shoot-em-up levels again, this time as Samus' Gunship.

Marahiro Sakurai, better known for his work on Kirby with HAL Laboratory at the time, was asked to help out with the design and writing of the game. The game features several references to the Kirby series, as well as Metroid.

The game features five multiple endings, four of which depend on how much of the game is completed. The best ending (at 300% completion) has Pit turned into an adult by Palutena, who kisses him. The second-best ending (at 200% or more completion) has Pit return as a captain in Palutena's guard. The third-best ending (at 100% or more) has Pit guarding Palutena's throne room with a text crawl wondering if she'll ever return, implying she has either died, or disappeared. The worst ending (at less than 100% completion) has Skyworld in ruins, with the ending text asking if justice will ever rise again.

An alternate fifth ending has Pit betray Palutena for Medusa if he brings Palutena's Caduceus and the Letter of Evil with none of the Three Sacred Treasures collected to the final room of the game. There Pit is turned into an adult with black bat wings and kissed by Medusa as Palutena is trapped in a cage.

The game received good critical acclaim, and sold a respectable 750,000 copies by late 2000. A remake for the Game Boy Advance was planned for release in the Winter of 2005, and was mostly finished, but was canceled for unknown reasons. It was re-released in 2008 on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console.
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Nofix's Video Game Wikiboxes:
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (SNES)
Chrono Break (PS2)
Metroid 64 (N64)
Metroid Dread (DS)
Gorochu (Pokémon Red and Green, GB)
Super Smash Bros. Tussle (DS)
Kangaschan (Pokémon 2: Gold and Silver, GB)

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This was the other wikibox idea I mentioned that I had brewing for a long time in the Tussle update, and what I meant by "it's not Metroid." But I got lazy again, and instead went to make the Kangaschan box instead (no offense Pit, baby Kanga is more cute). Either way, I got this done eventually. I've only played the original NES Kid Icarus (via Virtual Console), not Of Myths and Monsters or Uprising, but I want to one day (and have seen two LPs of Uprising, so I have a clue about the plot of that game... "plot" in quotations).

The source of the game box is Pixiy on deviantart.